June 4, 2015

Capturing Memories with Soundwaves

A few months ago, Emmett started giggling. You would have thought the kid won a noble prize based on how I congratulated him. I clapped, cheered and smiled like a crazy woman. Robert even worried that I might have scared Emmett away from ever giggling again because I was so over the top. When he giggled some more, I captured the sound on my iPhone so I could save the moment. And then, of course, I engraved it on a charm and a new collection was born.
One of Emmett's first giggled, captured on a charm along with his first footprint
I know it sounds so cliche but I can't believe how quickly time is flying. Emmett changes every day and he's an entirely different little boy than he was even two weeks ago. He used to fall asleep in my arms and snuggle as long as I'd let him. These days, he wiggles out and wants to hang out in his crib to fall asleep. I'm learning to enjoy every moment, even the messy stinky ones.

I waited to launch this idea until right before Father's Day because I thought it would be cool to do something new that I thought would really appeal to the guys. Soundwaves in available in necklaces & bracelets, but also in a moneyclip, cufflinks & a keyring. So now your guy can carry his baby's heartbeat or first words around with him with a very special, masculine and one of a kind piece.

June 2, 2015

Hooray! National Running Day!

If you're a runner and you hang out on social media at all, you know that tomorrow is National Running Day. I'm not sure exactly when this very important holiday first started but I'm glad it did because it gives us runners another awesome excuse to talk about running. ;)

But really, I love any reason to find a way to run even on the busiest, most insane of days. Tomorrow, I'll be celebrating National Running Day by running the local LVRR 5k summer series race. With the Oakley Mini 10k less than 2 weeks away, training has been going pretty well, and I'm eager to see what I can pull off tomorrow. I have 4 miles on my training schedule so I'm hoping to tack on a mile cool down if Emmett isn't a total fuss bucket and lets his mom get it done.

And how will Erica Sara Designs be celebrating? I'm so glad you asked! We thought up two great ideas. First, a few of my favorite running themed necklaces & bracelets (and a tri necklace because why not?) will be 15% off on the site tomorrow, June 3rd, with code ESDNRD.
The Run necklace (modeled & picture by the stunning @missfitznyc) and the Custom Distance Plates are just two of the designs that will be on sale exclusively on National Running Day!
Also, we're doing #ESDMiles4$ to celebrate! Run your miles June 3rd and instagram or tweet proof of how many you ran. Proof can include pictures of your GPS watch or your treadmill. Include the hashtag #ESDMiles4$ and I will send you a coupon code for that $ amount, up to 26.2, off of your next ericasara.com purchase to be used within the next 3 months. So for example, you instagram a picture of your GPS watch that shows you ran 4.67 miles and I send you a coupon for $4.67 off your next order.
This run would've saved me $5.01 on my next purchase. See how that works? I mean, you're going to run anyway so why not save some $ while you're at it?!?
So, that's how we're celebrating National Running Day this year. How about you? Any races or exciting goals planned!?!

May 4, 2015

Weekend in Pictures

Did anyone else feel like they had the best weekend ever?!? The weather was absolutely perfect and we spent our time working around the house & spending time as a family. At the risk of sounding extremely cheesy, I kept having those "my dreams have come true" moments. 
Saturday morning started off with giggles and cuddles in bed with this guy
And then planting flowers! I've ALWAYS wanted a space of my own to garden. After moving out of NYC over a year ago, I finally got around to picking out flowers for our front yard. It was amazing to spend the day out in the sunshine, digging & planting!
Emmett supervised of course. The only think better than having my own space to garden was having my son and husband right there with me. 
I hear love will make a garden grow... so I smothered Emmett in kisses 
Water probably helps too ;)
More snuggles, this time after nursing and before bed. Some beautiful time together.
Sunday started with a visit from Antonio, an NYC buddy. Robert & Antonio headed out for a longish run while I baked post run treats: Polenta Crusted Quiche & Blueberry Muffins. I love a good excuse to have fun in the kitchen!
After some more yard work and lots of napping for Emmett, a family walk to our favorite local tavern for a late lunch. Robert snapped this picture of me on the way and I sort of dig the fact that you can tell I still a have a bit of my belly from pregnancy left. 
At lunch, we try to distract Emmett with toys so that he doesn't try to grab out drinks. He especially loves to longingly stare at Robert's beer. 
We took the long route home to stop at a local country concert. Emmett was certainly the youngest their. I guess this could be considered his first concert?
While Emmett took another short nap, I got a jump start on this week's Mother's Day orders 
And finally got my run done once Emmett was sleeping at 9:30 pm. Another better late than never night!
Now it's back to Monday but after such a wonderful weekend, I don't mind it so much. I have a feeling it's going to be a pretty stellar week. So how was your weekend? 

April 24, 2015

Gift Wrapping is Now Available! And my Mother's Day Lookbook

You know how sometimes you ask a bunch of people their opinion, and their responses just makes your's clearer to you? Well that's what's happened with my ESD Gift Wrap Poll. The white raffia option won... BUT... it made me realize how much I LOVE the purple satin option! A big thank you to everyone who voted and your coupon code for free gift wrap is on it's way. Gift wrapping is now available on the website and appears beneath products in the cart during checkout.
Also, Mother's Day is quickly creeping up on us! How did that happen? This is going to be my first Mother's Day as a mom and I can't wait to see what Robert & Emmett get me. Since they never have to buy me jewelry because I obviously make all of my own, I hope they get creative (as in Elliptical! or new workout clothing!) ;)

I've added a whole bunch of new designs to ericasara.com and put together a Mother's Day look book highlighting my favorite pieces. You can take a look online, email it to folks with your own hints, or even download it. Just clicking on the images takes you to the website page where you can find each piece of jewelry.  

April 22, 2015

Because When You're Watching a Marathon, Treats Are a Must

Monday was one of my favorite holidays of all time: Marathon Monday! To celebrate, I invited Jessica & Sarah over to watch the Boston Marathon. This gave me the perfect excuse to try a new recipe because how can you watch 30,000 people run a marathon without sitting on your butt eating gooey desserts, amIright?

I've been eager to bake cinnamon buns ever since Robert & I visited his family in Colorado last year. I woke up one morning to the scent of warm sugar & cinnamon. It was amazing... until it hit me that I wouldn't be enjoying the freshly baked buns because they weren't gluten free. I've been a bit obsessed with them ever since so when I realized I've be having guests over, it was just the excuse I needed to bake. After searching the interwebs for the perfect recipe, I stumbled upon this one and decided it would be the one. Good news is they came out beautifully!

If you decide to make this recipes, here are some helpful tips since gluten free batter/dough can be a sticky, messy disaster.

  • I added just a bit more brown rice flour to the batter since it was so so so sticky. Just an extra 1/4. It helped just a bit, although the batter was still sticky.
  • To roll out the dough, I used parchment paper instead of plastic wrap. I sprayed the parchment paper with oil and plopped the dough on it. I then sprinkled it liberally with arrowroot starch, used my fingers to press it into a square, and then a rolling pin to roll out out thinly. It worked perfectly and was so easy to roll up!
  • I let the buns rise for almost an hour in a warm place. This was key! I turned on my fire place and put them on the mantle above. You could probably also put them in a warm oven before you preheat it to bake.
Before rising. They ended up filling the entire pie plate with some warmth & time. 
The buns are under that red towel rising 
Sarah & Jessica teaching Emmett the glory that is Marathon Monday! 
Finished Buns. YUM.

We each ate 2 and I saved 2 for Robert which was pretty difficult to do. I "visited" them all day wondering if he really needed 2 ;)
How did you celebrate Marathon Monday?