spring & summer

March 30, 2011

inspiration for my munchkins.
 I have been browsing through different lovely blogs that have
inspired me to start doing some research for spring/summer clothes!
 So I started by finding different vintage-organic clothing stores
 to find a complete outfit each for Adriana and Ryland
 and finally I've found some perfect finds for each. 


good deal.

 one of my favorite sparkling drinks.
one dollar off a four pack of Izze's!
 you have to like them first on facebook. 
the link is below <3

I fell asleep

before I had a chance to blog about my day yesterday as I promised I would.
 So I sit here, editing photos, listening to Ryland &
Addi sing & chomping on lentil soup. 
 A trip to the gym, grocery store to pick up some bogo 
pineapple & home to cook completed our day.
addi & ry love. grocery bogo finds. 
pineapple. scraps for momma. 
chopped & juicy. baby butternut squash.
roasted deliciousness. sauteed potato gnocchi.


tube tuesday.

March 29, 2011

Glee was my favorite show on television until Parenthood 
came along and it stole my heart and undivided attention.
This show is exactly what parenthood entitles, family hardships, 
relationship battles, friend issues, love love love, 
all of the happy times & the every day things
we all face on a daily basis. It sums it all up in an hour every week- and I'll
be the first to admit, I'm a mushy, cry baby mess by the end of the episode
whether its happy or sad tears. This video below is just 
a sum of what the show is all about
with a slower version of their theme song, "Forever Young"
If you haven't seen it, let this sweep you off your feet and become a fan.
I surely know I am!!
I recommend this show to every one.

I must vent

but only for a brief moment. 
let me first point out that this isn't something that just happened once
but it has taken me this long for it to really bother me. sigh.
 It seems that everywhere I go, especially with my kids-
 I get these looks.
 you know, the kind where you know what people are thinking
 and they aren't thinking nice things. 
 well I have come to figure out that the people who act
 upon what they are thinking by saying so
 fill me in on what the others keep to themselves. 
 and I think its ridiculous.

 "You don't look old enough to have kids!"
 well who the hell asked you?

 I find it a bit disheartening that people can be so judgemental 
 and so rude to assume my age and believe I'm too young to have my own kids.
 I am old enough (even if I had my daughter at 18).
 I'm a responsible adult,  and on top of that, a loving and nurturing mother-
 more than I could probably say about any of those "thinkers"
 so yeah, I suppose it's a good thing that I don't look my age-
 that in fact these people think I am younger than my actual age of 23, almost 24.
 but give me a flippin break-
 I don't mind those who ask me and are genuine about it, 
but the women who ask me with a dirty look on their face, 
 like I'm this 16 year old girl who doesn't have a clue-
 those are the one's who can shove it.
 now, I am done. 
thank you for letting me vent <3
 and most importantly-
thanks for listening!

I'll be posting about the new Parenthood episode tonight, 
eep- I'm so excited I can hardly sit still.
&I will be posting pictures from our yummy dinner.

I heart giveaways!

& here's another!
This giveaway is from Lora at her blog spot- eager hands!
She is giving away 50  5x5 Vintage Sheet squares and one yard of backing.

Not only should you become a follower of Lora's blog
but her etsy shop is amazing.
I recommend as well to become a follower of the lovely
lady sponsoring this fabulous giveaway, 
This also gives you more chances to win, so go
check all of this stuff out & be a friend-
you just may win <3

happy tuesday!!

