Don’t Forget! Tis the Season Mug Swap!

Tis the Season Mug Swap 2014


Y’all – today’s the day.

The last day.

If you haven’t signed up for the  Tis the Season Mug Swap yet, today is your last chance.  Caitlin at Coffee with Caitlin and I are really excited to host it. Plus, we’re loving all the buzz the swap has gotten so far!

I’ve got my favorite mug with my favorite tea to celebrate!


Haven’t heard of a Mug Swap before? It’s a grown up version of a pen pal! Basically, you sign up. We give you a partner to swap with. Get to know one another via email. Shop for the perfect mug, and mail!

Here are the details:

1. Sign up using this link by TODAY!

2. We’ll email you your partner’s email information by November 26. Send each other an email, and get to know one another so you can find the perfect mug!

3. Be sure to mail your mug to your partner by December 10, whether that’s buying one locally and packing up/mailing OR shipping from online. Either way!

4. Be sure to stick to the timeline. You want to make sure your partner gets a mug!! If you can’t get a hold of your partner, let us know ASAP so we can help out. Or if you’re unable to participate, let us know too so we can reassign your partner.

5. We want to see your mugs after the swap! Snap a pic, and tag it with #tistheseasonmug14. Be sure to tag your partner who sent it to you, if you can, and tag Caitlin and me!

If you have any other questions, PLEASE let us know! I’m already dreaming of yummy tea for a new mug. 🙂

Sign Up for the Mug Swap!

Deadlines Recap:

1. Sign Up by November 24

2. Receive partner contact info from us by November 26

3. Get to know your partner and buy a mug

4. Ship new mug to partner by December 10

*NOTE: Not JUST for bloggers! Anyone can sign up!!

Hey Hey! It’s Friday!

Mercy me, it’s Friday already! The week just zoomed by!

First up, though, if you haven’t signed up for the Tis the Season Mug Swap yet, do it now! Caitlin at Coffee with Caitlin and I are hosting, and we are so excited!! You can sign up here.

And now, back to my week wrap up!

1. Since my husband was gone last week, I decided to take Elizabeth to visit my in-laws! I’m pretty lucky- there aren’t many people who would willing go visit their in-laws without their spouse. But they’re just such wonderful people, and I love watching Elizabeth interact with them. We crammed in quite a lot, but last Friday we went to Colonial Williamsburg (love!). We wrapped up the evening with pizza at Donatos! This made my Ohio heart sing. It’s the pizza of my childhood, and they’ve slowly migrated out of Columbus. I had to order my family’s old go-to pizza – mushrooms, black olives, green peppers and onions. I haven’t had this pizza for… years. A decade, maybe? I sent a pic to my sister, who wrote back immediately that she was jealous.

Govenor's Palace at Colonial Williamsburg

My favorite pizza from Donatos

2. While we had a fun time in Virginia, the ride back to North Carolina wasn’t so great. Elizabeth had a back case of the icky diapers and diaper rash, so we had to stop twice for diaper changes. Then 30 minutes from the RDU airport to pick up hubby, she vomited. Ick! And then again before we got home. She had a fever for two days, and, thankfully, by Wednesday, she seemed to be on the mend. And the car seat will never be the same again.

3. I spent some time planning out Christmas presents! I’ve got some great ideas for some folks, and then zero inspiration for others. If you’re needing a little inspiration, check out my favorite mugs! (These would be perfect to send to your Mug Swap partner, if you’ve signed up!)

Favorite Mugs for Gifts at Cup of Tea

4. Wednesday I made a quick run to the Dollar Tree (my newest store obsession!) to see if they had particular craft supplies. On the way home I swung through the Starbucks drive through. I was getting irritated because it took forever to crawl to the window! Although, to be honest, it doesn’t take much to make me annoyed… #truestory. Anyway, I roll up to the window to pay and pick up my drink, and the Starbucks dude says my drink was already paid for by the car in front of me. Say what?? Awesome! I felt like a bit of a schmuck not doing the same for the person behind me, but next time I will! (Unless it’s a pick up for an office complex…)

5. Thursday night my husband’s department got tickets for the Duke vs. UNC football game! (Go Duke!) We froze our tails off, but it was so much fun, despite the fact that Duke got a whoopin’. I’ve missed watching college football.

Duke vs. UNC Football Game

This weekend the Big Eastern Coffee Championships will be in Durham. It sounds like tons of fun, so we’ll probably head out to that at some point!

So what were you up to? Let me know in the comments! Hope you have a great weekend! (And don’t forget to sign up for the Mug Swap! Deadline to sign up is November 24!)

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DIY Planner | Moleskine Hack UPDATE

Moleskine Planner Update on Cup of Tea
Remember the post about my DIY Moleskine Planner? I basically took this plain Moleskine notebook and added my own hand drawn calender and to-do areas to make my own perfect planner, customized just the way I like it!

