3/2/15

Classic Italian Biscotti & Coffee


I love all things Italian - the food, culture, language, the people.  I spent time in Italy during college and was so excited to return with Austin for our honeymoon. I'm hoping one day my sister and I can go there together and visit the area our family is from in Southern Italy (quite near the Amalfi Coast!). So it's no surprise I enjoy a good cup of Italian coffee. I was recently introduced to Lavazza Coffee, and seeing as it's the #1 coffee brand in Italy I'm shocked I'd never tried it until now. Lavazza is expanding their reach and products available in the USA and I'm excited to be partnering with them this year. I have to say I've been enjoy my one cup of regular coffee a week and was totally content with my Trader Joe's beans until I switched it up last week with a cup of Lavazza. This smooth and strong blend was just what I needed after a week of moving. 

Images by Krista A. Jones

2/26/15

Tips For Sleeping During Pregnancy

 Tips For Sleeping During Pregnancy

During my first trimester I had no problem sleeping at all. I was tired from morning until night so I'd get into bed around 8pm and wake up at 6am well rested, sleeping soundly the whole night. Everything changed right as I approached my 2nd trimester. I still had no problem falling asleep but I never felt like I was getting a solid sleep, tossing and turning throughout the night - and that's pretty much still the case. I've been determined to try and remedy this problem as best I can and have been trying whatever I can to ensure a solid night's sleep. Here are a few things helping me:

Image by Krista A. Jones

2/24/15

Winter Citrus Party Punch


Today I'm sharing an easy and refreshing citrus punch recipe that's perfect for winter entertaining over on Glitter Guide! You can check it out here. PS - how amazing is this Goodwill punchbowl score? I'm dying to throw a house warming party just so I can use it! 

Images by Krista A. Jones

2/23/15

10 Moving Tips

10 moving tips
Image by Krista A. Jones
We moved this weekend! I'm so glad the hard part is over -- but now our house is a total wreck and the real fun begins. Thankfully Austin's parents came to town to help us and we honestly couldn't have made this move (with me being pregnant) without them. My family was also here to help and we had so much fun moving in the snow (ha!).  We are so grateful for both of our families! I've moved quite a bit in the last 10 years - from my two apartments in NYC, to my stay in Charleston, back up to a historic apartment in Annapolis, then to our most recent house. Over time I've become quite experienced in moving yourself (and I swear this is the last time) and thought I'd share a few helpful tips today.

2/19/15

Pink Champagne Celebration Cake

Pink Champagne Celebration Cake

My sister makes the most delicious champagne cake for special occasions - I think it started on my 30th birthday and I try to come up with an excuse for her to bake this fluffy and indulgent treat any chance I can get. You can really taste the champagne flavor in both the cake (which is so fluffy and moist) and frosting and it's even more fun to add a bit of pink food coloring! I made a mini naked cake recently for a friend's birthday and love how cute it was. I used the original recipe and a 6" cake pan - it yielded enough batter for (4) 6" cakes, so I had one leftover after making the 3 tier cake shown above.