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Wednesday, October 31, 2012


Are your kids as wild and excited about Halloween as mine? Seriously, Abby's been home for about 15 minutes and I just sent them outside to run off some energy they were being so wild in the house with their excitement! Micah's might have to do with the fact that he might have snuck a candy piece or two while I was getting Lexie down for her nap and folding laundry and he was supposed to be having 'quiet time.' This was in addition to the piece he had already had after lunch. Halloween candy is going to get raided for the 'good' stuff and the rest will quickly disappear out of this house that's for sure! 

A fellow local blogger posted about these great Halloween restaurant deals - $2 burritos (or bowls) at Chipotle and .50 cent corn dogs at Sonic. Why yes, thank you, I think I'll skip cooking tonight.  

I'm extremely late on posting Lexie's 9 month update seeing as she's closer to 10 months now than 9. Whoops! It's been a busy month! At least I have her pictures taken and just waiting to be uploaded, edited and posted. She thinks she such big stuff lately, much and much closer to a toddler than a baby and it makes me sad. She's still little though. 

And now a little of what we've been up to the last week or so (ya know if you don't already follow me on instagram) 

  • Grandma mailed Abby a card, with some money and instructions to buy ice cream for Micah, Lexie and herself. So after my gym workout we headed to Yogurt Zone for ice cream frozen yogurt. (So not totally ruining dinner because it's like yogurt right?) 
  • Mean mommy didn't get any for the baby, she was content to chew on her Sophie. 
  • The weather has been beautiful lately. Either chilly and I get to break out my boots or just perfect for backyard playing. 
  • Micah isn't a fan of HEB but he's better than he used to be, as a baby, screaming through HEB most trips. Samples + the HEB buddy machine made it a good trip. 
  • Alexis was treated to her first taste of the delicious Bergeron's steaks when Gigi and Pops came into town. She was a big fan and gobbled it down. 
  • Even Lexie is getting into the backyard playing while the weather is nice (and the mosquitos are away) and was all smiles and giggles while swinging. 
  • My parents came into town over the weekend to celebrate my birthday. I got treated to a weekend of birthday shopping as my present and got some new tops, shoes and workout clothes. I can now pretend I look as stylish as my pinterest clothes board. HA! Getting there. Thanks Mom and Dad! It's much more fun shopping with my mom than browsing alone (with littles in tow no less) And easier to try things on as well. Our Church is fairly casual/come as you are so I wore one of my new tops with jeans and my favorite boots on Sunday. 

Monday, October 29, 2012

Pumpkin cream cheese muffins

The air is fresh and cool, cold even when we are used to our 80-90 degree days. It's making me want to curl up with a book, sleep in and not have to get out my cozy bed in the morning and window shop sweaters. Of course, only one of those is going to happen because let's face the facts, the littles are still going to wake up as early as normal and aren't going to be content to cuddle under the covers and read a book. So we did the next best thing today.... fall baking. We've got to get some in while we can because the warmer weather is coming back all too quickly.

So in the theme of fall and Halloween this week we made pumpkin cream cheese muffins. I was tempted to try the simple route and test out the cake mix + pumpkin puree muffins but I remembered making these two years ago and how good they were so we went this route. I think it was worth it! They are quite tasty!
The recipe is from Annies-Eats - quite possibly one of my favorite food blogs. 

We mixed up cream cheese and powdered sugar, rolled it in a log and put it in the freezer to set. Then we mixed the pumpkin, sugar, eggs and oil and mixed up with dry ingredients in another bowl ready to mix with the wet. 
Micah was my little baking helper and helped me top the muffins with a streusel topping after I had hidden the surprise cream cheese filling in the middle of the muffin batter. (Too bad I didn't realize how low we were on cinnamon because the topping really could have used more of it but I wasn't going to the store for just a tiny bit of cinnamon)
And then came the yumminess. 
It made a delicious afternoon snack for these two and Abby enjoyed on as her after school snack as well.


Thursday, October 25, 2012

what to wear: Christmas photos

Naptime meant playtime for mommy today. My parents are coming into town this afternoon for my birthday and I should have been finishing my cleaning (like all the laundry waiting to be folded and put away) but instead I joined Polyvore and created my first set.  I'm planning outfits for Christmas and thought this would be great to see how it all goes together. 

So here's my thoughts for our Christmas wear. 
Christmas photos

Christmas photos by katie-fiegel featuring tall leather boots
Ties, headbands and necklaces are all from Petite Peanut on Etsy. 

I saw them and thought that they went well with the dresses I already have for the girls so that's what the whole thing was based on. 

