Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Union Hill Farms In Denville NJ

 I took The Babe to Union Hill Farms in Denville, New Jersey to pick flowers. They have a decent sized patch filled with colorful zinnias of various sizes. They charge 35 cents a stem... which is awesome! They give you clippers to cut your flowers and you just bring them back to the farm stand to be counted. We also picked up fresh veggies on our way out!

I had to make a few stops before going home with our flowers. Some of the flowers broke. I just floated them in this heart shaped dish so that they could still fulfill their flower arrangement destiny!

Zinnias are so colorful, gorgeous and fun to arrange!

xo Lizzie

JT's Birthday!

My husband's birthday was a few weeks ago and we had a little fiesta on our deck. It was just him, me our babe, a lot of take out and some jar cakes. It was a really nice night!

 Fresh strawberry lemonade!

His birthday cake consisted of Milk Bar's birthday truffles and jar cakes from Jars By Dani!

Happy Birthday JT!
xo Lizzie

Sunday, August 27, 2017

Sensory Sunday Funday: The Refreshing Rainbow Spaghetti Dig

I have started doing sensory activites with my son, who is now 1 year old. This one was hugely sucessful! He LOVED it! We played for over an hour and he was really into it.

For this, all I did was cook 3 pounds of spaghetti (3 boxes)... let it cool, and then divide it into ziplock bags. Once I had the pasta in the bags I added a few drops of food coloring to each bag. I shook the bags until the color was mixed in well.

After they were mixed, I placed them on cookie sheets and let them sit for about 30 mins,to let the dye dry and absorb into the pasta. This way it doesn't stain baby's hands!

Then I put the spaghetti back in the bags and into the fridge. We were playing outside and I wanted the spaghetti to be nice and cold for him to play with.
Once the spaghetti was cold, I put it in a shallow plastic drawer/container. I wanted him to be able to sit and play.

 I hid a few of his favorite small toys in the spaghetti and gave him differnt spoons and kitchens tools to play and dig in the spaghetti.

When he was done playing, I bagged the spaghetti and put it the fridge. We will get at least one more playtime with it!

This was such a wonderful activity for him, I am so glad I did it!

xo Lizzie

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

HGTV Magazine Block Party

Monday I hit up the HGTV Magazine Block Party Social Media Mixer in NYC! It was a fun, colorful afternoon and I had such a great time!
Coffee, notebook... I was ready to listen  and soak up the knowledge and insight presented by  HGTV's awesome lineup of guest speakers.

Those stairs!

The best part of the event for me, were the talks given by Sam Ushiro of Aww.Sam and Joy Cho of Oh Joy! Annnd I got to talk to them both!!! It was wonderful to meet two of my favorite creative people!

HGTV put together a great event!

xo Lizzie

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Chocolate Deco Pens

I used Williams Sonoma's Chocolate Deco Pens and food picks from the Elizabeth Doo-Dah shop to decorate macarons from Laduree!

Chocolate Deco Pens are fun, easy to use and perfect for decorating smaller cookies, where you need a finer tip and more control.

Such a fun way to personalize your dessert bar!

xo Lizzie

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Rubber Ducky You're The One

My son is obsessed with rubber ducks and he is the coolest person I know... so I added this BIG rubber ducky balloon to the shop!

You can find it in the shop HERE!

xo Lizzie

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Dahlias & Puppy

This is my first year growing dahlias, and it has been so rewarding! I have made a lot of arrangements with them, and my son loves playing with the flowers! I decided to make a necklace for my puppy out of some of the flowers I cut today! She is so sweet :)

She was given a lot of cookies for the hard work she put in modeling for me!

xo Lizzie

Monday, August 7, 2017

The Saratoga Sparkler

Saratoga Sparkler (serves 8)

16 oz. Fresh Strawberries
3 Limes (just the juice)
1/4 cup Agave Syrup
1 liter of Club Soda
Vodka (optional)

1.Using a blender, blend the strawberries, lime juice and agave syrup.

2. Fill 8 empty glasses halfway with ice.

3. Add the blended strawberry lime mixture to the glass, filling the glass about half way.

4. Top off each glass with Club Soda (and a shot of vodka.

5. Garnish with a slice of lime, a whole strawberry and a pretty horse straw from the Elizabeth Doo-Dah! shop

xo Lizzie