How to Choose or Create a Signature Drink or Wedding Cocktail for Your Special Event

Consider a colorful wedding cocktail or destination wedding drink as a memorable treat for your guests.Signature cocktails and themed alcoholic beverages are becoming a common fixture at many special events these days, especially weddings. From the cleverly named bride and groom signature drink to the fancy and tropical signature cocktail or margarita at the destination wedding, you really can match your event’s bar offerings to your own and your guests’ tastes.

Choosing a wedding drink or special cocktail for your event can be easy if you follow a few tips from cocktail expert H Joseph Ehrmann, owner of Elixir in San Francisco. If you would like to leave your own special mark on your wedding or other special event, consider these suggestions to help you create your own signature drink or cocktail.


Wedding Drinks to Please Your Guests
Remember as you plan to create your signature drinks or wedding cocktails that you should try to appeal to the tastes of as many guests as possible. If you want your signature wedding cocktails to be a big hit and a memorable part of your special day, consider these tips from H Joseph Ehrmann.

IF your goal is to make a drink a lot of people will enjoy, don’t stray too far from basic formulas,” says Ehrmann of the perfect wedding cocktail. “To Come up with a special signature drink for your wedding or special event!serve something unique but widely enjoyed, take a classic formula and add a flavor modifier to make it a bit different. For example, take a sour and make it a fruited or floral sour by adding a fruity or floral liqueur. I did one for a friend’s wedding where I just added St. Germain to a Bourbon sour and the staff could not keep up with them. Or a Collins with Bols Genever as the base modified by a touch of Royal Combier. Or a Vodka Martini using Square One Cucumber, Bianco vermouth (not just dry), and a dash of celery bitters.”

“Use a spirit that everyone knows and is familiar with, like vodka or bourbon,” he adds. “Gin and tequila tend to scare the more ignorant spirit/cocktail drinkers and divide people due to their unique flavor profiles.”

Making the Signature Wedding Cocktail or Drink Your Own
Once you have an idea of the flavors for your signature drink, think about creative ways to make this cocktail a special part of your wedding day or other special event. From garnishes to the name of the drink, you can really customize your signature wedding cocktail or other signature drink to represent you.

“Name the drink in a way that will either honor the couple or make people laugh,” instructs Ehrmann. “Maybe tie it to an Alma mater or an event or place from the couple’s past. A funny story about one or both of them may reveal a key word or a date that means something.”

Choosing Glassware: Increase the Interest in Your Signature Drinks
Whether wedding drinks or fancy signature cocktails at classy events for business or pleasure, the glassware of the beverage can make a difference in how it is perceived by guests. Consider these tips on choosing glassware for your signature drinks.

“Put it in a glass that is comfortable in the hand, like a highball or a double old fashioned,” suggests Ehrmann. “Sometime people are scared off of cocktails because they don’t want to carry a precarious glass with them as they party.”

While it may look stunning, who wants to carry a martini glass around the room all night? Remember to keep your guests’ comfort and tastes in mind as you plan your special event or wedding signature cocktails.

About the Expert:
H Joseph Ehrmann owns Elixir, one of the oldest saloons in San Francisco, CA. Elixir features a completely organic cocktail menu and was the first bar to be certified as a green business by the city. For more information, please see www.elixirsf.com.

Relax and Enjoy a Good Book: So Into You by Sandra Hill

If you are up for some lighthearted fiction with a touch of sexy playfulness to it, So Into You by Sandra Hill is a perfect pick. The story brings readers into the life of the heroine, Grace O’Brien, as she tries to hide from the truth. Grace has led an interesting life as a rebellious teenager, ex-nun, championship poker player, treasure hunter, and folk healer. She has secrets as do most of us, but the biggest secret of all is the one that she hides from herself – her love for Angel.

So Into You engages readers with the behavior of the hero, Angel Sabato, who runs from what he believes to be the truth and the antics of the most animated woman in the Bayou, Tante Lulu, who tells it like she sees it. As I read the book, I found each new chapter to contain believable events and real-life people. However, personally, I found too many metaphors, too much slang, and too much “talking in the head” for my own personal liking.

If you enjoy reading a book that focuses on dialogue, then you will thoroughly enjoy this one. If you prefer a touch of mystery, you are not going to find much of it in this book. I found the heavy use of metaphors and the constant use of dialect a bit too annoying. I like a book that I can read without trying to get around the text. While there is only a touch of bad language, I didn’t enjoy its use either as I personally find it unnecessary in a good novel. However, if certain words are in your vernacular, you won’t have any problem reading So Into You. It isn’t the kind of book that I am going to pass on to my mother to read as I already know what her reaction is going to be.

So Into You is perhaps best for the younger crowd (under 40) who are looking for romance in their own lives or something to wile away a few hours of boredom. I could put this book down without qualms and for me that is reason enough to say that I could have done without it. Nothing in the storyline had me clamoring for more.

