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Wow, it’s hard to believe it’s already Friday. The week just flew by, didn’t it? My sister was in town for a couple weeks visiting from California, but she left last night. It was nice hanging out together all day every day, just like when we were younger. I’ll miss her company and I’ll miss her help, and boy was she a big help! She would hang out with the boys at home whenever I needed to run to the grocery store, or drop Nico off at school or a playdate. I loved being able to just get up and leave, without having to lug around the whole gang. It really was a luxury having her around, but now she’s gone and we’re back to facetiming each other.

Anyway, here are some highlights of my week.

1. The first snow of the season is always exciting. The town is painted white and everything looks different and new. We took the boys sledding, and we would’ve sledded all day if it didn’t start to hail. (Imagine how painful it felt sledding down a hill while getting whipped in the face by hundreds of tiny iced pebbles! Ouch!)

 

2. My Christmas present arrived! This was on back order, but finally, my stand mixer is here! So much better late than never!

 

 

 

 

3. Family bingo night. I’ve always wanted to go to a bingo night, and last weekend, I finally got to do it… with my family (Matt, boys and sister)! I even got a Bingo and yelled out “BINGO!” So fun.

 

 

 

4. An organized kitchen. I’ve been wanting to do a kitchen organizing project for months now, but this week I finally got around to doing it! I bought a bunch of glass canisters and filled them with baking stuff. I labeled them with a sharpie, and then the next day Andrea told me about chalkboard sticker labels (the ones she posted about last week)! I really don’t mind the sharpie, but once it starts to scratch off (which will be soon, I’m secretly hoping) I’m sprinting to Staples to pick up those cool chalkboard labels.

5. A glimpse of the Freedom Tower. We were in the Union Square area of Manhattan window shopping for furniture when we saw the Freedom Tower in construction. When I saw it, I felt a great feeling of sadness, but hopeful at the same time. I don’t know, it’s hard to explain. I’m just glad this is finally being built.

 

 

I guess that’s it for the week. I hope you have a nice relaxing weekend. I’ll be organizing the playroom. If it turns out nice, maybe I’ll share some photos. :)

(As usual, all photos for Five Faves For Friday, are taken with an iPhone and edited through Instagram.)

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a little pouf

Jan
2012
26

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I’m in love with poufs and honestly, Gabriel is too. Whenever we go into a store with one, he just props himself against it and smacks it repeatedly. The woman at the Jonathan Adler store told us that little kids do it to their poufs CONSTANTLY. Hilarious!

They’re pretty versatile pieces of furniture and they look so playful and fun. You can use them as ottomans, or coffee tables, or even smacking drums. Here are a few that I particularly like!

Anthropologie pouf. $168.

Jonathan Adler pouf. $275.

Design Within Reach pouf. $380.

CB2 pouf. $89.

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a storage space

Jan
2012
25

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Remember Michelle’s post on storage solutions? Loved those! I just saw this one recently  that hasn’t been out in production yet, but it’s still pretty awesome.

It looks like a duck!! It’s on wheels! It’s crazy cute!

Find more information about Quackie here.

I’m busy doing stuff for Gabriel’s upcoming birthday bash! I can’t wait to share the crafts and pictures!

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Did you know that it’s Chinese New Year and that this year is the year of the dragon? It’s kind of a big deal, the dragon thing. In Eastern philosophy, the dragon brings good fortune and those born under the dragon sign are thought to be extra special. They’re saying it might even spur on a baby boom in Asia!

In honor of these dragon babies, I did a quick roundup of fun little dragon stuff on etsy. I placed the name of the stores on the actual images and you can click on the image to take you to the etsy store too! Maybe a little inspiration for a gift for a baby dragon friend of yours!

PS Welcome new readers! We’re growing exponentially thanks to all of you and spreading the word! :) We heart you all!

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Lunch time usually creeps up on me as I’m in the middle of doing chores at home, and by the time I realize it, the boys are already gnawing on my ankles. This is where the grilled sandwich comes in handy. It’s really quick to make, my kids love it, and I’m basically just throwing together whatever bread I have with anything else I have handy – in this case, a tomato, some fresh mozzarella, and basil. The key is to grill the assembled sandwich on a buttered pan over medium heat, because after grilling each side for a minute or two, or until the bread turns into a golden brown, the resulting crunchiness of the bread and the warmth of the cheese enhance even the greatest sandwich, making it simply irresistible! All this yumminess in under 10 minutes!

To make this grilled caprese sandwich, first I placed a griddle pan over medium heat. Then I took two slices of rustic multi-grain bread and brushed the inside faces with balsamic vinaigrette. Next I piled fresh mozzarella, basil and tomato slices neatly between the bread slices. Then I rubbed a stick of butter onto my pan, placed the sandwich in the pan, and pressed down on the sandwich with a potato masher for about a minute and half. Then I repeated this step for the other side of the sandwich. (Use a panini press instead if you have one.)

Before I knew it, the boys and I were inhaling our sandwiches while we talked about R2D2 and Chubaka, and briefly I forgot about my abandoned chores as I cherished the moment with my boys.

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I really haven’t don’t much of anything this week to be honest…But I did do a few little things that made me feel super duper productive!

1. Martha Stewart chalkboard labels. I freeeeeaked when I saw these at Staples. Our glass jars have been wanting labels stuck on them to tell us their ratios. It has basically been my “project” for a year and I just haven’t done it. You can find the labels here.

 

 

 

2. A stage mom. Don’t judge me. He will thank me one day.

 

 

 

 

3. Laughing too hard with my best friend. It’s true. We both look like we’re too into it, but it’s real, we have THIS much fun together. I think we were laughing about the fact that we looked like we were taking engagement photos. I love her.

