Teleflora’s #WhatIsLove Campaign for Valentine’s Day

How many of you remember that wonderful feeling of getting a love letter? Sadly in today’s world of emails and texts, letters have taken a backseat, and love letters….sadly they’ve been reduced to a sentence in a card. But this Valentine’s Day, Teleflora is bringing back the wonderful art of love letter writing with a love letter writing campaign and service that will perfectly pair with your gift of Valentine’s Day Flowers. We joined Teleflora for a wonderful afternoon of tea for a closer look at their new valentine’s day bouquets, and the new social media Teleflora’s #WhatIsLove Campaign.

To celebrate their wonderful new campaign, we were treated to a love note coaching session with Hannah Brencher, the brilliant founder and “heart” behind The World Needs More Love Letters, a global organization that uses the power of social media to write and mail love letters to individuals in need, during the event.

Flowers are considered the most romantic gift to give on Valentine’s Day, it is also the most appreciated gift for friends and other loved ones, and Teleflora offers six breathtaking bouquets that are perfect for your beloved, your BFF, and your family. These bouquets are sure to make your loved one’s day extra special, and leave them with a special keepsake they’ll cherish forever. The following six bouquets, in order of clockwise appearance, is as follows:

Recipe for Romance, $52.95 – Turn on the charm with this elegant white and crème bouquet made up of  Crème and white roses, white gladioli, white miniature carnations, white lisianthus and delicate white waxflower are contrasted with touches of variegated pittosporum, delivered in a shimmering Mercury Glass Vase.

Sweet Thoughts Bouquet with Red Roses, $39.95Heart of bear grass and purple waxflower blossoms form a heart that appears to float above the large velvety red roses and variegated pittosporum in this delightful bouquet, arranged in a ruby-red cube vase. Send this beautiful floral arrangement to someone you love, and they’ll think sweet thoughts about you!

Best Friends Forever Bouquet, $54.95Your bestie will absolutely love the graphic statement this contemporary, Valentine’s Day cube-shaped vase, filled with a burst of red and white roses, red miniature carnations, white cushion spray chrysanthemums, pitta negra and lemon leaf. With an intricate heart design wrapped playfully around the cube’s edge, this ceramic keepsake is a delightful choice to show your love!

Pair Of Hearts Bouquet, $69.95 – Steal her heart this Valentine’s Day with this majestic mix of classic red roses, delicate white alstroemeria, red miniature carnations, lemon leaf and pitta negra, all hand-delivered with love in Teleflora exclusive hand-glazed vase, wrapped in a shimmering metallic band adorned with a pair of hearts, it’s an extra-special reminder of your love.

Wrapped With Passion Bouquet, $99.95 – Nothing steals her heart on Valentine’s Day quite like a ravishing bouquet of long stemmed red roses accented with fresh lemon leaf! These fresh, fabulous blooms are hand-delivered in a gorgeous hand-blown glass vase with hand-applied glass ribbon, two gifts in one that your beloved will never, ever forget.

Lovely Hearts Bouquet, $59.95 – Make their heart dance with this delightful mix of peach spray roses and pink spray roses, arranged with light pink alstroemeria, red miniature carnations, pink heather and lemon leaf, hand-delivered in Teleflora’s adorable oversized mug! Decorated with painterly, hand-applied hearts, the sweet ceramic mug is a food-safe keepsake they’ll love sipping from for years to come. It’s a playful Valentine’s Day keepsake for any loved one!

Now that you’ve selected your flowers, make sure you take advantage of Teleflora’s #WhatIsLove Campaign, which provides complimentary Valentine’s Day love notes, thanks to their Love Note Concierge. Teleflora will help you write the perfect sentiment to your significant other, best friend, or family member, free of charge. All you have to do is call 1-844-IT-IS-LOVE, from February 3rd – 12th, between the hours of 7:00 am and 11:00 pm to speak to a personal coach.