The storyline is transparent from the very beginning of the book, so if you are looking for some cloak-and-dagger type of reading, this isn’t the story for you. The plot is rather lightweight for my tastes, but for women who enjoy a novel to relax by, So Into You offers an easy-to-read story presented with a touch of humor, a lot of sex talk, a steamy sex scene, and quite a few colorful characters.

While the book speaks of emotional reactions – love, sadness, guilt, anger, and more, I did not empathize with any of the characters. The build up to each of these feelings is too riddled with “talking in the head” instead of actual emotion from the characters. Maybe I am just too old-fashioned in my tastes for books, but I would rather feel what the characters are feeling than read what they are saying to themselves while conversing with others.

A graduate of Penn State, Sandra Hill works as a freelance writer and education editor. She enjoys writing lighter fiction such as what you will discover in her latest book, So Into You.

Product provided free to writer for reviewI received this book for the purpose of reviewing it and I have offered my honest opinion. Give yourself a chance to disagree and grab the book for yourself.

Romantic Desserts, Sweet Dessert Beverages, and After Dinner Drinks to Try at Home

Try dessert for two for a romantic evening.It doesn’t have to be Valentine’s Day or even a special occasion to enjoy a romantic dessert at home with your sweetheart. You can really maximize the romance of your meal with a decadent dessert or a rich and inviting after dinner drink, cocktail, or liqueur. Romantic desserts and sweet and dreamy dessert beverages offer more than just a delightful taste, so take the time to enjoy them once in a while.


Romantic desserts need not be extravagant and difficult to prepare. On the contrary, some of the best desserts-for-two can be store-bought or special ordered. Of course, you can always go to the trouble of creating a romantic dessert recipe from scratch to impress your significant other, but it may not always be necessary.

No matter if you plan to make your own romantic desserts or purchase something that is premade to enjoy, consider the following suggestions for desserts and after dinner drinks to enjoy.

Romantic Dessert Ideas
From decadent chocolate cake with raspberry sauce to chocolate-covered strawberries, the list oBanana Splits can be a romantic dessert to share.f romance-inspiring desserts and treats goes on seemingly forever. Remember the most important thing about selecting your dessert options is to ensure you and your sweetheart both like them. To some men, chocolate chip cookies, while simple, may even be romantic if prepared especially for them.

Consider these ideas for romantic dessert ideas:

–    Banana Split
–    Chocolate-covered Strawberries
–    Chocolate Fondue
–    Crème Brulee
–    Baked Alaska
–    Hot Fudge Sundae or Banana Split for Two
–    Pie of any kind with Whipped Cream
–    Strawberry Shortcake with Extra Whipped Cream
–    Triple Chocolate Cake (or some variation)

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A Thumbs Up Book Review: Leave Your Clothes on, but Prepare to Get Financially Naked

I love reading books – romance, finance, cooking, mystery, science fiction, gardening, and just whatever. I enjoy them even more when they are easy to read, offer great facts, or grab my attention. This particular book, Get Financially Naked by Manisha Thakor, MBA, CFA, and Sharon Kedar, MBA, CFA, did all of that.

While the book is designed to teach you “How to talk money with your honey,” it can definitely be helpful for singles too. Many couples fail to discuss money before they move in together or get married, so they don’t know what to expect. While it is best to do this prior to signing on the dotted line, talking about finances is even more important once you are married. Get Financially Naked is designed to empower women with the ability to take control of their financial life and get it together.

Several exercises are contained throughout the book, designed to provide insight into how people think about money. These mini-exercises are designed to be taken individually, making it possible to learn important personal truths about the way that you think about money, spend money, and save money, even if you don’t currently have your own honey.

The primary goal of Get Financially Naked is to teach you how to manage your financial life responsibly while achieving your financial dreams and goals. It offers techniques that can be used on an individual basis, while also providing pointers and lessons on how to talk about your finances with your significant other, married or not.

Even if you believe that you already have a firm grasp on your financial life, reading the book can open up a few new possibilities while also giving you some food for thought. One of the aspects that I especially like about the book is that it provides examples of other couples and how they approached certain types of financial scenarios. This is great for anyone who wants to start up a conversation about finances with a significant other, but simply doesn’t know where to start.

I like to approach a book such as this with the expectation that even if I only take away one new, valuable tool or thought, I have come away a winner. It is an easy read as well as being a book that you can put down for a few days and pick it up again without wondering what you were reading about last. Just the title alone is enough to get your guy to take a look through as well – honestly!

I did receive Get Financially Naked for the purposes of reviewing it, but to tell you the truth, I did request this type of book. Even if you aren’t quite sure that you need to improve your financial house of cards, consider picking this one up for an extra touch of motivation when it comes to realizing your financial dreams and getting in tune with your significant other as far as how to spend and save joint funds.

