a growth chart

Apr
2012
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I’ve been wanting to document Gabriel’s growth on a growth chart, but I knew I didn’t want to make markings on a doorway because we live in a rental and I want to be able to take it with us if we move. I also wanted it to be like a little artistic so that he would want to still have it in his room when he’s older (theoretically). So I thought of this little project!

Materials:

7′ wooden dowel (cylindrical rod, like the kind you might use for a closet rod)
Primer or any white paint
1 large paintbrush (at least 2″ wide)
1 acrylic paintbrush (1″ wide should work)
Acrylic paints (in colors of your choice)
Measuring tape
Pencil
Sandpaper
A growing kid


So basically, here are the steps:

1. Sand down any rough spots on your wooden dowel.

2. Paint the entire thing in white. This is an important step because wooden dowels tend to warp over time, and sealing it in paint will keep it from doing so. Let it dry overnight, you should do this part outdoors if you can since it’s pretty stinky.

3. Sand down any drips of paint once it has dried well.

4. Measure your kid’s birth length, mark it, and tape it off. Paint with acrylic paint. Acrylic paint is water soluble, so if you need more, just mix with a little water. The more water you add, the quicker it dries, but the more transparent the color will be.

5. Once this first color block has dried, measure your kid’s length at 6 months of age, mark it and tape it off with painters tape. Paint the next increment with any color of your choice. And keep repeating until you’ve reached their current height, making sure to let each color dry thoroughly before taping it off.

The possibilities are really endless with this. Color combinations, saturations, patterns, rainbow even, or maybe every block is in different patterns of wallpaper? I chose to do every 6 months so that I would always remember when to do it and so Gabriel will be able to figure out when each height was taken without me writing on it! Hopefully he likes it and hopefully you do too!

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a type 1 diabetic

Apr
2012
12

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Two weeks ago today, Lucas was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes.

What is type 1 diabetes? Type 1 diabetes is an auto-immune disease that attacks the pancreas and prevents it from producing insulin. Insulin is used by the body to turn the glucose (found in the foods you eat) into the energy required by your cells to function properly. With type 1 diabetes, Lucas is now dependent on insulin shots to mimic the insulin his body no longer produces.

My reaction. Upon learning about Lucas’s diabetes, I was in shock, I was angry, I was sad. I even started blaming myself. (Could I have prevented it? Did the foods I fed him give him diabetes?) All these thoughts and emotions ran through me, and for the first week I was on a steady verge of tears. I couldn’t talk to doctors, family or friends without having my eyes well up. It was the toughest week of my life.

What now? Fortunately the negative feelings left my mind quickly, and once that happened I was motivated to read up on type 1 diabetes and learn how different schools of thought deal with it. The western medicine world manages it by monitoring glucose levels and administering insulin shots. The raw food gurus believe there is a way to reverse it with a strict raw food diet. As of late I am interested in learning about the naturopathic method, which, in my opinion, is a good balance of western and homeopathic. To be honest, by doing my research I was secretly hoping to stumble upon a documented case about someone who successfully reversed type 1 diabetes, but I haven’t found anything like that yet. For now, Matt and I will continue checking Lucas’s blood sugar levels, giving him insulin shots, and monitoring his diet. I will continue my research, and I promise to share what I learn.

 I truly believe that our lives will not be negatively affected by diabetes. If anything, it will make my family healthier by making us even more aware of the foods we eat, and it will force us into living a more wholesome life.  Lucas will remain a normal healthy boy and he will be able to do what everyone else can do. There is absolutely no reason for him to be inhibited by this disease.

This is a great learning experience, and I believe that like most seemingly negative things in our lives, Lucas’s diabetes is a blessing in disguise.

Do you or someone you know have type 1 diabetes? How are you or they dealing with it? How have your lives been affected by it? To share your two cents in private, or to give or get emotional support, please feel free to email me: michellenuccio17@gmail.com.

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I saw this Pride and Prejudice book by Jennifer Adams a few months ago and just about died of cuteness. I know I might get stoned to death for saying this, but I am not a big fan of Jane Austen. I find the stories entertaining, of course, but I think they’ve just been done too many times. Still, this book, and its siblings caught my eye and captured my heart.

The Pride and Prejudice book basically tells the entire classic story in a counting book.  2 gentlemen, 4 marriage proposals, so on and so forth. I haven’t seen the other ones in person, yet, but I imagine that they are just as clever and adorable. The illustrations, done by Alison Oliver, are like little works of art.

Check out her website here and find the books for purchase on amazon here!

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This is amazing. Have you heard about Caine’s Arcade? This young boy named Caine built his own arcade out of boxes and tape in East Los Angeles. He let his imagination run wild and this is a video about him and his work.

