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What’s coming along with me as we hit the road…


The Weather Channel~ Garden Party Inspiration

Planning a garden party is difficult, even for experts. For amateur party planners, it’s that much harder. If you’re planning an outdoor fete of your own, we’ve rounded up some of the best inspiration looks to get you started. Take baby showers. They present a unique challenge: should the design be cutesy or elegant? Valerie […]


Santa Barbara Skinny~ Tips for Elegant & Enjoyable Entertaining

Santa Barbara Weekend Guide Friday, March 14, 2014 What:   Home Entertaining 101 Where:   Jenni Kayne Home, 525 San Ysidro Rd. When:   Friday, March 14, 11am Why:   Join lifestyle blogger Valerie Rice for tips on easy, elegant and enjoyable entertaining. How:   Unleash your inner hostess with the mostess. What’ll It Cost Me:  Free to attend. Receive […]


Pretty Pink Tulips~ Happy Valentines Day

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 14, 2014 Happy Valentine’s Day! Oh boy. This week did not go at all as planned. Breakdowns (the dishwasher and the boiler, not me), more snow, weather delays, airport hassles…..but, it’s finally the weekend. And, Valentine’s Day! My first choice for this Hallmark holiday is to be at home in front of a fire. That’s not […]


Sugar Loco~ Valentines Day Recipes

VALENTINES DAY RECICPES: CHOCOLATE DIPPED STRAWBERRIES @EATDRINKGARDEN Simple Treat: Chocolate Dipped Strawberries by Valerie Rice of Eat, Drink, Garden   See full article here: http://www.sugarloco.com/2014/02/valentines-day-recicpes-chocolate-dipped-strawberries-eatdrinkgarden/