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A Romantic Dinner at a Serious Discount - Restaurant.com

For many, going out for a romantic dinner on Valentine’s Day is a tradition but, what about if you made it a date night every month? Or even every week?

I am not talking about a steak’n cheese burrito at Carls Jr, but a wonderful meal with that special ambiance at perhaps your favorite dining establishment. No way you say? Well, if you go to…

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Added by Audreyvp on January 29, 2011 at 1:44pm — No Comments

Sealed With Your Kiss Portrait

Personalized gifts are always popular. But dna11.com takes it to the next level as they use a person’s DNA, finger prints and kiss prints to create VERY unique artwork.

Just as we loved the DNA portraits we mentioned in our…

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Added by Audreyvp on January 28, 2011 at 3:27pm — No Comments

5 Love Languages

With Valentine’s Day around the corner and references to the celebration of love and romance to be seen everywhere, I thought that it was timely to finally read this book that has been – repeatedly – recommended over the years. Before I had my two youngest daughters, a girlfriend mentioned the “must read”…

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Added by Audreyvp on January 28, 2011 at 2:50pm — No Comments

LittleMissMatched Socks - Solution for the Sock Lost in the Wash

Over the holidays my family went to Downtown Disney, a street of restaurants and shops that links Disneyland, the Disneyland Resort and California Adventure Park, to have lunch. While we were walking around my daughters noticed a store, LittleMissMatched that featured vibrant socks in the window and asked if they could go in. Why not? They can always use more socks, their sock drawer being… Continue

Added by Audreyvp on January 28, 2011 at 12:08pm — No Comments

Alexa Meade - A New Perspective to Portraiture

Every now and then comes along an artist that offers a really new perspective. Alexa Meade, all of 23 years old and not even officially trained in art, is one such remarkable person. And when we…

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Added by Audreyvp on January 27, 2011 at 8:28pm — No Comments

Getting to College - Your Parental Role

There is no doubt that the transition from high school to college is a journey for both you and your teen. The magnitude of the move from 24/7 parent to empty-nester is not to be taken lightly, but your focus must be on helping your child in their journey. For many parents this requires a step back to allow your teen to explore their own needs and desires and take ownership of the process. But being involved without controlling the process can be a challenge.

Please help find original source for this image! What…

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Added by Audreyvp on January 27, 2011 at 7:43pm — No Comments

Dinner is Done! Meal Assembly Kitchens

The meal prep/assembly shop concept has been around for a while. But I had personally never experienced it before. Why would I, I thought? Our family understands the value of family dinners and we do all sit down to dine together at least 4 times a week. And I know how to cook and – most of the time – enjoy it. Why would I ever need a meal prep service?…

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Added by Audreyvp on January 18, 2011 at 6:56pm — No Comments

Free Digital Magazines

We know that the advent of electronic reading devices has put a serious dent on the publishing business. Newspapers, magazines, book publishers, bookstores are dropping like flies. It was shocking at first. But, typical of catalytic cycles, we will evolve our habits with the new technologies.

Arising out of the publishing ashes is the next evolution of magazines: the independent digital mags. Where publishing was previously reserved for the elite few, it is now open to most anyone.…

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Added by Audreyvp on January 18, 2011 at 6:16pm — No Comments

Fruit and Veggie Saver - Eco-Friendly and Cost Effective

I am not a big proponent on New Year’s resolutions but I must say that I did make one for this year. My biggest pet peeve is wasted food (ask any of my children) and my biggest nemesis is the veggie and fruit drawer in my fridge.

