The Stay At Work Housewife’s 2015 Holiday Gift Guide

  

 I’ve reached a point in my life where my friends and family are becoming increasingly harder to buy Christmas gifts for. We are all blessed to be at a place in our lives where we can buy ourselves whatever we want, whenever we want it. This is an amazing place to be, but it does cause a lot of brain-wracking during the holidays as I search for the “perfect” gift for everyone on my list. Instead of the predictable candles and gift cards approach I usually take when I’m stumped (which I’m sure people still appreciate, but I feel like I’m buying just to buy, you know?), I decided to go a more creative route this year, so my 2015 Holiday gift Guide is a unique one! I’ve broken it down into three very thoughtful categories:

The Gift That Keeps On Giving:

Monthly subscriptions to things like themed boxes delivered to their home, magazines, or even a Netflix membership. This doesn’t mean you need to pay for the entire year, do what is in your budget, and then they can decide if they want to continue. The great thing is, if they do end up really liking it, that gives you a no-brainer idea for their birthday or even next Christmas!

For the Foodie in your life-

Green Bean Delivery Service You know from my past posts that I’m obsessed with this service! They deliver fresh, mostly local and organic groceries straight to your front door! (Let’s face it, the real gift here is not having to leave your house to go to the store in the freezing cold!) $35 for the smallest bin, about a week of fruits and vegetables for a family of two! 

For the Product Junkie in your life-

Birchbox- Monthly deliveries of beauty or grooming samples, customized to match your profile. I’m a sucker for packaging and the boxes these are delivered in alone give me a reason enough to want these! Available in 3, 6, or 12 month subscriptions at $10 per month.

For the Movie Buff/Binge Watcher in your life-

Netflix- Does your mom complain when you’re freaking out about what happened on this season of House of Cards that she doesn’t know what you’re talking about? Get her a Netflix account (and for the love of god, show her how to use it Christmas Day) but be prepared to see less and less of her as she goes into binge watching mode… Plans start at $7.99 per month

For the Eco-Conscious person in your life-

Texture by Next Issue– This app gives the member unlimited access to all of the top magazines (including back issues!) like Better Homes and Gardens, Esquire, Cosmopolitan, The New Yorker, Vogue and Fortune, just to name a few! The awesome part about this app is that you don’t need to feel guilty for reading an entire magazine for one article, and then throwing it away! No paper waste! $9.99 per month

For the Music-Lover in your life-

Spotify Premium A digital music service that gives you access to millions of songs, ad free, AND the ability to make custom playlists or radio stations with unlimited skips! $9.99 per month

Gifts That Give Back:

Gift ideas that touch more people’s lives than just the recipient.

For the Humanitarian in your life-

Heifer.org– The gift of a goat in their name. Give a goat to an impoverished family in South Africa, not only does it provide the family with milk for personal use (one goat can produce one ton of milk every year!) they can turn the milk into cheese and butter to sell at the market for income, and the goat provides natural fertilizer for crops! $120 for one goat

For the Feminist in your life-

The Feminist Majority Foundation– Make a donation in their name to this cutting edge organization dedicated to women’s equality, reproductive health, and non-violence. FMF utilizes research and action to empower women economically, socially, and politically. The organization believes that feminists – both women and men, girls and boys – are the majority, but this majority must be empowered.

For the Animal Lover in your life-

Simply make a donation in their name to their favorite animal shelter or rescue! If you don’t know their favorite, Pet Promise, a no-kill, foster based animal welfare organization in Columbus Ohio is an amazing organization!

Give The Gift of a New Experience:

Enrich the recipient’s life by providing them with the gift of an educational experience, of just a plain fun adventure!

For the Foodie in your life-

Cooking Classes– These can be provided at a place like Sur La Table (most classes start at $69.99), which they offer in-store or online; or check with local restaurants, (I know Spagio in Grandview Ohio offers monthly cooking classes with their head chef/owner for $75 per person).

A City Food Tour- My city of residence, Columbus Ohio, is a foodie’s paradise, with walking tours offered for anything from food trucks to coffee, and meat lovers to brunch spots; along with specific districts like a Short North or German Village Food Tour. Tours start at $50 with Columbus Food Adventures

For the Drinking Buddies in your life-

A Distillery or Brewery Tour- A few of my local favorites include Brothers Drake Meadery ($15 per person) and Watershed Distillery ($10 per person). Tuck it in with a bottle of their favorite spirt and you’re good to go!

