Monday, December 17, 2012

A Prayer.


The events at Sandy Hook Elementary are more devastating than words can express. I can't begin to imagine the sadness felt by family, friends, colleagues, and students that have survived this horrific event. This tragedy has illuminated the immense gratitude that I feel for the teachers in my community who love their students and would do anything to protect them; for my husband whose job it is to look after an elementary school; and for the little face that I got to wake up to this morning.

A prayer....

God, be with those who are heartbroken. Mend wounds, father. Wounds that are physical and wounds that are spiritual. Put a hedge of protection around those who are suffering. Protect the marriages and family units who are devastated by the death of a child, mother, sibling, or friend. Give peace that surpasses all understanding and help the families, that they might smile again. Heal the community of Newtown, this country, and the world...

Thank you, Lord for showing us, once again that we are a people who rise together in times of tragedy; to support, acknowledge, and lift up those who are devastated. For the souls of those who have been brutally taken, may you build a special place in heaven for their little spirits. Give them wings, that they may soar like eagles. 

Amen.

Write a letter of support to Sandy Hill Elemtary:
 
Sandy Hook Elementary School
12 Dickenson Drive
Newtown, CT 06482


(image from ABC News, website)

Thursday, December 13, 2012

baby tears.


There were a few tears today, and they didn't come from Easton...

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

I'll Be Wearing...

I'm going to a really fancy dinner with my husband this Christmas season (and I can't wait)!! This is an outfit that I put together in anticipation for our night out. I'll be wearing this, or something like it...








































one. this bracelet is HOT.
two. a seriously amazing dress in the perfect cut. obsessed.
three. kissable earrings. no mistletoe required.
four. nothing keeps me warmer than a faux fur jacket (and they go with everything, eh?)
five. festive shoes. everyone needs a pair of red shoes; that's my moto, anyway.
six. teal clutch.


Tuesday, December 11, 2012

A GIFT guide: baby girl

For your friend's baby girl who has more hair than the average thirty year old and rocks a pair of jeggings...

























one. a black beanie with cat ears. nothing cuter.
two. "I Had A Favorite Dress." (who doesn't??)
three. a heart pin that will add a little girly flair to just about anything.
four. a stuffed mouse who does ballet (and looks really good doing it, too).
five. a dress that Coco Chanel herself would drool over.
six. the perfect bin to store all of her chić toys.
seven. black shoes go with just about everything...even in baby land.

Sunday, December 9, 2012

A GIFT Guide: Husband

For your husband; who loves anything fancy and luxurious, and says "peekie-boo" instead of "peek-a-boo" when playing with your toddler...







































one. these are the most manly coasters I have EVER seen.
two. midcentury/modern magazine rack for his HUGE office.
three. a slim brief-case that will carry his iPad, iPhone, & MacBook AIR.
four.  A really fancy cigar cutter, for nights spent at the cigar lounge.
five. wisdom for the good life.
six. a framed limited edition of his idol.
sevenwhisky cubes that won't water down his drink.


Gift guides for a friend, best friend, and toddler!

Get Yo' Tree, PEOPLE!


This year we decided to begin a new and wonderful tradition: the "Annual Frascone & Hernandez Christmas Tree Cutting..."

Friday, December 7, 2012

A GIFT guide: Friend

For your hilarious friend who brings you pastel macaroons when you're sad and works in politics...



onea gold clutch for her fancy work functions.
twoa reminder to go to the spa with her fabulous friend.
threea striped umbrella because it's girly and will keep her dry.
foura flirty headband perfect for her monthly tea parties.
five"skirt the rules" coffee mug.
sixa bracelet that you know she'd wear EVERY single day.

Thursday, December 6, 2012

A GIFT Guide: Best Friend

For your best friend who your father-in-law calls "J-Lo" and is the most glamorous girl you know...


one. a super "GLAM" iPhone cover.
two. a sparkly print; perfect for her closet (which is an entire bedroom!!)
three. a book about glamorous makeup.
four. a beautiful head-band, fit for a night on the town with friends.
five. a fabulous dress for New Year's Eve (because you know her dress size like the back of your hand).

