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Mommy Time-Out with Southern Living

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of PEOPLE®, Real Simple®, and Southern Living®. The opinions and text are all mine. Everyday life can certainly drain my creative reserves: work emails, laundry, chasing after a toddler at Gymboree, planning photo shoots, baby swim classes, more work emails. By mid-day, my brain is easily a ball of mush. So whenever I get the chance I try to take, what I like to call, a “mommy time-out.” It’s a few moments to recoup, sit quietly with a cup of coffee, and get inspired. But unlike a tantrum-induced break, this …

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Kitchen Tools: The Best of Summer

A chef is only as good as her knife. A baker is only as good as his oven. A mixologist is only as good as her cocktail shaker. Okay, those three statements are total lies. There’s a lot more than the tools of a trade that go into making an exceptional food professional. Passion, dedication, education, experience, unadulterated talent. Yes, it is a complex recipe of luck, talent, and experience that makes you the world’s best. But even the world’s best are mere mortals and they still have to use tools. And guess what? We can use those same tools! …

Illuminated Barrel Bar, DIY

Illuminated Barrel Bar

I cannot believe I am about to say this, but not everything is about food and drinks. Yes, I know. That is literally the craziest thing I have ever said to you. Calm down and stop hyperventilating. Sometimes it’s about what you serve your food and drinks on. Whew! That was a close one, right?! You thought I was going to go all “mightier-than-thou” on your hangry faces. Don’t fret, I never stray too far from the edibles. As a fun diversion, I teamed up with Jasco to show you how I create fun and impromptu outdoor bars for my …

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Spring Appliance Trends

It happens every year. The Spring appliance you can’t avoid. It’s everywhere! In the window of every Williams-Sonoma. Popping up on your favorite Pinterest boards. It’s even already on the countertop of your trendy friend’s kitchen. How does she get those things so fast?! Well, if you want to be the one that is in the know before everyone else, then I have a few trends for you to look out for. Here are my four appliance and kitchen accessory picks that will be everywhere this Spring… Smeg Espresso Coffee Machine: This piece of retro magic isn’t even available yet, …

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Tailgating with Seven Daughters Wines

A little less than a year ago, I moved from New York City to Houston. I did this without ever having visited the city and my experience thus far has been one filled with many perks. BBQ, tropical weather, gorgeous homes, BBQ, rodeos, cowboy boots, BBQ. Did I mention BBQ? And one perk I get to experience only a few months in, is the Super Bowl. Oh yes, my new hometown is hosting the big game this year and the air is electric. Downtown is a hub of football, music, food, and fun. Although I have not been looked down …

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Ninja Coffee Bar: Recipe + Giveaway!

This post was created in partnership with Ninja Coffee Bar® System. I received complimentary products and compensation to facilitate my review, but all opinions within are my own. There are things in life that are a given. The sun will rise with the new day. The wind will rustle the fallen leaves. You will be in dire need of caffeine on Christmas morning. The things that no one questions. So relish in this eternal knowledge by making that cup of caffeine the best, most lavish cup you’ve ever had. How will you accomplish this, you ask? With the new Ninja Coffee Bar® …

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My Southern Christmas

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Southern Living®. The opinions and text are all mine. Tis the season for yuletide and cheer! Christmas has always been a magical time of year for me. But 2016 is a turning point for the holiday in my household because I am now a parent. Growing up, my mom and dad made sure the season was filled with whimsy, warmth, and love. And seeing my 1-year-old daughter wave cheerily to Christmas trees and blow kisses at animatronic Santas, I know that it is now my turn to turn up …

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How to Throw a Wine Tasting Party

Special thanks to Coravin for sponsoring this post! We have all been there. The last party guest has just left the house and you finally have a chance to quickly clean up before you knock out for the night. As you walk through the living room picking up used napkins, dirty appetizer plates, and empty glasses, you come across the dreaded half-drunk bottle of wine. You sigh and silently pray that it is the only one. But then you go into the kitchen. Your prayers were for naught. Not only are there 3 half-empty wine bottles on the counter, there …