holiday charcuterie board

Thoughtful Gift Ideas in COVID Times

There’s no doubt that the holidays will look a little different this year. But that doesn’t mean there aren’t plenty of thoughtful gift ideas for these unprecedented times! My strategy is to offer a slice of normalcy by gifting an item I’d be creating myself if I were gathering with loved ones in person: A […]

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blk & bold coffee

BLK & Bold Coffee: The Cup That Gives Back

I have a new rule: For every time Halo wakes me up during the night, I get to have one cup of coffee the next day. (Today was a four cup day, yikes!) The good news is that I’m crushing on a new-to-me coffee brand that has a serious social impact mission. Meet BLK & […]

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Rigby Modern Handcrafted Dinnerware Essentials

Happy Monday! Wait, it is Monday, right? This self-isolation stuff is causing the days of the week to run together for me! Regardless of what day it is, I hope you’re keeping safe and sound out there. As for us, we’re doing very well here in our cozy den of newborn bliss. Now that I’m […]

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fennel slaw recipe

Best Healthy Food Blogs to Follow This January

As much as I love to peruse a beautiful cookbook, these days most of my mealtime inspiration comes from Instagram. I feel so inspired when I scroll through the feeds of my favorite recipe bloggers, and I’m constantly saving dishes to my archives. Yesterday, I realized that for several weeks running, all my saved images […]

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winter soup recipe

Best Winter Soup Recipes in My 12 Years of Blogging

If there’s one food I could happily eat every day for the rest of my life, it’s soup. Yup, even in the summer when the temps are scorching, I crave a hot bowl of broth, veggies, and protein! But of course, even I can admit that there’s no better time to break out the soup […]

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wustoff white handle knives

Wusthof White Handle Knives: $700 Giveaway!

You guys know I’m all about my neutral palette in every room of the house! So when I found out that Williams Sonoma was debuting white handle Wusthof knives, I jumped at the chance to incorporate these stunners into my countertop decor. The white handles perfectly complement any kitchen style, and they’re a definite conversation starter […]

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modern organic holiday tablescape ideas

Holiday Tablescape Ideas with Heart and Soul

Can you believe that Thanksgiving is just around the corner? I, for one, have been counting the days ’til the holiday season’s arrival, so I’m thrilled that it’s finally here! Of course I’ve been looking forward to the menu planning, the shopping, the decorating, and all the other merrymaking that November brings. But most of […]

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chicken and waffles

East LA Brunch: Bookmark These 5 Stylish Restaurants!

At about noon on Thursday, a single refrain starts echoing through my mind: “Brunch. Brunch. Brunch.” It’s all I can do not to count down the hours until Saturday morning arrives! I feel especially lucky lately because the number of delicious (and chic!) East LA brunch spots has skyrocketed recently, leaving me with a plethora […]

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modern farmhouse kitchen with subway tile and open shelving

Brass + Leather Bar Accessories by Frye + Crate & Barrel

To this day I remember my first pair of Frye boots. It was the classic Harness style, of course, and I lusted after them for months before finally pulling the trigger. And when I got them in my hot little hands, it was a love affair for the ages. Not only did they complete every […]

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hastings collective coffee carafe white and wood scandinavian coffee carafe

Modern Coffee Carafe for Brewing Cold Brew + Iced Tea!

Every once in a while I stumble upon a product that lights me up inside! I see tons of items coming across my desk every day, so something really has to make my heart race to catch my attention. And last week, that’s exactly what this modern coffee carafe from Hastings Collective did. It’s made […]

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freschetta gluten free pizza review

Freschetta Gluten Free Taste Test + Pizza Party Inspiration!

Some of my favorite childhood memories revolve around pizza. In the town where I lived as a kid, there was a pizza parlor called Mama Sid’s. It was a neighborhood family hangout where the owner would do magic tricks for the kids. The pies were gooey and piled high with toppings, and the restaurant’s atmosphere […]

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how to make a beautiful fruit platter for a party

Summer Fruit Platter How-To for Long Weekend Entertaining

Can it be true? Is summer almost upon us? Here in the States, the Memorial Day long weekend starts tomorrow. And I know Canadians just enjoyed their Victoria Day holiday as well. Surely enough, the season is upon us, without us having to lift a finger! Even though 3-day weekends occur throughout the year, they […]

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