Birthday Party: Kidchella

photo credit: Kim Kardashian via Instagram

photo credit: Kim Kardashian via Instagram

The only time I ever care to live vicariously through celebrities is when they throw extravagant over-the-top parties.  The Kardashian-West clan did just that last weekend as they celebrate baby North’s first birthday with a Kidchella-themed party. Continue reading

Eat & Tell: Spring Cupcakes

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Spring has finally sprung and I decided to celebrate with these adorable lemon cupcakes! The tree outside my kitchen window inspired the bird’s nest. The lemon buttercream icing, topped with toasted coconut, Mini Robin Eggs, and rainbow sprinkles is the perfect combination of sweet and tart. Continue reading

How To Throw A Philanthroparty That’s Fun & Fulfilling

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Last year, my daughter agreed to do something really special for her birthday.  Rather than have a party that focused solely on her, she hosted a philanthroparty.  Wondering what a philanthroparty is?  Simply put, it’s a party with a purpose.

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Wedding Style: Vintage Chic

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photo credit: Nelson J. Photography

It’s almost Valentine’s Day and I am so excited to share the story and the beautiful pictures from the wedding that I planned a few months ago.  The timing couldn’t be better as the wedding is currently being featured on essence.com! Continue reading

Keeping Kids Busy During The Holiday Break

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Monday is the first day of the long winter break.  While I love spending this extra time with Journey, keeping her busy can be quite challenging.  So this year, we are going to use the break to learn more about our family—and have some fun along the way.  I’m sharing our project so that you can do it too!

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Easy Christmas Cookie Recipe

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Since today is National Cookie Day (yes, there really is such a thing), I decided to try a new cookie recipe.  I made them last night and sent them to school for Journey’s class to enjoy.

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Eat & Tell: Sweet Potato Biscuits

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Since the recipe for my Sweet Potato Cornbread was such a big hit, I thought I’d post the recipe for my Sweet Potato Biscuits.  These sweet buttery biscuits are a great alternative to the usual dinner rolls and perfect for breakfast or brunch as well.  You can even save some time by making them in advance.

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inspIration: Cocktail Rings

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The folks over at Brilliant Earth asked me to participate in their Signature Piece Challenge.  The challenge was to create a fashion board around one of their fabulous vintage cocktail rings.  They are all so gorgeous, it was hard choosing just one.

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DIY: Create A Bento Box Of Fun

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This week I’ve been preparing for the 7 hour drive ahead of us to get home for Thanksgiving.  Each time we take this trip, I pack an arsenal of stuff to keep the kid occupied during the ride.  But no matter what she has going on in the back seat, she still manages to ask me the dreaded question, “Are we there yet?” at least once an hour.  Then she spends the next 5 minutes whining about how it is “going to take forever!” and blah, blah, blah.  By the time we get to our destination, I’m ready to barricade myself in a room with a bottle of wine! Continue reading

Eat & Tell: Sweet Potato Cornbread Recipe

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Serve this new twist on an old favorite with your Thanksgiving dinner and your guests will still be talking about it at Christmas! Continue reading