looking forward

March 28, 2011

to what's in store for this week because
 so far, i'm loving monday. 
 today my munchkins and I said bye to daddy before work
 and geared up for a day filled with baking & cooking.
 we started off with oatmeal lace cookies, 
 which I must say are my new favorite cookie. 
 they are dynamite and I'll be posting the recipe below. 
I got the idea from the yellow pepper's blog and she inspired me to make them!
 One batch made 4 dozen cookies so we made a special delivery 
 to uncle JJ and aunt emmy as well as nana and papa!
 very exciting. 
 of course we rounded up our trip with our usual frozen yogurt stop, 
 today- pomegranate/raspberry sorbet. 
 holy beyond moly delicious, really.
  we finally came home, prepared dinner and ate. 
 now I'm enjoying them play outside while I sit posting this and finishing
 up a few assignments for classes. 
 some things I'm looking forward to this week.
Parenthood finally returns with new episodes! I've been 
patiently waiting, and yes I'm obsessed.
An old friend who I haven't talked to in forever is pregnant with her second 
and she's having a baby shower- I did something homemade for her baby girl!
I'm learning about a new culture for the remainder of the 
semester in non-western art. very intriguing.
April is here, which means a few things coming soon to blog about!

     lacy oatmeal cookies
    • 1 cup quick cooking oats
    • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
    • 1/2 teaspoon salt
    • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
    • 1 cup white sugar
    • 1/2 cup butter, softened
    • 1 egg
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

    Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Cover baking sheets with foil,
    then coat the foil with a non-stick cooking spray.
    In a medium bowl, combine oats, flour, salt, and baking powder. 
    In a large bowl, cream sugar and butter until fluffy. Beat in egg and vanilla. 
    Mix in the flour and oat mixture until just combined. 
    Drop dough by teaspoonfuls onto the prepared
    baking sheets, 2 1/2 inches apart. Bake at 325 degrees for 8 to 10 
    minutes, or until edges turn golden.Cool, then peel cookies 
    off with your fingers. Be sure to re-spray baking sheets with 
    non-stick cooking spray between batches. 
    happy baking!


    a great start

    to the week so far! 
     a GIGANTIC big thanks to Barley & Birch for giving bloggers
     the opportunity to win a great piece from their closet to ours & 
    to Drea- at Ohdeardrea, for sponsoring the giveaway! you girls rock.
    Adriana and Ryland are so happy to get this "fishy shirt" from you!
      very exciting.

    here is a song to leave you with for the day. happy monday!

    if you aren't already following you totally should be 
    & if you haven't visited their shops, you should probably also do so!
    be a friend.
     these ladies are fantastic.


    March 27, 2011

    But it ends tonight at midnight, so hurry & enter!
    Ohdeardrea (a fabulous blog), has all of the
    information here at her, giveaway post for Barley & Birch!
    You should totally enter to win an awesome piece of their clothing.
    You can also shop shop shop until your heart desires 
    with just a click of your finger, at the barley & birch shop!
    And if you aren't already following their blog,
    you totally should be- barley & birtch blog!

    I'm a new soul.

    yael naim.
    inspiring. beautiful.



    has more nutritional value for fewer calories than almost any other food
    This super food can be found in most grocery stores all year round, 
    but is truly in season from the middle of winter to the first part of spring.   
    During this time it tastes its best and is most widely available.
    Along with its relatives such as brussels sprouts, collard greens, and cabbage, 
    is full nutrients such as vitamins A, C, and E, fiber, calcium, 
    manganese, and loaded with sulfur containing phyto-nutrients 
    which have been shown to protect against many kinds 
    of cancer including breast and ovarian.
    This is my kind of green veggie.
     I always learned the darker the leaf, the more it packed for you.

     so today, we make Kale chips!
      not only are they delicious but they serve as a healthier option
    to fattening & greasy potato chips or sweets. 
     It beats cravings & is obviously the smarter and healthier version.
     Did I mention, it's super inexpensive, too!