For the Open-Minded friend in your life-

Reiki SessionKnow someone who could use a little unwinding? Reiki is a light touch healing technique which gently facilitates each person’s own ability to find and maintain balance in body, mind and spirit, based on the belief that there is an energetic flow in and through all living things. When this energy is low or blocked, we are more likely to get sick and feel stressed. The Chinese intention of “moving chi” to bring harmony into the body is also the foundation for the proven modalities of acupuncture, acupressure, tai chi, and qi gong. A Reiki session restores this flow of energy, naturally helping the body’s own innate ability to rediscover wellness. Think of it as a massage for your soul! $60 per session

If you’re still looking for holiday gift ideas, check out last year’s guides: Gifts Under $30 and The 2014 Holiday Gift Guide

*As with all of my gift guides, the opinions expressed are 100% my own!*

OHIO WHITE TENT EVENT: KNIGHT’S ANTIQUE AND VINTAGE FAIR PART TWO

Next weekend is finally the Ohio White Tent Event in Springfield Ohio, and since that is my hometown, I thought I would share with you guys some of my favorite places to go in Springfield, and some of the vendors I’m looking forward to seeing!

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Now, if you’re not too full from all of the amazing food trucks they’re going to have at the Ohio White Tent Event (I’m pretty excited for the Graeter’s Ice Cream Truck, and The Ohio Farm Direct Truck, which sells 100% organic grass fed cheese, burgers and ice cream!) I highly recommend heading over to Mike & Rosy’s Deli.  They are known for their steamed sandwiches, and in my pre gluten free days my lunch of choice was their turkey, swiss and mayo on white, with a side of macaroni salad, a cup of Lumber Jack bean soup (which I can still eat!) and an orange soda.  If you’ve never had a steamed sandwich, you had better make this a priority while you’re in town.  If three days of shopping hasn’t worn you out, you have to check out Young’s Jersey Dairy, which is only 20 minutes away from Heart of Ohio Antique Center!  Once you wear yourself out playing putt-putt, feeding the goats, and hitting some home runs in the batting cages, head to the Dairy Store for ice cream and sandwiches, or down the road to The Golden Jersey Inn for a good old country home cooked meal!

On to shopping! There are a few vendors showing there, that have collectively decorated my house. In fact, I purposely left my kitchen a bit unfinished because I was anticipating hitting up Knight’s Antiques, Flower Child Vintage, and of course Abbey Knight’s perfectly curated booth of mid-century modern and industrial finds.  But there are also a few booths that I’m looking forward to discovering for the first time next weekend!

  • I already know that I need to make a pact with my Mom ahead of time, to stop me from buying every serving tray from Fourth Coast Design Co. to use as props for my food shoots.  (Actually, I better make it a pact not to buy everything from Fourth Coast Design Co.).
  • I need another piece of jewelry like I need a hole in the head, but after taking a peak at Hendersweet’s Etsy store and Phyllis & Hazel’s website, I think I’m going to need to add more necklace hooks above my vanity!
  • Since my husband gets to miss out on all the fun next weekend, I think I’ll be nice and pick him up a candle from 419 Trading Co. for his man cave.  With scents like ‘Bourbon & Tobacco’ and ‘Midwest Firewood’, they’re perfect for him to burn while he writes the next great American novel.

Well I hope to see you all there! Look for me, I’ll be the girl lugging around a bunch of wooden serving trays and trying to write an Instagram post! (@stayatworkhousewife)

 

 

OHIO WHITE TENT EVENT: KNIGHT’S ANTIQUE AND VINTAGE FAIR

Mark your calendars for September 5th & 6th (Labor Day Weekend) and get ready for what is sure to be the swankiest antique and vintage fair in the Mid West! It takes place at The Heart of Ohio Antique Center at 4785 E National Road in Springfield, Oh.

  

You might have picked up on my love for all things vintage, especially the hunt for the perfect find! (If you haven’t picked up on it, here’s a few posts that make it pretty obvious: 2014 County Living Fair, 2013 Country Living Fair, Antiquing).  One of my favorite places to hunt is The Heart of Ohio Antique Center in my hometown of Springfield Ohio!  Don’t get me wrong, I love digging through stacks in a place that looks like it could be my Grandmas attic, but there is something about a clean, perfectly organized antique mall, like The Heart of Ohio, that makes this OCD/vintage loving girl very very happy!  So when I heard that Abbey Knight (daughter of the owners of The Heart) was organizing her own antique and vintage fair, well there’s no word strong enough to convey my excitement!  

