Thursday, October 31, 2013

Happy Halloween!

^^^FB and Instagram friends be prepared to see this outfit again ;-) 

Happy Halloween friends! It's finally here! And I am happy to say that I did not open the candy until last night and I did not eat a single piece (yet...). I can't tell who is more excited about Halloween, me or Devin. He LOVES Halloween. He loves dressing up and decorating all cheesy and the whole shebang. So glad I married a man who loves dressing up as a family ;-) 
We went back and forth for a long time about what we would be this year. Should we do toy story since we didn't really get to last year? Should we do Alice in Wonderland again? Or maybe Cat in the Hat? We finally settled on the Incredibles (yes again). Mostly because we were the Incredibles our first year after we were married AND because when we bought them we bought them with the intent that we could wear them again when we had kids. Devin had Charlotte's onesie made for her because they don't sell them anywhere for babies and I think it turned out so stinkin' cute! We have been waiting weeks to put her in it and last night finally came! Our ward's trunk-or-treat! It was so much fun. Devin carved an incredibles pumpkin and had that glowing on our crappy subaru's trunk while he passed out candy and C and I socialized. P.S. It is COLD now! I have never in my life had a Halloween where I had to wear a jacket. Can I just say that I love our ward? Because I do. We ate chili and chit chatted and C was amazing the whole time. Tonight we are going to eat good food and dress up again and answer the door as a family...
While Lucy is outside because she freaks out when the door bell rings.
Happy Halloween my friends!

^^^Someone got into our candy stash! 

^^^I love this... Mr. Incredible changing a diaper! 

^^^I love them! 

^^^ My Mr. Incredible! 

^^^ HAPPY HALLOWEEN! From us to you! 

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Delusions of Adorableness

I have a confession to make (yes another one!)
I used to not think all babies are cute (GASP!)
And this was especially true before Charlotte was born
Yes, there were babies that I did think were cute...
But there were a few particular ones where people would say "OMG your baby is so cute" and I would think "WHERE!?" 
My mom is not such a person... she loves all babies and thinks they are all cute.
Before we had Charlotte, Devin and I would discuss how we were worried that our baby wouldn't be cute but we would still think she was cute.
Would people lie to us about our child being cute?
I would like to think people wouldn't lie to us... but who knows! 
Fact: All parents think their kids are the cutest kids in the whole wide world.
It's just true. Everyone thinks that their baby is the most beautiful baby (if you don't believe this please watch 2 minutes of "Toddlers and Tiaras")
As such, I totally think my baby girl is adorable and does the most adorable things and makes the most adorable faces and is the most beautiful baby (which is what every parent thinks right?)
I take photos daily (which a lot of people make fun of me for but guess what? I don't care what you think!) I take videos and post them and I am that obnoxious parent who can't get enough of their baby (which I also did not understand until I had C)
I shop now more for her than I do for myself and she looks cuter than me 100% of the time.
I mean, people don't stop to talk to me anymore they stop to google at my kid.
I even had a lady tell me, "Wow and I thought my own babies were the most beautiful babies!"
At first I was like "aw that's so sweet!" And then I got to thinking, well... maybe she tells all mom's that about their babies... 
I find myself asking my close friends if they really do think C is cute (they assure me she is)
But I also find that I now have the "mommy fog goggles" on
I see the kids that I didn't think were cute before and NOW I think, "Oh ok! They are kind of cute." 
So maybe you have to be a mom to see the cuteness?
I don't really know.
All I know is now I see a lot more cuteness than I did before.
And I still think my baby is cute whether anyone else does or not.

