Monday, May 30, 2011

{Tuesday's Look} Badonkadonk

i had to.

i saw this image and just laughed.. i can clearly identify which is which around our little family and it is quite hilarious.. b/c i'm sure without admitting to it, in the back of your head you are identifying your tush's too :) haha why does this image make me laugh so hard?!? maybe it's the fact that someone took the time to identify the different styles of tush's -someone had a little too much time on their hands while people watching i guess.

{M.M.T} my baby

Our Weekend news..

this little one decided to take her first steps all by herself! She has been walking along everything & walking with help for the last month and a half.. so she finally got brave enough to do it all by her self! She did her actual first 3-4 steps over at Ty's grandparents with all the fam. but never did it again.. so when we got home I decided to skype with my parents to see if she would do it again and sure enough.. she didn't want them to miss out on anything either! Sorry I look like a major bum!

On another note, me and my sister did some Memorial Day shopping over the weekend & found this cute little set for plates & utensils! Giraffe's are probably my favorite animal.. and matched up with some pink & damask and bam! Lexi might just have the cutest combo for eating on!

At Michael's in their dollar section..
plates - $3
set of utensils - $1

Friday, May 27, 2011

Friday's Film {best proposal idea}

Seriously the funnest proposal I've seen! Too bad I don't know anyone proposing or I would totally help them with it! Happy Memorial Day Weekend!

Thursday, May 26, 2011

{Thursday's Tip} fun things to do with your kids

Ok, so i have come across possibly the cutest and funnest blog for moms. This mom is doing a project called 52 smiles & post some of the funnest crafts or just fun things to do with your kids! Makes me look forward to the bigger kid stage! but I'll still soak up this precious stage she's at right now!! Seriously, her kids will have some pretty fun memories from their childhood! So if you are ever wondering what fun things to do with your kids, check it out!!

 Attach a ribbon and note to an inspirational book.  Leave it for a stranger to find and enjoy!  We used 365 Ways to Live Happy: Simple Ways to Find Joy in Everyday for our surprise-a-stranger gift.

 Favorites From the Menu:
Grass Stir Fry
Dirt & Flower Stew
Chocolate Weed Cake
Clover & Daisy Cupcakes

For convenience our center hangs on a wall in our garage!!
  • Artwork— Each kid has a section to display their favorite artwork of the week!
  • Kids Communication Binder—  allowance, permission slips, notes, chore chart and happy thoughts
  • Home Communication Binder—  receipts, coupons and notes
  • Tiny Buckets—- spare change & small collectibles
  • Bags (not shown, they hang below each name)— essential for a grab and go kinda day; diapers, wipes, snacks, small toys, sun screen…
  • Daily Clipboards— Whatever I need to do/deliver/mail for the day will be ready to go!  YES!!!  I love this part!  Permission slips, mail, checks, to-dos, coupons…  ready to go!

I’m pretty sure it’s the
 simplest things
that we will remember
when we think of our favorite

Super cute, huh?!

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

{Wednesday's Want} Lexi's Roller Skates

So I saw a pair of these cute little things and hadddd to have them!

funny thing is, it looks like her little skates gave her that bandage.. if they were for real skates & she wasn't 10 1/2 mo. old

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

{Tuesday's Look} My very own lookbook

Ok, I didn't realize creating my look was going to be that fun for me to do, but it was!! If I could sum up my style/look I could wear everyday this is what I would look like! I love casual, earthy tones, and simplicity!

1. Red by Marc Ecko Handbag, Jeanine Shoulder Bag - $79.00

2. Relaxed Knit Top Olive -$6.80

3. Camera Ring - $8.00

4. Oceanside Super Skinny Medium Light Wash -$79.50

5. SHOLETTE Wedges -$49.98

6. TOLAARO Sandals -$50.00

7. Once In A Lifetime Pendant -$65.00

NOW, if I had all the money in the world I would go buy every single item & wear them today!

My top 2 items on the b-day list are #1 & #6 - but i'm pretty sure I want them all! ha

I put two different shoes in there because I will always wear flats if I'm going shopping or doing lots of walking.. I hate more than anything when my feet hurt from heels, although wedges are more comfortable I would still chooes to go shopping in sandals.. If I were going out to one or two places the wedges would win.

