Friday, March 30, 2012

April Fools Day Snack

On Sunday, April Fools Day, we are going to be very busy and I don't believe that there will be time to make any of our usual fun, tricky foods.  Of course, we will make time for a few pranks, but I also feel sure that the children will want a snack at some point during the day.  I happened upon these darling "peas and carrots" by JellyBelly at the grocery store and thought they were the perfect quick April Fools day treat!

I packaged them up with a label that encourages them to eat their vegetables.  Even though Harris and Grace both love peas and carrots, I'm sure they will be thrilled at the switch!

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Happy Frogs in the Children's Bathroom

I posted about the new wallpaper in the children's bathroom years ago, and I'm so happy that it has made it into our home!  Honestly, I was sad to see the old wallpaper go.  It was so sweet, playful and childlike-  I loved it.  Unfortunately, it was starting to peel and curl, which gave it a shorter than expected lifespan!  Also, the children are older and it's nice for them to still have something fun and whimsical but not quite so "young."

Gretchen and I put up the paper and I can't believe we survived the ordeal!  Either we have no idea what we are doing or this paper was extremely hard to work with (maybe a bit of both?!?).  The paper shows every imperfection!  Still, I love how it turned out and the children do too! 

My Mom made the little curtains.  I love the ball fringe.

The children's stuffed animal portraits found the perfect home.

This gnome soap on a rope is one of Harris' favorite gifts from Santa!

Monday, March 26, 2012

Trough Sink

When we first renovated the children's bathroom we installed a trough sink with two faucets.  I'd seen a similar sink in a magazine and thought it was a brilliant idea for a shared bathroom.  Of course, I also loved the look of it!  However, I was unsure how the reality of the sink would play out and whether or not the sink would be as fabulous as I thought.  I'm happy to report that the sink has lived up to all my expectations!  The children love having their "own" side and I love that it's easy to use.  

Recently, I changed the wallpaper in the bathroom (pictures tomorrow!) and I also painted the underside of the sink.  The original sink came with a matte black underside, and I've been hesitant to paint it (sort of how I'm always hesitant to paint brick!?!).  

 But paint it I did and I love how it turned out.  It makes the sink look fresh and happy.

Friday, March 23, 2012

Favorite Thing #19

Over a year ago I purchased a Cath Kidston bag for my sister because it had a darling London scene on it, and Delita has always had an affinity for London.  When it arrived from across the pond it still had it's security tag on it!  When I called to inquire about it and let them know the situation they were very helpful and sent a new one out right away.  They also told me to not bother sending the old one back (probably because of the expense of sending it internationally?).  I thought it was a shame to waste a cute bag, so I took it around to stores hoping that someone would be able to take off the tag.  Finally, I found a machine that was able to do it!  I love this bag- the colors are adorable, the print is darling, it's nice and roomy and it zips!  Plus, it's oilcloth so it doesn't stain!  I've used it as a purse in NYC, a carry-on to Utah and an overnight bag as well!  And I always get compliments on it!

Wednesday, March 21, 2012


Yesterday was the first day of spring which makes me happy (though I can't believe our very mild winter!).  Here are a few other colorful things that are making me happy...

The kitty, the thermometer and the flowers!

A new tunic that has the most awesome label ever!

 Happy sprinkles!

An Izzy and a paper straw.

Can you imagine how happy your toes would be?
What's making you happy this spring?

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Mirror on the Wall

A few weeks ago when we were in NYC, Gretchen and I came upon an antique mirror that Gretchen insisted we buy because it was a great price, it had a bow and it was a really neat shape.  We figured one of us could find a place for it!  The funny thing is that we found it early on in our trip, so we lugged it around everywhere we went in the city!

I ended up being the lucky gal who kept it.  I hung it in the new bathroom in the vanity area.

The mirror has a lot of knicks and scratches but I tend to think they add to it's charm.  Plus, it still has it's old glass!

Sunday, March 18, 2012

St. Patrick's Day

I hope everyone had a fun, festive and mischievous St. Patrick's day.  Unfortunately, Harris' trap failed to catch the pesky leprechaun, but he's pretty sure where he went wrong and has already made plans for next years trap.   We did give homage to the day with a snack of green milk and scones* in the shape of clovers.

*I used my favorite scone recipe and added the green color to the milk before I added it to the dry ingredients.

Friday, March 16, 2012

Rainbow Cupcakes

I made these rainbow cupcakes to celebrate St. Patrick's Day in Harris' class.  They were so easy to make using sour belts, lemonheads and a little bit of chocolate.  I just dipped the lemonhead in chocolate to make it look like a pot of gold.

Aren't they happy little things?

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Dog Sledding in Utah

Grace has always been infatuated with Huskies and dog sledding.  She's read a lot about both and has dreamed of sledding and visiting Alaska.  On our trip to Utah we were able to help her realize her dream of sledding (Alaska will have to wait awhile!).  On the day she turned 10 we surprised her with a dog sledding adventure!  It was such a joy to watch her take it all in and enjoy herself so much!

Here's a little video of the sled running.  These dogs were so beautiful as they moved as one!  It was amazing and thrilling to be a part of!  (I have no idea why it is so small!)

Tuesday, March 13, 2012


It's a little overwhelming trying to post about our trip to Utah with Kathleen, Jack, Will and Caroline because it was such a fantastic and awesome vacation.  I'm not really sure that words can convey what a great time we had.  Instead, I think I will let the pictures (I had 500 and something!) do most of the  talking...

Our trip started with a very early airplane ride and a Chick-fil-a biscuit.  We were off to a good start!

Our flights landed in Salt Lake City within an hour of each other.  Kathleen and I have been best of friends forever and Jack and Bryce were roommates in college.  Their children, Will and Caroline, are exactly 7 months younger than Grace and Harris.  Will was Grace's very first friend.  The children got along famously for the entire week.  Not once did they have issues with each other which made things so pleasant and nice!

We stayed at The Canyons in Park City.  It was nice.  Very nice.

When we arrived, they didn't have a ton on snow on the ground (the mountains, yes, but not around the resort) but it started snowing and pretty much kept on going all week!  It was wonderful!  When we left this tennis court was inches deep in snow!

Our first full day there we rode gondolas, drank hot chocolate, toured the charming downtown and generally had a good time.

The skiing was amazing.  The children all took three days of ski lessons and did unbelievably well!  Grace only got in 2 1/2 days due to a ski injury. She had a leg laceration from another ski but that didn't phase her too much.  

I should note that Harris has created a new family story.  He fell off of the ski lift!  His instructor was beside him and instructed the children to start scooting forward and he scooting a little too far!  It was at the end, right before the platform, so he just fell into deep powder- it was never a dangerous situation but it makes me laugh every time I envision it.  He claims that he skied backward for a bit before he fell down.  We are going to go with that version because it's awesome.

There was lots of snow play.

And goofy play.

(a dance party)

And pool play.

We also celebrated Grace's 10th birthday.

On our last evening we took a sled ride.  It snowed and it felt pretty magical.  We even saw moose!

 We had such a great time and will cherish this vacation with friends forever!

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