2011 31 May

Dead Celebrity Party

Last week’s quadruple run of parties has left me bloated, hoarse and gasping for breath. (Not to mention, chock-full of happy memories.) One of the parties I attended was a “Dead Celebrity Party.” We were encouraged to pick our favorite well-known dead person. Celebrities with dead careers were also encouraged. I’m not sure if my […]

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2011 12 May

Bocce, opening night

If you’ve known me on the internet since I’ve moved to wine country, you know that I love me some bocce. Considered one of the most ancient games in the world, I like to think of it as a blend of darts, bowling, pool and curling. Playing bocce wine country style means that there’s amazing […]


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2011 11 May

My OPEN Forum Debut

I wrote an article about creating artful spreadsheets. It could help you look better to your boss and coworkers! This article has only¬†5 Steps! Let me help you look good.    

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2011 10 May

Speaking at EVO

I am very excited to be speaking the opening night of the EVO Conference in Park City this summer.

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2011 25 April

May Day

Yes, I know that Easter just wrapped. It was a celestial anomaly. Let’s get ready for May Day. May Day? What’s that? It’s an everyone holiday. It’s a public holiday, for workers. It’s said to be a celebration of labor all over the world (England, China, Soviet Union). My favorite part of May Day is […]


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2011 19 April

Photographing your nuts

Like I mentioned, AB Chao and I had a good deal of fun presenting last minute appetizer tips to the attendees of the Mom 2.0 Summit in New Orleans. Part of our presentation had appetizer photography tips. (You might as well capture some content while you’re prepping snacks.) Like I may have said here, I’m […]


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2011 17 April

Mom 2.0 Summit

Have you met AB Chao? She was my co-presenter for our Mom 2.0 presentation: Snappy appetizers – Stylish appetizers from your home to your blog We had a blast sharing tips for last minute entertaining – and how to capitalize on it for your blog. We enjoyed photography, styling and snacks with some of the […]

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2011 5 April

I’m speaking at Mom 2.0

Not sure if I’d mentioned before, but I’ll be presenting a panel at Mom 2.0 with Ms. AB Chao. We’re presenting Napa to NOLA, snappy appetizers from your home to your blog. We’ll be whipping up some super-fast, super-impressive appetizers from my home and hers and demonstrating styling and photography tips for your blog. Photographing […]


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2011 29 March

St. Helena Lobster Feed

Holy moly, they did it again. I told you about this last year over on my other blog. And all the same things held true. I was pinchy, in need of cutting loose. The town celebrated. I joined them. I needed that. (What IS it about March, with the pinchiness? This happens every year, not […]

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2011 31 January

Welcome to my new site.

HJEntertains represents all the tips, schedules and recipes from my years as an enthusiastic home entertainer. I started posting wee entertaining tips on Twitter with the hashtag #HJEntertains and the reaction was so great, I rolled out its own entertaining site. Timing, how much food to buy, how to gracefully handle sticky situations, and most […]

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