I couldn't get this dress into Polyvore because it's on facebook and I couldn't find a non-facebook version of it. It's Lil Blue Boo. Abby had it last year for Christmas and it had plently of growing room so went they still had little sizes left and we knew Lexie was a girl, we planned ahead and bought one for her too. So this is what the girls will be wearing. The stripes on the sleeves actually has some blue in it. 
Beau and Micah will each have a tie but I can't decide which ones? Micah already has the red polka dot though so maybe he should just wear that one and get either the green polka dot, green argyle or the stripe for Beau? 

Then I think I want to find a nice blazer for Beau to wear. That plus all the accessories are the only things I don't already have around here.

Then to decide on the when, where and who is taking our pictures!

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Bakery Lorraine

Yesterday I mentioned Bakery Lorraine where we did our headshots. It was my second visit there. I had stopped quickly one day before heading to the zoo to try out their macarons. I was very excited to have an excuse to go back as it's across town so (thankfully) not close by to give in on a whim to stopping in. 

The bakery is housed in an updated cute little old gray house with a yellow door. You might almost miss it if you weren't looking for the sign as it's near the downtown area where you have houses and businesses all along the same street. 
Look at this delicious display of macarons (and other yummy goodies!) 
Micah's favorite thing is the cherry chocolate scone. Mainly because of the delicious icing on top. The scone is really good too though. It's big enough that we usually share it (but I'm lucky if he shares much of the icing with me.)
I tried to get a shot of my little girl but she wasn't too interested in posing or staying. There was too much to take in with all the other people around. 
Micah however chimed in that he wanted a picture. Which he never does! So of course I had to snap a few shots of him. He saw this picture as I loaded it into the computer and said that he was silly. 
Once the sugar from the icing hit him, he was off. He was quite happy to run up and down the ramp. I hope it wasn't too loud inside the building because those are not quiet shoes! 
Mmmm... my goodies I took home for later! Lemon and raspberry. 
Just perfection! 
This is totally on my list of places you must go to at least once. If you are visiting it'd be a great stop for breakfast before heading to the Zoo, the Witte Museum, or the Botanical Gardens as they aren't too far away from here. 

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

SA bloggers and headshots

Over the summer, through an event at Sea World I attended, I met (through twitter & instagram) some other local bloggers. They very nicely invited me to join their SA bloggers FB group. I've since had the pleasure of meeting many of these ladies several times at various events but some I still haven't met. A few of the local photographers and bloggers in the group AmandaMisha and Megan very generously offered their time to do a meet up and provide professional headshots for us. 

Amanda and Misha had both been and blogged about all the yummies at Bakery Lorraine and suggested the bakery with it's charming yellow door (and delicious treats!) as a good place to meet.  
Amanda of Arg Photographs took my photos and is a sweet as can be and made it painless even though I much prefer the role of mommy blogger being behind the camera instead of in front of it.
It's been such a great experience to be able to meet all these incredibly talented and creative ladies in my own city! It's also been forcing me to try to break out of my shyness somewhat because it's always been hard for me to jump into a group of people I didn't know. The whole word of blogging, twitter and instagram makes it a little easier because I feel like I know some of these ladies before I even meet them in person. (Though maybe a little stalker-esque in some cases. After school started back I put two and two together and I noticed that I saw Misha at my gym one morning. When I saw her picture in the corner of her post on the FB group I put two and two together. Then a couple days later I also noticed she was picking up her oldest from kinder at Abby's school. I hadn't seen her at pick up before because kinder had been getting out 5 minutes before the rest of the school so we often would miss each other. It's a small world!) 

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Bye-bye baby sleepers

Ya'll my baby is growing way too fast. I caught was right with her as she figured out, no problem, how to climb up the stairs. With Abby and Micah eagerly cheering her off. Now I'm going to have to retrain myself how to shut the baby gate downstairs. 
 My peanut has been wearing 3-6 and 6-9 month clothes for the past couple months and still wearing all her 3-6 month jammies. I'd been wanting to get her new ones but my favorite couple places to shop for jammies - Target and Children's Place had been slim pickings in her size. Plus Target thinks that we need fleece sleepers galore.... in South Texas. I know in some places it's cold but the room we sleep in is the warmest of the house, my baby refuses to give up the swaddle and gets sweaty at night so fleece is out. Thus eliminating 65% of the pajamas at Target right now. Another 12% get eliminated because while I know Christmas will be here before I know it, I'm not quite ready to put on Christmas pjs before Halloween. Another 10% eliminated because they aren't as soft as I like pjs to be. And then 7% eliminated because they only go up to 9 month and we want 12 month sizes to last a while. Thus leaving the remaining 6% to choice from. Luckily though finally today we found some. Sadly this means they were two piece sets. Not footed sleepers anymore. I think I'm gonna have to take a trip across town to Carter's or go to Kohl's and see if they have any footed sleepers in 12 month - I'm not ready to give them up completely.
That said she does look pretty sweet in these!  
Where are your favorite places to shop for kids pjs? Are you sad like I am when they aren't in footed sleepers anymore? I know the husband will be happy though - he can't stand all the snaps!


