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How to Host a Wine Tasting Party

A great party is all about stirring conversation and connecting with each other, so why not do it over wine? One of the most memorable parties I’ve ever attended was an in-home wine tasting. It was at my aunt’s house. Always the consummate hostess, she wanted to try something different for her loved ones and decided to host a wine tasting party.

She invited each guest to bring a bottle they’d been dying to try, served beautiful food to accompany it, then invited us to weigh in on the merits⁠—or failings⁠—of that particular wine.

Last Minute Gift Ideas: How Far Can You Stretch $100?

Yes, this post is about last minute gift ideas. But first… if you’re stressing over the holidays, worrying you waited to long to begin shopping, or feeling any sort of budgetary pressure, I want to start with a REALITY CHECK.

You’ve got time. You don’t need to spend a lot to show you care. In fact, in our overly scheduled world, many loved ones simply want your presence, not presents for Christmas!

Cozy Sweaters & Wabash Walls

Today’s post is a little different. Think of it as pulling double-duty. I want to introduce you to my favorite statement sweaters, but more importantly, I want to introduce you to some statement-making artwork! We will get to the cozy fall fashion in a minute. First, let me tell you about Wabash Walls.

Can art drive change? Wabash Walls might be a perfect example!

How to Prepare for Family Photos

In most facets of life, my husband and I are DIYers. If we can look it up online or save money by testing the waters ourselves, we’ll do it. Consequently, for years we thought we could be our own photographer. These images prove how wrong I was!

We never did engagement photos. We didn’t do a newborn session — and I regret it. A family “selfie” will never capture the emotion and love these images evoke.…

Goat Yoga: A Zany, Can’t-Miss Experience

Usually namaste concludes a yoga practice, but when you’re doing goat yoga, baaaamaste just feels more appropriate. As I rolled up my yoga mat, leaning into another friendly goat nuzzle, I silently wondered why I hadn’t tried this before. This zany activity not only had tears of laughter streaming down my face, is also left me utterly relaxed. There’s something about hanging out with adorable, friendly animals that really lifts the spirit.…

Wedding Invitations: 5 Must-Have Tips for Brides

Tis’ the season for weddings…

Know anyone who is getting married soon? I sure do! Summer and fall always seem jam-packed with these joyful celebrations, and there’s nothing I love more than helping a friend or family member plan their wedding! While I don’t do it professionally, I am certified in wedding planning and have guided plenty of pals through the process. I get a kick out of sharing tips, elegant DIY ideas, and helping brides-to-be manage stress.…

15 practical things to know BEFORE going to Italy

Remember your first day of high school? Your initial experiences at a new job? Traveling to (or living in) a country where you don’t speak the language is something like that. Your emotions are a stew of excitement, nerves and anticipation. Each day another feeling or question bubbles to the surface. For instance, what practical things should I know before going to Italy? Will my phrase book be enough to help me navigate this new and foreign territory?…

How to bloom in your career: A message for new grads

There’s something about graduation day that always makes me smile.

It brings with it so much promise, possibility and pride. I get excited about what the future holds for the class of 2019… and I’m right there with these new grads as they take those first steps.

Each May, I spend days (not an exaggeration) carefully studying the names of Purdue University’s thousands of graduates (4,659 walked this year).…

Family budgeting: 10 simple ways we save

Our cart was filled to the brim with old fashioned oats. Cue the laughable conversation. The scene went something like this… Cashier: Are you on some crazy diet plan? My husband: No, but my wife is part horse. I turn beet red and punch him in the arm. What’s the deal with all the oats, you ask? Well… It’s our version of family budgeting and a simple way to save.…

Family Day & the origin of Hudson’s name

This is going to sound a little weird… 

We named our son after a department store. Well, not exactly. It’s a bit more complicated than that. Hudson’s name was inspired by Hudson Bay and Hudson’s Bay Company, which is a Canadian retail group. However, my husband was thinking of HBC’s 17th century explorers and the rugged fur trade, not modern shopping when we settled on it.…