Make The Best Pumpkin Pie On Earth This Thanksgiving!

Pumpkin-PieWith the big day only 3 days away I want to share with you my favorite Pumpkin Pie recipe that is always a huge hit with my family every year. I know the grocery stores sell a million pre made pumpkin pie’s but there is nothing like the real thing! Without further a due here’s how to make the best pumpkin pie I have ever tried.

Here’s what you’ll need:

1 unbaked 10-inch pie shell

1 3/4 c canned pumpkin puree

3/4 firmly packed golden brown sugar

2/3 c cream cheese at room temperature

3 eggs

1 1/2 c half-and-half (half cream)

1 tsp vanilla extract

1/2 tsp ground ginger

1/2 tsp ground allspice plus extra for garnish

1/4 tsp ground cinnamon

1/8 tsp ground cloves


Whipped cream for serving


1. Position rack in the lower third of the oven and preheat to 425.

2. In a large bowl whisk together the pumpkin puree, brown sugar and cream cheese until smooth.

3. Whisk in the eggs one at a time.

4. Add in the half-and-half, vanilla, ginger and 1/2 tsp allspice, cinnamon, cloves and a pinch of salt. Stir to combine.

5. Pour the filling into the pie shell.

6. Place pie in the oven and bake for 15 minutes. Reduce oven temperature to 350 and continue to bake until the filling is evenly but not firmly set. About 35 minutes longer for a total baking time of about 50 minutes. Check the pie 10 minutes before it is ready and cover the crust with aluminum foil if it is browning too fast.

7. Transfer to a wire rack and let cool to room temperature before serving. Cut pie into wedges and serve with whipped cream.

*Recipe courtesy of William Sonoma


Wow Your Guests This Thanksgiving With The Best Pecan Pie Ever!

pecanpieIt’s that time of year! Finally Thanksgiving is right around the corner. With the biggest meal and family get together of the year only 4 days away I’m sure you have your menu all set, but if you really want to try something special and blow your guests away with your culinary skills then you’re going to love this easy and delicious Pecan Pie recipe. It’s simple to make and will add an extra touch of wow to your turkey day feast!

Here’s what you’ll need:

1 unbaked 9-inch pie shell

3 eggs

3/4 c dark corn syrup

2/3 c firmly packed dark brown sugar

1/4 c unsulfured light molasses

1/4 c unsalted butter and slightly cooled

1 tbsp Kahlua or other coffee-flavored liqueur

1/4 tsp salt

2 c coarsely chopped pecans

whipped cream (optional)


1. Position a rack in the lower third of the oven and preheat to 350.

2. In a large bowl whisk the eggs.

3. Add in the corn syrup, brown sugar, molasses, butter, liqueur and salt and whisk until the mixture is smooth.

4. Scatter the pecans evenly in the pie shell.

5. Scatter the mixture over the pecans.

6. Place the pie in the oven and bake until the top is browned and the filling is evenly but not firmly set. (About 40-50 minutes)

7. Remove the pie from the oven. Let cool completely before cutting. To serve cut into wedges and top with whipped cream if desired.

*Recipe courtesy of William Sonoma

Ribbons For A Reason. Show Your Support For The Causes Dear To Your Heart With Custom Wearable Ribbons.




Every month I see countless people wearing ribbons in a vast array of colors to show their passion, commitment and love for a particular cause, charity or organization. What a beautiful way to show support! Most of us are familiar with seeing the more popular ribbons like Pink for Breast Cancer in October or Teal for Ovarian Cancer in September but if you’re like me you may be unaware of so many important and beautiful causes that are out there and that have managed to have flown under the radar, until now! After getting involved last month with Bright Pink Org to raise funds and awareness for Breast Cancer I encouraged myself to dig deeper and find out what all of the other months, colors and ribbons stood for.



Before I take you through the year to discover these days, weeks and entire months dedicated to wonderful causes, I wanted to share a fun activity I had my guest participate in at my luncheon that was fun, festive and most importantly super simple to do! I set up a crafting station courtesy of Michaels Arts & Crafts

I had two shades of pin ribbons pre cut, hot glue guns, fabric paint pens, crystal embellishments (You can even use old earrings for your bling!) and safety pins all showcased in pretty antique tea cups on my dining room table. Before lunch while guests were sipping on cocktails and mocktails the ladies rolled up their sleeves and got creative making their own custom bedazzled ribbon broaches. This simple yet elegant project was a huge hit and can be recreated for any cause you choose to celebrate!


Here the are 5 easy peasy steps.

1. Cut your ribbon

2. Fold your ribbon.

3. Apply a small dot of glue on the inside to adhere it.

4. Glue your bling on the center.

5. Add your safety pin on the back.




























Without further a due… Here is the master list!


