Thursday, December 29, 2016

Merry Christmas!

Hello, friends!

I have been terrible about posting lately, obviously (thanks, grad school), but wanted to stop in to share some of my favorite parts of our Christmas.


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Sunday, September 25, 2016

Dog-Friendly Stowe, VT (and the surrounding area)

Hi, friends!  It's been a while, I know.  The beginning of the school year is always a busy time in our house.  I wanted to stop by to share about our quick trip to Stowe last month.

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Monday, August 15, 2016

Tips for Growing a Vegetable Garden


Hi friends,

Happy August!  I wanted to post an update on our vegetable garden, since it's finally time to harvest just about everything.  We've been picking various veggies for a couple of weeks, including zucchini and summer squash, cucumbers, lettuce, green and purple string beans, and cherry tomatoes.  This week, we have found corn beginning to grow, ripening roma tomatoes, and bell peppers getting larger.

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Friday, August 5, 2016

Our Northern Vermont Vacation

Earlier this summer, we took a quick trip to northern Vermont to a lake house with some friends.  We were lucky enough to find a home in Greensboro that could accommodate 9 adults, 2 toddlers, and 2 dogs, which made for a full, and fun house!  If you ask me, this is one of the best Vermont vacation spots!

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Saturday, July 9, 2016

Love Grows Here Because of You! Cute Cacti Coworker Gifts

Hi, friends!

Each year, my co-teacher and I give a small gift to our nearest and dearest coworkers, because to be honest, with 40 preschoolers, many mountains of paperwork, and lots of lots of hard work, we could not survive without these ladies!

This year, we decided to do something a bit different, and a little quirky.  I love the way they turned out, and I think the recipients enjoyed them too!


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Monday, June 27, 2016

Welcome, Summer!

Hi there, and happy summer!

It's been a long time since I've posted- things get so busy, and so exhausting at the end of the school year, it just takes over everything!  Now, we're both lucky enough to be on summer vacation for a few weeks before summer school begins.


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Sunday, April 24, 2016

Felt Flower Garland

Hi everyone,

Happy sunny Sunday!  We are on school break this week, which I am so thankful for.  We've been battling some icky sickness around this house lately, and a break is so welcomed.
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Sunday, April 10, 2016

Freshen Up for Spring!



Hi everyone!

Sorry it's been a while- things have been awfully busy lately! 

I wanted to stop in to share some of our refreshed spring decor.  I finally changed out some of our shelves and my dining room chalkboard (don't judge, but it still had a CHRISTMAS message. Whoops.) 

I like to keep things colorful, but also light at this time of year.  I added some faux peonies to this navy planter, to the top of this bookshelf.


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Monday, March 28, 2016

Our Easter Decor

Hi there,

Happy Monday! I hope you each had a wonderful weekend, and if you celebrate, a wonderful Easter too!

We had a fun and relaxing family day at my parents', which is, in my opinion, the best kind of holiday!  I always feel thankful that my family all lives close by, so it's easy to get together.

Speaking of Easter, I realized that I never go around to sharing my Easter decor.  Better late than never, right?  I'll probably leave my bunnies out for a week or two -I think they're too cute to put away just yet!

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Monday, March 21, 2016

Spring Decor Roundup

Have you decorated for spring yet?  I tend to hold off until March, since I generally sort my seasonal decor into quarters, meaning spring = March, April, May.  You guys all break up the year too, right?  Gotcha.  I kept seeing all this super cute spring decor on Instagram, but it's still cold here, and at times snowy, so...

Anyway, I wanted to share some of my previous spring decor and projects, since I'm still working on a few new things for this year.


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Friday, March 18, 2016

A Dog-Friendly Burlington, VT Winter Getaway

During our winter break, we decided to treat ourselves to a mini vacation in Vermont.  We've never vacationed there, so we were excited to explore someplace new.  It turns out that Burlington is known for being dog-friendly, has lots to do, and seemed like a great spot to head off to.  We really enjoyed the trip, even with terrible weather, and can't wait to go back another time.  I really rely on reading about others' experiences when planning a trip, especially when Lucy is coming, so I wanted to share our trip, with the hope it can help others.


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Saturday, March 5, 2016

Tomato, Arugula, & Fresh Mozzarella Salad

Last weekend, I was really craving a big, bright salad.  I had some yellow cherry tomatoes (my favorite!), some small fresh mozzarella balls, and a big container of arugula, so I made this pretty winter salad.

 

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Sunday, February 28, 2016

Finishing February!

Can you believe how quickly February flew by?  For me, at least, February was a very busy month at work, which made it feel like a total whirlwind.  We are fortunate to have had a week of vacation to regroup, spend time together, and get set for the next big chunk of the school year.


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Sunday, February 21, 2016

Color a Rainbow! DIY Melted Colorful Crayons & Printable Gift Tags


Each year close to Valentine's Day, we throw a party in each of the 4 preschool classes in our classroom.  The kids bring in cards for their friends to mail in each other's decorated bags, we decorate heart-shaped sugar cookies, we play in the snow, and we talk about being thankful for our friends.

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Monday, February 8, 2016

Valentine's Day Decor Projects

Hi there,

Happy snowy (for some of us) Monday! I wanted to write a quick post to share the 2 DIY Valentine's Day decor projects I created and posted about last year.  I've brought both the felt heart garlands and the heart argyle-style wreath out for this month.

