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Unique Flowers for Mom

Mother’s Day is just 3 days away and while a traditional bouquet of cut flowers is a lovely gift, there is still time to put a creative, personal, funky or fun twist on your flora gift for your mama. Here are some of our favorite DIY’s, tips and tricks for flowers. Above:Ziploc-Lined May Day Bouquets | Simple… Read more »

Baby + Kid

Who Lives in a Pineapple Under the Sea?

ladies pineapple

Everything is popping up in a pattern of pineapples and I couldn’t be more pleased. I’m doing some online shopping for our Summer vaca and I’m loving all things “Piña” which is perfect because Gordon and I are counting down the last few weeks until we head to the Dominican Republic as guests of the grand opening of Nickelodeon Hotels & Resorts Punta Cana. Yes, Spongebob will be there and yes, there is actually a presidential suite, Pineapple Villa, inspired by his pineapple home.

Pineapple Villa Rendering 2016-03-24 copy Yes, we will be wearing pineapple shirts, and sunnies, and even a pineapple fanny pack. Maybe we will wear them all at the same time, but maybe not.

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For the Mama: 1. Scarf, 2. Hat, 3. Wallet, 4. Clutch, 5. Shoes, 6. Phone Case, 7. Tote, 8. Earrings, 9. Shirt, 10. Swimsuit, 11. Sweatshirt

For the Boy: 1, Hat, 2. Shoes, 3. Sunglasses, 4. Tank, 5. Fanny Pack, 6. Rash guard, 7. Swim trunks, 8. Tie, 9. Shirt

I have been hoping to take the little guy on a trip by himself before kindergarten starts in the Fall and this all-inclusive experience that caters to kids; with an outstanding kid’s club, endless food variety, and the famous Nickelodeon characters, like Sponge Bob and the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, is sure to make it memorable and fun.

Just Kiddin Approved

And you can bet your Square Pants that I totally plan on soaking up all of the beauty of the beach as well as the beauty of the resort and spa, and the beauty of all-inclusive gourmet food and Piña Coladas. I’m working on a theme here.

Vassa Spa Outdoor approved

If you are interested in experiencing the new Nickelodeon Hotels & Resorts Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic, check out their tempting special rates for this Summer!


Lunchtime Tabouli Recipe

Lunchtime Tabouli RecipeI work from home, or running in and out of my home all day long… which means I eat at home. If I don’t make myself a big container full of something healthy at the beginning of the week, I will eat a bag of goldfish crackers and 8 pieces of cheese for lunch. So on Sundays I will hit up the farmers market and make something healthy and stick it in the fridge, then attack it with a fork on the go throughout the week.

Now it’s spring, which means I want bright flavors and herbs herbs herbs. Here is how I make my tabouli, and eat it all week long. Get my tabouli recipe after the jump… (more…)


Make Your Own Fine Art Garden Stone

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How to make a garden stepping stone

Hand prints and names forever imprinted in cement are so sweet but why not let your little artist (or your inner artist) turn a garden stepping stone into a work of fine art? They will be so proud to have their handiwork on display in your beautiful yard. Our friends at Ortho® asked us to come up with a project that would compliment the gorgeous green and weed-free lawn that so many of us strive to have, and we knew a chic DIY garden stone would be the perfect touch.

Like most people, I face a constant struggle with weeds in my lawn – dandelions, crabgrass, clover and other weeds that I don’t even recognize. So frustrating! It’s amazing to see how quickly Weed B Gon gets rid of those pesky plants and lets me enjoy my yard without being lured away from the fun by a weed that catches my eye.

Read on for the step by step instructions on how you and your family can create your own Garden Stone.

