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May 29, 2015

Big Brothers Are the BEST!

We've got some exciting news to share today! Owen is going to be a BIG brother!

I'm just over 12 weeks and our next sweet little one is due at the beginning of December!

Owen is so excited to have a sibling and if you ask him, he's really really really hoping it's a boy. Although, I'm sure he'll have lots of fun with "our baby", as he calls it, whether we have a boy or a girl.

He's already been doing his reading to prepare himself, and laying out some ground rules and making plans for when the baby comes, like:
  • He'll hold the baby, and sometimes I can too. 
  • B, granny and his cousins are HIS and the baby has to find its own. 
  • The baby cannot play with his army men or Legos because it will choke (glad he's got that one down). 
  • He, the baby, mommy and daddy will all sleep in mommy & daddy's bed together. 
  • He'd really prefer if the baby were a big boy when it came out, and not a baby, and definitely not a girl. (going to have to work on explaining that one to him)
  • When the baby comes we're all going to be a family! (that's one of the sweetest things he's told me)

We're all so grateful to be growing our family. This is something we've been hoping and praying for for quite some time. I had my second prenatal appointment this morning and everything is looking great! I'll be back with more details next week.

May 27, 2015

Golf Ball Art

Preschool teachers have the best ideas when it comes to keeping young children busy, engaged and learning! One of the things I love most about co-oping is that I get to see most of the activities Owen does in his class first hand. The teacher sets up the art, sensory play and play dough stations and the parents working that day facilitate the activity.

I've been trying to remember all of the great ideas Owen's teacher has so I can re-create them for him over the summer when we're looking for new ways to pass the time at home. This Golf Ball Painting was part of a "daddy unit" this week at school (the sensory table included shaving cream -- fun! and messy!). The activity was so much fun that Owen wanted to try it at home later that day, and luckily I had all the necessities on hand -- and I bet you do too!

Here's what you'll need:
  • a disposable roasting pan or box
  • construction paper
  • a muffin tin
  • washable paints in various colors
  • golf balls
  • a bucket of water & a rag for washing (optional)
I definitely recommend doing this outside! Flying golf balls covered in paint would be disastrous inside. Owen does a pretty good job keeping the balls inside the pan, but you never know when things will get WILD with a 3 year-old boy!

Squeeze a few dollops of paint into each muffin cup and top each one with a golf ball. 

Put a sheet of paper in the bottom of the roasting pan making sure it lays pretty flat. I had to cut ours down a bit to fit them in the pan. Put the balls on top!

Let your child tilt the pan from side to side and back and forth. They'll love watching the balls leave paint tracks all over the paper and it creates a pretty beautiful piece of art work too! 

The first time Owen used ALL the colors and balls at once -- isn't it pretty?!

Then we rinsed the balls in a big bucket of water and dried them with a rag -- he loved helping with that step too! Then we tried just the green, pink and yellow paints.

I think this activity lasted around 30 minutes, and ended only when we ran out of paper. He made about 6 beautiful pieces of art work! They would make a colorful matte inside a frame with a picture of Daddy & kids for Father's Day or even folded to make a card!

I hope you enjoy this activity as much as we did!

May 18, 2015


Oh hey! Life has been so busy lately, and Owen has pretty much stopped napping, so time is precious these days, as is rest. But I still miss this space though and I know that someday I'll miss these updates, so here's what we've been up to lately.

Owen started swim lessons again a few weeks ago and this time I don't have to be in the pool for the class! He does so much better without me in the water with him and I'm able to see all that he's learning. How happy does he look to be in the water? And it helps that he adores his teacher!

Two weeks ago we took Owen to a Giants game. We got to the ballpark way early and checked everything out (and snacked on popcorn and garlic fries) and after a full lap around the park O was begging for me to hold him. By the time we made it to our seats he was asleep in my arms. The game hadn't even started yet! After he woke up he enjoyed the game and sat nicely the whole time.

I finished reading The Wedding Gift in one week and recommend it to anyone who enjoyed Kitchen House. I've moved on All Fall Down now, but haven't been tempted to pick it up too much, but I'll let you know what I think when I finish it. 

Owen's interests in toys are changing a bit. He still loves to play pretend with his dinosaurs, Star Wars figures and Army men, but he's becoming more interested in building train tracks and with Legos lately. And no Lego Duplos for this boy, he only wants the tiny ones meant for big kids. It's so fun to watch him create!

We've finally gotten around to making a garden bed in the backyard! Big HUGE thanks to Keith's brother Kevin for making it happen, because I don't know if Keith and I would have done it on our own. Right now we have a cherry tomato plant and Italian green beans and this morning we're heading out to buy a few more plants to add!

Yesterday Owen had his first Tiny Treks kid's hiking class. I organized the outing for our Mothers Club and I have to say I think nit was pretty successful! A while back I signed O up for a Summer session with Tiny Treks and after watching him yesterday I know he's going to LOVE it! 

That's all for now! Hope to be back again soon! 

April 17, 2015

Hey friday!

