Monday, February 27, 2012

you're doing ok

They've done it again! I saw this Johnson & Johnson commercial last night during the Oscars and it wrecked me! And then I went to find it on the interwebs today and it wrecked me again, and again. So sweet and touching and really nice to hear. When you're a new mom you don't always feel like you're doing anything right. You're taking care of new life and you've never done anything like this before and you're totally overwhelmed...and exhausted...but full of love for this tiny person. So this is for all you moms out there, you're doing ok!


Sorry for the lack of posts the past couple of weeks! I got lost on Pinterest and before I knew it two weeks had passed. In that time we have had a serious hint of spring and then a surprise snowfall. I am usually a cold weather girl and I love winter and snow and curling up and getting cozy. But this year I can't wait for spring. There's something about having a new baby and just wanting to be out doing things with him and introducing him to everything that we possibly can! I went out yesterday to buy some bulbs to plant in a couple of months and some tulips and hyacinth to start filling the house with springy love. What do you all do when you're getting cabin fever and ready for warmer weather?

Friday, February 10, 2012

little 77

Have you seen American Eagle's line for babies, little 77? Adorable! And with such fun phrases and comfy fabrics is hard not to scoop a whole bunch up. And it makes you want to take cool pictures of your baby wearing said awesome clothes. My baby is way too cool for me (clearly this post is just an excuse for me to put up super sweet pictures of Luca).

Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, February 8, 2012


...I found Pinterest. Have you? For those of you who are not familiar, Pinterest is an amazing online pin board for all of those wonderful images, recipes and miscellaneous links that you find on the interwebs and you can categorize your boards as you see fit. As someone who emails herself an embarrassing amount of links of rad stuff she finds, this is kind of fantastic!

The above image is of these tasty No Bake Nutella Cheesecakes I found, of course, through Pinterest. I posted it to my Food Board and proceeded to make them last night. Delicious!

Thank you, Pinterest, for providing unlimited inspiration! To follow my Pinterest boards just click on the icon at the top right of my blog (I'm just starting so while they are not full I'm trying to add a little something all the time).

(image from my baking addiction)

Sunday, February 5, 2012

little miracles...

As a new mom I'm often looking for a "miracle" product. What is going to make me look like I have gotten some sleep and that I have bright and glowing skin and rosy cheeks and shiny lips? What can make me look like a super mom? And what is going to do this is in as few steps as possible? And when I do get a chance to wash my hair, can it look awesome? And can some of these things be budget, as I am no longer working? While I'm still on the search for some of these products, I think I've come across some new mainstays.

The Burt's Bees Rosewater and Glycerin Toner makes my face feel fresh and clean and smells lovely. I had retired toners from my life a couple of years ago, wondering what the point was. And I guess I still don't know if there is a point, but I know that I like it and that it makes me feel like I'm sort of pulling myself together when I don't have time to do much of anything.

Now here's where the magic is: The NARS Multiple Stick in G-Spot (pardon my blushing). This product is important because it makes me feel pretty. And fancy. And just by swiping a little on my cheeks and lips, I feel like a more put-together woman. And that's a pretty amazing thing. This is definitely not a budget item, but totally worth it in my opinion.

I follow up that NARS with some Rosebud Salve, and then throughout the day again and again. It feels nice and smells nice and looks nice. Done.

Finally, Suave has come out with Keratin Shampoo and Conditioner so it makes your hair feel nice and smooth and comes at a great price. Thanks, Suave!

The one product that would round-out my miracle team is a great moisturizer. Now that I'm officially "in my 30's" I do think about my skin and how to make it look dewy and bright, not rough and dull. And I have found myself thinking about prevention (wrinkle, sun damage) like I never did before so I guess it's about that time that I step up my face game. Any recommendations??

And get ready for some gushy lovey stuff now because of course my best miracle of new motherhood is my little Luca (awwww...). He may be the best possible reason to not have time for my formerly intense prep work every morning.

What are all of your favorite items and what makes you feel refreshed, lovely and put-together?

Friday, February 3, 2012

pumpkin swirl brownie...

...because why not! I had a little craving for something sweet the other day and stumbled upon some fancy pumpkin swirl brownies on Gilt Taste. And while they looked delicious it just wasn't immediate enough. I needed to find something else, and fast. Thank you Betty Crocker! As a new mom I need something that will be quick and simple and this recipe was it, and totally delicious! Topped with some Cinnamon Cool Whip, yes please!

Thursday, February 2, 2012

playing pretend...

When I first read The Bloggess I laughed and laughed and then forwarded post after post. Blogger Jenny Lawson's posts are silly and absurd but she is also incredibly open with her readers about some of the issues she has had to overcome. While I know that someday I will post about some serious topics, it's something I have been incredibly nervous about. That type of honesty about such personal things is scary. But she works it in seamlessly, right in between posts about large chickens named Beyonce and her love of taxidermy.
And now she has a book, "Let's Pretend This Never Happened." I'm about to pre-order it myself. I'm hoping by the time it comes out I'll have time for reading books again!
Also, this book is not out yet so I haven't read it, this isn't a review. So if you get it and don't like it, if it's not your cup of tea, please continue to hang with me here!

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

happy crafternoon!

Happy Crafternoon! I'm working on an owl mobile for Luca. Can't wait to show you all the finished product! Don't they all look a little creepy without eyeballs?