Wednesday, November 26, 2014

"Be More Tea" with Lipton at Safeway

Sometimes we forget that it’s important to really enjoy our meals.  Instead of grabbing a quick bite on the run, we should take the time to slow down, and enjoy the moment.  Lipton Tea has thrown the gantlet...or the tea cup...and wants you to “Be More Tea” and make mealtime more enjoyable.  Whether it’s an energizing morning Black Tea with breakfast or refreshing Iced Tea Lemonade with dinner, it’s time I make the most of every bite...and sip. 
My favorite tea pairing is peanut butter waffles and Lipton original tea.  It's a little known fact that peanut butter and tea pairs almost as well as peanut butter and jelly...almost...and I have been mad about this quick, easy, and delicious breakfast for a while now.


1. waffles
2. peanut butter
3. granola
4. syrup 

 1. Toast up some waffles, and then cover them with peanut butter while they are nice and warm.

2. Add a layer of granola. 

3. And then some syrup.

Serve and enjoy!  Just add tea and you have yourself a delicious breakfast of champions.

 If you’re not sure what your “cup of tea” is, take this fun and quick quiz to find your perfect tea and meal pairing. While you’re there you can save $1.00 on Lipton Tea at Safeway and enter for a chance to win gift cards to your local Safeway. Safeway gift cards also valid at Vons, Pavillions, Pak’nSave, Randalls, Tom Thumb, & Carrs.

How will you BE MORE TEA? What was your pairing?

Jen & Jess

Sponsored post by Lunchbox, all opinions are 100% our own.

Monday, November 24, 2014

DIY: Glitter Ornaments

We are getting in the Holiday mood, and continuing our series on handmade gifts.  Turn an ordinary ornament into something with a little more sparkle.  Everything is just two easy steps away from an upgrade.

What you will need:
 1. Paper ornaments - we got ours at Michaels
2. Glass cut glitter - Michaels (the bigger the glitter, the shinier the ornament)
3. PVA Glue - Paper Source
4. A sponge brush - Paper Source

 Cover the ornament in a thick layer of PVA.  I did one half at a time.

 Cover the glue with glitter.  Use it all up! Cover that thing!  TIP *put a sheet of paper under the ornament when you use the glitter, then you can fold the paper and pour all the excess glitter back in...waste not, want not.

Let dry...and you're done! That was easy!  And it's always nice to add a little piece of flare.

Jen & Jess

Friday, November 21, 2014

A walk in the park...

As my time in San Diego draws to a close, and I look forward to real winters and Broadway shows across the country in New York, I am using my days off to visit some of my favorite places in this beautiful city.  Balboa park being on the top of my list.  Not only is it where I worked at The Old Globe Theatre, but it's also where I have spent countless hours walking the grounds, learning from the museums, and picnicking with dear friends under the trees.

I was lucky enough to come here on field trips as a kid, but many don't get that option...many don't get the option of an education at all.  Did you know 1 billion people in this world are unable to read a book, or sign their own name?

 Stone and cloth is a wonderful giveback brand that supports educational scholarships for students in need.

 Carry an education, because every child deserves the opportunity to learn.

Backpack: Stone and Cloth // Jacket: Target // Skinny Jeans: Articles of Society // Rain boots: J.Crew (now 30% off if you use the code SHOPNOW)

Photos by a wonderful San Diego/LA based photographer who is a cause driven lady in her own right, Ellie Coburn. Check her out at


Thursday, November 20, 2014

Winter White Sangria

    It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas, and with Thanksgiving just around the corner, we wanted to share the perfect holiday cocktail to transition from fall to winter!  We teamed up with Diabolo all natural sparkling refreshments and came up with a light and fruity winter white sangria that is sure to please friends and family!

2 Bottles White Wine (we used Sauvignon Blanc)
1 Can of Diabolo Mint Lemonade French Soda
1 Orange, sliced
1 Apple, sliced
1 Cup Fresh Cranberries
Fresh Mint leaves

Pour all ingredients into a pitcher, refrigerate overnight, and take out when you're ready to serve!  This recipe makes for 6-8 servings, and you can prep it ahead of time.  Your winter white sangria will last two days before the wine starts to go sour.

    To see more refreshing and festive Diabolo cocktail recipes, click HERE!

    Cheers to a fabulous holiday season!

Jen & Jess

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Gratitude Dinner

    We love this Gratitude Dinner party trend from Evite Gatherings!  What a fabulous way to get together with your close friends before you all go home for the holidays!  Throw a dinner party in honor of your closest friends to show your appreciation for them.  See Evite's tips on how to host a Gratitude Dinner, HERE!

    Make hosting stress-free by throwing a potluck style dinner, and have friends bring either an appetizer, entree, side, or dessert.  See Jess in this DIY Mini Pie in a Jar video, and learn how to make this simple and adorable treat!  Download the free printable tag, HERE.

    For favors, attach a "Grow in Gratitude" favor tag to a plant and pass them out to all your guests.

    However you decide to celebrate this fall, we hope you are surrounded by people who love and cherish you and show you how grateful they are to have you in their life!


Jen & Jess

Monday, November 17, 2014

DIY: J.Crew inspired Tassel Earrings

It's time to start making Holiday gifts! We decided to start a series of hand made Holiday gift ideas to help you fill the stockings of the ones you love, without draining your bank account.  

The first one is Tassel Earrings! Inspired by the always fabulous J.Crew, I thought I'd add a little more fun to earrings I already had...double the tassel, double to fun...or something like that.

Here is my inspiration...sigh

What you will need to make your own:
1. I used yarn, but upon further review, a softer and silkier cording would have made for a more polished look. (I got my yarn at Michaels Craft Store, and they have the other cording as well.) 
2. Earrings...something that sparkles is always nice.
3. Cardboard, or something sturdy to wrap the yarn around.  It needs to be the right size.  I lucked out with post-its, but cardboard is more customizable.
4. Scissors.

 First I wrapped a piece on the yarn around the earring on me, so that I could choose the length I wanted.

 Next I chose how thick a tassel I wanted.  I went for long and thin, but if I had used a thinner cording, then I would have made a 16 - 20 strand tassel.  This one was 6 loops, which made a 12 strand tassel.

Now you've upcycled some old earrings, and you can give them as a gift or keep them for your own Holiday cheer!

Jen & Jess

Monday, November 10, 2014

31 Days of Party!

Tis the season! Evite has a great webpage up with party ideas for every single day in December! Yes please! It's a great way to get excited about all the different ways you can celebrate the Holidays.  AND they are throwing a Twitter Party on Wednesday to continue the brain storming with party experts, and we are one of them!

(Just click the date and it gives you that day's party idea! 31 great ways to spread the yuletide cheer! )

Join us (Linen, Lace, & Love), Evite, Play Party Pin, and Grey Grey Designs this Wednesday 6-7pm PST for a Twitter party about all things holiday entertaining.  Click here for the party!

See you there!

Jen & Jess

Friday, November 7, 2014

I moustache you a question....

Have you heard of "Movember?"  The Movember Foundation is the leading global organization committed to raising funds and awareness for men’s health through the power of the moustache. TOMS (who we already love for their buy one, give one mission) and Movember have reunited for a fifth year to educate the world about men’s health issues...and they have launched a limited edition line of TOMS shoes to go with it!

All with the Movember moustache logo on the heel.  Adorable, and comfortable for a cause...yes please!

Buy one, give one, and giveback to men's health.  Since I'm grateful for the fact that I can't grow a moustache, I will happily wear one on my shoes...we can't let the boys have all the fun.

Jen & Jess