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holiday prep

Where does the time go? I find that is something I ask myself constantly these days. I’m trying not to get too existential here, but it feels like I was 26 just yesterday. Does anyone else have these mini-crises? Sometimes I have to remind myself to sit still and just take in the moment, even if it’s the flicker of candles in my living room. I have the feeling that this weekend will be spent writing my late holiday cards and catching up on some gift shopping.

In case you missed it, here’s what was on the blog this week:

cozy holidaysphotos from Instagram

gift guide // the manly man - perfect gifts for any man in your life, from boyfriend to father to brother

While I don’t exactly have a man in my life this year, that doesn’t mean my eyes aren’t always open for great gifts for my guy friends, my dad, uncles, etc. Plus, I always find it fun to check out man stuff, especially when the pieces have that rugged, burly, lumberjack vibe. Not gonna lie, I’m a fan of a dapper dude, so these gifts are perfect for the guy who’s stylish… or could use a bit of style assistance. Here are my top picks for the men in your life:

  1. buffalo plaid trapper hat from Target ($11.89)
  2. whiskey wedge glass from Uncommon Goods ($14.95)
  3. dinosaur laptop sleeve ($65) — not gonna lie, I kinda want this for myself!
  4. bacon money clip from Jack Spade ($68)
  5. dapper felt pendant from Scoutmob ($26)
  6. canchuto leather wallet from Accompany ($44)
  7. Misc Goods Co. ceramic flask from Bridge & Burn ($92)
  8. anchor soap on a rope ($30)
  9. fine & dandy brass comb from Bridge & Burn ($27)
  10. the mercer backpack from Accompany ($225)

p.s. here’s more gift inspiration, including hostess gifts and my list for the bookworm!

gift guide // the bookworm - what to get the avid readers in your life!

Admittedly, I am quite the bookworm, so this gift guide kind of acts as a personal wish list of sorts, too. Let me put it this way: if I could, I’d live in one of those houses with fully-stocked bookshelves from floor to ceiling, complete with one of those wheel-y ladders, of course. I love all books: historical fiction, smutty romance novels, art books, even the rare self-help book. They are all equal — and loved — in my eyes. Here are my top picks for the bookworm in your life:

  1. Nick Knight: Flora by Sandra Knapp
  2. Hans Blomquist in Detail: Inspiring Ideas for Creative Interiors by Hans Blumquis
  3. Infinite City: A San Francisco Atlas by Rebecca Solnit
  4. Home Is Where You Park It by Foster Huntington
  5. Pen & Ink: Tattoos and the Stories Behind Them by Isaac Fitzgerald and Wendy MacNaughton
  6. Tiny Beautiful Things: Advice on Love and Life from Dear Sugar by Cheryl Strayed and Women Who Run with the Wolves by Clarissa Pinkola Estés — I believe that you must give these two books together and that all women should have them. Truly, these books are life changing.
  7. The New Bohemians: Cool and Collected Homes by Justina Blakeney — available for pre-order!

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natural pet tips for pets during the holidays — the ultimate cat sitting check list, ready for you to download and print out! #beyondpartners

The holidays are really the best time to surround yourself with pets, don’t you think? I use it as another excuse to take extra care of my pets by treating them to all kinds of homemade, natural treats. Today I partnered up with Beyond Natural Pet Food to share 3 great tips to care for your furry friends during the holidays! (To try it for yourself, click here  for a free 4 lb bag of Beyond Natural Dry Dog food and click here for a free 3 lb. bag of Beyond Natural Dry Cat food.)

natural pet tips for pets during the holidays — the ultimate cat sitting check list, ready for you to download and print out! #beyondpartnersTo start, let’s talk about travel: if you’re like me, it’s a given that your pet will come with you wherever you go for the holidays. I tend to bring Noodle with me wherever I go, while Georgette holds down the fort at home with our awesome cat-sitter, Jane. I really hate leaving her at home, but I know it’s much more stressful for her to travel. To ease my mind while preparing for a trip, I’ve crafted the ultimate cat sitting checklist downloadable!

natural pet tips for pets during the holidays — the ultimate cat sitting check list, ready for you to download and print out! #beyondpartners natural pet tips for pets during the holidays — the ultimate cat sitting check list, ready for you to download and print out! #beyondpartnersIt’s super easy: simply download, print out, and use as a check list to ensure that all of your kitty’s needs are met while you’re away — and that you have supplied your cat sitter with everything she needs to take the very best care of your baby!

natural pet tips for pets during the holidays — the ultimate cat sitting check list, ready for you to download and print out! #beyondpartnersDownload your Ultimate Cat Sitting Checklist here!

natural pet tips for pets during the holidays —upcycled catnip toy #beyondpartnersWhile we’re on the topic of my beautiful baby Georgette, let’s discuss toys. She’s a bit of a catnip fiend, so at the holidays I like to treat her to an extra-special handmade catnip toy!