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Green with Envy Smoothie

I have been lucky to meet some amazing women out here. Women who share their awesome secrets. When I was on a quest for the most delicious green smoothie my friend Sky came to the rescue. "It's so easy and tastes like a Jamba Juice." I was sold. I was over at her house one day (I tried and failed to make baby moccasins...) when her husband came home and they made me the most delicious smoothie. Hence why I have dubbed this smoothie the "green with envy" smoothie. Try it-you will love it. Devin asks me every day now, "Do you want a smoothie!?" Meaning that he wants me to make him one. The base of this is coffee creamer (I have used French Vanilla and Caramel and they are both delicious so pick whichever one is your favorite). Originally I was putting 1/2 cup creamer in the smoothie but it was just too many calories. It's like 25 calories for a tablespoon but there are 16 table spoons in a cup (ahhh!) which means I was putting 200 calories of just creamer into the smoothie. So I halved it and use the other half with unsweetened almond milk and you would never know the difference (except the calorie count for liquid is down to about 115). ANYWAY this smoothie makes enough for both Devin and I to have about 14 oz which is plenty. So try, love it, become a fan just like I did. Thanks Sky for this recipe! I am a believer. 

Green with Envy Smoothie

1/4 cup coffee creamer (french vanilla or caramel)
1/4 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk (add more if smoothie doesn't blend well)
1/2 green apple, cored
1/2 peeled orange
1/4 lime (rind on... be sure to wash it well!)
1 cup pineapple
1 large handful kale
1 cup ice 

Always put your liquids first then add on top...BLEND and enjoy! 

Monday, October 28, 2013

Free Halloween Printable

Yes, I am aware that Halloween is only a few days away
However, I just learned how to make these printables and it's amazing... AND super fun
(I made a Christmas one for me and my friend Michelle so stay tuned for that one!)
I love Hocus Pocus
I just do...
And I love Halloween... 
Devin isn't such a fan (of the movie... he LOVES Halloween) because he doesn't like SJP but that's OK he still lets me watch it
 I feel so old because I remember watching it in theaters (yikes)
One of my favorite quotes from that movie is, "It's just a bunch of Hocus Pocus" 
I was watching it yesterday and immediately I knew I had to make a cute chalkboard printable
So save the image to your computer... and just print it out... easy peasy

Last Friday at Nordstrom

I'm skipping "It's OK... Monday" to bring to you a story
A story about what happened at the mall last Friday
Because I am just sure someday I will find this funny. 
Warning... this post is about poop.
Last week was a busy week for our family. Doctor appointments, church meetings, school meetings, helping friends move... I feel like I hardly see Devin during weeks like these (and he left at 4am today for work). So I was happy when Devin suggested that C and I go to the mall on Friday to get out and do something fun. Turns out I had a lot of errands to run at the mall. Getting Devin's watch fixed, returning a candle that Devin didn't like the smell of (ha!), and picking out new shampoo at Sephora (FYI I love bumble and bumble). It was all going so well! C was just hanging out, seeing what there was to see... and eventually she fell asleep leaving me some time to do what I needed to get done. I go thinking "hey maybe we can even run to Walmart after and get stuff to bake cookies!" Devin's watch was fixed, the candle was returned, we got our shampoo (and another sample of the glam glow mask!), I got my free lipstick at MAC (Rebel, in case you wondered) and I even stopped by the Bobbi Brown counter for a sample of their foundation. Shopping with a baby totally rocks! People are so much nicer to you! So we stopped at the Coach store and J Crew too... you know... just to window shop. By this time C wakes up- not grumpy or anything- just staring at me. So I decide to feed her in Nordstrom before heading off to Walmart. Has anyone else nursed in Nordstrom? It's awesome! They have a legit mother's room with a nice couch and magazines. It was great! That is... until C has the biggest blowout of her life. I didn't notice, however, until my hand got all up in it (oh yeah... it gets better).  Trying not to get crap anywhere else I pick her up only to realize that it is all down her back, AND on my brand new leggings. BOTH LEGS! What. The. Heck. Of course I brought her extra clothes but who thinks to pack themselves an extra pair of pants in case their kid craps on them? Yeah, not me. So I get her cleaned up and changed and try my hardest to get as much poop off of my leggings as I possibly can. Did I mention C found this a great time to test out the acoustics of the bathroom? She pitched the biggest fit! Screaming, wailing, arms flying, legs kicking, red in the face fit. Please just let me get this crap off of my legs kid and we will get you home! At this point I don't really know what to do. My car is completely on the other side of the mall and I smell like a portapotty. I did the only thing I could do. I grabbed my kid and all my stuff and my smelly self hightailed it out of that mall as fast as we could. I felt like it was Black Friday come early the way I had to dodge people. Get out of my way slow pokes I have got a bag full of poopy clothes and I am covered in it myself. Luckily we made it to the car without too many weird glances. I called my mom and she laughed. I emailed Devin and told him and he said, "that's my girl." 
I'm so sure someday I will tell Charlotte about all this and we will both laugh.
But when I was in Nordstrom covered in feces... it sooooo was not funny.
Happy Monday 

