Alyssa Cole

Fast and Healthy 20-Minute Meals

Winter weather is in full swing and has brought with it to my house an unexpected consequence—lack of motivation. (The first step in resolving a problem is to recognize it, right?) Shorter days and freezing temperatures have seemingly sucked the life out of my daily routine and even some of my favorite activities, including cooking. …

Favorite Party Sandwiches

Everyone loves a party! It doesn’t matter if you are hosting a shower, house party or just a get together with a few friends, party sandwiches are the way to go! They are the perfect filling finger food. I like to mix it up some for my guests or even for a busy week night …

Refresh Your Space for Less (Part 2)

Looking for even more ways to update your home without making a large dent in your bank account? It may take some thoughtful planning, but small, budget-friendly updates can breathe new life into a home while giving you a charming look you’ll love. Here are a few quick tips to keep in mind when completing …

Easy One-Pot Meals to Keep You Warm this Winter

Brrr…when it’s just too cold outside to want to do anything but relax in front of the fireplace or curl up with a good book, a slow cooker will be your new favorite kitchen toy! It’s perfect for times when my schedule is hectic and I can’t spend an hour making dinner or I simply want …

Simple Steps to a More Organized Home in 2015

Almost everyone makes New Year’s resolutions for themselves—exercise daily, spend more time with family and friends, travel, do something nice for someone else every day, eliminate stress, etc. But consider this: if the walls of your home could talk, what would be their hopes for the year ahead? There is no doubt about it, mine …

Party Ideas to Kick Off the New Year

The fireworks, the countdown and the excitement of a “fresh start” have always made New Year’s Eve one of my favorite holidays.  Already, 2015 brings with it so many reasons to celebrate! It’s a great time to reflect on accomplishments and special moments from the past 12 months and also offers a new beginning for …

Keys to Finding the Perfect Christmas Tree

Last minute shoppers and tree hunters, never fear—there is still time to find the perfect tree to light up your home this Christmas! If you have chosen to go all natural this year instead of purchasing a pre-lit artificial tree, there are some important things you should consider when taking your pick at the farm. …

Décor Ideas to Dazzle Your Guests this Christmas

Soft white twinkle lights, homemade wreaths, ornaments and festive doorway garland are just a few of my family’s favorite Christmas décor necessities. They always make our home feel especially cozy before guests arrive to celebrate the season with us. As the mother of a very busy five-year-old who loves acting as a “big helper,” decorating …

Classic Christmas Center Pieces and How to Get the Look

Christmas is just around the corner and if you’re playing host or hostess for a holiday gathering this year, you may be asking yourself how you want to decorate the dining room table. Each year, I see a variety of center pieces that range from extravagant to romantic to simple but chic. While your personal …

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