Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Craft-a-holics anonymous.

Once again I feel as though I might burst.
Baby Ninja is pushing and stretching, trying to turn his one bedroom apartment into a penthouse and I devoured a delicious dinner at Wabi Sabi with my dad & family.
Not a good combo.
But it's all good.
27 weeks down and only 13 more to go!
I've mentioned how badly I'm nesting and it's getting a little bit out of control.
I have all these ideas and crazy urges to get stuff done in a major way and it seems as though time is slowly slipping through my hands.
However, today I had to do my glucose screening (yuck) and had nothing to read for the hour they made me wait so I made a rather extensive "to-do" list.
That made me feel a bit better to have things sort of written in stone - now let's just hope I can remember where the list is and to do it all!
I think I will also put it on my phone and set reminders as well.
I also have a bad case of the "I wants".
What can I say it's Christmas time and as I'm knocking items off my list for others I can't help but see things that tickle my fancy as well.
Unfortunately my budget is slim and my dreams are big.
I am currently obsessed with the Silhouette Cameo.
OBSESSED I tell you.
I entered 3 separate giveaways Thanksgiving weekend but sadly did not win any of them.
I do have the original Cricut  that I was able to purchase second hand from a friend of mine earlier this year and it has been super fun to play with but shortly after I got it I heard tell of this Silhouette machine and was all a flutter.
Then I forgot about it.
But now I'm obsessed as most of my favorite blogs use it for decorating their own homes and creating magnificent gifts, labels and other treats.
My mind is spinning with all the things I can do and the more I read about what others have done the more excited I get.
I can do a lot with my Cricut but because I have the basic version I am somewhat limited.
Factor into that, the cost of cartridges + the cost of diapers we will soon be investing in and you have a lot of money being spent.
So, now I'm working on a few resourceful ways to get my Silhouette machine.
I would of course sell my Cricut + the cartridges once I got the other machine so that's an extra bonus.
So that's where I'm at right now.
That and my new love of all things stencils.
I mentioned my desire to paint a rug no?
Well I found another tutorial on The Idea Room and they got their stencil from Cutting Edge Stencils - a fabulous site full of.....you guessed it...STENCILS! In all shapes and sizes and I am over the moon excited about it.
(oh and did I mention I could create my own stencil with the Silhouette?)
So yeah - I have a crafting problem right now.
Pinterest isn't helping the situation any either.
I have about 6 wrapped canvas's in my living room that need to be painted, stenciled/designed, a nursery that needs finishing, vinyl laid out and ready for me to cut to label my counter top canisters, rugs to vacuum and all I can think of is "what more can I make???"
I think I may need an intervention.
This is getting out of hand.

Sunday, November 27, 2011

black friday= crazytown

so Sweet Pea stayed out in the Valley on Thursday to spend time w/ her auntie & cousins.
Which left Babe and I with two whole days to ourselves.
We came home after dinner and laid about on the couch for a bit and then hopped up to go join the crazies at Wal-mart for their 10pm sale to see if we could get Sweet Pea a couple of Wii games on her list.
I have never seen such chaos in my life. And not like organized chaos, but frenzied, body crushing, sweat smelling over-crowded chaos.
And here I am, 6 months pregnant, gently trying to push my way down an aisle to see about some games.
Turns out the games were not where they usually were(of course not, why would they be?) but back in the direction of where I'd come. Swell.
So I went, found the line and stood in it. Chatted with some characters (the couple behind- the wife had been there since 7am!) and waited for my husband to come rescue me from the oddities.
At one point I looked at D and said "these people are nuts". He looked down at me and smiled: "Babe- we ARE these people". Ohhh....right.
We managed to snake our way through the line that cut across the main aisle and intersected w/ the shoppers trying to check out (that line was over an hour), got all the way to the front only to discover the games we wanted were gone.
So we left. As we were walking out we noticed both firemen and police stationed outside and another line of customers forming waiting for the 12am sale on electronics to begin.
I can only presume that they had them outside due to the fact that,even though it's a super wal-mart, the interior of the store was a full blown fire hazard.
We then cruised by Best Buy as it was 30minutes to midnight but that line was wrapped around the building and we both vetoed the idea of standing out in the cold.
So we went home.
The next day however, we were off by 1pm, armed w/ the kid's wish list and Babe's list of things he'd seen online.
We started at Target where we scored on all items and even got a $10 giftcard to use towards our next purchase!
But I was in full on sensory overload with the amount of people and stuff everywhere.
Things were not where they should be and since I love Target this bothered me to no end so we ended up leaving quickly.
Up next was Michael's for some art/craft supplies for me and with a 50% off coupon we did pretty well.
We then hit, Barnes & Noble for some reading material/gifts and were feeling so good we decided to head back to Best Buy and see what was left.
It was scavenged. We did find one thing on our list for a steal so that was nice to cross off.
As we were leaving Babe asked how I was feeling and I told him fine so he suggested we run into Costco to look at the TV's really quick and I said - "swell. I have to use the bathroom anyway".
See? Win-win!
So we made note of a few TV's to replace the one in our bedroom and then we moved on in the store.
Found another item for Sweet Pea and some DVD's and we hightailed it out of there before we got carried away.
All in all we hit 5 stores in about 5.5 hours and spent minimally but got all we needed.
We even had time/ energy to stop and pick up a movie and Babe built a fire!
Yesterday, I swung back by Micael's to use my other 50%off coupon (c'mon like I was going to turn that down) on Martha Stewart stencil for my potential rug project and lucked up on some fun scrapbook paper as well.
Came home to the hubs putting up the tree, and hanging stockings and I spent the rest of the afternoon pulling out Christmas decor and setting up my 'arrangements'.

