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Plan a romantic night in with these dinner for two recipes inspired by the flavors of India and the film, The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel.

How about a date night and an exotic vacation all rolled into one — without ever leaving the house? My husband and I recently enjoyed an afternoon getaway to India, featuring international food and decor from World Market, and inspired by the sweetly romantic comedy, “The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel.” All in the middle […]

Six Ways to Decorate with Personality

That’s so you! I love it when someone says that to me about something they think is perfect for my house or for me to wear. It means I’ve done a good job of defining my personal style and staying true to who I am and what I love. It may not be on trend […]

Gourmet Mac and Cheese with Bacon and Truffle Oil

I’ve told you before about my love affair with truffle oil! Well, today I’m sharing another recipe using truffle oil that is going to take your tastebuds on an adventure. And did I mention that this recipe is easy, kid-friendly and equally appropriate for a fancy dinner or for an on-the-go lunch? Yummy bacon truffle […]

Avoid costly decorating mistakes with this by-the-numbers guide to choosing the right chandelier for every room and space in your home. Learn how to figure out what size chandelier you need for your room, plus formulas for how high to hang lights over dining tables, nightstands, beds and more. Learn about the right size chandeliers for your ceilings and square footage. You'll also learn how to figure out if a fixture will put out enough light for the room.

As a lifelong blonde, I don’t really believe in “blonde moments.” But if such a thing exists, this definitely qualifies. Last year, as part of my day job, I wrote a consumer guide for a lighting company all about how to choose the right chandelier for your space. Since I was redecorating my office at […]

Seriously...the best salad ever - a make-at-home version of the world famous Columbia Restaurant 1905 Salad. It is a garlic and olive lover's delight. and so easy to make.

When we were newlyweds, I tagged along with Bruce on a business trip to St. Petersburg, Fla. We had an amazing, romantic meal at the Columbia Restaurant on the pier, but what I remember most is the salad. No fancy greens, just old-school iceberg lettuce, ripe tomatoes, Spanish olives, ham, cheese and a kicking homemade […]

Champagne Red Velvet Cupcakes with Champagne Frosting

Come quickly! I am drinking the stars. So Dom Pérignon exclaimed centuries ago when he first tasted champagne, if you believe the legend. I can’t think of a more evocative way to describe how a sip of champagne tastes — so sparkly, light and magical. Out of this world. Like these adorable star-studded mini red […]

Learn how to make a faux pallet wood sign using foam sheets , paint and other materials. You can get the same look as wood but without the weight or having to use power tools.

Remember last week when I shared my Valentine’s Day vignette and the love story of how my husband and I first met? You may have spied the typography heart artwork and thought it was made from pallet wood. But it’s not! No power tools were required in the making of this sign! Just craft supplies! […]

Celebrate like the stars with these Oscar party ideas featuring food and decor from World Market. This Oscars party is all about glitz and glamour with a menu modeled after Wolfgang Puck's annual Governors Ball for the Academy Awards.

I have always dreamed of being a part of Hollywood’s biggest night… Flash bulbs popping, I make my way down the Red Carpet in my vintage Valentino dress, Louboutin stilettos and borrowed Harry Winston jewels, arm in arm with Hugh Jackman. Hey, a gal can dream… Since the Academy hasn’t sent me a ticket for the […]

Host a The Boxtrolls family movie night. Make this "buggy" popcorn snack mix using Pop Secret and your favorite candy and pretend you're one of The Boxtrolls. Click for more family movie night ideas.

This post is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group® and Universal Pictures, but all my opinions are my own. #pmedia #BoxtrollsFamilyNite http://my-disclosur.es/OBsstV Read my full disclosure policy here. We love a family movie night! We try to schedule one every weekend, because it’s one of the many fun ways […]

Know a kid who is Minecraft obsessed? They'll love these simple, free printable Minecraft Valentines. Click here to print your own. Add a Perler bead heart to make them even better!

Valentine’s Day is very tricky business when you’re an 8-year-old boy. You absolutely do not want want the word “love” appearing anywhere on the card in case some little girl gets the wrong idea. And any old Valentine card won’t do. Only a few themes are cool enough for second graders! Minecraft is at the […]