According to Abbey “The Knight’s Antique and Vintage Fair will not be your average show!”  It is a juried event where participating vendors were picked based on quality, product variety, originality, and display.  Not only will there be over 60 dealers in the tent, there will also be food trucks, and The Heart of Ohio Antique Center will be open, with over 120,000 square feet of antique, vintage, and repurposed items! With Abbey’s passion for Mid-Century Modern items, she’s a girl after my own heart!   You can be sure with her in charge of hand selecting the dealers that this is going to be an amazing event that you will regret missing once you see my post on all of the cool things I end up buying!  

Stay tuned for my Country Living Fair style post, where I’ll tell you how to make a weekend/day out of The White Tent Event in my hometown, complete with my favorite local food and attractions! 

HOLIDAY GIFTS UNDER $30: SMALL BUSINESS EDITION

I wanted to share one more special Holiday Gift Guide featuring my favorite items from small businesses in my community. If you’re looking to grow your small business year round, Kabbage specializes in helping small businesses! While I have not personally used their services, it seems like a great alternative to traditional loans!

Since I already focused on getting those hard to buy for people on your list taken care of a few weeks ago (here!) I wanted to round out your holiday shopping with a few last minute gifts. At this point you’re probably running low on time and money (at least I am) so I kept all of the gifts under $30 and all on the same street: Grandview Ave in Columbus, OH!

Earth Elements: Seabolt & Co. Hydrate Toner $18

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I am obsessed with the “Hydrate” toner from Seabolt & Co. Technically it is geared towards men, but I use my husband’s body wash and deodorant sometimes, so that doesn’t stop me. It’s all natural, sulfate, paraben, preservative and gluten free, vegan, and never tested on animals. This is the perfect gift for the person on your list who is constantly on the go. They can toss the spray in their bag and use a spritz to freshen up after the gym, between the office and meeting friends for drinks, and before going into the office the next day if those previous night’s drinks have them looking less than fresh. For a more personal gift, Earth Elements provides custom skin care blends such as lotions, shower gels and bath salts.

The Candle Lab: Pour Your Own Candle $16

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This would be a fun gift to give to someone where you come back later and make candles together! You pick your container, custom blend up to three scents and get to design your own label! Another cool option is to bring in your own container and have it filled for $1.75 per ounce.

Peabody Papers: Holiday Cards $11

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I like to give my regular clients at the salon a little hand written card around the holidays. This is perfect for the people in your life who you might not buy a gift for, but you still want them to know you’re thinking of them during the holiday season! Peabody has tons of beautiful readymade cards, or you can work with them to design your own. I just love how sophisticated these black and gold ones are, and for $11 for a pack of twenty, you can’t beat that!

Vernacular: Old Fashioned Glasses $20

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How sexy are these glasses?! They’re like drinking out of Don Draper and Roger Sterling (Yes please!). These are perfect for the mad man in your life who enjoys a good drink! Vernacular (formerly Objects For The Home, don’t worry, same owners, same amazing finds) is full of awesome gifts for everyone on your list, whatever your price range.

The Oilerie: The Oilerie Balsamic $20

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This 25 year aged balsamic is AH-mazing! If you have a foodie on your shopping list, look no further than this. I’m not kidding when I tell you in my house this stuff goes on everything! I’ve put it on roasted vegetables, salads, steak, and even ice cream! (Told you I’m obsessed!). They also have a bunch of different infused olive oils and balsamic vinegars, I highly recommend the truffle olive oil!

Elli Nail Spa: The Care To Indulge Manicure $26
You didn’t think I’d leave out the best nail salon in Columbus, OH did you? Pick up a gift card for The Care To Indulge Manicure, and treat someone on your list to sugar scrub, a warm towel wrap and a massage with the lotion scent of their choice. After all the wrapping, cooking and washing of dishes, a manicure is much needed! You deserve one too so you might as well pick up a few!

What’s your favorite small business you support?

FILING CABINET MAKEOVER

 DIY outdated filing cabinet makeover 

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Why are filing cabinets so expensive? Can someone tell me that? They’re like the furniture equivalent to buying underwear; not much going on but sold at an ungodly price. (Don’t get me started on the cost of underwear, tiny little pieces of fabric that cost more than a gallon of gasoline, are you kidding me?). Plus they aren’t really an attractive piece of furniture for what you pay for them! So when a client mentioned that she was downsizing and getting rid of a lot of things, including the contents of her husband’s office, I asked if that included a filing cabinet.

