Couple Things…


We made the most amazing blueberry buttermilk muffins over the weekend, you have to try this Ina Garten recipe.

Z likes to join us as we read the Sunday paper – she is perusing the Toys R Us ad here.

This little girl is always up for shopping!

A close-up of the “Tickle Monster” print we’re going to hang in the baby’s nursery.

I always remember my mom putting little vases of lilies of the valley on the windowsill growing up so I decided to do the same now that we have them growing in our yard.

She can’t help but try on shoes at any store that has shoes out (as seen here as well). She does always have good taste though, these striped wedges are perfect for summer.


Have a great weekend – we’ll just be sitting around waiting for this baby to arrive!

What Z Said, part ii


Since I got such fun feedback from my last What Z Said post, I thought I’d put together another because Lord knows she is full of saying funny things right now!

When asked how old she is, Z replies “I two half.”

After her bath she runs around in her hooded towel pretending to be a superhero only she yells “I super…I super…I super!”

I confirmed with you yesterday that we’re having a baby boy! Z understood this (as much as she can) until a couple months ago she changed her mind and started saying “Baby sistah” when we was asked what kind of baby we’re having…uh-oh!

She seems to be using my dad as a scapegoat these days. When she does something I have told her not to do she says “Papa likes it.” For example…in our backyard, there is a rule to keep the sand IN the sandbox. She was taking small cups of sand and walking across the yard and pouring them out. I said “Z, sand stays IN the sandbox.” And she replied while pointing her finger at me “Papa likes it!” Well then…

And yes, in the photo above she is reading her baby doll a French dictionary. That’s my girl!

The Nursery!

I have been talking about showing you the baby’s nursery for weeks now and I am finally doing it! It’s been pretty much set but I was waiting to get a couple pieces of artwork up on the walls. I ordered prints from Society 6 that turned out to be odd sizes and had trouble getting just the right frames. But one is hung so I called it ready to be photographed! By the way…it’s a boy! I realized I had never formally announced that here on the blog so I thought I’d start with that because having a boy obviously helped decide the color scheme. I went with blue and green with a hint of gray for the color scheme of his room. I guess you could say the theme is polka dots, too since lots of things are polka-dotted in white. We painted the walls Cress Green by Behr paint, and by “we” I mean I picked the color and my husband did the painting.


We used the nursery furniture from Z’s room (she already transitioned to a toddler bed and got a big girl dresser for her clothes) and then I found an adorable blue polka dotted changer pad cover at Land of Nod and that sort of confirmed the color scheme. You can see one of the prints I mentioned above called “Tickle Monster” and since we’re big ticklers in this house, we thought it was just perfect to hang here. Once baby brother is here, I will put a photo of the four of us in this polka dot frame you may recognize from a post a couple weeks ago (the print and frame aren’t hung yet but I wanted to include them in the shot anyway).

Changer pad cover – Land of Nod / Basket – Home Goods / “Tickle Monster” Print – Society 6 / DIY Polka dot frame / Gray chevron toy chest – Home Goods


This is the cozy corner with a small bookcase (that needs some books!), lamp, and recliner chair that used to be in Z’s room. We bought the bookcase at an unfinished wood furniture store and my husband painted it. The second print is hung here above the bookcase – this one is of little superheros and the alphabet and it doesn’t look quite so tiny in person, must be the angle of the photo I took.

Recliner – Babies R Us / Green throw – Target / Bookcase – Unfinished Furniture Store / “Superhero Alphabet” Print – Society 6 / Lamp – old / Stuffed Dinosaur – Anthropologie

baby-boy-nursery-3For the one window in the room we used a simple white curtain rod to match the white trim with blue polka dot sheer curtain panels and a room darkening shade for naptime (pardon the old, ugly window AC unit!). I couldn’t find any curtain tiebacks I liked so I used green striped ribbon from a gift we received and made them myself. The rug was a lucky find on Gilt and is one of my favorite things in the room.


