• Holiday Gift Guide #5 – The Gourmet

    So this is an easy one… all the best things for “the gourmet”. If you have a loved one who adores being in the kitchen this is the list for you! These are all my favorites or things that are on my want list!   Click on item name to shop!  Instant Pot Duo 80 – Okay. Obviously this is on here. It should be on every gift guide I put together because I love it so much (Same with #2). If you don’t have one in your kitchen you should. It is a miracle appliance! Vitamix Professional Series Blender – Same as above… I use this all the time.…

  • Holiday Gift Guide #4 – Your Best Friend

    What to get your best bud? The friend that keeps you grounded, that is always there for a laugh? Sometimes that can be hard! You want to get something they will really enjoy and not just a token that will clutter up their house, am I right? I love getting a consumable (food or beauty!) that can be used and then be gone, or something they wouldn’t buy for themselves! Below find my favorites; bonus- everything except for the awesome L.L. Bean tote is $50 and under! Click on item name to shop! L.L. Bean Signature Camo Boat and Tote – I love an L. L. Bean tote bag; durable,…

  • Holiday Gift Guide #3 – For Him

    Our favorite picks to gift to the amazing men in your life this holiday! Some my family swears by and some I have my eye on for them! Click on name of item to link to shop! Sorel 1964 Pac Boot – Snow is coming. These are waterproof and attractive enough to wear all day! OluKai ‘Moloa’ Genuine Shearling Slipper – These are a hit in my house. The back folds down for slip ons and they also have a sturdy sole. Patagonia Black Hole Water Repellent Duffel Bag – These “Black Hole” bags fit everything under the sun. Perfect for Winter ski weekends and Summer beach weekends. L.A. Modern…

  • Holiday Gift Guide #2- For Her

    Shopping for her. What to get the woman who has everything? It can be tricky! A little bit of everything below, some of them favorite gifts I have received myself! Click on item name to shop!  Chloé Medium Marcie Satchel – This is absolutely a big ticket item. I normally don’t include items in this price range on a gift guide but my friend was carrying this the other day and I fell in love! What a BEAUTIFUL bag! No. 6 Clog Boot – These boots are the bees knees. I received these as an early birthday present from my mother in law and wear them every day. They are…

  • Holiday Gift Guide #1 -Kids!

    Here we go! The first A Modern Housewife Holiday Gift Guide of the season! Stay tuned, we will have a lot more! Shopping for kids at the Holidays is definitely my favorite! The joy on their faces when the unwrap something they REALLY  wished for, or even better, something they didn’t know they wanted is priceless. Below you will find some tried and true toys in my household, things on our wishlist and items that just looked really cool! Happy Shopping! Click on item name to shop item!  littleBits Marvel Avengers Hero Inventor Kit – This was on the top of the wishlist for my oldest. My kids are currently…

  • Chocolate Zucchini Breakfast Cookies

    First, thank you all for your kind messages after my post on Monday, I Need To Walk and It’s Getting Cold… I really appreciate the love, support and suggestions! The other day I told a friend I feel so fortunate to be surrounded by such wonderful, giving people. It keeps me afloat. Oh, and I will report back on podcasts soon! Now on to the cookies. We are entering the hectic holiday season, you know the one with all the sugar and craziness? How would you feel about a kid friendly breakfast cookie packed with a vegetable and no white sugar? Yes, please? I thought so. Inspired by the amazing…

  • I need to walk and it’s getting cold…

    This grieving thing is a tricky business. I recently read a particularly poignant article on A Cup Of Jo by the incredible Nora McInerny about grief and lipstick. Really, go read it. It totally explains why I feel the need to blow my hair dry and put on jeans instead of my uniform workout gear. She touched on a point that resonated with me (she lost her husband to brain cancer), she would soon be older than her husband ever was. I have never known a world without my big brothers. They have always looked out for me, their little sister. I now have to go on and live the rest of my…

  • Black Friday Favorites!

    I hope you had the most wonderful Thanksgiving! Black Friday is now morphing into a full week situation… and Cyber Monday basically started yesterday. They need to come up with a new name. Anyways… some of my favorite brands are having some great discounts! Great time to get some of your holiday shopping done; and maybe some shopping for yourself! Holiday parties are coming after all! First exciting deal is my beloved Instant Pot! My 8 Quart Duo is on sale for $69.99 here! Dyson is offering up $200 off products. The Animal and the Hairdryer were total game changers for me! Shopbop is up to 25% off full price…

  • Oven Roasted Pineapple with Cinnamon

    Roasted pineapple. Another inspiration from our quick trip into NYC. We did have one meh meal at a place that shall remain nameless, but the silver lining (besides providing us with a laugh) is that it turned us onto the idea of roasted pineapple. It is addictive, you have been warned. Serve this over ice cream, yogurt, pound cake, oatmeal, pancakes, grilled chicken, pork tenderloin or even fish! Or you can just eat it straight off the pan out of the oven. You get the picture, this can go on anything! Oven Roasted Pineapple with Cinnamon Ingredients: 1 Whole pineapple cored and cut into cubes 1 Tablespoon melted coconut oil…

  • Butternut Squash Soup with Curry & Sumac (In the Instant Pot!)

    My sweet husband whisked me away for a couple of nights in the city to decompress. We had a lovely relaxed time (more on that in a separate post!) and incredible meals. At one dinner we had a roasted squash side dish that was out of this world… I decided I had to try and recreate the flavor profile in a soup. I have never cooked with Sumac but it adds an earthy brightness that I am so excited about! All made (quickly) in the Instant Pot which makes it so easy. If you have not read my post about why I LOVE the Instant Pot you can find it…