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Family! Fun! Boston! (and Marblehead!)

image_23The whole Martin clan came to Boston this weekend to move in my sister, aka my and Mike’s roomie for the summer. We adventured around Copley Square on Saturday, including a stop at Restoration Hardware and, OMG. I’m moving in. Mike told me 1000000 times I would love it there, but obvi I didn’t listen until I actually went to shop visit. Beeeaa-uuuty.

On Sunday we spent the day in Marblehead, with perfect weather and an impromptu photo shoot or two (see last photo). Family fun for all ;)

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How to Beat the Heat: A Photo Essay

image_15It was hawwwwwt in Boston this weekend. 95 degrees-sweating by 8AM-get me near a fan rightnoworI’mgoingtolose it HOT. Mike and I spent the weekend beating the heat, and – despite the constant state of sweating – it ended up being one of our favorite weekends in Boston!

So you wanna #beattheheat? Here’s what you can do…

image_21Step one: ICE CREEAAAAM, duh. Rainbow sprinkles FTW.

image_17Step two: Get near the water, ASAP. We took the ferry out to Spectacle Island and it was perfect! It was pretty deserted and we found a little spot of beach to have a picnic and dip our toes in the water. image_18

image_19image_16image_13 image_12 image_11 image_9 image_8 image_14 image_7 image_6 image_5image_4Step three: Recruit someone else to make dinner for you. Why sweat in the kitchen when you can have your own personal chef making you grilled pizzas??! Thanks, Mike and Katy!image_3 image_2 image_1 imageimage_3Step four: Find some more water. Get in it. Try not to get eaten by a snapping turtle.

imageStep five: Find some shade. Get in touch with your natural side.

image_2 image_1Step six: YOGURTLAND. One just opened in Coolidge Corner and OMG. OH.mg. The flavors are out of this worrrrld and? Unlimited free samples. Get on it.

Step seven: Decide that the day your apartment reaches the highest temperature is the day you’re going to clean it out. Assist your roommate (ahem, MIKE) in cleaning out their closet (ahem, FIFTY T-SHIRTS [and one pair of soccer cleats FROM HIGH SCHOOL] LATER) and collect a dumpster-sized mass of garbage and donations. Feel suuper zen after ridding your apartment of all Mike’s the clutter.*

Step eight: Fall into bed after a full and glorious weekend and try to figure out how to sleep in a way that the bed/sheets/blankets/your clothes don’t touch your ridiculous left-shoulder, right-kneecap sunburn. Make a mental note to get better at applying sunscreen.

*This has nothing to do with beating the heat. I just needed the world to know that Mike has been hoarding t-shirts (and millions of various other items, see: this insane glove collection) and my intervention saved him.

Memorial Day in Maine

image_28Hi friends! How was your Memorial Day weekend??

Mike and I took the train to Maine on Saturday to meet our friends Liz and Dave in Portland. We hit up Shipyard and Duckfat (obv), then headed to camp for some good old fashioned relaxation. We sat around the fire, made peanut butter cup s’mores, visited Freeport to hit up the JCrew outlet 50% sale (!!), stumbled upon a field of frolicking baby cows (truly!), accidentally-on-purpose wore red, white and blue pants to showcase our Memorial Day spirit, and had a cookout on Monday just as the sun finally peeked out. Another awesome Maine weekend!

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A Photo Every Hour: Snow Day!

Here’s what I did on my (wonderful, but hopefully last) snow day…image7AM: Coffee.image_18AM: Multigrain waffles (recipe coming soon!)image_139AM: Before//after. Rearranged our bookshelf.image_1110AM: Before//after. In the organization MODE. Closet: tackled.image_211AM: Stop to smell the flowers.image_412PM: Mediterranean chickpea salad(ish) for lunch.image_61PM: Curl up with a good read.image_52PM: Stop to admire my bunting handiwork. Ponder the fluffiness of our bed. Naptime!image_93PM: Pretend to write a paper for class.image_34PM: Yoga.image_85PM: Flourless peanut butter cookies (also coming soon!)image_76PM: Raiiiiin (ice?) go awaaay.image_127-8PM: Roasted acorn squash and kale chips for dinner//Mike comes home!image_109PM: Brew some sleepytime tea. Set alarm for sooo earlyyyy. Cozy up in bed. Goodnight!

 

NYC!

image11This past weekend Mike and I headed to NYC to hang with some of our favorite college peeps, and as always, it was a whirlwind weekend of food, friends, and FUN! We spent all day Saturday boppin’ around the city looking for the most delicious eats with my bestie Alix – we went to Doughnut Plant (finally!), Balthazar Bakery (felt JUST like Paris), Rice to Riches (graham cracker rice pudding FTW), and Momofuku Milk Bar (All. Everything.) Fooooood comaaaaa.

