Friday, July 27, 2012

hello weekend

It's the weekend but it feels like an extra long one to me... the reason? Like I mentioned the other day, I'm taking the entire month of August off so I can fully dive into planning our upcoming trip to Paris, and I'm starting my little blog vacation now. Things will be quiet around here for about a month, but I promise that once we get back I'll have lots of fun things to share. So right now, while I reserve a car to transport us from CDG to our apartment, make lists of outfits to wear, and bookmark my eleven guidebooks, here are some links to love... 

- I love everything about this house tour
- thoughts on one year of marriage, and celebrating ten!
- love these shots of our friends by Matt
- this tour of Rachel Castles studio is amazing
- one of the best ebay knockoffs around
- definitely wish these came in my size

Have a great weekend! And month! Wish me luck as we head to the city of macarons and striped tee shirts!

image by Paul Ferney for Oh Happy Day

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

lazy days | why I won't be posting much this week

With all the planning I've been doing for our upcoming trip to Paris I'm running short on time for posting lately, so I owe you all an apology! Posting will be light this week, and I actually intend to take the whole month of August off so I can finish preparing and relax a little before we leave. I have a bunch of ideas up my sleeve for when we return and I'm sure I'll have loads of Paris photos to share, too, but for now here's my new favorite photo - 
Completely unrelated to blogging or Paris, but I love it. Me and Ezra with our new haircuts. It's from our family photo shoot from the weekend... to see more images (and to tide you over until I have something more substantial up!) check out Steph's blog post about the shoot.

Hope your week is off to a good start! 

Friday, July 20, 2012

hello weekend + Ezra's first haircut

So we finally went through with it! Ezra got his hair cut last night by our friend Jill (she cut my hair, too, but I don't have any pictures of the 'do yet) and I couldn't be happier with his new style. He sat on my lap throughout the cut and didn't fuss at all, except when Jill tried to put a cape on him so we decided to forgo it. I'm wearing one in the photos though... please don't think I'm wearing a zebra cape as my outfit. Anyway, Ezra loves his new haircut and so do we. Thanks, Jill! To celebrate we're going out to eat tonight (not really, we were going anyway but I like celebrations so why not pretend?) and maybe to the Children's Museum if we have time (did you know it's free on Friday nights throughout the summer?) after dinner. Tomorrow we're having our own family photo shoot by the lovely Steph Mills (Matt's doing their photos, too!) and then we have a birthday party for one of Ezra's little two year old friends. We probably won't make it there, but I have to mention the Cirque du Square going on this weekend on Wayland Ave... someone check it out and let me know how it is, especially the ice cream throwdown! And here's some weekend reading...

- an ice cream picnic tote might be the only picnic gear someone like me needs, via Poppytalk
free invitations for that popsicle party I've been obsessing over (and lots more free printables right here!)
- the best ice cream shops on the East coast... road trip, anyone?
- this gigantic party bow for your hair is to die for
- some new rubber stamps to add to my growing collection
- this funny makeup kit would make mornings so much easier
this post makes me want to revamp our fireplace
this made me smile
- never say 'no' to chocolate and peanut butter
- some thoughts on going gray 
- made the most amazing chocolate chip cookies yesterday!
- I'm loving these things, too

Have a great weekend! 

Thursday, July 19, 2012

if you can't take the heat... | what to cook when it's hot out

Lately it's been so hot I can't bear the idea of cooking anything. I've been craving lots of cool refreshing salads but I've been stuck in a rut - same 'ol lettuce and veggies with the occasional sliced apple on top. So imagine my delight when I came across the food blog Cookie + Kate (via A Cup of Jo) yesterday! After browsing the site I've come away with sooo many new recipes to try! Here are a few salads (all with minimal kitchen time!) that look tempting to me...

I'm curious... what do you do for dinner when you don't want to stand over the stove? Make sandwiches? Order in? Let me know!

all images courtesy of Cookie + Kate

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

look cute while cleaning | DIY embellished rubber gloves

A few years ago I received a pair of fancy rubber gloves as a favor at my friend's bridal shower. Ever since then I've always felt glamorous when I wash the dishes or scrub the bathtub. Okay, not quite glamorous but wearing my beribonned gloves does make the chores less taxing. When some new friends moved into the area I decided I wanted to embellish a pair of gloves to give as a housewarming gift. When you buy a house the cleaning seems to be never-ending... trying to rid the place of all that accumulated dirt and grime (especially difficult when you have a toddler underfoot!) might be a little more bearable when you're wearing a pair of these babies. Here's how to make your own pair, to give or to keep for yourself...

