Naptime Lifestyle: Everyday Favorites for Everyday Life

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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:

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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 […]

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Gift Guide #3: For Those Adorable Rascals Underfoot

A gift guide for those adorable rascals underfoot.

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Gift Guide #2: For the Husband Who Lets You Sleep In After Date Night

The gift guide for that great dude in your life who lets you sleep in the morning after date night, and rubs your shoulders after trying days with toddlers.

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Gift Guide #1: For Your Best Pal You Don’t See as Often as You’d Like

It’s that time of year! I am excited to kick off our annual holiday gifts guides. Today we are starting off with great gifts for your best girlfriend.

South African Wines for Summer

3 Summer Wines for Mom & Dad

This summer I’ve been thinking about expanding my writing to encompass wines. I frequently suggest pairing food with wine at each meal but never go more in the depth than that. This is mostly because my wine vocabulary is somewhat limited and I don’t want to sound dumb when I try to articulate what kind of wine I like and why. The best way to remedy this is to dive into the subject ready to learn as much as I can. I won’t become a wine writing genius overnight, or even in a year, but I’ve got to start somewhere. Today I’m going to begin with writing what I know, which is about three summer wines we’ve been enjoying at home lately.

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Spring Favorites 2014

Every so often I love sharing a list of favorites I’ve been enjoying lately around the web. I’d love to be as organized as Joanna and share it every Friday but alas, those little kidlets seem to get in the way! Here are some of my newest obsessions from around the web and in stores […]

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Kitchen Idea File #5: Pantries

Lately I’ve had pantries on my mind. As I mentally design my dream kitchen it doesn’t have cabinets. I would like to have kitchen counters with nothing over the top. Also, I am not that tall and I am so tired of having to use step stools to get beyond the first shelf. What’s the point? I think one large pantry for food and everyday items is ideal. That way there are no cabinets, and everything can be put where I want in order of how I need to reach it. Here are a few pantries I’ve been loving lately:

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Spring Garden Update

Last fall we started at square one with the garden in our new house. It will take us several years to get it up to speed with fully planted garden beds, mature plants, and lots of color. This year is essentially a big experiment. I’ve done a lot of research on what grows well in our zone (6) but there is still no guarantee. We are starting slowly to see what will work and hoping for the best. Once I get through on full growing cycle I’ll have a much better baseline for drawing up long term plans. I’ve also been observing what is popping up now that spring has (finally!) sprung. Here it is so far if you’d like to see…

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Garden Idea File #2: Vegetable Garden Plans

I had all sorts of posts planned to write over the weekend but my time vanished into thin air. Between snow days and…more snow days I am playing the role of the pied piper, entertaining the children all day long. Needless to say, during my down time I find myself dreaming of spring and have started to sketch out my garden plans on paper. In April Uncle Will is going to come visit and help me get started. We both inherited the gardening gene from our parents and love nothing more than to get our hands in the dirt to cultivate flowers and food.

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Valentine’s Gift Idea: Flowers & Chocolate

I thought I’d pop in with a few Valentine’s gift ideas this week and next. I don’t go crazy with Valentine’s Day like I do with Christmas, but I do enjoy the sentiment of a sweet romantic gesture and a small extra-thoughtful gift. One of my favorite Valentine’s gift ideas is simple: flowers and chocolate. Each year I challenge my husband to find me some unique chocolate treat. He does is research and has brought me little boxes from La Maison du Chocolat, Chocopologie, and See’s in the past. This year I plan to reciprocate with a little chocolate of my own.