Becoming a Mom: A Privilege

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Mother and daughter visit over tea

I was twenty-four and Michael and I had been married two years. Thoughts of having a child began to fill some of our evening discussions. Was it the right time, how long would it take, could we financially afford to start a family and most importantly would we be able to conceive? All unknowns and in some ways uncomfortable and … Read More

Lunch at the Park Cafe

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lunch in the park fashion

This is my fun outfit for a casual spring lunch! It’s fresh, functional, and fun. I love the comfort of cropped khaki canvas “Edie” pants from Faithful The Brand (on sale)!  Best part! They maintain their shape throughout the day. Since purchasing them online (in early spring), these pants have become a staple for my travel outfit, casual day look, and even sported during work … Read More

My Tub

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castelbel soap from portugal for luxury bath time

Some things never change. In life, our daily rituals begin to define us and often they are our “happy habits”. One I’ve practiced since I was a child is my night time tub. It’s so dear to me that close friends know I end each day with my bath ritual (or, if I’m going out late – I sneak one in before … Read More

Botox or Not?

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botox or not and being a middle aged woman

Yes I have tried it – more than once. In my mid forties, I became aware of the lines between my eyebrows (the “11s”). I didn’t like them – they made me look angry and as much as I consciously tried to relax my face I quickly came to realize it was a habit (even while I slept!). I started to … Read More

Facial Essentials + The Discovery of “Frownies”

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middle age skin regime

Two years after I tried Botox – I discovered Frownies (facial patches that soften and smooth the appearance of wrinkles, while you sleep)! They’re made of natural kraft paper containing a water-activated adhesive, and once I heard about them (on a weekend getaway with my bookclub sisterhood), I ordered a box through Amazon. Frownies are about $26 per box (delivered), which lasts … Read More

My “Why”

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In high school, two of my elective courses were accounting and commercial art. Yes – two very opposite spectrums. My teenage girlfriends would quickly tell you we would spend hours looking through fashion magazines. I had the dream of becoming a fashion designer (hence commercial art). I applied to fashion school during graduation year and was accepted. However, I became drawn to … Read More

Celebrating 50

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Turning 50

On the morning of my 49th birthday (over a mimosa!), my dear friend Kristi asked “so what are we going to plan for your 50th?” Oh my gosh – fifty – that was suppose to be my mom’s age, not mine! But in reality, it was only a year away. As I gave it thought over the following months, I … Read More

Starting off My Work Week

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I love having an office in my home, especially Monday mornings. It’s my office time – no sharing, no one around other than an occasional visit or bark from my furry adopted girl, Chloe. I block the first half of the morning to enjoy a second cup of coffee and the sunshine streaming onto the middle of my desk, as … Read More

Leaving on a Jet Plane

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As with many things, there is an art to packing carry-on luggage. I remain a student to the process with each trip (minus the “throw it all in the laundry basket” packing that happens for weekend cottage get-aways..). Travel with just a carry-on, whether for an extended weekend vacation or a few-day business trip, takes planning. It requires focusing on … Read More

My Travel Essentials

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When I’m leaving on a jet plane, there are a few essential items and “rituals” I follow to make travel easier. Here are a few of my favourite go-to’s for a weekend away, or a weeklong business trip on the coast. To Pack (…in addition to the required pieces to complete your wardrobe) Great tote or knapsack to act as your purse with … Read More