Just popping in to share my homemade salsa recipe. We made fresh salsa all the time when we lived in Germany but I became lazy in Florida and then I just settled for what I could get at the American Store here in Dakar after we ran out of my favorite store-bought salsa (Hell on Red- it's soooo good!). Well I thought hey let's just make our own today and maybe I should you know write it down so I can easily remember next time! Wahoo for thinking ahead despite jet lag and an all-night nursing bébé.


Fresh Salsa

1 large can of whole tomatoes less 3 or 4 (28oz can)

1 jalapeño

2-3 small garlic cloves

3/4 cup of fresh cilantro

1/2 of a large white onion

Fresh lime juice (1.5 large limes)

1 tablespoon of EVOO (extra virgin olive oil)

Salt and Pepper to taste

Throw it all in a blender/food processor and pulse until it's the consistency you would like and everything is chopped pretty well. I left the garlic gloves whole but chopped the onion in a couple small pieces same with the jalapeño (I left the seeds for a kick-remove for something more mild).

et viola!





Classic Cocktail Towel | Agate Coasters | Watermelon Serving Bowl | Portable Speakers | City Icon Pillows

Can you believe Mother's Day is in a few weeks? My days and weeks seem to just blend together with wedding clients and babies so yes I was shocked to realize I only have a few weeks to send something to the best mom in the world! I love UncommonGoods! It's a sweet little online shop that has so many fun and unique gifts. In fact, last year my full service brides received the state dish towels as a little gifts for booking. I'm loving their Mother's Day gift guide this year, you can peruse it here. They also have a wonderful selection of personalized gifts for your special mom! I've put together my own little round-up of my favorites. Since we will mostly likely be at the beach on Mother's Day I would love those little speakers (hint hint hubby- if you order now they may make it on time!) and I really need that cocktail towel.

And if you know me, you know the fact that UncommonGoods  has raised almost 60k for  Women for Women International, puts a huge smile on my face. A charity I've known about for quite some time (including a paper I wrote about the work they do in Afghanistan in college once upon a time :)). They are actually not far from us in Nigeria (doing great work) and helping give women the resources to sustain themselves. Their Better to Give program donates $1 to charity for every purchase you make and has raised a hefty sum of $700,000 dollars.

A sweet little online boutique that gives back is definitely something I am willing to support. Happy hump day! xo.



Wow. I'm blogging. It's been FOREVER. I don't even know what happen to the first three months of 2014? Sweet Evie's little announcements were featured on Oh So Beautiful Paper a couple of weeks ago! So thrilled always to be featured on Nole's fantastic blog. Take a peek here.


The sweet details and big thanks to Joelle Duff of A Charming Occasion for doing the custom calligraphy. We just love our little nugget. Cannot believe she is turning six months tomorrow. Where does the time go mommas?! I promise to return soon, maybe with a new cocktail? xo.


This was taken a month ago... time flies. xo



I know it's a bit late but you know.. I have a wee little bebe! Merry Merry Everything! Download here. Works best on the iPhone 5 and 5S. I haven't tried it on a 4 or 4S. xo.



One day last year I was sitting outside having a glass of white wine, or maybe it was one of Alkimia's margaritas? I can't remember now but the point is that this random day and happy hour spurred a rich conversation about faith and belief. I shocked my company because I didn't have a crèche for the kids and Jeff and I hadn't really even talked about the real story of Christmas. We honestly didn't know where to start as we aren't overtly religious people. This whole conversation drifted into a discussion on Santa. My friend Maria told me this wonderful story about getting a letter postmarked from the North Pole when she was a child. She still to this day believes in her heart it was real. I love how she has passed on this joy to her son and loved the idea and wanted to pass this joy onto my own wee ones. I had already started letter writing to Santa with the Elf on the Shelf. He arrived last year via the pouch (how we get mail here in Dakar) with a letter from Santa so my wheels were already turning and now I had my muse.


Even if we dismiss this idea of Mr. & Mrs. Claus living up in the North Pole with magical reindeer; the notion of this  magical story that we give our children helps cement this idea of belief and faith. Showing them the magic of believing in something you will never see, nor touch, but you have faith it's there.


And we can't dismiss the Santa in all of us during the holidays. Think about it, how many times do you see acts of kindness year after year? Paying it forward at Starbucks, seeing someone buy groceries for a struggling family, donating Christmas gifts to little kids who otherwise wouldn't receive one. Families adopting other families. Isn't that what Christmas is all about? Giving. Didn't God give us the ultimate gift?

Believe-Notes-Lemonandlavender-09 copy

I wanted to begin this tradition with my kids and each year I have them help me pick out toys to give to a child in need. I want them to believe in the power of giving and that we can all be Santa in some ways!  I also loved the idea of  receiving a letter from Santa which is why I designed this little stamp because hand written notes are the best, are they not? Especially if they come from Santa. And in the spirit of giving I  wanted to connect  this project to a larger purpose. That is why with each gift set a portion of the proceeds benefit The Salvation Army Angel Tree. One of the veteran programs we see every year brighten so many little hearts. It's my hope that this little project brings joy to both the giver and the receiver. Please share your special moments with the hashtag #projectgiveagift and I'll be sharing mine as my little elves deliver gifts with your help!

I will be offering free shipping on the Believe Letterpress Red Foiled Notes + Stamp now through the end of the holidays! No code needed! Let's pay it forward! xo.

p.s. We have a crèche now (an adorable one from Melissa and Doug) and love teaching and reading the Christmas story to the kids! Happy Holidays!



We are just smitten with our little Evie. Feeling so overwhelmed with support and love for our newest little bundle of joy. I'll be soaking in every little minute of it. Happy October xo.





Want to jazz up your new iOS 7 upgrade with this fun wallpaper? Download here. Enjoy xoxo and Happy fall ya'll ;)

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