Fruit Recipes for the Spring

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Open our refrigerator and you'll most likely find fruit carton after fruit carton. From blueberries to strawberries, blackberries to raspberries, we always need to make sure that we have a lot of fruit to keep our "fruit fly" happy. One of the great things about our son is that he's not picky when it comes to food, especially fruit.

Red, White, and Blue Memorial Day Dessert Recipes

Saturday, May 23, 2015


Hello, long weekend. As we get ready to enjoy Memorial Day weekend by lighting up the grill, enjoying cocktails, spending time at the beach, relaxing on vacation, and spending time with the ones we love, please don't forget to hang those American flags and wave them proudly. On Memorial Day, let us all celebrate, remember, and pay respects to those who lost their lives in war. Words cannot express the gratitude, love, appreciation, and respect that we have for you and your families. In celebration and appreciation, I'm sharing three of my favorite red, white, and blue desserts that are perfect to serve at a Memorial Day party.

10 Kitchen Stool Design Ideas

Friday, May 22, 2015


Since we moved into our house last fall, we've been trying to decorate every room in our house to make it a home. From new carpet to wall decor to new counter tops, our house is definitely reflecting our rustic, farmhouse style that makes the place comfortable, cozy, and welcoming. Our new decorating adventure has been our basement. Now that we have new carpet in that area of the house, we moved our bar into the main area. I'm tempted to move the kitchen stools to the bar since they match the bar design perfectly. What do I have in mind for new kitchen stools? These are the designs that I've been perusing lately.

20 Tips and Ideas for Rustic Table Settings

Thursday, May 21, 2015


Linen napkins, paper place mats, mason jars, white plates ... when it comes to setting a table, the possibilities are endless (and can be overwhelming) as you try to create a rustic setting for your dinner guests. When creating a rustic table setting, be sure to keep one word in mind: simple. That's right, keep it simple.

Photographing a Child's Play Space

Wednesday, May 20, 2015


Day in and day out, our days can be filled with routine after routine. My son wakes up around the same time every day, eats an insane amount of food, plays around the house, harasses the dogs, laughs, reads, plays outside, goes on walks, gets ready for bed, and goes to bed at the same time every night. If there's one thing that works with this toddler, it's routine. It helps us keep our sanity while chasing after and caring for a one-year-old. But what transforms the mundane to extraordinary?

Paradise Margarita

Saturday, May 16, 2015

During errands today, I looked down at the temperature reading on the dashboard of the car and it read 90 degrees. People. Warm weather is here. Finally. So, naturally, when DOLE asked me to feature their Paradise Margarita recipe as part of the "Year of Sunshine" celebration, how could I resist, especially since paradise weather is finally here? 

The Hardest and Best Job in the World

Sunday, May 10, 2015


A mother's love is quite an incredible thing. Her patience is put to the test. Her understanding has no boundaries. Her shoulders can feel the weight of the world. Her mind never seems to stop worrying, caring, thinking. Her eyelids can feel so heavy at times. Her body can go through so many changes. Her nights can be sleepless. Her days can be filled with a constant balancing act. Her being can be pulled in a million different directions. Her love is the best thing in the world.

20 Simple Mother's Day Recipes Mom Will Love

Wednesday, May 6, 2015


Moms cook, clean, educate, love, hug, cuddle, work, console, listen, advise, sing, smile, cry, organize, schedule. Moms are busy. Moms are caregivers. Moms are everything. Their hugs are endless, their love is unconditional, their support is necessary, their understanding is incredible. 

10 Photo Ideas Celebrating Mom

Tuesday, May 5, 2015


Moms, I have a challenge for you. Step in front of the camera. Document your life with your babies. Document yourself. Document the best times, the hard times, the tired times, the fun times. Before we know it, times passes by in the blink of an eye. One moment you're pregnant. The next moment you're packing up the car to drop your child off at college. The moment after that you're watching your child walk down the aisle. Soon, you're welcoming your grandchild into the world. Life is fast. Life is amazing. Life is full of special, unforgettable, and absolutely incredible moments.

Flower Photography: 5 Tips for Photographing Tulips

Monday, May 4, 2015


The temperatures are rising, the raindrops are coming and going, the birds are chirping, the buds are sprouting, and the tulips are blooming. One of my favorite flowers is the tulip. Why? They introduce us to the spring season, they are vibrant and cheerful, and yet so simple and classic. With tulips sprouting all over, how do you capture all of their beauty?