CIHT_FRIENDSGIVING_STILLS_2015_112Something about the holidays brings out my sentimental side. So much so, this year I decided to round up some of my closest friends for a “Friendsgiving” before the holiday hustle kicked in. When I think about some of the things I’m most grateful for, my close-knit group of buddies (and our minis) are at the top of the list, so I wanted to give them something extra special while celebrating our growing families.Click to read more >

CIHT_NYFW_2015_658One of the highlights of visiting New York for me has always been the food. I joke that I end up eating my way through the city, but in all honesty, there are too many good restaurants to pass up. I have an ever-growing list of “favorites” that I try to swing by every time but stumbling upon something new is the best kind of New York experience. Click to read more >

CIHT_9.3.15_003There’s nothing like returning from a trip and remembering how good the comforts of home are. Things like your own cozy bed, routines, coffee in your favorite robe and most importantly homemade meals that are fresh and oh so pleasing to the soul. While I love being on vacation and dining out for almost every meal, nothing beats a good dinner cooked by your own two hands. I’ve talked about how much we love our Blue Apron subscription (read more here and here) but this month I had a whole new appreciation for the service that made returning from a trip a million times easier.Click to read more >

flavored-water-four-ways-could-i-have-that_1We spent three days with my 94-year-old grandparents last weekend and like always I found myself taking notes. From their little routines, interactions with each other and statements that only someone with nearly a century of perspective could word as perfectly as they do, I did my best to soak it all in. Click to read more >

Key Lime Pie PopIt’s a crime to be anywhere else but the beach on a super hot summer day. But alas, work sits waiting and piling up so there are the days you curse the heat and force yourself to sit at the old desk. Thank goodness for frosty treats, and of course weekends. Click to read more >

Sweet ThrowbackBeing the youngest of four, I trailed behind my siblings 24/7. Everything they did or said I wanted to do too. Most times they were happy to let the “Goose Pie” (my nickname) come along, but some things I was just too little for—i.e. riding in cars with boys. Click to read more >

Summer SorbetA few weeks back I spent three days, sunrise to sunset, cleaning out our garage. It was a bear of a project but the reward (besides having an über organized space in the end) was finding gems left and right that I completely forgot about. Barricaded by other boxes was my grandmother’s collection of tea cups. My first thought was to wrap them back up safely for a season that called for warm, cozy tea dates. Not much use for a tea cup at the start of winter—wrong.Click to read more >

Blue ApronHave I mentioned how much I love Blue Apron? Its like Christmas every time it arrives on our doorstep. I sigh in relief because I don’t have to decide what to make for dinner, Todd loves the job of ripping open our goodies and announcing what’s on the menu and Elin, well she just smiles and squeals about anything. This week it was Pizza Burgers, which I have to say I was skeptical about at first but ended up going in for seconds and saving the recipe.Click to read more >