Black and White Halloween Tablescape

Black and White Halloween Tablescape 3

I’ll admit I’ve always secretly hated Halloween – the late night parties, the getting-dressed-up-in-30-degree cold – no thanks. But now that I’m a mom and own my own home, I’m loving the prospect of buying horrible sugar-laden Halloween candy for trick or treaters in the neighborhood, dressing Oliver in a costume, and creating my Halloween tablescape…. 

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Dining Room Dilemma

A while back, I found a set of 6 antique dining room chairs on Craigslist. I bought them because I love the shape and style of the chair, but the upholstery is awful, dirty, tearing at the seams and needs to be replaced. After living in our new house for a few months, I am thinking about … [Read More...]

Sweet and Sassy Sweet Potato Fries

Sweet and Sassy Sweet Potato Fries

One of the lessons I've learned from entertaining is that people LOVE finger food. Take these baked sweet potato fries for example, which were created from two humble taters. If left in the baked potato form (which I love) or even in wedge form, they might be forgotten and left to the side at … [Read More...]

Pumpkin Smoothie

Pumpkin Smoothie

Happy October! I'm so excited that fall is finally here. Time for cozy sweaters and leggings and snuggly boots. But no matter how cold it gets I am always in the mood for a smoothie. This pumpkin concoction is my favorite smoothie to enjoy in the fall and winter months, especially … [Read More...]

Neutral Nursery

Oliver’s Nursery

I had so much fun planning Oliver's nursery. I chose to go with a clean, modern scheme with lots of gray, taupe, black, and white and touches of natural wood, faux fur, stars, and stripes. I'm really happy with how it turned out and think it will be appropriate for both boys and girls in years to … [Read More...]

chili spice rubbed steak

Chili Spice-Rubbed Steak

Lately with nursing and taking care of the baby and dog I've been so hungry but lack the time I used to have to make meals with several components. I've found that a good hunk of protein like steak or a big chicken breast is the one thing that can power me through the day. This has … [Read More...]

New Mom and Baby Essentials

New Mom and Baby Essentials

I have to admit being a new mom is absolutely exhausting but I am loving every minute of it. I've decided to include more lifestyle posts here on the blog and since I have baby on the brain, here are the top 25 products for mom and baby that have SAVED me the past three weeks: 1. Aden + Anais … [Read More...]

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Oliver’s Birth Story

Our sweet little boy Oliver Douglas was born on the morning of Tuesday, August 12. He was 8 pounds, 7 ounces and 20" long. It was a beautiful, intense, unmedicated, and incredibly fast birth (only 3 hours!). I woke up in full-blown labor at 2:00am, we sped to the hospital in the pouring rain at … [Read More...]


Make-Ahead Meals for Post-Baby

Oh, hi. It's been almost two months since I've published a blog post. Let's just say my mind has been on BABY, BABY, BABY. I am in full on nesting mode - ob/gyn visits, pediatrician meetings, baby product research, washing and folding teeny tiny clothes, nursery decorating, meditating, and … [Read More...]

Sweet Potato and Sausage Hash with Fried Egg 2

Sweet Potato and Sausage Hash with Fried Egg

Hash is one of my favorite make-ahead meals.  I like to make a huge serving of it for dinner and save the leftovers for reheating which makes for quick and easy breakfasts throughout the week. I used to make this dish with Applegate chicken sausage, which is pretty delish, but once I laid … [Read More...]

Avocado Pineapple Salsa 2

Avocado Pineapple Salsa

This salsa happened by accident while I was making this steak and salsa recipe whilst dreaming about this salsa recipe. I thought the avocado salsa needed a little sweetness, and it turned out the pineapple was the perfect complement to the 'cado and lime. Now it's my favorite summer … [Read More...]

Cinco de Mayo Inspiration

Cinco de Mayo Inspiration

Cinco de Mayo is one of my favorite times of year because it gives me an excuse to eat my favorite kind of food - Mexican! Growing up my mom would always throw a Mexican serape over the table and serve a big buffet of Mexican food with monkeypod wood platters. The platters are really more … [Read More...]

Asparagus and Grape Tomato Frittata

Asparagus and Grape Tomato Frittata

I know it's not asparagus season yet, considering we're still in the middle of the polar vortex, but I couldn't help myself to test a few new spring recipes. This frittata is sooo yummy, I literally ate it for breakfast, dinner, late night snack, and again for breakfast the next morning. … [Read More...]