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Happy Thanksgiving!

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(photos are all Instagrammed)

Happy Thanksgiving!  Whether you’ve been marathon cooking for the last 2 days like me, have the luxury of attending Thanksgiving dinner today as a guest, or are spending a quieter day working or by yourself, I’m wishing you a joyful holiday filled with lots of scrumptious food and a very full belly.  Because my sleeping hours have been odd lately with the new baby, I was up early this morning (with my 2 year actually) and had the chance to see the sun rise and take a few quieter moments to reflect on what I’m thankful for this year.  I was especially thankful for these quieter moments when I was up, it was quiet, and, my mind was actually lucid!  Here’s my gratitude list:

The new possibilities that each day brings (even when new possibilities are hard to see),

The seasons of life,

All the little hands in my life that hold mine,

Friends that bring bursts of happiness,

Family that supports and shows love,

My incredible husband and the new ways we complement each other every day.


And, last but not least, I’m so grateful for this blog and the ways it enhances and enriches my life.  It brings such an added dimension to the everyday.  The readers and bloggers who follow, comment, and connect have allowed my blog to grow a little more this year.  So thank you, thank you, thank you.


See you next week!




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November 27, 2014 - 4:02 pm

Janet - We are so happy for you and thankful to have you on our lives. We are fortunate to have 4 children, a fabulous daughter-in-law (you) and 2 wonderful son-in-laws and 6 very special grandkids. The fact that they are all healthy and happy makes our lives complete and somewhat stress free. Life has thrown us some difficult curves, but we always reminder ourselves how fortunate we are and our problems are really fixable as long as we have our health.

November 28, 2014 - 4:11 am

Janet - We are so happy for you and thankful to have you on our lives. We are fortunate to have 4 children, a fabulous daughter-in-law (you) and 2 wonderful son-in-laws and 6 very special grandkids. The fact that they are all healthy and happy makes our lives complete and somewhat stress free. Life has thrown us some difficult curves, but we always reminder ourselves how fortunate we are and our problems are really fixable as long as we have our health.

5 Ways to Get in the Thanks-GIVING Spirit (like you never have before)

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Most of us who work in the ‘lifestyle’ genre are inundated with the concept of gratitude on a weekly, if not daily, basis.  Gratitude has been linked to everything from improving happiness, body image, sleep, and life satisfaction to decreasing worry, depression, anxiety, and dependence on alcohol, nicotine, and drugs.  (If you don’t know about the psychological and physiological benefits gratitude can have on you, try implementing the What Went Well exercise into your daily life and observe the effects for yourself.) Amidst the inherent stress at Thanksgiving of cooking a meal large enough to feed a medieval banquet and managing the traditional Turkey-day minefields–including in-laws, long percolating confrontations, and inappropriate jokes (by you or otherwise)–it can be challenging to take a step back, put the (spiked) apple cider down, and appreciate the fact that Americans have an entire day off intended solely to observe one thing:  gratitude. Most Thanksgiving dinners I’ve attended, whether in my childhood or as a guest in adulthood, have included that awkward and anxiety-producing preface, whereby each attendant is asked to offer publicly what he or she is thankful for.  This thankfulness round-robin usually occurs just after the main event (where the two family members most at-odds at that particular moment have an all-out throwdown) and just prior to the Thanksgiving gatekeeper proclaiming what everyone’s been waiting for: ‘Let’s eat!’ This prerequisite can be especially unpleasant for introverts such as myself (I not once, but twice, dropped out of Toastmasters).   No matter what I plan to say, I always end up resorting to some iteration of the 3 boilerplate Thanksgiving gratitudes:  family, health, and this meal. But this year, for the first time since having a family, we are hosting Thanksgiving at our home.  To honor the the essence of Thanksgiving, but in a way that is more personal and thoughtful–at least for me– I came up with 5 new creative ways to express gratitude on turkey day to get into the Thanksgiving spirit.  Try 1 or 2 for yourself this year.

1.  Gratitude tree. Place a small synthetic tree, cut branch, or sticks neatly arranged into a vase.  Cut ribbons in various colors 4-5 inches wide.  You should have enough colors of ribbon to give your tree a festive look.  Set out a sign next to the tree that instructs your guests to pick one color of ribbon and tie that one ribbon onto the tree for every one thing he or she is thankful for.  I cut about 10 ribbons for each color giving the guest 10 things to be thankful for.  The end result: a festive and meaningful tree that can also be a beautiful centerpiece.

