Personalized Etch Wine and Gifts

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A wine love here myself, I am always keeping an out for unique wine gift ideas. Although giving a bottle of wine as a gift is always welcome but it would even be more amazing if the bottle was personalized!

Anything personalized comes from the heart because you took a moment to spend sometime to personalize the gift fit the person/couple special moment or occasion. Personalized items can be either etched or labeled.

Etched Wines offers a variety of personailized wine options. You can shop by occasion, from birthday, wedding, graduation, new home, new baby, birthday, anniversary, etc.

Etched Wine also offers personalized candles, stemware, mugs, oil or vinegar.

They even take corporate orders, as low as $25 a bottle includes wine plus etching. All other wines and champagnes, just wine + $15 Free set up + low minimums plus super fast turnarounds. Please note this is what appears on their website today, and is subject to change.

Personalized etched or labeled wine, mug, stemware, or oil/vinegar bottles are such an a great gift for that one person in your life who has everything!

Compatible Totes and Bags for Cricut Machines

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First I want to point out, I absolutely love Cricut and their products but I am also a person who love to save money. With a family of 5, I have to find ways to save on crafting supplies and products.

I have been wanting a tote for my Cricut but have resisted due to the price.

During my search on Amazon, I found several Cricut Compatible tote for the fraction of the price! Yes, a fraction of the price.

Luxja Double-Layer Bag Compatible with Cricut Explore Air (Air2) and Maker, Carrying Bag Compatible with Cricut Die-Cut Machine and Supplies.

Luxja offers the bag in two sizes, the single or double layer.

PATENT PENDING: Made of heavy-duty nylon. Scratch-resistant and durable. NO ACCESSORIES INCLUDED.
PROTECTIVE: Thick padding sandwiched between layers of material, which helps keep the machine and extra tools in good condition. A removable padding pad at the bottom to reduce the risk of bumping and damping.
MULTIPLE COMPARTMENTS: A main compartment (with adhesive straps) to secure your die-cut machine. 2 front zipper pockets and 2 inner mesh pockets for holding tool sets.
PORTABLE: Sturdy handles and a detachable shoulder strap also attached.
DIMENSIONS: 22.5″ x 8.75″ x 7″. Suitable for Cricut Explore Air (Air 2), Cricut Maker and Silhouette Cameo 3. Designed as a carrying case as well as a storage bag so you can easily take your machine and accessories everywhere.

PATENT PENDING: Made of heavy-duty nylon. Scratch-resistant and durable. NO ACCESSORIES INCLUDED.
PROTECTIVE: Thick padding sandwiched between layers of material, which helps keep the machine and extra tools in good condition. A removable padding pad at the bottom to reduce the risk of bumping and damping.
MULTIPLE COMPARTMENTS: A main compartment (with adhesive straps) to secure your die-cut machine. 2 front zipper pockets and 2 inner mesh pockets for holding tool sets.
PORTABLE: Sturdy handles and a detachable shoulder strap also attached.
DIMENSIONS: 22.5″ x 8.75″ x 7″. Suitable for Cricut Explore Air (Air 2), Cricut Maker and Silhouette Cameo 3. Designed as a carrying case as well as a storage bag so you can easily take your machine and accessories everywhere.

HOMEST Carrying Case Compatible with Cricut Explore Air 2, Cricut Maker, Silhouette CAMEO3, Grey

WELL PADDED PROTECT DIE-CUT MACHINE: This carry case is the best kick to store your cutting machine. It is heavily guarded with padding from all sides to protect it from physical damage. Fully cushioned in the base safeguard the machine from the irregular bumps while transporting. 2 Velcro straps help fasten the machine and hold it in place when traveling
BONUS DUST COVER: It came with a black dust cover to protect your beloved cutting machine under wraps while being protected from dust and liquids. Keep your valuable investment in good working order for as long as possible
ENJOY THE FREEDOM AND CONVENIENCE OF TAKING YOUR MACHINE WITH YOU: With comfortable carry handles and an adjustable over-the-shoulder strap, this bag is perfect traveling. Also available to stack with your luggage to combine the roll-behind ease of the trolly with the smaller, more portable function of the tote
MULTIPLE STORAGE POCKETS FOR ACCESSORIES: This storage bag features 2 front pockets to hold power cords, pens within easy reach, 2 inside see-through pockets for pens, scoring tools, and other craft essentials you need to travel with. The transparent pockets easy to access to what you pack
GENEROUS MAIN COMPARTMENT: Storing machines up to 23.5 x 7.5 x 8.75 inches. Spacey main compartment can easily accommodate your cutting machine with enough room for your projects as well, compatible with Cricut Explore Air 2, Cricut Maker, Cricut Air. BAG ONLY

