2.29.2012

30 weeks!



Yep, that would be me taking instagram photos of myself in the bathroom mirror. Not only am I getting bigger everyday, clearly I'm getting cooler, too.

So now at 30 weeks and some odd days we've officially entered my "holy sh*t, we're having a baby soon" phase. I always think of weeks 20-29 as the fun pregnancy times...when you look pregnant but still cute, you have energy and still have plenty of time to tie up loose end before the baby arrives.

Then you enter weeks 30-40 and all bets are off. You start to slow down, you get big....and then even bigger, time feels like it's running out and doctors appts begin to fill up your schedule.

Right now our time as a family of three feels so precious and soon our first little baby will be a big brother and another little one will be on the scene.

Overall I'm feeling large, but still pretty good. She has been kicking up a storm and seems to pretty active all the time. I've definitely started to waddle around and someone else in this house {an adult} thinks it's awfully funny to make fun of {which it's not}. My nesting has completely kicked in and I'm feeling the urge to organize everything in sight. It occurred to me that I'll probably have to pack a hospital bag in the sort of near future and I just can't believe that time is near again.

Still have a few hurdles to get over before I'll feel like I can completely relax - namely the artist market this weekend, C's 2nd birthday party {!!!} and a few other baby items we need to pick up before she arrives {double stroller, new baby monitor, glider}. But we'll get there at some point.

2.28.2012

vinyasa mama onesies in action

photo courtesy of allison dorbad

Look at these two cuties rocking their Vinyasa Mama onesies!

Lincoln is modeling his Swell onesie in the photo above while playing at the Richmond Children's Museum and in the photo below Gabriel is hanging in his Swell onesie on the North Shore of Oahu - lucky baby!

Love seeing these!!

If you would like to order a Vinyasa Mama onesie come visit me at the Lowcountry Artist Market this Saturday (10am -3pm at the Music Farm) or if you aren't in the Charleston area you can order through ETSY.

photo courtesy of katherine cooney

2.27.2012

currently loving: ana maria hernando

"Esperando Al Mar" (Waiting for the Sea) Total 48'' x 74'' x 2.5'' Oil and alkyd on wood, Triptych 2010

When I was in college {at the University of Colorado - go Buffs!} I spent a summer interning at an artist resource center and also worked for a local artist, named Ana Maria Hernando. I helped her market to galleries and also organized a complete history of all of her work. She was the nicest woman and I absolutely loved all of her paintings. Many incorporate flowers as their primary focus but overall I found her use of color and materials very inspiring {she often used paper, cloth and wood in her paintings} and think she really stood out in a sea of other artist in Boulder.

I've been thinking a lot about the artwork in our house {mainly created by myself} and was trying to get some new inspiration over this past weekend because I've been wanting to change it up. I've been trying to incorporate big pops of color into our rooms and naturally thought of Ana Maria's paintings.

It's been years since I've seen or spoken with her so I did a little googling to see if she had any new published work I might be able to track down on the Internet.

Thought I'd share some of here stuff here - hope you love it as much as I do! And if you are in the Denver/Boulder area I highly recommend you check out her work in person....I believe some of it is at BMOCA {Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art} and in Denver galleries. She is from Argentina and frequently travels back and forth, so you might also catch her elsewhere throughout the country.

"Flower by Edge of the River" 30x60 oil on canvas 2010
"Las Aberturas, Las Organos Que Esperan" 30'' x 44'' Color Lithograph Diptych with cut outs, 2005

"Beben Nardos de Noche" (they drank tuberoses in the night) 19 x 40 oil & alkyd on canvas 2011

"El Corazon Inocente" (The Innocent Heart) 30'' x 22'' x 1'' Seven color lithograph with collage, 2010 

"Con Confection" Museo de las Americans, Denver, CO

2.24.2012

long week


Sorry for disappearing for the majority of this week. It's been a long one here and I'm very glad to be at the tail end of it.