Almost a whole week of silence over here, yikes! I don't know the last time I went this long without blogging. I'm here though, and we're all doing great, so no need to worry or wonder what's up. It's just nice to take a little break every once in a while. Don't get me wrong, I love to write this blog, but sometimes it feels a little more have-to than want-to, and that's when I know I need to step back a bit.

Anyhow, happy Friday!

/ one / This weekend we're going to attempt to make our own raised garden bed. I've done a little research and so far the instructions from this Sunset magazine article seem like they'll work the best for us. Wish us luck! I'll let you know how it all goes.

/ two / It was almost in the 70s here yesterday and all this sunny warm weather has me excited for Summer, so I bought two dresses this week! The Tribal Print Maxi ($12.99) and Kimono Maxi Dress ($24.99) -- both were a great deal! I'll be living in them this summer.

/ three / 3 yrs and 3 months is  really fun age! I'm just enjoying our little guy so much everyday and I feel really fortunate to be home with him. He asks so many questions, tells stories and enjoys almost anything we're doing together!

/ four / I've been seeing tassel necklace everywhere lately and I really like them for summer with a simple tee or cute dress. I searched Pinterest for a DIY and found this Five Minute Tassel Necklace tutorial. Seems easy enough, so I'm going to give it a try, and if it's a success I will share the results!

/ five / We've got zero commitments this weekend and I'm thrilled! I love being at home with my people and I can't wait to have the weekend here so we can just do whatever our hearts desire! Print source here.

Today I'm linking up with...

Friday Favorites at Momfessionals
Oh, Hey Friday at September F A R M 
High Five for Friday at Bright on a Budget
Friday Favorites at The Diary of a Real Housewife
Five on Friday at Hello! Happiness//A.Liz Adventures
//Carolina Charm//The Good Life Blog
Friday Favorites at Housewife Glamour
Friday Favorites at Meet @ the Barre

April 10, 2015

April Stitch Fix Review (Box #6)

After taking a a little break between Stitch Fix boxes #5 and 6 during Lent I'm back to show you what came in my most recent box!The box arrived on our doorstep on Good Friday, but I held out until Tuesday to try it all on and make some declensions.

If you're wondering what Stitch Fix is, or how it works... It's a personal shopping service, and all you have to do to get started is fill out the Stitch Fix Style Profile and our personal stylists will handpick a selection of five clothing items and accessories unique to your taste, budget and lifestyle. You can buy what you like and return the rest! The styling fee is $20, and if you pick something from your fix that fee is applied to whatever you decided to buy!

If you've never tried Stitch Fix before I highly recommend giving it at least one try. It is so much fun! And if you do decide to sign up please use my referral link --- thank you thank you!

When I opened the box and saw the pieces chosen for me I wasn't thrilled, at first. There were a pair of shorts, something I rarely wear and a a handful of other items that didn't appeal to me right off the  bat. After checking out the outfit suggestions made by my stylist, I decided that for this fix I would try and re-create the outfit suggestions on the cards to see if I could actually picture myself wearing the pieces with what I already have.  

Item #1: Finnegan Roll Cuff Chino Short by Dear John ($48) - I'm not a fan of shorts. They're super cute on most people -- I just do not like them on myself. I wear them every once in a while, but they have to be the right length. these were way shorter than I'm comfortable with. Verdict: Returned

Item #2: Becky Cutout Detail Top by Skies are Blue ($44) - This top fit fine, and I didn't dislike the color, material or print, but I just wasn't excited about it either. It felt very similar to tops I've owned before, so I decided against it. 

I tried it on with the Pomelo Analisse Anorak Jacket I bought from a past Stitch Fix box, my Baxley Zipper Detail Skinny Jeans from my last box, and a pair of taupe booties like the ones shown on the card. Turned out to be a pretty cute, casual outfit. I'll have to remember the combination the next time I get dressed in real clothes! Verdict: Returned

Item #3: Bowie Solid Dolman Sleeve Top by Laila Jayde ($58) - I really did not think I'd like this sweater. Because? 1. it's a sweater and we're on the verge of Spring 2. the color is more Fall to me and 3. the dolman style has never appealed to me. But then I tried it on and fell in love. I knew I was keeping this one for sure. 

I tried it on with some similar pieces I already own, and even though the outfit is very "fall" I was convinced I had to keep the top. I've worn it twice already this week! Verdict: Kept!

Item #4: Kathy Striped Fit & Flare Dress by Pixley ($68) - I requested a dress I could wear to the park with Owen and then transition to a date night, so I assume this is what they thought would work. I liked the dress (cut/style/color), but the material is just too stiff to wear around with a 3 year-old.

I paired the dress with gold sandals like the ones pictures, but didn't have a gold bag, so I just added the gold tone necklace I received at the Stitch Fix event I went to last month. Looking back at the pictures the dress is pretty cute. Maybe I should have kept it? Verdict: Returned

Item #5: Robyn Teardrop Branch Necklace by Bancroft ($34) - Cute necklace and like the branch style design, but I just wasn't crazy or excited about it. Verdict: Returned

SO, what would you have kept? I usually only let myself keep one thing from each box, but sometimes it's hard to keep to that limit. It is so much fun seeing what they send each month. The pieces I've picked from my fixes over the last year have become some of my favorite staples! So, if you decide to sign up please use my referral link!

