Friday, February 27, 2015

FAVORITE THINGS FEBRUARY: EVERYDAY vs DATE NIGHT BAGS


On Valentine's Day, for the first time in about six years, the husband and I went out on a date, just the two of us (thank you most wonderful in-laws!). It was snowing and cold, but dinner was fantastic and the company divine.
 
I switched bags for our night out and realized that there is a slight difference in my everyday vs date night life. Observe my favorite things from both:
 

 
 
Clockwise, from left: Bag: Tory Burch York Buckle Tote  A bit pricey, but I only buy one purse about every 7 years. I splurge on quality and use it everyday.//Lotion: Bath and Body Works Shea Cashmere Hand Cream The scent is amazing, and it truly helps my dry skin, hand sanitizer because, it's a must with kids // Burt's Bees Lip Balm with Mango Butter Also smells amazing and really helps with dryness. (I have dry skin. And so do the kids. So moisturizing products are high on my list.) //  random little girl hair clip because her hair is always always in her eyes // tissue //  Rapunzel Mini Tin This is an amazing toy. It's a slim metal box box (the size of a note pad) with an image of Rapunzel on it and magnetic dress up clothes. Ava plays with it when ever she gets stuck some where with me (the vet, Dylan's guitar lesson). It's a perfect size and nothing gets lost because it's all STUCK on // Priority Mail envelopes for shipping items from the shop // notepad and pen //  Sunglasses (prescription) //  Altoids (wintergreen) // Phone with Rifle Paper Company cover (mine seems to be no longer available, but this one is similar) // small mirror // water (usually reusable bottle but I grabbed this on the go) // wallet (gift from the kids) // coupon holder (Target, I use it for receipts) // keys.

And Date Night:

Clockwise, from left: bag Libeskind Caelia Glimmered Wristlet from Anthropologie (a gift form the in-laws, seriously they are awesome) // red lipstick (Maybelline Ruby Star) // pen to sign the check// Altoids // Phone (see above for info).
 

Friday, January 30, 2015

FAVORITE THINGS: JANUARY


 
Oh, January. You start out so darn hopeful. Ideas of clean closets, organized workspaces, new healthy recipes, running on a regular basis again: all glitter before me, with a will and hope and starry eyes. But in the end, you always just have me pining away for summer days and wanting to eat carbs.
 
(And I don't even want to talk about the snow. Someone hold my earrings, because I hate snow and am about to beat it down. Everywhere I go, my refrain is, "I'm from CALIFORNIA." Which translates to "I am grouchy and I don't understand how to function in a bulky coat and for the love of God can someone explain to me why it is SO HARD to put mittens on a preschooler!? I'm sorry/not sorry.")
 
Anyway.
 
These are my favorite things from January:
1. We've eaten the Pioneer Woman's Pot Roast a bunch of times this month, and it is hand's down the husband's most favorite meal ever. It is so perfect for a cold night!//2. On my birthday, we went to MOMA (amazing, wonderful) and I picked up a Moleskin Classic Lined Notebook in the gift shop, something I've treated myself to the last couple years. I do list journaling, and this is the perfect notebook for it.//3. Dylan started taking guitar lessons. I feel that his practice book is really adding to the d├ęcor of my home. I LOVE the graphic on this book.//4. I read Kate Morton's The Secret Keeper. I've managed to read a lot of not so great fiction lately, and this book made up for it. Great story! //
5. Downton Abbey is back and that mean's reading Tom and Lorenzo's take on it every Monday. Highlight of the week. If you watch Downton (if you don't, I'm not sure we can be friends), you need to read these recaps.//6. Meghan Trainor's Title Album is fabulous.//7. Neal bought me Burberry Brit (the eau de toilette, which I love because it's a bit lighter then the perfume) and the smell is incredible.  
 
Favorites Around the Net:
Instagram: @womenirl HILARIOUS.
 
 

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

DIY: CHALKBOARD CHEESE PLATE

 
I like Pinterest. I know that these days there is a lot of talk of resisting Pinterest, and that talk is valid. Comparing your life to the picture perfect-literally-world of Pinterest is not healthy or sane. But I love Pintrest for the inspiration. There are some people out there with lovely, smart, and inspiring ideas and I love looking at them and coming up with ways to incorporate some of them into my own life.
Example: the chalk board cheese plate.
I love the look of these and it's so easy and pretty.
I bought a chalk board tile (similar to this one, but smaller) and it works perfect as a tray.
 
 

Christmas Eve.

 
New Year's Eve.
 
Now I've thinking of all the chalkboard projects I can do.
 
You can following me on Pinterest here.