First, the heart banners (garlands, banners... whichever...) are one of my favorite projects! I love the stitching, color palette, and you know I love a good felt project. :)


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Sunday, January 31, 2016

Winter Felt Wreath

You probably know by now that I love a good, seasonal wreath.  I've made wreaths for just about every season (and some specific holidays) but this winter I found myself wanting a simple, pretty wreath to hang inside, once the Christmas decor was put away.  I typically love a pop of color, but for this project, I decided to keep the color palette neutral, wintery, and simple.


I started by making some felt rosettes.  I wrote a tutorial on making them here- they're really easy, and hardly take any time.  This time around, I chose to go with white, cream, and oatmeal-colored felt, but you could certainly do whatever you'd like. 



Once the flowers are formed, I kind of set them on top of my wreath to organize the grouping before I start gluing them on, just because I tend to play around with it a lot, and it's easier to do this without glue involved. :)

Once you're happy with your arrangement, start gluing! You can squish the flowers together as much or little as you like, it's all up to how you want it to look.


This is a pretty easy peasy way to make a quick wreath, and will be great to keep on the door until I'm ready for something spring-y. 

What do you hang on your doors for winter? I'd love to see!  I talked about some of our other winter door decor in this post.

Also, in case you missed it, I shared some winter decor here, and all about the easy houseplants I love here!

Have a great week!
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Saturday, January 23, 2016

Add Some Green! 4 Types of Easy Houseplants

Hi everyone,

Happy Saturday! I don't know about you, but I love houseplants.  I think they are a great way to add some freshness and pops of green around the house, and there are lots of studies that talk about the benefits such as cleaner air, more oxygen, and added air moisture.  Let's be clear- I'm not saying I'm any type of doctor or air scientist (or, while I'm at it, botanist), here, but I feel like if that is all true, it sounds great. I love how they look, too, so win-win.


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Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Goodbye Christmas, Hello Winter!

Hi everyone!  Did you survive the first week back to work after the holidays? We did, barely (kidding... kind of), and enjoyed a low-key, yet productive weekend.  A calm, not jam-packed weekend was a nice break after the holidays and a busy week at school for us both.

We woke up to a winter wonderland on Saturday, which was so much nicer than Sunday's pouring rain.  I was so glad that I took a few minutes to run outside to snap some photos!  It's really feeling like winter here this week. 


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Friday, January 1, 2016

Happy New Year! : The 3 Things I'm Hoping to Do in 2016

Hi everyone,

Happy New Year! 


Last year, I posted about some of my New Year's "resolutions", and it was fun to look back at them this week. I wanted to:
~ be on time
~ get back into blogging
~ keep working on "pretty-fying" our home
~ practice being more mindful and grateful.  

I would say that I haven't exactly gotten better about being early to things, but I haven't been late, either... that counts, right? ;)  Otherwise, I think it's safe to say I've done the others.  I have worked hard to add more decor to our home, and did some painting, too.  This kind of goes hand in hand with blogging, which I've done quite a bit of, and some of that has been related to sharing different seasonal or holiday-related decor or projects.  These things have, in turned, resulted in me loving our home more, being happy with how things look, and having fun being creative. 

Additionally, I've worked on practicing being more mindful.  This is a more difficult thing to "assess", but I have been doing some more photography, which I tend to do when I'm paying more attention to what's around me. Does that make any sense?  I feel like when I stop to notice the little things, I slow down a little and appreciate those things. 

For 2016, I don't know that I really have any organized resolutions, but I have a few things I'm hoping to do...

1. Learn to, and practice sewing/embroidery: We have a sewing machine that I have used...once... and it would probably be good to learn to use it so I can do so more regularly! I have all of these projects pinned on Pinterest, and ideas of things to make, but I need to hone my skills a bit first.  For Christmas, Rich got me a couple of Hazel and Ruby's Crafternoon projects (specifically, this and this), to support me in learning to do these things. He just gets me. :) 

                                         

Rich also surprised me with this beautiful Purl Solo & Egg Press 4 Seasons of Embroidery kit (shop link here), which I am so excited about!  Basically it has patterns to embroider a fall, winter, spring, and summer tree.  It also includes transfer patterns for a basic woodgrain, as well as wood grain letters and numbers.  I really want to figure out how to get started before heading back to school, so that I can work on it bit by bit in the evenings when I need to just relax a bit.  I'll report back!


2. Get outside more! I am always so happy when we go on a hike, go to play tennis, go kayaking, snowshoeing, etc. but  I find that unless we schedule it in, it hardly happens.  We walk Lucy all the time, but I want to do other things more often, too! We live in such a pretty area, it feels like a crime not to get outside more than we do. 




3. I'm hoping to continue to grow this little project of mine, and am kicking it off with a new url! This blog can officially be found now at pineapplesandpolkadots.com and I'm pretty excited about that! This year, I'm hoping to keep on posting more regularly, and sharing some new recipes and projects.  It's been so fun to meet new people and make connections with you all. Thanks so much for following along!

What are you hoping to accomplish in 2016? Anything new you want to learn or try? 

Cheers to a new year!
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