Talk about perfect timing. I was thinking about what I wanted to do to commemorate my 5th blogiversary – I had fun with my “four you” giveaway last year and wanted to do it again, but a little different.

As I mentioned in my post last week, one of the most exciting aspects of blogging for me this past year was working on collaborative posts with brands and products that I love. Not only do I get to share some great finds with you all, it takes me out of my isolated comfort zone and forces me to stretch a bit creatively.

Sharing a brand on these pages is something I take very seriously – not only on behalf of the brand, but of my readers, too. I truly strive to share only products that I really like, that are a good “fit” for my blog, and that I think you’ll enjoy learning about. THE most important part of this blog is YOU – because without you I’m simply writing into the ether. And there’s no “there” in that for me.

So I was SO thrilled when the folks at UncommonGoods reached out and asked if I’d be interested in reviewing items from their Kitchen & Bar collection.

I have been a longtime fan of UncommonGoods, so I was super excited for this opportunity. If you’re not familiar with them, UncommonGoods is a Brooklyn-based company whose focus is on “unique jewelry, designer decor, tabletop items and handcrafted gifts created in harmony with the environment – and without harm to animals or people”.

Some cool facts:

  • Half of what UncommonGoods sells is made by hand.
  • Most of the jewelry, home decor and tabletop items are made in the USA.
  • Half of the entire collection uses recycled and/or upcycled materials.

In addition, UncommonGoods’ “Better to Give” program donates $1 from every purchase to some incredible non-profits – including Women for Women International, an organization that you know I am most passionate about.

I had mostly shopped UncommonGoods for gifts for the kids, well-designed baby gifts and smart travel accessories, so I was excited to pick out some items from their Kitchen & Bar collection. It is HUGE – with a vast array of unique pieces both functional and decorative – and at a nice range of price points too. Click here for perfect hostess gifts, here for unusual housewarming gifts, and here for a lovely selection of glassware.

So what did I get?

One thing that’s been on my kitchen “to-do” list is a major clean-up of my utensil drawer. So. Many. Things. Worse, I still had several – SEVERAL – partially melted items that were victims of what I call “RestingOnTheEdgeOfTheHotPan” syndrome. Pretty.

I solved this problem, stat, with this clever – and stylish – utensil set.

carousel utensil set

The utensils are heatproof up to 480 degrees – no more melting! Even better? They each have a special handle that raises the head of the utensil off your countertop, to keep it clean. So clever.

If this slate cheese board looks familiar, it’s because I included it in my one and only gift guide last year. In a word? Obsessed. I’ve bought a bunch of these as gifts over the years, and was pumped to have one of my own! SO well-priced, and comes with a gift-ready burlap bag, food-safe chalk and anti-slip feet.

brooklyn slate cheese board

A small-yet-pesky problem, so simply solved. This clever bowl has a special spout that allows you to drain pasta or fruit without setting it in your probs-less-than-clean sink (one of Mike’s pet peeves for sure). You can also serve or eat from this simple bowl, saving clean-up.

easy to strain bowl

Another 2016 resolution? Purge and organize my mess of a container drawer. You know it. We all have it. That myriad of plastic lids and containers – many missing their partners and almost always NOT the size or shape you’re looking for.

So you can imagine how I was ALL OVER this set of nesting containers. Compact, with color-coordinated lids and bases, this made the anal-retentive side of me profoundly happy.

chromatic nesting containers

I opened this folding wire basket immediately and put it right to use. I love that it folds flat to store easily when not needed, and can be configured into five different shapes. It’s currently holding Mike’s mail neatly on the kitchen counter, but look how pretty it is as a fruit bowl too!

folding wire basket

My last two selections were purely for fun – and would be perfect accompaniments to any gift.

DYING from these sprinkles. Literally. My head is spinning with ideas for how to use, and I am equally smitten with the presentation (that scoop!).

party sprinkles

party sprinkles

Finally, I am helpless to resist a sweet-salty snack. And these beer-and-pretzel caramels are were heavenly.

beer pretzel caramels

Good stuff, right? And now for the fun part – the giveaway!

The nice folks at UncommonGoods have a $25 gift certificate to give to one of my readers – and I will match that in celebration of my 5 years writing this blog.

To enter, leave a comment telling me what you’d like to see more of (or less!) at DD&D. I truly appreciate your input, and this giveaway is my way of saying “thank you”. Please include your e-mail address if it’s not already linked to your comment.

