Monday, April 30, 2012

Weekend SnapShots!

1. Nothing says "great weather" like watermelon.
2. Grandpa and Easton playing in the fountain.
3. Hangin with Monica at her baby shower! Can't wait to meet Georgia Claire!!!
4. Easton wearing one of the cutest outfits  EVER!
5. Sipin on some iced-tea at Monica's showa.

Friday, April 27, 2012

Husbands, can't live with em....

I'm a bit of a control freak. Sometimes, I even get a little obsessive compulsive. My husband, he is amazing...let me just get that out of the way. He really is amazing. He helps me with things like laundry, vacuuming, dishes....he will help out with anything that I ask of him. I'm so lucky.

With that said, one thing that drives me CRAZY about Tony is that he leaves little "piles" around our bedroom. He's been doing it for years- as long as I've been around, that's for sure. Clothes that are not dirty but he doesn't want to take the time to hang up, they go in a pile. Clothes that are definitely dirty- those go in a pile. Before you know it, there are three to four little piles all over the place. It makes me bonkers. But that's not all....

Tony just LOVES to wait until dinner is served to get himself a lil something to wet his beak. I always give him fair warning... "Hey babe, dinner will be ready in 2 minutes!!!" But somehow, he never seems to saunter into the kitchen and get himself a glass of (whatever it is he's having) until 3 minutes after my warning. So dinner sits there....getting cold, while dear Tony pours a little cup à milk. And it happens this way EVERY night.

I've been thinking about these annoying little quirks lately. Even though I can't stand them sometimes, it's those oddities that I will miss when he's gone. 80 years from now when I'm a widow (that is, if I don't go first) I'm going to miss those little piles. I'm going to miss the [near] arguments right when we sit down to dinner EVERY NIGHT. Those little characteristics are what make Tony, Tony. And I love Tony, just as he is (Bridget Jones Diary reference).

I really should give him a break sometimes....

Thursday, April 26, 2012

FOOD: Spicy Black Bean Soup

Spicy Black Bean Soup
Serving Size: 1 cup
Makes 6 servings
Calorie count: 130

I created a black bean soup recipe the other week which I thought I'd share wit ya. I was inspired by a really thick and creamy bean soup that Tony and I ate at The Plant in San Francisco. The soup I made was really tastey- and I literally ate it for lunch four days in a row.  Black bean soup is so filling, and full of protein- you know, it's a healthy thang! Here is my recipe, hope you like it!

What You'll Need:
1 15oz can of Black Beans
1 15 oz can of Spicy Black Beans
1/3 cup fresh pico de gallo
4 tbsp Fresh salsa
3 cups water

The Fixins:
1 Avocado
1/2 Bell Pepper (any color you'd like :)
Green onion (a.k.a. Scallions)

What to do:
Combine the ingredients in a pot on the stove, bring to a boil and then let simmer for 15 minutes. While it's simmering, get all your fixins' ready! Put the soup mixture in the food processor on the "thinnest"setting (I used the "Pulse" setting). Once it is pureed, it's all finished! C'est fini! Put it in a bowel and throw in a little fresh cut bell pepper, onion, and avocado, and ENJOY!

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Marilyn Monroe Inspiration

I felt a little "Marilyn" inspiration today because Tony and I just watched My Week With Marilyn. It was a seriously amazing film, and I totally recommend putting it on your list of must-sees.

The coolest thing about Marilyn Monroe is her timeless beauty. She is stunning. Her beauty lives on through amazing photographs from her life as a model and actress. Lucky for me, all I have to do is "google-image" her name and up pops HUNDREDS of fabulous photos, ripe for the picking. I chose these two, because I thought they both captured her so well. In one, she's hamming it up for the camera (obviously something she is known for), and the other, she's thoughtful and seemingly isolated...which I imagine, was a much more normal occurrence than her bubbly camera personality.

Buy the bathing suit HERE and buy the beautiful book HERE!!

Do you feel moved or inspired by Marilyn's beauty? I sure do. 

Monday, April 23, 2012

Weekend SnapShots!

1. Tony getting ready to be dunked in the Dunk Tank at his school's Family Fair
2. Easton gave the pacifier a go and liked it. I'm not sure I'm going to encourage the passy...but it worked at Nordstrom!
3. My posse.
4.  The Cats serves the best pulled pork sandy's EVER.
5. Christine and I doing a little balloon peek-a-boo.

Friday, April 20, 2012

Stipes make everything sooooo....

1. High heels fit for a sailor gal.
2. An amazing Umbrella in case of inclement weather.
3. This Net-A-Porter skirt is just perfect!
4. Straws are always better with stripes!
5. Seriously cute baby booties!
6. A seriously fabulous Yellow Scarf

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Mom to a 7 Month Old!!

