15 minute European-inspired dinner

Marian Parsonsa slice of life, Food & Fitness19 Comments

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Blue Apron.  The first 50 readers to sign up for Blue Apron through this post will receive $50 off their first two weeks of meals, so you might want to stick around!  As always, all words and opinions are honest and my own. France and Italy were inspirational in a myriad of ways, including their … Read More

casa cordati | tuscan home tour

Marian Parsonsa slice of life, All Things Home14 Comments

Wedged in one of the narrow streets inside the walls of Barga, Italy, is a 17th century home – Casa Cordati. It was once known as the “red house of the Grand Duke”, because Grand Duke Leopold ii of Tuscany slept there. This amazing, historical building offered accommodations for part of our group as well as a workshop space.  The … Read More

barga quietly captivates

Marian Parsonsa slice of life63 Comments

When Dana, the owner of Inspired in Tuscany, first pitched the idea of a creative retreat to me, she sent along some pictures of Tuscany to woo me to that beautiful little corner of the world that seems stuck in time.  I honestly thought the pictures were stock photos from a travel website.  Truly.  They were just too beautiful to … Read More

paris mélange

Marian Parsonsa slice of life57 Comments

Before we move onto Tuscany, I wanted to write one last post to scoop up a medley of things from Paris that I haven’t written about in other posts.  If you missed any of them, you can catch up on them here… 1820’s Silver Dip Pen The Louvre and Museé d’Orsay The Paris Apartment  The Sweeter Side of Paris Where … Read More

where julia shopped

Marian ParsonsAll Things Home, Favorite Things, Kitchen, My House69 Comments

One of the things on my to-do list when visiting Paris was to buy a copper sauce pot, either a useable antique one from the flea market or a new one from E. Dehillerin, the kitchen supply store that was Julia Child’s favorite. The copper at the flea market was mouthwateringly gorgeous, but it was way out of my price … Read More

the sweeter side of paris

Marian Parsonsa slice of life, Food & Fitness44 Comments

Well, I am back home with Jeff and the boys.  I’m a little jet lagged and still a touch nauseous from the long flight and trying to eat when my stomach thinks it’s the middle of the night, but I’m still enjoying the high that comes from visiting beautiful places, experiencing new things, and making connections with people outside of … Read More

the paris apartment

Marian Parsonsa slice of life47 Comments

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Paris Perfect.  I was provided accommodations and services in exchange for posting about my experience.  As always, all opinions are honest and my own. A couple of weeks before my trip to Paris, the plan was to stay in a hotel in the St. Germain area and plan our own schedule.  But then, I … Read More