Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Go Red Tablesetting Contest

This year I was chosen as the 2013 Seattle Go Red for Women chairwoman! I was so honored to be asked and am thrilled to be taking part in such an important cause.

Heart disease is the number one killer of women. It kills more women than the next five leading causes of death combined, and most women don't even know about their risk. One in three women will be affected by heart disease this year. Can you afford to be the one? Can anyone?

The mission of Go Red is one all women can embrace - raising money for medical research, awareness, and education. Go Red provides an opportunity for all us to be inspired and to inspire others to live healthier lives.

February is Heart Month, and in honor of Go Red, I thought I'd host a little contest for Rosanna fans and other people who want to spread the word about Go Red and women's cardiovascular risks. What better time to celebrate the love and care you should show to yourself than the contest starting on Valentine's Day?

Use your creativity and passion to create a beautiful red tablesetting. Maybe you set a special table for Valentine's Day each year, or maybe you are already familiar with Go Red and have created a lovely red-themed table recently. Or maybe you just love red! Whatever the reason, enter to win a prize including the entire French Linens collection, a set of Vintage Glass goblets in clear, and a signed copy of my book Coming Home: A Seasonal Guide to Creating Family Traditions.

Official Rules
1. Anyone is welcome to enter, regardless of age or gender.
2. Set the table for at least two. No actual food or Rosanna products are required.
3. Contest begins on February 14th, 2013 at 12:00 AM PST and end February 28th, 2013 at 11:59 PM PST.
4. Submit up to 2 photos of your tablescape and the story behind each design. Digital submission must come as jpegs, around 4x5 inches, no less than 72 dpi and no more than 180 dpi.
5. When entering, make sure to include your name, city, and an email or phone number where we can reach you. We respect your privacy and will not give out any of your information.
6. Photos in hard copy will not be returned.
7. Rosanna, Inc. reserves the right to use and/or publish photos of your tablescape submissions however we see fit. Photos may be published on social media sites. Publishing does not necessarily constitute a winning entry. By submitting your photo, you agree to these terms.
8. Please email all entries to
9. Mailed entries should be sent to:
    Rosanna, Inc.
    Attn: Go Red Tablesetting Contest
    6755 East Marginal Way South.
    Seattle, WA, 98108

Good luck!

To learn more about Go Red For Women and what you can do to prevent heart disease, please visit the Go Red website.


Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Use your sense of touch this Valentine's Day

I've partnered with my friends over at Family Eats this month! Check out their latest post all about heart-healthy foods in celebration of Heart Month.

It's an old joke, but is mostly true: Without their hands, Italian would be incapable of expressing themselves. Gesturing, raving, teasing, and, above all, embracing - Italians loves to express themselves by touch. When you meet a friend in Italy, the first thing you do after saying hello is to embrace and offer two kisses, one on each cheek. This ritual is an expression that shows you care and share a connection.

In the spirit of Valentine's Day, what better time than now to let your friends and family know how much you care about them? Read on for my favorite six ways to integrate touch into daily life.

  1. A Euro-style kiss, on one cheek or both, is a lovely and elegant way to greet a friend.
  2. A handshake or touch on the arm communicates trust and commitment.
  3. A warm bear hug for family members demonstrates love of kin.
  4. An arm around the shoulders or holding a hand shows commitment to a friendship during trying times.
  5. A high-five for a coworker can be a wonderful sign of triumph and success at work.
  6. Goodnight kisses and embraces are always a lovely way to send a child off to sleep and offer an expression of security before they drift into dreams.

When we are with our partners, children, and close friends, we should demonstrate our love with a warm embrace or a sweet kiss. Everyone responds positively to touch, many times more so than if we express out feelings with words only. We should all strive for daily intimacies, and using our sense of touch to its fullest is one of the best ways to do that.

Hugs and kisses,