Spring Day

When I was in college (#WayBackWhen), we had a day every year called Spring Day. Classes were cancelled, bands played on the quad, and everyone enjoyed the (hopefully) gorgeous weather. It was always such a fun day, spent hanging out with friends as the school year wound down.

In that same spirit, I’m taking today off and declaring it Spring Day 2014. I’ll be back Friday with my weekly link roundup. See you then!

Spring Day | Hello Little HomeDo you have any fun college memories you’d like to share?

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Decadent Dessert: Strawberries & Cream Crepes with Chocolate Sauce

I was looking through my archives this morning and came across one of the first recipes I had ever shared: Strawberries and Cream Crepes with Chocolate Sauce.

This dessert would be the perfect end to a Valentine’s Day meal. Premade crepes – stuffed with a delicious, creamy filling –  keep it super easy to make. It’s finished with sweet strawberries and a drizzle of dark chocolate.

My husband loves this recipe, and I think you will, too!

Strawberries & Cream Crepes with Chocolate Sauce | Hello Little HomeWhat is your favorite decadent dessert?

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2013 in Review

Well, this is it: the last day of 2013. Can you believe it?

This year was full of changes. For one thing, in February my husband and I moved from San Francisco:

San Francisco | HelloLittle Hometo New York!

New York | Hello Little HomeThat was definitely the biggest change of the year. For anyone that has moved across country, I think you’ll understand why I don’t want to do that again anytime soon! It was really difficult getting rid of so many belongings, finding a new apartment in New York’s crazy rental market (we definitely lucked out), and saying goodbye to close friends. Getting used to the weather was also challenging: the summer even more so than winter!

The best thing about New York has been reconnecting with our friends who live here! It’s nice to have a built-in group of people to hang out with. We didn’t have that in San Francisco.

I still feel like a New York newbie, but I do feel at home in my cozy apartment, and I’m fairly confident navigating the NYC’s streets (my iPhone’s GPS definitely helps). I’m looking forward to exploring the city even more in 2014.

New York 2013 Snapshots | Hello Little HomeOne thing I wish my husband and I could have done more of in 2013 was travel. Although it was a slow travel year, we did take a few fun trips. In March, we met a group of friends in Chacala, Mexico for an awesome getaway.

Chacala, Mexico | Hello Little HomeChacala is a tiny village located on the Pacific coast of Mexico. If you are looking for a relaxed vacation, then you need to visit. Chacala is quiet, beautiful, and not touristy at all. It’s located just north of Puerto Vallarta, which is also a great city to visit, so it’s easy to get to and from. I can’t wait to go back one day!

We also took a short trip to Wisconsin in August for a family reunion. It was fun to see everyone in one place, especially these cuties!

Savanna & Aidan | Hello Little HomeWe also took a couple day trips. In June, we spent a day in Cold Spring, a really picturesque little town located north of New York City. I’m looking forward to going back one day!

Cold Spring, NY | Hello Little HomeAnd just a couple weeks ago, we spent the day in Philadelphia. It was such a fun trip. Next time, I’m hoping to spend a couple of nights because one day was not enough time to explore the city properly!

Philadelphia Day Trip | Hello Little Home

One of my biggest accomplishments this year was starting (and keeping up with!) Hello Little Home. I’ve always enjoyed blogging, and I was looking for a place to share my interests in design, fashion, food, beauty, and travel. Hello Little Home was it, and my first posts appeared in April.

I love having a creative outlet, but most of all, it’s super fun connecting with readers and other bloggers. Thank you so much for visiting and sharing this space with me!

Here’s a small review of Hello Little Home in 2013. My most popular post was 5 Tips for Decorating a Small Space

5 Tips for Decorating a Small Space | Hello Little HomeOther popular posts were:

My favorite post of the year was I’m Getting Organized: Starting with Jewelry! I’ve really tried to keep up with this system, and it’s so much easier to find that perfect necklace when I need it.

Jewelry Organization | Hello Little HomeOther favorites posts of mine were:

I have lots of great recipes, projects, and posts planned for Hello Little Home in 2014. I’m taking the rest of the week off from blogging, but come back next Monday for a new post!

Happy New Year!

What was your favorite part of the past year?

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Last Minute Mother’s Day Gifts

Did you wait until the last minute to buy a Mother’s Day gift? Don’t panic! It’s not too late to get something special.

Last Minute Mother's Day Gifts

1. If your mom loves to cook, give her something that she might not buy herself. I love this pretty Poppy Serving Bowl and Acacia Wood Feathered Servers from Sur La Table.

2. Your mom will get a lot of wear out of this oversized bangle from Sole Society this summer.

4 generations of my familyMy sister and I with my mom, grandmother, and great-grandmother.

3. Gift cards can be impersonal, but sometimes they are the best option. Personalize a Sephora gift card with a photo or video.

4. If your mom is into the arts, buy her a membership to her favorite museum or cultural center.

With my husband, mother-, and sister-in-lawI love this picture of my husband and I with my mother- and sister-in-law.

5. Personalize a grocery store flower arrangement by using a vintage tin for your container or wrapping the arrangement in burlap.

6. A family tree is a meaningful keepsake.  Use one of these Martha Stewart family tree templates to create your own – I especially like the Giving Tree and Illustrated Family Tree options.

My mom, sister, and I at my wedding.Me, my sister, and my mom on my wedding day.

7. For a mom with a green thumb, find a unique container (I like these West Elm terrariums) and add an easy maintenance plant like a succulent.

What are your plans for Mother’s Day?

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