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2.  Thankful Place cards I made these unique place cards (a how-to coming soon on the blog, no sewing experience required) and included not only the name of my Thanksgiving guests, but also a line for them to write 1 thing the’re thankful for each year.  Don’t forget to include a pen for each table setting.  Guests can wander about the table taking a peak at what everyone is grateful for (or share outloud) and everyone can take home their card as a gratitude reminder for 2014.



3.  Gratitude Messages This idea might be my favorite.  I took mini-envelopes and folded a piece of paper accordian-style cut just big enough o fit into the envelope .  You should have the same number of folds as the number of invited guests so that each guest gets one fold to write on.  Put each guest’s name on the outside of the envelope and place all the envelopes into one basket.  Ask each guest to write one thing they are thankful for for every person at Thanksgiving dinner.  Everyone will write on one space of the accordian message, skipping his or her own envelope.  At the end of dinner, each guest will take home his or her envelope or you can share outloud what everyone wrote.  I think it’s entertaining to have all guests write in all envelopes–regardless of whether they know that person or not.  You’ll be surprised by what new acquaintances will come up with.



4.  Gratitude Drink Identifiers This idea suits more for a mostly adult Thanksgiving affair, particularly where not everyone is well-acquianted.  I set out gift tags and ribbons (or you can use string) and a sign that instructed guests to write on the tag 1 thing they are grateful for.  The tags are tied to each person’s wine glass (instead of glass identifiers) and act as a great conversation starter.  Funnier gratitudes work well here and this can be especially fun for a dinner that has various single people in attendance.   At the other end of the spectrum, if you do have lots of kids with various sippy cups and bottles, it is also cute to get them involved and, instead of tying the tag to a champagne glass, secure it to the sippy cup (as you might know, sipply cups do get confused more often than you’d think!).





5.  Homemade ‘I’m Thankful for You’ Gifts I love the idea of making a homemade gift for your Thanksgiving guests with an ‘I’m thankful for you’ tag.  These can include candy apples (recipe coming soon on the blog), chocolate chip cookies, english toffee, chimichurri rub, jam, or brittle to show your love and appreciation for the fabulous individuals in your life.  These can also be made and wrapped well in advance of Thanksgiving and, if you have kids, grandkids, or nephews and nieces to help–major plus.


All of these ideas embrace what George Washington, who first formalized Thanksgiving as a national holiday, proclaimed to be most important:  “as a day of public thanksgiving and prayer to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many and signal favours of Almighty God”.  And, whatever harmful effects that 3rd piece of pumpkin pie might have on your waistline will be offset by the cascade of psychological and physiological benefits of expressing gratitude–and that fourth glass of (spiked) apple cider.

Happy (gobble) Thanksgiving (gobble, gobble)!


xx Jessica


Have you taken a look yet at the holiday cards I made using HP’s newest product, Sprout?  Also, check out what my fellow creators came up with for the holidays using Sprout:  Inmyownstyle and Faccidesigns.


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November 20, 2014 - 7:12 pm

Kungphoo - I love getting into the holiday spirit :) This was a great post to read thank you for all the tips!!

November 21, 2014 - 3:47 pm

Nick #thisyearinmusic - Wow, this is such a simple and effective way to make name places.

November 21, 2014 - 4:37 pm

Bren - I love your table setting and all the Thankful inspiration. This year I made a glitter “Give Thanks” banner and framed “I am Thankful boards” to celebrate the season. brendid.com/thankful-dry-erase-board-diy-printable/

November 21, 2014 - 6:12 pm

Robin (Masshole Mommy) - Those are all great ideas. I love the gratitude tree!

November 21, 2014 - 6:25 pm

Heather - I love the place cards! I love how you’d decorated your tables. Very nice!

November 21, 2014 - 7:11 pm

Cat @ therusticwillow - I’m so happy to see someone focus on the meaning of the holiday instead of just “pretty” decorations or delicious foods. Incorporating pretty, delicious, and thankful is perfect.

November 21, 2014 - 7:24 pm

Bella Vida Letty - You have one of the most beautiful blogs I’ve come across. I love how you have so many photos to show all of the details.

November 21, 2014 - 8:09 pm

Kungphoo - I like those thankful cards.. that is something different i have not seen.

November 21, 2014 - 8:21 pm

vidya sudarsan - What lovely way to say thanks! I can only imagine how happy the guests will feel when they see these personalized name cards.. very creative!

November 21, 2014 - 8:46 pm

WordPress.com Support - thanks dear! xx

November 21, 2014 - 9:39 pm

Stephanie Keeping - I love that the ribbon idea!! Such a simple, neat, creative idea!

