3 Ways To Make Pizza At Home During Your Next Date Night In

May 6th, 2020
Location  •   New England

Today I’m partnering with New England Dairy to share my favorite way to use dairy (especially cheese!) and showcase how dairy farmers provide sustainable nutrition to our population and implement renewable energy practices on their farms. Personally, while remaining at home the last several weeks my attention has pivoted to more sustainable activities like gardening and cooking. Previously I felt too preoccupied to sit down to cook a meal after a day’s work – nevermind plant or harvest anything with the intention of using it in a recipe. But, today I feel completely different! In fact, I’ve finally…

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New Englander’s Guide To Preparing The Yard For Spring

May 4th, 2020
Location  •   New England

This past weekend was the warmest we’ve seen so far and with so much time spent at home Matt and I couldn’t help put to take on a few extra projects around the yard. From planting a herb garden in these cooper planters to a hedge of boxwoods by our back patio – we were quite busy this weekend but enjoyed every moment of it. Honestly, I use to hate gardening and maintaining our yard but with so much time being spent there these days, gardening has certainly grown on me. What also has seemed to grow on…

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Local Connecticut Restaurants Open For Takeout During COVID-19

March 25th, 2020

The Coastal Confidence first began with my goal to share the charm and tradition of the New England lifestyle with you all. Over the years, we have maintained that goal by highlighting the style of New England, home decor, our historic towns and the small businesses that make each of them so unique. While I’m not one to discuss National or International Events on my solely New England-themed platform: I believe it’s important for The Coastal Confidence to address COVID-19. COVID-19 is affecting everyone around the world. Healthcare providers, first responders, and essential workers are all selfless heroes…

Everything You Need To Know About Hunting For Antique Rugs, With District Loom

March 19th, 2020
Location  •   Connecticut

With so much going on this week, and with both Matt and I working from home – you could say my time online and at home has skyrocketed. Now while most of us are practicing social distancing, it’s more important than ever to reach out in support of local businesses in whatever means you can. Whether you can purchasing a gift card, share a business you love on social media or make a purchase – small business owners are so essential to not only our economy but also our communities. Last week, I had the opportunity to interview…

Springtime Easter Baskets: What You’ll Need

March 7th, 2020
Location  •   Connecticut

Thank you Christmas Tree Shops and That! for sponsoring this post. With Easter hopping closer and closer – it’s time to pack up the winter decor and start preparing our homes and hopes for springtime in New England! I have fond fun memories of growing up during the spring season. From our annual neighborhood Easter Egg Hunt to my grandfather’s bright Easter sweaters – Easter was always filled with chocolate bunnies, colorful chick decor, and daffodil buds peeping up. Since 2020 is mine and Matt’s first Easter Season in our new home, I wanted to add spring decor and slightly…

How To Make A Latte Art Heart Like A Barista

February 11th, 2020
Location  •   Ogawa Coffee, Boston MA

Happy National Latte Day! Last weekend I visited Boston for the opportunity to learn the ins-and-outs of latte art with New England Dairy! Between dark winter months spent indoors and additional computer work in preparation for Mr. Trophy’s website launch, I was so looking forward to the latte art class at Ogawa Coffee in the Downtown Crossing area of Boston. The event was the perfect excuse for a day trip to Boston and a latte lesson I’d been interested in learning. When I have a coffee out or at home, it’s almost always either an iced or a…

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Breweries in New England You’ll Want To Check Out On Your Next Date

February 4th, 2020

Valentine’s Day is right around the corner and if you’re looking for a youthful way to celebrate – something beyond the standard box of chocolates, this Valentine’s Day, then you’re in luck. Our crew has pulled together a long list of breweries in New England you’ll want to check out, on your next date. Breweries have been popping up left and right in New England and while fancy dinners, gifts, and flowers are always a treat – Matt and I decided to put a casual spin on Valentine’s Day this year to get outside of our mundane tradition…

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2020 Goals

January 12th, 2020

Last year, I was moving so fast that I never got around to posting my 2019 goals and with Mr. Trophy work, ramping up – I’ve allowed myself little to no time, to sit down and blog. So I’ve decided to take the approach of better late than never with life, until things become a little more manageable. With that in mind, and even though we’re 13 days into 2020 – I still wanted to sit down and share my 2020 goals with you all. When it comes to making a list of goals, I usually list off about…

Before and After Colonial Fireplace Transformation

January 6th, 2020
Location  •   Connecticut

A frequently asked question found in my Instagram inbox from readers asks about our fireplace. From what color we used to the paneling size, I like knowing you all are as obsessed with the look as I am! Today I’m spilling all the before and after details of our colonial fireplace transformation. Paneling Originally the wall was created with beveled wood paneling. While the look was traditional to a cape built in the ’60s, I wasn’t my style or on-brand with our home’s colonial feel. I turned to Pinterest and within minutes I discovered what I wanted – raised paneling! Raised…

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