From Miss To Mrs


I’m getting married!



The wedding is this weekend. The plan has been to get married for awhile now, but life got in the way. To be honest, cancer did. But a few  weeks ago-and right after our Santa Barbara getaway- we decided now is the time.  And as Harry said to Sally in the romcom When Harry Met Sally

“When you know you want to spend the rest of your life with someone, you want the rest of your life to start  now!”

So here’s the lowdown on my wedding plans; the ceremony is inspired by the simple weddings of the 1950’s (in conjunction with an episode of The Newsroom).  I’m not one of those women who have dreamed about their wedding day since they age of 2. I don’t have the desire to say my I Do’s in front of a 150 people. And that’s a good thing because I don’t know 150 people. 

We will probably have a delayed celebration in the spring or summer. But for now, it’s just going to be us and the parents. I don’t want the stress, the drama or the big bill that usually comes with a big wedding. 

After all that we’ve been through the last few years I want to be focused on the moments that matter most; the look on his face when my dad hands me off to him. The moment we say I DO. And the first time we are introduced as husband and wife. This day is a celebration of our love, our commitment and our survival. When I was about 15 I came across a quote that has stayed with me ever since. 

Any wedding with the two right people is a big wedding.

I don’t remember who wrote that, but it was in that moment that I realized there was something bigger than the wedding ceremony itself. And while I didn’t know what dress I would wear, how many frogs I would kiss along the way or what song I would play on my wedding day, I did know I wanted mine to be that kind of big.

Don’t get me wrong (disclaimer) I’m not bad mouthing big weddings or minimizing the love that goes into them. If that works for you, great! But for some of us, simple is best. If simple is your thing too, be sure to check out You’ll find some beautiful inspiration. Keep checking back for more details including; what’s in my bridal survival kit and beauty bag.

for now, X-Oh!

Simplicity is the keynote of all true elegance ~Coco Chanel





Weekend Getaway Santa Barbara


This month marks three years since I was diagnosed with breast cancer. And while I didn’t have a party to commemorate the occasion, I did spend a few days in Santa Barbara. Yay! Getting away was such a big deal for us. Since the diagnosis we haven’t been on a vacation, a weekend getaway or so much as a sleepover–anywhere–unless you count the hospital stays.

Santa Barbara was the perfect place to dip my toes back into the travel pool; it’s beautiful, laid back and charming. For those who may not know, Santa Barbara is located between the Santa Ynez mountains and the Pacific ocean–the best of both worlds. With its beautiful red tile roofs and perfect climate it’s been nicknamed “The American Riviera.” It’s the perfect place to pamper yourself or your relationship. Here’s a few pics. I’ll be back to share more from my trip!

This is the Santa Barbara courthouse. The architecture is beautiful.






Facebook Chat With Giada De Laurentiis

Giada De Laurentiis is a Food Network star, accomplished cookbook author and single mom. On Tuesday (November 3, 2015), she’ll release her eighth cookbook titled Happy Cooking: Make Every Meal Count….Without Stressing Out. And the word on the street is that it’s her biggest book–ever!

With nearly 200 recipes and Giada’s advice on entertaining, choosing ingredients and practical solutions for everyday situations, there’s bound to be something appealing to every cook.  Last week-gearing up for her book tour-Giada participated in a Facebook chat in conjunction with Williams Sonoma. Here’s some of the Q + A’s.

What’s your secret to staying so thin?

A little bit of everything, not a lot of anything.

What’s your favorite recipe? 

Pizza De Pasta from my new cookbook!

Which city are you most excited to visit on your [book] tour?

I love them all but I’m really excited about Boston!

Will you ever do a cookbook with Jade?

I’ve been thinking about it.

What is your favorite way to give back to yourself?

Mani and pedi with Jade.

Do you have one traditional dish you make every year?

Pumpkin pie is a must!

Will there be a season 2 of Giada in Italy?

Who knows ;)

Any new ideas for a fun Thanksgiving dish this year?

Herb-roasted turkey breast…if you roast the breast separately it’ll be moist and cooked to perfection! Recipe is in the new cookbook.

What is your go-to weekend meal?

