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.

6 Moments Not to Miss in Disneyworld (Toddler Edition)

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 a dozen meltdowns all around you, but manage to […]

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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! :)

April 10, 2015 - 3:40 pm
April 12, 2015 - 6:43 pm

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.

DIY Bath Salts

I’ve been wanting to try making DIY bath salts with epsom and essential oils for a long time, being a complete bath fiend.  If you aren’t familiar with Doterra essential oils, they are the purest essential oil you can get–I usually buy eucalyptus and lavender. I’ve been branching out a bit more lately incorporating lemon and […]

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March 16, 2015 - 6:48 pm

Chelley @ AisForAdelaide - I love this! My doTERRA have only been used for cleaning, but I love this idea of bath salts- and they’re SO pretty! Pinning! Thank you!

March 16, 2015 - 7:02 pm

Amanda McMahon - What do you find to be the greatest benefits to using them? My issue is that I find clean up messy!

March 16, 2015 - 10:43 pm

Corina Ramos - I love this. We are planning a baby shower for my sister and this would make a great swag gift! Thanks for sharing!

March 17, 2015 - 6:28 am

Rosey - What an attractive display. I like the idea of making your own bath salts.

March 17, 2015 - 1:35 pm

Debbie Denny - Love bath salts. Great recipe to make.

March 17, 2015 - 2:07 pm

Jennifer Clay - I have never made my own bath salts. I love using bath salts but can’t always buy it. I am so going to start making my own!

March 17, 2015 - 7:18 pm

M from K&M: The Stay-at-Home Life - These salts look wonderful! I love the cute little containers, too.

March 17, 2015 - 11:17 pm

Chelley @ A is For Adelaide - I love this idea! This is such a wonderful gift for a girl friend you just want to say “I’m thinking of you” to!

March 18, 2015 - 4:45 am

Patrice - Making your own Bath salt wow, never thought of that idea …this was clever of you. Thanks for sharing.

March 18, 2015 - 7:42 pm

Beverley Golden - Love the way you have packaged them and they sound so healthy and comforting for those of us who love our baths. Glad you found the oils that resonate most for you. I am a citrus and rose kind of gal, although I do include lavender for soothing and calming. Eucalyptus is always wonderful for a stuffy nose. Enjoyed seeing your gorgeous “helpers” and I am sure they are learning wonderful lessons early in life by being involved hands on. Thanks for sharing!

March 18, 2015 - 8:09 pm

Lorii Abela - Thanks for sharing your blog on diy bath salts. I appreciate your creativeness.

March 19, 2015 - 12:52 am

Amanda M McMahon - These looks simple yet wonderfully relaxing. I dontlike the residue left from some yhough

March 19, 2015 - 6:52 pm

Chelley @ AisForAdelaide - such a great idea for shower gifts! I will have to share this for all the soon-to-be mamas!

March 20, 2015 - 2:48 am

Roslyn Tanner Evans - Visually and the projects you take on make coming to your blog a treat. I love the projects you come up with for parties and gifts. This looks easy to follow and special. The packaging is terrific.

March 24, 2015 - 11:55 pm

Sharon Cobb - I just LOVE the look of these salt jars!! Great DIY!

March 25, 2015 - 10:29 pm

Celeste Wong - I have never used bath salts before but this does sound interesting. I should try this out. Thanks for sharing.

The Perfect Party (Without the Stress)

I’m not a party planner by profession, but I love party planning. It wasn’t always this way; somewhere along the line I started collecting mounds of ribbons, making table runners, hoarding decorative straws, and storing cake stands–organized by holiday and color coded, of course.

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February 24, 2015 - 7:36 am

PATRICE M FOSTER - Jessica, Thank you for sharing article your family and life. This blog post is engaging and photo wow….. Great graphic I felt I was a guest at your elegant table simple divine.

February 24, 2015 - 10:30 am

Amaia - You Made My Day - Wow! what a party!! Nice pictures and super nice presentation. I wish I could organize a party like that. Thanks for the accurate tips!

February 24, 2015 - 2:10 pm

Nick #thisyearinmusic - I totally agree with points 1, 4, 5 and 6. Not sure about 3.

February 25, 2015 - 12:06 am

Saidah Washington (@ApronsStilletos) - We had a stress free Valentine party which I blogged about and my readers loved it. They couldn’t believe how inexpensive it was to pull together. The big part is like you said, “plannning ahead” Your party turned out fab!!

February 25, 2015 - 1:10 am

Andrea - Beautiful tablescapes! I love a good party, but am not great at the planning. I’ll definitely try your tips for my next party!

