Aug 30, 2011

{laundry room redo}

edit: i have had so many people email me asking what the wall color is! its my favorite one we picked for our home. i'm just sorry i didn't think to post it to begin with, but the color is 'belle grove spruce' - its a valspar color from lowes.


why i unashamedly love our laundry room more than any other in our house.

one more project done.
daniel should give the men a tutorial on this one ;)
this was his weekend project when i went to the beach early without him. it was the best surprise!

Aug 29, 2011


hope you all had a safe & cozy weekend!
especially those of you on the east coast. irene only gave us a bit of a breeze on saturday, but we're far enough inland that she didn't really reach us.

so i'm not sure how many of you ladies would find this helpful, but for our baby registry, we used an awesome online site & i think it would be SO perfect for a bridal registry, too. just wanted to share, because i so wish i had known about it when i was registering for all of our wedding things!

its called
there are several sites that all basically do this, & some of them may be even easier to use, but this one seemed pretty simple to me.

basically it lets you compile all the little things you would want for your home & put them all on the same registry. so simple but genius, i think. once you register, it asks you to add a little button onto your favorites bar {just like pinterest does, for those of you on there, it should be even easier}

ladies, this means that you can now register for those gorgeous anthropologie potholders, or fun little etsy things instead of your whole registry being bed bath & beyond or babies r us or whatever else.
i just think it gives so many more options. & for far away family & things, its great, too, because it gives you the option of mailing the item directly to them.

once you register, your page will look something like this below:
and for people searching for your registry, you would just go to the site, type in the persons name you're looking for & view their list from there.

i have loved having it for our baby registry, {although i still used babies r us for a few things too, but it was nice to mix it up a little} so i thought i would share the love!

Aug 26, 2011

{29 & 30 weeks plus baby update}

{no real 30 week picture & i'm 31 weeks today. whoops}

so the short of the story is...that we are meeting isaac sometime between september 17th & october 8th. give or take a few days on both ends.

which, hello, is NOT so far away at ALL!!!
he's still a tiny little bean. 
just a bit over 2 pounds at my checkup on tuesday, so we are praying that he continues to grow & his lungs develop well between now & then, & ultimately still that he will be born healthy & his brain will be functioning perfectly!

one thing daniel & i were talking about the other day, is how grateful i am that this is our first baby. i don't know any different, so i don't have a lot of expectations of what 'normal' should be. the normal number of doctors appointments & ultrasounds, or how i 'normally' would feel or even just have expectations of what i want my labor to be like & how soon i get to hold isaac & feed him etc…

so many things that i think would typically be a big deal to me if maybe we'd already been through this, or even just if this was a typical pregnancy aren't at all to us, when we really think of the big picture. & in a lot of ways i think that is a blessing. i definitely have opinions & thoughts as we're talking with doctors & specialists, but ultimately, we just want isaac to come home as soon as he can. & there are a lot of things that i would like that maybe won't be able to happen, but thats okay. 

maybe i'll have to pump while we're in the hospital & isaac won't want to breastfeed once we bring him home. maybe i won't get to see him right away. maybe inducing me early won't work & they'll have to do a c-setion. maybe LOTS of things could happen that we wouldn't choose or expect. but a lot of things already have & we talk through them & pray about them. & we still can't wait to meet our little baby boy. none of the little decisions really matter that much in comparison. not really.

all of the natural momma stuff that i would love to do just maybe won't be whats the very best for isaac right away, & that is going to have to be okay because every babies story is different. & just being able to hold a moving, breathing little boy will be such a miracle to us.

we can't wait to meet you little kicker.
please grow nice & big for mom & dad. or all of these carbs the doctor ordered will be in vain :P

Aug 25, 2011

{in love all over again}

i wanted to title this post 'film friday' because i am still thinking that every day this week is friday.
But, it doesn't matter, because this is one more item off my 23 before 23!!!

number 19: take 5 rolls of film

psh. i took one. only one so far. but at least i did that! & i am totally in love with them already, so i think we'll probably go through a few more before isaac is even here. the film was massively expired, so i didn't know how it would turn out, so i just had the roll made into a disc at walgreens today.

i've missed the graininess & tone of film so much.

