ohhhhhhhhhh, yeah. This is gonna be a good one. First, I must wish you a hip-hoppity Good Friday. Hopefully, you are off from work like moi. Although I wish I was layin’ around all day being a total sloth, I must finish packing up my abode for the big move of twenty-12 which is just 7 days away.
The day started off a little shaky – the only thing I wanted to do was sleep in, but the fluff-child had different plans for me. We spent from 7am-9am laying in bed. Me, trying to sleep, while she obsessively licked my eyelid and “touched” my face. If you’re a cat person, you’ll get exactly what I mean. If you hate cats, well, this will just make you hate them more. Finally, I decided that sleep was NOT on the agenda for the a.m. so I turned on the Tube and was accosted by another heart breaking SPCA video, that made me pretty much want to slit my wrists.
But, not to worry – the day is lookin’ good now: I got the movie Selena bumpin’ in the background and I’m sippin on some coffee in my jam-jams. Even better (as if it could get better than the movie Selena), I’m about to blow your freaking mind with a SUPER Sized list of awesomes. I mean, it’s a holiday. It’s the least I can do. Enjoy.
Number 1: Art in a Box
Whatcha’ Get: Kick-butt, high-qual works of art (you pick the medium) from Bay Area artists. Um, how fun is this? And, how perfect is this for (a) yourself; or (b) you’re art-lovin’ soul-friend who is so hard to buy for. Frankly, I think this is freaking awesome.
Find it: here
Number 2: Beauty Army
Whatcha’ Get: 6 beauty samples, hand-picked by YOU each month. Woazers! These guys are claiming to be “the only subscription service that gives you the option to choose“. LOVE it. Will maybe send them a love note. Find it: here
Number 3: Turntable Kitchen
Whatcha’ Get: “A curated food and music discovery experience, delivered to your door.” I’m crushin’ on this box. Totally genius idea to pair food & music. If I had one of these boxes, I’d probably dance with it. Then, maybe eat it. Find it: here (photo via theKitchn)
Number 4: Umba Box
Whatcha’ Get: “A monthly delivery of curated handmade product(s) that is sure to please.” I like that whatcha’ get each month is a surprise – one month you might get something for your house and the next, something
for your mouse to jazz up your outfit. Just throwin’ it out there, but if anyone is thinkin’ about getting me something “just because”, this would probably suffice. Find it: here (photo via Subcriptionboxes.com)
Number Five: Manpacks
Whatcha’ Get: This service is a bit different then your average “of-the-month”, as it’s designed so that guys don’t have to shop for the basics. Apparently, someone caught on to the fact that a guy will wear holy socks & skivvies until they basically fall off. This service, sends them the package (with option to change up) every 3-months. What does this do? It gives them “More time to slay dragons” (that’s Manpack’s tagline by the way). Genius.
Number 6: Conscious Box
Whatcha’ Pay:$12 per month (plus $7/month for shipping); or $33 bucks (plus shipping) for 3 months; or $54 bucks (plush shipping) for 6 months.
Whatcha’ Get: With a focus on “sustainability, environmental stewardship, and social responsibility”, you’ll get 1 themed box per month filled with anything from vegan food to organic beauty and more. From what I hear (yeah, I’m kind of a big deal), these boxes come pretty packed with stuff, and so therefore they are awesome.
Find it: here
Number 7: Bark Box
Whatcha’ Get: First of all, if you have a dog to buy this for, I’m jealous and I hate you. Now that we’ve gotten that out of the way, here’s the skinny: Each box comes with 4+ awesomes for your pup (treats, shampoos, bones, new cool dog-stuff, etc). BONUS: A portion of the proceeds for each box go to help “doggies-in-need.” Holla! Woof. Find it: here
(photo via Style It: Where the Fashion Nerd meets the Pop Culture Obsessed)
Number 7: Best Friend Box
Whatcha’ Get: Yeah, yeah. I know. Two pet boxes in a row. And, by the way, I still hate you if you have a dog, but I’m slowing warming up to the idear. Anyway, I’m bananas over this box because you can get it for your kitty-cat or your pup. Boxes are personalized and 10% of the proceeds are donated to help animals in need. Done and done.
Find it: here
Number 8: Paleo Pax
Whatcha’ Get: K. I’m not gonna lie. I had NO CLUE what “Paleo” meant, until I read all about this “real” food diet here. But, if YOU know all about it, you are going to LOVE this tasting box subscription, because it was made just for you (and a whole bunch of other Paleo-peeps, but whose counting). Enjoy 5 or so snacks each month – all of which will help you stay on track while on the go, or at home. Sounds nifty!
Find it: here
Number 9: Babesta Tee of the Month
Whatcha’ Get: Each month, your love-child will get a new snap button snaptee, or regular tee (depending upon his/her size and age). I mean, if you want a trend-setting babe, this is where it’s at. I’m getting the “party at my crib” one for my cat. She’s bound to love it.
