Category Archives: Lifestyle

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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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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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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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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Vegan Pumpkin Muffins

Muffins have a special place in my heart.  Really.  There’s a coffee shop that everyone knows who goes to school at Arizona State–the Coffee Plantation–and, since I grew up in Tempe and went to ASU, I was frequenting Coffee Plantation since the age of 10 (where I remember trying for the first time one of their deliciously sweet […]

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Italy (Part II): Dievole, Florence

Even though I loved all the cities we visited in Northern Italy, my favorite was our 1 night stay at this Tuscan Italian vineyard in the Chianti Region, near Siena:  Dievole.  It was unfathomably picturesque and, even more of a draw for us at least, kid-friendly with a playground, family pool, and a good number […]

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Italy (Part I): Bologna, Portofino, Cinque Terra

Our italy trip was booked on the heels of a whim–after a late night conversation to venture outside of our comfort zone of Paris and try somewhere new (for me, having had a personal love affair with Paris since my first trip at 17–memorialized by a Mona Lisa print I bought at the Louvre on […]

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