Cheers!

Friday, September 12, 2014

It may be September, but summer ain't over yet - there's still time for one last float.



Dark Chocolate Bourbon Cherry Soda Floats

INGREDIENTS:

  1. 1 pint of dark chocolate ice cream
  2. 4 ounces of bourbon
  3. 2 bottles of cherry soda
METHOD:
Fill glasses with ice cream.
Pour in 1-2 shots of bourbon (or lots more). 
Pour in soda. 
Drink. 
Enjoy!

They practically make themselves.

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Livy at Four Months

Wednesday, September 10, 2014



My baby is four months old. Four! These have been the fastest (and sweetest) four months of my life. It's true what they say, the days are long but the years, they are short. I remind myself of that on especially trying days - someday you will miss this. She'll never be this little again, and you will miss this. It's an odd thing to feel nostalgic for a moment as you live it. I guess that's something every mommy ever has struggled with.

I'm just trying to drink her in. Her warm milky baby breath on my neck, the delicious weight of her body as I carry her to bed, the way she melts into my shoulder when I pick her up, her bright blue eyes and they way they follow me where ever I go, how fuzzy her little coconut head is ... I am truly smitten by this little lady. I don't even mind her poop that much (but we haven't started solids yet, so check back with me on that one in a few months).

At four months, Livy is so alert and very social. She loves going on walks, and prefers to sit front facing in our Stokke carrier now. She is an observer, quietly taking it all in until we're alone together, then she coos and squeals, telling me about everything she saw and what she thought about it. She can reach for and grasp a toy or lovie, and pull herself up to a seated position with help. She's rolled over once, but it would seem that for now, once was enough. She smiles and giggles, and wakes up in such a good mood - all big baby blues and toothless grins. She has such a sweet disposition, but there is determination there too. She knows what she likes, namely nursing, singing, cuddling, The Very Hungry Caterpillar, her baby gym, her lovie, her daddy, and me - most of all.

Babies don't stay babies for long enough, and I can't believe mine is already four months along. My sweet girl, I love you more than words can say.

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Current Beauty Indulgences

Tuesday, September 9, 2014


Since becoming a mama, I've really started to hold my daily (fingers crossed) shower as sacred. It's basically the only "me" time I get these days. So I decided to invest in some indulgent products to make the whole thang that much more of an escape.

I've always been careful to choose healthy products with safe ingredients, but I've definitely stepped it up since my pregnancy. Even now, while I'm breast feeding, everything I consume or put on my body gets passed to my baby girl so I want to take extra care to make healthful choices for the both of us.

So I went on a search for indulgent and healthy products, and I've made a few discoveries.


Nourish Organics Almond Vanilla Body Wash: this smells so divine, the blend of aloe, coconut milk, vitamin e, and essential oils is truly soothing, and yes, nourishing.


Pacifica Kona Coffee Body Scrub: I'm still a fan of making my own scrubs, but every now and then it's nice to buy a special one. This scrub exfoliates and stimulates to really improve the texture of your skin, leaving you almost as soft and smooth as your baby.


Aveda Shampure Shampoo and Conditioner: let's face it, this stuff works. My hair is soft and bouncy, plus you can't beat the herbaceous lingering smell.


Baby Bee Nourishing Lotion: I use plain old straight up coconut oil on my baby (it moisturizes and makes her smell so yummy), but I was gifted some of this lotion so ... I'm using it. :-) It's silky, highly moisturizing, leaves a nice light sent, and I know it's completely safe for my baby cakes. It's nice not to have to worry about holding her after applying it.


In terms of facial skin care - I'm still faithful to the basic outline of the AM and PM routines, but am really digging the Korres products, especially the Wild Rose Serum, these days.

Are there any indulgent products you're enjoying at the moment? Also, if you ever want to check on the safety of your products you can do a search on the Skin Deep Data Base - it's a great resource.

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Mantra

Monday, September 8, 2014



Let's practice patience with one another this week - and with ourselves. xo.

