Monthly Archives: December 2012



i am super frustrated about the new twist to instagram. i am now forced to say adios to {what was} a creative form of social media. before i bid adieu, i am going to print my 3×3 instagram photos at kanvess.

the prints from kanvess are high quality and are only $0.25 each! i am a super big fan!! check.them.out!!

{photo by} neuarmy

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as clean as the fresh fallen snow


the girls and i made these adorable {soapy} snowmen for teacher gifts this holiday. this is an easy, inexpensive and interactive craft that both my 3+5 year olds enjoyed!

make + enjoy + share

* bar of white dove soap
*orange crayon
*twigs {i pulled mine off of our christmas tree}
*ribbon {i braided different colors of bakers twine}

1. grate a bar of soap into a bowl.
2. add a spoonful of water and stir until the mixture holds together {but make sure it does not become too wet}. add another spoonful of water if needed.
3. make three soap balls to create the body.
4. add peppercorn to create the eyes, mouth and buttons
5. cut a triangle from the orange crayon and place the sliver to create the nose.
6. add the twigs to create the arms.
7. add your selected ribbon to make sure your soapy snowman is nice and warm around the neck.


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all i want for christmas …

all i want

as my daughters {sophie 5 + hazel 3} and i were making christmas garland this morning,  the song “all i want for christmas is you” began to play on pandora holiday radio.

i have heard this song more times than i can count but today as i listened to this song, i heard it through the voice of the parents that lost their little ones this past friday. i was inundated with tears as i looked at my healthy and happy little ladies and realized in the moment that christmas is more than checklists and to-do’s. the holidays can become a lot less meaningful without the ones you love by your side. today i mourn with the parents and surviving children who have had their christmas magic taken away from them in such a tragic way. as you listen to the words of this popular song please join me in lifting up the innocent and hoping that these family’s are able to find joy once again.

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“i don’t want a lot for christmas, there is just one thing i need. i don’t care about the presents underneath the christmas tree. i just want you for my own more than you could ever know – all i want for christmas is you. i don’t need to hang my stocking there upon the fireplace. santa claus won’t make me happy with a toy on christmas day. i just want you for my own more than you could ever know – all i want for christmas is you baby … ’cause i just want you here tonight holding on to me so tight. what more can i do? baby all i want for christmas is you!!” – mariah carey

**image from father of joy designs

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stuff you should buy


it’s a mighty fine thing to witness neighborhoods creating opportunities to support their local creatives!

today my little ladies and i are heading over to ps321 to shop their annual holiday shop featuring over 90 local artisans.

if you are in or around the neighborhood today you should stop by between 10 am – 5 pm!
ps 321: 180 7th avenue {between 1st and second streets} brooklyn, ny

if you are not in the neighborhood you are still in luck because almost all of these lovely shops have an online presence as well! there are some really great finds  – – so be sure to check them out!!

here is a sampling of what i am looking forward to . . .


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hey santa … don’t let the door hit you on the way out!

santa's key

ahhh . . .  the age old question . . . how does santa actually enter the homes of good little boys and girls. our family believed that santa magically entered through our chimney – – we couldn’t explain anything past that point but at least we had narrowed in on a location.

upon moving to brooklyn, my little ladies began inquiring how santa will actually get in to our new humble abode since the only chimney in our building is located in the lobby. {as you can see … we have hung our stockings with care inside our bookshelf.}

thankfully my forward thinking sister-in-law gave us this {special} key that allows santa to enter with ease, leave the goodies under the tree and then kindly let himself out.

our christmas eve plan this year will be to leave milk and cookies for santa in the lobby by the chimney with the {special} key and hand-written instructions.

“it’s the night before christmas and we’re excited as can be. we’re leaving this out for you … it’s a very special key. you can shimmy down the chimney and tiptoe through the door. just use this key we left for you to find cookies, milk and more!” 

problem solved.

happy holidays!!

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{eat on it} parmesan chicken

i discovered another yummy and impressive quick fix meal.


parmesan chicken
1 cup of all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
2 extra large eggs
1 tablespoon water
1 1/4 cups seasoned dry bread crumbs
1/2 cup freshly grated parmesan {plus extra for serving}
unsalted butter
olive oil
arugula greens {washed and spun dry}
1 recipe lemon vinaigrette

pound the chicken breasts until they are 1/4 inch thick. {you can use either a meat mallet or a rolling pin.}

combine the flour, salt, and pepper on a dinner plate. on a second plate, beat the eggs with 1 tablespoon of water. on a third plate, combine the bread crumbs and 1/2 cup grated parmesan. coat the chicken breasts on both sides with flour mixture, then dip both sides into the egg mixture and dredge both sides in the bread-crumb mixture, pressing lightly.

heat 1 tablespoon of butter and 1 tablespoon of olive oil in a large saute pan and cook 2 or 3 chicken breasts on medium-low heat for 2-3 minutes on each side, until cooked through. add more butter and oil and cook the rest of the chicken breasts. toss the salad greens with lemon vinaigrette. place a mound of salad on each hot chicken breast. serve with extra grated parmesan.

lemon vinaigrette
1/4 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice {2 lemons}
1/2 cup olive oil
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

in a small bowl, whisk together the lemon juice, olive oil, salt and pepper.

{serves 6}

recipe discovered on: brown eyed baker

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