• Baby
  • Birthday Boy Party Ideas

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    I love the color scheme using this Tiffany blue and white colors! It can be used for a boy or a girl!

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    I love how they tie the invite into the theme colors as well! This was a dream theme which was so cute!

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    This party was so magical! You need to see this theme. I absolutely love this location. If we lived in Brooklyn this would be his party! I am starting to look for creative places to have his party at. If you know of any in the central New Jersey area Рdo share!!

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    Love how they sent these little photo strips in the invite! You just might see a pic of Maddox or two in your invite! ūüôā

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    A little fancy for 1 year olds! But so nice and intimate! Love the decor in this theme.

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    These hats I’m in love with! It seems to be a trend to put little birthday hats or crowns on the kids and get a group photo!

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    These little home made hats are so fun, I love the little ears on these ones!

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    Nice little tutorial here!

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    This theme had such cute DIY decorations! Was a cute french theme!

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    I have only looked through this site a little so far – but they had some cute ideas!

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    This little theme had such cute ideas!

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    The Stars on the cake are such a great idea – loving the sparkle on this cake too!

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    I love the favors in this theme!


    DIY CONES: HERE // READY MADE HATS: MICHAELS // PARTY STRAWS: HERE  // STAR GARLAND: HERE  // CUPCAKE TOPPERS: HERE


    cropped-img-maddox-mom.pngNow that the holidays are over and we’re well into the New Year it won’t be long till Maddox turns 1! Hard to believe he’s nearly there! You don’t realize how fast the time goes till you have a baby :) that’s for sure. I’ve started to put some ideas together for what my theme should be, certain decorations and color schemes that I like. There won’t be too many times I’ll be able to really pick out a fun theme- it’ll be all sports & trucks from here on out! I’ve included some ideas I’ve found so far but I am welcoming any ideas you might have so please feel free to send or comment!!

    Xx
    Loren

  • Interior Style
  • Celebrate the Holidays

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    SMALL CHRISTMAS TREES: HERE // GLASS CANDLESTICK HOLDERS: UNDER $3 AT MICHAELS // STOCKINGS: HERE  // DINNING ROOM CANDLE HOLDERS: HERE  // WHITE TAPER CANDLES: HERE


    cropped-img-maddox-mom.pngI¬†love a reason to throw a party and what better time than the holidays! The morning of our¬†party¬†there was a dusting of snow that covered the ground. It was the first time Maddox had ever seen snow! He loved looking out the window at the snow coming down, I can’t wait till he’s big enough to go out and play in it!¬†After the holidays are over I think it won’t be long before we start planning Maddox’s 1st birthday party. Oh how fun that will be. From now on you’ll find me on Pinterest pinning all my ideas! Leave a comment and share any great¬†ideas you might have found!

    Xx
    Loren

  • Interior Style
  • A Thanksgiving feast!

     

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    I thought it’d be nice to take some time this year and write down a few things we’re all thankful for and share with each other!

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    Typically I use flowers for a centerpiece but this year I was searching for something else, so I lined up some simple candlesticks and threw in some twigs.

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    Copper everything is so popular¬†right now, I’ve had these Moscow¬†mule mugs and I thought the copper color¬†would be a nice addition to the thanksgiving¬†table¬†this year.

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    Beyond thankful for this man! ūüôā

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    Maddox was especially thankful for the sweet potatoes we gave him! ūüôā


    COPPER CUPS: HERE // BRASS CANDLESTICK HOLDERS: HERE // GRAY NAPKINS: HERE  // CHAMPAGNE CHARGERS: HERE  // WHITE TAPER CANDLES: HERE


    cropped-img-maddox-mom.pngWe have so much to be Thankful for in our lives but especially more so this year since¬†Maddox has joined our little family! We had a¬†“small” Thanksgiving this year as there was only 10 of us (typically on my side our¬†immediate family consists of 18). Maddox was a little sad his cousins couldn’t be there this year but my Mother was happy she didn’t have to fight anyone to get time with him (everyone wants the littlest baby in the room heh)!

    Happy Thanksgiving from our family to yours!

    Xx

  • Interior Style
  • A table to be thankful for

    local-milk-friendsgiving I absolutely love everything about this setting! Copper everything is definately trending right now. They add just enough bit of color to this monotone table setting and works perfectly with this simple and subdued centerpiece.

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    Images via Local Milk Blog

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    Images via Trending the Table

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    Images via Inspired by Charm

     


    COPPER CUPS: HERE // BRASS CANDLESTICK HOLDERS: HERE // GRAY NAPKINS: HERE


    cropped-img-maddox-mom.pngIt’s our first thanksgiving as a family!¬†We have so much to be Thankful for in our lives but especially more so this year since¬†Maddox has joined our little family! ūüôā This year we’re having some of my family over for thanksgiving and I’ve begun to think about the menu and table setting! I’ve found a few options that I think i’ll mix some ideas from this year! Check back after thanksgiving to see what I ended up doing!

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  • Fashion
  • Trick or Treat

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    GLOVES: HERE // WHITE HAIR SPRAY: HERE // BLACK CRAYON MAKE UP (MADDOX NOSE!): HERE // DALMATION COSTUME (SIMILIAR): HERE  // FAUX WHITE FUR: HERE


    cropped-img-maddox-mom.pngMaddox made the cutest little Dalmatian puppy for Halloween! It took me awhile to find the perfect idea, but I don’t think I’ll be able to top this one. At first I thought he could be a little lamb, but Troy didn’t exactly approve of that idea. :/ We went to this cute little town with some family and friends where they had a little costume contest¬†before going trick or treating. Maddox passed out after contest – all that hard work and he ended up going to sleep! Still was a wonderful first halloween that I’ll never forget!¬†

  • Lifestyle
  • Pumpkin picking in NJ!

