Coach is the best big brother ever. I love taking pictures of my two kiddos. Even if one of them is a fur-baby!
Tuesday, January 31, 2012
Monday, January 30, 2012
Violet is another favorite around here. She is programmable and says Riley's name, plays her favorite songs and sings songs about her! Coolest toy ever invented in my opinion. One of those "why didn't I think of that?" toys!
She has this play mat at ma-lolo and grandy's house. The bright colors always keep her intrigued. We set up her mirror and snail when she is laying on this one. Since she has been rolling, she rolls to look at the bottom on her belly and then she flips back over to stare at the things that hang.
She has this bouncer and LOVES it. Santa brought it to her and she got in it at Christmas. When the lights were moving with the songs, her eyes got huge and she followed the lights. It was adorable.
This is another toy she likes. She got it for Christmas too. It makes sounds and lights up. She has a blast hitting it.
Saturday, January 28, 2012
Friday, January 27, 2012
Face moisturizer- this is a biggie for me, because it has always been something that has to be perfect or my face will break out. Well, I found it. It is comparable to the neutrogena and saves a whopping $6.50. The brand name is $9.99 and I paid $3.49 for this guy!
36 pampers are $9.49- 42 up and up are $6.29. Savings= $3.20
Wednesday, January 25, 2012
Tuesday, January 24, 2012
I still have about 3 lbs to go. This is 3 months post baby. I can do it. I MUST have my summer shape back. I've been eating healthy(er) lol and running at least every other day. It has felt great. I feel great! I have my "before" picture posted in front of the treadmill. When I feel like stopping, I look at it. LOL - Anyway, THIS picture is my motivation to get that tiny pouch gone. I know it's not a lot, but it needs to go. I am fortunate to have had a wonderful pregnancy and only gained 29 lbs. I was within 8 lbs of my pre-pregnancy weight and back into my jeans at 10 days pp. Let's do this - bikini body- I want you!!!!
Monday, January 23, 2012
Wow. Could life get any better? As I lay here rocking my baby girl and realizing she is going to be three months old tomorrow... Three months?!?! Where has the time gone. It feels like yesterday daddy and ma lolo were timing my contractions and yelling at me to go to the dang hospital. Now, here I sit with the most incredible thing that I have ever known. My daughter. Mine. I made her. Daddy and I created this little tiny, perfect baby girl. I thank God every night for such a blessing. For showing me how to love this way. For letting me be a mommy to my very own mini me. Yiu look just like me at your age. It's crazy to see pictures. Let's see...
Sunday, January 22, 2012
The cake has a small trinket (often a small plastic baby, said to represent Baby Jesus) inside (or sometimes placed underneath), and the person who gets the piece of cake with the trinket has various privileges and obligations.
Anyhow- My hubby has Louisiana origin and loves to devour a king cake each year. His mom decided to make us one and family got sick so she couldn't get it to us this weekend as Michael expected. I have a love for baking and a brand new kitchen aid mixer, so I decided to give it a whirl. I used her new recipe for the first one with a cream cheese filling. It was yummy, but the first was way under cooked. I stuck the second back in the oven and it turned out great. I was sad I only had one though, because I wanted to give the second to my neighbor. She always bakes for me and I wanted to repay the favor with something fun. Michael said he is not used to a cream cheese filling and it is rainy and cold today so I decided to give it another shot. Today, I am trying a recipe I found with a cinnamon and sugar filling. The recipe called for pecans and
raisins, but I am leaving that part out because hubby doesn't like nuts. I also cut the recipe in half and still plan to make two smaller cakes out of it. So here it goes...
**When they come out of the oven, I will post pictures :)
4 fresh sprigs of thyme
salt and pepper
2 tsp tobasco
2 tbs all purpose flour
2 tsp old bay
3 cups half and half,
2 cups chicken broth,
1 cup of bagged hashbrowns (can be frozen, i usually get them by the eggs at target) -
6 oz lump crab meat, broken up (I have used imitation before and it tasted fine, but I prefer the real stuff)
1 cup frozen corn,
parsley to garnish
In a medium pot, melt butter, add onion, pepper, celery and thyme. Season with salt and pepper- add hot sauce and cook for about 5 minutes.
Add flour and cook for about one more minute.
Add half 'n half and then the chicken broth
Bring to a bubble and add potatoes (hash browns) simmer until the potatoes are cooked and soup as thickened enough to coat the back of a spoon. (15-20 minutes)
Add crab meat and corn.
Simmer for another ten mins. or so-
Take the thyme stems out, stir and add salt and pepper if you need more.
*Please comment if you make this and let me know how it goes-
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Saturday, January 21, 2012
I feel like a pretty crafty girl. I've always had a love for art and design. I was an art minor in college and miss it dearly. In the last year while preparing for my baby girl, I began making bows and FINALLY got back into painting. I just wanted to share a bit and send you to my facebook page (les photography & more) to take a look! On the side I also like to crochet and I am learning how to sew! Anything DIY, I'm down! Anyway... I just wanted to share some projects so that maybe you could send your friends to my facebook page to order!
Thursday, January 12, 2012
So, you may have seen the commercial on tv... I hadn't. I did, however find a link to the video on youtube here and here. I made Riley her very own email account and began writing her when she was just a few days old. I hope she can one day go back and read them all. I have attached pictures, videos and lots of thoughts. I tell her just how much I love her every single time. I will likely print these out and put them in a book for her. Just because you never know how the internet will be in 15 or 20 years when I decide to give her the password to her email account. I plan to keep it a surprise and give it to her for maybe her 16th birthday. I hope I can keep it up. Often if I blog about her, I send her that too. Sometimes, I send pictures or videos from my phone just for her to see. I'm trying not to write too often because I know it will be a lot. I just want to document the important moments, the special moments and... well... everything. Sorry, Riley Q., you're gonna have a lot of reading to do! I have to log in to the account every now and then. I would hate for it to get locked!