On Saturday night we went to a friend’s engagement party then to a Cornell young alumni event at the Bowery Hotel, which meant getting all fancy and catching up with so many people we hadn’t seen since college! On Sunday, we hit up Artichoke for the YUMMIEST pizza – they make a pizza with spinach and artichoke dip baked on top. It is ev-a-ree-thang and more. We took a nice long walk back (and obvi stopped for bagels) to Alix’s apartment before heading to our bus back to Boston. I love wandering around the city and just taking it all in; it’s my favorite way to explore!

More NYC visits, friends! MORE!

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Boston in the Golden Hour

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There’s a magical hour right before sunset where the world looks extra perfect & beautiful and you have to take 100,000 photos of everything because it might never look that beautiful ever again. After last week’s Cambridge eating tour (400 miles + 400,000 calories)*, Mike and I walked across the Salt ‘n Peppa bridge, down Charles street, and into the Boston Common. We stopped for some hot chocolate to warm up, then ventured out to walk on the frozen swan pond (is that what we call it? Swan Boat Pond? Public Garden Lake? Body of water inside the Public Garden where the swans live?? Do you know what I mean???), feeling like a couple of BAMFs. Then we headed back down Commonwealth Ave to catch the T just as the twinkly tree lights were turning on. MAGIC, I tell ya.

*Only exaggerating by a factor of 100.

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Blizzard Bonanza

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NEMO!!! Love ya to pieces.

Disclaimer: I don’t have a car or house to shovel out and wasn’t affected by power outages or transportation delays (perks of being on a school snow day schedule) so to me blizzard = play time. Major playtime.

Mike and I headed out Friday night in the height of the blizzard to hang with my old roomies (perks of having besties two blocks away) and almost became insta-snowpeople. Observe:

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On Saturday we (I) made Nemo pancakes because HOW COULDN’T I, then we bundled up and hopped into our cross-country skis to ski around the ‘hood. Cross-country skiing is HARD, yo. I was sweating like a wildebeest and almost-crying but eventually channeled my inner snow bunny and got the hang of it. We dropped our skis off at home and hippity-hopped around town, took 1,000 photos, and came home to eat Kraft mac and cheese and drink hot cocoa. It was wonderful :)

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I asked Mike if he had any spare gloves I could wear. This is what he presented me with…

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Weekend Happenings

DSC_1323Hooray! It’s already Tuesday! Three day weekends are whaaaatttt’s UP.

Here’s our weekend, in photos…

image (1)|Cornell alumni conference in Boston this weekend. Hey Ezra!|

PicMonkey Collage|Happy Birthday, Mike! Despite the 55 sparklers, we didn’t burn the building down! Don’t tell our landlord this happened!|

image (1)|Yellow birthday cake with milk chocolate frosting from the Flour cookbook|

IMG_6494|Copley Square|

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IMG_6496|Favorite brunch spot|

DSC_1278|Paris? Boston? PARIS.|

DSC_1321|Pink tea|

IMG_6500|Artsy|

IMG_6497|Spiced raspberry shortbread|

IMG_6498|Fresh grapefruit juice|

IMG_6499|We’re hoping they start recognizing us as regulars soon|

IMG_6501|South End love|

IMG_6502|Discovered Siena Farms South End. Adorable little shop with tons of local food & produce!|

IMG_6486|Warming up with hot cocoa from The Buttery|

IMG_6487|Credit to Mike the paparazzo|

IMG_6491|Flour Back Bay. We saw Joanne Chang!|

IMG_6489|One of each, please|

IMG_6492|Free day at the MFA|

DSC_0034|Mario Testino. So glad to have caught this exhibit before it left Boston!|

DSC_0043|Creepy flying people|

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How was your weekend? Anyone else wishing today was a snow day?

Thanksgiving Weekend

Hi friends! I hope you had a happy Thanksgiving. I was home in upstate NY for a few days – here are some pictures from my turkey-pie-family-filled weekend!

I. Am. Moving. Into. This. Kitchen. BE MIIIIIIINE.

My brother looks like a hoodlum and my dad is being “MomDad the Two-Headed Parent”. Can’t take us anywhere.

Fa la la la la, la la la la! Christmas season is here!!

Bring on the Christmas cookies!

 

 

I LOVE FALL: Vermont Edition

Apparently this year I made it my goal to experience fall in as much of New England as possible. Last weekend Mike and I headed up to Stowe, VT with our friends Liz and Dave for some autumn fun; we spent Saturday poking around Burlington (hello, Ithaca NY on crack!), where we stumbled upon the BEST farmer’s market (complete with thousands of samples, a pumpkin sweet potato fritter, hippie children dancing, and a morbidly obese bulldog being pulled around in a wagon) and hit up the Magic Hat Brewery. On Sunday we explored the uber-creepy Smuggler’s notch, then went to Cabot (FREE CHEESE), a perfectly Vermont cider mill (pictured above), and Ben and Jerry’s! A trip full of foliage and eating, just how I like it :)

(Sorry, Liz, about that spot of sunshine you are birthing)

{photo credit to Liz!}

If you can figure out what’s going on in this picture I’ll give you a prize.