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A Little Girl and Her Puppy Named Harper

A Little Girl and Her Puppy Named Harper

Say hello to the newest addition to our family! Little Miss Harper joined our family just before Christmas, a few days before we said goodbye to our sweet old Nina girl. She was intended to be Nina’s new side kick and to help ease our hearts when the time came for our lovable old lady to say goodbye, never thinking they’d only have a few days together. Since then, Harper has swiftly become Baby E’s new best friend, standing guard …

My Winter Reading List

My Winter Reading List

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I have been an avid reader since the earliest of days. As soon as I could pick up a book and flip the pages, I was hooked. I was a mega mega bookworm as a kid, to the point where I think my father even thought something might be wrong with me because I preferred books over television and what kid likes books more than television? As an adult I still love to read, but it seems to get continuously …

My Favorite Planner for Getting Organized in 2017

My Favorite Planner for Getting Organized in 2017

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Friends, let’s talk about planners! Does anyone else love starting the year with a fresh, crisp, clean new planner? For me it’s a carry over from my college days and while I use Google Calendar for tracking my editorial calendar and deadlines (gotta love those reminder alerts), my daily go-to system for staying organized is a classic tangible pen-on-paper planner. A few years ago (I think it was 2104 to be more precise), I got myself on the wait list …

A Living Room Update + Our New Velvet Sofa

A Living Room Update + Our New Velvet Sofa

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When we last left off with our home renovation and decorating adventures, I shared that we were starting to really work on a design plan for our living room. I created a mood board to help capture the vibe and color palette I was after and then jumped into the details of pulling things together. Our initial living room renovation, which we tackled as soon as we closed and actually before we even moved in, included removing multiple layers of wallpaper, fixing the original …

The Sweetest Occasion’s Holiday Wine Guide (Under $25)

The Sweetest Occasion’s Holiday Wine Guide (Under $25)

I’m so excited today to share this fun little holiday wine guide that my sister Ash and I put together for you! Make no mistake, neither of us claims to be a sommelier, but we are both avid wine enthusiasts and enjoy finding and exploring new favorites. Because we know wine can be a little daunting for some people, we thought it would be a fun idea to put together a really great wine guide that will get you through …

Happy 1st Birthday Emerson!

Happy 1st Birthday Emerson!

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On the eve of Thanksgiving, I am overcome with gratitude today for the last year we’ve have the privilege to share with this sweet baby girl. A year ago this morning at 8:21, our bubbly little Emerson Gray was born. Some days I can hardly believe she’s here and other days I can hardly believe we ever managed to exist without her. Last night, as they helped me prep for today’s photo shoot, her big brothers declared in all of …

How to Host a Merry Cookie Exchange

How to Host a Merry Cookie Exchange

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Baking cookies around the holidays has a long, sweet history in my family. I remember gathering as a kid with my mom, grandmother and aunts to mix, roll, cut and bake cookies for an entire weekend every year. To this day my mom and I still confer at some point in early December to divvy up the cookie baking list if …

Our Housewarming Party Menu

Our Housewarming Party Menu

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When we were planning our recent housewarming party, I was determined to come up with a couple of really killer appetizers to accompany the Dr. Oetker Virtuoso Pizza that was the star of our menu. With Virtuoso’s thin, crispy crust and fresh, flavorful toppings as my muse, I decided we’d serve up a big selection of pizzas paired with antipasto skewers and …

Our Cozy Fall Housewarming Party

Our Cozy Fall Housewarming Party

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Approximately a million years after closing on our house (or, you know, five months), we finally had a chance recently to host a sweet little housewarming party for a handful of good friends. We were thrilled to be able to team up with my good pals at Dr. Oetker Virtuoso (formerly Dr. Oetker Ristorante) to invite some of our best buds over for an …

A Baby Capsule Wardrobe for Fall

A Baby Capsule Wardrobe for Fall

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One could make a pretty sound argument that this post was merely an excuse to play dress up with my kid. Not far off, friends, not far off. Since capsule wardrobing has become such a trend, I thought it would be fun to put together a fall baby capsule wardrobe for Em. We’ve basically reached the point going on a year later where we’ve worn through most of the clothing she received as gifts at my shower and when she was …

I Never Planned to Have a Baby (Ever)

I Never Planned to Have a Baby (Ever)

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I think the only right way to open this conversation is to say how deeply and completely I love our daughter. Lest anyone should come at this thinking that I’m being flippant or ungrateful, I assure you nothing could be farther from the truth. I have friends who are struggling to get pregnant. I have friends who have lost babies to miscarriage and pre-term labor. I have friends who struggled with infertility and years of IVF until …

5 Festive Fall Parties

5 Festive Fall Parties

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Yesterday morning I started the day on the phone with my dad discussing Thanksgiving. Bob and I are hosting this year because, frankly, we couldn’t hear of any other options with it being our first holiday season in our new home. With my huge family and his family combined, we will be serving up dinner for nearly 30 parents, siblings, nieces and nephews so two months out the preparations begin. Should we have a ham in addition to turkey? (Answer: …