03 Jul

4th of July Desserts!

Hope you are all lucky enough to have Friday off for the 4TH of July holiday weekend! Jon is off, which means we are off to the beach too! Tomorrow though we are attending a BBQ and I need to bring a dessert.

Here are my top contenders:

4TH OF JULY DESSERTS

S’mores ice cream sandwiches

4th of July Fruit Tart

Red, white and blue yogurt bark

Easy flag fruit dessert platter

Red, white and blue pretzel sticks

Enjoy the holiday weekend!

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02 Jul

Treat Yo Self: My Idol App

It’s Thursday and if you are like me then it’s probably feeling more like Friday due to the upcoming holiday weekend so let’s face it you’re probably not getting a lot of work done today.

Yesterday Jon showed me the silliest app. It’s called My Idol and it’s this crazy Chinese app that builds your own digital avatar by using one of your existing photos or having you take a new photo. You can think take your avatar and and dress it up, add a hair style, etc and then put it in different scenarios. It’s crazy because a lot of it in Mandarin and some of the scenarios you can put yourself are pretty unique.

Here is my mini me doing a cat walk!

It doesn’t look exactly like me, but it was silly and made us all laugh. We spent the evening putting everyone we know in it and having Hudson in giggles!

So give yourself a 15 min break and go enjoy yourself!

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01 Jul

Party Prep with Michaels

In the past couple of weeks things have been changing at my local Michaels things have been changing. Aisles have been moving and there have been empty shelves awaiting something new to arrive. Little did I know that all of the moves and changes was to make room for a massive party section. All of things that I use to have to either DIY or order online from Etsy are now at my finger tips. While it made me a little sad to see that all of those little details that I find on blogs are now out there in the open for everyone and my secret society of sorts has been exposed it is super convenient to jump pop in and pick up some items when I’m running behind and need party things.

I had to share some pictures of it in all it’s glory!

Cool cobalt blue cardboard signage:
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A colorful display of gift wrapping materials:
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Purple treat bags, streamers and banners:

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Light purple pom pom trim, bakers twine, popcorn buckets and utensils!

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Invitations, polka dot balloons and decorative straws in sherbert.

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The rows just continue with more and more color! They even have those 36″ balloons that everyone seems to be using for photo shoots.

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Plus some themed sections like sets for bridal showers, weddings, baby showers and even a BBQ. How cute would this stuff be for the 4th of July!

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The best part for me was seeing the kraft brown and burlap section. I always like picking up those little containers for parties or wooden utensils.

From burlap gift tags, to twine, to natural egg crates and tassels galore!

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You must check out your local store and see if they have made the addition yet!

 

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30 Jun

Parent Lounge Moodboard

I’m on the board of Hudson’s school and they just started a big renovation. New floors just went over the weekend and I believe painting is up next! Two of the rooms in the space are classrooms and they were already designed before I came on board. The last room in the space is going to be transformed into a parent lounge. Each room has a theme and the this room will be the sea/water. There haven’t been any final decisions on this space so I got to do my thing and come up with a plan.

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For the dining/desk area I thought a tulip style table would give an ample around of space for parents to sit and talk, have a coffee or bring their laptop and get a little work done while their child is in class. I would pair it with my nautical inspired yet modern chairs (to the trade) complete with metallic linen pillows. A trio of aerial water shots from Max Wanger add to the sea/water theme. To help differentiate this part of the room I wanted to do overhead lighting and liked this option.

The remaining part of the room is meant to be the lounging area of the space so I suggested this sofa that is traditional yet modern plus it’s the color of sand! Then to tie in the schools colors (orange/aqua) I wanted to add these accent pillows.

The room is on the small side, but we want additional seating in the lounge area. Instead of accent club chairs which have a large foot print try and go with an upholstered dining chair. I love this option. Great price and it comes in a bunch of different colors. This petite pedestal table would fit perfectly between the two chairs.

I continued with my aerial beach photo theme and thought this one would look great above the sofa and flanked by two sconces. This rug works perfectly with the artwork and helps finish up the space.

I’m working with a fellow board member on the space so she has also being coming up a plan as well. We shall see how we combine both of our design wants/styles in the space!

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29 Jun

Scenes from my weekend…

This past weekend was a bit boring, but also a bit blissful. We didn’t have any commitments! We have been going, going, going so it was nice to slow down for a bit.

We kicked off our weekend with a trip to a nearby fair that was going on. I met a fellow mom at the park a couple of weeks ago and we got along great so we exchanged numbers and decided to go to the fair together. Talk about nerves! Luckily Hudson and her daughter continued to get along famously and played like crazy with no fights! Plus to all of this is that her hubby was pretty much a perfect fit for Jon. They liked all of the same things and everyone had fun!

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On Saturday after a rough night with a super cranky Asher I decided to stay in my PJ’s for most of the morning and just relax. Ha! It didn’t happen, because I had promised my mom a bunch of bouquets so I spent the morning with these beauties:

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I’m a messy florist so pretty quickly my entire kitchen floor looked like this!

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Afterwards I was left with 13 adorable mini bouquets all ready for my mom’s school graduation ceremony!

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The rest of the day though was spent like this! It was rainy and gross so it was really the best way to spend the day.

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On Sunday Jon had to head out east to pick up a sunfish! One of his co-workers was getting rid of it so Jon made the drive out to the Hamptons to pick up. So now he has a little project to work on with Hudson.

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While Jon was out east we stayed in town and I sneaked out to a massage!

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Best part about this spa is that it’s right across the street from one of my guilty pleasure shopping haunts called PayHalf. This store can have a lot of cheesy stuff, but you can always find some diamonds in the rough!

Adorable sun hat for $9, but it was too big for my head!

