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Budget Gift Ideas

I'm told Sexy Nerd and I (okay, maybe it's just me) are impossible to shop for. If there's something we want, we buy it. Didn't buy it? Don't want it! For all you frustrated Christmas shoppers out there, brainstorming about the perfect gifts for hard-to-shop-for bosses, far away relatives, and friends who already have it all, there's a solution.

You have to choose a gift your recipient doesn't know exists! (And therefore has not been able to already buy for themselves.)
With that in mind, this year's annual holiday gift guide features presents from companies you may not have heard of. I've shopped with them all and highly recommend any of them. There's also a few stores you definitely have heard of, like Cost Plus, whose gift ideas were simply too splendid to leave out. It's my best holiday gift guide ever!


Holiday Gift Guide (With Coupons! And Free Giveaways!!)
Nordic Tea Light Trough UncommonGoods $40 *Enter below for a chance to win an Unco…

Snowman Cookies "I'm melting! Melting..."

You know those adorable melting snowman cookies that have been popping up all across the blogosphere lately? The ones with the charming little scarves and glossy icing? These are not *quite* those cookies.


I wanted to make something that would knock the socks off of the girls at work for our cookie exchange. Problem #1? No eggs (and no energy to drive to the grocery store). Unfazed, I found a great shortbread recipe that used powdered sugar, flour, and butter to make an egg-free cookie. I mixed up the dough and started a load of dishes, mixer parts included, while it chilled.
Problem #2? My first 2 pans of cookies were severely undercooked! Why is it that you can't just put doughy cookies back into the oven and have them bake like they'd been undisturbed all along? Fearing that I'd invest the rest of my day decorating cookies that were inedible, I waited for the dishwasher to finish, then mixed up a brand new batch, complete with an additional hour of chilling time.
Proble…

How to Buy a Mattress Online

As always, this post is NOT sponsored by Amerisleep. My new mattress? It was bought with my own, hard-earned money, unlike the ones on some of the other "impartial" review sites.

Amerisleep has started a new referral program. If you order your mattress through my link, you'll save an additional $50 on top of other discounts and specials!
Company is coming for the holidays and you've cleaned your house top to bottom, especially the guest bedroom, which you've thoughtfully stocked with fresh flowers, a local travel guide, and cozy slippers. You're ready! Except...there's this nagging feeling you can't quite shake, an inkling your guests aren't going to be as happy with their accommodations as you've hoped. Could it be that beneath those fluffy extra towels and organic duvet, there lurks a dreaded, musty

DECADES OLD SPRING MATTRESS? (Eeep!)
I've been there. Your own mattress is uncomfortable, suffering from taco-syndrome, so you buy a cushy n…

Budget-Friendly Gift Guide (and Giveaways!)

I'm told Sexy Nerd and I (okay, maybe it's just me) are impossible to shop for. If there's something we want, we buy it. Didn't buy it? Don't want it! For all you frustrated Christmas shoppers out there, brainstorming about the perfect gifts for hard-to-shop-for bosses, far away relatives, and friends who already have it all, there's a solution.

You have to choose a gift your recipient doesn't know exists! (And therefore has not been able to already buy for themselves.)
With that in mind, this year's annual holiday gift guide features presents from companies you may not have heard of. I've shopped with them all and highly recommend any of them. There's also a few stores you definitely have heard of, like Cost Plus, whose gift ideas were simply too splendid to leave out. It's my best holiday gift guide ever!


Holiday Gift Guide (With Coupons! And Free Giveaways!!)
Nordic Tea Light Trough UncommonGoods $40 *Enter below for a chance to win an Unco…