You can see a few of my other Stitch Fix reviews here:

April 9, 2015

Thirsty Thursday | Creamy Pineapple Smoothie

Everyone in our house loves pineapple! I buy one most weeks at the store and we always have some frozen pineapple in the freezer to throw into smoothies. The flavor always reminds me of tropical drinks on the beach -- maybe that's why I like it so much? Not only is pineapple delicious, but it also has many health benefits! They:

1. Are an anti-inflammatory food.
2. Lower the risk of macular degeneration.
3. Are high in Vitamin C and are a rich source of Vitamin A and beta carotene.
4. Can help to alleviate nausea.
5. Help to aid in digestion.
6. Are a natural diuretic.
7. Help to strengthen bones.
8. Promote detoxification of the body naturally.
9. Help to maintain healthy teeth.
10. Help to ease sinusitis.


Now let's get to that delicious smoothie recipe I promised you!

This smoothie is perfect on a hot day as an afternoon treat! I think O thought it was a milkshake!

Creamy Pineapple Smoothie

1 cup frozen pineapple
1 banana, frozen
1 cup light coconut milk
1/4 cup coconut water

Purée all ingredients in a blender until smooth. Drink immediately or pour into popsicle molds and enjoy later as a popsicle!

My behind the scenes shot for this week is O trying to spray me with water at the sink while I made our smoothie!

What is your family's favorite fruit to add to smoothies?

April 8, 2015

Easter 2015

We had a great Easter weekend! On Saturday we drove up to Folsom to Keith's sister Teri's house to celebrate Easter with his family. The drive wasn't terrible, but it took about 3 hours to get there when it should have only taken about 2. Owen's expression describes how we were all feeling in the car despite our smiles!

I made and brought a (too)-gigantic carrot shaped version of this Caramelized Garlic Cheese Spread.

When we finally made it up there we had a nice time looking for bugs in the backyard, saving bugs from the pool and watching everyone in very competitive games of tether ball! We ate dinner and then O started falling asleep on the couch snuggled up with his cousin Natalie, so we decided it was time to head home.  Luckily B was able kept O awake in the backseat for most of the drive, but he finally fell asleep about 5 minutes from home. He was an easy transfer though and didn't even bat an eye when changed him before laying him in bed.

Sunday morning O was up bright and early, before the Easter Bunny even had a chance to put his basket out or throw some eggs on the lawn. We managed to keep him busy with the contents of his Easter basket while EB took care of business outside.

He was the happiest little guy when he saw the colorful eggs on the grass outside! There is nothing greater than watching him get so excited! It's the sweetest! 

It was pretty wet and gloomy here on Easter, so we didn't stay outside long. O wanted to open each egg as he found it and I felt bad that I wanted to rush him. Kids really know how to slow down and enjoy special moment, and I think we're the ones who put the pressure on them to go go go.

After our egg hunt we got ready for church. It was a beautiful Mass and Owen did so well. we haven't been able to sit through and entire Mass for a while. We usually end up in the vestibule by the Gospel and have to leave completely after Communion, but on Easter we stayed the whole time. Owen loved when all the children were invited up to the front of the church to listen to the homily and sat attentively through it.

After church we returned home for brunch. I put together Easter Bunny Shaped Cinnamon Rolls, eggs sausage and fruit for us. The cinnamon rolls were so easy and cute! Here's how to make them:

Easter Bunny Shaped Cinnamon Rolls
  • 1 can refrigerated cinnamon rolls with icing
  • 12 chocolate chips (eyes)
  • 6 pink m&ms (noses)
  1. Start by removing the cinnamon rolls from the package. Place 4 cinnamon rolls on large lightly greased cookie sheet about 3 inches apart. Unroll remaining 2 cinnamon rolls and slice the strips of unrolled cinnamon roll in half. Fold each section in half to create a thicker section of cinnamon roll dough. Form it into the shape of ears and pinch the dough to secure the ears to the bunny head.
  2. Firmly press 2 chocolate chips on top of each roll to form the eyes and an m&m for the nose.
  3. Bake according to package directions.
  4. Cool completely, frost and decorate the ears.  
We all had a little rest during nap time and I spent way too much time on trying to piece together my family tree.

Later in the afternoon we went over to my grandpa's house, which is only a short drive away, for dinner with my side of the family. We did a little egg hunt, ate and talked.

We brought the appetizers, including these Antipasto Skewers!

Dinny (my sister) made chocolate cupcakes from scratch with homemade chocolate butter cream frosting for dessert! Everyone was raving about them at the table while Owen quietly devoured his. You know it's a good cupcake when some of it ends up on your forehead! 

I snapped pictures of these photos of my grandparents that hang in my grandpa's hallway along with dozens of other family photos. I'm hoping to have as many photos in my family tree as I can. Not  all of them have names on the back so I have to depend on my grandpa, mom or aunts to tell me who they are.

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