February 25, 2015 - 2:46 am

Nicole - Wow !! What gorgeous tablescapes!!! I’ve always loved party planning as well, but I can’t say as my skill has ever grown to that level.

February 25, 2015 - 3:07 am

Debbie Denny - This looks great. Lots of great decor. Planning helps make it great.

February 25, 2015 - 1:45 pm

Terri Ramsey Beavers - Thanks so much for all of your tips. I am a party planner in my spare time and I really enjoy everything leading up to the parties. The planning is so much fun, it gives me an area to be creative which I really enjoy.

February 25, 2015 - 5:31 pm

Pamela :: Still Dating My Spouse - Your party looked great! I definitely plan early because I’m not “creative” by nature so it takes me a little longer to make my party look as beautiful as yours

House Tour (Part II)

I’m back today with Part II of my house tour.  Take a look at Part I here where I gave you a peak into our kitchen, living and dining rooms, entry, and half bath.   My husband and I bought this condo as raw space in Frederick, Maryland and then designed and built everything out about […]

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February 10, 2015 - 9:13 am

Danette Lykins - Wow beautiful home- love the bedrooms! Thanks for sharing!

February 10, 2015 - 12:01 pm

PATRICE M FOSTER - Love the remodeling of your home. The kids room and decoration. Photos was on point….Remind me of a weekend retreat at a bed and breakfast place peaceful.

February 10, 2015 - 1:04 pm

Britney - So pretty! So many great elements that I want in a future home!

February 10, 2015 - 1:40 pm

Krystal - Wow you are so talented! Your home is beautiful I’m super jealous.. :)

February 10, 2015 - 7:34 pm

Corina Ramos - Your place is beautfiul. I don’t think I would ever want to leave home! I love the colors in your bathroom and hallway. I’m ready to change the color in my hallway this spring – thanks for the idea :).

February 10, 2015 - 8:17 pm

Joely - Your home is fantastic! I love your decor style! That bath is to die for and I love all the windows in your son’s room!
Also love the crafting room and what you put above the light fixture. LOVELY! Thank you for sharing you have inspired some great ideas.

February 10, 2015 - 9:00 pm

Nick #thisyearinmusic - I like the colours in bathroom. Nice bath too.

February 10, 2015 - 9:01 pm

Nick #thisyearinmusic - The bathroom works well, the tiles and bath go well together.

February 10, 2015 - 9:47 pm

jo Casey - I love how much light you’ve captured in your home, and all of the creative touches. So unique and warm.

February 11, 2015 - 12:47 am

Debbie Denny - Beautiful home. Very cool touches

February 11, 2015 - 10:43 am

Adanna - Your home is beautiful! I really like your kids bedrooms. I think you did a fantastic job capturing the themes. I really like your tub as well.

February 11, 2015 - 1:01 pm

Britney - So many fun things throughout your home. Thanks for sharing!

February 11, 2015 - 2:29 pm

Dionne Dean - What a GORGEOUS space! I love all of the windows and that blue bathroom…swoon…

February 11, 2015 - 2:45 pm

max - I love all the pictures but I absolutely adore the blue tile in the bath!!

February 11, 2015 - 3:10 pm

sarah - WOW! It’s hard to have a favorite room because they are all so beautiful and stunning! I knew I had to stop by and see the rest of your house after House Tour Part 1! I love Oh Joy and the wall paper for the accent wall in your daughter’s room is perfect! You’re bathroom is my dream bathroom, I love the marble counter tops and blue glass subway tiles in the bathroom! You’re sons room is all boy and so fun! You’re craft room is AWESEOM! I love the chandelier and the creative vibe! I’m working on making my office/craft room, it’s the last room in our house that hasn’t really been decorated. :)

February 11, 2015 - 3:28 pm

Roslyn Tanner Evans - A beautiful home for your children to grow up in. They are surrounded by fun, love, artful decor, happy family, trips. What more could a child want?

February 11, 2015 - 4:01 pm

Sarah - Everything looks so beautiful!

February 11, 2015 - 5:00 pm

Meryl Hershey Beck - Such a gorgeous home full of inspirational touches. You have created very beautiful spaces with much love and detail.

February 11, 2015 - 9:51 pm

Lauren @ Mom Home Guide - I love the birds in the nursery. So cute and sweet!

February 11, 2015 - 10:55 pm

Tara - Such great style!! I love the colors you chose for every room. I also love the neutral colors for the children, I feel it makes for a great space to grow into.

