July 31, 2011

weekend fun

Kite flying
Cousins at the park
Beach lovin'
Baby smiles
Sand* Sun* Fun*
Pink pajama party
Two of my favorite girls, just missing Danielle. I can't wait until we all get together soon. Britt has some more photos from our weekend on her blog here and a pic of her cute sandals with my favorite new nail polish color jag-u-are.

July 21, 2011

baby girl sandals

Love these little baby girl sandals from Amazon via Babble. They would look so cute on Emeri.

July 19, 2011

Noah's Surf Party

We had such a fun day! I couldn't believe Brittany was able to get Noah's 3rd Birthday Party together so soon after she had Emeri. It was a surf theme since one of Noah's favorite things to do is go to the beach. She crafted all the cute decor, got a picture with Noah holding up his annual poster with his age on it and he launched his annual balloons with his wishes attached. One of the sweetest moments of the day was when Noah came running out to my car as I was leaving to give me a hug and and kiss. Then he leaned down and said I want you to stay with me grandma. A perfect ending to beautiful day! A few highlights from our day above.
1st photo: Brittany

July 18, 2011

kale chips

I like a lot of healthy food but I have one bad habit, an addiction to chips. All throughout the day I find myself grabbing a few chips. So several months ago when I heard everyone talking about Kale Chips I was hoping this would be my answer to finding a healthy chip. Trader Joe's sells it in a bag, cleaned and dried which saves a lot of work. One thing I didn't do the first time I made this {as you can see in the photo} is take off the hard rib part and just roast the leaves. It tastes so much better if you take the time to do this. After that I put the Kale in a plastic bag with extra virgin olive oil and some garlic pepper and salt and shook until it was coated. Next, put it on a sheet pan, one layer in an 350 degree oven for about 12 minutes. When it starts getting a little brown on the tips you take it out. The flavor was amazing and it gets so deliciously crispy that these will definitely be able to replace those unhealthy chips.

July 15, 2011

party-time for Noah

So excited for a fun day today as we will be celebrating Noah's 3rd birthday! It got delayed just a little since something important happened this last month.......his new little sister was born. As you can see in these photos he is getting pumped up about his celebration and ready to be the life of the party!

July 14, 2011

map it out

I was flipping through the August issue of Martha Stewart yesterday and this one craft caught my eye. Map design is everywhere these days but I have never seen this idea before. It was a great way to document a trip that you have taken. You get a map of the area you traveled through. Then you poke holes in the map along your route. Then you sew along the route using a backstitch. When you hit your destination you put an X. After that you just frame it and you have a beautiful keepsake of your trip.

July 12, 2011

house hunting

My last visit to Britt's house we did our very favorite thing while I was there......House Hunting! We are both looking to buy in Temecula in a couple of years so we thought we would check out what is going on in the housing market there. We are keeping our house at the beach but want to be able to have another one close to them. After looking at quite a few houses we found that you can get a new single story {which we both want} 2000 sq. ft. 4 bedroom house with a good sized kitchen for 295,000. We stupidly forgot to take photos in the first house which turned out to be our favorite one. Not surprising that we liked the same one, since we have similar taste. Next time I go down I want to look at it again and get photos of it. The first 2 photos above are kinda close to the one we liked except our favorite one had a better kitchen. The last two photos are of a house we went in that was decorated like a cross between Anthropologie and Restoration Hardware. It was fun to see something different and was a nice change from the typical Traditional model home look. We lucked out with the kids too because Emeri slept the whole time and Noah had a blast running up the stairs in each house to find the kids rooms and check everything out!

July 10, 2011

farmers market sunday

I brought this home from our farmer's market today along with a bag of peaches which were heavenly. I love buying my fruit from the farmer's market because you can taste everything before you buy it. I used to waste so much money at the grocery store buying bad fruit, but not anymore!
I roasted the broccoli, potatoes and red onion in the oven at 425 for 20 minutes. This is like candy to me. I could eat roasted vegetables all the time.
On the way home from the farmers market I stopped by Trader Joe's to get 3 of my favorite things. Cauliflower and Broccoli with garlic butter, Parmesan and Garlic potatoes {which I bake in the oven and they come out so crispy and delicious} and my very favorite salsa Papaya and Mango. Love living near this farmers market overlooking the water and having Trader Joes and Whole Foods right on the way home.

July 6, 2011

retro bike glasses

How adorable are these tumblers from Paper Source for serving drinks this summer! I can't wait to be sipping ice tea out of them.

baby sun hat

The best baby sunhat via Lovely Morning. We will be heading to the beach soon with Emeri so glad to read a recommendation for a good protective baby hat that is also waterproof and reversible.
image: Patagonia

red polka dot dress

The cutest little red polka dot dress on sale now at Delia's.