Top Ten Gifts for the HOME

A few days ago I shared my top 10 stocking stuffers and today I’m hopping back in with my top 10 gifts for the home.

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  1.  Himalayan Salt Lamp: I have one of these in my office and really need another one for my bedroom. The glow is so calming, plus it cleans up allergens and does all sorts of other amazing things. Buy one for someone on your list, and send me one too please.
  2. Christmas Plant/Bouquet: This is ideal for friends/relatives that you may not see over the holiday. I was gifted this rosemary plant by the company and I’m going to try my darnedest to keep it up and running until spring so I can plant it outside. The gift that keeps on giving!
  3. Cast Iron Pizza Pan: We bought this over the summer and use it about once a week. It cooks up the absolute best crust you’ve ever had.
  4. Nate Berkus anything: Berkus all the things! You can’t go wrong with anything from his line at Target. Throw pillow, ceramic dish or bowl, offices supplies- just buy it all.
  5. Butter Bell: We’ve been using this very butter bell for a few years now and I love it. It looks nice on the counter and keeps butter spreadable all year long.
  6. Wall Hanging: Secret Harry Potter reference? Yes please. I love that this keeps it nerdy, but not super overt.
  7. Table Top Terrarium: If you have friends with cats, who desperately wish they could have houseplants, get them this. I have several (cats and terrariums…). 
  8. Watercolor Print: I have personally taken a water coloring class with this lovely lady and let me tell you, she is the real deal. Check out her shop- there’s holiday art but also great nursery prints and florals.
  9. Rubbermaid Tupperware Set: Ok so maybe this isn’t the most glamorous gift in the world, but it’s a good practical one. In a fit of rage I threw out all my mismatched butter containers and bought this set and then I never looked back. 
  10. Literary Throw Pillow: The colors! The artistry! There’s a good bunch of books to sort through, be sure to browse around the shop!

So there you go- one list of stocking stuffers and one list of home stuff, personally recommended (and for most things, tried and tested) by me. Any other lists you’d like to see on here? What’s your go to home gift?


10 Amazing Stocking Stuffers (for Him & Her)

I wasn’t initially going to post gift guides this year but I’ve just found so much good stuff lately that I have to share, and there’s still plenty of time left to have all this ship. I’ve got stocking stuffers today, and then a “for the home” guide post coming in a day or so.

Since I don’t presume to guess what’s for “him” versus what’s for “her,” this stocking stuffer list is all chunked together. How’s THAT for smashing up gender norms! 😉

Without further ado, here’s my top 10 stocking stuffer ideas for 2016:

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  1. Diane’s bobby pins : I know this seems like a simple one, but seriously- where do all the bobby pins go? This is an easy, appreciated gift.
  2. Literally anything from Mortal Threads: I stumbled across this site on Instagram and have already bought 3 t-shirts, but I want everything. For the geeky/horror nerd in your life, this site is excellent. They have home decor, clothes, accessories, and more.
  3.  Open It: I got this for my husband a few years ago, but it was secretly for me too. Keep it in your kitchen and use it every day, it’s fantastic.
  4. Personalized Return Address Stamp: Always a go to for newlyweds and new homeowners! I wish I had bought mine before I wrote out 900 Christmas cards…
  5. Makeup Brush Set: My husband bought me this very set a few months ago and I love it. I’m not super in to make up, but this is easy to travel with and not overwhelming.
  6. Ootie Bow Ties: Ootie sent me a free bowtie for my husband and it is such good quality. 10/10 highly recommend. (why yes, that IS a BB-8 bowtie in the picture. and it’s adorable.)
  7. Self Marking Tape Measure: Isn’t this the coolest? It’s on my list this year.
  8. Left Center Right (dice game): This is a great game for kids to teach direction. However, it’s an even greater game for adults if you swap out the discs for $1 bills or scratch tickets. Keep it classy with a little kitchen table gambling, my friends.
  9. E.L.F. cosmetics: I’ve been using e.l.f. products for years and years. They make great brushes, but lately I’ve been using the highlighter stick, bubble mask, primers (I’ve three!), and lip exfoliator. I’ve yet to be disappointed, and the cost is so good.
  10. Cocktail Grow Kit: Well this just seems like a blast! I love me a good themed garden.


What else are you stuffing stockings with this year? Any hot new items I need to know about? Tell me everything.

DIY Rolling Crate

Each year the college where I work has a winter fest where offices make a themed baskets  and/or wreaths and then they all get raffled off. It’s one of my favorite days here (second only to the chocolate sampler party on Valentine’s Day.. mmm….). I love love love seeing the themes people come up with for baskets and even cheesier than that I love when we all line up with our tickets excited to see who wins. I don’t even care if I win, it’s just a day where everyone is happy and chatting and it’s so nice.

Last year my office decided to buy a bunch of kids costumes (discounted right after Halloween) and I built a DIY rolling wardrobe to act as our basket. This year where decided on a “Local Christmas” theme and got all sorts of locally made/sourced items, and I decided to build a rolling crate for our basket.

I sort of winged it for this one, I had an image in my head but I didn’t write down any plans or measurements. What I ended up with was:

  • 24in x 24 in sheet of plywood (maybe 1 inch thick? it’s sturdy enough to hold some weight without needed extra bracing)
  • 3 sides made of mitered 1×6 boards with an extra detail of 1×2 strapping on the bottom of each
  • cut and mitered stacked 1×2’s to mark the front


After cutting everything down I gave each piece a light sanding, wiped them down with a damp rag, then stained them with Jacobean by Minwax (the same shade  as my open shelves). Let it all soak in and dry overnight.

I attached the strapping detail to the sides with Gorilla glue, I also used Gorilla glue to adhere the stacked 1×2’s to each other. Clamp all the glued things and let that dry overnight as well.


My pocket kreg jig broke so I cheated a bit and each of the sides are screwed to the plywood board, but not to each other. I’m obsessed with Spax brand screws– use them. love them. buy them in bulk. Also, always pre-drill your holes so the wood doesn’t split. I used an impact driver to pre-drill and a regular power drill to screw each piece together… which is lovely, because then you don’t have to switch bits back and forth a million times.

I had 4 wheels in my stash that we didn’t end up using on a piece of furniture when we moved, so I screwed those right in to the bottom. Then I staged it around my house to take pictures for the blog and began wishing I could just keep it for myself….


I think I may need to build 500 more. It can be a shoe bin if you throw a mat at the bottom, a bet bed if you put a big pillow in it, a plant stand (just seal it up with some poly!)….

Here it is all put together at work:


This can be as fancy or as simple as you make it out to be- I mitered the back corners for a sleeker joint, and angled the front pieces to add some interest, but you can make all straight blunt cuts if you want to keep it basic. You could also just use 1×6 pieces for all 4 sides inside of changing it up on the front. The sky’s the limit, baby!