Category: General

GeneralGood Eats: Chocolate Dipped Pretzel Sticks

Cookies, cupcakes, brownies shaped like Santa Claus… sometimes holiday baking and creating goes over the top and takes all the fun out of an afternoon of treat-making. Whether you’re an ace of cakes or a microwave maven, these no-fuss white chocolate dipped pretzel sticks are fun to make and even more fun to eat.

Here’s what you’ll need:
– Pretzel sticks or rods
– White chocolate candy melts
– Decorative sprinkles, crushed candy canes or any other fun topping


1. Follow the instructions on the back of the candy melts to easily melt them in the microwave
2. Roll the melted candy or chocolate onto the pretzel with the back of a spoon
3. Sprinkle your favorite topping onto the melted candy or chocolate while it’s still sticky
4. Let them dry for about an hour, serve and enjoy!

GeneralFive Favorite Holiday Flicks!

It’s a cold winter night and you find yourself all cozied up to a fire, with a mug of hot chocolate, ready to relax. You reach for the remote, but suddenly- your big brother puts on football, your grandpa starts snoring like a freight train, and your parents have had a little too much wine and are stumbling down memory lane (Dad used to be in an 80’s hair band, what?)! The holidays typically mean you’re surrounded by family. And if your family is anything like mine, we tend to drive each other a liiiittle nuts during the holidays. There’s only one solution to the madness: Corralling everyone into one room, popping in a good movie, and letting laughter commence!

Everyone has their favorites, but here are my top five fun flicks to help keep your family sane during the holidays!

A Christmas Story -“FRA-GEE-LAY!”

How many times have you wanted to quadruple dog dare your friends to try and lick a frozen pole? Or have you ever wished your dad would just take that darn leg lamp out of the front window? Don’t you wish your bright pink bunny footie pajamas were socially acceptable? This movie is perfect for you. Trust me.

Christmas Vacation – “Little full, lotta sap.”

The Griswold’s could make any family look like the Von Trapp’s. This movie has all the basics: Christmas tree catching on fire, woman getting attacked by squirrel, and Chevy Chase. If those aren’t reasons enough to love this hilarious holiday flick, I just don’t know what is!

Love Actually – “Let’s go get the s*** kicked out of us by love!”

There’s just something about the holidays that puts me in the mood for love. Maybe it’s the mistletoe, maybe it’s the showering of gifts. Either way, I’m a sucker for an uber romantic holiday movie! Who wouldn’t want the one and only Andrew Lincoln (Walking Dead, anyone?) to show up at their door with cue cards confessing his love? It’s almost too romantic to handle! Almost.

Home Alone – “KEVINNNNN!”

Little Kevin McCallister is pretty much a parent’s worst nightmare. He’s a smart-mouthed trouble-maker, but gosh is he cute! So cute his parents forget about him, leave for a trip to Paris, and then utter mayhem ensues! If you don’t already know about the after-shave/face slap/Macauley Culkin scream scene, well, now’s your chance!

Elf – “I just love to smile, smiling’s my favorite!”

Cliche as it may be, Elf is too stinkin’ adorable and heartwarming to not be a favorite! Will Ferrell and Zooey Deschanel are perfect, and this is definitely a movie to help restore your holiday spirit! Don’t believe me? Try making it through the first ten minutes without cracking so much as a smile – I dare ya! “Bye Buddyyyy!” Totes. Adorbs.

Now it’s time to sit back, relax, and enjoy some holiday movies!
Have fun, snow angels!


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GeneralBest Gift Ideas for 2012!

If you’ve ever been stuck on what to give that special someone for the holidays, there’s nothing like a good gift guide to point you in the right direction. Starting at just $10, I’ve put together a collection of some of my favorite picks from LuLu*s and beyond!

Chic trinkets like watches, sunglasses, and jewelry make great stocking-stuffers, and it may be time to spring for that cute Wildfox necklace your bestie/sister/girlfriend has been eying!

I always love receiving a favorite film, and Moonrise Kingdom is definitely my pick of the year, along with the newly released gift sets from Blue Lagoon Iceland. It’s pretty much time to pamper your loved ones like never before!

Even if she hasn’t sent you her Wish List, a good coat is always well appreciated. TIP: Sneak into her closet and measure one that fits her well.

1. On Your Side Mint and Gold Watch, 2. Precious Metals Black and Silver Sunglasses, 3. Haute Coat-ure Striped Coat, 4. Moonrise Kingdom DVD, 5. Wildfox Poison Vial Rose Gold Necklace, 6. Blue Lagoon Iceland Beautifying Body Kit, 7. First Sip Two-Tone Taupe Scarf.

GeneralWant more LuLu*s?

Shopping and social media go hand-in-hand these days and it’s never been easier to keep up with the latest items from LuLu*s no matter what social site you’re a part of. Here are some sites we’re using to showcase great trends and the best new items just for you!  Click each image to link to our page and follow us! We’d love to follow you back.

Wanelo is short for Want, Need, Love and it’s never been easier to categorize your favorite things. This site is constantly updated by users all over the globe. Each image gives you the option to “Save” an item to your page, “Buy” which leads you directly to the item, or “Tag” so you can keep track of all of your wants, needs, and loves! Follow us to keep up with the best of new and exclusive pieces from our lookbook!

Socialbliss is a must for the fashion obsessed. This site is all about finding the latest and greatest in fashion and Socialbliss makes it easy to “Spot” an item from a website, “Respot” an item from your favorite store or user and favorite an item by clicking the “Haute” button. It’s easy to get lost in the “Hautespots” category which features the latest looks from events like the Emmy’s and Fashion Week! Follow us on the LuLu*s page to see which products have been labeled “Haute” and to keep up with what’s new!

Lockerz is a great way to share and save the things you love. Lockerz allows you to create collections and add “Decalz” (aka images from the web) to your collections. As you add things to your page and participate on, you earn “PTZ” (aka points) to use on items in the Lockerz shop which includes numerous brands and products at discounted prices just for users. Visit the LuLu*s page to see our best new products and “Love” our decalz to earn points for yourself!


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CelebrityComing Attraction: Oz: The Great and Powerful

Never have I ever been so excited for a movie premiere than I am about this one. I’d say I’ve watched the original Wizard of Oz on VHS somewhere around a trillion times, give or take, complete with outdated TV commercials, because you know we recorded it straight from cable (don’t judge me, it was the 90’s. Rest assured, Warner Bros, I now own it on copyrighted DVD, so no hard feelings).

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