Trench coats are something of a closet workhorse, I think. They sort of add the finishing, classy touch to an outfit, whether it be jeans and high tops, or a midi skirt and clogs. Evidence above and below!
I really enjoy wine but know almost nothing about it. How to describe it? What notes it has? Is it dry, is it fruity or floral? What do I serve with fish? With steak? What time of year do you drink a rosé? What is the real difference between Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon? Pinot Grigio and Chardonnay? Enter: Weekly Tasting. This is a sort of genius weekly wine offering. Four bottles of really lovely wine hand-delivered by their expert sommeliers and delivered to your door. With them come four cards that give you the perfect information about the wine and what to pair it with. No more guesswork! No more looking like a fool when you serve lukewarm rosé with steak in December. We decided to give it a try and have the perfect lunch alongside.
water! no doubt we all need more than we’re getting. my mom’s pretty certain that health begins here (and ends with no sugar–which is the devil himself if you’re her) as water is constantly cleansing your body aiming to prevent various ailments that can get you down. for about two months, i’ve been way more aware of my water intake, keeping my giant mason jar on me as i move throughout the house, or carrying water with me when i leave. i’ve sort of always done the latter, but constant sipping throughout the day isn’t something i’ve been as good at. so, here’s some of my tips, and then some of the things i’ve been adding to my water to make it pack an even greater punch.
These eggs are dropping like flies. Lessons in gentleness with Anders. And then Parker decided to wrap one entirely in play-dough, and bump it on the table to see what it could withstand. Then we had broken egg shells mixed with play-dough. Life with boys. I don’t have much planned for this weekend, except relaxing and maybe watching Goodfellas with Steve (neither of us have ever seen it!).
Some weekend reading…
For the annual easter egg decorating! It’s the only time of year that I buy white eggs. I know there’s a million and one pins that show them decorated with spices, with chalk, with paint, with fancy marbling, taupe eggs, robin’s egg blue eggs, tumeric-flavored-painted-with-bristles-from-the-hair-of-the-underbelly-of-a-Nepalese-goat eggs, but I just went, like I always do, with white eggs and your run of the mill color tablets. I just can’t quit the standard. No, it has nothing to do with it being the easiest. (Wink face.)
1// Big Little Lies. Yeah, me and every other women in America. But seriously. At first I thought some of the characters were a little cheesy (as well as the flash forwards with people talking about “the event”) but then I got into it hook, line, sinker. So bummed that it’s over. For those not familiar, it’s a six-episode miniseries based on this book. The last episode has already aired, so you can catch all 6 on HBO now. What will replace BLL on my Sunday night? (Already watch Girls.) (Oh. And that last episode of Girls. Have so many thoughts. Should we have a Girls discussion group over on Facebook?)
2// This oil. It sinks into the skin soooo nicely and smells so good. I also use a little drop on my fingertips for stubborn eye makeup (often, the next morning; there’s always some leftover!).
3// This simple one-piece. It’s so pretty.
4// Simple dinners of meat with a few sides. I usually start doing this when the weather turns (and guys! I think it’s happening!! I sat outside yesterday with a book, no jacket, in the sun as the boys played. I’d forgotten what sun felt like on my face.) and they’re always family favorites. Last night’s was marinated chicken, roasted brussels sprouts and fingerling potatoes, and this amazing bread from Beach Pea bakery (the fougasse; if you live nearby, get it!! Our friend Jenny’s brought this to us before and we always devour it.). Another favorite: marinated steak tips and sautéed string beans. So simple, so delicious.
5// A mid-day “mama” latte. Are you anything like me? Half (if I’m lucky) a cup of coffee down the hatch before it’s cold with all the (wonderful) interruptions of diapers, breakfasts (if your kids are anything like mine who eat more from 7-11 am then they do the rest of the day combined–so we eat about 4 breakfasts in this house), etc. And I’m just not that keen on reheated coffee. Enter the mid-day latte. Black tea, foamed milk, and honey. A sprinkle of cinnamon if you fancy. I use this to foam my milk.
I asked a few weeks back on IG stories for any Q&A type questions, and the vast majority were, “how are the older kids?” So here’s that post that will evolve into the sharing of one of my clutch weeknight soups. Kids and soup, soup and kids–two of the most significant parts of my life, probably.
Anders enjoying Mighty Mighty Construction Site (We love this series!) that Chronicle Books sent us – with an excavator toy. This boy lives for construction vehicles. He’s flipped through the pages so many times already. This weekend, I have a girls’ night and William goes to PROM! (Can you believe that?) I’m so excited to see him off with his prom date.
Some weekend reading…
Shake Shack got in touch with me a few weeks ago about working together and I was like, “This is my moment. I have arrived.” Just kidding, but it was definitely a natural fit. We love burgers, we love Shake Shack, and we love Boston. Where do we sign up? (The answer: through an email correspondence with the coordinator.)
We’ve had a doozy of a week. I had just been talking to our EI specialist (who works with Anders once a week) about how it’d been a pretty healthy winter and then came March. Coughs, colds, ear infections, and then the stomach bug heard ’round the world. This was no ordinary stomach bug.