25 Facts About Me

I always like reading these posts because I get to learn random little facts about people, but it is much harder than I expected to come up with facts off the cuff. Nevertheless, I give you 25 random facts about myself:

  1. I have to read the entire menu at a restaurant before I can order, even if I already know what I would like. 
  2. I love mailing and receiving handwritten letters. 
  3. I have a typewriter collection. 
  4. My first stuffed animal was a teddy bear named Duffy. I still have him to this day, and he has the VIP seat on my bed. 
  5. I enjoy fancy social gatherings wherein I am required to dress accordingly.
  6. I almost never answer the phone. I don’t know how to deal with phone calls.
  7.  My hands and feet are always cold.
  8. I dressed up as Elmo for my first Halloween. 
  9. I prefer Macs to PCs. 
  10. I am a Scorpio, and I read my horoscope almost every morning, if not every morning, just to see what it says the day holds. 
  11. I am an only child. 
  12. I always seem to be years behind on trends. 
  13. Beauty and the Beast is my favourite Disney movie. 
  14. I like ketchup, but not tomato soup. 
  15. My perfect day would be sitting in a comfy chair next to a fireplace reading a book aloud to my best friend, with my cat curled up in my lap and a cup of hot chocolate on a nearby table. 
  16. I don’t drink alcohol all that often; only sometimes at holidays or out with friends. 
  17. I did not learn how to drive until I was 19 years old. 
  18. I want to take classes for so many different things: sign language, spoken languages, Braille, art, and yoga teacher training to name a few. 
  19. I love buying new and used books whenever I travel somewhere new. 
  20. I want to go on a road trip through the US, hitting up states like Ohio, Oklahoma, Wyoming, Kansas, Texas, Tennessee, New York, and so many more. 
  21. I have a box for each one of my friends, inside which I keep little items from my time spent with them like movie tickets, wrappers, rocks, etc. 
  22. I always organize my shopping cart at the grocery store. I detest a haphazardly loaded cart. 
  23. My phone is an iPhone 4, and I have had it for over 6 years now. It still works most of the time, except on occasion the home button gets stuck. 
  24. I can’t have different foods touch on my plate. 
  25. I am left-handed. 

I’d like to get to know you better too. Tell me a random fact about yourself in the comments 🙂 🙂 

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Chocolate Chip Cookies 

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Good morning!!!

If you have been reading this blog for awhile, you might remember that I did a post about chocolate chip cookie baking for one of the days of Blogmas. However, my friend Travis with whom I do most of the baking that appears on this blog, turned 28 on Thursday and we wanted to bake something classic. 

After whisking the batter for cupcakes and cheesecake with a manual whisk since we didn’t have an electric mixer, I got him a mixer for his birthday and we tested it out on this cookie recipe. I have to say, it worked pretty darn well and sped up the prep time by a good 15 minutes. 

Ingredients

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  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 cup packed sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 2 cups semisweet chocolate chips

Steps

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. 
  2. In a large bowl, mix the butter, white sugar, and brown sugar.
  3. Add in egg and vanilla extract. Mix well.
  4. Add flour and chocolate chips. Mix until fully combined.
  5. Dollop cookie dough onto ungreased cookie sheets.
  6. Bake for 10 minutes, or until lightly browned. 

Notes

  • Because these were birthday cupcakes, I wanted to make a few that were special, so some of the cookies were slightly bigger. One had 28 spelled out in chocolate chips, another had a K on it for my name, a C for Travis’s brother’s name, a heart-shaped cookie, and a cookie with a smiley face. Had we not made these cookies slightly bigger, this recipe would have made around 4 dozen cookies.
  • I never realized how efficient an electric mixer was until we had made cupcakes using a whisk and then made these cookies with the mixer. The prep time is essentially cut in half, which was nice because it gave us more time to catch up. 
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Peanut Butter Cookies

 

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Good morning!!! 

My goodness, June is almost half over and I have not published a single post yet. This isn’t from a lack of interest–I have lots of posts in my drafts– but I seem to have an issue with finishing posts and hitting the ‘publish’ button.

On Friday, I visited my grandparents and we baked peanut butter cookies. Typically, we do enough baking to last the rest of the year, but these cookies are so delicious that we got to snacking and polished off our stash of them. So, of course, rather than cut down our cookie consumption, we just waited for a cloudy day to bake more. 

