Weekend Links 12.19.14

Weekend Links 12/19/14

Happy Friday everyone! Hope everyone has an exciting weekend planned, as this is last one before Chrismtas, which means party overload I’m sure. I’ve got our work holiday party at The Berghoff tonight (can’t wait for some of their rootbeer!) and then we’re heading up north for a birthday party.

We’d planned on having a holiday potluck tomorrow night at our place, but a couple people couldn’t make it and there was some unavoidable winter sickness and we just thought it better to postpone. So now we’ve got a post holiday holiday party to look forward to! Sometimes those are even better because the holiday stress is past us.

Anyway, let’s get to it, your weekend links are here. Spoiler alert: There’s nothing on here about Serial because I haven’t listened to the entire finale yet. I’ve still got about 25 minutes to go and I’m having to avoid social media to dodge any information. But I’ve got some other good stuff for ya, promise! Have a great weekend everyone, don’t drink too much eggnog!

This recipe for Oreo treats, they’re like rice crispy treats only with Oreos. Max and I made a few batches last night to take in for office holiday parties, I even made a version with birthday cake Oreos. Yeah.

Speaking of sweets, take a look at this mouth-watering round up of cinnamon rolls 10 ways over on Design Crush. I die for cinnamon rolls people, especially on a Saturday morning in December. And while we were at Target buying oreos, the cinnamon rolls were 3 for $5 sooooo…you know what’s happening tomorrow morning at our place.

An interesting article about why creative people flourish in clutter. As long as I’m technically flourishing, I’m cool with not having to clean my room.

This is a suuuuper important one – the list for 2015 Chicago Restaurant Week is out and you can start booking, so jump on it quick before all the good tables get taken!

Kiiiiind of want to try this free 30 day trial of SaltedTV, online cooking classes taught by acclaimed master chefs from across the country. They range from the very basics (like knife skills)  to the very complex (like how to break down a goat), and cover every subject under the sun. Plus it’s only $10/mo. Gilt also has an offer right now. Food Network, time to step your game up.

Bored at work? Not as bored at these guys over at Squarespace were. (Mail….kimp?)

Stumbled upon (can you stumble on the internet?) this adorable little letterpress shop called 1canoe2. I’m a sucker for some pretty hand lettering, so I’m basically in love.

I bet you could still order this necklace for me for Christmas if you really wanted to. I really want you to.

This is a beautiful collection of gorgeous photos taken by drone photographers from all over the world. Our planet is pretty awesome.

Huge news! Instagram announced the release of five new filters this week. First time they’ve given us new picture changing magic in about two years, so this is exciting stuff for instafreaks like myself.

Welcome to my new favorite single, Wasted Love by Matt McAndrew (and Adam Levine I guess?). Is anyone else still raging about The Voice finale? It was a sham I tell ya, a sham! Regardless of the outcome, I still love this song. And Matt. And Adam.


2014 Holiday Gift Guide: Under $25

Uhhhh, can you guys believe Christmas is actually one week from today? That can’t be right, it was like, JUST Thanksgiving last weekend. I’m serious, I don’t even remember what happened between me sitting at the table eating the damn near perfect brussel sprouts I cooked and me waking up this morning.

Unfortunately that means that this is the last of my gift guides for you this year. Well, maybe. I’m considering pulling together a procrastinator’s gift guide.  You know, some gifts that you can go pick up in an actual brick and mortar store, removing the ever dependable USPS (I’m rolling my eyes) from the equation. Has anyone else noticed a lot of your UPS or FedEx deliveries being sent to the local post office for the last leg of its journey? What’s up with that? Speaking of thatI’m thinking THAT sounds like a really great, regular feature on the blog. Thanks Keenan.

Ok but foreals, let’s get down to business because I know everyone’s got the finale of Serial to get to and we don’t wanna keep Koenig waiting. This last beauty that I’ve prepared for you is the Holiday Gift Guide for Under $25. These babies are perfect for your office secret santa, your girls’ gift exchange or a thoughtful stocking stuffer for mom or sis!
Holiday Gift Guide: Under $25

Written In The Stars Notebook $14 | Bobbi Brown Lip Stick $24 | Daily Dishonesty Book $11 | Cotton Cap $10 | Golden Wisteria Phone Case $25 | Wine Wipes $7 | Twist Scarf $20 | Dope Framed Art $25 | Sea Salt Candle $16Celebration Pencil Set $12

I know I sound like a broken record, but just in case you haven’t been keeping up, I’ve got a bunch more gift guides for you to take a look at it if you’re still riding the struggle bus coming up with gift ideas. And with only a week left, I hate to say it, but I’m probably your best bet at this point! Kidding. But am I? Ok, the here are the guides: The BFF | The Chef | The Techie | The Foodie | The Little Ones | The Coffee Addict | The Cocktail Lover | The Man | The Hostess | The Jetsetter

2014 Holiday Gift Guide: The Little Ones

I just wanna make the point that I don’t really believe in buying expensive baby clothes since they’re going to be out of it in a few months anyway.  But I feel like Christmas is a perfect time to break that rule, since there are just so many stinkin’ cute things to buy!

