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Etsy Stalkers’ Ultimate Holiday Gift Guide 2014!!

The holidays are almost here and I haven’t bought one single gift yet. Has anyone?  Seriously people, that’s not a rhetorical question. I’m really wondering if you’ve started shopping yet.

Never fear, Etsy Stalkers is here to help you shop and decorator the holidays. I hope you enjoy these items as much as I have loved shopping for them. 

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Gifts for your man (or any man). Men are so freaking hard to shop for. I’ve never experienced one holiday or birthday where I’ve been all I have the perfect gift idea for Gary. It just doesn’t happen. Until now. I’ve searched high and low for unique gifts that any man will love. I think.

You're My Favorite Husband, holiday card, gifts for him, Julie Ann Art

You’re My Favorite Husband Card

STANLEY STMT73795 Mixed Tool Set, amazon.com

STANLEY Mixed Tool Set

iPhone Speaker, Wooden iPhone Speaker, Wood iPhone Speaker, Acoustic iPhone Speaker, Passive iPhone Speaker, iPhone Dock, Victory Crafts

Wood iPhone Speaker

 

Eight-Person Family Cabin Dome Tent, Wenzel Klondike, amazon.com

Eight-Person Family Cabin Dome Tent

Men's Leather wallet, Men's Wallet, Thin Leather Wallet, Minimal Leather Wallet, Mr Lenz

Thin Leather Wallet

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gifts for the ladies (or you). Two for me, one for you—that’s pretty much how all of my holiday shopping ends up going.  So while these gifts are perfect for any woman, they all happen to be just what I want as well. Hint, hint, nudge, nudge, wink, wink.

The New Fitbit Charge

The New Fitbit Charge

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kim Bloomberg Designs, Green onyx Green amethyst gold kelly green and emerald green and light green statement necklace,

Green Onyx Statement Necklace

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pillow Cover, Abstract Art Pillow, Throw Pillow, 16x16 Pillow Decorative, Pink Coral Pillow, Stripes Pillow, Home Decor, Menina Lisboa

Amazing Large Pillow

 

 

 

 

 

 

Children's Silhouette Necklace, Personalized Cameo Pendant, Children's Silhouette, Once Again Sam

Children’s Silhouette Necklace

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gifts for your kids. Let’s face it, kids are ALL about the gifts. I don’t care if you celebrate Hanukkah, Christmas or nothing at all, children love to rip open presents.

Hand Embroidery Initial necklace, Letter Pendant, etsy blog, the merriweather council

Hand Embroidery Initial necklace

My First Disney Princess Frozen Snow Glow Elsa Singing Doll, amazon.com
My First Disney Princess Frozen Snow Glow Elsa Singing Doll

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

She believed she could so she did mini pillow, etsy blog, throw pillow, Ms Spanner

She believed she could so she did mini pillow

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fire HD Kids Edition Tablet, gifts for kids,

Lava Lite, amazon.com
Lava Lamp
WHITE FLUFFY CLOUD Pillow, Claire Cloud 9, etsy blog, gifts for kids

WHITE FLUFFY CLOUD Pillow

Disney Frozen Castle & Ice Palace Playset, amazon.com
Disney Frozen Castle & Ice Palace Playset

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Personalized gifts: I can’t begin to tell you how many gifts I end up buying for teachers, hostess gifts, myself, etc. and I’m always trying to figure out something unique. And because not all of us are handy with the crafting (ahem), I tend to heavily rely on the creativity of others.

Herringbone Single Initial, personalized blanket, throw blanket, personalized holiday gift, etsy blog, etsystalkers.com

Personalized Herringbone Throw Blanket.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

letter wall art, Fabric Letter in Coral Chevron, Cheekee Monkeez, custom letter,

Custom Letter

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Personalized Ornaments Christmas Stocking, shutterfly.com

Personalized Ornaments Christmas Stocking

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Personalized Custom Family Portrait Ideas, Hand-Painted Wooden, Peg Dolls,  Heirloom Wooden Toy Family portrait, Goose Grease

Personalized Custom Family Heirloom Wooden Toy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Personalized Winter Themed Cookie, beau-coup.com

Personalized Winter Themed Cookie

 

 

 

 

 

 

Holiday Cards. Believe it or not, people love receiving mail. Like on real paper. That’s why I gathered the best holiday cards (and a wrapping station) from some of my favorite stationary spots. Whether you like classic Hanukkah/Christmas cards or more contemporary designs, there are literally thousands available. Fortunately I narrowed it down just for you. Thankyouverymuch.

