• Athleta Picks For Spring!

    Have you been in Athleta lately? Gotten their catalog? They have some fantastic new pieces for Spring! It’s hard not to want everything! I love this brand for fit, function, quality and aesthetic. Here are some of my favorites for workout and for everyday clothing… Sophia Street Tight – I have actually had these for a while and they are AWESOME! Great moto detail on the leg and who doesn’t love a zippered ankle for a little edge? Stellar Crop Pant – I bought these before my trip to Bermuda and wore them out to dinner every other night. Flattering is an understatement… the sales girl said they were like…

  • Black Beans in the Instant Pot

    I love black beans. Love them!  I have found them to be a little trickier to make at home than any other bean. Why? Who knows. It has just been difficult to achieve that perfect inky soft bowl of beans we get at our favorite taco joint. Since the Instant Pot seems to be able to do no wrong I thought I would give it a whirl. We are not huge heat lovers in this house so I like to make things mild and add hot sauce after the fact to taste. Feel free to add some jalapenos here to bring the heat you want. There are a few steps…

  • What I pack for a trip!

    I got a bunch of messages from you lovely people asking what goes into my suitcase for a trip after my Travel post focused on my carry on and what I wear on the flight. Since I try and keep my bag for the plane on the smaller side I  keep it streamlined, stick with the basics and make sure every item can be worn together! These are pieces I have (or are similar to what I bought long ago) and love. These outfits have taken me to California, Colorado, Bermuda, Tennessee and beyond, so not just a tropical getaway! Lou & Grey Signature Soft Dress – I have the short…

  • Double Chocolate Banana Muffins

    Muffins. I grew up eating muffins every weekend. My dad would make the best muffins (out of a box, my favorite were the Duncan Hines Deluxe Blueberry Muffin… which they still make a version of, but sadly I can no longer eat! ).  We would enjoy them with eggs and bacon; it was the highlight of the weekend. So, it comes as no surprise that my kids love muffins too. I find that they are great weekday breakfast paired with fruit and yogurt if you make them with simple healthful ingredients. We can save the super fun treats for the weekends like my parents did. These also freeze well so you can…

  • Raspberry Compote

    Raspberry Compote is the perfect topping for homemade yogurt. Or ice cream… or toast… or pound cake… or over goat cheese… or swirled into pancake batter. See where I am going here? It takes anything and elevates it; perfect for entertaining or just making Sunday morning breakfast a little more exciting! Bright, slightly sweet and so easy to make; this is a great recipe to have in your repertoire! Raspberry Compote 12 oz of raspberries (2 small containers or one of those big long ones) 1-3 Tablespoons of real maple syrup (all dependant oh how sweet you like it, if it was just for me I would do a heaping…

  • Travel…

    We are taking off for February break tomorrow and are lucky enough to be venturing somewhere warmer than the North East. We are SO excited! That travel day… it can be daunting right? Kids and air travel can be tricky. I have been stuck on an airplane and in an airport with a toddler for hours; you want to be ready for anything. I find that when I am traveling solo with the kids if I over prepare I don’t feel so anxious. This means starting to pack a week ahead of time and maybe to obsessively over planning. It drives my husband crazy, but it works. So, since I…

  • Gluten Free Sugar Cookies (for cookie cutters)

    Every Christmas my family made sugar cookies. We had about 50 different cookie cutters, we each had our favorites (mine the dachshund!), and loads of sugar decorations. To me Christmas and sugar cookies go hand in hand. Since discovering that I have an intolerance to gluten we have tried many different mixes and recipes so we can still have our Christmas tradition… none of them produced the same delicious cookie we all loved. I set out to find, create and perfect a Sugar Cookie that was gluten free. I tried a ton of different recipes and created this one as a result. It may have taken me to Valentine’s Day…

  • Homemade Yogurt in the Instant Pot

    Homemade yogurt. Never would I ever have thought I would be making homemade yogurt. Now… well now, I can never go back to buying it at the store! Who knew how easy it was to make? I use my Instant Pot DUO 80to make it and the process is surprisingly simple. There are a few steps to getting it right but once you get the hang of it it is easy. We like whole milk yogurt as a family so I use organic whole milk but I am sure low-fat milk would work as well. Also coconut milk and soy milk, but I have yet to try those out! I…

  • My Instant Pot Review

    Behold the mighty Instant Pot. If you follow me on social media then you are aware that I love it… I mean, okay, it is bordering on an obsession. My Brother and Sister-In-Law gave me the Instant Pot DUO80 for Christmas and I could not wait to get back home to use it. It came out of the box a couple of days before the New Year and it has taken up residence on my kitchen counter ever since. It is used almost every day and sometimes multiple times a day. It seems to do EVERYTHING. It is part pressure cooker, part yogurt maker, part rice maker and part slow cooker.…

  • Backpacks. Yay or nay?

    We’ve gone on an adventure of some sort every weekend with the kids and each time I’ve noticed just how annoying it is to carry a tote bag. You are chasing or carrying kids, it’s constantly slipping down your shoulder and, for the love of God, that bag is HEAVY! What’s my latest solution? A backpack – really??? At first I cringed at the thought..why not just totally geek out and get a fanny pack.  It seems though, that I have missed the boat because backpacks appear to be IN. I did a quick search online and there are some really stylish ones out there… and some really expensive ones,…