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I’m Nicole & and I'm so glad you've stopped in. You’ll find highlights from my family’s adventures as we navigate what I lovingly refer to as our “quasi-nomadic” life, which has brought us from Italy to Virginia at present. My husband is an active duty member of our armed services and together we’re raising three kind souls. I’m a writer, and avid reader. I enjoy taking pictures and getting crafty. This blog is about celebrating motherhood each day and appreciate all that it brings. read more

The Lately

The Hazel Wood a novel by Melissa Albert – Review

  This weekend was a wonderful weekend full of reading!  Lately, I've been chain-reading. The moment I close a book on the final page, I'm up and reading another. Which is not unusual for me, but it's my goal to keep it up throughout the year. Mainly because last year I didn't read a whole ... READ the POST

Easy Valentine’s Day Fabric Rag Wreath

I LOVE to make wreaths. Since moving from Italy or... perhaps even before then I've not had a wreath for Valentine's Day. So I made one. It was so easy. I even had my toddler help me. She enjoyed playing with the rags while I tied them and constructed the wreath. That's a win-win if you ask ... READ the POST

Authentic Tres Leche Cake

This weekend my husband celebrated his birthday and I baked him a tres leches (three milks) cake which is one of his all-time favorites. I've tried several recipes and I've found this recipe most closely resembles an authentic Tres Leche Cake you'd enjoy for dessert in many Cuban restaurants in ... READ the POST

How to Take Your Own Family Portrait​s

If you're like us, you love a good family photo. Sure, your iPhone (or smartphone) can capture an outstanding photo, but sometimes, you want to use your actual camera. Over the years we've gotten taking our own family photographs down to a science, and in this post, I'll share with you how to take ... READ the POST

Epiphany – Chalk House Blessing

Happy Epiphany! One of my goals for the new year was to grow spiritually. The other was to share more of how my family celbrates the liturgical calendar and how my husband and I help teach our children about our faith. If you don't know we're a Catholic family and today marks the twelveth day of ... READ the POST