Monday, December 30, 2013

2013 Christmas Recap

While Boeuf Bourguignon cooks away on the stove and Bear sleeps in his high chair I want to take this rare break to write about our holiday season.  For starters we stayed here in Louisiana just the 2 of us.  Well 4 if you count the dogs.  I wasn't sure what exactly I expected for Christmas.  You would think a holiday with hubby deployed and family states away would be a terrible one.  Overall though I don't think it was.  I can't say it was a great Christmas but it wasn't the worst I've had.

  • I mentioned before that I slacked off on Halloween and Thanksgiving this year.  We never went to the pumpkin patch even just for pictures.  We didn't even sit at the table for turkey dinner.  The pictures I have are terrible iPhone pics at best.  So for Christmas I wanted to go all out.  I didn't but I did put more effort into it. The morning was spent with two cups of coffee accompanied by Bear losing it because of a combination of gas and his reflux medicine dosage being too low.  After a long nap he was in a much better mood.  We opened a few gifts, snapped a few pictures and watched the parade and some Christmas movies.
    Can we talk for a second about the Disney Christmas parade.  Neil Patrick Harris as the host was an amazing idea!  He's fabulous.  I think they over did the Star Wars thing we get it by enough.  The bit at the end with the missing Santa was cute.

  • Speaking of pictures I took some in his Christmas outfit shortly after putting up the tree, again on Christmas morning, then again a few days after.  I am so glad I did this because if I tried to cram it all in on one day I doubt I would have gotten the fabulous pictures I did.  In an effort to be more in the moment and not be behind the camera I held 3 gifts aside to open later while I snap pictures of it.  This worked out for the best as I even got a video of it.
  • Despite every one's opinion on me wrapping all of Bears' presents I did it anyway.  He LOVED ripping the paper.  I sat him up and started it for him.  The first few were hand over hand to give him the idea of what needed to be done.  I would then start them and he would slowly pull on it.  It was easily more exciting to rip the paper off than playing with the gifts themselves.  The gifts that had dead space between the item and the packaging were the easiest for him to do.  I need to remember this for his birthday!   On the last Christmas gift I saved for him, which he was beyond sick of unwrapping and having a camera shoved in his face, I managed to get a short clip of him pulling on the paper.  Hubby was upset about missing Christmas so I wanted to capture a little bit of what I could for him.  He loved the video and pictures.
  • We all pretty much got what was on our list but here is a quick look at our loot.  

  • At a loss for what to cook I made a mini Turkey Day meal take two.  Only not nearly as good as the first.  That could have been that I was really craving a sweet potato casserole and used a boneless turkey verse a boneless turkey breast like I had back in November.  Lesson learned.  Or next year I just let Hubby cook so I don't have too.  Actually I am going with that!
Hope you all had a Merry Christmas!

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Tomorrow is Christmas

It's practically here.

The tree is trimmed.

Bear is sound asleep in his crib.

This is an old pic as I did not want to push my luck to take a new one.

The dogs are curled up together on the floor.

The gifts are all wrapped

and under the tree.

The only noise to be heard is that of White Christmas playing on the TV.

With a cup of coffee and some pumpkin bread...

I will sit back and simply enjoy this rare moment of serenity.

Merry Christmas to all and to all a goodnight.  

Friday, December 20, 2013

Bad Idea!

Today people gave me that look.  That pathetic stare.  The one that lets you know that your an idiot.  Today I ventured out to run a few errands before the day could get away from me.

First up was the post office to mail no less than 6 care packages to hubby.  Yes, I am horrible and way behind at this.  I load them up on the little folding hand cart then wheel it around take the baby out of the car.  That's when I over heard the first comment.

"Wait, This should be good." 
- Laughed a Female cop standing against patrol car in the parking lot while motioning for her partner to look at me.

