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Mug Shots

I’m not big on collecting things. Clutter doesn’t fit my personality, and living lean makes moving regularly a heck of a lot easier. Mostly, I collect experiences, and along with them, I sometimes collect mugs.

Mugs work for me because they have utility. They don’t just line a shelf turning dusty—because, uh, I do collect dust—you can use them. And we do.

Between my mint green tea habit, The Engineer’s weakness for java, and our morning oatmeal routine, we go through a lot of mugs in our house.

Some of my favorites are those we’ve picked up on our travels. There’s nothing better than a cup of hot tea—okay, really, really warm tea, is lukehot a word?—and a tactile reminder of a fun adventure.

The mugs are a daily reminder of some of our best trips. Here are a few of my favorites.

Tell your friends!


  1. Reply

    Love that one, Dave. One of my favorite non-travel mugs is the Scrivener (yes, the software) mug my husband bought me for Mother’s Day a couple of years ago. He’s good at taking hints. 😉

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    Love the Monticello mug! And I love Dave’s, too. I’ll be on the lookout for something similar. I have a teacup with a Mary Engelbreit design on it that says “Nothing is worth more than this day” that I like to use. I’m also attracted to mugs and teacups with pretty floral patterns.

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    I collect pens from our travels, useful and vacation reminders–like your mugs. I’ve always been a fan of Jefferson. Now I now why!

    Thanks for sharing some of your collection. 🙂

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