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Have you been super busy lately? I have. It was Gabriel’s birthday party. I was a crafting madwoman the past week and I’m pretty sure I’m sick now from exhaustion, but it was a good birthday party and I will be sure to share the pictures asap. But today tomorrow is Valentine’s day, and well, I haven’t done a single thing. I had big plans, make a garland, make handmade Valentines, and blah, nothing.. but this.. this I can do!

Today’s Tuesday Etsy Spotlight is Twig and Thistle. This store has lots of printables (duh, my favorite thing ever) and they make these adorable fruit stickers specially for Valentine’s day for $6! They say things like “We make a perfect pear.” Adorable! Go to the grocery store, buy a bunch of fruit, stick these stickers on them and send your kids off with them to school! A sweet, healthy snack alternative to all the candy for the day!

Have a great Valentine’s day all! Spread the love!

*I’m publishing this on Monday instead of the regular Tuesday for two reasons, we have no posts for Monday, and just in case you actually purchase today’s spotlight, you will actually have time to go to the store to get some fruit.

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I had a lot of fun coming up with a Valentine’s Day card for Nico to hand out to all his preschool buddies. And aside from getting Nico to cooperate with the fist-in-the-air photoshoot, this was a pretty simple craft!

First, I printed out the photo, then I used an X-acto knife to make two straight little cuts: one above the fist and one under it. Lastly, I slipped a lollipop through the slits, and the card was done! Not bad, right?

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I know I know.. blah blah blah, Valentine’s day, hallmark, blah blah blah. I’ve been really “in the spirit” lately.  But let’s be honest, I’ve got a (gah. i’m having trouble admitting my baby is turning one TOMORROW. rip off the band-aid, Andrea, rip off the band-aid) 364 day old son, Aidan and I don’t go out much.

I used to get pretty bummed out about not getting dressed up to go out at night, but then I had an epiphany, why the heck shouldn’t I get dressed up, even if we’re just staying home?

On New Year’s Eve, Aidan and I BOTH got REALLY dressed up and stayed home. I put Gabriel to bed, then hopped in the shower, curled my hair, slathered on a full-face of make-up, slapped on jewelry and put on a floor-length gown and heels. Aidan wore a full suit. SERIOUSLY, this happened. We had dinner together and sat outside while I got too friendly with Patron. It was the funnest New Year’s Eve I’ve ever had… and I plan on convincing him to do it all over again for Valentine’s day and I encourage you to do the same. It’s cheap (if not, free), you avoid the crowded restaurants out there in the city, and it’s SO much fun! Not to mention how special your partner will feel since you got all dolled up just for them!

I’ve been thinking about what we should do/what I should wear! Naturally, I’d post about it!

1. Classic Red Christian Louboutin Pumps. In case you feel like channeling Julia Roberts in Pretty Woman.

2. Heart Balloons. I’m obsessed with balloons. These heart shaped ones are killing me.

3. White Silk Miu Miu dress. My sister bans me from buying dresses that I already own. She would probably ban me from buying this, except that it’s Miu Miu, her current favorite designer.

4. Butter nail polish in “Come to Bed Red.” Non toxic and sexy–what a perfect pair!

5. Peanut Butter Pucks. These chocolates are to die for. Peanut butter pucks are a fun and yummy alternative to the traditional chocolates for Valentine’s day.

6. Pink polka dot underwear and bra. These are so cute even just on a regular day!

7. Heart Cookie Cutter. In case you feel like baking or making pancakes!

8. Priceless movie. This movie is on instant play on netflix and it is a really sweet French movie. Aidan and I watched it years ago at some ungodly hour of the night, then went out to eat grilled cheese at a diner. It was super fun.. and also way before Gabriel.

9. Forget me Knot ring. I liked this because it reminded me of the “love knot.”

What do you plan to do for Valentine’s day? Any traditions? Last year we didn’t even realize it was Valentine’s day because we had a 5 day old baby. Our friends came over and brought us In & Out—their Valentine’s day tradition.

 

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Valentine’s day is right around the corner.

I have strong feelings about Valentine’s day. I hate it. I think it’s retarded, but I also secretly love it, because really, I love love, who doesn’t?

