Best Buy makes planning your wedding registry fun with these top five picks

Some think that picking out the engagement ring is tough – and in some cases it is. The right “size, shape, color”, is it new or something that is a family heirloom. When it comes to picking out your registry, you can breathe a sign of relief because Best Buy wedding registry takes all the stress out of your wedding planning with home goods that you’ll both enjoy. These are my top five picks from Best Buy to help any engaged couples new life together the best.

1 – TV anyone? This is awesome for gathering around for date night, simple movies and let’s not forget all the sports that your spouse (and possibly you too) will love to watch with family and friends.tv1112 – Technology is key in the 21st century. How about new matching mobile devices, music players or laptops? This makes staying in touch and getting those thank you notes off to your guests easier.  They also have an awesome “Geek Squad”, that can help you with any of your computer related questions. phone11

3 – New appliances may be needed in your new home and how about that washer, drier or stainless steel wine fridge you’ve had your eye on. While these may seem big-ticket items, they are great for “Group Gifting”. What’s that you ask? It allows gift-givers to give any amount they want, so couples can ask for the gifts you really want and not worry about price point. Great for your officemates or bridal party who want to pool funds for your gift.wine22

4 – It’s party time and a new stereo and/or speakers will set your party off right! Music systems will help with amazing surround sound for parties both in and out of your home. Placing your speakers near or via blue tooth, will have your guests enjoying every moment.musicsstem1

5 – I don’t know about you but nothing makes for a great party but awesome food and cocktails. That’s why a microwave, toaster, blender or coffee maker must be on your registry. Fun food just completes your new home and cocktails  or coffee make everything meal perfect all year round.coffee1

Best Buy has a great choice of gifts that will fit any registry request. Remember that all items $199 and over can be considered for their “group gifting” option. This allows you to ask for what you really want, without asking your guests to spend more than they are comfortable with—so dream big. Remember Best Buy Wedding Registry has Free Shipping, No Minimum.  So whatever your “Top Five” products, big or small, expensive or affordable, all ship for free saving your guests money.

So check out Best Buy and take the stress out of your registry planning. Now back to finding the perfect dress….

While a huge Best Buy fan, this is a sponsored post and I’ve been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free.

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Best Buy has a wedding registry with your name on it.

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With so many things to do before your big day, how about making life a little easier when it comes to your wedding registry? Did you know that Best Buy now has a wedding registry?!? I KNOW!!

I’m a real fan of Best Buy. It’s been a long time since a store has the latest products that fit my lifestyle and me. I have a feeling it’s the same for you. So when you and your partner start to build your registry, think about what you really need and your lifestyle. Best Buy really has the best selection of things you may need for you home and if you need help setting up your new device, the geek squad is always available. Now that’s service!ProductGroup

So why Best Buy? Look, do you really need another set of sheets or dishes? I didn’t think so. Giving your guests your registry from Best Buy will assure you that you get what you want and need to continue to build your home. You will also get the items you are truly excited to receive. That great new camera (to use on your honeymoon), perhaps that fitness tracker (to help keep you fitness goals on track) and my personal favorite Bluetooth speakers so you can play your favorite tunes on beach days or outdoors.

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One of the key benefits to this registry vs others is “group gifting”. This means your guests will spend what they want, and you’ll get what you want. There is free shipping, which is an added bonus so no gift, no matter how big or small will get to you AND there is NO minimum PURCHASE required. That’s a win-win for everyone.

So when you’re looking for the best in products, best in sales staff, the best for you, look no further than…Best Buy!

 

Disclaimer: The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free.

Holiday Gifts and Fashion from David’s Bridal

With the most wonderful time of the year just around the corner everyone is beginning to search for that perfect gift for every lady on their list. Whether you’re shopping for your sophisticated mother, fashionable sister or trendy girlfriend – David’s Bridal has the goods this holiday season! Offering everything from show-stopping accessories and glitzy stocking stuffers to thoughtful hostess gifts and fashionable add-ons, you’re sure to leave all of your female giftees feeling the love this holiday season!

