Monday, October 9, 2017

Little Nursery

We're at week 39 in this beautiful pregnancy, and I wanted to share the nursery we've put together for Baby Bean. Filled with hand-me-downs and gifts from friends and loved ones, it already feels like the most special space.  Nick built some amazing book shelves to hold all of the gorgeous books we received at the shower and his childhood crib is nestled in the corner.  A little white dresser that was my Grandma's and then my Mom's, has been passed on to us and holds all sorts of tiny snuggly goodies for baby...

Wall art and wooden toys from soon-to-be Aunt's and Uncle's, handmade quilts and blankets from some very special people, little sweaters, burp cloths and sleep sacks made by my mom and tiny daisy chains from our baby shower. Every item has so much love behind it, there were very few things for the nursery that we bought "new", and that makes me so, so happy. I can't wait to tell our little girl about each thing, and the people from which they came.
Nick bought me a beautiful wooden rocking chair few months back, which I've been rocking in frequently, reading stories from the bookshelves to my growing belly...I can already picture the two of us taking turns sitting in this chair, with a tiny person in our lap saying "read it again!" and again, and again...

Thank you, from our hearts, to our friends and family for their generosity and thoughtfulness...

Monday, September 25, 2017

Showers for Baby

If you've noticed how quiet it's been here lately, that's because we've been busy preparing for our first baby!  It has been such a special time for us and we've been trying to be totally present, soaking up every minute of this pregnancy together as we prepare to welcome our daughter home in a few weeks.

In the meantime our family threw us the most special brunch-themed baby shower and I wanted to share few moments from what was a very special day! 

My parents lent their dining room to the party, decorated with handmade daisy garlands, linens, white balloons and tasty treats.  My mom organized a Liberty of London themed "Blocks for Baby" table, for each guest to decorate a wooden block (handmade by my dad) with special fabric and matching heart with their signature. My sister-in-law and best friend made the most gorgeous, Pinterest-worthy, berry cake, the cake of my dreams! All of the beautiful hand lettered signs and tags were generously done by my best friend Linda of LoveLin Letters .

My mother and mother-in-law, and both of my beautiful sister-in-laws made all of the food and beverages happen, including a "Momosa Bar" for the guests, my brother arriving with a case of champagne bubbly. They played music and games for us while we ate and chatted about baby stories and births.

 My niece and I had a blast making dainty daisy crowns the week before, to put at each seat with a wildflower seed packet, so that we could all wear flower crowns together for the party

It was the most perfect day and we were totally spoiled with love and gifts for the did we ever get so lucky?

Sunday, March 5, 2017

3-Ingredient Personal Baby Kale Salad: 4 Ways!

It's March...the cold weather is taking its toll, winter meals are getting tiring, and it becomes harder and harder to think of healthy options as we start to yearn for the fresh food options abundant in spring and summer.  My favorite way to spice up lunch for myself is with exciting salads.  I'm going to share 4 winter salad options that require only 3 ingredients each and can be made using one big bag of baby kale as a base.
The Refresher:

-2 cups baby kale
-3 sections of fresh grapefruit
-1/4 cup sprouts
(black sesame seeds optional)

*Dressing of choice (I like a little lemon vinaigrette: 2tsp lemon juice, 1tsp evoo, 2tsp apple cider vinegar)
Protein Packer

-2 cups baby kale
-1 hard boiled egg, sliced or crumbled
-2Tbs lightly salted pumpkin seeds

*Dressing suggestion: Balsamic Vinaigrette
Green Meanie

-2 cups baby kale
-1/2 green apple, thin sliced
-1/4 shredded Brussel sprouts

*Dressing suggestion: Lemon Vinaigrette (see "The Refresher" for ingredients)

Ceaser Pleaser 

-2 cups baby kale
-Croutons (diced, toasted rough chunk break from loaf)
-Creamy ceaser dressing

Yum!  So there you have it.  Almost a week of easy, delicious personal salads for lunch or snack.  I thought I'd include a little shopping list below to make it even simpler to prepare:

Shopping List:

Large bag of baby kale
1 Pink grapefruit
1 small pkg of sprouts
1 egg for hard boiling
Lightly salted pumpkin seeds
1 green apple
Small pkg shredded Brussel sprouts (or you can shred them yourself!)
Loaf of crusty bread (for crouton making)

For Dressing:
1 lemon
Apple cider vinegar
Balsamic vinegar
Extra virgin olive oil
Ceaser dressing

Happy shopping and happy eating!!


Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Holiday Gift Tags FREE PRINTABLE!

It's getting down to the wire folks! Are we staying up late these days days checking our lists and secretly wrapping away? Um, yes. So - My lovely friend Linda, of @lovelin.letters and  LoveLin Letters , and I partnered on some sweet little tags for you guys, to make gift giving a little easier this year! I had so much fun adding special watercolor illustrations to Linda's gorgeous lettering.  I hope you enjoy using them, as much as we enjoyed making them.

Click the image above, or CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD

Happy wrapping! And be sure to tag us in any gift pics, @atticlace and @lovelin.letters we'd love to see how you're using them*.

*Please be respectful, these tags, and the images on them, are for personal use only and may not be reproduced or used for any commercial purposes. Enjoy!

Monday, December 5, 2016

10-Minute Citrus and Pine Mini-Wreath

It's the most wonderful time of year again!  We've been decorating like crazy around here, finding every excuse to bring in a little more cheer.  I think that this year, for so many, it's going to be especially important to find comfort in the joy and love that Christmas brings. And for those of you that do not celebrate Christmas, the perfume of a little citrus and pine in the home is always a spirit lifter during cold winter months! 

This quick little Scandinavian-inspired wreath is just right amount of everything good that is Christmas.  The scent of pine, sweet citrus and a little candle of light, love and hope.

I loved this wreath so much that I made two if them, one with a metal hoop and one with a wooden hoop. They are equally pleasing, but I'll share the steps for the wooden hoop here because they're the most attainable - for sale at any craft store or sewing shop.

You Will Need:

-Small embroidery hoop
-Sprigs of greenery (cut mine off of a bush along the road)
-2 Clementines or a large orange
-Small cookie cutter (heart, star, gingerbread man, whatever you choose!)
-2 Strands of wire
-Thimble & small candle
-Crazy glue or hot glue
-Ribbon for hanging

Step1: Peel your citrus fruit (eat fruit and save peel!) and using the small cookie cutter, stamp out three shapes. Step 2:Wire the greenery to the hoop and snip any extra wire ends. Step 3: Thread the second piece of wire through your citrus shapes and attach the strand of shapes to the hoop, over the greenery, by twisting the wire ends in and around. Step 4:Glue candle into thimble, then glue thimble onto the inner circle of the wreath.  Tie some ribbon to hang. Enjoy!
My mom was here when I made my little wreath. She drove up early Sunday morning and sat with us for a pancake breakfast.  We sipped coffee and she worked on little gingerbread houses for her kindergarten class while I made this wreath.  We ate the leftover clementines together while we listened to Leonard Cohen sing Hallelujah on YouTube, and then she held the wreath up against her sweater so that I could take its picture in the sunlight. I loved it so much that I made a second one before she left and she brought it home to my father, who hung it on the cabinet door in their kitchen.