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New Mama Style

Monday, August 25, 2014

When you're a new mommy, dressing yourself - heck, showering - is a feat in and of itself, never mind dressing stylishly. Plus, how do you redefine your style after months of maternity clothes? Even those with killer maternity style probably still weren't dressing like their pre-pregnancy selves. So how do you get back there? How do you dress to feel like "you" again and accommodate your new roles as mommy? How are mommies meant to dress anyway?


Honestly, I have no idea. The first few weeks after baby girl was born I just wore yoga pants and maternity tops. Slowly I started to fit back into my old clothes and started rediscovering past faves. I started to notice the moms who's style I thought was "cute" and took copious mental notes, I'm still doing this actually. I started to gravitate toward basics and classics, comfort and easy boob access (you know, because nursing) became keys for me. I'm still figuring out what my "mom style" is - what fits my life now and still makes me feel attractive - somedays I do better than others. I wear a lot of tee shirts. The outfit above is quickly becoming my uniform. Skinny jeans (leggings around the house - let's be real), a soft v neck (I love the shirts from Marine Layer), cute flats (Vans or strappy sandals), sunnies, a cute bag, lipgloss to make you look awake even if you don't feel it, and of course a sling for ze bebe (the Sakura Bloom - pictured - or the Stokke carrier - not pictured) and a little outfit from Baby GAP.


Unfortunately, a lady cannot live in v necks alone. So here's an outfit fro when I need to step it up a notch (our anniversary day trip to wine country for instance). A bright and floaty sundress, a chambray shirt, cute flats, a dressy bag (Marc by Marc Jacobs from a few seasons ago), sunnies, lip gloss, and of course a sling for ze bebe and a little outfit from peek kids.

I'll probably never be back 100% to my pre-pregnancy self style wise, but that's okay - I'm figuring out this new me.

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Better days ...

Friday, August 22, 2014



Happy weekend, dolls!

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lactation cookies

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Yes, lactation cookies -this is a thing. Lactation cookies are chocked full of “galactagogues,” foods that promote or increase the flow of mother’s milk, also they're yummy. There are a few kinds of boobie milk cookies on the market, but why buy what you can easily make? Plus the recipe below (via Mama Natural) is especially healthy, full of organic good stuff, so there is zero guilt. 


Whip up a batch of these bad boys and enjoy some milk and cookies - literally

INGREDIENTS 
  • 2 cups organic rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup organic coconut sugar
  • 1/4 cup tapioca flour (can use organic cornstarch or arrowroot flour)
  • 1/4 cup nutritional yeast flakes
  • 1 TB fennel seed, ground (can replace with flax seeds)
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp. sea salt
  • 1/2 cup almond butter (can replace with sunflower or tahini if allergic to tree nuts)
  • 1/4 cup, plus 2 TB coconut oil, melted
  • 2 eggs (can replace with chia seed or other egg replacement)
  • 2 TB raw honey 
  • 1/2 tsp. organic vanilla extract (can use almond or orange as well)
METHOD
  1. Pre-heat oven at 350 degrees fahrenheit.
  2. Put your 2 cups of rolled oats into a high speed blender or food processor. Blend until the oats are a flour-like consistency.
  3. Measure out 1 TB of fennel seeds and grind in coffee grinder or with mortal and pestle until fine powder.
  4. Put dry ingredients into large bowl and mix.
  5. In a smaller bowl, put your almond butter, melted coconut oil, honey, eggs and vanilla extract. Mix well.
  6. Pour the contents of smaller bowl into the dry ingredient bowl. Mix well with spoon or clean hands.
  7. Grease a cookie sheet with coconut oil. Form small flat balls, about the circumference of a silver dollar. 
  8. Bake cookies in oven for 15-20 minutes. Check for slightest browning on outside of cookie. Take out and transfer cookies to a cooling rack. 
  9. Enjoy warm, or let cookies cool to room temperature. 
  10. Eat up and let it flow. 
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