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

A GIFT guide: Toddler

For an extremely classic and sophisticated 14 month old who brings a hat with him everywhere and rocks out to Bob Dylan...




















One. A tent that looks like it arrived straight from the 1950's.
Two. Book: THIS IS NOT MY HAT. 
Three. A minimalist sweater (because he's classy like that).
Four. Mice in a matchbox.
Five. A coat rack to hang up all of his hats.
Six. Uncle Goose Alphabet blocks in French (because even babies want to live like the French do...)

Thankful for Thanksgiving.


This Thanksgiving, Tony and I decided to head north to our friend's cabin and have a little family alone time. We aren't huge fans of the big family Thanksgivings...

Monday, December 3, 2012

Dad.

Last week my daddy died. Putting that into words feels so surreal. It's been a very long and hard road, as he had been sick for many years.  I don't believe that that fact has made losing him any less difficult. I'm in the process of having to reconcile the loss of two different versions of my dad, which is something that will take me a long time to work out (I suppose)....

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

gifts for babies???


Tony and I are compiling our Christmas lists and one person that we just can't seem to get a handle on is Easton...

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Clearing the Cabinet: A food challenge


At church on Sunday our pastor encouraged the congregation to take a "$5 for 5" challenge. For five days, eat on no more than $5 a day (per person). He told his church that in doing so, we will eat in the same way as BILLIONS of people in the world. The purpose, you ask? To truly understand what it is to worry about the cost of food. To eat less and know the feeling of hunger, more. To feel grateful, TRULY grateful for what we have and really feel the gratitude for Thanksgiving's feast....

Friday, November 9, 2012

better late than never.


We didn't carve a pumpkin on Halloween with Easton. Blame it on his 6pm bedtime, or the fact that I was consumed with packing for our Mexican vacation. Either way, it didn't get done. I decided that today would be a great day to play in the pumpkin guts. So, I carved the top off (of which Easton affectionally called a "hat") and let Easton play with the pumpkin and all of it's gooey goodness. He seemed a little cautious of the pumpkin at first. Once he realized that it was cool- he was in to it...hat and all. He loves putting tops on things...so he really enjoyed taking the pumpkin "hat" on and off! I just love watching that baby explore. 

a wedding in paradise.


Angela and Reggie did their wedding right. They invited 45 of their closest family and friends, hosted a beautiful boat cruise for their rehearsal dinner (to which they invited everyone who came to Cabo for the wedding), and said their vows on a cliff overlooking the ocean. It's hard to get more picturesque than a ceremony overlooking the ocean. Just sayin.....

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Red Hippo.

Hey everybody! My blog has a new name AND a new logo. There will also be some other changes to my blog- hopefully you all like them. The changes will come slowly, as not to scare anyone :) No, the honest truth is, I just need a lot of help with these changes. I'm not very computer savvy....

For those who know me, you know that I am OBSESSED with hippos. It felt fitting that my new name reflect this obsession. Remember when I wrote about wanting to change things up?!?! Well soon after that post, my hub and I threw around name ideas and this one came to us. Right away we fell in love with "Red Hippo!" My pal Colleen (who also makes amazing deserts) designed this fabulous logo! I mean, it really couldn't be any more perfect...don't cha think?!?


Mexican Bridal Shower!!

Tony and I just got home from a fabulous trip to Cabo San Lucas! My best friend Angela had a destination wedding, and I was lucky (and completely humbled) to be a part of her day.

Together with Angela's aunt and cousin, we threw a impromptu bridal shower the day before the wedding. Angela's family and friends are spread all across the country and Mexico was the only time we could all be together to celebrate Ang in such a special way. 

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

inside.