LUXJA All-in One Bag for Cricut Die-Cut Machine and Cricut Easy Press (9 x 9 inches), Carrying Case for Cricut Machine and Supplies, Compatible with Cricut Explore Air and Maker

PROTECTIVE: Made of heavy-duty nylon. Thick padding keeps the machines in good condition. A removable bottom padding pad to reduce the risk of bumping. 4 thick bottom rubber pads to prevent scraping. (Patent Pending)
MULTIPLE COMPARTMENTS: 3 padded pockets for storing easy press (9 x 9 inches), safety base and heat press mat. The main compartment is to secure the die-cut machine. There is also an extra room for extras like rolls of vinyl.
ACCESSORIES POCKETS: 3 front pockets, 2 side pockets and 2 inner zipper pockets for holding Cricut pens, basic tools and other supplies.
PORTABLE: A vertical strap on back for slipping over a rolling bag handle. Sturdy handles and a detachable shoulder strap also attached.
DIMENSIONS: 22″ x 11″ x 12″. Suitable for Cricut Explore Air (Air 2), Cricut Maker and Silhouette Cameo 3. (Please note that the padded pockets fits for 9″ x 9″ Cricut easy press.)

Since I have the 9X9 Cricut Easy Press, I am very excited to see the compatible bag and I am hoping to order one of these reasonable bags for my Cricut Maker!

I hope this post helps you save on your Cricut machine tote/bag needs! Happy Crafting!

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Compatible for Cricut machines

Cinnamon Toast Crunch Coffee Creamer

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While shopping for my typical health coffee creamer, Coffee Mates new flavor caught my eye. Its amazing! Its definitely a treat! To go along with my favorite coffee bean SF BAY Coffee. I purchase whole beans because I prefer fresh ground coffee.

SF Bay Coffee offers their coffee in pods

SF Bay Coffee whole bean

Single Serving Pod

The Hamilton Beach Fresh Grinder is what I own and absolutely love it. 

Funny Coffee Mugs

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Women’s Laptop tote by Sunny Snowy – Review

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I recently purchased the Sunny Snowy laptop tote bag to replace my current laptop work bag.

I was seeking a lightweight shoulder bag with a lot of room. My current Coach bag as a longer strap and was placing a lot of weight directly onto my shoulder due to the length of the strap. In addition, my Coach work bag is heavier due to the leather. After searching for about 2 weeks, I finally decided to purse the Sunny Snowy laptop bag due to the size, 4.7 stars our to 5 and with over 1400 reviews. With the DIMENSIONS(LxWxH):17.1″L*5.5″W*14.5″H,Weight:Only 1.23lb, it this was the perfect bag. The shoulder strap length is perfect!

(Warning please excuse the no make photos)

I love the front pocket as you can tell it provides me easy access to my cell phone.

Inside the bag, there is a lot of room and plenty of space for my laptop.

Nice zipper area inside to hold keys or other items you want to secure
My laptop fits nicely inside and has a Velcro strap to secure my laptop

I absolutely love the tote and I personally give a rating of 5 out of 5! Highly recommend

Sunny Snowy Laptop Tote

Women’s Laptop Totes

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Next, I am on the hunt for the perfect purse hook!

Purse Hooks

Thrift Store Finds

Today I scored big the the thrift store.

Scored a brand new Free Country women’s Free Form Super Soft Jacket by Free Country for $12.50 and Lucky brand jeans for $6.00. I purchased 5 blouses but not picturing here today. In addition, today the thrift store was having their $0.99 sweater sale so I grab a couple of sweaters. I walked out to the thrift store only spending $40.

I think the most satisfying thing for me is when someone asks me where I got that shirt, pants, jacket, etc. I proudly say, “the thrift store”. Yes! you can buy amazing pieces at the thrift store.

Wine is Life

Cricut Gives Your Ultimate Cutting Precision

Wine and Cards Against Humanity Night

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I hosted a wine and Cards Against Humanity night. But is the reality, see my Instagram post below. Amazon also offers expansion packs to add to our current Cards Against Humanity game

Overall, we had an amazing night. Many moments of laughing until you cried. What a great combination event to do with your close friends and family. This party was a hit!!!

For the party, I served nuts, variety Bella Rosa European cheese, apple slices and caramel, grapes, variety salami, and crackers. I provided the two wines below.

Pairs well with cheese and fruit. Dry but yet slightly sweet
I personally didn’t have an opportunity to turn but from those who did loved it.

Wine Festival Hat

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I recieved a lot of compliments on my tan floppy hat while on our mini vacation to the South Padre Island.

Love this hat! The hat travels well. No need to worry about losing its shape when you place it into your suitcase. I am able to fold it into my suitcase and the hat will keep its shape when you are ready to wear it.

The wide brim provides great shade.

