Holiday Gift Guide: Gifts for the Girl Who Has Everything

Occasionally you’ll find people that don’t really have wish lists. Why? Because they have a nagging case of the gimmes and buy themselves (almost) everything they want. Why are you pointing at me? No one said this was about me! But really, it’s kind of about me. Last year I asked for one very practical gift and then forgot to ask for anything else. What did everyone else to do?...

Holiday Gift Guide: Gifts for the ‘Host/Hostess’

Welcome to our multi-part “Holiday Gift Guide” series! We hope that you’ll find some great ideas for all of the folks on your shopping list. As always, let us know if you have gift guide requests in the comments. If the people on your shopping list are anything like me, they’d probably love to receive gifts that might make hosting parties and get togethers a little easier and a lot...

Autumn Essentials

Call me basic, but I’ve been dreaming of autumn since August. As a kid, I never understood why ‘grown-ups’ were so anxious for summer to end but, let’s face it, I’m basically a grandma and autumn gives me the perfect opportunity to cozy up with a flannel blanket, drink hot tea, and watch Mountaineer football. Because I have so many cool weather must-haves, I thought it only made sense to...

D Does Demo

If you follow us on Instagram (which, I mean, you really should because we actually post regularly there) you will know two things. 1. Geff and I bought a house, and 2. I ripped out the upstairs carpet almost immediately. Did I tell my husband that I was about to turn our “move in ready” home into a demo zone? NOPE. Fun fact about me—I typically don’t think things through....

The Cool List: July 5, 2016

Farmers’ Market Pasta I was given this recipe by one of my vegetarian coworkers years ago and I always find myself looking forward to summer so that I can make this dish. Simple, fresh ingredients and very little cooking allow the flavors to shine through and I’ll take any excuse to use ingredients from my garden. If you want to make it a little (ok, a lot) healthier, omit the...

The Cool List: June 5, 2016

Almond Pops by 180 Snacks When people ask what my hobbies are, snacking is pretty high up on the list, right after drinking outdoors and painting my nails. I found these Almond Pops randomly at the checkout at TJ Maxx and just tossed them into the cart without really thinking about it. I had already opened them by the time I got into the car and I could not stop...

Sorry, I can’t. My plants need me.

Living in B-City, you’re lucky if you have a patch of grass (or concrete slab) to call your own. We’re very fortunate to have a moderately sized backyard, which has proven necessary for our dog, summer soirées and my urban garden. Growing up, I detested helping my mom tend to our garden. It was hot, there were bees and I would have much preferred reading a book in an air-conditioned...