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Friday
Apr242015

[GIFTED] Edyn Smart Gardening System

APRIL SHOWERS BRING MAY FLOWERS AM I RIGHT?  Who knows.  WHO KNOWS if I'm actually right.  All I know is that April plays host to some of the weirdest days weather-wise out of the entire year.  But SUPPOSEDLY it gaves way to the beautiful summer months that allow us to enjoy nature outside. 

If you're into gardening, April and May are KEY months for you.  Gardening can quickly morph from an idle hobby to a full-blown obsession, mainly because you're playing God in a way.  "LOOK AT THESE CHERRY TOMATOES I GREW WITH MY OWN TWO HANDS," you'll announce to no one, because you are standing alone in your garden covered in dirt.  It's easy to get addicted to creating something with your own two hands, though, mainly because we're a bankrupt culture where we don't create anything anymore.   

If you're into playing God and growing your own cucumbers, then check out the Edyn Smart Gardening System that gives you wayyyyyyyyyy more information than you probably need about your backyard garden.  The Garden Sensor ($100) measures sunlight and soil moisture to tell you what plants will grow best in your garden and when to water your plants.  The Water Valve ($60) hooks up to your existing sprinkler system to regulate the amount of water that goes to your plants, meaning you'll never have a $700 water bill because your sprinkler's timer stopped working when you went out of town for the weekend. 

Thursday
Apr232015

[SHAMELESS SELF-PROMOTION] 14 Fabulous Mother's Day Gifts Under $75

Trying to pick out a Mother’s Day gift can be a daunting task.  What gift could ever be enough for the person who gave birth to you?  Probably nothing that you could ever buy—GIVE UP NOW.

JUST KIDDING.  The great thing about having to buy a gift for your mom is the fact that she loves you so much that she doesn’t care what you get her.  Remember—she created you.  She was a 26 year-old idiot with a degree in Cosmetology and somehow she raised a kid that turned out to be a functioning adult.  

Regardless of what you buy her, she’s going to be TICKLED that this tiny alien thing she gave birth to has a job and an apartment and can read websites and calendars and has money to buy her a gift.  All of this is the reason why she got teary-eyed when she visited your first apartment after college, the reason why she creates hundreds of braggy Facebook posts about you in all caps, and the reason why she straight-up sobbed in the front row of your wedding.  She cannot believe it.  She cannot believe you.  Anything you get her will be fine.

Oh, you still want advice?  Okay, check out these suggestions—14 fabulous Mother’s Day gifts, all under $75. 

Wednesday
Apr222015

[GIFTED] The World is Your Oyster Print

Everyone is always talking about how important work/life balance is, and of course that's very true.  But the thing is, even if you're making a concerted effort to leave work at work and reclaim your personal time for yourself and your loved ones, it is H-A-R-D to not let work bullshit get to you.  Why?  Because you spend nearly ALL of your time there.  There are people who can just show up and leave and not think or care or bitch about anything work-related until 9AM the next morning, but most of us CANNOT do that.

And because we can't do that, it's easy to get down on your situation.  You're unhappy, you want a change, you're not getting paid what you deserve—whatever it is.  It's easy to get into that hole and stay there.  

That's why it's so important to remind yourself that you live in America and because of that, you can literally do WHATEVER you want to do.  Literally, anything.  You want to learn about beer?  Go learn about beer.  You want to quit your job and work at a Barnes & Noble for a few months while you figure it out?  You can do that too.  THE WORLD IS YOUR OYSTER.  Get this The World is Your Oyster Framed Print ($68, Katie Kime) and put it in a prominent place in your home.  It'll serve a good reminder.  Also, eating oysters is never a bad idea. Let's go get some oysters.  I know a place. 

Tuesday
Apr212015

[GIFTED] Ravioli Spoon Rest 

Whenever you're making anything Italian, the recipe tends to call for a lot of saucy things, and saucy things make a mess.  That's why any Italian cook will love this Ravioli Spoon Rest ($16, PA Design).  It's made of silicone so it allows for easy clean-up and because it's shaped like a ravioli, maybe it'll inspire you to make homemade ravioli like your Nonna used to make, rather than those ones you buy in the package at the grocery store.  Don't betray your Italian heritage like that.   

Monday
Apr202015

[GIVEAWAYS] Mother's Day Gardening Basket from CVS

Who doesn't like something for nothing? NOBODY. Listen up: with You're Welcome Giveaways, we're partnering with some of our favorite sites, brands, and artists to give you free stuff. Yeah, you're welcome, jerks.

Your mother turned 50, and suddenly, she's into gardening.  It's a bit disconcerting, yes, but think about this: the older you get, the more limited your hobbies will become.  You loved surfing when you were in your 20's, but who surfs when they're in their 70s?  That one guy you saw on the news?  Yeah, okay—him.  Anyone else?  I rest my case.  

Your interests also change as you get older—you're less interested in going to the bar and more interested in spending time in your own backyard, you know, the one you worked so hard all those years to get.  Your mom wants nothing more than to wake up early on a Saturday morning and spend a ton of time in the dirt so she can force visitors to check out her work and compliment her over and over again.

So, for Mother's Day, why not give your mom what she really wants—a bunch of stuff that'll help facilitate her new gardening obsession.  Luckily, we've partnered with CVS to do all the work for you.  CVS is going to fill a hot pink watering can with gardening stuff like seeds, bulbs, gloves, and a trowel.  A tailor-made Mother's Day gift for the gardening obsessed, if you will.  They're also throwing in a $25 CVS gift card, so she can get other stuff too.    

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