Inspirations Tag Archives

Seven Wellness Hacks

Having just returned from a wellness retreat at the Miraval Resort north of Tucson, I feel recharged and ready to make some changes in my life. However, before I dive into this post, I would like to make it clear that this is a commitment I am making with myself, more than a sermon to y’all in how to live a better life.  I have …

The Organized Fairy

I recently had the pleasure of collaborating with Malka Rodal, aka The Organized Fairy, who, with the blink of an eye like Barbara Eden in I Dream of Jeannie, turned my kitchen pantry from a cluttered mess into beautiful rows of labeled bins and canisters. Malka has been organizing for 9 years, since she was pregnant with her first child.  She started by helping friends …

Where to Sleep, Drink and Eat in Sonoma County, CA

We just returned from a wine-soaked weekend in Sonoma County, CA, and I wanted to share with you some of my favorite recommendations!  xoM Where to Sleep? Hotel Healdsburg, h2hotel, Harmon Guest House Fifteen minutes from the Santa Rosa Airport, at the confluence of the Dry Creek, Alexander and Russian River Valleys, Healdsburg is a quaint town that is an ideal spot from which to …

Helio Basin Brewing Spring Equinox Dinner

Helio Basin Brewing Company owners, Mike Conley and Dustin Hazer, bring something unique to the Arizona dining scene.  In their mission to raise awareness for Arizona beer and cuisine, they have found a partner in Chef Tamara Stanger, a Utah native with a passion for Arizona.  Supporting local farms and small businesses, the team at Helio Basin has created a menu decidedly Arizona-centric.  What does …

It’s a Sunday Affair

During our Harvest Dinner (http://www.texaztaste.com/harvest-dinner/), Aaron Chamberlin, chef and owner of St. Francis and Phoenix Public Market, and I hatched a plan to collaborate on a Sunday brunch.  We called up a few friends, designed a menu, and on a beautiful Arizona fall Sunday, pulled a table out in the sun, lit a fire in the outdoor fire pit, and rolled up the sleeves on …

Harvest Dinner

I am constantly amazed by the fact that I cannot remember where I placed my coffee mug, yet I can remember the exact details from a meal of ratatouille I had with my parents at Chez Georges in Paris in 1992. I used to say that running after kids has zapped all my memory cells, but now that they are approaching their teens, that excuse doesn’t …

Inspirations

After losing my mother to a terminal illness in June of 2011, I struggled, for the first time in my life, with finding joy.  Starting a blog is my way of letting go of the grief, and at the same time, celebrating everything for which I am deeply grateful: my four talented and loving siblings, my loyal and supportive husband, my three precious children, and …