Happy Easter

I hope everyone had a lovely Easter yesterday with family and friends.

We played it pretty low-key here. No egg hunt or Easter basket since the Baby isn’t quite old enough to understand what’s going on but there was lots of visiting, good eats and pictures.

I may have also over-indulged in some hot cross buns but they looked so tasty and were hard to resist, so I didn’t even really try. I guess I should also say an extra special thank you to La Boulanger for making them just they way I wanted them so I didn’t have to.

Yours Truly,

Mel


Hello, it’s Me

Wow. It’s been so long since I last posted that I feel like we need to get reacquired.

I’m Mel, a working Mom, Mother of a 9 month old and a former blogger/baker/cook. My little Man now sleeps through the night, shares all his colds with me (how sweet of him, right?) and is an outgoing, vivacious and did I mention CRAWLING, little boy. The Husband had really stepped up to the plate and helps with meal-time, the bed-time routine and loves his mini-me.

Of course this wouldn’t be a proper post without a few pictures. :)

Alright, maybe that was a bit more than a few pictures but who doesn’t love cute baby photos?

So there you have it. This is what I’ve been up to lately and hopefully we’ll catch up again soon!

Yours Truly,

Mel


A Quick Hello!

Let’s me be quite honest. For the past few months there has’t really been a lot of baking going on at my house. Surprised? I doubt it.

In fact, there hasn’t really been a lot of free time at all. What little free time I do have I’m definitely not thinking about baking; I’m probably either sleeping, doing the laundry, washing the dishes, you know, all the other things that have to get done so that our house doesn’t look like it’s been hit by a tornado.

So please forgive me if I have no new recipes to post for you. These days I’m lucky if I look presentable but hang in there. Now that I’m working again I’ll get into some sort of rhythm.

Until then, here’s a cute Baby picture.

Or two.

Yours Truly,

Mel


Happy Father’s Day

Since this is the 1st Father’s Day as a Father for The Husband you’d think I’d have some elaborate day planned for him but that’s not the case. Unlike me, The Husband is a low-key, homebody and his request was simply some time to work on his project car in the garage and maybe breakfast.

Works for me and it makes him happy! That sounds like a win-win for both of us.

So to all you Fathers out there be this your first Father’s Day or your 30th I wish you a very Happy Father’s Day however you choose to celebrate it.

Yours Truly,

Mel


Introducing Baby…

I know, I know it’s been a while since I’ve posted but I hope you’ll forgive me since I have some exciting news.

On May 12th The Husband and I welcome our little bundle of joy; Nathan Rocky. He weighed in at a healthy 7 lbs. 9.7 ounces and 20 inches long and he was worth every hour of my 42 hour labor.

I’m not quite sure what I expected but after 30+ hours of baby classes I thought I had the whole thing figured out. As any parent will attest, there is no amount of classes and reading that can prepare you for parenthood. I guess I thought it was going to be a breeze and life would continue on just now we’d be doing it will a little guy in tow. Boy was I wrong.

Nathan is far from a fussy baby but between his jaundice and breastfeeding/latching issues this past month has been a learning experience for all of us.

However I am happy to announce that he is now a month old and 10 1/2 lbs. so we must be doing something right.

Going forward I hope you understand if my posting is a bit spotty but as everyone tell me, they’re only this little once so I plan to treasure every minute with him that I can.

Yours Truly,

Mel

 


Rosemary Gardens Neighborhood Yard Sale & Outrageous Outgrowns

This weekend there are two events happening that I’ve been looking forward to for months; the Rosemary Gardens Neighborhood Yard Sale and Outrageous Outgrowns.

For the last few weeks I’ve been in full on thrift mode; which I’m going to blame on my need to nest and have been stock piling clothes all the way to 3T for little Baby Rocky from all of our local Savers and Goodwills. With these two sales I’m not looking for anything in particular and I’m hoping that strategy pays off in the form of awesome deals on things I didn’t know I HAD to have.