Easton takes far fewer naps these days. He has so much energy and wants to learn so badly (he's a sponge you know....soaking up all sorts of information all day long). I want his days to be full of imagination, play, learning, and fun. We play outdoors a lot. I'm really excited to be getting some soft soled rain boots so our outdoor play can continue during the rainy season. I can't wait until Easton feels rain on his face for the first time....that's going to be a pretty cool moment.

Monday, October 22, 2012

Pumpkin patch.


We had a nice little outing at the Pumpkin Patch on Sunday. We dressed E in his adorable pumpkin costume, and drove over to the top rated family pumpkin patch in the Bay Area. It really was a great patch of pumpkins- made better by the fact that our family friends joined in on the fun!

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Hibernation.

I've been in hibernation for the last couple of weeks. It's been nice. Easton and I have enjoyed some pretty mellow days following his birthday party. We ran so many errands in preparation for his party, that we both needed a little rest. R&R with a baby still requires work, obviously....but we've stayed close to home and took far fewer car trips. I've become obsessed with Homeland, Boardwalk Empire, and Girls, and watch these fabulous shows during E's nap time. Easton has discovered balloons and cats (and he's obsessed with them)! His new favorite words are "cat," "hat," and "ball" (and he says them all at the appropriate times!) He has been walking a little more every day. My friend calls it the drunken sailor walk....he sort of- sways. It's very cute.

One thing you might not know about me....

Thursday, October 4, 2012

celebrating ONE.

I had such an amazing time throwing my little guy's birthday party! I know that Easton had a fabulous time with all of his closest friends and family (about 50 people, in total) and I'm pretty sure our guests had a nice time too!

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

First Step!

I've been a little pre-occupied with planning Easton's first birthday party the last couple of weeks. This party is essentially the size of a small wedding with tiny little details coming out of my...ears. But, in the midst of all the planning madness and in between errands, my little one year old took his FIRST STEP!!

I was on the phone with someone from Joanne's Fabric (getting a stock check, for yet another birthday party prop), when it happened. The guy on the other end of the phone probably thought I was nuts...I yelled, "OH MY GOODNESS, my baby just took his first step!!!!! So, do you think you have those letters in stock?..." Always the shopper, I am.

He did it a few times; the blurriness of the photo proves that he's in motion! On his third go of it, he took two steps in a row before he fell.  I'm so excited! My baby really is [almost] a toddler!


Baby steps, they are so much cuter than regular sized people steps... take ma word for it. 

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

one.


Today is the day. My baby, my tiny little boy is one year old. The last 366 days have been quite the journey for this mama (this year was a leap year, so we got an extra day of baby-hood!). Easton has given me a CRAZY amount of joy. I have nourished him from my own body every single day for a year. I've had the honor of watching him grow and learn.  I have listened to him cry, coo, babble, and talk. I have seen him at his absolute best and absolute worst. He has changed. I have changed. As he grows, our bond will change. It makes me thankful for the time we had, and hopeful for our developing "mama-toddler" relationship. But, before he becomes a toddler, I must give you a tiny recap of some fabulous things from this past year. Here are a few fabulous tidbits about my little Easton...

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Weekend SnapShots

Two amazing things happened at Nana and Grandpa's house on Sunday...

 Easton got to open his first birthday gift (a couple of days early) and, Tony's dad hooked up his 1950's microphone to our amplifier. (It was awesome, and so pretty.)

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Weekend SnapShots!


Last Saturday we spent the day at Tony's parent's house. It was a family affair....

Thanks, Bob Dylan.

Well, last night might have been the most AWFUL night of sleep that I've had with Easton since he was three months old. This baby would NOT go back to sleep he was Up All Night (I love that show, don't you!) The whole night I was going back and forth to and from his room trying to soothe, comfort, and make him shut up. Seriously, nothing worked. I even gave him a dose of baby tylenol. Maybe I'm a bad parent, but he was so upset that I thought he must be sick. Medicating him didn't work either.