What you need: plain rubber gloves, various coordinating ribbons or fabric scraps, coordinating thread, a sewing machine (or needle and thread for the stoic!), patience

First choose a pair of gloves (I picked up this nice blue and white pair at Target) and the ribbons you want to spice up the gloves with. Cut each ribbon to about one foot in length to give yourself some wiggle room. Play around with the placement to determine where each ribbon will lay on the glove. Once you've decided on an arrangement you can move to the sewing machine.

Begin by sewing one ribbon to another. I started by sewing the yellow satin ribbon to the blue grosgrain because I knew I wanted the white lace piece to partially cover the yellow...

Next I sewed the white lace trim to the blue grosgrain, making sure to cover a little less than half of the yellow ribbon.

Finally, I attached the light blue ric rac to the opposite side of the blue grosgrain.

Now to attach the ribbon to the glove! Center the ribbon on top of the glove and turn it all over, holding the ribbon secure as you turn the glove to keep it in place.

Eyeball where the two ends will meet up and trim some excess. The ends of the ribbon should still overlap.

Just make sure to leave about an inch on each side so you can create a finished seam!

Grab one end of the ribbon, fold it in about a half inch, and finger press.

Do the same to the opposite end, and pull the two ends in to the middle of the glove so they meet without overlapping. I rarely use pins because I'm lazy and want to avoid the extra step, but it may be helpful to pin the folds in place at this point.

Take the ribbon off the glove and stitch the fold down on each end of the ribbon so it appears to be finished on each side.

Choose where along the ribbon you will stitch to the glove. I sewed down the center of the grosgrain ribbon. Now for the hard part: sewing ribbon onto rubber. If you have an experience similar to mine then the glove will not want to move. I probably could have used a walking foot or performed some other clever sewing machine trick but I just dealt with it and things turned out fine. If you haven't realized it by now, this project is not for the perfectionist type. Also, a word to the wise: make sure the part of the glove that you are not sewing the ribbon to is out of the way! Using a seam ripper on a rubber glove is not easy and not always successful.

Start by sewing one end of the ribbon to the center of the underside of the glove and continue sewing until you reach the other end. Tug and pull the glove as you go if you need to. And don't forget to back stitch!

You're almost done! The ribbon is attached to the glove but it's not completely secured along the edges.

Sew a quick stitch along each end and trim the threads that are straggling every which way.

Pair with a pretty bottle of soap and gift away!

Monday, July 16, 2012

drink your fruit | smoothies in the morning

Lately we've been having lots of smoothies for breakfast. They're one of summer's perfect foods - cool, refreshing, healthy, and quick to whip up! Plus you can use tons of fresh produce from the local farmers market. We like them chock full of fruit and yogurt, and sometimes with a big dollop of peanut butter. The one pictured up above is strawberry peach - I used about a cup of plain whole milk Greek yogurt, a handful of frozen strawberries, and one sliced fresh peach. Here are two more of my favorites...

To make this peanut butter banana smoothie, start with a cup of plain whole milk Greek yogurt and add one ripe banana and a couple tablespoons of peanut butter. If you're feeling crazy add some chocolate chips!
This last one is a combination of raspberry and blueberry. Just like the others, use a cup of plain whole milk Greek yogurt and add a handful of fresh raspberries and a handful of frozen blueberries. Blend and drink up!

Do you have a favorite combination?

Friday, July 13, 2012

hello weekend

Welcome to my blissful weekend of absolutely no plans whatsoever. Okay, we don't have a completely clear calendar, but dinner with friends and some morning yard work is nothing compared to the cookout/wedding/camping circuit we've had lately. What's on your to do list this weekend? Hopefully something that involves a tall glass of lemonade...

- if you're in RI this summer, take your kids to play at the park or to storytime at the park 
- another popsicle party! It must be a sign...
- love the idea of a sweet and simple birthday breakfast
- tips for styling fine hair
- make yourself some simple sparkle top pencils
- there are so many resources for modern quilting these days!
tie dyed bed sheets... seriously?!
- these polka dot square business cards are pretty much perfect

P.S. I'm still thinking about these houseboats!

image via september wren

Thursday, July 12, 2012

sail away or just stay | vacationing on a houseboat

Let's talk houseboats. Have you ever even given them a second thought? I know I haven't, but last night while looking for a retreat location I came across a really cool option... there are a couple of houseboats docked at the Fox Point Marina in Providence! Unfortunately, they don't provide enough space for our retreat, but how awesome would it be to vacation on a houseboat? Now I can't get them out of my mind. Even a one night stay would be super fun... talk about a cool date night! Check out this one or this one if you're in the area.
images via Thrift Candy from Houseboat

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

whites and brights | how to host a tie dye party

A couple weeks ago I helped organize a sleepover for the girls in junior high at our church. We needed some sort of activity (other than eating Double Stuf Oreos and watching movies, that is) so I thought for a bit and decided that tie dyeing would be an easy and inexpensive crafty type thing that all the girls could participate in. We ended up spending hours in the garage soaking tee shirts in buckets filled with brightly colored water, and now I want to tie dye everything in sight. Here's what you need to throw your own tie dye party... 