If you’re interested in either of these events check out the links (above) for more information and HERE is a parking voucher for Outrageous Outgrowns that cuts the cost down from $8/car to $3/car. I’ve never been but it’s at the Santa Clara Fairgrounds on Friday, 4/10 Saturday, 4/11 and Sunday, 4/12 (Everything is 1/2 Price) from 9AM – 5PM.

Happy Hunting my fellow thrifters!

Yours Truly,

Mel


Slowing Down & Baby Crafts

As I get closer and closer to my due date I’m really starting to slow down.

Baking is no longer much fun for me since I’ve started to develop the dreaded…*gasp*…kankles, which means I’m pretty much limited to activities that involve a lot of sitting. I still get out for a few short walks a day and aside from the kankles I’m healthy but when you’re used to a rush, rush, rush lifestyle this is really a game changer.

I’ll try and post more crafting oriented entries but no guarantees; at this point I’ve got major Baby brain and it’s all I think about.

If anyone has any great Baby related crafts I’d love to hear about them. For now here’s a few I’ve come across that I might try out:

Alphabet Art by Mr. Printable

Alphabet Art

Photo Courtesy of Mr. Printable

Poopy Clutch Tutorial by Melissa EsplinScalloped Edged Clutch PDF

Photo Courtesy of Melissa Esplin

Numbered Baby Bodysuits by Martha Stewart

Baby Bodysuits

Photo Courtesy of Martha Stewart

Nursery Closet Organizers by Urban Jane

Photo Courtesy of Urban Jane

Yours Truly,

Mel


My 3rd Trimester “Keeping Busy” List

Now that I have 7 weeks left until little Baby Rocky’s due date, I’m running a little short on energy and that means that have become a huge homebody. On the plus side I’m saving money since I’m not going anywhere; which is a great thing if you’re prepping for a baby but it also means that I get bored easily so I’ve turned to Netflix and the internet for my entertainment needs and I’ve found quite a few things to keep me entertained. Unfortunately it also means I probably won’t be posting too many new recipes since being on my feet for that long is starting to get harder and harder.

Netflix:

I’ve always like period dramas and if that’s you these two are a must.

The Paradise: “An intoxicating love story set in England’s first department store in the 1870s.” -BBC

The Paradise (2012) Poster

North & South: “Set against the backdrop of Victorian England’s industrial north, it follows the fortunes of Margaret Hale [who] is a privileged, middle class southerner who is forced to settle in the northern town of Milton.” -BBC

North & South (2004) Poster

Blogs:

I’ve been a fan of blogs for years and it just so happens that two of my favorites bloggers just had babies so I’ve been a constant frequenter of both of their blogs.

Melissa @ Missy Sue: She’s from Utah and she’s mostly a beauty blogger (heavy on the hair and make-up tutorials) with a smattering of crafts sprinkled in.

Cohen-newborn-pics-8

Photo Courtesy of Melissa @ missysue.com

Emily @ Cupcakes & Cashmere: Emily is a fashion blogger from LA and she comes up with some trendy, fashion-forward outfits and share really tasty looking recipes.

Photo Courtesy of Emily @ cupcakesandcashmere.com

Music:

If you’ve never met me before it will become fairly apparent quite early on that I’m a music person. I play music in the car, at my desk at work and at home off of my jambox or the computer. It’s gotten me into accidents (no really, it has) and it’s always been a huge part of my life.

It’s become such a huge part of who I am that we even installed an old school CD player and speakers in the nursery so that Baby Rocky can get lulled to sleep by some of my favorite tunes.

Here’s a few of my favorite Pandora stations:

90s Were Great, Let’s have a Festival, 80s Pop Music, The Ever After Soundtrack & Emile Pandolfio Radio

Ever After: A Cinderella Story - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

Nesting:

Since our house only has 3 bedrooms and they were all taken (Master Bedroom, The Husband’s Office & the Craft Room) one of them has to go and since the craft room was the biggest I got the short straw. This meant that all of my stuff need to be sorted into three categories (keep, give-away & donate) so that it could all fit into the new Office/Craft Room and that was no small task. Suffice to say “nesting” has been in full effect in our house since January 1st and no closet or drawer has been spared. More on this in a later post.