I even got creative and re-purposed the mason jars my dad had used for BBQ sauce!
Filled them with ornaments and a branch and placed them on our side board.....taadaaah!
I left the tree decorating for when Sweet Pea returns.
All in all it was a productive weekend and I'm so happy to have a lot of our gift list knocked out so the next few weeks can be spent hanging out with family and friends and just enjoying the season!

Did you have any fun Black Friday shopping experiences?

stuffed turkey

I think I just might burst.
Partially out of happiness & pure joy that the Holidays are "officially" here and partly because I've eaten myself into a permanent state of oblivion.
It's been a good weekend. Scratch that, a GREAT weekend.
The kid was off from school all week and we spent it doing crafts w/ our friends the Pierre's, she went with me to my doctor's appointment where she got to hear her brothers heartbeat, and topped it off by spending time with friends and family.
Thanksgiving was a blast as always.
Football blaring from all the tv's, family bustling in and around the kitchen, food coming in droves and when it was all said and done: everyone thoroughly enjoyed themselves.
We ate until we couldn't anymore.
There was more food on that one table than a buffet at Caesar's.


the aftermath

where did all the pie go???
 It made my heart happy to see all the love and care that folks put into their dishes and how we can all come together each year and get our grub on and just enjoy each other.
I was doubly blessed in that one of my best girlfriends was visiting from out-of-town and her mother lives down the street from Babe's uncle so Sweet Pea and I stopped by there before dinner to catch up with her, her sister &mother.
She was making the whole dinner this year and was a little on edge as her mother was hovering in the background,offering up suggestions as mothers are wont to do.
Fortunately me & the kid provided some much needed comic relief right on time!

I also managed to grab a few photos of the family before my preggo hormones took over and forced me to eat.....
Auntie Mimi + Muffin +Sweet Pea

the "Grands"

bookends! Babe & Anthony

traditional pose

mysterious Mai & Me

Dorsey girls!

 We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves (thank God for stretchy pants) and I personally can't wait until next year!

How was your holiday?

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

giving thanks

In 2 days time we will be gathered together eating one of the most massive meals in history.
I'm seriously looking forward to this meal.
In fact I have been since I found out I was pregnant. To be pregnant and enjoying food during the holidays is one of the best gifts ever.
Seriously. You should try it. Stretchy pants are in.
Sweet Pea is off from school all week so we have a few relaxing and fun activities planned (if getting rid of toys is fun or relaxing) and some baking.
Soon enough it will be time to get all our ingredients for some delicious mac'n'cheese and I have serious plans to put the kid to work grating cheese.
Mostly I'm looking forward to spending time w/ the family.
Hanging out and sharing laughs while breaking bread is one of my favorite pastimes and something I look forward to.
We're spending the day with Babe's side of the family + my dad.
I know there will be a ton of food, many laughs and good times to be had by all.
The whole season just makes me feel all kinds of good inside.
This weekend we will be pulling out the Christmas decor and making it sparkle up in here!
I'm DEFINITELY excited about that.
But mostly I'm looking forward to curling up on the couch in front of a fire, with candles lit and watching a terrible trilogy of movies and/or reading a good book.
As much as I L-O-V-E summer I am growing to enjoy this time of year as well.
Festive lights and music, family & friends. And food. glorious,overflowing in abundance, food.
Some of what we will be consuming:
3 turkeys (2 fried , 1 oven roasted)
Prime Rib
Honey Baked Ham
Paula Dean's Ultimate Lady's Cheesy Macaroni
Monkey Bread
Oyster Dressing
Cranberry Sauce
Candied Yams
Pumpkin Cheesecake
Banana Pudding
Apple Pie (4)
Potato Salad
Sweet Potato Pie
Red Beans & Rice
String Beans
Honey Baked Ham
Peach Cobbler

