MOMMY + EMMA PHOTO SHOOT SNEAK PEEK

meandemma2

My friend Heather came by the house recently to photograph Emma and I together before Baby #2 is born (I can’t believe I’m due in 2 weeks!) – I posted this little sneak peek to Instagram, so you may have already seen it, but it makes me very happy and I can’t wait to see and share the rest! So crazy that it’s almost 1 year to the day that Rodney and I were taking photos with Emma in my belly!

BABY PAINTING!!

E PAINTING-1

I found this idea on Pinterest recently and thought Emma might love it! I worry that Emma’s been getting a little bored lately since I’m 37 weeks pregnant and having a tough time getting around and playing the way I used to. It’s become really hard for me to even take her on walks because my back hurts so badly – so I got really excited to try a brand new indoor activity that would break up our routine a little!

E PAINTING-1-2

E PAINTING-3

The “paint” is made from plain greek yogurt and some kool-aid for color. So, it washes out of everything really easily and is safe if she puts any of it in her mouth! It was really fun and I got in there and painted with her. She didn’t really like getting her hands dirty, but seemed to enjoy using her feet! We didn’t keep the painting afterwards as it’s made from food so I’m not sure how well it would hold up or if it would attract bugs – it was more just about the experience. 🙂

E PAINTING-2-2

E PAINTING-3-2

MATERIALS

_ plain greek yogurt

_ kool-aid or food coloring

_ poster board

_ an old blanket or towels or something to put underneath to keep clean up as easy as possible

_ a play yard (optional but recommended) – I liked being able to confine her to a smaller space as she got covered in “paint” and I didn’t want her to crawl off onto the rugs or furniture.

DIRECTIONS

Combine about 1/2 a cup of yogurt with kool-aid or food coloring. Start with just a little of the coloring and keep mixing and adding more until you get a color you like. Put a few spoonfuls on the poster board and let baby have fun and get super messy!!

VALENTINE’S LINKS

TheStorkAndTheBeanstalk-33

Photo by The Stork and The Beanstalk

How adorable are these little girls and their little outfits!!?? Just in time for Valentine’s Day and inspired by my friend Tori’s daughter, Lucca Valentine, Shop Sweet Threads is selling a limited edition line of girls clothes called Lucca Valentine for PAUSH!

I’ve seen this floating around Pinterest for a couple years now and I think it’s adorable and I’m totally going to steal it once Emma can read! You can get your own love letter mailbox here.

P+CAKE-7

Make this delicious cake! I baked this a couple years ago and keep going back to it!

Feel extra pretty in this.

Bathe in this!

And enjoy Valentine’s Day! xo

BEDROOM MAKEOVER!!!!!!!!

BEDROOM MAKEOVER-3

Yay!! I’m so excited to be sharing this!! Remember this post? Well, it’s done! We gave our bedroom a HUGE makeover!!

However, I’m going to start with this cute photo of Emma and my preggo belly because I’m still a little embarrassed to post “Before” photos of our bedroom so I don’t want to open the post with them. Granted, I took these photos on a particularly messy day (makes the big “After” reveal that much more effective!), but it’s just such a mess. The makeover had kind of already begun, you can see where Rodney was re-doing the closets already.

Over the last few years, I’ve one by one made over each of our rooms… Starting with the public ones – the living room, kitchen, main bathroom, followed by our office/guestroom and Emma’s nursery. We’ve added a 3rd bedroom and bathroom, we’re currently building a guesthouse in the backyard… there’s a lot going on and it all takes time and lots of money. So, our bedroom just remained kind of a disaster. It was the last room that was untouched from before Rodney and I met. You see, he’s very practical – so he got a bunch of furniture in good shape for free from somebody and so it didn’t really matter that it was all way too large for the space or that the giant headboard blocked half the window, making the room feel really dark. There was green carpet because he likes green and it wouldn’t show stains the way white or something lighter would… etc…. There was nothing in the old bedroom that I had purchased. My dad’s like this too – I think it’s just a guy thing – this practicality. Guys, generally, are less likely to spend money on something like, say, a fabulous decorative basket you have nothing to put inside.

Anyways, it’s not something I wanted to spend a lot of money on – especially not right now with another baby on the way – but I didn’t want to live with it any longer either. Plus it was one of my Christmas presents from Rodney that I had “carte blanche” to change anything about the room in any way I wanted and he’d do the work (he’s the best!). My requirements were that it felt bright, happy, yet peaceful and that there be extra storage space (because clutter makes me a crazy person). So, I feel pretty proud of what we accomplished on a really small budget (we spent less than $2K) – we painted, replaced the carpet, replaced the light fixture, tore open and put back together the closets, replaced every single piece of furniture (bed, dresser, and 2 nightstands), got artwork for the walls, throw rugs, bedding, curtains, you name it. Nothing stayed but the tv and Rodney’s guitar.

