Thursday, December 21, 2017

Snowman Mason Jar Gift Idea

I work on a team with three other investigative analysts - three super awesome ladies. So to show my appreciation to them for their amazing warm welcome back (I returned to my old job), I decided to DIY a cute sweet treat gift. This snowman mason jar gift is perfect for coworkers, neighbors, and the like.

Tools & Materials

  • Red Yarn
  • Mason Jar
  • Gift Tag
  • Black Buttons
  • Yogurt or White Chocolate Pretzels
  • Glue Gun
1. First, I used my glue gun to glue three black buttons down the center of the mason jar.

2. Next, (this was not originally planned but I couldn't get the barcode stickers off the lids and didn't feel like soaking them) I glued cardstock to the lids. I didn't have any black cardstock, but luckily I had some black acrylic paint so I just painted a white piece.

3. Then I put the tag around the neck of mason jar.

4. Lastly, I added pretzels to the jars and wrapped the red yarn around the neck like a scarf. I used 6 pieces each. I also used my glue gun to glue down the shorter pieces at the top and to glue underneath the knot so the scarf wouldn't move around.

And there you have it. A super easy, but cute and definitely useful gift.

Friday, December 15, 2017

Wine Bottle Holiday Decor

You've probably seen this wine bottle craft all over Pinterest, but with good reason - it's super easy and makes for such beautiful holiday decor.

Tools & Materials

a. (3) Wine Bottles
b. White Gloss Acrylic Paint
c. Foam Brushes
d. Red Vinyl Letters (size depends on the size of your bottle, I used 4")
e. (3) Champagne Eucalyptus Stems, (3) Pearl Berry Stems, and (3) Dark Red Berry Stems 
- All Ashland Brand
[Minus the wine bottles, all other tools & materials are from Michael's]

1. Before you can paint your wine bottles, you first must remove the labels. I soaked my wine bottles in warm water with baking soda for about a half hour. The majority of the labels peeled right off. I then used a Scotch-Brite sponge to scrape off the remainder. 

2. Next, paint the bottles. I applied three coats, but I waited a day in between coats. To cure, you can let the bottles air-dry for 21 days or you can bake them in the oven for 30 minutes at 350°. 

3. When your wine bottles are fully dry, you can put on the vinyl letters. Be sure to smooth them out. The letters should stay put, but if they seem to be lifting a little like my 'O' did, you can use a little craft glue to fix that.

4. Lastly, add the stems. And that's it!

Monday, December 4, 2017

Weekend Snapshot (12/1/17 - 12/3/17)

This weekend was busy, but super fun!


After work on Friday I headed uptown to Two Door Tavern to meet some ladies from the app Hey! VINA for happy hour. One of my 2017 bucket list items is to make new friends, specifically girl friends from around the city. But making new friends in NYC isn't exactly easy - making new friends after college in general isn't easy. But with VINA, I'm able to do just that! Hey! VINA is pretty much like Tinder, but for girl friends. Friday was so much fun. I can't wait to get together again with these ladies and others next weekend! :)
*FYI Two Door Tavern's pear sangria is sooo good. 


Saturday I woke up feeling a little unwell, but four rounds of sangria can do that to you. Luckily, I met up with my cousin Liz for brunch - the perfect cure for a hangover! :) We initially planned to go to the Bling Pig on 14th street, but it was already packed within 10 minutes of opening - with a $30 two hour bottomless brunch (which includes entree) it's not hard to see why. So we ended up at Brazen Fox which was just as good.

We then headed to the Union Square Holiday Market. There I found a gift for my boyfriend's mom and of course ended up buying something for myself. I bought a beautiful penguin print from the shop of Kristiana Parn. Her prints and wood paintings are terribly adorable. I definitely want another.

My cousin and I also loved the shop Hazel Village which sells the cutest stuffed animal dolls. They also sell just as cute clothes for the dolls! Although made for little children, my cousin and I couldn't help but want one for ourselves - we loved the rabbits.

After the cuteness overload we continued our shopping around the Union Square area, stopping at Sephora, Flying Tiger, abc carpet & home and a few others. Our shopping trip ended at Herald Square where we parted ways. My day ended with some Schnippers and gift wrapping.


I was so exhausted from the last two days that I slept until 1pm on Sunday. Not much got done this day. I attempted to do laundry but all the machines in my building were either in use or broken so I just washed a few things by hand. I also prepped for one of my holiday decor crafts (tutorial coming soon!) & purchased a few things online for my Santacon outfit. Sunday ended with chinese food and The Carol Burnett 50th Anniversary Special.

