Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Mid-Week Link Love

+ Reading this book per your recommendations

+ Loving this motherhood series (I look forward to Mondays to read each new post)

Thinking about (and channeling my art history degree)

+ A new documentary about the US surge of C-sections




+ Watching this documentary while house hunting

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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

10 Reasons I Love You: 8 Months

{8 Months}

1. You waved bye bye to me at day care!  It was more of an elongated flick of your fingertips, “Miss America” wave, but nonetheless, wave it was!  Just as the door was about to close you lifted up your tiny hand, tipped your fingers upward and shrieked your sweet baby squeal.  Made my day!

2. Perhaps you are preparing for new teeth, but you’ve started this new habit of sucking on your gums.  Every so often we hear this slurping sound, which I assume is anything but you, sucking on the inside of your cheek or gums.  Self discovery, I tell ya!

3. You have inherited a trait of your grandpa Bud - the point.  Bud is famous for his point, thrusting it across many a family member in order to ensure that they don’t miss a thing!  Lately, you are pointing at everything; airplanes, birds, kids, helicopters, leaves even.  You often accompany an enthusiastic point with the word “dair” which Nana swears once came out as “airplane” plain as day.  

4. We took you in the ultimate bath tub - the pool!  Daddy and I took you to your first swim “lesson,” more of a water babies class, but you loved it.  The pool was a touch cooler than I’d anticipated, but you handled the temperature like a champ.  You kicked your feet, and splashed around, and even floated on your back with your ears underwater.  At the end, you were kicking with such gusto, it was obvious you weren’t ready to get out!  Yet, you didn’t seem to mind the relaxing dunk in the hot tub shortly thereafter.  You are a born swimmer girl!

5. We took you on your first zoo outing.  It was a beautiful sunny day, the stroller wheels newly inflated with air, it was quite an adventure!  Now, mom and dad might have enjoyed the animal experience a tad more than you did, however, you were smitten by the duck sighting in the giraffe, lion, and zebra habitat.  Yes, it was those common Northwest bird ducks, not those wild safari animals that captivated your attention as you gleefully cried, “Du!”  “Du!”.  Just another reason why we love you.

6. A big girl you are, as you’ve decided sippy cups are for babies.  After experimenting with several sippy cups, I just tried the cup sans lid, and voila!  You loved it.  I hold the cup up to your lips and you eagerly lean forward opening up your mouth to drink.  You always seem thirsty and Mommy is perfecting the art of tipping the water ever so slightly as to not douse you with cold water (since that’s happened a time or two).

7. You’ve started to enjoy peek-a-boo played around the corner of the bathroom mirror.  Here’s how it goes: we stand at the edge of the wall separating the bathroom and the hallway.  I lean into the bathroom, and look at myself in the mirror and you slyly follow with your eyes, delighting when you see your reflection.  It’s a game of cat and mouse, hide and seek, as I hold you intentionally away so you have to slowly lean to peer around the corner. You love it and giggle endlessly every single time.

8. You are all over your crib these days, flipping on your tummy, propping your feet up against the rails, I think we’ve reached the end of the predictable back sleeping era.  Oh boy!

9. Your love of airplanes has only increased exponentially!  We often go to the park, lay down a blanket, and watch for the path of airplanes crossing the sky. Turns out, we might be living right underneath a popular route, as you’ve now picked up on the sound of the airplane from inside our home, and you often gesture towards the window when a passing airplane passes overhead.  Do I see a future pilot in our midst?


10. You are so anxious to crawl!  Daddy crawls around the floor, and you excitedly slap the ground and rock forward, as if to take off after him.  I can see the wheels turning in your head, as you carefully observe, and mentally make note of all the steps to complete the process.  I think it will only be a short while before you’re ready to move!

Monday, July 28, 2014

Dirty Dancing

The other night, my husband and I made a discovery, Dirty Dancing is streaming on Netflix!  Side bar - I've been pleasantly surprised with the increasing number of fantatsic blast from the past movies appearing on the streaming menu (i.e. Clueless).  Through talking we discovered that he has never seen the movie Dirty Dancing!  Ever! Granted, it is a chick flick, however, there is plenty of leggy dancers, sex appeal, and a decent plot line to keep a guys interest, or so I thought.

