• Top Design Picks This Season + Terry’s Fabrics

    What fun to have worked with Terry’s Fabrics–the largest family-owned fabric store in the UK–on this project, selecting the top design trends for this season.  In my off-hours, I’ve been working on a French Chateau style house that we have in the works, so I was able to call on pretty easily my most coveted materials/designs/ideas that I’ve […]

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    July 24, 2015 - 4:39 pm

    Robin Rue (@massholemommy) - This makes me want to gut my house and buy all new things. I love all of her picks.

    July 24, 2015 - 9:51 pm

    Jolleen Ruiz - Gorgeous designs! I love that rustic wood. That is just beautiful!

    July 24, 2015 - 10:31 pm

    Amber K - I really, really love this. I’m a fabric snob!

    July 24, 2015 - 11:38 pm

    Heather - I like the bar chairs! Instead of stools, they look like comfortable chairs to sit in instead of an uncomfortable bar chair people normally have. I love the countertops and the light fixtures too.

    July 25, 2015 - 2:01 am

    Debbie Denny - So nice, Live the designs

    July 25, 2015 - 6:41 am

    Carolyn K - Gorgeous!!

    July 25, 2015 - 10:31 am

    Liz Mays - Based on what she’s showing here, I’m loving the picks. I like open, airy lightness.

    July 25, 2015 - 2:06 pm

    Shann Eva - Such cool stuff. Maybe when the kids get older, we can work on more fun design like this. Thanks for sharing.

    July 25, 2015 - 3:08 pm

    Ourfamilyworld - These are great finds. I love that big mirror!

    July 25, 2015 - 3:08 pm

    Elizabeth O. - I’ve always wanted a kitchen island. The one in the first photo looks really nice.

    July 25, 2015 - 5:47 pm

    Beth@FrugalFroggie - I would love to redesign my house. It needs some TLC.

    July 25, 2015 - 5:58 pm

    Jonathan Key - These are some great finds. I like open area and I really like that bathroom look.

    July 26, 2015 - 12:43 pm

    Jessica Cassidy - I LOVED how classic the couch looks but it is beautiful.

    July 27, 2015 - 4:27 pm

    Celeste @FashionFortuneCookie - Gorgeous! I love the kitchen the most!

    July 29, 2015 - 6:52 am

    Holly @ Woman Tribune - Absolutely loving these chic home looks. Those stools sitting at the kitchen island are fab!

    July 29, 2015 - 6:56 pm

    sacha - All of the designs are beautiful!

    Appetizer Party

    This is a party I’ve been wanting to have for years, literally.  Remember my mini Valentine’s party a few years ago?  But I couldn’t totally pull it off because I couldn’t find the right dishes, utensils, or serving vessels for all the finger foods I wanted to serve.  At Martha Stewart’s American Made event a […]

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    June 9, 2015 - 7:45 pm

    Robin Rue (@massholemommy) - An app party is my kind of party! It sounds like you had a great tine.

    June 9, 2015 - 7:46 pm

    Krystal - I love doing parties and these ideas are perfect!

    June 9, 2015 - 8:51 pm

    Britney - Oh my goodness! I absolutely love this idea for a party!

    June 9, 2015 - 9:22 pm

    Carol Cassara - I’ve had apps parties before! But I want to come to yours!

    June 9, 2015 - 9:27 pm

    Sicorra@NotNowMomsBusy - Wow….everything looks so beautiful. I love it. I would enjoy one of those cold drinks right now, and some strawberries too.

    June 9, 2015 - 10:09 pm

    Paula Schuck - I love the idea of an appetizer party. I can’t even tell you how beautiful everything looks. It really looks like you spent a ton of money and had this professionally done. Great job!

    June 9, 2015 - 10:47 pm

    Sandy - Everything looks so delicious and beautiful! :D

    June 10, 2015 - 2:16 am

    Michelle Hwee - How beautiful !! I love how cute these are! The colors are great and they look so yummy! :) Thanks for sharing!!

    June 10, 2015 - 3:13 am

    Lyndsey Jones - This is such a great line up of appetizer options. Thanks for these ideas. I’m sure many of my hostess would benefit from this line up of ideas.

    June 10, 2015 - 3:51 am

    Liz Mays - I’ll definitely have to take a look and see what they have. I’m pretty sure I’ll find something I want!

    June 10, 2015 - 8:08 am

    Elizabeth O. - Everything is so pretty. I’m planning a birthday party and I’m going to try some of your ideas. Thanks!

    June 10, 2015 - 8:11 am

    Ourfamilyworld - These are gorgeous! I bet you and your guests had a wonderful time enjoying what you have prepared.

    June 10, 2015 - 12:38 pm

    Karen W - What a fun idea. Such cute party supplies. Hope your party was tons of fun.

    June 12, 2015 - 1:16 pm

    Jhoveleen - Wow, I love everything! Very beautiful, the kids would be fascinated over these party little stuffs.

