Monday, June 30, 2014

BABY BOY BUELL'S NURSERY - FINALLY COMPLETE

Well, it is finally complete. I actually got my brain to think 'BOY' and turned Ellis' old nursery into one suitable for a little man. I think we did pretty ok! :) I will post pictures of Ellis' big girl room soon. It is about 99% complete. (All room links below)













Room Links:
- Allister the Alligator (we named him ;) - Jelly Cat (We bought him at a little boutique downtown - can't remember the name of the place.)
- Crib Sheet - Burt's Bees Organic
- Wooden Crate Shelving - Wal Mart - We stained
- Book Shelves - IKEA picture shelves - no longer sold in natural wood
- Mobile - Amazon - I folded the paper boats out of an old book and map I had laying around
- Green Plastic Bucket - bought at Target for $6 - Can't find on-line for some reason.
- Wicker Basket - Target - Similar
- Hipster Animal prints & Frames - Bought the prints off of Shutterstock and I printed them myself - Frames are from IKEA (no longer sold, but these are similar)
- Bed Skirt & Changing Pad Cover - Both made by me - $20 for fabric for both from Jo-Ann Fabric - used these two tutorials (crib skirt tutorial) (changing pad cover)
- Wooden Spool End Table - Found on the side of the road - stained and got glass cut to fit on top - secured in place with clips.
- Man and Monkey Print & Frame - Bought an old story book on Ebay for $4 - ripped out a page and framed. (I framed one for Ellis' room as well) Frame - IKEA
- Curtains & Pillow - I bought at work at our company store - $5 for each
- All White Furniture Set (crib, armoire, dresser, and changing station) - Bought the entire set for $500 at work at a scratch and dent sale. (Armoire alone retails for $1,300 - SCORE!) We bought these before we were even thinking about having kids. Is that weird? Maybe. I knew we would someday use them and I couldn't pass up the deal. :)
- Pretty much everything else (skateboard ($10), tin, bronze mouse ($6), globe ($15), coca-cola crate ($15) & cars ($1 each), etc.) all Flea Market finds!

Saturday, May 17, 2014

MOTHER'S DAY 2014

Yup, once again I am a bit late on this post. Mother's Day was great! I had brunch at our house to celebrate my Mother and Mother in Law. We had quiche, french toast bake, fresh fruit, muffins, and of course, CAKE!

Cakes are kind of my thing. I like to bake them, but I REALLY like to decorate them. I used to do it for my job at two different places when i was in High School, so I have had a little practice. :)

This time around I made a hummingbird cake. It has been popping up on my Pinterest feed a lot lately and I wanted to try it out. I put buttercream frosting in the center and cream cheese frosting on the outside.

Here is the recipe I followed. Everyone thought it was pretty darn delicious!



Saturday, April 19, 2014

PUMPKIN APPLE MUFFINS

Made these and I LOVE them. Seriously! They are super yummy! Here is the recipe from Eating Bird Food. The only thing I did differently was doubled the cinnamon to 1 tsp and skipped the topping.



Serves: 12
Ingredients
  • ¼ cup (1/2 stick) Earth Balance Buttery Stick or butter, softened
  • ¾ cup sucanat or dark brown sugar
  • ¾ cup plain non-fat Greek yogurt
  • ¾ cup pumpkin (roasted or canned)
  • 2 Tablespoons ground flaxseed + 6 Tablespoons water
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup quinoa flour or all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon sea salt
  • 1½ cups peeled and finely chopped apple pieces (about 2 apples)
  • Topping
  • 2 Tablespoons sucanat or dark brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350°. Line a muffin pan with cupcake liners or coat with cooking spray.
  2. In a small bowl, whisk together the 2 tablespoons of ground flaxseed with the 6 Tablespoons of water and let sit while you start preparing the other ingredients.
  3. In a small bowl, mix together the topping – 2 tablespoons of sucanat with 1 teaspoon cinnamon.
  4. In a medium bowl, whisk together the quinoa and whole wheat flour, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon and salt.
  5. In a large bowl, mix the ¾ cup sucanat with the softened butter until combined. Add the flaxseed/water mixture, pumpkin and vanilla. Stir in yogurt.
  6. Fold the flour mixture into the wet mixture. Gently stir in the apple chunks.
  7. Pour the batter into the prepared muffin pan and sprinkle with the brown sugar topping. Bake for 30 to 35 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center of 1 of the muffins comes out clean.
  8. Let cool on a wire rack for 15 minutes. Store any leftover muffins in the refrigerator for up to 2 days.

MATERNITY CLOTHING: WHY I LOVE H&M BASICS

Yes, this will be my one and only maternity fashion post - if you can even call it that. After a recent trip to H&M, I feel the need to share (weird. me? share?) my extreme excitement over how many non-maternity pieces they have that work for my expanding belly. Seriously! It was fabulous. Not only are they not maternity clothes (so I don't have to feel weird about wearing them post baby) but they have great price tags! Most items I just sized up one size and they work like a charm! I would suggest actually going to the store vs. ordering online. Some items I didn't need to size up and some I did. It is obviously hard to tell those things when buying online.

I have a few thoughts when it comes to buying maternity clothes. I personally do not like to spend a lot of money. Wait... who am I kidding? I don't like to spend a lot of money on anything. Hey, call me frugal cheap! ;) Anyways, this might (might not) be my last pregnancy. That being said, I really do not see the need to spend a lot of money on clothing to get me through the next three months. I try to buy as many non-maternity items as possible b/c they work great during that awkward postpartum stage (and possibly even after) and buying basics works great b/c you can dress them up with jewelry, scarves, shoes, etc. You know, the stuff that stays the same size no matter how big your belly gets....

Anyways, I am loving H&M basics. Here are a few things I picked up to get through the home stretch.

Oh, wait one more thing....
I hate maternity jeans with a passion. They slide down in the back constantly and make your butt look saggy. I pretty much wear leggings with EVERYTHING and these ones from Old Navy are my favorite! I wore them all through my last pregnancy and I ordered another set (black and grey) this time around. I love them AND they are 50% off right now - two for $15!

And b/c I wear leggings with everything and firmly believe leggings ARE NOT PANTS, I am always looking for long tank tops, shirts, cardigans, and tunics that are long enough to cover my butt. Thanks H&M for having me covered... literally. ;)

Old Navy Jersey Maternity Leggings
Ok, now on to the H&M basics....

Jersey top - $9.95

Maxi Dress - $17.95

Jersey dress - $12.95
This might seem like an odd one, but after sizing up, the dress is not that tight on me - plus, I wear it with my favorite leggings and a cardigan that covers my butt. :)

LOVE this cardigan. It is plenty long and lightweight, so it will work great into the hot months of summer!

Long tank top - $5.95

These pants!!! These pants!!! I love them! They work great now and will work perfect for the awkward post baby stage! Yay for elastic waists!