Thursday, February 28, 2013

kale salad.

there is a restaurant in phoenix called the windsor
and they make this delicious chopped kale salad.
i could eat it every single day.
i decided to just start making it at home, since that is a lot cheaper...

it is made up of finely chopped...
kale, carrots, brussel sprouts and snap peas
with corn, craisins, almonds and parmesan.
top it off with some olive oil, a little salt 
and freshly squeezed lemon juice.
so good and mighty good for you!


Wednesday, February 27, 2013

bonnie tsang

i have the biggest photography crush on bonnie tsang.
her photos are amazing.
she is someone i would love to learn from 
and am always inspired by.
however, even more than that i want to go on a bonnie tsang food tour of la.
her instagram feed basically leaves me hungry and drooling all day long.

find her blog here
and follow her on instagram here.

Tuesday, February 26, 2013


all white.
i don't care if i have four kids, 
i could live in a white house.

love these sweet little crowns.
best part is they only require fabric scraps and pipe cleaners, so i won't even have to go to the store.

trinkets all neatly arranged just so.
it makes me think of lucy.
{from tumblr cozy}

one of these days, i will teach myself to crochet.

if i had this magic kid getaway, i think i might be more excited than my kids.
{from houzz}

Monday, February 25, 2013

donuts are my weakness.

donuts and one particular 5 year old boy.
somedays you just need to buy donuts for no reason, sit on the floor and play as many games of hi-ho cherry-o as you can until the cherry-eating baby wakes up.
housework, shmousework.

Friday, February 22, 2013

here and there.

man, what a busy week.
we had cousins in town, skipped a little school, hit up smeeks, pane bianco, the science center, the yard, dot learned to love vinyl station (and dark chocolate... whoops.), spent lots of time playing with cousins, hanging out in gg and grandad's jacuzzi, then went through cousin-withdrawal, watched some crazy weather roll in and played in some "phoenix snow" (excessive hail).
what a week.

Thursday, February 21, 2013


i was recently the lucky recipient of lots and lots
 and lots of lemons.
if you were given three bags of lemons, 
what would you make?
my thoughts were
some lemon curd
and finally get around to these lemon butter biscuits.
what would you suggest?

i don't think i could ever live somewhere that didn't have homegrown, fresh citrus in the winter...

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

literary collection

i am absolutely in love with these literary prints that are a collaboration from design mom and emily mcdowell.  
i want every single one.

Tuesday, February 19, 2013


meant to tell you about this sooner, 
but it's still not too late!
melanie over at you are my fave is giving away brilliant-things-in-a-box all week to celebrate her 
5 year blog anniversary!
i absolutely love everything she ever puts in a box!

i have always been very drawn to the idea of putting all my kids in the same room. 
love these bunks and especially love the ladders.
{from nest egg}

i always love a good inspiration board.
this one, especially as it is from the amazing book
brooklyn makers by jennifer causey.
she is absolutely one of my favorites.

love these little rain drops on the wall.
also love the white floors.
will i ever tire of white floors?
{from ferm living}

Monday, February 18, 2013


happy presidents' day!
i have loved this print for a while and always find the quote to be so appropriate.
so, make up your mind to be happy today!

{from etsy shop mary kate mcdevitt}
(sadly, i think it's sold out...)

Friday, February 15, 2013

here and there.

we have been enjoying the weather and being outdoors.
had a mardi gras celebration.
took some good naps.
perfected eating breakfast with our baby sister on our lap.
snapped some pics for the willows.
and had a happy valentine's day.

Thursday, February 14, 2013

a day for love.

turn off the computer 
and spend the day with those you love!
happy valentine's day!

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

EMMA Magazine

phoenix has it's very own, awesome new magazine, EMMA.
it is branded with the tagline, 
"if martha were a twenty-something."
it is self-described as 
"a how-to guide for the modern domestic."
and, most exciting of all, their march issue 
will feature a familiar face...
(hint: it's not me).
stay tuned!

Tuesday, February 12, 2013


i have been dreaming of a new kitchen lately.
the subway tile on this one is awesome.
as, is the entire rest of this kitchen.
who can come over and style my shelves like these?

more subway tile.
and that island.
and the shelves going across the window.
love it all.

high ceilings and brick floors.
can i add those to my wish list also?

ok, this one.
this is where i want to feed my family.
again with the high ceiling... come on.
and that chalkboard backsplash.
how would one ever decide?

those gorgeous windows.
(thanks to the high ceiling).
oh, kitchens, you are beautiful.
{from T Magazine for the New York Times}

Monday, February 11, 2013


there is nothing more glorious than rain in the desert.
especially, when your kids have the day off and you can sit around in pajamas, drinking coffee, reading books and being lazy with the windows open and that wonderful smell filling the house.
and babies always nap better on rainy days.
happy monday, ya'll.

Friday, February 8, 2013

here and there.

a wonderful lazy week, laying around, reading books, playing in the yard, "shooting some hoops" and just generally being together.