Ingredients

  • ½ cup butter or margarine
  • ½ cup white sugar
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup smooth or crunchy peanut butter
  • 1 egg
  • 1 ½ cups flour
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • ¼ tsp vanilla
  • ¼ tsp salt

Steps

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. 
  2. In a large bowl, mix all ingredients together with electric mixer until fluffy. 
  3. Drop cookie dough onto baking sheets (non-stick or lined with aluminum foil).
  4. Bake for 8 minutes or until lightly browned. 

Notes

  • My grandmother and I doubled the recipe so we would have plenty of cookies, and we ended up with around 8 dozen or so (no exact count because, of course, we had to test a few . . . )
  • Though not included in the recipe, we also put in some baking powder.
  • It might be best to mix the sugar, flour, baking soda, and salt together in one bowl, and the butter, peanut butter, egg, and vanilla in another bowl, and then add them together gradually while mixing. We did it all at once and I think we worked the mixer harder than we probably should have. 
  • We used smooth peanut butter, but I am sure that crunchy peanut butter would work just as well. 
  • We didn’t put in any salt, partly because we don’t like to bake with it if it can be avoided, and partly because we didn’t have any. 

What have you been baking these days??? 

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What’s in My Bag??? Summer Edition

The other week, my best friend and I took a trip to the beach and the light of the setting sun through a log fort shone perfectly on my bag. This got me thinking that I have never done a what’s in my bag post. I love reading other people’s posts like this, so I wanted to try my hand at it. Plus, making collages on Polyvore is always fun. 


Let me know in the comments below what your must-haves are in your summer bag 😊😊

Double Chocolate Cheesecake 

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I am debating starting a Baking With Travis series on this blog because my friend Travis and I got together once again last Wednesday for some baking. We endeavoured to make a chocolate cheesecake. My grandmother recommended Martha Stewart’s triple chocolate cheesecake recipe, but we made a few modifications. 

Ingredients

  • 1 package (9 ounces) chocolate wafer cookies
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 4 bars (8 ounces each) cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 8 ounces semisweet chocolate, melted

Steps

  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Assemble a 9-inch springform pan.
  2. In a food processor, pulse cookies until finely ground. Then add butter and pulse to moisten. Press crumbs firmly and evenly into the bottom of the pan. Place pan on a rimmed baking sheet, bake 10 minutes, and then set aside. 
  3. Clean food processor. Add cream cheese, sugar, and salt, and blend until smooth. Then, with motor running, add eggs, then sour cream, and finally chocolate. Blend all together until smooth. Pour filling on top of crumbs in pan.
  4. Place pan in a roasting pan, and place roasting pan in oven. Then pour in boiling water to come halfway up the side of the pan. Bake for 1 hour, just until set. Then turn oven off and let cheesecake sit 1 hour in oven without having opening door (to help prevent cracking).  
  5. Run a thin knife around the edge of the pan (to help prevent cracking). Leave the cake in the pan, and cool it completely on a wire rack. Cover loosely and refrigerate for at least 6 hours or overnight.
  6. Unmold cheesecake. Let it set before serving.
  7. Optional: prepare chocolate ganache topping. 

Chocolate Ganache Topping

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Ingredients

  • 8 ounces semisweet chocolate
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt 

Steps

  1. Break up chocolate into pre-defined sections and place in a medium-sized bowl. 
  2. Bring cream to a boil, and pour over chocolate. Add in salt.
  3. Let it stand for 10 minutes without stirring (Stirring will result in ganache cooling too quickly and becoming grainy). 
  4. Stir until smooth and shiny to break up any remaining pieces of chocolate. 

