site we’re psyched about: pingg.com

We can’t imagine having a party these days without sending out electronic invites. But the designs at the traditional sites do leave something to be desired. That’s where pingg.com comes in. Their gallery of images are so vibrant, they’ll pop in any in-box. Best of all, you can upload your own image and customize the invitation to reflect your own creative ideas; you can send the invites via cell phone, email, Facebook or even on a personalized web page. We’re so inspired, we may have to throw a party soon just to use this site. Memorial day cookout, anyone? Like any good e-vite site, Pingg allows you to manage your invites and keep track of responses. Click here to visit pingg.com.

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great deal! 15% off coco-luxe chocolates

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Not that we need to give you a reason to buy luscious gourmet chocolates, but Mother’s Day is just around the corner, and the kind folks over at coco-luxe.com are offering Shelterrific readers a 15% discount off their adorable truffles until the end of May. Each one is flavored to remind us of a childhood favorite dessert and features a cute little drawing like gingerbread men or mint leaves or banana splits to match. Comfort food in a chocolate — heaven! To get the discount, enter SHELTER during checkout for the discount. Click here to go to the Coco-Luxe site.

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real-life test kitchen: simple, delicious chocolate mousse for your valentine

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On my recent birthday, a good friend who just graduated valedictorian from the Cambridge School of Culinary Arts baked my family a cake so good, it was entirely eaten by the next morning! To cheer them up, I made this chocolate mousse. The recipe was simple, but the results were wonderful — it was so delicious, I will be making it again for all my valentines this year! (And since Shelterrific contributors are asking, I’ll try to share my friend’s cake recipe soon, too.) — Holly D.

Need more Valentine’s Day inspiration?
Sweet-looking Sweets
Jonathan Adler’s Anger/Joy Mugs
Traditional Home’s Really Really Red Auction
Sweet Mugs

Or for a blast from Valentine’s past, try the Man-Catcher Brownie recipe.

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sweet mugs for valentine's day

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I always hate it when the day after Christmas, stores start rolling out all the Valentine’s Day merch. Can’t we get a breather between Santa and Cupid? That said, as soon as I saw these adorable mugs from Rust Designs I thought they would be the perfect gift for your sweetheart, or a new pair of lovebirds you may know. Inspired by Minnesota birch trees, you can customize which initials go in the heart in the middle. $45 for four. Be sure to click around and check out their other personalized offerings, like these Fairy baby plates or these hip silhouettes (just send in a photo of your kid in profile!). — Angela M.

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sweet mugs for valentine’s day

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I always hate it when the day after Christmas, stores start rolling out all the Valentine’s Day merch. Can’t we get a breather between Santa and Cupid? That said, as soon as I saw these adorable mugs from Rust Designs I thought they would be the perfect gift for your sweetheart, or a new pair of lovebirds you may know. Inspired by Minnesota birch trees, you can customize which initials go in the heart in the middle. $45 for four. Be sure to click around and check out their other personalized offerings, like these Fairy baby plates or these hip silhouettes (just send in a photo of your kid in profile!). — Angela M.

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