You've just been invited to yet another baby shower and, on top of not having tons of cash to spare, the baby's gender is being kept a surprise until the big day. This roundup of unique unisex baby gifts are all $20 or under but totally look pricier. From homemade items to baby-shower gift sets, you'll be the talk of the party with one of these special baby gifts. Click through for 10 adorable unisex options.
Editor's note: The following is a guest post written by Colin Cowie, wedding planner and lifestyle guru. This week Colin teaches us how to cut back on the wedding budget.
Every wedding has the same basic elements; it's how all the elements are utilized that can mean the difference in breaking the bank or staying within your means.
- Let's start with invitations and think out of the box. Check out the online site Cocodot for great invitation ideas that not only save time and money, but save the planet as well. We live in an electronic world, so why not take advantage of it and send invitations electronically? You may need to have a few invitations printed for grandparents and relatives who are not tech-savvy, but if you count more than 40 family and friends who don't check email regularly I'd be surprised.
To see the rest of Cowie's helpful money-saving hints, keep reading.
At Alice + Olivia, we chat with Kelly Osbourne, Melissa Joan Hart, and Ugly Betty's Ana Ortiz to hear about their celeb style. Kelly Osbourne prefers to wear what's comfortable - mixing high end designers with budget friendly accessories. Melissa Joan Hart takes advice from her friends on what's fashionable and dishes on her must-have pieces. As a new mom, Ana Ortiz likes to keep things simple. Check out our video to hear more!
The number of "I must make this, stat!" moments I have while watching TV chefs is getting out of hand. First it was Lidia's Neapolitan mac and cheese. Then Giada's Asian chicken salad. On another weekend, I made this herbed focaccia. I've never really tried any of Sandra Lee's recipes, since I tend to associate them with ingredients like canned soups and prepackaged spice mixes that play a role in her semi-homemade philosophy. However the focaccia, which I watched Sandra make on her new show, is different. It calls for refrigerated pizza dough, an ingredient that's reasonably fresh. I often keep pizza dough on hand, and happened to have some in the fridge. I'm grateful I seized the moment. The rustic bread, which I made with heirloom tomatoes and whole-wheat dough, is simultaneously soft and crunchy, with a nice acidity from the tomatoes. You, too, can make this easy, breezy recipe.
In a perfect world, everything we eat would be free of genetic modifications, hormones, or synthetic pesticides: In addition to surpassing their conventional counterparts in nutritional value, organic foods produce less waste and improve ecosystem sustainability. But organic food comes at a steep price, literally — one that can be 10 to 40 percent higher than conventionally produced products. So if you have to skimp on some organic products when shopping at the market, what items are safe bets to purchase conventionally? Click through to find out.