    June 13, 2015 - 2:12 am

    Jennifer Ward - These appetizers look delicious and the tablesapes and decor is gorgeous.

    June 17, 2015 - 6:02 pm

    Willow - Looks fantastic and tasty!

    Happy Mother’s Day (2015)

    Happy Mother’s Day!  It feels like we have been travelling back and forth so much to the West Coast (in fact, we are just getting back from a West Coast trip today) that I am really looking forward to spending a quiet Mother’s Day at home in Frederick.  I’m planning on taking a long, hot […]

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    May 11, 2015 - 9:46 am

    S. - I love it!

    May 11, 2015 - 1:15 pm

    Robin Rue (@massholemommy) - That is such a cute idea. Who wouldn’t love those? I know I would.

    May 11, 2015 - 5:57 pm

    Christy Maurer - Happy Mother’s Day to you too! Those jars are so cute. That is an awesome idea for just about any holiday.

    May 11, 2015 - 9:55 pm

    Amanda - I’m not sure what is cuter, your kiddos or the decor. Hope you had an amazingly relaxing Mother’s Day!

    May 12, 2015 - 3:01 am

    Susan Quackenbush - I’m sadly not a very creative person but whenever I see something like this, I feel inspired! It looks so easy that I can’t help but try! Thank you for the great post!

    May 12, 2015 - 5:30 am

    Marie - That’s very cute! Happy Mother’s Day to you, I hope you had a blast! <3

    May 12, 2015 - 10:16 am

    Elizabeth O. - Your kids are adorable! A nice soak with epsom salts, lavender and lemon; I’d love that.

    May 12, 2015 - 12:08 pm

    Franc Ramon - Those are excellently crafted gifts. It would surely touch a mothers heart.

    May 12, 2015 - 2:17 pm

    April Decheine - That is an adorable Mothers Day Idea, the paper banner. I love Epsom Salt Soaks, we make them as gifts quite often.

    May 12, 2015 - 6:49 pm

    Dogvills - Those are amazing projects. I love those mini jars. Happy Mother’s Day to you too.

    May 12, 2015 - 9:32 pm

    Michele - I love all those crafts and your children really have the most adorable smiles!! I definitely like the homemade mini gifts.

    May 13, 2015 - 1:41 am

    April G - Very cute Mother’s Day ideas. We’re going to be doing some family gifts very soon. I could use these.

    May 24, 2015 - 2:59 am

    Renata - Your kids are so adorable! Wow so many cute, creative things on your blog!!

    Cherry Blossoms in Frederick, Maryland

    It seems nearly sacrilegious to have all these gorgeous, perfectly pink, cloud-like buds outside our front door and not photograph them.  From every angle.  Even though you may be up to your Instagram eyeballs with pictures of cherry blossoms by now–especially if you live in the Washington, DC area–these are extra special because there are so many […]

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    May 5, 2015 - 3:55 pm

    Robin Rue (@massholemommy) - I was in Bethesda a few weeks ago and although I have no clue where that is in relation to this, they were really pretty there, too.

    May 5, 2015 - 7:33 pm

    Katie @ Pick Any Two - Oh, wow, such beautiful photos! Cherry blossoms are such a wonderful and inviting sign of spring.

    May 5, 2015 - 10:59 pm

    Michele - Those cherry blossoms are beautiful! Around here all the flowering trees are in bloom as are the forsythia and daffodils–I love this time of year.

    May 5, 2015 - 10:59 pm

    Amanda - These pictures are stunning! I have always wanted to go to the Cherry Blossom festival in DC. My sister lived there for years and said that there was nothing like it!

    May 6, 2015 - 6:51 am

    Elizabeth O. - Oh, how beautiful! I’ve only seen Cherry Blossoms once when we visited Japan many years ago.

    May 6, 2015 - 3:52 pm

    Marie - Wow! Your photos are breathtaking what more could it be seeing it personally. Cherry blossoms are one of the most beautiful things in this world!

    May 6, 2015 - 10:44 pm

    Kelly Hutchinson - I absolutely love cherry blossoms and this looks like a beautiful place to visit. You have a beautiful family.

    May 7, 2015 - 2:28 am

    Dhemz Apdian - Dias - oh, how gorgeous! Love all the photos.

    May 7, 2015 - 3:03 am

    Chene Atkins- Whittington - Omg! Your pictures are so beautiful!There’s something about cherry blossoms.

