The ultimate kitchen starts with gorgeous pieces like my new Casa Qoqo Bamboo Cutting Board!

EverCreativeMind Bamboo Cutting BoardAccording to author Carla Hill of Realty Times, “What is the not-so-well-kept secret of real estate? A kitchen can sell a house.”

Getting my own kitchen ship-shape has been an ongoing and lengthy process. Rather than wait until — someday — when we put the house up for sale to tackle renovations, we’ve been creating a pleasing space now using high-end appliances and attractive accessories. So, we get to enjoy the kitchen while we are still living here, not simply renovating it for the new buyers!

Of course, “accessories” can’t simply include vases of fresh flowers, footed cake stands filled with cupcakes and decorative canisters — like some of the beautifully styled (but ultimately impractical) kitchens on Pinterest. We need items that we can actually use on a daily basis!

And, the Eco Bamboo Cutting Board with Stainless Steel Handle from Casa Qoqo marries form and function perfectly. This cutting board has such a beautiful, warm color and interesting grain, I actually leave it propped against the backsplash rather than hide it away!

The finish is silky smooth and over the last few weeks I have noticed that it does not tend to show as many cut marks as plastic does or stain as much as hardwood will.

It’s even nice enough to serve on – cheese, veggies, snacks – but, this cutting board is more than just decorative. Made from 100% premium organic bamboo, it is also strong, durable and harder than maple wood.

Plus, bamboo prevents the accumulation of bacteria and food particles. So, it’s easier to wash and keep clean than a traditional wooden cutting board and safer than plastic.

Caring for it is simple. Just use hot water and dish soap to wash, then let it air dry. Never put bamboo in the dishwasher. And, do not let the cutting board sit in water. Periodic treatment with mineral oil will also help maintain the bamboo.

The Casa Qoqo cutting board would make an excellent housewarming gift, bridal shower gift or holiday gift for the cooking enthusiast. It retails for $19.79 but is only $12.99 with Free Shipping for Amazon Prime Members.

And at this price, you’ll want one for yourself, as well!

Your guide to a life filled with STYLE! Susan Conforte McNeill is a wife, mother, Harper’s BAZAAR Style Ambassador, Cover Girl Ambassador, and the co-founder of the literacy organization Success Won’t Wait.

DISCLAIMER: No financial compensation was received in exchange for this post. I did, however, receive a sample of the Casa Qoqo cutting board mentioned above in order to fully evaluate the product. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I believe will be good for my readers.

PHOTO: Used with permission by Casa Qoqo and EverCreativeMind.

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Summertime and the livin’ is easy… in cute, affordable flip-flops from Frisky-Nineteen!

Frisky Nineteen Canvas Flip Flop for men in camoEarlier this summer, my entire family attended the 4-day Firefly Music Festival (without me, thank you very much!). And, since it rained almost every day, the conditions were somewhat less than optimal. Quagmires of mud were so prevalent, that scores of teens simply abandoned their flip-flops rather than struggle to extricate them. Thousands of years from now, some poor archaeologist will probably find them and puzzle as to what bizarre religious ceremony took place on the spot!

Since my family’s flip-flops were either left behind or ruined in the mud, we started the summer with a serious lack of footwear. Since purchasing super cheap flip-flops almost guarantees that they will break in a week, I thought we were facing an enormous bill at the shoe store. But luckily, I was recently introduced to shoes from Frisky-Nineteen!  This is a one-stop shop for sandals, flip-flops, and water shoes for men, women, and children.

Frisky Rubber Flip FlopFrisky-Nineteen has every type of summer footwear we need. For example, my son, a college student, loves the Canvas Flip-Flop pictured above. The frayed canvas upper strap and camo design speak to his casual college campus style. But I like that they come with a massaging EVA footbed and high traction rubber outsole. Retail: $12.99

My husband prefers the Classic Rubber Flip-Flop, available in navy, brown and black. A bargain at the regular price of $10.99, they are currently on sale for an amazing $5.99!