Monday, January 12, 2015

SCENES FROM A WEEKEND


I got some work done this weekend.
 



 
We went to Wild Kratts Live! The tickets were a Christmas gift to the kids, who both LOVE Wild Kratts. The show was really fun and the kids were so excited to meet the Kratt brothers, who were gracious and really engaged with all the kids they spoke to. These guys obviously love educating kids about animals and nature.
 

 
The show was at the Count Basie Theater, which had this amazing ceiling.
 
 
We wrote letters to our friends and family. We've been missing people!

 
Ava and I got our bake on.

 
These muffins....are ridiculously good. Look for the recipe next week!

 
The pond by our house is frozen.
 
 
Dylan and Neal dug this chunk out. Holy thickness! The east coast doesn't mess around with winter.


Tuesday, January 6, 2015

ITALIAN WEDDING SOUP WITH KALE & TURKEY MEATBALLS



 
 
Guys, it's cold out there. The East Coast isn't messing around with winter. I did not realize earmuffs were more then a fashion accessory until recently (real talk). I now own a puffy jacket. My kids are wearing and losing mittens like there is no tomorrow. Tomorrow when they will need these lost mittens, because it is freezing!
It's the time of year where one needs a soup recipe. Soup makes things better. There is nothing like ending a long, cold, dark at 4:45pm day with a big pot of bubbling, golden soup. But there are requirements for soup. You need one that everyone will eat, that will make your home smell like heaven, that is healthy (Hey there, holiday indulgences. You're drunk, go home.), and that is easy. Italian wedding soup is the winner at our house.
 
This soup is full of healthy kale, the most delicious turkey meatballs ever (from Shutterbean!), and an egg swirl that makes you not even miss noodles. And, as a friend once said as I made this, "The house smells like Thanksgiving!" Really, with compliments like that, this soup is on permanent winter dinner rotation.
 
 

Italian Wedding Soup with Kale & Turkey Meatballs

 
Ingredients:
 
Meatballs (makes about 15-20):
via Tracy Benjamin from Shutterbean
1lb ground turkey (85% lean)
1/2 cup breadcrumbs
1 egg, beaten
2 garlic cloves, minced
2 teaspoons Italian seasoning
3/4 cup Italian Parsley, chopped finely
1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese
1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
Salt and Pepper 

Soup:
12 cups chicken stock (homemade or store bought)
3 cups kale, steams removed and coarsely chopped
3 large eggs
1 tablespoon of grated parmesan cheese
Salt and Pepper

To make meatballs: Mix all meatball ingredients in a large bowl until well incorporated. Do not over mix. Roll mixture into 1-2 inch balls, set aside on a plate or baking sheet.

Bring the chicken stock to a boil in a large pot over medium heat. Add the meatballs and chopped kale. Season kale liberally with salt. Reduce heat to a simmer and cook until kale is tender and meat balls are cooked through, about 20 minutes. Whisk the eggs with the parmesan in a bowl. Stir the soup, creating a circular motion in the stock. Drizzle the egg, all at once, into the moving stock. Stir with a fork to make thin ribbons of the egg mixture. Cook for 1-2 mintues. Season with salt and pepper. Ladle into bowl and enjoy!

 

 



 


Monday, December 1, 2014

BANNERS AND FLAGS

I was lucky to work with this adorable family to help debut the new items in the shop...banners and flags!
 


This sweet little girl is going to be a big sister to a brand new little girl.

 
Aren't they the cutest!?


I love how the banners look in these photos. They're now available for purchase in the shop!
 
The banner and my big brother shirt was also featured on one of my new favorite blogs Teaching Sam and Scout. It was so fun to work behind the scenes with E on her gender reveal party! She has a coupon code up on her blog for the shop, so go check it out. 
 
And while we're at it, let's have a coupon code here too! You can use: HOLIDAYS2014 for free shipping throughout the ENTIRE month of December.

Saturday, November 1, 2014

SCENES FROM A HALLOWEEN

 
 
Halloween has seemed like a month long event around here. This week especially was Halloween overload. Our week was full of Halloween-y things: two parties, spirit week at school, a "Fall Festival", and the big show of trick or treating. Our week was full of sugar and costumes. Our week also had dogs in costumes and pumpkins : 
 

Vampire cookies for Cub Scouts.


Costume no.1
 

 
Bugs in his hair for crazy hair day.
 
 
Reading to the dogs that visit at the library story time, in costume no. 2.
 
 
 Pumpkin craving with Daddy.
 


A Wild Kratt with Bat Power, Tinkerbell (costume no.3), and Rosie the Rivter.


 
Let the Sugar Rush Weekend begin!