lavender earl grey scones

When I was in 5th grade, my family took a trip to France.  We spent two weeks traveling through Paris, Loire Valley and Provence. At all of the French markets, especially those in Provence, vendors sold lavender soap, lavender sachets, lavender lotion, lavender perfume, dried lavender bundles – they sold a lavender scented version of anything…

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link love

I can’t believe it is already May!  I blinked and April flew right on by. To end the week and start the month off right, here are some of my favorite links. This post on faking it and seeing ourselves differently than others view us.  Everyone needs a little time with someone with a different perspective….

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a picnic in duke gardens

A few weekends ago, a few of my friends and I went on a picnic in the beautiful Sarah P. Duke Gardens.  It was beautiful when we set out and found our spot under a magnolia tree.  As the day went on, the sun stayed out but it started raining.  We found a bench sheltered by…

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cookie dough momofuku funfetti birthday cake

I have seven friends who have celebrated birthdays in the last week (including me!).  I thought, what better time to make an over-the-top cake than a week-long birthday celebration?!  And just look at that title.  Cookie dough Momofuku funfetti birthday cake.  What!!!???? This cake was a labor of love (and sometimes disdain).  There are a…

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link love

Today is a good day. Today is my birthday!  Will made sure to remind me yesterday by blasting Taylor Swift’s “22” all evening, since it is now inapplicable. [via] 22 was a big year.  I graduated from college, saw my brother graduate from high school, got married, traveled, was featured in a magazine, got a full-time adult…

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the striped shift

I love stripes.  I believe a closet can never have too many stripes.  They are such a classic pattern.  So simple, but unbeknownst to most, also complex. (This picture was from our time in Boston on our honeymoon last year.  Stripes, for the win!) You have the Breton stripe, the rugby stripe, the awning stripe, the…

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peanut butter and jelly cookies

Did you grow up eating peanut butter and jelly sandwiches in your school lunches? I was more of a plain peanut butter sandwich girl myself.  Actually, I didn’t really like jelly until about high school.  I think it was the texture and the typical grape and strawberry flavors that turned me off to the sweet…

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link love

Isn’t April wonderful?  I think so.  Let’s all give a round of applause for April – you go April, you go.  This picture is from our date night to Ben & Jerry’s Free Cone Day this week.  Will had the classic Chocolate Therapy and I tried their new flavor, The Tonight Dough.  Thanks, B&J! The internet has…

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colonial williamsburg

Over Easter weekend, our family took a trip to Colonial Williamsburg.  Throughout the years of visiting our grandmother in Williamsburg, we have well-traversed the garden mazes and shops of Merchant’s Square.  We have our favorite routes and stores (can’t miss the Peanut Shoppe!), but there is always something new going on. This time, the sheep were out!…

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blondies from a blondie

A recipe is always good when it starts with chocolate. Especially three kinds of chocolate. Most people think of blondies as brownie’s younger sister.  I disagree.  They are really more like cousins.  Yes, they are both baked and cut into bars, and they usually both contain chocolate, but that is where the similarities end. I…

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