Ninja Coffee Bar: Recipe + Giveaway!-15800

Ninja Coffee Bar: Recipe + Giveaway!

This post was created in partnership with Ninja Coffee Bar® System. I received complimentary products and compensation to facilitate my review, but all opinions within are my own. There are things in life that are a given. The sun will rise with the new day. The wind will rustle the fallen leaves. You will be in dire need of caffeine on Christmas morning. The things that no one questions. So relish in this eternal knowledge by making that cup of caffeine the best, most lavish cup you’ve ever had. How will you accomplish this, you ask? With the new Ninja Coffee Bar® …

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Classic Cookbooks

Being a successful food blogger during the holiday season is a blessing and a curse. On the one hand, I am one of the first to know about new food products out on the market and thus can offer up some pretty unique gift ideas. On the other hand, everyone and their mothers (literally) expects that if they receive a present from me, its going to be an amazing, brand-spanking-new kitchen appliance. Don’t deny it, friends and family! I have seen the disappointed smile when you unwrap the box of bubble bath I thoughtfully purchased for you. Or the faked “oh yay, a …

How to Throw a Wine Tasting Party-15688

How to Throw a Wine Tasting Party

Special thanks to Coravin for sponsoring this post! We have all been there. The last party guest has just left the house and you finally have a chance to quickly clean up before you knock out for the night. As you walk through the living room picking up used napkins, dirty appetizer plates, and empty glasses, you come across the dreaded half-drunk bottle of wine. You sigh and silently pray that it is the only one. But then you go into the kitchen. Your prayers were for naught. Not only are there 3 half-empty wine bottles on the counter, there …

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Celebrate Everything

  My job as a food writer and stylist has more perks than just getting to taste-test my subjects. From dinner with Giada de Laurentiis to talking rustic pies with Curtis Stone, I get to hang out with some pretty cool people. And one person I am thrilled to constantly cross paths with is Darcy Miller. If you’re a die-hard Martha Stewart fan, then you know exactly who Darcy is. The founding editor of Martha Stewart Weddings, her creative genius and amazing ability to put together a killer party has catapulted her into goddess status. Seriously, Google her… you won’t be …

The Vintage Suitcase-15215

The Vintage Suitcase

Vintage collectors hold these truths to be self-evident… that all vintage is created superbly. Yes, if you’re a vintage collector then you know that ‘back in the day’ things were often just made better than they are now. Better quality, better craftsmanship, better longevity. That is why I personally prefer an antique mall over a neighborhood mall. The items pre-1970 were made to last and you get more bang for you buck. Plus, vintage items always just look really cool. I’m superficial when it comes to looks, so sue me. That’s why my heart jumped out of my chest when I …

Foodie Gifts with a Conscience-14894

Foodie Gifts with a Conscience

You know that exhilarating moment right before your open a gift? Oh, the promise! Oh, the anticipation! Oh, the excitement! That is until you actually open the gift and it is a green tie-died scarf your friend clearly picked out of the clearance rack. You smile half-heartedly in the best attempt at enthusiasm you can muster, and quickly shuffle the gifted monstrosity to the side. Well my friends, I am on a quest to rid the world of horrifying gifts and I will do this by revealing to you my most coveted secret gifting weapon… UncommonGoods. Oh yes. If you …

Crisp Summer Kitchen Renovation-13734

Crisp Summer Kitchen Renovation

Summer design is synonymous with beachy style. And if you Google “Summer Interior Design”, you’ll get a plethora of turquoise walls, starfish decor, and linen couches. This is a tried and true coastal style, but I wanted to highlight a more simplistic, subtle way to incorporate a warm-weather feel into your interiors. The husband and wife team of Kennedy Development recently renovated this home to give it a coastal feel. So let’s walk through this crisp design and analyze what makes it coastal, shall we? When initially looking at the kitchen, it clearly has a summery ambiance but the reasons aren’t …

LG Limitless Design Contest with HGTV-12408

LG Limitless Design Contest with HGTV

  There’s one thing that has always held true with kitchen design – functionality is just as important as style.  Often the former dictates the latter, but with the ever increasingly competitive housing market, style is leveling the playing field.  Consumers are demanding more stylish appliances with the functionality of a professional grade kitchen.  To which I say, finally!  You shouldn’t have to sacrifice either category to achieve your dream home.  That’s why we are loving LG’s new line of Black Stainless Steel Appliances. Everyone and their mother’s (literally) demand that an updated kitchen feature stainless steel.  Stainless steel oven.  Stainless …