13 December 2018

Holiday Gift Guide: For Kids

This is a fun one! Who gets more joy out of opening presents than children? Just in case you have some little ones still left on your shopping list, I gathered up all the cutest kids stuff around. And luckily, most of the items featured below are guaranteed to come in plenty of time for Christmas- many of them are even on sale! Whether you have littles of your own running around the house or you're like me, just having fun shopping for all the cute babies your friends and family had this year, I hope you find the perfect gifts right here...

10 December 2018

Holiday Gift Guide: For Him

Fifteen days left till Christmas! I know I promised more gift guides and then disappeared for almost three weeks, and I sincerely apologize. Life has been extra hectic lately and we've just been fighting to keep our heads above the water over here. Anyone else there this holiday season? Each day I feel lucky if I manage to cross off 10% of my to-do list, but I'm trying my best to savor this season even amidst the hustle and bustle. With the end of the semester, we're starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel in our household and are hopeful for some slower days to come over the next couple weeks. I'm trying to wrap up these last few gift guides as I browse the Internet crossing off my own shopping list. Without further ado, here are over 50 gift ideas for the husbands, dads, boyfriends, and brothers in our lives...

21 November 2018

Gifts for the Holiday Hostess

Tomorrow is Thanksgiving, the official kick-off to the holiday party season! I gathered up all the best hostess gift ideas so you'll be ready when your calendar gets crazy. Whether you're dropping by a Christmas open house or spending a long weekend with the future in-laws, you'll find the perfect token of your appreciation below...

18 November 2018

My Guide to Pretty Pies

As we head into Thanksgiving week, I figured it's about time to share this post I've been meaning to write since last Thanksgiving. For as long as I can remember I've loved to bake, but only recently have I learned to love baking pies. I associate homemade pies with my grandma, who somehow managed to bake at least six pies every Thanksgiving and Christmas, in addition to cooking the rest of the meal. When I was a kid, she used to let me "help" by rolling up all her pie dough scraps into miniature cinnamon roll cookies. Up until a couple years ago, this was the extent of my pie baking expertise.

01 November 2018

November Mood

Can you believe that only two months remain in this year? November is my favorite month of all, so I'm determined to be thoroughly present in the weeks to come. Time passes so quickly when we flit from activity to activity without ever consciously slowing down. When I think of November, what comes to mind visually isn't a specific image, but a warm glow of light. Whether it's the golden hour before an early sunset, fall candles flickering around the house, or the first fireplace fire of the season; that warm and glow-y sort of light and all the cozy vibes that accompany it sure make up for the longer nights.

Similarly, November also summons up all the warm and fuzzy feelings for me emotionally. The Thanksgiving holiday brings family and close friends together around the table, where despite our differences, we feel an inexplicable pull of connection and belonging. It's a season when love and gratitude warm our hearts. Yet it's also important to be mindful of those whose lives lack love and belonging, and those who've experienced loss, as for many, this season emphasizes what's missing. The holiday season presents so many opportunities to bless and give and be light to those who need it. And I think we can all agree that this world could use a lot more kindness!

30 October 2018

Michelle Adams's Ann Arbor Home

Isn't it funny how invested we become in the lives of the people we follow on Instagram? Over the weekend, I was legitimately sad to find out that Michelle Adams, founder and editor of The Maryn, has sold her darling house. She's moved on to a new project, renovating a mid-century modern, but I will selfishly miss seeing photos of this one on my feed.