It's a Dog's Life

Scott and I love dogs.  During our frequent walks to Carl Schurz Park just down the street from our Upper East Side apartment, we always stop by the "small dog" run to watch the Boston terriers, French bulldogs, Yorkies, pugs, and chihuahuas, and other small breeds play.

Since we both travel so much for work, we haven't adopted any dogs yet.  But when the day finally comes that we can do so, we already know we will be those obsessive pet owners who spoil their dogs.

Of course, I fully anticipate that means I will be on the constant hunt for cool toys and, yes, clothes for our fur babies.  If we had dogs this year, this UGG dog bed I am showing for Bed Bath & Beyond on holiday TV segments would be at the top of my list.  You can even pick up their cozy dog sweaters - perfect for holiday photos!

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Sadly, my adorable TV "models" aren't real.  But you can find these stuffed toys from Melissa & Doug at Buy Buy Baby.

What are you getting your pets for the holiday?

I (Heart) Valentine's Day

Before I met my husband, I was kind of indifferent to Valentine's Day.

The day was never a downer - but it just didn't always seem relevant to me.

Happily, the day has now evolved into a time to celebrate everyone important to us - not just romantic relationships.

For some cute gift and treat ideas for everyone in your life, I am excited to partner with several companies for my Valentine's TV tour.

Candy has never been this cute - customize your M&Ms with personal photos and sweet messages. (Photos courtesy of M&Ms).

Little girls will (heart) these sparkly Skechers (unfortunately, they don't make them in my size). (Photos courtesy of Skechers).

For fashionistas, this Michael Kors watch is a gorgeous statement piece,  while music lovers will love these red Beats headphones - both available on eBay. (Photos courtesy of eBay).

Think outside the chocolate box, with healthy, kid-friendly treats that are sweet, seedless and easy-to-peel. You can also use these Wonderful Halos in yummy Valentine's Day recipes. (Photo courtesy of Wonderful).

Don't forget tasty all-natural treats for your four-legged friends ($6.39) from CANIDAE. (Photos courtesy of CANIDAE).

For a “Gal-entine’s Day” gathering with girlfriends, this festive Yellow Tail Pink Moscato ($7.99) pairs nicely with chocolate.  For the guy who enjoys whiskey, a bottle of Redemption Rye ($29.99) is an elegant addition to his bar. (Photos courtesy of Yellow Tail and Redemption).

Teleflora's bouquets come in unique vases that can be used long after the flowers are gone. The Lovely Hearts bouquet (far left) is perfect for your mom, sister or best friend, and includes this adorable over-sized mug - perfect for long talks over coffee or tea. (Photos courtesy of Teleflora).

Since we got married, Scott and I have always cooked dinner together at home on Valentine's Day.  We love going out to dinner at other times, when New York restaurants are less crowded and noisy - and they don't inflate prices compared to a normal night!  For an easy and elegant dinner, this "Romantic Dinner In" package ($84.99) from Omaha Steaks includes Chateaubriand, Lobster Tails, Smashed Red Potatoes and Sea Salt Caramel Brownies for dessert.  Yum! (Gorgeous food styling by Kat Barrott of Food Styl Tampa Bay). 

On-the-Air: Denver

With only one week until Christmas, there is still time to find creative gifts - many of which can be ordered online!  Here are few gifts you can send at the last-minute that I am sharing for several companies this week on Colorado's "Everyday" Show!

Texture - Magazine readers will love the digital magazine app Texture, which gives unlimited access to more than 160 magazines – including back issues – for just $14.99 per month.  That is what you would pay to buy just three print magazines, but this includes all of your favorites.  From People, Rolling Stone and Vanity Fair to favorite sports, home, fashion and food titles, literally thousands of issues are at your fingertips on any iOS or Android device. 

Omaha Steaks - Order through December 23, or find a local store.  If you really procrastinate, send an electronic gift card at (literally) the last minute.

Teleflora - Order through December 22 for Christmas delivery.  Since flowers are hand-arranged and delivered by a local florist, they will arrive looking fabulous and ready to enjoy!

SwitchArt - For someone who constantly redecorates, SwitchArt Magnetic Frames and Prints, available exclusively at Art.com, are ideal.  They can switch out magnetized prints on a magnetic frame base as often as they like, updating for each season!  Choose from thousands of art prints, or use the Photos to Art tool to transform your favorite photos into magnetized art to be displayed.  Order by December 20 to receive by Christmas.

CANIDAE - Treat your dog to all-natural Grain-Free PURE Chewy Pet Treats from CANIDAE.  With no corn, wheat, soy or fillers, they boast a simple ingredient list, so you actually know what you are feeding your pet!  Since they are available at more than 10,000 specialty stores - including Petco - you can pick up these yummy stocking stuffers at the last minute.  You can also find up to $8 in coupons on their web site.