Will you be taking advantage of this amazing free service? To find out more about Teleflora’s #WhatIsLove Campaign, join the Teleflora #WhatIsLove Twitter Party on February 3rd and February 9th at 10 am PST.

Cheers to Love: Valentine’s Day Cocktails

Hello to all those in love. Whether you’re single or in a relationship with the one your heart desires, we want to help you celebrate and raise a glass to love in all its splendor this Valentine’s Day. Today we share five Valentine’s Day cocktails that will put you in the mood for all things love and romance from some of our go-to spirits, such as the aptly named Four Roses Small Batch Bourbon, Cruzan Rum, and Hornitos Tequila, three spirits sure to make your Valentine’s Day even more special……tequila, and bourbon, and rum, oh my!!


The day of celebrating love is the perfect time for you and the love of your life to share one of these delicious Valentine’s Day Cocktails. Whether you’re looking for a classic cocktail, one that is clean and sparkly, citrusy with a bit of a kick, or even something chocolatey, we’ve got what you’re looking for. Feast your eyes on the following five must-have cocktail recipes, the first in our Valentine’s Day drinks highlight.

Cruzan® Valentine Sparkler

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1 1/2 parts Cruzan® Aged Light Rum
1/2 part Vanilla Simple Syrup
1/2 part Unsweetened Fresh Cranberry Juice
4 parts Sparkling Wine
Combine all ingredients in a champagne flute and stir twice. Garnish with an orange peel cut in the shape of a heart.

Old Fashioned

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1 ½ oz Four Roses Small Batch Bourbon
1 cube of sugar (or a splash of simple syrup)
2 dashes bitters
2-­3 ice cubes
Twist of lemon
In an Old Fashioned Glass, place a sugar cube or use simple syrup as a substitute. Add bitters and just enough water to help dissolve the sugar. Crush or muddle the sugar in the glass and coat the bottom of the glass. Add 2-­3 ice cubes and Four Roses Small Batch Bourbon. Garnish with a twist, or if you’d like, a slice of orange and a cherry.

Meehan’s Black Flip by Mixologists Jim Meehan and Jeff Bell

Meehans Black Flip
2 parts Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout
1½ parts Cruzan® Black Strap Rum
½ part Demerara Syrup
1 Whole Egg
Combine ingredients in a mixing glass and swirl to decarbonate beer. Dry shake, shake with ice and strain into a chilled fizz glass. Garnish with grated nutmeg.

Lovestruck by Lemon

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1 ¼ Parts Hornitos® Black Barrel® Tequila
½ Part Lemon Juice
¼ Part Agave
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Combine all ingredients in a shaker with ice, shake vigorously and strain over fresh ice. Garnish with a lemon wedge.

Cupid’s Cider

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1 ½ parts Hornitos® Black Barrel® Tequila
¾ Part Apple Cider
2 Parts Water
¾ Part Cinnamon Syrup *
1 Part Lemon Juice
2 Dashes Angostura® Bitters
Combine all ingredients together and serve. Garnish with a cinnamon stick and an apple wedge. Can be served hot or cold.
*To make cinnamon syrup: Mix together 1 part sugar, 1 part water and 4 crushed cinnamon sticks. Bring to a boil (approximately 1-2 minutes). Once cooled down, strain into a glass.

Are you loving these Valentine’s Day cocktails? Which of these five drinks will you want to try first? Let us know in the comments.

Valentine’s Day Gifts for Those Staying In

It’s that time again lovers of love. Time to celebrate and honor the thing and people we cherish so dear…….love. That’s right, Valentine’s Day is less than a month away and we’re sharing some must have Valentine’s Day gifts to add to your list to make the day of love, even more special. Not all the items we’re highlighting are things you’d necessarily gift to your love, but getting them for Valentine’s Day is still a must, especially if you plan on staying in for the night. We present the following Valentine’s Day gifts from Sinclair Institute, Tonino Lamborghini Watches, Spice Pharm, Bumbleberry Farms, Booty Parlor, and Diamond Veneer.