I get the car locked up and even managed to get everything inside the first door then I realize that I forgot the customs slips I filled out in advance.  So what do I do.  In all my brilliance I leave the hand cart stacked full of boxes inside while I quickly walk to the car to get them.   Why? because juggling that again with the car seat would have irritated me.  What happened next was far worse.

Note to self:  THAT WAS A BAD IDEA!!!!

Remember those cops I mentioned.  Yeah what they saw was a person leaving packages unattended in a crowded post office while the owner of them dashes to their car with her baby in tow.  

Yup they stop me.  I have to go through the rundown of what I am doing and why I left packages there all while watching me retrieve the custom slips from my car.  Thankfully I can laugh about this now but right after I was practically in tears as it was another things to add to the growing list of things to add to the days tally.

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

big bang, Christmas, downsizing, and more

Playing catch up...

  • I have watched so many big bang episodes this deployment that I am not shocked that the theme song makes Buddy Bear smile and giggle.  Yup my kid likes The Big Bang.  Not sure if that's a good thing or not.  It's on in the background I guess for him because 99% of the time I watch tv he can't even see it.  As far as my tv viewing goes there could be far worse on.  At least big bang is a rather clean show.  This is clearly me trying to justify my excessive big bang viewership over the last 6 months.
  • My Christmas decorations were up long before Thanksgiving.  Don't Judge.  If I had help I wouldn't have done it until after Thanksgiving but I had the time so I set it up.  Could I have probably found time after Thanksgiving to do it, most likely yes.  However, I'm happy it was done when it was.
  • Duke with one big hit of his tail took out the bookshelf that was being held together with duct tape and a prayer.  Classy I know.  I have two new much prettier bookshelves that arrived a little while ago that took the time to put together.  They are by the sofa table for now as the real place to put them is where the Christmas tree is currently set up.
  • My plan was/is to clean and re-organize the house before Hubby comes home.  Since our moved in 10 months ago we never really got this place up to par.  Then I got left with a mess on my hands, a new baby, and two rowdy dogs.  However I have managed to get some things done and maintained.  However not enough for my liking.  I guess it's not dirty but cluttered.  I hate clutter.
  • That being said the list of garage sale items is growing.  The goal will be to get rid of everything for whatever money we can get.  Anything left will be donated.  Downsizing feels good.  
  • I have been doing various workout dvds as I currently refuse to put my son in the ghetto post daycare don't have access to a gym.  The Tracy Anderson ballet style workouts make me more sore then I thought I would be.  It's very low impact and if you can mimic the small changes she does throughout her workout you will feel it.  That being said she is terrible at prompting you for the next move.  It took me a while to catch on but now that I have I don't seem to mind it as much.
  • Now that Buddy Bear is on a schedule life is much smoother around here.  Things are predictable and I can finally get things done.  I know this comes with him getting older but it's nice not feel like I'm drowning all the time.

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

The shame of getting busted

A Post that somehow never posted despite it being scheduled...
oh well here it is now.

Written late spring / early summer 2013
while pregnant with Buddy Bear


For the past 4 days I have been somewhat of a bum. In fact I only got out I my pajamas once to go get my gender ultrasound and hit up the commissary quickly afterwords. The exhaustion has been getting to me. I have a ton of energy for 2-3 hours then I crash. I crash hard! Like 2 hour nap on the couch hard. Granted I am busy cleaning or organizing for those active hours but it just doesn't seem like I am doing enough. However I will listen to my body and what it seems to need right now. After all this baby is my top priority!

Well during one of my busy times I walked outside to throw the trash out. The neighbors little girl comes running up to me and tells me that she just accidentally tossed her doll in my backyard. I asked her to hang on a moment and that I would go get it for her. Upon bringing the doll back she says "I like your curly hair". I say thank you and go about my business.

The next day I walk outside to get the mail and the same little girl comes running up to me. She was asking me questions about my dogs which I gladly answered. The next question however took me by surprise.

"I like your pajama pants. Are those the same ones you had on yesterday?"

