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Uncommonly Fantastically Good

When Uncommon Goods approached me about sharing their company with you guys, I was immediately on board. Not because they have an amazing collection of unique gifts and products, or because they focus on environmentally sustainable and responsible practices (like limiting the number of catalogs they print and printing them on recycled paper), but because some of my blogging friends had worked with them in the past and had an undeniably positive experience.

So basically, the hardest part about this experience was deciding on what I would choose to review here on the blog. Everything else was easy peasy. But really, the choosing…I’m a Libra, not known for my decision making skills. But I knew Mother’s Day was coming up and that I could pick something out for myself. I focused on the jewelry. Oh my gosh, you guys. Just go take a look at it. I’ll wait…

There’s an enormous collection of gorgeous, unique, personalized, out of the ordinary pieces. I finally decided on this amazing necklace made of silver and gold and actual, real leaves. It’s dainty yet substantial, shiny yet understated, and makes the most soothing little jingling sound when the leaves bump against each other.


I also figured that I could get something for the kids/our whole family, and as soon as Henry saw these cardboard animal heads on my screen, he INSISTED I get one. I chose the Large Elephant Head, and when it was delivered a few days later, I told him he was more than welcome to go ahead and put it together (it was a few days before show day, so if I was going to do it, it would be a while). So he did. He put the entire thing together himself, punching out the cardboard pieces, following the instructions and placing each of the 20-30 pieces in just the right place to build the large and very cool elephant head. I think it probably needs some friends for the wall, too, once we find the perfect spot for it.


The last thing I ordered was this travel book to put all of my NYC memorabilia in that has been stored in a baggie for the last year. I’m pretty excited about putting that together, once life slows down a bit.

So, it’s too late for Mother’s Day, but if you need really cool, really unique gifts of any kind (for a new baby or a kid’s birthday, perhaps), definitely check out Uncommon Goods. Or, you know, if you just want something for yourself, there’s plenty for you, too.

I received items in exchange for this post but all opinions and gushing are 100% my own, as always.

Keeping Women and Babies Healthier By Nature #giveaway

I’ve mentioned before that I went to/worked at the ShiftCon Conference last fall, and that one of the things I loved most about is was meeting reps from companies that have the consumer’s health and wellness at heart, NOT money and not the quickest way to make a buck. With that philosophy, these companies haveContinue Reading

Rare Bird, A Book Review

I think I discovered Anna’s blog, An Inch of Gray, after the freak accident that took her son. At least. that’s when I dug deep and read all I could, heartbroken for her and wondering how in the world she could find the words to talk about that horrible day that the rains came andContinue Reading

Go Out and Play!

The kids have been back to school for about two and a half weeks. I’m exhausted, frankly, and so is the toddler that’s not yet in school. But the kids that ARE in school? They’ve got energy. I don’t know where it comes from. They work hard all day, they have two recesses in theContinue Reading

Wall Art Doesn’t Have To Be Difficult.

My parents have done a ton of work on their house in the last year, and still have a ways to go on their whole-house renovation. They have pretty much finished the upstairs, though, with three bedrooms and a bathroom, and my mom has been decorating the “grandkid room”, where a few of their 11Continue Reading

Summer Theater Series: The Wizard of Oz

Growing up in Kansas, you can’t escape it. Go to a conference and tell people where you’re from, and more often than not, you’ll hear “I don’t think you’re in Kansas anymore.” It’s one of those jokes that was funny the first ten times and not so much after that. Leading up to the BroadwayContinue Reading

The New Way To Floss From Waterpik #NewAgeInWaterFlossing

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Waterpik. I have always hated flossing. ALWAYS. I have the trifecta of bad flossing situation: 1. Small mouth 2. Crowded teeth 3. Gag reflex It’s hard for me to floss, truly. Though the gag reflex has gotten better over the years, my teeth haveContinue Reading

The Winter Running Doldrums

I received a shirt from Allied Shirts to review, but all opinions are my own. Y’all, the winter blahs have set in. It’s cold (SO COLD). It’s dry, it’s sometimes snowy, sometimes windy. Who’s idea was it to run a half marathon in January?! Oh yeah. MINE. But it’ll be fine, because it’s in Disney World, soContinue Reading

The Annual Family Pictures (and a #Giveaway)

I was given a canvas from Signazon to review, but I did not receive compensation and all opinions are 100% my own. I promise you don’t want to miss the giveaway at the bottom, or some family pictures that I think are pretty darn cute. This year, I didn’t have the time, energy, or mega-bucksContinue Reading

My #JamberryChallenge

I have a good friend, Amanda of It’s Blogworthy, that has been a huge support of my Leukemia and Lymphoma Society fundraiser this fall, and is a Florida, full-time working mama to one boy and one girl (on the way). Anyway, she’s a rep for Jamberry nails, which I was introduced to several months agoContinue Reading