 

 

 

4. Crafting some hats.  I’m doing some crafts for Gabriel’s birthday. Im hosting a craft afternoon with a couple of girlfriends on Saturday. There will be many a post with tutorials!

 

 

 

5. A dungeness feast. Aidan and I are obsessed with Boiling Crab, but it’s really hard to go and eat crab when you’ve got a baby who likes to grab at everything, so he brought it home for me. Set it up just like the restaurant. It was so good. Do you like this picture? Did I mention I love animals?

 

 

 

Have a wonderful weekend! See you all on Monday!

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a statement tee

Jan
2012
18

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What is it about baby clothes and statement tees? Boys’ clothes especially. Some are particularly in poor taste. I once saw one that said “daddy’s little squirt.” Call me prude, but I really don’t want my baby wearing some innuendo.

I saw these on this site, Zoe And Sprout and I have to say I was pretty amused. They’re not the usual “my crib or yours,” or as my aunt once gave Gabriel “solitary confinement for 9 months.” Haha. Ok, fine, they’re sometimes funnier than I give credit for. 

I keep threatening to get this “for sale” shirt for Gabriel.

I love this crumb snatcher shit. It’s SO true!

I know someone infamous for statement tees (I’m preserving his identity). One day when he told us that he needed to shop for some new clothes, we asked him if he was going to get more statement tees and he said “I only have an endless supply of statement tees because people always think I like them and always give me more.” I want to get him THAT on a t-shirt. HA!

 

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Today’s tuesday etsy spotlight is HeyYoYo, a fanciful store selling all thing

s vintage party related. I’ve been planning Gabrie’s 1st birthday party (I can’t believe it has been a whole year already), and my girlfriend sent me this etsy store because she thought I might find things I liked. Duh. Striped paper straws? Popcorn bags? Cupcake liners? Love it all! I particularly enjoyed all their featured Valentine’s day accessories! Think about it if you plan on making some treats for your kids and their classmates. I’m thinking about Gabriel going to school and making Valentines for a girl and my stomach just got so queasy.  They grow up way too fast.

 

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a shared meal

Jan
2012
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I’m not a good cook. I will totally admit that, but I manage to make a few things and throw things together, and sometimes, they taste alright. I prefer baking. I do fancy myself a good baker.

I make food for Gabriel. His meals are really less about super yummy stuff and more about getting good stuff in his teeny little body and having him explore different kinds of food. Last night, I made red rice, sauteed spinach, sauteed tofu and, yep, I threw in a little kimchi.

Red rice is actually a type of rice that I have eaten before, but only in the Philippines (the homeland) and I thought it was crazy good. Think brown rice on steroids. It’s whole grain, full of minerals and fiber. I have never seen it here before until just recently at Whole Foods. You can also order it online here.

Spinach was sauteed in coconut oil and sliced thin so that he can actually swallow it. Try feeding an entire spinach leaf to an 11 month old, HA!

Tofu, which we don’t eat that often, but I really love it so we eat it sometimes. I sauteed the tofu cubes in olive oil and added garlic and tamari. Not surprisingly, Gabriel thought the tofu cubes were super fun to eat.

and… then….

Kimchi. The line between feeding a child kimchi and child abuse is really thin. But I eat it and it really isn’t THAT spicy. It’s more ginger spicy rather than pepper spicy, which I figured he could deal with since I’ve given him carrot, apple, ginger juice. And I was right. The boy devoured the kimchi like a true Asian, or half-Asian, in his case. Kimchi is really good for you, as long as it isn’t pasteurized, because it contains live cultures. The one that I fed Gabriel was this one. It’s super good.

It was a pretty yummy meal, but friends DO NOT be fooled, I hit the ice cream pretty hard after I put Gabriel to bed (ok and I had chocolate too).

 

 

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a cruelty-free year

Jan
2012
13

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Every year, I make the same resolution, to only buy cruelty-free products. I sometimes make other resolutions in combination, but I make this a “resolution” rather than a “way-of-life,” and I’m not really sure why.

I’m an animal lover. Big time. Aidan and I aren’t fans of spiders, but we take the time to grab a cup and slide a slip of paper underneath the creature and escort it out of the house (then we proceed to both get the heebeejeebees). We do it for most creatures, except a few things like Indian moths, cockroaches (I mean, they survive nuclear war, I don’t feel bad about that one), and mosquitoes (there are probably other creatures I’d smack the crap out of, but I can’t remember). But here’s the confusing thing, we LOVE meat. We eat meat. We don’t eat it often, or even every day, but we eat the stuff and we enjoy it. Weird, I know, but I digress.

Here’s the thing with cruelty-free products: you are guaranteed no harsh, harmful, funky chemicals. Sometimes they cost more, a dollar here, two dollars there.. I get it. It adds up. I’m totally with you. But we care so much about what we put INSIDE our bodies and we forget that what we put OUTSIDE our bodies also makes its way into our bloodstreams via our largest organ, our skin.

These are a few affordable body washes that I particularly like.

1. Jason. $8. || Burt’s Bees.  $9. || Kiss My Face. $9. || Dr. Bronners. $17. I gotta say, this is what we use as a staple. It’s my favorite ever and it lasts FOREVER. We use it to clean the shower, to soap ourselves, and we even use it to bathe our doggie. The only downside is that it isn’t tear free. || California Baby. $9.  || Angel Baby Earth Mama. $6.

I know, it’s totally crunchy, but it’s food for thought. There are lots of great products out there that are cruelty-free. Check them out here.

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