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Wine Wednesday: Plated meals are pretty simple and pretty delicious

I like cooking but truly am a better baker until I discovered Plated.  Plated is a food delivery service that not only put the joy back in cooking, they made it as easy as 1-2-3.  Their recipes are really easy to recreate and you know what…they look just like the Plated picture and taste amazing.plated2

Of course it would be two Harvard Business School alums (Nick Taranto and Josh Hix) to compile gourmet recipes from noted chefs and deliver all the ingredients necessary to make a home-cooked meal. After all, we know all students can only eat so many packets of noodles and cold pizza and they take it a step further. With Plated, everything from the meats, vegetables, and spices directly to your door – everything! Members must order at least four plates per week so just consider it at least 2 full meals for 2 (shipping and tax are included in the price). Considering what you may pay for a night out, the price ($14 to $15 per plate for non-members, and as little as $10 to $12 per plate for members) is truly affordable and so much healthier.

What made Plated super attractive is that each box has a generous helping of fruits and vegetables essential to a healthy diet. Since the fruits and veggies in each box are sourced direct from farmers, your Plated greens are fresher than what you’d buy at a grocery store.  All you need is the pot to cook it in and of course…a beautiful ‘plate’. You don’t have to worry about it spoiling, because it is packaged in a cooling box, so it will be waiting for you when you get home – fresh as can be.

I love this for couples and soon to be couples.  Choosing your meal for the following week is really exciting and when it arrives, honestly, it’s a blast opening it and getting my “Top Chef Self” ready to cook. 

Try it yourself, go to https://www.plated.com/invites/49f0e0 and use the code: Lisa’sreaders to try 2 for FREE.  Let me know how you do and what you think.

 

Gift ideas from food, DIY to instagram

Planning for your wedding and looking for unique gifts to give can cause a lot of stress. It doesn’t’ have to anymore because now there is a site, app or store for that. From food to pictures, you’ll be saying, “that was easy”.

Do you have a world-famous apple pie recipe or a brisket to die for? Are your friends always asking you to share your secret? Do you know a couple that loves to cook and you want to give them something special for their wedding day then look no further. Tastebook.com allows you to mix your recipes with photos of your own as well as hundreds from other food sites.  What a personalized gift, sounds pretty tasty to me. www.tastebook.com/

Summer may be coming a few months away, but your love for ice cream doesn’t have to wait.  I always wanted to mix my own brand and now I can with eCreamery.  Oh the smoothness of it all. http://www.ecreamery.com/

Are you the queen (or king) of DIY? The Silhouette Cameo looks like a printer but it uses a special blade to cut designs into paper, card stock or fabric.  Here’s to lots of time and creating your own wedding invitations. silhouetteamerica.com/

We’re all obsessed with Instagram and I’ll admit, some photos are really beautiful. If you’ve found some and want to print them into little printed photo books, stickers or t-shirt, head over to Printstagram. This is one of the coolest gift items to share your engagement process or the way you fell in love. http://printstagr.am/

If you love that picture and want it to be on a beautiful canvas that you can hang on your wall, Instacanvas  instacanv.as/ is your friend.

If you or your partner is a camera lover, the Photojojo Store is the store of their dreams. Everything from traditional lenses on our camera, to your camera phone there are some great real and gag-gifts available. I can say that my brother actually got one of these for me for Christmas. I use it daily and it really keeps my coffee hot. It’s one of the best gifts I’ve ever received and I highly recommend them. photojojo.com/store/

 

 

2012 Holiday Gift Guide: Luxury for all

Luxury can be a state of mind or it might be at your finger tips.  Here are a few true luxury gift suggestions that will make someone’s holiday brighter.

If leaving on a jet plane is an option, then the travel site Indagare is for you. Combining a blend of the best of a destination with behind-the scenes touring offering the most relevant travel advice for your dream trip. Destinations include Mexico, Morocco, Turkey, China, India, Jordan and more. Prices for membership varies but they offer three different memberships so there is something for every budget.

With all the beautiful jewelry I’m sure you’re anticipating this holiday, you need somewhere to put it.  The jewelry storage from Rowallan of Scotland is a must.  With over 12 drawers there is enough room for your rings, watches and anything else you hold dear.

