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!

A Weekend in Portland, Maine

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My husband and I were lucky enough to escape to Portland, Maine over the weekend for a little second babymoon before our little one arrives soon (our first babymoon when I was pregnant with Z was in Southampton). We decided there were really 2 main priorities for this weekend away – to eat and rest. I know that sounds gluttonous and lazy, but at least there was lots of walking in between meals AND we are parents to a wild toddler so we really just needed a rest.

fore-street-restaurant-portland-mainePortland is known for their restaurant scene and we were excited to try it out (I had been to Portland a few times years ago, but my husband had never been). We did a little research and found out that if you love food you must try Fore Street. We called a few weeks in advance and could only get a reservation for Friday night so we hustled up there Friday evening and boy was it worth it. And by the way, I happened to see a photo on Instagram from a friend who was also in Portland for a bachelorette party and she posted a photo from Fore Street the very next night – it’s THE place to go!

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The wide open kitchen with wood burning oven and grill not only made for a great view and ambiance in the restaurant, but made the food especially delicious.

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The next morning we slept in, had breakfast at our hotel, and had a couples massage at the hotel spa – this was the resting portion of the weekend. We finished up in time for a walk around town and then lunch.

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My husband did a little research and found the most unbelievable place for lunch – Duckfat. I am a pretty big fan of the sandwich in general and I might declare this was one of the best sandwiches I have ever had (I ordered the BGT panini – bacon, goat cheese, and tomato  – the yummiest combo of flavors)! Duckfat is known for their french fries fried in…you guessed it…duck fat. They make everything from scratch, including milkshakes and a short list of sodas, I had the Scarlet – a berry soda with a hint of ginger. We didn’t order a milkshake but from what we heard from guests around us those were amazing as well.

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We walked across the street and popped into Two Fat Cats Bakery to grab a sweet treat for later. This bakery is known for their whoopie pies, so we tried the traditional chocolate with vanilla cream. It was a great whoopie pie – the filling was more frosting than whipped cream, but light like whipped cream. It’s a must try if you’re in Portland, Maine! The outside looks SO unsuspecting, but aren’t all the best places that way?

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Portland has tons of cute shopping and places to poke around in, which we did our share of, but wasn’t the focus of this trip – I am verrrrry pregnant after-all, so walking around on quaint cobblestone streets isn’t my fave! But boy did we luck out with weather and had a summer-like day on Saturday, just perfect for milling around and enjoying our toddler-free time.

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We woke up Sunday morning to a dreary, rainy day – perfect for having some complimentary-delivered-to-our-hotel-room-door coffee, followed by brunch at our hotel before hitting the road to get home to our girl. Now that the babymoon is over it’s time to get ready for baby!!!

UPDATE: I forgot to mention our hotel! We stayed at the Portland Regency Hotel & Spa – it was great. The hotel is located centrally in the Old Port section of town and we easily walked everywhere we wanted to go in Portland, great location. The hotel is housed in an old Maine National Guard building and still has that historic vibe but still has modern amenities. I would highly recommend staying here on your visit!

Time for Mom

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We’re always on the go in our house and it seems like my Z is always hungry – “I hun-ry, Mommy!” It’s hard, especially as your baby gets older and turns into a toddler, to find great tasting AND healthy snacks for them to eat. Well, we were first introduced to HappyFamily products when we started Baby Bootcamp (strollerfit) classes when my Z was just 6 weeks old. Once she was old enough to try them (around 6 months) we were hooked.

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When we go out, I always carry a lunch bag full of food, my Z likes variety in her snacks (she gets that from her daddy!).

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HappyFamily makes premium organic food for babies, toddlers, kids & grownups. I love HappyFamily because I can let my Z snack on any of their products and know she’s getting healthy, organic, and often veggie-packed food (toddler granola bars with kale, SCORE!). And my Z loves HappyFamily because everything tastes SO good. I am so excited to bring you a HappyFamily product giveaway today!

 

happy-family-1The above is filled my Z’s favorites from HappyFamily, enter to win this package – it contains a selection of their most popular products for ages 12 months and older, as well as additional coupons, educational resource cards and a reusable Happy Family tote bag! *Note you may receive different product flavors than you see here.

Use the rafflecopter widget to enter below! The more options you do to enter, the more entries to win you’ll have! A winner will be picked Monday, April 21.

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*Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by HappyFamily, however all above opinions and thoughts are my very own. And let’s face it, you know toddlers and my Z would not be gladly snacking in the above pics if she didn’t LOVE these products!

Couple Things…

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I found the cutest window clings to decorate for Easter, to be honest though Z loves them too and they haven’t spent any time on the window since I first put them up.

We finally watched Frozen and now our Z walks around twirling with arms in the air singing “…it go, it go!” almost ALL of the time.

We made homemade raviolis over the weekend – it had been a while!

And a special Saturday brunch-at-home treat of homemade monte cristo sandwiches using the same alpine lace cheese as in our ham & cheese paninis.

Necktie shopping for my husband at TJ Maxx – this surf and turf tie was my fave, ha!

We had a great time at my hand-painted wooden bead necklace class earlier this week…they all came out great and fitting for each persons’ style. Here’s Janet’s – perfect for spring, dontcha think? I have one more class in my craft-class series, join me Wednesday, April 30th to make handmade cards – register today!

 

Z Style – Casual Sneakers

Yesterday I shared a round-up of fun, cute casual sneakers with you…for adults. Today, I share with you my Z’s casual sneakers, which are my favorite of all. I found these sneakers during the summer Zara sale and bought them in a bigger size for her to wear later. Well – it’s later and they fit and they are just the cutest and coolest sneakers. I love that they’re slightly grown-up looking (not your usual kid-look, ya know?) but they are really good sneakers on her feet for all the running, hopping, jumping she does.

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Striped sweatshirt – crewcuts (old) / Jeans – Lucky Brand / casual sneakers – Zara (old) (similar 1, 2, 3 – put some bright laces in this last pair!)