Gift Guide: Valentine’s Gifts for Him

Gift Guide: Valentine's Gifts for Him
As a follow up to my post on Valentine’s Gifts for Her, I decided to put together a little gift guide for the men in our lives. While I admittedly did not consult any men in the making of this, for whatever reason I feel like I have a good idea of the things they like to receive. Most guys that I know don’t tend to treat themselves very often, so Valentine’s Day is a good time to do it for them. You want to make them feel stylish, pampered, and loved.
You can’t go wrong with a comfy flannel, and if your guy has a record player, a record can be a really thoughtful gift that he’ll appreciate. This body wash smells amazing – I bought it once at a local beauty boutique, but it keeps selling out!

Gift Guide: Valentine’s Gifts for Her

Valentine's Gifts: For Her
Do you feel like you either have to love or hate Valentine’s Day? I have a date this year, but I’ve been single for a few years before this one and I’ve honestly never disliked the holiday. It’s a good excuse to eat food in the shape of hearts and wear pink and to treat your loved ones (or yourself!) Valentine’s Day gifts are usually pretty cheesy (maybe even kind of lame) so I rounded up a few cute things that girls would actually like.
This Chloe perfume is my ultimate favourite – it’s a light and feminine, but the scent lasts, and the bottle is just so pretty. I’ve been thinking about buying a few lacy things, and this Free People bralette looks comfortable and sexy. I’m obsessed with David’s Tea, and this blend of Earl Grey Tea with chocolate and rose petal sounds perfect for Valentine’s Day and I’m going to go and buy it for myself immediately.

100 Posts + Some Questions.


Did you guys see this NY Times Article? I read a lot of random articles online and get pretty much nothing from them, but I was really intrigued by this one. While I was obviously tempted to force my boyfriend into a super long, awkward, lets-tell-eachother-everything conversation, I decided it was probably best to let things play out naturally.

A few of my favourite bloggers decided to answer some of the questions themselves, though, and I thought I would do the same. It just so happened that this is officially the 100th post on Sweet Mayberry (and more than 100 of you are now following along), so sharing a little more about myself here seemed appropriate. If you have your own blog, I’d love to see you answer these questions too – comment with a link!

Would you like to be famous? In what way?

It would be cool to be mildly recognizable, I think. There would definitely be perks, but I’m not the type of person who enjoys being the centre of attention, and I don’t think I would like going out in public and having people watching what I do/say/wear 100% of the time.

Before making a telephone call, do you rehearse what you are going to say? Why?

No… Most people who I talk to on the phone, I know pretty well (family or good friends) so I would really have no reason to.

What would constitute a “perfect” day for you?

Okay, I’m going to get a little cheesy here… The thing is I could probably think of 100 examples of different perfect days in as many different countries doing crazy, fun things – but I’m also ridiculously happy with where I am in life right now, so this is the perfect kind of day that isn’t actually that unrealistic. It would include cuddling with my boyfriend, brunch with the girls, playing with my nieces and nephews, and maybe getting a pedicure or something. I would get to spend time with everyone I love, I would eat delicious food, and it would be un-rushed and lovely.

If you were able to live to the age of 90 and retain either the mind or the body of a 30-year-old for the last 60 years of your life, which would you want??

I think this question is weird, and maybe I’m reading into it too much, but I’m not under the impression that all 90 year olds have lost their minds. I mean, they’re probably all a bit forgetful, but I know plenty of old people who are perfectly sane. So assuming that I’ll be (mostly) sane at 90, I’ll take the body. And not just for looks – a 30 year old body is a lot less painful and much more mobile than a 90 year old one. Plus, if I get to keep all my organs the same too, I would be 100% healthy at 90. Okay, I’m probably thinking about this too much.

For what in your life do you feel the most grateful?

I feel pretty lucky in all areas of my life, honestly. I have a supportive family, siblings that I can call friends, the best girlfriends I could possibly imagine, a boyfriend who I adore, a dream job that I love, and a nice apartment in a great city. I’m young, and I kind of feel like life is an open road and I can take it wherever I want. It’s a pretty good feeling.

If you could wake up tomorrow having gained one quality or ability, what would it be?

A natural athletic ability. I’m embarrassingly awkward and uncoordinated, and it would be so nice to be able to just be good at whatever sport/activity I tried to do.

Is there something you have dreamed of doing for a long time? Why haven’t you done it?

So many things… I want to backpack around India and Nepal. I want to go scuba diving. I want to volunteer my nursing skills to help babies in a third world country. I want to own a dog. I want to learn to make pottery. I want to ride a hot air balloon. I want to learn a second language (and a third/fourth). I want to hike the Inca trail. I want to get married and buy a house and have a bunch of babies. The timing just hasn’t been right yet – but it will be.

What does friendship mean to you?

