Monthly Archives: February 2016


An overview of the BNP Paribas Open grounds.

A Veteran’s Guide to the BNP Paribas Open

Each March the world’s most elite tennis players gather in Indian Wells, California for one of “the premier professional tournaments in the world”. The BNP Paribas Open offers a spectacular opportunity to get close to the game’s finest athletes. From Connors to Federer and Navratilova to Sharapova, this tournament has a rich history of exemplary tennis. But before you hop on a plane for the sunny deserts of southern California, here are some tips I’ve learned from over 15 years of attending this outstanding tournament.


A plate of vegan chai spice cupcakes.

Vegan Chai Spice Cupcakes

Today’s post is a celebration of the inimitable and enigmatic George Harrison. Today would have been his 73rd birthday, and in honor of him I made a special cupcake. These vegan chai spice cupcakes are delightfully subtle and nuanced, just like George. They are just as moist and fluffy as any other cupcake. And what they lack in dairy they make up for in spice. A delicious treat for any occasion; they make a perfect addition to a day celebrating this “quiet” man’s legacy.   So for George Harrison (and gardeners everywhere): this one’s for you!


A pile of sweet citrus shower bombs next to a fresh orange and dried orange peel.

Sweet Citrus Shower Bombs

Bath bombs and aromatherapy–two trends that continue to skyrocket in popularity. And why not? In today’s helter-skelter world, it’s more important than ever to find ways to combat negative stress. A hot bath is a classic stress reliever, but throw in a bath bomb with essential oils and you up the ante. Essential oils work by sending a message to your hypothalamus, which is the region of your brain that controls hormone production. These hormones, in turn, control mood, body temperature, sleep, and much more. And while essential oils will not solve all your problems, the right aromas can help take […]


Crafts for a Japan themed party, including a coffee filter fan, a bubble wrap cherry blossom painting, and origami.

Around the World Party | Japan

Like I said in my last post, I started doing Around the World themed parties for the nephew and niece last summer as a way to spark their curiosity in travel and different cultures. Every month I list a handful of different countries and let them pick which one they want to explore next. Then I hop on Pinterest and Google to find some kid-friendly activities to explore that country’s history and culture. A few weeks ago my nephew chose Japan for our next get together, and here are some of the ideas I came up with.


A pretend passport for kids.

Pretend Passports for Kids

Last summer I started doing Around the World themed days with my nephew and niece. As a kid I always loved learning about different cultures and customs. So I figured my nephew and niece might enjoy a little cultural exploration too. And what better way to do that than to “travel” around the world one country at a time? Travel is thrilling and magical. It gives us a chance to step out of the mundane and everyday and experience the new and unfamiliar. I believe travel is one of the best ways to show kids the beauty and magic that […]