holiday postage stamps, etsy blog, etsystalkers.com

Adorablz holiday stamps

 

 

 

 

 

 Scalloped Frames Christmas Card, holiday cards, etsy blog,


Scalloped Frames Christmas Card

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Holiday Card Photo Prop "HO HO HO" 3 Piece Set - Christmas Card Signs - Holiday Christmas Card Prop for Family Photography, ZCreateDesign

Holiday Card Photo Prop

 

 

 

 

 

 

Funny Christmas Card, Gingerbread Holiday Card, etsy blog, Mud Splash Studios

Hilarious Holiday Card

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Wrapped With Craft Holiday Card, Shutterfly.com


Wrapped With Craft Holiday Card

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

South Shore Crea Collection Craft Table, amazon.com

South Shore Crea Collection Craft Table

Entertaining. Want to look like you put way more time and effort into hosting than you actually did?  See below and look like superwoman.

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I’m loving these Gelt Hanukkah Favor Boxes!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

gold garland, christmas decoration,  Paper garland, etsy blog,  TransparentEsDecor

Amazeballs Gold Garland

6 Pc. Santa Suit Christmas Silverware Holders, amazon.com

6 Pc. Santa Suit Christmas Silverware Holders

Christmas Centerpiece, Holidays, Christmas Decor, Christmas, Holiday Wreath, Christmas, Pinecones, Red Berry Wreaths, Red Christmas Bows, Two Inspire You

Red Berry Wreath

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Geometric Wooden Ornament / Hand painted, Christmas Decoration, Flaneurs Pocket

Geometric Wooden Ornament

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Balsam Hill, LED Pinecone Trees

LED Pinecone Trees

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Teacher gifts. I don’t know about you, but I feel like I should buy my kids’ teachers amazing  holiday gifts. Have you ever spent time in a classroom with 22 kids? It’s not pretty. And somehow they handle it with grace.

I Teach For Three Reasons: June, July and August Wine Tumbler, Teacher Gift, amazon.com, etsy blog,

I Teach For Three Reasons: June, July and August Wine Tumbler

air plant Terrarium Kit, bird and feather, air plant gift, teacher gift, etsy blog

Air Plant Terrarium Kit

snow flake globe shake necklace gift etsy blog

Snow Flake Globe Necklace

Giclee Fine Art Print, Yellena, teacher gift, etsy.com

Giclee Fine Art Print

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Best Teacher" Chalkboard Style Printable Digital File, Princess Snap

The Best Teacher” Chalkboard Style Printable Digital File

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pets love gifts too! Ruff. Meow. Argggghh.

Pet Teepee, etsy blog, pet gift, love lane, dog gifts

Dog or Cat Tepee

Christmas Paw Stocking, amazon.com

Christmas Paw Stocking

Hand Embroidered Custom Cat or Dog Portrait, Customized Pet Picture Hoop Art. Hand Stitched Animal Hoop, Detailed Pet Portrait, Hoopla Stitch

Hand Embroidered Custom Cat or Dog Portrait

 

 

 

 

 

Wood Room with a View Pet House, Amazon.com, Pet bed, dog house

Wood Room with a View Pet House

Cat bed, cat cave, cat house, felted wool cat bed, Agnes Felt

OMG. Cutest Cat Bed EVER

 

 

 

My Arden’s Garden Two-Day(ish) Juice Cleanse Experience

So my friend convinces me that it will be an amazing idea to do one of those two-day juice cleanses. I’ve never been of a fan of them but figured that after raiding my kid’s Halloween bags for the last five nights, I could use some health in my life.

The cleanse involves drinking one gallon of water and one gallon of Arden’s Garden premade juice PER DAY. That’s a lot of liquid. The following is my experience.

Day One:

9:07AM My friend texts me to say he decided to start the cleanse tomorrow. I decide I hate him.

10AM  Hour two of the cleanse. I’m alive. The juice isn’t bad—a grapefruit citrusy situation.

10:22AM Hunger is starting to set in. Probably should have skipped Crossfit this morning.

10:55AM Feeling a little sad as people are starting to discuss lunch around my desk. I like lunch. Can I talk about lunch with you?

11:09AM While in the restroom, I do a sideways in the mirror look to see if I lost weight yet. I’m estimating I’ve lost 10 pounds this morning.

11:40AM I go to get more juice. I’m pretty certain someone in my office is refilling the two-gallon jug while I’m not looking. I’m onto you.  How could it possibly still be so full?

1:12PM I go to Target for lunch. Big mistake. Halloween candy is 50% off.  Cruel and unusual punishment.

1:50PM Is that bologna I smell? I think I’m hallucinating.

