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How to Create the Perfect, Stress-Free Fall Gathering

It is that time of year again – It’s Family Reunion season! The cool weather (if you don’t live in LA like I do), the amazing smells (cinnamon, pumpkin, bonfires and marshmallows), the holiday music, and the beautiful scenery (changing leaves) really set the mood for a fun outdoor gathering. With so many great reasons to throw a party this fall, all you need to do is start planning. Whether you have a large family spread out over the globe or a small bunch nearby, planning a family gathering can be stressful. That’s why it’s important to plan ahead to stay organized and keep things running smoothly.

If you’re in need of some real-life inspiration, I’m here to help! In this blog post I’m partnering with some local vendors to pull off the ultimate guide to help you plan a memorable outdoor gathering this fall that will certainly impress your family members! So when the day arrives, you’ll be able to enjoy the party, knowing you’re well prepared for the celebration.

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Best White Wine to Pack for Your Next Picnic: Starborough Vineyards Sauvignon Blanc 2017 Marlborough, New Zealand

Yay it’s October 1st!!! Fall has arrived and that means two things: less crowds and great weather. And a perfect time of year for a picnic! The leaves are starting to change color from green to orange/red/yellow which adds the dramatic backdrop. You have the location for your picnic all set: the perfect tree sitting in a nice meadow-perhaps on top of a hill-with lush green grass underneath. Not too hot and not too cold-in a word, perfect. Perhaps it’s at your local park, lake, front lawn or even backyard. Picnics are all about the food, company, and of course, the perfect wine to pair with all of that. I have been trying a lot of affordable and picnic-friendly wines of late, and today I want to share my favorite picnic wine: Starborough Sauvignon Blanc 2017, New Zealand. 

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How to Plan a Picture-Perfect Beach Picnic

As heavenly and blissful as they may appear in meticulously filtered Instagram posts, beach picnics have their perils. Sand is inevitable and will find its way into your food. Seagulls are also inevitable. They will crowd around you and will caw for food scraps. But don’t let those environmental hazards stop you! Meals at the beach are easier to accomplish than you think, and they’re so worth it. If you want to have an Instagram-worthy beach picnic that will also be relatively simple to put together, read on.

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My Favorite Picnic Wines: Landmark Vineyards

August is here and summer is almost over. Let’s take advantage of the warm weather for only a few more days and it’s time to rouse ourselves off the couch, quit the TV-and-takeout routine, and head outside with friends for a picnic, sipping something refreshing and cool. Bringing the right bottle of wine not only enhances the taste of picnic foods, it adds a pinch of European sophistication to outdoor eating. But choose well! If you’re going to drink all day, you have to plan accordingly.

Day drinking is a delicate art; the wrong wine will have you napping under a tree before the fun day even begins. You’ll want to bring a bottle of wine (or two) that is crisp and fresh, especially when the full heat of summer hits. I have been trying a lot of affordable and summer-friendly wines of late, and today I want to share my two favorite picnic wines: Landmark Vineyards 2016 Overlook Chardonnay and 2016 Overlook Pinot Noir.

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Review of Rodney Strong Vineyards Wine

It’s officially summer! For wine-lovers, summer picnics are pure bliss. What better way to reconnect with friends and family than over a glass of wine and light dishes packed with rich flavors? Bringing the right bottle of wine not only enhances the taste of picnic foods, it adds a pinch of European sophistication to outdoor eating. But choose well! Whether you are packing the picnic basket yourself or bringing along a picnic addition, make sure you choose a wine that elevates the event. Now that we’ve confirmed you’re a real wine enthusiast, let’s talk about which red wines are fun to drink during the summer!

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The Ultimate Guide to Planning Thanksgiving Dinner

The leaves are falling, the weather has changed and the planning has begun. Thanksgiving is literally right around the corner! If you’re in need of some real-life inspiration, I’m here to help! In this blog post I’m partnering with Hickory Farms to pull off the ultimate guide to help you plan a memorable Thanksgiving dinner that will certainly impress your guests!

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Plant-Based Meal Delivery Service: The Purple Carrot

The Purple Carrot is a plant-based meal delivery service that focuses on organic whole foods. Today I’m partnering with Purple Carrot to share their delicious plant-based recipes with you! I’m neither vegan nor  vegetarian. But I try to incorporate meatless meals into my breakfast, lunch and dinner rotation!

Healthy food delivery services have become a full-blown trend. The idea is that each week you’re sent a box with perfectly portioned ingredients and step-by-step instructions that show you how to cook a meal from scratch! But a vegan option has yet to sprout on the scene – until Purple Carrot! Known for their 100% plant-based meals, Purple Carrot’s team of chefs create unique recipes every week that help you learn new cooking techniques at the same time keep your taste buds happy!

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Planning the Perfect Fall Picnic

Summer picnics get all the glory, but fall picnics have so many unexpected benefits —fewer bugs, less risk of sunburn and heat stroke, and a more intimate setting away from the summer crowds, not to mention the splendid scenery. As the leaves brighten our days with rich colors, we must take full advantage of their beauty before they begin to fall. What’s a better way to enjoy the beautiful vibrant foliage than sitting outside with warm drinks and cozy blankets? As with any event, the perfect fall picnic is going to require some planning on your part. Here are some tips to help you along the way!

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5 Unique Birthday Ideas for Your Girlfriend

When your girlfriend/wife shows you this blog (as hints to guide you what to do for her birthdays), you might hate me for putting so many ideas into her head and ruining your life. However, when your lady’s birthday is a week from now….when you feel all nervous and jittery…when you are scared of asking what she wants, you might then find my blog very helpful. To be honest, there is no way that my husband can pull off any of the ideas in this blog (I’m obviously the mastermind behind everything!!!). Guys are generally not good at planning birthdays or picking gifts. The quest for the perfect gift or well planned birthday can be stressful so here I am to guide you through to choose some creative and unique ideas for your girl. Hopefully these ideas can kickstart your efforts.

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