Saturday, January 1, 2011

new year, new blog!


hello dear readers!
Happy New Year!!!!!

my blog has moved! please head over to my new domain (!!):


SUPER exciting stuff. See ya over there!

Friday, December 31, 2010

so long 2010!


Gbye 2010! Thanks for the memories!


Make your own shape collage here: Shape Collage. Very fun!

happy 2011!

It's almost time to pop that bottle of bubbly!
















As I look back on 2010, I feel so blessed. So many exciting things happened! I was in two of my very best friends’ weddings, I completed my master’s degree and now am a licensed reading specialist, I got an awesome job and a new car to boot! This was one of my best years yet and I can only look forward to what 2011 has in store.

As for resolutions, I've never been very good at keeping them. But that doesn't stop me from trying. This year, I've decided to go with the positive. I'm adding to my life instead of taking away.

In 2011, I will be more of a chef. A champion cook and baker, if you will. I have been lucky to receive many fine cooking and baking supplies this past year (such as my le creuset!) and so next year, I vow to use them more! Already, I've got loads of ideas and inspiration thanks to many of my daily reads via the blogging world. And now that my masters is complete, I have more time to whip up some goodies, both savory and sweet. Happy two-thousand and eleven... it's to the kitchen I go!

Cheers!!

spotlight.

I love watercolor and this illustration by Caitlin McGauley is top notch. I absolutely adore her work. She uses exactly the colors I love and her illustrations are simple and sophisticated, but are still very carefree.

The watercolor featured above was one she did for Tory Burch this season. Click here to see a slideshow of Caitlin's favorite parts of the holidays. Very fun.

LOVE this girl. She really is fabulous. She does illustrations for Kate Spade, J.crew crewcuts, Lonny Magazine, and Hermes Paris. She has a blog too! Doesn't update much, but it's still fun to see an array of her work. Just beautiful.

Thursday, December 30, 2010

olive oil body butter




Talk about luxurious. This stuff will make you melt it's so moisturizing. And I mean that in a good way. I found this tub 'o butter at my aunt's house and I'm contemplating taking it home with me. Nah, just kidding. But really, I might have to purchase my own. Stat.

It smells delicious too.

I think I need this stuff. This stuff is goood.

Mediterranean Spa Body Butter. Butter in a tub, made with olive oil. Glorious, really.

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

homemade chicken noodle goodness

I'm spending a few days at my grandmothers house in Connecticut. And this means many things like shopping, and lounging, and movie watching, and cookie eating. But most of all, this means...















Homemade chicken noodle soup.

There is nothing better in all the world than my grammy's noodle soup.

lovely kate

I like to visit kate spade online when I want that extra skip in my step. Not ever to buy, because my bank account won't allow it, but just to look. I like to get color ideas, and get that extra feeling of lovely pizazz.

I adore this purse:



















The purple is just so fun, yet simple too. It doesn't scream obnoxious. Instead, it whispers, You love me... into my ears. To which my wallet retorts, Yes. Yes she does but she can't have you. Darn you, wallet. Why do you always have to be like that?

This is more my price range. It's adorable too:
















A fun, snake embossed, foiled look. Great for out to dinner or even to a wedding! I'm partial to the gold, but it comes in pretty silver and a fabulous black as well.

Visit Kate Spade for more classic fashion pieces and more.

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

snow.





















“It’s snowing!”, said boy with dog.

“No snow”, said radio.

“It’ll melt”, said woman with umbrella.

Then one flake turns into two, then two to three, on and on until the whole city is filled with glorious white snow. “Dancing playing, there and there, floating, floating, through the air.”

A lovely book that will spark the child in you, bringing you back to that magical first snow fall. And after the last few days we’ve had here on the east coast, it only seems fitting. Hope you are finding ways to enjoy the snow. I am finding plenty of ways to enjoy my new cozy socks, warm cocoa, and my mom’s famous sugar cookies. Since we’ve no place to go… let it snow, let it snow, let it snow.