Stuffed chicken parm! Jade loves it too! Posted a pic on my insta recently!

end of chat

The one question I didn’t get answered by Giada was, what advice or tips do you have for the host to help minimize stress on the holidays?  Fortunately, my dad was on Facebook at the time so he took the liberty of answering the question.

Okay April. It’s not rocket science!!! That’s why you have alcohol. It’s for the STRESS!

I can’t help but think my dad must have been disappointed that I even had to ask (laugh). I think his answer was great! And certainly, honest.  Happy November everyone!

Will Scott Disick Be The Next Tragedy?

LAMAR Odom, pro basketball player, ex-husband of Khloe Kardashian and the father of three is in a Las Vegas hospital fighting for his life. E! Entertainment–the channel that airs Keeping Up With The Kardashians–has reported that Odom is being treated for a drug overdose with possible brain damage.

And while many fans and followers send their well-wishes and prayers to the family via social media, Instagram followers of Scott Disick are urging him to see the Odom tragedy as a “wake up” call. 

@josiedaisy99 says

Don’t let things get so bad that what happened to Lamar happens to you. Keep going on the right path. You don’t need the booze

@ksl1232001 writes


@itsmeheidiii said

See Scott don’t end up like lamar!!! Shape up for your family!!!

@dianestuffer posted a lengthy comment, so this is a condensed version

I am dying and I have no control over it. You have three beautiful children. The choices you make now will shape the rest of their lives. I can’t change my future but you can. I suggest you go to Lamar’s bedside and take a good look and realize you will be in the same boat. By the way there are no Rollexes, parties, fancy cars and booze when you are 6 feet underground.

@jwins34 said

You’re next if you don’t pull your head out of your (fill in the blank)!!

@devleyz1977 implored Disick

Please let this tragic situation with Lamar be a wake up call.

It’s no secret that Disick has been struggling with issues of addiction. He’s been drunk and stupid on several episodes of Keeping Up With The Kardashians and in tabloid rags. The good news is; as I write this, E! Online has just announced that Disick is checking into rehab for the fourth time.

Maybe seeing Odom on what may be his deathbed will prove to be the “scared straight” moment he needs. What do you think? Share your thoughts with me.

Why your pumpkin should be teal blue this Halloween


Hello friends! Debbie Downer here asking YOU to support the Teal Pumpkin Project this Halloween by handing out non-food items to your trick-or-treaters. What? Why would I want to do that? Well, I’m glad you asked! I realize that part of the fun of Halloween is that it’s the ONE day out of the year that kids can take candy from strangers. And even better, they can take as much of it as they can get. 

But did you know

  • According to Food Allergy Research and Education, approximately 15 million Americans have food allergies. (And that number continues grow)
  • 38.7 percent of children with food allergies have a severe reaction some leading to death
  • 1 in every 13 children have food allergies

Tell me more about teal pumpkin

The Teal Pumpkin Project is a movement started by Food Allergy Research and Education (aka FARE). It was initiated in 2014 with the goal of raising awareness to food allergies, and making Halloween safer for ALL. Last year, households from 50 states and 7 countries participated in the movement.

It’s easy to do!

All you have to do is paint a pumpkin teal and put it on your porch, stoop or doorstep along with a free printable sign from FARE to indicate you have non-food treats available. Trust me, you’ll make a family and a child very happy. I know what I’m talking about here because I have food allergies and my sister was a diabetic.

To print your free teal pumpkin sign or to get some non-food treat ideas go to

The Great Toilet Paper Debate

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YESTERDAY at 4 AM-and while half asleep-I staggered in to the bathroom and abruptly sat on the cold, hard, toilet lid. Dang it! I hate it when that happens! I always feel stunned, violated and confused afterward. 

And just when I thought it couldn’t get any worse, I reached for the toilet paper only to find that it was empty. I knew right then it was going to be one of “those” kind of days.

In a moment of weakness I considered using the empty cardboard roll. But that would’ve just been messy and weird I might add. Annoyed, I thought about waking up my man by shouting WHY? Why do men leave it to women to change out the toilet paper?

And even though my boyfriend would argue that he swaps it out regularly,  I’m telling you; it rarely ever actually makes it to the roller when he does. The towel bar, the back of the toilet and the counter, but rarely the roller.

I wonder if Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi ever have this issue.