    1 bunch (about 6 ounces) kale 
    1 tablespoon olive oil
    Sea salt- to taste

    Preheat oven to 300°F. 
    Rinse and dry the kale, then remove the stems and tough center ribs. 
    Cut into large pieces, toss with olive oil in a bowl then sprinkle with salt. 
    Arrange leaves in a single layer on a large baking sheet 
    Bake for 20 minutes, or until crisp. 
    Place baking sheet on a rack to cool.
    & enjoy!!

    recipe box: two

    March 26, 2011

    how to boil the perfect egg
     yep, the controversy of it all. 
     I have heard & read so many darn ways to do it
     but I go with the method I grew up watching
     and well, they always come out awesome. So I will share.
     your desired amount of eggs go into the bottom of a pot.
     cover the eggs with cold (unsalted) water just until the eggs are covered.
     bring to a boil, turn off heat, cover and let stand for 10 minutes.
     uncover & run under cold water until all of the warm water is out.
     roll the eggs on counter top, peel and enjoy!

     our lunch made with our hard boiled eggs?
    egg salad. pickle chips. watermelon & jazz apple chunks.

    fast, easy & fresh

    for you & your munchkin!
    here are some delicious snacks approved by two thumbs up
    from my little lady and little man

    cucumber salad
    4 seedless cucumbers, peeled and thinly sliced 
    2 Tbsp Rice Wine Vinegar
    2 Tsp Sesame Seeds

    1. Place all the ingredients in a bowl and stir to combine.
    2. Refrigerate for an hour for cucumbers to soften (optional)
    3. Serve!

    italian-asparagus sticks
    1 Cup Whole Wheat Panko or Bread Crumbs
    1 Tbsp Italian Herbs 
    1/2 Tsp Salt
    1/2 Tsp Garlic Powder
    2 Large Eggs
    1/4 Cup Flour

    1 Bunch Asparagus, cleaned and stems removed.
    1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees & coat a large baking sheet with cooking spray.
    2. Mix the first 4 ingredients in a bowl.
    3. Whisk the egg in a separate bowl.
    4. Place the flour in another bowl.
    5. Make an assembly line with the bowls. 
    Dip the asparagus first into the flour, 
    then the egg and finally into the bread crumb mixture, 
    coating evenly and repeating with all the sticks.
    6. Place all of the coated sticks on the baking sheet/rack- 
    not touching, spray lightly with oil and bake for 30-35 minutes 
    or until the bread crumbs are golden.

    *You can freeze these too! Just add at least 
    another 3-5 minutes baking time!

     avocado herb dip
    1 whole avocado
     2 Tbsp plain yogurt
     2 Tbsp of mayonnaise or Vegannaise
    1 1/2 Tsp of lemon juice
     2 Tbsp of herbs of your choice!
    *we did dill & chives!

    1. put all of the ingredients in a food processor
     (could totally be done in a bowl, just mixed)
     2. blend until smooth, or mix until you get to your desired thickness.
     we love it chunky & with celery & apples.
    3. enjoy it with your favorite veggies & fruits too!
     pea in a pop
    1 Lb Bag frozen peas

    1. Place frozen peas in popsicle molds filling to the top.
    2. Cover with cold water and place sticks in the molds.
    3. Place in freezer for 3 hours or until frozen.
    4. Serve!

    afternoon tunes

    some of my favorites. new & old.
    open your ears & let your soul sing.

     ingrid michaelson

     sara barieilles

     mumford and sons

     jason mraz

    an off day, update.

    March 25, 2011

    I had posted about an off day
    and it seemed at the time like it was one for the books.
     well, my update is a bit exciting.
     I checked my blackboard for developmental pyschology 
     and went to my grade book to see, horrified that my grade 
    would obviously reflect my forgetting of an important exam 
    and having all of twelve minutes to study before it started.
     I got a ninety-flippin-two.
     a 92!
     So far I've got a 90 on the first, 86 on the second and a 92 on the third, 
     you heard me right, the highest of my three exams
     was the exam I wasn't even prepared for. 
     but hey, I'm not complaining!!

    a slice of my etsy heart

    goes to these little shops.
    I am an avid lover of etsy and supporting
     homemade ideas and creations from the many lovely
     ladies and fellas who craft and sell!
     I wanted to share with you some of my favorite shops
     and items I have bought from these fabulous people!
    I hope you enjoy them as much as my little family does.