I was busted by a kid for wearing the same pants two days in a row. To me it was no big deal as they didn't get dirty and I had planned to change them after my shower when I was done working. However the look on the girls face when she asked was one of pure disgust. I panicked and lied. You guys I lied to an 8 year old. I said I have two of those pants because I liked them so much. I then quickly slipped back inside in shame. Not only did I feel bad about lying to a kid, but I also question the cleanliness of my pants.

My first move was to hop into the shower, change my clothes and do a load of laundry. My next was to hop on the old navy website and order new pajama pants. I ordered 4 different designs as they are the only lounge pants that seem to not bother my growing belly.

I know my pants were clean but showed wear.  For some reason the little kid made me question them. Oh well now I have new pants on their way to my house and I will do any outdoor work while school is in session.

Friday, December 13, 2013

Buddy Bear Toy Ideas 2013

Buddy Bear will be getting lots of gifts every year I am sure as we have a big family.  We create one list for my side and one list for Hubby's side for gift ideas for Buddy Bear.  So far with us this has worked out so I see no reason why this year won't either.  


1. Lil' zoomers by fisher price extra cars

2. lil zoomers racin ramp firehouse

3. lil' zoomers safari 

4.  Baby Einstein treasure chest

5.  Vtech nest and lean animals

6. poppity pop dump truck

7.  Discovery sounds hammer 

8.  laugh and learn smart phone

9,  Laugh and learn remote

10.  bright starts license to drool keys 

11.  Oball shaker

12.  Vtech Sit to stand walker - This is a bit older for Bear at 9mo but I think he will like it.

13. Leap Frog Scout

He will likely not get all of these but they are on his list.  What do you have on your kids list?  Any of the above mentioned toys?

Look for more infant item gift ideas tomorrow.

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Holly Jolly Holiday Tag

To break up the gift giving ideas how about a tag...

I was tagged by Cajun Bombshell.  If you are reading this then you are tagged.  Let me know in the comments below so I can see your responses.

1. Favorite Christmas Movie?
Dr. Suess' How the Grinch Stole Christmas.  The cartoon version.  I've watched it since I was little and have ever since.

2. Are you on the Naughty list or the Nice list?
I would say Nice list.

3. Show us an embarrassing Christmas Card photo!
I'd really rather not.  Growing up we never did the family picture card thing.  To this day we don't even with our family.  I will start with pictures of Buddy Bear next year.  After all Christmas for me is all about the kids.  As far as ugly picture go well just see any holiday card I have been unfortunate enough to be in that my MIL sends out.  Historically they have been the worst pictures ever.  Just dreadful.  

4. Have you ever had a White Christmas?
Yes most of my life.  I really REALLY miss it.

5. Where do you usually spend your holiday?
Growing up we spent the holidays at home.  Everyone came to us.  When I got married we went to my in laws house but last year we decided that we were sick of traveling on holidays so we stayed home.  I like a nice peaceful holiday.  I look forward to this year with Buddy Bear even though he is too young to get it and won't for a few years.  

6. Play or Sing your favorite Christmas Song!
Singing but its not very good at all.  I will belt it out when no one is around.  
7. Do you open any presents on Christmas Eve?
Call me traditional but I think the bulk of the gifts should be given on Christmas morning after breakfast.  Yes I will make my kids eat breakfast and get ready before opening gifts.  Growing up Stockings were free game.  You could open those whenever.  I like that so we will keep that tradition.  Presents under the tree were not to be touched though until mom and dad gave the ok.  

8. Can you name all of Santa's reindeer?
Yup... You know Dasher and Dancer and prancer and Vixen, Comet and cupid and donner and blitzen.  But do you recall the most famous of reindeer of all?  Ok I'll stop now.