November 22, 2014 - 3:32 am

Nicole Keener - The decorations really look beautiful and classy as well

November 22, 2014 - 3:39 am

Daniele Holmberg - What gorgeous photos! I love your ideas to get in the holiday spirit! :)

November 22, 2014 - 5:46 am

Kama - Wow i love the tag idea. You can set that up with inspirational quotes!

November 22, 2014 - 8:19 am

Lubna Naz - Wow, every idea is superb. All looking beautiful. I will sure try the cards. Thanks

November 22, 2014 - 9:04 am

Joanne - OMG, I LOVE the ideas you have here!
Those thankful placecards are AWESOME!
Will totally do that for Thursday!


November 22, 2014 - 7:09 pm

Melissa Smith - These really are some great ideas! Especially since everyone usually has Christmas on the brain instead.

November 22, 2014 - 9:06 pm

Joanna Sormunen - What a beautiful and heartfelt idea! It would be lovely to sit in a table and a place card like this! Thank you for the idea!

Unveiling of HP’s 2 Newest Products: Sprout and 3D Printing (Part II)

finalcard1 1024x680 Unveiling of HPs 2 Newest Products: Sprout and 3D Printing (Part II)Before the HP launch event unveiling HP’s two newest products: Sprout and 3D printing with Multi Jet Fusion technology, I had the incredible opportunity to test drive Sprout at the Martha Stewart Living offices in NYC.
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I was one of a handful of people in the world to get my hands on HP’s newest computer before the launch party or its release date. Of course, once I spent 10 minutes on Sprout, I wanted to know when and where I could get my own.


HP asked me to create a few holiday cards using Sprout at Martha’s offices (Martha Stewart and her team assisted with Sprout’s development process before its release). So, not knowing beforehand what Sprout was or what I was in for, I brought with me to NYC a few of my favorite holiday elements straight out of my craft room, including a few Martha Stewart red glitter ribbon ornaments that I found at The Home Depot last year on sale after Christmas; cinnamon sticks/peppermint sticks/and sugar sticks (from my crafting and cookie exchange party last December), gold sparkly fabric and gold spray-painted chestnuts (used in this winter tablescape a few years ago), and the family photos we had taken a week after Wynn’s birth.

 I also brought along a few of my dreidels—I have a whole assortment of dreidels that I’ve bought and received as gifts, which I display in a glass bowl every Hanukkah. I also brought along a few gold chocolate coins that we use to celebrate the Hanukkah tradition each year.

HP’s newest invention, Sprout, for the first time ever, blends the physical and digital in the same space—integrating a scanner, touch canvas, keyboard, mouse, 3D camera, and projector –all in one device.

Here’s the first card I created (in about 15 minutes), just by scanning in the gold fabric, which I used for the background of the card, and the red glitter ribbon ornament, which I resized with my fingers and dragged to the four corners of the photo.



Here’s the process.

(1) Lay the 3D objects you want to scan on the touch canvas.


I scanned in the cinnamon sticks, sugar sticks, and peppermint sticks to create a few letters and numbers for the holiday cards (see examples below). The orientation of the 3D objects you want to scan in doesn’t matter, because once Sprout scans it, you use your fingers to rotate and flip the objects around, enlarge/decrease/distort the size of the object, and drag it to any location you wish.


(2) Simply touching the camera tells the computer to take a shot of your 3D object, which is then automatically scanned into the computer.

 marthastewart4You can edit the captured image, but I didn’t have to. I used the exact image as it was scanned in the final version of my holiday cards. Did I mention Photoshop was in no way involved….?


(3) All the scanned objects are conveniently displayed and easily accessible on the main screen. Just touch the image you want to use for your project and drag it over.

marthastewart6 You can scroll thru using only your finger to view all the images that you’ve scanned in. Here are a few of the objects (gold-spray painted chestnuts, ornaments, dreidels, photos, fabric) that I scanned in and that, as a result, showed up in my gallery.

marthastewart8 HP’s brilliant taglines are “Reimagine what you can do” and “Be as free as your imagination.”   Sprout allowed me to take a few of my favorite holiday elements and experience them in a whole new way—by scanning them in 3D and manipulating them without the use of a camera, scanner, flash, reflector, whitebox, Photoshop, or Lightroom. In under 15 minutes.

For my next card, I lined up the dreidels on the touch canvas, scanned them in, adjusted the size, and moved the group to the bottom of my card. I did the same with the gold coins and dragged them to the top right corner of my photo. Sprout allows you to treat the objects individually or group them together.


Did I mention I made this without the use of a camera, scanner, flash, reflector, whitebox, Photoshop, or Lightroom? In under 15 minutes?