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Awkward and Awesome

*Please forgive the amount of photos. I just love these ones with me and C!*
I am wearing {Skirt and Top: J Crew. Shoes: Jessica Simpson.}
Charlotte is wearing {Headband and bow: ETSY. Tights: Carters. Dress: Gap. Shoes: Old Navy}

-Changing blowouts... I mean really
-TMI but after you have a baby and they tell you not to put anything in your vagina for 6 weeks... yeah like I would even WANT to!
-That I haven't had a hair cut since February... on my birthday... yeesh. 
-Forgetting to email one of your teachers and she sends you an URGENT email that says "ARE YOU OK!?" Whoops.
-That it took Devin and I both 10 minutes to figure out why my bobbin winder wasn't working... 
-The bread knife is the only knife I use for its purpose... this drive my husband crazy "WHY are you using the herb cutter? You should be using the poultry shears!" 
-A girl told me she didn't like ice cream the other day and I said, "HOW do you survive!?" 
-When the check out person asks if you found everything ok and you say "yes" but really you want to say, "Um... not really... I spent 10 minutes searching for gnocchi..."
-As we were walking in to church on Sunday I noticed my skirt was scattywhompus and I said to Devin, "Why didn't you tell me my skirt was crooked? I look like an idiot!" He said, "No you don't you just look like one butt cheek is bigger than the other..." 

-HALLOWEEN! It's so close you guys!
-Having good makeup days!
-Hot chocolate (I am still waiting to go get that first salted caramel one!)
-Getting to snuggle my hubby in the mornings before C wakes up
-Getting free lipstick from MAC!
-These little gold shoes C is wearing
-Also... her little dress has elbow patches... I can't even handle it. 
-Tomorrow is FRIDAY!

Happy Thursday my friends! 

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

I have no idea what I'm doing here

I just have to say this... I love the posts I have been seeing lately where people talk about how motherhood really is. The good, the bad and the poopy. I hate the pretending. The pretending that everything is bright and rosy and sunshine all the time. Because it isn't. I have to remind myself that what a lot of people post is only what they want you to see and not now it really is all the time. That's one thing I find hard about social media. Most people just talk about the good. I just have to remember that there is opposition in ALL THINGS. And that things aren't always what they seem. And that it's hard for everyone whether they admit to it or not. Can I just throw this out there too? I'm tired of seeing/reading stuff that makes me feel like I'm an awful mother. If you don't co-sleep with your child you are a bad mother. If you don't make all of your own organic baby food you are a bad mother. If you don't get the right baby carrier for your baby you are a HORRIBLE mother. If you let your kids get vaccinated you are a bad mother... and the list goes on and on. I have vowed not to read crap like that any more. Because whether they come right out and say it- it makes me feel like I'm ruining my child! And I am here to tell you that I am not! I am making decisions that I feel is best for my baby and my family. 
We don't co-sleep. C has been sleeping in her crib in her own room at night from day 1. I have yet to make my own organic baby food. I might try it... but I might not like doing it. I have the ergo. I love it. But I would be lying if I said I didn't feel like C would like it much better if she could face out. She LOVES seeing everything! And yes C gets shots. 
Judge me for all of these things all you want but these decisions were mine to make.
And I really do have no idea what I am doing... but I'm doing the absolute best that I know how.
 To those of you who don't have kids yet... I'm not going to lie- getting pregnant, carrying a baby in your stomach, birthing that baby and then taking care of the baby is the weirdest thing that has ever happened to me. Seriously. Sometimes I look at my child and say, "How in the world were you ever inside of me?" I mean really! It's just bizarre. My swollen stomach, the movements, the ultrasounds... they all seem a million miles away now. 
I remember sitting in the hospital waiting room with tiny Charlotte in her car seat while Devin pulled the car around and thinking, "Oh my gosh. This is it. I'm taking this kid home with me and I have to do this! There is no other option!" 
And there really isn't! You just jump in and do what you can and try to block out the opinions you don't care to hear (because EVERYONE has got one) and listen to the people you trust. But then do what you feel is right... make your own decisions. And TRY and sleep when you can. And sing. I have found that singing helps. 
I will admit it again- I have no idea what I'm doing here. I haven't a clue what Charlotte's cries mean. I have heard some parents know the "hungry" cry, or the "hold me" cry, or the "I'm tired" cry. I have no idea what they are talking about. All I hear is crying. 
But that's OK! I'm figuring things out as I go. Like always putting a clean diaper under her butt BEFORE changing the dirty one. And ALWAYS have a burp cloth on hand. And that despite the Dr's disapproval she LOVES to nap on her belly. 
You learn as you go. To all of my friends who are moms... you are a GOOD MOMMY! Don't let anyone else tell you differently...even yourself.
Keep going... keep doing...
And Charlotte, some day when you have your own little girl and you call me crying telling me you have no idea what you are doing... I KNOW! Hopefully I can say something helpful. But if I can't I will take you shopping... because you love that already ;-) 

