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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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Best January Recipes

Boozy Peach Lemonade With the close of January, it’s time for my monthly Pinterest round-up! For those of you not familiar with this series, I am (oddly enough) a pretty big in the Pinterest world. A few years ago, I received an email from a company I had never heard of… Pinterest. They were a start-up that was going to be launching a revolutionary website and they wanted to know if I would be a Beta-tester. Not one to turn down being on the forefront of revolution, I said “Hell yeah” and started my quick descent into pinning oblivion. By the …

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Goodbye, Sugar!

I like a good challenge. I am the person that will eat the bowl of jalapeños in under a minute just because you said I couldn’t do it. Does that make me stupid? Maybe. But am I fun at a party? Heck, yeah! So naturally, you can imagine my immediate response when I was approached to participate in the SPLENDA® Naturals Stevia Sweetener’s #GoodbyeSugar30 Challenge. They didn’t even need to tell me what it is about. I’ll do it. The reality set in when I heard all the details. No sugar for 30 days. Come on, Sam! It is called the …

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Coconut Cardamom Coffee

Coffee bars are all the rage at parties these days… and to that I say “Hallelujah!”  With so many delectable combinations, why shouldn’t you have an area of your fete dedicated to the addictive drink?!  Newlyweds Paige and Joel did just that at their stunning California nuptials and it was clearly a hit.  Check out their beautifully detailed day and make up a batch of our inspired Coconut Cardamom Coffees to sip on. COCONUT CARDAMOM COFFEE INGREDIENTS 1 cup of dark roast coffee 2 tablespoons of coconut milk 1 teaspoon of cardamom 1/4 cup of whole milk Coconut (shredded) INSTRUCTIONS …

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Coffee & Donuts DIY Party

Let me tell you a little bit about the designer of today’s feature. Her name is Carolyn and she is awesome! To surprise her husband, Justin, on his 30th birthday, she threw the (dare I say) most badass party ever in the history of badassery. That’s right, she threw her husband a Coffee & Donuts party.  Alright, Carolyn is officially the best wife around. When I saw these photos, my first thought was “How do I become friends with Carolyn?!”, my second thought was “I need to recreate this!”. So, if you plan on jumping on this fabulous bandwagon and want …

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The Starbucks Cozy Collection

  Let’s set the scene:  It’s blistering cold outside.  Snowflakes fall as the wind rustles through the trees.  Even though it’s mid-day, the sky is shaded by a thick layer of frost-filled clouds. On a day like this, can you think of anything better than cozying up with a blanket, cookies, and a delicious cup of hot cocoa?!  I thought not!  The afternoon that I received Starbucks® Cozy Collection in the mail was just that sort of bone-chilling winters day.  And it couldn’t have been more timely… I squealed with delight upon opening the box, because clearly my day was about …

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Bella + Chef Jason Roberts

Autumn is right around the corner and with it comes a season of new and improved products.  Fashion houses aren’t the only ones holding Fall previews, appliance companies are as well… and we couldn’t be more thrilled.  Personally, I prefer the sexiness of a streamlined toaster over the sultry strut of a supermodel any day!  That’s why we jumped at the opportunity to visit Bella Housewares’ headquarters in New York last week to see their new line of appliances and attend a cooking demo with celebrity chef Jason Roberts.   Upon entering the Bella headquarters, we were treated to cocktails and the …

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Gevalia + Rosewater Whipped Cream

Do you remember the sheer exhilaration that pulsed through your veins the first time your crush acknowledged your existence?  You know, that moment that he actually made eye-contact with you, gave you a half-smile, and sent your heart into cardiac arrest?  Well, I just had one of those moments… with Gevalia Coffee. For the past decade, I have been a Gevalia-phile.  From saving up to purchase the company’s coffee maker for my first apartment to forgoing shopping excursions with girlfriends so I could afford my monthly coffee subscription… I’ve been a bit obsessed.  So, you can imagine the heart-pounding elation when …