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PartyBeans.comPartyBeans.comJelly Bellys and M&Ms are not only America’s favorite treats; they also make fun and tasty wedding favors. At, you can personalize your presentation with your choice of candy flavors and containers featuring your own photos and text. Container options include a variety of tins, silver cello bags and adorable glass jars (reusable after the wedding) customized with your wedding date, engagement photo or whatever image you choose. What we love most about, however, is how easy it is to get exactly what you want. A few clicks of the mouse, and you can check “wedding favors” off of your “To Do” list. Sweet!

Valentine’s Day Chocolate Gift Guide, #5

Valentine’s Day Chocolate Gift Guide, #5 posted by Jolene

Thank goodness I discovered Dagoba. Fair Trade, Organic and award-winning, Dagoba’s unique “chocolate alchemy” combines flavors in innovative, tantalizing ways. Dagoba chocolate tastes genuine—that is, biting into a small piece, the first taste is chocolate, rather than sugar. Its authentic musky flavor sings of forests and unspoiled wilderness, invariably lifting my spirits. I’ve come to prefer my chocolate dark & spicy, and Dagoba’s Xocolatl, accented with cocoa nibs and chile peppers, satisfies my cravings. My husband isn’t as adventurous and fancies less intense varietals, such as New Moon, the best of bittersweet.

Valentine’s Day Chocolate Gift Guide, #4

Valentine’s Day Chocolate Gift Guide, #4 posted by Jennifer

For wedding favors, I love Vosges’ adorable takeout containers which can include truffles like the Black Pearl (ginger + wasabi + dark chocolate + black sesame seeds). Their two-piece truffle boxes can be customized with your names or message and your choice of ribbon colors. And, you can feel good about Vosges’ green commitment.

Valentine’s Day Chocolate Gift Guide, #3

Valentine’s Day Chocolate Gift Guide, #3 posted by Julia

Unlike my colleagues Lisa and Meredith, I didn’t even think about what chocolate my significant other would be. Instead, I grilled my poor boyfriend on what kind of chocolate he thinks I’d be. After vetoing every type of chocolate he came up with (“What? Really? Where the hell did you get that idea?”), the answer dawned on me while I was restocking on shampoo at the drugstore. An M&M! Or is it an M?

Valentine’s Day Chocolate Gift Guide, #2

Valentine’s Day Chocolate Gift Guide, #2 posted by Meredith

Woodhouse Chocolates makes so many delicious sweet treats that everyone will find a fave. They’ve become my go-to gift when I want to send something to a person I really adore and their Valentine’s gift boxes are sure to wow your honey (or, your friend. Why don’t we girls start sending Valentine’s Day chocolates to each other? Good idea, huh?). Each box is gorgeously wrapped and shipped very carefully with special cold inserts to make sure your gift arrives as perfect as it was sent. Trés chic!

Valentine’s Day Chocolate Gift Guide, #1

Valentine’s Day Chocolate Gift Guide, #1 posted by Lisa

If my husband were a piece of chocolate (yes, there are times I wish that. That’s not weird, is it?), I’m pretty sure he’d be a Smoked Salt Caramel from Fran’s Chocolates. I don’t know ya’ll well enough to go into the details of why I think that, but let me just say the salt dusting on top makes the flavors in these chocolates so much more complex than any other fine chocolate I’ve tasted, and that’s a very good thing.

Bridesmaid Dress Hall of Shame

Bridesmaid Dress Hall of Shame posted by Lisa

But because no one can get enough of looking at those mythical, terrifically terrible bridesmaid dresses (myself included), we found a link that might give you a fix.

Calling All Hungry Girls

Calling All Hungry Girls posted by Jolene

Hungry Girl is for the food obsessed or just the food possessed; besides a wealth of recipe revisions (lifesavers, IMHO!), there is also a Q & A section, Girls Bite Out (tips for partying and dining), and a news section with the latest health and diet breakthroughs. And while I still can’t quite zip up my own figure-hugging wedding dress from 12 years ago yet, things are safely under control. And I still get to enjoy formerly forbidden foods, like HG’s Unpudged Fudge. Now that’s what I call livin’!

A Wedding Registry With Gifts You Actually Want

A Wedding Registry With Gifts You Actually Want posted by Lisa

If only existed when I registered for my wedding. Just create an account and add the handy bookmark to your browser, and anything that’s sold online can be added to one centralized wish list. No more managing a list at every website you love! And if you’re suffering from shopper’s block (much more worrisome than writer’s block!), there’s even a gift ideas section to show you what other users have added to their list.

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