Host and Hostess Gifts Under $20

Expressing gratitude is something that is very important to me. And no matter how we share our gratitude – through verbal communication, an email, a text message, a handwritten note, or even a small gift – it is always a beautiful gift that you are giving to someone else. Just a little way to show […]

this week’s highlights

Saturday / After a week of traveling, and a few days at home taking it easy (and doing my best to fight off a little cold), I was due for some fresh air. Yes, I am completely missing the brisk and very Fall scented Boston air, but my heart is also filled with gratitude. San […]

Boston’s Best Restaurants

1. Neptune Oyster Easily our number one spot, this not-to-be-missed eatery is the epitome of East Coast seafood. Think fresh off the boat seafood meets something out of “the Holiday” sort of charm. This super small restaurant does not take reservations, and is not shy at offering wait times upwards of two hours. So plan […]

Jumping Puddles with the Boston Marriott Copley Place

Rain was in the forecast, and I was as happy as a clam. Real Fall weather, real seasonal changes, and real rain. It was so good to be back in Boston. But really, it always is. – I happily found myself situated in Back Bay, at (for me) a new hotel, the Boston Marriott Copley […]

this week’s highlights

Saturday / Oh the things that you do for love. Sometimes I just have to laugh at the things that we do for our nieces and nephews. But believe me, I wouldn’t have it any other way. Over the past few weeks I have been putting together a little “goody” bag for my sister’s kids […]

Homemade Natural Granite Cleaner

It’s kind of funny. For as much as I love cleaning, organizing, and diy-ing. . .the task of switching from store-bought cleaners to homemade cleaners felt a bit daunting. Even though the whole process was completely voluntary, somehow the idea of researching everything, making the solutions, and then testing them out was almost too much […]

this week’s highlights

Saturday / It feels like we are officially ready for Halloween now because we have our pumpkins! The two striped pumpkins will be taking residence by our fireplace as Fall decor (hopefully lasting through Thanksgiving), but those orange beauties are about to be seeded and carved. Because did Halloween really ever happen unless you have […]

thursday notes & links

I am normally a windows open, fresh air, in and out of the house all day kind of girl. But this week the weather has not been my friend. We’ve been pushing 90ยฐ every single day, and the air has been bone dry. Like creating a deficit of moisture dry. So in an unlikely turn […]

Homemade Dried Apple Peels

I am definitely one of the lucky ones, and I really can’t say it enough. Growing up my Mom was the kind of Mom who always put a homemade meal onto our dinner table. She packed our lunches, made us “puzzle” apples, and always made sure that she was filling our tummies with natural, whole […]

this week’s highlights

Saturday / You know those brisk Fall days when you feel like bundling up, sitting by a fire, and enjoying a warm bowl of soup or a savory pasta dish? Well yeah, we don’t get those days in San Diego. And don’t get me wrong, I love San Diego. But I also miss those chilly […]