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:
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:
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:
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.)
To 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!
It’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!
While 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
an old t-shirt
baker’s twine or ribbon
To 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.
A certain someone couldn’t help but get in on the action!
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.
DIY Wrapping Paper
paper – I used a natural, undyed kraft paper, but you can also recycle newspaper!
To 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.
Don’t you just love the special touch the metallic gold paint adds?
We hope you and your furry family have a very special holiday!
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!
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:
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.
Her earrings are pretty damn cute, too, huh? I really just love how feminine and delicate everything feels.
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:
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