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DIY Monogrammed Wine Glasses

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{DIY Gift Set: Monogrammed wine glasses paired with red wine}

Valentines Day is coming up and it is my favorite holiday. Don’t ask me why- it could be because when I was little my mom and dad always seemed to include my sister and me on their Valentines Day “date night.” So, from a young age it was less of the romantic holiday and more of a holiday to express how much we love the family and friends in our lives.

Last week I was in a super crafty mood and made the cutest DIY Valentines Day basket:  monogrammed stemless wine glasses paired with a bottle of red wine.  Etching the wine glasses puts a personal touch on the gift set and was so easy that anyone can do it, pinky promise.

What you’ll need: 2 stemless glass wine glasses (my local dollar store had them- crazy),Glass Etch Cream, paintbrush, stencil, and rubbing alcohol.  Since I couldn’t find any monogrammed stencils I liked in particular, I printed a monogrammed letter and taped it to the inside of the glass and used it as a guide. So if you can’t find what you’d like in stencil form…do what I did, simple as that!

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I am positive a valentine will love this thoughtful gift set- I mean who wouldn’t.  Don’t forget to comment and subscribe below. Happy Tuesday!

Amanda

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Hidden Gems

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{New Years Day, 2014}

Every New Years Eve we ring in the New Year at our family beach house.  For those of you who are new to Gems and Gelato, I first talked about our beach house experience here, way back when I first started blogging. Celebrating the New Year down the shore has turned into a great tradition and amazing memories.  And as for waking up to the beautiful beach on the first day of the New Year- well, it doesn’t get much better than that.

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{Fresh coat of Essie “Bobbing for Baubles“}

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{Winter breaks over- back in the swing of school, NYC}

Amanda

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Giving Thanks

I know, normally, I am my super silly self, but today is Thanksgiving, so my post is going to a bit more deliberately expressed.

For those of you who probably don’t know, I work on the floors of a children’s hospital. Many people are often heartbroken at the idea that I help normalize the hospital experience for very, very sick children and their families. I play games, talk to families, and make arts & crafts in the play room with many children. For the children who are so sick they can’t leave their hospital bed, I go into their rooms and bring a bunch of activities or even sometimes just sit with them to keep them company. This is where I learned to play a mean game of Monopoly Deal, make Shrinky Dinks like a champ, and trained my lungs to make countless latex balloon gloves.  

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It is a heartbreaking, yet very rewarding job, that reassures me to be thankful for even the slightest little gems in my everyday life.  What these children have taught me is that there is always, always something to be thankful for. Today, I want to share some things I am thankful for in hopes that you will do the same:

I am thankful for my eyes which allows me to see the good in people.

I am thankful for my home, the food I eat (or blog about haha), & the clothes on my back.

I am thankful for my good health.

I am thankful for long weekends, ice cream cake, and HGTV.

I am thankful for the difficult times, because it is during those times I grow.

I am thankful for you, my followers, for brightening up my day when I least expect it.

I am thankful for my family, friends, and loved ones who have helped me become the person I am today.

Most importantly, I am thankful for the gift of life, because there are people who are fighting to survive.

Happy Thanksgiving.

Amanda

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Hidden Gems

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{Chanel Lipstick — a summer favorite}

Pancakes{Yummy Sunday pancakes}

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{Totally glam glitter Manolo’s}

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A Trip to the Vineyard

DSC_0138A few weeks back my adorable parents celebrated their 29th wedding anniversary.  Obviously, this called for a mini celebration and a major toast to another happy and healthy 29 years.  So, my sister and I planned a day trip to a local vineyard to celebrate.  It was relaxing; we listened to the band, toured the vineyard, ate some pizza and drank some wine.  I recently found out there are a few local vineyards in New Jersey and definitely want to plan more day trips soon.

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DSC_0231{The cutest little vines beginning to grow}

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Strawberries & Cream Scones

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As I peered into the fridge this morning all I could look at was the multiple containers of vanilla yogurt staring back at me. I’m a simple breakfast eater but today the yogurt was not making the cut.  Instead, I decided to spring for a new recipe which included the yogurt still sitting in my fridge: Strawberries & Cream scones. Today, as always, I felt like being adventurous in the kitchen and attempted making scones for my very first time! The yogurt paired with the strawberries made it just the right amount of sweet.

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Ingredients:

Strawberries & Cream Scones

Makes 8 Scones

3 cups all-purpose flour
3 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup cold butter, cubed
1 egg
1 cup vanilla yogurt
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 teaspoons milk
1/2 cup diced strawberries
Sugar

 

To make scones:

1. Heat oven to 425°
2. In a large bowl combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt
3. Cut in butter until it makes course crumbs
4. Stir in egg, yogurt, vanilla,  and strawberries until combined
5. Turn onto a floured surface and knead about 10 times
6. Roll into a 9 inch circle
7.  Cut 8 wedges
8. Place on a greased baking sheet
9. Brush tops of scones with milk and sprinkle with sugar
10. Bake for about 13-15 minutes until golden brown
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Source| Adapted from Taste of Home

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Hidden Gems

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{New rose gold watch from Aldo}

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{Flowers from my mom’s birthday}

farm{Beautiful rustic farm in New York}

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Father’s Day Gems

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1.  Jack Black Face + Hair + Body Wash, total three-fer jackpot (3 for the price of 1)

2. Unionmade Candle inspired by campfires and burning wood – can’t get any more manly than that

3. The coolest leather handmade football , EVER.

4. Calvin Klein Wing Tip Lace ups, simple and classy

5. National Geographic “World’s Best Travel Experiences”, because who doesn’t want to travel

6. WeWood Date Brown 100% wooden watch

7. Classic Navy Gingham Shirt

8. Polo Black aftershave splash

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Bite Me

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{The last of my pignoli cookies from Bite Me}

This past weekend,  I was leaving a friends house and they handed me a box of heavenly cookies. They claimed that once I ate one I would forever be addicted. Boy, were they right.  Being the marinara blooded person that I am, I love Italian cookies (as you can tell from my Pizzelle recipe!) and pignoli’s are very high up on my favorite list.  I was so excited to try these powdered sugar covered gods that I opened the box on the car ride home and ate one… and that was the moment I became even more addicted to pignoli cookies.

These cookies are from Bite Me at Cucina 98 in Montclair, New Jersey. I have never personally been to the location but after I literally ate the whole box of cookies, I am sure I will make it over there sooner than later.  I highly HIGHLY recommend you head over there and buy some. If you don’t live close, I advise you convince Bite Me to deliver some to your door. You will NOT regret it, if anything you will regret not being able to muster up the self control to stop after eating just one cookie.

Sparkle on my little gems, sparkle on.

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