Fab Find: Pier 1 Import’s Tasting Party (The Sequel)

Oh Pier 1, you’ve done it again! Back in March i featured Pier 1’s “Mini Tasting Party Collection”.  (Click here to revisit my “Mini Tasting Party Collection” post).

Today’s fab find is a continuation of the Pier 1’s “Tasting Party” series.  There are so many fun items to choose from items like the porcelain bowls, mini trifle bowl sets, and the glass platters you’d serve them on.

The collection ranges anywhere from $3.50 to $24.95.

The Tasting Party gives your guests the opportunity to try a little of everything, while giving your party a classic feel.

I absolutely love this collection and i’m very curious to hear your thoughts on these Pier 1 products.  Feel free to comment below!

Check out Pier 1 Imports for more home goodness and be sure to follow them on twitter @Pier1Imports!

Happy Wednesday!

- J

Dinner Made Simple: Kraft Fresh Takes & Sizzling Salads

Dinner Made Simple:

Kraft Fresh Takes & Sizzling Salad Products

I’m always looking for great recipes that aren’t to time-consuming during the week.   Kraft’s new line of dinner kits helps make dinner a little easier.

Kraft Foods came out with 2 new products guaranteed to provide a quick and easy dinner that tastes great.

Fresh Takes

Kraft Fresh Takes ($3.99)

The Italian Parmesan Breadcrumb Mix is a hit in my household.  This “set it and forget it” recipe is perfect for dinner after a long day at work or school.  Kraft Fresh Takes comes in a bunch of flavors like Rosemary and Roasted Garlic, Southwest Three Cheese, and Cheddar Jack and Bacon. (Recipes available for chop meat as well).

Take one of the Fresh Take breadcrumb mixes and rip the bag the crumbs come in accordingly.  Mix the breadcrumbs with the cheese, shake until all the ingredients ae mixed well.  Take 4 pieces of chicken, one by one placing in the breadcrumb and shaking until the chicken (or fish) is coated.  The cooking time varies on what you are using the breadcrumb mix with.  Bake as directed.

sizzling saladsKraft Sizzling Salad ($4.19)

Kraft Sizzling Salads are the perfect way of infusing flavor into a healthy dinner.  Simply cook 4 chicken breasts on each side for 4-5 mins.  Make sure they are cooked through.  Turn heat down low and add 2 tablespoons of the sauce, heat on low for 1 min.

separately, take salad and mix with the salad dressing.

Perfect with italian or wheat bread.

Below are the nutritional value for the Fresh Takes (Italian Parmesan Recipe) and the Sizzling Salad (Tuscan Chicken)

(Italian Parmesan Dinner Kit)

(Tuscan Chicken) 

Have you ever or plan on trying any of these Kraft products?  All comments welcome below!

For more info on these and other Kraft products, head to Kraft.com.

Happy Dining!


Fab Finds: All Things Baking Edition

Fab Finds: The Baking Edition

(This post is dedicated to the fabulous bakers of WordPress)

Snow White Cupcake Decorating Kit, William Sonoma, $12.95

Snow White

Tea Cake Pan, Chef Central, $24.99

Tea Cake

Little Cakes From the Whimsical Bakehouse, Bed, Bath, and Beyond, $24.95

Little Cake

Marvel Superhero Cupcake Decorating Kit, William Sonoma, $9.60

william sonoma

Dotty Pot Holder, Anthropologie, $12

Dotty Mit

Martha Stewart Collection Pastry Decorating Kit, Macys, $12.99


Feel free to comment below and/or suggest any of your favorite baking accessories!

Happy Friday!

- J

Website of the Week: The Knack by Michaels

The Knack

This is such a fun way to get kids excited about arts & crafts.  This week’s website is The Knack brought to us by Michaels Crafts.

The Knack is a club exclusively offered by Michaels.com, branched off the Michael’s site, for kids of all ages. The Knack offers free online projects as well as a printable club card. The club card is so easy to use. Simply, print the card off The Knack and attend a Knack in-store event held by (in) Michael’s.  For each event your child or children attend hosted by The Knack, a hole is punched in their card(s).  Once 10 holes are punched, your child wins a special prize. The Knack club card never expires.

The Knack Club Card

The Knack Club is that its 100% free to join and the site its super cute and very well done, guaranteed to get your child excited about arts and crafts.

For more information on The Knack, head over to Michaels.com and click the tab labeled “The Knack” (or just click here).  Be sure to follow Michael’s on Twitter @MichaelsStore.

Happy Crafting!

- J

A Lot On Your Plate’s: Top Picks For Mother’s Day Gifts

With Mother’s Day just around the corner, I thought it’d be fitting to put together a list of top Fab Find gift ideas, guaranteed to wow any mom, without breaking the bank! (To find out more about each product, click on each individual photo).

Milk Bottle Measuring Cups, Anthropologie, $24

Milk Bottle Measuring Cups

Organic Tuscan Blue Rosemary, William Sonoma, $12.95

Tea & Crumpets Apron, Anthropologie, $32

Tea & Crumpets Apron

 Chloe Fragrance Gift Set, Sephora, $65Chloe Fragrance Gift Set

Tocca Love Yourself Fragrance Collection, Sephora, $18

Tocca Beauty Set

Pink Blush: Reed Diffuser, Yankee Candle, $19.99

Godiva 19 Piece Gold Ballotin Assortment, Barnes & Nobles, $24.95 


A Perfect World White Tea Antioxidant Facial Cleanser, Origins, $21


Feel free to comment below and/or suggest any of your favorite Mother’s Day gifts.

