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Jonathan Adler – Cool Stuff on Sale!

jonathan adler sale

I know we just came off the holidays… but man is it hard to resist a Jonathan Adler sale!  Especially when everything is so happy & bright… or features giraffes! (see pop ornament below)  Here are a few favorites from the current JA sale – going on right now through January 17th.

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Stripes Cup & Saucer Sets {Reg: $18 / Sale: $13.50} – I love the idea of using these cool ceramic cups & saucers as centerpieces for a modern tea or garden-inspired party theme. Just fill them with a small bunch of “fluffy” flowers like hydrangea or peonies.
Ojai Teapot – {Reg: $68 / Sale: $27.20} great gift idea and pretty enough to double as kitchen decor when not in use! Available with green, yellow, or orange tops.
Stripes Dinnerware {Sale: 25% off; each piece sold separately} – Go BOLD with your dinnerware! Available in black/white or grey/white patterns.

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TEN – Days, Resolutions, Experts, Prizes

TEN Design Days

I’m really excited to be participating in a fantastic online event called “ten“, which is a collaboration between 2 popular design bloggers: Benjamin Moore’s Sonu Mathew of Living in Color with Sonu and Kathy Barlow of HomeWorkshop.com.

Over the course of ten days, (January 4-8 and January 11-15), ten is featuring design ideas to help us stick to New Year’s Resolutions in style. Each day of ten you’ll learn from one of 10 top design experts – about a fun New Year’s Resolution that relates to home design, decorating and color. I will be covering the resolution “Make Time for Family and Friends” TODAY (Wednesday, Jan 13th)!

Each day, you’ll also have a chance to win a cool prize, relating to the resolution. Here’s a peek at today’s featured prize:

TEN Design Days

This “Signature Cocktail Set” features 8 Dizzy Cocktail Glasses, a copy of 500 Cocktails, Mojito Cocktail Mix, and Mojito Rimming Sugar (all from Crate&Barrel)… a wonderful excuse to invite some friends over for cocktails!

Learn more at tendesigndays.com.

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SURPRISE GIVEAWAY: HomeGoods

HomeGoods gift card giveaway

Winner Update 2/20: This giveaway is now closed. Thanks so much to everyone that entered! And WOW – what a great response and showing of love for HomeGoods!

I SO wish I had gift cards for everyone, but as it would be there is only one… and that VERY lucky, randomly selected winner is… Commenter #673 – Rachel – who said, “I just love the purple and silver color combo and the cool dessert buffet! Sign me up!” Congrats, Rachel! Have fun shopping! =)

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We have a fun new Surprise Giveaway for you today! HomeGoods – the fabulous home decor store where everything is 20-60% off department store prices – is offering up a $100 Gift Card to a lucky HWTM reader… who’s ready to shop?!

And there’s more! The winner will also receive several of the tabletop items from HomeGoods that were used in the HWTM Silver & Lilac Wonderland party theme… including silver charger plates, dinner plates, flatware, crystal martini glasses, translucent lavender tumblers, and table linens! (more…)

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Pretty Almond Buttercrunch Toffee Recipe

almond buttercrunch toffee recipe

Homemade toffee always makes for a great party favor idea – or a welcome addition to the dessert buffet – especially when packaged up or presented in a stylish manner!

This super-delicious Almond Buttercrunch Toffee recipe is from one of my favorite recent cookbook purchases: Bite-Size Desserts by Carole Bloom. {$16 at Amazon}

Bite-Sized Desserts Cookbook

Party guests are sure to love this decadent candy treat, which features rich, buttery, crunchy toffee that’s topped with a layer of chocolate and finely chopped toasted almonds. Pretty AND delicious! (Full recipe below.) (more…)

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Turquoise Baby Picks {for StrollerTraffic}

turquoise baby gifts - StrollerTraffic

According to Pantone, turquoise is the latest “it” color for fashion & interiors in 2010, which is why the lovely Tara from StrollerTraffic recently asked me for a round-up of favorite turquoise baby picks. I’ve been shopping for a lot of pink & orange lately, so it was fun to make the switch over to a blue palette for a change!

turquoise baby gifts - StrollerTraffic

I do realize that my 10 product picks run the gammut from turquoise to aqua to teal… but the look of “turquoise” actually varies a lot from vendor to vendor, and it’s all in the same color family, right? =)

All the images are featured above and below, and you can find the specific vendor info/resources for everything right here on StrollerTraffic. (more…)

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Fun Valentine’s Day Recipes with M&M’s

valentines day ladybug cupcakes

You know those cute bags of  Valentines Day M&M’s that are popping up all over the stores lately? Here are some fun & creative ways to enjoy them (other than straight from the bag!)…

Pictured above: Adorable LadyBug Cupcakes – which also utilize malted milk balls & black licorice “antennas”!

