Tulip Time!

Friday, May 9, 2014

Over the weekend we took a little road trip over to Holland, Michigan for the Tulip Time Festival. It's something that's been on my to do list for years and I finally got the timing right. Unfortunately, the weather has been chillier than spring's past and only about 25% of the tulips were actually in bloom but it was still a sunny day, albeit with a cool breeze, and a nice escape from the city. While we were there we watched some Dutch dancing, dined al fresco for the first time this year (even though we were pretty cold) and hit a few breweries along the way. (Here, here and here.) Small getaways are the stuff of life.

And because it's spring and I'm in need of nature, this weekend's agenda... Lilac Fest! I can't wait to get a whiff!

Gifts for Mother's Day

Monday, May 5, 2014

Shopping for my Mom is one of the easiest (and fun) tasks I look forward to each spring.  Although having somewhat similar tastes gives me a solid starting point, the greatest enjoyment comes from the challenge of finding something meaningful and unique that will bring a smile to her face. For Mother's Day this year, I've scoured Uncommon Goods and have fallen in love with their selection. From sentimental and sweet to kitschy and fun, there is truly something for every mom! I admire that they support artists and designers (half of what they carry is made by hand) and nearly a third of their assortment incorporates recycled or up-cycled materials. It doesn't get more unique than that! Here are a few of my favorite ideas. 

Clockwise from Left: Succulent Living Wall Planter / Energy Circle Ring / Love Birch Cuff / Reclaimed Wood Cookbook Stand / Vintage Shoe Horn Bookends / Mother & Daughter Letter Book Set

P.S. Mom, your gift isn't pictured here but I couldn't be happier with it! ;)

Disclosure: I received product or compensation in return for this post, however, my opinions are my own, based on my experience and interaction with the brand or products. As always, if I don’t love it, I don’t tell you about it. (Or I'll be brutally honest about why I didn't.) You can read my official (i.e. “wordy”) disclosure here.