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  1. Friday, August 10

    This is what I’ve been up to…

    Last week I co-hosted the Slow Churned SocialLuxe Lounge with Allison and Marie. It was a BLAST and I’ll write more about the party later…but today I had to share the video of the party. Because it’s awesome (we love Russ and Reyn) and because I like¬†embarrassing¬†myself and letting you see me dance.

    The 2012 Slow Churned SocialLuxe Lounge from jane maynard on Vimeo.

    SocialLuxe just about kills us every year, but then the party happens and it’s amazing. And then we see the video and all we can do is smile.


  2. Wednesday, August 8

    A Peek at Martha Stewart’s Offices

    While I was in New York City last week, I had the chance to visit the Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia (MSLO) offices. Just like my trip to America’s Test Kitchen, it was really fun and interesting to get a behind-the-scenes look at a place that produces so much amazing content.

    This was just a hallway. Who knew hallways could be so pretty? Owen was a charmer the entire time and several people mentioned he should go into modeling. Welcome to New York, Owen!

    My first impression of the offices was light. Lots and lots of light. The offices occupy one floor of a building in Chelsea and there are windows all around. It feels open and airy and would be a great place to get the creative juices flowing. Martha’s office is on the corner overlooking the Hudson river and Chelsea Piers. Her office wasn’t huge and I probably wouldn’t have even guessed it was hers unless they told me. Sadly, Martha wasn’t there…she was busy getting ready to speak as the BlogHer keynote that morning (which I barely made in time! Three cheers for crazy NY taxi drivers!).

    I have really loved being a part of Martha’s Circle. It has provided some wonderful opportunities and I have loved every single person that I have worked with at MSLO. So I wasn’t surprised that everyone we met along the way was friendly and nice.

    The Everyday Food team was no exception. They were delightful and fun to talk to. We had a great conversation and they were excited because they were visited by baby Owen AND a cute little dog all in the same day. Puppies and babies…nothing better. Of course the team was cooking and I learned that there are only 13 employees who work on the Everyday Food magazine each month. That seriously blows me away.

    I had the chance to see the test kitchens and the craft room, all of which were stocked with all kinds of goodies. While we were hanging out in the Living kitchen, two pans of brownies came out of the oven. It was everything I could do to not stick my hand in the pan and run for the hills.

    The rooftop patio was a lovely escape, a great place to eat lunch, if you can tear yourself away from work, of course! The summer interns were enjoying a last-day-of-work breakfast, which Owen and I helped ourselves to (yea for east coast bagels!).

    While I was chatting with folks, I learned about Martha’s American Made Awards, which she announced later that day at BlogHer. American Made is a program where Martha and her editors recognize 10 “American Makers,” talented and inspiring entrepreneurs doing beautiful work.

    In addition to the 10, there will be an 11th American Maker who will have the chance to win the Audience Choice Award. Anyone who has a small business, shop or Etsy shop and is doing innovative, high-quality work can nominate themselves (or you can nominate someone you know who fits that category!) for the Audience Choice Award. The deadline to submit for the Audience Choice Award is August 25. You really should get on this because…

    The 11th American Maker will be honored at the American Made event in New York City’s Grand Cetral Terminal in October (Martha will be there!), will appear in the December issue of Martha Stewart Living magazine and will receive $10,000 to further his or her business! Super cool! I KNOW that many of you fit the category, so hop to it!

    I am so happy I got a chance to see Martha’s offices. It was a great visit! Thank you, Martha and friends!


  3. Sunday, August 5

    Week 289 Menu

    It’s our last day of vacation. Last Sunday we explored the marsh in Cohasset. This week? Fun with press-on nails and glamorous headbands!

    And the crowd goes wild!

    Lest you think we are leaving anyone out of the fun, we do encourage equal opportunity pressing on of nails.

    (Big thanks to my sister-in-law Cora for letting me post these photos today. She’s a champ. A very, very glamorous champ.)

    We are traveling tomorrow, but then it’s back to real life. I hope I can successfully get back in the groove!

    MONDAY:
    – Airport food

    TUESDAY:
    – Caprese salad and crusty bread

    WEDNESDAY:
    Homemade pizza

    THURSDAY:
    – Leftovers

    FRIDAY:
    – Breakfast for dinner (most likely waffles and fruit)

    SATURDAY:
    – Eat out

    SUNDAY:
    Tuscan Tomato Soup

    I think that’s a pretty good “easing back into life” menu. We’ll see how well it goes! Thank you for continuing to post your menus the last few weeks even though I didn’t myself. You’re the best! Can’t wait to see your menus for this week!