Visit the Shaks

  • Shak In Style
  • Shakhammer
  • Love Shak, Baby
  • LoanShak
  • ShakYard
  • WorkShak
  • Shaktronics
  • Shak & Jill
  • Animal Shak
  • Love Shak, Baby. Everything to do with your (baby's) shak.
  • Shak & Jill


    Join Jill for savvy Real Estate discussion.
    visit the shak!

    Did you know?


  • Sprucing up the living room? A fireplace adds approximately 12% value to a home.
  • read all shaktoids!
    December 19, 2014
    Get into the Holiday Spirits

    The holiday season is the perfect time to break out the cocktail shaker. Here are a few holiday-inspired cocktail recipes to try out this season. Above, the Mint Merrymaker.

    Continuing with the mint theme, a Peppermint White Russian.

    When I was growing up, my parents had a friend who made his own Irish Cream. It was amazing. Here’s the how-to if you’re feeling DIY-inclined.

    On the fruitier side of holiday flavors, an Orange-Cranberry Gin and Tonic.

     

    For a twist on the New Year’s Eve toast, try this Sparkling Pear Sangria.

    Cheers to the holidays!

     


    Add to: del.icio.us  Digg  Face Book  stumbleupon  technorati
    December 18, 2014
    Get Outta Here

    ‘Tis the season to indulge, and in that spirit I am adding this Fontina, Apricot & Dark Chocolate Grilled Cheese to my “must make” list. This sounds just crazy enough to be delicious.


    Add to: del.icio.us  Digg  Face Book  stumbleupon  technorati
    December 17, 2014
    Living with the Things You Love

    I just discovered Collected: Living With the Things You Love by Fritz Karch and Rebecca Robertson via Design Sponge and immediately added it to my wish list. The book showcases 16 collections ranging from, “dice to café au lait bowls to 19th-century-French sewing tools to sand from world travels,” and how they are displayed. As someone living in a small space, I usually try to avoid accumulating too much. That said, I have to admit I’m a total sucker for vintage Breyer Horses, taxidermy and mid-century ceramics. I’m hoping to gain some inspiration that will help me make room for more of the things I love.

     


    Add to: del.icio.us  Digg  Face Book  stumbleupon  technorati
    December 16, 2014
    On the Naughty List

    A fun and delicious prank for all the bad kids on your list. Get the Popcorn Candy Coal recipe at 1 Fine Cookie.


    Add to: del.icio.us  Digg  Face Book  stumbleupon  technorati
    December 15, 2014
    Stocking Stuffers for Big Kids

    The kids on my list are always easy to buy for, but the adults? That’s another story. Here are a few ideas for fun, inexpensive holiday gifts. Above, throwback plasma nightlight from Urban Outfitters, $24.

    Or, how about a Chromecast HDMI streaming media player for just $30? It supports apps like Netflix, YouTube, HBO Go and Hulu Plus, and also allows you to stream thing playing in a Chrome browser window.

    If you know any hardcore karaoke fans, get them a subscription to Karafun, the web-based karaoke service. You can use the web player, Windows-compatible player or download the app to your iPhone or iPad for access to over 19,000 songs. A 3-month gift card is $30.

    And for the Apple addict, a XL nylon lightning cord for $12.

     


    Add to: del.icio.us  Digg  Face Book  stumbleupon  technorati
    December 12, 2014
    Bright Lights, Brass City

    Fantastic mid-century inspired Brass City Chandelier 7 from Schoolhouse Electric, $295.


    Add to: del.icio.us  Digg  Face Book  stumbleupon  technorati
    December 11, 2014
    Gift Wrapping: We’re All Doing it Wrong


    Holy cow, we’ve all be wrapping presents wrong since, like, always. This video has the best gift wrapping hack since “just throw it in a gift bag already.” I’ll be at home practicing.


    Add to: del.icio.us  Digg  Face Book  stumbleupon  technorati
    December 10, 2014
    Creature Feature

    I’m a sucker for cute pots and these Forest Critter Garden Pots from Anthropologie definitely fit the bill. Plus, they’d make a lovely gift for your favorite green thumb. $18 each.


    Add to: del.icio.us  Digg  Face Book  stumbleupon  technorati
    December 9, 2014
    Etsy Find: Vintage Putz Houses

    If you’ve never heard of a Putz House, you are not alone. I had no clue they existed until I picked up this month’s issue of Martha Stewart Living and read her cover wreath how-to. Putz Houses are miniature houses – usually made from cardboard – used to set up a Christmas Village. I was instantly enamored. Lucky for me, I found a fairly large selection of the vintage houses on Etsy. Above, vintage white mica church, $10.95. Below, vintage brick house, $12.

    Of course, you can also make your own versions. Martha has some patterns here. And kits are available for around $10 per building.

     


    Add to: del.icio.us  Digg  Face Book  stumbleupon  technorati
    December 8, 2014
    A Great Shag

    This Noor rug from Urban Outfitters looks like a dhurrie, but is actually a shag. It’s 5′x7′ and costs just $499. Certainly a more budget-friendly option than it’s $1k+ cousins.


    Add to: del.icio.us  Digg  Face Book  stumbleupon  technorati
    Top