Featured on The Flaming Vegan!

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I published an article about probiotics on The Flaming Vegan, and was just informed that it’s been chosen to be featured on their homepage! Check it out, along with some of their awesome recipes while you’re there!

Introducing Visiting Friends to a New Wine Region

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As some of you may know, I’m getting married in October in my home state of Idaho. My maid of honor currently lives in Arkansas and has never spent a long time in Idaho (we met in college in Oregon). She’s going to spend two weeks with me before the wedding and I’ve been looking for fun, affordable ways to introduce her to the things I love about my state. I found a great list with information for people moving to or visiting Boise, and I plan on taking her to some of my favorite hangouts. Of course, one of my favorite things to enjoy is wine, so below I have some tips for introducing visiting friends to your local wine region and having great bonding experiences in the process!

Winery Tours

Winery Tours are a great way to try the best wine a region has to offer, especially when you can hit several wineries in one afternoon.  Idaho is home to the Sunnyslope Wine Trail, which includes 15 wineries throughout Idaho’s Snake River Region. This makes it easy to hit 3 or 4 wineries in an afternoon, enjoy some tastings, and see the variety that the area has to offer. I’ll be visiting Bitner Vinyards, Hat Ranch Winery, and Hells Canyon Winery with my Maid of Honor. Bitner Vineyards is home to a wine called “Menopause Merlot” which tastes as sassy as it sounds. I’m excited to introduce Bethany to all the personality that Idaho wine has to offer!

Free Tastings

Wineries aren’t the only places to try wine. The Co-op in the town I live has bi-weekly wine tastings from Weston Winery, and sometimes some other wineries join in too! There is also a brew store that has weekly tastings. They usually focus on beer, but they’ve been known to pop a cork or two. Now that her visit is just around the corner, I’m scouring the web and papers for events that include wine with the price of admission.  When this is the case, it’s almost always local wine that is featured.

DIY Tastings

Of course, you don’t have to go anywhere to drink wine (and if you don’t have a designated driver, you shouldn’t)!  Since I’ve really gotten into wine this year, I’ve thought about investing in a wine rack tasting center where I can keep my wine, glasses, and other utensils. I’ve talked to some of the winery representatives that I’ve met and received some awesome pairing recommendations. So I’ll load up on some fancy cheeses, get my cute little cheeseboard out, and we’ll have a girl’s night in, exploring the local wines in the comfort of my living room. I even plan on getting some locally-produced goat cheese and some farm-fresh apples.

My maid of honor has always preferred small towns and farm regions to big cities, so I think she’ll love my focus on local wine and produce while she’s here! Do you have any tips for introducing traveling friends to your local wine region? Share in the comments below!

More Brunch Wine Pairing Ideas!

The team at Layer Cake Wines has posted an article of mine specifically about wine and food pairings for home brunches! Beware, this article will make you hungry! Check it out!

It’s Time for Fall Brunches!

If you haven’t noticed, brunch has really been my thing this year. So I put together some fun autumn-inspired brunch ideas and shared them on Wining Wife! Check it out!

Some Organization Tips

The more I use my craft room, the more I need to organize it. I’m contantly cleaning and organizing and reorganizing to better fit my workflow and prevent my craft supplies from exploding all over the room. Here are some tips I wrote out for Cozy Little House!


I also had a piece published over the weekend on Sabrina’s Organizing, about how to organize a functional home workspace. Check it out!

One food bank is saying no to junk food


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Everyone deserves to be able to eat healthy, including the homeless. The Capital Area Food Bank (CAFB) is trying to solve this growing issue.

According to the CDC, The U.S.’ obesity epidemic is growing at an alarming rate. In America, a lot of food is high in sugar and trans fat, yet is unregulated by the FDA. That’s why despite the fact that they’re cheap and easily accessible, The CAFB ultimately decided to turn down donations that would make people sick in the long run. Read the rest of this entry

More Bridesmaid Ideas

I’ve published another piece, this time with some fun non-traditional bridesmaid gift ideas! Check it out at Bo-chic.com!

Hen Parties To Get To Know Each Other

Today we have a guest post, written by Hannah Carrier from listoflife.com! This will go into Hen Party ideas for your bridesmaids to get to know each other! 

Hen Parties To Get To Know Each Other

When the bride to be’s most important ladies have been in her life for many years, it is easy to forget that not all of these special ladies know each other. Some might meet each other prior to the hen party, for example, they might meet for the task of helping the bride find her perfect wedding dress. Others will meet each other for the first time at the hen party itself. That’s why it is important to recognise the integral part that hen parties play in the stages of forming the hens’ friendships. We have, within our range of hen parties, activities that allow quality time for talking and getting to know one another, but also some hen parties that cut right to the chase and destroy awkwardness immediately. If you need ideas on how to best help your hens get to know each other, look no further!


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Wine Tasting

Wine tasting is one of the most laid-back hen parties there are since it largely involves sitting around relaxing whilst several small glasses of wine are brought to you to taste. This hen party leaves plenty of room, peace and time for talking, getting to know one another and becoming less shy with each glass of wine tasted! No one is looking for an expert taster, it is a hen party that allows you to trust someone else’s expertly chosen wines from around the world and learn a little bit about each other – and if you learn about wine along the way that can’t be a bad thing!

French Cooking Class

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Culinary Therapy

If there’s one thing we all enjoy, it’s food. Rather than having a simple meal among bridesmaids, a culinary hen event entails choosing a menu and cooking the meal as well. These events have canapes and drinks upon arrival usually to allow you to get settled and designated to cooking stations before the real hands-on fun begins. Pick meals that everybody will enjoy eating and let the chefs assist you in making the meal a success. By the time you sit down to eat the meal you have cooked, you will have already spoken to each other enough that there will be plenty of things to ask about and share about each other while you enjoy the delicious result of your teamwork.


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Dance Class

There are a range of hen party dance classes that teach a variety of dance styles. Whether you choose street dance, Bollywood, 20’s or even burlesque, dance classes are a great way to get to know one another because they are fun and involve working together. A typical dance class will do a warm up before teaching you some basic steps so everyone will have to let themselves go a little bit ready to have fun. They typically end with your group performing a set routine which means you will all learn each others’ names and positions and work with each other while you move around. This type of hen party keeps the whole group laughing and is bound to form friendships!

Whatever hen party you choose is right for you, consider the opportunity it gives for bonding the bridesmaids. The more they get to know each other, the more special the wedding day will be with everybody communicating with each other and having fun with their new friends.

Written by Hannah Carrier from listoflife.com

Confession Time

I try to be organized,  but sometimes my craft room gets out of hand. Once in a while I have to start from scratch and re-organize EVERYTHING. This involves completely emptying the room and then putting about 3/4 of the stuff back (throwing away or donating the rest.

Read some of my cluttered crafter confessions and tips over at Organized Homeschool!

Wine, Wine, Wine!

As you may know, I love wine. I also like beer and mixed drinks, but lately, if you give me a bottle of wine and some cheese and crackers, I’m set. But not everyone I hang out with likes wine. So I wrote a piece about introducing reluctant friends to the wonderful world of wine!


Check it out at Grape Experiences!