Category Archives: je ne sais quoi

Valentine’s day means jewelry!


Happy Valentine’s Day!  Of course, we show lots of love to each other everyday of the year, but I think it’s great to have a day, albeit commercial, to do some extra special lovey things!

For the past few weeks, Bella has been asking her daddy for jewelry.  Don’t ask me how she got this idea in her head…(hehe), but she asks about everyday.  So for Valentine’s Day, Patrick came home w/ a special surprise for Bella.

A tiara, earrings, a heart ring, and a necklace…

It’s funny, somehow I thought I’d be the one helping Bella put on her first pair of earrings.  But we tend to do some things in an unconventional manner around here, so I suppose I’m not surprised.

And she’s got on her heart leggings to match!

I think Patrick was even more excited than Bella.  :)

All accessorized and ready to get back to work!

our birthday boy!


Last week, we celebrated Patrick’s 36th birthday.  He’s not one to ask for much, so all he requested was some Hard Knox Pizza, which was REALLLLLLY good, by the way, and an IPA.  Ummmm, IPA?  Is that a stock or something?

So with a few family members in tow, we commenced the celebration!  As always, Bella was ready to go!

Red velvet cake = crack.

Bella is helping Daddy open his presents.  She gave him a tie and a pocket square.  Even though I think it was so close to Christmas that she was probably wondering where her presents were.  :)

A gift card to his mecca…Buffalo Wild Wings.  He didn’t exactly look THIS excited to open up the tie.

100 points to anyone who can tell me what this is….

Yes, a battery tester.  My dad thinks no house is complete without a battery tester.  My mom was so embarrassed.

the great stare down of 2012


We’re only 2 weeks into the new year and we’ve already had a big show down in our house.  Bella’s new thing is the “stare down.”  She’ll stare down anyone…at home, in public, at the grocery store…even the eye doctor was privy to the experience the other day.

Last night at dinner, Bella threw down the gauntlet:  The Great Stare Down of 2012 was ON.

Round 1:

Round 2:

Round 3:

Round 4:

Wow…there really was no competition.  I think we all know who the clear winner was that night. :)

guilt-free treats!! (for the most part)


Over the holidays, I made some of my all-time favorite treats.  They are so simple to make and relatively healthy too…such a great alternative to traditional rice krispie treats w/ the sugar, butter, marshmallows, etc.   I got the recipe from “The Kind Diet” cookbook by Alicia Silverstone, which by the way, I definitely recommend.

All you need are these four ingredients.

Heat the brown rice syrup with the peanut butter.

Pour over your krispies.

Add chocolate chips…or carob chips, if you want to be uberly healthy.

Let them cool a bit, and then cut into squares.

These don’t last too long in our house, and I even love them without the chocolate chips, which makes them completely vegan.  But you can also get vegan chocolate chips too, so don’t fret if you still want that bit of chocolate in them.   They’re pretty much an all-around good snack for any time of day.

Get the official recipe here, and enjoy!

new year’s eve: pregnancy edition


Happy New Year!!  I can’t even describe how much I’m looking forward to 2012.  Much is on the horizon for us, but I also find myself invigorated by the possibilities of the unknown as well.

Before we put Bella to sleep for the last time in 2011, we went over some of her goals for 2012, including…learn more vocabulary words, go to school, make new friends, and just have as much fun as possible.  Never too young to set goals!

8:30 PM – Last family pic of 2011 before Bella’s bedtime

9:00 PM – Poppin’ bottles!!  Ahem, bottles of sparkling apple cider, that is.  We also had one of our favorite treats…brie with fig jam on a French baguette.  It really is crack so we only pull it out on special occasions.  By the way, I’ve found that Bella’s little spoons are the perfect size for serving appetizers!

9:10 PM – It looks like real champagne doesn’t it?  As you can see, we dressed in our finest for this highly-anticipated celebration.

9:23 PM – My husband the entertainer…never fails to make me laugh.

Approximately ummmm….somewhere between 10:35 PM and 11:55 PM…I can only assume.

Hey, don’t judge, I’m pregnant!!  I tried my best, but I did manage to wake back up by 11:55 PM to watch the ball drop.  :)


Is Christmas over already?


I love the Christmas season so much, and I’m sad to see it end.  So I’m stretching out my Christmas posts as long as possible, which I’d say by any reasonable standard, ends today.

Bella had such a great time.  She decorated her first Christmas cookies!

Kind of messy, but yummy, nonetheless.

Just enjoying a nice evening, playing quietly by the tree.  Incidentally, my little love doesn’t care what holiday it is…her Halloween fairy princess costume always makes its way to the celebration.

Twas the night before Christmas…

Of course, it wouldn’t be Christmas in our house without a little Yo Gabba Gabba under the tree.

Opening Christmas presents with Daddy…

Mattie was like, “What on earth??”

And Bella’s favorite present of all, “a PI-NA-NO!”

She was really feeling the music!

Already looking forward to Christmas 2012.  Especially the fact that we’ll need to make room for one more little stocking above the fireplace.  :)

Bella picks a tree


I’m a tad bit late in posting these, but better late than never!  Bella had a pretty great time picking out our Christmas tree.

I’m not sure what Bella thinks about all these plastic yard figurines.

These are supposed to make us feel “merry”??


And of course, we found some little special trees, just for Bella.

if I want to see my husband on sundays…


Patrick’s favorite thing in life, with the exception of his family, is football.  Specifically, the Steelers.  In fact, it’s a good thing we’re not having a boy because I’m pretty sure he’d want to name him Steeler.

I’m completely serious.

As you can see, he’s had Bella in Steeler gear since the very beginning…

So during football season, we’ve all learned to make a lot of compromises.  Patrick doesn’t watch nearly as much football as he did as a single man.  And if we want some quality family time on Sundays, we head to Patrick’s mecca: Buffalo Wild Wings.

Bella had on her Steelers t-shirt, but in true game-time fashion, she decided she couldn’t leave the house without her fairy princess costume on top.


Such joy on my hubbie’s face.  Bella seems to have lost her enthusiasm.

Thank God for wifi.

And just to prove I was there…

This is my game face.  Pun intended.  Counting down the days until football season is O-V-E-R.

how NOT to get a bird out of your house


A few mornings ago, I woke up to find a bird on our screened-in porch.  Now let me be clear, birds are God’s beautiful creatures, but they freak me out up close!  Patrick had already gone to work so I tried my best to get it out…(meaning I opened the door and threw a french fry by the opening, hoping the bird would sense the food, and thus, the exit.)

No such luck.

When I got out of the shower, 3 MORE BIRDS had flown in!!  I managed to capture 2 of the culprits.

Clearly I wasn’t going out there anytime soon.  By the time Patrick got home, it was dark out, so we just hoped that they’d be gone by morning.

Again, no such luck.

Patrick isn’t exactly a fan of birds either, but I guess this comes along with being the man of the house.  Besides, at this point, it was Man vs. Bird.

***Just an observation…evidently before you go off on a bird capturing mission, you need to strap your shoes on tight and put a hood on your head.  You must also be armed with an umbrella and a towel.

Gotta love that look of accomplishment on his face.