Friday, November 30, 2012

Happy Holiday Links (& Thanks You Sponsors!)

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Oh how lovely it is that it's finally Friday! Hope these happy holiday links inspire your weekend!
And a very special thank you to my November sponsors!
 HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND! xo ~ n

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Holiday Bucket List

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It's Christmastime in New York City!  It's around this time of year that I grow heavily resentful of the tourists that arrive to New York City.  And it has nothing to do with their cameras snapping pics of my dog in the park, or jamming the line at my local Starbucks wearing their Ugg boots, sweatshirts and fanny packs. It's because I'm JEALOUS!  I'm jealous that they get to play and have fun in my backyard while I'm running around getting caught up in the holiday madness!
This year, things are gonna be different, yes sir-ee!  I am making a promise to myself to have the BEST holiday season that this lovely city of mine has to offer.  This holiday season, I will not fight with my husband whether we should buy the overpriced evergreen sold by the crooks on the street corner.  I will not waste my Saturdays on shopping lines at Best Buy or Williams and Sonoma. And I will certainly not scour at tourists as I suffer from a severe case of Holiday FOMO (Fear of Missing Out.)  I WILL make the most of December and be sure to check off everything on my Holiday Bucket List!

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Holiday Gifts For Him


Today's holiday gift guide is for the boys.  Quirky fun gifts that your brother, your boyfriend or maybe even yourself might enjoy!
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Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Holiday Gifts For Her


It's the first ever HPT Holiday Gift Guide - let the Joy of Giving begin! Today's round up is all about the ladies.  My goal was to find items that I would give to my sister, my girlfriends or coworkers - fun and cute items (at affordable prices, of course!)  
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Monday, November 26, 2012

Happy {Cyber} Monday!

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Nerd Love Holiday Cards available at Etsy
Hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving weekend!  On Wednesday, aka Thanksgiving Eve, I carelessly placed my laptop on top of a couple of books on my coffee table.  It slipped and crashed and started making loud scary beeping noises.  I shrieked, cried and panicked.  Luckily, all of my illustration work was backed up to another hard drive and for that I am grateful. I am also grateful that I live in walking distance to a 24-hour Apple Store which was opened on Turkey Day. (Did you know that any Apple employee who worked on Thanksgiving received double the pay-rate, was given dinner AND left with a free ipad Mini? How cool is that?!)  And I'm extremely grateful to have a best friend who is letting me borrow her Mac while my baby gets fixed - THANKS BETSY!

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Sausage Stuffed Mushrooms

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In my family, stuffed mushrooms play a big role at our Thanksgiving table. Coincidentally, they play a big role in my husband's family too!  Not sure if this is an Italian thing (if it is, please let me know) but for our first Thanksgiving as newlweds it was inevitable that stuffed mushrooms would be making an appearance.  This recipe by the Barefoot Contessa is perfect and so easy to make.  Ina Garten is my go-to during the holiday season because she has so many delicious recipes perfect for hosting and party serving.  Whenever I find myself flustered in the kitchen I calmly say to myself, "WWID" aka "What Would Ina Do?" And the answer always presents itself in one of the many cookbooks I cherish so dearly by her.

Monday, November 19, 2012

Happy Monday!

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(print by Bear and Robot)
Here's to a great work week - make every moment of it count! xo ~ n

Friday, November 16, 2012

Happy Pretty Links

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Happy Friday!  I can't believe Thanksgiving is less than a week away.  While I head to the kitchen to get a jump on some holiday baking here are some links to brighten your day...
HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND! xo ~ n

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Chatting with Jessica L!

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I thought I'd try something different on HPT.  I really love connecting with my fellow bloggers and designers but sometimes commenting or liking a post just isn't enough.  I've decided to kick off a monthly series where I get to connect with people on a more personal level.  Today I'm chatting with Jessica Lawson of The Jessica L Blog.  Her blog is about capturing inspiration through her love of style, food, and being outdoors - all while balancing her life in the military!  In my opinion, she's one all around bad-ass chick!  Read on and see for yourself...
 

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

I'm currently obsessed...


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Il_570xN.282584236...with these fun and vivid bracelets and bib necklaces handmade by The Glossy Queen!

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Butternut Squash Glazed Tart

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It's at this point of the Autumn season that I tend to get a weeee bit tired of butternut squash.  I mean, hey - there's only so much soup and side dishes you can consume featuring this abundant veggie.  But when I came across this recipe I was so intrigued I had to try it.  I had never thought of using the b'nut in a dessert. I'm sort of inspired to see what other sweet dishes I can make (I mean - heck! My freezer is packed with extra squash - I would hate to see it go to waste!)  Anyways, I hope you enjoy making this quick and easy recipe as much as I enjoyed devouring it!

