A Day in Portland, Maine

Standard Baking Co.We spent a day in Portland, Maine, a few weekends back, and I think the more time we spend there, the more we love it. There are so many cute shops (Little and K. Colette are my favorites — so much to see!) and a lot of great restaurants, and I always leave wishing we could stay a little longer. So there’s always an excuse to go back.

Standard Baking Co.I snapped some photos while we were there and ended up with a few new favorites. There’s Beany in front of Standard Baking Co., looking like such a tourist. She’s never one to pass up a free pamphlet of any kind, and when I asked if I could take her picture in front of the bakery, she said, “OK, but first I need my map!”

Portland, MaineAnd then there’s our baby Bear, who’s not so much a baby anymore. He’s walking, talking(ish) and looking so grown up.

Portland, MaineHooray for happy days and weekends away!


DIY painted wooden letters

DIY Painted Wooden Letters

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Around Christmastime we made an IKEA run and, per our usual, came home with a unique smattering of items: festive chair cushions, drawers for under Beany’s bed, a few packs of batteries and a gigantic roll of paper designed for an easel we still don’t own. The cushions were fun through the holidays, the drawers are great toy storage…

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Years ago, I think during his early college days, my older brother took up bread making. Every so often when he came home from school for the weekend, he’d stay up into the wee hours of the morning baking loaves of a simple honey wheat bread. I say simple, but the process always seemed pretty…

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Before I Blink

I’ve been missing my 52 Project from last year a bit lately, so I decided last week to keep my camera out on the kitchen counter so I’d remember to snap a few more photos. It’s easy to take the camera along on our weekend adventures, but it’s the day-to-day stuff that really seems to capture these…

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