August 29, 2009

She Said "Yes"!

It's that time of year... summer is almost over, vacations are taking place and people are getting engaged. Haha, well at least a bunch of girls I know are! Engagement cards are my favorite cards to make. There is something so fun about creating a card for a girl who is absolutely ecstatic. Just making the cards makes me ecstatic! Here are some pretty engagement cards I created for girls who said "yes" this summer! Congratulations and lots of love to Kelly, Lindsey and Betsy!


Peanut Butter Cookies

This summer I have been so excited to have a "crew" of people to bake for! Upon request, I made peanut butter cookies for our Hamptons summer housemates. The cookies were a hit and traveled well too! Here is my very own recipe, enjoy!


2 teaspoons vanilla
1 cup creamy peanut butter
3 eggs
1 cup softened butter
1 1/4 cups sugar
1 1/4 cups dark brown sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
2 1/4 cups flour

1) Preheat oven to 300ºF.
2) In a medium bowl, combine flour, soda, and salt. Mix well with a wire whisk.
3) In a large bowl, blend sugars using a mixer at medium speed. Add butter and mix to form a grainy paste.
4) Add eggs, peanut butter, and vanilla. Mix at medium speed until light and fluffy.
5) Add the flour mixture and mix at low speed until just mixed. (Do not overmix).
6) Refridgerate batter for 30 minutes for easier handling of dough.
7) Roll 1 tablespoon portions of dough into small balls with the palms of your hand and place 2 inches apart on ungreased cookie sheet.
8) With a wet fork, gently press a crisscross pattern on top of the cookies.

Bake for 8-22 minutes (depending on size of cookies) until cookies appear dry. Transfer cookies to a wire rack and let cool.


August 25, 2009

Selling Yoga

My funniest friend Kimberly told me about this yoga studio that she discovered during a visit to New York City. "Yoga? Nah, that's not for me but thanks Kim." After only a few minutes of convincing on Kim's part, (typical sales girl) I found myself online and scheduling an appointment to check out the studio. It's called Pure Yoga and there are two in the city, one on the Upper East Side and one on the Upper West. Yesterday, after my tour of this luxurious and tranquil facility, I fell in like with yoga. Today however, I officially fell in love with yoga after taking my very first class!

In the beginning of the class, when the music started and we were doing what I perceived as medidating, I thought to myself: ah wait a second I'm a runner, this isn't quite me... But as the hour long class continued, I quickly found myself in the most difficult positions using muscles in places I never knew I had them! SUCH a workout ensued that by the end of the hour I was sweating, my muscles were tired and I felt outstanding. I must say that my spine had never had so much attention in my 27 years of life. I felt so limber and relaxed.

I was a self admitted skeptic of yoga, just not a fan. Now, I consider myself a yoga groupie and I just signed up for a year long membership which gives me unlimited classes. I also just heard about this "hot yoga" business where you are doing yoga in 110 degree heat. Aside from my friend Alexis telling me that she felt like she was going to have a heart attack, the other reviews have been great and that's next on my list of classes to try! I'm telling you that I'm totally obsessed. Thanks for "selling me yoga" Kimberly!

August 17, 2009

Bee Happy!

Every girl has a time in her life when things aren't going quite her way. Over the weekend one of my good friends told me that she's going through a break up. Ugh, they are the worst... but having great girlfriends close by can make moving on a lot easier.

A bunch of us met her for lunch today and I brought her a homemade card. The theme of the card is "bee happy". A card just like this one is really cute along side of a small thoughtful gift such as: Burt's Bees lip balm, moisturing lotion with honey or some pretty yellow flowers!

Even if it only brings a temporary smile, the gesture will remind her that she has friends who care and a lot to "bee happy" about! Lots of love to my girl...


August 12, 2009

Thoughtful Hostess

Last week I took the train to Boston to visit my dear friend Courtney. Always a hostess, Courtney put together some useful items that came in handy during my stay. She inspired me to share some ideas on being a fabulous hostess!

Assemble a little pile of items for your guest to use during her stay. Leave the pile on the guest bed or if your guest is sleeping on the couch (ah um New Yorkers) put the items in a basket next to the couch. Some or all of these ideas will make your guest feel most welcome!

-fresh towels and wash cloth
-travel size soap and other toiletries
-water bottle
-a few recent magazines
-city map or activity brochures
-a spare key
-metro or bus pass
-gym pass (most gyms will give you a freebie)
-extra hairdryer or cell phone charger
-welcome note

Your guest will love the simple assortment of useful items (many you already own, fantastic!). Fresh flowers bring warmth to your guest room too. Thank you Courtney, how thoughtful!


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