d.i.y.: samoas

girl scout samoa cookies

April 29th, 2013

Oh yes I did. Samoas were tops on my “D.I.Y.” list – I freaking LOVE Samoas. I always associate this time of year with Girl Scout cookies, so it seemed fitting to make them now. Are you a Samoas fan? I always feel like I’m in the minority, totally outnumbered by team “Thin Mints”. But […]


couple of things


April 26th, 2013

Hi all! Before I share this month’s links I wanted to catch you up on what’s been happening around here lately! First – a short recap of my “wheat-free” month. If you recall, I decided to go wheat-free, not gluten-free (yes, there IS a difference). And I was not nearly as rigid as I was […]


favor-“ette”: magnetic craft caddy

magnetic craft caddy

April 24th, 2013

Got 10 minutes? Then you can make this adorable (and functional!) craft caddy. Now that Noah is (a little) more into arts and crafts I realized that he’ll be more likely to partake if all of his “tools” are visible and easily accessible. But the neat freak in me doesn’t want a bunch of markers […]


“you never forget a beautiful thing that you have made”

"you never forget a beautiful thing that you have made"

April 23rd, 2013

This quote – by Chef Max Bugnard, Julia Child’s instructor at Le Cordon Bleu – was clearly referring to food. But for Lacy Stroessner of Living on Love, it serves as a reminder of her role as a mother. And with Mother’s Day approaching, she’s decided to amplify this message, and do something wonderful too. Lacy […]


your spring gardening “checklist”

spring checklist, tulip buds

April 22nd, 2013

It’s hard to believe that spring is here – these persistent cool temps and gray skies would say otherwise. But my garden knows better – buds about to burst, perennials peeking through. The new gardening season has officially begun. If you’re like me, you get overwhelmed with all there is to do in the garden […]


nyc-etc: i want candy

dewey's candy

April 19th, 2013

It’s NO secret that we love sweets around here. And between our many jaunts to Economy Candy and Sockerbit (not to mention the rotating array of fruit rolls, caramels and brittle that come out of my kitchen), I usually feel like I’ve got the whole “sugar thing” well covered. And then Chelsea sent me this […]


verily magazine – “just right”

Sara Kerens, Verily Magazine, First Date shoot, March 2013

April 18th, 2013

Hey all! I’m so excited to be sharing one of my favorite new discoveries with you today – Verily Magazine! I’ve been a devoted reader of Verily since they launched last year. And while I will never give up my New York Magazine, Fine Gardening and (duh) Martha, it’s been a long time since I’ve subscribed […]


favor-“ette”: fun with instagram


April 17th, 2013

You all KNOW how much I love my Instagram. And while I don’t delude myself into thinking I’m a professional photographer, I do enjoy playing with all of the filters and special effects. And did you know that you can turn those killer phone photos into some pretty cool stuff? Stickygram turns your Instagram photos […]


blove: brooklyn supper

brooklyn supper

April 15th, 2013

Gosh I love doing this series. photo courtesy of Elizabeth Stark Brooklyn Supper is a must-read blog, penned by the talented and lovely Elizabeth Stark, along with her equally talented and lovely (awkward?) husband Brian Campbell: “[By] highlighting seasonal ingredients, we hope to start a conversation and inspire readers to get to know local foods, […]


shortcuts: wonton ravioli

kale ricotta wonton ravioli

April 12th, 2013

Remember my “shortcuts” series? You know, the one where I was going to post recipes using pre-made ingredients – like puff pastry, or pre-rolled pie crusts? Me neither. That’s because I did exactly one post on the subject – almost two years ago. Oops. I have no idea why I never kept up with this […]