Katie wrote, "By the time I remember I need the heart shape for Valentine's Day, they are sold out... I thought a cute and practical idea might be a cookie cutter for each month or so there is a cookie-worthy holiday. Would make a nice house warming or shower gift.
What can you find?"
Yeah, that would be a cute and practical idea, Katie! Maybe you should go into business with it, because I couldn't find anything of the sort aside from a few collections that seem to weigh heavily on one holiday or another. But it's an easy thing to assemble yourself; I picked out my favorite for each month below. Smells like a subscription box idea to me! - Mitchy
1. GSA Champagne Glass Cookie Cutter ($2)
2. Wilton Friendship Heart Cookie Cutter ($2)
3. Clover Cookie Cutter ($14)
4. Sitting Rabbit Cookie Cutter ($3)
5. Daisy Cookie Cutter ($2)
6. GSA Graduation Cap Cookie Cutter ($2)
7. Eagle Cookie Cutter ($1)
8. Mini Seashell Cookie Cutter ($8)
9. Old River Road Squirrel Cookie Cutter ($14)
10. Little Devil Stainless Steel Cookie Cutter ($9)
11. Mini Turkey Cookie Cutter ($8)
12. Penguin Cookie Cutter ($14)
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Mitchy here: I'd be happy to never put on another pair of pants. What this means for you is that I love all kinds of casual dress shopping. I also love making costumes, and retro-kitschy home decor. And though I'm one of many at Outblush, I'd like to think I am the Grand Poobah of cat ladies.
What's the name of that Matt Damon movie that came out in the last couple of years? Was it We Knit A Zoo? We think the plot was something like this: Following the death of his wife, Matt Damon's character moves his family to the countryside to focus on reconnecting with the earth and doing work by hand. Together, they create a menagerie of knitted animals using the easy-to-follow instructions in Sally Muir and Joanna Osborne's book, Knit Your Own Zoo ($10). We were so moved by the family bonding (and the cute animals) that we plan on designating every night family knitting night until we have a pair of every animal in the book.
If you've almost set fire to your home as many times as Jennifer Lawrence's character in American Hustle, it's time to take tighter safety precautions. The Turn Off Your Straightener Door Mat ($40) serves as a friendly reminder on your way out to work that you might have forgotten to unplug something dangerous. Take that, absentmindedness!
Ceci n'est pas un crayon. And yet, it is a case for holding pencils, and a good reason to start carrying your favorite drawing utensils with you everywhere you go. It's just so cute! Though we suppose you could also use the Erlios Pencil Case ($43) for carrying around other things, like makeup and other accessories - or even, gasp, pens - it's just that doing so would take away the layer of surrealism, y'know?
Accessorizing for dummies: if your jewelry has every color in it, it will likely match anything you put on. Yes, even black - everything goes with black. Try this Rainbow Starlite Bib ($58) for a bold statement.
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The '80s called and they said, "Yo, please enjoy this sweater." The neon, the chevrons, the leopard - all staples of history's most fashionable decade. Tibi has never been afraid of prints, so we're happy to see that they've tackled these trends, that could so easily get out of hand, and combined them in the loosely fitting - but not oversized - Nelio Cotton and Modal-Blend Sweater ($148, on sale). We'd wear this in a heartbeat, and not ironically.
We compared the decorative embroidery on the Mara & Mine X-Ray Side Slippers ($350) to an actual x-ray, and we guess there's sort of a resemblance. Of course, these loafers never claimed to be educational charts, so we'll let it go. They're the companion shoes to the Jem Skull Slippers, which, now that we're studying them more closely, might make your feet look huge.
Add moisture back to your hair by having a weekly date with a dollop of Klorane's Hair Mask with Papyrus Milk ($24). After you wash your hair, run a bit of the mask through your locks and busy yourself with something else for a few minutes (like the annoying task of leg shaving). Rinse out and comb through. Regular use ought to stop your hair from falling victim to untamable tangles and flyaways.
Hanging the Let's Be Epic Art Print ($18) by Leah Flores Designs ought to remind you to live an adventurous life. Sure, you'll still have to deal with the daily grind, but keep your weekends free for something fun, like joining a pottery class or rappelling down a seaside cliff - wherever your comfort level tops out!
Though we hear it pays surprisingly well, we could never make it as trash collectors. Heck, we're grossed out enough at having to lift our own trash can lid. It's smelly, it's crusty, and it's super unhygienic. The Semi-Round Sensor Can ($120) allows you to avoid direct contact with your bin. Just wave your hand near the can and voilà! the motion sensor opens the lid so you can discard scraps without having to touch anything. Now if only we could wave our hand to signal the trash to take itself out...
Brighten up your bathroom with a new Horizon Stripe Shower Curtain ($49). The simple, clean lines are trumped only by that burst of citrus yellow at the bottom. (As if you needed another reason to linger in the shower every morning!)
This "in-between seasons" time is almost as bad on your skin as the middle of a frigid winter. Some days it's super chilly and dry out while you hustle from car to office and others, it warms up and you spend your extra time basking in the sun during your lunch break . WiseWays Herbal's All Heal Salve ($10/1-ounce) should help renew your skin regardless of the elements you're facing. And don't toss it once summer hits - it'll be a lifesaver after a long day in the garden!
What to do with this Stoneware Eye ($240)? You could use it as a cheese and charcuterie board, or you could set it up on a shelf as decor, something to be gazed upon and appreciated throughout your day. Just don't look at it too long, as you may find yourself getting sleepier and sleepier and sleepier...
Be still, our thumping hearts! We couldn't possibly adore a handbag set as much as we do the With Love From Brit-Stitch Poppy Collection ($150). The leather satchel is adorned with a simple heart and comes with a coordinating coin purse and signature key tag. Big enough for the essentials, the half-pint size will keep you unencumbered while it's slung over your shoulder as you commute, shop, or head out to TCB.
Hold up! Before you scroll past these plain sheets wondering why we'd ever bother to post them, we want you to know this: SHEEX are not just any sheets. They're performance sheets, made with science! The whole idea behind them is that yes, you do sweat quite a bit in your sleep, and regular sheets just let all that liquid seep in (sorry for the unappealing visual). So why not create sheets with properties akin to the moisture-wicking fabric you wear when you work out? Although they may not be the most beautiful sheets we've ever shared, we're thinking about ordering a set ($129-$199) to see if it provides us with the better, more temperature-controlled sleep that we desire.