Archive for December, 2010
***This giveaway is no longer accepting entries – scroll down to see who won!***
I won’t lie. When the folks at Skil wanted to offer up one of their tools this holiday season, we had trouble picking out the perfect prize for you guys. Then they offered to give away a four-tool-tastic combo pack so we didn’t have to make that call. Nice, right?
So this week’s winner will be scoring all four tools pictured above, which are officially dubbed the 18V Lithium Ion Cordless 4-Tool Combo Pack. Which means the drill, circular saw, reciprocating saw, and flashlight all work off of the same rechargeable battery. So here’s how you can snag this last minute Christmas present for yourself (or the handyman / woman in your life):
- PRIZE: The 18V Lithium Ion Cordless 4-Tool Combo Pack from Skil.
- TO ENTER: Comment on this post with the words “SKIL ME!” and…
- BONUS QUESTION: … tell us about another foursome you love. Maybe it’s a band (the Beatles?) or maybe it’s a group of fictional characters (the ladies of Sex and the City?) or real people in your life (your four kids?).
- GIVEAWAY CLOSES: Wednesday, December 22nd at 8pm EST
- NUMBER OF WINNERS: One
- PRIZE SHIPS: United States of America
- USUAL STUFF: One entry per e-mail address is permitted. The winners will be selected using random.org and announced on Thursday as an update to this post. That’s right, come right back here Thursday morning for the announcement of our winner. Good luck…
And just in time for X-mas, our lucky winner (as chosen by random.org) is… Ashley (who’s favorite foursome is her family of four). Congrats!
We actually got our tree back up a few days ago amidst boxes and general chaos (here it is the first time when we set it up in the old house). We figured we’d never be 100% organized and unpacked before the holidays hit, but taking an hour to get into the spirit in our brand new house for our bean’s first Christmas was just what the doctor ordered. We found the perfect spot for our tree in the corner of the living room (right near the sliders that lead out into the sunroom and the doorway that connects to the kitchen).
We also hung my beloved Pottery Barn wreath (a gift from John’s mom a few years back) on the back of the fireplace in the living room that will someday be double-sided. I just stare at that empty green bookcase and picture a blazing fire…
And the other side of the fireplace (which is located in the eat-in part of the kitchen) looks like this:
I know, I know – that paneling, dark brick, and red tile is ka-raaaazy. But there’s still something sweet about seeing our stockings (John and I share one so Clara and Burger each get their own), my little faux presents, a few feather trees, some ceramic fruit/birds, and our cardboard snowflake wreath up there to keep things festive until we can break out the primer and paint to lighten things up.
Oh and as I was unpacking I spotted those cute silver zebra-ish plates (from Crate & Barrel a few years back) and decided to stick them up on the mantel as well. Why not- it’s a kitchen, right?
They add a nice little shot of holiday sparkle. So I try to rest my eyes on those little gems (instead of all that paneling- oy!). Can’t wait to brighten things up in there. Oh and speaking of painting, we actually tackled Clara’s room this weekend. It felt good to be back in our painting clothes! We went in a totally different direction than we did in her last nursery, so we’ll have to snap some pictures and share them soon…
Here’s our last installment of our recent gift sleuthing spree (see part one here and part two here) and this time we paid Urban Outfitters a visit. It’s always full of cute, quirky, and downright hilarious gift ideas that are usually pretty affordable. Here’s what we found:
These sparkly pillows were pretty luxe looking (and around $30, as opposed to something similar that we saw at Crate & Barrel for $99).
This $22 book of “Other People’s Love Letters” reminded us of those Post Secret books (we love them, and actually own two volumes of ‘em- they’re great for leaving in a guest room so visitors can entertain themselves).
For the techie in your life, these funny $16 iPhone app refrigerator magnets could be perfect (if not a bit expensive- maybe they’re a good DIY gift idea too?).
This pretty canvas print would definitely work for any newly married couples who just got their first house. So cute. And it might also be DIYable with floral fabric, some fabric paint, and some stencils. I somehow forgot to note the price for this one. Boo.
These sweet $8 mugs had so much charm. And they’re great to give full of any number of things (fancy tea bags or coffee grounds, a bag of cookies or biscotti, even pencils or pens for a work friend’s cubicle).
Of course we had to take a picture of the quirky band aids on the left for Burger. And anything with a mustache joke is cool with us, hence the box on the right. These could make pretty funny stocking stuffers. Sidenote: I just googled mustache to be sure I was spelling it right since the box has that funny spelling that made me second guess my first instinct and look at what came up. Those are some intricate mustache designs…
Here’s a $36 faux chandelier that we thought would be a great gift for a fancy fashionista friend. We can totally picture it hanging above an entryway table, a dining area, or even inside of a cool walk in closet (best of all: no wiring necessary).
And we had to snap a picture of this dude from The Hangover…
… because if John had a goatee and some glasses it might have been a pretty good representation of his “heck-yeah-I’m-wearing-a-baby” fashion choice.
Of course Clara was asleep at this point so she missed the hilarity. Anyway, so ends our three store virtual shopping spree. Off to unpack some more.
Psst- We weren’t paid or perk’d to mention these items or stores, we just like them and thought you might too.