9. What holiday tradition are you looking forward to most this year?
we are starting a new tradition one I am sure most of you are doing.  The Christmas "box."  A group family gift with PJ's, a Christmas DVD, Popcorn or some other snack and whatever else I want to throw in there.  This will be given most likely on Christmas eve.

10. Is your Christmas tree real or fake?
I have always had a real tree growing up.  Fake ones just never did it for me.  That being said after traveling for the holiday one year we picked up a cheap fake one to use.  we spent $15 on sale and got a tree that looks pretty sad.  I used it this year out of convenience.  Hubby is deployed and well I couldn't be bothered to spend the money or time on a real one.  I figured the fake one will do for now.

11. Hands down, what's your all-time favorite holiday food and holiday sweet treat?
hmmm....  This is tough because we always just did a thanksgiving take 2 for Christmas Dinner growing up.  Maybe add a small ham every once and a while.  So food wise was pretty eh.  Nothing to write home about.  Holiday sweets on the other hand.  Oh hands down the Cheese Cake my uncle would bring from the city after he got out of work.  Nothing like a fresh NY cheese cake at Christmas time.

12. Be Honest: do you like giving gifts or receiving gifts better?
I prefer to give than receive.  I like watching a persons reaction when they open the gift to find something they wanted.  Whether they asked for it specifically or not.

13. Show us your tackiest Christmas attire (ex: Ugly Sweater)
I don't have any tacky sweaters.  Not even for one of those parties.  

14. What would be your dream place to visit for the holiday season?
I would say some place in abroad with lots of snow that really gets into the holiday.  On the flip side I wouldn't mind taking Buddy Bear to Disney World some time between Thanksgiving and Christmas since they really do it up there.

15. Does your family have a special holiday recipe you like to help make?
Every year I make mrs. fields cookies.  They are delicious!  Painful to make because they have to mixed by hand but they are worth it.

16. Are you a pro-present wrapper, or do you fail miserably?
It looks like a truck ran over it.  I have been getting much better though.  Standard boxed I'm fine.  its the irregular shapes that throw me.  This year though there is one of Buddy Bears gifts that I did a pretty darn good job with.  I'm super proud of myself.  I know its sad.

17. Most memorable Holiday moment? 
hahahaha.... My dad used to set up the video camera and record the tree the night after all the gifts had been placed underneath.  He walked into the living room and on his way out he looks at the camera and say "12 oh 1 Christmas Day"  and walks out of view.  I was like 5 or 6 at the time.  The next year when we watched the video everyone was walking around saying "12 oh 1 Christmas Day" the way he said on the video poking fun at the way my dad said it.  To this day if anyone says that we all smile and laugh.  I'm sure this makes no sense to anyone but it is something I will always remember.  

18. What made you realize the truth about Santa?
Above I mentioned how my dad would record the tree the night before AFTER all the gifts were out.  Well I started to question how Santa brought the gifts if everyone had to be asleep for him to come.  Quickly their story fell apart.  I remember being mad everyone lied to me about it.

19. Do you make New Years Resolutions? Do you stick to them?
No I don't because I don't think the calendar should dictate the changes I want to make in my life.

20. What makes the Holidays special for you?
I love this time of year.  I can't wait for Buddy Bear to really understand the holidays and get excited over it. To me, it's all children.  Getting to teach them about giving, seeing them smile at all the lights or opening a gift from Santa that they really wanted.  

Again don't forget to let me know if you did this!

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Cookbooks Gift Ideas 2013

The 4th day in a row posting.  This might be a record for me!  Lets see I can keep this going. 

One thing I love is a good cookbook.  Something I can turn to for a great recipe that I know I will love.  I'll admit I have too many already but I a few more wouldn't hurt ;-)

I fell in love with Rachel Khoo while watching reruns of her cooking show.  All 10 episodes on BBC, of Rachel Khoo in her tiny Parisian apartment kitchen making the most delicious food with the bare essentials.  The stuff she would make with just a double burner camp like stove and a toaster oven would amaze me!  

