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Ricotta Berry Toast

 What are your 4th of July plans? I’m taking it easy today. During holidays like the 4th in NYC people make a mass exodus out of the city to the beach or the country and the usual hectic pace slows all the way down. It’s quiet, there aren’t as many people around and you can get reservations just about anywhere! It’s awesome! So today I’ll be taking advantage of the city being deserted I think I’ll have brunch, go for a walk in Central Park then spend some time with my nieces and nephews. Lazy days with no set agenda …

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A Delicious Strawberry Salsa Recipe that’s Perfect for Summer

Summer is my favorite season for entertaining. There’s nothing like being outdoors with friends, enjoying the warm breeze with a crisp drink and great snacks. Whether you’re entertaining indoors or out, here’s a quick recipe for a yummy strawberry salsa that I absolutely love to make during the summertime. It’s a sweet and refreshing take on salsa made with strawberries that’s super easy to whip together, tastes deliciously sweet and makes for a great party snack! The best part is that it contains just a few simple ingredients and takes only 10 minutes or so to make. It so …

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Mother’s Day Breakfast in Bed + DIY Gift Ideas Any Mom Will LOVE!

If you’re in a panic because Mother’s Day is right around the corner I’ve got some easy DIY gift ideas to share with you that will hopefully come through in a pinch! I recently joined my friend, Chef Vanessa Cantave to share few fun DIY Mother’s Day gift ideas on her weekly cooking show, The Hostess Next Door, which airs live on the Little Things Facebook page. Do you guys know about The Little Things? They produce high-quality lifestyle videos that air live on their Facebook page which has nearly 10 million fans! On this week’s The Hostess …

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Roundup: 7 Ways to Create Naturally Dyed Easter Eggs

I vividly remember dyeing Easter eggs at the kitchen table with my sister as a kid. Next to eating all the candy, it was our favorite Easter tradition! Did you know that most conventional egg dyeing kits and food colorants are full of harmful chemicals and toxins? If you’re dyeing eggs this year with your littles or for your home, here’s a roundup of some beautiful, all-natural egg-dyeing techniques that are a much safer alternative for you and your family!

1. Cabbage Dyed Eggs

2. Tea Stained Eggs

3. CRAFTY EASTER EGG DIY

4. Naturally Dyed Pastel Eggs

5. MARBLEIZED

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An Edgy, Marble-Inspired Tabletop for Spring

Spring entertaining season is here and although soft color palettes usually come to mind when you think of designing a spring tabletop, I love the idea of mixing things up to create a look that feels unexpected. Right now I’m loving the look of marbleized accents for your tabletop. I styled this chic place setting for a photoshoot of one of my design projects and picked out a set of stunning marbleized plates as the focal point. To allow the intricate lines and graphic pattern of the plates to stand out, I kept everything else around them simple. The flatware

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How to Make Mulled Cider

There’s nothing like a cup of hot mulled cider to keep you warm when it’s cold outside. It’s such a simple drink to make…and it fills your home with the most deliciously fragrant aromas of the holiday season. Think  cinnamon, orange peels, warm cloves and star anise…I can smell it already!  The key to a great mulled cider is to start with good, quality cider. I like buying local unpasteurized cider which  has more of a cloudy appearance. Then you add in your spices and for a bit of extra warmth you can even spike your glass with a shot …