Celebrate Valentine’s Day with Sexy Lingerie from Shirley of Hollywood

Sexy lingerie is perhaps the most intimate style of clothing that a woman can wear. And why not wear it? The full-bodied You can't go wrong with black lingerie by Shirly of Hollywood.sensuality and delicate femininity of intimate apparel is undeniably appealing. There is no doubt about the fact that sexy lingerie tantalizes, tempts, empowers, and caresses all at the same time. Wearing sexy lingerie can make a woman feel gorgeous, desirable, beautiful, powerful, appealing, confident, sexy, and oh, so much more.

Whether a man is buying his Valentine a few seductive pieces of flimsily-designed, see-through, skimpy lingerie or the woman is boldly selective a few tempting pieces to express her inner vixen, beautiful, hot lingerie is the direction to go this Valentine’s Day. Don’t worry about the cost either, since the gift is definitely worth the price ten times over.

Whether seduction is in the picture or you simply want to feel beautiful, I highly recommend treating yourself to a delicately-designed balconette and thong ensemble in pastel pink or a sexy red outfit that leaves little to the imagination. If you are looking for something a bit less revealing, why not pick up a form-fitting, body-smoothing corset in your favorite color.

Consider sexy lingerie to spice up your love life.Even when no one can see my lingerie, just the simple fact that I feel the soft fabric caressing my body while it shapes and offers a smoothing effect is enough to enhance my mood for the day. Try it and discover the empowering effect of a bit of finery that has been designed to barely cover what the sun does not shine on.

While you can purchase sexy lingerie in almost any fine department store along with linger boutiques across the globe, I recently discovered the line of Shirley of Hollywood to be attractive and alluring. Offering exceptionally fine fabrics to daring styles, Shirley of Hollywood features a wide variety of collections that cater to an assortment of lingerie tastes.

I received two adorable baby doll sets from their H.O.T. Collection. Designed as a one-size-fits-all ensemble, both baby dell sets were crafted in sheer fabric, trimmed in ribbon, and adorned with sequins. The straps are adjustable, a nice feature; and the panties feature that ever-popular style of a G-string. Currently, Shirley of Hollywood is featuring a lacey, fringe baby doll with a halter neck. It is only available in white or black, but it is quite fetching. They have lots of other styles and colors as well.

The packaging for the H.O.T. baby dolls states that the one-size-fits-all style will fit women between the height of 5 feet and 5 feet, 10 inches. The suggested weight range is 90 to 155 pounds.

Sexy lingerie can ignite the spark in your marriage.Don’t be discouraged if this isn’t your sizing because Shirley of Hollywood’s “Intimate Attitude Collection” is perfect for the full-figured woman with a taste for sexy intimate apparel. They also offer pamper-perfect luxuries such as soft robes and spa products.

I also received a strapless, black corset featuring a hook & eye side closure, waist-slimming lace-up back, ruffled front, ribbon trim, body-controlling boning, and G-string panties. Talk about creating a sizzle! Even if you haven’t indulged in sexy lingerie before now, it is an experience that every woman should try.

From charming see-through baby dolls to lacey corsets to fishnet stockings to camisoles to bras to panties to bustiers and more, Shirley of Hollywood’s lingerie collections have something to offer everyone in a delightful array of colors and styles. Create the whole package and purchase an expensive bottle of perfume to go along with the lingerie.

Products provided free to writer for reviewFor a look at some of the latest lingerie styles, visit Shirley of Hollywood Collections.

Valentine’s Gifts for Dad and Son

As much as we’d like to think that Valentine’s Day is geared towards moms and daughters alike, the fact is that dads, husbands, ableplanet Linx Audio True Fidelity (NC300B) Head Phones are an excellent Valentine gift for any man in your life.and sons are very much worthy of some special treatment, too. To celebrate our love for the men in our lives, we’ve come together, along with some very willing companies, to offer you some great gift ideas that may not have been considered….

Dads – We appreciate all that you do for us and to celebrate, here are some great products worthy of your honor! Happy Valentine’s Day!

Gifts over $100.00:
Shred Sled Casterboard Skateboard is a great gift for boys and men of many ages.The Shred Sled has got to be the most absolute, must-have perfect Valentine Gift for Boys ages 9 and into their 40’s even. The Shred Sled Casterboard Skateboard is by far, the coolest thing my son says you can get a kid. It’s like riding a skateboard, but better.

The Shred Sled combines skateboarding, snowboarding, surfing, and even rollerblading Shred Sled is a great Valentine gift for kids to give their dads or for parents to give their sons.into one slick board. It’s composited with Caster Aluminum alloy with polyurethane wheels (4) and comes in three colors (Black, Blue, or Red). These babies are virtually indestructible and offer increased foot control — better than any “board” I’ve ever seen!!!

