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It’s hard to believe I am already half way to baby girl #2. (I’ll be 21 weeks on Friday.) Whoa, slow down there kid, we’ve got a lot to do before you get here!  This pregnancy is just flying by compared to what I remember from being pregnant with Vada. I feel like I was so much more “in touch” with my pregnancy last time. I guess I’m so much busier this time around, I don’t really have the time to focus on my pregnancy. There’s just less quiet time to think about every little pregnancy/baby related thing like I did before. (What’s quiet time?)

I also remember being way more emotional last time (see: psycho.) I remember crying a lot more – out of happiness, excitement, nervousness, from reading the Twilight Saga. Haha! I mean, I get easily enraged sometimes and Folgers Coffee commercials have a tendency to get me verklempt, but I just remember being way crazier last time. Maybe my hormones are like “been there, done that.” Maybe I’m calmer this time knowing there’s really nothing to freak out about. Or… maybe I just need to wait until the third trimester for those crazies to kick in.

My 20 week detailed ultrasound today went great. Everything is measuring on target, the baby has 4 chambers in her heart, 5 fingers, 5 toes, brain looks good, no cleft palate, all that stuff. All seems healthy and normal, which I’m very thankful for. Oh, and apparently this baby has long legs, just like daddy. Another tall girl! I hope they’re both at least 5’8” (my dream height.) ♥

Man, you guys, Vada and I have been two sick girls. We’ve had this crazy, meandering, almost 3-week long virus with every symptom you can think of. We are still coughing a little bit and Vada’s finishing up her amoxicillin (she ended up with a little ear infection) but I think we are finally over it. Whew! It was a doozie. I am so ready to get back to normal life. There are so many things I need & want to do! Now if only I could kick this stupid headache… ♥

This a tasty little lunch I cooked up for myself the other day. It’s really fast, really tasty, and healthy too. I’m just guessing at the quantities of these ingredients. Use your best judgement if you feel like you need to use more/less of anything.

Sautéed Baby Kale with Shallots
yields: 1 serving

2 tbsp olive oil
1 small shallot, diced
1 clove garlic, minced
2 big handfuls of baby kale
2 tbsp water (or broth)
kosher salt
parmesan cheese (for garnish)

Heat the olive oil in a medium pan over medium heat. Add shallot and cook until tener, about 2 minutes. Add the garlic, and cook for a minute, being careful not to burn. Add kale, water or broth, and salt and pepper to taste. Stir everything around, coating the kale with the oil/water or broth. Raise heat to high and saute for about 4 or 5 minutes, until the kale is tender and the liquid is evaporated. Serve immediately, garnished with some parmesan cheese and a little extra pepper.

Let me know what you think ♥


Such inspiration and great advice for creative people. I feel like I am in this “normal” phase in so many different parts of my life. Thanks to Kim for sharing this video on her blog ♥

1. I started The Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery‘s Dessert of the Month x-stitch club! Each month you are emailed a super cute dessert-themed cross stitch pattern that will eventually become a big sampler. I’m almost finished with this month’s little champagne truffle. I’m really excited about this project because it’s totally doable. The patterns are all really small (about 2.5″x2.5″) so they’re quick to stitch, but adorable. I’ll post a picture of my finished little truffle once he’s finished.

2. We are still (slowly) converting what used to be my sewing/office/play room into Vada’s new big girl room. I have a huge cork board (in the photo) and an 8’x8′ quilt design board that will hopefully make their way into my longarm studio. I think we might be on schedule to paint the walls this weekend.

3. One of my new favorite lunches! Baby spinach pizzas on Ezekiel english muffins! They are so good and really filling. First, I toast the muffin in the toaster, then top with sauce (we always have Rao’s vodka sauce on hand,) mozarella, baby spinach, a little parmesan and some pepper. Put it under the broiler for a few minutes and you’re done! So fast and so good.