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Boyfriend Tag - Blog Style

I originally wanted to post this last Wednesday on the third anniversary of the day I met Brian, but neither Brian nor I were able to put together responses by then. Oh well, better late than never.

I got the questions from various Pinterest pins. I sent Brian a copy and we both answered without knowing the other's responses.

This was a fun little activity and while Brian and I do know each other pretty well, we both learned at least one new thing about each other.


Where did we meet?
Me: Ace Bar.
Brian: Ace bar!

What was your first impression of me?
Me: Super cute, funny, sweet, and a good kisser ;)
Brian: Well you were double fisting beers, so you made a pretty good one.

What was our first date?
Me: A comedy show near West 4th.
Brian: Comedy shoew.

Where was our first kiss?
Me: Ace Bar.
Brian: Ace Bar 😎

What is a weird habit of mine?
Me: I don't think you have any weird habits. You do have an annoying habit of setting about a million alarms for the morning.
Brian: Too many.

How long have we been together?
Me: 2 years and 9 months.
Brian: 3 years.

Who said “I love you” first?
Me: I did - on my 25th birthday.
Brian: Equal.

Do we have any traditions?
Me: We go to Max Brenner on/around the anniversary of the day we met.
Brian: Max Brenner. 🍰🍨🍪

First thing you noticed about me?
Me: Smile and eyes.
Brian: Smile.

What pisses me off?
Me: When Penn State, Penguins, or the Steelers lose.
Brian: Stupid people.

What do we argue about most?
Me: We hardly ever argue, but I guess something we argue about most is who is going to pick what to eat.
Brian: Where to eat or what to watch.

Who wears the pants in the relationship?
Me: We both do.
Brian: Me duh.

Do I have any weird obsessions?
Me: Not weird, but you're obsessed with dogs. You love golden retrievers. You're also obsessed with Twitter.
Brian: No way. (Kerry Note - This is definitely sarcasm)

If I'm watching TV, what am I watching?
Me: Sports, something on HBO or whatever I put on.
Brian: Binging something on Netflix.

What is one talent I have?
Me: You're a pro at cheering me up/being funny. You're also really good at folding your laundry.
Brian: Arts and crafts skillz.

What is my favorite kind of music?
Me: Dance/pop. You love Bieber.
Brian: Ed Sheeran.

What is one food I don't like?
Me: Pickles. You always give them to me.
Brian: Spicy foods.

What is my favorite food?
Me: Anything with cheese - pizza! (Brian Note - Mom's sweet & sour chicken)
Brian: Buffalo Wild Wings duh. (Kerry Note - Mom's baked macaroni)

When is my birthday?
Me: April 5th.
Brian: Sometime in June I️ think. (Kerry Note - He's knows when my birthday is and it's not in June. He's being a smart ass)

Where does my family come from?
Me: Philadelphia area and Indiana. Your mom is from Indiana and that is where your parents met. You were born there.
Brian: New York.

When did you meet my parents?
Me: Summer of 2015. We went to the Museum of Natural History.
Brian: Idr exactly. Went to a Mets game with your dad.

What is the one thing you wish I didn’t do?
Me: Set so many alarms for the morning.
Brian: Beat me up.

What I am afraid of?
Me: Mice?
Brian: Public speaking.

What is my favorite song?
Me: I don't know. Probably the newest Bieber or Chainsmokers song.
Brian: Anything by the biebs.

What is my favorite sport team/s?
Me: Penn State, Steelers, and Penguins.
Brian: Mets. And Penguins 🐧

What is my eye color?
Me: Depends on what you're wearing. Your eyes can be blue, green or grey.
Brian: Brownish/hazel.

Who is my BFF?
Me: Me?!
Brian: Me.

I would spent hours on _______.
Me: Twitter.
Brian: Doing your nails.

What size are my feet?
Me: Not a clue. 9? (Brian Note - Close, 9 1/2 -10)
Brian: Tiny.

Do I’ve any nickname? What is it?
Me: Yeah, BP or my nickname for you which I won't mention to spare you any embarrassment.
Brian: Kerr bear.

What kind of books do I like?
Me: Mystery with a mix of finance related.
Brian: You’ve read bits and pieces of a couple.

What is the first thing that I do in the morning?
Me: Hit snooze. Then check work emails.
Brian: Go on your phone.

If we go out to eat, what drink do I order?
Me: Water, Diet Coke, whiskey ginger, or an Old Fashioned.
Brian: Whiskey or beer.

Complete this sentence “My boyfriend/girlfriend is __________”
Me: the best thing to ever happen to me.
Brian: awesome!