Monday, November 12, 2012

Happy Monday!

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                                                 Here's to a great week - keep it happy! xo ~ n

Friday, November 9, 2012

Happy Pretty Links

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What a doozey of a week - I'd never thought I'd be so happy to see Friday!  Before I head out to enjoy this wonderful weekend, here are some happy pretty links that I hope brighten your day...
  • I think these Glitter Penguins by wishdaisy are so adorable!
  • Make your own Rubber Stamps spotted on 52 Weeks Project
  • I'm loving this Double Slit Skirt by Forever 21
  • Can't wait to try these Great Pumpkin Donuts by bananmondaes
  • And a friendly reminder that with every Stuff by Nicole sale a portion of the proceeds will go to help the victims of Hurricane Sandy - now go get some Holiday Cards!
HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND! xo ~ n

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Links 1What a doozey of a week - I'd never thought I'd be so happy to see Friday!  Before I head out to enjoy this wonderful weekend, here are some happy pretty links that I hope brighten your day...
  • I think these Glitter Penguins by wishdaisy are so adorable!
  • Make your own Rubber Stamps spotted on 52 Weeks Project
  • I'm loving this Double Slit Skirt by Forever 21
  • Can't wait to try these Great Pumpkin Donuts by bananmondaes
  • And a friendly reminder that with every Stuff by Nicole sale a portion of the proceeds will go to help the victims of Hurricane Sandy - now go get some Holiday Cards!
HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND! xo ~ n

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Nutella Bars

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What I love the most about this time of year is the abundance of yummy baked goodies...all waiting to be devoured...unfortunately in one sitting by this lady right here!  Nutella (aka European Coco Crack) is a guilty pleasure of mine.  I tend to bake with Nutella more frequently during the holiday season. I think it's because it has such a warm chocolatey flavor and a gooeyness that sticks to your sides.  And also because it's winter and I don't have to worry about wearing a bikini!  Here's a great recipe for fudgy nutella shortbread bars - WARNING: they are highly addictive!

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Nutella 4What I love the most about this time of year is the abundance of yummy baked goodies...all waiting to be devoured...unfortunately in one sitting by this lady right here!  Nutella (aka European Coco Crack) is a guilty pleasure of mine.  I tend to bake with Nutella more frequently during the holiday season. I think it's because it has such a warm chocolatey flavor and a gooeyness that sticks to your sides.  And also because it's winter and I don't have to worry about wearing a bikini!  Here's a great recipe for fudgy nutella shortbread bars - WARNING: they are highly addictive!

Friday, November 2, 2012

Hurricane Relief Links

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On Fridays, I usually like to share happy pretty links as a way to jump start the weekend.  However, there was nothing happy nor pretty surrounding the events that has happened to my beloved home this past week.  Words can not describe the pain, loss, heartbreak, frustration and devestation that I have experienced and witnessed over the past couple of days. People have lost their homes, millions are still without power, and gas and food are becoming scarce in certain parts, like Staten Island, Long Island, and Hoboken NJ.

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Nicole Alesi I Red Cross NYOn Fridays, I usually like to share happy pretty links as a way to jump start the weekend.  However, there was nothing happy nor pretty surrounding the events that has happened to my beloved home this past week.  Words can not describe the pain, loss, heartbreak, frustration and devestation that I have experienced and witnessed over the past couple of days. People have lost their homes, millions are still without power, and gas and food are becoming scarce in certain parts, like Staten Island, Long Island, and Hoboken NJ.

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Apple Decals

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"French Bulldog Sniffs" by IvyBee
One day I was on the hunt to find cute items inspired by apples.  When I typed, "apple" in the Etsy search engine to my surprise I found a bunch of cute computer decals and my inspiration headed into another direction.  I found these decals so cute and clever that I just had to share a couple with you...

Apple Decals


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"French Bulldog Sniffs" by IvyBee
One day I was on the hunt to find cute items inspired by apples.  When I typed, "apple" in the Etsy search engine to my surprise I found a bunch of cute computer decals and my inspiration headed into another direction.  I found these decals so cute and clever that I just had to share a couple with you...
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"The Giving Tree" by FancyStopIl_570xN.346356089
"Snow White" by MagicalDecal
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"Apple Juice" by FirstCoastGraphics
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