Cervical Health Awareness Month (Teal & White Ribbon):

National Birth Defects Prevention Month (Pink & Blue Ribbon):

Thyroid Awareness Month (Thyroid Cancer Ribbon):

Glaucoma Awareness Month (Green Ribbon):

National Radon Action Month:

National Folic Acid Awareness Week (4th – 10th):




AMD/LOW Vision Awareness Month:

American Heart Month (Red or Red & Blue Ribbon):

International Prenatal Infection Prevention Month (Pink & Blue Ribbon):

National Children’s Dental Month:

National Wise Health Consumer Month:

Give Kids a Smile Feb 5th:

National Wear Red Day Feb 5th (Red Ribbon):

Congenital Heart Defects Awareness Week Feb 7-14 (Red or Red & Blue Ribbon):

Burn Awareness Week Feb 7-13 (Red Ribbon):

Children’ of Alcoholics Week Feb 14-20:

National Donor Day Feb 14th (Green) :



National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month (Blue or Brown):

National Nutrition Month:

National Endometriosis Awareness Month (Peach or Yellow):

Save your Vision Month (Green):

Trisomy Awareness Month (Light Blue):

Workplace Eye Wellness Month (Green):

National Patient Safety Awareness Week March 7-13:

National Problem Gambling Awareness Week March 7-13:

National Sleep Awareness Week March 7-13 (Black):

National School Breakfast Week March 8-12:

National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day March 10 (red):

World Kidney Day March 11 (Green):

National Poison Prevention Week March 14-20:

Brain Awareness Week March 15-21 (Grey):

National Native American HIV/AIDS Awareness Day March 20 (Red):

American Diabetes Alert Day March 22 (Grey):

World Tuberculosis Day March 24 (Red):

Root Canal Awareness Week March 28 – April 3:




Alcohol Awareness Month (red):

Foot Health Awareness Month:

Irritable Bowel Syndrome Awareness Month (Periwinkle):

National Autism Awareness Month (Puzzle):

National Cancer Control Month (Lavender or specific color):

National Child Abuse Prevention Month (Blue):

National Donate Life Month (green):

National Facial Protection Month:

National Minority Health Awareness Month:

National Sarcoidosis Awareness Month (Purple):

National Youth Sports Safety Month:

Occupational Therapy Month:

Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month (Teal & Purple):

Sports Eye Safety Month (green):

Women’s Eye Health and Safety Month (green):

National Public Health Week – April 5-11:

World Health Day – April 7:

National Alcohol Screening Day April 8;

Sexual Assault Awareness Month – Day of Auction – April 20 (Teal & Purple)

National Infant Immunization Week April 24 – May 1:

2010 March for Babies – April 24-25 (Pink & Blue):

World Meningitis Day – April 24 ( Burgundy):

World Tai Chi & Qigong Day April 24




American Stroke Month (Red):

Better Hearing and Speech Month:

Clean Air Month:

Electromagnetic Sensitivity Awareness Month:

Healthy Vision Month (green):

Hepatitis Awareness Month (Red & Yellow):

Lupus Awareness Month (Orange or Purple):

Lyme Disease Awareness Month (Lime):

Melanoma/Skin Cancer Detection and Prevention Month (Black):

Mental Health Month (Green):

National Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month (Orange):

National Arthritis Awareness Month (Navy):

National Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month (Grey): 

National Bike Month:

National Celiac Disease Awareness Month (Light Green):

National High Blood Pressure Education Month (Red):

National Neurofibromatosis Month (Green):

National Osteoporosis Awareness Prevention Month (White):

National Physical Fitness and Sports Month:

National Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month (White):

National Toxic Encephalopathy and Chemical Injury Awareness Month (Purple & Yellow): www.NTEF-USA.Org

Older Americans Month:

Sturge-Weber Awareness Month (Burgundy):

Tuberous Sclerosis Awareness Month:

Ultraviolet Awareness Month:

Multiple Chemical Sensitivity Month

National Physical Education and Sport Week – May 1-7:

Children’s Mental Health Awareness Week – May 2-8 (Green):

North American Occupational Safety and Healthy Week – May 2-8 (Green):

National Mental Health Counseling Week – May 3-7 (Green):

Melanoma Monday – May 3 (Black):

Cornelia de Lange Syndrome Awareness Day – May 8:

Food Allergy Awareness Week – May 9-15 (Teal):

National Alcohol and other Drug Related Birth Defects Week – May 9-15 (Pink & Blue):

National Stuttering Awareness Week – May 10-16:

National Women’s Check-up Day May 10:

Fibromyalgia Awareness Day – May 12 (Purple):

HIV Vaccine Awareness Day – May 18 (Red):

National Employee Health and Fitness Day – May 19:

