It’s that time of year again, when you have to start thinking about gifts for the holiday season. Here are some of my favorite things. Some things I have tried and loved, and others I’m keeping my fingers crossed that people will buy me this year!
Custom stamps from Paper Pastries. $60. I’m also currently obsessed with anything state related. Have a state cutting board, a state pillow, have you seen those cute state cutout necklaces? This would be a great addition to my collection.
Railroad spike bracelet from Giles and Brother. $55. I might just buy this for myself I love it so much.
Heart mosaic from Minted. Starting at $29
Bunting necklace from Secretary 925. $350. I love how sweet this necklace is.
Sailboat cards from Gold Teeth Brooklyn. $5
Photobook from your iPhone from Mosaic. $20. Great photo books, one price, easy to make off your iPhone or iPad.
Multi tubes bracelet with charms in mint from Gillian Julius. Price varies. Got a deal on a different design by the same artist, can’t wait to wear it out.
Anchor scarf from Sperry. $30. I bought this in navy and white and I am obsessed, loving everything nautical these days.
Elle bangle from Sarah Chloe. $129. Simple, classic and classy. You can get just one initial or your monogram.
Hazy Floozan in walnut from Noble Goods. $365. I just bought this, thought it would be a great conversation piece at my next dinner party.
Small chipmunk cups from SKT Ceramics. $48.50. The designs are adorable, I love the little critters.
Macarons from Moochies Macarons. I’ve blogged about Moochies before, they are amazing. The packaging is adorable and you can get them customized for an event or use them as favors. Love!
Red birds 7″ plates from Crate and Barrel. $7.95. Love this sweet little design.
Personalized journals, datebooks, meal planners etc. from May Designs. Starting at $19. These are fully customized – you can get any number of patterns, any number things for the pages inside, and there are a ton of monogram options.
Anchor zip tote bag from Sea Bags. $175. I love these bags. I have the crab one – they are sturdy and they hold everything! I carry mine around everywhere.
Sailboat Basket by WatchMyDive. $18. Cute for a child’s playroom – this MD designer has a ton of different patterns to choose from.Insiration Bot from Gary Hirsch. $19. These cute hand painted robots are painted on dominos. Check out the etsy website for the back story.Sriracha from JoJo’s. $12. Your life will never be the same. And, you will never go back to that old standby sriracha.
Art by James Polisky. $70. I love love love his designs. I find them really amusing and fun! I just bought some great post card sized prints from him at the Christmas Craft Festival.Customized map key chain from Uncommon Goods. $95. I thought this would be a fun gift, a map of where you proposed, a special place you like to go, where you were born, etc.
Honey bear cookies from The Good Batch. $18/dozen. I love this company. The brown butter salties are crave-worthy and the compost bar is amazing. I’m hoping to try these babies out soon, how good do they sound?
Franken Pie from Momofuku Milk Bar. $44. The crack pie…is TO.DIE.FOR. Thus the name I suppose. This one you get to try all the flavors. The candy bar pie looks pretty tasty as well.
Nye’s cream sandwiches. $48 for 8. I’m dying to try these, how delish do these look?
What are some of your favorite things this year?
I get antsy about my place all the time, always moving around furniture, changing out photos, painting walls etc. I decided that the back of my door needed something. It is metal so I could put magnets on there, but the white just seemed to stark.
I found this cool paint company, Hudson Paint online. Chalkboard paint? Yes please. #21 Aquagirl Blue. Check out the 30 great colors the paint comes in. I did 2 coats of paint, make sure to let the paint dry at least 3 hours in between coats. Prep work may seem silly but will save you time in the end. Make sure to tape off hardware with painters tape and put plastic or newspaper on the floor.
Check out Hudson Paint at http://www.hudsonpaint.com
Tags: home improvement
We aren’t adventurous with our Chinese food. The guy at the Brookline location always asks us is we would like to try something different. We order very “American” choices. The pan fried raviolis are good – they come 6 to an order. 5 of them were delicious but one was over fried and hard as a rock on the outside.
My go to dish. The chicken lo mein has a light sauce and has ton’s of noodles – the are a few pieces of chicken here and there, but that’s just fine with me (I love the noodles). Overall the meal was good – the service was quick and efficient, polite but not overly friendly.
271 Worcester Rd, Framingham, MA
We went to Clover for dinner, but wanted to stop by for breakfast after we saw the menu options. The popovers ($2) were just out of the oven – yum. They are so delciously eggy and light, yum! Popovers are simple to make (the recipe is just flour, eggs, milk, salt and butter) and yet they have a way of making you feel like you’re eating something so fancy.
The breakfast sandwich has an egg, lightly sprinkled with pepper, cheese and tomato in a pita pocket all for just $3. It’s so simple, and yet so delicious (never mind fresh and totally affordable!!) The service here is friendly as always and we were in and out the door which is always nice. We’re in and out in under 10 minutes and have to smile to ourselves as we watch the people across the street waiting in line to get into Martin’s for breakfast!