Happy Thursday!

- J

The One Lovely Blog Award

 The One Lovely Blog Award:

I woke up this morning to a wonderful surprise in my inbox.  Dwittoptions (http://dwittopinions.wordpress.com/about/) had nominated me for the One Lovely Blog Award. Thank you so much, its extremely appreciated!

So, in accordance with accepting this award ~ these are the guidelines:

* Thank the person who nominated you and link back to them in your post

* Share 7 things about yourself

* Nominate 15 or so bloggers you admire

* Contact your chosen bloggers to let them know 

Seven Things About Me:

1. I LOVE flowers.

2. I’m a huge Greys Anatomy fan.

3. I always wake up super early and very rarely sleep in.

4. My family & friends are my everything.

5. I put 110% into everything I do.

6. I’m obsessed with William-Sinoma & Anthropologie.

7.  I am grateful for everything in my life.  Always have been, always will be.

Here are my nominees for the One Lovely Blog Award:

1. wlbillings: http://jazzydoodledesigns.wordpress.com

2. Fashion Blogy: http://fashionblogy.wordpress.com

3. Baking, I Love You: http://bakingiloveyou.wordpress.com/

4. luv4wickless: http://luv4wickless.wordpress.com

5. Erin’s DC Kitchen: http://erinsdckitchen.wordpress.com

6. CereusArt: http://cereusart.wordpress.com

7. madisoncary: http://madisoncary.wordpress.com

8. Terra: http://virtuouswoman73.wordpress.com

9. alicecarman: http://alicecarman.wordpress.com

10: thelissachronichles: http://thelissachronicles.wordpress.com

11. Ingaphotography: http://ingaphotography.wordpress.com

12. ChefConnie: http://marinatingonline.wordpress.com

13. Deborah Delong: http://romancingthebee.wordpress.com

14. jennysserendipity: http://jennysserendipity.wordpress.com

15. gwenacaster: http://gwenacaster.wordpress.com/

Here’s a bonus choice: artistmum: http://artistmum.wordpress.com/ (her artwork is beautiful)

Again, HUGE thank you to dwittoptions for nominating me for the One Lovely Blog Award!

Happy Friday!

- J

Fab Find: The Now I’m Reading! Series for Children

I saw an article in an old issue of Martha Stewart Magazine (Feb 12′) entitled “Theaters in Box”. When I saw this item I immediately fell in love with it, so im so excited to share it with you guys. This week’s Fab Find (with a little help from a Ms. Martha Stewart, maybe you’ve heard of her) is called Now I’M Reading! Plays: Cinderella (& Three Little Pigs).

The Now I’m Reading! Plays is a series of plays perfect for children ages 4-7, who are starting to gain reading fluency.  Now I’m Reading! Plays makes reading fun while encouraging your children to get creative and active in the process.


The Now I’m Reading! Plays comes in 4 series, Cinderella, Three Little Pigs, Goldilocks & the Three Bears, and Jack and the Beanstalk.

The Cinderella Series comes with (1) Cinderella Mask, (1) Step Mother Mask, (1) Step Sister Mask, (1) Prince Charming Mask, and a (6) Level 2 Scripts, (The Three Little Pigs is Level 1).

The series is $17 a Title. This item is perfect for having in the home on a rainy day or for giving as a gift.

For more info on the Now I’m Reading! series and other products Innovative Kids has to offer, check out their website InnovativeKids.com. Follow them on twitter @innovativekids & like them on Facebook!

Happy Wednesday!

- J

A Sweet Review: Sweet & Social Cupcakes and Desserts

http://sweetandsocial.com/Sweet & Social Cupcakes and Desserts

This is my first store review and I am so excited because I get to share one of the most awesome places with you guys!  If you are in the Westchester, New York area and want one of the most fabulous sweets you’ve ever tasted, then Sweet & Social Cupcakes and Desserts is the place for you.

Located in Larchmont, New York, Sweet & Social is a cupcake and dessert shop that has reinvented sweets.  From whoopie pies and lemon bars, to brownies, cupcakes, and cookies, Sweet & Social is one of the sweetest shops in the business.

Not only is the store itself adorable, but the dessert names and flavors are very unique.  Choose from favorites like Camp Out (chocolate cake topped with marshmellow, cream cheese, chocolate drizzle, & graham cracker),  LOL aka Lots of Lemon (a vanilla cake filled with lemon preserves, topped with cream cheese, and a lemon preserve swirl), The Cloud (vanilla cake topped with coconut cream cheese and shredded coconut) and so much more!  Click here for the full cupcake and dessert menu.

Sweet & Social

Each individual (large) cupcake is $3.25 ($36 a dozen,large. $18 a dozen, mini’s).   The other desserts range anywhere from $2 – $3.25.  The quality of the desserts are superb and the cupcakes are the perfect serving size.

Sweet & Social offers catering for any event, function, or party, of any size. (Custom orders available upon request).

Be sure to follow Sweet and Social’s blog for the latest updates on new products and events.  They also host contests like “Name This Cupcake” and “Fan Friday” on their blog as well.

Sweet and social

For more info on one of the sweetest cupcake and dessert shops in New York, visit SweetandSocial.com.  Feel free to follow them on Twitter, @SweetandSocial and like them on Facebook!  You wont regret it.

A Lot On Your Plate’s Rating: 5 out of 5.

Happy Sunday Everyone!

- J