Long story short, we watch the movie, and about one third of the way through, he states ever so matter-of-factly, "So the whole point of this movie that she learns the dance routine to keep the other girl out of trouble and they fall in love?"  Me: "Well…um…yeah, I guess...but it doesn't sound nearly as intriguing a flick when you put it that way… (Sigh).  

Quote of the Week

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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Fitting Room

Okay, for all you ladies out there…have you ever been in a fitting room, found an item you feel so/so about, or are just not sure you can stealthily pull off…and in desperate need of a second opinion, snap an awkward picture of your outfit in the fitting room mirror, text to a friend/relative/significant other for a second opinion, resulting in an extended fitting room stay as you impatiently linger for a (hopefully) prompt, though not guaranteed reply?  (Sigh) And yes, I realize this is indeed a first world problem.

Solution!  Meet Fitting Room the app for iPhone and android.  In this app, you submit your photo for a group of people who are also sharing their outfits and seeking feedback - basically it's a win-win all around!  It's like shopping with your gaggle of tried and trusted girlfriends who tell you truthfully hot or not.  And my personal favorite, there's an option to blur your face so you can remain anonymous to those providing feedback.  Brilliant!  P.S. Did I mention the app is free!

What do you think?  Would you try out Fitting Room

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Sunday, July 20, 2014

Clueless the Musical

Have you heard?  Apparently there is buzz that the 90's cult-classic - Clueless (a personal favorite of mine) is becoming a Broadway musical!  Perez Hilton in addition to several other semi-reputable sites reported that director Amy Heckerling has expressed interest in bringing the 90's fan -favorite to the stage - possibly starring none other than Katy Perry.  Personally, I'm not sure I can envision Katy Perry playing the lead character Cher (Alicia Silverstone in the movie), but I guess she can sing, and the girl does has moxie.  Not sure about you, but I'd go see it in a heartbeat!

P.S. Wouldn't it be wonderful if Paul Rudd made a appearance.  While he's probably too old to realistically play Josh, the guy can sing (or lip-sync)...

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Friday, July 18, 2014

7 Days of Garbage

Talk about a reality check!  The United States has a major trash problem, with the average American producing more than 4 pounds of garbage a day…A DAY! That is is 50% more than what's produced by Western Europeans.  Photographer Gregg Segal decided to add imagery to this statistic, putting friends, neighbors, and strangers lying amidst 7 days of their own garbage to demonstrate the volume of our waste.   Segal states "obviously, this is a series guiding people toward a confrontation with the excess that's part of their lives…forcing us to reconcile what we're producing, which hopefully causes some people to think a bit more about what they're consuming."

Makes you think twice, doesn't it?

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Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Whatcha Reading?

So…whatcha reading?  No really…tell me, please!
I've been nursing the 3rd installment of the Divergent series, Allegiant for far too long and it's just getting downright painful.  I earn a meager percentage or two a night on my kindle, if I'm lucky, but I can't seem to overcome the hump of 16%.  Pathetic, and I've been known to push through a book, just to say I read it! 

Thus, in an effort to move beyond futuristic teenage series (that statement sure sounded mature, didn't it)...I'm looking for some summertime reads.  The easy, the deep, the thought provoking, hit me with your best recommendations, I'm ready for ya!

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Monday, July 14, 2014

Tina Fey's New Movie

I'm a Tina Fey fan.  Loved her book, Mean Girls, Liz Lemon on 30 Rock, the whole shebang.  Here's a glimpse at her latest movie, and it looks pretty good!  It's been such a long time since I've seen a movie in a theater.  Between this, The Fault in Our Stars, and Gone Girl, I'm creating quite the "movies-to-see" list.

What do you think?  Is it worth $12 plus a $4 cherry coke?


