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Creating Magical Moments

Some call it a personal mission statement, I prefer something a little less business-like, something more meaningful, playful, and so I’ve adopted the term, “Life Motto” to describe what I stand for. My life motto guides how I feel (sometimes how I should feel), how I treat others and how I want leave a legacy. I’ve never been a religious type, …

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Food Blog Forum Nashville

We’re doing it again! After the last Food Blog Forum in Orlando, Lindsay of Purr Design (my web designer) insisted that the next FBF event should be in Nashville — and so I listened to her (like I always do — I’m a good design client) and here we are, getting ready for an October 8th event. Pre-sale tickets are …

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Fab Finds

Recycled vintage silver plated flatware – Spread Love. Spread Joy. Spread Cheer. Spread Peace.  Salad In a Jar – Reformed salad-hater, Paula has devised a way to make salad for 7-9 days at one time. Her trick?  Mason jars! Pig Dishtowel, from Terrain – Oink. Crayons in the Summer! – A DIY craft! Wouldn’t it be so fun to watch …

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Lovely things

1. Leaf-It Notes – Forget square and boring sticky notes for these naturally inspired leaf-it notes. They come in green for Spring and brown for autumn. 2. Note from the past – An unexpected find: A note dated 1973 and addressed to “Future Man” was found during a renovation. Have you ever found something during a renovation? 3. Jar Toppers – With these jars …

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Balance.

hand-carved butter spreader I bought in Seattle. When I first started SteamyKitchen.com, it was just an itty bitty website just to store recipes that Mom would recite to me over the phone. The blog was a safe place, away from the dangers of hard drive crashes, spills (how many of you have soiled your favorite recipe cards?) and curious toddlers …

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Chinese

Coco has been with us for almost a month now….and I’m happy to report that’s she’s doing just fine and fitting into our family perfectly, especially the Chinese part of the family. She ate the chicken feet first. Oh you bet I was a proud Chinese mama. I went all Joy Luck Club on her and carried the chicken toy …

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Hiiii-ya!

I’ve never been much of an exercise person. Okay, okay, I’ve NEVER been an exercise person at all. I once tried spinning, thinking the loud music would quell my inner dialogue of, “my body is in pain. stop.” The classes were great the first few times, but in my fifth class, the instructor put on Tina Turner’s Proud Mary. When …

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Intervention

Yesterday morning, after forcing myself to get up and sending the boys off to school, I collapsed back to sleep on the couch. There was absolutely no reason why I was so tired, I had gotten a full night’s sleep, hung around all weekend long without answering a single email and even assigned myself zero responsibilities for Monday. I oculd …

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Interview with Christy Turlington Burns

No Woman No Cry A woman dies every 90 seconds from pregnancy and childbirth complications. In 90% of these cases, the deaths are preventable if given adequate medical care. There’s a woman I want you to meet, though you probably recognize her from the catwalk, magazine spreads and beauty commercials. I want you to meet Christy Turlington Burns, not as …

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Coco

We have a new baby in the family – meet Coco, a 4 month old Chocolate Lab mix. This is our first family pet larger than a deck of cards. No, I’m not kidding. We’ve had shrimp, worms, hermit crabs, fish, aquatic turtles and a crawfish named Etouffee. The kids and I have always wanted to get a dog, but …

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Surprise!

The toughest part about having my family spread out across the States are the holidays, especially when 3 out of 4 members of the family are celebrating together. Most often, my bachelor brother and my parents are together as their schedule is a bit more flexible than ours and because airfare for me, Scott and the 2 kids are just …