I got Hubby the Carnivore cookbook last year and the 5 in 5 cookbook this year.  They have some really delicious recipes!!!  Hubby likes to cook and so why not help out.  I don't mind because they are always sooooo good. 

For the person who is not the best at cooking this is the cookbook to get.  The recipes are step by step.  If you are tech savvy then skip this and just search her online recipes as everyone I searched for from the book was also online.  Did I buy it yes, but only because I am too lazy to print the recipes offline.  

These are ones I have heard good things about.  I watch her cooking shows often and have made many of her recipes from them.  I asked for one or more of these for Christmas this year so we shall see if I get any.

What are your favorite Cookbooks?

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Makeup gift ideas 2013

Today I will explore my picks for Makeup this holiday season.

BareMinerals is one of those brands that either you love them or you hate them.  The loose powder often scares people away.  After all they can be messy.  However they do have some great kits out on the market.   I would recommend starting with one that include several different products but avoids foundations and concealers.  Personally unless you have extremely oily skin they won't work well.  That being said they have many great products.  One of my favorites is their mascara.  It's worth checking it out if you haven't.  

I for the life of me can't remember the name of any of these kits.  Helpful I know.  They can however be found at Ulta.  Do not let the loose powder scare you off!  They have great pigment and last a long time.  Start with a very little and build from there.  If you are worried about spillage put a paper towel underneath the product when opening and during use.  Any fall out lands on the paper towel.  If the jar is not stored flat then a few gentle taps on the counter to the bottom should even things out prior to opening.  Final tip for loose powder... Most people when open the jar in their hands will twist it to the side when opening.  Keep the jar flat on the counter when opening.  

For those still hesitant in loose powder try their pressed powder line.  Same pigment payoff without the hassle.    

For those willing to venture in this is an amazing set!!! They have a new one out just about every year.  There are different finishes (velvet, satin, glitter) all very wearable.  Those Jewel tone colors are divine.  I can not wait pick this up!!!!

Stila Cosmetics is another brand that is in the middle.  Not high end but not drug store makeup either.  They have great sales so I never buy any item from them full price.  Always buy from them directly as there sales typically only occur on their website.  
I love that their holiday collection is timeless.  Each are sold separately and around $16. 

Starting from left to right this is the lighter of the two lip color palettes.  For me this one is more universal.  If you are afraid of color this is the place to start as there is neutral colors.  You can also apply two or more colors to make a brand new one.  Just make sure to use different brushes as to avoid mixing within the palette itself.  TIP: use press and seal cut to fit to extend the life of the lip pallet.  It will keep them from drying out as quickly!

The Cheek palette is next up and they are beautiful colors in my opinion.  Very wearable.  I only wish they had thrown in one daring color.  However this is a safe palette to go with. 

The eye palette is last.  Again they are beautiful colors but Stila is playing it safe.  I am craving a darker color in here for smokey eye.  One that you could use to take the look from day to night.  That really is my only flaw with this eye palette.  

Overall I think they are a great choice.  Something where you could throw all three in your over night bag and you would be set.  
If you are looking for amazing stocking stuffers these are the perfect item!!!  Ranging from $8(on sale)-$16 you can't ever go wrong here.  Four eye shadows that can be used wet or dry for a total of 8 different colors.  A more vibrant color wet and more subdued color dry.  They also include a Cheek and either a Highlight or lip color as well.  As you can see from the picture they also include a small mirror built in mirror and How to instructions for the look that was intended for this makeup.  That doesn't mean you can't do your own thing but it does give you a jumping off point.  The negatives, all beauty products have them.  You will need to cut press and seal to fit over the lip gloss area to keep it from drying out or from running if you accidentally leave in your car or i don't know if you set your purse down near the heater at work.  In addition a rubber band (not too tight!) around the item will insure it remains closed if you toss it in your makeup bag.  The magnetic closure is just OK.  I like to be sure it is closed.  