Monday, December 27, 2010

hello, new camera.

hello, new camera.

glad you're here!!!!!

newsinator...!






















A fun way to spend a lazy Monday morning on vacation...

Whether you've sent out your holidays cards already or not, this is a super fun and witty way to make your friends and family smile. All you have to do is answer a few simple questions and the site generates a clever newsinator personalized just for you. Try it out!

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Whooo-whooooo.


Would the kids think I was strange if I brought my lunch to school in this?
I don't think they would. That's the beauty of small children.

How absolutely adorable. This lunch box rocks!

Saturday, December 25, 2010

glooooo...ooooo....ooooooo...ooooria!

Happy Happy Happiest of Christmases to you and yours!!!

I am home for the holidays and it feels so nice to be here in my cozy house. Being here just brings me back to my childhood. Cheerful days of hot chocolate and the Nutcracker Suite, decorating the tree with ornaments from years past. Meg and I drove in from Maynard Thursday night (she spent the day in my classsroom!) and I have been soaking up this time at home. What a wonderful feeling it is to be on vacation.

I send a wish to you on this glorious day... that your Christmas be filled with happiness, warm thoughts, and that you will be surrounded with the love of your family and friends.

Here is a special grace that I recently found that for me reflects the meaning of the season perfectly. Happy Christmas.

Friday, December 24, 2010

peace and love to you...

photo credit: anthropologie

Merry Christmas Eve!! Joy to the world!

xoxo,
aeb.

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Holiday Gift Guide 2010: CUTE labels!!

photo by Melanie @ the sweet life

Check out this awesome "chef's medallion" labels from artist Felix Doolittle!

I discovered these adorable gift ideas today while reading one of my favorite blogs. What an awesome idea for the foodie in your life!!!

They have lots of different gift options for just about anyone on your list.

magnets.

bookplates.

return address labels.

personalized calling cards.
Absolutely incredible illustrations.
Good stuff, my friends.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Proud Yogi


Now that I'm done with all my school work, I can devote more of my nights to YOGA!

Feeeeeels sooooo good.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Interior Designer Extraodinaire


Oh hey, what's up Mr. Schuester!

Wait, back up. That's not Mr. Schuester. That's Nate Berkus: Interior Designer Extraodinaire.

I just discovered his show today on NBC, on right after Ellen. At first I was thinking, What the heck happened to Bonnie Hunt?, and then I remembered that I didn't even really like the Bonnie Hunt Show. It was merely a necessary pathway to The View. Well, Nate Berkus has created the show for me. As a regular guest on the Oprah Winfrey Show, Nate is no stranger to gorgeous interior design. And now he is bringing his expertise right into our living rooms! His show is all about design and DIY projects. So far, I am loving it.

Nate Berkus is most definitely a little cheesy. But he loves antiques and flea markets, so naturally, I like him. And he's got some heart. Already I shed some tears over a give-away he did today.
I like that in a TV show host.
Keepin' it real.

DONE!!!


Officially done with grad school as of tonight!!! I have finished my paper (a whopping 24 pages) and am ready to hand that sucker in and say, adios readings! Adios projects! Adios papers! See ya LATA!

Here's some love to Lesley University...
Thanks for making me a better teacher!

Thursday, December 9, 2010

(images from Debi van Zyl)

On Wednesday of next week my 20 page paper will be handed in.
I will finally be able to sleep again.
And I will be done, done, and DONE with my Masters.

GO ME!

Adios for now....
6:30 on Wednesday can't come soon enough.
I'm going to TORO to celebrate!
Yaaaahooooooooo.

Monday, December 6, 2010

Zan is the Man.

Happy Birthday, Zanner!

love you.

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Happy Birthday FRIEND!!!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, Friend!!!!!!!
Love you love you loooooove.
Hope today is happy! Wishing I could celebrate with you!
XOXO.

your friend,
friend.