Friendship means a lot of things… but the biggest one for me is loyalty. It’s having someone there who you can call/text about anything, who you can be both 100% ridiculous with and 100% serious with, depending on the situation, someone who understands you and accepts your flaws. It’s also being honest with each-other (even if it’s not what the other person wants to hear).

Alternate sharing something you consider a positive characteristic of your partner. Share a total of five items.

Funny, intelligent, kind, trust-worthy, and tall.

How close and warm is your family? Do you feel your childhood was happier than most other people’s?

We’re pretty close. My family had it’s issues while I was growing up, but I had a very happy childhood. Now, I wish I saw my parents and siblings more often, but I talk to most of them very often and holidays are always warm and lovely.

Your house, containing everything you own, catches fire. After saving your loved ones and pets, you have time to safely make a final dash to save any one item. What would it be? Why?

This question makes me realize how few things I own with actual value… Assuming my vehicle doesn’t count (even though it would, because it’s parked under my building), probably my laptop. It would be a serious pain to lose, and it’s the most expensive thing I could grab… (my poor new couch).


Chalkboard Spice Jars

Hi, friends! I thought I’d shared a quick little project with you today… I say quick, because in reality it took less than a few hours to complete, but would you believe me if I told you that I’ve been living with spices in unlabelled jars for the last six months?

See, I had good intentions. When I moved into my new apartment, I was aware that I had to do something about the giant bag of spices in a million different containers. So I went to ikea, and I bought some jars, and I put all the little bags of spices into their own pretty, matching jars. I was supposed to go out and buy chalkboard paint and a pen and label them way back in September. Then somehow, I got busy and forgot/got lazy and there were multiple times that I looked at the cayenne, paprika, and chili powder and had absolutely NO IDEA which one was which. Surprisingly, I did not have any cooking disasters as a result of this (thank you, good sense of smell). All of a sudden it was January and I was driving by the craft store and I this big wave of productivity hit me and I finally bought the supplies and went home and labelled those silly jars. And they turned out so lovely – why on earth did it take me so long to do it?!


If you are like I was, and your spice drawer/cupboard is a mess, or your spice rack is 10 years old and could use some refreshing, then I would really recommend you set aside a night in the next week or so and tackle this one.

Right now I have this little rolling kitchen cart, and the spices occupy their own little shelf, but I have visions of making wall rack/shelf for them in the future, when I have a bit more wall space in my kitchen. They’re seriously pretty enough to be displayed! You could use any little jar that you like, but I’m a fan of the ikea ones because they’ve got an opening that is wide enough for a teaspoon, and because they’ve got two flat surfaces so that I can display them in different ways. I used black chalkboard paint, but you could really buy any colour that you like – I was thinking white paint with some sort of pastel chalk would be really cute!



Spice Jars (I used these ones, from Ikea)*

Chalkboard Paint

Paint Brush

Chalk Pen, or thin Chalk

1. Paint a thin coat of chalkboard paint over the lid of your spice jar. Let dry for one hour, and then paint over with a second coat. Let dry overnight.

2. Use a chalkboard pen or chalk to label each spice jar.

3. Using a small funnel, pour each spice into it’s own labelled jar. Seal and display.

*I’m using about 25 jars right now, but I think you should individually determine what spices you use/need, and figure out how much you have room for. I bought some extra jars for when I have more space!

A Few Thoughts


Okay… I’m finally back from what was about a month-long hiatus, during which I was mostly very busy but also doing a lot of thinking. About this blog. See, when I started it, my goal was mainly just to post recipes so that I could remember the things that I’ve made, and watch as my cooking skills improved. Over the last couple of months, as I started to include travel posts, I realized that I might want it to be a little bit more… DIY projects, wish lists, and home inspiration, among other things.

The problem is that even though I like blogging, it seems to lose in the priority race between work, cleaning, spending time with my friends/boyfriend, binging on Netflix, etc. This inevitably leads to me only posting once every week or so, which I don’t think it exactly fair to the blog or to my (lovely, but few) readers. So over the next couple of months, I’m going to try to spend more of the Netflix-binging/random-Buzzfeed-article-reading portion of my time sharing recipes, but also other exciting things, here.

As always, I would love to hear your feedback on these changes, and if you have any suggestions or requests for new posts, please let me know!

Gifts for Girls – DIY Christmas Picks

Can you believe that Christmas is only one month away? I’ve been seeing all kinds of adorable DIY gifts that would be perfect to make for a few of my girlfriends, and thought I’d share a few of my favourites. Sidenote – I didn’t realize how obsessed I was with gold painted things until I put this post together… so cute, though! Sidenote #2 – If you’re friends with me in real life, stop reading here.

Etched Glass Votives from Stripes & Sequins 

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Marbled Clay Ring Dish from A Beautiful Mess 

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Hand Painted Gold Mugs from Lauren Conrad

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Stamped Holiday Cards (with Emoji’s) from A Beautiful Mess 

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Gold Leaf Headband from P.S. – I Made This

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