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.

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

DIY Polka Dot Frame

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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.

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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).

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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.

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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.

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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…

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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…

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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

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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?

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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.

Easter!

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?

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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!

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

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

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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.”

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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!

ONE Thing…

On Friday’s I usually share with you a few of my favorite pics from the week – well not this week! There is just one photo from this week that takes the cake…

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I think you know by now how much I love Martha Stewart, she is really the Queen of all things crafting, DIY, cooking, and more. So, when I was notified a couple months ago that the photo of my little paper flower mother’s day card would be printed in the May issue of Martha Stewart Living, I nearly lost my sh*t! And even after I signed all the paperwork and emailed back & forth with my contact, I still didn’t quite believe it. It wasn’t until yesterday after my Z and I ran some errands in the morning, tried (unsuccessfully) to get a photo with the Easter bunny (she just will NOT sit with that bunny!), we popped into Barnes & Noble, and I flipped to page 4 of the May issue and saw the photo for myself that I believed it. I screamed – in Barnes & Noble! And because she’s 2 and reacts to my reactions, my Z screamed too.

And now, shameless self-promotion: you can make the paper flower card for Mother’s Day by reading this blog post. OR you can join me for my handmade card class on Wednesday, April 30th click here for more information and to register now.

Happy Easter weekend!

Z Style – Easter Sunday

Easter is always a great time to break out your springiest clothes and get dolled up for your days’ festivities whether there is church involved, maybe an egg hunt, hopefully some ham…this year we have 3 egg hunts on the horizon for Easter Sunday and since my Z has been obsessed with all the plastic “egg-ies” I’ve brought up from storage in the basement, I think she will really enjoy them all!

Back to the springtime outfit though. Last year, I must admit, my Z had the most perfect Easter Sunday outfit, do you remember? This year, since she is in LOVE with her spring jacket, I decided to build her outfit around that – living in New England you never know what you’ll get for Easter weather but I assume a jacket will be necessary. We actually found this dress at GAP Outlet months ago on the same trip as her brown boots and I’ve managed to keep it unworn since then so it can be nice and stain free for Easter. We’ll pair the dress with some white tights and her dressiest shoes. Oh, and a pair of bunny ear hair clips from the Target dollar section – I couldn’t resist!

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Bunny ear clips – Target dollar section / Jacket – Missoni for Target (second hand) / Tights – Target / Dress – GAP Outlet / Shoes – Livie & Luca

Easter Bunny Rice Krispie Treats

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I was looking for a quick-fix Easter dessert this week and decided in Rice Krispie treats with a little Easter twist. What’s more classic than a Rice Krispie treat?! They are SO easy to make and generally a crowd pleaser, right? To make these all you do is melt 3 tablespoons unsalted butter with 1 bag of marshmallows. Mix into 6 cups of Rice Krispies (or in my case, the Trader Joe’s version because that’s where I was when I had this idea), cool, cut, serve, enjoy! I mean, c’mon, easiest dessert ever.

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For Easter, I just made a little addition. I added (well, my helper did) spring-colored sprinkles with the 6 cups of Rice Krispies so when the marshmallow/butter mixture was poured in, the treats came out looking a little more festive and colorful.

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Then, I cut them into bunny shapes instead of squares.

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And maybe I used a few candies to add a little more decor.

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Either way – they were easy to make and yummy to eat. Enjoy!