Z Style – Spring

I started this post about Z’s springiest outfit this past weekend when I knew for sure it was safe to declare “spring has officially arrived and stayed!” Well, yesterday was 45 degrees, today is not much better, boo. It’s still time to talk about springtime outfits on blogs though because although we’re all still wearing coats and socks and even hats sometimes here in the Northeast, no one wants to talk about that anymore – so springtime it is! Here is my Z’s most adorable springtime outfit I thought I’d share with you. The Aztec print pants are just to die for! Not on a day we go to the playground, that’s for sure – but everyone needs a little springtime outfit full of color, right? And hopefully one day soon (in June?) we can officially declare spring is here to stay.


Gold Hair Bow – Forever 21 / Peach top- RUUM/ Aztec Print Pants – RUUM / Boots – GAPOutlet find (remember?)

DIY Polka Dot Frame


I have a thing for frames. Just ask my husband, half the walls in our formal living room are covered in frames. Or ask my parents…when we bought our house 6 years ago they arrived on our doorstep with boxes of ALL my childhood-through-college-age belongings…boxes of them were frames and old photos (when I still used actual film!). I have been told (yes, told!) “no more frames!” Well, as I also like fresh, new things…I decided to recycle an old frame into a new one. Here we have an old wooden frame (I used the same style for my recent Gold Leaf Frame class) that I painted and turned into an adorable polka-dotted frame. Here’s how, it could not have been simpler.


You need: a frame (new, old, recycled, your choice – just paint it the color you want as a first step), glue dots – I used 1″ dots but they come in a variety of sizes, glitter, and a small brush (not pictured).


Stick a glue dot on the frame, peel back the paper over the sticky part, pour on your glitter, shake of excess. Do this process one dot at a time to cover your frame in dots. I prefer a sporadic dot placement, but it’s obviously your call.


Spend some time using a tiny paint brush to neaten up your polka dots and get rid of any loose glitter. These glue dots are very strong and I didn’t use any “glitter protection” but if you feel you need it, you could cover the entire frame in Mod Podge to seal the glitter in.


Throw a photo in your frame and you’re DONE – how easy was that?!

Ps. I used one of my fave photos from our French honeymoon almost 5 years ago…I love this shot, right at the beginning of the Jardin des Tuileries.

Couple Things…

egg-obsessedbutternut-squash-noodlesmarathon-viewingmarathon-viewing-1z-paper-store  spring-flowers

OBSESSED with our Easter Egg tree (polka dot Easter egg DIYgold leaf Easter Egg DIY)

We made buttnernut squash noodles with our spiral veggie slicer – excellent! I’ve been SO bad at photographing and blogging about food lately…sorry!

We went to mile 18 in Newton of the Boston Marathon to cheer on the runners in this memorable year (well, we go most years).

It was great to be there, Z had fun too despite the face in this photo.

I love a store that sells notebooks and pens too #likemotherlikedaughter

Obligatory spring flower photo.


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Handmade Card Class

The final class in my crafting series with the Arlington, MA Community Education is next Wednesday, April 30 – Handmade cards. If you read this blog with any frequency you know I love to make a cute card AND apparently Martha Stewart likes my cards because she printed a photo of one in the May issue of Martha Stewart Living. I’ll have supplies to make lots of cards and you can make whatever type you want, here are a few ideas…


Just wanted to remind you one last time to Register now by clicking here. Hope to see you there!

The Yoplait Greek 100 Taste Off


Who doesn’t love Greek yogurt? I kind of live on it – the perfect quick-fix, high protein, and satisfying snack when you’re on the go. When Yoplait offered me the opportunity to participate in their Greek 100 Taste Test by asking me to sample Yoplait Greek 100 Strawberry and Chobani Simply 100 Strawberry, I was excited to try some new brands! We did an official “blind taste test” because, why not take it seriously and ask your family  to wear blindfolds, take pictures of them, and share on your blog – right?



Yoplait Greek 100 was the clear winner in this household – all but one taste-tester picked Yoplait as their favorite! In a national taste test, Yoplait® Greek 100 Strawberry also beat Chobani® Simply 100™ Strawberry”. Have you taken the Yoplait Greek 100 Strawberry Taste-Off challenge yet? Click here to take the challenge, then leave a comment below letting me know your results!.

*Disclaimer: I received compensation and goods for this post, however all above opinions, thoughts, and taste-test results are my very own.


I thought I would share a few pics of our Easter Sunday because we had such a nice day, you don’t mind, do you?


We woke up nice and early for Easter Egg Hunt #1 (of 3). Our Z got really into it, looking for, as she calls them – eggies!


And then we moved on to make the most delicious carrot cake donuts – you must try this recipe from The Faux Martha.


We decorated our egg tree with our dyed eggs – Z put the stickers on the eggs herself!


Then we dashed off to egg hunt #2 (of 3) at our Church. We got there about 2 minutes late…but luckily one of the organizers saw this little pout and threw a couple extra eggs down for our Z to “hunt.”


Then it was a quick nap in the car and arrival at my sister’s country club for hunt #3 (of 3) and a delicious brunch! I hope you had a great day whether you egg hunted or not!

Ps. I can’t believe this was our Z last Easter – time flies!