February 12, 2015 - 5:07 am

Andrea - Such beautiful rooms! I am getting ready to decorate a new nursery for my son, so these pictures are inspiring!

February 12, 2015 - 11:28 am

Angela Christoper - Wow looks really beautiful home very clean and beautiful on those eys. The colors and decoration are so great I wanted always this home.

February 13, 2015 - 4:26 pm

Alison - Beautiful!! And I absolutely adore the bathroom!

February 13, 2015 - 8:54 pm

A. Lynn Jesus - I really like the feel of the blue bathroom! And well, the master tub ain’t too shabby either! It looks like you have really created a haven for your family. Congrats!

February 13, 2015 - 11:05 pm

Lorii Abela - Sala, bedroom, bath and beyond. They are private nook where slumber and freshness are guaranteed. Well-designed yet functional spaces that one can relax and recuperate from the stress of everyday life.

Martha Stewart’s American Made

Happy Tuesday!  I try to keep a blog calendar of ideas/crafts/holidays/recipes/events that I plan to blog about each month. The 2014 American Made event took place at the Martha Stewart Omnimedia Headquarters last year on November 7, 2014—so this event has been hanging out on my calendar for nearly 3 months already–so you are in for […]

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January 28, 2015 - 1:26 pm

Nick #thisyearinmusic - The food does look amazing in those photographs. I feel a bit jealous as I eat my ham and jarlsberg roll…

January 28, 2015 - 4:11 pm

Casey Gardner - You have so many amazing pictures, that it was hard for me to imagine what a spectacular event this is. Your blog is great.

January 28, 2015 - 4:39 pm

Alison - Wow! This sounds like an amazing event…and now I’m hungry…aaanndddd I need to go craft something lol

January 28, 2015 - 4:46 pm

Roslyn Tanner Evans - You should win an award for best recap of the event. I always look forward to your blog posts. You look great, the food looked great, the event did too.

January 28, 2015 - 5:33 pm

Jessica - Roslyn you are too sweet, thanks for the comment and hope you’re well! xx

January 28, 2015 - 5:43 pm

Jessica - lol!

January 28, 2015 - 5:43 pm

Jessica - Thanks Casey xx

January 28, 2015 - 6:47 pm

Corina Ramos - Looks like that was a great event. Thanks for sharing it with us. All the food looks so amazing!

January 28, 2015 - 7:00 pm

Beverley Golden - Looks like quite a luscious event, filled with inspiration and amazing food and drink to savour and enjoy. Thanks for all the fabulous pictures so we all can get a sense of what the experience was like for those who were there.

January 28, 2015 - 7:09 pm

Meryl Hershey Beck - What an amazing event. Thank you for sharing all of the beautiful photos and your experience.

January 28, 2015 - 8:52 pm

Nicole Keener - This must have been so much fun. Was the US out of glitter ?? Because then I want it in my house

January 28, 2015 - 9:12 pm

Tina - Wow! What a marvelous opportunity you had! I’m envious as can be!! Martha Stewart has single-handedly done more for our industry (the floral industry) than any one person. She’s an inspiration and I am honored to say I know someone who has been to the MS office and touched shoulders with her organization.

January 28, 2015 - 9:52 pm

Lorii Abela - Thanks so much for sharing such beautiful photos. What an amazing event! Well-organized or well-managed that it will result into a successful finish!

January 28, 2015 - 9:59 pm

Anthony Ryan - WOW! That looks like an AMAZING event and an even MORE AMAZING experience!!! The food looks incredible!

January 28, 2015 - 10:14 pm

Heather Cameron - The food does look amazing. So does the set up but I’d expect nothing less of Martha S.

January 29, 2015 - 1:14 am

Melissa - Oh, WOW! This looks like an incredible event. How awesome to be a part of it. Your pictures are beautiful, thank you for sharing :)

January 29, 2015 - 4:27 am

touristmeetstraveler - I love Martha Stewart, this looks like such a fun event; I hope you had a great time!

January 29, 2015 - 5:37 am

Sandra - The Foodie Affair - What an awesome event and the FOOD! Wow, I think it would be hard to leave those gorgeous tables :)

January 29, 2015 - 6:18 am

Daniele Holmberg - American Madde looks like such an awesome event! I love your pictures! How cool that you got to see Martha Stewart!

January 29, 2015 - 8:11 pm

Veronica - Wow! That was indeed a great affair! I love the representation of the different regions in the food. Maybe you can invite me next time? Lol

February 2, 2015 - 6:24 am

Julie Wilson - What a great recap of the event. Looks like you had a great time and I loved seeing all the food.

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