• Favorites from Hearth and Hand

    This post contains affiliate links. I may receive a small commission for any sales made through them. Full disclosure. Have you checked out the new Hearth and Hand with Magnolia line at Target? Last month, while Christmas shopping alone (a mom’s dream), I happened upon it and was instantly smitten. I love that it’s simple, yet modern and has some eclectic elements in it. My birthday was on December 15th, and one of my gifts from my husband, was the Hearth and Hand Galvanized Metal and Wood Shelving Set. We hung it up a couple of weeks ago in the dining room. It’s one of the first things we decided…

  • 5 Ways to Beat the Winter Blues (at Home)

    Does the time after the holiday season ever get you feeling blue? It does for me. It’s like the bottom falls out after New Year’s and I just don’t know what to do with myself. I miss the music on the radio, the movies on TV, the lights around town. All of the decorations, the magic, the wonder of Christmas is suddenly gone. And we are stuck knee deep in the thick of winter and the long, gray days of…………blah. Well, maybe it’s just because I live outside of Rochester, NY where the sky doesn’t turn blue again until late spring and the snow has been known to stick around through…

  • How We Gave Thanks

    I hope everyone who celebrated Thanksgiving last week had a wonderful time with family and friends! We hosted for the first time in our new home with my mom, step-dad and aunt and uncle. It was a  small gathering compared to what we are used to, but it was a great time overall. Not stressful or hurried. Just peaceful and filled with good food, kindness, laughter and joy. The kids were very excited to wake up and watch the parade. A tradition I have always enjoyed. Even if I don’t fully watch it, I like it on in the background. Hazel and Owen love the balloons. So much so that…

  • Vintage Christmas Decorations

    This post contains affiliate links. I may receive a small commission for any sales made through them, but the cost to you does not change. Full disclosure. I love vintage Christmas decorations. They are my favorite no matter what trend is circulating for the holiday season. I suppose it’s because they remind me of my own childhood Christmases and bring back all of those warm fuzzy feelings. You know from when Christmas truly felt magical? I remember pulling out all the ornaments my mom had collected through the years and decorating our trees with them. I like to keep that tradition alive by continuing to have vintage ornaments and decorations…

  • and just like that, Violet turned one

    Yesterday, our sweet little baby Violet turned one year old! This past year seems to have flown by, and we couldn’t imagine life without her. She has brought so much happiness and laughter to our family. Her older siblings are smitten with her and dote on her constantly. It is the sweetest to watch. Even Owen, who was sure he wasn’t ever going to like her and “didn’t even know why we were having a baby since he didn’t want one.” He is over the moon for this little girl now. As we all are… Seems like just yesterday, that I was driving out to Buffalo to pick up a…

  • Creative Gifts for Little Ones: to spark their imagination

    I have partnered with UncommonGoods for this post. All expressed opinions are 100% my own. Full disclosure. Several years ago I received an UncommonGoods catalog in the mail and loved the quirky, creative and different offerings they had. I had never seen anything like it at the time. Even though this was probably more than 15 years ago, they are still an awesome source for creative gifts for family and friends. I especially love their gifts for babies and children, which is where you can find all of the gifts featured here. This year, I want to get back to a simpler idea of gift giving: handmade, thoughtful, creative. And especially for my children, find…