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Flash Back Post: Embracing the Newborn Stage

By on September 18, 2014
For Throw Back Thursday I am reposting this post I did almost exactly 2 years ago about Embracing the Newborn Stage. I feel like we are finally out of the cloud of craziness since having Everly and looking back at being a first time Mom is really humbling. I dedicate this post to my sister who just had her first baby, Valentina! Love you girls! 

Originally posted: 9/20/12
Is it me or does time fly faster the older your baby gets?

I remember those first weeks of late night feedings, nursing marathons and pumping constantly(notice a theme?) and the time was seriously going at a snails pace. My son cried all.the.time and I felt like a 24 hour buffet. I saw pictures of friends babies all cuddly and content in the early weeks and thought my son was never going to stop crying, can we say jealous? It was rough to say the least. I was full of post pregnancy hormones and lacking sleep. I was a hot mess.

Apparently there’s a party at my place at 3 a.m. that I am invited to. Awesome.

I thought I was just going to have a sensitive baby that cried just because and that was who he was. I loved my little guy no matter what but felt overwhelmed. I began to accept that this would be our life, crying together and not sleeping. I sometimes look back on those early weeks when it was just us snuggling and think I miss it all, then I look at this picture
and snap back into reality.
Then I see this picture and miss those sweet milk coma moments. You’d think with all the nursing we would have had more of those.

I will say he was cute even when he was screaming though. We tried for this baby for over a year so I was willing to sacrifice my beauty sleep for this angel and would do it all over again. I just can’t say I would miss it anymore then I do now.
What were your baby’s first few weeks of life like? Tell me I am not alone in this!

Need a little humor? Go read about all the annoying things my babies do HERE!

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Best of | DIY | Pinspiration | style

Sock Bun Tutorial

By on August 26, 2012

Today my best friend asked me to show her how to put her hair in a sock bun and I decided this would be a perfect opportunity to show all of you as well!
Check out my step by step tutorial.

Step 1: Get a long sock and cut the toe off. If you are smart like us you will steal one from your boyfriend or husband so you don’t have to ruin one of yours.

 Step 2: Flip sock inside out and start to roll it till it looks like a ring.

Keep rolling

Rock should look like a ring

Step 3: Pull your hair into a ponytail. Put hair through the center of the sock and hold ring it at the end. Pull ends up and around the ring so they are tucked in. My hair isn’t all one length when it is in a ponytail so  that is why it looks really messy when I do it. As you roll the sock down tuck loose hair into the ring and under and keep rolling till you reach the top of your head. Make sure to pull all stray hairs under the bun and tuck them around.
Maggie’s hair wasn’t as messy because hers is longer.
Ponytail

Slide ring to the end of hair

Roll ends up and around ring

Me trying to shove my ends up and under the sock but my hair is all uneven

End result

Maggie’s sock bun

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Best of | Random | style

Wahhh

By on July 7, 2012

I dressed a lot cuter before becoming a Mom…

cute button details on the back of shirts

super adorable accessories

Fabulous color

Cute skirt

miss this look, so comfy

Favorite going out outfit

Us in Disney being goofs and looking adorable

Even Pregnant I dressed better!

That is all. I am officially going to go burn all my yoga pants and tank tops.

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Best of | DIY | Recipe

California Pizza Kitchen Rip Off: Pear and Gorgonzola Pizza

By on May 15, 2012

One of my favorite vegetarian foods to eat is Pear and Gorgonzola Pizza. Now, I know what you are thinking, it doesn’t sound like your traditional pizza and it’s not.  I fell in love with this pizza when I worked at California Pizza Kitchen. I have always been more of a pickier eater but I will try anything. I was skeptical about this one but gave it a shot and it was amazing.  First of all I hate pears but when they are baked with the cheese and topped with walnuts I die! It is also one of the easiest pizzas to make. Here is how I do it at home.

