Posts in the ‘Holiday’ Category

Blurb Holiday Gift Guide & Sale

Thursday, October 3rd, 2013

Can you believe that the holidays are right around the corner? I am still trying to hold on to the freedom and sunshine of summer, but I must admit that I am loving the lovely red leaves on the liquid amber trees outside of my kitchen, and all of the fabulous fall boots in the stores. Before we know it – winter will be here…

Rather than waiting to the very last minute to shop for holiday gifts, I think it might be my year to get personal, unleash a little creativity, and create one-of-a-kind gifts for my family.  I know my parents and in-laws will love receiving something special and this is the weekend to get started…


Ready for a little inspiration? Check out Blurb’s 2013 Gift Guide which is full of fabulous gift ideas – from children’s books, photo books and cookbooks too. Don’t think you have the creative juices to design a book all on your own? Not to worry….The Gift Guide is also an instruction guide for how to make a beautiful Blurb book gift for anyone in your life. They will teach you everything you need to know. It’s so much easier than you think! Get a head start on your Holiday gifts by creating your own Blurb books and save 20% through 10/7/13 with code EARLYBIRD20.

Four Seasons Resort Hualalai

Monday, April 29th, 2013


I recently returned from the best spring break ever. It seems like half of California heads to Hawaii for
spring break – or at least half of families from my son’s school. I hadn’t been to Hawaii in over 20 years
and this year we finally decided to go. The difficult part was deciding which island to visit and figuring
out where to stay. The more I talked to friends and friend-of-friends and neighbors and parents of
my son’s classmates, the more confused I got. Everyone seems to have their favorite island and their
favorite spot to stay. Unable to make a decision, I finally sent a short text to my very well-traveled friend
Melanie and simply asked – what is the best spot in Hawaii? Her immediate response: Hualalai.

Four Seasons Resort Hualalai at Historic Ka‘upulehu is a spectacular resort for an easy, relaxing, active
and utterly perfect family getaway. I am a huge fan of doing close to nothing and this is a fabulous place
to completely unwind and get away from everything. My husband was impressed with the wireless
connection that stretched to every inch of the property while I opted to keep my iPad, laptop and phone
turned off the entire time (ok – I called my parents once and I think I responded to 2 text messages – but
that’s it!).

Let’s start with our spectacular ‘Ohana suite. With almost 1500 square feet of space we had more than
enough room to move in and feel incredibly comfortable. My son loved the outdoor lava rock shower,
the telescope and xbox, and I enjoyed having my very own steam room. And right outside our suite was
an enormous lawn that my son could run around on as well as comfortable outdoor furniture where we
could eat breakfast or just hang out and lounge.


The resort has a complimentary kids club and my son had a great time at the club for a few hours every
day. One of the highlights was certainly King’s Pond (pictured above), a 1.8 million gallon “aquarium” carved out of the
natural lava rock. It is stocked with over 3000 tropical fish from more than 75 species all swimming
freely about. We could snorkel for hours (which my son did every day) and I never had to worry about
my son’s safety. He even got to feed an eagle ray. And don’t worry about packing snorkel gear – the
resort has equipment for you to use at no charge.

I made a little deal with myself. As long as I woke up and exercised for 1 hour then I could spend the
rest of the day lounging, reading magazines and doing close to nothing. I took wonderful long walks on
the ocean-front path and worked up a sweat at the gym too. The gym is strategically located next to a
fabulous boutique so I could go shopping every day right after jumping off the treadmill. Love that!

So if you are in the midst of making vacation plans for your family, you only need to remember one word: Hualalai.
We’ve only been home 2 weeks and we are already trying to figure out when we are going to go back

Photo credit: (because I haven’t had time to download my own pictures from my camera!)

Wedding Inspiration

Friday, January 11th, 2013

minted wedding inspiration board


In a few short months my husband and I will be celebrating our 10th wedding anniversary and it is fun to think back to our wedding and all of the choices I made (yes – I made them all – he got plan the honeymoon). Of course I thought it was perfect and looking back there is very little I would change. I loved my dress, I loved my red Louis Vuitton shoes and I loved that so many of my friends were able to join us in Montecito for a fabulous party. Thank you mom and dad!!

With summer wedding planning in high gear right now, there are many brides to be who are in the process of trying to envision their perfect wedding celebration. Sometimes is starts with a color, maybe it is a favorite flower, or maybe the location. In my case, my shoes (surprise, surprise!) were the centerpiece of my planning and set the tone for everything.

minted wedding inspiration board


So I have had so much fun with Minted’s wedding inspiration boards. First of all – they are gorgeous! Each and every one of them. Of course my favorite thing is that most of them include a super fabulous pair of shoes. They are so inspiring and so much fun to look at. You get ideas for decorations and table settings and of course stationery too. Even if you aren’t planning a wedding – they are full of creative ideas for any party really. And I have also gotten great ideas for color combinations for my home too. Love them!

And guess what – you can make your own inspiration board on Minted too. Hop on over to Minted and go take a quick peek. I promise, you won’t be disappointed…


2012 Family Photo Book

Sunday, December 23rd, 2012


So all year long you have been snapping photos with your phone and having so much fun trying out every Instragram filter. I don’t want you all to end up like me with 1000s of photos that never see the light of day again. When you have a little downtime over the holidays, you can take some time to pull together a family photo book to recap your favorite moments for 2012. I have a few friends who actually create a separate book for each of their children and one for the grandparents too. Luckily Blurb makes it super easy.

