If you appreciate a good glass of wine, but are somewhat lost when it comes to anything wine-related other than how your tastebuds are reacting to the current glass in your hand, there’s a great article from Sunset Magazine that is definitely worth checking out. In "Taste Wine Like a Pro ", Sunset wine editor […]

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Speaking of wine…wine tasting parties are always a fun excuse to entertain – and great activity ideas for holiday or bachelorette/girls’ night parties. Throwing a wine tasting party is easier than ever these days – with ready-made wine tasting kits you can have delivered straight to your door. For example, this "Tasting Party Time " […]

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One of the great things about the start of a new year? Some of the exact same products you lusted after in 2007 just might have a shiny new {a.k.a. "lower "} price tag in 2008! There are tons of great sales going on right now; here are some of my favorite price-slashed picks from […]

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Looking for a yummy signature drink recipe that’s fun for everyone? Virgin daiquiris and fruit smoothies are great options for get-togethers such as baby showers, kids parties, brunches, spa parties, or anytime you want to offer guests a festive beverage, sans the alcohol. Serve the drinks in fun glasses, garnish them just like a cocktail, […]

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Jazz up your midnight toast this year with some festive, toast-worthy recipes from cocktailtimes.com: Lava Lamp Cocktail Junior Lava Lamp (Non-Alcoholic) Rising Star and this extremely yummy-looking Blackberry Bellini *All recipes above except for the Junior Lava Lamp are champagne-based. To create mocktail versions of champagne-based cocktails, substitute ginger ale or lemon-lime soda for the […]

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In case you’re looking for some last-minute holiday recipe inspiration, here are some tempting treats from Everyday with Rachael Ray…{clockwise from top left} Saffron Scallops, Italian Cheesecake, Caramel Tower, and a new way to enjoy your pecan pie – a Pecan Pie Martini!

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I stumbled on some wonderful holiday inspiration in the most unexpected place the other day – my grocery store’s website! I was trying to figure out if something I needed was sold at a regular grocery store, so I went to the VONS website, spotted a little section called “Inspired Holidays“, clicked on it, and […]

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Another sweet treat to tempt your tummy…the always-irresistible Peppermint Bark, plus very pretty treat packaging ideas from Martha Stewart.

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How cute are these Holiday Icebox Cookies from Martha Stewart? I’m loving the fun colors and mod circles… You’d seriously be the star of your holiday cookie exchange if you arrived with these in-hand! And you could actually customize this idea for any occasion – Valentine’s Day, Halloween, 4th of July…sky’s the limit! Click here […]

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Festive & affordable holiday cocktail party favorites…all from C&B: samovaari paper plates and napkins , dizzy cocktail glass (only $3 each!), snowflake picks , snowflake spoons , shiny red bottle stopper , red foil wine & dine .

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These adorable chocolate cat & dog truffles are almost too cute to eat! They’d make a darling hostess gift or stocking stuffer for pet lovers! $15/set of 4 at Williams-Sonoma.com. {via cool hunting}

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Red Envelope is a popular online company that’s known for their wide array of great gift ideas for pretty much any occasion…each of which comes with it’s own cool little story for a more personal touch. I’ve definitely sent my share of their signature red boxes to friends and family – and received them as […]

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Violet.com – one of my favorite online shops for gift ideas – gives you a shopping experience that’s almost as cool as the stylish products they feature! You can shop by Occasion, Recipient, or Category – and in addition to beautiful imagery, you’ll find fun, clever sub-categories to browse through – such as the "She’s […]

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Getting excited for Thursday… and these pumpkin treats are looking especially good! Pumpkin Swirl Cheesecake and Pumpkin Whoopie Pies from rachaelraymag.com.

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Inspirational images of the week…adorably creative cupcakes from the hello naomi cupcakes and cookies flickr gallery. Several more designs pictured in the collection – including super-cute Super Mario Brothers themed cupcakes !

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A few tempting signature drink ideas for your Thanksgiving Soriee, featuring some very Thanksgiving-appropriate ingredients… • Pumpkin Pie – features Kahlua, Malibu Rum, Milk, Cinnamon, and Pumpkin Pie Filling {recipe via cocktailtimes.com – see below for our modified version}• Gingersnap cocktail – features spiced rum, ginger brandy, eggnog, and a gingersnap cookie! {recipe via thebar.com}• […]

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{pictured above} Blue Cheese Ricotta Dip and Mummy Dogs from bhg.com, and Pumpkin French 75 and Blackberry Widow cocktails from cocktailtimes.com.

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Yayoi Brown’s obento creations are nothing short of amazing! A few favorites pictured below… click here to view even more of her inspiring designs… {via PoshCravings}

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…and speaking of InStyle Weddings, there are some great articles in the new Fall issue with lots of inspiring ideas. I’m especially loving these creative cakes from their 25 Great Cakes article, which you can also view online!

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Happy October! Halloween is coming! Here are some fun ready-made treats and themed recipes to help put you in the spirit… Pumpkin Chocolate-Chip Cookies from Michael’s Cookies… Cute, cool & creepy halloween recipes from Martha Stewart: Ladies’ Fingers , Chocolate Cupcakes with Orange Sprinkles , Ghoulish Petite Fours , and Tombstone Cupcakes …

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