The art of giving.

Regrettably I always find myself forgetting a friend or family member’s birthday more often than not.  As of late is seems that holidays or important events sneak up on me and I need a gift in a pinch that says, “Of course I remember your birthday and I cared to send you the very best.”  Flowers are classic but predictable. Recently a new company reached out and asked if they could sponsor a post so I could try out their service.  Sesame Gifts has made it their mission to curate perfect gifts ready to ship to that special someone…I can’t tell you how glad I am to have them in my back pocket for when I’m in a bind special-event bind.

PicMonkey Collage

They have gifts for every type of person for every life event you could imagine.  I received their “Modern Tranquility” box which includes an Air Plant, misting bottle and Walnut Planter.


When you ship a gift it usually gets dropped and jostled over the several hundred miles it has to travel and rarely looks the same way it was put together pre-shipment.  What I loved is how beautiful their presentation was.  Sesame Gifts has figured out how to ensure the gift looks like a gift and not a shipment coming in a big brown box.  Chefs say we eat with our eyes first and presentation is just as important as the gift itself.  Sesame has figured that out.


It’s the perfect low-maintenance plant that I just might be able to keep alive.  (Might).


This sweet little plant has already been all over our house…



They even have a mobile app…perfect for when you’re laying in bed and remember that you forgot your mother’s birthday.  You can grab your phone, open the app and place your order  all while laying on your pillow.  Easy-peasy!

Right now you can also earn a $20. credit for every $100. you spend on Sesame gifts with their “Gift More, Get More” campaign.

They also run a gift box giveaway on Instagram every Sunday (#SesameSundays) which you can enter by tagging your friends…especially cool because they are new to Instagram which means their entries are low enough that your chances of winning are pretty high!

Now for some excited news…you guys know I rarely gush over a company without sharing the love.  I’ll be giving away a $15.00 discount code to 5 readers!

To Enter:
First, head on over to Sesame’s website and pick your favorite gift.
Next, head on over to my Instagram account  and leave a comment.

Happy gifting!


What to do with twine.

When it comes to must-have household items I have several but among my favorites is twine.
Yep. Twine.
Seriously can’t live without it.
It’s hands down one of the most versatile things in my home.

I was walking the isle’s at ACE Hardware the other day. All of the sudden the clouds parted and rays of sunshine beamed upon this…


2500 ft of twine.  Can I get a hallelujah!?

Give me a year, this whole thing will be gone.  Aside from it’s usefulness, it’s pretty darn neat as a bookend/decoration?


The spool hole is just big enough for a pair of scissors for quick cutting.  And not just any scissors, cool iron Chinese scissors.

PicMonkey Collage

I do cartwheels when form and function come together.


There’s not a week that goes by that I’m not using it for something.
Wrapping presents…


Tying up plants…


Hanging pictures…

Hang a picture


Arts and crafts…


and dragging it around for el gato (the neighbor’s cat) to chase.

Need to stock up? Here’s some to consider…

Twine Roundup

1,  2,  3,  4,  5,  6.

P.S. have you heard Jim Gaffigan’s comedy skit on twine?
Listen here.

Affiliate links used. Policy here.

DIY Halloween Shrouds

Today I’m guest posting over at Eighteen 25 about how to fool people in to thinking you’re a really good chalkboard artist.
Pop on over there to see how plus download my free Halloween Printable.
In the meantime, Halloween is right around the corner and I made some shrouds for my boy’s Halloween costumes this year.
However, I also found that they also make great decorations which I’ve draped on the chalkboard.


Cheesecloth from the Hardware store is the perfect Halloween embellishment.


I picked up some black dye from the grocery store to make it more spooktactular.  Orange, purple or red would also look great for Halloween.

PicMonkey Collage

This is the easiest project ever.  The hard part is trying no to get any dye on you (which is why I’m wearing my son’s shoes instead of my own). Following the directions on the Dye box, simply put the dye in to a bucket of water and immerse the cloth in to the mixture.  Because cheesecloth is so thin you really don’t need to leave it in for very long.  I found 5 minutes was plenty of time.


Squeeze out excess water and hang to dry.


You can use it for a costume, hang it around your chalkboard, embellish a fireplace mantel or hang as curtains.

Remember this fun project we did a couple years ago (and there’s another fun printable on that post)…


Spray painted pumpkins

Don’t forget to check out our chalkboard tutorial at Eighteen 25.

This post contains affiliate links. See our disclosure policy here