Thursday, April 26, 2012


{from our family scrapbook I've been making}

~Mary Kate

Saturday, April 21, 2012

A Tutorial

Hey guys! I wanted to share with you a quick tutorial for your nails. I've been eying some different essie nail polish colors which I finally decided to buy right before Easter. This is what my I did for Easter:

Here is what you need:
  • Scotch tape
  • any solid shade (I used Essie's "Fiji")
  • any sparkly color (I used Essie's "set in stone")
  • and a clear top coat (I used Essie's "good to go")

Step 1
Paint all nails on one hand the solid color you chose. For this shade of pink I had to do a couple coats since it is such a light color.

Step 2
Once your nails are dry paint a layer of the top coat. I only did this for one hand and believe me, it makes a huge difference. Don't skip this step. :)

Step 3 and 4
Once your nails are completely dry, take a small piece of tape and put diagonally on a nail. It should cut across one top corner but it won't go directly to the opposite corner, if that makes sense. Next paint a layer of glitter, make it as thick or thin as you like. I just made sure it covered the nail in an even layer. 

Step 5 and 6
 Carefully peel off the tape, don't wait until the glitter is dry. The picture on the left is what happened when I skipped step 2. If some of the under color peels up with the tape, don't worry. It's easily fixable, just inconvenient. All you do is carefully fill in the patches with the color. And once the glitter is dry, put a final top coat on all the nails. 

Then repeat all the steps on your other hand and your done!

Enjoy you shiny smooth nails!!

~Mary Kate

Thursday, April 19, 2012


For the past four years it has been my tradition to make numerous Easter desserts on Holy Saturday. This year was no exception. I got almost all of the recipes from links on pinterest so I thought I'd share with you what I made and my own review/notes on them as well as my own pictures.


These were amazing! Easy to make and oh so yummy. Very lemony - so be warned!

These were good, I ran out of white chocolate half-way through so I switched to semi-sweet chocolate chips instead and actually I liked those better.
Mine: (they are the truffles on the bottom tier)

I've made these before and they were just as amazing as I remembered.

This was wonderful! I had two snickers pies on my pinterest board, but I chose this one because it seemed like the easier recipe. It was a little too cream cheesey for my mom but I got raving reviews from my grandparents. And I loved it!

What to say about this one? This was the definite favorite and was the first one gone. I made it exactly like the recipe said it turned out perfect!

I saw this one in a cookbook and I knew I had to make it. It was scrumptious.

That may seem like a lot of dessert but trust me, it was all eaten. :)

~Mary Kate

Monday, April 16, 2012

Vintage Magic

This post is mostly pictures. Pictures of my beautiful sister in a wonderfully vintage dress with amazing lighting and lush green undergrowth.

And I know I already posted this first image but it's my favorite. Besides I just saw that the April photo challenge at Lucia's blog had the theme: Sunlit Portrait. Perfect!!! So since I'm entering this photo, I had to share it again.
 Entering above image in:

lucia, etc.

One more note before you go on, besides the above image, which I made bigger so you can see it all crisp, the rest of the images are back to the smaller size and they all appear fuzzier than they are. So if you feel inclined, just click on the next picture and it will pop-up, bigger and sharper.:)

I love you Rosie!!!
~Mary Kate