Find it: here
Number 10: Lovely Box
Whatcha’ Get: I’m sorry, but I HAD to save this one for last. Once I found it, I absolutely could not keep this off the list. Gentle-dudes, take a back seat. This one is for the ladies only (unless you also suffer from PMS and monthly visits from Aunt Flo-rence). This box. These guys provide a “little sunshine, at a time that is normally gray and blah”. You’ll get anything from aromatherapy, tea and chocolate. All the things that help to ease your inner-bitch (you, know the one that ONLY visits once a month).
Find it: here
And, that’s all I have to say about that. Happy monthly-gift recievin’ and or givin’!
Boo! Hiss! I really didn’t get a puppy. Poor Harley is still patiently waiting for a fluffy, slobbery brother or sister, as we continue to ruin her life by affixing reindeer antlers and such. I mean, I’m not an expert or anything, but I’m pretty sure that look has “devistation” written all over it.
The good news is, that I’m not a complete liar. I did in fact get a dog of a different sorta-kind. Ladies (and gents) I present to you my newest, awesomest monthly subscription:
Update (2012) – Sad to say maghoud closed for biz-nass. Boo hiss.
I got a Maghound subscription from my ma and pa in law! It’s sorta-kinda close to getting a puppy right? I’ve talked about Maghound before here and it’s been on the list of stuff I’m Jonesin’ for, but now it’s mine, all mine! Yippee!
For those of you who are not aware of this gem, here’s the scoop: Maghound is an online magazine subscription membership service. What the “h” is that, right? It’s awesome in the form of monthly paper presents, that’s what the “h” it is. In a nutshell, you sign up and choose one of the tier packages available (i.e. 5 magazine titles for $7.95 per month), you get to choose, change and manage the magazines you get each month.
That’s only $7.95 for 5 titles, so you are literally paying $1 buck and fitty-nine-cent per month for each title. No seriously. It’s that cheap and you get to pick whatever magazines you want and change them out whenever you want. Don’t worry – you are not stuck with those reject magazines that no one reads anyway. They have a great selection which pretty much includes all of the on-shelf magazines (from what I noticed). I chose the 3 title package since I’m already getting some magazines in the mail from previous subscriptions. For only $4.95 per month, I’m getting:
In-Style for my fashion fix
Every Day with Rachel Ray for my house-wifey/cooking fix
Shopsmart for my new and cool product fix
Um, how cool is this? I love getting magazines each month, but it can get pricey if you order them separately. Plus, if you order something new and you get bored with it or want to change things up, you are locked in for the full subscription term. With Maghound, you are not stuck and you can change it up as you like. Can you say “AWESOME”? I can. Awesome. Okay, gotta go feed the dog. And, when I say “feed the dog” I mean “stuff my face with junk” before 2012 ruins my life by making me be healthy.
We all know what the Mayans have been saying for, I don’t know, thirty million, trillion, zillion years? Supposedly, in December of 2012, you, me and the rest of the world are going to bite the dust. Now…I’m not going to necessarily say 12-21-12 is a sham for purposes of being absolutely terrified that someone above or around or below is listening and putting me on the naughty list. But, what I am going to do is rally all my finest assets and make the year of 2012 want to start a long-term relationship with me. And when, I say long-term relationship, I mean, 2012 is going to be down on 1 knee and virtually begging me to take it as my lover by like, March. Ya never know – things might get so hot and steamy that a little “2013” pops out once December 21st roles around. It’s going to be epic. Care to join me?
Flirty Girl Fitness: I mean seriously, what better a way to get a fantastic cardiovascular workout, major toning of your BUTT-TOX and burn a whole lotta calories. Gather all of the gift cards you received as early Christmas gifts and then sell them on eBay. Once you’ve netted around three hundos, visit this website and get yer’self a Flirty Girl Fitness Pole Kit. Whatever you do, do not look at the girls on the website ad though. SHIELD YOUR EYES! Sadly, I didn’t shield my eyes and now I feel like Ursula from the Little Mermaid (but not for long!). The kit has everything you need to become an “at home stripper” including the pole (duh), a bunch of DVD’s and even a pink feather boa. Do this and 2012, will be throwin’ dolla’-dolla’ bills at you from all directions. Win-Win (remind me to tell you who coined that phrase someday).
Number 2: Be GAGA-licious
GAGA’s WORKSHOP: Here’s a thought: remember that money you spent on the stripper pole? Well, since you got it from selling off your early Christmas presents on eBay, you should have lots of money in your bank account feeling lonely and useless. A good way to make your money feel better, I think, is to put it to good work…for a good cause. The absolutely awe-inspiring and talented Lady Gaga has the most magical partnership with Barney’s via GAGA’S WORKSHOP. Check out all of the fabulous GAGA goodies and spend some money. Why? - 25% of the sales from what you buy at GAGA’s WORKSHOP are donated to the “Born This Way Foundation” which focuses on youth empowerment and equality. 2012 will totally swoon when you practice this spirit of support by donating all year round. Check out looktothestars.org for an all-encompassing list of celebrities, the charities they support and link to all of the ways you can help too.
