Greetabl Review

So this Christmas Season I did something a little different for my friends and I got them all Greetabl gift boxes for Christmas and I just loved it! I wanted to tell you all about it and give you guys a special code too where you can get money off! (If you can't wait the code is 'candidlykeri' for 15% off your first order) be sure to keep reading the pro's and con's I have found!

How Greetable Works: 

1. Pick your pattern! I LOVE this part, they have the cutest patterns, some are holiday related.  Like right now there's a lot of hearts for valentines day. Here is a picture of some of the patterns! 

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2.  Then you pick the gift inside.  The gifts range from candies to cute dishes, candles or lotion! There really was something for every one of my friends.  When you make the box too they let you know if there is extra room for confetti or another gift.  Heres how the gifts look, I also love looking up the different brands of these awesome gifts to and bookmarking them for myself! 

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3.  Then my favorite part.  You get to put in photos of you and your friends and a nice note.  This was a really fun part of it! I think my friends were surprised by the cute gift in the box but they loved the personalized touch to it. It links to your social media or you can upload photos so its super easy!

Okay so the important part, my thoughts!

Likes:

  • It was a super easy go-to for ALL of my friends, no matter what their interests are.  
  • You could edit it after, this wasn't a pain which I was worried about
  • You can schedule your gifts so, for example, I made all of these when I had free time in November and scheduled them to be sent out for Christmas.  I asked how this worked because I was worried they may run out of my product.  But once you purchase it, they put the box together and then ship it on the 15th so it would get there in time for Christmas! I loved that I could make this early and then not have to worry about it.

Dislikes:

  • The gifts add up quickly, so purchasing for 6 different friends added up quick.  But that's also how it is with the holidays.
  • The shipping is individual, which I sorta get but I wish there was a discount when you order multiple

My Recommendation:

This is the perfect gift for a long distance friends or a birthday present! It can add up when you have multiple people you are purchasing for. But I love this as a thinking of you gift.  They also have a set up of when you get an account you can input your friends birthdays.  They will send you a reminder to get them a gift in time and I loved this aspect of it! 

Don't forget when you check out to use 'candidlykeri' for 15% off! 

Let me know if you have used greetabl before and what your thoughts are! 

Giving Back for the Holidays!

So it's a pretty dumb idea 15 days before Christmas to decide to tackle decluttering your entire apartment. But that's exactly what I did ha.  We will be moving in the spring sometime and I really wanted to make sure we weren't packing up and moving things we didn't need and just throwing it out there. 

I got to thinking about the holiday's though and I decided I really wanted to declutter and donate a lot of the things I didn't need to people that did.  I think it's really important to remember the holidays are about giving back and helping those in need.  Not just focusing on presents. Of course, people in need, need things at all times but this just felt like good timing. So I wanted to share what I did and where I donated things! 

I pulled everything out  from my closet and looked at it thinking:

  • Would I really wear it again? 
  • Where would I wear it again?
  • Have I worn it in the past year and a half?
  • Does it fit well?
  • Do I feel confident in it?
  • If I was saving it for something special, would I just want to buy something new at that time? i.e. a dress as a wedding guest, when that time came around would I really just want to buy a new one?

If I couldn't say I KNEW I would wear it soon or it was a staple, I pitched it.  I try to get rid of things monthly. But I really deep cleaned this time.  Heres where things went:

Plato's Closet & Clothes Mentor: I did try to get some cash for my items, I may have gone to a few different stores but after the items that were left over, I donated.

I gave the rest to St Vicent Depauls or Goodwill. 

Kenzie Closets: This is a Cincinnati thing and I'm not sure if it's elsewhere but its a place that takes old prom dress (bridesmaid dresses) and gives it to girls who need prom dresses.

H&M: They take items that have stains, are ripped and things you can't really give elsewhere because they recycle them.  And you get 15% off a purchase, it's awesome!

TIP: If you leave a box in your closet and add things to in each month of items you no longer like, or no longer fit properly you add it.  And you can donate each month!

Here's where I went for other things:

SPCA: The animal shelter will take your old towels and blankets and use it in their kennels (I LOVED this idea). You could go to any old shelter

Best Buy: They recycle old electronics and get rid of wires properly!

