Friday I'm in Love

Happy day after Christmas!  Hope y'all had a wonderful holiday!  Thanks for stopping by to see what I'm digging this week.  Don't forget to pop over to the other gals' sites to see what they're loving, too: MishaKendraMary Beth, and Amanda.

ONE: YouBars

For Christmas, my brother and sister-in-law tapped into my love of granola bars.  At YouBars, you can custom order delicious, preservative-free snacks made with organic ingredients.  Brandon and Jen created a recipe that included my favorites like ginger, cocoa, dried cherries, nuts, apples, and cinnamon.  They named the bar #snackforlaura.  (The three of us were talking in hashtags way before Jimmy and JT. #oghashtaggers.)  What an awesome, healthy, and personal present!  

 
 

TWO: Dune Jewelry

Dune Jewelry is a clever company that custom makes accessories using sand from your favorite beach.  They have a large bank with a long list of destinations to choose from.  In the past, my parents bought me a necklace with sand from my home beach, Kiawah, and earrings from my old stomping ground, Waikiki.  Yesterday, I was presented with a Walden Pond necklace.  It will forever remind me of my wonderful New England trip.  In addition to earrings and necklaces, you can design key chains, rings, or cuff links.  Again, it's an amazingly personal gift! 

 
Waikiki, Kiawah, Walden Pond

Waikiki, Kiawah, Walden Pond

 

THREE: Ticket to Ride

My family plays A LOT of board games.  After a while, the usuals can get a little boring.  So, my parents bought four new selections for Christmas.  One of them was Ticket to Ride.  Aside from being a killer Beatles song, Ticket to Ride is also a super fun strategy game.  The object of the game is to acquire the most points by building train routes.  Check it out if you get a chance!

FOUR: Kruškovac

Kruškovac is a Croatian pear liqueur traditionally consumed by my family during holidays and reunions.  Growing up, we spent Christmas evening at my Uncle Matt and Aunt Norma's alongside countless uncles, aunts, cousins, and friends.  Every so often, some of the adults would gather 'round the bar and Uncle Matt would pour each of them a Kruškovac shot.  Raising their glasses and shouting out Christmas salutations, the whole group would drink up.  In a few days, I'll be seeing my brothers and sisters-in-law...we have two bottles ready. :)  Zivio!

So, yeah, we drank some the other night.

So, yeah, we drank some the other night.

Uncle Matt (left) and my Grandpa (right) on Christmas many moons ago.  Kruškovac highlighted in yellow.

Uncle Matt (left) and my Grandpa (right) on Christmas many moons ago.  Kruškovac highlighted in yellow.

I hope you had a wonderful Christmas and I wish you a Happy New Year!  See ya next Friday in 2015!