You may want to drop a hint to your partner by leaving this post open and ready for reading, or just jot down the names of the brands we’re highlighting today. Either way, we hope to make sure everyone has a wonderful and memorable Valentine’s Day…now let’s get to know these wonderful products.

Sinclair Pure Love Getaway Kit

Are you planning a little hideaway escape for your Valentine? Or maybe the two of you are in for an evening in. Be prepared with this ever-ready Love Getaway Kit from the Sinclair Institute. Everything you need for a romantic tryst is located in this convenient hemp TSA compliant travel bag including a Sinclair Institute Select® USDA certified organic lubricant, Glyde Sheer ultra condoms, Organic Bamboo Mini Go towels, and a 3-speed waterproof vibrating bullet massager.

Tonino Lamborghini Watches

Of course, what would Valentine’s Day be without a gift for the one you love. One great gift idea is the gift of time. Wow him or her with one of these beautiful, state of the art timepieces from Tonino Lamborghini. These watches boast the elegance and luxury the famed Lamborghini name, history, and style is known for. They currently offer nine collections, and feature styles that range from classic to elegant, racing, and sport. We especially love the special details and elements, such as ceramic bezels, crocodile pattern leather watch straps, deployante buckles, dials with mother-of-pearl grounds, engraving details, and 3D shields.

Spice Pharm Turmeric, and Chocolate Chai Elixir

Elixirs are often referred to as “Magical Potions,” and what better time than Valentine’s Day to put a spell on your love with these two great tasting drinks that boasts pleasurable creaminess and exceptional health benefits. The Golden Goddess Turmeric Chai Elixir and Food of the Gods Chocolate Elixir are a match made in delicious heaven that neither of you can resist. Both varieties are known for their antioxidant and anti-inflammatory powers, but they will also improve your mood, energy, focus, stamina, muscle strength and libido thanks to their wonderful ingredients. So what are you waiting for, drink up!

Bumbleberry Farms Honey Cream Spreads

Sweet treats are always a bit hit on Valentine’s Day, especially when they are decadent. Made with fresh, local ingredients like honey, butter, and maple syrup, the delectable Honey Cream Spreads from Bumbleberry Farms are beyond delicious whether you’re enjoying it with fresh strawberries or just off your partner.  These delectable Honey Creams in 5-ounce jars in four addictive flavors including Lovers’ Leap Sea Salt Caramel, Squirrel Crazy Maple, Molten Lava Spiced Chocolate, and Sticky Buns Cinnamon.

Booty Parlor

Continuing the sensual romance of Valentine’s Day will be easy when you add in these sensuous products from Booty Parlor. They offer many enticing products to make sure you have a great night. Today we feature several of Booty Parlor’s best-selling romantic treats. You and your valentine can begin your night of love by first luxuriating in a long, sumptuous soak in their evocative Tuberose-scented Naughty Bubbles Bubble Bath, then take turns teasing and pleasing each other with their Don’t Stop Massage Oil, then enjoy each other even more with Booty Parlor’s signature luxury lubricant, a water-based, fragrance-free formula. For those who want to be kissed uncontrollably and continuously, the Dust Up Kissable Body Shimmer dazzles your skin with the sparkle of crushed diamonds, their high-shine, non-tacky Kissaholic Lip Gloss is available in six provocative shades, or you can enjoy Skin Honey, a seductive, playful experience, drizzle this mouthwatering kissable body topping that you place wherever you want to kiss or be kissed. With these products, you may find yourself repeating Valentine’s Day over and over again.