Ok, here we go… (“Before” pictures after the jump.)

Here’s the “After”….

BEDROOM MAKEOVER-4

BEDROOM MAKEOVER-4 copy

BEDROOM MAKEOVER-5

BEDROOM MAKEOVER-2

BEDROOM MAKEOVER-3 copy

BED \\ DRESSER \\ NIGHTSTANDS \\ RUG 1 \\ RUG 2 \\ DECORATIVE BASKET \\ MOUNTAIN SUNSET PRINT \\ FLAMINGO PRINT \\ WAIKIKI PRINT \\ PENDANT LIGHT \\ BLACKOUT CURTAINS \\ BEDSPREAD

Continue reading for “Before” pictures –>

(more…)

TOMATO, BASIL, + MOZZARELLA PASTA SALAD

PASTA SALAD-1 This is one of my favorite go-to recipes when I need a big bowl of something quick, easy, and delicious that I can grab from the fridge and eat for lunch for a few days. I made a bunch of this a few weeks after Emma was born and just recently since I’m 34 weeks pregnant and pretty exhausted. I think it’s pretty healthy – other people might disagree because of the pasta and cheese – but my definition of healthy is simply that it’s not processed – it doesn’t come in a shiny silver wrapper and it has fresh, raw ingredients like garlic, tomato, and basil.

PASTA SALAD-3

PASTA SALAD-2

INGREDIENTS (makes about 8 servings)

_ 1 box of rotelle pasta

_ 1 bunch of fresh basil, torn or chopped

_ 2 small containers of cherry tomatoes (tomatoes rinsed and cut in half)

_ 2 small containers of bocconcini (small mozzarella balls), drained

_ 1/4 cup of extra virgin olive oil

_ 4 cloves of garlic, minced

_ salt and pepper to taste

DIRECTIONS

Cook pasta al dente according to directions on box. Strain. Let pasta cool. Once cool, transfer to a big mixing bowl and add all the other ingredients. Mix well. Store in fridge for at least 1 hour before serving. Enjoy!

LIFE ACCORDING TO MY IPHONE

our-life-according-to-iphone

It’s been so hard to blog (or do anything else lately) – Emma has started crawling as well as pulling herself up on everything – so my exhausted, hurting, 33 week pregnant body is getting up and down all day chasing her everywhere. She’s fast and curious and gets into everything. I can’t even get an email sent unless she’s napping. It’s fun to see her growing, but since I do run a business, it’s definitely time to get a little help, so I’ve hired a nanny to come by once a week so I can get some serious work done which should leave me a little less stressed and able to enjoy the rest of my time with Emma even more!

She’s also going through some kind of 9 month sleep regression (due to learning lots of new stuff and getting a bunch of teeth all at once) and having a really hard time falling asleep both at night and for naps. There are nights we’ve given up trying and brought her into our bed and watched tv until we all pass out. And she’s not the only one having issues. I’ve had insomnia for a month or so now – my belly’s huge and I can’t get comfortable – I have to get up to use the bathroom constantly throughout the night – so hours will go by and I’ll eventually find myself laying there crying because I’m JUST. SO. TIRED. I forgot just how uncomfortable pregnancy can be.

I got really sick last week and wound up in the hospital with stomach flu. They kept me overnight to monitor baby #2 and to rehydrate me (they gave me 7 or 8 bags of fluids and I was still parched!), I had a fever, and my resting heart rate was really high and no one was totally sure why. And, just so you get an idea how tired I’ve been, in spite of how horrible I felt, I was actually really excited to be at the hospital because even though I was hooked up to all kinds of iv’s and things, I just kept thinking “I”ll be able to sleep!!!!” and I did.

We’ve started our bedroom re-design! Rodney’s been cutting open walls and making our closets bigger. Next comes paint and carpet and new furniture and then I get to get in there and decorate! Rodney has no idea what all I’ve bought – I’m so excited – I’m going to kick him out of the room for a day or two and then get it all set up and do my own little HGTV style reveal for him! Our room is going to be so bright and happy – I seriously cannot wait.

I’m really looking forward to having baby #2 and not being pregnant anymore so I can get a little bit of energy back! I’ll be able to sleep a little more, I’ll be able to move about more easily, and hopefully I’ll be able to blog more often because I won’t be laying on the couch feeling like I’m dying during the hour or two where Emma naps. Laundry will get folded. It’ll be lovely. Or, I’m kidding myself because let’s not forget, I’ll have 2 babies!!! 😉

I hope this post doesn’t sound to complain-y – I just wanted to share what’s been going on and apologize for being a little absent lately. Ultimately, even the “bad days” are good days – we’re so blessed to have Emma and our lives have really never been better. We might be tired or sick, but we also laugh all the time and are filled with amazement and joy as Emma learns new things and explores the world around her. I wouldn’t trade what we have right now for anything.

xo