Ice Cream Days

Ice Cream-O-Rama

I Scream, You Scream…well, you know the rest.

We are pretty into ice cream around here. Any season, any occasion, so when it’s National Ice Cream Day, well, we do have to dial it up a bit. We* made homemade vanilla ice cream and had some extended family over to share in the joy.

Of course the usual toppings were present: sprinkles (rainbow and chocolate), chocolate and caramel sauce, mini marshmallows, crushed walnuts and whipped cream. And as an extra special topping we had some gorgeous chocolate covered strawberries from Shari’s Berries.

The berries were plump and delicious and had the perfect chocolate to berry ratio (I care about these things). These berries would be fantastic to send as a gift, or just to surprise your family with a treat, and were a fantastic addition to our ice cream celebration.

*By we, I mean my kids made the ice cream. I was exhausted from running around blogging events in NYC. Yes, look for upcoming posts about Blogger Bash and Getting Gorgeous and great finds I stumbled on.



I was not compensated for this post but did receive some gorgeous Shari’s Berries to review. All opinions are, and always will be, my own.




Blogging Conferences Summer 2015

It seems as if this week is chock a block with blogging related events and while I do love to get out and meet fellow bloggers, it can be overwhelming to have a super scheduled week. Need ways to keep it together? Yes, me too, that’s why I’m writing this – I need the reminders.IMG_1424

1. Load up that calendar on your phone with the dates, times and locations of the events and the links to the tickets in the notes section. Build in plenty of travel time, you’ll be glad you did.

2. Traveling with a few events to go to? Try on planned outfits ahead of time and try to pack early and light! Nothing like finding out you are missing a button or the shirt you were planning on wearing is ripped. Comfy shoes! Seriously! You will be on your feet non-stop.

Card design by Rugg Road Paper Company, Boston

3. Download apps like Uber and Lyft to get you where you need to be. In the city? Or grab a metro card and try public transportation – it’s the fastest way to get around.

4. Have plenty of business cards – if you can write on them all the better. You think you will remember but there’s a lot going on. Take notes.

5. Bring your smile and look forward to getting to meet other bloggers and company representatives, and that means looking up from your phone now and then.

Have fun! I’ll see you there!


Early Morning Reflection and Some Good Reads

Early Morning Reflection and Some Good Reads

I woke up early today and thought I’d use the quiet time (two houses being built + open windows = lots of noise) for reading, reflection, or maybe even writing. Instead I got pulled into the rabbit hole that is this blog and ended up updating widgets and links for an hour. I guess it’s better than the time suck that is Facebook, so I’ll cut myself some slack. And my link widgets look good, too. Go check them out.

Now, this has been a very different summer for me – no camps, no schedule at all, really, and it’s the first time in forever I have been able to sleep in (until 7! Woot!) but I need to get back on track (I miss my walking group if I dilly-dally) so I’m on a new self-imposed routine. Let’s see how that works.

So pretty much I have been working, and I have been reading (really, binge reading), and I’m happy, as always, to share my finds. Some of the books were gifts, some were sent to me, some I found on my own.

Laurie Notaro – It Looked Different on the Model

link to her site here and prepare to laugh until you cry.

. It Looked Different in the Model Laurie Notaro at














Judy Greer  – I Don’t Know What You Know Me From

Actress, Hollywood’s Most In-Demand Best Friend, Author
Find out more about that girl from that movie/tv show (and author!) Seriously funny, candid and charming.


Judy Greer, I Don't Know Where You Know Me From

Kseniya Melnik – Snow in May

Currently reading so I can’t begin to describe it yet (I’m processing) – beautifully written.

A remote Siberian town with a darkly fascinating history teems with life in this luminous linked debut collection of short stories.

Snow In May Kseniya Melnik











Susan Cain – Quiet

What? I can be quiet.










Allie Brosh – Hyperbole and a Half

because you have to read this book. You just do.















Fran Sorin – Digging Deep

I had hoped this wonderful book would make me a more thoughtful gardener but I still just threw some perennials in like I always do. My learning curve is long and slow. Planning on re-reading this treasure so I am ready for next year. Not just a gardening guide, an exploration in creativity and the process itself. What a wonderful guide and resource.

Fran Sorin Digging Deep












Rachel Weaver – Point of Direction

I didn’t put this book down until I finished it. Good thing it’s summer!











I have more books on my nightstand and will share as I whittle away at them, but I may be a little busy in the coming weeks. Next week is Blogger Bash in NYC and I am thrilled to meet all of the wonderful bloggers and companies that will be a part of that two day event. Here’s the agenda in case you want to know why I’ll be packing my comfiest shoes.

From the Blogger Bash website:

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