7th House on the Left

I’m hijacking the blog by replacing Ash’s original giveaway post to wish her a happy birthday! Having a birthday on a Monday is totally not fair, so we basically took the entire weekend to relax, watch movies, eat cupcakes and do whatever her heart desired. Within reason, of course. They’re weren’t any last minute 13-hour drives to Disney World, however cool that might have been. And how did she want to spend her birthday weekend? Organizing the guest room closet. Yeah, that’s my wife, ladies and gentlemen. She’s a teensy bit crazy, but I love her even more because of it.

Happy birthday, sweetheart. I can’t imagine life without you. You put up with my idiosyncrasies and eccentricities. You keep me organized, even when I want to be messy. You give me new, interesting problems to solve every single day (and I love you for every one of them). You’re the best friend I never thought I would find. Today, I hope to make this birthday you’re best yet.

Now for the giveaway part! Today’s giveaway is from Snickety Snacks, a mother-daughter team who offer up deliciously decorated treats. When they contacted us to see about doing a giveaway, we thought Ash’s birthday would be a perfect time to spread the sugary goodness.

Snickety Snacks // 7thhouseontheleft.com

Snickety Snacks has a great menu of tasty treats but they’re probably best-known for their amazing custom cookie creations. Each cookie is seriously like a work of art! They also made the custom dragon cookies for Clara’s dragon birthday party over at Young House Love. Oh, and you must check out their Concert Cookies. They’ve made custom cookies for bands such as Plain White T’s, Panic at the Disco and Fall Out Boy.

The ladies of Snickety Snacks are giving one lucky reader a $100 gift card! The winner can choose to use it all at one time or divide it up into smaller orders. Their custom sugar cookies can be shipped anywhere (yay!), but if the winner is local to the Northern Virginia area, the whole menu is up for grabs.

Here’s how to enter… Scroll down to the giveaway widget below and log in with your Facebook account. If you’d rather not use your Facebook account, or don’t have one, just enter your email address (registering with a password, etc is not required). As always, your information is kept private! Once you’ve done that, you’ll be shown the entry requirements set by yours truly. Click the “Do it!” button, type the phrase in the blank in the widget, then click “Enter!”. Now that you’ve entered, you’ll see some optional entry options. To gain additional entries and increase your chances of winning the prize, you can do one or all of them. If you already follow Snickety Snacks or 7th House, go ahead and enter your Facebook or Twitter info, and you’ll be automatically given the extra entries. This giveaway is open to those in the US only and as usual, the winner will be chosen using Random.org. Good luck everyone!
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It’s here. Fall. To me, it’s kind of crazy how it just popped up all of the sudden. Just a few weeks ago, it seemed weird to have school supply displays because it was 98+ outside. But then, we’re in the 70′s (and lower!), we pulled out the jackets and started noticing leaves starting to change ever so slightly… Then… 90 degrees. Again. Really? Come on, Fall! You can do it!

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Fall (right up there with Christmas) is my favorite time of season to decorate for. With Bentley being out of commission, our annual family pumpkin shopping trip will have to wait until next year. However, I’m hoping to sneak away from dog-babysitting duty this weekend to at least pick up a small pumpkin at the grocery store. That’s the least this pumpkin-loving-Fall-obsessed civilian can do.

On the plate for this weekend, is a lot of relaxation. Seriously. We need it. My birthday is coming up on Monday, so we’re using that as an excuse to take it easy and relax. Aside form that, we’re going to be hanging some shelves in the guest room closet – which is what I asked for for my birthday, haha. I’m weird. I know. It’s okay. We’re going to be turning half of the guest closet into storage for wrapping paper, cards, future/last minute gift stash and (hopefully, if there’s room) a place to stash things like candles, vases, trays and accessories that don’t have a home yet or those we like to pull out once in a while – kind of like our own little decorating shop shelf. And that, my friends, is my idea of a perfect weekend. Happy weekend, everyone!

The leaves haven’t fallen, the temperatures are in the 80′s (that’s hot for fall in Virginia!), I’ve got a Christmas-themed item on my list and Ash has a bulldog on hers. We’re all over the place this month, people. So, let’s jump right into a topsy-turvy edition of His + Her Favorite Things…

His Favorite Things  // 7thhouseontheleft.com

ONE // Ever since Ash got me that record player last month (that was featured in last month’s Favorites), I’ve been scrounging second hand stores and antique shops for great records. One such find was a copy of Frank Sinatra’s Strangers in the Night. You can expect this record to be playing in our house around dinner time most nights. A perk of the record: we’ve recently realized that Bentley totally chills out when it’s on. It’s awesome. TWO // I’ll admit, I’m kind of a mess. Ashley has to really be on her game to help keep me organized, and she does a great job of it. At the same time, I’m a huge fan of modern minimalism (what a contradiction, right?). This inbox and pen holder (the actual, physical kind–not the kind email goes in) would be great for storing the multitude of papers I have on my desk at any given time in a stylish way and is on our “buy-soon-before-papers-overtake-Greg’s-office list” THREE // I know, Fall just got here, and we’re still waiting for the weather to be more Fall-like (it’s going to be in the 80s here until Monday!), but I’m totally ready for the Christmas season. Nothing says, “Wake up! It’s Christmas time!” like a peppermint latte in THE red cup. FOUR // I’m not usually one for sharing funny video clips with everyone I know, but this clip from Late Night with Jimmy Fallon had me (and especially Ash) in stitches.

Her Favorite Things  // 7thhouseontheleft.com

ONE // I’ve always been a fan of the talented Anna Bond, but the new 2014 calendar is out of this world kinds of amazing. I especially love the artwork for July, Nantucket. She has more talent in her pinky than I have in my entire body, haha. TWO // Some people collect ceramic cats, I collect Pinguin Clothbound Classics. Well, at least I do now. A few weeks ago, I bought my first one on Amazon (The Woman in White). While I’m loving the book, I’m loving the design of the cover just as much. My plan is to collect (and read) a dozen or so to display in my office. I’ve heard HomeGoods has them once in a while, but I haven’t had such luck yet. THREE // About five months ago, I was shopping for new office supplies when I came across this beauty. It’s the prettiest stapler I ever did see. I had it in my shopping cart and at the last minute decided to buy it later rather than then. Worst. Mistake. Ever. It’s now “not available” or “on backorder” everywhere I’ve looked and I couldn’t be more bummed about a stapler if I tried. FOUR // Since I bought Greg his record player while I was in LA, we’ve been playing it pretty much nonstop. Which is why I now “need” one for my office. I love the floral design on this one. It’s fun, vintage and colorful and on my short list. FIVE // We one day hope of having a new sofa for the living room. Even though I still can’t decide on a style/shape, I do know that I want to fill it with lots of eclectic and colorful pillows. Wouldn’t this guy be a cute addition?

So, spill the beans! What’s on your Favorites list this month?