Feeling Lucky this St. Patrick’s Day

I'm feeling lucky this St. Patricks Day. It was a beautiful day to be up on the mountain with my family. Being Irish, I've grown up with hearing things like , "If you're lucky enough to be Irish, then you're lucky enough." I feel like I am very lucky. I think a general sense of optimism accounts for some of this luck. I have a feeling of good fortune that comes from knowing I have friends and family that care about my well being. Choosing to focus on the positive more often than on the negative — and to consciously think of the things I’m thankful for — have played a part in my feeling lucky on more days than not. What about you? What is something (or who is someone) you feel grateful for today? What makes you feel lucky? A Great Quote and Reminder Feeling Lucky to be Blessed with this Little Girl  May the road rise to meet you, May the wind be always at your back. May the sun shine warm upon your face, The rains fall soft upon your fields. And until we meet again, May God hold you in the palm of his hand. May God be with you and bless you: May you see your children's children. May you be poor in misfortune, Rich in blessings. May you know nothing but … [Read more...]

Is Your Baby a Picky Eater?

My baby is a picky eater! It's one of the most frustrating things; preparing healthy food for your baby/toddler only to have them toss it on the floor or turn their head or keep their mouths shut when you try to feed it to them. When this happens over and over, it gets very discouraging. It's hard not to feel guilty as a mother about what my child is or isn't eating. However, after researching this topic, I've discovered that my daughter’s picky eating is not my because of me. I've learned that picky eaters are born, not created. Although this news is reassuring, I still want to do everything I can to find nutritious foods she likes. When I find something healthy she likes I am  encouraged and want to share it with any one else out there struggling with this same dilemma. This recipe is from my friend Amber who makes all kinds of homemade baby food her baby loves (lucky her). She brought some over the other day and we tested it out on Sophia. She really liked it, which made me feel good. Roasted Bananas and Blueberries Arrange 3 bananas (unpeeled) and 1 pint blueberries on a baking sheet. Roast in a 350 degrees F oven until the berries burst and the banana peels are deep … [Read more...]

Tortilla Soup

Another Delicious and Simple Recipe Ingredients You Will Need: 2 tbs olive oil 1 onion (diced) 2 tsp chili powder 2 tsp ground cumin 1 can diced green chilies 2 cups cooked chicken chopped 2 cans (14 1/2 ounces each) diced tomatoes in juice 2 cans (15 ounces each) black beans, rinsed and drained 32 ounces chicken broth 1 cup water 2 tbs lime juice 1 package (10 ounces) frozen corn kernels Salt and pepper to taste Directions In a large saucepan, heat oil over medium. Saute onions for about 5 minutes.  Add pre cooked chicken, chili powder and cumin and cook another minute or so. Add tomatoes (with juice), beans, broth, corn, diced chilies, lime juice and 1 cup water to the pan; season with salt and pepper. Bring soup to a boil and reduce to a simmer. Serve with shredded cheese, tortilla chips, sliced avocado and/or sour cream.   … [Read more...]

Baby’s First Birthday Party

We just celebrated my babys first birthday party. We had a small celebration for Sophia's first birthday on Sunday. She had no clue what was going on but the adults enjoyed it and I had fun putting it together. I made a banner (Sophia is 1), tissue paper flowers (you can find the tutorial here), party hats (you can find the tutorial here), and gift bags (you can find the tutorial here). You can learn how to make a table runner like the one in the picture here. We served spinach salad with chicken (you can find the recipe here), bread from Schat's Bakery, fruit, and cupcakes from Mimi's Cookie Bar.  The favor bags were filled with dark chocolate covered acai berries. We made a simple flower arrangement of long stem pink roses. We blew up a picture of Sophia and put it in front of the fire place. She was amused by the life size picture of herself! The babies looked so cute in their party hats. Sophia held hands with her little boyfriend Timmy! Mommy was proud! Daddy was happy! Sophia was a little overwhelmed! … [Read more...]

She’s One

She's one! It's hard to believe it was one year ago today I went through the most grueling labor experience I never imagined possible. I talked to a lot of moms beforehand. For the most part, everyone said, "get an epidural and you'll be fine." That was my plan. I honestly wasn't worried. I've come to realize labors are as individual as fingerprints, no two stories are the same. My labor story was incredibly  intense and painful. It lasted 52 hours. No one could have prepared me for the fear, pain, and agony I would go through bringing this little being into the world just as no one could prepare me for the happiness, joy, and unbelievable amount of love I would feel when she was put in my arms for the first time.   Watching my tiny helpless infant grow over this last year has been an absolute miracle. In one year I've watched my little girl coo, smile, and giggle. I've watched her learn to roll over, sit up by herself, say Dada and sometimes Mama. I've watched her learn to crawl, feed herself, stand, and pull herself up. I've watched my little girl express herself- showing us how big she is, clapping her hands, and most recently using her finger to make funny sounds with her … [Read more...]