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Honey Apple Challah Bread

The only time I have ever eaten Challah bread before now was once when I was pregnant and I was craving good french toast. Challah bread looked like the fanciest bread they had at the store and it was absolutely fantastic. When I came upon this recipe I wanted to drop everything and make it immediately- mostly because it did not require a trip to the store. And I am a carbivore and lover of apples as well. I used cherry honey for this recipe. Because I had a whole bottle of it in the cupboard and it just sounded delightful. We bought this on one of our first outings right after C was born so it was time to use it. I used THIS brand and it was amazing. It gave the bread just a little more tartness. This was a big hit in our house. Devin has already told me that I need to make this again. 

Honey Apple Challah Bread
You’ll need:
3 teaspoons of yeast
2/3 cup warm water
1/3 cup plus 1 teaspoon honey
1/3 cup olive oil
3 eggs plus 1 yoke (1 1/2 teaspoon salt
3 cups white flour
1 1/4 cup whole wheat flour
For Filling:
2 apples chopped
a bit of lemon juice to keep apples from browning
1/2 teaspoon-1 teaspoon of cinnamon.
To make:
In a small bowl, mix yeast, water and 1 tsp honey. Let yeast bloom about 5 minutes.
In a stand mixer, wisk together the yeast mixture, 2 eggs and 1 yoke, oil and remainder of the honey.
Fix the dough hook onto the stand mixer
Add in the salt and flour. Turn on mixer onto low speed. Let it knead about 5 minutes or until dough pulls away from the sides of the bowl.
Remove dough and oil the bowl.
Return dough to the oiled bowl and cover with plastic wrap. Let dough rise for 1 hour or until doubled.
After dough has rise, turn out onto floured surface and roll out into an oval shape.
Chop apples and toss with lemon juice and cinnamon.
Place 2/3 apple mixture onto half (hot dog way!) of dough and fold the other half over the half with the apples.
Put the remaining apples on top of the dough and fold over once more (this doesn’t have to be perfect!)
Place dough back into oiled bowl, cover, and let rise for about 45 minutes.
After dough has risen again, turn it out and cut into 4 stripes. Pull the ends to elongate them and braid. Tuck the ends ender and place on a parchment lined baking sheet.
Wisk one egg in a small bowl and brush the egg over top of the dough.
Bake at 375 for 40 mintues! (The top will brown quickly so place tin foil over after about 20 minutes). Enjoy!

Monday, October 21, 2013

It's OK...

^^^This outfit is my "momiform" 
(Jeans, Cardigan, Scarf: Gap. Shoes: Rocketdog. Pearls: Gift. Tshirt: Downeastbasics)

This week is going to be a busy one. But hopefully it will end well with a trunk or treat party. And hopefully it will be better than last week. Charlotte has been so sick so we have all been miserable. She has had some kind of stomach virus but luckily it looks like she is over it. Have I mentioned that we love Halloween? I'm so glad I married a man who likes it just as much as me. I suggested that we only dress C up this year and husband gave me the look of death. So the only one of us who isn't dressing up is Lucy. And we might just put her spider costume on because she needs to be in on the fun. 