My teenaged daughter, however, wants the Rubber Contour Flip-Flop, pictured below, which features a comfortable molded rubber strap and a foot-friendly soft contour footbed. Plus, this style comes in three adorable colors including navy, purple and pink. (Naturally, she has requested all three!) Retail: $12.99

Frisky Nineteen Contour Flip Flop for WomenIn addition to the three styles shown, Frisky-Nineteen has many, many great styles for everyone in your family. Since 1991, the company has provided high quality, stylish, and affordable shoes worldwide.

But, if none of these styles strike you, Frisky-Nineteen also has a private label program.  You can incorporate your own unique style and taste by designing your own flip-flops! This is an amazing opportunity for groups and teams to create something really special. Add words, pictures, logos… just about anything.

To see the entire line, visit Frisky-Nineteen.

Your guide to a life filled with STYLE! Susan Conforte McNeill is a wife, mother, Harper’s BAZAAR Style Ambassador, Cover Girl Ambassador, and the co-founder of the literacy organization Success Won’t Wait.

DISCLAIMER: No financial compensation was received in exchange for this post. I did, however, receive samples Classic Flip-Flops mentioned above in order to fully evaluate the products. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I believe will be good for my readers.

PHOTOS: Used with permission by Frisky-Nineteen.

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Raise a glass to these adorable MindBody Active Wine Stoppers from Top It Off!

Wine StopperNot too long ago, I had a “milestone” birthday and my old college roommate, who has known me forever, gave me an amazing gift: a wine and cheese basket. Now, if you think this was a typical basket… you clearly don’t know my friend Tracy!

In addition to my favorite wine, she filled the basket to overflowing with the most delightful (and funny) wine-related gifts – from towels inscribed with wine-inspired phrases, to cheese markers cleverly made from vintage forks.

In fact, the only thing that the basket lacked (sorry Tracy!) was a wine stopper or two. But, I recently found the perfect addition to my cache of wine paraphernalia: Wine Stoppers from Top It Off.

If you are also a wine aficionado, you can probably relate… you sit down after a long day to enjoy a glass of your favorite wine. But, what do you do with a great bottle of wine that’s only half finished?

And, after a party, it’s even more challenging. I regularly have five or six opened bottles on the day after a big bash.

In fact, properly storing opened wine has always been a challenge for me. To solve the problem, I purchased some dramatic Murano glass stoppers with rubber plugs, which (sadly) make my bottles too tall to fit in the fridge. I also found some lovely all-crystal ones, which unfortunately don’t have seals at all. While these all look beautiful on the table, they don’t actually reseal the wine bottle!

Wine Stoppers in Wine RackWith MindBody Active Wine Stoppers, however, now I have the perfect way to save my wine. These wine stoppers are the best way I’ve found to seal wine with an air-tight seal. In fact, with a MindBody Active Wine Stopper, a bottle can rest on its side or even upside down without leaking.

And, they are so cute! Designed to resemble the old wine bungs used to seal wine barrels in the 1800’s, the reusable wine toppers come with four unique designs, each guaranteed to bring a smile to your face. (Liquid Therapy is my personal fave.)

MindBody Active Wine Stoppers would make a lovely gift for the wine lover on your holiday list or as part of a hostess gift. But I promise, you’ll also want some for yourself!

The set of four wine stoppers is available on Amazon for only $29.99.( You’ll save that much just sealing just one bottle of wine!) And, for Amazon Prime members, the Sale Price is only $14.97. There is even a 100% Satisfaction Money Back Guarantee.

So, I propose a toast… to Top It Off. Thanks for helping me save “the good stuff.”

Your guide to a life filled with STYLE! Susan Conforte McNeill is a wife, mother, Harper’s BAZAAR Style Ambassador, Cover Girl Ambassador, and the co-founder of the literacy organization Success Won’t Wait.

DISCLAIMER: No financial compensation was received in exchange for this post. I did, however, receive samples of the four wine stoppers mentioned above in order to fully evaluate the products. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I believe will be good for my readers.

PHOTOS: Used with permission by Top It Off.

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