Thursday, May 31, 2012

Rosanna Warehouse Sale This Weekend!

Enjoy huge savings on Rosanna classics, discontinued, and overstock tableware items, in addition to one-of-a-kind pieces, antique furnishings, and collectibles!

There will be three gift baskets and three chances to win!
  • Gift basket 1: Bring a non-perishable food item or clothing article(s) to be entered to win this gift basket worth over $200 in Rosanna products! Proceeds benefit the Regina House in Seattle's South Park neighborhood.
  • Gift basket 2: Spend $100 or more at our outlet sale and be entered to win this gift basket filled with over $250 in Rosanna products!
  • Gift basket 3: Shop both the Rosanna Outlet sale on Packaging Specialties sale (our neighbor around the corner) for a chance to win this gift basket worth over $300 in both Rosanna & Packaging Specialties products!
Friendly reminders:
  • Cash and credit cards accepted only. NO CHECKS PLEASE.
  • Parking is limited.
  • Must be present to shop; orders will not be accepted via phone or email.
  • For safety reasons, we kindly ask that you do not bring small children.
  • ALL SALES FINAL. No refunds or exchanges. Please check all items for any defects before purchase.

See you there!

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Make a Place Your Own

I'm partnering with my friends over at Family Eats again! Be sure to check out their post on creating delicious, healthy meals and snacks while on the road this summer here.


All of us want a "home away from home," like a great cafe, restaurant, or bar, where we can go on a regular basis and be recognized and appreciated - and of course, enjoy fabulous food and drink! Here are some tips for finding your own special spot.

  • Find a place relatively close to home. Easy access is the key to frequent visits and quick bonding with the waiters and owners.
  • Pick a place that makes something you simply love to eat, something you couldn't replicate at home. When you pick a place, choose somewhere that offers an experience that is truly special and unique.
strawberry tartsandwich

  • Select a place that makes you feel instantly at home. Seek out a space with an ambiance that invites you in and soothes your psyche, a place that makes you feel calm, safe, and welcome. You'll know when you've found the right place because it will feel like sinking into a big overstuffed club chair with a relived "ahhhhh."
  • Finally, and most importantly, pick a place that makes you feel special and appreciated as soon as you walk through the door. Make sure the waiters and chefs take notice of you, and show them your appreciate with a warm greeting. Reaching out yourself does wonders for inspiring a welcome filled with warmth and hospitality.


With love,

Friday, May 4, 2012

Staying close to home for Memorial Day and summer break


With the economy the way it is now, expensive vacations can seem like unnecessary luxuries. There's no need to sacrifice a fun break, though! My favorite vacations growing up were the ones where we stayed close to home and spent a week at the Oregon coast. The weather wasn't always great, but we made up for it by cooking and eating fresh fish from the Pacific, playing board games, and catching up on our pleasure reading. For us, Memorial Day and summer break was a special time - a time to be together as a family. We took long walks along the vast shoreline, hunted for shells, and had hot dog roasts on the beach, with s'mores for dessert. Simplifying a family holiday by stripping away the glitz associated with an exotic destination can allow you to focus on being together in the moment. Here are some of my favorite ideas for break activities that are low in cost and high in fun:

girls on beach

  • Find a place to go that's close to home. Locate state parks, historic landmarks, and places of great beauty that are nearby.
  • If you do decide to go away, find a house to rent, if possible. It will be more comfortable than a hotel and may end up being less expensive!
  • If the weather isn't great, look for inexpensive matinees at local theatres.
  • Wander through local museums and learn about your city's culture.
  • Go to some local tourist spots or on a tour and see what all the fuss is about! Many times we ignore our town's tourist activities and hotspots - these are gems waiting to be explored.
  • Host a potluck or outdoor BBQ at your home.
  • Weather permitting, have a campout in your backyard with the kids.
  • Be on the look out for local festivals and fairs.
  • Attend an outdoor concert and bring a picnic.
  • Invite grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins along for the fun, too!

To make your "staycations" feel more like the real thing, try sipping your tea or coffee out of one of my Travel mugs! I also offer matching plates. The Travel mugs and dishes celebrate some of the most intriguing cultures the world over and are reasonably priced. They're great for gifts, too!


Have a safe and fun-filled break!