PEAR-GINGER SPARKLING COCKTAIL

pear-ginger sparkling cocktail

As I was re-stocking the bar after the holidays I was looking for some new flavors to try and came across this bottle of French ginger liqueur. Obviously I was first smitten with the cool look of the bottle and the more I thought about the flavor, ginger, the more I thought that it would […]

FOR THE LOVE OF CHOCOLATE :: GIFTS & TREATS

chocolate gifts and treats

PIN this Post We’re all girls here, right {maybe 5 guys out there reading}? Who doesn’t love chocolate?!! Well, here are 4 delicious ways to get your chocolate fix and you don’t even have to drag out the mixer or warm up the oven. Some recent chocolate goodies I’ve had the pleasure of sampling are: […]

CONFETTI THEMED BIRTHDAY PARTY

confetti-themed-birthday-party

A little while back I did a Trend Alert about confetti themed parties, with some cute ideas you could incorporate. About a month later I was chatting with my friend Abigail about her new party kit line and we decided it would be fun to collaborate on a party shoot together, and since “confetti” is […]

TREND ALERT :: OVERFLOWING FLORAL ARRANGEMENTS

overflowing flower arrangements

PIN this post Flowers can MAKE a table setting. If you don’t believe me just take a quick look on Pinterest, at “tablescapes” and you’ll see how many tables are simply set but have an amazing floral arrangement which truly takes it to another level. One of the things I’m observing now is that trailing or […]

WHAT’S THE MEANING OF SUCCESS?

what's the meaning of success

PIN this I like to call my self a social introvert. I LOVE to entertain and throw parties. I CRAVE social, “human” interactions like a dog craves a bone. And if I can’t make it to something I’m invited to, it rocks my world. That’s the social part. The introverted part has best been described here, […]

BEET & GOAT CHEESE SALAD

beet-and-goat-cheese-salad

I think I could eat a salad every day. In fact, a few years ago {when we were eating super healthy} I think I did! I love the freshness of ingredients, the combination of flavors & textures, and the ease in which they are prepared. And when hosting a dinner party I think it’s a […]

What to Wear :: Block Party

what to wear to a block party

PIN this Post This coming weekend we’re having our neighborhood block party, and since we live in the cul-de-sac it’s right outside our front door. Yay! It’s like hosting a party but without all the work. All we really have to do is provide meat to grill for our family, our drinks, and something to […]

A FAMILY PICNIC WITH MARTHA STEWART

family picnic

There’s something so nostalgic about going on a picnic, don’t you think? It reminds me of when I was a kid and we would go to Pullen Park or Umstead Park {in Raleigh, NC} and spend an afternoon. Sitting on the lawn or at a picnic table under a canopy of trees, and enjoying food […]

IDEAS FROM MY DESIGNER HOUSE TOUR

designer home showcase

I had planned to share a picnic shoot today on the blog, but after the fun weekend I had I decided to share this experience instead {I’ll share the picnic tomorrow}. Saturday was one of my favorite days of the year – the Homearama designer house tour. This is where several builders come together in a […]

GIRLS NIGHT IN :: MIXED FRUIT SMOOTHIE COCKTAIL

MIXED FRUIT SMOOTHIE COCKTAIL

At this point in my life, so far removed from college, or single life, I LIVE for my nights in with the girls. No matter how much you love your husband and kids, women need other women. It’s like free therapy! I’ve been lucky enough over the years to live in communities where we’ve had […]