5:00PM Did you think I’d given up? No. I’ve just been ignoring the world. Because I hate the world.

6:10PM Oh look at that, I’m in the bathroom again.

6:15PM Is it possible that my skin is clearing up before my eyes? I literally think that’s happening. I found the fountain of youth! Again this could be a hallucination like the bologna.

7:00PM Hi bathroom.

7:54PM Having a stare down with the juice.  I’m afraid no one is winning.

8:57PM My husband arrives home after working late and finds me standing by the refrigerator gulping the juice down straight from the carton. He just shakes his heads and walks away.

9:23PM My husband is snacking on the couch next to me. I start googling divorce lawyers.

9:45PM I finish the gallon of water and don’t quite get through all of the juice. I’ve reached the end of my rope so I give up and go to sleep. Let me rephrase that, I go to the bathroom, then to sleep, then to the bathroom, then sleep….you get the idea.

Day Two:

6:05AM I’m awake and I’m hangry (hungry + angry). This is not a good start to my day. While packing my kids’ lunches I catch a glimpse of the fresh new gallon of juice that is waiting for me today. I slam the refrigerator shut and start making kissing noises and gestures towards my daughter’s peanut butter and jelly sandwich. How you doin’?

6:07AM My kids think I’m crazy. I actually believe that I am.

8:30AM I arrive at work. Barely. I see a banana on a co-worker’s desk. Helllooo there Mr. Banana, you look so fine you blow my mind.

9:03AM I receive an email reminding everyone that today is the office chili and baked goods cook-off. I slump down in my desk and give up my will to live.

10:21AM I’m in the bathroom because where else would I be. They really should have desks and outlets in there.

10:47AM Is it me or is everything on the world wide web about food? I receive an email for a recipe exchange. Don’t you people know I’m cleansing???!!!

11:23AM My coworkers don’t believe me when I say I remember when gas was just .99 cents a gallon. Man I’m old. And old people need to go to the bathroom. Again.

11:47AM Lunch talk is in full swing. I fear death is near.

12:00PM I smell food. Sweet, sweet food. I hear the angels singing.

12:02 I’m knee deep in vegetarian chili, baked brownies and a cold Coke. Someone tries to talk to me and I shove my hand in his face to move it along. This girl is done with her cleanse. Amen.

In summary, liquid cleanses are not for me. Like at all. I understand (not really) that some people swear by them but I just don’t see the health benefits in making myself miserable. The body isn’t supposed to survive on liquids alone. It needs chili and baked goods!crazy sexy diet, kris carr, 21 day cleanse, etsystalkers.com

Now I did do a 21-day clean eating cleanse back in the spring based on the  Crazy Sexy Diet Cleanse and it was amazing. You can read all about my experience right here.

Boo! Halloween is almost here. Check out the MOST UN-SEXY ADULT COSTUMES that will arrive in time.

halloween, Shrek Gingerbread Man Costume, etsy blog, etsystalkers.com

Shrek Gingerbread MAN Costume

 

In a little over a week, kids will be running amock throughout neighborhoods collecting candy (and sugar highs) while their parents chase after them with beers in their hands. At least that’s how it happens in my neighborhood. Some houses even hand out shots for the over 21-crowd making it the best night of the year (especially because it lands on a Friday this time)!

 

 

etsy blog, etsystalkers.com, halloween,  SNL Garth Algar Wig

Saturday Night Live Garth Algar Wig

 

And then of course there’s the raiding the kids’ haul after they go to bed situation. I’m doing it for the kids, people. It’s a  sacrifice but I’m up for it.

 

 

 

Etsy blog, etsystalkers.com, halloween, Rasta Imposta Giraffe Costume

Giraffe Costume

 

I’ve noticed a lot of talk on Facebook (my main news source) about how the sexy Halloween costumes are now making their way into the Tween markets. Obviously this is totally inappropriate, but I can’t help but wonder if it’s because they see how their parents are dressing. I vote that no adults should dress sexy for Halloween anymore! Down with skin! Up with no appeal!

 

 

So with out further ado, I bring to you the most UN-SEXY COSTUMES THAT WILL ARRIVE BY HALLOWEEN:

Mr. or Mrs. Potato Head, halloween, etsy blog, etsystalkers.com

Mr. or Mrs. Potato Head | AWKWARD

FunWorld Big Top Clown Costume, esty blog, etsystalkers.com, halloween

FunWorld Big Top Clown Costume

etsy blog, etsystalkers.com, halloween, Pink Rabbit costume

Pink Rabbit Ridiculousness

etsy blog, etsystalkers.com, halloween,  Inflatable Ballerina Costume

Inflatable Ballerina Costume | Warning: Some may find this sexy

etsy blog, etsystalkers.com, halloween,  Mullet on The Go

Mullet on The Go

What do you do when you see a window washer outside of your office window? You take a selfie with him, duh.

