Greenway Carousel

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Have you heard of the new Greenway Carousel in Boston? It’s right across from Fanueil Hall on the Rose Kennedy Greenway. The carousel just opened a month ago and I’ve been dying to check it out. Our Z loves carousels and I thought it would be the perfect fall activity.

DSC_0470The carousel isn’t made up of your usual ornate horses, rather a bunch of beautifully sculpted animals from a squirrel to a lobster to a butterfly to a grasshopper. Turns out, they asked the children of four area elementary schools to draw what animals they would most like to ride on in a carousel. How cute is that? They took the children’s drawings to a local artist from Newburyport and he sculpted by hand the 36 animals for the carousel.

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Each ride is $3 and it honestly is one of the shortest carousel rides I’ve ever been on, but fun nonetheless. *Note – the animals don’t have seat belts so if yours is little like mine is, hold on tight!

DSC_0471The Greenway Carousel is open daily 11a-9p through Columbus Day and then weekends through New Years Eve.

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It’s even fun to just watch…

Couple Things…

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We cooked so much this week, don’t you always feel like cooking more when it’s colder out? We made homemade roasted red peppers for the first time and they came out great.

We also made spaghetti squash for the first time and it was surprisingly delicious. Very pasta-esque! We will make again and I’ll be sure to blog about it.

Our Z kept *making us dinner each night too – I love to see what she comes up with…

I discovered this week there is nothing cuter than a toddler gymnastics class.

Sunday football snacks for lunch!

And a super fall-ish outfit for this chilly week.

Have a great weekend! Follow me on Instagram to see more fun photos all week long.

Perfume Advice

I need a new scent. I was cleaning out this little basket of cosmetics I have and found a free sample (from who knows when or what) of Jo Malone’s Wild Bluebell cologne and I just love it! I went through the sample in a matter of weeks – and I don’t wear perfume very often with working from home and all. And I certainly don’t wear perfume when I’m playground hopping with my Z. But – there are occasions when I’d love a little spritz: date night with my husband, meeting friends for dinner, or heading out to a fun blogger event.

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I almost bought the Jo Malone scent on our trip to London earlier this summer (it is an English brand after all), but I couldn’t pull the trigger, I wasn’t sure if Wild Bluebell was the one… I wish you could scratch and sniff on a blog – I need advice! What do you wear? Do you have any scent suggestions for me? What perfume should I pick?

DIY Wrapping Paper

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I am so sick of all the wrapping paper we have to choose from our wrapping paper collection. I feel like we’ve had the same rolls forever!! My cousin who got married last summer is having a sweet baby girl this fall and my Z and I are headed to her shower this weekend. I of course made her a little card (which I won’t show so it will be a surprise) but wanted to have some coordinating wrapping paper too because, well, why not? Aren’t you supposed to make everything cuter for a baby girl baby shower? It’s so easy – you have to make your own wrapping paper for your next gift giving occasion.

DIY-wrapping-paperYou will need: banner paper, stamps, ink pads, scissors, and ribbon (or raffia or twine) to finish the package.

 

DIY-wrapping-paper-1The first step is to get a scrap piece of paper and play around with your stamps, different colored ink pads, and layout. From my test I learned the silver and lightest pink ink pads weren’t going to work on my white banner paper. And that I would make the gold a prominent colored used with pops of pink and then tie up the present in pink raffia.

 

DIY-wrapping-paper-2Cut your paper and start stamping!

 

DIY-wrapping-paper-3Once you have a few lines of your pattern down, you can stamp ahead and move faster – for example I went ahead and did all of my gold stamping and filled in with the pink accents.

 

DIY-wrapping-paper-6And now you’re ready to wrap.

 

DIY-wrapping-paper-8I added a bow made of pink raffia for an extra pop of pink for baby girl. I love how this came out and can’t wait to make more DIY wrapping paper!

Apple butter

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If you follow me on Instagram, you know that we went apple picking over the weekend – an almost required early fall activity! We decided to get the largest bag possible and ended up with 20lbs of apples. The first thing I made was an apple pie, which is almost the very reason to go apple picking, wouldn’t you agree? But then we decided to make apple butter.

Did you know that apple butter is not, in fact butter? Rather a yummy combination of slow-cooked apples, sugar, and cider. And therefore a more heart-healthy toast topper! We used this easy-to-make recipe from Food Network Magazine that allows you to slow-cook the apple butter in the oven at a low temp. Be warned though – this only lasts about 5 days in the fridge, for that reason we halved the recipe.

apple-butter-1Dice your apples and combine with brown sugar, apple cider, and salt. Simmer 20 minutes until apples are soft.

 

apple-butter-2Remove from heat and add lemon juice, vanilla extract, cinnamon, and cloves. Blend in a blender or immersion blender.

 

apple-butter-4I love any excuse to take out the immersion blender! Blend until no more chunks remain.

 

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Place in a pre-heated 250-degree oven and cook for 2 1/2 to 3 1/2 hours, stirring every 3o minutes. Cook until the mixture thickens and looks like, well – butter!

 

apple-butter-6Let cool completely and then…enjoy! We love apple butter on toast, english muffins, pancakes – or any kind of bread product, really!

Fall Denim Trends

Denim jeans are always in style – every season, always. But, every season there are distinct denim trends: some fresh and some recycled so to speak. Here’s a roundup of some of my personal fave denim trends right now.

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1. Coated denim is everywhere right now – it gives jeans an almost leather look. I love these Coated Skinny Trousers from Zara. 2. I love a good pair of distressed denim jeans, but since that means there will be machine-made-purposeful holes in your jeans, these aren’t going to last more than a year or two. So, why pay a lot? I have these Rockstar Mid-Rise Distressed Jeans from Old Navy and they’re great – flattering, comfy, and perfectly distressed for under $40 (or even less because they always have coupons). 3. Embellished denim is in – I love these Quilted Street Skinny Joe’s Jeans from Bloomingdale’s with the interesting quilted knees. 4. I have always loved patterned pants – polka dots, stripes, Aztec print (I personally wear these constantly) so for fall denim I’ve been eying these Midrise Toothpick Jeans in Fern Print from J. Crew. Paired with a bright colored top – love this look! 5. If you’re a trend-follower, then you must get a pair of gray denim for fall – these 7 For All Mankind Skinny Jeans with Ankle Zips from Shopbop are my absolute fave (in fact, I think my birthday is coming up, isn’t it? =)). 6. Mixed Media denim – have you seen these? I love the idea of having a little leather or suede on my jeans. These BLANKNYC Jeans Patchwork Skinny in Bonner Pilot from Bloomingdale’s are the most unique I’ve seen and they’re under $100!

What denim trend will you try?

Couple Things…

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What a busy week! We did a little fall decor shopping and put out mums and pumpkins.

We got to really dress for fall since it was so chilly! Don’t you love those Toms shoes?

We broke out Z’s Halloween jammies this week.

I was also busy making more hand painted wooden bead necklaces – I’ll be exhibiting and selling these necklaces and some handmade cards at our local Arlington Town Day on Saturday!

I also hosted the Children’s and Maternity Clothing Exchange at Wild Child – chatting, munching, shopping! We had such a great time, thanks to everyone who came out – more of a recap on Monday.

But first the Cake. cupcakes were the hit of the night…

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