“Yes!” she said, “and I’ll give it to you for the low price of a batch of your Ooey gooey mint chocolate brownie cookies! My grandson has a gluten allergy and I never know what to make him!”

Sold.

Well this wasn’t going to fit in with my ultra girly home office, but at the cost of a plate of cookies, I knew I could make it work:

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BEFORE

Ultra Girly Office:

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With a little pink spray paint, and some cool, patterned contact paper, it was ready to hold all the Kate Spade office accessories and brightly patterned file folders you could throw at it!

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AFTER!

What do you think? Has this inspired you to makeover your own bland piece of furniture?

COUNTRY LIVING FAIR COLUMBUS OHIO 2014

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This year’s Country Living Fair was a huge success! I ran into some of my favorite bloggers and vendors, got to spend time with my family (my husband, mom, dad, mother in law, sister and brother in law all tagged along!) and I found a lot of amazing accessories for my home and myself! Here are all of the awesome things I scored, and where you can find the vendors if you missed the Country Living Fair:

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Jar with lid, metal basket and vintage mint green sewing machine from The Heart of Ohio Antique booth . I’m obsessed with storage, so the jar is going to end up holding some sort of office supply, I’m thinking rolls of colorful washi tape! The basket seems like the perfect size for notebooks and folders I want to keep at the ready! The sewing machine is going to whip up amazing throw pillows and curtains….just kidding, I don’t sew…I just thought it was pretty. It looks amazing in my office though!

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Couldn’t pass up this tea towel from Stash Style, especially since it was only $10!

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‘Queen Bee’ bracelet from The Scrabble Chick, bonus: it’s a scrabble “S” tile on the back for “Sage”! ‘Bee Yourself’ bracelet from Metal Monk Jewelry , I obviously have a thing for bees.

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I love this print from The Homestead (couldn’t find a website) it’s framed in reclaimed wood and I think it’ll be perfect for the photo wall I’m working on in the master bedroom!

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You know I just CAN’T leave The Country Living Fair without an Amy D apron, sold to me by Amy D herself at the Wholly Craft booth! This makes my third one, but I switched things up this year because the other two I own are not half aprons. Whatever, don’t judge me.

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The perfect vintage bolero jacket, a steal at $15, from The Velvet Road.

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Couldn’t leave the boys out! I picked up this reversible oilcloth mat (the other side is white with blue polka dots!) for the dogs’ dishes from the Modern June booth.

YOUR GUIDE TO THE COUNTRY LIVING FAIR IN COLUMBUS OHIO

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(Me at last year’s Country Living Fair!)

It’s almost time for my favorite event of the year: The Country Living Fair is back in Columbus, OH! You may remember me writing about it last year (jog your memory here!), and it’s hard to believe that it is that time again! It runs September 12-14th from 10 am to 5 pm every day; unfortunately I don’t get to spend the whole weekend there with my schedule at the salon, but I sure know how to make the most of Sunday!

Here is my guide for getting the most out of your Country Living Fair experience in Columbus Ohio:

Breakfast:
You have an entire day of shopping ahead of you, so fuel your day by starting off at one of Columbus’ amazing brunch spots!

Third & Hollywood in Grandview: Northstar Cafe’s fancier sister is one of my favorite restaurants in Columbus, and their brunch never disappoints! I love the fresh squeezed orange juice and I never stray away from the iron skillet chorizo and eggs. But if you’re looking for something more lunch than breakfast, the corn and black bean burger could make a carnivore go vegetarian. They don’t consider it gluten free if you ask them, because it’s held together by oats, but I have never reacted to oat gluten (oat gluten is different than wheat gluten, but every intolerance is unique!). If oats don’t give you any problems just order it without a bun and tortilla chips on the side!  Oh and on Sundays they have live jazz, which fills my culture quota for the day!

*While you’re in Grandview, stop by Objects For The Home to get your shopping juices flowing! It’s my favorite home store in Columbus but they also carry fabulous clothes and jewelry. Pick something up from local jewelry designer Lily Schlosser’s line, Eli & Barry, her ‘greater than’ earrings are my favorite!

Next it is on to the fair:
The Columbus Country Living Fair is held at Ohio Village, an adorable re-creation of a mid 19th century town in Ohio, it is super easy to get to off of I71. Parking has never been an issue in the past, but it is kind of a walk from the lot to the fair so don’t wear stilettos!  Once you’re in, here are some of my favorite booths:

Earth Angels Studios– I don’t know if this is the biggest booth at the Country Living Fair, or if it only feels that way because it is so packed full of amazing handmade treasures!