Overall a must have item in any of their travel palettes!

The hot palette of season.  Urban Decay has done it again.  Naked 3 has beautiful pink tones that would work for just about anyone.  This is an amazing palette to own.  However I would say don't stress over getting your hands on one right away as they are infamously low on supply when they first come out to drive up sales.  You know what it works.  The illusion of minimal supply means everyone rushing to stores to get it but don't! They aren't going anywhere.  I would suggest putting a picture of the item in the card or adding it to a coupon book to be bought at a later date.  Any women would love this.  

Note the item is slightly higher in price than the previous two in the collection at $52 from retail stores.  I believe that you can get it from urban deacy's website for the standard $50 but don't quote me that.

My final pick for makeup this holiday is Lorac's mini lip gloss set.  At $20 they are a steal!  They are gorgeous wearable colors that could push someone slightly out of their comfort zone with the bright pink and coral colors.  A must is you can get you can get your hangs on this.  A hot item that is limited edition.  

Any holiday collections you like out there?

Monday, December 9, 2013

Kitchen gifts 2013

Since Christmas is quickly approaching I think some holiday gift ideas could be in order.  These are something things we have asked for or received that we really liked over the last couple of years.  Look out for other gift idea posts thought this week.

Anyone who knows me knows I love cooking.  However over the years I have gotten pretty particular about what I like.  Most of the items below can be found at Bed Bath and Beyond and they range in price from about $5 - $100 (with only one item being close to $100).

1. Copco Travel mugs - have been my go to item.  I spill things regularly and I am paranoid I will accidentally spill something on Buddy Bear so I use the Travel mugs all the time.

2. Acrylic Salt and Pepper Mills - I love the look of these.  They are functional and pretty.  Just make sure to wash them in between fills.  Oh and ensure that they are completely bone dry before re filling thing or you will have a mess on your hands.

3.  5 in 1 grill and griddle - This is on the top of my list this years for far to many reasons to list here. 

4. A square ravioli stamper -

5. Flex Beater for KitchenAid Mixer - I use it a lot this time of year and not having to turn it off to scrape the sides with a spatula would be nice.

6. Oil Mister - On non stick cookware you shouldn't use things like Pam to keep stuff from sticking.  A chemical used in the products eats away at the non-stick coating.  However using this will give me one that I can use.

7.  Wooden or Bamboo spoons and turners - I use ours so often that I find ours to be in such a poor state that we need new ones.  I prefer bamboo to wooden but that's my personal preference.

8. Peeler set - These are 3 different styles for 3 different outcomes.  I mainly want these for there ability to peel softer items like tomatoes and what have you.

9.  Microplane Graters - My Hubby likes the old fashioned box graters but personally I hate those hence why I want these this year.

10. Silicone baking mat - I have resisted these since they came out and now I am finally willing to try them.

11.  Muffin Tin - More specifically I am interested in the 6 cup Muffin Tin.  I have been using our Toaster Oven more and more and this would work well seeing as our regular muffin tins don't fit in the toaster oven.

Any kitchen items on your list this year?

Sunday, December 8, 2013

My thoughts on Eriksen pic

Everyone has seen the pic of Caroline Berg Eriksen.  If you haven't take a sec and go here.

I find it insane that anyone is getting on this girls case for looking that hot 4 days post baby.  News flash people, she is all about fitness.  She was super fit before pregnancy and more than likely worked out throughout her entire pregnancy.  That's why she looks as good as she does after pregnancy.  It's not some secret that we don't all know about so why is she taking so much heat for it????

I hate that women take their own insecurities out on each other.  She put in the time and it clearly paid off.  She might not be the "norm" of what the average woman looks like post baby but every persons' body reacts differently.

