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How to Use Crystal Tray?

J and I recently got a crystal tray from Tiffany’s. It’s beautiful – see?

Only problem is that we have no clue what to do with it or how to use it.

Anyone living in a Metropolitan area knows that space at home is often limited. We don’t have a fancy dining room filled with items you don’t touch. For the most part, nothing’s hidden away for a “special occasion”. We have items that are out all the time.

So I’m completely clueless as to what to do with this now… It’s about 8″ by 8″ square. My mom suggested placing jewelry on it but the tray is too big for that. A coworker suggested using it for perfumes. Except 1. I have too many and 2. They’re not all pretty to look at. So that’s out too.

So friends, I turn to you! I need help. What can I use this for? Keep in mind I live in a one small-ish bedroom apartment so space is limited.

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30 Before 30 – Finally!

I know I promised a post on May 4 but 3 days late is better not at all, right?? Truth be told, I’ve struggled with some items. There are a couple on the list that I’m not sure about and might change but for now, it’s a list of 30 items!

And the list… Drum roll please!…

  1. Move IN to NYC
  2. Visit J’s brother in Japan
  3. Attend a MSU bowl game
  4. See DMB concert at The Gorge
  5. Attend Red Sox Spring Training in Fort Meyers, FL
  6. Wine Tours in the Finger Lakes, NY
  7. Visit Dave Matthew’s Vineyard in VA
  8. Visit Fenway for 100th Anniversary
  9. Attend Yankees vs. Red Sox game at Yankee Stadium
  10. Finish Africa Scrapbook (from 2006)
  11. Finish Winston’s fleece jacket
  12. Make/share Amish Friendship Bread
  13. Learn to crochet Meme’s socks
  14. Attend a live show/taping of SNL
  15. Attend a Junior League info meeting (orientation or Sip & See)
  16. Eat at Justin Timberlake’s NYC restaurant, Southern Hospitality BBQ
  17. Eat in all 5 NYC Boroughs
  18. See Rent on Broadway
  19. Have wedding pictures made into album
  20. Get teeth professionally whitened
  21. Go skydiving
  22. Try a new hairstyle
  23. Have a Spa Day
  24. Get a Lasik consultation
  25. Donate blood 5 times (approx. once every 6 months)
  26. Read the Bible
  27. Refresh Spanish skills
  28. Turn filing cabinet into paperless system
  29. Blog regularly
  30. Think about baby making?!

I’m going to post the list permanently at the “30 Before 30” link at the top of the page and update it as I go!

First up to accomplish? #16 – Eat at Justin Timberlake’s NYC restaurant, Southern Hospitality BBQ. I have a discount certificate from ScoutMob that expires in 2 weeks. Stay tuned for an update on the experience! 🙂

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Family Gift Ideas

How many of you still get birthday gifts for your parents? What about Mother’s/Father’s Day gifts?

J’s family isn’t really a gift-giving family so he doesn’t do either. I still do both. Mother’s Day is beginning to turn into a flowers holiday which my mom likes (I think?) since she doesn’t usually get flowers. But when it comes to birthdays, and even Christmas, I’m at a loss for ideas a lot of the time. With Christmas, it’s a little easier because I can straight out ask for ideas. But it’s harder with birthdays since they usually sneak up on me.

This year I went the online ordering route and decided to get my Mom something kinda NYC-related.

Ideas I considered?


Garrett Popcorn
While delicious fresh and warm, I wasn’t sure how it would be via mail. And while delicious period, it’s pricey. 1 gallon tins range from $25-59 but you can’t get mixed flavors at this size. 2 gallon tins range from $46-82 and you can get split tins (aka half caramel, half cheese OR divided in thirds). Add $9.95 shipping for either size (3.5 gallon and bigger cost more to ship) and before you know it you’re spending a pretty penny! Not to say my Mom isn’t worth it but for popcorn?


Junior’s Cheesecake
Similar issue as Garrett Popcorn. While definitely tasty, cheesecake is far from cheap. And I don’t think my Mom is a huge cheesecake fan. So I looked into ordering but nixed the idea anyways. Prices start around $32.95 for an 8″ cheesecake. All sorts of flavors are available too but some come at a price. Some options: $42.95 for Strawberry Cheesecake, $32.95 for Raspberry Swirl, $36.95 for an 8″ Sampler (plain, raspberry swirl, chocolate ganache, cherry crumb), $39.95 for Devil’s Food. You get the idea… Again, 2-day shipping is $11 for one cake, $18 for two. So the price adds up.


Cannoli’s from Caffe Palermo in Little Italy
Caffe Palermo is mine and J’s bakery of choice in Little Italy. We’ve taken my parents there before. And really, who doesn’t love cannoli’s?! If you’re ever in NYC, you must look them up! Or if you live here, try them next time you’re in Little Italy! They have a big sign over the front door that says “Best Cannoli on Planet Earth”. (Reminds me of the scene in Elf where he sees the sign in front of this little restaurant that says “World’s Best Cup of Coffee” – you can watch it here – LOVE that movie!) Anyways, I was excited to see they offered ordering. But by phone. And I’m lazy. And was trying to order her gift over the weekend. So I passed on that one.

As you can see, shipping ended up being a big expense. I tried signing up for online newsletters since some companies give you an immediate discount just for signing up but no luck there.

So, what did I end up getting her?

I went off the Garrett Popcorn idea. My parents sent me popcorn tins from The Popcorn Factory (btw, for a little care package gift, it’s really good and not super expensive!) in college and law school but I wanted something NYCish, if possible. So I took to Google. Because really, what CAN’T you find via Google these days?!

Enter Dale and Thomas’ Popcorn – straight out of NJ and according to The Today Show, “The Rolls Royce of Popcorn”. Now, I haven’t tried it first hand but it seemed to be a safe gamble and they had some awesome popcorn flavors! They have popcorn tins (like Garrett and The Popcorn Factory) but I opted for their “6 Bag Sampler”:

Each box includes 6 foot-long sized bags of popcorn and each bag serves approximately 2-4 people. Four different flavor combos are available (view website for list of flavors included with each combo): Country Munchy, Simply Scrumptious, Chocolate Overload and This and That. And, you can also select a “Sampler” with special packaging including birthday, thank you, congratulations, holiday-specific (Easter is currently available), anniversary and welcome themes.

We’ll see what she thinks!!

Do you still get your parent’s birthday gifts? If so, what do you get them? Do you ask them for ideas or come up with them on your own? Share your ideas!!

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