Our Christmas Tradition

As a kid, the anticipation of Christmas morning and running down the stairs to find the Christmas tree piled high with presents from Santa was almost unbearable.  For me, there was (and still is) just something about Christmas morning that made everything feel so magical.  And so as adults, Ryan and I really wanted to continue […]

Holiday Host Gift Guide

With Thanksgiving just around the corner, the season for parties, gatherings and gifting is just about to be in full swing.  And I don’t know about you guys, but I am definitely the kind of person who likes to be prepared.  Nothing feels less fun for me or more like the opposite of holiday cheer […]

13 Months

Things are starting to feel a bit real with my 101 in 1001.  I am about 13 months into this life project, which means that I’m already about a third of the way through it.  Yikes! While I can’t say that I have a favorite completed goal, I can say that my favorite thing about […]

My Goal

One of the most satisfying things that I have completed from my 101 in 1001 list was number 81: keep the house “company ready” everyday for one month.  I got such great satisfaction out of getting to check that one off of my list last December.  It may seem like a perfectly normal thing to […]


Last week Ryan and I traveled back to Wisconsin to spend the weekend with my family.  To be honest, we were traveling home for some very sad reasons, but somehow being together as a family always seems to put a happy spin on things. There is just something about going home that really puts a […]


When Ryan and I were first married, we often talked about the different family traditions that we each grew up with.  I remember saying to him, “…so why do you eat pizza on Christmas Eve?”  Well, one year his family decided to make pizza on Christmas Eve, and then they did it again the next […]


Today the blog turns three, and honestly it feels like just yesterday that I woke up and snuck into the office while Ryan was preparing me a special birthday breakfast, and I wrote my first blog post.  But poof, here we are, three years and 271 blog posts later. And so it feels only fitting […]


There is something about this back to school time of year that really makes me miss Boston.  Probably a little bit because it was when Ryan and I would have both just returned to the city for the new school year and were reunited (we both went to college in Boston), partially because Boston is […]


I think that I am still trying to wrap my head around the fact that today marks the start of September, and in a lot of ways, what feels like the start of Fall.  More so than ever, this Summer has flown by.  I know in large part this was due to Ryan and I […]

the Italy Itch

I can’t deny it, I’ve got the itch.  Bad.  I know that this might sound kind of crazy because it feels like we practically just got home from our big trip to Europe (where in total I spent 5 weeks in Italy), but I’ve got the itch to go back to Italy and I can […]