Monday, January 14, 2013

It pays to plan ahead!

Book your trip to Maui now and save hundreds of dollars!  Think about flying to Maui November 17th-21st or December 1st-5th.  Both sample trips on Alaska Airlines are $412.00-$434.00 per person.  The trick is to plan your trips about a year out and travel Sunday through Thursday.  You can get better hotel deals as well because most people check out of hotels on Sunday.  You'll beat the crowds and save a ton of money!!!

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Friday, November 23, 2012

Non-Toxic, Color-Safe Bleach!

Afraid to use bleach on your delicates, new sheets, or in your household because it's too harsh? Try The Laundress All-Purpose Bleach Alternative. It safely brightens everything in your home. Safe on colors, it's non-toxic, non-abrasive and environmentally friendly.  Buy it online or pick it up at Bloomingdales in the home department :)

The Laundress All Purpose Bleach Alternative

Monday, November 5, 2012

Organization is Key

Shop best-selling elfa closet and home solutions.

We all know how amazing the Container Store is, but here are a few things you may not know they offer:

  • Free closet design.  You can call to make an appointment and all they need are the measurements of your closet.  They digitally design your space depending on your needs and budget.  You can choose the finishes and accessories.  The shelves are removable so you can always reconfigure the space (something uncommon for most customized closet design).  Let them design your master closet or even office space!
  • Cord control.  Cord Control contains all your cable wires/cords and extension cords in a sleek little box.  Use it in your office or under your cable box.
  • Large white bins.  Unlike the traditional black or silver plastic containers for storage in your garage, they brighten up the space.  You can even purchase plastic sticky labels that can be written on with a dry-erase marker.  If everything has a labeled home, there's definitely a higher chance it will get put away!

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Blogs I Love: Shop Sweet Things

At the moment, I'm loving the blog Shop Sweet Things.  With the holidays right around the corner, I'm on the prowl for fun, original gift ideas for family and friends, and Shop Sweet Things is a wonderful resource.  I especially enjoy the "Sweet Things Under $20" feature.  Can I help it if I see a few things for myself?

I've been hunting for a new iPhone cover and, lucky me, I found a post entitled, "16 Eye-Candy Cases to Dress-Up Your New iPhone 5."  OK, so I still have an iPhone 4, but I'm sure I can find iPhone 4 versions of at least a few of these adorable cases.  My favorite is the striped iPhone case that can be found on Etsy.

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Style Me Pretty Launches New E-Magazine

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Check out Style Me Pretty's new e-magazine! Style Me Pretty is a fantastic blog for brides-to-be, which features photos from real weddings, ideas for DIY wedding projects, and an extensive bridal fashion guide.  The introduction of the e-magazine adds yet another resource for wedding inspiration.

So often bridal magazines recycle the same content month after month, and fill the pages with more adds than articles.  What I love about Style Me Pretty (both the blog and the e-magazine) is that the focus is on beautiful new images any bride can use as inspiration.  Even if you're not planning a wedding, try translating some of the great ideas into your next event.

Monday, October 22, 2012

The Most Amazing Chocolate Chip Cookie is Worth the Wait!

A few years ago, the New York Times published what is, hands down, the best chocolate chip cookie recipe I have ever tried.  The key to executing this recipe is to let the dough rest for approximately 36 hours prior to baking.  The author of the article, who adapted the recipe from Jacques Torres, explains that this allows the dough to soak up the liquid and achieve a better consistency and a richer, more sophisticated taste. 

Dont let the recipe intimidate you.  It is not any more difficult than the typical cookie recipe.  The main challenge for the cook is waiting patiently for a few days--which is well worth it!  Although the recipe calls for bread flour and cake flour, I used all purpose flour.  I also substituted regular chocolate chips for the chocolate disks.  And I don't have a mixer with a paddle attachment, so I just used a standard hand mixer.  Clearly the key factor is to achieve the full restimg time, rather than follow the minutia of the instructions.  Keep reading for the best cookie recipe ever!

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Best in the West

Sunset Magazine recently released its picks for the West's best local food shops, and several San Diego shops made the list!

Homegrown Meats in La Jolla offers grass fed beef raised in the Palomar Mountains.  Happy cows indeed!

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Sugar and Scribe Bakery in Pacific Beach makes scrumptious desserts, while Catalina Offshore Products' offerings include fish caught in local waters.

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