Cooking notes:

  1. Immediately after arriving at his apartment with all of the ingredients, we realized we did not have a 9-inch springform pan, or any pan really, so Travis was lovely and went out got get a few different pan options. Meanwhile, I worked on crumbling graham crackers for the crust . . . 
  2. We also did not have a food processor so I crumbled the graham crackers by hand. This took way longer than expected and, by the time Travis got back with the cake pans, I had only done about half of the crackers needed. He came up with the ingenious idea of putting them all in a bag and then just whacking them with the sour cream container, and this worked much better. 
  3. The lack of food processor once again became an issue when making the body of the cheesecake because we couldn’t get the cream cheese to mix. I don’t know what microwaving actually does to cream cheese, if anything, but we microwaved it to soften it up. We also had to microwave the chocolate pieces before adding them to this for the same reason, but it worked perfectly fine. 
  4. We also realized too late that we didn’t have a roasting pan. Luckily Travis had make baked macaroni and cheese the night before in a giant pan, so we were able to wash this out and use it. And we had baked macaroni and cheese for dinner . . . yum. 
  5. The pan remedy was brilliant until Travis noticed a hole in the bottom. I found it hilarious at the time, but he had some Canadian Flag packing tape so we put that over the hole, hoping it would stick and hold in the boiling water. 
  6. The tape kind of worked to seal up the hole, but we took the baking tray out halfway through the hour-long cooking in the oven, dumped the water off, put more boiled water in, and stuck it back in the oven. I don’t think the cheesecake suffered from this, and without doing this, the water would have spilled over the edges of the baking sheet and caused a real mess in the oven. 
  7. This part was all on me: I forgot just how long it takes for a cheesecake to set in the refrigerator. To be fair though, the recipe says total time is 2 1/2 hours . . . I think not. We started making the cheesecake at about 6:30, and I left his apartment somewhere around 12am, with the cheesecake in the refrigerator for about 3 hours at that point. 
  8. Finally, the cheesecake kind of fell apart when Travis and his brother tested it the followingimg_0890 night, but it received a 10/10 rating for taste. Overall I think this cheesecake turned out pretty darn good given the ordeals that we encountered while making it. He and I joked at the end of making this that we could film our baking escapades and call them something like Gorilla Baking, because we keep trying out these elaborate recipes with no proper baking tools. What do you think??? Should we do it???

What is your favourite kind of cheesecake??? 

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Easter Baking

Hello there 🙂 🙂 

I hope everyone had a wonderful Easter yesterday with family and friends. I celebrated the holiday with my mother and grandparents and, while my grandparents insisted that they prepare dinner, I got to bring the dessert: a giant cupcake cake!!! Here are a few pictures of the baking process 🙂 🙂 img_0694 img_0697 img_0708 img_0705 img_0713 img_0711 img_0726 This is the niftiest cake pan I have ever come across. Made by Wilton, this cast aluminum pan has a non-stick surface and a lifetime warranty, making it the perfect addition to any baking arsenal. You can get it here if you are interested 🙂 🙂 

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7 Tips For a Better Night’s Sleep

20160317-152626.jpgGood morning everyone!!!

Although, perhaps not as good of a morning for some of you who did not have the best sleep last night. Poor sleep can be the result of many things, such as stress as the end of term approaches, anxiety about a project or test the next day, issues of personal or family physical or mental health, or just not being able to get comfortable. 

After three years of Psychology courses during which each professor would share some groundbreaking research findings about how to improve the sleep of university students, and my own battles with insomnia, I have compiled my notes into this post of 7 tips for a better night’s sleep.

1. Take a Technology Break

 Now don’t lie: how many of you sleep with your cell phones??? I don’t just mean on the nightstand; I mean resting on your bed or something. A 2013 study found that 39% of students sleep with their cell phones just in case they get a text or call during the night. This percentage peaks at 51% in 11th grade, but even 20% of 4th graders say they do the same thing. Now, for the time being, I am going to ignore the fact that 4th graders even have cell phones because that just baffles me. The point of this is that most people sleep with their phones because they are afraid they will miss something important. But sleep is of top priority between the hours of say 10pm and 7am. Anything someone has to say can wait until the morning. With a phone in bed with you, the brain expects to be woken up, and thus you remain in sleep stages 1 and 2 so you can easily respond to the lighting up of your phone when you receive a text or call.  

2. Exercise Before Sleep, But Not Right Before

I have heard people say that if they go to the gym or run on the treadmill before they go to sleep, then they sleep better. This is true, to a degree, but exercise should be between 2-4 hours before you sleep and no sooner. Otherwise the body is left pumping adrenaline and laying in bed wondering why it can’t fall asleep. 