{click here to see an update on my #6 item}

Monday, May 23, 2011

our first family of 3 pictures

We had family pictures back in March and I just now got the cd for them.. 

Also our session was featured here

{Monday mornin' thought} Homecooked Meals

I made a BIG effort this week to actually cook. A while back I had  come across a good food blog and I went through and bookmarked things that looked like me and ty would both like.. that's hard b/c we are both picky! Click on the links (in the titles) to get the full recipes from Kevin & Amanda's blog. ONE thing i LOVE about their blog it's seriously written out like "Cooking for Dummies". I am soo not a cook so I have no idea what I'm doing. It beats all recipe books out there! It gives you the play by play along with a little picture of what things should be looking like. I need all the help I can get! One thing I did realize is that I need to work on making side dishes!

I will start from top fave - least fave...

Grilled Chicken Pasta in a Tomato Cream Sauce

This was by far mine and ty's fave.. Good chicken + penne noodles & good sauce = a happy me

ok so I cheated a little.. it gave a recipe for a homemade sauce but it looked exactly like the package above & I realllyyyyy love the sauce of the Parma Rosa so i just used that.

Killer Club Sandwich

This was soo good.. it was our lunch for a couple of days & it deff. gave me my sandwich fix that I thought you could only attain at a diner!
{Club Sandwich is actually from Pioneer Woman}

Creamy Chicken Enchiladas

I thought these were really good.. ty thought they were kinda bland and likes the other style enchiladas we make.. but if you have ever had Rotel Chicken.. you will like these.. my only complaint was that the top was kinda dry.. ty drenches his in sour cream on top so i'm sure he didn't have that problem

Bacon Cheeseburger Chicken

These were good.. not knock your socks off but a good meal. I'm not total ranch lover, and we have made something really similar but used bbq sauce.. which i think i prefer. 

Crispy Shrimp Pasta

I was highly disappointed in this one.. This is the image i first came across that sparked me wanting to make some new meals that we haven't tried & it didn't quite live up to its expectations. I think it was mainly the sauce I was disappointed in & it was too oily for my liking (which I'm sure you could easily tweek & i might not have read the directions correctly on the oil?) Anyways, if you like fried shrimp I would totally try it b/c they gave good instructions but I would do a different sauce.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Friday's Film {Sun Drop}

You just can't watch this Sun Drop commercial without smiling! Hope yall have a fun weekend!!

{Thursday's Tip} BLUE Lights & Sleep -a must read

Ok remember how I have posted about Lexi and her not so good sleeping during the night?!

Well that book helped tons for the last month in Cali then we were back to Idaho it seemed like her sleeping got worse and worse and back to where it began! It's been super frustrating and I might be to blame for a little bit of it along with her teething..
I kinda got lazy so when she started waking up at 6,7, or 8 I would just make her a bottle and give it to her in her crib and she would most of the time fall back asleep for 1-2 more hours.. then she got to where she started waking up a couple hours after we put her down or at 2am...

She has also gotten way more picky with foods so I feel like she isn't eating her normal food portions as accurate..

This week I kinda hit my max on being able to deal with this waking up during the middle of the night thing so I have started getting me and her back on track and trying to eliminate whatever it is that's getting her sleep all messed up!
  • No more bottles in the mornings! It stressed this soo much in the book - they said don't relate sleep with bottles because they won't know the difference of why they got it at 7 am but not at 2 am... It's a pain right now because now I am having to get up at 6,7, or 8 for good - but hopefully its steps that will get her back to good sleep
  • I make sure her closet doors are shut at night.. a month ago for a while she was waking up 2 hours or so after she was put down and we couldn't figure out why and she would fall back asleep on our shoulders and we would go to put her back down and she would clench on for dear life! I started to think she was having bad dreams or things in her room were scaring her.. since it was a different room than she was in from 6-9 months (where i felt she did a lot of growing up during those months).. She is still doing the clench on when I lay her back down during the middle of the night and screaming at the top of her lungs for very long periods so crying-it out method has been a difficult one to keep to - there's only so much screaming you can handle as a mom
  • I've started getting her eating better portions and on a more regular basis! Finding which foods she will eat has been difficult but I kinda think I have got the hang of it..
  • then, a couple of nights ago me and ty have started thinking about turning off her night light on her cd player.. it's a blue light   (i'll go into detail about that in a second) but I'm glad we did!
{its on the bottom right shelf}
the hard thing about her situation is, it's been a lose-lose.
-you let her cry-it-out and that could last up to hours
-you hold her for 10-15 min and you think she has fallen asleep try and lay her down and she will clench on & repeat it if you go back to holding her or if you go ahead and lay her down she screams for what seems twice as long as it would have taken her to cry-it-out...