Salad Savvy: Mustard Chicken Salad

Truth.  I don't love broccoli. Never have, despite my efforts to force myself to like the nutrient packed green veggie.  However, as I was pureeing broccoli with a bit of potato yesterday for my daughter's lunch, I thought…hmm, I better find some recipes that incorporate broccoli quick so I don't influence a distaste for broccoli in her as well.  Low and behold, Ina Garten to the rescue!  During R's nap time, Miss Ina whipped up mustard chicken salad (which according to the narrative in the show, was a staple in her former Hamptons shop, Barefoot Contessa).  The ingredients are few, and most you probably have in your fridge as I did after a quick Trader Joe's run, with the exception of whole grain mustard, because who has that? 

While I'm not a huge mayo-in-salad fan, this salad feels less mayo-y than others, given the flavors of the mustard and white wine in the dressing.  I wish I'd taken a picture to demonstrate that it wasn't smothered in mayo, but this online shot will have to do.  


Thursday, July 10, 2014

Gone Girl Trailer

Did you read ever Gone Girl?  A few trailers for the screen version of the popular book dropped this weekend, and not gonna lie, they're pretty chilling.  Initially I was skeptical of Ben Affleck being cast as the main character - Nick Dunne, but in this icy trailer he is pretty convincing.  Also - talk about a creepy Neal Patrick Harris!  In addition, I like that they picked a relatively unknown actress to play Nick's missing wife, Amy (recognize her from Pride & Prejudice?)  For the Gone Girl enthusiasts, here's another "official" trailer to reel you in. The movie debuts October 3rd.

Are you going to go see it?

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

'Merica Moccs

I know I'm a few days late, and a few dollars short…but aren't these American flag moccasins adorable?!  LOVE Freshly Picked!


Monday, July 7, 2014

Currently...

Bookmarking: this entree and this salad
Wearing: a new top compliments of Stitchfix
Loving: this letterpress shop on easy
Podcasting: a recommendation from my husband
Reading: wish I was reading a book, lately I've just been a magazine girl
Late night snacking: the best sea salt caramel gelato this side of Italy
Hoping to see: this tearjerker

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Living the Fit Bit Life

Do you have a Fit Bit?  I never really considered purchasing one until I read this article by David Sedaris in the New Yorker.  For him, the daily step count became a huge motivator, encouraging him to walk instead of drive, and take the long detour instead of the shortcut just to accrue more steps, essentially competing with himself to earn and acquire more steps each day.  I kind of like this idea...

Do you have a Fit Bit?  Do you use it consistently?  What do you think of it?

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Monday, June 30, 2014

Salad Savvy: Peach and Roasted Vegetable Salad

Thanks Ashlee for this recipe hook up!  I made this recipe as a side to accompany this equally delicious entree for a few friends that came over for dinner last week.  I opted for quinoa as my grain of choice, but I could see this salad holding up a few more days with cous cous or farro or a sturdier grain.  The peach adds a sweet, summery kick that was delectable!

25,000 Mornings

I saw this article on another blog and thought it was too good to not repost.  Did you know you have approximately 25,000 mornings in your adult life.  The author of this piece talks about her realization that she'd let far too many mornings slip by being hurried, hustled, or frantically trying to get out the door.  Time for a better, happier morning routine. 

Having a 9-month old, my morning routine varies day to day with an infant; though it usually involves a cup of coffee, a bowl of cereal, and a few pajama-clad cuddles.  But with my kickoff to summer vacation and stay-at-home-mommyhood, but I'm definitely eager to start some new routines to simplify and maximize my mornings.

What's your morning routine?  

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Friday, June 27, 2014

10 Reasons Why I Love You: 7 Months

{7 months old}

1. You have discovered that your tongue is quite the object of amusement.  Sticking it out while blowing raspberries makes for quite a wet kiss, but you love doing this on repeat!  On our flight to LA, I was afraid our neighboring seatmates might get an unwelcome spray from your noiseblowing antics! But instead they smiled and played along and even let you catch a glimpse of Frozen on their laptop.


2. You ride in the stroller like a big girl now, no more of this backward facing carseat strolling, you are facing outward and taking in your world!  Of course, in Riley fashion, you typically kick your feet throughout the entire ride, occasionally getting a squeak or two out of Sophie (or Sophie #2 since we lost one at Greenlake).  It’s amazing to see how interested you are in the world around you, you are in awe of everything; from kids running to loud noises, everything is bright, shiny, new, and exciting...it’s truly amazing to watch.


