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Praline Patisserie feature and GIVEAWAY!

Check out the adorable Shop Small Saturday Showcase feature from Praline Patisserie and enter to win a fantastic giveaway!

TWIX Bites Coconut Macaroons

Two of my faves in one: coconut and TWIX!

Blogging 101: How to Write a Better "About Me" Page

Check out the tips to writing a better "About Me" page in the latest Blogging 101 post!

Coconut, Raspberry and Blueberry Ice Cream

A delicious frozen treat, that is creamy, super easy and dairy-free!

Do Tell Tuesday #27

Come Link Up at Do Tell Tuesday for some inspiration and the chance to be featured on all 6 blogs!

Monday, December 1, 2014

Do Tell Tuesday #52!

I am so excited that you can be here for my favorite day of the week!  Click here for the full rundown on how to participate and...

Welcome to Do Tell Tuesday!

Do Tell Tuesday on Diane's Vintage Zest!

Say hello to my fellow co-hosts too!

They are all lovely and talented, so pop on over and say hello!  Now, let's get to the party!   :)

Now normally, I would be picking some features... but you know I have been MIA!  I did want to share the most viewed link with you, so here goes!

Join Dunkin' Donuts' DD Perks & Get $5!

“I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for Dunkin’ Brands. I received a promotional item to thank me for my participation.”

DD Perks Promo #MC #DDPerks on Diane's Vintage Zest!

So you already know this, but I love my sweets!  When Dunkin' Donuts announced they were coming to California, it caused a huge stir and I was so excited to try out my new hometown shop.  In fact, you may have heard that there were lines around the block with old and new fans alike!  I'm still figuring out my favorite item on the menu, so I'm due back for many return trips.  Do you have a fave?

So what am I sharing with you today?  If you are lucky enough to have a location nearby, you might already know about the DD Perks program.  If not, let me give you a quick rundown.  It is especially good for everyone who makes Dunkin' Donuts a part of their normal morning routine, and peeps like me who are menu explorers!  Also, there is an extra perk for everyone who signs up by December 5th, that you'll definitely want to hear about!

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Shop Small Saturday!

Today is one of my favorite days during the holidays... Shop Small Saturday!  Haven't heard of it before?  Well, here are a few reasons why you should shop small!

Are you ready to support some incredible makers and artists now?  Well, take a gander at all of the previously featured shops and be treated to some truly original gifts for your loved ones... and yourself!

There are so many awesome items to shop in the categories of: Crafted Gifts, Bags, Purses & Wallets, Men's Clothing, Delicious Artisanal Foods, Jewelry, Children's Clothing, Home Decor & Accessories, Paper & Stationery, Bath & Beauty, AccessoriesWomen's Clothing, and so much more.

Happy shopping!

Shop Small Saturday Showcase Break...  Go Shopping!

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving!

Remember that slightly irreverent, silly girl who liked to cook, craft, sew, travel, and blog about it all?

Here I am!

I have so, so many new things to share with you and I cannot wait to get to it.  But first, we'll have to take a break because it's a holiday and we should spend time with our friends and family with LOTS of food.  I'll catch up with you later, but in the meantime...

Happy Thanksgiving!

Monday, August 11, 2014

Do Tell Tuesday #36 & features!

I am so excited that you can be here for my favorite day of the week!  First of all, today's Social Share is Instagram!

Second, thank you to all of you that linked up a burger post last week, and I hope you caught all of the features in yesterday's Unique & Delicious Burger Recipes post.  Next week's round-up theme will be...


Submit your posts in the linky below or in the comments.  :)  Click here for the full rundown on how to participate and...

Welcome to Do Tell Tuesday!

Do Tell Tuesday on Diane's Vintage Zest!

Say hello to my fellow co-hosts too!

They are all lovely and talented, so pop on over and say hello!  Now, let's get to the party!   :)

Do Tell Tuesday on Diane's Vintage Zest!

Recently seen on Vintage Zest...

Do Tell Tuesday #36 & features on Diane's Vintage Zest!

Shibori Print Dress

How to: Mend a Ripped Seam

Weekly Wrap-Up: L.A. events & O.C. shopping!

Do Tell Tuesday #36 & features on Diane's Vintage Zest!

Spoon Me Sweetly feature & GIVEAWAY!

Sunday Synopsis

Unique & Delicious Burger Recipes!

All of us hosts and guest host pick our own features, and we all share the most viewed link too.  If you are all ready to see the features, here we go!