It's OK...
-That I did not do my makeup or hair the majority of last week (no I did not even have 5 minutes... I was lucky to get a shower in)
-*TMI* that when C threw up everywhere I just sat there for a minute planning  out what my next move would be.
-To call your mom multiple times in a day
-To just have soup for dinner (which we did Friday night)
-That I am dreading the winter
-To stop pretending (I sort of wish more people would)
-That I cried watching the last episode of What Not to Wear
-To forgive
-That my husband looks longingly at boy stuff whenever we go out shopping (I am pretty sure C is going to be an only child though...) 
-To be older than 5 and love pink and Disney
-That my husband is a better sewer than I am
-That I still haven't seen Hocus Pocus this year (!?)

What's OK with you today?

Friday, October 18, 2013

5 months old!

Technically she won't be 5 months old until Sunday (which is also my big sister's birthday! Happy early birthday Michele!) But I just couldn't wait! What's a few day's anyway right? Right!
But I can't believe my girl is almost half a year old!
I just can't believe it!
I feel like I'm still trying to wrap my head around the face that I have a child
But she is so stinkin' cute
I mean really. 
That smile! 
She gets whatever she wants and I am OK with that. 
Devin has already taken her on "daddy daughter dates" to toys r us and to get a new outfit.
She is rolling over, eating cereal like a champ, and grabbing her feet at every opportunity.
We love her- and I can't believe how big she is getting. 

^^^ This is one of my absolute favorite pictures of my girl. Oh AND she can FINALLY 100% fit into her newborn shoes. I am so proud. 

She has been so sick this week and it is breaking my heart! I honestly don't think babies should allowed to get sick. We have been getting lots of snuggles and staying inside. Good thing it snowed this morning to give us a good excuse to stay in our jammies today. 

The Uncommon Cache

I love finding new stores to love!
Here is one for you...
This store is owned by my friend Alex and his wife
And they have some super fun and unique jewelry! 
I was immediately drawn to these Vintage Teardrop Earrings
They are so light (which was important to me! I hate heavy earrings!) and gorgeous
I put them on Devin said "those are nice!" so you know they are a winner! 
What's important too? They are affordable! It's a win win situation. 
The package was delivered and inside I was immediately greeted with the scent of Lavender!
I adore lavender- it's just so calming! So when I opened the package I was so happy to see that my earrings were inside a lavender sachet! That sachet is now living in one of my drawers... it's totally happy there.
But seriously, these earrings! 
Go get yours- because they are gorgeous and affordable.

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Awkward and Awesome!

(Boots and leggings: Macy's. Socks: Target. Button down: Express. Earrings: The Uncommon Cache)

I am resurrecting this old series because I used to love it and I looked forward to it all week! I honestly can't remember that last time I did an Awkward and Awesome post! But alas here we are... Enjoy!

-That I didn't realize this outfit needed something ELSE until after photos were taken. It definitely needs a scarf... or a sweet necklace... or that awesome vest I can't FIND (sigh). 
-My kid always finds the most inopportune times to rip one. Usually it's during church. The best was one of our first weeks back at church. It was super quiet and C let one loose and everyone looked at me. Cool.
-Getting spit up DOWN your shirt. Not on your shirt. DOWN and into your cleavage. Sexy.
-When people still ask if C is mine.
-All of a sudden I feel like I need to wear 2 sports bras. It's like my boobs can't stop moving once they get going. 
-The look my Dr gave me when I told him that C takes her naps on her stomach. Give me a break dude she LOVES it!
-Getting a drug test done for school... I had a dude nurse.
-The look of death I gave the sales guy that came to my door yesterday right after I got Charlotte to sleep. (note: the door bell didn't wake her up... Lucy barking and freaking out did!) There was real fear in his eyes. He still had the nerve to give me his pamphlet. Right... like I'm going to buy a mattress from you NOW (haha). 

-Devin has this weekend off!
-I can fit into a lot of my pre baby clothing!
-Halloween is COMING!!!

