Four out of the box Valentine’s Day gift ideas

My husband has always given me flowers for Valentine’s Day, and I love it. I am, admittedly a flowers kind of girl, so it works for me, and is an easy win for him! He, however, is considerably more difficult to buy for. He’s not a big gifts guy, so he doesn’t get too excited…

Forget the cold, beat winter dryness

In case you didn’t hear, it’s been cold, very cold, up here in the Midwest. Schools closed, businesses shut down, even the postal service suspended delivery for a day as the coldest air in twenty years blasted the region this winter. For those who fortunate enough not to have to go out in the frigid…

ink.’s favorite things! Wine, kudos, and seven great gift ideas

  Oprah recently released her annual list of favorite things, all 107 of them, along with an interesting article in Oprah magazine about how the Favorite Things grew from an organic gift giving experience (she found a pair of pajamas and boots that she loved and wanted to share them with everyone…then did, gifting over…

New navigation, Friday kudos, wine for your weekend

It’s hard to believe that ink. is already closing in on it’s four month anniversary! Each month I’ve learned a little more about what works, what doesn’t, and what people are looking for when they land on ink. Thus far ink. has had over 1000 unique visitors, almost 3000 page views, and over 200 likes…

Read it before you see it – Crazy Rich Asians

A few weeks ago, we went to see Oceans 8 in the theater. Oceans 11 is one of my husband’s favorite movies, so he was excited to see another installment in the franchise, and I was excited to see a movie with a whole host of strong female protagonists. Before the movie started there were the usual…

July 2018 Playlist – Songs from movies you’ve long forgotten about!

Happy July! Let’s assume you’re planning your Fourth of July festivities, and if you’re not, you should be! For these hypothetical festivities, which you definitely should be planning, you’re going to want a rocking playlist, and for that you’ve come to the right place. I believe the best playlists have a few old favorites, a…

How it feels to be a teacher on the last day of the school year

It’s 6:00AM on the last day of the school year, and I’m tired. The sun is already up; the morning breeze blows through the window; the coffee is hot and ready; my lunch waits, already packed, in the fridge; my school bag sits, where it always sits, on the stool next to the stairs in…

Monday Mantras

I’m not a morning person, and I’m not a Monday person, and this is the hardest Monday of the entire year! This is the first Monday back to work after summer vacation, and that, my friends, is a BIG slap of reality in the face. Though I will suffer through this Monday with the rest…