We've had a few ups and downs - with the downs being some bad news from the vet and a possible surgery for Red (our dog) and the 3 hour Glucose test for me, which I'll explain more about in another post. The ups have certainly helped balance them out and we received great news about C-man being offered a space at the pre-school we really wanted him to attend next fall. Very happy about that!

So, with the bad comes the good and we're all still happy and healthy (well, maybe except for Red, though he is in great spirits as always) here and excited for the weekend!

Plus, I'm *almost* finished with these little suckers and love the way they are turning out. Quite possibly the most satisfying DIY project I didn't think I could do - but somehow managed to pull off - yet.


Happy weekend!! xo

2.21.2012

weekend wildlife + swimming


Hello there Mr. Llama...

We spent some time at SEWE {South Eastern Wildlife Expo} this weekend. It's a big event here in Charleston and one of the highlights is always the petting zoo they have on site. We've been talking a lot about animals recently and C-man loves to make animals sounds {a horses "neigh" is his favorite} so it seemed to be right up his alley....and it was....until he actually got into the tent. Then all these crazy animals looks rather intimidating and he was perfectly happy to view them from afar.

Except for the goats.

He's had a few run-ins with goats over the past year and while he was once terrified of them, he seems to be warming up.....slightly.


So, goats are back on the ok list. But this guy below....not so much.


Post animal tent....


and then on Sunday we started another level of swim classes....


About 10 weekends left before baby girl arrives!!!!????!

2.17.2012

currently loving: this bedroom

Do you ever see a photo of a room and feel like it speaks to you? Or you simply have to pack your bags, figure out the address, knock on the door and nicely ask the homeowners if you could please just move into said room for awhile?

Ok, perhaps I'm the only weirdo.

I spend a lot of my interior design "brainstorming" time in a big tizzy. Yes, a TIZZY. I believe it's actually a word. Here's a rough idea of how it usually all goes down....

- Start with a space
- Get a feeling about where the furniture needs to go, overall layout, how the space will be utilized best
- Begin to visualize existing pieces/items in the space
- Realize I do not have many existing items that I want to use in the space
- My brain starts spinning with a million fabric/art/furniture ideas
- Spend 100 hours on Pinterest looking for inspiration
- Change the vision 56 more times
- *BIG SIGH* as I realize my vision is going to require too much $$ and a serious time investment
- Get real, start searching craiglist and local stores
- Hope I get lucky and find a few key pieces
- Alter direction of the room as needed based upon lucky key finds
- Repeat above steps....repeat......repeat.....repeat again.
- Finish room {which will never really be "finished". It's more of a stopping point until I decide to move things around again}


While all this is happening my brain feels like it's on overdrive and I am CONSTANTLY thinking of different ideas, fabrics, etc for the space. When I say constantly, I really mean constantly. I'll be making dinner and the color of the pasta sauce will get me thinking about how a nice red would look in the space. Or I'll wonder if I can find a fabric that has a certain tangerine hue to it.

Told you I was a weirdo. And it's exhausting to have this going on in my head all the time.  


So, that brings me to my point....


Sometimes when I  see a photo it just hits me. BAM!. Despite all the spinning thoughts in my head, this is a depiction of exactly what I want. Or is at least pretty darn close to it.

It's a relief, really. Like I've found the needle in the haystack and now I can focus my efforts on a set path.

This is the photo that did it for me today:

photo via pinterest courtesy of apartmet therapy

Simple. Not too fussy. Kind of boho and eclectic with some refined elements and pretty fabrics. Not terribly difficult to pull together now and/or change up in the future.

Bedroom re-do to commence as soon as I wrap up the other 15 projects I have going on....

Happy Friday!!

2.16.2012

vintage finds



I was running errands this morning and popped into one of my favorite antique/vintage stores just to take a look. It's always hit or miss but today was a total hit. I picked up a pretty, white, flowery mirror for the baby's nursery, a brass duck for C's room {that completely reminds me of the Make Way for Ducklings ducks in Boston}, a cute little horse painting that caught my eye {also for C's room} and this little brass milk jug that I have no idea what I'll do with but thought it was too cute to pass up.

