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Book Review: In Leah’s Wake

Book Review: In Leah’s Wake

| July 2, 2012 | 1 Comment

I don’t know about you, but I absolutely adore reading and do it as much as possible. From blog posts to magazines to books, I always have something on my bed stand and in my beach bag waiting to be read. It’s part of who I am.  When I started writing reviews via the BlogHer […]

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Returning to the Cottage

Returning to the Cottage

| June 29, 2012 | 2 Comments

The Cottage is my family’s home on the Connecticut shoreline. Earlier this month, I drove down, full of anticipation. The first visit is always hard — the one after tenants move out. No matter how wonderful the tenants were, there is always a feeling of unsettlement. The cleaning fluids under the sink are all wrong. […]

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Connecticut Day Trips: Weir Farm

Connecticut Day Trips: Weir Farm

| June 28, 2012 | 1 Comment

When my friends in New York come to visit, we often look for interesting things to do that will interest both my kids and us adults. Last year that quest led us to Weir Farm, a National Historic Site located in Branchville, Connecticut. We hiked and then did pastel drawings with supplies provided by the […]

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Welcome to Sarah by the Sea

Welcome to Sarah by the Sea

| June 27, 2012 | 13 Comments

Welcome to Sarah by the Sea. I’ve waited so long to say that. The idea for this site sprang up in early winter during a hard time in my career. A big client and I had just parted ways and that left me reeling, and thinking on a large scale about how my life just […]

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DIY Inspiration Frame with Motivational Quotes

DIY Inspiration Frame with Motivational Quotes

| June 26, 2012 | 2 Comments

I always admire those artfully presented motivational quotes that can be hung or displayed. Whenever I am in HomeGoods or T.J. Maxx, I happily peruse them, and think about purchasing one for my workspace. Surrounding yourself with positive affirmations can make such a wonderful impact on your work. But in the end, they are never […]

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The Making of Sarah by the Sea: Putting it all Together

The Making of Sarah by the Sea: Putting it all Together

| June 20, 2012 | 0 Comments

Over the past months, I have shared what inspired me to create Sarah by the Sea as well as why I was driven to do this and also how the seashell logo came to be. But having all these things come into place wasn’t the final step. I still had to develop content for the […]

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The Making of Sarah by the Sea: The Logo

The Making of Sarah by the Sea: The Logo

| June 14, 2012 | 0 Comments

When it comes to developing a site, this isn’t my first rodeo (OMG! Cliche! But I’ve always wanted to use that phrase and it’s true here). Unlike when I launched Sarah’s Cucina Bella in 2005, I already knew that certain elements were essential to the logistics of the site including a good customized theme, a […]

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Review: Beyond Coastal Sunscreen Products

Review: Beyond Coastal Sunscreen Products

| May 19, 2012 | 0 Comments

In summertime, my family spends a lot of time outside — at the beach, hiking, biking, playing, gardening and so much more. We’re always soaking in the sun’s wonderful warmth, and enjoying all the fresh air. Our favorite days are the ones spend almost totally outside where we lay on the beach, grill, eat outside […]

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The Making of Sarah by the Sea: Sharing My Vision

The Making of Sarah by the Sea: Sharing My Vision

| April 23, 2012 | 2 Comments

The decision to launch Sarah by the Sea was part timing, part personal need, part wishful thinking. And once I made the decision, I initially only told my friend Cate, who has been with me through many big decisions over the last half decade (or is it longer?). She’s the one who actually thought up […]

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Favorite Finds from Etsy

Favorite Finds from Etsy

| April 23, 2012 | 0 Comments

Etsy is one of my favorite go-to sources when I’m looking for unique jewelry that I won’t see everyone else wearing.  I love that it’s a great mix of simple and sophisticated, high-end and low-end, perfect for gift giving or keeping for yourself.  And supporting artisans?  That just makes it even better. Although these fabric-covered […]

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