Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Nicaragua - Paradise Found

In honor of the frigid temperatures across the U.S. tomorrow, we're reliving Lo's recent trip to Nicaragua. Let's just say if Jack and Sawyer had gotten Lost on Little Corn Island, they wouldn't have sought any sort of rescue. In January, Lo and her boyfriend spent a week in paradise, on Little Corn Island and San Juan del Sur. The Corn Islands off the coast of Nicaragua are one of the best kept secrets in the Caribbean. Little Corn, however, is only accessible via a treacherous "panga" ride, which Lonely Planet warns "can get very rough and you may get soaked. Bring garbage bags to cover your luggage." (Note to self: when your guide book advises bring garbage bags, bring garbage bags.) Nonetheless, upon landing at Yemaya Hideway and Spa, the crystalline water, enchanting beaches and Gilligan's Island-esque jungles instantly made up for the Life of Pi boat ride. Daily yoga and smoothies replace cars and cell phone signals on Little Corn. Even the sharks are friendly, as Lo discovered during her dive certification when her instructor explained they act more like puppy dogs than predators. Alas, just like Gilligan's Island and Lost, this too had to come to an end. (We're actually still not really sure what happened at the end of Lost, but we'll save that discussion for another post.) We hope these few snap shots from Nica warm you right up! 









Sunday, February 1, 2015

Gifts for Guys

"Boys won't listen... they're like pneumonia...farting and fighting... boogers and bugs... booooyyyyyssss eeeeaaaaaah!" -The Little Rascals

They're also hard to shop for! So here's a round-up of our favorite gifts, both DIY and ready to buy.  Because it's the thought that counts, but also the present. And because, despite how they smell, we love them to pieces.  

FREE PRINTABLE DATE CARDS for every month of the year.  J.CREW XO BOXERS that say it all.  DOLLAR SHAVE CLUB MEMBERSHIP so he's kissably smooth!  SUGAR PAPER BE MINE HEART for your sweet nothings. (Because a handwritten note is the best gift of all.)  HIS FAVORITE TENNIES with a sweet note!  I LOVE MY WIFE TEE No explanation necessary.  ANTI-SNORE PILLOW Let's be honest, this is more of a gift for you than him.  TRUEFITT & HILL 1805 COLOGNE Quite possibly our favorite. (Apparently, Prince William wears this.  So does Liz's husband!)  COOKIES are the key to every man's heart.


Monday, January 5, 2015

Liz's Purple Tie Optional Wedding

We're baaaaaaccckk! We've missed blogging, but while we were away, we stayed plenty busy working, traveling (Lolo just got back from Nicaragua!), enjoying some quality time with family and friends, and of course celebrating Liz's wedding!  As promised, below is a snapshot of the special day, which took place in St. Louis this past September. (An enormous thank you to Stephen Seebeck for such beautiful photos!) We hope you enjoy it as much as we did...



 





 













DETAILS
LOCATION Whitmoor Country Club, St. Louis  EVENT PLANNING Simcha's Events  
FLOWERS Wildflowers  PHOTOGRAPHY Stephen Seebeck Photography VIDEOGRAPHY Video Views  STATIONARY Paper Patch  QUARTET Manhasset Strings  BAND Griffin and the Gargoyles  BRIDE'S GOWN Monique Lhuillier  BRIDE'S TRAIN R&M Designs  BRIDE'S ACCESSORIES Bracelet borrowed from her mother, BHLDN headpiece  BRIDESMAID DRESSES Various designers, Bella Bridesmaids St. Louis  FLOWER GIRL'S DRESS Us Angels, Nordstrom  GROOM'S SUIT Stallone's Formal Wear  TRANSPORTATION Best Transportation  VINTAGE RENTALS Finch Vintage  SIGN Constructed from 100-year-old reclaimed barn wood by bride's father 

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

On Hiatus...

"Find what brings you joy and go there." -Jan Phillips

Photo origin unknown

Oh, hey there. We're sorry we missed you! With Liz's wedding rapidly approaching and a little too much fun in the sun going on, we are taking a blogging break for the Summer! But fear not, because we will be back soon with more beauty and bargains (and a wedding picture or two!). Have a blissful Summer!  (And take a little hiatus of your own while you're at it!)


Sunday, April 20, 2014

Mini Omelettes for Scrambled Mornings

If your mornings are anything like our's (read: sprinting out the door late, shoes in hand), you will love this easy, healthy breakfast you can prepare Sunday night because it lasts for several days (unless your fiancĂ© eats them all!).  We like to start our day with protein, so these pre-portioned egg muffins have been a big win for us!



S E R V I N G S : 9 mini omelets

S E R V I N G   S I Z E : 2 omelets

T I M E : 30 minutes

I N G R E D I E N T S :
4 cups broccoli florets
1 cup button mushrooms
4 large eggs
1 cup egg whites
1/4 cup shredded cheddar or pepper jack cheese
1/4 cup pecorino romano cheese (or use 1/2 cup of cheese above)
1 tsp olive oil
salt and pepper to taste
cooking spray


T H E   H O W :

1.  Pre-heat oven to 350*.

2.  Spray a non-stick cupcake tin with cooking spray.  

3.  SautĂ© the mushrooms and broccoli in a skillet with olive oil and salt until vegetables are tender.  Evenly divide the vegetable mixture into 9 tins.  


4.  In a bowl, beat the egg whites, eggs, and cheese.  Add salt and pepper to taste.  

5.  Pour the mixture into the tins over the vegetables so portions are divided evenly.  (Each tin will be about 3/4 full.)  

6.  Bake until cooked, about 20 minutes.  

7.  Serve immediately or wrap in plastic wrap and store in your fridge.  When you're ready to eat them, microwave for one minute and enjoy!

We originally adapted the recipe from skinnytaste.com, and there are so many variations you can play with depending on your taste.  Enjoy and have a great week!  


Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Deep in the Heart of Texas

We have a new favorite city: Austin. We travelled there a few weeks ago to visit our brother and sister-in-law and almost didn't come back. Our apologies for the delay (we've actually been traveling quite a bit these last few weeks!), but please enjoy a few snapshots from our jaunt below. Highlights included running around Lake Austin with our "niece" Tinkerbell (a.k.a. Stinkerbell), amazing Tex-Mex, a movie and din at the Alamo Drafthouse, and antique shopping for the cutest nursery ever (in our unbiased opinion). And of course there was gospel brunch at Stubb's BBQ, where we tasted the best pecan pie on the face of this earth. Hallelujah.



Coffee with the sisters.  

Spending some quality time with "Stinkerbell". 

Nom nom nom.  

After a long day of nursery shopping.  (For the cutest nursery ever!)





Sing it, sister.