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December 16, 2014

GIFTS FOR HIM: The Professional

You love to watch him move around in his suit while he gets ready for the office, why not pick up a few more swoon-worthy items for you to stare at? Here are 16 perfect gifts for the professional male in your life!

December 09, 2014

15 Holiday Cookie Recipes To Try


It's cookie exchange seasonnnnnnnn! Some of the best memories that I have from the holiday season stem from the nights at home making cookies and sipping on a little vino with friends. It's not only a delicious evening, but a bonding experience to have with your loved ones. Put on some Christmas music, crack open that Chardonnay, and get to baking!

Check out 15 Holiday Cookie Recipes To Make
by Mel at

December 08, 2014


We all have that one person in our friend group who acts as the "mommy" or "daddy" figure. The one who is always hosting dinner parties, or Sunday Football at their place, and really knows how to get the group together. Here are 16 perfect gifts for the entertainer in your life!

December 05, 2014


For another installment in our gift-giving series, here are 16 perfect gifts for the chef in your life!
Also see: GIFT FOR HIM: Under $50 | GIFTS FOR HER: Under $50 | Last Minute DIY Gift Ideas

December 04, 2014

Waking up with Lavazza Coffee

What's better - a freshly brewed cup of coffee in the morning, or a freshly brewed cup of coffee in the morning? We'll settle that for you - it's most definitely a freshly brewed cup of coffee in the morning.

If you're not familiar with Lavazza Coffee, we're about to get you two very well acquainted. We had the opportunity to try out their new line of coffee blends, and be introduced to it in a very lavish, unique way!

Yup..that's me up there, being woken up by my super fancy Nexus 7 (thanks Lavazza!), that was in disguise as a special Lavazza alarm clock, to which I was then serenaded by a handsome Italian man, Mr. Buongiorno himself, who then proceeded to make me a cup of coffee. ALL THE WAY IN ITALY. Talk about a #buongiorno! 

We chatted, spoke about Milan, how I've never been there, and how I'm clearly missing out on life. A greeting from Mr. Buongiorno was a great way to start to start my day, and I'm so happy that I had the chance to experience that! The detail Lavazza put into their presentation was outstanding, and that sort of passion just reflects onto their product. Take a look at a few of the flavors we got to try:

  • Gran SelezioneGran Selezione comes exclusively from Rainforest Alliance Certified™ coffee farms. It is a premium Arabica blend, sourced from Central and South America, with chocolate undertones and a full-bodied taste. 100% fine Arabica, 100% sustainably grown.
  • Gran Aroma: Gran Aroma is a balanced, highly aromatic blend of premium 100% Arabica beans from South America. It has a floral aroma and citrusy flavor profile, ideal for the true coffee connoisseur.
  • ClassicoClassico’s balanced roast time produces its signature intense aroma of dried fruits, along with the rich and full body of beans sourced from South America and Africa. Enjoy this blend as part of your everyday coffee ritual.
  • Perfetto: Made from 100% carefully selected Arabica beans from Central and South America, Perfetto is bold with lingering caramel notes. It is roasted a bit longer to produce a “perfect” and characteristically Italian dark flavor profile. The ideal choice for those who love the pure pleasure of espresso roasts.

If you have a coffee lover in your life, I highly recommend checking out Lavazza products for all your gift-giving needs this holiday season. Maybe pick up a shiny new Keurig to go along with the new K-cups? Just sayin'.

Overall, we highly enjoyed our Lavazza experience, and can't stress enough how wonderful of a brand they truly are! Buongiorno!

December 02, 2014

Reese's Peanut Butter & Pumpkin Brownies

We are doing the brownie thing today, friends. For the next 30 days, you're only allowed to eat chocolatey things. Preferably if they have other chocolatey things stuffed inside of them. Like, maybe Reese's peanut butter cups?

No - definitely Reese's peanut butter cups. And maybe keep the recipe simple, only needing 3 or so ingredients to whip it together? Where would we be able to find such a recipe?