blog to follow: taste by williams-sonoma

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I’m a huge fan of Williams-Sonoma ever since becoming a homeowner. I definitely consider the company to be the front-runner in top home products & tools, and even some specialty food items. Until recently, I never knew they had a team of food experts running their blog, Taste. This is now one of my top 5 bookmarked blogs and I rely on it heavily for great recipe ideas! The recipes they post range in complexity, but are always creative and inspiring.

Taste highlights recipes by season, spotlights ingredients, Sunday supper ideas, baking and more. The blog also covers amazing entertaining and holiday tips. The content is engaging and unique; it really serves as a guide for the kitchen. I love it! Here are a couple of my favorite recipes:

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Italian Braised Short Ribs

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Sweet Potato Fries // Garlic & Herbs

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Grilled Lamb Chops // Fresh Peach Salsa

Check out their blog & share some of your favorites in the comments below!

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mani inspiration: valentine’s day

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In the midst of this dreary, snowy and seemingly endless winter, I am jumping at the opportunity to get a bright, fun manicure in honor of Valentine’s Day! I love getting my nails done every other week (sometimes weekly if I’m really in need of pampering) and I tend to stick to darker colors throughout the colder months. For our dinner date tomorrow, I am trying to decide between pink and red…I’m leaning towards pink this time since it is such a reminder of spring! Are you planning on getting your nails done for your V day plans?

Here are some of my favorite nail colors for Valentine’s Day:

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Deborah Lippmann – Break 4 Love $18

A cheery & fun bubblegum pink!

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Essie – Long Stem Roses $8.50

What a suitable name for the holiday! This color looks just like soft, red rose petals.

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Essie – Bottle Service $8.50

This pink truly pops & is so fun! It reminds me of little hearts scribbled on love notes.

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OPI – That’s Berry Daring $8

This lovely shade is perfect for those who aren’t as into the red and pink theme of Valentine’s Day. Plum shades are definitely another great option!

beauty find of the week: caldrea body wash

There are so many amazing body washes and soaps to choose from, but my latest favorite is Caldrea’s Aloe Water Apricot Body Wash.

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This product is incredibly luxurious and you only need to use a dime-sized amount. Although its fairly pricey at $18, it is definitely worth the splurge if you’re interested in body washes. Your skin feels so soft after you shower, and the sweet scent persists long afterwards.

I discovered Caldrea’s products through my Birchbox. If you haven’t signed up for Birchbox yet, you’re missing out! Birchbox is a monthly subscription beauty box for only $10/month (including shipping!) and it truly is a surprise in your mailbox. You learn about so many fun brands and get to try a variety of beauty products you may never have ventured to test out before. I love that you can collect Birchbox points as you make purchases or review products, and you can apply them to your order in their Birchbox shop (a whole online store where you can buy the goods you love!). There’s a great deal going on now for new subscribers – if you sign up, your first box will be a special, curated box by Rent the Runway, another fab company! Sign up here and let me know what you think! Use the promo code RUNWAY15 at checkout.

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eco-living: common good

Since buying our first home last winter, I’ve gotten into trying out different household supplies brands. One of my most recent favorites is common good.

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common good is a family-owned household supply company that focuses on being green, and making products that are not only safe for everyone, but stylish to leave out around their home. Below are some of my favorite products (and OH, they have really wonderful scents to choose from!):

lavender laundry detergent 

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Lavender is an amazing fragrance that can be used year-round. I absolutely love the scent on my clothes and linens. This detergent is so lovely and the scent is long-lasting. You’ll actually be excited for laundry day!

bergamot dish soap 

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Another amazing scent (bergamot) and great product! Fresh-smelling and a nice texture for hand soap.

bergamot floor cleaner

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I love that this cleaner can be used on hardwood, bamboo, tile and more. It’s so nice that it’s completely safe since I have a dog who plays on our floors.

Be sure to check them out on social media for more info and other lovely content:

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valentine’s day treats

One of my favorite things about each holiday is making food that helps capture the excitement! I love going outside the box and being creative when it comes to food. Here are links to some of my favorite ideas for valentine’s day bites!

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How delicious does this pie look? The pie crust is what’s really eye-catching here, so you can make whatever type of pie you’d like – strawberry, cherry, apple…whatever your sweetheart loves! Pie is perfect year-round, but i do love it most in the cold months.

cupid’s cupcakes

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I am obsessed with these cupcakes! I like how these treats put a new spin on cupcake toppers with Cupid’s arrows. How sweet!

chocolate covered strawberries

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These are the perfect snacks for Valentine’s Day! I think it’s easy to overlook this simple recipe but they are a great mix of healthy and sweets. This is a very simple treat to whip up for you and your valentine.

fruit skewers

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Use a heart cookie cutter and cut up assorted melons for a fresh love themed snack! I love the rainbow of colors. You can use yogurt for a healthy dip.

breakfast in bed 

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Everyone loves breakfast in bed, so why not make it even cuter? I found an article on JillianHarris.com with these great breakfast ideas. I made the homefries this morning – so easy and tasty. I love the strawberry milk but grapefruit mimosas or pink lemonade mimosas would also be lovely.