Friday, October 19, 2012

Chocolate anyone? See's Candies is in town!

 Last night, I had the pleasure of attending a blogger event before the grand opening of the new See's Candies store in the North Star Mall. How pretty do all of these candies and displays of various sets you could get look? 

This is the assistant manager at the store showing off the special Texas box for the grand opening. I felt like every time we turned around one of the friendly staff was there offering us a sample of one candy or another (in a good way!) I have quite the sweet tooth and I left totally satisfied. I think a few of my favorites including the dark chocolate truffle and of course I always love a good peanut butter cup and these did not miss the mark. 
 You know that iconic I Love Lucy scene where Lucy and Ethel are packing candies and can't keep up? That was actually filmed in See's Candies plant. So you know what happens next? We all got a chance to try our hand at packing a box. Hairnets and all. Ya'll can now see how we are clearly the most fashionable bloggers around rocking our hairnets. (And we got to take home the box that we packed... yum!)
Charles A. See founded See's Candies back in 1921 in LA. He used his mother, Mary's recipes for the candies and some of those recipes are still used today.  They use only the freshest ingredients, no high fructose corn syrup or dyes. So you can feel less guilty about indulging in the deliciousness of it all!

In the mall for the grand opening are two of the delivery vehicles that See's Candies used to use to deliver candies to the movie stars in LA. How cute is the side car to carry the candy on this motorcycle?
See's Candies gives out over 1 million pieces of candy each year. Every customer who comes in the store gets a free sample. So what are you waiting for? If you're in town you need to head over and try something! 
day 17


Wednesday, October 17, 2012

random ramblings

This week is a crazy busy week, but a good week no the less. So far anyway. 

Abby and Micah are crazy, full of energy this week it seems and keeping me on my toes. Yesterday was our "busy" day with Bible class and gymnastics. By the time dinner rolled around I was ready for my cycle class for a chance to work out and work out some tension from a certain can be stubborn three year old. I love him to death by man he was testing me yesterday with his tantrum over his train tracks not being the "right way" and me having to stop playing choo-choo to cook dinner. 

Today, inspired by my friend Stephanie, we made some caramel corn and packaged quite a bit up to give away as little teacher gifts. It's a wonderful idea to package quite a bit up to give away otherwise I'd be constantly munch on it! So tasty! I added in some Reese's pieces and candy corn. I really wanted some mellowcreme pumpkins but Target didn't have any. Major bummer. Those are my favorite halloween candy. Guess not having the temptation in my house is a good thing. Tis the season of lots of treats.... and I'm not sure I can fit doubling my gym time into the schedule! 
Happy Wednesday everyone! 

day 16


Monday, October 15, 2012

Pumpkin tutu dress

So around last Halloween while I was still pregnant with Miss Lexie, I kept seeing this one costume in several different versions on pinterest and I know that's what I wanted to do for Lexie. However in thinking about it I realized that it will be so much cuter if I want until next year when she'll be toddling and can show off her costume more. This year I'll be pulling her in the wagon while we trick-or-treat. So that left me going back to the drawing board (aka Pinterest!) for ideas for this year. I kept going back to the tutu costumes - easy, cute and so sweet and girly! 

I decided to go with a pumpkin. Since she'll be riding in the wagon, the hubs is going to decorate the wagon like a pumpkin patch for her to sit in. I can't wait!

To make Lexie's costume I started with two larger rolls of tulle and one smaller, but glittery roll of tulle from Hobby Lobby and a crocheted headband.

I watched a couple youtube tutorials on making a tutu on a crocheted headband and got to work. The first layer I just did the non-glitterly orange. The row took one whole 25 yard roll of tulle plus 4 more strips from the next roll. I made it super long though so for a shorter tutu you would only need one row, if you were making it for a bigger girl, with longer strips you would of course need more tulle. 
The second layer I added in the glittery tulle about every other strip, every 2 strips. It was harder to get a tight knot so I didn't want it to make it too bulky or too scratchy for Alexis since the glittery tulle wasn't as soft.
This of course left me all covered in glitter!
All done! And super poofy! It only took about an hour and a half to make between cutting the strips and knotting them on.  
I think she likes it! One costume taken care of. Now to finalize what the bigger two (the opinionated ones) are going to be. 

day 15