CUSTOM PORTRAITS

paris canvas

Chelsea and I had the pleasure of meeting Jasmine Wisz back in June. She came into Le Bon Macaron to see if we needed custom art by a local artist. We said no, but soon thought better of it! The next day we were sipping lattes and discussing plans for six custom watercolor canvases depicting Parisian…

GOOD EATS IN PARIS

Okay let’s be honest, most of my motivation during travel is fueled by great food. I used to be the pickiest eater in the world, and sometimes I still struggle with it, but I’ve definitely come a long way! This list may surprise you a bit as I don’t feel the need to only eat…

MY TOP 5 FAVORITE COFFEE SHOPS IN PARIS

You’re in Paris, woohoo!  You just arrived on a redeye to this gorgeous city, now what?  You could drink wine (at 10am), I won’t judge you, or you can grab an awesome cup of coffee.  Considering the amount of exploring you’ll want to do upon your arrival in Paris, I’d go for the caffeine!  Finding…

EASTER BASKETS & MEMORIES

Charlotte's Easter Basket

Easter is this weekend and I find myself reminiscing about past Easters in our family and how special this celebration has been in many ways. When we were little Easter often fell on spring break and we frequently went “out west” as my parents called it. We went to Las Vegas! Many Easter’s we took…

ST. PADDY’S DAY IRISH DINNER

Guinness Stew

I am not Irish, but my name is, and I married an Irishman so now I also have an Irish last name…so that kind of makes me Irish…kind of. Growing up I felt like a bit of an impostor on St. Patrick’s Day. I’m a lot of many things but Irish by blood is not…

HOMEMADE CHICKEN SOUP

Chicken Soup

Nothing is better in the winter than homemade chicken soup, especially in the midwest. Snow storm coming? Make some chicken soup! A cold settling in? More chicken soup! My newest reason for making a batch of chicken soup is Charlotte. Carrots that have been cooking in broth all day are the perfect texture for a…

TRIPLE CHOCOLATE BROWNIES

Triple Chocolate Brownies

When I was pregnant with Charlotte I had two cravings. Apples and homemade triple chocolate brownies. I felt like that was a good balance of cravings, right? I made these triple chocolate brownies a lot! They’re simple to make and when a craving hits you can be eating them within an hour! Love, love, love…

VALENTINE’S DAY STYLE

C and E 2

Charlotte has a little friend, E. They are so sweet together. Charlotte loves to give him hugs and kisses while naturally he likes to play hard to get. We always look forward to spending time with E and his Momma.  Charlotte and E were born 17 days a part, both adorable blond-haired, blue-eyed beauties! Naturally E’s…

BABY FOOD MAKING BASICS

baby food basics

We love to eat. Who doesn’t? I was so excited to share with Charlotte so many of my favorite foods. It was painful for my parents to see her only drink breast-milk for so long! They wanted so badly to make real food for her. It’s an interesting thought. What do we do when someone…

CLASSIC SHORTBREAD

Lavender Shortbread

Do you remember taking a treat to school for your birthday? What was your favorite dessert? I cannot believe that I do not remember! I remember my Mom made the most delicious chocolate peanut butter apples for my brother (recipe coming soon!) but I cannot remember what I requested. Most likely vanilla cupcakes if I…