Friday’s Five: BTS commercial shoot

 

Here are some behind the scenes (BTS) pictures of the commercial I was cast in that was filmed this week! The production company is New Sky Productions and the client is Granite State Solar. The commercial will be broadcast on WMUR so keep a look out for me!

photo courtesy of New Sky Productions

— getting a morning sunrise shot during sunset, I can’t wait to see how this comes out! — (more…)

Naturally Dyed Easter Eggs

It is officially Easter Week! N is on a business trip and I have been quite busy this week – I was in a commercial yesterday! (I have always loved acting ever since I was 12 and started taking classes in the 7th grade! The long – all day shoots don’t bother me one bit.. I’ll share some BTS pics on tomorrow’s post!)

I haven’t had time to prepare my house for Easter this year!! There is just so much to do! Luckily, we do not host Easter so I guess it doesn’t matter as much?? But one day, I would love to have it all Eastery …

In the meantime, I’ll dye Easter Eggs. My grandpa always used onion peels and beets to make the colors, so I love that I was able to expand that to include more colors.

On Holy Saturday, we put the eggs we prepped in an Easter Basket, head to the Polish section in Dorchester, MA, buy kielbasa, bread, babka and chocolate to put in the basket and get everything blessed. Here is an article that mentions some other things traditionally put in the basket. There is a mass that runs every 15 minutes where the baskets get placed around the altar and a blessing is given by the priest. This is a tradition that I learned to love, which is why I continue to do it now in my late 20’s and introduced it to Nico. He must think it is so strange!

How pretty are these colors? And the fact that they are derived from natural ingredients makes me love them that much more.

Naturally Dyed Easter Eggs

adapted from TipHero

Makes: 12 eggs
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: up to 12 hours

 Ingredients
  • 1 dozen hard boiled eggs

BLUE/GREEN

  • 2 cups purple cabbage, shredded
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 Tablespoons distilled white vinegar

ORANGE

  • 2 cups yellow onion peel
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 Tablespoons distilled white vinegar

PINK/RED

  • 2 cups beet, grated
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 Tablespoons distilled white vinegar

YELLOW

  • 1 Tablespoon turmeric
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 Tablespoons distilled white vinegar

OPTIONAL

  • coconut oil or olive oil

Preparation

  1. You’ll need a medium-sized saucepan for each color. Add the dye material and water to the saucepan and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to low and simmer for 15 minutes – one hour. (The longer the dye material is simmered, the darker the dye will become.)
  2. Remove from heat and strain out the liquid through a fine mesh strainer. Allow the liquid to cool to room temperature. Add 1 tablespoon of vinegar to every 1 cup of dye liquid.
  3. Place 2 – 3 hard-boiled eggs each into four pint-sized mason jars and cover each with a different colored dye. Place the lids on the jars and refrigerate until the desired color has been reached, 2 – 12 hours. (The darker you want the color to be, the longer you should let them sit.)
  4. Once the desired color has been reached, carefully remove the eggs from the dye with a spoon and place them on a cooling rack placed over a sheet pan to dry.
  5. Optional: to give the eggs a nice sheen, rub a little coconut or olive oil on the eggs once they have dried.

Tips:

  • You can dye more eggs at once by using quart-sized mason jars.
  • If you want lighter colored Easter eggs, the eggs can be rinsed and dried after being removed from the dye. (The darker outer layer of dye can still be easily wiped away before the eggs have dried completely.)

I’m curious, do you still dye Easter Eggs? I mean if you have young children, it would make sense but…

There are just some traditions I never want to grow out of!

Thanks for reading along.XO

Whole30: Reintroduction Week Review

Hi! It is absolutely POURING here in Boston today! We have major flood warnings happening, but it’s been a nice calm day in the house. Freddy has been napping pretty much all day (he must be wiped from day-care all week!) and I am able to get a lot of work done in the office.

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Easter Outfit Ideas & Spring Sales

 

I am SO excited for Easter. It is my favorite Holiday – comes close to Christmas, but it definitely takes 1st place. The pastels, the spring weather, the short dresses, the floral, the ruffles, the bows, the chocolate bunnies — I just love everything about it!

I started attending church on a regular weekly basis again and I am pretty happy about it! When I graduated college and moved away from home, it became hard keeping up with Sunday mass. However, N is doing the RCIA program so we can get married in a Catholic church. My grandmother cries happy tears every night. Church has also brought us closer as we both attend Sunday Mass together. I even went today (on a TUESDAY!) just to reflect and mediate a bit. It is very refreshing. 

SO, for EASTER SUNDAY, I always remember getting a new fresh Spring outfit just to go to church! My mom used to dress my sister and I in pink ruffle dresses and my sister HATED it! I definitely cried about it too (there are pictures!) However, look at me now — always in search of ruffles and bows especially for Easter Sunday Mass 🙂 

I linked some of my favs below this collage. Don’t forget to get your kids or boyfriend an Easter basket! and your pet deserves a special treat too 🙂 Happy Easter Month!

Dr.Scholls (1) | Bow Dress (2) | JellyBelly Easter Basket (3) | Cold Shoulder Dress (4) | Wrap Dress (5) | Gel Sandals (6) | Ruffle Dress (7) | Round Collar Shirt (8) | Franco Sarto Sandals (9) | Ruffle Shirt (10) | Dog Peeps Toy (11) | Lace Dress (splurge) (12) 

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Gingham short sleeve + ankle grazing jeans

Happy Friday!

I am on the Whole30 Reintroduction Phase and had strawberry soy yogurt and coffee with sugar and soy milk this morning. I’m bringing back the legumes today. If you haven’t been following along, the program I just completed can be explained in this book.

Anyways, tomorrow is Aptil 1st and we are getting a SNOW storm later on today into tomorrow morning. WHY!? WHERE IS SPRING? Yesterday it was 50 degrees out and we were able to snap these pics. Today, I’ll be bundled up in my winter gear! 
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Whole30: Final Week Review

Is it already Day 30?!! ….of the program that felt like it would last for 100 days!  I am on to the fast-paced reintroduction phase and I am pretty excited! Honestly, I had to check the calendar like 3 times to be sure the 30 days was over. Once you get the hand of it, it kind of just goes by quickly 🙂

Am I glad I did this? Kinda. Do I think that I feel so much better without eating ____? Not really. Have I learned more about my body and food from this experience? Absolutely. Honestly though, life is too short and if I want to eat a freakin sushi roll every once in a while, I am going to. Everything in moderation and you’ll be golden.

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