Curtains – Land of Nod / Curtain rod – Bed Bath & Beyond / DIY Curtain tiebacks / “Play” Rug – Momeni rugs (found on a Gilt sale)


And now – the accent wall! I thought it would be fun to use some wall stickers and polka dot one of the nursery walls, I just love how it came out! I found a matching crib sheet to the changer pad cover and a simple crib skirt to bring it all together. I think our little guy is going to LOVE his room!

Crib sheet – Land of Nod / Crib skirt – Target / Polka dot wall stickers – Brickyard Buffalo find / Floor lamp – Target / Dinosaur nightlight – Home Goods


Time for Mom

Couple Things…

HELLO! I have been a bad blogger this week, I know… I’ve just been, well, super duper crazy giant pregnant. It’s been a week of exhaustion, pain, random contractions, and all sorts of other end-of-pregnancy fun. So! That said, I had every intention of sitting down and constructing a few posts but it just never happened – that time was spent catching up on sleep instead. But here I am at the end of the week with no new baby and a phone full of photos from our week SO I thought I’d still share my usual Friday post. I hope everyone has a great weekend!!


We took Z to the aquarium on Sunday, she just loved the giant ocean tank and spotting the “fishies” and “tewtles.”

I walked into our downstairs French-inspired bathroom to find a bunch of princesses scaling the Eiffel Tower. #lifewithatoddler

Went to Target Monday morning to get the new Coldplay CD Ghost Stories (yes, I bought the CD, I didn’t download the album!). I have to say – I don’t love it! It’s a bit sad and ballad-y, what did you think?

I had some friends over Tuesday night to celebrate one of their birthdays. My Z and I made a lemon cake using this Martha Stewart recipe and a basic cream cheese frosting recipe.

I made a couple tiny cupcakes from the cake batter for Z and she topped them with ALL the candles…

…this was the end result after I got the candles back – it was SO good!

Couple Things…

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I had some pampering to celebrate Mother’s Day last weekend…got my haircut and a nice, relaxing pedicure!

Did you know I get a freshly picked bouquet of dandelions almost every day?

She is obsessed with her chalk board this week.

We popped into the new Jonathan Adler store in Chestnut Hill – even the bathrooms were immaculately decorated.

Prepped some white polka dot wall decals for the baby’s nursery….I thought I’d be done in time to share photos this week, but I have more to do so next week it is!

Sunnies – it felt like summer this week!


Have a great weekend!


What Z Said…


Spending your day with a toddler can be unbelievably entertaining. I won’t sugar-coat it, some days are frustrating – when your toddler is full of tantrums and rage, absolutely nothing makes her happy, and she won’t listen to a word you say – this was our day Tuesday, but we can talk about that another time. Back to entertainment… My Z has been chit-chatting up a storm lately and what comes out of her mouth is sometimes unintentionally hilarious. I thought I’d share a few of them with you today.

We’ve recently been to a few birthday parties and she is OBSESSED! The other day when we talked about her birthday party (6 months from now) I asked her who she wanted to invite. “Cupcakes.”

I love Instagram and my Z will often say “more pictures” which is her way of asking to snuggle up and scroll through with me. We talk about what we see in the photos – lots of flowers, shoes, kitties, cupcakes and after almost every picture… “I yike (like) pink shoooz,” “I yike (like) kitties”… Someday when she has her own IG account she will literally “like” every photo!

The other morning I took a shower while my Z played in her bedroom and as soon as I got out, she ran into the bathroom “I missed you, mommy!”

She also loves everything right now. The other day I mentioned we were going to Target; “I yuv (love) Tawget, mommy.”

Whenever my Z needs a snack she runs to me and yells “I hun-gee” while patting her tummy in a circular motion at the same time. Visuals do help.


Ps. the photo above was taken yesterday when she was singing/screaming “Let It Go” at the top of her lungs in the backyard while laying in the grass.

Banana Republic Marimekko Collection

I love Marimekko prints – as evident if you ever come to my house and see this large (I mean large) Marimekko print hanging in the dining area of our kitchen. Marimekko is a Finnish design house that is known for making prints using bold colors and patterns – exactly my style!


