After the post about my DIY Family Portraits, I have had a few questions about planning a successful photo shoot. Remember that I’m definitely not a professional. Just a mamarazzi, here! Nevertheless, here are my top tips for preparing for your own do it yourself family photo session....more
I'm SO excited for the holiday season! Thanksgiving is almost here, but I just couldn't wait to put out my Christmas decorations last night - don't judge. Is it just me, or do stores not sell timeless, quality Thanksgiving decor anymore? I want to decorate for Thanksgiving, but I can't seem to find nice things. I've found table runners that I love, but they're never long enough and I can't sew a custom one on my own.
I had the pleasure of creating and donating this great basket for a local organization that rescues dogs. They're putting together a fundraiser and asked me if I wanted to donate some of the products that I sell in my Etsy store. I jumped at the chance; clearly I'm obsessed with my two pups and I would love to help other dogs find their forever homes....more
Living outside of the U.S. and having married an Italian, I work extra hard to keep up American traditions that are important to me. Thanksgiving remains one of my favorite holidays, even if it is just a regular work and school day for everyone else wherever we are.
Part of that tradition is, of course, practicing gratitude. But I found that asking my children to reflect on something for which they were grateful resulted in bland choruses of "I am thankful for my family."
Time is precious. I divy up my time between the kids, school, the gym, and working from home. I don't have time to spend shopping for the perfect home decor pieces. That's why I love stenciled burlap wall art. I tend to gravitate towards the rustic, country, and farmhouse styles in home decor. Once upon a time, I wanted to grow up to be a manufacturer of dishes and home decor pieces. The name that I chose for my imaginary business was Simply Elegant.
Last spring we did a mini remodel of our kitchen. We installed a subway tile backsplash, a new faucet, and butcher block countertops. We also replaced some appliances that weren't working: a microwave with a broken vent fan and door handle, and an oven that would occasionally decide not turn on.
If you're looking for a cute hostess gift to bring to Thanksgiving dinner or a fun party, we’ve got you covered! These adorable DIY pumpkin flower arrangements are the perfect fall hostess gift, incorporating the number one fall essential (a pumpkin, of course!) and seasonal flowers!
I took a great class in college called Housing the Family. The object of this class was to learn how to budget everything it takes to furnish a home. For 10 weeks we were assigned to window shop online and create mood boards to decorate every room of a house. By the end of the semester, we had a detailed list of all the items needed to furnish a home from start to finish....more