& i love remembering all of the old dates these are from. & also how hot my husband looks :)

Aug 24, 2011

{chevron dresser before & after}

please don't scold me for painting over wood.
it really wasn't even wood. it ended up being laminate after all.
i always forget to take before pictures, so see that dresser on the right? buried under cute baby blankets?
it was actually our kitchen island for the past few months, but we ended up not feeling quite right about it. the idea of painting it made me so nervous, but since we have now, i can't believe we ever thought the wood color looked okay {for this particular piece}. Oh, & here is his messy room, too. we're working on that part. You may note that he doesn't have a crib either. We're working on that, too...
so after priming, a few coats of paint, a chevron template, more painting & an antropologie run for pretty knobs…

his too-big clothes are already packed away in the bottom drawer. 
& that is just one more project off of my list.
oh isaac, we can't wait to meet you :)

will post details of that tomorrow, though.

hope you all are having a wonderful week so far! it just doesn't feel like wednesday to me. i have friday fever already…

Aug 23, 2011

{shrimp & grits}

i know! more food. i can't help it. my life seems to revolve around eating anymore. so bear with me ;)

since our topsail trip with daniels family this past may, i've been majorly craving the shrimp & grits we had on our family dinner out - so rich & delicious :)

i found a food network recipe & made a few changes to make it more like what we had & it was pretty dern close. 

for the grits:
3 cups chicken stock/1 cup water
1/2 cup of whole milk or whipping cream
1 cup of yellow stone ground grits
salt & pepper to taste
1 tablespoon of butter
1/4 cup of parmesan

for the shrimp:
2 tablespoons of butter
1 small onion
3 cloves of garlic
1 bell pepper, chopped
1/2 pound of smoked sausage, sliced
1 1/2 pounds of shrimp, peeled & deveined
1/4 cup of dry white wine
1/3 cup of sun-dried tomatoes

no.1 in a large saucepan, bring chicken stock, water & milk to a low simmer & wisk in your grits. 
no.2 stir often until thickened {your grits should have a definite substance to them, but not be super thick. if they are, add more stock.} & add salt & pepper, butter & parmesan. turn off heat & cover until ready to serve. 
no.3 with a large pan over medium heat, add butter & saute onion, garlic & bell pepper until tender.
no.4 add sausage. once it has cooked all the way through, add shrimp & saute for another 2 or so minutes.
no.5 add wine & sun-dried tomatoes. season with salt & pepper & serve over grits.

{p.s. the wine belongs to husband. i really have been a good girl the past 7 months…}

Aug 22, 2011

{once a week pizza}

-smoked mozzarella
-garden tomatoes
-half pepperoni {for daniel}

simple & good.
& really the best pizza i think we've ever had.

thanks for all your thoughts on the rainbow hair below, too, this past weekend!
i thought i had almost talked myself out of it until you all came along encouraging me :P

Aug 19, 2011

{tie-dyed tips}

i'm sure a lot of people have seen this floating around online.

daniel & i have briefly discussed {& i have permission!!!} to color my tips like this based on two things:
-after isaac is born
-& also contingent on the fact that if it ends up looking horrific, i can snip it off.

i've never ever colored my hair before.
i like my hair not colored. but when i saw this…tips?! that doesn't seem to risky. except for the whole pink part. me & pink have just never really gotten along so great...

so maybe. but maybe i'll chicken out, too.

thoughts? would you color your tips like rainbow bright, or is it just me?

Aug 18, 2011

{a few blog changes}

you may have noticed some slight tweakings taking place on my blog the past few days.
i'm still working on things - especially the mess of links up at the top that are supposed to take you to recipes & things. i don't know what the deal is with those, but maybe i'll be able to figure it out.

so the little colorful flags will link you straight away to blog lovin' {which i LOVE. i've posted about it, before. but i will go ahead & tell you -- i adore that it is much cleaner & streamlined & easier to filter thru than google reader, but my one complaint is that you can't link things to your pinterest from it. it took me awhile to figure that one out.} twitter & pinterest instead of all the different sized buttons & links before.

then below all those little links you'll find an ad for shabby apple. if you've seen my twitter lately, they contacted me about being an affiliate for their dresses & putting that lovely little button on the side there. i actually wasn't sure if i would or not, but i figured, what the heck. & i like a lot of their dresses & things. so if you click on that little link & end up buying something I can earn a commission off of it {you can't say i didn't tell you now at least. so i'm not being sneaky about it :P} 5% isn't enough to quite quit my dayjob, but its kind of fun. so if you're in the market for pretty bridesmaid dresses or whatever else -- i would recommend taking a gander :) some of their swimsuits are really beautiful, too.

then below that i finally decided to un-hide my subscriber button.
& we'll just see what becomes of this little blog of mine. especially once isaac gets here.

our nest is starting to feel really empty without him. i can hardly wait...

