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Gathered Goods Company

I have been slacking in my blogging and upkeep here at Cedar and Cypress, buy we have been buying and continuing to work with our partners in Haiti because we have a store to fill now! We are so excited to announce that I have opened up a store in Minnesota with my good friend Nicole.

This is a dream and a vision I have had since Cedar and Cypress Designs was born and I am so excited that less than two years after leaving Haiti, my dream has come true. My passion is supporting artisans; both in Haiti and right where I am; Gathered Goods Company does just that. We have over 20 local artisans, products from Haiti and clothing. We also have a craft bar and different DIY classes happening. 

If you are in the area, come check us out, 5619 Manitou, Road, Excelsior, MN 55331. If not, we have a small online store (  and of course you can always purchase Cedar and Cypress Designs online!


Well I am from upstate New York (like the REALLY snowy part) and I now live in Minnesota where it happens to be VERY cold. Winter is tough and sometimes I get sad and blue, but I feel its up to me to change that.

It’s no secret that seasonal affective disorder or the “winter blues” is a very real and present thing for those of us up here in the great north. Seasonal affective disorder is characterized as a type of depression experience at the same time every year, typically during the winter months. 

Web-MD says that one cause is due to our body falling out-of-sync with the reduced sunlight - personally I don’t think the below freezing temperatures and chilling winds tend to help either. 

So if you have found yourself feeling "out of sync" this winter, hang on…its almost over! But until the tulips come up, I wanted to share these three tips with you on how to keep your chin up until the spring comes and the cherry blossoms bloom.

  1. Create the daylight your lacking. Yeah, thats right, get it wherever you can. The missing daylight is one of the biggest factors to our changing mood. Open your blinds up and sit near the window whenever possible. Soaking up every ray of sunshine makes a big difference. 
  2. Get out there and enjoy the winter. Now this is something I tried to really get into this year. I went out to Play it Again Sports and bought a new pair of ice skates this year and when I lived in New York I went skiing as much as possible. There are so many winter activities going on, you just need to find some of the things happening in your area and embrace the winter, it might be spring and falls ugly step sister, but she deserves some love. Not to mention there are many additional benefits to healthy activities (skiing, snow shoeing, hiking etc.) and it doesn't hurt to look the part. A new scarf or pair of tights always makes me feel cute and shopping makes me cheerier. If you are looking for something to do in March and live in the Twin Cities area, check out this link.
  3. Try something new. The winter can be a great time to take advantage of the things you wanted to try, but never seem to have the time to during the spring or summer months. Do something you haven’t done since you were a kid or something you have never done before. Finish some of those best sellers, go bowling with a group of friends or host a Gatsby themed dinner party. 

Winter is almost over and spring is just around the corner, but the thing is…winter will be back next year, right about the same time. Until then, get out there in the sunshine, enjoy the summer months, get some sunshine and BE HAPPY.

(Disclosure: I am not a doctor, if you have symptoms of depression please seek professional help.)

About Town: The best Key Lime Pie EVER

Well it has been a few weeks and here we are, back in the cold dreaming of sunshine and sandy beaches. For whatever reason Florida is such a magical place for us. But, here we are, back in Minnesota-rated as the worst winter in the U.S. I can tell you with 100% certainty that I am in complete agreement with that article, especially because we pretty much re rated number one or close to it for about everything else. Minnesota is a great place to live, it has beautiful landscapes, a lot to do and is quite charming. But a break to sunny Florida or anywhere south really is a necessity for most of us in the North. Come February everyone has either just returned from the Sunshine state or heading down for a long weekend. 

Thankfully I was able to spend the better part of December and into January down in sunny South West Florida. We had a great time visiting with family and relaxing. We soaked up about every ray of sunshine as we could and ate…a lot. Well a lot of pie that is, which I find to be interesting because I am really more of a cake person. 

Which brings me to Dolly's, Dolly's Produce Patch and Eatery. The pie from Dolly’s is an exception, the exception to the rule. And not just any pie, key lime pie. 

If you are in the Bonita Springs/ Fort Meyers area, breakfast, lunch and pie are a must at Dolly’s. We went once for a very special 40th birthday celebration and had pie, a second time just Jesse and we bought a whole pie, I and on the morning we left for breakfast (becuase: key.lime.pie).

But Dolly's believe it or not has more than just pie. They have a really great priced menu, breakfast all day (open until 2:00 PM) and a local produce market right there! Who doesn't love a good meal, pie and some fresh fruit!

Dolly herself is from the great state of Minnesota, a small frail woman who has some serious grit. She was there each time we were, walking around and chatting to everyone, running the cash register and probably eating pie. If you are in the are, and I know many of you Minnesotans will be in the next few months, I promise, you will not be sorry. Stop over and see Dolly, enjoy the Minnesota paraphernalia, and of course, get some key lime pie.