Category Archives: holidays

St. Patrick’s Day Cupcakes, Cabbage, and Sheperd’s Pie | Recipes

St. Patrick’s Day is right around the corner! It has become a tradition to host our family and friends for some delicious Irish dishes. I am Irish on my Dad’s side, and his mom grew up in a little town in Iowa that featured two buildings in the town center– a […]

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Ringing in 2016 | Tucson, Arizona

We’ve spent more New Years Eves than not in Vegas over the past decade, so it came as a surprise to me when I decided to spend an evening at a 55+ community New Years Eve party just outside of Tucson. Talk about the exact opposite, right? Well… not exactly. My […]

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Holiday Card | 2015

Happy Holidays everyone! I hope it is a wonderful season for you and yours.xo Our 2014 Holiday CardOur 2013 Holiday Card

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Top 10 Halloween Destinations

And it was the afternoon of Halloween.And all the houses shut against a cool wind.And the town was full of cold sunlight.But suddenly, the day was gone.Night came out from under each tree and spread.― Ray Bradbury, The Halloween TreeIn honor of my favorite day of the year, I have […]

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Halloween Decor | Life Update

 I finally got my act together this year and expanded the holiday cheer in my house! Halloween is my favorite holiday and the little touches make me incredibly happy.   And of course a little bar spirit as well. Pun intended. The yard got a little love too! I am obsessed with my […]

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Charles’ 30th Birthday Weekend | San Diego, California

My husband Charles turned 30 this month and we had an epic party for him in Downtown San Diego that lasted all weekend.We checked into the Westin Gaslamp on Friday afternoon and they brought him champagne and a chocolate lava cake, which was the perfect start to the festivities.  It […]

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Birthday Adventure to the Queen’s Bath | Princeville, Kauai

It was so fun getting to celebrate my birthday on Kauai! I woke up to Charles cooking homemade macadamia nut french toast, made with Hawaiian sweet bread.  There was also fresh fruit, passion fruit syrup, and a nice strong cup of coffee waiting for me.   After breakfast we went […]

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Christmas 2014 (or the Year I Got Food Poisoning).

I hope everyone had a Merry Christmas!  Unfortunately I got horrendous food poisoning Christmas Eve and the following 24 hours proceeded to be absolutely excruciating.  I am only now able to function (slightly) and I am still barely able to handle fluids.  Rough stuff.  My entire body aches like I […]

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Holiday Card | 2014

The past few years I’ve shared our holiday card here, so I thought I would continue the tradition!  I hope the season fills you with peace and love, from my family to yours. xo

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Holiday Gift Ideas.

Time to mix it up a little!  I love shopping for friends and family, so I thought I’d share some of my favorite things in case you are looking for some last minute gifts.  I tried my best to make this a practical list (i.e. no $200 cashmere wraps!), full […]

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