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....

28 and Feelin’ Great

Most folks spend NYE drunkenly reflecting on the resolutions they did or didn’t keep throughout the year. Then, just before the clock strikes midnight, they find themselves creating a mental list of their goals for the New Year. Lose weight. Quit smoking. Pay off debt.   I find myself in a similar situation every July, just as my birthday is approaching and we’ve officially reached that midyear point. I take...

All the Rhubarb

Anything made with rhubarb immediately makes me think of my paternal grandparents. Other triggers for this specific nostalgia: the smell of fresh dill and certain types of sunscreen, raspberries picked fresh off of the bush and eaten while still warm from the sun, Dean Martin and the way someone smells when they are sweating out vodka the next day (this one is not my favorite). Strawberry rhubarb pie was one...

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...

My Evening Skincare Routine

Aka The Shit I Put on My Face (Nighttime Edition) My skincare routine has significantly evolved over the last two years, going from St. Ives Apricot Scrub and Neutrogena moisturizer I stole from my mom, to a combination of products that has finally balanced my needy skin. Scroll on down to read about all the junk I slather on my face nightly as well as the things that sneak into...

The Cool List: May 27, 2016

Grace & Frankie Dare I say that this is my favorite show of all time? Yes, I dare. About a year ago, I was sucked into season 1 of Grace & Frankie based off of a recommendation from my good friend, Netflix. I knew it was true love the first time I heard “fuck” slip out of Frankie’s mouth. I immediately professed my love for the show to friends and...

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...