Sprout also has the same capabilities of a high-end computer, so you can easily add text to anything you create.

And here are the final two holiday cards I made:


I made the “J” with my gold-spray painted chestnuts; the “O” is a spool of gold thread (I punched out the hole with Sprout’s punch editing feature); and created the “Y” out of cinnamon, peppermint, and sugar sticks I pieced together—all objects I scanned in using Sprout. finalcard2

And here’s another variation with the same elements:


Sprout’s capabilities and possibilities provide a platform that creatives such as myself, without professional training in photography or graphic design, have never had access to before. Sprout easily and quickly facilitates, in a matter of minutes, the manifestation of an idea into a reality–with only one device.

Sprout will be offered for sale beginning November 9, 2014 and available in 50 stores throughout the holidays.

Have you begun to reimagine what you can create?

Thanks so much for joining me for Unveiling of HP’s 2 Newest Products: Sprout and 3D Printing (Part II).

Find out more: #sproutbyhp.




Thank you to HP for graciously sponsoring this post.

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November 12, 2014 - 1:44 pm

Nick #thisyearinmusic - I think 3D printing is the future. Good to know that home versions are being planned!

November 12, 2014 - 2:31 pm

Alisha H. - That looks so fun! I would love to do that.

November 12, 2014 - 2:32 pm

Lubna Naseema - WOW! just amazing. I think I am going to have it any time soon next year. Thanks for a nice share!

November 12, 2014 - 2:59 pm

Carrie - That is so neat! I would love to have this

November 12, 2014 - 5:07 pm

Kungphoo - Looked like a very easy to follow process.. and the results were awesome!

November 12, 2014 - 5:20 pm

Holli @ It's An Ordinary Blog - Looks like you had a great experience with HP. I use the HP Envy20 Touchscreen Computer and am ABSOLUTELY in love with it.

November 12, 2014 - 9:27 pm

cierra - Ahh the baby is sooo cute and I want that computer!! Send HP my way :))

November 12, 2014 - 10:26 pm

Jennifer Clay - Spout is so cool! I have so many ideas for it–I hope to be able to use this one day!

November 12, 2014 - 10:47 pm

Casey Gardner - This is great. Would like to see some 3D holiday cards.

November 12, 2014 - 11:14 pm

Jeanine - So cool! I can’t believe it took so long for this type of computer to come out but I’m excited about it!

November 13, 2014 - 12:21 am

Krista - I love this computer! I want one so bad!

November 13, 2014 - 1:34 am

roadrunnerfloristbasketexpress - I think the possibilities for Sprout will be wonderful!! I’m excited to see how it works!

November 13, 2014 - 2:19 am

Nicole Keener - Love, love love love love it. Sorry for so many loves, but it seriously does what I need computers, scanners etc to do!!

November 13, 2014 - 2:48 am

Stephanie Keeping - These are so neat. Don’t you love technology!

November 13, 2014 - 3:04 am

Giveaways 4 Mom - I love the selection of products that HP has available.

November 13, 2014 - 3:09 am

Veronica - I love the way your card came out! Beautiful family! I want me a Sprout too

November 13, 2014 - 3:30 am

vidya sudarsan - wow – this is really neat! HP has some of the coolest products.

November 13, 2014 - 4:34 am

Ardhendu Dey - It is really a great product of HP. I love to buy it asap. Thanks for sharing

November 13, 2014 - 4:42 am

Esther - HP has really outdone itself this time. I wish I had one of these to make my holiday cards this year. I love how 3D the objects look in the pictures. You did a great job. I love all of your cards. You have such a cute family!

November 13, 2014 - 5:25 am

Sandra @ A Dash of Sanity - 3D printing and Sprout is such a cool new technology. It has so much potential.

November 13, 2014 - 7:29 am

Joanne - That HP 3D printer is totally cool!
I saw one myself at SpaceX and couldn’t believe the things it could “print”!!!!


November 13, 2014 - 7:31 am

Daniele Holmberg - What an adorable Picture of your family above! :) I love it!

November 13, 2014 - 7:38 am

Tom's Foodie Blog - I really like this new technology. I want a Sprout

November 13, 2014 - 3:49 pm

Addie - Oh this is the coolest! This would make my personalized Christmas card process so much easier!! Lol. I love your cards =)

November 13, 2014 - 6:03 pm

Manu Kalia - Wow! This is a great idea for creatives. One big Family. ;)

November 13, 2014 - 6:03 pm

Somer Nelson - This looks really cool, but I would never trade in my Mac Book:)

November 13, 2014 - 7:16 pm

Holli @ It's An Ordinary Blog - LOVE the idea of doing 3d cards! :)

November 13, 2014 - 8:33 pm

Eliz Frank - It sounds like everyone had a great time at the event. good to hear about new technology.