Once you have all your supplies just follow the instructions on the inside of the Rit box. We (obviously) used the bucket method which is simple and involves no risk of dyeing the kitchen floor. As long as you don't bring the bucket in the kitchen. In case you were wondering, the colors we used were sunshine orange, lemon yellow, fuchsia, teal, and purple. Have you ever tried tie dyeing anything? It's one of my favorite things. 

image via my friend Missy's Instagram

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

peek... | favorite little clothes

Ezra wears this Dewey Decimal System shirt at least once a week because it's my absolute favorite... the rule is basically this: as long as it's clean he's wearing it. I just can't get enough of it, and it seems others agree. Everywhere we go, from the playground to the mall, Ezra is complimented on his hip tee. It recently occurred to me to check the tag so we can buy more clothes like it. The tee is by peek..., which is available at Nordstrom. Let the online shopping begin.

images via Nordstrom

Monday, July 9, 2012

camping 2012 | a recap in words and pictures

It's the Monday after our camping trip and although we've been home for a little more than twenty-four hours I still feel like I'm in recovery mode. Camping creates so much laundry! How was your weekend? Filled with fun things, I hope. Even though it's a lot of work to prepare for a camping trip - making the reservations, shopping, planning meals, packing, etc. - I'm always glad we go because it really is a lot of fun. Here are some highlights from our weekend...

no shoes inside the tent! 

 venison stew for dinner (thanks, Tom!)

 enough wood for nonstop fire burning

 long afternoon naps 

 the annual bocce ball tournament
(My friend John and I won! We unseated the two-time champions, Matt and Matt :)

 dinner prepared al fresco (and babies in diapers) 

 a visit to the playground

I didn't take as many pictures as I should have so there is a lot missing - volleyball, home run derby, ultimate frisbee, wiffleball, and lots of lounging around the fire. It's hard to believe but I'm already looking forward to next year's trip!

Thursday, July 5, 2012

hello long weekend

As I mentioned earlier this week, it's time for our fourth annual camping trip to Burlingame State Park. I'm busy rolling up our sleeping bags and packing the cooler, but I still wanted to share my favorite finds from the internets this week. Enjoy! 

- the perfect movie + gelato date night
- such a cute second birthday party celebration at the zoo
- new planners one of the good things in life
- PSA: free picnic partyinvitations available for download!
- whole wheat flatbread and other good ideas in the kitchen
- love this rustic room for two
- have you ever considered online grocery shopping?
- this mod chevron baby quilt is next on my sewing list
- on being crazy busy

Have a great weekend!

image via Oh, Pioneer!

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Independence Day

Happy Fourth of July! It's raining right now so I don't know what the fireworks will look like around here tonight. Hopefully the weather clears up soon! We haven't seen fireworks on the Fourth in three years because we've gone camping over the holiday weekend since 2009, so I'm excited to find a good display somewhere. It will be Ezra's first time... fingers crossed that he doesn't mind the noise! Go here to find a list of places in Rhode Island where you can watch the annual patriotic pyrotechnics. 

image by blueflash via facebook

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

sweet treats by the fireside | desserts to make while camping

One of my favorite parts of camping is making dessert over the fire. Of course there's the classic s'more, and I've probably had more than my fair share over the years. This time I want to broaden my campfire baking skills. Here are a few sweets that might be roasting over the fire this weekend...

What's your favorite campfire food?

P.S. More posts on camping right here.

image via etsy

Monday, July 2, 2012

sleeping under the stars | summer camp out essentials

Every year Matt and I go camping for three nights in July with a big group of friends and this year is no different. It's our fourth year going and I have packing down to a science, especially since we started out just preparing for the two of us and now we have a toddler to pack for, too. Here are my summer camp out essentials... 

sunblock - a necessity for blocking out those rays when you're out rowing a canoe on the lake
hoodie - for huddling by the fire on cool summer nights
sunglasses - to shade your peepers from the harsh light 
cast iron skillet - preferably old and seasoned, perfect for early morning fried eggs and potatoes 
camp stool - somewhere to park your hiney at the campsite
water bottle - fill it up at a nearby spigot to stay hydrated
bocce ball set - for the annual bocce ball tournament

What are your camping must haves?

P.S. I love this tent illustration by Scout's Honor Co.
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