I may be forgetting a few items but you get the idea. I told you - we go hard.

What are you thankful for this Thanksgiving?
What foods do you look forward to?

Thursday, November 17, 2011

wherein my husband is ready to kill me

I've think I might have mentioned how motivated I am to "redecorrange" things around here?
I have all this time and all these ideas, and it gets a little overwhelming sometimes, what with Pinterest and all the blogs enticing me to "whip up something" each week.
And my budget being what it is.....well new and fancy are not always feasible.
I made a trip to Michael's this week ( I honestly think I could've spent the rest of my afternoon happily wandering the aisles) to pick up some supplies for next weeks nursery art projects.
I think I spent a good 45minutes in the paint and stenciling aisle.
Holy sweet biscuits and gravy!
First I had no clue how many options there were for stenciling and what all they could be used on!
slow party of one!
So as I perused the aisle I found several that would work for my art projects and was excited.
I moved down the row to the extraordinary Martha Stewart section and was absolutely floored by all the fanciness!
But what could I possibly use these extra large stencils for?
Enter Pinterest and the IHeartOrganizing blog where they painted a rug for their boys playroom.

Um....sold and sold!
I immediately jumped on Pinterest looking for other links to painted rugs an oh boy did I find them!!
 (Jen- the lovely lady behind IHeartOrganizing had a great tutorial to check out)
I've been stuck for the last hour or so plotting.
Jen kept if fairly simple with plain stripes but I saw other links for chevrons and Moroccan inspired prints.
Moroccan Painted Rug by A Little Bite of Everything.

Ikea Numbered Painted Rug by La Factoria Plastica

And then I remembered the lovely stencil I saw at Michael's that tickled my fancy so:

Oh hecks yeah.
I'm so all over this.
Babe came home and found me all aflutter with excitement about my potential project and he just shook his head and said:
"You're really on a painting/crafting kick aren't you?"
Hello? where have you been?
I am unstoppable!!
Or so I think until I actually attempt to tackle a project......but I have no fear that I will succeed.
As the days grow colder and my desire to be out and about is less and less I will need these kinds of things to get me through.
The best part is - I will be so frugal doing a project like this!
Instead of doling out major bucks ($150+) for a brand new rug that may have some of what I'm looking for - I can spend less than $100 on the rug, stencil & paint and get exactly what my little heart desires!
I love it when a plan comes together!
Now I just have to decide on a color scheme!!

Can't wait to get started!

Any fun projects you have planned?

let it be

I'm finding this quote to be so true at this season in my life.
Even though I'm currently a SAHM - there are still things I want to do, people I want to see, books to read, projects to work on and posts/essays to write.
But I find that I am limited in my hours to do it all.
That vexes me.
I am doing my best to maintain a current state of "presence" at all times.
I want to be cognizant of the time I spend with my Sweet Pea, with my husband and with my friends, with our family before I become all consumed by Baby Ninja and his many wonders.
I know it will happen, just as it did with Sweet Pea, that he's all I will be able to think about and focus on.
So right now I want to just 'be'.
Be in the moment.
Be present.
Be fun.
Be positive and encouraging when needed.
Be home.
But sometimes, there just aren't enough hours in the day.
I find myself forfeiting my much needed afternoon nap in order to run errands so I can be done by the time Sweet Pea is out of school so all we have to do is go home, do homework and chill out.
But then I'm cranky come 5:30 and its too late for a cat nap as dinner needs to be started.
I get frustrated and want to move on so I zone out with a book and the next thing I know I've become slacker mom & wife.
I need to get back to my "to-do" lists and focus on tackling a maximum of 3 things per day.
If it doesn't get done the world will not end.
But I will not get this time back.
These Thursday moments with my kiddo where we can have lunch, do some homework, get cozy and watch a movie/do a craft/bake something and then perhaps take a nap.
Pretty soon she won't want to hang out with me, she'll be occupied with her friends.
And these evenings with Babe, where we sit and watch TV or read while basking in the delightful fragrance of a fall candle.....those too will be gone all too soon.
Baby Ninja will be here before we know it and much of the evening will be spent tending to him, folding laundry and other mundane chores.
So I for the rest of the year I am making a choice to just "let it be".
Let all the outside stressor go.
Let it be that my floors aren't sparkling if that means we were able to do a fun project and it got a little messy.
Let it be that the laundry sits for a few days if that means I spent time with my husband.
Let it be that I don't make some spectacular straight out of the cook-book, visually appealling dinner if that means we ate leftovers, but had quality time after dinner.
It's going to be hard since I'm a small time control freak but I look forward to the challenge.
My word for this year was "simplify" and I've been focusing on doing that more and more.
Lately, it has been at the forefront of all that I do.
So - I will tell myself that it's okay to just "let it be" and "simplify" what I can and just........enjoy.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