3. Speaking of strollers, you’ve now recognized how the stroller and carseats work, unhooking equals your release.  Now you gladly outstretch your arms, inviting us to pick you up the second that button releases.  It is so cute, your whole body leans forward as your arms outstretch, elbow locked, eager to get out of the seat and climb our body for a better view.


4. You’re such a happy girl, you’ve discovered the magic of clapping your hands!  It was such a delight to see you clap your hands for the first time.  You clap out of happiness, to simply make noise, and in appreciation of your grateful parents :)


5. Babbling up a storm, dadada, mamamama, babababa, we love to hear you talk!  You babble and squeal.  Sometimes you seem so calm and mellow and then you let out these squeals, talking in your own little language.  I so wish I knew what you were saying!


6. You’re latest new toy - a stuffed sea turtle compliments of my godmother Judy.  This turtle is rotund, round with soft fuzzy flippers.  While I’m getting dressed in the morning, you nestle in the middle of our bed, and reach enthusiastically for the turtle, grasping, reaching, leaning, and eventually plop...faceplant.  You’re much more eager to risk the chance of falling on the soft bed, but it’s a great place to learn. Your latest trick is to nibble the poor guy, if we swim turtle in for a kiss, you open your mouth and playfully gnaw on his fuzzy fins.


7. Drum, drum, drumming!  Daddy will lay on the mat with you and slap his hands against the floor mat tiles, and you willingly join in the musical charade.  Pretty soon you are tapping and slapping together to a beautiful beat.


8. I guess you’ve decided back sleeping is boring, and felt necessary to mix it up in the crib.  First, you somehow rotated 180 in crib, making your body perpendicular to the length of the crib.  How you did this exactly is still a mystery, though I’m confident some was fueled by kicking your feet high up on the crib sides and pushing off, which simultaneously landed you wedged in the width of the crib, somewhat stuck.  Oh dear!


9. Our adventures in solid food have continued: kale, spinach, butternut squash, cottage cheese, carrots, peas, asparagus, among others.  Sometimes, mid-meal you decide to pop your thumb into your mouth, which we affectionately call “squash...with a side of thumb.”  

10. You had your first experience with a babysitter that wasn’t a family member for Aunt Katie and Uncle Greg's wedding - and for two nights in a row at that!  Mom was a little nervous (not gonna lie), but the sitter took good care of you and your pal Myles.  Truth be told, Mom ended up enjoying herself a little too much on her night off…  And as always, you were a lovely little peach.  

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Dinner Last Night: Salmon with Crispy Kale and Coconut Rice

I've had this recipe pinned for a while now and now that school's out, I have zero excuses left.  I was pleasantly surprised that this dish ended up being quick and easy to make - for real!  

Preheating the oven aside and prep time included, it took just 15 minutes start to finish.  In addition, it's  healthy, dairy-free, and Paleo too (just in case anyone was keeping track).  The recipe calls for sweet potatoes but I didn't have any on hand, and honestly the rice, kale, and salmon still made for such a filling, complete meal, I don't think the sweet potatoes were even necessary.  We ended up pouring the extra sauce few tablespoons of sauce/marinade over the salmon after baking which added a satisfying Sriracha-sesame oil kick to the fish.  

YUM!


School's Out For Summer!

Today is officially my first day of summer vacation…and it's wonderful!  The sun is shining, the sky is bright blue dotted with fluffy white clouds, and I get to spend all day with my baby (on repeat).  Cue the happy song!

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Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Salad Savvy: Fig, Feta, and Mint Salad

Riley's latest favorite food is feta cheese - so naturally I had to use the extra abundance of feta on hand for a salad for mom too.  Enter my new favorite foodie blog, French Foodie Baby, which conveniently had a simple, bright spring salad - Fig, Feta, and Mint salad.  In a word - refreshing!  The kick of the feta really complements the sweetness of the figs and the mint adds that pop of lovely color and freshness for spring.  Will definitely be making this again!

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