Aug 17, 2011

{french onion soup}

most delicious soup i've had in a really long time, folks. it takes just a little more hands on time to brown the onions, but otherwise, its super easy & GOOD!!! although i've been craving french onion soup for weeks now, so it was probably especially good to me.
 you should still give it a makin', though, i think :)

french onion soup
original recipe from the curvy carrot

{recipe says it serves 6. maybe its just because i can eat about double right now + this was super amazing but i would say it serves 4}

3 pounds or 3 large/4 small onions, cut into small pieces
3 tablespoons of coconut oil/butter
1/2 teaspoon of sea salt
1 pinch of sugar
3 cups of chicken or beef stock + 2 cups of water
1 tablespoon of arrowroot powder/flour
1 sprig of thyme {or a bit of italian seasoning, if you aren't in the habit of keeping fresh thyme around, like me}
1/4 cup of dry white wine
1 crusty baguette {i have a killer recipe coming your way for these, too}
1/2 cup of gruyere or another fancy cheese of your liking

1. melt coconut oil in a large soup pot over medium heat.
2. add onions, salt & sugar. cover & cook for 10 minutes. then reduce heat & cook until lightly browned. this takes 20-30 minutes. but you can just go back every 5 minutes or so & give it a stir.
3. begin adding water - just a tablespoon at a time. don't add your 5 cups right now. just stir in enough to loosen up the dark brown stuff on the bottom of your pan. continue to cook until onions are even more browned.
4. add arrowroot or flour & stir for 2 minutes
5. add stock, water & thyme & bring to a boil.
6. lower heat, add wine & any additional spices to taste & simmer for 20 minutes.
7. this final step is for about 15 minutes before you're ready to eat: slice up a baguette into 3/4 inch-ish slices & cover a cookie sheet. bake until crispy, or dry.
8. then you'll want to scoop your soup into heatproof (thing corningwear style) bowls, set on a baking sheet & top with baguette slices + cheese. heat in your broiler at 450 until cheese is melty & bubbly & EAT!!!

    Aug 15, 2011

    {a few projects done with lots more to do}

    this past weekend i had some time to work on a few projects while daniel was out & about.

    i'm actually thrilled with how my first one turned out.

    especially since i've neglected my sewing machine for the past few years.
    they're still not perfect - at all. but it was my very first time using bias tape {its always been super intimidating to me} & i think considering, they turned out pretty well.

    i won't even try to post a tutorial for it, because there is already an awesome one here.
    its a pretty easy sewing project - maybe not for an absolute beginner, but if you've done any sewing at all, i think you could do this :) they took me about an hour each from start to finish this first time.

    & the best part about this was that i was able to throw away two hideous & hole-y pot holders for two much much nicer ones.

    i've also made one of these pot holders, too, recently. & i'm just not super dexterous, so i like the idea of having my hand in a mitt. it feels safer. but they were even easier & really fun, too.

    also hoping to make stockings inspired by these {but a little more manly. there will be two boys in my house & i don't think they'll be wanting fuzzy leopard stockings}

    still dying to make these

    & possibly this

    Aug 12, 2011

    {28 weeks + 8 weeks to go}

    everything we do lately seems to be preparing for little isaac.
    whether it really has very much to do with him or not.
    i've gotten quite a few projects finished, & quite a few more to do -- things that i know probably wont happen once he's born.

    like our blurb books.
    or sorting thru old childhood boxes & turning them into little pint sized books, too.
    or cleaning out the office.
    or making a ridiculous amount of freezer meals.

    right now its looking like we won't have any more than 8 weeks before we meet our little man.

    yes. eight!!!

    & no. that doesn't line up with my due date, if you were just doing the math.

    but from all of our talks with different doctors, we'll have to deliver him early. for various reasons. the swelling in his brain & also he's on the tiny side. a good bit. when we first were talking about delivering early because of that, it seemed kind of odd to me, but it makes sense now.
     isaac is going to stick around in momma's belly for as long as possible, but he'll still probably be early.

    so two months before baby.

    which has kind of put me into christmas mode way early, too.
    i don't want to be thinking about presents any time between october & december -- & honestly, we probably won't have time to! so thats just something else on my list between now & then.

    present buying. decoration sorting. stocking making {today :)}
    hopefully i won't be tired of it before thanksgiving :)
    because i might have to turn on a few christmas jams while i do these things you know…

    Aug 11, 2011

    {a good idea gone kind of wrong}

    this is isaacs baby blanket gone horribly wrong.
    but for some reason i keep on adding to it.