Bright and early we rolled out of bed, made coffee, ate breakfast, and started rocking out to Bob Dylan radio on Pandora. I'm so thankful for Bob Dylan. He and the gang (like the Beatles, Johnny Cash, and The Rolling Stones) always brighten up my morning (Easton loves dancing to their music too!) It's sort of, our morning sound track.


One of my favorite Bob Dylan songs.

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Ben and Kate = CRAZY funny

I just watched pilot of Ben and Kate on Hulu. Seriously, I laughed out loud (by myself) so many times that I can't even believe the show was only 22 minutes. I laughed at least 22 times. That's one laugh a minute, people.


This show has all the makings of a good TV sitcom- two hilarious lead characters (played by Nat Faxon and Dakota Johnson), a cute little girl, and two funny side-kicks. With all that funny, what can go wrong?

Watch the full episode before it's September 25th premier, HERE!

Monday, September 10, 2012

Quinoa Salad: Part deux

Quinoa Salad with Corn and Currents
Serving Size: 4-6
Calories per serving: between 175-235

I tend to cook often with quinoa. I just love how easy it is to prepare and how filling it is! I've shared SO MANY of my favorite quinoa recipes, like this one and this one, oh, and this one too....I think I'll keep my quinoa obsession going. Here's one more!

My friend Megan regularly shares delicious and healthy recipes with me. She eats exclusively vegan (God bless her) and always comes up with the most creative vegan meals.


This recipe is AMAZING. I often double the recipe and eat it for three or four days. I hope you enjoy it!


What You'll Need:  
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
2 teaspoons chili powder
1 cup domestic quinoa, thoroughly rinsed
1/2 cup dried currants
boiling water
3 ears of corn, shucked
6 scallions, white and tender green parts, thinly sliced
2 Tablespoons minced fresh cilantro or Italian parsley
Juice of 2 limes
1 Tbsp. sherry vinegar
Pinch of cayenne pepper or cipotle powder
Black Pepper
1/8 cup extra virgin olive oil
2 avocados, cut into cubes

 What to do: 
Pour 1 3/4 cups water in a 1 quart saucepan.  Add the salt and 1 teaspoon chile powder, and bring to a boil.  Stir in the quinoa, reduce the heat to low, simmer, covered, for 12-15 min, until the water is absorbed and the grain tender and translucent.  Remove from the heat and let rest, covered for 5 minutes.  Turn the quinoa into a large bowl and fluff it with a fork.  Cool to room temperature.
Put the currants in a small bowl and cover with boiling water.  Set aside to soften. 

Heat stove top grill over medium heat.  Grill the corn rotating it frequently, until it is evenly cooked about 5-8 minutes.  When cool enough to handle, cut the kernels from the cob with a sharp knife.  Toss the corn, scallions, and cilantro with the quinoa.  Drain the currants, add them to the salad, and toss again.
In a small bowl, mix together lime juice, vinegar, remaining one teaspoon of chile powder, pinch of cayenne or chipotle powder. Season with salt and pepper, and whisk in the olive oil. pour the dressing over the salad and toss thoroughly. 

Sunday, September 9, 2012

baby hair.

Friday, Tony and I decided to cut Easton's hair. We were nervous and excited....


I did my best not to cry. I failed miserably. Almost as soon as those locks started to fall, tears began to roll down ma face. Easton did great! He was a little squirmy but never cried. He took his hair cut like a... toddler. I think the hardest part of this experience (for me) was two fold: he lost just a little more "baby-ness" as his hair hit the floor and his hair cut revealed something I never thought it would...


The back of Easton's hair looks exactly like my daddy's. It's amazing how much Easton looks like my dad from behind- they have the same ears, the calic on the back of their head is identical, even the texture of their hair is the same. He is starting to look like a mini Joe. This is both fantastic and incredibly emotional for me (I literally started sobbing outside the barber shop as soon as I noticed this resemblance). 

Enough about me....


