Couple Things

It’s going to be a dreary weekend around here (talking about the weather) so I think our pumpkin picking plans may be put on hold…  We’re also meeting a potential babysitter this weekend – we may have some date nights in our future, can’t wait!  Here are a few fun things from the around the web this week.  Have a great weekend!

Is this the perfect watch for me, or what?

Have you used Paperless Post?  Either way, there is now a line of kate spade for Paperless Post online notecards & stationary, fun!

Here’s a great little interview with Jenna Lyons from J.Crew.

I just love this vest!

I think I’ll be making these this weekend while we’re stuck inside with the rain…

First Birthday – Invitation


Over the weekend I finished the invitations to our sweet baby girl’s first birthday…they came out pretty cute!  I found a great sock monkey stamp on etsy and this sweet little rhyme for the front by just googling “sock monkey birthday party.”


invite 2

I also finally got to use my little RSVP stamp on the inside (to be filled out later…)

More to come!

The Best Bolognese

One of my favorite comfort food meals to eat when it starts getting cold is Pasta Bolognese.  [Ok, Bolognese is like my favorite meal ever that I eat in the heat of summer too, but just saying…]

I have tried MANY different recipes but recently we made the recipe below and I found it to be the best homemade Pasta Bolognese I’ve ever had/made.  The recipe makes a ton and we still have some leftovers in the freezer (yum!).  The sauce comes out rich, meaty (obvy), and a little creamy…just a spectacular dinner indulgence!  I found this on the Pioneer Woman‘s website, we actually didn’t make a too many edits…

Ryan’s Bolognese Sauce

1/2 C Olive Oil
1-1/2 C Grated Carrots
1 whole Large Red Onion, Diced (we used sweet onion)
2 Lbs Ground Beef
2 Tbs Dried Oregano
2 Tbs Dried Basil Flakes
1 C (6 Ounce) Tomato Paste
5 cloves Garlic, Minced
1 C (to 2 Cups) Red Wine
2 Tbs Worcestershire
2 cans (28 Ounce) Whole Tomatoes (we used crushed)
1 C Milk
Salt And Pepper, to taste
Fresh Parmesan Cheese

Heat oil in a large Dutch oven or skillet over medium heat. Add grated carrots and onions and cook for a few minutes. Make a well in the center of the mixture, and then add in the ground beef. Cook for a few minutes until brown, gradually stirring it into the carrot mixture.Throw in oregano and basil. Use fresh if you have it; if you don’t, it’s fine. When the meat is browned and combined with other ingredients, make another well. Add tomato paste and let it heat. Add garlic and stir to combine.

Make a well in the center of the mixture and add red wine. Stir together. Add Worcestershire and stir. Add canned tomatoes. Finally, pour in milk, stir, and let simmer for 30 minutes to 2 hours—however long you need.

We served over homemade pasta and a generous sprinkling of Parmesan cheese.


Monday Outfit

I was excited to “go shopping” in my jeans drawer now that it’s OFFICIALLY FALL plus I’ve lost all my baby weight (and then-some!) thanks to Baby Boot Camp classes.  I found these old Joe’s Jeans I haven’t worn for years, similar to the ones below.  I am wearing them today with my peter pan collar tee, gray ballet flats, and long necklace.  Have a great week!

Couple Things…

So tomorrow is the first day of fall, officially!  We are celebrating the start of my favorite season by heading up North to go on a few hikes, eat candied apples, buy pumpkins – all while wearing cozy fall clothes.  Have a great weekend…

Our baby girl will be sporting this vest this weekend, so cute.

Speaking of my office space, here is what yours says about you

Have you checked out the Topshop store at Nordstrom?  The prices aren’t as great as I hoped…

Do you watch Home by Novogratz on HGTV?  Well their fancy house is for sale in NYC…for a cool $17.5 million!

Office Space

Now that I’m working from home, I thought I’d share with you what my home office space looks like and give you a little tour.  My home office used to be (and sometimes still is) my craft room, so luckily I already had a desk with shelving, drawers, and lighting set up.  I cleared the desk surface of all my craft stuff and converted it to an office.  There are 2 shelves above the desk, the one you see below is mostly decor and a few craft items, the top shelf is storage and frankly a mess, so therefore I omitted it from this little tour.
It’s a self guided tour so read away and enjoy!


How do you feel about monogramming?  I think I love it – it feels old fashioned and preppy, don’t you think?

In high school, when I was wearing a school uniform every day, a little monogram on my white turtleneck collar was a way to differentiate myself from the other girls (my shoe choices helped too).  I also had the standard L.L. Bean backpack with my initials like the rest of the country who was in high school in the late 90s.

Recently, we have some pillow cases that are monogrammed with J for our last name, but my monogramming has really gone by the wayside.  I’ve seen on J.Crew recently they are noting in catalogs and on their website what is able to be monogrammed and I think I may get back into it!  I am thinking of a little JLFJ monogram on this basic sweater..