“a portrait of my children, once a week, every week, in 2013.”
what they love about their big papi.

kiana: loves one on one lunch dates with her dad, and karaoke.
myla: loves traveling alone with papi, and “daddy’s special” recipe – a unique combination of vanilla ice cream, rice krispies, cocoa, and a lil milk.
kj: loves the stories big papi tells him about his very mischievous childhood life.  and nerf gun battles in the basement.
sela: loves bedtime stories by her daddy,


food truck party.

July 10, 2012

Remember that day in June when we celebrated father’s day??? well, the sun came out from behind days and days of rain clouds, and we called all our friends together to celebrate the dads in our lives.

For this party, I wanted to mix traditional New England style with casual party flair. To achieve this I set the table with neutral, classy details – adding chalkboards and neon chalk markers for the kids to doodle. And! For food, we hired a taco food truck that pulled right onto the backyard lawn in the middle of the party scene! Did you know you can hire out most food trucks for private parties?!? This was an entirely new idea to me,


soda bar

June 29, 2012

Have you noticed the new trend to make your own soda at home? SodaStream is everywhere. For father’s day I wanted to set-up a make-your-own soda bar as part of our party, and use this idea without the soda maker appliance. however, I did use the SodaStream syrups for flavoring. Some people prefer to have a mix of their own homemade soda and brands similar to DRY orange bubbly because they like the option and I hear their product is great!

It was a fun way to serve beverages to kids and adults alike.

take a look:

Using airtight cylindrical bottles, I created homemade labels with this font &


father’s day 2012.

June 21, 2012

Father’s day was full of sunshine, good food, good friends, and lots of love for our big papi. Like last year, we gave him a blurb-blog book. This was 2008, so we’re only 4 years behind. It’s magical looking through those pages, and seeing all the memories. Makes every minute I spend taking photos, editing, writing – so incredibly worth it.

We cherish our papi. He has always been a hands-on dad, involved in everything that goes on in our home. He works so hard and takes such good care of us. I love all the little things he does – last month he took sela to our neighborhood diner for breakfast,


*new to me*

May 21, 2012

ManCrates! check these out! these crates are packed with male-inspired-goodness, and delivered with a crowbar to crack them open! how cool {and tough!} is that? perfect gift idea for the man in your life — on father’s day? or, any day of the year that you need to plan a gift for one of your special men…

there are at least five of these crates that i know husband would love! plus, you can re-use that crate as decor somewhere in your home after it’s cracked open.  perfect for organizing. father’s day is less than 4 weeks away – time to start planning!

{collage by me, images via.