Maybe this outfit needed a belt... or a sassy headband...
Tell me your awkward and awesome moments! 

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Lust List- J Crew

We all know I am a lover of J Crew. It's my store. My SOUL store. If I could pick one store to shop at for the rest of my life... this store would be it. It's my "bosom store" a la Anne (with an "e") Shirley's bosom friend. I am jonesing for a J Crew shopping spree... 23 more months and I will allow myself to have one. But these are the things I am currently lusting over from J Crew and J Crew factory (and pppsssst everything at J Crew factory is up to 50% off right now! Say what!?) 
So J Crew shopping fairy and Santa Clause- feel free to keep this list in your back pocket ...should you feel so inclined to send me any of these items I would much appreciate it ;-) 

^^^ I have been wanting this peacoat for over a year! They had it last year and I tried it on... while I was pregnant. I went home and cried afterwards. I adore pink but a pint pea coat!? Class cut with an awesome color- can't go wrong! (It also coming in green!)

^^^I am a suck for a peter pan collar! I mean... I can't really say anything else about this sweater... other than I love it. 

^^^This has also been on my "want" list for over a year and now I CAN'T FIND IT ANYWHERE! AH!!! I'm so sad! It was also a "I'm pregnant and can't buy stuff I really want right now" article. I have called around and no where around here has it. If anyone goes to a J Crew factory store and they have it will you pretty please get one for you and one for me? Size XS ok? Ok thanks ;-) 

^^^This is new to regular J Crew stores this year and I adore it. I am a huge sucker for bows... and cardigans.  

^^^I can't stay away from plaids and classic button front shirts. I think this would be adorable with a cardigan or sweater over it, with jeans and a sweet pair of boots (maybe my red hunters!? yes!) 

^^^Printed jeans!!! Devin is NOT a fan of printed jeans OR the Aztec trend. I love them but have yet to try any now that I am a more normal size (anyone remember my leopard maternity skinny jeans?) but I am dying to! I think these would look awesome with a classic white shirt, or a black sweater with an awesome necklace and black ballet flats. 

Wouldn't it just be so nice if the stuff you loved automatically appeared in your closet? Can someone invent a product like that? That would be awesome.  

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Scones

When I was in college I had a friend who made amazing pumpkin chocolate chip cookies. We called them "little puffs of heaven". These scones are little scones of heaven. And I have realized that I should not ever make anything again with pumpkin and chocolate because it is just too delicious  and I want to eat them all. I think husband agreed. He asked me the very next day if I would please get them out of the house (and I took them to a pinterest party my friend was hosting). These scones are nice and fluffy and not dry and crumbly like a lot of scones I have had in my day. They are spicy and just plain delectable. Make them. Love them. Have an extra one for me OK? Ok.

    You'll need:
    For the Scone:
  • 4¼ cup flour
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 Tbsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp ground ginger
  • ½ tsp ground cloves
  • ¾ tsp nutmeg
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • ¾ cup butter, cold, cut in cubes
  • 1 cup canned pumpkin puree
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups chocolate chips
  • For the Cinnamon Glaze:
       1 cup powdered sugar (add more if needed)
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • ½ tsp allspice
  • 2-3 Tbsp heavy cream
To make:
  1. In small bowl, mix the pumpkin, heavy cream and egg 
  2. In mixer, using paddle attachment, mix flour, sugar, baking powder and spices. Add in cold butter cubes and mix until "crumbly". Note: It won't get super crumbly- just wait until it looks incorporated. Slowly add in pumpkin mixture and chocolate chips. Mix until combined. 
  3. Divide dough in half, and roll out on a floured surface into a 12x5 inch rectangle.
  4. Cut dough into triangles by making 2 vertical cuts and one horizontal through the dough. You should now have 6 rectangles. Cut rectangles at a diagonal to form triangles. 
  5. Place each triangle onto a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake in a 425 degree oven for about 13 minutes. Repeat with other half of dough.
  6. Cool on rack. Whisk together glaze ingredients in a small bowl. 
  7. Use a spoon to drizzle glaze over scones. Let dry for about 10-15 minutes before enjoying!