4 Fun Conversation Pieces for Your Kitchen

Life is too short for a boring kitchen. Check out these 4 conversation starter pieces that will make cooking more fun. Each kitchen item is both functional, fun, and a bit unique.

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A gift guide to spice up anyone’s kitchen

1. For the Cosmic Kid

Check out this fun knife set that is out of this world. 6 kitchen knives with scenes from stars for the space case aficionado who would like nothing more than to go to Mars.

2. For the Crime Show Junkie

Everyone has a crime show junkie friend. This is the person who binges all the murder mystery documentaries on Netflix and cannot get enough crime podcasts into their day. This trivet will ensure that no crime takes place on their countertops.

3. For the Music Enthusiast Who Drinks Too Much Coffee

This is the perfect gift for friend who is always rocking out on their headphones, spends their free time looking up guitar tabs and may also be also be a bit of a coffee snob. This spoon will ensure they have the perfect scoop of freshly ground coffee every morning as they make Pumpkin Cheesecake Foam Top Coffee as well as look super cool. This is sure to be a high note of their morning.

4. For the Person who Wants to Save the Ocean

There are two unique items you can get this person to make a splash of fun to their home dining. First is a toothpick holder that looks like a Narwhale. Imagine how delightful he would look between the napkins and the salt shaker.

The next is a whale shaped butter dish designed to look like a swimming whale. Open the top and the fishbone design doubles as a measurement tool. There is no such thing as too much butter.

These curated conversation pieces for your kitchen are sure to bring a bit of personality and fun to what is usually a very functional space.

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Bring it Back like Vinyl

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Every day things from past decades are enjoying a revival today. One such example is vinyl records. From my childhood, records were only something my parents and grandparents owned. I had no idea how to play them. Fast forward to today, and you can find record stores scattered throughout downtown. Famous musicians are releasing new music on albums as well as streaming services.

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These things from the past are still great because of the experience they create. Music enthusiasts enjoy the hunt of finding a gem among thousands of records in crates. When they finally hear the first song’s crackle, the sound quality is just a little richer. Maybe your that person who enjoys quoting your favorite movie. It brought a sense of happiness then, and it still endures today.

Now, more than ever, with the world rapidly evolving due to COVID-19, we should be focusing on creating those experiences as were socially distanced at home. For centuries friends, loved ones, and family would hand write to one another to keep in touch. Yes, it took time and effort, but those are things we all have available as we watch our best-made plans for 2020 canceled. Take a minute to slow down, but reconnect.

I am someone who has kept every card that I have ever received. No joke, I have shoeboxes full of them dating back to my childhood. Most of these cards memorialize milestones such as birthdays, graduations, or holidays. While I have a few “just because” letters, it is not the majority of my shoebox.

Resilience to these unprecedented times can spark the need to connect in meaningful ways. Be thankful for Fall and spread the love with a hand-painted card for your family. Have Zoom meetings been weighing you down at work? Thank your coworkers for their focus and dedication with a professional handwritten letter. You could also write long handwritten notes to your friends across the country. You will bring each person the experience of human connection, thoughtfulness, and hope.

For the person who is eager to write and does not want to spend time making cards check out 40 Blank Note Cards with Envelopes & Stickers | 4” x 6” Bulk Boxed Set of all Occasions Greeting Notecards | Assortment of Colored Stationary Plain Greeting Cards.. All the cards are blank so the can be personalized to each person.

And for the artist who looks forward to creating something beautiful to share check out these Heavyweight White Blank Cards With White Envelopes 5″x 7″ Greeting Cards Blank Cards And Envelopes Printable. You can use colored pencils, to paints to printing out your own digital creations.




4 Tips for Healthy Travels

January is often the month when everyone becomes focused on health. One of my biggest challanges has been learning healthier way to travels. If your on the road a few times a month for work or pleasure check out my tips below to ensure you clothes still fit by the time you return.


1. BYOWB (Bring you own water Bottle)

Drinking water en route to your destination will keep you away from fancy coffees, mixed drinks, and soda both in the airport and on the plane. There are so many cute styles that will fit in your purse. Just remember to keep it emty until you pass through security.

2. Cut it In Half

One of the best parts about travel is trying new food.  To balance health and travel try cutting your meals in half. This means Clam Chowder in Boston,  Ciopinno in San Fransisco, and Shrimp Au Gratin with a view of the gulf in Mobile.

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My first poke bowl somewhere near Burbank CA

3. Two Drink Limit per Week

This is epecially true for  frequent business travlers. Instead of grabbing a generic  beer or wine at every dinner, try and limit your drinks to something extra special. Maybe this is a fancy meal to pair it with or discovering a local brewery/winery.  Find yourself in upstate New York, go find a winery with ice wine. Maybe your in New York City and going to have a damn good Manhatten in Manhatten!

4. Grocery Shop

If time allows, grocery shopping for snacks and small meals will keep you full without calorie rich food of resturants. My gotos usually include precut veggies fruit and pre-made salads lunches.  This helps to keep me from feeling extra bloated on the road.

Heres to happy healthy travels this year!

Hugs

-J.Marie