November 13, 2014 - 9:01 pm

Eliz Frank - I’ve read a lot about the launch of HPs latest tech advances and I’m excited to see it in the marketplace. For some reason, I keep leaving comments that don’t seem to go through. Cheers!

November 13, 2014 - 9:22 pm

Jessica Beal Harlow - I love how user friendly this program sounds. Being able to scan and adjust photos with the touchscreen really appeals to me! Lovely photos!

November 13, 2014 - 9:22 pm

Joanne - I am so jealous of you!
That Sprout things looks so awesome!
Was there a long line to try it out?


November 13, 2014 - 9:26 pm

Stephanie Keeping - These sound neat! You have to love technology.

November 14, 2014 - 12:08 am

American Punjaban PI - This looks like a fun program and very easy to use. You have a beautiful family too. :)

November 14, 2014 - 2:00 am

Terri - your family is so adorable!! Those beautiful smiles! Picture perfect

November 14, 2014 - 4:46 am

Nicole @Little Blog on the Homestead - It’s official, technology is way smarter than me! What a cool opportunity, and lovely pictures of you and your family.

November 14, 2014 - 5:06 am

Kimberly Bergeron - The whole process looks amazing!

November 14, 2014 - 5:21 am

agatapokutycka - This sounds amazing!
I love the card you have created… and you are right… the possibilities are endless

November 14, 2014 - 1:08 pm

Joanna Sormunen - I would love to have a Sprout for me! Your Christmas picture is really amazing. I’ll be dreaming of a Sprout for my Christmas, lol

November 14, 2014 - 8:12 pm

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November 17, 2014 - 6:22 pm

Krista Blackburn - I love this thank you.. I cant wait to try ti myself

November 20, 2014 - 5:36 pm

5 Ways to Get in the Thanks-GIVING Spirit (like you never have before) » fat vegan baby - […] you taken a look yet at the holiday cards I made using HP’s newest product, Sprout?  Also, check out what my fellow creators came up […]

Unveiling of HP’s 2 Newest Products: Sprout and 3D Printing (Part I)

On October 29, 2014, I was invited to HP’s launch event in NYC’s Chelsea neighborhood to witness the groundbreaking unveiling of HP’s two newest products: Sprout and 3D printing with Multi Jet Fusion technology. On the surface, the event looked much like one might expect: a sea of black and navy sports coats; a swarm of video cameras, photographers, and tech writers/bloggers/reporters waiting in the wings; and an impeccably orchestrated afternoon–from the scrumptious catering to the revolving displays to the venue’s dramatic lighting.

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Yet, something was different… First, the utilitarian open-ceiling flex space hosting the event was nestled in the Chelsea neighborhood amidst streets lined with art galleries and cafes, beneath the High Line.hp6Closer inspection of the attendees revealed that the sea of blue and black sports coats was peppered with another ilk—the so-called Creators, including myself (wearing a white jacket), who were there to witness the unveiling of the HP’s groundbreaking new invention: Sprout.


hp9Sprout is the newest product by HP that, for the first time ever, blends the physical and digital in the same space–integrating a scanner, touch canvas, keyboard, mouse, 3D camera, and projector—all in one device. As Executive VP, Dion Wiesler, prefaced from on stage before unveiling the new computer: Sprout was created out of a need to have a “better on ramp into the 3D world.” Bloggers and creatives especially have an acute awareness of this need: we have to be well-versed not only in the craft/product we are creating (whether it’s a card, scrapbook, website, product, or publication/advertisement), but also in the tools necessary to execute our vision, usually photography, Photoshop, and Lightroom at a minimum. Sprout bypasses all of this and allows the artist to focus on the act of creation without requiring all these separate modalities to achieve the final expression.hp3Ron Couglin, Sr VP and General Manager of HP, who spearheaded Sprout’s development, emphasized that Sprout allows users to easily and seamlessly bring things from the physical world into the digital world, “from thought to expression in an instant.”hp14 HP worked with and received input from various Creators throughout Sprout’s development process, including Martha Stewart and her team. And the Creators also got a chance to test the technology before HP released it to the public (I’ll be sharing what I made at the Martha Stewart offices in my next post!). The Creators included myself, the Martha Stewart team, artists, graphic designers, and bloggers, who were not only flattered to have been involved in the collaboration process, but, like myself, could not wait to get our hands on the machine for our day-to-day creative endeavors once it is released for sale.hp2hp7(Pictured with me from the right is Ron Coughlin, Sr VP and General Manager of HP and fellow creators Diane Henkler and Linda Facci)hp15(Todd Selby, photographer, illustrator, artist) Perhaps the most telling feature of the afternoon that, indeed, something exciting and different was afoot could be observed at the Sprout display stations. There were paint and watercolors, 3D objects, craft papers and cut-outs, pinned (real) butterflies, homemade cards and …. the visible and tangible act of creation in a way that has never been demonstrated before.hp10Erin Furey, Associate Crafts Editor at Martha Stewart Living and Martha Stewart Weddings, was on hand the day of the launch to demonstrate the capabilities of Sprout, and display some of her designs using the new computer. She also designed the event invitation that was sent out for the HP launch, which I thought was spectacular when I received it.hp12hp13(Erin Furey, Associate Crafts Editor at Martha Stewart Living and Martha Stewart Weddings) “From thought to expression…in an instant.” This is the promise of Sprout.   hp11And, with that as a promise, it’s not a far stretch that HP’s tagline is “Reimagine what you can do” and “Be as free as your imagination.” Love. These. Here are a few examples of what Sprout can create/achieve, from trying on items before you buy them, to kids’ art projects, real time collaboration, interior decorating capabilities, and even simplifying the process of selling goods online by streamlining the scanning/photographing/uploading/and resizing process:

