What Kids Can Teach You

Beach Boy-waterAt the first hint of sunshine and warm weather last weekend, we took off on our first spring adventure of the year. Snacks packed. Kids in the car. Not much of a plan besides Beany’s request for a beach. Lucky for her, New England has plenty of coast to go around.Beach Girl sideI tend to fall into such a trap of overanalyzing and overplanning every aspect of our outings. What if the weather suddenly drops 30 degrees? What if Bear gets cranky? What if the beach is busy, or we can’t find parking, or there’s no kid-friendly place to play?

Kids don’t worry about these things. And because of that, there’s a lot that kids can teach you. Pack extra coats. Pack extra snacks. But everything else? Just let it go. Here’s what my kids have taught me:…

Read More »

Crayon Garden

Colorful Indoor Garden Craft for Kids

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…

Read More »

Honey Wheat Bread

Becoming Bread Makers: Awesome Everyday Bread

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…

Read More »

Sweet Boy

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…

Read More »

Mint Chocolate Sandwich Cookies

Mint Chocolate Sandwich Cookies

Mint and chocolate are one of the world’s great loves stories. You’ve heard it before, right? Once upon a time, there was a guy named Chocolate. He was hanging out one day, just being all rich and sweet, when the beautiful young Mint entered the picture. She was smart. She was strong. She didn’t need him…

Read More »

Bear Weekly Photo Grid

Happy birthday, Bear!

Our sweet, snuggly boy turned 1 this weekend. How is that even possible? Bear has brought more love and happiness to our family than any of us could have imagined. I’ve said it so many times before, but I’ve never met a sweeter baby. He’s truly the most laid-back, easygoing kid and has been from day…

Read More »

20-Minute Apple Turnovers | splashofsomething.com

Dessert Fix: 20-Minute Apple Turnovers

Some days are just ho hum, and you need a pick-me-up to turn things around. That, my friends, is when you must head to the kitchen. No, I’m not encouraging you to eat your feelings (though a once-in-a-while ice-cream binge never really hurt anyone, right?). But I am encouraging you to pour those feelings into…

Read More »

Breakfast-Tacos

Don’t get hangry: How to build the perfect breakfast tacos

I’m happy to report that we’ve made it through our first real Boston blizzard. There’s still so much snow outside (and it’s snowing right now), but aside from the bunches of snow, it was pretty uneventful. Wonderfully uneventful, actually. We certainly prepared for the blizzard like any normal people would: filled up extra bottles of water, made sure…

Read More »

Blizzard 5

You guys, it snowed. Lots.

You guys, it snowed. Like 2-feet-and-counting snowed. This morning, when Beany ran into our room at 6:15, pulled back the blinds and looked at our snow-covered deck, the first words out of her mouth were: “Wow! Look at this! It snowed so much! It’s so high!” Then she thought for a second about what this…

Read More »