My Explosion Cake!!

Last weekend, my friends, Aimee and Mia, and I squeezed in a 24-hour-round-trip flurry of a visit to New York and New Jersey. We went to see my bestie, Liz, who’s recently relocated up North for work. Liz invited us to the NYC Wine and Food Festival. We decided that Sunday would be the best…

The Grocery Store Floral Dept. that Gives Me All the Feels

I’ve been to Seattle twice and both times, I’ve had the chance to visit the Pike’s Place Market. There is an absolutely stunning array of flowers there – beautiful, fresh bouquets made of any type of flower you can imagine and starting at $5, they are super affordable. I’ve often wished that I had a…

We Survived Our Trip to the D.R. this Summer … and LOVED It.

The Dominican Republic – beautiful, tropical, the perfect place for a relaxing island getaway, right? Not if you’ve watched the news lately. At least 10 U.S. tourists have died in the D.R. since June 2018, some under mysterious circumstances with unknown causes of death. Such a tragic, surprising loss of life is shocking and sad….

Garden Progress!

Now that it’s June, a lot of the flowers in our garden are starting their blooming season. I like big, showy blooms – think puffy hydrangeas, petal-packed peonies and dinner-plate dahlias – and I’m trying my darndest to grow some at my house. But it’s tough y’all. My dream garden is Ina Garten’s amazing home…

Workout of the Week: 30-Minute Caribbean Dance with Selena Watkins

This was, by far, the most-fun workout I did this week! During this workout, I absolutely did the best whining (wining? sp?) – a type of Caribbean dance – I’ve ever done in my life. Seriously. All I kept wishing was that I’d known the mechanics of these dances back in my going-to-the-club hey day…

Workout of the Week: 20-Minute Toned Belly and Arms Workout

Anyone who has a big annual event at work knows that the lead up to that event can be all-consuming. That is definitely the case each year at my job as we prepare for our annual meeting. This year was exceptionally crazy because at said meeting, we launched a new brand. Then, a month later,…

What to Drink When Booze Is Not on the Menu

I’m an adult who enjoys an adult beverage every now and again. But there have been times in my life – such as during my two pregnancies, healthy eating “resets,” a couple of times during Lent, etc. – where drinking alcohol has been off limits. With movements like #DryJanuary – where people eschew booze as…

Workout of the Week: Walking Paris!!

I had the pleasure of taking a weekend trip to Paris last weekend. My sister was visiting her friends – who are spending a year in France – for the week. I was able to broker a deal (with my fabulous husband) and arranged a rendezvous with my sis across the Atlantic. Because I was…

New Leaf Challenge DONE

Well, I made my way through my 30-Day Clean Eating and Fitness Challenge. I definitely took some liberties and made some allowances. For example, there were a few nights where we ate processed foods – think veggie crumbles and taco shells on Taco Tuesday – in the interest of getting weeknight dinner on the table….

Roasting Veggies 101

We got our first significant snowfall last weekend. I used the unexpected snow day to prep some of the veggies I had around (including acorn squash from a recent Hungry Harvest delivery). It was a perfect time to make some kale chips! They were a great snack to have around whenever the munchies hit. Even…