Crazy Mug Lady: A round-up of my fave mugs!

by Angela (Oh She Glows) on April 18, 2018

As a kid I was a self-proclaimed Pro Sticker Collector (oh, how that huge 3-ring binder was my pride and joy!), and at one confusing point in my youth I was also the proud owner of a miniature cow collection (the toy kind, that is). Totally normal. 

Naturally, those childhood collections have led me to a new kind of obsession today: mugs. As Eric was unloading dishes the other day I heard him grumble, “We need to organize this mug area…[HEAVY SIGH]” He’s so funny like that! Okay, okay, maybe our shelf is a little chaotic, but I’m happy to say it’s a bit less so after doing this blog post and being forced to remove and put back each mug. (Um. Just kidding. I haven’t put the mugs back…they’re still strewn about in my photography studio. Oops.)

I also realized during the creation of this post that there are two kinds of people in this world: those who use all-white (or single-coloured) matchy mugs, and those who prefer to collect various mugs from here and there, adding from travels, etc. I guess I just ain’t a matchy mug kinda girl! When I shoot recipe photos, though, my go-to mugs are exclusively espresso-sized white mugs because they photograph so nicely. Try and put a random 16-ouncer in the background of a photo and it’s going to look like an elephant is sitting down to tea with you…lol.

I’m always asked where I get my mugs, so I thought it would be fun to put together a post rounding up my favourites. I grouped them into a few categories to snap these pics: Mama’s Going Crazy, Holiday Shenanigans, and Mama’s the Best.

Mama’s Going Crazy

This is the collection I most often turn to first thing in the morning because it always bring a little smile to my own tired mug.

From left to right we have: “It’s only cold if you’re standing still” (Indigo), “Sanity In A Cup” (Indigo), and “For Fox Sake” (Indigo).

The For Fox Sake one is a personal fave and deserves a bit of a close up…hah!

Holiday Shenanigans

I’ll bring these out in October and they’ll go strong right through to February! Maybe this collection is a bit overused around the holidays (and beyond), but when you need a boost during our gloomy winters, you do what you gotta do!

From left to right we have: “Oh Dear!” (Indigo), “Happy Owl-idays!” (Indigo), and a huge reindeer mug (tag brand purchased from HomeSense).

Mama’s the Best

Sometimes Eric or the kids buy these mugs for me, and sometimes I buy them for myself when I feel like I need a little more recognition, lol. #noshame 

From left to right we have: “Mom. Wife. Boss.” (Indigo), “Mama Bear” (Indigo), and “Best Mom Ever” (Indigo).

Well there you have it, folks! My current favourite mugs. I would LOVE to hear about which type of mug person you are (mono-colour or multi-mug mayhem like me?!). And just to make my life complete, I’d LOVE it if you tagged your favourite mug online using the hashtag #OSGfavemug so I can see it too! You don’t even know how excited this makes me. 

Last but not least, tomorrow is the final day to vote in The Webby Awards! We’d love your support…the race in our category is a close one! Eric and I made a snappy lil’ video to celebrate our app nomination below. Turn the sound on and get ready to drool. ;) 

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Andrea April 18, 2018 at 10:07 am

What a fun post! I’m a matching mug sort of person. We used to have red ceramic ones, but this Christmas we got the coloured Tim Horton’s ones. They were actually quite hard to find, had to visit almost 20 tim’s to get a few sets (I guess we’re all a certain type of crazy…). I have a special cupboard for sentimental mugs that don’t match the set …. LOL.

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Andrea April 18, 2018 at 10:08 am

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Angela (Oh She Glows) April 18, 2018 at 10:29 am

lol…love it, Andrea!

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Angela April 18, 2018 at 11:03 am

I love that you buy mom mugs for yourself. I was in Winners yesterday and saw the cutest “World’s Greatest Mom” mug. Almost bought it for myself – because let’s be honest, by the time my husband goes back to buy it the day before Mother’s Day it’s going to be sold out. (I still bought it, but as a gift to my mom, but dropped a few hints for my husband when I got home.)

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Angela (Oh She Glows) April 18, 2018 at 2:01 pm

you just reminded me I have a couple world’s best sister mugs hidden away for gifts for my sisters. I haven’t busted them out for myself (yet)…hahah.