YOUR NAME HERE dot dot dash dash by Coatton Line can create a modern and feminine Morse coded necklace in your name or the name of your darling or even your proposal.

This holiday season, St-Germain is debuting a must-have. Reminiscent of the French country bikes of the 50’s and 60’s, the modern-vintage two wheelers are custom-designed in the brand’s signature navy color and feature BROOKS genuine-leather saddles, handlebars and saddle bags as well as quality Michelin tires. The focal point is an orange-leather bottle holder strapped to the cycle’s frame –that ensures there is never a shortage of St-Germain cocktails as you picnic or bar hop on the weekends.

Known as The Cashmere House, Christopher Fischer is a leading knitwear designer, and retailer of cashmere collections for men, women, baby and home décor.  Using only cashmere, silk, cotton, linen, and the finest wools, his luxurious pieces are some of the most desired “must-have” or “must-give” gifts of the Holiday season. The Christopher Fischer Imani Long Texting Gloves, Fox Intarsia Sweater, Isabel Foil Printed Cable and Adele Ruffle Ballet Slipper are the perfect holiday gifts!

An innovative escape, in the heart of Greenwich, Connecticut, The JHouse Greenwich hotel is a dream destination for holiday travelers looking to indulge in the highest level of luxury. Offering guests a home away from home, featuring world-class amenities, fine dining, and modern, plush comforts. The JHouse Greenwich’s impeccable attention to detail is clear not only in the luxury and comfort given to guests, but also in its green initiatives, as well.

The tri-level, contemporary hotel features technologically advanced bedrooms, a personal Apple iPad, complimentary WiFi and Internet access. Added amenities include mirrored 55 inch television in the bedrooms, television imbedded in bathroom mirrors, heated toilet seats, l’Occitane en Provence bathroom amenities, and Frette towels and robes to make sure a luxurious guest experience.

Happy Holidays one and all!

2012 Holiday Gift Guide: Wine and food wednesday

Food glorious food..and don’t forget the wine.  I don’t know a person who will turn it away and with these offerings, you’ll be the best gift-giver ever. Here are some great gift items for the foodie in your life.

Cutting boards by Edward Wohl are crafted by joining sections from a single piece of specially selected, figured bird’s-eye maple, so the wood tone and figuring are consistent throughout. Each is precision-shaped and hand-beveled for graceful shape and balance. Individually hand-sanded and finished to a sensual silkiness, each board is an art

La Maison du Chocolate dark truffles are always a hit.

If there is a cook in the house, Dean and Deluca, Eataly or Beechers have just about anything your favorite cook would love.

One Hope Wine is a company with a heart.  A portion of their profits go to charity.  Look for some great Chardonnay and Merlot to add to your holiday cheer.

Everyone should have a Corkcicle in his or her house.  There is no need for an ice bucket to keep your wine cool.  Just put it in your wine and in minutes it will be perfectly chilled.

While in Mexico this summer, I tried Milagro Select Reserve Tequila and it simply changed my thoughts about a sipping Tequila What makes it even better is the bottle is simply stunning.

Popcorn Holiday Crate has four flavors and while that should be reason enough to love it…it’s hulless so no picking it out of your teeth. Popped in extra-virgin olive oil it’s not only good to eat, it’s healthier than most.

Whether the person you want to thank is your neighbor who throws a great party, or your postal worker who delivers the mail with a smile, there is no other way to share the ‘Joy of Thank You’ than with a box of Merci chocolates. Each box of Merci includes a delicious selection of rich, European chocolates made from the finest ingredients.  This year I’m particularly thankful for good health, great friends and new beginnings in 2013.  What are you thankful for?? Flavors range from Milk Chocolate, Cream Truffle and Hazelnut-Almond to Dark Cream and Praline-Crème and are truly scrupulous.

Don’t you hate looking for the right knife for your cheese platter? This set of stainless-steel cheese knifes will take care of that problem in no time and it’s a great price at Target.

One of my favorite companies that carries everything from cork screws to customized wine cabinets, Wine Enthusiast. This holiday season, they have over 1,000 gift ideas for your favorite lover of wine.  I particularly love the Ravi Instant Chiller.  This allows you to pour wine or vodka through a frozen chamber to give it a chill instantly.