Baby Registries:

We started putting our baby registries together back in January since that’s when my Sister and Mother-in-Law sent out invites for our shower and I’ve been constantly and I mean constantly updating and redoing them.

Researching which item was the “best” has been a challenge in and of itself and I’ve turned to Lucie’s List & Cricket Circle for a lot of guidance. We’re trying to go the minimalist route and really cut back on any unnecessary baby items and both of these website have really helped me narrow down the need to have items from the nice to have ones.

I’ve found that between an actual store (Ex. BuyBuy Baby) and an online retailer (ie. Amazon) people are much more likely to purchase items off of the online store and BONUS Amazon is usually much cheaper than a brick and mortar store.

Pinterest:

Last but not least, in an effort to make Baby Rocky’s nursery as unique as possible I’ve been scouring Pinterest for the decor ideas.

From labels for his clothes to the ‘Best Books for Children’ Pinterest in a wealthy resource for any Mom-to-Be but it does take a bit of sleuthing to get to the truly useful items.

Free Artwork from The Handmade Home

Photo Courtesy of TheHandmadeHome.com

Baby Closet Hanging Dividers  from Posh Little

free printable hanger dividers for nursery, baby and kid closets. NB-6T

Photo Courtesy of PoshLittle.com

50 All Time Favorite Children’s Books from PopSugar

Read All About It! Our 50 All-Time Favorite Children's Books

Photo Courtesy of PopSugar

To all my pregnant readers out there, does anyone have anything to add to this list that’s kept them busy in their 3rd trimester?

Yours Truly,

Mel


Totoro Nursery Mural

When we found out we were having a baby it was pretty much a given that the nursery was going to be Totoro themed. If you have no idea what I’m talking about you’re not alone; both my Mother and my Step Mom gave me blank stares when I announced it and that’s okay. Not everyone is up and up on their Japanese movies and I’d hardly expect everyone to be.

Totoro is a movie from 1988 by Hayao Miyazaki (of the famed Spirited Away and Castle in the Sky) and according to IMDB it focuses on, “When two girls move to the country to be near their ailing mother, they have adventures with the wondrous forest spirits who live nearby”. Here’s the TRAILER and if you’re so inclines and want to watch the whole movie there’s a dubbed version below.

My Neighbor Totoro

The Husband immediately latched onto the idea of painting a mural and using four still images from the movie and Photoshop he was able to come up with a pretty kick butt image. From there he was able to pare down the colors to 10 and ta-dah, it was ready to be projected onto the wall and traced.

I make it sound easy but the hardest part of all of this was clearing out the Craft Room to make room for a nursery but that story is for another post.

Here’s the mural in the making.

It’s been a labor of love and it’s a true work of art. I’m so lucky to have this guy for a Husband and an awesome artist Friend who didn’t mind trading a few hours of his time for a home-cooked dinner and cookies.

Don’t you think the whole thing turned out phenomenal? This Baby isn’t here yet and already he’s got dibs on the coolest room in the house.

Yours Truly,

Mel


Baby – Gender Reveal

With two months left in my pregnancy I realize I’ve been rather remiss is posting any details about our little bundle of joy but I’m about to change that.

Right before Christmas last year, The Husband and I went in for our 80 point ultrasound check (which I know, sounds like a car check-up) and that’s where they make sure that everything is going as it should. The Technician measure the length of all of the Baby’s bones, makes sure all their vital organs are intact and the right size and after all that they ask you if you want to know the sex.

This was never a questions for either of us and we eagerly answered, “YES!” Apparently the kid had other idea because at this point the Tech had such a time getting the right angle that we almost didn’t find out. The baby was in a sitting position with it’s legs cross, arms over it’s chest and curled into a little ball. With a bit of persuasion the Tech finally got the angle she was looking for and The Husband and I got what we hoped for.

As a little extra present for our family we gifted each of them with a box and had them all open it at the same time Christmas morning.

This May, we’ll be welcoming a little boy and we couldn’t have been happier; even if the rest of the family was pulling for a little girl.

Yours Truly,

Mel