We took Easton to a [proper] barber shop in Willow Glen called Unique Stylez. Tony has been going there for quite some time and absolutely loves the atmosphere. I can envision Easton and Daddy going to get their hair cut on Saturday mornings for the rest of Easton's childhood (and maybe even adulthood) at this place. The men are smartly dressed, it's loud, they have free Twinkies, and you feel like you've stepped into the movie Barber Shop as soon as you walk through the door.


Jim cut Easton's hair. He was dressed in a tie, tie clip, vest, dress shoes, and slacks. What a great example to set for my little guy....he dresses up for his job! I love that!!!!


I wanted so badly to wait until Easton hit two years old before we cut his hair, but it was starting to look like a mullet. I couldn't bare the mullet. 


Friday, September 7, 2012

Just Be Cool.


I've been experiencing an uncomfortable level of anxiety lately. I've always been a little anxious, especially when I do something out of the ordinary like travel by plane- but it's been a little overwhelming lately (I even saw my doctor about it).

Maybe my anxiety seems more extreme now because I have a baby to tend to and the stuff that used to make me feel better isn't possible....like smoking cigs (yes, it's true- there was a time, not too long ago when I was a smoker). Working out is one of the best methods I have to relieve my anxiety. So, on most days I get out and do a little hike, jog, walk, or Daily Method!

Anyway, I ran across this poster and just had to buy it. It spoke to me. I think I'll hang it in a white frame just above my dresser.

Do you get anxiety? What helps you??

Also, a great article about ten things you shouldn't say to your child about food!

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Food is FUN!!

A couple months ago I got some pretty fabulous advice.....


I was having a difficult time with Easton during meals. He seemed completely uninterested in solid food, and I was trying (without results) to get nutrients down that little throat of his. My friend (Jamie) told me, "Rebecca, don't worry about it. A great rule of thumb is 'Food is fun until they are one!!'" Honestly, this little piece of advice helped me so much!

Basically, the nutrition that babies need comes EXCLUSIVELY from breast milk (or formula if your so inclined) for the first twelve months of life, and solid food is just PRACTICE until they hit the age of one!


My friend's advice gave me so much relief. I get to look at meal time as fun- which makes me much less stressed out when he has eaten NOTHING on the plate (and really excited when I see him squeezing blackberries just to watch the juice come out!!)

On another food note: Tony and I work under the philosophy that force feeding is not a good idea (makes sense, no?). So, in order to encourage healthy eating, we put lots of different healthy food options down for Easton to try, and he goes to town (or not).Baby E won't choose french fries if we never put french fries in front of him.....know whattta mean?!?!?!!?


Last night we had BREAKFAST for dinner (that's always so fun, even for babies). I made Easton some oat bran pancakes and blackberries! He obviously loved his meal!! 


Friday, August 31, 2012

Eminem, you sly little dog.

I wouldn't say that I'm the most competitive person in the world. But, when Tony starts doing seven mile runs out of no where....mama gets a little competitive. I'm pretty fit, but I really have a hard time with running. I think it's the boobs. :)

(above: Eminem, picture via Pinterest)

Anyhoooooo, I've been running twice a week on the track in  ma town. Last night I did two and a half miles, which doesn't sound like much but it's a work in progress. I was listening to good ol' Pandora  during my run and the song Airplanes by B.O.B featuring Eminem came on. I don't know why, but it really got me goin. Eminem has that effect on me. His music is pretty bad a*s. Maybe there's something to "anger" that motivates me (Hmmmm....). I did an extra half a mile because of that guy....I think my new workout station on Pandora will be Eminem Radio. That, and Jay Z Radio. Those two, they really know how to spit (aka, rap).

What station do you listen to on Pandora? What's your favorite song to workout to? Tony loves Radio Head during his workouts!!

Another song, that I love. 

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Mom to an ELEVEN month old!!!

            

Easton is eleven months! He is doing so much these days, and it's been so fun to watch him grow and develop more and more every day. He is doing less "baby" stuff and working so hard at becoming a toddler. He's not quite there yet, though. He's still a baby in all the good ways....(I'm really not ready for him to "toddle" around....and I think I might be one of those parents who will need to use a leash on my child. He's quite quick, you know!)