Diamond Veneer

Another wonderful gift idea is stunning jewelry that won’t break your bank. Beautiful jewelry is always a big hit on Valentine’s Day and gentlemen, Diamond Veneer has a range of affordable, luxurious jewelry pieces your valentine is sure to love. Whether you’re looking to gift eye-catching necklaces, earrings, or rings, these beautiful pieces ill absolutely wow her. Some of our favorite pieces include a Centered 2.5 Ct Round Cut On Zirconite Cubic Zirconia Necklace on Rhodium Electroplate, a 1.5 CT cushion square simulated diamond – Diamond Veneer solitaire pendant, a 2 Ct Round Three Stones Miligree Vintage Style Simulated Diamond Engagement Ring, and an equally bedazzling 4 ct. Cushion radiant center halo Ring with side tapered baguettes simulated diamond-diamond veneer® set in sterling silver platinum electroplated.

These are just the beginning of the Valentine’s Day gifts we will share with you. we hope you stay with us to get even more insight, and please feel free to share what your valentine’s day plans or wishes will be in our comments.

Restaurant Review: Need Epic Valentine’s Day Dinner Plans? Try Burger & Lobster NYC

We love discovering new, amazing places to dine, and our latest favorite culinary indulgence, Burger & Lobster NYC, is an UK import that offers two only entrees – Burgers and Lobsters (hence the name), at what is a beyond an amazing price. The gigantic restaurant is perfect for a night out with family, friends, or that special someone. And since it’s Valentine’s Day, what better time than to indulge your sweetheart to a fantastic meal for only $20.00 per entree. My blogger buddy, Christine Ongsueng, accompanied me to experience this simple but memorable menu. Although there is a menu for drinks, a physical menu for the entrees is not needed, rather the servers become walking menus, delighting you with tales of their experiences while indulging in the amazing culinary offerings. Below is our take on everything from the food, to the decor, to the super friendly and inviting staff.

Steak Burger

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Glasgow/Chris: The burgers are so flavorful and delicious, it should be a sin to indulge so greatly. Made from three cuts of steak – 60% Chuck, 20% brisket, 20% tri-tip, and topped with cheese and bacon in a bun that’s good enough to be consumed by itself, you may just find yourself surrendering to this Juicy, tender, and flavorsome burger.

Lobster Roll

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Chris: This is not your average $20.00 rinky dink lobster roll slathered in mayo. This is the best lobster roll I’ve had to date and I’ve tried quite a few around the city. First off, every square inch of the bread is covered in huge chunks of lobster meat. There was no stinting here! Most places give you a scoop full of lobster slathered in some thick goopy dressing. These lobster rolls are not heavy on the dressing. In fact, the sauce enhances the flavors of the lobster instead of masking them.

Glasgow: Where do I begin? Shall I begin with the brioche bun that will make you want everything you ever eat from now on to come on a brioche bun, or maybe the instant feeling of “this is what my life has been missing” upon the first bite, or how about the 1/2 pound of the most succulent, buttery lobster I’ve ever experienced. Yes, I can talk about all these things, but nothing could properly prepare you for that magic moment when your taste buds surrender to this savory decadence.

Grilled Lobster

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Chris: You can have the lobster your way– steamed or grilled. We opted for the latter and couldn’t have been happier with our choice. Yet another behemoth of pure tastiness. This was no junior lobster. This was 1.5lbs of grilled goodness. The natural taste of the lobster meat is elevated by the smokey grilled method. But as if things could not get any better, there’s the golden butter garlic sauce in which to bathe your lobster in. More than just melted butter, this dipping sauce contains a mix of seasonings that are embedded into the butter without coagulation.

Glasgow: This was the best tasting and freshest Lobster I’ve ever had. The two choices of lobster preparation will leave you in a delicious conundrum. Fans of steamed lobster will surrender to the intensity of flavor that the smokiness of fire brings forth in the grilled version while fans of grilled lobster will want to savor the sweetness and tenderness of the lobster meat that steaming provides. Whichever one you choose, you can’t go wrong, although you will find yourself wanting to try both.


