The Christmas Price Index, Friday kudos, wine for your holiday weekend

Need a holiday conversation starter? Look no further than the PNC Christmas Price Index, which every year prices out how much it would cost to purchase every gift in the song ‘The 12 Days of Christmas.’ How much will it set true loves everywhere back this year? The priciest item on the list this year?Continue reading “The Christmas Price Index, Friday kudos, wine for your holiday weekend”

I found the unicorn of wine websites…and now it’s gone, Friday kudos, wine for your weekend

Earlier this year, I stumbled across the most brilliant website for pairing wines with meals. It allowed you to input your meal ingredients, spice preferences, and usual wine preferences, and then suggested three to five bottles of wine for your meal. It did not just suggest varieties, but actual brands, labels, and vintages. It alsoContinue reading “I found the unicorn of wine websites…and now it’s gone, Friday kudos, wine for your weekend”

Unpopular opinions: Christmas letters are the worst!

Two disclaimers: My husband cautioned this post was a bad idea when I told him what I was writing about. I’d write it, he suggested, and shortly there after we’d get a Christmas letter from someone who would also read the blog, and I could therefore assume I had offended them. Sure enough, less thanContinue reading “Unpopular opinions: Christmas letters are the worst!”

ink.’s favorite things! Wine, kudos, and seven great gift ideas

  Oprah recently released her annual list of favorite things, all 107 of them, along with an interesting article in Oprah magazine about how the Favorite Things grew from an organic gift giving experience (she found a pair of pajamas and boots that she loved and wanted to share them with everyone…then did, gifting overContinue reading “ink.’s favorite things! Wine, kudos, and seven great gift ideas”

Four things for the start of December

December 1st was the day that my whole outlook on life was going to shift and things were going to feel instantly better than they did at the end of November. Pushing the reset button can be super healthy and refreshing, and here in the first few days of December, I hope that you’re findingContinue reading “Four things for the start of December”

A December reset, Friday kudos, wine for your weekend

Anybody else feel like they need to push the reset button at the start of December? I love the stretch from Thanksgiving to Christmas, but this November has left me feeling like I’ve been dragged kicking and screaming from Halloween into the dead of winter. Remember October when it was 55 degrees, and the leavesContinue reading “A December reset, Friday kudos, wine for your weekend”

The joy of meeting yourself where you are

I’m a person who likes to push. I like to have a target, a goal I’m working towards. My ideas tend to balloon into behemoth monsters that take all my focus, energy, and time. I throw myself wholeheartedly into projects, and work myself to the point of exhaustion…either physical exhaustion in an effort to finishContinue reading “The joy of meeting yourself where you are”

Five things on Pinterest for #joshandkatebuildahouse, Friday kudos, wine for your weekend

I skipped a Friday post last week for the first time since launching ink. and I felt badly about it. A friend, and fellow blogger, asked why I didn’t have one scheduled and ready to go, and that friend pretty much understands nothing about what my schedule looks like in the weeks leading up toContinue reading “Five things on Pinterest for #joshandkatebuildahouse, Friday kudos, wine for your weekend”

Revisiting a “pre-marriage” book three and a half years “post-wedding”

It was almost five years ago that my now husband’s picture popped up on my daily match.com list. He was handsome, dressed in a suit for his friend’s wedding with a big boutonniere pinned slightly haphazardly to his lapel. He had kind eyes, a shy smile, and the perfect amount of scruffy facial hair. IfContinue reading “Revisiting a “pre-marriage” book three and a half years “post-wedding””

Just a bunch of things to make you smile and forget about politics…after you vote!

I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again, ink. is not intended to be a place for politics. But that being said, let’s acknowledge that it’s election day, and if you’re eligible to vote, you should vote. There’s not a good reason not to. If you feel like you don’t know enough about theContinue reading “Just a bunch of things to make you smile and forget about politics…after you vote!”