Tuesday, 2 February 2016

Review: ZChocolat VALENTINE'S DAY Romantic 27 Piece

Overwhelm your loved one with the best of both worlds: romance and traditional recipes. ZChocolats Valentine assortment of 12 heart-shaped chocolates reveals a dark ganache cloaked in a white exterior, a creamy milk hazelnut praliné, a dark couverture "fleur de sel" (salty) caramel infused with Bourbon Vanilla from Madagascar and a divine bergamote-infused ganache. A unique explosion of flavors for your palette.

Their traditional assortment in this collection also reveals their 15 most popular chocolates including 3 of our ever-famous Z pieces.

We loved these quality chocolates. The taste is divine. Smooth. So much more than your average box of chocolates. A special gift for your Valentine.

Thursday, 24 December 2015

Merry Christmas To You and Yours

Wishing you and your family, a peaceful holiday season, and a very Merry Christmas.

Friday, 4 December 2015


What to expect when you’re expecting… house guests.  The key to making a lasting impression on your guests is to provide all the comforts you would expect to find at home, but with a personal touch. As the proverb goes, “a home without guests is a home without soul”, so as the host, return the favor by filling your guest room with some of that soul.  Sally Morse, Director of Creative Services for Hunter Douglas, the leading name in custom window fashions, offers the following tips on guest room décor:

Luggage Racks – How many times have you entered a guest room and there was no place to put down any luggage? Arranging a place for your guests’ belongings in a small bedroom can be a challenge, but consider a folding luggage rack that can easily be put away and won’t take up too much space.  

Closet – A closet is useless without any hangers, so don’t forget to supply at least eight to ten hangers for your guests. It’s also a good idea to put simple hooks on the wall or behind a closet door for coats, scarves or bags.

Flowers – A great way to add a personal touch to your guest room is by putting flowers on a bedside table or bureau. The flowers don’t have to be fresh necessarily; dried hydrangeas, for instance, live longer and provide an elegant, vintage look to a room. During the holiday season, try filling a vase with dry arrangements or a large bowl with pine cones for a festive and eye-catching addition.

What to expect when you’re expecting… house guests.  The key to making a lasting impression on your guests is to provide all the comforts you would expect to find at home, but with a personal touch. As the proverb goes, “a home without guests is a home without soul”, so as the host, return the favor by filling your guest room with some of that soul.  Sally Morse, Director of Creative Services for Hunter Douglas, the leading name in custom window fashions, offers the following tips on guest room décor:

In the guest room to the left, designed by T. Keller Donovan, Hunter Douglas Silhouette® window shadings beautifully soften and diffuse the light while providing privacy.

Provide Privacy – Part of making your guests feel at home is providing adequate privacy. Choose window coverings that not only add character to the room, but provide privacy and light control, as well. Products such as Silhouette window shadings from Hunter Douglas do just that: the shadings diffuse light through two fabric layers for a radiant and calming effect with the added benefit of providing privacy.  

Converting Your Office Space – Many people don’t have the extra room in their homes to set up a special guest room, so they combine spaces into multi-functional areas. The work space/guest room is a great option for creating a cozy and versatile space. Once you’ve determined how your multi-use space should be divided, consider investing in a pullout couch, especially if you have frequent visitors.

Mirrors – Be sure that there is at least one mirror in the room, whether it’s in the bedroom itself or the bathroom. A floor-length mirror is an added luxury that your guests will definitely appreciate.  

Small Touches – A little gesture can go a long way. Consider leaving a welcome note or a pouch of lavender on the pillow to make your guests feel special. Also, give your guest room an intimate feel by including a family photo or two or some of your favorite books.

With these simple tips you’ll have a hard time getting your guests to leave.

Tuesday, 1 December 2015

Holiday Gift Guide 2015


That's Caring-
Every gift you send from their selection of high-end gift lines equals supplies for weekend meals, and those weekend meals go directly to the children in need right here in our own country. That's Caring works with food banks throughout the US to support their weekend bag programs and supply meals.  Those meals are then distributed discretely by the food bags to the children in need.  It’s a cause dear to their own hearts, and when you visit thatscaring.com, you’ll see how your That’s Caring gifts go beyond reaching your recipient. One such gift from That's Caring:

  • Get a fresh start to the day or prepare for an afternoon break with their homemade muffins and Starbucks coffee gift box.  This gift includes all-natural homemade individually wrapped muffins (8) in banana nut, blueberry, double chocolate chip and lemon poppy seed accompanied by Starbucks® Coffee (2), all packaged in their Signature That's Caring Gift Box. BONUS! When you give one of their gifts to a friend, co-worker or loved one, you’re really giving two gifts: one to your chosen recipient and one to a hungry child.


MENAJI  -David Expandable Dopp Kit Set-

Made from water- and stain-resistant ballistic nylon in classic black, each bag is lined and smartly finished with MËNAJI branded pull tags, and is designed to hold multiple MËNAJI products.

