Gearing up for back to school, and it’s a special one this year since we have an incoming kindergartener! I’ve been brainstorming some fun ideas to celebrate the school year kick off  and when I spotted the sweet decorated apple cookies my friends at Fancypants Baking Co released for the fall, I found my inspiration for a festive back to school dessert! read more

If there is one thing I like to hold onto at the end of summer, it’s al fresco dining in our garden. In fact, those late summer nights when it finally starts to cool down are some of my favorite times for entertaining. I visited my local Christmas Tree Shops for some fresh inspiration for a late summer table and came up with a table that is full of my favorite blue and white tones and mixed with natural textures. read more

I’m excited to share the launch of a new collaboration with my friends at Feather + Finn – a limited edition citronella candle collection designed for al fresco summer nights! The candles are handcrafted and poured by a local, woman-owned small business, and they’re made with nontoxic ingredients and eco-friendly 100% recycled glass vessels. They’re the kind of entertaining pieces that I use on my own summer tables, and am so excited for them to be on your patios and in your gardens this season too! We collaborated on a bright, fresh scent of orange blossom and lemongrass citronella, I love how the notes bring out the summery smells of my garden and subtly compliment the food I serve when I’m hosting friends and family. The scent was so delightful, that it inspired an Orange Blossom + Lemongrass Fizz cocktail that I created to match the candles. Shop the patio collection on the Feather + Finn website, and scroll down for the full cocktail recipe – cheers!  read more

Last year we threw an end of school party for Jane and all her classmates to celebrate surviving what could only be described as a wild year – for the parents, the teachers, and the kids! As this school year winds down, we talked about making this a tradition, and inviting classmates over for another after school celebration with some simple, old-school summer fun. I visited my local Christmas Tree Shops to stock up on all my party supplies and wanted to share a few of the fun finds and ways we’re celebrating the kick off of summer. read more

We’re getting close to a very important holiday: Mother’s Day! There are so many amazing moms in my life, I’m lucky to have not only a superstar mom, but also an amazing mother-in-law, two spit-fire grandmothers, and a tribe of mom-friends that I truly could not survive motherhood without. It is lovely to be celebrated as Jane’s mom – the best job in the world – and I think it’s also a perfect day to show gratitude to the larger hive of moms that surrounds our life – there are so many wonderful women that deserve to be thanked and celebrated! read more

In true New Englander fashion, as soon as the temperatures start to graze the mid-50s, I eagerly start planning for all the outdoor activities I missed over the winter. My number one warm-weather activity is, of course, dining and entertaining al fresco! I worked with my friends at Christmas Tree Shops to put together this cheerful table citrus-inspired table that just beams of the season ahead. read more

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of BUBBA burger. All opinions are 100% mine.

I’m all about easy entertaining ideas, and with warm weather and al fresco dining on the horizon, a family-friendly DIY burger bar fits the bill! I’m excited to be partnering with BUBBA burger this summer on a tasty burger recipe series, and we’re kicking things off with the classic, juicy cheeseburgers with all of the traditional toppings that guests can assemble to make their favorite combinations! read more

We go big for St. Patrick’s Day around here – between school celebrations and our town’s local St. Patrick’s Day parade – there are lots of reasons to get festive about our Irish heritage. I’m always looking for creative ways to celebrate and was excited to see all the cookie varieties that my friends at Fancypants Baking Co are baking this season for perfectly themed holiday sweets. I made a festive St. Patrick’s Day Cookie Board with all the tasty treats! read more

I love visiting Christmas Tree Shops for seasonal inspiration because they tend to have decorations and holiday goods on their shelves a few weeks earlier than other stores, which is always helpful for planning content for the blog. But I also love visiting there for seasonal inspiration because there is so much variety to choose from, and the prices are incredibly affordable. There is usually one item that jumps out at me and kicks off my vision for a table design and on this visit, it was a set of green wire baskets that got my wheels turning for a festive tablescape. read more

Over the weekend we celebrated Jane’s 5th birthday with a little party and a few close friends. For months she has been asking us to visit Paris to “try the famous bread and have a Paris picnic under the Eiffel Tower.” We would love to have made that dream come true (really, who doesn’t want to snack on baguettes and croissants in Paris?!), but ya know, pandemic life. So I decided to bring the Parisian picnic-theme to our playroom to celebrate her birthday! Sharing all of the details and sources for our cozy little mid-January Paris Picnic fete below!
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