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Parenting

Why I’m Letting My Kids Be Bored This Summer

I’m kind of a procrastinator when it comes to planning my kids’ summer breaks. Each year I tell myself I’ll schedule a variety of camps that will enrich and entertain them while occupying all their free time. Giving them lasting memories of a summer spent doing fun scheduled activities so no one utters the words […]

DIY Holiday Crafts

10 DIYs That Will Take Your Barbecue To The Next Level

Ready or not, summer has arrived… and with it comes barbecue season. Outdoor parties are a great way to celebrate the season with friends and family, and they also provide the perfect excuse to do some fun craft projects. While barbecues are usually casual affairs, that doesn’t mean that you can’t add a few unique […]

Your Pregnancy

What Is a Doula and Should You Hire One?

During my first pregnancy, I was nervous about what would happen to my body and how painful labor would actually be. You could say that I had some first-time jitters about the whole experience and so my mother suggested that I hire a doula. I had no idea what a doula was at the time […]

Food

Labor Day Wine Picks

Labor Day weekend is filled with sunshine, family and friends. It marks the end of summer and the beginning of fall and school, which as a mother, makes me smile.

Food

Pierre Sparr Cremant d’Alsace Reserve Brut Rose Review

One of the perks of attending school to become a Sommelier is having the opportunity to try so many different wines from all over the world.Last week we began our study of French wines, starting with the Alsace region. The Alsace region of France is right on the border of Germany and is mostly known […]

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Mark West Pinot Review

Finding a decent, inexpensive Pinot Noir is not easy. Believe me, I have tried plenty.Many inexpensive Pinot Noir wines are too fruity and don’t have those earthy undertones that I love so much. For me, a Pinot needs to be medium-bodied, smooth, and earthy with a slight spicy kick at the finish.One of my favorite […]

Food

Delicious Italian Wine Blend: Allegrini Palazzo della Torre

I absolutely love trying new wines and then of course sharing them with you.I recently had the most delicious Italian blend at my favorite wine bar: 2007 Allegrini Palazzo della Torre. It was so delectable that I went out and bought another bottle at BevMo just so I could drink more and write about it.The […]

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Wine: The Ultimate Hostess Gift

As we approach the holiday season, I start to explore, purchase and of course taste new wines.I especially enjoy sharing great wine discoveries this time of year. Tis’ the season for family and friend get-togethers! My favorite gift to bring over to the hostess of a party is a bottle of wine. It’s a nice […]

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Favorite Online Sites To Purchase Wine

If you are like me, shopping online is sometimes the only shopping you have time for. Not only do I shop for my household and family necessities online, I also shop for wine online. There are fantastic deals out there on all types of wines.BevMo.com: Since I live in California, BevMo is one of my favorite […]