Some people enjoy fine wine, but that’s an expensive hobby. Gourmet tea is an affordable luxury. You can travel the world through your tea cup by sampling teas from China, India, Africa and South America as well as unique herbal teas (tisanes). When I lived in Boston, I was a regular customer at TeaLuxe, and I frequently shop at Teavana. Recently I’ve become a fan of the Language of the Leaf’s gourmet teas after meeting their owner Neeta Khanna who sent me a wide variety of her teas to sample. Neeta gave me some free samples, but I’ve since become a paying customer.
Summer means days at the beach, picnics, playdates at the park and outdoor concerts and fireworks displays. Unless you enjoy sitting on the grass, it’s helpful to have a blanket handy. The folks at Vat19 sent me a Tuffo Outdoor Waterproof Blanket to review.
The top cover is soft enough for a baby, and the cushioned-blanket is big enough to accommodate a family of four. The waterproof nylon underside keeps you dry even when the ground is wet. It’s easy to wipe the bottom clean with a damp cloth after use. If you prefer, just toss the blanket into the laundry for a thorough wash.
My uber-creative friend Martie made these adorable and affordable pumpkin people decorations. Visit her blog to learn how to make pumpkin people. Martie is the party and entertaining expert on MSN, but she’s no Martha Stewart. Her ideas are meant to be affordable and easy for normal people to do. For a recent party, Martie […]
When you have children, you make certain sacrifices. And of course when you look into those smiling faces, it is all worthwhile. But when you watch others sipping cosmos at a cocktail party or mint julips on Derby Day, perhaps you feel the slightest bit jealous? And very thirsty…parched even? When I was pregnant with […]
Guests at my baby shower were oowing ahhing over the diaper cake centerpiece from Diaper Cakewalk. I received the Blue Caramel Diaper Cake (pictured), which perfectly coordinated with the blue and chocolate invitations and decorations selected by the shower hosts. I’ve purchased diaper cakes as presents for other baby showers in the past, so I could recognize the superior quality […]
Easter is early this year. Even if the weather is chilly, you can still throw a great Easter Egg Hunt Party using these tips from my friend Martie Duncan. I can’t wait to make the Marshmallow Peeps Cake (check out Martie’s article for more info). What a great decoration. I know Peeps are unhealthy and full […]
Tired of being supermom? Miss hanging out with your girlfriends? Instead of going out on the town, indulge in your favorite guilty pleasures during a Girls’ Night-In party. Party-expert Martie Duncan gives tips for planning the perfect, no-fuss Girls’ Night-In Party in her new series at MSN. You can serve everything from doughnuts and candy […]
When I was in college, I often threw fun, no-fuss parties. After graduation, entertaining grew more time-consuming….and more expensive. I would spend hours in the kitchen making recipes from Martha Stewart and Bon Appetit, worry about my wine selection, and completely stress myself out in an attempt to throw the perfect party. As a result, […]
Here are some of our favorite places to shop for Halloween! Click here for a full list of our Halloween Shopping Partners and don’t forget to check out our most recent Halloween Coupons, Promotions, and Deals in Mamanista’s Coupons for discounts and specials at many of these stores. Halloween Costumes, Accessories, Decorations and More: HalfPriceCostumes.com […]
Whether you have a room full of little gremlins, or your hosting a slightly older gathering of ghouls, Fun Halloween Games are a great way to break the ice. You get 50 printable Halloween, Harvest, and Thanksgiving games for $17.95 and you can print as many copies as you like. The games include picture matches […]