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Chris: Normally, huge restaurants run the risk of being too bare or being over saturated with tacky decor. Thankfully, that was not the case at burger and lobster. Upon entering, one is greeted by a huge tank of lobsters whose names are cheekily written in chalk above their heads. The long bar is impressive in its size and sleekness; makes waiting for a table more tolerable and less likely to get you jostled while ordering a drink. Lobster traps are used as a subtle but impressive wall barriers. The wide aisles in between the booths make it easier for servers balancing platters of deliciousness to pass through without having to disturb the customers. There’s also a downstairs seating area complete with its own bar and a full view of the lobster containers—over 4,000 lobsters can be housed in climate-controlled blue crates!

Glasgow: I was amazed to find how a space so incredibly huge can be so intimate and open at the same time. It really is the perfect place to have a group dinner, romantic meal (another reminder it’s Valentine’s Day), or get-together with friends. The layout offers the option of a private dinner and neighbor interaction, it’s up to you. One very notable moment was getting up close and personal with one of Burger & Lobster NYC’s Big Boys. They are huge and have the most adorable phrases written on their tanks.

The Staff

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Chris: The staff is one of the nicest I’ve ever encountered. From the pure jovial nature of the hostess to the knowledgeable and entertaining waiter. The staff at Burger & Lobster NYC know just how to make their customers feel special and at home. They are attentive without overbearing and their attitudes were authentic and sweet. Through our server, Edward, we learned all about the food we were being served as well as the fact that they treat the staff very well. It’s no wonder they came across utterly genuine.

Glasgow: Let me begin by saying we both fell instantly in love with Edward and didn’t want to share him with the other diners. We asked to take a photo with our meal and the above is what we got…how can you not love him for that? It felt like we were having dinner with an old friend as he told us which meal was his favorite, the “problems” of having to taste test everything (hilariously sarcastic), and the love of his job. And though Edward was our server, we were visited by other staff who just wanted to say hello and laugh with us a bit….such an amazing friendly environment and people who really love what they do.


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Chris: Russian artist, Alexandr Grigorev, has been commissioned by Burger & Lobster to do all of their artwork. Everything from the logo to the bibs to the murals that grace the sides of the high ceilings are done by Alexandr Grigorev. I absolutely fell in love with his oddly classic but modern caricatures of an array of different people.

Glasgow: Chris definitely says it best here on the artwork. As for me, what can I say? I love all things cheeky, and the raised eyebrow shown on the mug is dong things to me lol. I see so much in these pieces from Alexandr Grigorev and I think that’s the point.

So there’s our take. All of this is what you get the low cost of $20.00 per entree at Burger & Lobster NYC. I bet you to find a better deal or better meal for that price. trust us, your Valentine’s Day date will be highly impressed.

Valentine’s Day Gifts: La Maison du Chocolat for Sephora Collection

There are many ways to a women’s heart. Two of these great ways are beauty and chocolate, so combining those two items is a no-brainer. This Valentine’s Day, La Maison du Chocolat, the go-to location for delicious, luxury chocolate, and revolutionary beauty retailer, Sephora brings you the gift of decadent beauty with the introduction of the La Maison du Chocolat for Sephora Collection Gift Set, just in time for the month of love.

The set combines four of La Maison du Chocolat’s signature pralines, and Sephora Collection’s most covetable lipstick, Luster Matte Long-Wear Lip Color, to create this one-of-a-kind, limited edition gift. The ultra lightweight, saturated matte lip color (the gift set includes Mulberry), boasts a subtle sheen and featherweight formula with nourishing Rose Hip Seed Oil, so it won’t dry out or crack. The innovative formula also boasts a custom-contoured tip, that precisely applies on the saturated color so your lips always look kissable.

The La Maison du Chocolat for Sephora Collection Gift Set  retails for $20.00, and is available in Sephora stores now.