ARP: $119.99
Available at: www.shredsled.com or by visiting your local toys R us and also at Amazon.com

 

Gifts under $100.00:

ableplanet Linx Audio True Fidelity (NC300B) Head Phones would make any man fall to his knees. With exceptional noise canceling technology, your husband, son, dad (or anyone) will hear speech clarity and sound quality like he’s never heard before. They’re even compatible with iPod, iPhone, MP3 players, and Airline Audio Systems.

ableplanet Linx Audio True Fidelity (NC300B) Head Phones are an excellent Valentine gift for any man in your life.The minute I opened the box, my husband stood beside me, eagerly looking over my shoulders. Much like a kid in a candy store, every move I made, he was right there, waiting to pounce. Once he was given the “okay” to use them, it was all over for me. I think he forgot I was even home. Not one word rang out for me nor was he even aware that my music was blared in the other room (what? I had to test its quality too – LOL). I give this gift an A+ for quality and performance (and because they offer a lifetime warranty).

ARP: $99.99
Available at: Costco, Staples, www.target.com, www.AblePlanet.com or www.amazon.com

Gifts under $20.00:

Jovan Satisfaction for men is an affordable option for Valentine's Day.Jovan Satisfaction for Men is a wonderful idea if you’re on a budget for men’s fragrances, but don’t want to slack on the quality. Impressed? Yes, I was thoroughly impressed by the wonderful smell this cologne had. It fit well with his body chemistry and made for a wonderful day of “sniffing” his neck. The fragrance wasn’t overpowering nor was it too understated. It was perfect and lasts even when they’re working outdoors.

I hate to say it, but I never did care for the traditional smells of Jovan. I can’t say that anymore because my husband and I have, 9 out of 10 times, chosen Jovan over our regular colognes and perfumes. The smells complement each other and definitely prove to be “satisfactory.” I’m pleased to say that Jovan is now our favorite fragrance collection, without a doubt.

ARP:
•    0.5 oz Eau De toilette Spray: $12.00
•    1.0 oz Eau De toilette Spray: $18.00
Available at: Walmart, Walgreens, Target, CVS, Rite Aid and Kmart and at www.jovansatisfaction.com

Surya Brasil Cosmetics has just introduced its first men’s line, called SAPIEN, and what a wonderful line it is. My husband tried it last night when he took his evening shower and liked it. He said it didn’t feel soapy like other body washes he’d used before. He also said he didn’t know what it was about the products that he liked, but that he liked them. The smells were nice and made him feel clean, like there was no residue left behind.

Surya Brasil Cosmetics has just introduced its first men’s line, called SAPIEN....The reason my husband wasn’t feeling the residue after washing is due to Surya Brasil products being beneficial to society and the environment. These products are 100% plant-based and do not contain any synthetic fragrances, artificial preservatives, or any other by-products. The products are purely organic and natural. If your husband, son, or father has wanted an alternative to the norm when it comes to men’s products, I can assure you that Surya Brasil will be a great replacement to any product used in the home now. My husband received a tube of shower gel, shave cream, and styling gel, all of which will be used in his daily washing regimen.

ARP: Vary according to product, but average around $13.00 to $20.00
Available at: www.suryabrasilproducts.com

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Consider a team grill as the perfect Valentine's Day gift for your man if price is no option.Now, we’d also like to mention, if price is no object in your shopping this Valentine’s Day, let us turn your head to this kick-butt, to-die-for, gotta-have-it product for dads that is sure to make every man, woman, and child jealous of your backyard grilling machine. Yes ladies, I’m talking about something that every man wishes they had (besides beer and football). This Valentine’s day, get him a TEAM GRILL! And ladies (gentlemen), these are no ordinary grills; these are “Team” Grills. That’s right, every sports team imaginable can be painted on these beautiful grills to make it custom to his likings. The paint is made of a special material that will resist stripping with high heat levels.

I know that, after visiting teamgrills.com I’m one jealous woman. Just imagining the excitement on my husband’s face brings me to tears because I know how much he’d grill for us each week and how I’m totally missing out on it already.

ARP: Vary according to size and model, but the one I drooled over was priced at $1499.00
Available at: www.teamgrill.com

Disclosure: Each company listed above provided product(s) as a sample of what they have to offer. With these products, I was able to form an opinion based on my use. I claim no liability for anyone who feels differently. Results may vary. Please go to sponsor’s official Web site for more information on the products of interest. Thank you.

How to Have a Sexy Kiss

Try these tips to have a sexy kiss.Whether you plan to pucker up for a special date, a blind date, or pure bliss on Valentine’s Day, perfecting your kissing technique can work wonders for your relationship. If you want to know how to have a sexy kiss, you might first try by taking cues from your lover. How does he or she tend to kiss you? Try to follow suit and spice things up here and there when you can.

When all else fails, talk to your sweetheart about their impression of the perfect kiss and then work to create it! Whether you are a beginner at smooching or an expert kisser, consider these kissing techniques to help you have a sexy kiss.

