Friday, February 26, 2010

Making Clutter Vanish

I'm always working at getting better at being organized (even though I'm already pretty good) and figuring out ways I can reduce clutter in my life. This post from the organize it blog has 3 Golden Rules for having a decluttered life that make a ton of sense. Take a minute to check it out.

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Great Gift For Your Favorite Foodie

My friend Ainsley recently got me into aged Balsamic vinegar and I had no idea it was so incredible. It's a bit thicker (almost like a syrup) and sweeter than regular balsamic. It's a great gift to buy for your favorite foodie and the price point isn't that bad. I recently got this one for my mom as a gift.

Monday, February 22, 2010

This Baby Gift Truly Is A Miracle

One of the gift categories I get asked about more than any other is baby gifts. I recently got a friend a great gift she is really loving, so I thought I would tell you about it in case you or your boss might have a baby gift to buy at some point soon. The item above is called a Miracle Blanket and honestly people keep saying it truly is one because it works really well on most babies. Other companies make swaddling blankets, but this one is longer so you can truly wrap it around tight enough (which is comforting to them) and it has a pocket to put the tiny baby feet in. I love the pink camo one above, but they also come in solid colors. It's reasonably priced and a great gift for any newborn.

Friday, February 19, 2010

Proof That I Don't Only Care About the iPhone

Believe it or not you will use a Kindle app on a smartphone more than you think you might. I had my iPhone Kindle app and read a book on my iPhone before I ever got my full size Kindle and I found it useful. When you're at a location like the car wash reading a few pages of a book on something that size doesn't really bother your eyes at all (at least not mine). Amazon now has a Kindle app for the Blackberry, so if you have one of those you might want to check it out.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Off Vine Opening Again Soon

If you or your boss live in or around Los Angeles and you need a good restaurant to go to in Hollywood, don't forget that Off Vine will open again soon (likely around end of February, but check their website).

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Okay Now I Have Heard Of Everything

Seriously, CUPCAKES for GUYS?? I didn't know that desserts were gender specific, but a place in NYC called Butch Bakery seems to think so. I have to admit that some of the flavors (Rum & Coke, for instance) do intrigue me a little. I suppose if you're looking for a food treat for a guy this might just be the perfect thing to do.

Friday, February 12, 2010

Harry Potter and the Importance of Failure

J.K. Rowling Speaks at Harvard Commencement from Harvard Magazine on Vimeo.

Okay, yes the title is a bit of a cheat to catch your attention, but it's J.K. Rowling in the video, so it isn't a total fake out. I recently happened upon this video of J.K. Rowling giving a commencement speech at Harvard where she talks about how important it is to fail at times and how failing at something even if it hurts can help to lead you to the path you should be on. The speech is charming, self-deprecating, funny and inspirational. Take a few minutes to watch when you can.

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Clever Travel Idea

If you or your boss is feeling lazy about pouring the products you like into bottles the right size to take on a plane, check out this site that takes the guess work out of it for you. Every product they sell (and there are various lines) is that size or smaller and you can just pack and go!

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Adorable Baby Gift Idea

I'm always on the lookout for cute baby gifts. For some reason that's a gift category I get asked about all the time. I recently saw a gift that a close friend got that was really adorable from a company called Baby Bunch. They put together onesies, t-shirts, hats socks, etc. into bunches that look like flower bouquets (they come above in little pails and just as the bunches themselves). The price point for all that you get is pretty reasonable and they are really sweet and unique. It's a great gift for you to send yourself or recommend to a boss.

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Mobile Grilled Cheese

If you or your boss is having a party or wants to do something nice for people at work one idea might be to contact the Grilled Cheese Truck (if you live in the LA area). The truck travels around like other gourmet food trucks and sells grilled cheese at various locations, but you can hire them to cater your event. Sounds like a good plan to me.

Monday, February 1, 2010

Sweet & Salty

If you or your boss need to buy a gift for someone who loves the combo of sweet and savory, I just found out about a great new sweet treat -- the Sweet & Salty Brownie from Baked in NYC when I was watching The Best Thing I Ever Ate on the Food Network this weekend. They look insanely good and you can order them online even if you don't live in NYC.