Lovely Things This Week (7.4.14)

“And we must have a pie. Stress cannot exit in the presence of a pie.” David Mamet

Happy 4th!  Hope you are enjoying the long weekend.  I’ve already started counting down the days to my delivery date (beginning of October) and our upcoming trip to Northern Italy (August).  I started working on the baby’s room this week and re-organized my craft room, which has made it so much easier to start and organize projects and keep track of all of my supplies!  Here a few highlights from this week and last week:

1. Fox Baltimore

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I love the change of pace in my day when I do a Fox Baltimore segment and this one was equally exciting.  This segment was on Delivery Room and Newborn Necessities and included fun ideas like stainless steal toy keys (minus the germs and sharp edges), cord collection kits, and artwork made from baby sonograms.  The bump is really showing now and the hubs and I had a delicious sweet and savory brunch afterward at Woodberry Kitchen, only a few blocks away.

2. Scavenger Hunt at Grandma’s

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Last weekend, we did some summer swimming and then went on a scavenger hunt to find all of the fun and interesting creatures in Grandma’s backyard.  The prompts were photographs that we took of the various creatures (she has an impressive collection of animals musing in the yard–and some that are even full size!), cut the photos into smaller sizes, and laminated them into cards for the hunt.

3. Nakd. Bars


I received a box of these Nakd. bars last week and have been devouring them left and right.  They’re made entirely of all fruits and nuts with no sugar, dairy, wheat, gluten, or GM projects with flavors like Cashew Cookie, Cocoa Orange, Ginger Bread, Pecan Pie, Cocoa Mint, Cocoa Delight and Berry Delight to name a few.  They’re the perfect marriage between sweet decadence and healthy and filling (a shangri-la for pregnancy snacking).

4. Scotch Ice Cube Trays

590A3739 I’m still experimenting with my husband’s scotch ice cube trays and coming up with all the ways to incorporate them into every occasion.  I used pomegranate juice for these red ice cubes and added a few blueberries to make them even more patriotic for our 4th of July celebrations.  They went into a pomegranate sparkling lemonade cocktail I mixed up (with 2 parts pomegranate syrup, 4 parts sparkling lemonade, and 1 part vodka).

5.  Mini-Pies:  I’ve been scouring Pinterest and the design/crafting blogs for the most scrumptuous mini-pies using my favorite summer fruit–cherries.  How cute are these?  And these?  One of these minis will most certainly be making their way to the blog via lovely things this week (next) week.


Thank you to Nakd. for sponsoring this post!  Happy 4th of July weekend!


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July 7, 2014 - 6:17 pm

Laurel Bill - Love the scavenger hunt at Grandma’s and the awesome ice cube drinks. Thanks for sharing these ideas!

July 7, 2014 - 8:39 pm

kungphoo - Congrats, that’s some great exposure being on FOX! Oh yeah, and the Italy trip doesn’t sound too bad either!

July 7, 2014 - 10:30 pm

jo casey - I love that ice cube idea – genius! and Nakd bars are always a favorite in our house

July 8, 2014 - 12:48 am

Daniele Holmberg - These look like some great summery ideas! I love the awesome drink ideas with the sparkling lemonade. They sound so very refreshing! :)

July 8, 2014 - 3:33 am

Dov Shapira - How exciting for you.
I wish you easy time till October and congrats to you on the new baby to come.

July 8, 2014 - 5:38 am

Veronica - You are such a cute pregnant momma! It looks like those Nak’d bars are pretty good.

July 8, 2014 - 11:08 am

John Obidi - Sounds like you’ve got quite a lot on your hands. Happy 4th!

July 8, 2014 - 1:03 pm

Bradley Finnearty - The scotch ice trays look interestingly refreshing. Let us know how the experiment goes. I am sure some of us would like to give it a whirl.

July 8, 2014 - 6:20 pm

Uplifting Families - That is so cool that you got to be features on Fox. 😉

July 9, 2014 - 12:42 pm

Imelda Guanzon - I love the Scotch Ice Cube Trays! I want one. Congrats on this!

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