Target: Trade-in electronics and they will give you a target gift card for old gift cards you don't use.  You may only get about 80% of the gift card but hey I got to target way more than the other places

Half Priced Books:  They give you money for books, magazines, cd's, tapes and vinyl.  And even if they can't give you money for it they properly recycle them.  (I gave all my textbooks here after college too that I couldn't sell back)  You can also look to Amazon for this, but I found that process too lengthy.

Women's Shelther: I gave make up I didnt use regularly to a womens shelter.  But first, I went through every item and ditched the things that were expried cause its really not great for yours kin.

I hope this post helped you if you ever want to declutter! Do you have any tips?!

Remember to recycle when you can!

Movie Marathon

So H LOVES movies, while I on the other live for TV shows. Cause why does it have it end?? Anyways, Im trying to watch more movies with him, so for fun we decided to start a list.  I came up with a list of 5 of my favorites movies I wanted him to watch and he came up with 5 of his own. We wanted to share out list with you! 

Keri's 5:

  1. Crazy Stupid Love - This is just an awesome romantic comedy with a twist at the end that keeps you hooked all movie.
  2. The Notebook - Henry's never seen this and he just has to.  Its such a good story that pulls at your heart strings and is a classic. 
  3. Hocus Pocus - One of my all time favorite movies.  I sorta dont like rewatching movies when I can predict the movie but this is one I will watch a few times during halloween! 
  4. Titanic - Again, how has he never seen this.  I haven't seen it in forever but Im really just trying to mark off some of the major romantic classics with my guy. 
  5. Homeward Bound - This movie makes me cry every time since I had a golden but its just a movie I grew up and watched with my dad. 

Henry's 5 (he had a lot to say, again, he loves movies):

Fight Club - To me, Fight Club is one of those movies that gets better the more you watch it. You begin to see details you missed in your first viewing, dialogue changes its meaning once you've seen the entire story, and characters motivations become more clear. To me its a different movie after you've seen it once and I can't think of another movie that does the same thing quite as well as Fight Club. It's also directed by one of my favorite directors David Fincher, who has such great cinematography and gives each scene such care into how its shown to the audience. I want Keri to watch this so she can experience such a unique film that delivers on so many levels.

Interstellar - Another one of my favorite directors, Christopher Nolan, has a lot of great films. I went back and forth on which one I wanted to pick to have Keri see. Inception is great, the Batman movies are fun, and Memento is a trip, but I decided to pick Interstellar for a few reasons. First, science fiction is my favorite genre, and the story of Interstellar is great science fiction. So much of it is based on real science that it gives the feeling that what you are watching is real. And with all the big set pieces of action and danger, the main drive is the story of a father trying to get home to his daughter which gives Interstellar such a strong emotional center. Second, the visual effects harken back to old sci fi movies from the 70s like Close Encounters and the original Star Wars movies. Interstellar uses models and practical effects instead of just leaning on CGI (computer generated imagery) to create its world. Its a small touch but something I feel is missing from the huge Hollywood blockbusters today. And third is the score. The music in Interstellar, composed by Hans Zimmer, is just epic and is something I would love Keri to hear while seeing an amazing story unfold. 

The Godfather - It's a classic! Some movies you just have to see once in your life and The Godfather is absolutely one of them. No question.

The Big Lebowski - This one was an easy choice for me. The Big Lebowski is one of my favorite comedies of all time. The writing is genius, the characters are unforgettable, and the jokes make me laugh every time. Its a weird movie for sure and its not for everyone, but thats why I picked this for Keri, to expose her to something outside of the normal comedy movie you see these days. Directed by the Coen brothers, this movie has some of the best dialogue I can think of and is a master class of character development and pacing. I know Keri would never pick this movie for herself so this is a must on my list.

Jurassic Park - For the last movie on my list I went with a Stephen Spielberg classic, Jurassic Park. I have this on my list for a few reasons; the visual effects created a movie revolution, the story is another great piece of science fiction, and its another one of those great movies everyone should see once. As a kid I remember seeing it for the first time and being blown away by seeing dinosaurs come to life in such a spectacular way. Its one of those movie memories I want to share with Keri. 

What's on your list?