what I want.....now

Right now its one week til thanksgiving and I'm super excited for it as I've grown to really love all the eating family gathering that goes on.
However, that also means there is about a month until Christmas and I haven't even begun to get gifts for people!
Well, that's not entirely true - a few things here and there but the question is: where did I hide them??? eek!
So while I'm doing that, of course my mind starts to wander to MY wish list as well.
I generally have an eclectic assortment of things on my Amazon wish list and it's been growing in the last few weeks as I'm not able to shop for clothes right now.
The new SEPHORA catalog did not help my situation any.
They have so many great items that I definitely need to add to my repertoire.
See examples below:

The Clarisonic Mia complete with samples - a steal at $119 (value of $199)
The Clarisonic is the ultimate facial cleansing tool and I have been lusting after it for quite some time.
Might be time to break down and purchase......unless someone wants to buy it for me?
 Fresh Sugar Lust Set $28 ($66 value)
Complete with Lip Polish, Lip Treatment and the Brown Sugar Body Cream + a bag.
Who doesn't love a set that comes with its own carrying case?
So excited!
SEPHORA by OPI 18 piece mini set $48 ($81 value)
 An array of nail polish in a spectrum of fun colors?
This would last Sweet Pea and I for quite some time and I might even be willing to part with a few of them as individual gifts (stocking stuffers and the like).
What a great deal!
NARS Yorokobi Super Orgasm Set $39 ($51 value)
OMG! I already die for their Orgasm blush (it looks great on absolutely everyone)
so imagine my excitement when I saw this!
The blush, nail polish and lip gloss all in one fell swoop!

I also just realized I have a SEPHORA gift card I've been holding onto since my birthday so score one for my team!
But what to buy???

 I'm sure there will be other 'things' that strike my fancy in the coming weeks but this is what's on my mind....NOW.

What's on your holiday wish list?

weekend wrap up

Is it really already Wednesday?
Holy smokes I'm behind!
My body is thoroughly confused as is my mind.
I kept thinking Friday was Saturday (since Babe & Sweet Pea were home) and then spent most of Saturday convinced we had to head home early due to it being a "school day" the next day!
But nevertheless it was still a great weekend. We were busy for sure and we actually haven't been that busy in awhile.
We had something every single day.
Friday I went and did wedding makeup all day.
Saturday we had the pleasure of cheering on our dear friend Al at his graduation from the University of Phoenix.
We had great seats down in front and were able to get a few good shots of the graduate.
Mostly we were just proud to be able to share the moment with him and his family.
Graduations are not normally fun events if you're not the graduate, as they tend to be long and drawn out and somewhat boring but Babe and I made do w/ the little Pierre's and baby Madison to distract us.
Not to mention enjoying the variety of names being called.
After the graduation I went to get Sweet Pea from her Granna's (she enjoyed an evening at the movies watching Puss N' Boots) and we went a birthday party for a girlfriend's daughter.
We walked in the house to pure limbo madness (it was a Luau theme) of 31 kids + adults mingling in her living room!
Yanina knows how to put on a party though and her decorations were quite Pintersting and cute (get it? Pinterest?)
Sweet Pea had a blast and it was great to catch up w/ my Boo.
Sunday we went by the William's to watch a few football games as Charles and Babe were playing each other this week in Fantasy Football ( Babe won) and we love any excuse to hang out with the "Quartet".
Quenisha went all out and had a variety of snacks for this preggo mama to enjoy and good eats for the Sweet Pea as well.
The guys had fun talking trash about the games and their fantasy football, while Q and  I brainstormed a bit on the baby shower, and chatted about life in general.
The girls had long since retreated upstairs and all we heard from them was the occassional thud and & giggle.
Mr. Quentin however, was quite the entertainer and was happy to show off his baseball and bubble blowing skills.
Went home exhausted and full of food and laughs and ready to start our week!
It was indeed a Sunday Funday.
What did you all do this weekend?

