Spa at Home: Chilled Lavender Towels

Spa at Home: Chilled Lavender Towels

I think we could all use a spa day. Between canceled vacations, postponed weddings, remote learning, not leaving the house, and the general anxiety that comes from hundreds of thousands of people dying from a highly contagious virus… yeah, we could use a break. Given that spas aren’t exactly the safest places to be right now, I’d like to share an easy way to bring the spa home to you.

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Paris Travel Guide

Paris Travel Guide

I’m a Paris lover. I love big cities, beautiful architecture, thoughtful food, beautiful pastries, incredible art, and romanticism. Paris is more than that (including plenty of not-so-great things), but I like any love interest, I choose to focus on its best qualities.

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Gardening 101: Get Started!

Gardening 101: Get Started!

So you want to start a garden… but where do you start? This is something I get questions about every spring, but it’s especially relevant this year with us all stuck at home in quarantine. Here are five basics to get you going:

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Third Trimester Pregnancy Journal

Third Trimester Pregnancy Journal

Finally, the home stretch.  I heard that second trimester is the best, and for me that was true.  Third trimester brought with it a lot of new aches and pains, but it also got us closer to meeting our baby.  All-in-all, I think I had a relatively easy pregnancy....

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Our Son’s Antique-Inspired Nursery

Our Son’s Antique-Inspired Nursery

With just a week or two to go before our baby boy arrives, I finally finished the nursery! (I intended to publish this post the day he decided to make his early appearance!) Most of the major pieces came together over the summer, but the finishing details took longer than I would’ve liked. But I’m giving myself a break because A) it’s done, and B) my physical stamina took a nosedive in third trimester.

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Second Trimester Pregnancy Journal

Second Trimester Pregnancy Journal

After what I’d describe as an unpleasant first trimester of pregnancy (not horrible, but not fabulous), I am happy to report that I got a physical reprieve in my sunny second trimester. However, just as the physical symptoms got lighter, my emotional load got much heavier.

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How to Make Pasta with a Machine

How to Make Pasta with a Machine

Fresh pasta is one of my favorite things to make. It’s relatively simple, but it takes a little practice. It’s one of those things you have to get a feel for… but a pasta machine definitely makes it easier. For a long time, I rolled pasta by hand (I know…), but I finally got a machine!

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A Secluded Boutique Hotel on Paris’ Left Bank

A Secluded Boutique Hotel on Paris’ Left Bank

Once a 17th century monastery, then a private palace, and now a luxury boutique hotel, Relais Christine is full of Parisian charm and history. The recently renovated property is tucked on a private, alley-like street just a half mile from the Louvre and Notre Dame and just steps from the Seine River in the artistic 6th arrondissement, Saint Germain.

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My Nursery Design Inspiration

My Nursery Design Inspiration

Soon after finding out that we're having a baby, my thoughts turned to decorating the nursery. As a lover of all things pink and floral, I had lots of ideas for a little girl's nursery, but we found out at 12 weeks that we're having a boy, and I decided to go in a...

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