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Sprout was designed to facilitate a better experience for people who create and to do it intuitively–without the user having to learn or retrain on any other machine, equipment, program, or application. It boasts the democratization of creativity with, by the way, a full high-end desktop at the same time. This new technology is covered by an impressive 71 patents.

Sprout will be offered for sale beginning November 9, 2014 and available in 50 stores throughout the holidays. Don’t be ashamed to forward this post to that treasured gift buyer in your life…I love you my darling! Thanks so much for joining me for Unveiling of HP’s 2 Newest Products: Sprout and 3D Printing (Part I).

Find out more: #sproutbyhp.



Thank you to HP for graciously sponsoring this post.

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November 10, 2014 - 12:40 pm

Brittany - 3D Printing is so neat!! It looked like a beautiful space for an event too, great pictures. And Sprout sounds super innovative, I love the idea of having all of my needs in one machine. I will definitely be forwarding this lol

November 10, 2014 - 1:18 pm

thisyearinmusic - This new kit looks great, can’t wait for work to roll it out! Good spread too.

November 10, 2014 - 3:02 pm

Carolyn Ridenour - That sounds amazing!

November 10, 2014 - 6:04 pm

Ryan LaBee - Looks like a pretty respectable event! Your photos went fantastically with your post. great stuff, thank you for sharing!

November 10, 2014 - 7:27 pm

Kungphoo - Wow look at that technology! I love how it incorporates everything into one and I definitely think that people want something like this! Thank you so much for sharing :)

November 10, 2014 - 7:33 pm

lilce51286 - LUCKY!! Oh I’m a tech person an would love to have the sprout yes I love HP. Very cool

November 10, 2014 - 7:50 pm

Kama - omg Sprout looks amazing. Me, i need to see this stuff in person, reading about it does it no justice to me. I can’t wait to see this in person!


November 10, 2014 - 8:01 pm

Jim Striegel - What amazing technology. Photos really make a blog post.

November 10, 2014 - 8:02 pm

Marjory Johnson - Love love love the photos. The ones of the food are so appealing!

November 10, 2014 - 8:30 pm

Kungphoo - HP is at the forfront.. those 3D printers are good as long as they are in the right hands.

November 10, 2014 - 10:00 pm

Jeanine - I’m so behind I just recently heard of 3D printing and I’m intrigued how cool! This event looks wonderful!

November 10, 2014 - 10:01 pm

Melissa Smith - This looks like it was a great event! I’ll admit that technology today kind of boggles my mind. Who would have ever thought there’d be such a thing as 3D printing?!

November 10, 2014 - 10:18 pm

Carmen Perez (listen2mama) - Wow, it all looks fantastic. I love to learn about new programs and products. And the food looked great too!

November 10, 2014 - 11:18 pm

Nicole Keener - Oh my gosh this looks like heaven. Also the picture of the food made me hungry. But my family is a huge techie family. Glad you got to go to the unveiling

November 11, 2014 - 1:06 am

carrieoconnor12 - So interesting 3D printing didn’t know you could do that

November 11, 2014 - 1:31 am

Dawn @ Pin-n-Tell - Awesome photos! 3d printing is crazy cool :)

November 11, 2014 - 2:18 am

Kimberly Bergeron - My kids would love a job like this! Awesome photos!

