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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!

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.

new perspective on abundance


Hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving.  I use the word “blessing” a lot, but it truly is a blessing to be able to share a special day with family and friends, eat abundantly, be in a warm house, watch football (or at least watch your husband watch football…), play on the iPad, go back for seconds….I could go on and on.

But what if you had none of this?

Yesterday on a last minute trip to the grocery store, I was just looking around in amazement.

Fresh veggies and fruits….

Aisles and aisles of everything else…

SO MUCH FOOD.  Right at my disposal.

No hunting or gathering.  No sowing or harvesting.  No bartering with my neighbor.  No hoping a rescue plane will drop grains on my village.  No searching for clean water.  No physical labor.

It’s just there.  On a shelf.  Waiting for me to put it in my cart.

So the next time you go to the grocery store, or the fridge, or the kitchen cabinet, just a gentle reminder of how blessed we are and how meaningful it is to give a little prayer of gratitude.

And speaking of gratitude…