Friday, January 23, 2015

This Week

Happy Friday, friends!
In pretty much every blog post, I mention how busy we are. Well, not this time! For once we've had a pretty low key week, mostly because Bear and I are both battling nasty colds. Bear did get antibiotic at the doctor today so hopefully he'll be over this in the next couple of days. Fingers crossed, he's been such a little trooper.
I've been bitten by the craft bug as of late; all I seem to want to do is run to Michael's and make something I've spotted on Pinterest the night before. Anyone else having this problem? :)

This is a picture heavy post so I'll hop to it. Hope you've all had a wonderful week!
It all started with "just another mani Monday". Chose the deep purple, in case you were wondering. ;)
Macy's has been having some killer sales that I can't seem to stay away from. Neither can Olaf and Sven (both of them).
When in question on Starbuck's treats, just get two. Have you tried the salted caramel cake pop? It's heavenly.
This little man had a run in with an open drawer one evening, but luckily he's just fine and it's the scratches are almost completely healed.
Because this seems like a great way to watch TV.
Bear and I are excited for our Valentine's Day party next month! So excited that we already whipped up some (very) homemade Valentine's for Bear's friends.
This Charming Charlie trip lasted all of 5 minutes before Bear had his first ever major meltdown over a pink owl-shaped lip balm. That
Thursday was rainy & gloomy, so we spent the day inside battling our colds and watching Mickey Mouse Clubhouse.

When you fight your nap all day, you fall asleep at 6pm in Daddy's chair.
Bear and I honestly never have days that we don't leave the house. It's really, really rare for us. So we pulled out all the play-time stops yesterday, including being "tuh-tulls". We rocked our shells alllllll afternoon.

Because Mommy's friends deserve Valentine's, too! Found these yummy candles at Michael's on sale for 60 cents apiece, so I couldn't resist. Told you I've been craft crazy.

Today's #ootd. Obsessed with black and white these days.
Can't even begin to explain how amazing this ice cream is. Truly beyond words. Run, don't walk, to the nearest grocery store.

Bear did so well at his 2 year check-up today; happy to report we have a healthy (big, 35 lb.) boy!

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Chocolate Chip Banana Nut Bread

Another year, another banana bread recipe.
If you've been following this blog for awhile, you probably realize that this is the third banana bread recipe I've posted. Oopsie! I can't help it; when I find a really good one I get the urge to share it with other bakers :).
You don't even have to be a "baker" to make this recipe; it's really simple and oh-so-good. Zach isn't a banana bread fan at all and he even loves this stuff. It freezes well too, so you can always double the recipe and save a loaf for later!

My favorite recipes are the ones I always have all the ingredients on hand for. This is one of those recipes; you have a few extra ripe bananas going to waste and chances are you already have everything in your kitchen to whip up this bread.
It's moist, chocolatey, and delicious, with just the right amount of crunch from the pecans. The perfect breakfast, dessert, or snack in between.
3/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup butter or margarine, softened
2 eggs
1 cup mashed ripe bananas (2 medium)
1/3 cup milk
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 cups all purpose flour
1/2 cup chopped nuts (I use pecans)
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1. Heat oven to 350°F. Grease bottom only of 9x5- or 8x4-inch loaf pan with shortening or cooking spray. In large bowl, beat sugar and butter with spoon until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs. Stir in bananas, milk and vanilla until well blended.
2. In small bowl, mix flour, nuts, chocolate chips, baking soda and salt. Add to banana mixture all at once; stir just until dry ingredients are moistened. Pour into pan.
3. Bake 50 to 60 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool 5 minutes; remove from pan. Cool completely, about 1 hour. Wrap tightly and store in refrigerator.
recipe tweaked from here

Hope you had a wonderful weekend!