Please, please watch it. Your heart will grow at least 4x and if you’re like me, you might ugly cry. Click here for Caine’s Arcade.

 

 

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a spring step

Apr
2012
11

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I’m really excited about warmer weather. My legs have barely seen the light of day, despite the unusually warm winter we’ve had. In any case, it’s sandal season! I’m really loving my Saltwater Sandals, but I have a wandering eye lately (with regards to shoes). These are some of my favorites.

1. Diane von Furstenberg. I love the nude with the neon detail.

2. Gap. I once had a pair of sandals from the Gap that I bought for $5 and I wore them for 8 years, until they fell apart while traveling. I always got compliments on them and I regretted not buying at least 2 pairs that day.

3. JCrew. These are adorable for a balmy summer night out at an outdoor concert maybe? I rarely ever have nights out regardless of the season, but still.

4. Marc Jacobs. I’m supposed to be on a hiatus from anything Marc Jacobs, but these are adorb. The perfect shade of green!

5. Isabel Marant. This is one of those timeless pieces that you keep for a REALLY long time. Then your daughter will see a photo of you when you were young wearing these and she’ll curse the day you got rid of them. I speak from experience.

6. Elizabeth and James. These are so stylish, but simple enough not to be scared to wear them.

7. Madewell. What’s a collage from me without something from madewell? I’m really into this color. The dark pink, coral, red combo is doing it for me these days.

And speaking of sandals, does anyone have any good nail polish colors that they’re into right now? I’m really in a slump. Half way to the weekend!!

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This week’s Tuesday Etsy Spotlight is Silver Lining Vintage. This store is not filled with the typical etsy handmade goods, everything is vintage! The prices are so reasonable and her stuff is so well curated! She scours thrift stores, estate sales and even her grandfather’s stuff for her store! AMAZING!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I’d love to keep this little cracker tin on our counter or line it with parchment, make cookies and give it as a gift! I really love vintage cookware as decoration; it adds such personality in your kitchen. She has a lot of other fantastic stuff in her store, so you should definitely check it all out.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Do you remember these thermoses? I totally do. So very stylish and nostalgic.

I am trying to convince Aidan that we NEED this for Gabriel’s new bedroom. I. LOVE. IT.

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I hope you all had a wonderful Easter yesterday. We did absolutely nothing, except had a fantastic walk with Gabriel’s Auntie Thea and his cousin Frankie Ling and then I laid on the couch watching Julie Andrews movies–amazing. Perhaps next year we’ll do something exciting like a hunt.

We shared the following post as a guest post on ohdeardrea, but I wanted to share this with you all just in case you didn’t get a chance to see it on there. I figured this is a post that would work anytime, but it was especially relevant for Easter. If you don’t hard boil your eggs, but instead blow them out (here’s a video on how to do it) what are you to do with your left over eggs? You can’t possibly waste them, so make a frittata!

I roughly followed this recipe from Alton Brown, but I didn’t use ham and I added tomatoes and onions. It’s a pretty basic recipe and you can use whatever you’ve got on hand to make this following his basic steps.

Chop up all your ingredients. A helpful hint for chopping up onions is to cut them by an open flame, like a stove. I didn’t know this one until very recently and it works every single time. 

Pop the entire thing in the oven and you’ll get a super yummy, super simple frittata!

Have a good Monday! And if you need a quick giggle, check out this tumblr blog which had me totally giggling and also cowering in fear. Gabriel had his first real tantrum, like threw himself on the floor tantrum–over a snack cup.

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These thumbprint easter eggs were pretty easy to do. All you need are hard boiled eggs (you can dye them first if you wish; I didn’t), an ink pad, an extra fine point Sharpie, and of course, some thumbs! Sounds pretty simple already, right?

Use the ink pad to make thumbprints on the egg. (I used Nico and Lucas’s thumbs.) Carefully check that the ink from the ink pad has dried completely before drawing in details with the extra-fine point marker. Your thumbprints can be used as a template for any design your heart desires: Easter bunny, chicks, shameless blog plug… anything!

Happy Easter!

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This week has been pretty sleepy around our home, but surprisingly we managed to do a lot. Some of these pictures are from weeks prior, but I still wanted to share them with you.

Have a fantastic weekend you guys! We’re going to go to Malibu to spend a little time with some cousins, I’m having lunch with a dear friend then we’re going to dinner at our friend’s house! And, last but not least, on Sunday, I will be taking a crochet class with my another friend while Aidan puts Gabriel to sleep! Amazing! I’m looking forward to it all!

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