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Christmas Tree Mat

Wednesday, December 22nd, 2010

Good Morning Darlings!

Have you gotten your tree yet? Or are you one of the types that waits until Christmas Eve to dress your house? If so, I have a treat for you.

The Christmas Tree Mat keeps your floors safe and scratch free. I asked besties Crystal and Teague to be the test subjects for this product since we didn’t put up a tree this year. Teague reported that it was swell. Made for easy moving and didn’t scratch up their lovely hardwoods. Teague also said it was very absorbent – doesn’t get the floor all wet when you go to water your tree. And it was the perfect size for adding the tree skirt.

The Christmas Tree Stand Mat Picture 1

It’s also reversible, with red on one side and green on the other. Super! And it is available at many hardware stores including Ace, Lowes and The Home Depot.

Wouldn’t it be fab not to worry about scratching and getting water all over your floors or carpet? This is just for you!

xoxo, Patti

Today blogging to Aretha Franklin – Oh Christmas Tree

Fun Find Friday – La Tienda

Friday, August 27th, 2010

Good Morning, Darlings!

Recently, I have been getting so much advice on monetizing the blog that sometimes I just want to scream. I  don’t want sell stuff just for the sake of making a few pennies here and there. Plus, I am so woefully bad at it.

But, I am always online looking for cool new stuff for my parties! This Labor Day we will be hosting a paella party for a passel of friends. Maybe 40, maybe 70, who knows? What I do know is that it will be a ball. And that I have got to get cracking on finding the freshest ingredients for our humongous paella pan.

Last year we had a devil of a time locating spanish chorizo. The kind that does not dissolve when cooked.

Guess what?? I found it online this week! The folks at La Tienda offer about a gazillion types of tantalizing spanish chorizo, just perfect for our paella soiree. Yay!

And I almost fainted when I spied the Extra Large Paella Burner. Who knew? Okay, I don’t know if we will be picking this up with its hefty $285 price tag, but golly, it would sure make things easier. We will probably still cook the paella the old school way, over a blazing fire (please, Mother Nature, make it cool this Labor Day).

But all our chorizo will come from La Tienda, for sure. Ole, y’all!

Eric and Teague man the paella station last year. Action shot!

Monetize, smonetize. Lets have fun!

xoxo, Patti

Today blogging to Aretha Franklin – Spanish Harlem