Living
Some of the absolute best things to do in the British Isles when cruising with Princess Cruises! Having been on four amazing cruises all around the world with our cruising friends and Princess Cruises,
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British Isles with Princess Cruises
Travel
Excited to share our experience at the beautiful Dunrobin Castle in Scotland! Looking back on these pictures I am missing our time with Princess Cruises! We did the British Isles tour and it was
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A Visit to Dunrobin Castle in Scotland
Living
When we visited Edinburgh, Scotland, a visit to the beautiful Signet Library for Afternoon Tea was a must on our list! During our UK vacation with Princess Cruises, one of the stops was to Edinburgh, Scotland,
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Signet Library Afternoon Tea
Living
A bedroom just for boys! Sharing some pictures of the charming boys’ bedroom we designed for our two young boys with Crate & Kids. We have slowly been fixing up and decorating our 1930’s
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Creating a Charming Boys’ Bedroom with Crate & Kids
Living
I learned how to make traditional Irish Soda Bread in a charming, thatched roof cottage in Northern Ireland. It’s a classic, 4 ingredient way of making soda bread and it’s delicious! Visiting an adorable
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How to Make Traditional Irish Soda Bread
Living
We got to visit Palais Bénédictine in a small village in Fécamp, France while on our British Isles cruise with Princess Cruises. There is so much history in this building and the architecture
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Touring Palais Bénédictine in France
Living
We are so excited to finally share our bathroom reveal!! We were honored to work with my friend, designer Sarah Sherman Samuel, on the design of the bathroom and she nailed it of
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My Charming Bathroom Reveal!
Living
This post is sponsored by KRAFT and SheKnows Media One of our favorite summer activities to do is pack a picnic and head somewhere the kids can run and play! I think it’s much
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Summer Picnic Food Ideas for Kids
Living
I look forward to the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale every July! I have a special place in my heart for Nordstrom as it was my very first job when I moved to Los Angeles
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Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2018!
Living
After exploring Monterey on our recent trip there, we couldn’t believe our taste buds after wine tasting in the charming village of Carmel-by-the-Sea. There are so many excellent rooms to enjoy a glass,
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5 Best Wine Tasting Rooms in Carmel
Living
My brother and his wife are adding a baby girl to our family this summer and we couldn’t be happier! I’ve already sent her a fun list of must-have baby and mama items
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A Charming Mama + Baby Box For New Moms
Living
Big Sur is a magical, rugged stretch of stunning beaches, hikes and cliffs in northern California. We took one day to explore it when we were visiting Carmel (see 10 reasons to visit
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Charming Travels: What to do with One Day in Big Sur!
Living
A few weeks ago Zan and I spent a weekend in Carmel-by-the-Sea with See Monterey. We were lucky enough to explore a few different areas within Monterey County and, by the end of
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Charming Travels: 10 Reasons to Visit Carmel-by-the-Sea
Living
We are continuing our college savings series with ScholarShare 529 and sharing 10 ways to save for college and how to involve your children! I wrote a post all about how we save
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10 Ways to Help Your Kids Save for College
Living
We do a lot of entertaining at Sugar and Charm, but something that’s an important part of home economics is management of the family, so I’m excited we teamed up with ScholarShare 529
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How we use our ScholarShare 529 Savings Plan 
Holidays
In all honesty, when Zan asks me what I want for my birthday or for Christmas each year, I always, without hesitation, tell him I want an experience. So, when StubHub reached out
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A Charming Way to Gift Tickets with StubHub
Living
Although my days can be incredibly hectic with work and raising two sweet boys, I try to find joy in the small details. My absolute favorite thing to do every day is to
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Joy Is In The Details with Cath Kidston
Living
Zan and I often get stuck in a rut when it comes to daily life and dates. We’ll go to the same restaurants or do familiar activities when we have an evening to
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10 Charming Fall Date Ideas
Living
I’m so excited that I found the best baby crib sheets ever. I first heard about Parachute baby linens from A Cup of Jo and a few of my friends who were using
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The Best Baby Crib Sheets
Travel
When you’re on a cruise and you stop in a city for 8 hours you really have to make a plan and narrow down what you want to do and see. On our
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Bikini Berlin
Living
We visited Stockholm’s Rosendals Trädgård during our stop with Princess Cruises. The must-see site is a beautiful garden filled with flowers, plants, vegetables and fruits they harvest, that are then used in the adorable garden
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Stockholm’s Rosendals Trädgård
Living
This year we are bringing some alternative dessert recipes to Sugar and Charm, as well as our traditional sweets. I think it’s so important in life to find a healthy balance when it
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In the Mix with Moon Juice
Living
I couldn’t let this season fly by without a trip to the snow! We’re not avid skiers, so I figured Yosemite would have the perfect balance of snow, nature and the most stunning
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Charming Travels: Yosemite with Kids
Living
As if we needed another project on top of renovating our entire house and property, but lo and behold… we bought an Airstream!! Hasty decision maybe, but it’s ours now so let’s just
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We Bought an Airstream to Renovate!
