6 Recent Favorites

(I have an awesome giveaway planned for tomorrow so I'm sharing some of my favorites today! Come back tomorrow to enter!)

1// The other night I had to come up with an easy, quick meal for just myself since Billy was working late and I was starving by this point (you know how that goes) so I threw together quinoa that I cooked in some vegetable broth, black beans, with a bunch of sauteed veggies then topped with feta cheese. I just used lemon juice and garlic salt to season...it was absolutely delicious and really filling. I made extra so that I could take it with me to work the next day for lunch, but ended up eating all of it. Whoops... 

2// There's no denying that summer is the busiest time of the year.  Fun? Yes! So many events to go to! But crazy busy with days filled with plans? Absolutely. Before I know it we will be in the middle of wedding season and the amount of free weekends will be close to nonexistent! Just in the next month, I have two bridal showers, Mother's Day, and a family birthday party. And you know what that means, right? Gifts. 

I typically try (try being the keyword here) to have all of my gifts bought well in advance because a. it makes me stress a lot less the week of and b. it's not a rushed gift so it's typically more thoughtful and unique. I admit that I've spent a lot of time in the past trying to find websites to keep in my favorites that have unique gifts items for all the events since I like bringing gifts that not everyone buys. UncommonGoods is one of my favorites that fits into many different categories...want to get a head start on those Mother's Day gifts?

 These state dish towels would be a great gift...they actually have a whole line of things (many of you asked me where the Texas glass I got was from-well this is the same company!), but these dish towels would look really cute displayed in a kitchen...

 This row boat salad bowl I came across awhile back couldn't be more perfect for my in-laws since they love boating!

They even have some really cool home decor items, like these agate coasters. I've seen almost identical coasters like this at much higher price points and I really like the color combinations of this set...

 And of course, I've been on the lookout for unique pots to plant succulents in and this striped set is affordable and super cute... 

Sidenote: Really loving this pillow case set for a master bedroom. How cute would they be for a newly engaged or married couple?! At less than $30, you can't go wrong there. This is just a small list of my favorites, you can shop more Mother's Day and home decor gifts here!

3// The Bluejackets coming back from being down 3-0 last night and beating the Penguins! Wow, was that a game to watch! So exciting! Since Billy has played hockey for so many years and is a ref (did you know that? he refs once or twice a week!), he's been extremely into this playoffs and that's putting it mildly. You should see him during the games...oy vey!

4// My work buddy and this candle. This candle...well, it is just heavenly. New favorite for sure.

5// This recipe for a Southwest Breakfast Scramble (loving all her recipes actually!) As one of the biggest breakfast fans out there, I must make this ASAP...

6// Have you seen this?! Give me anything wine related {especially something as fun as this...I mean, come on} and I'm a happy camper.

What are your recent favorites? Or your favorite websites for creative gifts? Share with me!

Happy almost Friday everyone!


  1. I have like a million tabs open now to check out all the links you posted! I'm especially excited to see about those cute little state towels! Also, that southwest breakfast scramble looks sooo delicious. Might be making that this weekend!

  2. Oh, I've never heard of the site, UncommonGoods! I'll have to check it out! I usually shop at Etsy for creative gifts.

    Btw where'd you get that candle? :)

  3. Oh my gosh. I want that wine bottle holder!!

  4. You've gotten me hooked on quinoa and I could go for that first picture right about now! ;) I LOVE Uncommon Goods, they have the most unique stuff.

  5. I love those recipes! Definitely trying the veggie/quinoa one soon!

    And what a great office buddy! I wish I could work with home so I could have mine snuggled up next to me too!

  6. Great picks! The salad boat is so pretty! And your quinoa recipe sounds so delicious!

  7. I found uncommon goods about a month ago & fell in love with their site!! I'll definitely be using them when looking for unique gifts!!

  8. I love Uncommon Goods! I still haven't purchased anything from there but I'm going to have at some point this year!


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