So take some time and download all of your 2012 photographs, including vacations, birthdays, and special occasions so you can put all of these wonderful memories into a keepsake book. From now through January 7th, 2013 you can save 15% on your entire book order with code BOOKS15OFF.

And one other fun idea – at Blurb you can also create 2013 planners full of your favorite photos! For more ideas and inspiration go to:

New Years Eve Party

Friday, December 21st, 2012


It is not too late to decide to throw a New Years Eve party. Order your invitations today and have all of your friends over for a fun countdown to 2013. Everyone needs an excuse now and then to get dressed up and to wear their favorite stilettos. On Sweet Peas & Stilettos you will find all of the discount codes you will need so you can save a bundle on your party invitation order. Cheers!

Winter Sled

Tuesday, December 11th, 2012


Heading to the snow this holiday season? No doubt your little ones are going to want to go sledding. I stumbled upon this heirloom quality sled last week and fell in love. Who needs a neon snowboard?  The sled’s seat is “beautifully hewn in the traditional manner from thick birch planks and detailed with hand-carved willow rails, but it’s the custom-molded high-grade plastic skid that ensures a brisk, exciting ride” in all types of snow conditions. Instead of zipping down the slopes, I was actually thinking about using the sled as holiday decor. It might sound a little crazy but it would look great by the tree or perched out on the front patio. I am sure my son would love to fill it up with stuffed animals and gifts and pull it around the yard pretending it is Santa’s sleigh.

The sleds are built by Mountain Boy Sledworks, based in the Colorado mountain town of Crested Butte, and are available online at Restoration Harware.

FREE Address Printing

Monday, December 3rd, 2012


So how is your handwriting? Mine his horrible! My penmanship resembles that of a 9 year old boy. Of course my mother writes perfectly and even her grocery lists look fabulous. And my dad’s writing is just like a typewriter so when he addresses an envelope you know the post office will be able to read it. It takes me forever to address cards and invitations because I have to write nice and slow so that my envelopes will look decent and will actually be legible. This year, Minted is here to save me with a brand new feature….FREE address printing on holiday card orders.

Minted (home to super fabulous artist designed holiday cards) has just launched a brand new feature where you send them your addresses and they will address your envelopes for you. Love that!! Look how lovely the envelope up above looks! No ink smudges, no crossed out letters, just classic, pretty, clear typeface. All you do is select and order your cards and then choose the Address Assistant BETA when you complete your order. You can import addresses, add addresses, or request addresses by email. They will print the envelopes with all of the addresses you give them and then will send you blank envelopes for any additional cards you have. It is so simple. And the best part of all – it is FREE of charge on your holiday card order. You can save time and look good too. What a perfect combination for any busy mom this holiday…

Gifts Galore

Friday, November 30th, 2012


I have one last item to share with all of you as I wrap up Tiny Prints week on Sweet Peas & Stilettos. Today’s Tiny Prints Deal of the Day is actually going to last all weekend long. You will be able to enjoy 35% OFF all photo gifts all day today, Saturday and Sunday. So yes, you can go out tonight and enjoy your Friday and then curl up on the couch over the weekend and start designing cool gifts with your favorite pictures.

I spend so much time out on the Tiny Prints website and I have to tell you that I was totally surprised to see that they are now caring canvas photos. They are so popular now and are an easy way to make any photograph really unique. They make your average snapshot look super fancy when you hang them on your walls. And if you have a professional photographer snap some great shots and you get to keep the digital picture – well then you are really in luck. I have seen some photographers charge hundreds and hundreds of dollars for these canvas prints and now Tiny Prints will make them for you. Love that! Just think about the cute pair of shoes you can buy with all of the money you save….

Tiny Prints Weekend Sale

Friday, November 30th, 2012

tiny prints weekend sale

Despite the wet and windy weekend ahead, I am happy to share at least some good news – Tiny Prints is extending their sitewide sale all weekend long. You can SAVE 25% on just about everything and it looks like you can score FREE shipping too. What a great way to wrap up Tiny Prints week here at Sweet Peas & Stilettos. So go ahead and kick off December with some great holiday deals. As most of you know, they’ve got photo gifts, holiday cards, invites and more. And one little hint – now is a good time to buy thank you notes for the kids so they will be ready to thank friends, relatives and Santa Claus for all of those wonderful holiday gifts.

Retro Techy Gifts

Thursday, November 29th, 2012


Despite this cold winter weather, I think it is time to pull on a pair of blue and yellow Dolphin shorts, a gold head band, and some Mork & Mindy rainbow suspenders, blast the Zanadu album and start shopping.  Who doesn’t love some good old retro fun and funky styles. When you have a name on your holiday shopping list that totally stumps you, I always think humor goes a long way. Luckily, having a little fun doesn’t cost much either, especially is you pop on over to Mod Cloth. Who doesn’t need some floppy disk ‘nice save’ coasters?


And this cassette tape right here – it is actually a cutting board. Totally practical! I have been having a blast cracking myself up at all of the fabulous gift ideas at Mod Cloth. Their gift guides are organized so you can shop by person, by color, by vintage era and styles. For that nephew who is off to college, the kids’ babysitter, and even for your brother or best friend – there is a little something for everyone.

Of course they have awesome retro inspired clothes and shoes for both men and women too.