Pictured below: Raspberry Almond Chocolate Crepes – This delicious-looking treat actually features Raspberry Almond M&M’S Premium Chocolate Candies, which look very elegant, but you could easily swap those out for the traditional Almond M&M’S (Valentines version) too.

valentines day recipes using m&m's

Pictured below: X’s and O’s Cookies, Edible Chocolate Cups, and Simply Sweet Cannolis. (more…)

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Sweets & Treats Inspiration Board

valentine's day party ideas

It’s hard to believe that it’s already time to start thinking about Valentine’s Day, but suddenly it’s only about a month away! So on that note… here’s a fun “Sweets & Treats” inspiration board that Tiny Prints put together espeically for HWTM readers!

I’m especially loving the chic, monochromatic centerpiece featuring red carnations & red hots (so easy!), and the “Passion Pops” from Parents.com. There’s just something about putting a dessert on a stick that makes it all the more adorable!  Here’s the full list of resources for this inspiration board: (more…)

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DIY: “Berry Sweet” Grapewood Centerpiece

pink and red centerpiece ideas

I have somewhat of an obsession with grapewood branches lately… in addition to their naturally fabulous, unique look, they’re so versatile when it comes to the different ways you can dress them up for parties and weddings. They also make great LOW table centerpieces – which is wonderful when you want to do something different than the usual short bunch of flowers.

Added bonuses: Grapewood branches are affordable, easy to work with, AND highly reusable. (I actually use the ones I own as decor in our home when they’re not making an appearance at an event… makes storage easier too!)

pink and red centerpiece ideas

Pictured here are the grapewood centerpieces from the Berry Sweet Baby Shower.

Because we did several small tables at the restaurant where this party was held, I wanted to mix up the centerpiece designs so that the tables didn’t get too monotonous, and these worked perfectly for one of the 3 different styles… (more…)

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Chocolate Chip Cheesecake Cookie Cups

Chocolate Chip Cheesecake Recipe

When Natasha from That’s So Yummy offered up this guest post on Chocolate Chip Cheesecake Cookie Cups, how could I possible resist?!

Especially when accompanied by this description “…a chocolate chip cookie layered with creamy cheesecake mixture, then topped with fresh whipped cream and sprinkled with mini chocolate chips.Yum!

Chocolate Chip Cheesecake Recipe

Read on for the full recipe & step-by-step details from Natasha! (more…)

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REAL PARTIES: Night Owl PJ Club Party

Night Owl Pajama Slumber Party Ideas

Today’s Real Party feature comes from Jamie at Giggle Dust Parties and is just WAY TOO CUTE!

It’s a super-colorful “Night Owl Pajama Club” theme featuring tons of adorable details (like that ridiculously cute owl pillow from Target!), a sweet make-your-own sundae dessert bar, and a fabulous bedtime-inspired table and “Night Owl Clubhouse“… does this sound like a little girl’s dream party or what?!

Night Owl Pajama Slumber Party Ideas

Read on for all the fun details, as told by Jamie…

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{Guilt-Free} Strawberry Shortcake Recipe

low fat strawberry shortcake recipe

Even if your one of your new year’s resolutions is to eat healthier after indulging in too many rich holiday treats, that doesn’t mean you still can’t enjoy something sweet once in a while… especially when it comes from a book like Cook Yourself Thin Faster, which features “lightened up” versions of favorites like Tiramisú and Chocolate Cheesecake Cupcakes!

Read on for Cook Yourself Thin Faster‘s yummy Strawberry Shortcake recipe… less than 200 calories per serving and the perfect sweet treat for Valentine’s Day or bridal/baby showers!

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DIY Tutorial: Eco-Chic Bouquet Alternative

eco-chic bouquet alternative

This fabulous new DIY Tutorial comes from the ultra-creative Jesi of Jesi Haack Weddings and features clever “paper bag flowers” crafted from brown Trader Joe’s grocery bags.

While the paper flowers are cool on their own, they also look fabulous when mixed with a few tissue flowers and fresh flowers for an eco-chic wedding bouquet or party centerpiece. Read on for all the step-by-step details (with gorgeous images!), as told by Jesi(more…)

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Joseph Joseph: Innovative Kitchen Gadgets

Joseph Joseph Kitchen Tools

One of my New Year’s resolutions has been to clean out the kitchen and update our cooking tools & gadgets since a lot of the existing ones filling the drawers & cupboards are circa our wedding registry from 2000… and some how here we are a decade later in 2010!

Joseph Joseph has always been a personal favorite when it comes to contemporary kitchen & cooking products. While they’ve got everything from cool prep bowls & chopping boards to modern bread bins and salad servers, here’s a peek at 7 innovative kitchen gadgets specifically…

Joseph Joseph Kitchen Tools

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Compact Herb Chopper
a cutting surface and curved cutter all in one neat unit! ($25)
Fold Flat Gratera traditional box-style grater that folds flat for easy, space-saving storage ($20, available in green, white, red, & black)
Spaghetti Measureinnovative, compact pasta measuring tool that provides an adjustable portion guide for 1-4 servings ($7) (more…)

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