What You Need:
1 Whole wheat pizza crust.
1 Bosc Pear
1 package of sliced Provolone Cheese
1 container of Gorgonzola Cheese
Walnuts

First layer of pears

Loaded Up! 

Baking!!!

Instructions:
1. First set your oven to 450 degrees.
2. Cut up your pear, I make sure my slices are thin and it doesn’t matter how big or small they are just try to make them thin.
3. Lay a thin layer of pear slices on the pizza crust. I do this so the pizza crust doesn’t dry out in the oven. I once didn’t do this layer and it wasn’t as good.
4. Lay Provolone cheese on top. I usually use about 5 slices of cheese.
5. Top with another layer of pear slices. I really like to add a lot to this layer.
6. Next sprinkle a generous amount of Gorgonzola cheese on top of the pear slices. I like to add a lot but if you don’t like to over do it then just make sure to get a good mount on there.
7. Last top with walnuts. I like to add a lot of walnuts as well so just go with however many you think you would like on your pizza.
8. Put Pizza in oven for 8 to 10 minutes. You will know it is done when edges of cheese are lightly browned.
9. Lastly EAT and ENJOY!

***Another option is you can add Fresh Express Pear and Gorgonzola Salad to make it even more like California Pizza Kitchen’s pizza. I am obsessed with this salad so I highly suggest trying it this way. ***

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Best of | Birthday | Pinterest | Recipe

Tie Dye Cupcakes

By on May 14, 2012
Pinterest is my new obsession. There are so many awesome ideas on there. I have done a few “projects” I have seen on Pinterest this week and here is my first one.

I had planned to make a rainbow cake to practice for Ace’s birthday. We are having my cousin’s Mom make a really awesome rainbow cake for him but I figured I would see if I could make one and if so I would make his smash cake picture ones or his birthday one and have her make the other one. Well, the directions said to get 2 boxes of cake in order to make this. I figured since I was mostly just doing this to see how the colors turned out I would just get 1 box and make a cake. That didn’t quite work. I didn’t have enough of each color to fill the cake round cake pan so I ended up making tie dye cupcakes instead. They ended up looking pretty cool if I do say so myself. So here is what I did.
What you need
1. WHITE cake mix. Must be white for the colors to really show.
-3 eggs
-1/2 cup vegetable oil
-1 cup water
2. GEL food coloring. Again make sue fit is the gel food coloring so the colors are really vibrant.
3. Icing. I used Pillsbury East Frost, cream cheese flavor.
3. Cupcake pan
4. Mixing bowl
5. Mixer
6. PAM
Instructions
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2. Add cake mix, eggs, oil and water into your mixing bow and mix the ingredients together.
3. Measure out just under 1 cup of batter in a bowl. Do this 5 times.
4. Take your gel food coloring and color each bowl of batter a different color. My gel food coloring only came with 4 colors so I made purple as my extra color. This took 4 drops of red and 3 drops of blue.
5. Spray cupcake pan.
6. Now go through and spoon in a tablespoon of your first color. Doesn’t matter what color it is. You can mix up your order for each one.
7. Next spoon in your second color over top of the first one. Do not mix the colors just spoon it in over the top and don’t worry if it looks sloppy. Do this one more time so that you have 3 layer of colors.
8. Place cupcake pan in coven for 20 minutes.
9. Let cupcakes cool and then remove from pan. I did not use cupcake wrappers because I wanted to see what the colors looked like on the sides. I did put them in the wrappers after they had cooled though.
10. Top with icing.
11. EAT!

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Best of | Pregnancy | Second Trimester

I knew it!

By on February 22, 2011
Boy or Girl?

So sorry to leave everyone hanging. Yesterday was a long day and I just got home from work a little bit ago. We had the Gender Reveal Party and it was AMAZING! My sister and friends did the most incredible job. Here are some photos of the party!

Those who thought girl, except me but I had to wear pink since Bran wore blue lol

Old Wives Tale game!

Those who thought boy!

My sister who did an awesome job!

So after all the fun and games we cut the cake…

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