It’s about 2PM on a Thursday afternoon (I’m painting the picture, people) and all of a sudden I look up and see feet outside of my 10th floor window. So I do what any ‘normal’ and responsible employee would do and I quickly grab my phone and motion for the window washer to stop and pose with me for a picture. What? It’s not like he was busy doing something else.

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Standing in line at Starbucks with a list of drinks and paying for each one separately? No, no, no.

This seriously happened to me this morning. What’s wrong with people?

etsy blog, etsystalkers.com, amazon.com, coffee mug, Handwritten Ceramic Coffee Mug, Happiness in a Cup, Sharpie Mug,

Handwritten Ceramic Coffee Mug | $14.00

I could not stop rolling my eyes at the woman doing the ordering. If I rolled them any harder, they would’ve popped out of my head. Oh and get this. After she handed the Starbucks dude the piece of paper, she verbally added on some more drink orders. Rude.

Anyhoo, I love coffee, especially on rainy mornings like the one we’re having today. It makes me want to curl up with a tank of coffee and a good book. So in honor of the annoying woman ahead of me at Starbucks, I bring to you some amazing coffee items:

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Awesome print | $16.50

etsy blog, etsystalkers.com, amazon.com, Kuissential SlickFroth 2.0 - Electric Milk Frother, Cappuccino Maker

My Email Exchange With State Farm About Jake. Jake From State Farm.

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With Halloween around the corner(ish) there’s been an ample amount of conversation about costumes with my kids. My 4 year old has adamantly decided that she wants to be Jake, Jake from State Farm this year—not a princess, ballerina or Frozen character. She wants to be Jake wearing khakis and a red State Farm polo (this gives all of you a little insight into my daily life). And to get into character she now has us calling her Jake throughout the day. It’s going to be a loooong 6 weeks until Halloween.
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Of course, I love how independent and clever my baby girl is and will do anything to support her dream of becoming Jake. So yesterday I did what any mom would do and I went straight to the source. The following email exchange occurred between State Farm and myself. You can’t make this stuff up.

From: Julie
Sent: Tuesday, September 16, 2014 2:04 PM
To: Orders
Subject: State Farm shirt

Hi,

My hilarious 4-year-old daughter wants to be “Jake from State Farm” for Halloween. I can’t find any red State Farm Polos for kids on your website. Is this something I can order? Thanks!


From: Orders <Orders@thecorporateshop.com>
To: Julie
Sent: Tuesday, September 16, 2014 2:53 PM
Subject: RE: State Farm shirt

Hello,

I’m sorry that we do not carry children’s polos on the site.  We could get it through a special order but there are minimum quantity requirements for special orders.  If this is something you are interested in, please let me know and I can forward your e-mail on.
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Thanks,

Sarah

The Corporate Shop

1-800-671-9921


From: Julie
Sent: Tuesday, September 16, 2014 3:08 PM
To: Orders
Subject: Re: State Farm shirt

Thanks for responding. We only need one though. Do you sell iron-on logos by any chance?


No, we don’t.  I’m sorry.

Sarah

 

Do any of you out there have any ideas?

Red polo shirt is a must

Red polo shirt is a must

And of course she’ll need khakis

Throw Back Thursday: So This Is Awkward

Yep, it’s already Thursday (yay for short weeks). The eve of Friday. One of the most awesome times of the week. This week I’m bringing you waaaayyy back to 2011 when I was trying to figure out how to entertain my kids after school. Obviously this was before they had homework and  activities because now I feel like I’m cramming a million things in before bed time.
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friday eve, etsy, throw back thursday

SO THIS IS AWKWARD

Now that I’m home with my kids after school, I’m sort of at a loss with what to do with them all. day. every. day. I’ve definitely perfected the watching TV activity, the eating a picnic blanket at 5:30 activity and the stalking my neighbors with kids (not in a creepy way) activity. But is there something else I should be doing? Like playing with them?

 

In order to get comfy cozy while watching all of that TV, I’m thinking I must, must, must get a rag quilt from Chez Martine. Note: this could also double as a picnic blanket so I’m pretty much saving money just by purchasing it.

Like how I rationalized that in my mind? But for realz people, feel free to comment on low-key afternoon activity ideas. And don’t send a TV guide – we already know it by heart.