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UncommonGoods Giveaway + Date Night at Home

As you can imagine life with an almost 4 year old and a 5 month old is pretty hectic. It’s hard to make time for ourselves and enjoy time together as a couple. Date nights are difficult to arrange but even if we can’t go out, Brad and I try to have a couple of date night’s at home each month. Last Saturday with the help of Uncommon Goods, we enjoy a quiet night at home with a few drinks and apps.

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VinoTini Flip Glass available here

UncommonGoods is a one stop shop for the best gifts around, they offer a wide range of unique – many handmade – items for everyone in your life.  If you are shopping for the perfect Christmas gifts click here for some great options. If you sticking to a budget this holiday season, UncommonGoods offers a great variety of one of a kind gifts under $50.

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ABOUT UNCOMMONGOODS  – Founded in 1999 and headquartered in Brooklyn, New York, UncommonGoods is an privately owned retailer that endeavors to feature unique designs and handcrafted gifts created in harmony with the environment and without harm to animals or people. Uncommon Goods makes it their mission to support and provide a platform for artists and designers. Most of the products they carry are created in the USA, and about one-third of their entire collection incorporates recycled and/or upcycled materials. At the core of their company is a great respect for the integrity of the creative individual and the belief that it is their responsibility to use their business to impact the world in a positive way.

 photo 27ae816f-bcf8-4381-ba59-d7c710b960b6.jpgGIVEAWAY Enter for a chance to win a $50 gift card to UncommonGoods!

HOW TO ENTER Simply follow the instructions below to enter this giveaway using Rafflecopter – it’s easy! You can enter daily by tweeting about the giveaway plus the more steps you complete, the more chances you have to win! Good luck! Giveaway ends on Sunday, December 14th at midnight. Open to US residents only.

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Review + Giveaway: Make it Beautiful

In an era of DIY and home entertaining, this exquisitely photographed and designed book is the 
must-have guide to hosting at home in style.

Using materials and inspiration from our own homes and only investing in a few versatile pieces, HGTV’s Designed To Sell host Monica Pedersen shows us how to throw unique and fun parties on any budget. The book features ten fabulous events ranging from baby showers and weddings to holiday decor and even an eco-friendly soiree. The stunning photography in this book makes it an ideal hostess gift and must have coffee-table book for any interior design lover.

“To me, nothing is a more powerful design tool than a beautiful photograph that captures the look, feel, and detail of a space. Doing a design book of my own has been a longtime dream”.

Black and White Porch Baby Shower

Casual Eco-friendly Graduation Party
The Perfect Wedding
“You can make your wedding beautiful on any budget”

Wine and Design

Italian Night
Gnocchi di Patate
That’s Italian from Chef Fabio Viviani, Café Firenze 

Reprinted with permission from Monica Pedersen Make It Beautiful: Designs and Ideas for Entertaining at Home, by Monica Pedersen, Agate Midway, May 2012.

Full of practical home entertaining insider tips and ideas, this book covers traditional and special inspiring events that will appeal to everyone from first time hosts to expert party throwers. Make It Beautiful is a step by step entertaining and decorating guide that features simple party planning secrets, recipes from the country’s top chef’s, social etiquette tips and even wardrobe suggestions.
Now here’s your chance to win your very own copy of Monica Pedersen’s Make It Beautiful – it would make a perfect Mother’s Day gift. Open to US and Canada residents only.
Just follow the instructions below to enter this giveaway using Rafflecopter – it’s easy! You can enter daily by tweeting about the giveaway plus the more steps you complete, the more chances you have to win! *The first option is mandatory, no other entries will count unless option one is completed.
This giveaway ends on May 5 at 12:01am.

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How Oliver from CB2 was born

Recently my sister have me a set of Oliver Appetizer plates (little did she know that I was about to purchase them myself) Here is the story of his creation…


“The Oliver appetizer plates came from an idea to create a quirky, hand illustrated design that “interacted” with photo-realistic objects–a big graphics trend. Knowing that the design would go on our cuatro plates, we brainstormed about objects that one might have on an appetizer plate at a party. Crumbs, toothpicks, olives, crackers, and corks all came to mind, so we took some rough photos of them and started doodling”


“So next we chose our favorite appetizer bits—olives, corks and toothpicks—and shot a wide variety of each in our photo studio. We printed the photos onto drawing paper and mixed this 2-D “teeth” character playing with 3-D objects”


“Going into this we felt very strongly about using actual pen and paper—no computers. Many different types of pens and papers were tested until the illustration quality was right. At this point, the character’s personality took shape and he was affectionately dubbed Oliver”