Gift Guide :: Last Minute!

Friday, December 19, 2014

1. Plated // 2. Birchbox // 3. Popsugar Must Have // 4. Kiwi Crate // 
5. Citrus Lane // 6. Love With Food  // 7. Bark Box  // 8. Spice Panda //
9. Mantry // 10ABM Happy Mail // 11. Bespoke Post

TGIF my friends! I'm feeling very merry today. Feeling ready for the weekend. Ready to jam out to some Christmas tunes, wrap some gifts, pack some bags and head on over to chilly New England. I hope you're feeling merry, too!

If last minute gift shopping is the last thing stressing you out, before an enjoyable holiday, well then rest easy - I have your solution. The answer to a last minute gifting dilemma is.....subscriptions!


a) it's the gift that keeps on giving
b) it's ready almost instantaneously (no strip mall shopping or 3 day shipping required)
c) you can make it fit your price range (gift a month, or 6, or 12)
d) there is something for everyone!

Food, books, beauty products, stationery, puppy snacks, baby toys, exotic spices, tea, crafts - you can have literally anything delivered monthly to your (or your lucky giftee's) doorstep. I already mentioned a couple of subscriptions in my manly gift guide (the monthly coffee seems amazing to me), but I've provided some of my other favorites for you here.

I also think these are good for that person you know who already seems to have everything - they need an experience.

My favorite? ABM's new Happy Mail service - wouldn't you just love to have a collection of adorable cards and notepads at your disposal? And Mantry is supposedly for men but those snack boxes look verrrry shareable :). Which one would you gift?

Have a jolly weekend everyone!

Nearing Christmas + Links

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Woohoo - the end is near! Are you taking some time off for the holidays? The holiday break is one of the many perks of working at a school, I must say. I'm heading back to Boston on Sunday for a fun week with friends and family, then have plans to spend New Years up at Tahoe. I'll have almost two full weeks to decompress and shut down after a very busy fall. I'm really looking forward to Christmas in New England - bring on the snow! I hope you're looking forward to a break as well.


Here are some things around the web that I've enjoyed lately:

this beauty pouch looks perfect

25 famous women on getting older

the best documentaries on Netflix

I love this guest room

Cute blog I'm enjoying

Caitlin's post about taking it easy on the blog spoke to me

loving some of these bags

every been to Reno?

Gift Guide :: My Man

Thursday, December 11, 2014

12. sushi and more sushi // 13. whiskey soaked jerky ('cause why not)


I've been MIA, I know. And it's been kind of nice! But let's see... what is there to report... I've been working, traveling, and watching The Walking Dead. Thanksgiving was delightful. I ate my way through Portland last weekend and have fantastic plans for the holidays. My 'hood is expecting crazy rain today, so much so that the school I work at was canceled, to which the New Englander in me says "pshawwww, you silly gooses, it's just a little WATER", but to which the rational part of me says "Sweet, I'll take it!".  I haven't felt up for working on the 'log lately, partly because I already spend so much time on the computer screen at work, and partly because I have so many things I want to blog about that sometimes it's kind of overwhelming and I just don't know where to start. But I'm feeling a rekindling of blog-love over here. It must be the holidays or something - it brings it out of me! Hopefully we'll see more of each other soon.

So now down to business. Jimmy and I are keeping it light on the gifting this year, mostly because we're putting our dollars towards some 2015 travel, but also because we have birthdays this year that we're saving our energy for (it's a big one for both of us...that rhymes with hurty...eek!). But I couldn't help but pull together a bunch of gifts that I know that he and any other adventure/flavor/music/USA-made loving men would enjoy. Would the man in your life like this stuff?

Happy rain-day everyone! 


Thursday, November 27, 2014

Today I'm thankful for so many things. For everything, really. But a few things come especially to mind:

+ a family that let me grow up feeling oh so loved and supported
+ holiday traditions
+ a home away from home in beautiful Tahoe and the amazing friends that host us here
+ California, and all of the adventure that's constantly at my fingertips
+ friends that are like a second family to me
+ New England and all it's beauty
+ an inspiring and supportive job that has given me incredible growth opportunities
+ Jim, Jim, and Jim again. His values, his hardworking and adventurous spirit, and the way he makes me crack up constantly
+ a beautiful ski season on the horizon (**snow dance**)
+ an upcoming New Year already filled with exciting travel plans
+ the mountains, trees, oceans and stars
+ Champagne, stuffing, cheese and pie 

I hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving weekend, friends! Check out my Thanksgiving playlist if you're in the mood for some nostalgic, grateful, happy jams :).

Weekly Wishes :: 2

Monday, November 10, 2014

Hi everyone! I took a little bloggy break. Some focus was needed at work plus I've been a bit under the weather. Yesterday Jim and I both were both feeling pretty yucky so we enjoyed a Sunday sick day together...and it was actually pretty fun! Normally we would make sure to be productive and do some exploring, and if only one of us was sick the healthy one would probably put the pressure on to get us going. But with both of us sniffling, sneezing and coughing...we let ourselves take it easy. It's funny how productive you can still feel while doing "nothing" around the house. Some long overdue online purchases, changing out a headlight, having time to cook a real meal for the first time in awhile, self was a productive day!

I'm back with the Weekly Wishes because last time it worked - I really knocked those tasks out. So what do I hope to accomplish this week...

:: This week's wishes ::

  1. Sleep 8 hours a night. I'm still not feeling great today, so this wish is exactly where my head's at right now. Jim and I are always trying to go to bed earlier but this week I'm going to make it a priority.
  2. Firm up some travel plans. I have a few fun trips in the works right now that need to be nailed down (hotels, flights etc.)  - I hope to take care of this this week so that I can start officially looking forward to my travels! Isn't life just better when you have an adventure to look forward to?
  3. Find a good photo editing system on the mac. Maybe you guys can help me with this one... I'm looking for a great, free (or cheap) editing software for my Mac. Editing with iPhoto is fine but sometimes I want to step it up a notch. I'm still not completely used to the organization system on my mac either so that's probably half the battle. Any cheap & intuitive favorites out there??
Have a great week, everyone!

The Nectar Collective
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