No it wasn't any of the lovely things you see here... (thanks everyone!)... And it wasn't the bridal shower for my cousin that I got to attend- cookies, cupcakes, presents, and fruit kebobs in tow. The best birthday present ever wasn't the sweet kisses I got to give and get from these two little girls. Nor was it coming home from shopping with my Mom to this melt-your-heart-sight. And it wasn't the giant mocha coffee I enjoyed while Lilly browsed the shelves at Barnes and Nobles. The Best Birthday Present Ever was getting shingles for the second, as in not once but twice contracted, time in my young life. And to make it worse, the shingles are on my face and in my hairline. ... read more
How-To: Enameled Wooden Spoons
Ok people, heads down. Raise your hand if you've ever felt incredibly creative then realized you just sat on the computer for three hours pinning crafty projects on pinterest without actually doing much of anything at all... no peaking. Yep, that's me. But this week I actually visited my pinboards again and got the supplies I needed to work on a few projects that have been on my mind for awhile. All of these projects involved the use of Enamel in some way, shape or form. So what is Enamel? Well I'm not sure what it technically is, but for our purposes it's basically craft paint (similar to acrylic) that is dried, then baked in the oven to create a glassy, glossy, hard finish on whatever ... read more
Happy Two Months!
Two months have passed since Grace's entrance into the world. Two entire months. Eight weeks, 56 days. That seems incredible to me. Of course time always flies, especially when infants are involved, but it literally feels like years ago that B and I were sitting in my hospital room joking that my cervix might never dilate, still blissfully unaware that there was anything wrong with our precious girl, enjoying what felt like a peaceful labor experience this time around. And today I woke up feeling that peacefulness again. Grace had two appointments yesterday. The first one was with Infectious Disease at Children's Hospital. There, we met with my favorite one of her doctors, Dr. Michaels, ... read more
Toddler Activity Idea #1: The Grocery Store!
If your kids are anything like my two year old, then you know how much they love, and sometimes hate, the grocery store. It's a necessary evil that we have to bring them along when we need to do the weekly -cough daily cough- grocery store run. They do or don't sit in the cart, they do or don't want a piece of cheese, they're happy to sit or they aren't. Most times for us, it's a crap shoot. L NEVER lets Daddy touch "her cart". She has to get the "right" piece of cheese (Meunster pleeeease!). She needs the cart with the "blue race car". Honestly, it's kind of hell-ish if you would please pardon my french. Throw an infant into that mix and sometimes it just becomes impossible. Exhibit A: ... read more