Valentine’s day should NOT be about having a significant other, but rather just a day about LOVE and celebrating your loved ones, period. But really, ideally, you should just love your loved ones every day, even if you REALLY don’t feel like it, that’s when it’s most important!

People also say it’s a hallmark holiday and I think that can be true, so why not get your card from a place other than hallmark? Why not try etsy? There are lots of cheeky, sweet, funny, stylish cards on etsy. Here are a few I found and love.

1. Be Mine.

2. Let’s Bone. Probably not one that you should give to anyone other than your significant other.

3. I Really Like You.

4. You’re My Favorite Person Ever.

5. You Are The Salt To My Pretzel.

6. You’re Exactly My Type.

7. You’re My Favorite Husband.

and the first one, I Really Like You.

Have a good monday!

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When Nico was younger and before Lucas was born, a busy morning for me was rare, and I made pancakes from scratch a few times a week.

Nowadays, however, if my boys want pancakes, I have to use an instant pancake mix. Instant is just easier, because I no longer have the time nor the patience in the morning to measure out each ingredient. I admit, I used to rely on store-bought pancake mix (the multigrain one from Trader Joe’s. It’s not bad, actually), until one day, after watching a Good Eats episode where Alton Brown made himself an instant pancake mix, and I was inspired to make my own batch. I figured that this way, when making pancakes, I could satisfy my love of homemade but at a fraction of the time!

Making an instant pancake mix is quite simple; I don’t know why I hadn’t done it sooner! You can use any pancake recipe, really. All you need to do is make a huge batch of the dry ingredients (3x what the original recipe calls for), and add the wet ingredients when you’re ready to make pancakes; just like what you’d do with a store-bought instant pancake mix.

I loved and used to use this recipe for pancakes way back when, but this time around I was interested in using whole wheat flour instead of regular all purpose flour. To find a good whole wheat pancake mix recipe I turned to the web, and I found this one here by Alton Brown (he seems to be the go-to man for pancakes!) His recipe is great especially if you like extra fluffy pancakes. Below is Alton’s exact recipe, except that I altered the measurements to transform the recipe into an “instant” one, and I tried incorporating mostly organic ingredients.

Add fresh fruit (like berries or bananas) or chocolate chips into the batter if you wish.

Ingredients:

Dry Goods (combine all of this into a lidded container; shake to mix):

Wet Ingredients (Makes 8-10 fluffy whole wheat pancakes)

 

 

 

 

Directions:

  1. Scoop a cup of the Dry Goods into a large bowl. In a separate bowl, whisk together all wet ingredients. ( I just melted the butter slightly before adding it in with the eggs and buttermilk.).
  2. Add the wet stuff to the dry stuff and mix just until batter comes together. Do NOT mix smooth. Set aside batter to rest for 5 minutes.
  3. Heat an electric griddle to 350 degrees or place a nonstick frying pan over medium-low heat.
  4. Test the griddle by flicking water on it. If the water dances across the surface, you’re good to go.
  5. Rub down the griddle with a little butter, then wipe it up with a paper towel.
  6. Ladle 1 scoop of batter onto the griddle and cook until bubbles form in the batter and bottom is golden, approximately three minutes. Flip and cook until the second side is golden, another a minute or so. Adjust the heat as necessary as you go along. Serve while hot!
*No buttermilk? That’s ok! Make your own at home.
(Note: use “Dry Goods” within 3 months)

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Seriously, where did this week go? I’ve spent the past few days trying to catch up with the day before. I’m looking forward to the weekend. Hiking with my sister, a dinner with high school girlfriends, and a possible brunch on Sunday morning with some friends (who are really more like family).

 

 

1. A cozy throw. I’ve been really into snuggling on the couch this week and watching Private Practice, yeah the Grey’s Anatomy spinoff show. I’ve been watching it, snuggled up in this throw and doing some work. Find this throw here.

 

 

 

2. A manicure. I don’t like going to get my nails done. It gives me anxiety. But I enjoy doing my nails on my own, even if they’re a little imperfect. I used this color.

 

 

 

3. Eucalyptus in a vase. I’m obsessed with Eucalyptus. Love the stuff. I use eucalyptus scented soap. I was at Trader Joe’s today and picked up some eucalyptus for our home.