There is something comforting about getting a new book in a series. It's like meeting an old friend at a favorite stomping grounds where you know you'll find instant comfort and warmth.
I stopped by the bookstore to get the Hunger Games and noticed that right in front one of my favorite mystery/crime authors Sue Grafton had a new book in her latest installment of the Kinsey Millhone series "V is for Vengeance".
I've been reading Ms. Grafton's work since I was in high school when my mom was big fan of books on tape and would listen in the car.
At some point I picked up the books for myself and have read them all from A to V.

It's been some time since the last book came out so I was really jazzed to see this book out.
I immediately started reading once I arrived home and was happy to find Kinsey right as I left her.
There is something, so familiar about a book character that you feel like they are a part of the fabric of your life and in a way, this one is.
She has been a part of my life for over a decade and I hers. There are familiar characters and quirks that once re-visited are as welcome as my own family members.
I must admit it did my heart good to read some familiar names and already know their history with Ms. Kinsey.
It's like running into an old friend from high school or college that you haven't seen in awhile but you still "know" without KNOWING.
ya know?
Sometimes it's the littlest things that make the biggest impact.
So that made me quite happy this week.

What's been rocking your world this week?

Friday, November 11, 2011

Friday Fancies

Today was a pretty good day I must say albeit a bit confusing.
It being Veteran's day, Babe and Sweet Pea were home thus leading me to think it was Saturday for most of the day.
I got up pretty early (for me) and high tailed it down to Redondo Beach to do some wedding makeup for a lovely lady.
What a special occasion wedding's are!
And to be married on 11/11/11 - there was definitely some magic in the air.
Specifically since there had been reports of rain today for most of the week.
And it rained a little bit.
But not enough to ruin this lady's special day.
There is something about doing makeup for weddings that makes me all kinds of giddy.
It reminds me of my own special day of course but it's also such a precious time in woman's life and to be allowed to share in that day........well it's an honor.
I felt truly blessed to be a part of Dionne's day and to meet her friends, family and groom.
And she looked pretty good if I do say so myself.

On the way home I had a lovely chat w/ the BFF which is always a good deal and finally took the time to sync my blue tooth to my phone so I could be super hands free.
Of course I was quite confused why there were SO many people on the freeway at 8:30 on a Saturday and then I was reminded that it was 5:45 - on Friday.
Yaay rush hour traffic.
No worries as I had some good tunes and was in great spirits.
I must say , doing makeup while 5months pregnant is pretty interesting as I can't see my belt the way I'm used to so I have to wear it a bit higher on the tummy to be able to reach my brushes.
It looks awkward but it works like no one's business.
I did stop to pick up pizza for my familia which just put a cherry on top of an already stellar day.
Now I'm ready to put my feet up and relax.

Oh and a special shout-out to all the Veterans who take such good care of us.
While politicians argue over pieces of paper, those guys are out there getting dirty and gettin it done!
Dad, Alfred, Marc - Love you guys lots.

So what did you all do today? What do you have planned for the weekend?

