Monday, December 15, 2014


And the Winner is ...

I'd like to give a huge thank you to Antea, your work is amazing and without you this giveaway could not have been possible! Also, thank you to everyone who entered, I loved reading your comments and  hope that you all enjoy this holiday season! 

Happy Monday
With Love, Kristtyn

Tuesday, December 9, 2014


Have You Heard About ...

Antea Amoroso Design

The time has finally come for my very first GIVEAWAY! I could not be more happy to partner up with Antea from Antea Amoroso Design. I had the pleasure of meeting this self-proclaimed "Crafter/ Creator/ Designer/ Florist/ Event Stylist/ Artist/ DIY-er/ Mom/ Kardashian" two years ago at a holiday party. At the time she had just started her Etsy shop where she was selling her amazing handmade event signage and decor. Since then, she has turned her love of event planning and all things DIY into a small business here in Reading, MA. This girl has an amazing eye for detail and what I love most about her is that she has turned her passion into profit, all the while taking care of daughter and now son. How's that for a little inspiration?! Here's a little sneak peak of what she's created so far ...

And now, what you've all been waiting for ... 
In keeping with the holiday spirit, we are giving away this cute sign:
To Enter: Follow Antea on Instagram or like her on Facebook.
 Leave a comment below telling us what your favorite thing about the holiday season is
and make sure to leave your email so I can notify the winner!

Deadline: Entries must be made by Saturday, December 13th at 11:59pm EST. 
The winner will be emailed and announced Monday, December 15th both here and on my Instagram, so don't forget to follow both!

In addition to this giveaway, Antea will give 15% off of any order or purchase made
 at The Wedding Shoppe located at 8 Brande Ct. in Reading, MA to anyone who mentions my blog! 

Happy Tuesday!
With Love, Kristtyn

Monday, December 8, 2014


Weekend Recap ...

And just like that we are in the midst of the holiday season! How, seriously, how does it come up so fast? It is my most favorite time of the year and yet it seems to fly by me. Just as I finally got my pumpkins out for Thanksgiving, tree lots were going up, Christmas aisles appeared in all stores, and the radio started pumping out Mariah. Since I'm going away with my family again this year for Christmas, I have been left with exactly 3 weeks to squeeze in all my winter/holiday traditions. This weekend we were able to get our tree, attend a holiday DIY with one of my favorite blogger pals, and enjoy the Boston Ballet production of The Nutcracker. All in all it was a great way to kick off December.

Even though this is only mine and C's third Christmas living together, we already have some traditions. While he get's the tree inside and up in the stand, I make the mulled wine and put together a few cheesy treats. This year I made this Honey Fig Dip with Blue Cheese by How Sweet It Is
It was TO. DIE. FOR.
Kate from DomestiKatedLife hosted a great DIY event at Jonathan Adler
I love that these felt letters double as ornaments and gift tags, giving your presents 
a personal touch and a pop of color!
This was the only good picture we got as we were running out the door to catch The Nutcracker. If you get the chance to go and are looking for a good place to eat or get drinks nearby, 
check out The Merchant.
Last but not least, I picked this wine up randomly (I love a good label) 
and it ended up being so good! Try it out!

Hope everyone's weekend was just as holiday filled and 
make sure to check back this week as I will be doing my first give away!

With Love, Kristtyn

Thursday, November 13, 2014


Latest Loves ...

1. // Barbour waxed utility jacket (tried it on this past weekend and fell in love)
2. // J.Crew slippers (winter is around the corner)
3. // Happy Menocal matador print (my family has always loved our Spanish roots, 
this print would make a great gift)
4. // The Mod Boho pillows (sold out,
but check out the rest of the site for other beautiful home goods)
5. // Baublebar earrings (a great alternative to the 
Diane von Furstenberg for H. Stern ones I've been lusting over for years)

With Love, Kristtyn

Wednesday, November 12, 2014


Paprika and Pearl Couscous Salad

If you follow me on Instagram, you might have seen that my mother was in town this weekend. The original Patricia was visiting for her birthday and boy did we indulge. A little champagne and paté, a LOT of wine and cheese. a trip to the ballet and of course a bowl of clam chowder. Needless to say we treated ourselves quite well. To help ease my body back into my "healthy" lifestyle (cough, cough), I looked up a recipe that I could enjoy without wanting to run straight for a Chipotle burrito. Giada's Israeli Couscous with Smoked Paprika looked great and with a little modification here and there, I was able to get a great lunch for the rest of the week. If you don't meal prep, you can also just serve a nice big bowl of this at your next potluck or Friendsgiving!

Salad Ingredients:

  • 1 tbsp. EVOO
  • 8 oz. package of pearl couscous (aka maftoul or Israeli couscous)
  • 1/2 tsp. kosher salt (I use Himalayan Pink salt from Trader Joe's)
  • 6 oz. bag of fresh baby spinach, chopped
  • 12 oz. grape tomatoes, halved
  • 1/2 cup crumbled feta
  • 1 cup jarred fire roasted red bell peppers, drained and chopped
  • 1/2 cup fresh parsley, chopped
  • 1/4 cup fresh mint, chopped
  • S & P to taste
  • 1/3 cup slivered almonds, toasted (optional - I had to leave mine out because the school I work for is nut free)
Paprika Dressing Ingredients:
  • 1/3 cup EVOO
  • 2 tbsp. balsamic vinegar
  • 1 1/2 tsp. paprika
  • 1 tsp. kosher salt
  • 1/2 tsp. black pepper
  • Heat the 1 tbsp. of EVOO over medium-high heat in a large saucepan
  • Add the entire package of couscous, stirring until golden brown
  • Add 2 cups of water and the salt, bring to a boil
  • Reduce heat to medium-low, cover and simmer until couscous is just tender and liquid is absorbed (about 9 minutes). Set aside.
  • While the couscous is cooking, chop the rest of your veggies and herbs
  • For the dressing, whisk together all ingredients
  • In a large bowl, combine the couscous, veggies, herbs, and dressing
  • Serve!
***** Serves 6

With love, Kristtyn

Monday, October 20, 2014


Words to live by ...

How cute is this mug? 
Click the link to get yourself one and start your week off right!

With Love, Kristtyn

Saturday, October 18, 2014


Around Town ... Magpie

At this point I might as well start a series called "Another Reason to Love Somerville." Located right in Davis Square, Magpie is an independently owned shop that features unique products ranging from stationary to skin care. I love that I can pop in here and find a great gift made by local artisans, as well as the perfect card to go with it. As if Magpie weren't great enough, they also have a sister store just for tots, Magpie Kids. With the holidays around the corner, Magpie might be just the place to kick-off your gift list.

With Love, Kristtyn