Happy Memorial Day

IMG_9142Up until today, it has been a gorgeous Memorial Day Weekend. Lots of sunshine, golf (for my husband), pool time (for the boys) and beach time for me. We’re winding things down and happy to be celebrating the freedom that we are so fortunate to have because of our brave military. Let the stars and stripes fly high!IMG_9148 IMG_9150 IMG_9154 IMG_9156 IMG_9163So, from our home to yours….Happy Memorial Day Weekend! I hope you’ve had a wonderful “unofficial” beginning to summer. Let the sun and fun begin!


Love is in the Air


OK….it’s Valentine’s Weekend. It’s Sunday. But, of course, you already know that. Whether you meet this day with dreams or dread, it’s coming your way. Now, it can be awfully commercial…there’s no doubt about that. But, don’t let that stop you from celebrating it. Just elevate it.

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Instead of buying a store bought card, get out your most plain stationery…yes, plain. Now, write a sweet message. From the heart. It doesn’t have to be profound. Just make it personal. Now….spray it with your favorite perfume. The one that whoever opens the envelope will recognize immediately. For me, that means Chloe. Now….drop in some confetti or flower petals. Finally….seal with your kiss on the back. Yes…actually, put on some lipstick and kiss the envelope. Viola….you have a very romantic, personal, inexpensive Valentine.

Now….it’s time to make some chocolate. Whaaaaat, you ask? Yes…you can do this. Get a bar, a really quality bar, of dark chocolate that’s at least 70% cacao. Chop it up and melt in the microwave (or in a glass bowl above a pot of boiling water) for 30-60 seconds at a time. Drop it onto some parchment paper in 2 inch rounds. Sprinkle liberally with a mix of healthy add-ons: such as, pistachios, almonds, chia seeds, pepitas, goji berries, blueberries, dried fruit….and let harden. Pop in the fridge for a half hour and you have homemade, healthy, luxurious dark chocolate.


Fill a couple of glasses with some bubbly…and you have a full fledged Valentine’s celebration. Sadly, my big Valentine will be on another continent, but I’ll be celebrating with my little Valentines. So, it might be dark chocolate and hot cocoa…but I know it will be fun.

Wishing you loads of love, leisure and romance this weekend!


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You’ll Love These

il_570xN.896782042_dcuhI am such a huge fan of Natalie Chang and the designs she continues to produce, that elevate the “everyday”. For Valentine’s, she has raised the bar on to-go cups and coordinated lids. So have your friends over for coffee or an afternoon cookie break….or package them up with a hot cocoa mix or a gift card for a local coffee shop and surprise someone you love. il_570xN.898361996_2e7mil_570xN.896541759_jucdil_570xN.898359438_4ctx il_570xN.896538577_qwgoWe’re never too old to celebrate love or to elevate our every day!