Try Casual or Hard-to-Get during the Day and Passionate at Night
Kissing can of course lead to other things, so sometimes keeping your kisses casual during the day can be a good thing if you don’t have time to spend quality time together. You can offer soft and sweet kisses to show you care, or you can throw all your cares to the wind and attack-kiss your sweetheart. It all varies on how you want to approach the day with your kisses.

“I believe that just a casual kiss on the cheek throughout the day builds to a more passionate night,” says Kathy Scott of Idaho.

Try these tips for a sexy kiss.Vary your Kisses with Short Pecks and Longer Kisses
Keep your kissing technique exciting and sexy with a variety of short pecks and longer, sensual kisses. You can entice your lover, tease, or tempt, all with the way you deliver your sexy kisses. Sometimes a short, quick peck on the lips is all we get on the way out the door to work, but don’t let that be the only kind of kiss you get. Make sure you set aside quality time to spend with your mate, and be sure to share a few sexy kisses.

“A sexy kiss is made up of short pecks which lead into longer kisses,” Michele Guinsburg of Texas recommends.

“I think the perfect sexy kiss includes soft little puckers on the lips,” adds Tatiana Masone of New York. “This is my favorite way to kiss my boyfriend; also to create the perfect little pucker, I keep the lip gloss and lip stick to a minimum during this time because when I’m done kissing him, I do not want him wearing the same color lipstick as me.”

Sweeten your Smooch with Flavored Lip Gloss or Lip Balm
Many girls and guys alike are suckers for sweet flavored lip balms and lip gloss products. Avoid chapped lips, which can be a real drag and sometimes a turnoff, by simply using lip balm, ChapStick, or lip gloss on a regular basis. If you get dry and chapped winter lips, you will be happy to hear that Neosporin is now offering lip therapy treatments to combat dry and chapped lips.

“For a sexy kiss I use flavored lip gloss,” says Catherine Kister of OH. “It not only makes your lips soft, supple, and kissable, it adds a little surprise of tasty flavor for your sweetie when you smooch. You can even make a sexy game out of guessing what the flavor is.”

Enjoy your sexy kisses!

Tips for Writing Romantic Love Letters

Leave love notes to show your sweetheart how much you care...In many cases men and women both cherish and hold onto love letters and sentimental greeting cards sent from significant others or love interests. You can brighten your sweetheart’s day with a sweet or sexy love letter penned especially for him or her. Put your heart and soul into writing the romantic love letter and it will show – and you may even get a love letter in return from your soul mate.

When deciding to write a love letter to your love interest, think about the person for a few moments. Are you going steady or already committed to each other, or is this person someone you would like to get to know better? Take things at an appropriate pace when composing the first love letter. Don’t jump in head first unless you know your intended is also head over heels for you. While it’s quite endearing when you wear your heart on your sleeve, getting hurt takes its toll after a while.

Practice writing love letters with these great tips.Writing love letters is only as difficult as you allow it to be. Let your heart do the talking and your love letter writing experience should go just fine. Consider these tips to help you write sweet love letters, inspirational love letters, passionate love letters, or even apology love letters.

Tips for Writing Love Letters
No matter what kind of love letters you would like to write, check out these love letter tips that should help you to compose your thoughts in a meaningful way.

What to Say in a Love Letter
•    Mention specific things that you love about the recipient of your love letter. Go into detail about his or her best traits, and what you adore the most.

Personalize your love letter for the most romantic effect.•    Allude to romantic or even erotic things you would like to do together with your sweetheart in the love letter. You can just hint around or you can come right out and say it, depending on your personality.

•    Don’t forget to express how much you miss the person or how you can’t wait to see him or her next.

•    If you are only just getting to know the person, ease into expressing your feelings, but still make some sweet comments or suggestions as far as getting together again soon.

•    Compliment your love interest by commenting on his or her looks, personality, aspirations, talents, or other positive features or traits.

How to Personalize a Love Letter
•    Hand-write your love letter to show that you think enough of the recipient to put the time into personalizing the note.

•    Spritz a little bit of your perfume or cologne on the love letter itself.

•    Place a red lipstick kiss on the outside of the envelope. Sealed with a kiss never goes out of style!

•    Include photos of the two of you or sexy / sweet photos of yourself.

•    Instead of a kiss, consider sealing the envelope with sealing wax and a stamp.

Show you care with love letters all year long.If you are writing a passionate love letter or a very romantic love letter, be sure to express very clearly how you feel about the person and what things you look forward to doing together. You can be sweet and innocent or a bit sultry and seductive. Passionate love letters can build up anticipation for two lovers to see each other. Love letters are a great way for sweethearts to connect across the miles in a long distance relationship.

If you plan to write sweet love letters to love interests or a newfound crush, consider toning down the intensity and keeping your thoughts and comments light and airy. Be subtle in most cases and don’t go overboard in any particular direction – try to keep your love letter on an even keel. Compliment your love interest, catch up on what’s new, and try to make plans to get together in your sweet love letters.

