Cooking & Recipes

Mulled Wine for Fall Nights

How to make mulled wine

I discovered this delicious night cap last year around Thanksgiving, and it was on repeat through the winter months. Now that it finally feels like fall, I’ve started to crave it again. Mulled wine has all the right components of a perfect fall night cap. Red wine. Duh! Spices. Yum! Sweetness. Yes! Not to mention the amazing aroma that permeates throughout your home, with all the right cozy feels of the season. Read on for the mulled wine recipe for fall nights and beyond. Continue Reading…

Make & Do

Exercising with a Baby

getting fit post partum

I’ve been a little mad at my old self, the one that didn’t have a baby and still couldn’t find the time to exercise. What the heck was I busy doing? The truth is I’ve never been an avid exerciser. It’s not something I enjoy doing, and most of the time it feels like a chore. Usually, I have to dig deep to find motivation, set goals, and really hold myself accountable. I wrote about getting out of an exercise slump before, and those tips really do still work for me, and if you need a little boost check those out. But at the moment life has changed a bit, so I thought I’d share some tips on exercising with a baby and my journey to get fit post-partum. Continue Reading…

Beauty & Style, Love & Relationships

On Finding Confidence

feminine edge

Last week I was invited to a blogger meet up with some local ladies, and it brought up a lot of thoughts around confidence and personal growth for me. I talked about carving out my own space online for years. But despite knowing that this is what I wanted to do, I made lots of excuses and focused on other things that were safe. I was afraid of being judged. Afraid of being transparent, and open. Maybe even afraid of succeeding. But recently, something changed. Something inside me started brewing and fighting to be more authentic and less fearful of failure. Was I finally finding confidence? Continue Reading…

Cooking & Recipes

How To Make Cioppino for Date Night at Home

cioppino dinner

There are dishes you cook at home, and then there are dishes you order at Restaurants because making them at home is too complicated or time-consuming. And if you’ve never made cioppino before you may think this is one of those meals you should leave to the professionals. But you would be wrong. Making cioppino is incredibly easy. In fact, it’s really a one-pot fish stew you can serve to a party of 10 or 2. And it’s the kind of dish that definitely hits the spot on a cool fall night.

Here is how to make cioppino for date night at home, or your next dinner party of seafood lovers.

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Beauty & Style, Make & Do

Miu Miu Inspired DIY Lace Up Ballet Flats


I came across a pair of $20 nude flats at Target and they immediately reminded me of the Miu Miu  pair I kept seeing everywhere. The Target version didn’t have the sexy lace ties, but I knew I could fix it with all that ribbon I had leftover from my last DIY. Ballet flats are nothing new, but the lace really upgrades this fall basic with a fun twist.  If you already have flats in your closet, you can make these Miu Miu inspired DIY lace up ballet flats in just a few minutes by adding ribbon—duh!

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Beauty & Style

5 Bags Every Woman Should Own


Handbags are my favorite accessory period. But, when it comes to shopping for one and actually committing  to a purchase that part isn’t so easy. I love quality bags, but I also don’t want to spend a small fortune on just one purse. Every girl needs options, and we don’t need to sacrifice quality or rock one designer bag forever. So I sat down and figured out exactly how many handbags I would actually find useful. Here are the 5 bags every woman should own. Continue Reading…

Beauty & Style, Make & Do

Favorite Things from September

Our new Ikea rug

September was actually a really tough month for us. Mau traveled for most of it, so baby FLO and I were a twosome on most days and nights. Initially, I thought this would give me a chance to iron out a real schedule for him, but it actually turned out to be the opposite. Whatever glimpse of a schedule we got the month before has completely disappeared, and our sweet babe refused to take naps and woke up at all hours of the night. So, I spent most of this month wanting to rip my hair out. Actually, that’s another not so great thing about this month. I went to get my hair done and it was a complete disaster. More on that below. But, let’s focus on the positives, shall we?

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Love & Relationships, Travel & See

Wedding Anniversary Weekend Recap

This past Monday was our second wedding anniversary, so we decided to celebrate with a little staycation at the Omni Hotel, and headed to San Diego for an overnight getaway. Traveling with baby is not the most relaxing experience, but it was still nice to change up our routine and scenery. It also gave us time to reflect on ways our relationship has evolved, how much has changed over the last two years and reconnect away from the daily hassles.

Anniversary weekend recapI learned so much about communication and forgiveness from Mauricio, he is such a generous and supportive soul and although of course, we fight and of course things aren’t amazing all the time, (and they weren’t even perfect this weekend), in general, we are happy to share this life together.

I always think about Samantha’s—from SATC— description of a healthy relationship, when she asked whether you’re spending most of the time smiling or frowning, in your relationship. I’m smiling. But, what do we know? We’ve only been together for 5 years and married for 2. So I thought for this post, I’d ask another couple what makes a good relationship work. Continue Reading…

Beauty & Style, Make & Do

How to Make a Choker Necklace

How to make choker necklace

Chokers are back. Especially, layering  choker necklaces with other jewelry is super on trend for fall. It’s also one of the items that can help you update your existing fall wardrobe, so you don’t have to splurge on other big items. You can find chokers everywhere from Forever 21 to Lulu’s, and they’re not very expensive. But, if you have a few minutes, a thread and a needle, as well as a Michael’s or a Jo-Ann’s near you, you can make your own. Actually, you can make 5 choker necklaces for under $10 dollars! Here is how to make a choker necklace, (or 5) in just a few easy steps.

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