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Friday, March 21, 2014


Today I was able to snap a few more pics of E for March :)
These are by far my favorites - I love the outfit, the lighting, the cowboy hat 
and the fact that he's standing.  Proof positive he's growing up for sure. 

Ah, bittersweet.

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Playing Catch Up

It's been a while since I've posted anything!
It seems like once the weather became even partially beautiful
technology and being inside took a back seat pretty quick.
Besides, with what seems like a never ending winter, 
who wouldn't want to soak up the sunshine?


E quickly realized he could throw things into the toilet if the lid is open.
Let's now hope he doesn't learn to open said lid.

We initiated a family date night/day once a week. 
This includes getting out of the house and doing something fun as a family.
Since we hardly eat out now that we have switched to organic foods, 
going to a restaurant is actually a treat because (1) I don't have to cook and (2) it's a change in routine.

We found this great place that serves only Breakfast, Brunch and Lunch - Scrambler Marie's
And we quickly decided this would be our go to Brunch spot!
The decor was really cute and really added to the country feel of it. 
Better yet, E totally learned to drink from a cup that day!

On the 15th we decided to break out some green clothes, 
and our the little leprechaun-ish looking hat, 
and snap a few Saint Patty's Day pics and some pics for March in general.

After we were shopping, for the first time E discovered his reflection in the car.
It was absolutely hilarious seeing him move around
and watching his head get larger, smaller, skinnier, fatter.

Aunt Howdee sent a cute cowboy hat and boots.
It was so cute paired up with some khakis and his Wrangler Jean Jacket.
Photo shoot in the near future? I think so!

I attempted to make a Gourmet Hamburger.
The Mister definitely liked it.
Give it a try!
Fry or grill up your burger, top with cheese, bacon, egg and steak sauce.

The Mister finally fixed up my in-closet pantry,
where I was able to stock my canned/jarred/boxed goods.

E has been teething hard core lately. 
He's been drooling all over the place and crying out in pain. 
His molars are coming in - poor little fella. 

I am however glad for the extra cuddles I've been getting. 
He wants to snuggle and hold hands every chance he can get.
He's getting so big an independent that he rarely wants to cuddle anymore. 
I miss Baby E!

And last but not least, wee man is feeding himself with a spoon!
He still needs to practice, but at least he's got down the basics.
We "scoop" up the food from the jar/bowl, and "eat it".
He does very well!

Monday, March 10, 2014

When It's Beautiful, You Play

It's been a long winter. 
Tons of snow, tons of ice, tons of cold. 

Today it was a beautiful day. 
The temperature was in the mid 60's,
so we were determined to get out and play. 

We brought the car out, we went for a walk, 
we learned about leaves and where they come from, 
we sat under the trees and watched people walk their dogs, 
and then we had some frozen yogurt at the shop behind out house.

Goodness I love this little boy.
I remember when he was so tiny. 
 I miss him wanting to cuddle, 
but at the same time this stage in his life is so much fun. 

I feel so blessed.



Monday, February 24, 2014

Pretzels, Hot Rods and Gift Boxes

After the beautiful weather we've had over the past few days, 
the 30 degree weather we had today wasn't going to stop us
from enjoying the deceivingly beautiful sunshine outside.

So we packed up in the car and went to the mall, 
and enjoyed a yummy pretzel from Auntie Anne's. 
Nothing beats a warm pretzel on a cold day, 
with a little swig of lemonade to remind us of the spring.
RIP Spring haha!

While we were out I had to snag a few more organic spices to add to our collection.
I LOVE the Simply Organic line - the bottles are really nice and I love how much you get for the price!

And back to the house we went. 
We grabbed super warm coats and hats because the wind was trying to cut us to the bone, 
and then we took E's hot rod out into the parking lot so that he could take it for a spin.

He was such a cute little ham!  
When the neighbors saw that we were outside playing, they stopped to pay attention to E.
This of course just made him want to drive more, of course checking to see if they were watching!

After we were done taking the hot rod for a spin, 
we checked the mail and noticed that E received a Valentines Day box from Mr Gavin.
His mama, Miss Amanda and I, were pregnant at the same time, 
so it's always been kind of our goal to make sure the little guys stay in touch somehow,
even if it's through little gifts or an occasional Face Time. 

