Stuff We Like

Gift Guide 2020: Gift Certificates, Including Ours!

If you need a last minute gift, we are here to help you out with 2021 Smart Bitches Reading Time Gift Certificates! Here’s a picture of one before you go downloading Ye Olde PDFe: You like? I hope so! There are three denominations of reading time: 30, 60, or 90 minutes. The giver’s job, upon redemption, is to allow the recipient reading time, free of distractions. They’re backed by the support and enthusiasm of Smart … Continue reading Gift Guide 2020: Gift Certificates, Including Ours!

Gift Guide 2020: Game On!

Get ready, because for our last gift guide, we’re talking Games! This is an annual thread, and we might be repeating some games we’ve mentioned before, but this would be because they’re awesome. (NB: some of these links are affiliate coded, which sends a portion of the purchase back to us at no extra cost to you. If you use them, terrific and thank you! And if not, that’s cool, no worries!) We’ve been playing … Continue reading Gift Guide 2020: Game On!

Gift Guide 2020: Elyse’s Gifts for Crafters!

NB: This post is from Elyse, and is such a great collection of gifts, it was perfect for our gift guide. Thank you, Elyse!  Knitting has really helped me preserve some of peace of mind during this pandemic, and I know that many people who had been interested in fiber arts decided to try a new hobby this year. It can be hard to shop for crafters, though, because we can be pretty specific in … Continue reading Gift Guide 2020: Elyse’s Gifts for Crafters!

Gift Guide 2020: Let’s Bake All the Things!

We did a lot of baking in the Quarantimes, and I’m sure many of you did, too. The reward of creating something in a few hours, plus the reward itself of deliciousness? Perfect for stress relief and carbo-relief. In this edition of the gift guide, we’re sharing some tools, recipes, and gift sets we loved and relied upon this year! Sarah: This year, I relied on my silicone rolling mat quite a bit more than I expected. … Continue reading Gift Guide 2020: Let’s Bake All the Things!

Gift Guide 2020: Amanda’s Weird and Wonderful Wishlist

Previously, I’ve showcased an assortment of items from my Etsy wishlist. You can see those here and here! There’s really no rhyme or reason to the things I choose to show you, or really the things I add to my own wishlist. Oh, and there’s always something a little bizarre. Like broccoli sheep or a toilet mouse. If possible, support small creators this holiday season, who are probably feeling the financial effects of the pandemic … Continue reading Gift Guide 2020: Amanda’s Weird and Wonderful Wishlist

Gift Guide 2020: Soft, Warm, and Comfy!

Happy holiday shopping season, everyone! I have reports (I try not to leave the house overmuch) that Jesus is indeed back on the end cap at Costco, that light up and inflatable everything are available, and I know for sure my neighbors are wrapping every available surface in every possible light string. One house has Halloween lights in gold, brown, and orange on the front walk, followed by Christmas sparklers on all the windows and … Continue reading Gift Guide 2020: Soft, Warm, and Comfy!

Oh, Hey, It’s Prime Day

Ahoy, there, mateys! It be Prime Day, where in Ages Past we’ve scoured the Amazon site to find…strange bargains on things like 40 gallon drums of industrial lube. Could this year be different? Avast, let us see. (Arrrrrrgh. Yes, I know it’s not Talk Like a Pirate Day but I have to spice up the continued, unending Quarantimes in small and silly ways, you know?) A number of the Prime Day deals are limited in … Continue reading Oh, Hey, It’s Prime Day

Stuff We Like: Keeping Ourselves Mellow and Happy

Time for another collection of Stuff We Like, because we have so many big and little things that are making our lives a little more cool and comfortable, a little more happy, or just a little more sparkly, and we want to share them with you! NB: some of these links are affiliate coded, which means a portion of your purchase comes back to us at no extra cost to you. Thank you in advance … Continue reading Stuff We Like: Keeping Ourselves Mellow and Happy

Stuff We Like: Wishlist Shopping From Black Owned Businesses

If you’re looking to support Black owned businesses and artists, our overwhelmingly abundant  wishlists are here to help. Get ready. We shared so many favorites. Please note: some items are unique and may have sold out – but you can always request a custom order, favorite the shop, and check out their other items! (NB: some links herein are affiliate coded, which means a portion of your purchase will come back to us at no … Continue reading Stuff We Like: Wishlist Shopping From Black Owned Businesses

Cross Stitching in the Quarantimes

It’s Memorial Day Weekend, and of course thoughts turn to…needlework. I’ve written about my love of cross stitch for Stuff We Like before, and I’ve shared many a pattern and instructional post in Smart Bitches Cross Stitches. We have a cross stitch tag, too, for whenever we link to patterns and kits we love. During the Quarantimes, I’m doing a lot of work on my current project, not only because the progress I make gives … Continue reading Cross Stitching in the Quarantimes

Stuff We Like: Animal Crossing New Horizons

Look, I’m not saying Nintendo orchestrated this virus just in time for the release of Animal Crossing: New Horizons, but it’s quite the coincidence considering that this is all I’ve been doing in my free time. I seriously think it’s the only thing keeping me sane and my relationship with my boyfriend alive at this point. To sum up for the uninitiated, ACNH is a video game on the Nintendo Switch where you help manage … Continue reading Stuff We Like: Animal Crossing New Horizons

The BENQ e-Reading Desk Lamp

As a book reviewer who has been reviewing said books for fifteen years (whoa!)  a lot of books launched in my general direction. Lately fewer, but in the course of a normal week, many, many books will land on the porch and in my inbox. (Hello, publicists trying to write yet another pitch email! You’re doing great!). At this point, I know the UPS drivers and USPS delivery people by sight, and sometimes by name. … Continue reading The BENQ e-Reading Desk Lamp

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