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Jan 27, 2015

Modern Rockers

I like to rock. Judging from what I've seen in stores, these days gliders are the chair of choice for most nurseries. But for me gliding just isn't as satisfying as rocking. And while I enjoy a classic, traditional rocker, my dream nursery is decidedly modern in style, so my rocker must be also. Here are some gorgeous options for moms and dads who want to rock at a variety of price points.

Jan 22, 2015

What Should Have Been the Color of the Year?

Since 2000, Pantone has selected one shade as the Color of the Year. I still adore last year's color, Radiant Orchid. This year's selection, Marsala, a reddish brown shade more reminiscent of dried blood than wine, was a bit of a let down. Luckily, there are many other great colors to choose from in Pantone's Fashion Color Report Spring 2015. Read on to choose the hue you think will be the biggest this year.


Jan 20, 2015

Cinnamon-Apple Baked Oatmeal

I have a confession to make: I'm an oatmeal slacker. I'm totally fine eating instant oatmeal made with water. Most weekday mornings that is about as complicated as breakfast can be for me. But I recently discovered baked oatmeal and that has changed everything. There are so many interesting flavor combinations to try and if I whip some up for the weekend, I'll have a delicious (and healthy) breakfast that can be ready in minutes.

Jan 15, 2015

Cranberry Chocolate Chip Scones

I've been wanting to try to make my own scones for a while now, ever since I came across this. For some reason I assumed scones would be difficult to make, but this recipe is incredibly easy and adaptable. If cranberries aren't your thing, substitute a cup of some other kind of dried fruit. Don't feel like having chocolate for breakfast? Add a cup of chopped nuts instead of the chocolate chips. No matter what you add to to this recipe you are going to love these scones!

Jan 13, 2015

My Pregnancy Skincare Routine

While I've been blessed thus far with a generally complication free pregnancy, I have had occasional struggles with my complexion. Either this was just more of an issue during the first trimester or I have finally figured out the right combination of products for my skin, because my face has been more or less clear of blemishes for the past few weeks. Several people have complimented me on my "glow," which I attribute at least in part to my new beauty regimen. Check out my favorite pregnancy skincare products below!

Jan 11, 2015

Best and Worst Dressed at the 2015 Golden Globes

It's been very lonely on the blog during the past few months while Samantha has been taking a break, but I feel her absence most acutely as I compose this best and worst dressed list. We can only imagine what ensembles she might have loved and those she might have despised, but as a consolation prize here are a few bests and many worsts from me.

Jan 8, 2015

Upside Down Lemon Meringue Pie

Let's face it, lemon meringue is the best pie around. I make a lemon meringue pie at least once every winter, but I decided to switch it up this year and try this version from Martha Stewart, which is essentially a lemon meringue pie without the crust, flipped upside down so the meringue is on the bottom. This meringue is stiffer than what you would traditionally find atop a pie, more like a meringue cookie or a pavlova. Perhaps best of all, this pie is gluten free!

Jan 6, 2015

Nursery Inspirations

Now that the holidays are over, I've begun to fully focus on preparing for the baby on the way. The main things I need to do at present are decorate the nursery and build my baby registry.  Before I get too far with either of those projects, I need to decide what kind of space I want to create. I know that I want to keep the existing paint color in the room that will be the nursery: peacock blue. I haven't been able to find many examples of nurseries that use this color, but that isn't going to stop me because I love it. Since the main color of the room will be bold, I'm sticking mostly with black and white for accents, with pops of bright yellow. Black and white is a great color combination for a nursery, because babies find high contrast colors visually stimulating. Here are a few examples of modern nurseries with high contrast accents that are inspring me.

Source: BuyModernBaby

Jan 1, 2015

Brûléed Grapefruit

During the first trimester of my pregnancy all I wanted to eat was sweets and carbs. Now that I've entered the blissful second trimester I'm suddenly craving fresh fruit and salads, which is a nice change of pace. Lately, I've been really into grapefruit and one of my favorite ways to have it is brûléed with a drizzle of crème fraîche on top. I first had grapefruit like this for brunch at Winslow's Home here in St. Louis. Their version is delicious, but it is easy to recreate at home.

Dec 30, 2014

Best Music of 2014

I've noticed an odd trend in music I like which is that a lot of my favorite albums seem to come out early in the year, in January and February. This is both good and bad. Good because the first few months of the year are generally the most difficult to get through (hello, seasonal depression), and good music really helps with that, but bad because I spend the rest of the year wondering if people have stopped making good music. The first few months of 2014 produced several albums that stayed in heavy rotation for me all year long: Angel Olsen's Burn Your Fire for No Witness, Phantogram's Voices, Dum Dum Girls' Too True, and Warpaint's self-titled album. I'm excited to see what new musical loves early 2015 has in store for me.