Friday Favorites No. 7: Travel Edition

Friday Favorites

This week’s favorites are all about travel, my favorite thing to do. We leave for Scandinavia in a few days (start following on Instagram for all our crazy adventures), and I’m really excited! I always get excited for our “big trip” of the year but I’m pretty excited this year because we are flying first […]

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The July 4th Style Edit

Fashion, The Edit Series

July 4th was always one of my favorite holidays as a kid. It’s still really fun as an adult, even though we’ve celebrated in another country for the last decade. Our summer vacation always seems to fall over the holiday. But I do love the idea of barbeques and fireworks. How do you celebrate our […]

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3 Important Lessons I Learned From My Ancestry DNA Test


For most of my life I was pretty comfortable with not really knowing my ancestral origins. I sort of knew my family’s background from knowing my mother’s side of the family tree. I knew there were strong English roots on that side. But the other half of my DNA has always been a mystery. Without […]

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Friday Favorites No. 6: Easy Living Edition

Friday Favorites, Lifestyle

Happy FriYAY, everyone! This week’s favorites are all about easy living. The simple pleasures in life that I feel like I can truly enjoy during the summer months. The rest of the year is just plain crazy! Now that I’m back from Santa Fe, I am in full Europe trip planning mode. Our lodging and […]

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Styling an Italian Summer Bar Cart

Happy Hour, Home, Lifestyle

If you’re not lucky enough to be Italian, you can always marry one like I did. 😉 My husband and I love bookending a beautiful summer meal with aperitivo and digestivo. Aperitivo is like Italy’s version of happy hour and begins with a bubbly drink to prep your palette before the meal. Digestivo is exactly […]

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Father’s Day Gift Ideas

Gift Ideas

Did Father’s Day sneak up on you, too? I just went through all the ads from our weekly paper and all I seem to find are coffee mugs that say things like “#1 dad” as well as t-shirts and neckties with similar slogans. Don’t get me wrong…good dads deserve to know they’re #1. But I […]

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Eat+Stay+Play: Santa Fe and Taos

Eat+Stay+Play Travel Guides, Travel

The Land of Enchantment was good to us. A spiritual vibe floats along desert winds, dancing through cottonwood trees and blanketing the mesas. I’ve only ever seen New Mexico from the window of an airplane and the snow-covered slopes of Taos ski valley, so I was ready to feel the warm early summer sun and […]

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5 Hidden Gems in Europe to Travel to This Summer


It’s no secret around here that we love our summer trips to Europe. We’ve been doing it for over a decade and we’ve been to 20 countries so far. What might be a bit of a secret, though, are some of the lesser-known and off the beaten path locations we’ve discovered while visiting some of […]

May 22, 2018

Friday Favorites No. 4: Summer Style

Friday Favorites, Lifestyle

This week’s favorites are a round up of all things summer. I think it has definitely arrived here in Texas, and it’s one of my favorite times of the year. Every day seems to have somewhat of a Friday feel to it. Even though my mind is ready for summer, but my body isn’t quite […]

May 18, 2018

30 Statement Earrings to Wear All Summer Long


As someone who has spent most of her life wearing simple stud earrings, I’m surprising myself at all the statement earrings I’m suddenly into. But hey, what’s the fun in always doing the same thing? And as they say, a woman can always change her mind. You may have seen these Plunder earrings on my […]

May 17, 2018

The Kentucky Derby Experience: Part 2

Lifestyle, Travel

After spending a full weekend at Churchill Downs, I had to split the experience into two posts. Be sure to read my Kentucky Derby Experience: Part 1, which detailed our day at the track culminating in The Kentucky Oaks race. Today’s post is all about the main event – Derby Day! As most great days […]

May 10, 2018

The Kentucky Derby Experience: Part 1

Lifestyle, Travel

And they’re off! That’s what I was thinking as we boarding a plane on our way to Louisville for the 144th running of The Kentucky Derby. A little over a thousand miles and what felt like a thousand mint juleps later, I finally knew what it was like to behold those iconic twin spires and […]

May 8, 2018

5 Unique Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

Gift Ideas, Lifestyle

Mother’s Day is right around the corner. Have you shopped for mom yet? If you’re like me and the thought of another scented candle or flowers just doesn’t show enough appreciation, then this little list is for you. The older I’ve become the more I just want to spend time with my mom. Creating a […]

May 1, 2018