So, you can imagine how excited I was to hear about the new Banana Republic Marimekko Collection that comes out May 22nd. The collection consists of 5 distinct Marimekko prints created by 3 different designers. The prints were pulled from the Marimekko archives.


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I just LOVE the big polka dot print (called Kivet) and especially the colorful print on the far right (called Siirtolapuutarha). Happy shopping!

Couple Things…


Homemade fish tacos to celebrate cinco de mayo!

Z picked a tulip from our front yard. We had to explain to her that you can’t pick flowers growing in yards…but honestly I love having it on my kitchen windowsill!

She looks girly with her fresh mani/pedi, dress, pink bubbles, and giant sunnies – but she headed out back for hours of playing in sand and dirt and grass in the backyard.

No, we weren’t robbed, this is evidence of some seriously good playtime – about 4 minutes worth.

Nothing cuter than tiny baby socks…I’ll be sharing our nursery decor next week!

Click here to see who won the #tasteoff!


Have a great weekend and Happy Mother’s Day – especially to MY FABULOUS MOM!!  =)

Roasted Chickpeas


When it comes to snacking, I have a major salt tooth (as opposed to sweet tooth). I’m trying to get back on my healthy eating bandwagon (I couldn’t help but have a few cookies during this pregnancy!) even before our new baby comes so once I’m not pregnant anymore I can get back on track and lose that baby weight. Anyway – if you’re in a healthy mood or not, roasted chickpeas are a tasty snack. Baking canned chickpeas basically dehydrates them and they become a crunchy, yummy treat. Chickpeas don’t have a ton of flavor themselves so these roasted chickpeas can be flavored however you like – garlic and Parmesan, thyme and sea salt, even cinnamon sugar if you have a sweet (instead of salty) tooth. I thought I’d share the super basics on how to make this treat and leave it up to you how you’d like to season.


You’ll need 1 can of chickpeas (garbanzo beans), olive oil, and salt.


First, rinse your beans and spread on a baking sheet. Dry thoroughly with a paper towel. As you’re drying, you’ll see some of the chickpeas have a little extra skin – remove any of these skins. Once dry, drizzle a little olive oil on the chickpeas and use your hands to coat.


Bake at 400 degrees for 3o to 40 minutes until the chickpeas are dry. Sprinkle with salt as soon as they’re out of the oven. This is when you’d add any other seasoning you’re using. Enjoy!

Alpine Lace Deli Cheese PARTY

Yes, the title of this post is correct! I was thrilled when Alpine Lace Deli Cheese invited me to a fun soiree Monday to dine, dance, and discover – let me tell you about my night!

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First, we arrived and the party was held on the 17th floor of the Taj in Boston – the weather was perfect and therefore so was the view, can you believe this?

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The event was hosted by Olympic figure skating gold medalist Kristi Yamaguchi, who is the brand’s new spokesperson – it was so fun to meet her! She has two daughters herself and we chatted about balancing a busy, healthy lifestyle – no easy task!

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Then it was time to dine! Alpine Lace flew in their test kitchen perfect pairings expert who put out the most delicious items to pair with their Swiss cheese – from apples to prosciutto to fig jam to chocolate, she had all the pairings covered. They even had wine to sample, but alas, I had to skip that part. I have to say my favorite is pictured above – the tomato jam with a sprinkle of fresh basil, just perfect with the Swiss cheese!


And then – we learned to dance, specifically the rumba. I know, it sounds random – but this event was all about balancing your #lifeingredients and as Kristi was just on Dancing with the Stars, she shared what a great way it is to stay fit. It may not have been the prettiest sight seeing an extremely pregnant momma (me) trying to rumba on the dance floor, but it sure was fun and now I know how to do a basic box step dance!

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Thanks for having me Alpine Lace – it was a fun night, and certainly a treat to have a dinner of cheese with amazing pairings!