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Spring Favorites 2015

I am going to be taking a little break for the rest of the month and will be back in June. It has been a whirlwind few weeks and I need to stop and catch my breath. I can’t thank you enough for all of the wonderful support regarding the new book and the book […]

Mother's Day Gift Guide | The Naptime Chef

Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

This summery tote for carrying knitting projects and toys for the grandkids. (via JMcLaughlin,$150) Chocolate mice for a sweet bite. (via Burdick, $32) A sweet love token to collect and wear, always. (via India Hicks, $39 and up) Charlotte Moss’s gorgeous new book to inspire her tablescapes. (via Amazon, $32.72) Lilypad silicone lids to replace […]

The Naptime Chef | Kitchen Idea File #6

Kitchen Idea File #6: Sinks

Our kitchen renovation is still in the works. All winter we’ve been checking out design books and kitchens we like around town. I also found this great article about 15 small and clever kitchen designs and I want all of them to be included in ours! One thing I’d never paid much attention to before was the sink. Every kitchen has one, but I never gave much thought to how they fit into the overall design scheme. Equally as important: functionality. What do I use my sink for and what kind do I need?

Bunny Williams Garden Inspiration | The Naptime Chef

Garden Idea File #3: Inspiration from Bunny Williams

Just a couple of weeks ago there was still so much snow in our yard I honestly didn’t think I’d ever see the grass again; let alone a blooming rose or single lilac. But! We are slowly but surely turning the corner weather-wise. The snow has melted and I am excited to say that we […]

Spring Table Inspiration | The Naptime Chef

Spring Table Inspiration: Flowers & Arrangements

I don’t want to jinx mother nature, but we finally appear to be turning the corner with spring. You guys, it is an effing long winter and I am SO happy it is over. I even caught myself going through the spring cleaning ritual yesterday. One minute I was getting rid of a shirt that my son had outgrown. The next minute his dresser contents were all over the floor and I had a fresh bag of hand-me-downs. I also went through our pantry and dining room chucking this and that and even had the windows open for a little while. Welcome, spring, we need you to freshen us all up right now!

I’ve been having a little fun styling up our table for Easter and generally getting things put together again and thought it would be fun to look at some photos for inspiration. Here are a few of my favorite spring tables styles from around the web:

The Naptime Chef Favorite Tea Lights

Pretty Votives for Your Table

Keeping the house bright this time of year can be hard. The light outside is so dull and the sun sets pretty early. To cheer up our table I like to light candles in little votive holders. It is an easy way to brighten our space and add a little extra warmth to our day. Here are a few of my favorites:

11-piece Zwilling Cookware Giveaway | The Naptime Chef

Sunday Eggs & A Big Zwilling Cookware Giveaway!

So, this winter we developed a weekend brunch routine. Every Sunday morning for the past few weeks I’ve been whipping up fried eggs and bacon, along with English muffins, tea, and juice for the whole family. There is pretty much nothing better than starting off the day with a hot meal before heading outside to play in the snow. (And yes, for the non-egg eater in my house there are pancakes, too!)

Valentine's Day Gift Guide for Him | The Naptime Chef

Valentine’s Day Gift Guide for Him

Yesterday was all about ideas for her. Now here are some ideas for him this Valentine’s Day…. Rye Whiskey Caramel Sauce. For ice cream, and other things. (via Terrain, $24) Solid Cologne that you will love. (via Alfred Lane, $17.95) The Original Whiskey Ball, for making grown-up drinks. (via The Original Whiskey Ball, $9.95)

Valentine's Day Gift Guide for Her | The Naptime Chef

Valentine’s Day Gift Guide for Her

A fun and chic holiday gift guide for Valentine’s Day 2014.

Favorite Tea Towels | The Naptime Chef

Favorite Tea Towels

This time of year I always get in the mood to freshen up my house. Until we re-do the kitchen I’m not making any major changes, but little things like new tea towels and new rugs can give it a boost. Here are some of my favorites lately:

The Naptime CHef Holiday Gift Guide

Gift Guide #5: For Your Amazing Dad Who is a Wise Grandfather, Sage Gardener, and Best Crossword Puzzle Solver You Know

Gift Guide #5: For Your Amazing Dad Who is a Wise Grandfather, Sage Gardener, and Best Crossword Puzzle Solver You Know

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Gift Guide #4: For Your Mother Who Still Knits You Scarves

Gold Edge Coasters for making cocktail hour extra special. (via Food52, $18) A cozy quilted throw for staying warm during upstate New York winters. (via Utility Canvas, $145) Smoked Chocolate Chips since she is ultimate baker and will know exactly what to make with them. (via Mouth, $18) A pretty monogrammed mug for her morning […]