Read: One Plus One

I’ve been chipping away at a post about my New Year’s resolutions, but as I work on that I thought I’d zip out a book recommendation in the meantime. One Plus One, by Jojo Moyes, is a perfect page-turner as we make our way into the winter months. It’s light, funny, and romantic. Moyes, author… read more

Gift Guide: Coffee Table Books

Well – hello! We are back online with plenty of good content ahead. I owe a hug debt of gratitude to my web designer Chris Carvache over at New Leaf Web Solutions for working double time this holiday season to get me up and running again. If you have tech issues or need a website designed… read more

Read: In The Shadow Of The Banyan

I was a little late to the game on this one. In the Shadow of the Banyan, by Vaddey Ratner, was an international best-seller back in 2012. I found it amongst the books left behind by the previous owners of our home and recalled hearing it was excellent. Excellent is an understatement. This book twisted my… read more

Best Books: Stick and Stone

This story made my heart go pitter-patter. Stick and Stone by Beth Ferry and Tom Lichtenheld is the sweetest story. A stick and a stone may seem to have nothing in common to the outside eye but this story shows us how friendship can bloom between unlikely objects. Stick and Stone, both lonely on their… read more

Best Books: The Jolly Postman

  When we moved I found many old boxes of children’s books that my mom gave to me years ago when I had my first child. The Jolly Postman by Allan and Janet Ahlberg was in the boxes and I forgot what a treat this little book is. Now published in a bigger version with… read more

Read: The Rocks

If you are having a tough time bidding summer farewell this is the perfect read to make it linger just a little longer. It’s impossible not to feel swept away while reading The Rocks by Peter Nichols. It’s a wonderful blend of complicated human emotions, entertaining antics, and a little bit of oceanic history. The story is beautifully told… read more

Well Hello Again

I’m back. Here’s where I went. I lost my watch and lost track of time. My hard drive died and I had no computer to check email or blog from. And we moved to our new home last week where we have no cell phone service. Zip. Zero. Zilch. No bars… And that’s when I… read more

Opinion: How to Get Happy

As The Sentimentalist and Pless Productions have grown – I’ve found myself regularly needing a second set of hands to help with photography, social media, and writing. Having graduated from Greenwich Academy and because I have stayed in touch quite closely with the school, I am well aware of the caliber of student they are… read more

Best Books: Scratch and Sketch Books

We have been getting very craftsy over at our place. Both my girls just spent a week at “art camp” with one of their favorite teachers and they have been completely inspired ever since. They especially love when I draw or paint things that they then try to replicate. We’ve also recently had a lot… read more

Read: Unbroken

When I picked up Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand I knew it would be a difficult read. My Dutch father-in-law spent 3 years of his life in a Japanese Internment Camp and as I read I couldn’t help but imagine his twelve year old face amongst the men being tortured at the camps written about in this book…. read more