April 21, 2014

birthday love + time with aunt mere | and my 500th post!!

What, what?!?!? This is my 500th blog post!! (:

Papa, Moose & Mere enjoyed a "mawl" date 
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Birthday Celebrations for Mimi & Papa 

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Me & Mere

boys in hats

the girls

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Amos @ Grandmother's

Mere's last day in town 
Mikey & Mere

me & moose

*photo credit goes to Mere (:

April 16, 2014

baby bump | progress

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15 weeks 3 days
[15 weeks 5 days with Amos]

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16 weeks 1 day 
[16 weeks 5 days with Amos]

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17 weeks
[17 weeks 4 days with Amos]


How far along? 17 weeks 3 days
Total weight gain/loss?  +7 pounds
Maternity clothes? Loving some maternity jeans right & my trusty sweat pants (: 
Stretch marks? No
Sleep: This isn't a fair question since I have a 17 month old who is teething / hasn't figured out how to cover himself up in the middle of the night after he's kicked off all of his covers...
Best moment this week: Feeling this little one jump & jive! 
Have you told family and friends: yep 
Miss Anything? nope!   
Movement: YES! Have been able to feel this wee one moving around earlier than with Moose, but I'm sure that's only because I know what it feels like to have a human swimming around inside my belly 
Food cravings: nothing 
Anything making you queasy or sick: Nope, but I've been having headaches like I did with Amos   
Have you started to show yet: Definitely! 
Gender prediction: Ehhhh have switched from girl to boy  
Labor Signs: No
Belly Button in or out? In
Wedding rings on or off? On
Happy or Moody most of the time: Happy
Looking forward to: Our beach trip for a long weekend in a few weeks! (:  


April 15, 2014

the good life

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discovering the water hose
"helping" daddy wash cars
reading in the sunshine

this is the good life, folks (: 

April 8, 2014

Salt Dough Easter Ornaments

Last week I decided on a whim to make a batch of salt dough Easter ornaments. I painted a few sets for some sweet babies we know and made another batch for a friend's kids to paint! So fun!

Recipe:

  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup salt
  • 1/2 cup warm water 
Directions:
Preheat oven to 250F. In a medium bowl mix flour and salt. Slowly add warm water. If the dough is too sticky, add a little more flour. Knead the dough & roll out on a non-stick surface (wax paper or parchment paper) - to about 1/4" thickness. Use cookies cutters to cut out desired shapes. Re-roll dough and cut out more shapes! Put on a baking sheet in oven for 1.5-2 hours and let cool completely before painting. 

*If you want ornaments to have a hole for a string, use a straw & poke hole through ornaments before baking!


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April 7, 2014

Paleo Brownies

A friend of mine posted the recipe for these delicious paleo brownies on Instagram a few weeks ago so I gave them a shot. I had the perfect guinea pigs coming over (Mike & Kayla +  my Mikey) so I made them taste them too. Everyone gave them two thumbs up! I promise you will not be disappointed if you give them a shot! (:

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Ingredients
1 c. almond butter
5.5 T maple syrup
5.5 T raw honey
1 egg
2 T butter (melted)
1 t vanilla
1/3 c. cocoa powder (unsweetened)
1/2 t baking soda

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Instructions
Preheat oven to 325F.
Mix all ingredients in medium sized mixing bowl.
Bake for 20-25 minutes (or until toothpick comes out clean) in a greased (use butter or coconut oil) baking dish (9" x 9" pan is probably best).

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this boy...
(how mama chooses to pass the time while waiting for the brownies to bake)

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Enjoy with friends (: 

*You can also top with Enjoy Life chocolate chunks, but the store was out of them - so we went without! 


[Recipe originally came from Paleo Grubs