Cat Friendly Gift Packaging

Christmas Tree KittyChristmas time is a wonderful time of year for my cats. They love the all the fun decorations, the Christmas trees, and the gifts. I also have these little bells hanging from the garland on the stairs that Theo loves to bat at until they ring. Sitting, playing, sleeping, and hiding under the tree is a favorite pastime, but climbing in it or even eating the (artificial!!) tree is even more fun. Last week I cleaned up fake-Christmas-tree cat puke twice.  As far as the gifts go, curling ribbon and bows are apparently extra tasty to my kitties. They’ll do anything to get a taste of curling ribbon. (Which will ultimately end up on my carpet in the form of ribbon puke). My cats aren’t too bright.

Unfortunately I haven’t figured out the cure for eating trees, but I have figured out how to wrap my gifts in a cat friendly way. I use regular ribbons (think the fabric kind at Joann’s or Michael’s) and tie or tape them in simple ways to prevent them from looking extra tasty! The trick is to not have tiny loose ends. Here are a few pictures of some of my packages this year:

CatFriendlyGifts2And, so far, so good — the kitties haven’t eaten any of the gifts!

Valentine’s Day 2013

Matt and I decided to stay in for Valentine’s Day this year! We wanted to have a quiet night at home to make dinner together, exchange a few gifts, hang out, and eat some yummy dessert!

Valentine Dinner 2013Our Dinner Menu

  • Skillet Lasagna: We decided to try a new recipe for dinner, a skillet lasagna that I found on pinterest! It was pretty easy to make and absolutely delicious. We LOVED it. We will be making it again soon, I’m sure!
  • Salad with pecans and craisins: This is a salad we make once in a while and really enjoy. We like to make it with romaine lettuce, craisins, toasted or candied pecans (also good with hazelnuts), and poppyseed or strawberry balsamic dressing. Simple, but delicious!
  • Jello parfaits: I found a pin of this jello parfait recipe on pinterest, and I just had to try it. It was so pretty! Mine didn’t turn out as “clean” looking as the ones in the recipe, but they were still quite pretty and very delicious!
  • Wine! I enjoyed some sauvignon blanc, and Matt enjoyed some chianti.

My Nerdy Valentine

Basket of BoxersAfter dinner, we exchanged our gifts. We don’t always exchange gifts on Valentine’s Day, but Matt had been working on a surprise for me since Christmas, so I had to do something for him too! I decided to give him some fun love themed boxers, so I went shopping… one turned out to have Hershey kisses on it, and another Snoopy from Peanuts, so I decided to throw some candy in there too to go along with the boxers. Matt and his dragonAnd who doesn’t need a dragon holding a heart?? So, I collected my goodies and put together a cute basket for Matt.

Jenna and the puzzle boxMeanwhile, back at his desk and garage work table, Matt had been working madly on my surprise gift – he designed an electronic puzzle box for me! Once you turn it on and select the difficulty level, you have to move the box in the correct sequence of rotations in order for it to open up. Depending on the level of difficulty you select, the box gives you different types of feedback and assistance. Inside the box he’d hidden a candle, some candies, and some coupons for things like a massage, making me dinner, etc. (These were also quite funny, since he put fine text on all of them with the requirements and limits of each coupon!) Anyway, for him the real fun was watching me figure out the puzzle! He’s blogged all about how he made it… but for those of us who are less technical and don’t understand anything he blogs about, here’s a quick video he made about how it works:

Dessert! Valentine dessert 2013

For dessert later in the evening, we enjoyed a heart shaped strawberry cheesecake that we picked up at our grocery store. Super easy, cute, and delicious! And I served our slices on my pretty Valentine’s Day plates!