Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Where I'm at Wednesday

How is this the last week of July?!  I know it's been a busy month full of fun but that doesn't make it any less shocking that it's over.

I feel like she was just born.  Guess that's "mom denial".

We checked some items off of our Summer Bucket List:
  1. Day at the Beach
  2. Made Strawberry Ice Cream
  3. Made S'mores
I read 3 books: The Courage Tree  by Diane ChamberlainThe Ice Queen by Alice Hoffman and  Squirrel Seeking Chipmunk by David Sedaris (and the only reason I picked this out is because Ian Falconer (of Olivia fame) did the illustrations!  So bizarre and disturbing.) I want to read more of Chamberlain, she wove a great story.  And we already know how much I love Hoffman.  Let's be friends on Goodreads, shall we?

I haven't missed an episode of HGTV's Beach Flip.  That's pretty impressive for me considering I don't get much TV time.  And even if I have to watch it a few days later OnDemand, it's still a win!  I'm calling it now, Lucy and Daphne #SouthWind.

I have been on a fish-eating jag: tuna on my salads: 
And fish tacos:

And I've been channeling my inner Andrea, wearing a patterned ruffle tank with my TOMS.  I'm thinking this would also be a great Fall outfit with a scarf and boots.  

And fun patterned pants:
Gray is my new favorite neutral, it's not as harsh as black and brown makes me look off, for lack of a better word.

Looking forward to getting more items checked off our Summer Bucket List!  August, here we come!  But, I'll be missing that first-year-with-a-newborn-newness and milestones.  It was definitely wonderful while it lasted.

Linking up with Mel, Shay and Sheaffer.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Summer Lovin': Make S'mores

Hands down, my favorite summer dessert is S'mores; ooey, gooey, chocolate-y with a little crunch.  It has all the mouth feels and different textures make for the best combinations.  Of course, I've been known to enjoy them during the Fall and Winter too ;)  Basically, what's not to love?

To change things up a bit I Pinterested (that's totally a verb, right?) this glorious S'mores cookie recipe from here.  Let me tell you, these do not disappoint!  Make a batch and then get back to me. We can rave about them together.

3/4 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup white sugar
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup graham cracker crumbs
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 1/2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
2 Hershey bars, broken
1 cup mini marshmallows

Cream together butter and sugars; mix in egg and vanilla.
Add flour, graham cracker crumbs, baking soda and salt. Mix until smooth.
Stir in chocolate chips and chocolate chunks until well combined.
Drop by heaping tablespoons onto cookie sheet about 3 inches apart.
Bake at 375 degrees for 8 minutes. Remove and quickly press marshmallows into cookies. Return to oven and cook until done, about 3-4 minutes.

Linking up with Beth.

Thursday, July 23, 2015

11 + 12 Month Favorites

11 + 12 Month Favorites
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This summer baby has been enjoying the sun!  I actually got this sunscreen in my Nurture Vox Box and love it! My favorite part is the sun- sensitive lid that turns blue to remind you to reapply.

The pink sun hat has been with us on all our adventures this summer.

I love classic books, so Baby Lit books are my jam!  I'm loving introducing my favorite characters to my little loves.

Brielana is a natural sorter, always putting toys into shoes, etc. so the shape sorter keeps her busy.  Plus, she likes chewing on the shapes ;)

For this being an "old" toy, Brielana is smitten!  She carries it around and dances to "The Farmer and the Dell" with her one arm waving in the air.

Brielana got this for her birthday from great gramma and it is on all the time.  The balls drop and scatter across the floor and she thinks the monkey is funny.  Bonus, Kinsey likes playing with this too, so they get in some bonding time. 

Linking up with Annie and Vanessa.

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

The little things: cars, cars, cars

As girly-girl and feminine as Kinsey is, she can still get down in the dirt, be rough-and-tumble and be engrossed while playing with cars.

She "inherited" a bunch of Hot Wheels and an awesome track from my brother and they can keep her busy for hours.  

On this particular day, she built a mini track on top of the ottoman (to keep away from Brielana, like that would stop her) and used the height as a jump.  Then she lined up a bunch and started talking about "traffic" and "parking".

I don't like labeling toys as "boy" or "girl" and am thrilled that she finds interest in a wide range of games, but what excites me the most is her use of imagination, the girl is chock- full of ideas!


Linking up with Jess.

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Summer Lovin': Make Ice Cream (National Ice Cream Month)

July is National Ice Cream Month, so naturally, we made ice cream just for the occasion!

We made strawberry ice cream with our ice cream maker.  True story: this is the first time we have ever used it.  It was a wedding gift.  In almost 7 years of owing this baby, this is the inaugural dessert.  And it will not be neglected ever again!  It was super easy to use: just throw the ingredients in and let is churn.  Of course, I did freeze the bowl the night before, so I guess that was my prep?

I used this recipe from All Recipes:


2 cups whole milk
2 cups heavy cream
1 cup white sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 cups mashed fresh strawberries
2 drops red food coloring (optional-I didn't add any)


In a large bowl combine the milk, cream, sugar, salt, vanilla and strawberries.  Pour the mixture into the freezer bowl of the ice cream maker and freeze according to manufacturer's directions.
    My sous chef helped me mash the strawberries with a fork and poured in the milk and cream.  And then we waited and watched.  

    It took longer than the hour the recipe stated, or maybe I got impatient? In any case, I stuck that bowl back into the freezer after churning and it was done 90 mins later.  We had our first bowl before it was completely frozen.  It was pure heaven.

    Do yourself a favor and go make some ice cream!!!

    {Happy National Ice Cream Month!}

    Linking up with Beth.

    Monday, July 20, 2015

    12 Months

    So I tried doing an infographic a la Kristin and let me tell you those things are time consuming!  Not exactly what I had in mind but I'll take it!  

    How old: ONE YEAR(!!!)
    Weight: 17.13 pounds (up 10.1 pounds)
    Length: 28.5 inches (up 9. 5 inches) 
    Baby clothes: 12 month sizes
    Diaper size: 2
    Sleep: Night nursing still going strong; not complaining, the girl needs all the extra calories she can get ;)
    Feeding: Nurses twice during the day (not counting night nursing) and 3 meals plus snacks.  She's an adventurous eater still (thank goodness) and will try anything at least once.
    Likes: Trying to keep up with Kinsey!  Playing outside.  Climbing on all the things, she is a dare-devil!  Getting her way, she has recently started throwing tantrums; which are pretty amusing if they weren't so l o u d. Giving kisses, sweetest thing ever!  Its a dry "muah" with a popping of the lips.  Being "cozy", snuggling with a blanket, soft toy, person.  Pulling off her shoes and socks (it has begun.)  Looking at books.
    Dislikes: Being behind a baby gate. Not being carried unless she wants down.   
    Milestones: Walking, trying to run actually.  Climbing off the bed/couch/play structure feet first.  Using a pincer grasp when eating.  Saying "mom", "dad", "dog" and "meow".  Pointing at everything to know what it is.  

    Thursday, July 16, 2015

    Guest Post on Our Pretty Little Girls

    I'm so excited to be over at Beth's blog Our Pretty Little Girls, for her Girl Mom Series!  Beth has become a friend through blogging and I am honored to be guesting today.  Come on over and say "hi!" and read about my "you know you're a Girl Mom when" post!