Easton is seven months old today. I love watching him grow, but a part of me gets a little sad when he hits these month milestones. It's like I'm watching his baby-ness slip away. I don't put him in jeans because I think he looks to grown up.  I even catch myself when I refer to him as "my son" and not "my baby." When is that moment when you start calling a child your son or daughter and not your "baby?" Maybe never. It's so cliche, but maybe it's true..."he'll always be my baby..."

These seven months with Easton have been incredible, hard, and wonderful. He is fabulous, and he is making me more fabulous too. I absolutely love being his, and I love that he is mine. In honor of his seven months on earth,  here are seven little tidbits I've taken away from being a mama...

Poop: It's possibly the grossest thing. I know everyone hates it, but I think I have an extreme phobia of it. This phobia is made worse by the fact that I launder Easton's dipes at home....and, that's all I'll say on the matter.

Manicures/Pedicures: I got a manicure and pedicure for the first time since Easton was born this month. He is totally obsessed with my painted nails. He loves them. Maybe it's the colors that he's drawn to, maybe it's the fanciness of it... I don't know. But, regular mani/pedis are obviously a must from now on.

Love: I didn't know I could love two people so much. Tony and Easton are amazing. I'm so lucky.

Food: Nothing is grosser to me than food goop everywhere. With that said, I absolutely LOVE watching my little guy eat the baby food I've made for him. I love it when he registers a new taste for the first time, and I love it when he finishes the entire bowl. It makes me so proud.

Time apart: this month marked the longest stretches of time that Easton and I have spent apart from one another. Here's the crazy thing...we both survived. Tony took care of him while I was in a class ALL day in San Francisco. The boys did great. They both survived and they both missed me. But they missed me in a healthy "I can't wait to see Mama," kinda way. Not a...."I'm alive but I need to see MAMA right now or I'm going to throw a tantrum," kinda way....(know whadda mean?)

Non-spill sippy cups, they spill: I HATE it when things spill. I hate it. I thought that something that says it won't spill right there in the title, actually wouldn't spill. They do. I'm trying to encourage Easton to drink some water after he eats his veggies, and he drops that sippy-cup as soon as he gets his grubby little paws on it. It always spills. Maybe I need to try another kind...(any suggestions?)

Doing it right: There are moments when I think, "Seriously, I might be the best mama on the whole planet." But sometimes, I think..."It's possible that I'm doing everything wrong." I'm learning that it's okay to exist right in between those two. It's not likely that I'm doing EVERYTHING right, but it's even less likely that I'm doing everything wrong. I get to take a lifetime to perfect the Mama trade. I love that.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Fit Camp

I was reading this month's issue of Lucky Magazine the other day, and came across a list of "resorts" that help you lose weight and detoxify for one week. These resorts  looked seriously amazing. I have a couple of weddings coming up (both of which, I'm a bridesmaid in) and I could really use a week of uniterupted weight loss and toning. Essentially, I want to go to fit camp.

These resorts are crazy expensive. They range from $3,800-8,000. I definitely do NOT have that kind of extra money laying around, and if I did, I would take myself and my husband to a resort Island. Not a resort "fit camp." But, I was inspired by these get-aways. I mean, why can't I do that in my own environment? Lucky Magazine did me the service of explaining- in somewhat great detail, the rundown of each camp. So, Tony and I are going to do it ourselves. 

The first week in July, we are going to dedicate 7 days to a hard fitness and diet regimen. That means (and obviously we will be consulting our doctor) 1,700 calories a day, 10 mile hikes every morning, followed by a yoga class. Then we'll have lunch and do one more fitness class. We'll get a massage every day (cause that's what the fit camps offer) but instead of a really luxurious one, we'll go to the Foot Reflexology places that are on every corner. Then, we'll have dinner, followed by a little meditation. Oh, yes, and during all of that, we'll be caring for our baby with some help from a part time nanny (who we'll hire especially for this project). Sounds good, no?? Tony and I are really committed to this idea. I think it would be really inspiring to see just how much we can accomplish in that week, i.e. weight loss, strengthening, decrease stress, etc. Plus, we'll be relying on each other to motivate and encourage. I think it's genius. 

If you could afford it, would you do one of these resort/fit camp getaways? I would, in a second. 

Monday, April 16, 2012

Weekend SnapShots!

I've decided to add a little consistency to my blog. I won't be writing posts on the weekends, but I will be documenting bits of our Saturday and Sunday. Every Monday ya'll will get a small glimpse into what we did over the weekend. I hope you enjoy it! 