    May 7, 2015 - 3:47 am

    CourtneyLynne - Omg these trees are absolutely gorgeous!!! I haven’t seen a cherry tree since I was in Japan. They really are breathtaking to look at :)

    6 Moments Not to Miss in Disneyworld (Toddler Edition)

    This post was previously published on Huffington Post, here. The bottoms of your feet are blistered–from walking 7-10 miles every day. Your joints are aching–because you’ve only sat for 5 minutes every hour. In addition to physical exhaustion, you’ve been pushed past your emotional breaking point: on an hourly basis, you witness at least half […]

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    April 28, 2015 - 2:40 pm

    Ellie Swinton - Great post!! I’m thinking of taking my young nieces and nephews to Disneyworld soon and this has really helped. Thanks for the post. Ellie

    April 29, 2015 - 1:27 pm

    K. Lee Banks - Thanks for sharing more about your Disney adventures! Love the pictures – especially the giraffe chasing the truck – too funny!

    April 29, 2015 - 3:49 pm

    Pat Moon - Reading this brought back memories of when we took our 3 children to Disneyland years ago in the early 1970′s. What a fun experience that was! We’ve been back a few times since but that 1st visit was the very best. You will treasure that experience for the rest of your life.

    April 29, 2015 - 8:19 pm

    Beverley Golden - It’s been a long time since I visited either Disneyworld or Disneyland and this was a wonderful way to revisit and stir up some of my long held memories. I remember how awe struck my daughter was when we took her there at a young age and how even the long lineups didn’t take away the joy and wonder of the places’ magic. I still remember Main Street and taking a picture with Mickey Mouse and of course, It’s A Small World After All, which is/was one of the tamer rides. I even went on the Matterhorn by myself, as I am a roller coaster lover. Looks and sounds like everyone in your party had a fabulous time. Thanks for the tour and the memories!

    April 29, 2015 - 9:00 pm

    Roslyn - Looks like a great trip and given you did not show photos of an unhappy child, I assume it all went smoothly. Most likely you will return when he is older. What a different trip it might be then with new memories.

    April 30, 2015 - 1:02 pm

    Lorii Abela - Great post pertaining to memorable moments of fun not to miss in Disneyland toddler edition. Thanks for sharing. It is worth reading for.

    May 2, 2015 - 7:28 am

    Tea - I totally envy you, this would be my dream trip:)

    May 3, 2015 - 7:39 pm

    Jessica - your daughter will love it one day!

    May 3, 2015 - 8:57 pm

    Terri Britt - This is so sweet and such a great post. It looks like you had a great time with your family. Awesome pictures and great tips.

    May 4, 2015 - 12:33 am

    Yonne Brown - Wow! IS this a lucky kid or what? Completely awesome! These are some priceless times!

    Healthy Blueberry Muffins

    I definitely get on cooking kicks–and lately it’s been muffins.  I’m not a huge breakfast person, but grabbing a coffee and one of these really hits the spot before I start my work day. I’ve been baking a batch of blueberry muffins, banana muffins (when we have old bananas in the kitchen), and chocolate muffins […]

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    April 7, 2015 - 11:50 am

    Robin Rue (@massholemommy) - I think these sound awesome. Blueberry muffins are my favorite!

    April 7, 2015 - 8:44 pm

    Laura (Another Cent Saved) - Great recipe I love your cupcake wrappers too. I will be making these soon. I just bought blueberries :)

    April 8, 2015 - 3:16 am

    M from K&M - I have a ton of flour so will have to try these!

    April 8, 2015 - 12:15 pm

    tina - Whola! Great blueberry muffins!! I, too, find myself making muffins because I seem to always have the ingredients on hand! And I love them because the portions are small and it doesn’t take long to make or to bake! It sure looks like your son had a great time helping you in the kitchen! Maybe he’ll be an Iron Chef one day!!

    April 8, 2015 - 3:41 pm

    Scott - I love blueberry muffins, but have never made them from scratch. It’s always been from a box, but I’ll bet they’re better your way!

    April 9, 2015 - 2:01 am

    katrina g - oh yes please. those look amazing!! i could eat a few right now.

    April 9, 2015 - 4:07 am

    Roslyn Tanner Evans - I am not a baker. I think teaching your son to bake and create is great.

    April 9, 2015 - 3:27 pm

    Lubna Naz - A very cute kid and awesome muffins! I would love to try these too!

    April 9, 2015 - 3:48 pm

    Michelle Williams - I love that you’re getting your son involved in the kitchen! I did the same with my son at that age and now he’s a young man, you can’t keep him out of the kitchen! He’s pretty adventurous and really enjoys putting on a spread for others. Thanks for this great recipe, bet your son’s still licking his lips! :)

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    Yvonne Brown - Nothing warms my heart like a child in the kitchen with a parent! This is a great recipe with awesome company! Good job!

    April 13, 2015 - 10:28 am

    Debbie Denny - Love blueberries, This sounds awesome. Great chef you have there

    April 15, 2015 - 8:11 pm

    Lorii Abela - Thanks for the very descriptive explanation or actual showing on how to bake healthy blueberry muffins.

    April 15, 2015 - 8:11 pm

    Lorii Abela - Thanks for the very descriptive explanation or actual showing on how to bake healthy blueberry muffins.

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