Happy Monday! How was everyones weekend? Ours was pretty good, in fact Christmas came a little early for us over the weekend (here is one of the super gifts that I got. so excited. but i will post more about that later in the week after I get it all prettified).
Right now I am going to talk about this adorable new fishy friend we have, named muffin cake poopy pants by M+L, and his new home which was gifted to us by UncommonGoods. We didn't want Marla to be the only non-human in the house so we were pretty excited to get the AquaFarm and give her a little friend (we're not really letting marla anywhere near muffin cake poopy pants, that would indeed be a bad idea). Anyway everyone pretty much loves the aquafarm more than the actual fish that lives in it, sometimes we are staring at it and the fish swims by and we're are like "oh yeah we have a fish too!" It's a pretty cool little set up and I, personally, love the design, as soon as I opened the box I was immediately excited by the packaging alone. And the fact that you can grow plants on top is pretty great too; its it's own little ecosystem which is pretty for me and a learning experience for the little ones. That is if my, whatever the opposite of green thumb is, won't hinder the plants living, but I think the fish is in charge of the plant life so hopefully I can just focus on keeping the fish alive. Unfortunately I didn't open the box entirely or read through the instructions all the way before hand or I would have realized it comes with everything you need to set it up, minus the fish of course (actually it does comes with a free fish coupon too - which I also didn't see in time). So I ended up with a surplus of of aquarium supplies and fish food. I also had to start over setying up I placed the rocks that go in the flower pots in the fish bowl, oops. But all is well now, M+L loved it and fish is happy (ie alive). And I think if one actually read through the directions beforehand it's really quite easy.
And in case you are haven't been to or heard of UncommonGoods, it's a pretty great independently owned online shop. I find I pin a lot of little gift ideas from their site to my secret pin boards for future gift giving (especially for people I feel stumped with what to get for them), there are a ton of fun things. And now that I found out over the weekend that my guitar playing cousin is coming to christmas dinner I am adding this little dodad to my shopping list. And this maybe for this his little girly. But what I really like abut them beyond just their awesome goods is, for starters, half of what they sale is made by hand, most of their goods are made in the USA, and about one-third of their items are made with recycled materials. But what I love most, and this falls in line with my gift of giving series, is that they are a company that gives back! One dollar from every purchase is given to a charity of your choice (among their selected charities - all of which I love) in the last 12 years they have donated over 700,000 dollars, which is awesome.