Wednesday Roundup | Colorful, Wonderful Spring

With yesterday being the first day of Spring, today is a roundup of some pretty spring-y things… er maybe just things that I thought looked to be for the Spring time.

Spring is definitely one of my favorite seasons. I love seeing the first bunch of tulips that seem to pop up out of no where. Or when the buds on trees suddenly burst with color. Or maybe it’s the smell in the air that gets me, of new life and growth everywhere. People’s moods seem to even brighten up!

On my way home from work yesterday, my feet were feeling so cramped in my flats and I suddenly realized sitting on the train that I can finally start wearing flip flops and sandals again! My feet will be so excited to be free finally! 🙂 We haven’t had a very bad winter (as far as winters go in Boston) but it’s been a really long time since I’ve been able to leave the house in open-toed shoes. It’ll be nice to be comfortable again. Maybe my goal for next year should be to invest in some comfortable flats that fit me right (but that are still cute of course)! I’m so happy it’s Spring time.

But on with the pictures!

things for spring

 

1) Anthro Utensil Jar

2) Ladybug Cakes

3) Yellow Shift Dress

4) Coral Toms

5) Lamb Cupcakes

6) Turquoise Island

7) Strawberry Honey Butter

8) Glasses Case

Happy hump day, everyone!

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Going Green for St. Patrick’s Day

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

Here are a few of my favorite things I’ve been seeing on blogs lately.

Enjoy!

Going Green

 

1. Adorable garland

2. Irish Coffee in the morning 🙂

3. Green Sugar Cookies

4. Rag Wreath

5. Free party printables

6. Andes Mint Cupcakes … these look good any day!

7. Harpoon Celtic Ale

8. Stout Ice Cream Float! I’d like one now, Martha!

9. Etsy Kiss Me Banner

Wednesday Roundup: favorite spots around town

Lynn has a pretty bad reputation on the North Shore. There’s even a saying that goes:

“Lynn, Lynn City of Sin, you never come out the way you go in.”

It’s sad that people have this stuck in their heads that it’s so dangerous–sketchy and undesirable. Not saying all of Lynn isn’t. It’s definitely got it’s good & bad parts!

Lynn’s for sure not a tourist destination. Definitely not the first town that comes to your mind when you think “cities with good night life or amazing restaurants.”

However, this is where my home is right now and I’m making it my mission to discover Lynn’s little secrets– attractions that make Lynn somewhere people from other cities would come.

And there are actually quite a few places in or near Lynn that I like going to. I’m glad we live here! For my roundup today, these are a few of my favorite things places.

1. Nahant // Lynn Beach
Nahant beach
Miles of sand, Perfect to run on, perfect to sun on. Winter fall summer spring, my husband and I love taking walks to the beach or driving and sitting in the car staring at the waves when it’s too cold.
Nahant is a cute little town where I like to drive around and look at houses. There are houses of all sorts of shapes and sizes– glorious New England seaside houses. I’ve also heard they have great garage sales in the summer, so I’m eagerly awaiting that!
House in Nahant, MA

2. Tacos Lupita
This is a great little Mexican Restaurant right in the heart of Central Squre. Their burritos and quesadillas are super delicious. And they’re really fast. You can call it in and they’ll have it ready for you by the time you walk over and pick it up.

Tacos Lupita from yelp

3. Turbine Wine Bar
This is one of my favorites in Lynn. I haven’t been here very often, but the people that run the place are very friendly and their beer/wine selection is fantastic. The only food I’ve tried so far is the cheese tasting plate which was delicious, but I’d definitely go here again and try everything they have 🙂 They often have live music (local artists I believe) and dancing here! Go check them out.

Turbine Wine Bar

4. Arts After Hours
so i have to confess I still haven’t made it to the community theatre here in Lynn but this summer they’re doing Shakespeare in Lynn Woods (Twelfth Night) and I’m planning on going! I’m a big fan of what they’re doing and the idea behind it all – to bring the arts into this city.

5. Zimman’s fabric & furniture… I probably gushed enough about this place here and here so you probably get the idea.

6. Lynn Public Library
Well who doesn’t like to spend some time in an old beautiful building looking at books, DVDs, and books on tape? Colby and I go here a lot to stock up before a long road trip.
Lynn Public Library from Wikipedia

Wednesday Round-up: This week’s good eats

This week so far has been a lot of cooking. All new recipes, too!  I decided today I’d dedicate my Wednesday post to the great recipes I’ve found in the past couple days.

Monday: I already posted about the pork chops we made Monday night, but I’m sharing again, just because:)

 

Tuesday: We had a nice big hunk of salmon in our fridge so I found this delicious recipe: Real Simple‘s Salmon with Dijon Dill Sauce. YUM! This was surprisingly quick and easy, so this one I highly recommend!

 

Wednesday: Decided to go simple last night since I was having friends over and my husband made a spaghetti casserole I found on Taste of Home. We used this recipe, modified it a bit based on what we had in the cupboard, added a little extra cheese on top, and loved it! Prep time was basically cooking the noodles and mixing everything in the pan and bake time was 30-45 mins.  My friends hadn’t even heard of spaghetti casserole and thought it was good–something they will try themselves.

 

Any other good recipes that are easy enough to do on weekday nights? I’d love your ideas! I’m really into “30mins or less” recipes as you can tell.

Wednesday Round-up: Mason Jar Lovin’

I have a big love for Mason jars (come on, who doesn’t?). I used them in my wedding, I have lots sitting around my house just waiting to be repurposed… and hopefully I’ll get around to using some of these ideas myself soon!

For today’s round-up, I couldn’t resist posting these adorable ideas.

Mason Jar decorating ideas

1. Floating Candle Jars

2. Clear Glass Ball Cluster Swag

3. Floating Vase

4. Soap Dispenser

5. Picture Displays

6. Picture Frame (with Olive Oil)

Click here for many more ideas (50 to be exact)!

Any of you have any other favorite ways to use mason jars?

Wednesday Round-Up: If I could do 3 crafts…

Call me lazy, but it’s been a heck-of-a-week so far. I haven’t had much time at all to blog the way I want to right now. So for today’s late roundup, I picked three crafts I’d like to attempt in the next coming weeks or months. I think if I was Martha Stewart I’d say I’d do them in the next 3 days, but we all know I’m not Martha.

1) From Live a Little Wilder we have a cute DIY scarf hanger. This would be really fun to do…. might require some shopping around for scrap wood and unique hooks/door handles/knobs, but it would look amazing hanging in the hall. My scarves would look pretty sweet hanging off it too….

Source: livealittlewilder.com via Evangeline on Pinterest

 2) Here we go, mod-podged letters from Tater Tots and Jello!! I think these are super cute. You could do so much with these on a door or in a room….add lots of color to any space! I want to learn how to do this.

And then finally we have Satsuma Orange Candles! How hard could these be? I found this idea on Honestly WTF … a really fun blog to peruse. She’s got everything from stories of travel adventures to fashion decorating ideas.

Source: honestlywtf.com via Evangeline on Pinterest

Well, readers, that’s about it for me tonight. Hope you’re all having a good week so far. Goodnight!