Revel in the beauty and wonder of spring

Ahhhhhh…it’s spring in New York and there’s no where else I’d rather be (well, maybe Paris but New York will do for this year). I cannot begin to express how much I adore the change of seasons. It’s only my second spring and I feel the wonder like a child. In order to take advantage of all spring has to offer, I have made a Spring Bucket List (find the template here). Listed below are a few of the ways my family and I plan on making the most of this season of renewal.

  • Spring Cleaning- what is it about this time of year that makes us want to clean and organize? I found this handy checklist on the one and only Martha Stewart’s website.  I also change my air fresheners to a new, lighter scent and check the smoke detectors and carbon monoxide alarms to make sure everything is working as it should. The hot tub will be drained and cleaned and the patio furniture set back up. Enjoying my morning tea outside is a simple luxury I’m eager to begin again.
  • A spring nature hunt- I can put a check by this one already! My little one loves the outdoors and I love taking pictures so we took the camera and searched for signs of spring in our yard(a lot of the pictures here were taken by her!).

  • Picnic in the park- Doesn’t this picture make you want to pack a picnic basket and set off to the closest park? We are lucky enough to live in walking distance to a lovely park and duck pond so a picnic to celebrate the season is definitely in order. Don’t forget to pack a blanket and some toys for the kids to play. I’m thinking a frisbee and bubbles…I’m sure my girls will complain they’re too old but will then delight in the beauty of the bubbles floating everywhere~ I always do!

  • Shop at the local Farmers’ Market- Why not get your fresh veggies from your local farmers’ market instead of the grocery store? I can’t wait to take my dog and peruse all the goodies and then go home and make a meal of it. Remember, eating seasonally has so many benefits!

  • Opening day at Yankee Stadium- What says spring better than baseball? B’s love for the game has rubbed off on me and the girls and we all enjoy going to games. We’ll be there next Friday, April 13th to root for the Yankees. Why don’t you show your support for your team and enjoy a hot dog while you’re at it? I can almost smell it!

  • Get ready for the rain- Polish up those wellies and make sure you have a fabulous umbrella. I have to admit, I don’t like the rain and have never went for a stroll (by choice) in a downpour but I’m going to give it a go. I can only imagine my little one’s delight and joy when I suggest a walk next time it rains. Life is short; dance in the rain!
  • Make fashion and beauty updates- I would normally be making quite a few spring purchases but I’m on a shopping hiatus until after the wedding (which, by the way, is in 36 days!!!). So instead I created my fantasy shopping list on my pinterest board. One thing I will be doing, however, is sampling all the great spring nail colors. Essie’s Spring Collection and Resort Collection are so much fun! A Crewed Interest in currently on my tips and Orange, It’s Obvious is on my toes. Nail polish is such an easy way to keep up with the trends and who doesn’t deserve a mani/pedi after a long week?
  • Attempt, again, to grow herbs and tomatoes (my daughter’s request)- I don’t know why I can’t seem to keep anything alive. It’s really quite frustrating. I will try again and keep the manicured fingers crossed that something grows.

And that’s it. Well, in addition to planning an Easter Brunch, my daughter’s 13th birthday, my other daughter’s first communion, and, of course, the wedding! Summer will be here before we know it. Time is ever so fleeting so make sure you find ways to enjoy the now.



Transition Seamlessly Into Fall

Being born and raised in South Florida, I knew very little about seasons until last August when I made the move to New York. Now that I’m entering my second year up North, I can actually say that I’m looking forward to making the transition from Summer into Fall. The girls started school last week and with Labor Day today, I figured it would be a perfect time to blog about preparing our homes and ourselves for Fall.

  • Fall cleaning is just as important and necessary as Spring cleaning. Flip your mattress (this should be done twice a year), winterize your pipes, and clean out your closet. You know the drill~ anything you haven’t worn in the last year, donate. Anything with tags still attached, wear or list on ebay. Items that need repairing should be sent to the tailor (make sure to give your shoes the once over too to keep your heels in pristine shape). Make room for a few fall purchases to update your look.
  • Give your garden some TLC. Uproot summer plants from the soil, dispose of them, and don’t forget to turn the soil over. Now is a great time to invest in some Chrysanthemums. They come in all different colors and are the ultimate fall flowers. Go to your local nursery and purchase a generous amount to give your yard a beautiful, autumnal look.
  • Change your tablescape. I use a different table runner for each season and fill a tall, glass container with seasonal things. Goodbye, seashells, hello, pine cones!
  • Change the scents that surround you. I start with my air fresheners. I’m slightly addicted to plug-ins and switch the scent to correlate with the seasons. Try “Warming Apple Cinnamon Medley” for the scent of fall. Heaven! Varying your hand soaps, lotions and even your perfume is a simple luxury that will make you feel at one with the changes around you.

  • Scour the fall fashions and choose a few key pieces that will add to your wardrobe. Check out one of my favorite blogs for some inspiration and direction.
  • One of the easiest ways to stay current is with your nail polish. Make the transition from your Summer brights to jewel tones or other new fall colors.

September 23rd is the first “official” day of Fall so make sure to celebrate by noshing on some delicious seasonal foods. Put a date on the calendar to go apple picking and pick up your pumpkins for carving and decorating. And finally, for all my fellow Starbucks junkies, make sure to grab a Pumpkin Spice Latte (just released!) to really put you in the fall mood.



Turn Your Black Thumb Green

Ok, I’m determined. I can and I will turn my black thumb green.

I adore flowers, especially orchids, but can’t seem to keep anything alive more than a few days. Even hardy plants seem to wilt in my presence (I killed bamboo for goodness sakes! Who kills bamboo?!) but with my mind set, I know I can accomplish anything so here we go.

The girls would love a vegetable garden but considering my past history and after doing some research, it seems herbs are a better place to start. I went to my local nursery (farmers’ markets are also a good choice) and picked up organic potting soil, three beautiful pots that fit perfectly on my windowsill, and some seeds. I will give updates if anyone’s interested and would love to hear any tips from my fellow gardeners. With any luck, I’ll have some fresh herbs to add to my fall meals. Listed below are the basics to get started in case anyone is a novice like me.


  • Light: Herbs love the sun, so choose a spot with plenty of it. Southern exposure is ideal, but any bright window with four hours of direct sun will do.
  • Containers: Pot especially pungent herbs like cilantro, mint, basil, and lavender individually, so their roots don’t overwhelm one another. Try planting other varieties together in a single hanging basket or a long ceramic trough. Choose containers with holes in the bottom for drainage.
  • Soil: Fill the pot with potting soil, which is lightweight and drains quickly.
  • Water: Allow the soil to become dry before watering. Pay attention to shifts in temperature—consider air-conditioning, radiator heat, and seasonal variation in sunshine—and adjust your watering schedule accordingly (anywhere from once a week to once a day during hot spells).