And let me tell you, Mr. Gavin is adorable.

Onward with Me Monday now that E is asleep. 
Cleansing Face Mask. 
New Shampoo. 

I'll check ya on the flip side!

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

It Was 50 Degrees In Ohio - We Needed Ice Cream

This afternoon was incredible. 
When you looked outside you could actually see grass, 
rather than just never ending snow as far as you could see. 
The sun was shining in a big blue almost cloudless sky...
And the temp actually reached 50 degrees!
Yes we can be thankful for 50 during our never-ending winter. 
Tomorrow?  Even better! They are predicting almost 60 degrees!

That being said I decided to break out the ice cream maker.
After flipping through our Jeni's Splendid Ice Cream cookbook, 
and drooling over her bajillion flavors that are out of this world. 
I quickly realized I didn't have many of the items listed in her recipes, 
so I was going to have to use what limited ice cream making items I had on hand.
Note to self: do a little prep work before making ice cream - Jeni's rocks!

Instead, I resorted to good ol' Google and found this 
easy Vanilla Ice Cream recipe on Horizon's website, found here

Add a dash of chocolate chips, and a few walnuts.  
Boom - a fantastic all-organic chocolate chip and walnut ice cream!

If you're curious as to what type of ice cream maker we use here in our home, 

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Mommy & Me (and Daddy Too!): Our Valentine's Day

This Valentine's Day, I wanted to do something special with E.
We didn't get to do anything last year, because we had a lot going on at that time.
This year, I'm determined to have the most fun possible even if it's something simple.

So this year I decided to take E to brunch.
And it just so happened I received an awesome little email from Bob Evans
stating that kids could eat free this week. 

[Photo From Here]

After Bob Evans, we went to the movie theater at our local mall. 
My first choice was to take E to see The Lego Movie, since it seemed a little more boy-ish. 
But since there were 24 people already in the theater seeing that particular movie, 
I asked the ticket chick how many people were in the theater seeing Frozen
(we were after all about 20 minutes late...and who needs to see previews anyways??)
"No one"

Zero. Zip. Nada. 

"We'll see that."

With E my arms, we hurried back to Theater Number Four,
the entire theater to ourselves,
and snuggled up to watch an afternoon movie. 

I was actually really impressed with the movie!
It had a really good story line, and the music was really good too.
I was even more impressed that my 16 month old actually watched the entire movie. 

[Photo From Here]

After Frozen, we stopped by Auntie Anne's
and picked up some pretzels for a late afternoon snack.
E loves the signature pretzel, and I love the mini pretzel dogs. 
And why not use the coupon that came in conveniently, 
the day before our little Mama/Son Date?

That night, The Mister came home and not only surprised me with dinner
from one of my favorite restaurants, he also surprised me 
with a card, flowers and ordered my custom mother necklace!

I'm so excited about this necklace!!  
If you haven't checked out All My Heart Shop on Etsy you definitely need to. 
She has some absolutely gorgeous work - and so many pieces I am drooling over!!
If you would like to check out some of here work, here is her information:
Etsy  |  Facebook  |  Blog  |  Instagram  |  Pinterest

After dinner, I surprised The Mister with a gift that I had snagged while E and I were out, 
along with these amazing cookies that we literally devoured after dinner. 

These are made by The Baked Equation. 
Her work is absolutely amazing, and her cookies taste as great as they look!
If you can actually summon up enough courage to eat the pretty things!
If you would like to check out some of her work, here is her information:
Website  |  Facebook  |  Flickr  |  Twitter  |  Etsy  |  Pinterest  |  Instagram

Now, remember that post I did about self pampering?
Well, as it turns out, I got my Birchbox right on time, 
along with a few other goodies I was able to snag at my local Ulta

Oh yes, there was some serious pampering going down!


This Valentine's Day was definitely a hit in our household. 
I really feel like we were able to celebrate in a way, 
that made up for lost time due to not being able to last year, 
and also in attempt to make 2014 the best year...ever.

Here's to many more Happy Valentine's Days!