Bloom: Finding Beauty in the Unexpected

We've been reading Kelle Hampton's blog, Enjoying the Small Things, for a while now. Her beautiful photography and heartwarming family stories never fail to give us warm fuzzies. Now her book, Bloom: Finding Beauty in the Unexpected, has hit the stores and we can't wait... [More]

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Pat Sloan's Favorite Techniques: Tips, Tricks, and Techniques to Enhance Your Quilting

We've been telling ourselves for years we'll learn how to quilt. There is something so enviable about using a quilt someone made by hand. Pat Sloan's Favorite Techniques ($23) is a good source for getting started and offers plenty of patterns to follow. We appreciate... [More]

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The Gastrokid Cookbook

Are we the only ones who gag a little when we see parents settling for eating kid-food? Since when did kids call the shots? Growing up in a big family, we ate what we were served. And it wasn't hot dogs and mac 'n' cheese.... [More]

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How To Make Books

As kids we didn't need instructions to tell us how to make books. We just folded notebook paper in half, wrapped a piece of cardboard around the whole thing, and stapled along the spine. Although the vertical lines never bothered us then, these days we're... [More]

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If you've ever stared at your living room wall for an hour wondering how to give your space a little pep, you are not alone! We're constantly updating and changing our apartment and usually we seek out advice from sources even cooler than ourselves (we... [More]

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OMG, it's like they wrote Quiet ($15) about Outblush. Kidding aside, Quiet is an interesting book about introverted types, the ways in which they're undervalued, their potential, and how we can tap into our positive introvertive qualities. This is a definite must-read!... [More]

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Appliqué Your Way

Technically, if we appliquéd "our way" we'd be purchasing our knickknacks from Pier 1 instead of making them ourselves. Why? Cause we're not that handy. Or, we didn't think we were... Appliqué Your Way ($17) walks us through thirty-five different projects. That's thirty-five more ways... [More]

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Passions Beer Journal

You know the saying "too much of a good thing"? The real trouble is one kind of too much of a good thing. Keep track of which beers you've been imbibing in in this Passions Beer Journal ($20). 'Cause there are too many good beers... [More]

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Behind the Beautiful Forevers

If you're looking to read a book that will move you, Behind the Beautiful Forevers ($16) is it. Written about an undercity of Mumbai, Pulitzer Prize winner Katherine Boo's book follows multiple families who are hoping for a better life as India starts to become... [More]

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I've Got Your Number: A Novel

Sure, we prefer Anna Karenina and War and Peace, but sometimes a light read is all our tuckered-out brains want to process, and we turn to books like I've Got Your Number ($17). Poppy is about to get married to her "perfect man" when a... [More]

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Handyman In-Your-Pocket

Is that a Handyman In-Your-Pocket ($12), or are you just happy to be renovating your kitchen?... [More]

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Marshmallow Madness

Have you ever tasted a homemade marshmallow? Wow! Someone shared a batch with us and we seriously wanted to stuff 'em all in our mouths at once (a la "chubby bunny") and savor the sweet flavors forever. According to Marshmallow Madness ($17) by Shauna Sever,... [More]

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The Unofficial Mad Men Cookbook

We celebrated the return of Mad Men with a 1960s feast: a wedge salad, pot roast with potatoes, creamed spinach, and a pineapple upside-down cake for dessert. It was truly delicious, but made us understand why the life expectancy in 1965 was eight years lower... [More]

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A Year of Fortunes

Fortune cookies are gross. They're usually stale, for one thing. And when they're not stale, they still taste like cardboard. Why should we have to get through this nasty excuse for a pastry just to find out what the Fates have in store for us?... [More]

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The Art of Manliness

We're thankful our boyfriend is a real man, but even he'd like reading The Art of Manliness ($11). With instructions on being a perfect houseguest, raising resilient kids, and giving a dynamic speech, this book is handy for both sexes. We could learn some things... [More]

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Baking in America

It's time to combat the belief that our baking knowledge extends to hamburger buns with or without sesame seeds. Baking in America ($21) features American recipes (and thus a history of the national sweet tooth) from 1796 up into the modern era. Whether you're looking... [More]

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Excuses & Lies For All Occasions Book

We are far too honest to pride ourselves on being good liars, which is why we are excited about this Excuses & Lies ($9) book. We'll keep this little gem handy so we know just what to say the next time our cousin invites us... [More]

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Peace Love and Barbecue

A good cookbook should embody three key elements: finger-licking recipes, entertaining writing, and practical tips that improve our kitchen prowess. Peace Love and Barbecue ($17) boasts all three. This awesome book comes stocked with recipes that will make you swoon, stories that will make you... [More]

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Remember when you told your coworker that you're a vegetarian and he asked you how you live? Or when your college boyfriend confused being a vegetarian with only eating salad and tofu and said he couldn't live a life like that? Honestly. Anyone who is... [More]

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Girl In The Kitchen

Maybe following (and taking notes on) the way a Top Chef winner approaches her kitchen will help us to infuse a little more innovation into our own. Stephanie Izard's Girl In The Kitchen ($20) is chock-full of unique flavor combinations, wine and beer pairings, and... [More]

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