Create Your Own Romantic Floral Topiary

Fresh flowers are one of my passions in life. They make me feel like a decadently pampered Victorian lady, surrounded by boisterous bouquets, stunning stems and divinely scented nosegays. My dream is to one day have entire fields teeming with a wild array of blooms, ready to be snipped at a moments notice. Or perhaps … Read more

Valentine’s Day Cupcakes and Cookies!

I hope all of my sweet yams are feeling loved today…and every day! I spent the day cuddled up inside with the fireplace glowing, the snow falling prettily outside and the kitchen full of pink and red baking supplies I honestly don’t even care much about Valentine’s Day, I’m just a sucker for pretty, girly … Read more

Serendipitous

If you’re a chocolate fanatic, this is the ultimate perfume for you. And let’s face it, I’m slightly suspicious of anyone who doesn’t swoon over cocoa and fudge. Serendipitous- which is also fun to say! – is a delectably sweet chocolate scent with added hints of Tahitian vanilla and blood orange. I’ve been obsessed with … Read more

Moore’s Marinades & Sauces

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I’m sad to see the end of summer arrive, but one good thing about it is the sheer garden bounty, plus the cooler evenings that make grilling out more pleasant. Our garden has been absolutely overflowing this year and I’ve been scrambling for new recipes and ways to prepare all of the yummy veggies. Moore’s … Read more

The Dark Lake

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There’s a trend lately in certain kinds of suspense novels toward the most convoluted plot twists in the history of the world. Anything for the “gotcha” moment at the end. But in this voracious chase for slippery surprise, all believability is lost. I seriously try, but my disbelief only suspends so far. The Dark Lake … Read more

Dish Fish

I try not to think too hard about my dish sponges because they frankly gross me out. They start out all shiny and fresh from the package and seem to quickly turn into bacteria-harboring gunk fortresses. So when offered these new sponges from Dish Fish, I thought “oh those are cute” but wasn’t holding out … Read more

Good Me Bad Me

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“…I remember a story that I read. A Native American tale where the Cherokee tells his grandson there’s a battle between two wolves in all of us. One is evil, the other good. The boy asks him, Which wolf wins? The Cherokee tells him, The one you feed.” This is a story I’ve heard before, … Read more

Batty Betty

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  I can imagine this story originating as a bedtime conversation between a parent and a particularly imaginative child. “So there’s this brave tuba and he meets a sad banana and they join forces with a dancing giant to defeat some bullying beavers…” Which actually just summed up the plot for you. It’s a cute, … Read more

Sonya Sahni and the First Grade: It’s International Day!

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This is a timely book in the current political climate of the U.S., where even legal immigrants are being viewed as suspiciously other. It’s strange that in a world that seems to be smaller each day, we are separating ourselves more than ever. Sonya Sahi and the First Grade: It’s International Day!   by Soma Mandel … Read more

i hate everyone but you

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“Dear Best Friend, I can already tell that I will hate everyone but you. Sincerely, Ava Helmer (that brunette who won’t leave you alone) We’re still in the same room, you weirdo. Stop crying. G” I feel like readers past a certain age aren’t going to fully grasp the artful dance of this book. If … Read more

Rockin’ Denim For Back to School

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This post contains affiliate links and I will be compensated if you make a purchase after clicking on my links. I was compensated for this post. Back to school fashion for me has always meant the hottest new denim trends. Even now, the upcoming fall has me thinking about slipping into comfy jeans, gorgeous boots … Read more

Sparkle Your Way Back to School with Gymboree

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This post contains affiliate links and I will be compensated if you make a purchase after clicking on my links. I was compensated for this post. Gymboree is one of the first places we head to for back-to-school style. They carry high quality uniforms for both boys and girls, but also a wide selection of … Read more