Loving my floppy hat
Enjoying our time at the South Padre Island Birding, Nature Center, and Alligator Sanctuary.
Enjoying some beach time

I love floppy hats, I even have a red one specifically for wine festivals. But of course the tan has also attend a festival.

Enjoying the Manitou Springs Annual Wine Festival

I will be honest, I bought both hats from vendors at a craft booth. But I found a floppy hat very similar hat with great reviews on Amazon and offer in a variety of colors.

I hope you can find the perfect color floppy hat for those special occasion(s) or just to have wear while having fun in the sun.

Thrift Store Finds

I love, love thrift stores and wish I had more time to go more often. I love saving money, I love finding name brands for much less, and I love saving our world from the pollution of stuff. Here is a one of many great articles regarding how American is populating the world with clothing, this one is from NEWSWEEK. It’s a eye opener!

I do have to be honest here, my husband will not shop at a thrift store. He hates the fact I do. He states “we aren’t poor”! I am not shopping at a thrift store due to lack of money. I am shopping there because I can find some amazing stuff for dirt cheap and many times brand new! I do have a list of items I will not buy used: underclothing, swimming suits, worn shoes, socks, panty hose, and I am sure a may have left something out. But most anything regarding personal use.

Heading out on a small trip and wanted a couple of different clothing pieces. I head out to my local thrift store and for under $25, I found the following: American Eagle jeans $10, Old Navy blouse $3, Gap acid washed $2, Loft black pants $2 and brand new pair with tags Epic Step Shoes $6.

It’s a lucky day when I can find pants which fit my short stature and this day I found two!

Upfront honest, I am not a fashionista !!!!! I just like what I see and wear it!

My thrift store finds!

Sharing some super cute photo gifts at Photobarn:

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Review- ROYAL CRAFT WOOD Luxury Bamboo Bathtub Caddy TrayROYAL CRAFT WOOD Luxury Bamboo Bathtub Caddy Tray

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My amazing hubby bought me the Royal Craft bathtub caddy which I had my eye on for about a year now. Excited and ready to relax after an adventurous snowshoeing trip. I absolutely love this cabby! There a place for a glass of wine, cell phone, book or table, and other slots for lotions or soap. Everything within reach while you relax and take a moment for some self care. Great gift for yourself, mom, wife, girlfriend, etc. Amazon offers a variety of styles by Royal Craft to fit every need.

Expandable to fit across your tub
I know this isn’t wine! But a Mike’s Hard Mango worked
Place of your cup of tea or glass and a slot for your cell phone. Also plenty of space to hold your lotions and soaps

My favorite Amazon picks

2020 Wine Goals – Colorado Wine Festivals

By no means do I proclaim myself as a wine connoisseur nor do I fit the definition of one.

1. A person with expert knowledge or training, especially in the fine arts. 2. A person of informed and discriminating taste: a connoisseur of fine wines

The definition of a wine connoisseur based on The Free Dictionary

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When searching for a definition which would fit wine style, I believe the word would be Bon Vivant.

A person who enjoys a sociable lifestyle and good food and drink The Free Dictionary

The definition of a social wine drink, who loves good company and food which I believe best describes me is Bon Vivant

I am about the wine experience, socializing and eating good food! Especially cheese, crackers, and chocolate!

Goal #1 – More Wine Crafts

That’s right, more wine crafts! Wine charms, wine bottle upcycle, wine glass etching, etc.

Goal #2 More Wine Festivals

A few of my favorite Colorado Wine Festivals

  • Manitou Springs Colorado Wine Festival – Date set for June 6th, 2020
  • Craft Beer and Wine Festival – I haven’t seen a 2020 date set. Looking at past dates they tend to have their festival in September, recommend to check back on their website. I highly recommend the VIP tickets. The event proceeds go towards the Marc Jr Foundation (click here to learn about their mission)
  • The Winery at Holy Cross Abbey – Harvest Fest – Date set for the weekend of September 26th – Go early and find a spot on the lawn for some good music and bring a picnic, cheese, and enjoy the variety of Holy Cross Abbey wines you can taste or purchase.

Wine festivals on my 2020 list I would like to attend

Goal #3 Solve How to Drink More Wine and Maintain weight

Who are you kidding – Let’s move on!

My only advice is stick to Processco or low carb champagnes. I also reference the Keto Wine: The Ultimate Guide to the Best Low Carb Wines even though I am not Keto but for me it’s provides a comprehensive low carb wine guide.

Goal #4 Ship Two Friends Wine

I received my first shipment last month from a dear friend. It was exciting to see what came in and the selection they chose! A reminder, someone 21 years of age with an ID must be home to sign for the delivery. So plan accordingly with your friend or have the package delivered to the delivery service (FedEx, UPS) pick-up location.