In this installment of gg’s, I bring you the Holiday Gift Guide for The Little Ones.  Whether it’s your own sweet babe, or your niece, nephew, godchild or just a baby that is so darn adorable it deserves a lil somethin, you’ll be sure to find something to get a giggle and a smile out of the trendy tot (or at least their mama!) with this gift guide.

2014 Holiday Gift Guide: The Little OnesI Woke Up Like This Sweatshirt $79 | Orange Cable Weave Leggings $23Chilote Child $46Striped Hooded Bunting $42 | Baby Jumpsuit in a Jar $56Mixed Brown Leather Minis $95 | | Fleece Lined Sweatshirt $26 | Cloud Tights $13 |  Bird’s Family Tree Nursery Art $80

Friendly reminder if you haven’t been following along with all of my gift guides this year, don’t worry, you can still catch up! I’m sure you’re still looking for gifts for a few more friends, hopefully I can help you out! The Chef | The Hostess | The Techie | The Foodie | The Jetsetter | The BFF | The Coffee Addict | The Cocktail Lover | The Man

2014 Holiday Gift Guide: The Man

Sometimes the hardest person to shop for is the person you know the best. In my case, that would be Max. But I find that shopping for him isn’t too difficult, I’m usually able to come up with something that he really needs or really wants. Plus it doesn’t hurt that he’s a pretty fashionable guy, so anything I’d want to see him in is usually something he’d buy himself. Easy. Peasy.

If you’re stuck finding something for your husband, boyfriend, brother or dad, take a look at some of my picks for the guys in your life in the Holiday Gift Guide for The Man. Hopefully you can discover a present they’ll really love.

2014 Holiday Gift Guide for The ManThe Time Teller $95 | Custom Map Cufflinks $50 | Hey Handsome Shave Kit $68 | J Crew Cashmere Scarf $98 | Little America Backpack $90Harry’s Shave Sets $15Chicago Blackhawks Ugly Sweater $50 | Cheddar Money Clip $68 | Rayban Classic Clubmaster $113 | Nice Parking Cards $20 | Crosley Cruiser Turntable $80 | The Single Sided Belt $45

You guys, how amazing are those Nice Parking cards? Max would go through those so fast. And that turntable would make a pretty retro piece, it comes in seven different colors AND has an aux output. And those cufflinks, you can pick two locations important to your man and they’ll make cufflinks with those exact spots! Ah-mazing. THAT is a  personalized gift! I think any guy would be happy to get any of these trendy gifts.

And if you missed any of the other gift guides you can hop right over to them now!
The Chef | The Hostess | The Foodie | The Techie | The BFF | The Jetsetter | The Cocktail Lover | The Coffee Addict


2014 Holiday Gift Guide: The Cocktail Lover

I’m back! Two posts in one day, I know, I’m as shocked as you. But as I’ve been overly-stressing, I want to give as much order time as possible, so here’s installment number two of this Sunday. I’ve been spending it finishing up the last of the gift guides and making a big batch of turkey chili in my CrockPot, I just had a bowl and it was friggin’ deeelicious. I’ll have to get a post up here with the recipe soon, I mean I am reigning champion of the Super Bowl Chili Cook Off at my office, so I don’t mess around.

Moving on to something that has nothing to do with chili – as much as I love my wine (which is a lot) and my craft beers (especially pumpkin brews), a well made cocktail is one of my favorite things. I’ve gathered up some gifts in my Holiday Gift Guide for the Cocktail Lover that I think anyone with a bar cart would appreciate. Or really anyone that likes a great drink. My favorites are those half-glass tumblers because who doesn’t love a little bit of wordplay!?

2014 Holiday Gift Guide for the Cocktail LoverLiquid Intelligence: The Art and Science of the Perfect Cocktail $22 | Stone Hexagonal Coasters $24| Carry On Cocktail Kit $24 | Swivel Liqueur Glasses $45 | Stainless Steel Cocktail Stirrer $4 | Owl’s Brew Tea Crafted for Cocktails Gift Set $25 | Optimist/Pessimist Glasses $25 | Moscow Mule Mug $20 | Bourbon Cocktail Cherries $16 | Guide to Cocktails Chalkboard Artboard $29

Oh, and don’t forget to check out the other gift guides that you may have missed last week, they’re kinda awesome –  The Chef | The Foodie | The Techie | The Hostess | The Coffee Addict | The BFF | The Jetsetter