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Anne-Marie April 18, 2018 at 11:22 am

Oh me too! I am a mugaholic! My husband gives me the stink eye if I even LOOK at mugs! My BFF and I have been collecting Starbucks ‘You are Here’ mugs for a few years now and we always buy each other mugs when we go visit new places. My most exotic one is from Dubai and my favourite one is a Christmas one from London. I need a new house with a larger kitchen specifically for my mugs!!!

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Angela (Oh She Glows) April 18, 2018 at 2:02 pm

I hear you on the husband stink eye! And on needing a bigger mug area. One shelf does not cut it for the pro mug collector. ;)

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Amber - Loves Food, Loves to Eat April 18, 2018 at 11:39 am

I’m a random mug lover too! I prefer the classic shape (like your 150 canada mug shape, btw, that mug is great!). Every December one of my friend’s hosts a mug exchange holiday party, where each person brings a funny or cute mug, wrapped, and then we do the whole thing where you can unwrap one or steal one. I’ve gotten some of my best mugs that way.

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Angela (Oh She Glows) April 18, 2018 at 1:55 pm

omg…genius idea for a swap party!! Going to do that this December.

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Laurie Gannon April 18, 2018 at 11:50 am

I was a “white” mugger. Then I became an “Anthropologie Initialed” mugger. I am now a more diverse mugger. And I need the “For Fox Sake” mug in my life.

Please note that I have never mugged anyone in my life. :)

Laurie

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Angela (Oh She Glows) April 18, 2018 at 1:55 pm

lol…too funny. And I think everyone needs a For Fox Sake mug in their life at some point.

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Ellen April 18, 2018 at 4:35 pm

My apartment in college had about two actual cups/glasses, and well over 30 mugs between the four of us. College kids drink everything out of mugs, from tea to water, vodka to wine. I have a Disney mug that is Chip from Beauty and the Beast and one by Emily McDowell that says “Everything will be okay” all over it (except one line that says “OMG everything is f*cked), and those are probably my favorites. But I have maybe 15 mugs and I love them all :)

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Angela (Oh She Glows) April 19, 2018 at 8:55 am

lol…so true! And I need to see a picture of your mugs!!

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Nicole W. (Oh She Glows Recipe Tester) April 18, 2018 at 5:21 pm

I always love seeing which of your mugs will pop up on instagram! My fave of yours is the one with the blinky eyelashes but the caption escapes me at the moment (loooong day).
My husband loves a clean and organized shelf with rows of matching glassware, but that never seems to last (my fault!)

Whenever I fall in love with a mug, I manage to convince him (convince myself?ha ha) that we must have a set of that mug…see what I did there? I combine my love for a mug with his wish for a matched set mua ha ha. We have had sets of enameled mugs in jewel colours that look like the metal mugs you take camping, flowery ones by Cath Kidston from the UK, plain white from IKEA, groovy milk glass mugs from the 60’s…and many more!

I am now forbidden from buying more mugs (and incidentally, rubber boots…They make too many adorable ones!…ummm, and S’well water bottles…I like to have 4 of them so I can fill them in the morning to ensure I drink enough water for the day…that’s my excuse and I’m sticking with it! ) and have to wait to enjoy them when I receive them as gifts :)

If I see that blinky eyelashes one in a shop, though, it’s coming home with me anyways!

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Angela (Oh She Glows) April 19, 2018 at 8:58 am

The blinky eyes one says “wakey wakey”…perfect, right?
Okay I’m going to need to see a photo of your mugs now! How have I not seen this before? ;p

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Nicole W. (Oh She Glows Recipe Tester) April 19, 2018 at 4:19 pm

Wakey Wakey! That’s the one! I just love that one…now that I know the caption, I was able to look it up on indigo.com and I found it…on sale 50% off! Argh! To buy it and accept the fallout or not buy it and always feel a little bit mug bereft? :) I really feel that I need a new mug to go with my new coffee maker ha ha ha!
50% off tho…..🙀
I’ll send you a pic of my cupboard :)

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Angela (Oh She Glows) April 20, 2018 at 7:04 am

haha…you crack me up. Just a word of caution: the wakey mug isn’t dishwasher safe. I didn’t know this and my dishwasher has worn off some of the lettering (whyyyyyyyy). So I guess it depends whether you want to wash a mug by hand or not! ;)

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Lynn April 18, 2018 at 6:05 pm

I slowly switched over to only glass mugs. I didn’t like the idea of who-knows-what being in the glaze of ceramic mugs. My favorites belonged to my grandmother! 😁

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Angela (Oh She Glows) April 19, 2018 at 8:56 am

Aww yes I wonder about that too :( I have some glass ones that I love too! Actually told myself not to use them at night though because I accidentally kicked one off the couch last night, lol

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Jennifer April 18, 2018 at 6:29 pm

I am non matchy. All my mugs are one of a kind pottery mugs. I tend to buy one almost every time I visit home in Nova Scotia. I will always accept a unique mug, scarf of mitts for a gift. People don’t believe me but I use them all!

