A Sweet Gift for Military Wives: The Six Box


Monday, February 20, 2017

It's amazing what Megan and Alana are doing with The Six Box -- they started this business to love, support and uplift military spouses, especially while their husbands are deployed. I love their idea and heart behind it and I can confidently say after being sent a box to review that whether it's received once or monthly, it's bringing joy to so many women! Each month, Megan and Alana thoughtfully curate six different fun and encouraging items.

They sent me the February box with the theme, "Love Well," and out of everything in it my favorite has to be the ice cream pint hugger! It makes me laugh outloud whenever I open the freezer.

Also in this box...

PILLOW TALK NATURAL LINEN SPRAYMade with sandalwood + lavender floral water, essential oils of ylang-ylang, black pepper, bergamot + orange. This sultry bedding spray is from the quirky and fun California-based brand Let’s Put a Bird On It.

LOVELY TINTED ROLL-ON LIP GLOSSLovely barely there light pink tint. Created with an oil infusion of beet root and alkanet made with meadowfoam, jojoba, apricot kernel, coconut + castor oils, shea butter, vitamin E, blood orange essential oil.



GALENTINE’S DAY CARDSA set of exclusive, custom-designed valentines just for your girlfriends who know you best.

If you have a girlfriend with a husband deployed or away training, or just in need of some love, consider brightening her day with a Six Box!

Latest Finds from the Zagreb Antique Market


Wednesday, February 15, 2017

This old wine/water jug that I spent weeks bartering over and finally got it for around $5!

These two cutie pie little chairs that the kids love having in the living room and I love the pop of blue. It fits Gracie perfectly and she now has her morning tea party here!

This big basket to hold their toys... at least at the beginning and end of the day;)

This antique scale that the kids like to play with. Normally they go for around 200 kuna / $28 but I've become friends with some of the vendors and he sold it to me for around $10!

More Zagreb Antique Market and other latest finds here and here.

Favorite Skincare Revisted


Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Happy Valentine's Day from Zagreb!!

I promised some of you ladies that I would eventually do a follow-up post on the skincare I posted about while pregnant with Grace. It's been almost two years now that I've been using Luxe de Mer -- and I still love it! My favorites then are also still my favorites now: Organic Rosewater Toner, Montecito Polish (Rose & Jasmine!), Moisturizing Face Dry Oil, and Jasmine Dry Body Oil.

These are the travel size but the products I linked to above are much bigger and each last a long time. I've started spraying my Rosewater Toner on my pillows when I make our bed (haha, if only I made our bed every day!!) and it smells amazing. I love that I'm not putting chemicals on my skin, especially while pregnant, and that using Luxe de Mer has actually helped my dry face. I still look forward to using it morning and night thanks to the incredible smell and feel. The young family who founded this business are truly lovely people, trying to serve their community through high-quality, natural products.

Maybe you can treat a friend or family member or yourself today on Valentine's :)

Thank you, Chelsey for generously sending me your wonderful skincare as a gift... though all opinions here are my own and completely sincere! 

Where to Find the Best Donuts in Zagreb!


Sunday, February 12, 2017

Ruh roh, two sweets posts in a row - I must be pregnant or something! John Shea and I had a date at Miss Donut and both agreed they're the best donuts in Zagreb... which is saying something as there is a bakery on every corner and practically every ten steps in our city.  What a Croat (or us!) will never miss at breakfast time is coffee. A lot of our friends in Zagreb also grab a pastry on their way to class or work or to go meet someone for ... you guessed it, more coffee! Croatian donuts are called krafna, that are usually filled with nutella or a fruit jam and aren't as sweet as what you find in the States. Miss Donut specializes in American style donuts, which is something I've craved for almost two years. Craving satisfied!!

The location of the donut shop is outside the charming streets of the old city and might be a little tricky for a tourist to find, but it's a bright, happy spot amidst all the gray buildings in the neighborhood. I really admire anyone who starts their own business in a tough economy so I couldn't miss the opportunity to share about this lovely and delicious shop! Also, the owner is young and kind and gets up before dawn each morning to make her donuts from scratch with changing flavors each day. Her shop is also adorable inside! Hanging flowers, a hot chocolate station, pastel colored tables and chairs and a display case of donuts with sprinkles, oreo, creme brulee, lido chocolate, cinnamon rolls and apple fritters, just to name a few.

I love trying bakeries and cafes with this sweet boy! He brought one of his tractors and his favorite tractor book that we read while sharing a sprinkled donut and a pink kava s mljekom for me.

Miss Donut is out near Maksimir Park on Harambašićeva Street 32a :)

Valentine's Cut-Out Cookies with Pomegranate Glaze


Tuesday, February 7, 2017

It was cold and rainy in Zagreb today so the kids and I made these delicious cookies for Valentine's, using an all-natural food dye - pomegranate juice!  I have a recipe for the Best Sugar Cookies that we make in normal cookie form, but I used this recipe so we could do cut-outs together. It was so easy that I wanted to share the recipe with you and have it written down to be our new go-to for Easter and Christmas cookie decorating, too.  I love having John Shea help me in the kitchen (Gracie brought her toys and books and sat on the floor before "rearranging" all of the drawers again;)) and having cookies that my babies worked hard on!

If you're looking for a simple recipe to use with your kids, this one is absolutely worth a try! I am trying to savor every day with our little toddlers before our baby girl arrives, and baking cookies and reading their favorite books about a hundred times each today was a fun way to have some quality time together. Let me know if you try this one -- I am working on so many wonderful recipes behind the scenes right now that I can't wait to be able to share with you soon!

Sugar Cookie Cut-Outs c/o Alton Brown
makes about 3 dozen

3 cups flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 C butter, softened
1 C sugar
1 egg, beaten
1 TBS milk
1 tsp vanilla extract
powdered sugar for rolling dough

(I upped the baking powder and added vanilla)

Sift together flour, baking powder, and salt. Set aside. Place butter and sugar in large bowl of electric stand mixer and beat until light in color. Add egg and milk and beat to combine. Put mixer on low speed, gradually add flour, and beat until mixture pulls away from the side of the bowl. Divide the dough in half, wrap in waxed paper, and refrigerate for 2 hours.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F, 180 degrees C. (Recipe calls for 375 degrees F)

Sprinkle surface where you will roll out dough with powdered sugar. Remove 1 wrapped pack of dough from refrigerator at a time, sprinkle rolling pin with powdered sugar, and roll out dough to 1/4-inch thick. Move the dough around and check underneath frequently to make sure it is not sticking. If dough has warmed during rolling, place cold cookie sheet on top for 10 minutes to chill. Cut into desired shape, place at least 1-inch apart on greased baking sheet, parchment, or silicone baking mat, and bake for 7 to 9 minutes or until cookies are just beginning to turn brown around the edges. Let sit on baking sheet for 2 minutes after removal from oven and then move to complete cooling on wire rack. Serve as is or ice as desired. Store in airtight container for up to 1 week.

For a simple and thin glaze, I combined 1/4 C sifted powdered sugar, 1 TBS milk and squeezed in juice from a halved pomegranate to make it pink. Use about 1 tsp for a soft pink or 1 TBS or more for a rich pink. You can double or triple this little recipe depending on how many cookies you're frosting. Add more powdered sugar for a thicker frosting, though I prefer it thin - less sugar! :)

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