6 Harvard St., Brookline, MA
Weekdays 7am-9pm, Weekends 8am-9pm
My co-worker (and friend) married his beautiful bride in Rhode Island at the Aldrich House – a lovely historic home. They lucked out with the weather, and had a lovely ceremony outside.
We moved out into the tent and sat down. They couple made their own centerpieces, which I love. In addition, my friend is an avid canner and placed his home made goods on every table (every table had something different – asparagus, carrots, pickles etc). I love all of the little personal touches at this wedding.
They had an amazing blue grass band, the Whiskey Boys. They have a great sense of style and an amazing sound. Everyone at the wedding was having a great time. The groom’s father stood up and made a speech, the memorable line being, “finding the right person is half the battle, you also have to be the right person”, it was very touching.
As I mentioned before, my friend is an avid canner, so for the favors, it was only fitting that we all get to take home a yummy treat! Some of the options were: sriracha sauce, corn relish, chipotle mustard, maple sage mustard, honey bourbon mustard and peach jam.
And finally, a great little personalized touch. Instead of a ring pillow, they had dolls made in their likeness. His friend Helen made these – aren’t they amazing?! Check Helen’s work out on her website.
Flat Black Coffee is Bostons largest independently owned roaster, retailer, and wholesaler of specialty coffees. They first opened their doors in 2003. Their name, Flat Black, comes from Australia – a loose translation of their term for an Americano.
Flat Black offers 20 single origin coffees from around the world and they micro roast their beans to give you the richest flavor possible. They couldn’t have been friendlier, love that they dressed up for Halloween!
Flat Black Coffee
50 Broad Street, Boston, Ma 02110
Tags: financial district
They are open 24 hours, and it’s the kind of place that attracts all types. There were certainly regulars at the counter, tourists coming in for a bite and to stretch their legs, locals and their families.
The interior reminds me a little of Bickford’s and apparently, it’s Christmas all year round here. The place is PACKED…so as much as other reviewers on sites are complaining about them, they must be doing something right…(right?!?)
Check out the size of those tomato slices on the burger! It seems like bigger is better is a theme here. The danish and pastry here are the size of a dinner plate, and the price is right! A huge cookie for $1 – they have them wrapped up and ready to take out by the counter! The service was ok – our waitress was working a super long shift and seemed no nonsense when we sat down, but warmed up a bit the longer we were there. I can imagine how tiring it must be to be up on your feet day in and day out. Overall, it wasn’t as bad as some people were saying, however, the food didn’t wow me either. For me, this place was all about price and convenience.
Blue Colony Diner
66 Church Hill Rd
Newtown, CT 06470
We recently moved from the Back Bay into Faneuil Hall. We’re excited to try out all the new restaurants in the area. Day 1 we go into the food court in search of lunch. We stop at the Walrus and Carpenter Oyster Bar for lobster rolls.
The food court is a mad house – tourists walking slowly taking it all in and snapping pictures of everything they see, people with strollers and suitcases trying to navigate the crowds, tour groups and school groups fighting to stick together, it’s enough to make anyone feel claustrophobic. For $15 we get a lobster roll and chips. There’s a small bar to sit at, but we opt to take them outside since the sun is shining and it’s relatively warm outside. Usually I don’t go for mayo based lobster rolls, but this one was quite tasty. Not too much mayo and really nice flavoring while making sure not to over power the lobster meat. The bread looked like it would be a crusty baguette, but I was pleasantly surprised at how soft and fresh it was. A great meal all in all, the service was quick, we were in and out in under 5 minutes even though they were swamped.
Walrus and Carpenter Oyster Bar
Faneuil Hall Marketplace – Boston, MA
It’s way past Halloween, but I wanted to show you these because they were just too cute! We had a week long Halloween bake off at my office. I was in it to win it - started things off by bringing these in Monday morning. The smack talk over Facebook and Instagram was at an all time high, there may have even been threats of bodily harm from other participants to get coworkers to vote in their favor. I saw these cuties on Healther’s blog Whipperberry. Her’s are much cuter than mine, I couldn’t find green marshmallows (although I didn’t look very hard) and I had a hard time getting my candy eyeballs to stick. But they were a BIG hit with the office.
These babies win it for me every year – it’s a cult office favorite. Oreos, dipped in white chocolate. I dipped the oreos first and let them cool a bit before sticking on the candy eyes and then piping on the mummy wrap.
It had been a while since I had been here, and we jumped right in line, not realizing that you pay first before you order (oops – we were totally THOSE people). Order your sandwich with either chicken or beef.
For $7.24 you get a delicious sandwich – true, the combination sounds a little odd if you’ve never had it before, but they have a cult following for a reason! All the flavors meld together well, making this a really special sandwich. Go early or go late as the line for sandwiches at lunch time is out to door!
101 Arch Street, Boston, MA