Number 3: Be like Bethany and drink “wisely”
BETHENNY FRANKEL: If I was a boy, I’d probably stalk Bethenny Frankel until she agreed to be mine. But since I’m a girl, I’ll just stalk Bethenny Frankel until she agrees to be my mine. I mean, this girl has it totally goin’ on. In addition to being a strong and successful business woman and entrepreneur, she has a fantastic line of products that help you “Unleash Your Skinny Girl”. A lot can be learned from this chicky – She’s a must read and must follow in my book. Speaking of books – I have her book “Naturally Thin” by the way, and it’s a good read with lots of tips for a healthy lifestyle. While you’re getting’ your learn-on reading some Bethenny, you might as well unwind with a lil’ beverage (and, I mean ALCOHOL). Skinnygirl Sangria anyone? For 132 calories per serving, 2012 will be like, “bow-chicka-bow-wow”.
Number 4: Shop like you mean it and make an impact
FASHIONING CHANGE: This is pretty awesome. Fashioning Change is “dedicated to creating shopping experiences that give you fashionable eco-friendly and ethical alternatives to popular name brands…” I realize that may sound like a mouthful, but it’s really quite simple – via these guys, you can shop by brand, occasion, trend, personality, etc or use the “Wear This, Not That™” feature. With this feature, a name brand look and its eco-friendly version are featured for around 5 days (love that number, right???). During that time frame, Fashioning Change donates a percent of the purchase to organizations that are working on human rights issues in the fashion industry. So here’s what you do: Ask 2012 on a date. Then, log in and pick a brand to see what happens. Probably a make out fest between you and 2012.
Number 5: Laugh at cute animals
LAUGH AT CUTE ANIMALS: I realize that I spend WAY too much time worrying about work and stuff and I need to let it go if I want to have a healthy mind, hot-bod and spirit. So, in 2012 I plan on watching a whole lot more of Maru – a freaking hilarious furry little Scottish fold from Japan (photo credit to Cute Overload who I’m about to gush about). If you are human, you will hysterically laugh at this cat. Wait, is there a chance non-humans are reading this?
When I’m in a really pissy mood, I’ll lean on “FU, Penguin”, a place where animals are told “how it is”, and when I really want to unwind and let it go I’ll spend the day over at Cute Overload, which is basically the best cute-animal site ever created in my big fat opinion. I will probably LOL a whole lot as I swoon over fluffys (god, I really hate saying “LOL”) and I might even make smooshy noises at my computer. This will be the quintessential way that I will make 2012 my bitch. In my opinion, you can take the biggest jerk-oid on the planet and stick a really cute creature in front of them and they are Jell-O. 2012 will be putty in my hands (Sinister laugh…). Besides, once December 21st comes around, I’ll have, like, an arsenal of cute cuddly photos to shove in its face. I’ll probably save the world that way. No need to thank me now.
It’s time for a little confession. There are some basic things in life I really just don’t care about – Take the movie Star Wars…I mean, I honestly never gave a poop about this movie, and really, still don’t if I’m honest. I guess if you’re a “trekky” (wait that’s Star Trek…um, “Star-warsian?”), I guess if you’re a Star-warsian, you automatically know that Luke Skywalker is NOT Princess Leia’s boyfriend (learned that when I tried to surprise my hub with Luke and Leia wedding cupcake toppers). You will also know that “Hans Olo” is not Han Solo, who is the dude that IS Leia’s main squeeze. I only know this because when I asked my Star-warsian lover man if they were boyfriend/girlfriend, he said “eventually yes”. My assumption is that I’m probably supposed to know what “eventually yes” means, but I can’t even begin to get into that at the moment. Why you ask? The Doppelganger. I was quite sure that a Doppelganger came from Star Wars, but literally just realized that “a good example for a Doppelganger is from the Spiderman Universe” and now my head is spinning.
And yours is too. The moral of this insanely long babble-fest is that I found something freaking AWESOME that has absolutely nothing to do with Star Wars, but everything to do with the Doppelganger. I wish you could hear me say that word “awesome” right now, which is in a semi-opera-ish singing voice, because it’s AWESOME! If you have a pet, and you want something totally nerdy, cute, fun, (did I say, “awesome”?), conversation-worthy, etc, look no further. Well, look further. I mean, the awesome that I’m talking about is only a few sentences away.
This artist (Amelia Santiago) makes sculptures (Doppelgangers!) of your dog, cat, chicken, pig, horse, hamster, or whatever via a technique called “needle felting” using wool fiber (100% wool fiber) . Can you say, insanely talented? I can. INSANELY TALENTED (okay, I yelled it).
Amelia works from photos that you send and then creates these fabulous masterpieces of awesome. You’ll have to dig into your piggy bank for one of these guys though – they are not cheap and they shouldn’t be. The time and effort that goes into these pieces of art is worth the $250+ you’ll pay to have one living in your home. Just go to this website and browse the photos in the gallery for like, a gajillion examples of real pets standing next to their Doppleganger created by Amelia. I’m pretty sure, you won’t be able to help yourself and will buy like five-hundred of them. This goes on my wish list fo’sho.