Valentine’s Day always makes me a little Romesick. Valentine’s Day has its roots deep in Italy, and so much of what we now associate with this holiday of love is deeply rooted in Roman history.Read More
Celebrate Leslie Knope’s favorite holiday, Galentine’s Day, every February 13. It is a celebration of female friendship and sisterhood — and it is awesome!Read More
Vintage-inspired Valentine’s Day decor using milk glass and vintage Italian glass as well as flowers, paper garlands, and DIY mailboxes. Inspiration for simple but elegant Valentine’s Day decor including homemade elements.Read More
We are cozied up for the New Year with our closest friends — a group we have gathered with at New Years for almost two decades. Such joy! As I think back on 2018 and forward to 2019 I am filled with gratitude and joy. Thank you to all of you for your love and support in this new venture — supporting The Nice List, reading all things Mid Modern Mama, and supporting me on social media, too. Thank you!
Gratitude is my word for the year for 2019, and I’m beginning the year with a brand new section on Mid Modern Mama — all about gratitude. I hope you will check it out. There’s a guide to writing good thank you notes, suggestions for host and hostess gifts, and a guide to keeping track of gifts received, too.
I also have a review of AJ Jacobs’ newest book — Thanks a Thousand — which chronicles his quest to thank everyone who makes his morning cup of coffee possible. It is a great read!
But for tonight — be sure you take Aaron Sherman’s list of Bubbles for New Years to your local wine shop! He has some wonderful suggestions for your New Years toasting pleasure.
Above all, I wish you joy and love and peace as we bid 2018 farewell and welcome the New Year. I’ll raise a glass to you, my dear readers, tonight. Thank you for your support! Here’s to an amazing 2019!
Today is the Feast of Santa Lucia — an Italian saint who over the centuries became very important in Scandinavian countries. Santa Lucia Day is a day celebrating light in the darkest days of the year, and sharing with your neighbors. It is one of my favorite parts of the Advent season!
Tonight we will be having a Scandinavian smorgasbord including Swedish meatballs, homemade lefse, and krumkake — all traditional Scandinavian foods. My family roots run to Norway and Denmark. My husband is Italian. So Santa Lucia is the perfect holiday for our family!
I’ve written quite a bit in the last few weeks about our Scandinavian traditions, Santa Lucia Day, and the books in our library that connect us to our heritage through the Christmas holidays. I hope you’ll take a look!
Our Christmas stockings are done, but it took almost six years for them to be completed. That is today’s story…Read More
The party invites are starting to come in... but what wine should you take for a hostess gift? Or to impress your boss? Or serve the in-laws? Never fear! Mid Modern Mama has these questions, too, and I called in an expert -- Aaron Sherman, sommelier and all-around-awesome guy.
In the Wines to Give list on The Nice List Giving Guide, Aaron has a whole range of wines to recommend for the holiday season. Wines for giving, sharing, and enjoying!
It’s here! The Nice List Thoughtful Giving Guide! I am so excited to show you what I have been working on for the last few months. There are gift suggestions for every budget including an entire list of gifts under $15! And for all you Mid Modern fans — there is a list just of Mid Modern gifts, too!
And a giving guide is nothing without books. I have pulled together seasonal book recommendations for children and adults alike.
Happy shopping! And happy December!
Last call! I have just a few copies of The Nice List left! Grab yours before they disappear for a whole year!