I’ve been using the planner since August, so I figured it was time for an update, as I have made a few tweaks to it.

But, first thing’s first – this planner still rocks my socks. I can’t stress how much I love having a weekly to-do list, sorted by category, instead of a daily to-do list. Some days you’re just really productive with cleaning – you get in a groove! Other days, it feels like a blogging/computer work day. It’s quite freeing!

I did find, though, that I was missing a way to track appointments/deadlines each day. While it may be nice for some to-dos to have a whole week to get accomplished, some things have deadlines. My current set up was too messy.

So right now, I’m trying a new layout in my Moleskine planner. It’s a 2×6 grid. The left column is week days, for appointments, deadlines, and things that HAVE to get done that day. The right column is dedicated to my to-do categories. Right now it’s Home, Blog, Work, Church and Other. I eliminated the Errands/Appts category because I know have the left column.

New Weekly Planner Layout for the DIY Moleskine Planner Hack

And then, the bottom left and right boxes are for Saturday and Sunday.

I write appointments and deadline tasks on the left, and then any other to-dos to be accomplished by the week’s end on the right, in its appropriate space.

Close up of the new weekly layout for the DIY Planner Moleskine Hack

It’s a little different from the past set up. Before it was a 2×3 grid, with a box for each task category. See below for a side-by-side comparison (old layout on left, new layout on right). There is less space to write weekly to-dos, but it hasn’t been a problem, since some to-dos get added to the daily slot.

Old vs. New Weekly Layout of the DIY Planner Moleskine Hack

I’ve been using this set up for a month now, and I’ve just about hit planner perfection! So basically, it’s a weekly planner with monthly views. The layout is a month view, and then the weekly views for that month. Then the next month, and so on. I love it!

The final “phase” in my planner vamp is just making sure I set aside “planner time” every evening and every Sunday. That way I can organize my thoughts and action items for the next day or the next week. I still need to work that into my routine.

Even though I absolutely LOVE my DIY Moleskine hack, I still love drooling over a few planners!

if I had to buy a new planner (and it’s so tempting!), here are a few I’d definitely consider.

Daily To Do Instant Download from Printable Wisdom source

Printable Daily Schedule from Printable Wisdom (Etsy) | If you like the simplicity of a one sheet-er that you can print yourself, this one is adorable! It has space for errands to run, calls to make, etc. I’d probably use this one for a weekly to-do list. You could haul this file down to your local Kinkos and print them off and have them spiral bound, if you want!

Weekly To-Do List from Lizzie Lou Creations


Weekly To Do List Printable from Lizzie Lou Creations (Etsy) | If you’re looking for another printable but more simple/flexible, then this one is a great option as well! It would look nice even printed in black and white. The same Etsy shop has a cute weekly to-do list with additional categories that looks like it would be fun to have.

Emily Ley Simplified Planner



Simplified Planner – Weekly Edition from Emily Ley | First of all, all of Emily’s products are adorable! But this planner, in particular, is spot on! (No pun intended! Well, maybe a little intended…) I love the navy and polka dots! But the inside is really what stands out. It’s just simplified. No bells or whistles. There is just enough guidance with prompts to keep you on task, but clean enough to let you organize it your own way.

Kate Spade Planner


Kate Spade Large Agenda | I love this cover! So cute! But, like the Simplified Planner, the actual pages are so simple and clean. No fuss. Which is what I would look for in a planner.

So what do you think? Are you a paper planner person? Or all electronic? Would you DIY your own planner? Let me know!

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Christmas Gift Ideas | The Perfect Mug

Favorite Mugs for Gifts at Cup of Tea

Buffalo Check Mug | Make It Happen Mug | You Got This Mug | Attingham Tea Cup | Monogrammed Travel Mug | Snow Day Latte Mug | Have a Cup of Cheer Mug | Gold Christmas Tree Mug

It’s no surprise that I love hot drinks! And one of my favorite gifts to give or receive, whether it’s for Christmas or any other time of the year, is a pretty mug!

I’ve rounded up some of my favorite mugs on sale right now. Some are perfect for Christmas, and some are perfect any time.

Mugs or tea cups give you a base to really build a lovely, thoughtful gift. I usually stick a few of my favorites teas in the mug before wrapping it up. You could also stick in a small bag of local coffee beans, honey sticks, candy canes (great for stirring in hot drinks this time of year!), or any other small trinket.

Some of my favorite places to shop for sweet, unique mugs are Anthropologie, C. Wonder, Etsy, and Target. My favorite every day mugs are large hobnail ones from Target!

These mugs would also be awesome for the Tis the Season Mug Swap! Have you heard about the Tis the Season Mug Swap that I’m co-hosting with Caitlin at Coffee with Caitlin? Be sure to check it out and sign up! Deadline to sign up is November 26, and we’ve had an amazing response so far!!

And if you’re looking for some other cool mug ideas, swing over to Caitlin’s blog and check out her picks!


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