heart-healthy gifts

I was always thrilled to receive those anonymous boxes of Sweethearts in elementary school…but not so thrilled about eating them, as they tasted suspiciously of Tums.
Here’s what I’d love to receive instead….

Makes my list every year, and always will. Most notably:
Butterscotch Squares

Peanut Crunch

California Brittle

Satin Rose Clutch; $23.80, www.amazon.com

Michael Kors Faye Wedge; $175, www.neimanmarcus.com

American Living silk tie (hint: they're made by Ralph Lauren); $30, www.jcp.com

Flower Stud Wedge; $32.60, www.gojane.com

Seaside Neon Bracelet; $32, www.anthropologie.com

Bling Duffel; $44.50, www.victoriassecret.com

Sugar Girls Sequin Boots for girls; $39.99, www.dillards.com

Crystal desk accessories; $9.95-$29.95, www.zgallerie.com

2-Carat Cup; $14.49, www.perpetualkid.com

Sandwich bags; $4.49; www.perpetualkid.com

Boo Boo Bandages; $3.99, www.perpetualkid.com

Chocolate High-Heel Shoe; $45, www.gayleschocolates.com

Easier than you think--and you can cheat and prepare them with two cans of Pillsbury cinnamon-roll dough. (Click on photo for how-to's...)

Use a baking stencil on fondant, then cut into cupcake-shaped rounds.

Melted white chocolate, M&M's, and popcorn...how bad could it be?

Inspired yet?

Sending a big, juicy, heartfelt thank you to all my faithful followers…and wishing you the most wonderful Valentine’s Day EVER!

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about this blog

Okay, so here’s my motto:

Anything worth buying...is worth buying cheaper.

And that’s where this blog comes into the picture. I’ve been a national magazine writer and editor for more years than I care to admit. During that time, I’ve researched, written about, and played with the hottest, newest, trendiest things under the sun - from lipsticks to lampshades, denim to doorknobs (I'm not kidding... I actually had to write a story about vintage doorknobs). And while I know plenty of people who pay big bucks for the latest designer handbag, I actually get a bigger thrill out of finding really cool, obscure items for a song: a brilliant leather coat at Target, say, or a drugstore lipgloss straight from London.

So hang out with me here and we’ll go shopping together for the best beauty bargains, fashion finds, brilliant home décor and more.