Thursday, November 10, 2011

I am NOT the one

Someone women adore being pregnant and are quite good at it. They make it look so easy and are absolutely glowing, full of life and love for everyone. I am not that lady.
I am the slightly cantankerous, somewhat snarky, mildly uncomfortable lady who will cut you if you look twice at her snacks. Seriously.Yeah I'm that pregnant lady.
Not to say that I'm a witch or anything I'm just not the most pleasant lady day in and day out. 
I'm not running through wheat fields and smilingly jubiliantly at the camera while my husband looks on lovingly and our Sweet Pea smiles angelicly. More like I'm waddling through Target on a mission to get more snickers while Sweet Pea stops in the toy aisle and Babe sighs heavily when I get distracted on my way to the checkout.
My husband just laughs at my attitude and rubs my feet in hopes that will make me feel better. He thinks I'm nuts. And he knows better than to mess with this feisty mama bear.
I was the same way with our daughter except then I thought I was supposed to the be other way. All sunshine and roses and love.
Now I know the truth: not all women are joyous when they are with child. And that's okay.
Yes, there is beauty in it. The wonderment of creating a life and watching as it grows inside of you, feeling all the movements as you shovel ice cream into your mouth while catching up on 'The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills'. It's all fabulous and quite magical. Watching your feet slowly disappear from view and getting up to use the bathroom four times a night - not so much.
And I love the idea of making a tiny human, the one child mutiny happening from within I could, however, do without. But that is a small price to pay for what the end result will be so I guess I can deal for the next 16 odd weeks.
The upside to all this is that my creativity is through the roof. I have a million ideas all floating around in my head and on my Pinterest boards. From the baby's room to sprucing up the house to how I'm going to get back into my skinny jeans. I've got it all planned out. The amount of inertia it would take for me to get off the couch and get it all done is the only thing holding me back.
But pregnancy has been a wonderful boon to my creative process.
Writing has increased tenfold as well, however, usually while I'm trying to get comfortable and fall asleep I find myself mentally writing essays that are full of wit and candor. Getting up to put on glasses and jot down these witty phrases and brilliant essays is a whole other story.
I know that this time will be over all too soon and then I will be obsessed with my tiny little man and his poop and that will be all I can talk about and I'm okay with that. In fact I'm kind of ready for that. But I will miss the ability to sleep late, take several naps and still have the energy to write, cook and create.
I realize that I am not one of those fabulous earth mamas that gets "the glow" and is brimming with love. I am not really interested in having strangers touch/rub my belly (let's be honest who is?). I don't want to discuss cloth vs. disposable diapers, breast milk vs. formula and my delivery decisions.
Nope - I really just want to put my feet up and relax with a margarita, but we all know that's not going to happen.
In the meantime I will settle for a second slice of cake even though my last one was less than 30 minutes ago and I haven't had "real food" just yet. Don't judge me.
I'm pregnant.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

what we wore

In an effort to maintain some semblance of style I'm back to documenting what's working for me on What I wore Wednesday's at The Pleated Poppy.
For the Baby Bump edition we have the below ensemble.
I was pretty jazzed at the idea of getting out of the house and into the public.
And not just the Target/Michael's going public either.
I had a doctor's appt. and could see no reason to not get a little snazzy.
So I did.

apologies for the blurriness - this is what happens when you ask a 9yr.old to use a cell phone camera
 On me:
Leggings: Mossimo for Target
Tank: Motherhood Maternity
Jacket: Forever 21
Necklace: Forever 21
Boots: Steven by Steve Madden from Hautelook

isn't she just adorable?

On her:
T-shirt: Target
Scarf: Target
Earrings: Target
Skirt: Target
Tie-dyed tights: Target
Boots: Target

Sweet Pea hadn't been to school since last Wednesday on account of her sickness so I figured she should at least look super cute on her first day back.
Even if she does still have a terrible sounding cough.
We got this outfit during back to school shopping with my Dad and I don't know who was more jazzed about the tights, her or him!
I thought they were pretty cool though so we bought them.
Babe added the scarf in the morning to keep her warm and it ended up being a stellar outfit.
Now that,my friends, is teamwork!

Linking up with Lindsey

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

finished project!

So I mentioned I painted the cabinet that is in our entryway?
Basically we use it put our keys and other random ish on.
I like to drop the mail there on my way in from the garage.
And it houses most of our board games in the bottom and a few magazines and books in the middle.
I have been hankering to paint this thing for quite some time.
It was such a boring, blah brown color and since I'm obviously nesting, I got a bug up my butt to get it done once and for all.
before: blah brown

Once I convinced my husband to spruce it up I had to get him to agree on a color.
He couldn't see why it needed to happen but I told him we needed COLOR in this room and he finally caved.
Originally I wanted turquoise but he was adamant about it not happening.
So we agreed on red.
And then I couldn't decide on a red.
But while getting color swatches for Baby Ninja's nursery, I stumbled across this lovely Mermaid Treasure turquoise from Behr.
I was in love.
So we got two samples of the California Poppy Red and the Mermaid Treasure.

The red was kind of 'meh', I liked it, but it didn't WOW me.
And that's really what I was going for.
So Mermaid Treasure it was!
He took it all apart for me and Sunday morning I got to work.
It was hard to see how it had turned out while in the dimly lit garage but I was loving it so far.

