The Friday Five

Friday, October 24, 2014

One // Today I finally travel home and will sleep in my own bed for the first time in weeks. It will be heavenly. This weekend is also Northwestern's Homecoming Weekend - go Raiders! I foresee many reunions, some high stakes athletic games, and everything fall related.

Two // Do you ever have it where you look in your closet and feel as though every creative juice in your body has gone missing? That is where I am at right now with my work attire. Leave a link below to your favorite Pinterest inspired work outfit to help me get inspired!

Three // I ate at, hands down, the best burger place that exists in America yesterday. It is called Zinburger and was seriously delicious. I am usually not one for bathroom selfies, but this place was too much of a hoot not to. Next time you're in sunny Arizona, hit one up!

Four // What books have you been reading lately? I am going through a reading drought and could use some strong recommendations. And yes, I am somewhat picky about what I read but give it a shot and I will check it out.

Five // Can you believe it is practically November? Oh my lanta, this year is just zipping right on by and the holidays are right around the corner. Next week there is a super exciting announcement coming up regarding the Christmas season and According to Laura Jean. You do not want to miss out, stay tuned.

Ideas for Practical Wedding Gifts

Thursday, October 23, 2014

I am a giver by nature. If money grew on trees, I would buy the whole world gifts. In many situations I find myself coming up with excuses to gift a little something something to friends, family, and sometimes even strangers.

Weddings are a perfect opportunity to give, give, give and shower the new couple with some love and presents to start out their new lives together. Of course it is fun to run through the aisles of Target and register for everything imaginable - not like we speak from experience or anything. Since getting married however I have developed a love for gifting practical and not-so-average wedding gifts.

You have heard the stories of newlyweds receiving eleven crock pots, three coffee makers, and seemingly five hundred cookie sheets, right? Well now is your chance to liven things up a bit and gift the couple some practical yet unique items that they may not have registered for but will put to great use.

Travel Gift Cards
One of our favorite practical gifts received from our wedding was a $15 Starbucks gift card. Maybe that says something about who we are but it was perfect timing for our honeymoon. We had an early early morning to the airport and with coffee and a muffin in hand we were ready to go! Travel gift cards for coffee shops, eateries, and gas stations that can be found around the country are great gifts that can be put to use right away.

Cleaning Supplies
You may be rolling your eyes right now thinking boring, who wants to open a wedding gift filled with cleaning supplies? As all the wives raise their hands and say, I do! Many times the fresh couple is moving into a new place and have not had the time or energy to even think about maintaining it in the everyday post-wedding life. The basic cleaning supplies meet an immediate need and is one less thing for the couple to worry about upon returning from wedding bliss.

Movie Tickets
Who doesn't love date nights with your lover? Pick up some movie tickets, a restaurant gift card, or concert tickets for the couple to enjoy a night out when normal life sets back in. This is a fun, easy, and affordable gift for both the giver and receiver.

One funny memory I have of the first few weeks of marriage includes getting home from our honeymoon to a completely empty refrigerator and cupboards and thinking okay what now? There were loads of laundry to be washed, gifts to unload, and work to prepare for the next morning and the last thing we wanted to do was go grocery shopping. Load up a whole gift bag or tote packed with nonperishable food items to prepare the honeymooners for their return to home. Triple points for Trader Joe's or Whole Foods shoppers!

Magazine or Netflix Subscription
Does the couple love reading? Do they enjoy watching movies? Sign them up for a one year magazine or Netflix subscription on your dime. We received a Relevant subscription and have loved the opportunity to dive in together and discuss the articles. Just be sure to check with the couple first to see if they already have a subscription.

What are your go-to wedding gift ideas?
What would you like to receive for your wedding?

Etsy Swap 2014 Reveal

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Can I let you in on a secret theory of mine? I think snail mail is making a comeback and I am all about this trend. We are so glued to technology day in and day out that when a pretty little thing arrives in our mailboxes or on our doorsteps we are overjoyed by the intention someone put in to sending it. You with me?

When Amy and Meg announced their third official Etsy Swap I was ecstatic. Not only did this mean both sending and receiving snail mail but also shopping from some of my favorite Etsy shops. Double win. My mission was to shop for Jordyn from She Who Fears (stop on over to her blog, she is a gem). Some of her favorite things includes the outdoors, succulents, and art and she described her style as whimsical, modern, and simple. I fell in love with this succulent print and rustic wood frame - as did you on Instagram - and shipped it off with a few extra goodies and a note.

Although I was head over heels pumped for this swap, I was also sad in knowing that October is one crazy month for me and I would likely be out of state when my Etsy Swap package arrived. Funny, funny Laura, little did you know it would arrive minutes before you left. I snatched up the package and hit the road. Sweet Meg, who had me, must have known we needed gummy worms for our trip, they were eaten too quickly to be photographed!

Meg's package was perfection in my book, filled with everything lovely. She wrote the sweetest note along with giving several artsy cards, an adorable moose towel, a Mother Theresa quoted frame, and a print that will be hanging front and center in our house as it is Jacob and my life motto. This girl I tell you is a first class Etsy giver!

What was your favorite Etsy Swap item?
Include a link to your post in the comments below so I can check out your goodies.
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