3. A Bed is for Sleeping

Back in high school I always used to do my homework and studying propped up in bed with my reading pillow. As comfortable as this may be, a bed is for sleeping, and thus should not be used for any other purpose. The brain forms an association between studying and laying in bed, and if you fall asleep while studying, this association is strengthened until the brain is not able to easily fall asleep. 

4. Pick a Spot, and Stick to It

This is a simple matter of classical conditioning. You have probably heard of Pavlov’s dogs. When the dogs saw food, they salivated. But after many times of the food being presented after the sound of a bell, the dogs salivated in response to only the bell, especting that food would follow. Well, the same is true for sleep. When it gets late, you get tired; a natural response. But after many times of sleeping in the same place, the body will get used to sleeping in bed, easier than if it tries to sleep elsewhere. 

5. Pick a Time, and Stick to It

This one doesn’t sound so bad, but here’s the hard part: waking up at the same time even on weekends. I love having a nice lie in as much as the next person, but this messes up the body’s circadian rhythm. I like to think of this as the most temperamental alarm clock because there is a host of things that can put it on snooze like light, jet lag or shift work, anxiety, stress, and the list goes on and on. Going to bed at the same time each night helps your internal clock regulate your sleep and wake phases, meaning you sleep better and wake up easier. 

6. Good Food, No Caffeine

Never go to bed hungry. Denying the body of a physiological need like food is bad enough, but then expecting the brain to forget about nutrients and go to sleep is just malarkey. And we’ve all heard about the repercussions of caffeine. Caffeine is a stimulant that most people use after waking up in the morning or to stay alert during the day through their daily cups of coffee, tea, or even some soft drinks. It is important to note that caffeine is not a replacement for the feeling of well restedness that follows a good night’s sleep, but it can make one feel more alert by inhibiting sleep-inducing chemicals in the brain and increasing adrenaline production. Caffeine can have a stimulating effect as soon as 15 minutes after consumption, and will persist for several hours, with only half of it eliminated after 6 hours. While caffeine is safe to consume in moderation (about 250mg daily), it can negatively affect nutrition by replacing nutritious liquids like water and reduce food consumption because it is an appetite suppressant. 

7. Let Things Cool Down

If you’re like me and are always cold, then this one will be a little more difficult, but definitely worth it. As much as I love cranking up the heating in my room, snuggling up in blankets, and getting all warm and cozy, this actually makes it harder to sleep. Melatonin is a hormone whose secretion plays an important role in sleep, yet melatonin production decreases with increasing temperature. Thus, sleeping with the heat turned down, and even a window open, can really help getting to sleep. 

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Vanilla Cupcakes

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Hello there 🙂 🙂

 A few weeks ago, I learned that my friend Travis had never baked cupcakes before in his life. I was completely shocked that he had made it almost 28 years on this planet without ever making them, so we got together last Wednesday to bake. I loved this recipe I got from my grandmother so much that I wanted to share it here. I have no idea where she got it from, but credit to whoever came up with this perfect cupcake recipe. 

Ingredients: 

  • ½ tsp salt
  • 2 ½ tsp baking powder
  • 2 ½ cups all-purpose flour
  • ¾ cup butter
  • 1 ¾ cup sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 3 tsp vanilla
  • 1 ¼ cups milk

Steps: 

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Bring eggs and butter to room temperature. Insert cupcake liners into two pans. 
  2. Mix together the salt, flour, and baking powder in a bowl (dry mixture).
  3. In a separate bowl, beat butter. Then add sugar and beat until combined. Continue to beat, and add eggs and vanilla (wet mixture). 
  4. Add part of the dry mixture to the wet mixture and beat. Then add some milk, and beat. Continue this alternation until all of the dry mixture and the milk have been added. Mix well. Then pour into cupcake pans (about half-full).  
  5. Bake for 15-18 minutes, or until the cupcakes are a golden brown and a toothpick comes out clean from the centre. 
  6. Cool for at least 15 minutes before removing from pans. 

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And now for the frosting!!!