 I personally was not in the best shape prior to getting pregnant.  However throughout my pregnancy I walked and ate healthy.  Heck, I took better care of my body pregnant than I had in years prior.  That good behavior reflected in only a 13lb HEALTHY total weight gain for the 35 weeks I was pregnant.  I can assume I would have been around 17lbs had I gone full term.  I should add this because I know this thought will be out there and no I was not grossly overweight pre-pregnancy but did I need to lose some weight? Sure.  I did not look like Eriksen or anything close to what she did post baby.  Not even today 5 month post baby.  What I can say is the effort I put in during and after pregnancy is why I was able to continue the healthy habits after.

I for one am glad she is proud of her post baby body.  She should be.  Kudos to her.

Friday, December 6, 2013

Dear Buddy Bear: 5 Months

Dear Buddy Bear,
This month has flown by.  Let me think.  There have been a few changes with you since last month.  You are spitting intentionally which is driving me crazy.  Then you have begun to roll from tummy to back and back to tummy.  There is no consistency in it but you have stopped surprising yourself when ending up in the opposite position.  Which is a small step in the right direction.  Then you began bring items to your mouth as well as leaning in to take a bottle.  The final milestone you have started doing is joining two sounds together.  I realize I am very much in teacher mode when discussing your growth and that is something I doubt I will grow out of.  Hopefully it doesn't get to you too much.

Quick Stats

Weight:  I am guessing you are around 12lbs but since we haven't had a checkup this month its just a guess.

Clothing size:  You are still in Size 0-3.  You have outgrown some of the smaller fitting 0-3 clothing and have moved up into 0-3 pants.  However the 3m pants are still big in the waist for you.

Diaper size:  For the time being I have packed away cloth diapers until you are much older.  I'm so disappointed I don't even want to get into it.  In disposables you are still a size 1.  Not much has changed there.

Sleep:  Your sleep is starting to become more of a pattern.  I love it as I am trying to get you into a real schedule to make both of our lives easier.  You sleep well at night and you give me 6-8 hour stretch every night

Food:  You are on formula now despite my efforts.  Oh well.  I will however keep you on the similac Supplemental formula since you have done so well with it.

Favorite Toy: You are still in love with the Eric Carle stroller toys but have also taken a liking to the toy keys with the cold packs on the ends.  I am sure this is because you are beginning the stages of teething.

Favorite Book:  You enjoy the "Dump and friends" book by Julie Andrews.  During your morning bottle we watch daddy read you this story.  I could probably quote it from memory by now but you love it so I will keep playing it.  We have also been reading a Disney collections book at night.  I love how you get excited for story time and giggle and coo while I read to you every night.  Some nights its 3-4 stories and others you only make it though 1.

Thanksgiving:  This year we spent the holiday exactly how I wanted to.  A quiet relaxed day at home just the two of us.  I prepped dinner the day before to make cooking easy.  Once dinner was on we sat down and watched the Macy's Thanksgiving day parade commercial free thanks to recorded TV.  I one day hope our little family can be in NYC watching it live in person.  I have such fond memories of the parade that I want you to be able to have a bit of what I got to experience.

Wednesday, December 4, 2013


Today is my 30th birthday.  I shall celebrate with a glass of Riesling and some cheesy made for TV Christmas movies.  Throw in some baby snuggles and its a pretty darn good day.

Monday, December 2, 2013

Turkey day leftovers

By Saturday at lunch I was sick of the turkey day meal and the 2 variations I had made out of it.  Then I remembered that I had the new Pioneer Womens' Cookbook.  Turkey Tetrazzini sounded and looked good to me.  You can find the recipe on her site here.  I did not have all the ingredients listed so I improvised with what I had on hand.  No spaghetti on hand but ziti works just as well.  No turkey broth their but I did have chicken broth.  It is exactly what she made, No.  However I think it turned out just fine.   

Before going into the oven or in my case the toaster oven.

Barbie Hair Fixes Part 1

Let's jump right on into it.   Every doll hair fix tutorial I could find started with brushing out the dolls hair.  It may look worse...