be kind

Growing up, I often heard the saying, “Never judge until you’ve walked a mile in their shoes.”

It’s like all the sayings parents, teachers, and well-meaning adults tell you: If you have nothing nice to say, don’t say anything at all. The grass is always greener on the other side. Etc.

Typically, you acknowledge the saying, you try to apply it to your situation, and ten minutes later you forget about it and go out and play. But something about judging people for what they are or are not has always bothered me, and it’s something I hope my children understand one day as well… View Post


but first champagne

Tomorrow marks the beginning of a new year… and I’m full of hope and wide-eyed optimism that everything I want to accomplish and that everything I want to change is possible. I can make it all happen. I believe in it.

I just have to hustle. I have to organize and prioritize and work my ass off so I can reach and exceed my goals. We can all do it. We just have to believe in it and put ourselves to work.

What are your goals for 2017? How will you accomplish them?


personalized message from santa

Each and every year, I create a personalized video from Santa Claus for each of my children. It’s a fun way to make Christmas memories! I wrote about Personalized Messages from Santa Claus via the Portable North Pole two years ago, and you will find step-by-step instructions on how easy it is to create your own video to send to your loved one!

If you haven’t created an account at the Portable North Pole yet, you still have time to create one and send your loved ones a personalized message from Santa Claus! We like to watch them a week or two before, and then Santa also pops up before leaving on his big journey around the world! View Post



The holidays are all about spending quality time with those we love. This year, surprise family and friends by switching things up and hosting a fabulous holiday brunch instead of the traditional turkey dinner. 

 For the perfect entertaining space that will leave guests in awe, follow my few simple tips below to elevate your brunch from the expected to the unexpected: View Post


9 Inspiring Christmas Tree Themes

It’s that time of year again! I found 9 inspiring Christmas tree themes that I wanted to share with you… with only 10 days until Christmas, our family is getting super excited for the holiday season! I love to see different Christmas tree themes, especially ones that are unique!

There are so many Christmas tree themes to choose from: modern, simple, retro, color-themes, vintage, natural, rustic, ombre, multi-tone – the list could go on and on! I typically stick with a similar theme from year to year, but I’ll change an element of the Christmas tree themes to mix it up a little! View Post


Mulled Wine Slow Cooker Recipe

I remember the first time I tried mulled wine… a few years ago, J & I went to Montreal for New Years Eve. It was a bit of a luxurious weekend – we stayed at The W Hotel, got all dressed up, had a 5-star dinner, and danced all night long… But every single time we stepped outdoors to explore the city, we instantly regretted our decision. It was freezing cold. With temperatures hitting -30°C (for you Americans that’s -22ºF) we would race from the Metro to the Cafe and back, upon my insistence, of course, that we explore the city… View Post