Inspirational love letters can be a lot of fun but also a valuable tool in encouraging your sweetheart to reach for the stars, no matter what his or her dream may be. You can write inspirational love letters to your significant other before a big test or a job interview or any other important yet sometimes harrowing experience. You can also write inspirational love letters as a form of congratulations after a job well done. Anything upbeat, positive, and even somewhat romantic can become the contents of a great inspirational love letter.

If you must make amends for something you’ve done that you regret, an apology love letter can go a long way to helping you regain your love’s good graces. Depending on how you’ve wronged your sweetheart, a heartfelt apology love letter may be one way to help the two of you begin to return to how things used to be. Apology love letters may be difficult to write, but for some people it may be easier to put thoughts to paper as opposed to having a conversation in person or on the phone. Writing love letters, especially apology love letters, gives you a chance to really think through everything you want to say, recite it, revise it, rewrite it, or scrap it altogether.

Writing love letters can be a very special experience shared by two people. Whether you tuck the love letter into your husband’s or wife’s lunch bag or if you mail your love letters across the miles, writing love letters can bring you closer to your significant other. Take your time in writing your love letters and be sure to reread it before sending. Once you’ve delivered your love letter, your words are etched in eternity, at least for you and that person. Be sure to write from your heart – your romantic love letters could be the spark that ignites an everlasting love.

Valentine Gifts for Mom

Jer's Gourmet Chocolates make a tasty Valentine's Day gift for mom or anyone at all!Brought to you by a number of different and very willing companies, we have put together a Valentine’s Day gift guide that is sure to help ease the stress of finding that “perfect” gift for Mom (Grandmother, Aunt, wife, etc.). All gifts would be perfect as a standalone or as fillers with other small gifts (presented in a beautiful wicker gift basket).

Valentine Gifts for Mom under $40.00:
Pretty Snapfish photo necklaces are great keepsake gifts for special women in your life.Snapfish photo necklaces are perfect gifts for practically any occasion. They’re totally customizable and have been a sought after gift for many years. Mothers and grandmothers alike enjoy gifts that not only come from the heart, but make it easy to share their treasured memories with others. Gifts that include pictures are always a hit!

Snapfish launched in April of 2000 and then acquired by HP on April 15, 2005. They’ve been helping people preserve, enjoy, and share their most valuable memories with their ability to offer home video services, wireless imaging services, along with their more than 100 uniquely customizable, high-quality personal publishing products. With Snapfish, you’re sure to find what you want for that special someone, anytime.

ARP: $39.99
Available at: www.snapfish.com

Warm your home atmosphere with a unique home fragrance product by Scentsy.Scentsy is a brilliant way to not only make any room in your home feel warm and inviting, but it’s also perfectly safe and wick-free. You see, Scentsy candles don’t have a wick nor do they use a flame. Scentsy offers an array of beautiful warmers along with over 80 “Scentsy Bars” of wax that simply work together to make your home smell lovely. Using just a 15, 20 or 25 watt light bulb, the fragranced wax is melted softly (never burned) to fill your home with delightfully inviting smells.

Thanks to Scentsy and their wonderful products, I have enjoyed my home a little more these days. Quite honestly, I don’t think a traditional candle has ever made me feel this nice. After visiting their Web site, I also learned that they offer more than wickless candles for the home; they have car candles, travel tins, and room sprays galore. I received a beautiful Valentine themed warmer along with three beautiful fragrances (ARP: $40.00).

ARP: range from $3.00 to $100.00+
** based on single or multi-pack orders. Enjoy FREE shipping with any order over $150.00.
Available at: www.scentsy.com

Enjoy Scharffen Berger chocolates as a great Valentine's Day gift for mom or daughter.SCHARFFEN BERGER: America’s Finest Dark Chocolate has got to be one of the most sought-after chocolates around. One sniff of the box and you’ll find yourself in heaven. The aroma of this artesian chocolate, when baking, is remarkable — no other chocolate has made me want to eat my baked goods while their still in the oven. With these, I plead the fifth.

If you’re looking to impress your mother, mother-in-law, or daughter, these are the chocolates to get. I was thoroughly impressed and, well, I’d give my right arm for another batch of Scharffen Berger chocolates — YUMMY! I was sent a few sets of baking chocolates, a wonderful cookbook (The Essence of Chocolate), a bag of baking chunks, cocoa powder, and a gift box of Folio chocolates; every type of chocolate needed to make a few awesome recipes from the cookbook. Oh, and the taste — the taste was divine.