Here are eleven tidbits about my little Easton-pie.


1. He has six teeth, two on the bottom and four on top. He can eat semi-real food now! He chews just like a big boy and it still amazes me to see him eat things like...a whole peach. Also, we are brushing his teeth every night before bed and he just LOVES the toothbrush and toothpaste. But watch out...sometimes he bites down on our fingers!!!


2. He crawls under things. Easton just LOVES to crawl under my legs, under tables, under chairs, he even crawls under miniature picnic benches- which are so low to the ground I can't believe he can get through.

3. He walks while pushing chairs. Easton started pushing my rocking chair the day he turned eleven months. It's so cute to watch him walk with pride with a little help from the good-ol' chair. We don't have any walker toys because I wanted him to do just what he did....use his imagination and skills to find something around the house to help him do what babies do naturally. He did it!!!!


4. He mimics us, kind of like a monkey :). Tony taught Easton how to make a sound using his hand and mouth...and he does it all the time! We'll be in the car (just the two of us) and from the back seat I'll hear this little sound. It's really cute. (Think... the way we would do the native American oooohhh...ohhhhh...hand to mouth sound when we were kids- that's the only way I can describe it.)

5. He has just discovered "hiding" under things. He loves to hide himself under blankets or curtains. He giggles and dances while under the material and then pulls it off and laughs at me!! It might be the most adorable thing EVER.


6. He has started jamming. He jams/dances to music now! As soon as I start singing or we play some music on the iPad, he starts bobbing his little body! We hope he has a musical ear and amazing singing voice (like his mama), but a good dancer is just fine too!!

7. He is still so little. I love that he is still so little. He is not unhealthy little. He's just right, little. Next to all of his friends he definatley has that baby look going while the others are starting to look more like kids. Sometimes I wish he was Peter Pan, (but with parents). I don't want him to ever grow up....


8. He drinks from a sippy-cup. I have started the process of weaning Easton from nursing, and in order to do so I have been substituting two feedings a day with whole milk. Easton takes the milk just fine, and he really likes drinking it from a sippy-cup. We didn't use bottles much (as I breastfed almost exclusively until we gave him solids at 7 months), so I didn't want to give bottles to him now that he is older and needing to learn how to use a cup. Anyhooooooo, the daytime whole milk thing is working out pretty well!

9. He is sleeping [almost] through the night! We were having a really rough go of it for a while, due to what we now know was a 10 month sleep regression, but we did a little Ferber Method and now he sleeps like a champ! We put him down between 6 and 6:30pm and he sleeps until 4:30am. I feed him at  that point and then he goes back down until 6:30!! Pretty good, I must say.


10. He has a bit of a mullet. His hair has grown so fine and straight (he has mama to thank for that) and it's sooooooo long in the back and still pretty short in front. Since that's the definition of a mullet- he has one. I didn't want to cut his hair until he hit two years old, but I think I'm going to have to amend that to one year old. I just can't bare the thought of "adult Easton" looking at pictures of himself as a baby and saying..."mom, why did you let me look like that?!?!"

11. He is still the sweetest baby around. My little guy has gotten fussier in the last two months, mostly because (I think) he wants to explore and be active constantly- he just doesn't want to be held down. BUT, despite those tantrums....he is still so happy almost all the time. He smiles all day long. Seeing that dimple and that open-mouth smile gives me goose bumps. He is mine. I'm so thankful and so blessed to have such a healthy, happy, and content baby who is thriving and growing EVERY DAY.


Also, I have to note that it's been really cool watching him discover things. Everyone says THAT when they become parents and I never understood it until now. It's pretty incredible to WATCH his little mind working around something that he is discovering....it's probably my favorite thing about being a parent (that, and getting snuggles).


Remember when he was just born, and I was so scared about being a mama?!?!? It's amazing how much I love it. 

Easton at 4 weeks, 3 months, 6 months, and 9 months....
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