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Big Mac’s First Birthday Party

April 13, 2014 duchessoffork 3

Goodness gracious, where has the time gone? We celebrated Mac’s first birthday a month ago and I’m just getting around to sharing the details. The Big Mac theme turned out even better than I expected. The guests all had a blast and I’m pretty sure the birthd …

Anniversary Weekend in Key West

April 9, 2014 duchessoffork 4

We had an absolute blast in Key West! It was sunny every day with highs in the low 80s and lows in the 70s. Talk about perfect weather! Our hotel was unbelievable. We stayed at the Casa Marina and I can’t recommend it enough. It’s a Waldorf Astoria brand hotel, so …

Five Years

April 4, 2014 duchessoffork 4

Five years ago today I walked down a grassy aisle, held hands with the most handsome man I’d ever seen, stole a quick kiss in front of 200 of our closest friends and family members, and became Mrs. Jason Carter. In some ways it seems like we’ve been married for 20 …

My First Citrus Lane Box

April 2, 2014 duchessoffork 0

I was so excited to receive my first package from Citrus Lane last week! Citrus Lane relies on parent feedback, expert recommendation, and extensive product research to fill their monthly packages with items for moms and kids. The 4-5 hand-selected monthly products range from …

The Good Bean Giveaway

March 31, 2014 duchessoffork 2

I’m a snacker. It’s true. I usually have a morning snack and an afternoon snack (sometimes two afternoon snacks), and often an after dinner sweet snack. I try to eat small meals and stop when I’m full, so I tend to get hungry within a few hours. I can’ …

Spring Faves (plus a giveaway!)

March 28, 2014 duchessoffork 53

***Giveaway is now closed. Congrats to LINDY for winning the $15 Starbucks card!*** Oh, how I love Spring! The sun is shining, the birds are chirping, and the fragrant jasmine is blooming all over Northwest Florida. Spring promises warmer weather, longer days, and furious thu …

Sparkly Fairy Dust Cupcakes

March 27, 2014 duchessoffork 0

When my kids look back on their childhood, I hope they’ll remember good times being had in the kitchen. I want some of their fondest memories to come from sharing comforting meals, meaningful conversation, and good ole belly laughs around the table as a family. I’ …

Make It Monday {Fruity Freezer Pops}

March 23, 2014 duchessoffork 2

Happy Make It Monday! I was MIA last week since I was en route to LA. I’m back and sharing a fun and fruity recipe for freezer pops. Juli and I picked up a simple mold for popsicles a few weeks ago and she’s been begging me to fill them ever since. Fruit pops are …

48 Hours in LA

March 20, 2014 duchessoffork 3

Whew! It’s been quite the whirlwind week. I had the opportunity to represent Dr. Smith’s at The Biggest Baby Shower in Los Angeles this week. My sweet friend Erin was also a part of the trip and it’s always a blast catching up with her. We met two years ago …

Happy Birthday Mac!

March 14, 2014 duchessoffork 5

Thomas McConnell, It’s March 14th, 2014, which can only mean one thing. You, my precious son, my only boy and baby of the family. You, my dough ball of love, eater of all the food, and blower of all the raspberries, are officially one year old. It’s hard to believ …