Friday, April 30, 2010

My Happy 101 Award!



Thank You Ladies of Cookng! Super exciting. Only thing is I haven't really made any friends in the blogiverse yet, so won't be sending this award out just yet! I will however send it right back to Lishapisa, Hungrysmurf, Bananee, and Biggiefood!!!Thanks again loves!!!

xoxo

My Top 10 Things That Make Me HAPPY!

one ~ BRIANLILY & TREVOR
two ~ BRIAN...on a good day!
three ~ FAMILY & FRIENDS
four ~ CHOCOLATE
five ~ A GOOOOOOD BOOK
six ~ GOOD FOOD
seven ~ ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES wink,wink
eight ~ ORGANIZATION & TIDINESS
nine ~ WEST COAST WEATHER
ten ~ GOSSIP & REALITY TV

Da-Da...

Brian has really stepped up to the daddy plate in the past few weeks. Maybe it's because Brianlily is getting older and he is able to do more with her, but the two are now inseparable. The first thing out of her mouth when she wakes up is "Da-Da!" hahahaha Very sweet!

Trevor...




Haven't introduced the little man...

This is Trevor, my adorable nephew who is 5 days younger than Brianlily! Isn't he adorable!? I just wish he lived on this side of the country!

Unsolicited Kisses...

For the past week Brianlily has leaned in during story time and planted big kisses on me! They're not asked for, and totally of her own free will...not like the ones she gives me when I beeeeeeg for kisses & cuddles! lol She is the sweetest story!

Best damn kisses around!

Thursday, April 29, 2010

My New Riiiiiide...

I finally have my wheels!!! lol Brianlily and I have been patiently (not really) waiting for our bicycle to come together so we can get on the road! Here it is!



Isn't she the cutest!? It ONLY took me 5 hours to put it together! It's my early Mother's Day gift from Brian, and I'm so in love! Can't wait for some sun this weekend!

I was originally going to go with the Schwinn Southport bike from Target, but found out the shipping and tax would be an extra $80 & I freaked! What the hell!? The point of purchasing this bike was because of the price. So I checked out Walmart and found, what looked like the same bike just different name and some fenders, the Schwinn Landmark. I purchased it for $129, plus $2.97 for shipping! Can you believe that!? The price has actually gone up for the bike, it's now $148.54! Pretty cool that I got it for such a steal! The reviews were pretty good too. Although I had the added stress of wondering if the child carrier I purchased for Brianlily would fit on the bike, it worked out just fine. I went with this Bell Cocoon Carrier from Target. The price was ok and the reviews were good. I see this carrier on the road a bunch, so I figured it would be good. This too gave me hours of work to put together, but it could just be the nerves; knowing that you're putting something together that you have to trust with your child's saftey.

We're going for our inaugural ride this weekend, so I'll be sure to get back with some reviews of both!

Monday, April 26, 2010

My Big Girl...

Enjoying some homemade split pea soup! YUM

Friday, April 23, 2010

Project Runway 7...

I just have to say that I am over the moon that Seth Aaron won! Cheers to him!!

But I really want to share how much I cannot, cannot stand Emilo Sosa! What an arrogant, pompous, sore loser! The whole season he was so full of himself because he kept winning challenges. His attitude made him and his designs shitty! Then to top is off, tonights recap with the whole cast proved what and ASSHOLE he is! He went so low and basically stomped his feet and had a tantrum about why he didn't win....SO LOW CLASS!! Who the hell does that! Kudos to Tim Gunn for putting Emilio in his place!! And am I the only one who thinks he stole Seth Aaron's idea with the branding!!!!!!!!!!! SA was doing that from the beginning of the show, he always added his initials to his clothes. Then they work together on a challenge, and all of a sudden ES gets this great idea to use his initials! GOD!

And what the hell was up with Jay!? I really liked him, but his comment to Cerri was insane!!! "Hello, my name is Bitter!"

GOD I LOVE PROJECT RUNWAY!!!

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Chopsticks & Wrinkles...

