the tree is up!

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baby boy sitting nicely in front of our tree
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our window

The tree isn’t up yet but here’s what we have going on so far… we also got Chutney his own stocking today! More photos to follow… My favorite is probably the DIY mason jars filled with pinecones and the snow covered one with trees inside. The rest of the things I purchased from Michaels and Pottery Barn. I like the simple yet rustic feel:) IMG_7120 IMG_7121 IMG_7122 IMG_7132 IMG_7135 IMG_7139 IMG_7146 IMG_7147


caramel pecan apple pie

I had my reservations about this recipe. I usually make apple pie with a crust on the top so I wasn’t sure this oatmeal brown sugar topping would be enough for me to not miss my top crust…but this pie has just the right amount of texture and sweetness- and the chopped pecans and drizzled caramel really sends it over the top! I also for once in my life did not feel like I had to have my apple pie a la mode… sorry vanilla ice cream, but you were not needed!

I have officially changed my apple pie recipe to this thanks to pioneer woman and hope my mom will like this one just as much! I can’t wait to make it for my family this holiday season.

recipe courtesy the pioneer woman 

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chutney is 6 months old!

Our little bundle of joy is 6 months old… hard to believe he was just 8 weeks when we brought him home. Since then, he has been the purest form of joy we have ever experienced. He requires not much but some love and attention. He is so independent, mellow, alert, and cuddly. He always wants to safeguard us, not realizing he’s only 9 lbs I suppose. He LOVES all people and will definitely show you how much he loves you by jumping on you and showing you all his toys. He probably has too many toys but we don’t mind spoiling him since he’s so good and plays with all his toys. He hasn’t met one he didn’t like, so far. He also loves to take very long naps.

He’s amazingly lovable and manages to melt our hearts every day. We love you chutney.

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current essie favorite

Here is my current fav from essie- I think this color is just perfect for the fall!

Lady like is my new neutral- with a nice mauve to it, which makes it stand out. As always, I love the no fuss application with essie and it always dries fairly quickly for me. I even put this on at around 9pm last night and went to bed an hour later. I woke up to no streaking or smearing! Two coats are just right.  I am so in love with this color!IMG_7028 IMG_7030 IMG_7033 IMG_7036What are your favs for the fall??

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leaf decoupage mason jar

I’ve been recently obsessed with mason jars and have been looking up creative ways to use them. I was on pinterest the other day and came across this one decorated with fall leaves. Of course you can use real leaves but I happened to have fake ones already. I bought the mason jars from Michales for under $3 each.

Ok let’ get started!

You will need:

a mason jar- size of your choice

zots glue dots

decoupage (I use mod podge)

paint brush or sponge brush

tea light or flameless candle (if you will be using your final product as a lantern)

Stick the glue dots onto the back of the leaves and adhere to the jar. I like to layer them a bit and place them in different directions. Once the leaves are covering the jar, dip the brush in decoupage and paint a thin layer of the mod podge onto the leaves and the jar where there are spaces in between the leaves. Let dry completely overnight or at least for a few hours. It’s ok if it doesn’t look perfect- it’s meant to look rustic and handmade!

I’m not sure how I plan to use mine yet but one idea I have is to add fall scented potpourri inside. I think using it as a candle holder would also be good. How would you use yours?

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I can’t wait to see what you’ve been doing with mason jars- share your creations in the comments section!!


central park in fall

Today I happened to be near central park on the west side and was without my SLR. I also didn’t have much time so here’s what I was able to capture with my iPhone. I’ve been meaning to take some fall foliage photos but wonder If I’m too late??fall1



Stay tuned for more fall photos- I will try to make it out there with my camera before all the leaves fall down!


all time favorite blush

I have tried many blushes but keep coming back to this one. It’s the perfect sheer peachy pink shade that makes your skin glow without giving you that obvious “blush” look on your cheeks. The color “orgasm” is universally flattering. Yes it’s more expensive than a drugstore blush, but I have had this one for over 2 years and use it all the time. So it’s definitely worth the splurge.

What’s your favorite all time favorite blush?


I finally hit the pan after 2 years
I finally hit the pan after 2 years



my tomato soup

I’m excited to share this simple yet delicious tomato soup recipe. I like my tomato soup on the chunky side and in this one I add some red pepper flakes to give it a nice kick! If you prefer a thinner texture, you can definitely put all the ingredients in a blender before simmering. This goes really well with grilled cheese, of course. Can’t beat a classic combo:)

Recipe serves 2-4

Here are the ingredients:

one can san marzano canned whole tomatoes

2-3 cups vegetable stock

one large shallot

2 garlic cloves

one tbsp olive oil

one tbsp butter

1 tsp red pepper flakes

1 tsp herbs de provence

a healthy splash of skim milk

Start by sautéing chopped shallots and minced garlic in oil and butter. I squeeze the whole tomatoes with the juice from the can in a large bowl. I suggest you do this step in the sink! Once the shallots and garlic have browned a bit I add the squeezed tomatoes along with the juice. To this add the stock varying the amount as to how thin you would like your soup. I added about 2 cups. Next add the spices, salt and freshly ground black pepper. Then add a splash of milk or skim milk or half and half, or if you are living life in the fast lane, CREAM:) I prefer to stay in the right lane so I went for the skim milk:) Let simmer for at least 20 minutes stirring occasionally. Serve hot!