Living
Happy 2017!! Hope you all enjoyed your holiday! The break was much needed for us and I loved every minute spent with my family. Monroe made his entrance into the world on November 13th and
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Happy 2017!
Living
One of my favorite magazines for years has been Sunset! It’s consistently full of new and adventurous content from travel to home and it’s always a great source of inspiration. So when they invited us to
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Camp Sunset with Sunset Magazine!
Living
I know our lives are about to drastically change as we prepare for baby boy number two. Time really flies because, believe it or not, we have actually never had professional family photos
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A Santa Barbara Harbor Family Photo Session
Living
We rarely show glimpses of what goes on behind the scenes here at Sugar and Charm! So I thought it would be fun to team up with goodnessknows snack squares, to share some
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Behind the Scenes of a Sugar and Charm Photoshoot!
Living
 I'm excited to share more photos from our charming travels trip to Spain and Gibraltar on Princess Cruises! It's always been a dream of ours to visit Spain and although we spent only
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Charming Travels: Spain and Gibraltar
Living
 We were excited to recently team up with goodnessknows snack squares to create a charming beach outing! We spend quite a few summer days at the beach because Romeo is a total beach
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A Charming Beach Outing!
Living
For our latest LA with Kids, we were thrilled to visit a new Los Angeles restaurant called Au Fudge, that not only caters to adults, but kids too!! The concept is actually genius
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LA with Kids: Au Fudge
Living
First, let's all just gawk at the decor of this place?! It's GORGEOUS!! Designed by the brilliant Kelly Wrestler, Viviane is a gorgeous Mid-Century gem located inside the Avalon Hotel in Beverly
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In the Mix: Viviane Beverly Hills
Living
 It's Charming Travels London! London Town was calling, so we booked a last minute trip to do a little work, tour the city and visit family. I was a little nervous about the
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Charming Travels: London!
Living
I honestly love doughnuts. I don’t just post about them and pretend to like them… I really do love and eat them. I first tried Sidecar Doughnuts while waiting for an appointment in
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In the Mix with Sidecar Doughnuts
Living
We've been living in our little cottage house for the past 2 months, so it's finally time to share the before photos we took before moving in! I'll be sharing the remodel and
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Mad Sugar Ranch Before Photos
Living
 "But first, coffee"... it's all over Alfred's walls, cups and retail items and we love it. Alfred's is definitely one of the best coffee shops in Los Angeles. Not only do they have a
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In the Mix with Alfred Coffee
Living
This week, we headed to downtown Los Angeles with JCPenney and Jerry O'Connell (who is extremely nice and so fun to hang with!), for a really commendable event called Get Your Penney's Worth!
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JCPenney’s Get Your Penney’s Worth Event
Living
We couldn't resist our wanderlust this holiday, and took a magical trip to Stowe, Vermont for New Years! It was the winter wonderland I've always dreamt about and more, and the perfect way
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Charming Travels: Stowe Vermont
Living
Remember that reader survey we posted in September?! Well, I finally sat on the couch and dove head first into it! Not the couch… the survey. ; ) You all provided some really
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2015 Reader Survey Answers!
Living
I wholeheartedly appreciate a well-designed, artisan coffee shop! I will admit, I've become a total coffee snob... it probably started with my second job ever, as a barista. I had just turned
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In the Mix: The Assembly West Hollywood
Living
Oahu captured my heart... it was everything I picture Hawaii to be. Truth be told, we went to Maui earlier in the year and while I thought it was absolutely beautiful and
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Charming Travels: Oahu!
Living
2015 was a great year for Sugar and Charm! We reached many milestones, collaborated with some of our favorite companies, added a wonderful new team member and traveled to some charming destinations. It was
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15 Sugar and Charm Highlights of 2015!!
