Friday, December 30, 2011

favorite things

every now and then
i like to put together a list of my favorite things

things i already have
things i'd love to have
blah, blah, blah

here are my current loves...

twist & twill blanket
gray and white... love it!

basay basket
perfect for the bathroom with rolled up towels

i got him for christmas for the dining room wall
we call him "horny"

hammam stripe hand towel
can have a stitched monogram or large digital print monogram
i'm diggin the digital print!
homegrown monogram mug
i got the "e" for christmas. it makes coffee time so lovely.

missoni travel tote
still available online from target.
i get so so so many compliments.

classic aviator sunglasses
circa tom cruise in his top gun days.... um yes please :)
bloomies - $139

return address stamps

can also be used as a bookplate
emilie friday - $50

that's all for now.
i'm sure this list could go on and on and on!


Wednesday, December 28, 2011

merry christmas to us

over the years santa has been increasingly 
generous to my children.
i guess his funds are depleting,
because hubby and me kinda get the shaft.

not this year :)
instead of tons of gifts under the tree, we chose only a few meaningful gifts,
then splurged on a new piece of furniture for our home.
a dream come true... right!?

this is what santa ordered from west elm...

parsons media collection from west elm
this is a much needed item in our new home.
right now we're using a rinky-dinky-tiny ikea cabinet.
which is a problem because...

a. like i stated above it's rinky-dinky- tiny
and is to small for our tv and our family room
c. it's from ikea and it's seen it's day

see it  on the back wall? 
it worked in our old family room (as seen in the above photo), 
but our new family room is 2 stories high 
and makes the media cabinet appear very tiny.

i will take some before and after photos once it arrives.
i can't wait!

xoxo - erin

urban outfitters

did you know that urban outfitters 
had a blog?
i had no idea. 
yesterday i was perusing
& i found it a bit young for me.
but it was fun & full of great images.

then i ran across this image.

i guess the photo of my master bedroom has made it's rounds around the internet. 

usually in relation to tracy melton's artwork (above my bed).
which i adore

if you want to check out the urban outfitter's blog

if you want to check out tracy melton's artwork

hope you're having a nice week.
the week between christmas & new year 
is always a weird, hibernating kinda week for us!

cheers - erin

Thursday, December 22, 2011

old christmas cards

over the years, i've tried
to have creative christmas cards

this year is no different

here are a few cards from over the years



(when i was pregnant with max)

on the inside, it said....
"we have no idea what's been going on!"


i was tired, cranky & lazy and didn't send out a card...  ooooops!


i got a little backlash from this year's card.
but... i assure you it was all done in fun.
the children had a ball and we would never, ever abuse our children.
so... lighten up people. enjoy the holidays and laugh :)

xoxo - erin

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

holiday gift wrap

every year (i try)
to create fun/original
holiday gift wrapping

this is my 2011 
gift wrapping...
(thanks to mrs. brownstone for a little help!)

 i used the good-ol' hot glue gun 
to attach the tags to the clips
otherwise, the tags kept slipping off the packages. ack!

here are some other wrapping ideas
i found on pinterest...

twine & candy canes... cute

lov it! 

popsicle sticks as tags
  love the tag & ribbon!

 old photos
layering paper, ribbon & twine :)

a new take on a old classic... love the glitter letter!

this could be altered to make adorable holiday gift wrap!

that's all for now friends.
let's try and stay stress-free
(ya right!)

 cheers - erin

Monday, December 12, 2011

sunday's dinner

Creamy Chicken Marsala Pasta
 2 large boneless, skinless chicken breasts; cut into bite sized pieces

10-12 oz sliced mushrooms
1 small onion, diced
3 cloves garlic, minced
3/4 cup Marsala cooking wine
1/2 cup chicken broth
1/2 cup heavy cream
1 pound penne or rigatoni + water for cooking
1 cup Parmesan cheese
5 tbs unsalted butter
salt & pepper to taste
chopped fresh parsley for garnish


boil water and cook pasta according to the directions.

melt 1 tbs butter on (med-high heat) in a large skillet until foaming. 
salt & pepper chicken and saute until lightly browned. 
transfer chicken to plate for later.

melt 1 tbs of butter in skillet. add garlic, 
mushrooms & onion. 
cook for about 10 + minutes until slightly browned. 
add cooked chicken back into the skillet. 
add the marsala, chicken broth & cream, bring to a boil. 
simmer until sauce is is slightly thickened.

drain pasta and reserve 1/2 cup cooking water. 
return the pasta  to the pot with 3 tablespoons of butter. 
add the mushrooms/chicken mixture & 1/2 cup of parmesan cheese. 
cook until the pasta has absorbed some of the sauce, about 1 minute, 
adding the reserved cooking water if needed.

Season with salt & pepper. 
Serve with additional Parmesan cheese & a garnish of chopped parsley. 

recipe adapted from "what's cookin, chicago" (

the entire family enjoyed it.
well... max only ate the warm crusty bread with butter
and reilly & coop avoided the mushrooms.
it has a great flavor & it's easy to make!
bon appetit!

Friday, December 2, 2011

absent but happy

sorry it's been awhile.
i've been enjoying a little time off
to work
to go here

needless to say, 
i was in heaven

we spent the thanksgiving holiday
with my family on the big island
we stayed on the property of the mauna kea
on the kohala coast

we did bunches of nothing
dan golfed
we lounged by the pool and the beach
we ate yummy food
and we geared up for a busy holiday season.

i'll post more photos soon.
but until then ALOHA!

xoxo- erin

Thursday, November 17, 2011

thanksgiving tablescapes

this year, i'm not cookin
so, i'm not setting a table... which i enjoy
but i thought i'd share some of my 
thanksgiving tablescapes of the past




how are you decorating your table this year?
you have a little over 6 days to decide!

later gators! 

Monday, November 14, 2011


cooper you're six!
as each year passes
i both celebrate and get a little sad
just a little

my sweet little baby

has become
my sweet big boy

who's goofy

and source of so much joy

and sometimes, just sometimes he's reflective
and enjoys time to himself

there's no other way to say it....
he's just a really great kid.

 in honor of t. cooper deegan's 6th birthday
here are 6 things i love about him

1. even at the ripe-old-age of 6 
he still loves to cuddle with his mommy and daddy

2. he's so sensitive. you can easily put a smile
on his face and just as easily bring him to tears

3. he's a great brother to his big sister and baby brother
they will forever have him steadfast at their side

4. he's a true lady's man
he knows he's adorable, and works it

5. he has an engineer's mind
he can sit for hours building lego houses, 
houses that are so creative and detailed

6. he has opinions and expresses them well
sometimes a little aggressively, 
but you always know where you stand with coop

coop, you are my little man 
and i am so lucky that i get to be your mommy. 
every day you amaze me and make me so proud
until the end of time you will be my baby 
(even when you have your own kids)
i know you're growing up 
and i know one day i'll have to let you go
but until then, please understand 
i'm going to hold on as tight as i can 
and stock up on cuddles, hugs and kisses 
because i love you that much

have a wonderful birthday my darling boy
i love you to the moon and back again! 
xoxoxoxoxo - mommy