Archives for December 2013

Whoops, My Bad

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year To Youmohammadali / / CC BY-NC-SA 

So I completely forgot to keep updating A9T5 with the posts from the new blog.

If you’re still following this blog, head over to the new blog that I mentioned in this post. Most of the social media links have switched over, but I’m still working on a few like Bloglovin. If you were following me before, you still are – the name are just changing to reflect the new one.

Happy almost Christmas! It’s crazy that it’s almost the end of the year already!

BIG Update! {New Blog}

Happy Friday! {I know it’s Friday because I originally typed Happy Birthday and wondered what on Earth I was trying to write. I’ve been finishing what this post is about for the past six hours so it’s been a long night.}


A few weeks ago I talked about the new blog that I planned to create. The new blog has been created, but I’ve altered my plan for it for now.

My original hope was to maintain the new blog and this blog to separate my business posts from my personal posts. That’s my “in a perfect world” scenario. But each time I sat down to work on separating the two, I realized it just wasn’t going to happen – at least not right now.

I realized I didn’t have enough time to do it, no matter how badly I wanted it. And that as much as I try to separate my business and personal life, it’s not going to happen. They coincide with each other and have ever since Nathan quit his job. Some days they are mutually exclusive of each other. Other days they are not. But they come together to make me who I am.

In the end, I decided it was time to move on to a new blog and table the split for now. I needed a change and this was the perfect opportunity for me to make that change. I’ll be cross-posting for the next week to help ensure that everyone has a chance to update feeds and bookmarks, but after that I’ll be posting exclusively on the new blog:



All of my social media accounts will be switching to reflect the new blog over the next few days as well. If you’d like to read more about the change, check out the first post over there! Be sure to update your bookmarks and feeds to not miss out on any posts, too. 

Datevitation Review and Giveaway

I was a Datevitation book of my own to do an honest review of the product. All thoughts are 100% my own and I only share things I would recommend to loved ones.

8 - Datevitation Logo

I’m sure most of you have heard of Datevitation by now. And if you haven’t, let me sum it up: pure awesome.

7- Datevitation Perfect For Any Occasions is the first online platform to create a custom love coupon book – for family, significant others, kids, and everyone else that you love or even just like a lot. And it’s not like those pre-packaged coupon books in stores – it’s 100% customizable and super easy to use. Once you work your magic with your creation, they’ll print it out and send it to you!

2 - Datevitation String & Button Packaging

Want a gift for your loved ones this Christmas? Choose from their library that contains over 500 date ideas. Want to go skydiving? Stargazing? A night in? They’ve got you covered! Or maybe you have children that you’d like to create a book for. There are over 200 activities for kids and parents, too! You can customize these books even further by adding photos of your faces to the illustrations they have created, too. These love coupon books are perfect for everyone on your gift list this year!

I also love that Datevitation is a family business run by the husband-wife team of Alex and Olga Karpman. You can get to know them on the Datevitation blog, where they offer video guides to date ideas and romantic gestures.   

And here’s a look at the book I created for Nathan . . .


Datevitation Bucket List

Datevitation Trip

Datevitation Dinner

These books are a great deal normally – starting at just $25! But as a special treat for my readers, they are offering $10 off your purchase with the code NINETOFIVE. $15 for a one-of-a-kind customizable and unique Christmas gift is a great price – just keep in mind that their order cut-off date is December 13th if you want to get it before Christmas!

And if that’s not enough, they’ve been generous enough to offer a love coupon book for one lucky winner!

Enter after the jump!

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Handmade Holidays Giveaway!

Happy Cyber Monday, everyone!

There’s still a bit of time to get our Black Friday weekend sales so head over to the shop if you’re looking to score some deals today! But if you’re not looking to spend your hard earned cash today, we have an awesome giveaway for you!


If you haven’t checked it out yet, there’s a gift guide on the sidebar filled with wonderful handmade goodies from all sorts of shops. I promise there is something for EVERYONE in this guide, and there are a ton of discounts that are valid even after Christmas for those looking to indulge after the holidays. If you’re looking to support handmade businesses this year, definitely check out the shops in this guide and what they have to offer!

And if you’ve already taken a look at it and had your eye on some things, today is your lucky day! A few of the shop owners have come together for a giveaway for one lucky winner! Check out the giveaway below!

Three Soaps

Three Soaps

from The Gnarly Whale

Treat your skin with our detergent-free coconut milk soap! Our coconut milk soap creates a rich lather without the use of harsh detergents and helps adds moisture to the cleansing process. Completely vegan. The three soaps include: Sugar Plum, Oatmeal Milk and Honey, and Spearmint.



Infinity Scarf

from Simply Darrling

An infinity scarf with a circumference of 60″ and approximately 10″ wide. Multiple colors available. View available options here.



$35 to Etsy

from The Gnarly Whale & Yes Sir, Yes Sir!

Yes Sir, Yes Sir! makes coffee cup cozies, headbands, fingerless gloves, wine bags, headbands, mittens, and more. If you can’t find what you’re looking for, contact me to arrange a custom order. I love making items “just right” for you!


All of our products are 100% vegan and cruelty free. We’re tree huggers ourselves so we made sure that all of the ingredients used in our products are completely vegan and have not been tested on animals. Final product testing was also done on humans.