Unique & Delicious Burger Recipes!

This week I am sharing a few unique and delicious burger recipes from linkers at Do Tell Tuesday and myself!  Each recipe is slightly different than your regular old beef patty, so I hope you enjoy picking out your favorite to grill up for what's left of summer.  :)  And honestly, maybe the last two can't actually be considered burgers, BUT you will definitely enjoy them!

Before we get to the round-up, remember to link up at tomorrow's Do Tell Tuesday party because next week I will be featuring... FRESH recipes!  That's anything that is cool, light, and fresh for summer, maybe to accompany one of these awesome, burgers?

Now, to the recipes!

Unique and Delicious Burger Recipes!

Unique and Delicious Burger Recipes!

Unique and Delicious Burger Recipes!

Unique and Delicious Burger Recipes!

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Sunday Synopsis

Happy Sunday!


Wow, I had such a fun night and I can't wait to share with you on The Episodic Eater and on next week's weekly wrap-up.  Here's a quick peek of what's in store...  :)

Lastly, here are last week's posts in case you missed any.  :)

Sunday Synopsis

Monday:  A round-up of raspberry recipes to celebrate the season!

Tuesday:  Do Tell Tuesday #35 along with awesome features from last week.  :)  Come link up and try to get featured on all six blogs next week!

Wednesday:  A fun DIY for the summer, a tie-dye shibori print dress!

Sunday Synopsis on Diane's Vintage Zest!

Thursday:  An easy tutorial on how to mend a ripped seam for all you sewing newbies out there. :)

Friday:  So much fun this week, including one of my favorite L.A. events and a bunch of incredible restaurants!

Saturday:  Check out Spoon Me Sweetly's feature and giveaway on Shop Small Saturday Showcase.  So many pretty pieces!

Sunday Synopsis on Diane's Vintage Zest!

Have a wonderful rest of your weekend!

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Spoon Me Sweetly feature & GIVEAWAY!

I had the pleasure of meeting the sweet ladies of Spoon Me Sweetly at Artisanal LA a few months ago.  Besides the fact that I was super excited to find something perfect for my sister's engagement party, I had to feature the pretty little creations on Shop Small Saturday Showcase!

Take a look at all of the gorgeous creations and see all of the creative flavors.  My favorite flavored sugar might just be the unicorn poop... for real!

Also, make sure to entire the giveaway below for a Soiree Box with a dozen spoons of the latest flavors and sugar drops.  Sweet!


Tell me a little bit about yourself!

My background is in design and marketing. I'm a brand development consultant by day and a sugar peddler by night! I've always been obsessed with beautiful packaging and really well designed products. I frequent at craft stores and can get lost in the aisles of 'possibility' for hours! I've always been an experimenter in the kitchen and love any excuse to share homemade treats with friends and family.

Where did the name of your store come from?

There's nothing cozier than a sweet hug or a loving snuggle from people you love. As cheesy as it sounds, the name 'Spoon Me Sweetly' was inspired by my boyfriend, who in fact spoons me sweetly; I wanted to recreate that ooey-gooey-mushy feeling into a sweet and edible experience...and we do desserts and sweeteners on spoons, which is a double meaning win-win!

Why did you start making goods for Spoon Me Sweetly?

Being from Los Angeles, it's so easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of work, commuting, juggling schedules, etc. Rarely do you have a chance to sit at a coffee shop, read a book, and enjoy a little treat – taking a moment for yourself comes too infrequently and often times you feel guilty doing so. Spoon Me Sweetly are conveniently packaged desserts on a spoon, you can indulge without being over indulgent...it's just a spoonful.

What is your favorite item?

I love our signature honey dipped spoons! They are the product we launched with before we got into the crazy flavor combos with chocolate, flavor extracts, etc. I always grab 2, one for my tea and one to just enjoy right off the spoon! They're made with organic clover honey and cane sugar, simple and delicious.

What is your most popular item?

Friday, August 8, 2014

Weekly Wrap-Up: L.A. events & O.C. shopping!

I had so, so much fun this week!  A couple of amazing events in L.A. and so much fun with friends and family.  Let's get to it!

Precap (jump to):

Crave Expo

Mid-week, I went to the Crave Expo, a food expo with a fun mix of chefs, event planners, media, and individuals looking for inspiration.

I was just a bit more interested in the food than anything else, of course.  :)

However, I found some great desserts that may be destined for my sister's engagement party, bridal shower, or wedding some time soon!

It was a fun time with some serious party atmosphere!