November 11, 2014 - 2:24 am

Giveaways 4 Mom - This sounds like it was an amazing event to be able to experience.

November 11, 2014 - 2:44 am

Dov Shapira - I hears they started printing human body parts

November 11, 2014 - 3:42 am

Stephanie - These look pretty cool!

November 11, 2014 - 3:51 am

Lesley - I would go just for the food spread. I never knew they had such goodies available to people at these types of events.

November 11, 2014 - 3:59 am

Veronica - I would love to have the Sprout! 3D printing is really awesome! The event looked like quite a success. Beautiful pictures too

November 11, 2014 - 4:41 am

Joanne - WOW!
That HP event looked UNREAL! So awesome!
The food spread looked amazing and all those new products must have been so exciting to see!
Thank you for posting this!

November 11, 2014 - 4:54 am

Alanna - What an amazing thing to witness first hand!

November 11, 2014 - 6:26 am

Tom h - This looks like some really cool new technology, I would like to test it out.

November 11, 2014 - 7:09 am

Danielle - OMG…this event looks incredible. I would have love to have been at this even. I find the entire world of 3d printing fascinating.

November 11, 2014 - 10:42 am

agatapokutycka - This looks like an amazing event! And the food is so yummmy

November 11, 2014 - 10:49 am

agatapokutycka - 3D printing is the future. I am really looking forward to the moment I will get my hands on one of these printers… the possibilities will be endless

November 11, 2014 - 1:59 pm

Bradley Finnearty - The Sprout looks absolutely awesome. I would really like to investigate it more. I probably will have to wait till the price comes down.

November 11, 2014 - 2:43 pm

Ave - Looks like you had a lot of fun! The food looks really delicious! Can’t wait to read your part II. 3D printing seems so interesting.

November 11, 2014 - 2:59 pm

amanda mcmahon - ooksl ike HP has some great 3d printing opportunities. WOW!

November 11, 2014 - 3:37 pm

Jennifer Clay - Wow, what cool new products HP is releasing. It looks like this was an exciting event to attend!

November 11, 2014 - 4:34 pm

Jessica C - This looks like an awesome event to be able to attend! How lucky are you!?! HP is releasing some pretty awesome products! The Sprout looks amazing!

November 11, 2014 - 4:41 pm

katrina g - looks like you guys had a great time. I would have loved to be there. I love technology!

November 11, 2014 - 4:51 pm

Ardhendu Dey - I was enjoying to see the pictures and the article. Really great job done by you. Thank you for sharing, keep posting.

November 11, 2014 - 5:45 pm

Daniele Holmberg - What an awesome launch party you had the opportunity to attend! It is amazing how far technology has come!:)

November 11, 2014 - 6:33 pm

Manu Kalia - HP to it’s new level! I would love to check this out.

November 11, 2014 - 8:44 pm

Kimberly Bergeron - I would love to test this out myself. BTW, the food looks amazing!

November 11, 2014 - 8:52 pm

Jess C - Wow looks like an incredible event! I’m so interested in 3D printing and love to hear about all the developments being made!

November 11, 2014 - 9:12 pm

Eliz Frank - It looks like all of you got quite the education on HPs latest technology. Great launch party and great food too.

November 11, 2014 - 9:18 pm

Joanna Sormunen - Sprout sounds really interesting! I bet the price is way out of my possibilities but I’ll keep an eye on it.

November 12, 2014 - 12:33 am

becca - this looks amazing. I bet the price will be high at first but I wouldn’t mind having one.

November 12, 2014 - 7:00 am

Karen - Great product event. I wonder when will HP Phils have this product in local stores

November 13, 2014 - 5:53 pm

Elayna Fernandez ~ The Positive MOM - That sounds amazing. I am looking forward to see what resulted of your visit to the Martha Stewart offices. You look amazing!

Lovely Things This Week 10.26.14

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It’s been a while since I’ve done a lovely things post–so here it is: Lovely Things This Week 10.26.14.

(1)  This week I attended HP’s launch event of its 2 newest products:  the Sprout by HP and the HP Multi-Jet Fusion, a 3D printer (posts coming soon).  I’m still inspired by and mulling over HP’s brillant taglines:  “Reimagine what you can do” and “Be as free as your imagination”.  Love. These.

On another note, this will be my 3rd trip to NYC this week in less than a month for work, and I’ve been trying to stop at Mood when I can to peruse fabrics.   But, I think I’ve finally picked out all the fabric for our home draperies (after living in this condo a year) and won’t have to make any more stops at Mood until my next project.