Living
 When Williams-Sonoma and Fortessa ask you to hang out with them in Sonoma for a few days, you respond with a big huge YES! It was an honor to attend the event hosted
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Coming Home to Sonoma with Fortessa
Living
We're kicking off a new series today and it's one of my favorites so far!! Yes, we LOVE entertaining, crafts, DIY's and sweets, which are obviously our main focus, but we also want to
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Spreading Charm: Reading to Kids
Living
I've watched Willy Wonka more times than I would like to tell you and my childhood dream was to be a chocolatier... not surprising, right? In my early twenties, I actually thought
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In the Mix with Compartes Chocolate
Living
I'm over-the-moon excited to be featured on my go-to place for all things charming today - Anthropologie's blog! Anthro has been an enormous source of my inspiration for countless years. I was so
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Summer Reads with Anthropologie
Travel
Last week, I had the most incredible opportunity to visit Zürich, Switzerland with Zürich Tourism! I didn't have Zan on this trip with me (my talented photographer and director!!) and since I
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Charming Travels: Zürich Switzerland
Living
If there's one thing we've had a lot of, it's ice cream... but definitely not flavors like green corn tamale, peking duck and bratwurst and mustard ice cream!! Those are just a few
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In the Mix with Salt & Straw!
Living
We've shared a stunning video Madcitizen created for Princess and our adventures aboard the Ruby Princess and I'm excited to finally share our photos of our time in each charming city!
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Charming Travels: Alaska!
Living
Before our trip to Alaska with Princess Cruises, I had never been on a cruise before and it was never on my list of things I had to do. I was
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Charming Travels: Aboard The Ruby Princess
Living
A few weeks ago, for our latest Charming Travels, Zan and I had the pleasure of joining Princess Cruises’ Ruby Princess on the most amazing cruise to Alaska!! I can’t even begin to tell
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Charming Travels: Alaska Video
Living
We have been long time fans of Jeni's over here at Sugar and Charm, stopping in for scoops in Charleston (see that in
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In the Mix: Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream LA
Living
Ojai, California has been a mini-travel destination for us over the past 7 years! Aside from having a history of
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Charming Travels: What to do in Ojai
Living
Chinatown is located in a neighborhood near downtown Los Angeles and it's a stretch of shops, restaurants, art galleries and incredibly beautiful buildings. For this LA with Kids, we took Romeo for
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LA with Kids: Chinatown
Living
We're In the Mix with California Donuts today! A very cool and retro donut shop that's been serving up creatively delicious donuts to Angelinos since 1982! What really drew me to this awesome
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In the Mix with California Donuts
Living
2015 is the year that Marty Mcfly soars into the future in his DeLorean time machine (we bought our son a mini version for Christmas!) and it's kind of unbelievable that 2015 is
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2014 Highlights!
Living
A few weeks ago Zan and I took a quick weekend trip to Chicago to visit my sister. I went to Chicago last year in the summer and fell in love with
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Charming Travels: Chicago
Living
Can you all believe itʼs September?! In honor of back-to-school we teamed up with Boden USA and took Romeo on a little educational “field-trip” to The Getty last week! Itʼs important to us
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Back-to-School with Boden and Mini Boden
Living
Ready for a full on ice cream explosion?! We're In the Mix with Los Angeles's popular ice cream shop, Sweet Rose Creamery! I was impressed not only with how incredibly tasty
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In the Mix with Sweet Rose Creamery
Living
I'm very excited to share 'Lette Macarons on Sugar and Charm today! I was thrilled when they invited us to check out their gorgeous boutique in the Larchmont Village area of LA. The
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In The Mix with ‘Lette Macarons
Living
 And now for Charleston part two... there were way too many pics for one post! As I'm writing this, I'm dreaming of the day we return with Romeo and family. While Zan and
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Travel Diaries Charleston: Part Two
Living
Charleston, Oh Charleston... we completely fell in love with you! If Romeo was with us on our trip, we might have never left. The charming city lived up to all of its expectations
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Travel Diaries Charleston: Part One and A Video
Living
While strolling the charming streets of Charleston, I met the author of the alluring book, The Charleston Academy of Domestic Pursuits. I'm a sucker for entertaining and etiquette books, so I purchased it and
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Charleston Academy of Domestic Pursuits
Living
Last Friday we were honored to share an exclusive home tour on Emma and Elsie's incredible blog A Beautiful Mess! So now it's time to finally post photos of our before and
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Before & After Kitchen Renovation
Living
On Saturday we celebrated Romeo's 2nd birthday with his friends and family. I asked Romeo what he wanted at his party and he said "Balloons, BIG balloons, bubbles, balls, cake." Easy
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Romeo’s 2nd Birthday & Milk + Bookies
Living
[gallery royalslider="1" ids="8397,8395,8392,8396,8401,8394,8402,8398,8399,8404,8400,8403"] This post brings me back to an old post I wrote in 2010 titled If I owned a candy store and I think it's safe to say I have a small candy addiction. When
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In the Mix with Sugarfina
Living
This past weekend we paid a visit to one of our favorite farms just north of Los Angeles called Underwood Family Farms to go strawberry picking. Zan and I used to go before