Flower Child– This vintage shop is a Columbus staple stocked with incredible finds from the 1930’s to the 1980’s and their booth never disappoints! If you can’t find something there, you have a boring day of shopping ahead of you.

Ginger Blue Decor– These magnetic frames and mantles really make me wish I were the one who came up with the idea. I stop by every year to get more changeable magnetic art for the one I have in my kitchen.

Heart of Ohio Antiques– They bring the best from their HUGE Springfield Ohio antique mall. I have never walked out of this booth without buying something. If you see Abbey working, tell her Dani sent you!

Igloo Letterpress– They have a cute little shop near my Worthington salon, and their booth satisfies my obsession with pretty paper products.

Jenis Splendid Ice Cream– I’m sure you’ll look at this booth and think “Oh my god this line is too long!” and that is how I will know you have never had the pleasure that is eating salty caramel ice cream from Jenis. Wait in the line and thank me later.

juNxtaposition– Repurposed “junk” that has been made into AMAZING jewelry. Their typewriter key necklaces are my absolute favorite.

Mocking Bird Meadows– She has a cure for whatever ails you! You might recall that I used her herbal bitters for my Digestive System Healing Diet, but I am also a huge fan of her “The Blues” and “Inflammabee” herbal honey spreads.

Modern June– I can spot this booth from a mile away, this is my personal candy store. Not only is everything beyond pretty, her laminated oil cloth products are super easy to clean.

Wholly Craft– This is also a local staple and features handmade goods from over 200 crafters and artists. Pick up an Amy D apron while you’re there!

Dinner:
You’ve worked up the kind of appetite that only comes from an entire day of shopping, but your wallet is probably as empty as your tummy! If you want an inexpensive but completely satisfying meal that has the quality people watching only the Short North can offer, head to Philco Diner. The menu reads like some amazing thing you came up with after a night of drinking, and since you’re drunk on retail therapy (if you’re also for real drunk, I’m not judging you.), this is perfect! The pan roasted pork chop is my personal favorite, but I don’t think you could go wrong with anything on the menu!

Now to complete your Country Living Fair experience, you just go home and find the perfect spots for all of your amazing finds from the day!

I want to see your fabulous finds! Tag me on Instagram @stayatworkhousewife and follow me to see what I end up with!

 

Thanks!

Dani

CHINA CABINET MAKEOVER

Before I went on vacation I undertook the task of making over the china cabinet that my husband and I inherited after his grandmother passed away. I knew I wanted to do something so that the beautiful china we also got really popped once displayed. I feel so honored to have inherited this china, it was my husband’s great great grandparents wedding china, and although I don’t know the year they were married, the stamp on the bottom indicates that the china was made between 1918 and 1921. You all know by now that I really treasure anything that connects me to people who had a hand in my future, but who I never got the chance to meet, so this is really special to me.

Here is a “Before” picture of the china cabinet:

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I started out by removing the metal detail over the glass so that the view into the cabinet wasn’t obstructed. I gave the cabinet a good cleaning with warm water and white vinegar, and primed it with an oil based white primer. I picked a white satin latex paint so the yellow and gold trimmed china really stood out, then I replaced the knobs with the awesome knobs by Daisy Mae Designs I picked up at The Country Living Fair .

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Once the cabinet was dry and all of the shelves were put back, it was time to put the china in!  Since the china had spent who knows how long wrapped in newspaper in storage, I spent one afternoon carefully hand washing every piece so it sparkled! This was no small task with this being a ten place setting collection complete with serving dishes! (I was so afraid I was going to break something!).

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Here is the finished product:

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Now that it’s done I admire it daily and I cannot wait for the day when my future family comes together to enjoy a meal off these like generations before have!

(I also wanted to share something else I found in the cabinet, these are my husband’s great grandparents wedding invitation, reception card, and a picture from their wedding day! I thought this was such an amazing find!).

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FABULOUS FIND FRIDAY

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One of my favorite shops in Columbus, Ohio is Objects For The Home on Grandview Ave; the owners are super nice and they always have the neatest things, if you walk in just to check it out you will leave with something.  This lovely purchase was made by my husband when we were only supposed to be killing time before our dinner reservation down the street.  It’s just a simple wood cut-out with heart shaped pieces on Springfield (my hometown) and Columbus (his hometown and where we live now) but you can put them anywhere on the state you want!  It hangs on the wall as you’re walking into my kitchen and I just think it’s the cutest!