Ingredients: 

  • ¾ cups butter, softened
  • 4 cups icing sugar
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  1. Beat softened butter together with some icing sugar. Add the vanilla and some milk. Then alternate between adding sugar and milk until happy with frosting consistency. Note: If frosting is too thin –> add sugar    If frosting is too thick –> add milk

Cooking notes:

  1. Well, first off, my friend did not own an electric mixer so we picked up two whisks for $3.50, one large and one small, and beat everything together by hand. My arm definitely got a good workout, and by the end of it, only one whisk was left standing; the other was in pieces in the sink. Good to know though that hand beating can do just as good of a job; it just takes a bit longer. 
  2. We found that the cupcakes were not fully baked after 15 minutes, so we left them in for the full 18 minutes.
  3. We also didn’t have a toothpick, so the cupcakes were tested using a sanitized paper clip. Talk about high quality bakeware. 
  4. Finally, I wrote out the recipe wrong, with 8 cups of icing sugar needed for the icing, not 4. We got 4 in, but had enough icing to do probably another 24 cupcakes. Oh well, I can always make a cake and use it up. 

Let me know how you find this recipe if you try it out 🙂 🙂 What have you been baking these days??? 

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5 Things I Do Over Reading Break

Afternoon, everyone!!!

Yesterday was the first official day of my week-long hiatus from university, otherwise known as Reading Break, which is akin to the secondary school Spring Break. I do so love Reading Break because it offers an oh-so-delightful reprieve from the university schedule and, despite what the name implies, I do not know many people who actually read during this time. However, it is a great time to do a few little things to keep you on track at school and not end up freaking out in the last weeks. Some of you may remember my post on the 5 things I do at the start of each school term, so I wanted to follow up with a post on the 5 things I do over Reading Break.

1. Organize my notes

While some of you may still have midterms looming in the first week back to school, I was fortunate enough this term to get all mine over with before Reading Break. While this was nice in a way because now I can enjoy my week off, it also means that my notes are in a right state of disarray. I use Reading Break as a chance to sit down, sort out my notes into piles for each class, and then file them away for when I need to study them for final exams. I also like to read through them all for a quick review and to flesh out any ideas or fill in any sentences that start out like this “Two main problems with categorical perception as evidence for human specialization for language are . . . ” but have no ending. That little fact might just turn up on a test.

2. Get a head start on assignments and projects

I know no one likes to think about doing more schoolwork on their time off, but it is really advantageous to even map out an outline for an essay, a draft for a research paper, or a rough idea of an in-class presentation. This week, I have been madly at work on a journal article summary that I have to present to my class in two weeks, mini assignments for my class on psychological disorders in adulthood, and a corpus analysis project that isn’t due until the last day of classes but I never know what my wireless internet will be like. For all I know, it’ll go on strike when I need it most and I’ll have to resort to typing out my summary on my old Underwood typewriter. Not knocking typewriters, but the backspace button on a keyboard is much more convenient if I make a mistake.

3. Tidy my study space

This one is similar to 1. in that my desk is a right mess once reading break comes along. There are sticky notes everywhere, snacks stashed on every shelf, and pen caps that have mysteriously vanished. Before I get back into the groove of sleep, eat, study, repeat I want to make sure my desk and bedroom are restored to a state of organization I can live with.

4. Sit down with a good book

With all of the assigned textbook readings for classes, what little spare time I have left is not often spent reading some more, even for pleasure. Thus, I have been at the same spot in Margaret Atwood’s book The Heart Goes Last, and I am dying to know how it ends (no spoilers!!!). Well, now I can actually sit down and finish it without it hurting my head and competing with all my school stuff for space in my brain.

5. Plan out some blog posts

I have been making a list of things I want to post about throughout this week, and have drafted a few of them to get my inspiration flowing. By the time school is back in session, there may be an inspiration drought, and I do not want my posts to come to a halt because all I have on my mind is which inflectional affixes children acquire first when learning language or the difference between exogenous and endogenous orienting to space.

What are you up to over Reading Break???

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Valentine’s Day Gift Guide For Her

Happy Sunday dear readers 🙂 🙂 Earlier this week, I published a gift guide post featuring some nifty Valentine’s Day gift ideas for men, so today I wanted to share with you some of my Valentine’s Day gift ideas for women.

While women, me included, can think of ourselves as easy to buy for, apparently this is not the case. My friend so informed me the other day that shopping for girls is way harder than the reverse because thoughtful and sentimental gifts can be difficult to come up with. So I rounded up a few ideas of gifts for the ladies in your life this Valentine’s Day.

