Tag Archives: Holidays

Dogs in Costume

26 Oct

Happy Halloween weekend everyone!

How cute are these doggies in costume?  They were all at the Tompkins Square Annual Halloween Dog Parade.

Mr. T (he’s a French bulldog not a boxer- shame on you ABC News!)

Dogs Dress Up for Halloween Parade

Evita (LOL)

Dogs Dress Up for Halloween Parade

Fire truck
Dogs Dress Up for Halloween Parade

Double decker tour bus

Dogs Dress Up for Halloween Parade

For more parade photos, go here.  What are you being for Halloween?

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Best Ways to Celebrate Bastille Day

13 Jul

Tomorrow is Bastille Day or, as I like to think of it, the French Fourth of July.   That means it’s also an excuse to celebrate!  Here are some ideas to give your day a little je ne sais quoi…

Slice up a hot baguette, open a bottle of French red, and bust out the cheese board

AHeirloom's Wisconsin State Cutting Board

Daydream about a  trip to the Gardens of Marqueyssac-

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Watch Papillion, one of my favorite movies.  It’s about an innocent man sent to a brutal French penal colony on a remote island.  You can’t go wrong with Steve McQueen and Dustin Hoffman!
 

And finally, find a French doggie to pet!

Have a great weekend!

Valentine’s Day Gifts

7 Feb

Valentine’s Day is only a week away.  While you may roll your eyes at this made up holiday, the truth is you’re still on the hook for giving your significant other some token of your affection.  But that doesn’t mean you have to blow your whole paycheck on a cliché gift.  Finding the perfect gift for a reasonable price is easier than you think!

Here are some (affordable) ideas:

Remind them that “Home is Where the Heart is” with a customizable print for only $25.  Choose the state or country you want, then select the city and LilyGene will put a heart there to mark the spot.  You can mark your sweetie’s hometown or even the city where you first met!

Customize Your Home Is Where The Heart Is - Wisconsin 8x10

Create some ambiance with this romantic star projector For only $22, it transforms your boring bedroom into a shimmering night sky!

Go old school and make a mix CD.  I used to love making my own mixes and even now, they’re my favorite thing to listen to in the car.  Each one is like a time capsule, capturing the songs you couldn’t stop singing back in the day.  It’s funny how much, and how fast, your taste in music can change!  You can get 50 blank CD’s for $15.

Snuggle up with some gourmet hot chocolate ($8 for 12 packets) and cute heart mugs ($3.95 per mug)

Channel your inner foodie by creating your own wine and cheese tasting.  Follow these steps to creating a perfect cheese plate, and then pick up a bottle or two of your favorite wine.  Trader Joe’s has numerous good bottles that retail for under $10. Green Fin Organic California Red Table Wine is one of my favorites, and I think it’s only $5 per bottle!

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Make like Braveheart and rock a kilt…bath towel.  $29.99 is steep but at the same time, this towel is kind of priceless!

Roses have been done, so why not surprise your Valentine with some beautiful spring tulips?  The bouquet below is $29.99 (add $7-$20 if you want a vase) and comes with free chocolates.

20 Multi-Colored Valentine's Tulips with Chocolates

Choose some romantic movies (Must Love Dogs is $5.98)  and curl up with some gourmet popcorn!  Foodie Reflections has an easy recipe you can make at home.

Must Love Dogs (Widescreen Edition)

Whatever you end up buying remember, it’s the thought that counts! 

What are your plans for Valentine’s Day?

Father’s Day Gift Ideas

16 Jun

Father’s Day is Sunday June 19th, which means you have only a few days left to get Dad a gift.  Looking for ideas?  Read on.

1. Create Your Own Converse ($67)- perfect for the hipster dad who wants to look good on the playground.  Converse lets him design his own sneaker, right down to the color of the stitching.

2. The Hungover Cookbook ($8)- a great gift for a father who likes to cook and loves to party..sometimes a little too hard. This book is full of recovery meals tailored to how severe the hangover is.  Now your dad can whip up Deviled Kidneys on Toast with ease (seriously)

3. Monogrammed Wine Glasses ($29.95)- so Dad always knows which glass is his. Fancy!

4. Roll Up Drum Kit ($59.95)- let Dad live out his rock star dreams with this roll up drum kit. It plugs into a USB port and includes software for recording his jam sessions.  A guaranteed hit with coworkers!

What are you getting your Dad for Father’s Day?