Monday, December 01, 2014

Around the Home: Decorating for the Holidays with Balsam Hill Greenery

I love crafting, so when I got an invite to visit Balsam Hill's showroom and participate in a holiday wreath decorating contest I jumped. I mean what could be better? An evening with others who like to craft, amazing Balsam Hill product to work with, wine, and light hors d'oeuvres to kick off the holiday season? Count me in!

Glass ornaments, feathered birds, and glitter edged leaves from Balsam Hill make holiday decorating a breeze.


Got kids who like to craft? Balsam Hill is having a kids' arts and crafts afternoon this Saturday December 6th from 11am to 1pm. If the event is anything like the one we attended, they're guaranteed to have fun.

How are you decorating for the holidays?

Friday, November 07, 2014

Recipe: Lamb and Apple Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms

There's something unctuous about lamb. Paired with Moroccan and Turkish spices and a full-bodied wine like Cultivar Coombsville Cabernet Sauvignon it's a sumptuous treat. In the summer, I stuffed sweet peppers with lamb and tomatoes. Now in the fall, I'm filling portobello mushrooms with apple and lamb.

Portobello Mushrooms Stuffed with Lamb and Apple and Topped with Feta


Monday, November 03, 2014

Monthly Snapshot: Gates at 31 Months

Life moves quickly with a child. The only way to really appreciate it is through still photographs--images that capture the essence and the emotion of a place and time. Yesterday we sat down as a family behind a camera on a tripod and captured a moment of us as a family for our 2014 Holiday cards and for Gates' monthly portrait.


Gates Directs Her First Photo Shoot


Saturday, November 01, 2014

Join me for the 2014 Have not Want Challenge

November is the perfect time to reflect on what we have and to appreciate those in our lives who support us. Before we get caught up in the pressure to buy things advertisers and the media say we need to be happy, let's spend the next thirty days focused on defining our needs, truly seeing the extraordinary in our everyday, and adopting a mindset where we look for the positive in our daily life.

Ponder Your Haves this Holiday Season


Monday, October 13, 2014

The People Behind The Goods: Courtney Robinson Feider of Fig & Honey

Earlier this morning I introduced you to some new products from one of my favorite natural body goods and products line, Fig and Honey. Because I love their products, I wanted to kick off a new monthly Meet the Makers series: The People Behind The Goods with their founder Courtney Robinson Feider. Similar to The Good Life Snapshot interview series, I ask makers a series of questions about why they got started making and what advice they'd give to aspiring makers.


Why people make and how they get into starting their own business fascinates me. My mother was a mixed-media fiber artist so I grew up in an environment ripe for creativity: paper, yarn, brushes, looms, easels, and more were never more than a foot or two away from us. And, I've tried to replicate the same environment in our flat for Gates, encouraging her exploration with color and texture.

I'm always curious if other makers grew up in an environment similar to the one I thrived in, hence this new series. I hope you like it!

What questions would you ask the maker of one of your favorite products?
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