cinnamon roll birthday cake

Nothing says good morning on a special day like a cinnamon roll. We have a solid family tradition of using them to celebrate the most important days of the year. First day of school, yes! Christmas,...

why don’t we – go back to school

The twins are starting school on Monday. It may only be kindergarten, but their school goes up to sixth grade, and they will be eating in a real life cafeteria, and having homework that must be...

25 cocktails to make this fall

While enjoying the porch last night I noticed how quickly it is beginning to get darker in the evenings. Although summer is a favorite season for many reasons. Fall is even better! The chill, the busyness,...

decal imprint candles

Making plain white taper candles beautiful is a favorite of mine. As we begin transitioning into fall – candles are a wonderful way to bring the party indoors. Printing decals on candles makes for a nice...

summer berry pavlova stack

Making a gorgeous Pavlova stack is a great way to end a seasonal meal with friends. A light, fluffy meringue mixed with scrumptious summer berries makes for a dessert guests will absolutely adore. August is my...

why don’t we – have a fruit party

It’s the season for celebrating fruit! Our garden harvest is ready and having a fruit themed party to celebrate the end of summer sounds like a great idea. Why don’t we? There are hundreds of fruity...

materially crafted – the book!

While driving through our neighborhood last week I saw something very cool on the side of the road. While I was busy ohhing and ahhing, my son spoke up and said, “Mom, let’s look in one...

nostalgic summer grilling

I have been taking part in the #greatergrilling challenge with Hebrew National this summer and really loving the new takes on hot dogs that we’ve been able to come up with. We fired up the grill...

paper diamond lanterns

Bright paper lanterns are one of my favorite ways to decorate for a late summer party. They give just the right burst of festive fun to an outdoor space. I love to see them hanging them...

how to make sand cakes

We’ve had great fun this summer visiting some of our favorite beaches. Now that my kids are old enough not to eat the actual sand, we’ve decided to make our own version of sand… and it...

a week of revelry

I hope your summer has been incredible and amazing. The twins start Kindergarten in just a couple weeks (pinch me now!) We’ve been spending our summer weeks soaking in the sun and getting loads of quality...

blueberry + basil crumble

Last week, I found my perfect summer dinner party dessert. I have been searching for a recipe for a long time to serve when we have friends over that tastes amazing, is healthy, comes together easily,...

air plant favors

Air plants are one of my favorite kinds of plants. They don’t need soil, or much water (just a little spritz here and there) all the plants really need to live is water! That is my...

bright paper party chandeliers

Paper is one of my favorite materials to work with and I absolutely adore how easy it is to adorn a space for a party with a few sheets of bright, colorful paper. These chandeliers are...

splatter paint balloons

I’ve got one last splatter paint project to share. While creating our splatter paint tablecloth and napkins, I realized how pretty the paint would look on a set of white balloons. The result is a festive...

felt watermelon cake toppers

In the middle of summer, I eat a diet filled with watermelon. The fruit is so wonderfully refreshing and an icon of the fabulous, laid back days of summer. If you don’t want to go all...

plastic animal stir sticks

Cups filled with ice and yummy drinks are a staple this time of year. To gussy ours up, I added swizzle sticks and ponies! The playful summer combo is quite refreshing. The animal stir sticks are...

lively work balance

Everyone of us hits a space in life where things seem tipsy, a little chaotic, and euphoric all at the same time. It’s moments like these that I’ve most often found something amazing about to happen. Writing...

how to take bright photos – anywhere

Having photos to remember trips by is one of my favorite things about traveling. I like to think of them as mini souvenirs we collect along the way. Whether I am snapping shots of the kids...

how to cook (and eat) a lobster

Now that we are in the thick of summer. I’ve been thinking about a few things I really want to be sure we make happen. Eating lobster at home is one of them! Hosting a lobster...

why don’t we – make watermelon soda

It’s Friday after a long, hot week… we should all drink a glass of cold bubbly soda! We went to a party where they served homemade watermelon soda last week, it was naturally sugar free and...

bright accordion paper wreath

I am always looking for simple ways to brighten up the house, especially during summer. A burst of color on the door, a gorgeously hued corner – bright festive touches make me so glad to be...