Best Gifting Practices – Uncommonly Good

For a long time now we have had a present cabinet. Yes, as in gifts. And, no, I am not super organized. It’s for when I need an emergency gift, you know, when you’ve forgotten an event is coming up – What, you don’t do that? Well, I do and sometimes the cabinet is stocked and I breathe a sigh of relief, and sometimes I am down to some hair ties and a pen.

So I clearly can’t leave special events like birthdays, graduations, weddings or anniversaries to chance, those need more planning, and, well, I have that covered, too. Actually, UncommonGoods does. When they contacted me to share my gift giving practices, I was thrilled – I love their site because they have cool, creative gifts in a wide range of prices, and make shopping by occasion super easy. Located in Brooklyn, NY, they select works from talented artists and artisans, and, as an added bonus, they’re a B Corporation. What is that? It means they do work on social and environmental problems, including wage levels, environmental impact, and giving back to the community. That’s to the good of everyone.

But you need gifts.

Our family just wrapped up one graduation season, and while the next is a ways off, the holidays are around the corner and I’m betting on UncommonGoods to help with my list. Love this dreamy retro camera that takes romantic, light soaked photos and will charm any photographer, artist or film student. The Diana Camera is super cool, dare I say hipster? – and uses 120 film.

The Diana Camera at from Capabilitymom








Math mug Uncommongoods from capabilitymom

Less art and more math? There’s fun with numbers in this math-y mug or great geeking out clock (equations included).

geek equation clock uncommongoods from capabilitymom

Looking for something a bit more personal? You’re covered there, too, with gifts that can be made to honor a special someone. And I love that the Uncommongoods site lets you search by occasion, interest, price, and category. No small feat, that.

And having just reached a milestone wedding anniversary, I also know a bit about great gifts for anniversaries (or weddings). Keeping it personal is key, and so easy to do here. My favorites for couples include these gorgeous faux bois personalized mugs, just pair with your favorite fair trade coffee.










A new go-to gift: Put together a mixed six pack of local craft beer, the beer labels are cool and the names are usually funny, and if you put that together with these wordy glasses, you have a really thoughtful gift. And you might even pick up a vocab word or two.uncommon goods wordy beer glasses







Feeling the sentiment? Me, too. Love this company,



Check out their blog  which features their artists, design inspiration, and even more gift guides.


Disclaimer: While I did receive payment for sharing this post, all opinions are always my own.

The Fun, and Itchy, Days of Summer

After Bite® "The Itch Eraser" is America's #1 selling insect bite treatment. Its pen-like vial that is easy and convenient to carry and use. The ammonia based product relieves the itch from insect bites. Efficacy studies and 32 years of happy customers prove that it provides IMMEDIATE RELIEF FOR INSECT BITES. After Bite® Kids is specially formulated to provide fast relief for children. We removed the ammonia in order to make this formula non-stinging on sensitive skin. With Eucalyptus Oil, Tea Tree Oil, Baking Soda, Aloe Vera and Vitamin E, this unique cream formula provides relief from insect bites.

capability mom The Itch Eraser

Summer means more time outdoors, dinners on the patio, hikes, the beach, lake, or body of water of your choosing, outdoor movies, and, for us, anyway, it also means more bug bites and itchy skin. We are a family who, as a whole, tends to get bites, rashes and dry itchy skin. Really. One year, our daughter returned from camp and looked like she could be on a poster for common skin problems of summer with arrows pointing to different part of her body where she had poison oak, sunburn, bug bites, and a rash from the boat she was in for two days. This same daughter also once (also at camp) had an allergic reaction to an antihistamine cream. Yes, thank you, I know that is not that common. My husband is known to get rashes upon rashes. And once my scalped itched for almost two years (no, thank you, it was not head lice). Yes, we are that family who sends photos to our dermatologist. What is this? Chiggers? Check. Poison Ivy? Check. Contact dermatitis? Check. You would think we would learn to stay indoors, my rash acquiring family and I, but no, we head out time and time again, and we gather all the bug bites, too.

Luckily, there is a local New Hampshire company that makes great products that lets us continue to leave the house and they sent me products to review. How did they know?

Here’s what I know – this company has been making After Bite® “The Itch Eraser” for 32 years and it is top selling insect bite treatment in the U.S. And my particular and itch prone family has all tried and loved it – there is even a a sensitive cream version that I used on the supremely sensitive child, of course. And I like the lock feature on the spray with a clearly notched button so you know which side you’re supposed to hold.