The second in this new series of top performing bags:


The Expandable Dopp Kit measures 23cm Length x 5cm Height x 14cm when bag is closed, and 23cm Length x 18cm Height x 14cm when bag is open. David is comes loaded with 4 priority MËNAJI luxury men’s skincare products that you use daily + weekly and then expands to accommodate more products or gear when you go to the gym or travel. The front pocket is clear so you can see MËNAJI’s 4 priority products.

DAVID Expandable Dopp Kit $95


St. Jude Brown Soft Blanket-
Super lightweight and velvety soft, the **St. Jude Plush Blanket makes a warm addition to any couch or bed. With dimensions of 50″ x 60″, this blanket makes curling up with a good book or sitting by a fire with friends and family even more luxurious. To make it an even better holiday purchase, 100% of the profits stemming from this purchase will directly benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

**St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is the worldwide leader in research and treatment, saving the lives of children fighting cancer and other deadly diseases where they treat patients cost-free, allowing families to focus on healing their child rather than worrying about paying medical bills. The Thanks and Giving campaign is the hospital’s fundraising and awareness campaign bringing together celebrities, media, and more than 70 of the nation’s leading brands and top companies to help harness the generous spirit of Americans during the shopping season.


Celebrate and share holiday cheer with these authentic and chic chocolate gifts handmade with luscious adherence to French culinary know-how. Adorned with a seasonal mainstay, the Christmas bulb, and bursting with fine chocolates handcrafted by World Champion French Chocolatier Pascal Caffet, their collection of exclusive gift boxes will be warmly received and relished by all - anywhere in the world.

Which line is right for your recipient? See which in zChocolat's Holiday Gift Guide and Tips.

Superbly luxurious,  the Pai-Shau Ritual Box is dramatic, elongated (25.5” x 4”) rich purple, and  filled with five breakthrough new Pai-Shau haircare products. Infused with Signature Exotic Tea Complex (pu-ehr, white, green, black and red bush teas) they leave hair smoother, shinier, frizz-free, and more richly nourished than ever possible before.

A fashion and beauty- insider obsession, it  includes:  Enhance Ritual Biphasic Infusion (25ml), Hydrating Ritual Replenishing Hair Cleanser (90ml), Hydrating Ritual Replenishing Cream Conditioner (90 ml), Hydrating Ritual Supreme Revitalizing Mask (50ml) and Design Ritual Style Souffle (50ml).  

Innovative Pai-Shau  penetrates more deeply yet  lightly, giving longer lasting results without added weight or residue. Hair looks and feels product-free, full of body and bounce, and allows any texture to look it’s most beautiful.  With daily use, even colour or chemically treated hair looks healthier, shinier and it’s very best. It's also  free of gluten, parabens, sulfates and phosphates, with no added sodium chloride. The entire line is residue-free, animal cruelty-free, Leaping Bunny-approved and vegan friendly.

Price: 60.00.   Available exclusively at fine salons. Visit www.pai-shau.com for more information.

** watch this spot for more gift giving ideas!

Friday, 27 November 2015

Review: Mr Nelson's Cookies- His Chocolate Chip Cookies Should Be One Of The Most Popular Holiday Gifts For Gifting!

The holidays are rapidly approaching. This means get togethers but also a time of giving gifts out. Outside of close family members and friends, Americans on average give a gift to at least 20% of their friends, acquaintances, and business contacts. One of the most popular gifts is cookies. Why is this?
My answer: Well if you had the chance to try a quality cookie like Mr Nelson's chocolate chip cookies, you would know why- and you truly would feel confident about gifting these cookies perhaps to your party hostess or if you had been a house guest over the holidays.

What is it about cookies that makes it such a great holiday gift?
My answer: I would say they are different- not like your same old same old gifts and who doesn't like cookies- chocolate chip yet!

After trying Mr Nelson's chocolate chip cookies, Gerry and I can truly say these are one of the best cookies we've ever eaten. Just don't do like I did and look at the calorie count of one of these babies! At least wait till after you eat the cookie and decide if it was "worth it". And we'd say oh yeah! Worth every calorie!

And BTW- who is this Mr Nelson and what can we tell you about his yummy cookies:

Mr Nelson is one of the few formally-trained chefs (and artisan baker) who consider chocolate chip cookies as one of the four major food groups! And, as such, he has created over the last couple of decades (yes, decades) what many people believe is a chocolate chip cookie of extraordinary taste and texture.

Mr. Nelson is a “one-man-show” as he personally makes, bakes, wraps and packages only 24 dozen perfect chocolate chip cookies a day, four days a week. Oh, and given he only makes one type of cookie, Chocolate Chip, (and nothing else!) you could also say he is a “one-trick-pony”; however, please know, it is a very “tasty” trick!

The cookies are made in a small, custom bakery on the edge of the Tonto National Forest at the base of the beautiful Superstition Mountains in Gold Canyon, Arizona.

Mr. Nelson’s Cookies™ can be purchased on-line in quantities of 6 or 12. They are shipped via UPS the day they are made and packaged in a box that you would be very proud to give (or receive!) as a gift.

Thursday, 26 November 2015

Happy Thanksgiving To Our US Neighbors!

Happy Thanksgiving to our southern friends- 
Enjoy your time with family and friends. Enjoy time off work, good food, and a time to reflect on your blessings. 

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