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Totes Ready for Valentine's Day

^Lame post title, right? I know. I've been out of the blogging game for awhile now, y'all; it's gonna take some time to get back in the swing of things! ;)
It's true though; I'm getting really excited for Valentine's Day. I almost fell over in shock today when I realized it's January 17th. It's been almost a month since Christmas?! Can't be possible. Time to pull out all things hearts, red/pink, and write love poems on every chalkboard in the house (get excited, Z).
My sister-in-law, Scarlett, gave me the most functional (and pretty!) gold & camel reversible tote for Christmas, and it's safe to say I'm in love. It's perfect for running errands, and as a mom on the go I'm always looking for a large bag that holds lots of snacks, diapers, etc. This one is perfect! I also feel like my style has changed a bit over the past year or so; I'm leaning more toward comfortable pieces that still reflect my personal style. These Steve Madden shoes are my go-tos for daily wear; and they match pretty much everything in my closet.
Enough babbling. Hope you're having a fantastic weekend!
metallic reversible tote, shoes, jeans, jacket (forever 21, similar here)

Has anyone seen American Sniper? The previews look really good and it's all over my Facebook feed the past two days; people saying they loved the movie. Would love to hear your opinion if you've seen it!

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Our Days

Our days lately have been busy, but in the best way. We've been going to lots of play dates and making new friends (both for Bear & Mommy), hitting up Bear's favorite spots like the museum & Bouncin' Bears, and learning new activities at home when it's too cold to get out.
Bear had hand, foot, & mouth disease over Christmas break (sounds much worse than it actually was!), so we're praying for no more sickness. This little boy likes to go go go and being sick slows us down! Zach and I really are both obsessed with this age; Bear is suddenly repeating everything we say (not always a good thing), trying all kinds of new foods he wouldn't eat before, and coming into his personality so much. He's a very easy-going, laid back little man...much like his Daddy. Thank goodness! ;)
A few pictures from the past few days...
Bear loves his DLC leggings and matching beanie! We love representing this company; they really are the best clothes for both style & comfortable play.
I sported my "hashtag" tee, which warranted a #selfie.

Getting this rascal out of jammies in the morning is a challenge...can't say I blame him.

Dreaming of summer days while afternoon snacking/recipe searching.

Freddy's date with friends!
Pajama-wearing, paci-sucking, room-wrecking, sombrero-sporting Bear.

Headed to dinner Saturday night

The whole house is clean (minus a few closets that need some serious decluttering), Bear is napping, and I'm fairly sure there are some Real Housewives calling my name.
Happy Hump Day!

Monday, January 12, 2015

Long Time No Blog!

Hi there!

Y'all. It took me three times to get my password correct when logging into blogger; THAT'S how long it's been since I've blogged. Longest break from posting on here since starting FWTF. I have to be honest; the break was nice. I didn't even realize I wasn't blogging much to be honest, and it wasn't intentional. Life has just been really busy the last few months, in a good way!

I'll try to do some catch up posts, but for now, a few recent selfies. Because the face of this little guy has changed quite a bit since our last post!
couch potatoes
We enjoyed the last day of 2014 by doing all of Bear's favorite things, carousel included.
obsessed with this new J.Crew necklace from my sweet sis-in-law, Scarlett
When the weather is too cold to play outside, we head to the mall and everyone's happy. :)

I got new specs! aka I can see...which is nice.

Bear has started talking so much the last few months and we love hearing the new things that come out of his mouth every day. Newest thing? "All bass, no treble". Thank you, Meghan Trainor (and Mommy, for blaring it on the radio).
Hope you all had a very merry Christmas and the happiest holiday season!
Cheers to 2015 and the adventures it brings!

Monday, November 24, 2014

A Baby Shower for Piper Grace

A few weeks ago, my sweet friend Aimey and I held a Tiffany's themed shower for one of our dear friends, Tiffany (who would've guessed?!). The shower was hosted in Aimey's home and she took all of the pictures (Diamond Oak Photography); thank you for your hard work, Aimey! Everyone seemed to have a good time and Piper Grace was showered with love.

Can't wait to meet your new princess, Tiff! We love y'all!