We finally had chinese! In Chinatown! lol It wasn't great, and it sure as hell didn't come close to NYC chinese food. The exciting part was Brianlily's first chopstick lesson! It was adorable...until I got home and looked at the picture. O M G! I'm hideous! I cannot believe how much I have changed physically in two years! Between new mommyhood, family and relationship drama, and not working or going to school, I have lost so many years physically. I can actually see wrinkles (I think they're called crows feet) and a crease in my forehead!!! Not to mention tons and tons of weight! My god, I've got to do something STAT!!! My swimsuit is on the way, so I'll at least be able to get into a pool (not too much exercise with baby though) and I finally got Brianlily's bike seat, so I'll be able to ride with her soon. I'm just a little (ok a lotta) taken back by this aging process. I really look and feel OLD! It's super scary. I never in my wildest dreams would have thought that I'd be worried about aging, but here I am freaking out. Not sure if it's all superficial though, it also has to do with reevaluating my life and now that I'm a mother things are totally different. Do I have the things I had dreamed about, have I accomplished the things I had set out to? Plus...I think about death a lot. It sounds crazy but I mean like how much of my daughters life will I get to see? How long will my grandfather be around? My parents? I guess when I think of myself getting older, it inevitably makes me think about everyone else getting older too. *Sigh*

Ack! I'm a Virgo...we think toooooo much!

Feel like sharing II...

My pregnancy nightmare.


I shared my horrible birth story, and I wanted to share what was labeled a "threatened miscarriage" when I was in my first trimester.

Brian and I had decided to take a road trip when I was just about to be 3 months pregnant. We were headed to Niagara Falls. It was the our first time to the falls, and were pretty excited to be getting away. It was a pretty long drive, more than 7 hours. It was hard because I had such bad morning sickness, so we had to stop a bunch for me to eat and pee. But we made it, and it was still daytime so we dropped off our bags at the hotel and headed out to check out the falls. There was a walkway along the Niagara River that lead to the falls, so we followed that for a few minutes taking pictures, and I thought I felt pee soak my pants. I was shocked, but thought it was just because of my pregnancy. I quickly pulled my pants away from the stomach and saw blood. It wasn't spotting, it was all out blood. I freaked and told Brian we had to get back to the hotel. I was trying to stay calm, but inside I was a hysterical mess. I just thought back to when I was 18 and suffered a miscarriage but was too young and stupid to see a doctor so it was never diagnosed. There is no other way to explain what happened when I was 18, and with that knowledge I feared my new pregnancy could be at risk too. I called my midwife back in NYC and she told me to just head to the nearest hospital and get back to her as soon as possible. We went back to the hotel where I cleaned up and changed, then headed to the hospital, but first I needed to put something in my stomach. It sounds insane to worry about something like that at such a scary time, but my morning sickness was so bad that I would have passed out and vomited violently. Brian hated me for making him stop for food. Just more added stress to the already insanely scary first night at Niagara Falls. Once we were at the hospital Brian armed himself with his iPhone, checked the internet for possible causes for my bleeding...other than the obvious. All I could think would be the cause was we had sex a few days before for the first time during the pregnancy. I had read that there could be spotting or bleeding, so I just prayed that was the reason. Once a bed opened up for me we waited to have an ultrasound taken. Apparently they had to call the technician at her home where she was fast asleep. By this time it must have been midnight or so. I was already seen by a doctor. She asked me if I had just done lots of walking and I told her I had done the opposite...lots of sitting. She didn't see a connection between the sitting or even the sex, and really couldn't do much until the ultrasound was taken. We waited hours for this tech to get to the hospital. I think she may have went back to sleep, and ended up arguing with the staff, then ended up coming in anyway. Insane. She wasn't nice at all, and didn't even let Brian watch the monitor while she worked. All that mattered was what I saw on that screen...my baby floating around safe and sound! Exhale... She said it seemed ok, but the doctor would have to go over the results. After some more waiting we were told everything was fine. I had to stay in bed for a few days and the only way medically to diagnose the ordeal was calling it a "threatened miscarriage" She told me something that I will never forget...once a miscarriage begins, there is no stopping it. So rest was crucial. I spent the rest of our trip trapped in our hotel room, bleeding heavily, and terrified of a miscarriage. Our last day in Niagara my bleeding slowed and I decided to see the falls. It was bitter sweet. The falls were amazing, but the only thing on my mind was my child.
For weeks after the bleeding began I had spotting. My midwife and doctors back home did lots of testing and ultrasounds to make sure everything continued to be ok. And every time I could see my beautiful little baby floating in my tummy. They could only tell me I had a hematoma and the most likely cause was the loss of a twin. I couldn't then, and cannot now accept that I had twins or lost one. It's too painful to believe. Brian believes it. He had told me during our first sonogram at 8 weeks that he saw two, but I couldn't see it. So in the end, he could have been right, we could have had twins and lost one. It really doesn't matter now. The love of my life was born healthy, and couldn't be any more perfect. My star sent from the heavens!