our neighbors probably HATE us- b/c apparently their room is right next to hers & I also thought thats why she was getting up at 6 or 7 (didn't know if she was hearing their alarm clock- that might be a little far fetched but i didn't know?)

OK so now for the blue light- We just happened to think it might be keeping her awake a couple nights ago so we are stopping that and she has gone one full day without it. It was just on her CD player
(we put her down to music ever since she was a newborn and she won't sleep without it now so I am slowly lowering the volume on it to maybe cease that habit)
Anyways, it was just on the cd player so its been a nice little night light for when I go in there at night..

SO the today show was on with Hoda & Kathy Lee & I had went up stairs to shower & ty comes in and tells me they were just talking about blue lights causing negative sleep patterns...... soo I have been looking it up on the internet and I have found that indeed it is a NEGATIVE thing! Especially for a night light!!
Ok so I found the link off of the Today Show, today it was their Pajama Party!
*{they slightly mention it right before 1:38}*
soo here is what I have found.....

Discoveries in Science
"The colors of the light spectrum can affect the body's rhythm differently, particularly when it comes to sleep patterns. For instance, daylight is dominated by short, visible wavelengths of light that provides a blue visual sensation, like the blue sky. But how bright the light is, how far away, how long you're exposed and when you're exposed to light also have to be considered. Also, we are more likely to sleep soundly in the wee hours of the morning, when our body temperature is lowest, and most likely to awaken when our body temperature starts to rise, usually between 6 AM and 8 AM."

Blue LEDs
 "...This meant that when they began to appear in products, about seven years ago, they had real kudos. “Every product designer wanted the blue LED,” recalls industrial designer Brandon Eash of Design Continuum, “suddenly there's this brand new color, and it's kind of cool and high-tech looking.”"

"Putting blue LEDs on a radio alarm clock isn't a great idea."

"Light centered in the blue part of the spectrum is known to suppress levels of melatonin in the body. Melatonin, sometimes referred to as the 'sleep' hormone, plays a key role in regulating the sleep cycle.
In summary, when melatonin levels in your body are high, you sleep; when they are low, you wake up. Blue light appears to be a kind of natural alarm clock, which wakes animals as the sky becomes blue after sunrise."

"Even very low levels of blue light, such as are emitted by a single bright blue LED, are enough to suppress melatonin levels."

"The reason that blue LEDs are now seen as a potential hazard to sleep is that they are finding their way into bedrooms, on air ionizers, battery chargers, PC cases and many other popular gadgets. On some poorly designed products they are far brighter than they need to be, and they stay on all the time. Unlike traditional incandescent light sources which emit a broad spectrum with relatively little blue content, blue LEDs put out an intense, single wavelength blue."

Seriously, I couldn't have heard this about 11 months ago?? Hopefully it hasn't harmed her sleep too bad!?

{Thursday's Tip} Fabric Gift Wrap

So, I have been seeing these fabric gift wraps all over the place on the internet and one of my friends was having a baby shower so I thought it would be a perfect chance to try this cute little idea out!

I bought 1 yard of fabric
I also bought Alleene's Stop Fraying at local craft store for about $3.79? 
(any non fraying product will do)
I spread this glue like stuff on the edge of the entire fabric... once it dried enough to cut I went around and cut right smack in the middle of where it soaked through.
this part i kinda winged.. so if you have a better idea for wrapping go for it!

once I got the wrap figured out I decided to dab three dots on the folded fabric to make sure it stuck together

I just tied a knot to the two pieces I gathered and voila!

{linked up to todayscreativeblog}