Thursday, April 21, 2011

Jones- 3 Months

My baby boy is 3 months old (yesterday). Each day with him is more amazing than the last.
He can hold his head up for long periods of time now, and he loves to be sung to.  He coos and smiles and talks so much, and it brings tears to my eyes every time.  Our favorite thing to do is dance and sing to the radio in the kitchen--sometimes he "sings" with me, and sometimes it puts him to sleep on my shoulder...either one is heaven.
Life without him now seems impossible and  unthinkable. 

Happy Thursday, loves.  Today is my Friday, as I have tomorrow off from work; I am looking forward to a long weekend of friends and family time, yard work, and walks with the babe in the balmy weather.  Happy Easter weekend!  Going to get some Easter basket goodies for Jones from KD's Treehouse this afternoon :)

Monday, April 18, 2011

Local Fare

A friend contacted me last week to see if I would be interested in buying local, free-range, all-natural eggs once a week from a man in Columbia who raises hens in his backyard.  Um, yes!

Here's our first batch: (they are delivered in a store-bought carton that will be re-used each week)
love that they're all different colors and sizes!

Made some scrambled eggs this weekend and they were delicious--and the yolks are so bright. 

Also had some locally grown red potatoes last week and made lemon pesto roasted potatoes--yum!

Happy Monday!

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

A Word for Wednesday


ilious: irritable; cranky; extremely unpleasant or distasteful  (of or pertaining to bile)

What a descriptive word, right?  And one I was not familiar with...I came across this word when reading Girls of Riyadh by Rajaa al-Sanea.
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My cousin, who is majoring in Middle Eastern Studies at USC, recommended the book after reading it for a class.  I have only read a chapter so far, but it's interesting so far.

Daily Drop Cap by Jessica Hische
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Monday, April 11, 2011

In Love...

With Adele.

Love, love, love the song Rolling in the Deep.  I saw her sing it on the Today Show a month or so ago.  She is so pretty and so real.
She's currently touring the US and I would love to go see her--the closest she gets to Columbia is Asheville on June 18th, but it seems to be sold out. 

Happy Monday!

Friday, April 8, 2011

Healthy Store Bought Snacks for Kids (or Grown-Ups)

As a new mom to 10-week old Jones, I know it is a little early to start thinking about him eating solid food, but it is on my brain these days.  I'm hoping to make his baby food using a cool baby food-making system that my sister and I went in halfsies on a few months ago when she thought she wanted to try to make baby food for her little one.  I haven't tried it yet, but I have high hopes!

For now though, since Jones won't be eating solids for a while, I have started seeking out healthy snacks (store bought) to provide my 3 1/2 year old nephew, Ben, with when he comes to my house to visit. 

Here are a few of my (and Ben's!) faves:
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They look and taste like old school fruit roll-ups, (or so I would assume, since I don't eat fruit-in-weird-forms myself), but each snack contains 1 serving of real fruit!

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They taste a lot like Cheez-Its, (a long-time fave in my family), but they're all-organic!

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 Remember Cinnamon Teddy Grahams?  Well, these taste the same, (maybe better), and they're organic!

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Do you have any healthy/organic store bought snacks to recommend?
Happy weekend!

bamboo magazine

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A friend just passed this my way and I am excited about receiving this new e-zine, bamboo magazine!  The premier issue debuts mid-April, so subscribe now.

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Bamboo magazine as described on the website: "is dedicated to conscious family lifestyles -- all that encompasses natural parenting, holistic health, organic foods, green living, the celebration of nature and creativity ... and more. Each issue will incorporate a seasonal theme coincided with regular columns of general interest to families."  And it's FREE to subscribe!

They also have a blog you can follow here.

Here's to a wonderful spring weekend, loves, and here's to hoping we finally get our garden planted!

Friday, April 1, 2011

The Hangover- Part II

Yes, please.

Fun Spring Weekend

I am so glad it's Friday! 

It's funny how the things you look forward to about a weekend change once you have a baby though...instead of looking forward to sleeping late (ha!) and going out on the town with friends, instead, this weekend I am looking forward to staying in with friends and family, and enjoying the spring weather with the babe at the USC baseball games.
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Tomorrow is my sister, Catherine's birthday, (happy birthday, Cat!), and she has scheduled us to have makeup consultations done at Pout.  Now, if you know me, you know I am not a makeup kinda girl--I typically wear mascara, blush, maybe some cover-up on any apparent zits, and I'm done.  But, hey, I'm 32 and I don't even know how to apply eyeshadow, much less what colors I should be wearing, so it should be interesting!

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After our Pout consultations--which are FREE, by the way--we will go to the USC baseball game against Tennessee.  If you have not visited the new Carolina baseball stadium, you are missing out.  It is a beautiful facility and sunny games are so nice--and USC is really good, (2010 National Champs), so they're fun to watch! 
Publix pizza dough 
 Tomorrow night we'll cook calzones at Cat's house for her birthday dinner with family.  Have you ever tried the pre-made pizza dough from the deli at Publix ?  It is amazing and cheap--and it's such fun for everyone to be able to make their own pizza or calzone!  And, as I was searching the web for a picture of a calzone or Publix pizza dough, I came across a Facebook page titled "making your own pizza with publix pizza dough."  So, apparently I'm not the first to discover and love the Publix dough, who knew?!

What are you up to this weekend?  If I had coordinated a babysitter sooner I would have liked to go to the final Arts & Draughts for the season, it should be a good time!  What else is going on in Columbia this weekend?