Easter Basket DEALS!!!

03.27.2017 by Emily |

I am so happy my Easter baskets are miraculously done and waiting for the big day! I stumbled on so many amazing deals, and am so excited to share them with you…

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For Jane’s basket:

HABA girl (only $5 HERE)
Melissa and Doug surprise ink (HERE), car version HERE
Melissa and Doug bead set HERE
Mini Lilly books HERE
White chocolate bunny HERE
Tolo cat (similar HERE)
Tolo lamb HERE

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For Ben’s Basket

Everywhere Babies Book HERE
HABA click clack rattle HERE
HABA wooly duo clutching toy HERE
HABA ring clutching toy HERE
Animal finger puppets (in store Target only)
White chocolate bunny HERE
Tolo boy (similar HERE)
Tolo moose HERE

Every Easter I want to make sure the kids have books and a chocolate bunny in their baskets, other than that I just look out for good deals for what the kids will like. Like Christmas stockings, little kids are so easy to please with every day items like a new toothbrush, fun bandaids, new crayons and bubbles etc. Last year I even added a new pair of sandals for Jane (see HERE), that matched her Easter dress. My favorite baby and toddler toys are Haba and Tolo, so I usually buy a few to add to our collection.

If you are looking for new baskets this year, we’ve been impressed with Target’s selection and price points. We like THIS large traditional basket paired with THIS monogramed liner for a total of $10. THIS little bunny basket is very cute, and THIS little roped white one is great too.

How about that Hollar.com?  Have you checked it out yet? If not, you need to! It is our new favorite place to stock up on kid presents. We CANNOT believe these prices on HABA toys. We usually pay double or triple these prices!

It will feel so great to get your baskets done early, get your shopping done now before all your favorites sell out!

-Emily x

Hummus for Lunch

03.24.2017 by sarah and emily |

To balance out our insane Cadbury Mini Egg consumption as of late we are really trying to boost our veggies!
We are a thousand times more successful at this when we have an appealing bowl of hummus at hand.

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Our men aren’t huge fans of hummus so we’ve been pulling it out at lunch, serving it with veggies, rotisserie chicken and flat bread for a crazy easy lunch for us and our girlies. We have a feeling this zero-cooking lunch is going to become a staple for the Spring and Summer months.

We’ve just been buying Costco or a plain hummus from the store, do you have a favorite or a good recipe we can try?

Thanks in advance,

Sarah and Emily xx

A Spring Baby Shower

03.20.2017 by Sarah |

There’s something about the anticipation of Spring that makes throwing parties this time of year a little more exciting, don’t you agree?  Our baby brother and his wife, Sam and Sally are expecting their first baby next month and we are all giddy waiting for baby Alice’s arrival.

The sun came out a few Saturdays ago and we had a glorious afternoon with Sally’s lady friends and family, talking only of childbirth, brand new babies and first time parenthood… our idea of heaven!

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Sally with her Mom and Grandma…

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We always try to keep the menu as simple as possible for showers. We want to spend every second of the shower relaxing with guests and not in the kitchen, so we always make sure to serve food that can all be prepped and laid out before guests arrive. We served a strawberry salad (HERE), spinach, bacon and egg salad HERE, fruit and chocolate strawberries (HERE). Our Mum made an amazing cheese board with all of our favorite British cheeses and our sis, Helen (pictured with her two girls above) had the great idea to order our favorite carrot cake, which was a huge hit.

Our decorating theme was flowers… large paper ones we borrowed from a friend and fresh tulips dotted through the space.

Many of our guests were traveling to the shower so instead of doing our favorite flower favor (HERE) we sent guests home with a wild flower kit (Flower pots and seeds from the dollar store and top soil bundled in fabric pouches). Sally’s family and ours share a love of the Beetles so we added a quote from John Lennon, “Love is the flower you’ve got to let grow”.

Many hands make light work and hosting with a few people can really make showers so much easier and stress free.

This was such a special day for us all, we couldn’t help but look around and realize how lucky Alice is already to have such wonderful women in her life. You are loved beyond measure baby girl!

Adding Trim Work to Em’s Dining Room

03.16.2017 by Emily |

Our dining room has been a trouble spot in decorating since we moved into our home almost four years ago (see HERE).

I have loved our stark white walls but it has been a major factor in the room feel unfinished from the get-go.
Then add two small children, Jane and Ben. After dinner the place looks like a war zone, so adding a large area rug, which was my first instinct was absolutely out of the question.

I then started adding things to the table. A runner and pretty centerpiece that had to be removed every meal time looked great but just wasn’t practical.

This led me to trim work. I played around with a few ideas of shiplap, board and batten, or a whole wall of squares and finally decided on a grid. It seems like a no brainer now, but just one wall of trim helped the room feel inviting, cozier and finished….just what I was looking for.

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It definitely needs that area rug eventually, but for this stage in life it’s a huge improvement!

I’ve also concluded fresh flowers in the middle of our table is the best centerpiece there is. Calmness among the crazy!

Hurray for one project being checked off our 2017 list. Next up is the kitchen and I can’t wait!

Get your Cheese on Paddy!

03.14.2017 by Emily |

If you fancy getting your Irish on this week, look no further than your Dairy section!

We are half Irish and love a good Irish product. Kerrygold’s Dubliner cheese is always heavenly but we’ve just found their spreadable cheese (by mistake) which has made it to our favorite list quickly…and just in time for St Paddy’s Day!

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Spread with crackers, paired with raw veggies, or extra naughty on a slice of fresh baguette… it’s the perfect afternoon snack for you and the kiddos.

We found ours at Costco for only $5.50, they also have carry Kerrygold butter which is to die for…

To see our other posts about Ireland check out our “Dublin on a Dime Post” or “Get the Look of an Irish Cottage”.

Top of the Morning to you all! Have a wonderful Day!

Sarah and Em. x