Cookie Jars

We were finally able to finish and deliver all the cookie jar gifts we made for the holidays this year. They are very similar to the ones from last year, but with a revised label since I took a shortcut and bought the cookies instead of making them this time. I daresay they taste just as good, if not better. 🙂

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Organic deodorant for men

David finally ran out of his old deodorants. I say “finally” because he bought one of those multi-packs from Costco ages ago and it has taken him forever to use them up. The problem was that I couldn’t stand the way they smelled! We are not going to make that mistake again.

Although it is controversial,  I believe that aluminum in anti-perspirants/deodorants is unhealthy, and I try to avoid parabens as well. I’ll admit I’ve tried many natural and organic brands in search of the perfect deodorant, but I have yet to find one that I am loyal to. Unfortunately, those just don’t work as well. Under normal circumstances, I’ll use a natural version (or none at all – another perk of being a stay-at-home and work-from-home mom), but to be perfectly honest, for those times I want to be extra sure, I do own a container of Degree. I’d like David to have a natural alternative on a day-to-day basis as well, if just to humor me.

At the store, we read labels and sniffed a bunch of options and scents, but frankly they all smelled and looked kinda girlie. The “Dusk” scent was the best of the bunch. David balked at the price, but I was adamant. I’d like him to have a good smelling deodorant for a change. The brand, Herban Cowboy, gave me pause though, but I’m a sucker for packaging. Here’s hoping it actually works. 🙂


Chocolate Covered Oreos + Label and Packaging Idea

For other procrastinators like myself, I thought I’d share this quick and tasty treat I made earlier this week. A search for “chocolate covered oreos” provided several good recipes and instructions (1, 2, 3), but basically I just melted a package of chocolate chips in the microwave. The cool thing about these cookies is that you don’t actually have to bake in order to have pretty handmade treats to give friends and neighbors. For packaging and display, I found tall glass canning jars at our local New Seasons, covered the lids with fabric and attached a label, which you can download here. For more packaging inspiration, marthastewart.com has a nice slideshow on 13 beautiful ways to package cookies, my favorites being the cookie gift sleeve, and the cellophane-wrapped cookies.

Download your own free “Fudge Dipped Oreos, Made with Love” Labels here.


Zhena's Gypsy Tea

Yesterday when we were at the grocery store I asked David to pick me up another box of green tea. I stayed in the car talking on the phone to my Dad. And just look at the pretty tin he came back with. I’ve never heard of Zhena’s Gypsy Tea, but the artwork and packaging is adorable. Fair trade and organic. My honey, he knows how I’m such a sucker for pretty packaging. And the tea is good, too!

So, I did a little online research and found Zhena’s story on greenmoneyjournal.com, which I found very interesting, real, and inspiring. Read her story here.

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