Best Friends: Zoey & Rylie

by ilene on March 11, 2014 · 6 comments

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  My twin sister and her baby girl Rylie visited us last week!  They live down in Southern California so we are always so excited to see them whenever we can.  Our baby girls are only 6 months apart in age so its been a real joy raising them together.  Its been a lifelong dream […]


Hello, June!! It’s June!! That means it’s peony season!!  My all-time favorite flower!   Who can resist these fluffy, ruffly, romantic, delicate, sweet petals? Be still, my heart. Peonies are only in bloom for a short time during the year (I still marvel that I was SOOO fortunate that my florist friend was able to […]


Happy Mother’s Day!

by ilene on May 12, 2013 · 3 comments

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This year, Mother’s Day has taken on a whole new meaning for me.  When I became a mom on Halloween, I never thought I could love someone as much as deeply as I loved my child.  I would lay my life down for this kid, who honestly, isn’t capable of doing much more than sleeping, […]


  TJ’s, you got it right again!  The genius who decided to combine my two favorite flavors – salted caramel and chai tea- into one delicious blend should be knighted. I’m always looking for good chai tea, and I usually am weary of mixes, but this chai tea mix is scrumptious!  It’s won me over. […]


Last fall, Jeff and I were living in Taiwan for a few months for his job and I blogged about how I found my dream dessert there: Boba Milk Tea ice-cream bars!! My two favorite desserts, ice cream and boba combined into one, one a stick. BRILLIANT!!!  I lamented how I couldn’t find these in the […]