ARP: Range from $7.00 to $200.00+, depending on quantity
Available at: www.scharffenberger.com and Amazon.com

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Top 10 Attractive Qualities to Find in a Significant Other

Try to find a mate with these top 10 attractive qualities.What traits should we seek in a significant other? Besides at least some level of physical attraction, honesty, and loyalty, the other traits we should strive to find in a mate may not be so obvious. Each person has different likes and dislikes and may be attracted to a different kind of mate than the next person. To follow are some general guidelines on key traits you should look for when choosing a significant other.

Consider these top 10 attractive qualities to find in a significant other to help you choose an ideal mate. Remember, your new love interest need not have all of these traits, but these are good qualities to look for if you are hoping for a lasting and fulfilling relationship.

Look for these qualities in your next significant other. 1.    Honesty

2.    Loyalty

3.    Good Sense of Humor

4.    Smart

5.    Hard-Working

6.    Family Oriented

7.    Attractive

8.    Charming

9.    Great Personality

10.     Fun to Be Around

Countless other qualities may also help a certain person to be your ideal match. Successful, goal-oriented, compassionate – and the list goes on and on. You can always make compromises on some of these top attractive qualities by finding a mate with your most preferred traits instead.

Remember, a mate who cares deeply about you and puts you first is the kind of person you want to welcome into your life. You may find a significant other who is the yin to your yang. You may also find a significant other who seems to be the male or female version of you. Either way, find someone who’s compatible with you and make the most of your relationship by spending time together and enjoying life with your new love.

The Attraction of Finding a Mate with a Foreign Accent

People with different accents become instantly attractive to many of us.For some reason, people often love hearing someone speaking with a different accent. From Australian accents and British accents to American accents, southern accents, and countless others, listening to someone speak with a different accent can be exciting, fun, and romantic, all in one. In many cases, someone’s accent may actually be a selling point as far as whether one person feels attracted to another.

Rochelle Peachey is the founder of I Love Your Accent, an online dating site dedicated to bringing together people with different accents, such as British accents, American accents, and numerous others. Peachey is the author of two books on dating, and she herself has a British accent.

Talking on the phone with someone who has an accent can be exciting and romantic.“In the course of my research for those books, I met over 2,000 men, hence the dating expert title,” shares Peachey. “For years, men and women friends and colleagues have asked if I have a friend they could meet or if I can help them find a date, hence www.iloveyouraccent.com was born.”

Rochelle Peachey kindly decided to answer some burning questions about attraction to a person with a foreign accent or a different accent.

Q. – What is it about a person’s accent, when different from our own, that makes them that much more attractive?

A. – Rochelle Peachey, I Love Your Accent:
“Intrigue, it’s exotic, not the norm, it’s exciting to meet someone from another country.”

Q. – What are some of the most popular or most common accents on your site?

A. – Rochelle Peachey, I Love Your Accent:
“Honestly, we have accents from all over. Posh like the Queen is popular, so is Liverpool like the Beatles but there are all matter of accents on the site, which is great.”

Q. – Do you find certain accents to be the most desired?

A. – Rochelle Peachey, I Love Your Accent:
“Posh and Cockney, only this morning someone said I sounded like Posh Spice, who doesn’t speak Posh at all, so it’s weird that she’s even called that!”

Q. Do you have any tips to help someone find a partner with an appealing accent? Are there any special ways to use your accent as part of your approach romance?

Speaking to someone with an accent can often spark a romantic interest.A. – Rochelle Peachey, I Love Your Accent:
“Well I use my accent to my advantage; people are amazed sometimes that I don’t have an American twang and that I still say water with a T and not D after being in the States for so long. My children speak completely American when they are with their friends but slip right back in to English with us. I cannot stand the way kids here use the word LIKE as in ‘I was like, what did you do?’ Another word that is so overused is ‘awesome.’ When the guy came to fix my cable TV I asked if he wanted a drink and he said, ‘water would be awesome…’ Well no, water would be refreshing; a spaceship landing in my pool would be awesome!”

Q. – Do you have more males or more females looking for a partner with an accent? Who is most desired – males with accents or females with accents?

A. – Rochelle Peachey, I Love Your Accent:
At the moment we have plenty of females looking for American men and vice versa.

Q. – If you think about it, doesn’t everyone have their own accent? Even if it’s just in pronunciation or emphasis on different syllables or how soft or hard your vowels are, etc.? What truly makes up an accent?

A. – Rochelle Peachey, I Love Your Accent:
“Anything that’s different from yours, or the way people in your town speak, that makes you stand out, hence ‘Oh I Love your accent.’”

Q. – Anything else you would like to add?

A. – Rochelle Peachey, I Love Your Accent:
“Someone will win a flight to London as we launch on Valentine’s Day, sign up now for a chance to win.
Don’t just say I Love your accent, be a part of it.”

About the Expert:
Rochelle Peachey is married with two sons born and raised in London England and living in Florida for 12 years. She is the author of two books on dating in the personals and she is also sometimes described as a dating expert due to all the dates she went on when researching for those books. Peachey travels frequently to UK and is constantly asked if she knows of a nice American man or woman that she could introduce to her contacts.

