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Gift Guide #6: Mom + Pops


Mom & Dad may always know what to get you,
but they're not always so easy to shop for. 
Here are some easy, pleasing ideas:

Mom:  Slatkin & Co. candles (which can be found at Bath & Body Works stores) smell amazing and burn well.  Plus, they come in elegant jars that can blend into any decor scheme.  "Eat Pray Love" will be a winner this Christmas season whether you get her the dvd, the book, or both!  Pretty gloves are easy on the budget, easy to find, and will keep her hands warm.  Lastly, a nice new camera to capture 2011 memories will definitely be a mom-pleaser.

Dad:  Consider combining funds with your sibs to get him a brand new tool chest---the blacker and shinier, the better!  Mitten/gloves are all the rage---the mitten part keeps fingers toasty, but can be removed so that fingers can be free.  "Inception"... the father will love it.  And if he's a football fan (or any sports fan), you can't go wrong with some fan apparel. 




DIY Cat Barrier for Under $100 (See-Through, Climb-Proof, and Too-Tall-To-Jump)

ICYMI: I gave up Cotton after deciding that after trying so many things, my two adopted cats Dahlia and Cotton were just never going to get along. Long story short: I missed her. And Cotton's back. And Dahlia's not going anywhere. My heart is big enough to keep trying. And my apartment is big enough that if I need to keep them separated long term (or permanently), it can be done. I'm going to write-up a separate post about some of the solutions I've tried, how they worked, who they worked on, and what I'll be trying next. But in this post, I wanted to share the main 'piece de resistance' of having both cats in my apartment: an un-climbable, un-jumpable, see-through barrier to separate Cotton and Dahlia .

Penny's Apartment | Big Bang Theory

Aniela, a lovely reader from Germany, sent me an email requesting advice on recreating the style of Penny's apartment on Big Bang Theory. 

Blair's Room | Gossip Girl Decor

Manhattan's debutante Blair Waldorf happens to be my favorite Gossip Girl character.  Her behavior and feelings vary from snobbish to sensitive, but she always (except for a few rare occasions) looks and acts totally pulled together.  Her luxurious bedroom is fit for a queen---and is as pulled together as her preppy fashion ensembles.