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I spent the rest of the day at my parents house enjoying the day and waiting for Jon’s return. Aren’t my parents hydrangeas amazing?! I’m not going to lie I want to head over today with a pair of scissors!

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When we got home the excitement of the sailboat was too much for Ash! We had emptied out the pool to clean and re-fill it the day before, but due to the rain it started to fill up again and this kid walked in and decided to splash around.

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When everyone got to bed I was able to get some work done and started to pull fabrics for a client’s nursery design. I’m in love with this combo:

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Happy Monday! Here is for a short work week! Jon has off on Friday so we are all super excited!

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26 Jun

Friday Finds…

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-A home office with a sitting area complete with matching elephant consoles!!!! Swoon. Love this peek into Emily Procter’s home office.

-What a cute beach bag. So much chicer than the canvas boat bags I tote. Plus it can be monogrammed!

-This looks like the perfect dress to throw on when you are running out the door for a busy day! I think I’m going to head out today to try it on!

-Loving the husband and wife shared workspace. What a cool DIY desk.

-I love having pretty platters and this striped one just tops the cake. I would never treat myself to it, because it’s on the high side, but I wouldn’t hate it if it arrived at my doorstep as a just because gift. Hint, hint Jon.

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25 Jun

Treat Yo Self: Story Time

Before I had kids I use to read all of time. I was the girl that packed my honeymoon carry on with at least 7 books including one that was over 1,000 pages! There are literally photos of me carrying around Pillars of the Earth all over St. Lucia.

Now though it’s really hard to find time to read a book. I have a kindle with at least ten books I have yet to read, but I love the feel of a good old fashioned book in my hand and I have a stack of those as well. So this week I say we should treat ourselves to a little story time. I’m tired of bringing my book to the beach and never getting past page one.

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Next up for me to read is Yes Please and I will be bringing it out to my backyard and laying on one of my favorite blankets and hopefully making it past chapter one. You can pick up your own blanket here.

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24 Jun

Canva: Graphic Design for Dummies

A couple of months ago I decided to join the board where Hudson goes to his little classes. It’s called the Parent Resource Centerand it’s a non-profit cooperative that relies on parent volunteer for it’s board. Hudson has been going there since he was really little so I wanted to help and contribute in some way. I went to a board meeting and loved all of the ladies and what they were doing so I joined! I’m now co-chair of House Arts which is handling a massive renovation they are going through. Can’t wait to share some before and after pictures and I’m also in charge of graphics!!!!

Now I love a good graphic and due to all of my years in blogging I think I have a good eye, but I’m not the most computer savvy person when it comes to producing designs. Typically I sketch everything out and then have my graphic design do her thing and make it something computer worthy. In order to get better at doing graphics myself I signed up for the graphic design class run by Emily of Jones Design Company.(*More on this when I’m done with the class*)

I also started working with Canva. Canva is like graphic design for dummies. It’s a website where you sign up (for free) and you now have access to a bunch of different templates for items like posters, invitations, postcards, facebook cover pages and even instagram photos. They have a bunch of different layouts you can use and lots of free backgrounds and copy layout. They also have design features you can pay for, but it’s really inexpensive like $1 a background. Once you do your design you can then save it as a pdf and get it printed where ever you like. Working on the board has been great, but they do need a lot of quick turn arounds for flyers, etc so using Canva has been a godsend. So easy to use!

I worked on a gift certificate with the program:

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I also used it to make a flyer for a playgroup we are hosting:

Version 1:

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Version 2:

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I even used it when putting together Jon’s Father’s Day gift!

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I thought it was such a cool tool and helpful for bloggers! You can do so much with it. They even have a new infographics section under Blogging and e-books that I think would be great for making your own media kits.

P.S. All info on playgroup graphics are real so if you are a local mom come on over! I’m co-hosting the first one and love to meet fellow bloggers/readers.

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23 Jun

Styling Accessories from B&N

The weather has been getting hot, hot, hot which is nice, but not too great with Hudson and Asher. We have been making daily trips to our air conditioned kids library and recently I started added our local Barnes & Noble.They have a big Thomas the train table which keeps them busy.

The other day I had some extra time to wander around and I ended up in their home area which had so many cute finds! I tend to pick up little home accessories where ever I go. They are so useful for photo shoots and I like having my own stock of items at home.

The had a big array of lacquered boxes and decorative candles :

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Loved these games.The packaging is amazing and inside the actual games were filled with orange dominoes and teal and orange backgammon!
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Artist Sujean Rim use to do all of the illustrations for Daily Candy. Daily Candy is no longer, but you still pick up pieces of her work at Barnes and Noble from totes to notecards and even mugs!

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They really had so many things to pick from. Lots of journals with pretty covers, pencil cases, bookends, etc. I’m going to have to make the a must stop location when I’m in need for styling accessories.

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22 Jun

Scenes from my weekend…

This weekend we didn’t go to our last soccer class instead we got to do something way better.

Early Saturday morning we ventured out to Fort Tryon Park:

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Because my sister, Ximena was getting proposed too!!!!

The proposal was going to be happening in this tunnel:

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In the tunnel Ximena and her lovely boyfriend, Steve would be met with a group of a Capella singers that would serenade them and then bam proposal!

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While we hide outside of the tunnel to Congratulate them right away!

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The ring: My sister wanted something really different so Steve went with a  vintage inspired rose gold setting and a champagne diamond as the center stone.

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Afterwards we all got to go out to brunch at New Leaf restaurant in Fort Tryon:

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Such a fun day! So excited to officially welcome Steve into our family and yay we have a wedding to plan!!!!

The new fiances went out to dinner that night and celebrated with some champagne and a fancy dinner at River Cafe:

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Congrats Ximena and Steve! Thanks for including us in the proposal!

So, lovely readers of mine what are your favorite wedding blogs?

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