Happy New Year!

Growing up, our next-door neighbors always threw a huge neighborhood bash every New Year’s Eve. Music, food, drinks, and the entire community together in one place to celebrate. It’s no surprise then that New Year’s Eve has long been my favorite holiday. I love everything about it: dressing up in fancy outfits, drinking champagne, and…


In Italy for thirty years under the Borgias they had warfare, terror, murder and bloodshed, but they produced Michaelangelo, Leonardo Da Vinci, and the Renaissance. In Switzerland, they had brotherly love, they had five hundred years of democracy and peace and what did they produce? The cuckoo clock. – Orson Welles

Holiday Recipes

As we’ve combined households, both MBH and I have also combined our Christmas traditions. His family celebrates Christmas morning with traditional (read: HIGHLY ALCOHOLIC) Irish eggnog and the less-Irish bagels & lox. My family, who we’re visiting this year, celebrates Christmas Eve & Day with the 24-hour marathon of “A Christmas Story,” my grandmother’s peanut…


Learn to be fiercely proud of who you are, and non-apologetic for what you’re not. – Norwegian Proverb

Ladies in Waiting

This post celebrates both my fabulous friends and my first successful DIY wedding project! Thanks to the help of DIY design studio Zazzle and free, customizable “will you be my bridesmaid?” artwork from Wedding Chicks, I was able to create lovely high-quality notecards (in Gator orange & blue!) for each of my five bridesmaids for…


I have started & returned this book to the library twice now, even though I really enjoy it. Mostly I just like saying I’ve read all the classics, but I also really want to read “Reading Lolita in Tehran” and reading the actual “Lolita” seemed like a good place to start. Most surprising thing (so…


Success is living up to your potential. That’s all. Wake up with a smile and go after life… Live it, enjoy it, taste it, smell it, feel it. – Joe Kapp

Holiday Traditions

One of the first “family” traditions MBH and I started together was to buy only one ornament for our Christmas tree each year, one that represented a significant moment in our lives together during the past 12 months. Our first Christmas, this tradition made for a pretty sad tree. We had a couple freebie ornaments…

The Essentials

The grand essentials to happiness in this life are something to do, someone to love, and something to hope for. – Joseph Addison

Lola Is Passive-Aggressive

Most mornings in my household go something like this: 7:00 AM: Wake up, feed Lola, go back to bed. 7:05 AM: Lola finishes eating, returns to bedroom, pokes me with her cold nose, wants a walk. kate: “no. go to bed.” lola: (huffs. does not go back to bed, but instead, goes to her toy…