Holidays 2017: The Food

Holiday meals are just as important to me as the decor, the gifts and the cheer. In fact I’m not sure there would be any cheer for me without excellent food! My mother traditionally hosts Christmas Eve dinner and I host Christmas day. If I haven’t mentioned it before, my mother and I live only one short mile apart, which makes celebrating the holidays as a family much easier, among other things. Sharing the heavy lifting of preparing, serving and cleaning up major holiday meals where our whole family is in attendance is a pretty significant blessing. My mother worked extra hard this year to provide us with a beautiful Christmas Eve meal and is still worn out almost a month later from all the work. I think she may have gone a bit overboard, but hey, I’m not complaining. The food was to die for!Continue Reading

Artisan Picks: January 2018

Enjoying one of my favorite finds of the month, a jam sampler, with my niece Madison.

Enjoying one of my favorite finds of the month, a jam sampler, with my niece Madison.

The jams were absolutely perfect paired with Josh's homemade biscuits.

The jams were absolutely perfect paired with Josh's homemade biscuits.

I’ve mentioned before how much I love finding a true artisanal treasure. The hunt, the discovery, thinking no one else knows about your very special treasure…until you tell the whole world about it of course. Etsy has made the hunt for handmade easier and more engaging than ever. I can spend hours cyber perusing all the beautiful shops and stores, seeking out that perfect something. The thing is, I just can’t bear to keep my findings to myself! So here’s January’s list of Artisanal Etsy finds curated by yours truly! Enjoy!Continue Reading

Happiest Baby On The Block

When Adalaide, my youngest, was a new born I read the book The Happiest Baby on the Block by Dr. Harvey Karp. A friend had recommended it when I told her that I was struggling to sooth the baby during crying fits. Adalaide was my first experience with a new born and I had no idea how to comfort her when she was inconsolable. Naleigh came to us at 10 months old and was already past the crying fits and sleeplessness. Dr. Karp’s Calming reflex and the five S’s were the greatest gift I received as the mother of a new born. His method worked like a charm and I suddenly had a calm, content and peaceful baby! I cannot recommend his book enough and will be forever grateful for the information and knowledge he bestowed upon me! Continue Reading