4. Friday the 13th (and the weekend that followed) really got us this month. Vada puked in the car and was sick for 2 days, the dog got out, I got sick (still am)… it was just a miserable time. I’m trying to kill this illness with lots of rest and vitamins and stuff. I don’t want it to get worse because I’m not into the idea of taking antibiotics (or really any medicine) while I’m pregnant. Vada was a good helper yesterday and brought me some lunch in bed to try to make me feel better. Such a sweetie!

5. Our bathrooms are almost finished (thank GOD.) Downstairs just needs a light, mirror, and a cabinet door. Upstairs needs a little more work – a light/fan over the tub, mirror and light fixture over the sink/toilet, finishing trim work and some work on the little linen closet we have in there. Even though it’s still under construction, it feels like pure luxury in there compared to what it was before! I really love how both the bathrooms are turning out. I can’t wait to decorate, and most importantly take a bubble bath, once all the construction is finished. I’m on the lookout for some super luxurious bath salts and bubble baths if you guys have any suggestions! I like lavender.

6. I started Project Life for 2012. It’s basically just a photo album/scrap book that you make to document the year. I’m doing approximately one page per week, sometimes with a little extra. It’s really fun and you don’t have to have a lot of stuff to make it look pretty. I can’t get into traditional scrapbooking, with all those annoying punches and papers and stickers and stuff. I don’t have a problem with sliding pictures or notes into interesting photo sleeves, though! This picture is from one that I started working on last year. I’ll post some 2012 pages soon.

I hope everyone is having a nice 2012 so far! I’m feeling optimistic. ♥

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Every year, the salon I work for has a big anniversary party. This year marked our 6th, which I just realized means I’ve worked there for SIX years. Wow! I started there as a student/intern (shampoo slave), received my cosmetology license and became a stylist, joined the International Rusk Design Team and became a Rusk designer, and also worked as the Studio Retail Manager. Once Vada was born, I stopped doing hair but kept my retail position, which I still have, working mostly from home.

So, every year the salon hosts this big anniversary party, inviting the entire clientele to join us in celebrating another year of success. As hosts, we all get dressed in our best black dress-up clothes, so we all look super pretty and handsome. (I wore the same dress this year that I wore the last time I was pregnant at an anniversary party, ha!) For the past few years, it’s been held at one of my favorite restaurants in town. The whole place gets decorated in red and black with fancy lighting, there’s an open bar where we offer several “signature” drinks (a popular one this year was Beauty Serum – a fancied up cranberry & vodka,) and the restaurant caters a big table of delicious hors d’oeuvres. There are also several DJs and a dance floor. We do silly games and give away prizes. And this year there was a photo booth and caricature artist!

This year was especially fun, because at the last minute I decided it would be cool to bring Vada along. Originally, I had planned on just going by myself, because we didn’t have a babysitter and the party didn’t actually start until Vada’s bed time. I’m so glad I changed my mind because she was hilarious and had SO much fun non-stop dancing and running around with a couple of other little girls. We all had caricatures drawn – Vada’s is super cute, Greg looks absolutely nothing like himself, and I just look like… a freakish, more cartoon-looking version of myself.

We left at 8:00 so Vada would get to bed at a somewhat decent hour, so we missed about 3 hours of the actual party, but it was just a really good time hanging out with friends and coworkers who I don’t get to see very often. I’m looking forward to next year! ♥


Yesterday I was having one of those I-feel-invincible-2nd-trimester days. I just felt great and full of energy, I was super productive and got a ton of cleaning done around the house. I let the dog out while Vada was taking her nap and was surprised by sunshine and a warm breeze. It felt like a beautiful Spring day! I left the door open while I cleaned up the kitchen and as soon as Vada woke up, we headed outside for the rest of the afternoon. We walked down to our neighborhood coffee shop where she colored for a few minutes and we shared a bagel. I took my decaf iced coffee to go and we headed off to play at the park for a few hours. Vada had the best time and it was such a treat to get out into the fresh air for a while. ♥