Thursday, February 28, 2013

Homemade infant activities

Sometimes, I feel like I run out of creative ideas to keep Biscuit entertained (and exercised!) that do NOT involve flipping on the TV. (Yuck!)

Here are a couple great, easy ideas I came across
over at the blog "I Can Teach My Child".
Here are two of my favorites for an 11-month-old...

Peek-a-boo - a felt flap house!
Biscuit is obsessed with flaps.
Not to mention I just purchased a bunch of felt on sale at Michael's.
He could open and close them for hours on end.
Too cute with personal photos on the inside!
And what a great way to up-cycle wipes bags. :)

A crawling obstacle course!
The more pillows and tunnels, the better.

Fun, no?
What are some of your favorite ways to keep mobile babies entertained?

~images via i can teach my child~

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Round coffee tables

Now that the little Biscuit is full-on crawling and climbing and standing,
it's time to swap out the sharp edges for a rounded coffee table.
The problem?  I'm not in love with round coffee tables.

Here are some that I find "okay"...


Let the searching continue.

P.S. Where's your favorite place to shop for coffee tables?

~images via the urban decor, haute look, home depot, & crate and barrel~

Tuesday, February 26, 2013


Tis the season to layer it up!
Here are some of my favorite ways to layer:

From bold...

To warm and neutral...

To fun and glamorous...

Never too hot or too cold,
and always  fashionable!

~images via smilininsideandout.tumblr & pinterest x 3~

Monday, February 25, 2013

Stuffed avocadoes

I haven't posted a recipe in awhile,
mostly because I haven't had time to whip out the good camera.
We have been eating, really, we have.

So {HERE} is one of my favorite, easy, clean-eating lunches-on-the-go...

Perfect for meatless Lenten Fridays!
(And impending bikini season.)


~image via bullfrogs & bulldogs~

Friday, February 22, 2013

The Friday Five

I don't know why, but this week was especially exhausting for me.
Sooooo happy it's finally Friday!
(Even if it's snowing.)

Loving their latest...

Make an ordinary supermarket floral arrangement extraordinary.
Easy, no?

Colored skinny jeans
ala Target.
Cute and cheap.
(Because who really wants/needs to spend big bucks on such bold pants?!)

Fab kitchen islands
The bigger, the better.

Which ones do you sing to your child?
For whatever reason, Biscuit seems partial to Edelweiss, This Little Light of Mine, and You are My Sunshine. 
Here are some more lovely ideas, ala Cup of Jo.

And a few more links, just because...

Pretty necklace.

I think this might be the next new mascara I try.

I think I need some of this massage soap.

Darling idea for new mamas.

Ha!  This is exactly how I feel this week.

...TGIF, m'loves!

~images via Cup of Jo, Target, the hunted interior / photo by b~

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Keyed up

What a cute way to commemorate your first home together!

Which is your favorite?
I want the ornament.

~images via kimbo crafts & in my own style~

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

A touch of fur

It's still winter.
Which means it's still freezing.
Why not embrace it with a touch of fur?

Two of my favorite looks...

Paired with red lips, b+w stripes, & baubles:

Paired with navy nails, a soul-warming cocktail, and colored jeans:

Don't worry.
You can go the faux route.
No animals harmed!
And way easier on the wallet.


~images via pinterest & a piece of toast~

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

A weekend re-cap

I'm still in denial that the lovely long weekend is over.
Instead of jumping right into reality, I will take a moment to reflect...
One of my bestie's came into town on Friday.
Red wine, chit chat, and Thai takeout!
On Saturday, we got our nails did with these in tow.
Trashy in the can?  Perhaps.  But oh so delicious.

Saturday perfection continued with paninis from The Green Kitchen
and a wine flight from Thief!
I left with an amazing French rose and California pinot in and.

Then we did some antiquing, of course.
Remember this and this?
Here were some of my favorites...

Blue-toned art...

A brown leather clutch...

Vintage plaid luggage for a purse corral!...

Mid-mod accent chairs...
(I could do without some of the fabric choices, however.)

Next up, sushi and cocktails at Kanpai.
Can you believe that was my first post-pregnancy sushi??!
What the hell was I waiting for?