How to make a garden stepping stone



Tissue Paper Rosette Letters

Tissue Paper Rosette Sign Scarlet and I were looking for a fun craft to while away an afternoon, and my studio contains massive amounts of tissue paper (we love tissue paper). She’d been wanting to make a sign to put on the door to her room, and I wanted to try a new way of making a tissue paper sign. So, we rolled a bunch of cute little rosettes and made her a beautiful “S”. This project is easy-peasy and turns out so pretty! Let me show you how we made our Tissue Paper Rosette Letter after the jump… (more…)


The Thank You Book: The Last Elephant and Piggie Book

elephant and piggie mo willemsThe Elephant and Piggie books by Mo Willems will always hold a warm place, and a silly place, in my heart. When Clare, my beautiful first born, was about to turn one, I asked Rick what the theme should be for her party. Without skipping a beat he said “birthday-themed.” And so I proceeded in a pre-DIY blog, pre-Pinterest world with creating a pretty dynamite birthday-themed birthday party. To this party, my friend Jaime brought her sweet brand new baby Scarlet and a beautiful gift. In that pretty package was a selection of new books for baby Clare including two books by Mo Willems, whom I had never heard of before. Can you remember a time when you hadn’t heard of Elephant and Piggie and Pigeon and Duckling and Knuffle Bunny and Trixie? On that day I read The Pigeon Finds a Hot Dog and There’s a Bird on Your Head for the first time. Since then we have spent so many nights sharing all of Mo Willem’s books, and passing them down from child to child, and also giving them as gifts to anyone we know who needs these beloved (and sometimes ornery) characters in their lives.

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The time has now come for 25th and very last Elephant and Piggie book.

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Gerald is careful. Piggie is not.
Piggie cannot help smiling. Gerald can.
Gerald worries so that Piggie does not have to.

Gerald and Piggie are best friends.

In The Thank You Book!, Piggie wants to thank EVERYONE. But Gerald is worried Piggie will forget someone . . . someone important.

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And while Elephant and Piggie are busy figuring out who they need to thank, I’d like to say #thankorama to Mo Willems himself for these funny, crazy, heart-warming characters who have played an important roll in my three children’s early years. This may be the last Elephant and Piggie book but we will be learning to read using the library of 25 published books for years to come.

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Unique Flowers for Mom

DIY mother's day Flowers

Mother’s Day is just 3 days away and while a traditional bouquet of cut flowers is a lovely gift, there is still time to put a creative, personal, funky or fun twist on your flora gift for your mama. Here are some of our favorite DIY’s, tips and tricks for flowers.

Above:Ziploc-Lined May Day Bouquets | Simple and Stunning Succulent Wreath | How to Make a Succulent CrownLolli-Flowers

Spring Flower DIYs, Tips, and Tricks

How to Create 4 Beautiful May Day Bouquets | Lavender and Oatmeal Soaps | Baby Food Jar Hanging Bud Vase

See more Spring Flower DIYs, Tips, and Tricks after the jump…



Simple & Bright Bok Choy Salad

Simple & Bright Bok Choy Salad
If you planted a winter garden, I hope so included some bok choy! It’s ready now, so pick it (or pick it up at your local farmer’s market). I love bok choy in an easy weeknight stir fry, and I especially love it braised so it’s a bit creamy. But bok choy is also delicious eaten raw! Just chop it up and toss it with a dressing that has some sweetness to cut any bitterness in the leaves. Add some nuts or seeds for crunch, and you’ve got a light, delicious lunch. Get the dressing recipe for our Simple & Bright Bok Choy salad after the jump… (more…)


Wild for Flowers: Must-Have Florals for Spring

florals for spring

Mother Nature is still mixing some April Showers in with my May Flowers but I’m ready for blooms. Here are ten of my favorite florals this month. From a pretty new coloring book of clever quotes and pretty flowers by Zoë Ingrams, to Quinn’s favorite kicks this season, to retro SunPrint Paper to bring me back to childhood, May is bursting with pretty petals.

1.  The Flower Trip – Florabunda – Bando

2. Roshe One Cherry Blossom Sneakers – Nike

3. Dear Stella Fabric by the Yard, Wildwood, Midnight Floral Ebony – Fabricworm

4. Wise Words to Color: Inspiration to Live and Color By by Zoë Ingram

5. Roxy Kids Sneakers – See Kai Run

6. SunPrint Kit – Amazon

7. Adidas Originals Floral Print Legging – Urban Outfitters

8. Faux Peony Stems – Target

9. Girls’ Terry Cloth Kaftan Cover Up – Marimekko for Target

10. Patterned Case for iPhone – J. Crew