A Few Beauty Goodies

Picture 22These Sephora Collection Heart-to-heart Makeup Sponges are absolutely adorable and can be used for a variety of applications with streak-free and buildable coverage.

 

 

Picture 23Of all the eyeshadow palettes out there these days, this tarte Tartelette In Bloom Clay Eyeshadow Palette is one I would love to add to my collection. It features 12 brand-new shades, 9 mattes and 3 lusters, which are paired for lid, crease, and liner use for easy-to-create smoldering smoky and nude looks. All of Tarte’s eyeshadows are highly pigmented and blend really well, with all-day wear.

Picture 24 Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment has been my saving grace during winter months for about three years now when the days have been chilly and my lips need some extra TLC. I started out using the clear shade in the brown case, and then branched out to the tinted ones. These are really great if you want hydration and colour because you don’t have to worry about smearing lipstick or getting more lip balm on the lipstick tip than on your lips. It is formulated with reparative oils and waxes and real sugar, and has a really nice citrus scent. Also, if you don’t want to opt for the gift set route, these lip treatments are available individually.

A What I Love About You Fill-in-the-Blanks Book

Picture 25 It is often difficult to list things you love about someone when put on the spot, like when trying to write a personal note in a Valentine’s Day card, so for those of you out there, this little book is perfect. With 112 pages of prompts, you can simply fill-in-the-blanks and gift it to a best friend or a significant other so they can read about all the things you love about them that make them who they are.

A Handmade Heart Box

Picture 28 If you already have a gift picked out but are looking for a unique way to package it, then this might just be the solution. For any bookworm friends or lovers in your life, this box is perfect for gifting small items like a necklace, and it’s handmade

We First Met Here Jigsaw Puzzle

Picture 29 It is not often that I wish I lived in the United States of America as I love my little Canadian city, but this is one of those times. This item only ships to the US, it is one of the cutest gift ideas I have come across thus far. While you may not remember the exact day you met someone, chances are you remember where you met them, and this personalized 400-piece jigsaw puzzle is handmade around the zipcode provided of that special place. It even has novelty pieces that read “I LOVE YOU” with a heart marking the location. Measures 18″ x 12″ when completed.

Rectangle Dates Necklace

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So you decided to give a necklace to your best friend/girlfriend/random person you’re hanging out with on Valentine’s Day. This necklace is such a neat idea because it allows you to engrave up to 5 special dates on it, like when you first met, your first kiss, your first inside joke, whichever dates are important to you both. While the numbers are in MM/DD/YY format, there are no dashes in between, making them look like random strings of numbers that only you and the other person will know the meaning behind. This idea is pricy at $113 but I just think it is such a unique approach to the cliché of giving jewelry.

A Flatterbox

Picture 32 I first found out about this company late last year when my mother was planning a retirement party for a co-worker. In my opinion, I saved the best gift idea for last because I am so in love with this. First, you select a box type between a transparent acrylic one or a signature one (pictured above). Then you select a card colour and an occasion. This website lists so many already like Birthday, wedding, anniversary, baby shower, graduation, get well, christmas, mother’s day, father’s day, goodbye, just because, etc, but there is an “other holiday” option if yours isn’t listed. Once you have completed this, an email will be sent with a personalized message to all of the “Flatters” you would like to contribute sentiment notes to the box. Alternatively, you can use a provided unique link and send it through email, text, or social media. You do not pay for the box until all of the sentiments are collected and are then printed on their own card. Up to 50 cards are included in the box price, but you can add up to 100 for an additional $15, and even up to 200 for an additional $35. Starting at $49, I think this is simply the coolest gift idea I have ever seen, not just for Valentine’s Day, but for any special occasion. Alternatively, if you do not have enough time to create a custom box for a special event, there are several Grab-N-Go options, where you can purchase the box and then fill in the cards when the box arrives.

I hope that these gift ideas have given you some inspiration for what to get your friend, significant other or, in my case, my cat. Click on any of the images in this post to be redirected to the website from which you can purchase them, and let me know in the comments below if you decide on any of these gifts. Also, please share other ideas you come up with 🙂 🙂 

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