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So I missed a few weeks of my weekly photos of my children, but fear not, here they all are in one post!


Found her playing away on the piano at an indoor play place.


Enjoying the fall weather (and fall fashion trends).


Her new ballet studio also incorporates tap at the end of each class – to say she is enjoying dancing in loud shoes is an understatement!


Evening milk drinking/crawling around ritual.


“Mommy, take a pick-cha of me and dis stachu!”


At least he now reads the books he knocks off the shelves.

Wine Cork Trivet Class


Just in time for gift giving season, learn a fun craft to make with all those old wine corks you’ve been collecting for years and years! I’m teaching a class with Arlington Community Education on Thursday, December 3rd where everyone will make their own wine cork trivet. Bring your own wine corks or I’ll have plenty of extras to use (or fill in if you don’t have enough). Grab your friends and make it a girls night out. REGISTER HERE.

Black Bean, Corn, and Pepper Dip

Quite a few years ago a friend of mine made this Black Bean, Corn, and Pepper dip for a party and I found it was one of those dips that once I tasted it, I had to use every once of will power to walk away so I wouldn’t devour the entire bowl. I of course got the recipe from her and have since shared it with friends, cousins, and a number of party guests because once you try this dip you want to make it over and over. We had some friends over to watch the Patriots game yesterday and we served 2 versions of mac & cheese for dinner. When we thought of a couple appetizers to serve first this dip came to mind – it’s full of veggies and black beans and even though it’s pulled together with a creamy sauce, it tastes light and fresh – a perfect starter for our heavy, cheesy dinner. And then I realized I had never shared the recipe here – blasphemy! And I am pulled out of my (always) unintentional blogging hiatus with a fabulous dip recipe to share with you for the current football Sunday season and upcoming holiday party season.


Prep  your veggies, all the chopping is the only time sync of this recipe.


Prep your sauce and pour over all the veggies.


Get your sous chef to stir…


…and enjoy with your favorite tortilla chip!


Black Bean, Corn, and Pepper Dip Recipe (source unknown)
1 15 oz can black beans, drained and rinsed
1 1/2 C frozen corn, thawed
1C finely chopped red pepper
3/4C finely chopped green pepper
1/2C diced red onion

1 Tbs parsley
1/2C sour cream (we use light)
1/4C mayonnaise (we use light)
2 Tbs red wine vinegar
1 Tsp ground cumin
1 Tsp chili powder

Follow directions above!



We had a 45 minute wait at my eye doctor appointment the other day and after the snacks were gone there was nothing left to do but try on glasses. And I didn’t think she could get any cuter…


We went to a new (to us) indoor place and he was obsessed with this little log cabin – it even had a grill, picnic table, and espresso machine.

DIY Hallowen Costume – Tinkerbell Shoes


Halloween costumes are brought up months in advance in our house and so much thought is given by a certain little pre schooler as to what she will be (as with most kids her age. Or any age, really). So when it was finally decided (and confirmed about 100 times) that she would be Tinkerbell this year, I hunted around and found a great costume on Amazon for her. The costume is adorable, fits her great, and has green wings but we both felt like something was missing…and since I guess I have thing with making the shoes of Halloween costumes (ahem, ruby slippers) we decided she needed a pair of Tinkerbell booties for her costume. Thankfully they were so easy to make with just a few supplies. Here’s how I did it:


You will need: green slipper socks (not pictured, I bought these), scissors, and white yarn.


First, make 2 pompoms. Loop the white yarn around your 4 fingers, then tie about a 3-inch piece of yarn around the middle of your loops. I used 18 feet of yarn, I wanted a very full and fluffy pompom!


Carefully cut the loops at the center on both sides of the middle tie.


Fluff to make a full pompom and trim so all yarn pieces are (roughly) the same length.


To secure he pompom to the green slipper socks I just cut 2 small holes into the sock and tied to pieces are yarn through the holes.

Ps. Final costume reveal on Halloween, sorry!.

Pumpkin Muffin Recipe

My in-laws were in town over the weekend and we were busy, busy! Dinner out, the circus, my husband and I even snuck out to see the new Steve Jobs movie after we put the kids to bed Saturday night – by Sunday morning we all needed a special sweet breakfast treat. I had this pumpkin muffin recipe bookmarked to try and decided it was the perfect morning to make them. I adjusted a couple measurements in the recipe so I noted them below. The streusel topping really made these muffins extra good and since they seemed to go over well I thought I’d share here.

Baking notes:
– the recipe calls for 1 1/2C pumpkin puree, I added more for a total of 1 3/4C
– the recipe calls for 1C regular sugar and 1C brown sugar. I used the full amount of brown and halved the amount of white sugar.
– the recipe calls for 2/3C oil and 1/2C apple sauce (1 1/6C together). I used about 3/4C apple sauce and the rest in oil to lessen the amount of oil used even more.- for the streusel topping, I mixed the flower, oats, and sugar with cold butter and blended together with my fingers before sprinkling on top of the muffins.
– With all my adjustments cooking time was the same but the muffins stuck to the paper wrappers terribly – I recommend spraying your muffin tins with cooking spray or using parchment paper.

I made a few mini muffins for the kiddos, too. Enjoy!

Halloween Clothes

October is the month of months – perfect weather: it’s cool but you don’t need a jacket, it’s warm but you don’t sweat profusely. Fall flavors: pumpkin, apple, cinnamon. Fall clothes: jeans, vests, long sleeve shirts. And Halloween! Kids talk about for months and months what they’re going to be, you find the perfect costume to buy (or make) and then they wait and wait to wear it. There are a few costume-optional events leading up to Halloween (for example we went to Davis Farmland’s weekly Halloween party last weekend and it was great!) but really it’s a painful month of waiting excitement leading up to the one big night. To help things along I’ve picked up a couple cute Halloween clothes for my kiddos to wear all month to get a little of their Halloween fix in. Here’s a round-up of some really cute options. That pumpkin shirt from Target was like $5 or something, definitely snag one before they sell out!



1. Zara Boo dress (Zara has tons of adorable, non-traditional Halloween clothes for kids, check out the whole line!) 2. Target neon orange pumpkin shirt 3. H&M Bat bow tie 4. Old Navy Halloween undies 5. GAP onesie (teething is scary especially when it wakes your baby up at 5am every day for a month…eeeeeek!) 6. Zara ghost pants 7. GAP Halloween socks 8. H&M ghost dress 9. Zara costume party top


How are there only 12 weeks left in 2015? Anyway…


This boy is unstoppable on playground stairs – up, down, everywhere!


She asked me to go to the complete opposite side of this playground structure to get a picture, which I did, and once I was there she screamed “nevermind, mama!” and walked away. I took this photo anyway.