Snack Healthy Valentine’s Day and Beyond w/ DOVE Fruit Dipped In Dark Chocolate

We couldn’t write about Valentine’s Day without saying something about chocolate, and the latest launch from DOVE Chocolate is a great way to start. We find ourselves unable to keep our hands out of bags of DOVE Fruit Dipped In Dark Chocolate ever since we were introduced to it at Food Fete. It’s the best of both worlds, the indulgence of Dove dark chocolate, and the goodness of whole, health-benefiting fruit.

Who says strawberries are the only fruit that gets to be covered in chocolate. DOV has added some decadence to the packaged healthy snacking category by taking the top-selling fruits on the market, and completely covering them in creamy dark chocolate, resulting in bags of deliciousness that you can enjoy anywhere. Your taste buds will thank you as you surrender to the delectable and exceptional experience of  DOVE Blueberries Dipped In Dark Chocolate, Cranberries Dipped in Dark Chocolate, and Cherries Dipped in Dark Chocolate.

This decadent snack is practically hedonistic, but hen what more can you ask for than delicious, real fruit, dipped in silky-smooth DOVE Dark Chocolate. This must-have snack comes in three convenient sizes, a 2.83-ounce sharing size (though you may find yourself not), a 6.0-ounce stand-up pouch, and a 26-ounce bag. The 2.83 oz. sharing size (in Cranberry and Blueberry) retails for $1.99-$2.59, and the  6.0 oz. small stand-up pouch (in all three flavors) retailing for $3.59-$4.79. Look for all varieties at Convenience, Drug, and Grocery Stores, as well as Mass Markets.

Valentine’s Day Cocktails: A Toast to Love Potions

According to folklore, when one wanted to seduce their heart’s desire, they would whip up a love potion. Centuries later, not much have changed in that respect. This Valentine’s Day, why not enchant your sweetheart, your friends, or your crush, with one of these delicious, spellbinding Valentine’s Day Cocktails from Casa Noble Tequila, Bluecoat Gin, and Crystal Head Vodka. Give Cupid the day off and whip up one of these magic brews that are sure to woo your loved ones.

Opt for a tart, bubbly Mimosa that’s both sexy and passionate, bewitch your love with the same delicious recipe that reminded Carlos Santana of the feeling of falling in love for the first time, delight them with a drink that’s elegant and effortless, or turn their heads with decadent deliciousness. No matter which you create, these cocktail recipes are sure to win their hearts.

Blushing Maria


2 oz. Casa Noble Crystal
1 oz. Pomegranate juice
1 oz. Pink grapefruit juice
1/4 oz. Agave Nectar
Combine the tequila, juices and agave nectar in a shaker tin with ice and shake until chilled. Strain- serve in Champagne flute, top with rose sparkling wine.

French American 75


1 oz Bluecoat Gin
1/2 oz lemon juice
1/2 oz lavender simple syrup
Stip over ice and transfer to a champagne flute. Top with brut champagne or dry sparkling wine.

“The El Beso de Luz” Margarita (The Kiss of Light)


2 oz Casa Noble Crystal
1/2 oz Licor 43
1 oz Lime juice
Squeeze an orange wedge over the cocktail and drop it into the glass.
Fun note: Carlos Santana named the cocktail “El Beso de Luz” as a tribute to his wife Cindy.

Clover Club


1.5oz.Bluecoat American Dry Gin
.5oz. simple syrup
.75oz. freshly-­squeezed lemon juice
.5oz. grenadine
1 egg white
Combine the ingredients in a shaker filled with ice. You’ll need to shake this very vigorously to emulsify the egg. Strain into a cocktail glass.


1 1⁄2 oz. Crystal Head Vodka
3⁄4 oz. cranberry juice
1⁄2 oz. premium orange liqueur
1⁄2 oz. freshly squeezed lime juice
Lemon peel
Add Crystal Head, cranberry juice, orange liqueur and lime juice in a cocktail shaker filled halfway with ice. Shake vigorously then strain into a chilled martini glass. Garnish with the Lemon peel.

Will you try one or more of these Valentine’s Day Cocktails? let us know in the comments below.