Tissue Paper Flowers

I've decided to make tissue paper flowers for the party. Besides party hats, I'm getting into more decorating for Sophia's first birthday. There is something really gratifying about do it yourself projects. It is a lot fun.  I'm sure you've seen plenty of these. They definitely are not anything original. My mom showed me how to make tissue paper flowers. They are another simple project that come out looking pretty good (especially for the little effort needed to put in). I used six sheets of tissue paper. Fold the paper back and forth (like a fan) about an inch and a half wide. I used a twist tie in the middle (or use wire). Trim the ends however you would like the ends of the flower to look (I curved the ends). Open up the fan and gently peel the layers back (one at a time) until they have all been pulled a part. Shape your flowers however you like. Create a loop using the ends of the wire. Hang flowers from a light fixture using fishing line. … [Read more...]

Party Hats

Let's make our own party hats today. We're getting ready for Sophia's first birthday party and I think making party hats is a fun project. I can't believe my baby will be one. Everyone said how fast this year would go and they were right. It seems like yesterday I was bringing her home from the hospital. Those nights of waking every 3 hours seemed like they would never end and now they are long gone. Not to be dramatic, but it's kind of a big deal. She's no longer an infant. She'll officially be a toddler in six days. So we're going to have a first birthday party in honor of Sophia's first year and we're going to make party hats. These party hats are simple to make and you don't need many supplies. What You Will Need glue gun, scissors, party hats from the 99 cent store, burlap, ric rac, pom pom balls for the top, felt, rhinestones, and whatever else you want to use to decorate Steps 1 and 2 I unlatched and opened up the hat from the 99 cent store, traced onto the burlap, then cut it out. Steps 3 and 4 Put hot glue on the cutout of burlap and roll it onto one of the hats. Glue the trim of the burlap on the inside of the hat. Measure the ric rac around the … [Read more...]

St. Patrick’s Day Inspiration

I was browsing around on Pinterest today and came across some cute St. Patrick's Day craft ideas. I've never decorated for St. Patrick's day. Do people really decorate for this holiday? I'm Irish but I've never felt the urge to hang a shamrock wreath on my door! Maybe now that I have a baby, I feel different about it. Like it wouldn't be such a bad thing to get into it a little bit. I would like to bake something and make green frosting. I've never done that.  Anyhow, Pinterest gave me some inspiration that I thought I would share on here for anyone else that might feel like getting into it a little bit. flower arrangement A simple display of green florals may be all you need to put you in the spirit (from Pottery Barn). display of green bud vases From Pottery Barn send a notecard to a friend Tape a clover to your card to give it a St. Patty's Day touch. (from Pottery Barn) subway art I thought this was really cute. It's a 5x7 print. You can frame it or use it as a card. You can download the printable here. lucky sign I like this sign and it doesn't seem to difficult to make. Check out the tutorial here. green velvet cake pops I'd like to make … [Read more...]

I Love My Baby Girl

I love my baby girl! I can't get enough of her! She brings me so much joy. It's no wonder I take hundreds of pictures of her a week. I don't know if it's hundreds, but it's a lot. At this age, the return of good pictures is not many compared to the hundreds I take. I shouldn't say that. They are all cute. It's just difficult to get her to look at the camera. She's at that age- she's moving all over the place. Just when I think I've captured the perfect one, she throws the binky in her mouth! I love my baby girl. She inspires me in so many ways. I love the sweet open mouth kisses she gives. I love her little giggle. I love giving her baths and getting her dressed in the morning. She's growing and changing so much and I'm grateful for the hundreds of pictures (whether she's looking at the camera or not) I get to take of her every day.  Just a few pics from this week … [Read more...]

Jewelry Hanger

Over the holidays, I took this picture while shopping at Anthropologie. It’s a display of ornaments hung on little nails on branches. I thought it was a really cute idea. I imagined my necklaces and bracelets hanging this way. Anyway, I finally got around to doing it the other day and it was super easy and came out pretty good. Step 1 Cut down some branches (however many you want). I used two. Wash them off and then spray with Tree House Studio Clear Acrylic High Gloss Coating Spray. I did it over two days and used 3 coats. Step 2 Once the gloss coating is dry, tie heavy duty jute string around each end. I wrapped it around several times and left a generous amount after wrapping it. The extra amount is used to hang the branches up. See images below to show you how it will be hung (this will give you an idea of how much extra string to allow). Step 3 Once the string is wrapped around each end, hammer small nails across the front wherever you want them (these nails will be used to hang your jewelry on). Measure out where you want the rack on the wall and put the nails up. Hang up your new rack. Hang your jewelry up on your new hanger. … [Read more...]