With this festive holiday season comes fancy dinner parties. The
trend this year is hosting parties at home and cooking for your
guests, rather than renting a place or catering your event. You're
going to need something glamorous to cover that new holiday dress.
That's where an apron, preferably one from Jessie Steele, www.jessiesteele.com, comes in.
This isn't your mom's apron. From festive to dressy, the aprons
add just the right touch to your fabulous cooking. Favorites
include the Candy Cane, Red and Pink Polka Dot and the especially
feisty Black Lace. Some aprons come with a cute little terry towel,
and the pocket details are the adorable cherry on top. Aprons range
from $32.95-$34.95. You, the life of the party? Absolutely!
Everyone will be looking for easy ways to save money and
organize their presents this season. With your wallet and sanity in
mind, Fab Mama has found two great Web sites-one for saving and one
for organizing your wish list-to help make your holidays a little
A quick visit to www.FreeShipping.org will bring you to more
than 1,600 online retailers offering shipping deals in 25
categories. The site also offers a money-saving blog and the option
of comparison shopping. Really, who doesn't love the word
Billy wants an iPod, Samantha wants a pony and you really want
that pair of cranberry Altadama Christian Louboutin pumps. But
where did you put that wish list?
Fear not, you can register everything online at www.wishpot.com
and send it to all your family members. Now your mom won't have to
call you five times to find out what your kids are asking for. The
free service lets you create a list using links from any Web site
and allows gift buyers the opportunity to comparison shop, saving
them a little money for more presents, of course.
Face it, holiday shopping can be so stressful. Add on your
mission to maintain a green lifestyle and your choices become a
little limited. Relax. Team Blonde Boutique and Spa, 7442 W. Madison,
Forest Park, has you covered. The eco-friendly spot has great gifts
for your list. In addition to a grand selection of beads to create
your own jewelry, you'll find a little bit of R&R for yourself
The owners, Jayne Ertel and Heidi Vance, take earth consciousness
to the next level. Not only do they run a store with an eco-agenda,
they make their own biofuel from leftover frying oil to power their
vehicles. This dedication to the Earth even reaches into the spa,
where the floors are made from bamboo, a renewable resource, and
during construction they reused materials from an earlier
The Corrective Herbal Facial, which Fab Mama had a chance to
experience, uses organic products by Elina Skincare Company to
cleanse, detox, exfoliate and nourish your skin. The spa also
offers the vegan SpaRitual nail polish for its manicure and
When it comes to gifts from Team Blonde, you not only have
responsible and fair trade goods to choose from, you can also get a
little crafty in the studio. Bring in your old jewelry to redesign
or start from scratch using the store's multitude of beads and
charms to create one-of-a-kind jewelry. The store is kid-friendly,
so bring your daughter along for a little one-on-one creativity
Studio time does require an appointment, so you'll want to call
Through the month of January, Fab Mama readers will receive a
25-percent discount to pamper yourself with a Corrective Herbal
Facial (regularly $100), just mention Fab Mama when you call to
book your appointment. Spa treatments range from $11 for a polish
change to $110 for a 90-minute massage. For more information, call
(708) 771-5590 or visit www.teamblonde.com.
Your arms may be your least favorite body part. Start an attack
on your flabby arm fat with The Forbes Riley SpinGym, www.myspingym.com. This little gadget-made of
special string, two aluminum rings and an aluminum disk-uses
inertia and gyrotronic resistance to work the muscles in your arms,
chest, back and shoulders.
Starting the SpinGym is pretty simple, although you might feel a
little silly at first, and it takes about five minutes a day. The
SpinGym comes with two DVDs holding seven fitness routines (a few
of which are kind of hard when you first start), a carrying bag and
an extra-strength cord (the string). SpinGym retails for
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