“I like it when someone tells me they love my accent,” says Peachey. “It’s a compliment and you can never have too many of those. I am the face of this site, and that’s unusual in this business, so if anyone has questions or problems with anything, they can email me and I will reply.”

For more information, please visit www.Iloveyouraccent.com.

Celtic and Irish Wedding Centerpieces from Budget Friendly to Elegant and Extravagant

Irish and Celtic wedding centerpieces can be fun or formal. Consider a decorative horseshoe centerpiece.Irish and Celtic weddings are a timeless and beautiful way to celebrate your nuptials. Holding close to your heritage or to your spouse’s heritage is admirable and just cause for a lifetime of lovely memories from a special tradition celebrated in love. Finding the perfect decorations for your Irish or Celtic wedding may be a challenge, especially if you’re taking the Irish and Celtic customs and traditions into consideration for the entire wedding service and celebration.

Beautiful Irish and Celtic themed centerpieces can set off your wedding decorations with style and grace. From the flowers you choose (if you decide to use floral centerpieces) to the glassware or containers, accents, and more, centerpieces become a conversation piece as much as a visual symbol of your perfect unity.

Centerpieces for Irish and Celtic Weddings
As you plan your Irish or Celtic wedding and prepare down to the last detail of your ceremony and reception, decide which aspects are most important to you. If your decorations and centerpieces rate high on your list, you might look for classy and elegant crystal centerpieces. If budget is a concern in planning your wedding, you might consider Irish or Celtic themed wedding centerpieces that you can make yourself. Here are some suggestions for Irish wedding centerpieces and Celtic wedding centerpieces across the board:

Do-It-Yourself, Budget-Friendly Irish and Celtic Wedding Centerpieces
These Irish and Celtic centerpiece options may be a great way for you to work together with your bridesmaids or family to create lovely, memorable centerpieces that your guests will simply love. These Irish and Celtic centerpieces also should work well within your budget – just ensure you leave yourself enough time to handcraft them!

•    Painted Flowerpots with Live Shamrocks
– You can purchase very inexpensive clay flowerpots at just about any superstore like Wal-Mart, garden shop, hardware store, or craft store. You might even find a good deal for small flowerpots online. Pick up some paint in your wedding colors, a few different sizes of paintbrushes, and a shiny clear gloss to coat the pots. Paint each flowerpot to be unique from the others for a creative display or paint them all the same for uniformity. Add a bit of potting soil and some shamrocks from a local nursery, or grow them from seed prior to your wedding. For a complementing wedding favor, you can even give your guests personalized packs of shamrock seeds with your wedding date and names on them.

Horseshoes make nice accents for Irish and Celtic weddings.•    Glass or Crystal Bowls with Real Ivy and Pillar Candles or Tea Lights
– The truth is, many wedding reception halls offer this type of wedding centerpiece as part of the wedding package. The bowls are likely just plain glass and your guests will not get to take home the centerpieces, but this is definitely a pretty and budget friendly way to dress up your wedding tables.

•    Horseshoes – For a simple, unobtrusive wedding centerpiece, display the luck of the Irish at every table with a real horseshoe as the centerpiece. Remember to find a way to stand the horseshoe up on its curve so the luck doesn’t run out! One cute way to achieve this would be to tie a ribbon of your wedding colors to each end of the horseshoe and bring it up into a bow at the top so the horseshoe can hang. Then, place an ornament holder or another kind of hanging stand in the center of the table, and loop the ribbon and its bow over the hook so the horseshoe hangs in the correct way. You could also place several horseshoes with bows in the center of the table without suspending them.

Classy and Elegant Irish and Celtic Wedding Centerpieces
As a unique spin on the centerpiece idea, the bride and groom could opt for classy and elegant Irish and Celtic wedding centerpieces that all tell their own story. The couple could borrow authentic crystal and porcelain pieces from family members or they could pick out their own unique centerpieces for each table and then add them as beautiful additions to the couple’s home following the wedding.

Pitchers, bowls, vases, candle holders, votives, and other decorative pieces in Irish crystal or porcelain could be the perfect kind of Irish and Celtic wedding centerpieces. QVC offers a number of beautiful pieces that could be a nice collection of Celtic and Irish wedding centerpieces, including Tipperary Crystal Set of Two “Star Range” Candleholders (QVC Item #H09445, approximately $51), Galway Crystal James Callaghan Ltd. Ed. 10-inch Footed Bowl (QVC Item #H09446, approximately $97), or the Galway Crystal Kylemore 4-inch Rose Bowl (QVC Item #H06720, approximately $28).

Couples could also find more extravagant pieces to add to their homes, but first displaying the items at the wedding reception. No matter what the wedding budget, couples should be able to find beautiful, breath-taking Celtic and Irish wedding centerpieces to complement their wedding theme.