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Scooteroma Tours

My darling husband and I spent a few days in Rome and we wanted to experience Rome in a way that felt new, young, and vibrant. To see the historic city through the eyes of a resident. I found Scooteroma Tours via word of mouth. After reading about Annie (a native Minnesotan) and Giovanni (born and raised an hour from Rome in Fiuggi) I knew we had found kindred spirits. Annie had worked in NY in fashion and fell in love with Italy...you can ask her about their love story. We were picked up by two dashing young men from our hotel and immediately started racing around Rome and the countryside as if we were just another set of young (at heart) couples off to meet up with friends. We were seeing traditional sites but also sites not in the guide ... read more

Champagne Glasses by Deborah Ehrlich

Champagne, Yes Please Deborah Ehrlich is an artist in spirit and form. She created these incredible hand-blown, hand ground, crystal champagne glasses drawing inspiration from her drawings of nature. Simple in stature and beautiful to hold, you will want to use them for cocktails everyday. I fell in love with these the first time I saw them in the wonderful department store Takashimaya in Tokyo, Japan. Great gift giving - Housewarming, Thank You, Weddings, Birthdays. Collect a dozen and use them everyday. Art should be part of every aspect of your life. SHOP   ... read more

Chef Robert Reynolds

Chef Robert Reynolds (1942-2012) was a truly inspiring individual - he made a difference in the lives of his students, community (San Francisco and Portland, Oregon), the South of France and around the globe. Helping them all to express themselves in all that they do with a joie de vivre and appreciation of the simple things in life. I will never forget my week in Provence with him and his French Chef (crazy Cowboy) Michele. (more on that trip this summer when I revisit my youth in France). Ahh to be able to live your passion and pass it on to others. He truly was an example of a well-lived life. He was trained by Madeleine Kamman in Annecy, France; mentored with Josephine Araldo, a chef de Cuisine certified from the Cordon Bleu in ... read more

My Stay at Solage in Calistoga, CA

Experience Solage Calistoga, where cosmopolitan luxuries take on a comfortable, enlightened attitude. Discover this premiere resort located at the northern end of the world-renowned Napa Valley wine country. With 89 eco-friendly studio accommodations where health and wellness are the focus and you can escape to a blissful nirvana. Did I mention wine? You must ask about the Calistoga mud and mineral water therapies at the SPA. Trust me you will thank me for this and want to stay another day to do it again. How incredibly gorgeous is this pool? I could live here all day! www.solagecalistoga.com ... read more

Good Karma Dog Toys from Jax & Bones

These adorable rope toys from www.jaxandbones.com come in 2 sizes and are offered in a variety of animal shapes. The toys are made from 100% natural dyed cotton thread and are hand tied. Proven to improve dental health and guaranteed to provide hours of chewing and tugging fun. The company donates a portion of the proceeds to www.therescuetrain.org a 501c3 dedicated to eliminating animal suffering. Stella's favorite is Larry the Lion! ... read more

American Single Varietal Honeys by Bee Raw

Bee Raw Honey Bee Raw single varietal honey is as unique as its floral source - it can be compared to wine, tea, and coffee in its variety and complexity. Both distinction and quality are becoming a rarity in our culture and Bee Raw's goal is to make high quality, varietal honeys more readily available to food lovers everywhere. We love the varietal pack. This is gift giving at its finest. Bees are responsible for pollinating one in every three bites of food we consume. Sadly, because of pesticides, parasites and malnutrition, bees are dying off --- jeopardizing the production of food that sustains human life. So, plant flowers, cultivate pesticide free gardens, donate to Save The Bees Fund beeraw.com/donate. ... read more