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LA with Kids: Underwood Family Farms
Living
Zan and I spent the day exploring colorful Venice, California. Itʼs an artsy town with an abundance of chic cafes, diverse shops and quirky architecture. From the historic manmade Canals to the lively
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A Day in Venice
Living
Today I'm on a sugar high because we're In the Mix with Brown Butter Cookie Company! When sisters Traci and Christa started getting more attention for the cookies in their small Central
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In the Mix With Brown Butter Cookie Company
Living
Paradise Cove in Malibu has been a family favorite for years. It’s been our go-to spot for taking visiting guests for the past decade and it was also the first place we ventured
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LA with Kids: Paradise Cove Malibu
Living
I'm starting a new series called LA with Kids. I'm excited about this because Romeo is at the age where we're starting to explore our city more with him. These outings are usually fun sans
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LA with Kids: Malibu Cafe
Living
We spent the holidays on the East Coast this year and made our way into NYC several times to explore and enjoy a few date nights. The day we took Romeo, it was
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Snippet of our NYC Trip
Living
Our first Christmas in our home called for a Sugar and Charm holiday party and toy drive benefitting one of my favorite Los Angeles non-profits, Baby2Baby. I’m happy to report the party and drive
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Cookies and Cocktail Holiday Party & Toy Drive
Living
I thought it would be magical to cut down our very own Christmas tree this year. It seemed so adventurous and a little glamorous too, kind of like glamping. So this year I
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8 Reasons Why I Won’t Cut Down a Christmas Tree Ever Again…
Living
Happy December! We had a lovely time hosting Thanksgiving at our house this year! It was a little chaotic of course, but a great experience and I'd do it again in a
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Snippets of our Thanksgiving
Living
I usually never ask for nail art when I get manicures. Mostly because I don't want to pay the extra money for it, haha! But this time I really wanted to do something
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Spiderweb Nails for Halloween
Living
Here is a little Charming Travels video from our trip to New Orleans. I can’t take credit for this because my husband is crazy talented and would shoot little things as we went
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Video: A Charming Trip to New Orleans
Living
Last week Zan and I escaped to New Orleans for a few days. After hearing it has some of the best food, amazing jazz bars, baby alligators that you
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New Orleans Travel Diaries
Living
We're lucky to live fairly close to Santa Ynez wine country and we try to take full advantage of the gorgeous countryside and incredible  restaurants. My absolute favorite restaurant is Full of Life Flatbread in
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Full of Life Flatbread
Living
Happy Monday! Thought I would keep the weekend alive by bringing a little virtual Malibu to your computer! We did a Malibu travel guide for Style Me Pretty Living last week. It's full
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Travel to Malibu
Living
I heard whispers around town that Proof Bakery is incredible and that I must try it. So one early morning, I took my friend Kim (who snapped the lovely photos) down to check
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In the Mix with Proof Bakery
Living
My baby boy is one today! This past weekend, we were in San Francisco with my family for my sister Jessie's graduation from law school, congrats Jessquire!! Since we were traveling, we held
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Happy 1st Birthday Romeo
Living
I discovered Deluscious Cookies when I was working at the W Hollywood Residences. I was making gift bags for an event and we dropped one of the most amazing, individually wrapped cookies
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In the Mix with Deluscious Cookies + Milk
Living
  Flavors like Meyer Lemon Olive Oil, Earl Gray and Guinness are  what grabbed my attention when reading about this charming ice cream shop that had just opened a new location on Third Street
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In the Mix with Carmela Ice Cream
Living
When we were in San Francisco, we paid a visit and went In the Mix with Miette! Being a fan of the charming Miette cookbook, it was on my list to visit the
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In the Mix with Miette San Francisco
Living
This week we’re In the Mix and tasting some sweet treats with The Hart and The Hunter.  This uber trendy restaurant located in the Palihouse Hotel, Melrose is not only cooking up some
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In the Mix with The Hart and the Hunter
Living
We're starting a fantastic new series here on Sugar and Charm. I better invest in a treadmill because we're going "In the Mix" with best bakeries, sweet shops and little cafes around Los
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In the Mix with Short Cake
Living
Paid a little visit to Miette... I'll have a full post on this next week : )   Breakfast of champs... Our adventure continued in San Francisco with a visit to Plow for brunch, which was
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San Francisco Part Two
Living
We left our hearts in San Francisco and I fell even more in love with the stunning city. We had the most beautiful weather on Saturday and Sunday. We even went to
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San Francisco Part One
Living
I was sitting in the sauna at Burke Williams and these were my thoughts... when I was pregnant with Romeo, it was imperative to me that I took care of myself and my
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Tips for Living a Positive Life
Living
I have never seen so many tricker-or-treaters in my Halloween life! We threw a small get-together at a friend's house in Toluca Lake. I've always heard it gets crazy there, but once I
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snippet of life: halloween 2011

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