AND....all for under $40. Score!

I'm not always one for a lot of antique pieces, but I do love mixing vintage and modern together to give a room a unique look and feel. I'd say a room has to evolve over time - agreed?

2.14.2012

lowcountry artist market + happy valentines!



I am so excited to be participating in the Lowcountry Artist Market again on Saturday, March 3rd. If you are in the Charleston area, please come to the Music Farm from 10am-3pm to see lots of unique and awesome vendors selling everything from jewelry, to posters, to handmade wood furniture. There really is something for everyone and it doesn't hurt that they have an open bar with mimosas and yummy food trucks outside, either...

Be sure to stop by the Vinyasa Mama table and say hi!

Oh...and Happy Valentines Day everyone! I was greeted with a hot Starbucks, flowers and a cute card this morning by the men of our household. The big one has taught the little one well :)

xoxo

2.10.2012

5 things...for friday {photo edition}


1) Almost 28 weeks
Love C-man in the background. Though, this picture makes it glaringly obvious that our backyard needs a little attention....STAT.



2) New Sofa
I was not a fan of our old sofas in the least and am very, very happy to have a new place to relax and enjoy my morning cup of coffee. C likes to enjoy his morning juice on the new sofa, too :)



3) New York 
My favorite coffee mug is a New York City coffee mug Kyle bought me on a trip to the city about 5 years ago. When clean, I try to use it every morning. Makes me miss my frequent-as-possible trips the city and I can't believe it's been a whole year since we've been back. I'm really looking forward to introducing our kids to the city and seeing their faces as they discover all it has to offer and {hopefully}fall as much in love with it as I am.  



4) Weekend painting project
I found this cute little dresser the other day and am excited to give it a facelift. It currently resides near our front door, but depending on how it turns out, might be moving to the baby's room soon. 



5) Valentines
Were not too big on Valentine's Day here, but when your toddler brings you a valentine they made at school it's just the cutest thing ever <3

Happy Friday! xo

2.07.2012

fettuccine with quick ragu + stuffed peppers

photo courtesy of the food network

I'm a HUGE fan of quick and easy recipes that yield yummy leftovers that can be used for another quick and easy recipe. Who isn't??

I've made this twice now and it was so easy and good I had to share.

The fettuccine with quick ragu is a great pasta dish that feels light and healthy. I didn't feel like I had to veg out on the sofa with a belly full of pasta after eating it. And the stuffed peppers are just so yummy and also relatively healthy. I used ground turkey breast for these recipes and it provided a nice change from ground beef {even Kyle liked it - and he's a red meat kind of guy} and is much healthier and lighter.

So, here ya go....hope you make it for dinner tonight! and tomorrow!

fettuccine with quick ragu



Pulse the onion, celery, carrot, garlic and rosemary in a food processor until finely chopped.
Heat the olive oil in a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Add the chopped vegetables and cook, stirring, until softened and golden, 3 to 5 minutes. Add the veal, 1 teaspoon salt and 1/2 teaspoon pepper and cook, breaking up the meat with a wooden spoon, until no longer pink, about 3 minutes. Add the tomatoes, milk, 1 cup water and 1/2 teaspoon salt. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat and simmer until slightly thickened, about 20 minutes.
Meanwhile, bring a large pot of salted water to a boil and cook the fettuccine as the label directs. Drain the pasta, then toss with half of the ragu (about 3 cups). Top with parmesan. Reserve the remaining ragu to make stuffed peppers.

