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Chicken Soup with a Twist…of Lemon!

I have been making this soup for some time now and it is one of those comforting recipes that my husband and I never seem to tire of.  I found the initial recipe for kale chicken soup on Pinterest and have revised it to the point that it is an almost entirely different recipe than […]

My New Year Edit

I know, I know – I went underground for a while there.  Quite frankly, I had given up.  Since, oh, Harper was born (three years ago!) I have been winging it and making it happen – but it was a struggle to take the time to photograph, document, and write about everything I was juggling.  […]

A Very Spooky Birthday Party

Each year since we’ve had the girls we have been revving up the enthusiasm for Halloween over here at the Bell house (it helps that Halloween is a big deal in our neighborhood – people have corn mazes and grave yards in their yards.  Seriously!).  Before having kids I couldn’t have cared less about Halloween, […]

Style Edit: Cuyana

A little over a year ago I received a catalog from a new company, “Cuyana”.  In a sea of daily catalog deliveries, Cuyana’s managed to catch my eye.  I was intrigued by their minimal offerings and tagline of “Fewer, better things”, and set out to learn more about the brand and their highly edited, beautifully […]

Addicted to Herb – Salt

With the cooler fall weather approaching (very slowly approaching), I recently decided it was time to harvest my herb garden. I never have a problem using all of my basil. The girls LOVE their “green pasta” which is a basil & spinach pesto that I make from scratch and serve with penne.  Avery (almost 4) […]

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Anatomy of a Front Porch

As the weather turns warm and afternoons stretch into long, lovely evenings, the porch becomes the new living room.  We gravitate toward them to enjoy simple, beautiful things like a cool breeze on our face, the smell of jasmine wafting through the air, the sound of children laughing and playing, and to watch a beautiful […]

Virginia’s Edited Gift Guide

Gift guides tend to start popping up as the holidays approach but I find myself giving gifts all year – the holidays are just fraction of my annual gifting.  I guess that means I am blessed to have many occasions to celebrate!  Here is a list of my go-to gift options, for everyone from the […]

My Italian Homework

There’s nothing like a week’s vacation to help you hit the refresh button.  La Dolce Vita, or The Sweet Life, is a phrase that, to me, describes the Italian mindset.  Italians treasure all of the simple things that make life beautiful – food, family, friends, music, nature, etc.  This approach is in perfect harmony with […]