Upcycled Catnip Toy
You’ll need:

  • an old t-shirt
  • dried catnip
  • baker’s twine or ribbon
  • bells
  • scissors

natural pet tips for pets during the holidays —upcycled catnip toy #beyondpartnersnatural pet tips for pets during the holidays —upcycled catnip toy #beyondpartnersTo make your own, cut out a large circle from the old t-shirt. Lay flat on your surface and add catnip to the center. Gather the ends together and tie with a bit of baker’s twine or ribbon. I added a jingly bell to make the toy extra special and festive for the holidays.

natural pet tips for pets during the holidays —upcycled catnip toy #beyondpartnersA certain someone couldn’t help but get in on the action!

natural pet tips for pets during the holidays —upcycled catnip toy #beyondpartnersnatural pet tips for pets during the holidays —upcycled catnip toy #beyondpartners

During the holidays, I always try to remember those less fortunate, especially all the sweet pups and kitties in animal shelters. Many shelters rely on donations to stay open and provide care for strays (like Saved Me in Philadelphia where I used to volunteer and found my sweet Noodle), so I make sure to donate food every year. Just because it’s a donation doesn’t mean I can’t make it special, so I like to make my own wrapping paper.

natural pet tips for pets during the holidays — DIY wrapping, perfect for wrappings gifts for your fuzzy friends and donations to your local shelter #beyondpartnersDIY Wrapping Paper
You’ll need:

  • paper – I used a natural, undyed kraft paper, but you can also recycle newspaper!
  • craft paint
  • drinkking glasses

natural pet tips for pets during the holidays — DIY wrapping, perfect for wrappings gifts for your fuzzy friends and donations to your local shelter #beyondpartnersTo make your own wrapping paper, flatten each sheet of paper. Pour your craft paint into low containers and dip drinking glasses into the paint. You can mix up the print by using both ends of the glass, too. To create overlapping dots, let each layer dry before adding more.

natural pet tips for pets during the holidays — DIY wrapping, perfect for wrappings gifts for your fuzzy friends and donations to your local shelter #beyondpartnersDon’t you just love the special touch the metallic gold paint adds?

natural pet tips for pets during the holidays #beyondpartnersWe hope you and your furry family have a very special holiday!

natural pet tips for pets during the holidays #beyondpartners

Photography by Ashley Batz 

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Beyond Natural Pet Food. All opinions are my own and I would never endorse something I didn’t completely love. Thank you for supporting the brands that keep Jojotastic going.

p.s. pamper your pet the natural way with these spa DIYs!

gift guide // your bff

I’m gonna start off this post by dedicating this gift guide to my bff, Lindsey. She’s a lady of discerning tastes and excellent style. The funny part is that we are kind of total opposites. She’s got her act together and I consider it a good day when I put on pants. And she’s really fancy: she’s into fragrances and can spout off all the notes. Oh, and she has the best handwriting of anyone I’ve ever met. Obviously, my bff (and yours) deserves the best this holiday season. Here’s my list of ideas:

  1. passport cover from Saturday ($50)
  2. drusy ring from Leif ($78)
  3. gold eyelash curler from Sephora ($20)
  4. OMG keychain from ban.do ($12)
  5. Byredo perfume from Net-a-porter ($145)
  6. solid gold hair pins from Coléoptère ($3,250) – ok, these are kind of a splurge…
  7. brass candleholders from Need Supply ($115)
  8. bathing salts from Half Hitch Goods ($24)
  9. Makossa clutch from Accompany ($198)

p.s. here’s more gift inspiration, including hostess gifts and what to get your favorite foodie!

minicyn jewelry - www.jojotastic.com

When it comes to accessorizing, I’m all about rings. I love ‘em in all varieties: stacked, singular statements, and vintage. So you can imagine my excitement upon finding Minicyn jewelry over on Etsy. Hailing from Paris, Cynthia creates handmade eco-friendly silver and gold pieces with the perfect amount of refined detail. Some of her pieces are boldly modern, yet still delicate, while others take design cues from the Victorian era for the slightest bit of embellishment (like my personal favorite, this ring). If you’re looking for a special handmade gift that is totally unique, Minicyn is for you.

minicyn jewelry - www.jojotastic.comminicyn jewelry - www.jojotastic.com minicyn jewelry - www.jojotastic.comHer earrings are pretty damn cute, too, huh? I really just love how feminine and delicate everything feels.

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gift guide // for the hostess with the mostess (and tons of gift ideas under $100!)

With the flurry of holiday parties to attend, it feels like you have so much to remember (or at least that’s how I feel). But really, there’s one thing that’s totally key: rolling up with a great hostess gift. She’s toiled all day in the kitchen, waved her shoes-in-the-house policy, and laid out the most gorgeous cheese plate — so of course she deserves a lovely gift for all of her troubles. Here are some of my top picks for saying a great big thank you to the hostess:

  1. smoke striped pillow from Crane & Canopy ($72)
  2. ring dish from Suite One Studio ($30) — hurry, it’s the last one left!
  3. tear drop vase from Baba Souk ($40)
  4. cloud pot holder from Baba Souk ($19.50)
  5. sachet set from Rebecca Atwood ($25)
  6. porcelain gold glazed spoons from Accompany ($18)
  7. toasting flutes from Shopbop ($70)
  8. sandalwood candle from Simple Life Istanbul ($50)
  9. “A glass of wine a day keeps the doctor away” glass from Nordstrom ($18)

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