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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 …

Weight Watchers Snack Ideas

March 12, 2014 duchessoffork 7

One of my biggest struggles when I started Weight Watchers, and all through my AdvoCare 24 Day Challenge, and even still today, is snacking. Ever since starting my weight-loss journey 8 years ago, I’ve strived to keep to the simple mantra of “eat when hungry, stop …

Seaside Half Marathon 2014

March 5, 2014 duchessoffork 18

I cannot believe that I ran my second half marathon this weekend! The Seaside Half Marathon was absolutely wonderful. Maybe it was the clear blue sky and 65 degree day, or the experience of already having one half marathon under my belt, but I ran the race in 2 hours and 10 m …

Make It Monday {Paper Plate Fishbowls}

March 3, 2014 duchessoffork 1

Happy Make It Monday! One of our favorite things to do is visit The Gulfarium on Okaloosa Island. It’s our own local aquarium that’s been in business since before my time. Some of their dolphins have been performing since I was little! The Gulfarium has dolphin an …

Playing Dress Up at Barefoot Princess

February 28, 2014 duchessoffork 0

Barefoot Princess is the most adorable Lilly Pulitzer shop in the heart of Sandestin. My friend Jessica invited me out to the store to play dress up while they snapped some pictures for their website and Facebook pages. A kid-free evening of Lilly clothes, wine, and cheese? S …

Make It Monday! {Paper Plate Bunny}

February 24, 2014 duchessoffork 0

I’ve decided to roll out a new “series”, if you will. Every Monday will now be known as Make it Monday! where I share some sort of engaging and hands-on craft for kids (fingers crossed I can get my act together for regular Monday posts). Painting, sculpting, …