The giveaway is open through Saturday, February 27th at 5 p.m. EST. The winner will be chosen at random, and announced on Sunday, February 28th. Update: Carin is the lucky winner! Thanks for participating!

Good luck!

Note: I was not compensated for this post. UncommonGoods kindly sent my products of my choosing for review; all comments and opinions expressed here are – as always – completely my own.


  1. Leslie on February 24, 2016 at 9:27 am

    More of everything please. Regardless of my own restrictions or limitations, whatever you share, I want.
    Whether a momentary suspension of my reality (that’s often a dessert entry) or a full on dive into one of your DIY projects.
    I’m in! Keep it coming! whoo hoo!!

  2. Sara on February 24, 2016 at 9:33 am

    more wardrobe and style tips! i love the capsule wardrobe!!! Big fan of the “uniform”

  3. Susan on February 24, 2016 at 10:12 am

    I love Uncommon Goods! It’s a great go to when you need something unique. But I have to say it has been awhile since I have used them. All of your choices were great!

    I always love reading everything you have to say. But your food/baking entries are my absolute favorite. I have learned some great techniques or “how to’s” from you over the years. I also love hearing about stores or products you love. Even if they are local to you, and I am in CA. I will see if they have an online shop. I also have a list, so when I visit my cousin there, we have new places to explore.

    Whatever you come up with, I look forward to reading it. Congrats on five years!

  4. steph on February 24, 2016 at 10:25 am

    It’s already not TOO much, but I’m not a big fashion person. I love the blog 🙂

  5. Kelly Bena on February 24, 2016 at 10:38 am

    Would love to see bridesmaids gifts and wedding favor ideas!!

  6. Jess @ Tinder District on February 24, 2016 at 1:00 pm

    I LOVE fashion posts, so seeing more of those would be great!

  7. Peg on February 24, 2016 at 2:59 pm

    I love your posts and really can’t think of anything I would change or add! I do find myself particularly drawn to the holiday/seasonal treats you post. Always so clever and beautifully photographed! I particularly like the creative flair in which you display or package the treats for gifting! Thanks for all the hard work you put into every feature!

  8. Tanya on February 24, 2016 at 5:17 pm

    I just love your explorations of Brooklyn and the amazing things you find, whether it is food, clothing, or – really anything! Keep those posts coming!

  9. Calie on February 24, 2016 at 7:12 pm

    I am big fan of all things food. I love reading recipies. Those caramels looked amazing!

  10. sydney85 on February 24, 2016 at 7:50 pm

    I enjoy all your posts very much but notice that I have made many of your recipes and all have turned out great. More recipes would be fabulous.

  11. Jen on February 24, 2016 at 9:36 pm

    Looking forward to more dinner IRL! Miss some of your posts about off the beaten path museum exhibits, eateries, etc in NYC. Congrats on the 5yr anniversary!

  12. Shalagh on February 24, 2016 at 10:52 pm

    Took some time to think about this and my favorite posts, besides ones that I get to know you better, are the Hacks. I loved the cupcakes in the shirt box lid with Xs. These are also shareable so they make me look like a rock star. Darn if I can remember any of the other ones right now but I love them.

  13. June on February 24, 2016 at 11:00 pm

    Been reading you ever since I saw you on Rachael Ray. I love all your recipes, you have skills in the kitchen! Love reading about your children. What are the older 2 up to now? I know you are a master Gardner so I guess I might like to see a bit more of your green thumb as the weather gets warmer.
    Whatever you write, I will read it!
    All the best!

  14. Carin on February 26, 2016 at 12:08 am

    I’ve just found DD&D! Perhaps it is the cold weather but I really enjoyed the gardening entries and thinking about speing. I’ve really intrigued by other’s comments about your fashion posts. I couldnt find them…I’m sure i wasnt lookung in right place. I’d like to see more. Like others, I’m trying to simplify and I dream of having a small coordinated wardrobe.

  15. Jennifer on February 26, 2016 at 11:36 am

    Love everything especially the food posts!! xoxo

  16. Annie Diamond on February 27, 2016 at 10:24 am

    I adore Uncommon Goods for all the reasons you mentioned and because they have such cool stuff. Love your picks! Especially the one that solves you RestingOnTheEdgeOfTheHotPan syndrome….I have that too.

  17. Lacy on February 27, 2016 at 10:26 am

    LOVE! Oh man, I love your recipes. And I’d love to see travel posts! You know, like donuts along the road 😉

    Love you, mama.

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