THEN, SAVE THE EXTRA RAGU FOR.......

photo courtesy of the food network


ragu stuffed peppers
  • 4 bell peppers (red, yellow or a mix), halved lengthwise, seeds removed
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • Kosher salt
  • About 3 cups leftover ragu*
  • 1/2 cup couscous
  • 3/4 cup golden raisins
  • 3/4 cup grated asiago or fontina cheese
  • 4 teaspoons red wine vinegar
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh parsley
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F. Toss the bell pepper halves with 1 tablespoon olive oil and 1/2 teaspoon salt in a large microwave-safe bowl. Cover and microwave until the peppers soften, 10 to 12 minutes.
Meanwhile, mix the ragu, couscous, raisins, 1/2 cup cheese, 3 teaspoons vinegar, the parsley and 1/4 teaspoon salt in a bowl.
Whisk the remaining 1 tablespoon olive oil and 1 teaspoon vinegar, the tomato paste and 3/4 cup water in the bottom of a large nonreactive baking dish. Carefully transfer the peppers, cut-side up, to the baking dish and fill with the couscous mixture. Sprinkle with the remaining 1/4 cup cheese.
Cover the dish with foil and bake until the peppers are tender and the filling is hot, about 20 minutes. Transfer to plates and drizzle with the cooking liquid from the dish.




2.06.2012

where has my brain gone?

If I wasn't pregnant I'd be really worried about myself...

I just drove over to the shopping area near our house and ended up in the grocery store parking lot. Not so weird, except I was supposed to go to the bagel store to pick up bagels.

Before I even left the house I noticed my shirt felt kind of weird. I looked down and realized it was on backward.

Yesterday I was running errands and for the life of me I could not remember where I parked my car. Not the first time tht has hapened recently.

It typically takes me a solid 5-10 minutes to leave the house now because I can never remember where I put my keys and cell phone.

Ahhhhh...the return of pregnesia. Lovely.

27 weeks yesterday....only 13 or so left before I can stop blaming pregnesia and start blaming extreme sleep deprivation instead.

In light of my lack of brain power - or just sheer stupidity - I'll stop typing and will instead leave you with a few iphone photos of our weekend.

jimmy buffett concert Thursday night 
sticky fingered toddler trying to grab anything breakable in the baby's room

picking the FINAL paint color for our house - whoop, whoop!

hula hooping at the food truck rodeo in Marion Square on Saturday

Happy Monday, everyone!

2.03.2012

tom's ballet flats + new lulu store

Tom's Gisele Ballet Flats

Two little tidbits of fantastic Friday news for ya....

If you hadn't already heard, Tom's now makes ballet flats! Woohoo! The regular Tom's never really looked right on my feet, so I'm excited to give these a try. The leopard print {above} is cute but I also really like the light blue denim pair {below}. They would great with white jeans/shorts this summer, don't ya think?




Go check out all their styles here


AND......



LULULEMON IS OPENING A NEW STORE IN CHARLESTON! Best news ever!! They currently have a small, third floor location that is only open a few days a week, at very limited hours, so this is great news! Better start saving my pennies now :)


Happy weekend!! xo

our little artist


The photo above might just be my new favorite photo ever! C-man made this during a little project at school and when I went to pick him up the other day I saw it hanging on the wall outside his classroom. He either comes home with a new art project or they display a new project on the wall after each class and it's so adorable to see what he comes up with. I love the crooked eyes/beak and innocent, messy hair photo of him :)



2.02.2012

orange & turquoise



Wouldn't it be lovely to run around town all day without a care in the world and then go out for a fabulous dinner and dancing at night?

If that perfect world existed, and budgets and a giant pregnant belly weren't holding me back, this is what I might wear.

Just saying....


Day
CALYPSO Linen Tee / TORY BURCH Slim Fit Jeans / DUNE CALYPSO Key Hole Sandals / TORY BURCH Bangles / TORY BURCH Amanda Hobo / CALYPSO Twisted Necklace 


Night
KARL JUDIT White Tank / CALYPSO Carla Feather Skirt / JIMMY CHOO Heels / CHAN LUU Bracelet / PINK MASCARA Turquoise Necklace / C'IVETTE Python Clutch 

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