Last night he put it all together and here is the finished product!
after: Mermaid Treasure!

I'm really pleased with it.
You'll notice the multicolored scrapbook paper on top.
That's because I'm trying to decide if I want to modge podge one of those to the top portion and the other to the inner wall of the cabinet.
Stay tuned.
Linking up with Kimmie....

What have you whipped up this week?

Sunday, November 6, 2011

saturday love

things are brusqely underway around these parts.
I've spent the last few days cooped up in the house with a sickly Sweet Pea, there is nothing worse than hearing your baby's incessant coughing all night long while you can do nothing about it.
Unless that coughing fit is followed by them throwing up on their sleeve, which is exactly what happened late last night.
So I was on my own for my O.C./LBC run this afternoon.
I got a call saying our baby bedding was ready to pick up and that made me super excited as I was planning on heading down that way to the Fabric Barn anyway.
I have a ton of ideas for my holiday decor (thank you Pinterest) and wanted to get a head start before all the good stuff in my color scheme was gone.
I think I did pretty good.
Got some ornaments from Target in the dollar aisle and the Fabric Barn had some other key pieces I needed.

Needless to say I'm pretty psyched and definitely looking forward to the day after Thanksgiving for our decorating to begin!
The swap meet also had my dream dining room set up and a cozy looking bed so of course I snapped a photo to show Babe.

While I was down that way I stopped by my favorite hair salon to catch up with my good friend and hair stylist.
It's been a minute since we had a 'sista-girl' chat so it was nice to catch up for a bit.
And since I was down that way I decided to for-go a trip to my dad's and just stop off at Super Mex (their salsa is BOMB) and pick up some yummy eats for mi familia.
Muy bueno.
I was quite a happy camper.

Hopefully tomorrow will be better - I'm making chicken tortilla soup in the crockpot.
And painting my cabinet Mermaid Treasure Turquoise.....

What have you been up to this weekend?

Friday, November 4, 2011

what's working for me : week 24

I haven't posted an outfit in weeks because, well basically I've been at home and my fashion game is not as demanding as it was if I were going into HL everyday.
It's a blessing and a curse.
I looked up Wednesday (after rushing to pick up a sick Sweet Pea from school in the early a.m.) and I was wearing the dreaded sweat pants when Babe got home.
Granted they were Juicy Couture sweat pants but still not quite the impression I wanted to give.
So I'm working on me a bit.
  • Yesterday I finally busted out my pre-natal workout DVD with permission from my doctor. She said the excercise might help me sleep better.She was right. I moved my bedtime up a whole 30 minutes so that was impressive AND I felt like I did something for myself. I do enjoy working out I must say. Mostly because I love the results but finding the time and energy had been somewhat of a challenge as I've had this DVD since June. But it wasn't like I was doing "the Shred" and it felt good and still wore me out just enough. And I skipped my afternoon nap.
  • Fashion wise , I'm still on a leggings and tunic/tank kick and that's fine because it's comfortable,fashionable and the weather has been tricky! But this morning, I was excited for the rain  because it meant I could wear my boots on the quick errands I need to run!
  • I tried a new recipe for Creamy Italian Chicken I got from Pinterest and it was delicious! Babe was super impressed as was I. Sunday I'm trying chicken tortilla soup in the crock pot. I figure I need to try as many recipes out as possible now, that way when Baby Ninja gets here I can already have a better idea of what to throw together while he naps and I won't be such a crazy lady.
  • Babe finally got the nursery painted and it looks great! and now I think I want him to do one more wall. He just shook his head but told me to go ahead and pick up the paint if I felt up to leaving the house w/ sicky in tow. So thats on my list of things to do so he can get that done tomorrow and then put the crib together and then I can begin the creative process of fabric gathering for the window seat and other decorative accents.
  • I'm also thinking I may make a run to my favorite craft store in the LBC tomorrow and see what they have for my Christmas craft-a-thon. This way I can thoroughly enjoy my jolly-holiday December and get some QT in with some of my favorite creative ladies as well.
  • I'm 24 weeks along and feel like I'm getting bigger by the minute. Everyone else says I'm fine but I feel ginormous around the middle but...duh. I'm pregnant so that's to be expected. I'll have to get the hubs to take a photo later in the evening for me to post for next week.
  • We still haven't decided on a name either.

I'm off to get it together and run our errands so we can come back and have hot cocoa and watch a movie.

What have you all been up to this week?


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