    & just in case you were wondering -- i DID follow a pattern, so HOW DID THIS HAPPEN?!
    that 5x7 blanket that i thought i was turning into a 3 1/2ish x 5 1/2 ended up being over 7 1/2 feet long.
    this is three balls of yard later, & now that i've spent hours & hours on this little guy, i'm unsure again what i want to do with it, after all.

    you are probably looking at the worlds largest baby blanket in the works + mommy blanket + daddy + extended family. i'm pretty sure we could all fit.

    lesson maybe should be:
    don't start a blanket from the back seat of a car?

    Aug 10, 2011

    date nite.

    lately we've both been playing piano a lot more in the evenings.
    i had really forgotten how much i loved it.
    unfortunately, i'm strictly a music reader. but daniel is trying to break me of my habit.

    the piano isn't really ours, either.
    our dear friends that lived with us this summer have left it for a bit longer until they're settled in their new home.
    it'll be sad to see it leave. i suppose we'll just have to get our own one of these days :)

    Aug 5, 2011

    {goodbye numbers 6 &13!}

    still working on my 23 before 23 list.

    i'm still really glad i made it. i love crossing things off lists. ask daniel.
    but i feel like a lot has changed already since i made it, too.
    baby i kind of changed a few of my goals a little {like the 5k. yeah right!!!}

    but i'm still getting a decent number of them crossed off.
    well…8. but in my defense, there are quite a few of them that i have 'basically' finished, but haven't marked off yet.

    i still have 3 months, so we'll see how many more of these i can knock off. up next i think is a christmas tree skirt...

    my two most recent victories, though, are numbers 6 & 13 -- shoot another wedding this year {& the way i'm feeling lately, i'm glad to have just done the one! all of my limbs are starting to turn to jello…} & print off our blurb books. i'll post about them when they come in the mail! i am SO excited about seeing them :)

    is anyone else out there making progress with their new years resolutions or lists?

    Aug 4, 2011

    {27 weeks}

    bad picture. im sorry. we realised at about 11:30, the night of our shower that we should probably have pictures of us from it. {but i'll post more about that, later}

    little isaac is finally noticeable, although i think he's still mostly hiding way back in my belly somewhere.
    i haven't given you all a baby update with him in a long while now, but really thats just because we don't know anything new with him. my last ultrasound was over 5 weeks ago, & at that point, we didn't learn anything new, either.

    we go in again this next tuesday.
    i'm excited to see him - & also a little nervous.
    but mostly, we still just want to meet him & know how to love him.

    this is just a season of patience right now. & while waiting is an easy thing to do, on the one hand, because our lives still feel pretty 'normal' waiting, its also hard to not know what life is going to look like for our little man & us. just doing things - anything, in a lot of ways seems like it would be easier than the waiting, but theres nothing we can do right now. so patience for us it is.

    i'm officially in my last trimester now. so we're getting there. just a few more months & a new season begins.

    Aug 3, 2011

    {make your own: deodorant}

    oh gracious. i have lots of things to say but for today i'm just going to post this deodorant 'recipe'
    {bleck. calling it a recipe sounds a little icky, but you know what i mean}

    its super simple.

    you will need:
    1/4 cup of arrowroot powder
    1/4 cup of baking soda
    1/4 cup of coconut oil
    10 or so drops of essential oil {i use tea tree & it smells really nice}

    this past time around i actually blended it all together in my food processor & it mixed a LOT better. in the past i've just used a spoon, & that does work fine, but the arrowroot + baking soda tends to leave a few tiny clumps, so i like it this way much better.

    this actually works REALLY well for me, too. just in case you were wondering. its one of those natural products that i don't think i could use if it didn't. so i suppose it depends on each person a little bit, but i've found it works better than store bought deodorant for me.

    just a few notes:
    -it took me ages to find arrowroot powder. maybe its just my grocery stores, but any health food store would have it, & amazon does as well in massive quantities. but you can also use it in a lot of baking…

    -coconut oil beginds to solidify below 76ish degrees, so when last winter came around, it made my deodorant a little more difficult to scoop out of the jar. i just moved it to a bathroom that wasn't so freezing in our house. & maybe you wont have that problem at all. our house gets super chilly in the winter months.

    now back to my nutella + pretzels :)