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We spend a lot of time in the main room of our home. It is a large living/dining area that opens into the kitchen with large windows that overlook the ocean. We can’t complain. Yet spending a lot of time there means that a lot of Declan’s toys live or end up out there which made for a constant mess. We finally did something about it a few weeks back and gave Declan his own play area by moving the couches up a bit and putting his trucks and toys behind them, creating a separate seating area from the play area. Not only does the IKEA storage system we purchased keep all of his toys hidden, it also helps him keep things clean up by having specific bins for specific types of toys. Trucks, kitchen stuff, legos, musical instruments, dress up, coloring… they all have a home. While toys still make it to the front half of the room it is 100 times better than before. We might even buy a second storage system and use shelves instead of bins to fit his growing Playmobil collection.
April 8, 2013 No Comments
Is it okay to decorate for St. Patrick’s Day and Easter at the same time? I’m telling myself it is. Have a good weekend everyone! Declan is fighting a cough so I’m home today. Hoping he gets better quick so that we can enjoy the gorgeous weekend ahead!
March 1, 2013 No Comments
I got a little crafty this year with Declan’s class Valentines. After creating the tattoos, I pulled together some supplies I already owned including paper, envelopes and mini envelopes cut in half to hold the tattoos. Declan added the final touch by coloring a secret message for each of his friends.
I hope the kiddos like the tattoos, and if you are still in need of a quick and easy non-candy gift, you can download the heart tattoo PDF here.
February 11, 2013 No Comments
It has been quite the adventure these last three years. Thanks for always being there for me, and enjoying this crazy ride with me Bryan! xoxo Heather
(see past anniversary posts here)
July 18, 2012 No Comments
Ever since I was little my family has made french pancakes. (It wasn’t until I was older did I learn that their real name is crepes! I still refer to them as french pancakes when I am making them though.) They are really easy to make, and although you can make them savory (mushrooms, chicken and cheese please) we always do them sweet. Growing up, my sisters and I would stay with my mom’s aunt and uncle in San Luis Obispo each summer for a week or so. We ALWAYS had french pancakes and the best part was that they had fun code names for all of the toppings. Syrup was oil, powdered sugar was snow, brown sugar was dirt, butter was soap… it made the whole thing so much more exciting! Here is the recipe I use, which yields about 8 or so pancakes? Usually when it is just me eating them I cut it by a third (which you will see is really easy with the quantities needed).
1 1/2 cups of milk
1 cup of flour
dash of salt
Beat the eggs together. Add the milk, beat, then add the flour and salt. Mix together. Heat your large pan and butter the bottom. Pour some batter in, I usually use a 2/3 cup measuring cup for each but it really just depends on your pan. The trick is to put the batter in the middle of the pan, then pick it up and slowly swirl it around until it covers the entire bottom of the pan. This is when you can add a little more batter if you need to get full coverage. Let it cook until the sides begin to brown slightly. Carefully use a rubber spatula to loosen all of the sides, then flip. Wait until there are brown spots on the bottom and then you are done!
We roll ours, although you can fold it into a triangle as well. Other sweet topping combos are:
Lemon juice + sugar
Nutella + bananas
Nutella + strawberries
March 14, 2012 4 Comments
I slacked on getting the house decorated this year for Valentine’s Day. Saturday night as I was going through my boxes of craft and wrapping supplies I came across the decorations I used for my birthday party a few years back. Don’t ask me why I kept them all this time (Well, you can. It is because I hoard craft and wrapping supplies. Yep. And look! It paid off! I re-used something!) Those invites are still some of my favorites I have ever done. But back to the decorations. I took the pieces of sewn crepe paper and in addition to putting them around a few frames and on shelves, I wrapped them around a vintage milk jar, vintage blue mason jar and a spaghetti jar for an easy little centerpiece. A few flowers from Trader Joe’s and love is now in the air!
February 13, 2012 No Comments
After two (awesome) crazy days in the city and a christening, we are spending some of this rainy New York day at the Staten Island children’s museum. Perfect.
November 22, 2011 No Comments
Dolly recently sent me a link to this awesome video of their wedding invitations!
From Dolly: We thought of the idea ourselves and we co-wrote it and designed it ourselves, with the help of 2 close friends marloes versluys as the graphic designer and abbie ong as the copywriter. The concept behind the invite is “uniting two people as one” which is what a marriage means to us. The idea is to have two seperate cards and when people receive the invite they have to pull two strings together to make one.
November 14, 2010 No Comments
Please say a prayer for Andy Irons’ wife, who is due with their first child next month. I can’t even image the heartache that loosing your husband can bring, let alone loosing him while carrying his child. My heart breaks for her. You can read more about Andy and what they know so far about his passing here.
November 3, 2010 4 Comments
July 30, 2010 1 Comment