Southern flair in the Northern air...

Southern flair in the Northern air...

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

3 Years Married

Paul and I have been married 3 years today!! To celebrate, we were thinking about getting a hotel room in the city and getting sushi at the Legal Harboside roofdeck in Seaport; but while talking this morning (in bed) about how much we love our bed, we decided to have a normal night at home.  Although the weather is supposed to be so nice, I think I may plan a 3 person (Roswelle included) picnic at my favorite spot on Savin Hill, to make tonight just a little more special.  

Last night, on the drive home from the Cape, I was thinking about what it would be like to be married for 50 years, which is the goal.  I thought about my future married self, and what she would reminisce about the 3rd year of marriage.  

I think it would be singing "if you're happy and you know it" over and over again in the car, family time on our big king-sized bed right after Roswelle's bath and before her bedtime bottle, dancing in the kitchen to the Disney pandora station, Lunch dates on the greenway, serious & ambitious talks about our budget and financial goals, being upstairs getting ready for bed and hearing Paul set up my coffee for the morning, Lunge U together, garage WODS together, weekly Bible study on our living room floor, awkwardly learning how to travel as a family of 3, bgood friday nights, the thrill of a friday night movie-rental at home, nightly prayers over Roswelle while she slept in her crib & racing out when she stirred.  

I'd encourage you to make a list of things you loved about your marriage over the past year on each anniversary.  It would be a really fun thing to go back and read together! 

Monday, May 25, 2015

Memorial Day 2015

Roswelle, Paul, and I spent this Memorial Day Weekend at the cape cottage, in Truro, with family! The warm summer days and familiar summer spots were welcomed with open arms, by us all.  This is a simple post of snapshots from the past two days.  

And thank you to all the men and women who serve this great country, and their families who sacrifice as well!  Happy MDW!!

Friday, May 22, 2015

Favorite Things Friday


This is the first time, in as long as I can remember (maybe ever?), that I have written every day of the week!  I'm hoping writing every day, will be a more regular thing.  

I'm packing up the car to head to the cape, but wanted to share my favorite things this week.


{meyer's hand soap is no new thing, but the honeysuckle scent is something special}

{I love the Physician's Formula Organic tinted moisturizer.  They also have organic BB & CC cream}

{I'll be on the road a lot this summer and nothing bothers Paul more than when I bring my coffee mug into the car.  Target has great disposable coffee cups prints right now, bright or a little more subtle, depending on your mood.  I only use these when I can't find my reusable to-go mug, like today.}


{monogrammed beach towels are great summer gifts for babies and kids!  I love this kid-size pb flamingo version and the extra large LLbean polka-dot towel pictured below.  Both were gifts and I'm so thankful for them!}

Alright, I'm off!  Have a great holiday weekend!

Thursday, May 21, 2015

spend your money well

{this duffle bag is on now my birthday wish list}

Last night, I complimented a friend's backpack and asked her where she got it (I'm searching for a good brand).  She told me it was Krochet Kids, and promptly showed me the inside label, where the signature of the woman who made it was placed.  I loved the style and loved the message.  Later, I checked out the website and was amazed at the stylish, good quality and variety the brand offered.  The idea is that what makes something valuable is the person that made it, their craft or skills place value in the product.  You can actually send a thank you message to the lady, from countries like Peru and Uganda, that made your item. Check out more products and read more about the company here:

"Every product we make is hand-signed by the person who made it.  Women and thier families are being empowered through the products made at krochet kids intl and the programs we provide." - Krochet Kids Intl.

{would love to wear this on my upcoming trip to nashville}

{this is the bag that got my attention last night}

{they have great clothing for both men and women}

{Paul just bought a pair of similar sweats from bonobos, but now I'm wishing we had spent our money on Krochet Kids - next time!}

*They also have a ton of hand knit winter accessories for women, men and children(!) but I couldn't bring myself to write about winter clother after the winter we just had in Boston.  BUT it will be on my radar come November ;)

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Style: 1 Bookshelf, 4 Ways

According to many design books, my style is The Eclectic Sophisticate (1).  I'll think I have my design style figured out and then I see an amazing room on a blog or magazine and I'm thrown into confusion again.   

Case in point, this fun design challenge by the talented Emily Henderson ( where she asks her readers to vote for their favorite style of "1 bookshelf, 4 ways." I was surprisingly attracted to the Desert New Age (3).   I love the playful, color-filled, relaxed vibe the style gives off.  I think this version is the new "in" style, even in fashion (hello fringe)d.  I love this style because it can be incredibly affordable - vintage, distressed, used, green, raw.

In the end, I think it's important to know what you are consistently attracted to when styling a home or yourself, it will make you the happiest in the long run.  But I also think it's fun to change it up every now and then and have fun, spaces perfect for this are small bathrooms and bookshelves.  

So after all that rambling, the question I want to ask is which style is your favorite?

The Desert New Age:

The Playful Scholar:

The Modern Traditional: 

The Eclectic Sophisticate:

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

A Simple Salad on a Simple Monday

I was asked to bring a green salad to my niece Maddie's birthday party on Sunday,  and I put together  a winner.  It's a light, sweet, and simple salad which is perfect for summer.  It includes the smallest amount of honey, sliced apricots and fresh lemon juice.  It was a hit at the party, so I thought I would share!  Recipe is at the end of the post.

I liked the salad so much, I made it again yesterday for a picnic with Roswelle.  It was one of those Mondays,  where both Roswelle and I needed to be outside.  She was clingy and I was frustrated and we had two hours together until her next nap.  Less than a half-mile away from our house is a small, shaded spot on the "hill" in our neighborhood; the perfect spot for a picnic.  We didn't need much: a blanket, snacks (this salad included), and drinks. This little 45 minute outing turned my day around - I think we may go again today!

{Blue eyes and milk mustache}

{oddly enough, nothing makes me happier than when she is messy as can be}

//salad recipe//
handful of arugula, dash of evoo & white balsamic vinegar, fresh lemon juice, 1/4 tsp of honey, goat cheese, sliced apricots, dried cranberries, and walnuts.  I also priced it out based on my receipt; it comes to a less than $4 lunch!