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Oh hey Monday! February 27th

February 27, 2017

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Photo by Zoë Grant at the Creative Union Dinner: Part V

Ya’ll, this Monday truly feels like a Monday. My kids have had the stomach bug since Wednesday. Yes you heard that right. Brutal. We burned through 3 bottles of Thieves Essential Oil, 1 HUGE container of laundry detergent, and a lot of bland boring food (which we’re still eating). I am SO ready for Springtime and germs to go away. Any tricks you have to keep away the germs in your family?

Anyway, here are a few fun links to push those Monday blues far away:

  • JT singing “Can’t Stop The Feeling” at the Academy Awards last night. Best. Song. Ever.
  • My parenting guru Diane Malaspina is holding three seminars at 1701 in Virginia Beach this April. If you’re a parent, you should come with me. Being a parent is HARD! I’ll take all the information I can get. Seriously.
  • My new favorite Etsy Shop is “The Urban Hedgehog“. A team of moms Miriam & Cheryl are located in Canada, and they hand make modern and minimalist items for stylish kids. They love the beach & the woods, so they’re right up my alley.
  • Right along those lines if you have little ones, Ms. Emily of Music Together just opened up Spring Registration for music classes in Virginia Beach & Norfolk. I have fond memories of attending her classes with my older sons, and am excited to bring the baby to his first class at the end of March!
  • For Christmas, we gifted my cousin a pair of “The Frankford” boots from Mason Dixon. Well folks, they arrived this past week, to say she’s thrilled is an understatement! I keep getting text messages every day raving about how happy she is. Also given that it’s my BFF who handmade them, well that adds a bit more happiness and love into the boots.

Tennis quote

Yup, you guessed it. Spring Tennis started, and I lost my husband to his team. #sigh

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Creative Union Dinner Part IV

August 20, 2016

Are you curious as to what exactly the #creativeuniondinner is? I’ll tell you.

It is a dinner 4x a year hosted in Virginia Beach by the extremely talented duo of Mary & Zoe. The summer Creative Union Dinner: Part IV was by far my favorite to date.

Think of a beautiful (yet extremely sweaty!) summer evening on New Earth Farm. Starting off with a cooking class on the art of homemade pasta, spiralized zucchini and summer squash and pesto sauce (does anyone remember the secret ingredient?). Then settling onto inviting picnic tables in the middle of greenhouses, beds of gorgeous zinnias, sunflowers & tall corn stalks. Covering the tables (arranged by the lovely Mary), was local decor and place settings from Anthropologie, Seabright, & hand lettered place cards by Amanda Krovic. With a plate full of the delicious food that you just helped to prepare, all the while surrounded by local small business owners who share the same creative vision that you do. Oh, and don’t forget the old tired cat and a farm rooster who kept a close eye on us! Desert may have been my favorite part, of mouthwatering macarons by Rose Macarons.

And the best part of all this? It was my drawing of the dinner that Mary & Zoe asked me to create. One of my first large commissioned pieces!

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Food Lab w ball flowers

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Stepping stones

Zucchini and Summer Squash noodles

Corn

Sunflower

Place

Becky & Tessa

Rooster

DinnerPhotographs above were taken by me, photographs below were shot by the talented Zoe Grant (to see more of her photos, check out the post on Bluebird’s blog)! creative union dinner-114-X3

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