There is also an After Bite® Kids – specially formulated to provide fast relief for children with the ammonia removed so it doesn’t sting sensitive skin. Eucalyptus Oil, Tea Tree Oil, Baking Soda, Aloe Vera and Vitamin E all help to make this cream provide relief from insect bites. I think I’ll bring this to the next family outing with the nieces and nephews. I do love to be prepared so I’ll put some in my Mary Poppins Bag. seabags

From the website:

After Bite + After Bite Kids:  Available at Walmart, CVS, Target, Rite Aid, Walgreens, Kroger, and at Right now on their site, After Bite is offering a free super cute Professor Bugsbee (their mascot) key chain with the purchase of any two products.

The Itch Eraser is an all-in-one solution that stops the itch and heals skin affected by allergic itches and hives, poison ivy, oak and sumac, sunburns, rashes, redness and insect bites. It’s dermatologist-recommended and easy to apply, and available in a Max Strength Gel, Max Strength Spray and Sensitive Cream for every type of skin itch. Sold at Rite Aid, HEB Groceries, Kinney Drugs, Wegmans, Harmon, Hannaford, Bass Pro, Shopko Grocery, and at


Disclosure: I received samples of products to facilitate this review but as always, all opinions are my own.


Keurig Kold at Faneuil Hall and Giveaway


Keep this warm weather coming, I say. Yes, and since we still are hanging on to the last vestiges of summer (well, I am anyway), celebrate the warm weather with Keurig Kold at Faneuil Hall this weekend and the first ten will receive their own Keurig® KOLD™ drinkmaker system (over $300 value). No CO2 cartridges needed. That’s a win!

Here are the details.

WHAT:                 Visitors to Faneuil Hall will get to step into the cold as they experience the KOLD™ Kube, an interactive larger than life pop-up experience, which will make its first stop in Boston and continue onto New York and Chicago.  The KOLD™ Kube, which stands 15 feet wide and 32 feet long, will showcase the recently released Keurig® KOLD™, the first personal cold beverage system that fresh-makes still and sparkling beverages chillingly cold at the push of a button. With beverages from The Coca-Cola Company and Dr Pepper Snapple Group, as well as new varieties, including craft sodas, iced teas, flavored waters, sports drinks, and seltzers, the KOLD™ system offers something for everyone.


WHEN:                 Open to the Public:  November 5 –8, 2015

                                11 a.m. – 7 p.m. daily


WHERE:               Faneuil Hall Marketplace, between Merchants Row and South Market Streets


Can’t make it to the Kube? Here’s a giveaway of a Keurig® KOLD™ drinkmaker system. Yes, because I am nice like that.

a Rafflecopter giveaway and follow this link for the types of Kold pods. Want to see what the Kube looks like? Here you go!

UPDATE: The winner is Tammy C. Tammy, congratulations and check your email for details. Thank you to all who entered this giveaway.

Fantastic Finds – Thanks Product of the Year #POYUSA2015

Fantastic Finds from Product of the Year 

Disclosure: I received some of the Product of the Year winning products to review but no monetary compensation for this post. 
All opinions are, as always, my own.

What do these all have in common? Well, all were voted Product of the Year winners. What exactly is Product of the Year? It’s only the world’s largest consumer-voted award for product innovation. So when a package from Product of the Year showed up on my porch, we happily tried them out. There are several categories: beauty/skin care, baby, kids, household/laundry, food and home design to name a few. And, yes,  I would be sampling the yummy Werther’s Caramel Corn as I write this, but my family finished it on the first day.

Our favorite so far is the hair gel. The vote from here? We liked the light scent, the consistency, that it comes in a tub, and that it controls unruly hair.

And I’m all about the sensitive teeth thing (don’t ask if you don’t want the long, detailed version. Just don’t). So love the new Sensodyne products. On deck now is the ProEnamel MultiAction. Use it, you’ll thank me later.

The Plutonium paint and stencil kit is a DIY dream waiting to happen, but with back to school upon us, it will be a bit before I can work in a new home project. I’ll keep you posted.



You can also find more information about Product of the Year below. And if something has the Product of the Year designation on it, take note!

2015  POY winners






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