GIVEAWAY! PostalPix credit


Every three months or so, I’m overwhelmed by the compulsion to do a mega purge of the outside of our refrigerator. All of those Christmas cards, baby announcements and random notes that I just couldn’t part with suddenly start cluttering up the joint, and my need for tidiness hits hard. Ten or so minutes of clearing and sorting later, and I’m left with a wonderfully plain Jane refrigerator with nary a sentimental knick-knack in sight. This pleases me more than it should for about a week. Then that poor refrigerator just looks sad and underdressed.

A while before the holidays hit last year, the folks at PostalPix offered to send me a test batch of prints using their handy app (it’s an Android and iPhone app where you can order prints of your fave phone photos). The company specializes in square Instagram prints, like these:


I ended up picking one of my favorite Instagram shots of Beany (taken in the North End of Boston last summer) and ordered a 4-by-4 metal print to put on our newly cleared refrigerator. Truth be told, I ended up loving it way more than I expected to, and I ordered one of Bear not long after he was born. So now our refrigerator is decidedly minimalistic without being sadly empty. ’Tis the best of both worlds, methinks.


So why am I jabbering on and on about refrigerator magnets? Well, the cool cats at PostalPix want to give one of you (yes, you!) an awesome freebie to see if you like their stuff just as much as I do. Just enter below for a chance to win a $20 PostalPix credit. Make a magnet! Order 2×2 prints! Get a cellphone cover with your face on it! All you have to do is leave a comment on this post with your answer to the following question: Who stars in the majority of your Instagram photos? Your kids? Your pets? Your amazingly photogenic breakfast?  Contest closes Saturday at midnight. Good luck!


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Expert eater. Champion snoozer. Snuggly, curious and sweet. Loves hugs, baby talk and his big sister’s smile. Stealing hearts and taking names.


Happy Easter! Lemon Ginger Bundt Cake

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Happy Easter! This post is popping up a little later than planned, but I suppose that’s life with a newborn and a toddler in the house. And a puppy. Yep, that puppy is wild, too.

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In case any of you are still on the lookout for an Easter-ready dessert (or a feels-like-spring dessert for that matter), look no further. This lemon ginger bundt cake comes together in a snap and tastes as happy as it sounds. I love that it uses crystallized ginger instead of ground. Have you cooked or baked much with it? It’s pretty fun, delicious stuff. Zingy and bright and just what spring is supposed to taste like. I’m currently in search of new gingery recipes so I can use up the rest of it.

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In other news, Beany went to her very first Easter egg hunt yesterday and had a pretty great time. Fortunately, she didn’t realize all the sugar that came hidden inside those eggs until the very end of the hunt, so we managed to escape without her getting too incredibly sugar filled. Of course, now in her zeal for jellybeans and chocolate, she’s requesting eggs by the dozen.

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Hope your Easter is a good one, too!


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Lemon Ginger Bundt Cake
Adapted just slightly from Martha Stewart

• 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
• 3 cups all-purpose flour
• 2 tablespoons finely grated lemon zest and 1/3 cup fresh lemon juice (about 2 lemons)
• 1 teaspoon vanilla
• 1/3 cup minced crystallized ginger
• 1 teaspoon baking soda
• 1 teaspoon salt
• 2 ½ cups granulated sugar
• 6 large eggs
• 1 cup sour cream
• powered sugar for dusting

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F, and grease a 12-cup bundt pan. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, lemon zest, ginger, baking soda and salt.

Beat together the butter and granulated sugar on medium-high until light and fluffy, about 4 to 5 minutes. Add the eggs one at a time, beating well after each. Blend in the lemon juice and vanilla.

With mixer on low, alternately add flour mixture and sour cream, beginning and ending with flour mixture. Blend until just incorporated. Spoon batter into prepared pan, and smooth the top with a spatula.

Bake until a toothpick inserted in center of cake comes out clean, 50 to 60 minutes. Let the cake cool in the pan for about 30 minutes, then turn it out onto a rack to cool completely. Dust with powdered sugar before serving.

Lemon Ginger Bundt Cake



Photo 14/52: Favorite little faces




This post is part of The 52 Project: One photo of Beany and Bear every week of the year.

Photo 13/52: A girl and her Legos, a boy and his raccoon



Beany: I love the open mouth while she’s playing with her Legos. The girl is always talking. Always.

Bear: Save for a quick diaper change or sudden demand for food, this little guy is amazingly content. Happy babies are so great.


This post is part of The 52 Project: One photo of Beany and Bear every week of the year.

Photo 12/52: Here’s how you play



There are plenty of important life lessons an older sibling bestows on the younger one, and Beany is already hard at work teaching Bear the ropes. This week’s lesson? Animal sounds and a tutorial on “how to play.” He seems to be catching on quickly.


This post is part of The 52 Project: One photo of Beany and Bear every week of the year.

Photo 11/52: Blue eyes and sleepy guys



Even though Jared and I are still scrambling a bit to figure out a new routine around here (I promise food posts will return in the not-so-distant future; we’re still just happy to have any meal at this point!), Beany and Bear have both settled into the swing of things like it’s no big deal. Kids are pretty amazing like that. Grown-ups, take note!

And now for this week’s photos: I probably already have fifty zillion sleeping pictures of Bear that are some variation of this pose, but I love how very boyish he looks in this one. And Beany’s photo? That sweet face paired with the oven mitts (a new favorite accessory) makes me pretty happy. She’s a funny duck, as her Grammy says. Funny and the best.


This post is part of The 52 Project: One photo of Beany and Bear every week of the year.

Photo 10/52: Settling in



Beany, pondering this whole big sister business. And Bear, reflecting on something wise and important.


This post is part of The 52 Project: One photo of Beany and Bear every week of the year.

Photo 9/52: Then there were two


And my heart grew three sizes that day.


This post is part of The 52 Project: One photo of Beany and Bear every week of the year.

Photo 8/52: We love the ’90s


Rocking neon like it’s 1993 — with a ponytail that just won’t quit.


This post is part of The 52 Project: One photo of Beany every week of the year.


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