Christmas Came Early

Monday, December 16, 2013







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. 

26 comments:

  1. I have long loved Uncommon Goods and often purchase from them, although not this year for some reason. Different sets of gifts, I guess. What a perfect (and perfectly named!) gift for your boys! Although what I wouldn't give for a new credenza to prettify! :)

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    1. yes, I am pretty excited about the credenza, as i am sure you can imagine :) but ugh, trying to figure out what to do with all the stuff i was hiding in that giant ikea thing is a bit overwhelming, especially with all my christmas stuff everywhere. but i won't complain.

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  2. muffin cake poopy pants! so glad the boys were able to name the fish anything they wanted! is it muffin for short? i kind of like cake for short, some people go by their middle name :)
    i've heard of uncommon goods before but i haven't browsed the site in a long time! i'm off to check it out now. you never know what other non-humans the website might have and i do hope to get a pet sooner rather than later!

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    1. i am imagining with m+l it will be poopy for short, haha. they really are a great site. i have a few people i never know what to get for, and there's a lot of unique things there. and i was pretty excited to find out they give to charity!

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  3. Dear Santa, pleeeeease bring me an Aquafarm, too! I promise to make the fish very, very happy to live at my place :))

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  4. Shopping for a good cause, two birds one stone! That aquafarm is pretty nifty, but the winner for me has to be his name. It reminds me of when my nieces all got kittens. Evan named hers "Pumpkin Pie" because her kitten was orange, Elinora named hers "Fluffball" because hers was a tiny gray, well, fluffball, and Willa named hers "Willy." I died. Kids come up with the best names! xo

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    1. oh pumpkin pie! i love that one. when m+l were little they used to play "kitties" all the time and their names were 'snowball' and 'whiskers' - this seriously went on forever. xo

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  5. I don't think that anyone could have come up with a more original name for your new family member. :) It's wonderful to hear about one more company that gives back.

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  6. Oh my goodness. Love uncommon goods and this is the cutest thing. Also the name is seriously awesome. Haha. Congrats on your new family member!

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    1. thanks, he's by far the easiest member of the fam. now if i can hopefully not forget to feed him.

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  7. I can't wait to see where that credenza lands and love your new fish tank + gift ideas...that sand looks like something I want for me :) Sounds like your weekend was a happy one!

    xo Mary Jo

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    1. it was a good one. though i had really bad migraine which kind of tempered my wanting to get down to decorating business. but i am just so happy i am no longer searching and wishing!

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  8. cute!!! I love uncommon goods- they have the cutest little kids things.

    I also love your early Christmas gift :) my husband and I can never ever wait till Christmas to give each other gifts. I think we made it Thanksgiving weekend this year. :)

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    1. they do! and you know i never would have thought an aquarium would be a good gift but this one is really cool. i am trying to think of upcoming kids bdays that i can get one for - and the parents won't kill me if i did, haha.

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  9. this is too cool. i love fish. and aquariums. I actually just visited the aquarium in Singapore, one of the highlights of the year. but how about getting your fish a companion? isn't it a bit lonely for him or her otherwise? will check out uncommon goods next. thanks for the tip xo

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  10. Prop's to you for having fish. I can't. They just die. I'm a horrible fish mommy. I love the name, though. hahaha! Very, very funny!

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  11. This little aquafarm is so cute. I'm also a terrible fish mommy and can't even deal with that responsibility - how horrible is that?!

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