I literally Bunzed all my white matching dishes away. Now I’m all pottery and granny inherited china and I love it :) I’ll take a pic and tag you on Instagram.

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Angela (Oh She Glows) April 19, 2018 at 8:54 am

Yes please tag me, I would love to see!
And I love the one of a kind pottery mugs…I really need to add some of those to my collection!

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Jaimie April 18, 2018 at 8:09 pm

I am also an Indigo mug hoarder. I have so many of the same ones as you, my fav is the mama bear pink one!

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Angela (Oh She Glows) April 19, 2018 at 8:53 am

Nice :) they do make great mugs! And they have so many new ones every time I’m there..it’s like come on!

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Megan April 18, 2018 at 10:53 pm

I laughed to myself as I read this post as I am an avid indigo peruser and recognized every single one of these mugs! I also am a mug collector – they’re my most prized possessions! Also FYI, I just bought cupboard shelves from dollarama and it greatly increased how many mugs I can fit in my cupboards ;)

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Angela (Oh She Glows) April 19, 2018 at 8:53 am

Oh, good tip about the shelving. I’ve been meaning to try that! Could be a marriage saver, no? lol.

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Julie F April 19, 2018 at 7:04 am

This post is awesome!!!!! I am the same way. And I have mugs for every single holiday that I break out. And for Christmas all of my mugs get put away and all the Christmas ones come out!

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Angela (Oh She Glows) April 19, 2018 at 8:52 am

haha thanks Julie!!

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Lauren April 19, 2018 at 8:22 am

Love it!

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Jennifer April 19, 2018 at 10:17 am

My mug collection is very eclectic, too. I couldn’t stand having matching mugs. Pier 1 also has some cute ones :). I love the mugs they have at Chapters/Indigo, but I’ve had terrible luck with them. Every mug I’ve bought from chapters has had some kind of flaw in it and lasted less than a year. I stopped buying them because they just seemed so cheaply made.

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Angela (Oh She Glows) April 20, 2018 at 7:12 am

Oh I love Pier 1 mugs too…I don’t get there often enough!!
Sorry to hear you’ve had issues with the Indigo mugs! That’s so frustrating.

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JC April 19, 2018 at 3:52 pm

Just voted. You deserve it. I have loved your website for years!

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Angela (Oh She Glows) April 20, 2018 at 7:04 am

Aww thank you so much JC…I really appreciate your support! :)

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Cynthia April 20, 2018 at 3:02 pm

I love this! My mug obsession is pretty much crazy-pants as well. Add to that the fact that I live near Germany/Austria so there is a new Christmas mug for every Christmas market you go to… we have a problem here ;)

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Angela (Oh She Glows) April 21, 2018 at 7:06 am

Oh that would be my dream (going to those markets!!) I bet you find some beauties there.

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Amanda April 21, 2018 at 1:05 pm

I too have a mug fetish. Whenever I go somewhere new I must have a mug, preferably unique to the area. I am a bit partial to the Starbucks mugs because they’re everywhere and big. It’s gotta be big! My husband has a running tally on how many mugs I have “We’re up to 27 mugs now….” I am a sucker for the pretty mugs at Anthropologie too. Such a fun post Ange!

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Angela (Oh She Glows) April 22, 2018 at 6:37 am

Yes to big mugs!! I occasionally make exceptions for smaller ones, but usually opt for the big ones to fit more coffee. I really love the anthro mugs too!

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Wendy April 21, 2018 at 8:19 pm

Thank you Angela for the smile! I loved this post as it is a reminder that it is the little things in life that make us happy!! Mug on 😀

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Angela (Oh She Glows) April 22, 2018 at 6:22 am

Aww that’s so true, right? I had fun making it. Thanks Wendy!

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Shalan April 22, 2018 at 1:38 am

I love the mugs from Indigo! The Oh Deer! one is a favorite of mine as well :)
Great post!

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