Sunday was a day of R&R and cleaning,
and a trip to Whole Foods for organic fruits, veg, and meats for a LOT of baby food making.
The Biscuit is into advancing his textures,
so here's what we made this time:

Cinnamon Apple Raisin - to mix with oatmeal
Chicken and Veggie Stew
Spaghetti with Chicken Bolognese
 Butternut Squash Risotto with Tomatoes & Cheese
Stellina with Veggie Sauce - that's little Italian pasta stars!
Carrot + Butternut
Broccoli + Spinach + Cauliflower
Blueberry + Pear + Banana

Lucky little boy, I know.

Yesterday, I took a "continuing education" day.
Among other thigns, I learned about pediatric nutrition
(which inspired the above).
The huzz also so happened to be off for Pres's Day.
Now it's back to the grind.
A rude early a.m. awakening,
followed by a blustery walk into work.
But it's already Tuesday - date night! - 
so there's lots to look forward to!

~photos by b~

Friday, February 15, 2013

The Friday Five

I have said this time and time again,
I am pretty sure I am  still 22.
Best age ever.
Thank you, Taylor Swift, for recognizing so.

Cute date night ideas
(In case you're celebrating with your Valentine this weekend.)
DIY date night cupid arrows

And a hot chocolate + cookie picnic!

Keeping in line with the Valentine's theme...

Every man should do this once.

DIY anthro hair tie knock-offs
I'm sold.
Possibly a cute V-day gift for your girlies, no?

Valentine's crafts for kids!
Can't forget the kids.

A few more links...


Oooh, glitter sleeves.  I can dig.

Swedish real estate, ala Elle Decor.  Yum.

I want a giant Valentine's poster.

Arugula pizza - first meatless Lenten Friday dinner?

Have a good one!

~ pinterest x 2, theresakistal, & growing a jewel~

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Be my Valentine.

Happy V-day to...

The huzz (I love you so)!
We celebrated early with a fitting Fat Tuesday feast of the 7 course chef tasting menu with wine pairings at Sanford
 #amaze  #splurge

To the other love of my life!
So stinking cute.

And to all of my lovely, beautiful friends...

May your hearts be full and happy,
today and always!

~poto by b / imae by pinterest~

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Tickled pink

Hot pink, that is.
Loving this bright punch of color!
Especially paired with red/orange (including on the digits!)...

(The peplum doesn't hurt.) & white stripes...

...and a simple gray!
(I even love the little bit of leopard!)

Would you rock this hue?

~images via pinterest, crate and barrel, pinterest, & the glitter guide~

Monday, February 11, 2013


Yesterday my post about the Grammy's uploaded in some crazy cryptic manner.
I am too pissed off at the computer pressed for time to re-do it,
but in summary:

I love Fun. ...and I still love Mumford.  So much.
I am appauled that Rihanna and Chris Brown are back together.
A drinking game should have been made for every time they showed Taylor Swift.
I wasn't digging anyone's fashion choices.
I thought if LL licked his lips one more time they might fall off.
I was most anticipating the return of my beloved JT...

...I was totally feeling it through Jay Z's part,
then I got a little lost.
Why was he channeling Bruno Mars circa 3 years ago?
What's with the constant high pitch squealing?
And the straightened blowout?  Huh???
Remember this?  And this?  And this?!
Please, Justin, bring me back to these happier times.
I, of course, will still buy the album and love every second of it, but seriously.
You all know what I mean.


Sunday, February 10, 2013

Friday, February 8, 2013

The Friday Five

Happy, happy Friday!
Why do winter weeks seem especially long?!

Here are five things I'm loving this week...

More L-O-V-E.
By Uncle Kracker, no less.

"Mexican in Paris"
My new favorite Latin-inspired drink.
From Cempazuchi on Brady Street.
Mezcal joven, St. Germaine, pineapple, agave nectar, lime juice, basil, serrano.

Target Brand "Puffs"
Namely, the sweet potato variety.
With the blueberry coming in a close second.
Dare I say, waaaay better than the Gerber and Plum Baby alternatives?
Well, at least according to my little guy.
Biscuit could eat the whole container if I would allow it.

plaid + chiffon
A perfect winter into spring combination, no?

20 Clever DIY Valentines
Wasn't Valentine's Day such a fun day in grade school?!


And a few more lovely links...

Words to live by.

Fun office supplies.

DIY Valentines tea bags.  SO cute.

And a "get well soon" gift that is just too adorable.



~photo by b / images via target & Pinterest x 2~

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Mid mod dining chairs.

I'm in love with each and every one of these...

Comfort and style all in one.



~images via pinterest, desire to inspire, this is glamorous, pinterest, & home bunch~