Happy Easter

Happy Easter everyone! The Easter bunny paid a visit to our house last night. I can’t wait to see my son’s face when he heads downstairs this morning!

What’s your favorite treat to put in your children’s baskets?

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Some Wednesday Morning Button Love

Here is a link to one of my favorite blogs. This woman is my organization and decorating guru. She’s having a link up party today so if you blog, head over and share one of your favorite projects. While you’re there, check out link #285. It’s mine! Just click the button below!

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Keep Calm and Crochet

Well folks, I’ve survived going back to work. I sure picked a doozy of a week to return too. All week I’ve been running our Scholastic book fair and to top it off, it’s parent/teacher conference week. It was dark when I drove to work this morning and dark when I drove home. I only got to see my babies for about fifteen minutes before they went to bed too. These twelve hour days are for the birds…

Now that the kids are tucked in and the house is picked up, it’s time to settle down for my new favorite hobby; crocheting. I’m making this blanket for my daughter. I have to give credit to my friend Teresa for sharing this beautiful star stitch that inspired the project.

So now the fire is roaring, the March Madness is in full effect and I sit down with hook in hand. My kind of night…

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A blessing in disguise?

So after many days of abnormal poop, we took my eight week old daughter to the doctor. Deep down I knew what they were going to say before they even said it; I have to go dairy free.

I don’t know if you all are aware, but everything that tastes good has some kind of milk or dairy ingredient. I can no longer enjoy cheese, chocolate, and pizza among many other things. Luckily for me, I have wonderful friends who also had children with a milk protein intolerance and they’ve been really supportive and gave me so much information.

I know this is going to be tough, but I think it may be a blessing in disguise. My biggest gripe since giving birth has been my weight and my inability to fit in my clothes. After some research, I realized that going dairy free inherently means eating healthier. I can’t sit around and eat my Hershey’s Drops or macaroni and cheese. In my quest to stay positive and grab the bull by the horns, I celebrated by buying a new pair of running shoes. Lets be honest here, I’ll probably do more walking than running, but hey, at least my feet will look good doing it!

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Crafts and Cocktails

Aaaaahhhh! Adult conversation!

I needed some time with friends so I planned a “Crafts and Cocktails” night with a few of them. I invited four girls (funnily enough, all of whom I went to high school with) for a night of appetizers, drinks, and crafting. Because of all of our hectic mommy schedules, we had to reschedule and only two could make it. I supplied the crafting materials and appetizers while the girls each brought a drink to share.

Saturday at 8:00, the girls came over. My oldest was already in bed and my husband was a saint and put my youngest to bed. We enjoyed various cheeses and crackers, sweet onion and Gorgonzola pastries, and chocolate dipped cream puff pastries. The girls brought a raspberry lambic and Skinny Girl Cosmo, both of which were absolutely delicious and gone by the end of the night.

As far as the crafting, the girls made the St. Patrick’s Day wreath I posted about previously while I made a spring wreath to replace the St. Patrick’s Day wreath.

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All in all, it was a successful night and of eating, drinking, and crafting. We talked about laboring, delivering, and parenting our children all while my poor husband sat in the adjacent family room trying to watch the Carolina/Duke game while at the same time trying to ignore our conversation which he probably had no desire to hear.

Who needs toys?

My son often goes for the box that his toys come in. One of his favorite boxes is the box from diapers.com. This morning he discovered the box at the bottom of the stairs and began exclaiming, “Bok! Bok!”

We took the box into the living room and I chuckled all morning as he loaded it up with toys, diapers, the dog’s leash, his favorite companion George the monkey, and his potty seat.

As he was occupied, and his sister was sleeping, I took this opportunity to use the bathroom. Before I was done washing my hands, I hear him screaming, “Stuck! Stuck! Stuck!” My heart sank and I ran out around the corner to this scene…

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Needless to say, my fear turned to laughter as I saw his little feet dangling above the floor. This my friends, is precisely one of the reasons I had children.

Luck of the Irish!

St. Patrick’s day is drawing near and I had been looking for ways to spruce up our new home. We built our dream home and moved into the house in December when I was nine months pregnant. Our main priorities were to have everything unpacked, decorate for Christmas for our 20 month old, and have the nursery complete before our daughter arrived in January.

Now that she’s here and the house is unpacked and situated, I figured it’s time to add some decor. I love the exterior of our home, especially the black shutters and door. I wanted to highlight that with a beautiful wreath to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, one of my favorite holidays.

The wreath is made from a foam ring wrapped in gray and white yarn. I then made felt rosettes and attached them to the wreath with hot glue and straight pins adorned with green pearls. Finally, I topped it off with a bow made from green, striped ribbon. My bow skills need some work. If anyone knows of a link to a good tutorial, feel free to leave it in the comments!

Happy St. Patrick’s Day and may you have the luck of the Irish!

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