Even if you prescribe to the notion that Valentine’s Day is a Hallmark holiday (well, it kind of is…) it’s a great occasion to show those in your life that you care by doing something sweet. Keep reading to hear how my traditions have changed over the years, and get some ideas on new traditions that can seem a little more personal and a little less drugstore.

vegetable bounty

I hate New Years’ resolutions, but this year I think I’m going to make one for the first time since I was in grade school. Recently, I’ve been thinking about what I could do to make a meaningful difference in my life. Admittedly, I will never stop swearing, I don’t aspire to run a marathon (the 10k I did without training two years ago nearly killed me), and chocolate and I will never divorce.  So, what’s available for me to try?

a man who survived 12-21-12

What are you doing this weekend? I can ask you that because we’re still alive. The pyramids didn’t turn into spaceships, a random planet didn’t slam into Earth, and aliens didn’t reveal themselves. We survived the apocalypse! I think that’s earned us a drink. Too bad for the doomsday preppers; but I guess at least they have a lot of canned food to eat through now.  

Cocktail Rx Appletini Kit

Let’s face it, I share far more similarities to Jack Donaghy than I do with Carrie Bradshaw. After all, he is my hair mentor. My drink of choice is a bourbon straight up. So when Cocktail Rx asked if they could send me some of their Apple Martini, or Appletini as it’s become known, I have to admit that I laughed just a little bit. Then I said appletini out loud, and laughed some more. But like the good editor I am, I got home right after work and fixed myself a drink. I felt like I was in the middle of a Mad Men episode. What a tough life I lead.

Are you still stumped for a holiday gift idea for that hard-to-shop-for family member, friend, or hobby club member? Keep reading to see one of my favorite DIY projects of all time that is a great holiday gift for just about anyone!

presents that are wrapped

Last minute shoppers, here’s a gift for you. With Christmas only 10 days away, here are 10 savvy shopping tips for extra holiday savings!

mobile warming gear items

I’ll freely admit it: I usually gain weight during the winter. Maybe it’s a combination of the holidays, the rich foods we gravitate towards, and the time off from work that causes it. For me, I think it’s because of the darkness and cold in addition to the other three things. This year, I’m absolutely determined not to gain my usual 15 winter pounds, and I’ve found the perfect way for us all to embark on this crusade.

Makeup is one of those things I probably should own more of, but I hate buying for myself. Good quality makeup is expensive so I often avoid it all together. I’m sure many women feel the same, which it what makes makeup the perfect gift. Whether it’s for a friend, sister or co-worker, everyone loves getting nice makeup that they otherwise wouldn’t buy for themselves.

a man stretching his leg

I exercise every morning before work. 6:45 AM I’m inside and going to town on the machines. The people who go at that time are all there to actually exercise, so I don’t mind if it’s busy. I, however, made the horrible decision of sleeping in on Thanksgiving and getting to the gym around 9:00 AM. Dear God. Instead of people sweating on the machines, I was greeted by people laughing, conversing, and standing around texting. GIVE. ME. A. BREAK. This is a gymnasium, not a tea party. 

A Big Blue Live Speaker sitting on top of an iPad

Summary: The Big Blue Live speaker blew me away with its crystal sound, long battery life, and impressive range. Only one control on the device took me awhile to figure out, and I had to charge it prior to its first use. In the end though, I’m thoroughly impressed with it. It’s the perfect stocking stuffer for the on the go audiophile in your life. 

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