 

 

 

4. A pair of red striped espadrilles. I’ve been going on weekly walks with the aforementioned friend (read: family). Every single time we go on a walk, she leaves and I end up roaming the streets with my pack (Chloe and Gabriel) and buying something I don’t need. Last week I almost bought leather shorts! What? Who am I? But these I needed, maybe you need them too. Find them here.

 

 

5. A laundry-folding husband. It’s true. It’s awesome. It happens often. It’s my favorite thing ever.

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a crunchy mommy

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2012
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I know we’re all over the “sh*t ____ say” videos. They’re sometimes funny and sometimes mediocre, but my cousin sent me one that I had to share. It’s “Sh*t Crunchy Mamas Say,” and I have to say I was pretty entertained, I’ve actually said about 90% of the stuff in here and the things I haven’t said myself, I’ve heard friends say… NOT KIDDING. Check it out.

Sh*t Crunchy Mamas Say

The video was created by a mommy blogger who actually has a pretty cool site, MamaNatural.com.

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Feb
2012
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What is it about grandfathers and their grandchildren? It’s amazing and so special, the bond that they can create. Each of Gabriel’s grandfathers are WORLDS apart. I’m talking, WORLDS. My father is a gruff, chain-smoking, wine-drinking, golf-playing, sometimes intimidating big guy. Aidan’s father is soft-spoken and well, MEGA healthy, like started natural-foods-in-the-United-States-goes-for-a-run-every-day-rides-his-bike-to-work-grows-his-own -vegetables healthy. Seeing them in the same room trying to have a conversation is pretty comical. But, one thing they have in common is Gabriel. They LOVE their grandson.

My dad never had a son. It is all he wanted in the world, and now that he has Gabriel, he basically needs to see him AT LEAST once a week. It is THE sweetest thing. And if you’ve ever met my dad, the idea that he has a soft spot for a babbling toddler is SOOOOO not what you’d expect, but my dad has starry eyes for his grandson. And grandpa Paul? Grandpa Paul lives in San Francisco, so he doesn’t get to see Gabriel quite as often, but when he does, he just eats him up! When Gabriel was one month old, he came down to visit and held him until he fell asleep.

I had starry eyes for my grandfather, and he had them for me too. He was super stylish (despite what this 70s Mao Zedong picture makes him look like), and had all the coolest furniture, including an original Eames lounge that Aidan and I hope to get restored to give to Gabriel one day.

 

I know Gabriel will love his grandfathers as much as I loved mine, he already does. He will call my dad Pappy Poch and Aidan’s dad Grandpa Paul.

I called my grandfather Pappy Pichon (Pappy pigeon in Spanish, weird right?). We called him that because my grandmother called all her grandchildren pichon (pigeons) and my eldest cousin started calling her Mommy Pichon, and it would only make sense that Mommy Pichon would be married to Pappy Pichon!

What do your kid’s call their grandfathers? Pop? Granddad? Gramps? Pops? Lolo? Papa? Grandpa?

Grandfathers are awesome.

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I’m planning Gabriel’s birthday party. It’s going to be awesome. During my search, I came across lots of fun stuff on etsy, one of which was this store that does awesome themed birthday stuff. It’s actually even a great place to find ideas for your kids’ parties. 

Andersruff is an etsy store run by two mommies. The store is pretty fun and their party packages are mostly customizable AND they’re all printable!

You will receive your customized packet via email and then you print all of it out and use it as you like! So neato!

Think about it for your next party! Definitely fun!

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Yup. Wallpaper. Hear me out…. I know we might have stigmas with wallpaper, like it was some cheesy thing we grew up with, but I really think it can be pretty cute if you pick the right one! It’s definitely making a huge comeback!

Think about something sweet and playful on one wall of your kids’ bedrooms.

These two are from Hibou Home. I love that there are boy options too! I think there is a cool vintagey vibe that comes from their “boy” wallpaper. 

Here are some others that I thought were pretty cute and stylish.

1. Fern Living Shop.

2. Julia Rothman for Hygge and West.

3. Fern Living Shop.

4. Julia Rothman for Hygge and West.

5. Dwell Studio.

6. Julia Rothman for Hygge and West.

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