World Hepatitis Day – May 19 (Red & Yellow):

Recreational Water Illness Prevention Week – May 24 – 30 (Blue):

National Senior Citizen Health and Fitness Day – May 26:

World No Tobacco Day – May 31 (Brown):




Fireworks Safety Month June 1 – July 4 (Red, White & Blue):

Home Safety Month:

National Aphasia Awareness Month (Grey):

National Congenital Cytomegalovirus (CMV) Awareness Month:

National Scleroderma Awareness Month (Light Blue):

National Scoliosis Awareness Month (White):

Vision Research Month (Green) :

National Headache Awareness Week June 6-12 (Burgundy):

Sun Safety Week June 6-12:

National Cancer Survivors Day June 6 (Lavender):

National Men’s Health Week June 14-22 (Light Blue):

Lightning Safety Week June 20 -26:

National ASK Day June 21:

Eye Safety Awareness Week June 27- July 5 (Green):

National HIV Testing Day June 27 (Red):




Cord Blood Awareness Month:

International Group B Strep Awareness Month:

Juvenile Arthritis Awareness Month (Blue):

UV Safety Month:




Cataract Awareness Month (white):

Children’s Eye Health and Safety Month (Green):

National Immunization Awareness Month:

Psoriasis Awareness Month (Orchid & Orange) :

Spinal Muscular Atrophy Awareness Month (Cream):

National Minority Donor Awareness Day August 1 (Green):

National Health Center Week August 8-14:




Childhood Cancer Month (Gold):

Leukemia & Lymphoma Awareness Month (Green or Orange):

National Alcohol and Drug Addiction Recovery Month (Red): (

National Atrial Fibrillation Awareness Month:

National Cholesterol Education Month:

National Infant Mortality Awareness Month (Pink & Blue):

National Pediculosis Prevention Month/Head Lice Prevention Month:

National Sickle Cell Month (Burgundy):

National Yoga Awareness Month:

Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month (Teal):

Prostate Cancer Awareness Month (Light Blue):

Reye’s Syndrome Awareness Month (Blue):

National Suicide Prevention Week Sept 5-11 (Yellow):

National Celiac Disease Awareness Day Sept 13 (Light Green):

National School Backpack Awareness Day Sept 15:

National HIV/AIDS and Aging Awareness Day Sept 18 (Red):

National Farm Safety and Health Week Sept 19-25:

National Rehabilitation Awareness Celebration Sept 19-25:

World Alzheimer’s Day Sept 21 (Purple):

RAINN Day Sept 23 (Teal):

Family Health and Fitness Day Sept 25:

National Mesothelioma Awareness Day Sept 26(Purple):

National Gay Men’s HIV/AIDS Awareness Day Sept 28 (Red):

World Rabies day Sept 28:

National Women’s Healthy & Fitness Day Sept 29:

World Heart Day Sept 30 (Red or Red & Blue):




Eye Injury Prevention Month (Green):

Halloween Safety Month:

National Breast Cancer Awareness Month (Pink):

National Celiac Disease Awareness Month (Light Green):

National Dental Hygiene Month:

National Disability Employment Awareness Month (Burgundy):

National Domestic Violence Awareness Month (Teal & Purple):

National Down Syndrome Awareness Month (Blue & Yellow):

National Medical Librarians Month:

National Physical Therapy Month:

National Spina Bifida Awareness Month (Yellow):

Rett Syndrome Awareness Month (Purple or Lavender):

Sudden Infant Death Syndrome Awareness Month (Pink & Blue):

Talk about Prescriptions Month:

National Sarcoidosis Awareness Week Oct 1-7:

Hearing Aid Awareness Week Oct 3-10:

National Fire Prevention Awareness Week Oct 3-9 (Red & Black):

Latex Allergy Awareness Week Oct 3-9 (Red & Pearl):

Mental Illness Awareness Week Oct 4-10 (Green):

Drive Safely Work Week Oct 4-8:

National Child Health Day Oct 4:

National Depression Screening Day Oct 7 (Green):

World Mental Health Day Oct 10 (Green):

National School Lunch Week Oct 11-15:

Bone and Joint Decade National Action Week Oct 12-20 (White):

Metastatic Breast Cancer Awareness Day Oct 13:

National Latinos AIDS Awareness Day Oct 15:

World Food Day Oct 16:

National Drug Free Work Week Oct 18-24:

World Osteoporosis Day Oct 20 (White):

International Stuttering Awareness Day Oct 22:

National Mammography Day Oct 22 (Pink):

Red Ribbon Week Oct 23-31:

Respiratory Care Week Oct 24-30 (Pearl):

Lung Health Day Oct 27 (Pearl):




American Diabetes Month (Grey):

COPD Awareness Month (Gold):