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(2) Watching Wynn grow (she’s 1 month old this week).


(3) Judah’s 3rd pumpkin patch birthday.  After much planning, Judah’s birthday (which we had 1 month early to do at the pumpkin patch) was a success: all of his friends came, the cake was beautiful, and it was a wonderful day.  Alas, the day was not without its challenges (as I’ve found all good parties have at least 1 major flaw/disaster)–we had to deal with dozens of bees who found the sweets display particularly inviting (just as I was about to tell my husband to start mass murdering them before the guests arrived <<on a sidenote, I don’t even like to accidentally step on an insect out of a respect for all life>>–a quick jaunt to the store took care of the problem with a can of bee repellent); then there were gusty winds that kept blowing over my tablescapes and displays (I spent the majority of the party along with my good friend and mother-in-law taping everything down and covering and re-covering the food with foil), bad lighting, and blurry pictures due to not checking my camera beforehand.  Not to mention I was only 2 weeks out from my C-section!  But in true Judah form, he has already started talking about his party next year…


(4) Homemade Candy Apples.  My mother-in-law is always so supportive and helpful regardless of whatever crazy idea I throw at her–in sort of an Ethel Mertz kind of way.  She agreed to take a candy apple making class together a week before Judah’s party and then we made mini-candy apples for the party and put them in pumpkin/orange owl gift bags with ribbon for the kids to take home.  I’ll be sharing the recipe and tips we found useful soon on the blog.


(5) Halloween.  As I shared in my last post, it was quite entertaining to watch 2,3, and 4 years olds dressed up in miniature costumes run around like capuchin monkeys from house to house asking for candy.


(6) Washington Post Front Page.  We got texts and papers from friends on Sunday informing us that Judah was on the front page of the Washington Post.  The story was featuring Frederick downtown where we live and showed him riding his tricycle on the streets–one of our favorite family pasttimes.


Have a lovely week!




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November 5, 2014 - 2:48 pm

Carrie - Wow what a great post. You are one busy lady, love seeing all the lovely pictures too. Thanks for sharing.

November 5, 2014 - 2:56 pm

Heidi G - Looks like you had a busy but productive week! Great pictures too!

November 5, 2014 - 6:53 pm

Jeanine - Wow busy yet productive! I love the decorations and all the food, yum!

November 5, 2014 - 7:45 pm

kama - Wow those candied apples look amazing! If that was done in a week, now long did that take?

November 5, 2014 - 7:52 pm

Nick #thisyearinmusic - The HP tag line is ok, but it seems a bit corny. Nice birthday pics. Those sandwiches looked amazing! Congrats on the front page.

November 5, 2014 - 8:32 pm

Kungphoo - You had a very packed week.. Hp is coming out with some cool new things..

November 6, 2014 - 12:19 am

Nicole Keener - Loved this post, can’t wait to go to NYC in hopefully the near future. I have a confession to make I have never eaten a candied apple. :)

November 6, 2014 - 2:03 am

Debbie Jean McMullen - Wynn is adorable! I’m excited to see your 3d printer post – we’d love to get one of those!

November 6, 2014 - 2:42 am

katrina g - oh that sweet baby sleeping, so cute! those apples look amazing!

November 6, 2014 - 2:51 am

Marjory Johnson - You’ve had a busy week. I don’t know how you do it all, but sounds exciting!

November 6, 2014 - 3:00 am

Pauline Cabrera - I’m crazy about NYC. My favorite city in the world.

November 6, 2014 - 6:52 am

Joanne - I was lucky enough to see a 3D printer in action. It is freaking AMAZING!!!!
BTW, Wynn is adorable!

November 6, 2014 - 3:09 pm

Krista - She is a beautiful baby! They grow so fast!

November 6, 2014 - 5:03 pm

Jeremie Lederman - These are great photos. I have discovered that taking odd moments out helps time slow down. I let my little girl once take ten minutes to button my polo shirt. We were in a hurry to get to work and daycare, but instead I took a knee and let her little sausage fingers fumble around.

She was happy, I felt human, and I learned those moments make the perception of time slow way down.

November 6, 2014 - 5:15 pm

Deanna Ritz - Looks like you had an eventful week! My wasn’t so busy. I do wish that I could go on a trip to NYC like you did. Seems so glamorous! I just go back and forth to the grocery store and my boys school. ;)

November 6, 2014 - 5:33 pm

Manu Kalia - That is so adorable little cute one.

November 7, 2014 - 4:32 pm

Geanine - What a crazy week for you, and how much fun! Can’t wait to read your review of the new HP products.