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Age 40 means chin hair. As if the wrinkles and muffin top weren't bad enough. … [Read more...]

10 Last Minute DIY Adult Halloween Costume Ideas

This article is brought to you courtesy of Gnarly Head Wines. For more Halloween Fun, be sure to download the Gnarly Booth App and try a glass of their limited-release Authentic Black. Christmas Tree Wear a green top, green shorts or skirt and brown tights or leggings. Wrap yourself in battery-operated Christ lights and safety pin Christmas ornaments all over you. Where a Santa hat, angel, or … [Read more...]

10 Fun and Easy DIY Halloween Kids Costume Ideas


This article is brought to you courtesy of Gnarly Head Wines. For more Halloween Fun, be sure to download the Gnarly Booth App and try a glass of their limited-release Authentic Black. 1.) "Carl" from the movie UP -wear a gray cardigan, bowtie, black-framed glasses -use a cane or walker -carry (or attach) a bunch of colorful balloons 2.) Clark Kent / Superman -Wear a pinstripe (or … [Read more...]

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Ah, Fall. The hot summer days have passed and there is a chill air. OK, in some parts more than a chill—there was ice on my windshield this morning. *sigh* That means my favorite crisp summer Whites are being tucked into hibernation. I will miss you, you citrus-y glasses of deliciousness that kept me company out on the deck while the kids ran around like complete maniacs on a popsicle high … [Read more...]

Review: Hardy’s Stamp of Australia Shiraz


Who: Hardy’s Stamp of Australia What: Shiraz (13.5%) Where: South Eastern Australia When: 2012 Why: Because it’s September and I am STILL vacuuming up pine needles from LAST year’s Christmas tree. How: Admittedly, I will never win the medal for “Best House Cleaner”. And I am okay with that. I can think of so many other things I’d rather do than dust, vacuum, clean … [Read more...]


Wine:  Castoro Cellars Reserve Viognier 2012; Castoro Cellars Reserve East meets West (Syrah) 2012 Vintage: Viognier 2012; East meets West 2012 Alcohol percentage: Viognier – 13.5%; East meets West – 14.5% Found at: The California Wine Club www.cawineclub.com It’s been a late spring in my neck of the woods.  We kept our woodstove stoked until mid-April, and typically my husband … [Read more...]

Review: Giesen Sauvignon Blanc


Who: Giesen What: Sauvignon Blanc 12.5% When: 2013 Where: New Zealand Why: I have a college senior, a high school senior, and a huge attitude going on around here. How: It is March of both my children’s senior years. And to say that the dreaded specter of the disease known as “senioritis” has made an appearance is putting it mildly. Don’t get me wrong, I love talking to … [Read more...]

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Maybe the fact that your kid just sprinkled Baby Powder all over the living room sofa is all the excuse you need to buy a bottle of wine. Mother-in-law dropped by unexpectedly and stayed all day? Yep, another good one. Stepped on a Lego? Two year old swallowed a Lego? Legos have taken over your entire first floor? All good reasons. But we have a better one: Buy a bottle of wine and help save … [Read more...]

Recipe: Chocolate Cupcakes with Chocolate Merlot Frosting


To finish up our "Fall in Love, with Bota Box" series of aphrodisiac recipes, we thought we'd revisit an old favorite. What could be more romantic than a Chocolate AND Wine cupcake, right?? For Cupcakes: 2 Cups boiling water 1 Cup unsweetened cocoa powder 2 3/4 Cups all purpose flour 2 tsp baking soda 1/2 tsp baking powder 1/2 tsp salt 1 Cup butter 2 1/4 Cups white sugar 4 eggs 1 … [Read more...]

Recipe: Honey Roasted Almonds


Ingredients: 4 cups raw almonds 1/2 cup sugar 1 tsp salt 1/2 tsp cinnamon 2 tbsp water 2 tsp vegetable or canola oil 2 tbsp raw honey   Directions: Preheat oven to 350° degrees. Cover baking sheet with foil. Roast for about 10-12 minutes, until browned. Let nuts cool completely. In a small bowl mix together sugar, salt, and cinnamon. Set aside. Add water, oil … [Read more...]