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    “Dad will he bite??”

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    Loving Daddy’s hair!

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    Yes they smelled as bad as they look!!

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    He loved picking his¬†first pumpkin…(or I loved it)!

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    What is that?!

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    Cousin love <3

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    MY OUTFIT // VEST: HERE // ZIP UP: LAST SEASON SIMILIAR HERE! //
    T’s SHIRT: SOLD OUT SIMILAR HERE or¬†HERE¬†ALSO LOVE¬†THESE¬†// M’s PANTS: (OLD) SIMILAR¬†HERE //


    cropped-img-maddox-mom.pngIt’s finally cooled off and the time for apple cider and pumpkin picking has officially begun! This past weekend we went with Maddox’s cousins to Norz Hill farm for some fun on the farm. It’s a cute little farm in Hillsborough, NJ about 45 minutes outside NYC and I would definitely recommend it! Another good option is Melicks – though it’s a bit further.

    I have never done a corn maze before but this one was spread out over 5 acres. I don’t think we covered nearly an acre of land before we managed to find our way back out (through the entrance!!). We were lost for about an hour and the kids were getting a bit tired of being in there so I’m glad we managed to get out. Once we did that we headed over to see the farm animals and the pumpkin patch! I’m loving this season with Maddox and looking forward to the next little fun outing!

    Xx

  • Interior Style
  • Fresh Sea bass & Gnocchi with a Lamb Rague

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    PLATES: HERE OR HERE // FLATWARE: HAMPTON FORGE (SOLD OUT) OR ALSO LOVE THESE // STEMWARE: HERE (I LOVE A BIG WINE GLASS!!) //


    cropped-img-maddox-mom.pngThis past week we had some family over for dinner! I haven’t had much time to prepare a nice meal in awhile with Maddox always by my side, but I had our sitter stay later and was able to spend a little more time on dinner! Paired with some of our favorite wines from our most recent Napa trip to Alpha Omega winery! Recipe’s below, hope you enjoy some of my favorite dishes!

    Appetizer: 
    Parmesan Tuiles topped with heirloom tomato salad or goat cheese mousse

    Tuiles Ingredients

    • 6 tablespoons freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese
    • 1 1/2 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
    • 1 tablespoon plus 2 teaspoons all-purpose flour, plus more for pressing
    • Freshly ground pepper

    Tomato salad Ingredients

    • 1 1/2 cups finely diced heirloom tomatoes
    • 1 tablespoon snipped chives
    • 1 teaspoon coarsely chopped tarragon
    • 2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil
    • Salt

    Goat Cheese Mousse Ingredients

    • 6 oz. fresh goat cheese
    • 4 to 6 tablespoons heavy cream
    • 1 tablespoon parsley
    • 1 /2 tablespoon chives (more or less)
    1. Preheat the oven to 400¬į and line a large baking sheet with parchment paper. In a medium bowl, combine the Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese with the butter, flour and a generous pinch of pepper and mash the ingredients until a dough forms. Form the dough into a 4-inch log. Cut the log into 12 equal slices and arrange the slices on the baking sheet. Using your fingers, press the slices into 1 1/2-inch rounds.
    2. Bake the tuiles on the lowest rack in the oven for about 7 minutes, rotating the pan halfway through baking, until the tuiles are golden brown and sizzling. Let the tuiles cool completely, then transfer them to a paper towel‚Äďlined plate and blot the excess fat.
    3. In a small bowl, toss the tomatoes with the chives, tarragon and olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Spoon the salad over the tuiles and serve right away.
    4. In a small bowl, whip the goat cheese, chives, parsley & cream together.

    Second course:
    Gnocchi with a Lamb Rague

    Ingredients

    • 1 lb Gnocchi (sorry, I had time but didn’t have THAT much time to make from scratch)
    • 1 can marinara sauce (or use your own family recipe)
    • 1 lamb shenk
    • 1 cup dry red wine
    • salt/pepper to taste
    • 1 tablespoon fresh parsley
    • 1 tablespoon fresh mint
    • 1 tablespoon fresh basil
    1. First add 2 cups water and 1 cup wine to a pot and place the lamb shenk in the pot to boil.
    2. Add salt, pepper marinate for 3 1/2 hrs with lid over top. Add more water if needed.
    3. Take out lamb and cut into shredded pieces.
    4. Add sauce, fresh herbs & lamb to pot.

    Main Course:
    Fresh Sea bass with a Mango chutney

    Ingredients

    • Fresh wild Sea bass
    • Salt/Pepper to taste
    • 1 Mango
    • 1 fresh cut corn
    • 1 dozen Yellow heirloom tomatoes (or red whichever your preference)
    • 1 tablespoon Cilantro
    • 1 tablespoon Oil (we use safflower oil – but any light oil you like will do)
    • 1 teaspoon chopped jalape√Īos or a green mild pepper
    1. I start by pan searing the sea bass before transferring to the oven at 400¬į and cook through – timing may vary depending on the cut and amount of fish.
    2. For the chutney I chop up the remaining ingredients and mix together. I put in the refrigerator while I prepare the fish. Top off once fish is cooked.

    Dessert: 
    I didn’t have much time left – so I planned to just have a raspberry sorbet, which was light and just a perfect ending to a great meal! If you’re feeling like making it a little extra special – you could always do a fresh whipped cream.