The Uncommon Life

Why do we send Valentines?

Why do we send Valentines?

Valentine's day is a pretty special day. Whether you're lucky in love, celebrate with single friends, or share the day with family members, you likely have something planned for February 14. But, why is the occasion so important? Here are a few fun facts about St. Valentine's Day...
Better to Give: Doing Good in the New Year

Better to Give: Doing Good in the New Year

This holiday season, the term "Secret Santa" got a new meaning when mysterious donors paid off Kmart layaway accounts across the country. This heart warming story definitely helped get us in the holiday spirit, but it also got us thinking about ways to do good all year long. We try to make it easy for our customers to help us give back through our Better to Give Program. Through this program, we donate $1 to the Better to Give charity of your choice each time you place an order with UncommonGoods. Here's what our partners were up to in 2011, and how you can get involved in 2012.
Urban Gardening & Fire Escape Flora

Urban Gardening & Fire Escape Flora

I had an actual garden plot, in the ground, at a local community garden for a year. There, I took my first shot at tomato-growing. Holy mother, were those things delicious. And gorgeous. And basically, free. A packet of seeds costs about the same as a couple of New York City farmer’s market tomatoes. But the community garden wasn’t quite local enough for me. My fire escape - that was local.
Marie Antoinette, Grace Kelly and the History of the New Year’s Toast

Marie Antoinette, Grace Kelly and the History of the New Year’s Toast

In a couple days we will gather with and count down the New Year. Whether you are watching the ball drop from your television or in the center of Times Square, there most likely will be a glass of champagne in your hand. I was curious as to why we choose champagne for toasts on momentous occasions like weddings, birthdays and holidays and found out some pretty interesting knowledge.
Meet Gaby!

Meet Gaby!

Hello there! My name is Gaby and I am the newest addition to the Uncommon Goods team. You are going to see a lot of me as I will be writing on this blog pretty often. Here are some other things you should know about me. I have my own lifestyle blog, Paperplanes & Maryjanes where I talk about food, clothes and décor. I have also recently opened Paperplanes & Maryjanes Handmade where I currently sell a collection of knit and crochet bows. I recently moved back to Brooklyn from San Francisco where I was living for 6 months. I competed…