Diabetic Eye Disease Month (Grey):

Foot Health Issues Related to Diabetes Awareness Month:

Lung Cancer Awareness Month (Pearl):

National Family Caregivers Month (Burgundy):

National Healthy Skin Month:

National Hospice Palliative Care Month:

Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month (Purple):

Prematurity Awareness Month (Pink & Blue):

Pulmonary Hypertension Awareness Month (Red & Blue):

RSD/CRPS (orange)

Worldwide Philanthropy Day Nov 15 (lime):

Prematurity Awareness Day Nov 18 (Pink & Blue):

National Survivors Of Suicide Day Nov 20 (Yellow):

Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease Awareness Week Nov 21-27 (Periwinkle):




Safe Toys and Gifts Month:

National Aplastic Anemia and MDS Awareness Week Dec 1-7 (Red & White):

World AIDS Day – Dec 1st (Red):

National Hand washing Awareness Week Dec 5-11:


The Winners of My Annual How2Girl Pumpkin Contest.

PumpkinwinnersThank you to everyone who entered my pumpkin contest this year. I can’t tell you how much fun it was to see all of the creativity pouring into my inbox everyday! Out of all of the amazing submissions I have picked my top 3! Each winner will receive a $50 gift card to Michaels Art’s & Crafts. Can’t wait to see all of your fab submissions next year!

























My Think Pink Ladies Luncheon. The Drinks.

IB97U8546n honor of breast cancer awareness month I hosted my Think Pink How2Girl Ladies Luncheon at my home in Westlake Village, Ca this last weekend to bring awareness and raise money for breast cancer. I teamed up with Bright Pink Org, who is a wonderful non-profit specializing in breast and ovarian cancer and had all of my girlfriends over for cocktails and h’ourderves to raise money for Bright Pink and hundreds of women in need.

B97U8120The delectable passed h’ourderves were made specialty by world renowned caterers AC Events. They are the geniuses behind Prince William and Kate Middleton’s wedding and were kind enough to team up with me for cost to make this event spectacular!


Screen Shot 2014-10-24 at 5.30.56 PM ThinkPinkGirlsCocktail As for the drinks,  I was recently asked by SodaStream to tryout their new SodaStream Play Machine. After playing around with it I thought it would be fun and different to use their soda flavors to customize my mocktails and cocktails. The SodaStream has once again partnered with Yves Behar, world-renowned designer for the Play Machine. Featuring refined mechanics, a sleek new look and the best part customizable skins to dress up your machine! To customize my new machine I opted for a pretty pink and green floral skin to go with the look and feel of my event but the options are never ending! From sports teams to animal prints there is a SodaStream Play Skin for everyone. They even give you the option to customize your SodaStream to you and your family with a skin made from your own pictures! To learn more about the Play Skins and how you can customize your very own Play Machine click here.







photo 2photo 3The Play Skins are extremely simple to use. They come in the form of stickers which can be removed at a later time if you want to change things up. They are labeled clearly, only take a minute to apply and are pretty much idiot proof!  I love these because you can makeover the look of your Play Machine and your kitchen whenever you like.



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photo 15One of the features I fell in love with when trying the SodaStream is that you have the freedom to customize your soda. There are so many amazing flavors to choose from and using the SodaStream really gives you the freedom to get creative and have fun with your drinks whether your entertaining with mocktails and cocktails or just making root beer for your family. You get to be a mad scientist mixing different flavors and creating your own unique taste specific drinks!


You saw my delicious recipes in Friday’s post so without further a due… Lets bring out the cocktails!


photo 13photo 12I set up my bar with all of the fresh ingredients my drinks called for like strawberries, mint from my yard, raspberries, limes and lemons.


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Next to them I had all of the SodaStream Flavors I was using like Sparkling Pink Grapefruit and Country Time Lemonade. (for my non-drinkers)










To add a touch of elegance I showcased the cocktails and their ingredients to guests by printing them out and placing them in gold frames from Michaels Arts & Crafts.

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photo 2I had so much fun chatting with my guests and playing the bartender/mixologist at the same time! The drinks were a huge hit because the SodaStream gave them the perfect amount of fizz and I could make them stronger or lighter flavored depending on who I was serving. All in all the luncheon was a huge success! We had a crafting station set up courtesy of Michaels Arts & Crafts where guests customized their own pink ribbons and we set up a room where everyone donated designer clothing, accessories and shoes which will be auctioned off next week on ebay for Bright Pink Org. It felt so great to bring an amazing group of women together for such an important cause and to give back in a fun and out of the box way!

Be sure to stay tuned this week for all of the food, the crafts and everything you need to know regarding the auction because you won’t want to miss these beautiful clothes! 100% of the proceeds will be donated to Bright Pink.