Saturday, April 17, 2010

H&M...

So I got this great suggestion from Hungrysmurf over at Cookng, to try H&M for Brianlily's clothes. Hungrysmurf knows I love Target and said the fashion is great and so are the prices...only problem is there isn't an H&M for 3 hours!!! The closest would be Seattle, Washington! So I'm missing NYC right now. I told my sister and she stopped by H&M today and fell in love!! Dammit!!! lolol.

If you're near one, check out the kids department!

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Burgerville, YAY!...

Not only are the burgers really good (for being fast food), but their mission is great! You have to check out their website and see what they're all about...it's pretty damn cool! If you're in the Pacific Northwest, and want great tasting fast food, check'em out. Plus, they have SUPER cool kids "toys"...seeds and a pot to plant their very own salad greens!! I mean come on, is that not the coolest thing ever!!!???

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Sucky Shower Curtain Hook Review...

I needed new shower curtain hooks, and didn't want to spend a bunch of money. I usually do all of my houseware shopping at Ikea (addict) but I didn't fall in love with their hooks. On a trip to the Depot I found these hooks. I liked the simple design, how hefty they felt, and they were actually cheaper in price than the ones at Ikea. The set at Ikea, called LILLHOLMEN also looked a little cheapy. So I bought the the set from Home Depot, and found out quickly that they're crap!!! They don't slide across the curtain rod smoothly, so they end up unhooking themselves. Take a look



I guess I should take a stab at LILLHOLMEN. UGH!

Baby Hair...

I never used to brush Brianlily's hair. There just never seemed to be enough hair to worry about it, but a few months ago I started to brush her hair and something I thought was an old wives tale seems true! Brianlily's hair is sooooo much longer than it was before I started brushing. I brush once a day, after her bedtime bath. I really can't believe how long it is so quickly...shoot if I would have thought of it when she was little her hair could be even longer! lol.

Friday, April 9, 2010

Easter...

My baby loved her Easter Basket!

Thursday, April 8, 2010

G Y M B O R E E ! !

God...

I did it again...

And I will do it again soon...

Gymbucks...Gymboree...why do you hurt me so???

I swear, Gymboree kills me! I LOOOOOOVVVVEEEE THEMMM! I just wish I had the money to shop there allll the time! My cheap, cute favorite is Target. My luxury is Gymboree, and sometimes BabyGap.

But seriously, it's all about BOREEE!!! It's all about Glamor Safari right now! I am on a first name basis with my sales girl (I love that about the place, whether I'm in NY or OR they are AMAZING sales people!), and when I angrily asked her why it seemed that there was a new line every week, she said "every two weeks sweetie!" WTEEFFFF!! Whoever is designing for Gymboree is a GOD/DESSSSS!

Check out my baby's summer suit!

Monday, April 5, 2010

Syrup...

Why does Brianlily smell like syrup all day after eating pancakes??? After one hundred hand washings, and a night time bath, her hands still smell like syrup!

Oh..

I know...

It's because she's scrumptiously sweet!!









Sunday, April 4, 2010

Weelicious Recipe #2...



Chewy Granola Balls

I didn't have time to make my own granola (soooo have been dying to make some for so long and haven't!) So I used a coconut almond granola that I picked up in the bulk section of Safeway's produce isle. I added wheat germ, almond & sunflower seed butter, cranberries & raisins. Wowy Wowy!!!! Soooo good! Actually...I'm heading to the kitchen to have another bite!!!

Ciao!