1. Easton sleeping on his mamas chest. My little monster....
2. Black bean soup that I made from scratch! It was seriously, DELISH.
3. A cool tree that I spotted while doing The Dish at Stanford.
4. Easton playing on a very colorful mat with a very colorful rattle!
5. Tony and I, right after we did our little Dish hike :)

Our weekend was relaxing and slow. Just like we like it.

Friday, April 13, 2012

Happy Friday, Friends!!

Easton had a little procedure today. Nothing too big. But he did go under anesthesia...which was CRAZY stressful for his parents, by the way. The hardest thing about this day was not being able to feed him before the surgery. Holy MOLY, that was hard. When I could see that my little guy was squirming because of hunger pains, I had to remind myself of one thing...this is the first and only time that my baby boy has ever experienced true hunger. How lucky are we, that we get to nourish our baby every single day. There are far too many children who know hunger on a daily basis and my baby is not one of them. Easton is one lucky muffin. 

Oh yes, and...his procedure went extremely well!! Hooray!

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Blue Day

Honestly, I've been feeling a little blue for the past couple of days. I had an amazing class on Monday and Tuesday, but I was so amped up for Blog Shop, and it was so intense, that yesterday and today I've been  coming down from my Blog Shop high. This happens to me sometimes. I get so focused on something BIG that's coming up (like a class or a trip) that after it's over I just feel a little down. No big deal. It goes away once I start getting back t0 my usual routine.

I thought I'd use my bad mood for good. So, in honor of feeling a little blue- I put together a board with some fabulous BLUE treasures.

1. Bedding from Anthropologie
2. Cobalt blue jeans from the Gap
3. Dior Nail Lacquer
4. The perfect blue bathroom. I tried to do this blue in our condo's bathroom a few years ago- it was way more Smurf than chic.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Birthday Snapshots!

1. Godiva chocolates from my fabulous husband
2. Bri Emery and I after my Blog Shop class in San Francisco
3. A little string for fabulous and fancy projects from Knot & Bow
4. Birthday flowers from my dear friend Kim

Friday, April 6, 2012

Happy Friday?

Honestly, I feel a little uncomfortable in wishing you all a Happy Friday. Today, is after all, Good Friday. You know, the day that our Lord and Savior died on a cross for all of our sins. With that said...I hope your Friday isssssss...somber and fabulous.

This weekend, Tony and I have LOADS of stuff going on. We have a one year old's birthday party, a hike, Easter with the ENTIRE family (both sides, YUP, it's gonna be fabulous), and right after Easter dinner we'll be heading off to San Francisco for a few nights. Traveling with a baby is just so difficult. Whether it's a weekend away, or just a hike. We always have to make sure we have the right gear for any scenario. What if he needs a diaper change half way up the mountain? What if while we're at the hotel, he spits up on every outfit? It's exhausting packing for such a tiny little guy. Exhausting, but well worth it.

This clip from Portalandia (one of our favorite shows) is a perfect description of what we go through when trying to take Easton ANYWHERE. Just add baby stuff....

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Hiking with Easton

Easton and I love hanging out. I know that I'm his mama and he's my baby, but we really get a kick out of each other. One of our favorite things to do, just the two of us, is hike.  Today, our plans with a friend fell through, so we went a' hikin. Here is a picture, post hike, of Easton in his favorite hiking hat. Isn't he just the best?!?! 
*Just a little side note- When we are by ourselves, we only go hiking on a trail that is super popular and lots and lots of people are on the trail at any given time. Obviously, we like to keep things nice and safe....

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Friends= Longer Life! HOOORAY!!

I'm pretty lucky. I have some amazing friends. I have known most of my friends since my elementary and high school days. Still, some of my friends have become a part of my life during college and beyond. My friends are important for many reasons. They make me laugh. They empathize with me. They support me. They believe in me. They challenge me. They give me advice. And, they are good for my health. 

I recently listened to a Ted talk on "Blue Zones," areas in the world where the life expectancy is higher than the rest of the population. One of these Blue Zones was in Japan. Dan Buettner (who was giving the talk) discussed the intense bond that the women in this small Japanese town, have with their friends. Some of the women have been in the same "circle" of friends for 80, even 90 years. This bond, along with some other key lifestyle choices, is believed to be a huge component in the long lifespan of these Japanese women. 

The Ted talk got me thinking about my lifestyle and how much my relationships add to my well being. I know that my heart feels better after I have had some good ol' gal time. I feel energized and grateful every time I finish spending time with my friends. I totally understand the importance of girlfriends, and I'm so thankful that I have some pretty amazing women in my life. 

Honestly, this post made me realize that I need some more pics with my friends. Every single picture taken was during my pregnancy. Anddddd....I have some other fab friends that I would love to have recent pics with. Take more pictures with friends...CHECK!
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