Fresh Basil Pesto Sauce

After our photo session, Ginette treated us to a large bundle of fresh basil from her garden. We were happy to accept the bounty since we struggle growing basil at home – the leaves turn rubbery and lose the strong scent/flavor that the herb is known for. I have always wanted to make my own pesto sauce from scratch; so I decided to give it a try seeing as how I had nearly a bushel of it to work with. After a little bit of googling, I came across this recipe ; it was easy and delicious! I added some heirloom cherry tomatoes and marinated mozzarella, then tossed it with some fresh arugula. The best part… I have a whole batch of sauce left in the freezer for later use!

2012 Family Photo Session

Every year, we have a professional photographer come out to capture photos of the family, and it has been well worth the investment. I have worked with many photographers (mostly in fashion) and have a pretty good idea of what  it takes to be considered truly GREAT. Our photographer, Ginette Sundin, has been photographing our family for 3 years now, and we couldn’t be more thrilled with the results of each session. Not only are her technical skills spot-on, but her composition and creativity are really what makes her stand out!  Her style is unique, and she likes to capture real-life images as opposed to those typical arranged family photos. Plus, she is amazing with our kids; they feel very comfortable with her and she has clever ways about encouraging their natural fun behavior.

Ginette has also become a friend over the years. We have similar tastes in art and decor, and we both share a love for gardening. Her gardening skills have far surpassed ours, and we are treated with fresh produce and EGGS after each session!!

For this particular session we decided to take the kids to the beach and have a classic family photography session… minus the blue jeans, white shirts, and hand holding (well, we might have slipped one of those in). We couldn’t possibly go to the beach without splashing around in the water, our kids are little fish; so I mentioned to Ginette that I wanted to try something a little different and here are the results:

To view more photos from our session, you can visit Ginette at her blog, or click here for part 1, and here for part 2. Thank you Ginette, for another wonderful session and for braving the surf! We had a blast hanging out and getting wet!

Hot Spell

Fall is nearly upon us and it has been unusually hot for this time of year. Last week, it was close to 100 degrees for a couple of days and we were forced to live inside enjoying the comfort of A/C. The fall collections, magazines, and stores have been such a tease that I can’t help but wish for rain! Eventually I’ll back into leggings, sweaters and jackets… but for now, I’ll be sticking to my favorite classic cut-offs and light-weight fabrics.

WILD AND FREE HAWAII Shorts, Potter’s Pot Top, House of Harlow 1960 Sunglasses, Steve Madden Boots, Glynneth B Necklace

Summer Highlights

I decided to take a couple of weeks off from blogging to enjoy the last few days of summer and get ready for the start of a new school year! Our summer was a blast, and it went by too fast. We spent almost every day at the beach or pool with friends and family… it was SO nice to have a couple of months without any obligations. Our days consisted of swimming, sand castles, burgers and ice cream (which I am paying for).

School has now started, and we will miss our summer days; but Adella is happy to be back, and looking forward to dancing again.  Luckily, September brings some of the best beach weather without the summer crowds, and with Adella’s three-day school schedule, we’ll still have a couple of good beach days each week! Here are a few highlights from our summer c/o instagram:

Here is the big girl (and boy) on her first day back at school. In case you were wondering, Nolan insists on wearing his helmet everywhere, including school. Notice the pose she taught him, too.