We have written about …

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Added by Audreyvp on January 15, 2011 at 4:59pm — No Comments

Web Safety for Your Kids

There is no fighting it… Our kids jump online as soon as they can, signing up for Facebook, MySpace accounts and to countless other sites unknown to us adults.  And of course, as parents, this raises legitimate concerns for cyberbullying, sexting, and other inappropriate or potentially unsafe behavior our kids might – unwittingly – exhibit while using their electronic…

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Added by Audreyvp on January 15, 2011 at 4:57pm — No Comments

Eikorn, A Grain to Get to Know



Now that the holidays (and food-related excesses) are behind us, it’s time to focus on our health. More than a few of us have an “Eating Clean” resolution on our agenda this year. Which is why it’s completely apropos to introduce you to Einkorn wheat, an ancient species of hulled wheat. Einkorn, which ISN’T corn (translates precisely to…

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Added by Audreyvp on January 11, 2011 at 6:59pm — No Comments

This is Not the Career I Ordered



I became a Social Worker right after I graduated from University.  When my husband was first transferred to the States, I had lots of time one my hands so I decided to try yoga. After my first yoga class I was hooked and became immersed in the yoga community to a point where I was offered a job and soon worked my way up to a senior position at a large yoga…

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Added by Audreyvp on January 10, 2011 at 3:17pm — No Comments

Christmas Morning - Over night Chelsea Buns

As with all families, our Christmas morning’s agenda is all about opening presents and pulling fun gifts and treats out of stockings. But before that even happens, everyone needs to hold tight until the coffee and hot chocolate drinks are made and, more importantly, that the Chelsea Buns (our Christmas morning tradition) are baked. We nibble on these wonderfully gooey, decadent Chelsea Buns that I have prepared the night and just popped in the oven that morning.  They are sooooo easy to make…

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Added by Audreyvp on December 20, 2010 at 2:54pm — No Comments

Gift Guide for the Impossible to Buy For

Where do you start with these folks? They already have everything, they don’t want anything, they’re difficult and picky… We have some in our family too. What to do? Ignoring them is not a sensible option, whether the “impossible” person in question is the mother-in-law or the boss. So, then, we thought that these types should probably be receiving virtual gifts. No, not a virtual Facebook cupcake, but rather something that…
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Added by Audreyvp on December 16, 2010 at 1:00pm — No Comments

Free Shipping Day on December 17, 2010

This is the third annual Free Shipping Day. It’s an online event where a 1000+ merchants offer free shipping for a delivery by Christmas eve. It’s a “universal” one day agreement by some of the top (and some serious favorite) online merchants around. This year…

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Added by Audreyvp on December 15, 2010 at 12:26pm — No Comments

Gift Guide for Pets

As animal lovers we must, bien sûr, propose a gift guide for (wo)man’s best friends. For all the unconditional love and comfort that they provide us, we think they deserve their holiday treats too.

Here then are some great finds that Fido and Fluffy are going to love (well, the owners will…

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Added by Audreyvp on December 14, 2010 at 2:51pm — No Comments

Gift Guide for Women

Are women hard to buy for? We certainly don’t think so.

Gentlemen, listen up! Know that we always love a little – relative term – bling (check out our compelling Jewelry Gift Guide! ), and should you need further inspiration, here are some other great gift ideas that any woman would love to receive. We could almost offer a…

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Added by Audreyvp on December 13, 2010 at 2:59pm — No Comments

Gift Guide for the Family

There are moments when it’s most appropriate (and simple) to give a single but thoughtful gift to the family rather than to each individual member. Perhaps the gift is from one family to another, or it’s to say…

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Added by Audreyvp on December 8, 2010 at 11:28am — No Comments

Holiday Windows 2010

What better way to get in the holiday spirit than witnessing the extravagant window displays put up by the fancy schmancy retailers. I love this type of assault on my visual sense. Oh, where to look next……

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Added by Audreyvp on December 7, 2010 at 1:27pm — No Comments

Gift Guide for the Men

If the men in your life (husband, boyfriend, dad, brother, older son…) are anything like mine, I know that I can forget about getting a Christmas list from them. After 24 years of marriage I have finally stopped asking for one…

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Added by Audreyvp on December 7, 2010 at 12:17pm — No Comments

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