Wedding Anniversary in Washington D.C.


Last Saturday for our 11-year wedding anniversary my husband surprised me a few days before with tickets to see The Phantom of the Opera at The Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. I had seen the show as a teenager, when my parents took our family to see the Broadway showing after my 8th grade band played a medley of musical selections from the score for our spring concert. I remember …

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Birthday in Baltimore


To celebrate my birthday this year, I asked hubby if he would take me to visit the American Visionary Art Museum in Baltimore and for a picnic somewhere near water. I wanted to keep things stress-free, simple, and just enjoy the day. I even made it clear that he shouldn’t worry about taking the time to bake me a cake or anything, I just wanted to spend time together. I …

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Chesapeake Shakespeare in the Park – Twelfth Night


Usually, I remember to check out when the local free Chesapeake Shakespeare in the Park is happening after it has already taken place, so I was super excited when I actually remembered the day before. We packed up some fruit and kettle corn along with our lawn chairs and picnic blanket to settle in for the show. Maryland is known for its hot, and most especially, humid, summers and this …

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Gluten Free Dairy Free Crepes – Easy Like Sunday Morning


Before food allergies, hubby and I used to go out for breakfast about once a week, but that got to be too difficult to manage since it seems like there is either gluten or dairy in just about everything cooked at the breakfast locations near us. I really missed that time to sit down and connect in the mornings and recently he mentioned missing our morning outings. Usually on a …

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Laurel Fourth of July Parade


It took me a while to get around to sorting through the hundreds of photos I took this year at Laurel’s annual Fourth of July parade. I love that pretty much anyone who wants to be in the parade can sign up to be in the parade. It’s so much fun seeing the colorful classic cars, rescue equipment, and lots of community members who are genuinely glad to be there …

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Lebanese Taverna & Fort McHenry


Last Thursday was hubby’s birthday and we celebrated the day by taking a little trek into Baltimore to visit one of our favorite restaurants and walk around Fort McHenry for a bit. At Lebanese Taverna, we always order pretty much the same thing; an array of mezza dishes that we share. Our favorites are falafel, shakshouky (an eggplant salad with pomegranate molasses), the hummus trio (though I believe they spell …

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Herbed Egg Salad & Finding Joy


In the short time I’ve spent on this Earth thus far, I have learned an important lesson. There is a season for hustle and a season for flow. It’s up to us to follow our intuitive voice within that will guide us through each season. I found it even more important to listen to that voice within me after being diagnosed with an auto-immune form of arthritis when I was …

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New Jewelry Collection: Serenity Rose


Introducing Serenity Rose, a limited edition, handcrafted jewelry collection from Kikiverde Design Studio. When I saw the announcement from Pantone about the colors of the year for 2016, I was instantly transported to spring where I envisioned delicate pink blossoms against calm, watery-blue skies. These are the enchanting colors that spring daydreams are made of and what inspired me to create my latest jewelry collection: Serenity Rose. Serenity Blue. Rose …

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Baltimore Herb Festival 2016


If you’ve followed this blog for any length of time over a year, you’re probably familiar with my passion for gardening, herbs, plants, and lastly, the annual pilgrimage to my mecca, the Baltimore Herb Festival. This year was the first year that we took my mom along. Now that she is a Marylander, she has to experience what I feel is the best festival of the season, right? The day …

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Giveaway Day – Winter 2015 (Ended 12/13)


Congratulations to Renee G, Rafflecopter pulled her name as the random winner. I hope Santa brings her lots of frosted sugar cookies this year! Happy Giveaway Day! Welcome! I’d like to invite you to stay for a while but I know you’re going to be busy entering giveaways so please consider bookmarking (or subscribing to) my blog so we can keep in touch. You can also follow along on your …

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Coupon Codes – Kikiverde Design Studio (exp. 12/1/2015)


Happy early Thanksgiving to you! I know you’re probably overwhelmed with preparations for the big day so I’ll keep this short and sweet. I’m kicking off the holiday shopping weekend with a Black Friday / Small Business Saturday / Cyber Monday sale and wanted to share some special savings coupon codes with you! The codes are already in the system and valid, so if you want to start your shopping …

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Thanksgiving Tradition – Relish Tray Ideas


Your family either had a relish tray on the Thanksgiving table, or they didn’t. I suspect that if you are the former, you’re feeling a bit nostalgic and thinking fondly of olives and celery. If you’re the latter, I’ve left you wondering what the heck a relish tray is. If you’re here for some relish tray ideas, stick around, I’ve got a list of suggestions for you! My husband’s first …

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Gluten Free Biscochitos


I was introduced to biscochitos the first Christmas I spent living in New Mexico. I had never heard of them before and didn’t know what to expect but after one bite they quickly became a favorite — no wonder they are the state cookie of New Mexico! The biscochito (meaning “little cookie”) is a soft, not-too-sweet shortbread-like cookie with a light licorice essence that is perfect for dunking in a …

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