Under the Tuscan Sun

One of my favorite photographers is Arthur Elgort, and about 20 years ago he published an awesome book called Camera Ready: How To Shoot Your Kids that a dear friend gave to me right after Declan was born.  While he gives a lot of great advice in the book, the most important one is “Start now!”  It’s been said a million…

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Our Villa in Tuscany

I received a bunch of questions about where we stayed in Tuscany, how I found the villa, etc. so I wanted to share all the details here!  This was such an incredible trip and is an awesome option for families or a group of friends traveling together (and a whole lot more cost effective than staying at the beautiful but insanely…

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Castiglione della Pescaia

I wasn’t kidding when I said I would still be posting about our Italy trip in October . . . might get in just under the wire here although I still have a couple more to go.  Anyway, looking back at these pictures made me so happy as it was one of our favorite days of the whole trip!  My parents had to head home a few days before we did, so on the day they were leaving the villa we decided to do one more family road trip to the Tuscan coast (Italy’s Maremma region) for a fun lunch and beach day before they headed back to Rome.

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Happy Birthday Beach Baby

I can’t believe my baby girl is 2 years old today!  I also can’t remember what life was like before she was born.  She fills every day with love and light and laughter (and the occasional banshee shriek).  Ever since she was an infant she has been my little cuddle bug, and I am so so so happy that she…

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Radicondoli

The little town of Radicondoli was the closest place to our villa that had a grocery store, pharmacy, restaurants, etc., and it was about a 15-20 min drive from the house.  After having a nice lazy morning and afternoon playing and relaxing by the pool, we realized we needed to restock on food.

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Castello di Casole

During our week in Tuscany (where we stayed at a villa I rented through HomeAway), we decided to visit a beautiful resort nearby called Castello di Casole for lunch one day.  Perched atop a hill in the Tuscan countryside, we drove up a beautiful cypress-lined lane to arrive at the Castello.  The original structure dates back to the 10th century, and now (many renovations later) it exists as a beautiful boutique hotel.

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