Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Very Lemony Strawberry Smoothie

Strawberry Lemon Smoothie

I love, love, love smoothies but for some reason just don't make them often enough! Which I realized is just ridiculous, because we bought a crazy nicer blender (vitamix, hello!) last year and that is just plain wasteful. So, here is a delicious one I made the other day! Also, please tell me what your favorite recipe is. I need to add some more to my arsenal, I want to wear that blender out (if that was possible).

Very Lemony Strawberry Smoothie

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup yogurt 
  • 2 cups strawberries (I used a mixture of frozen and fresh)
  • 1/2 of a lemon
  • 1 TBSP of honey (or more to taste)

Optional: 1 TBSP chia seeds and/or a handful of spinach


Directions:

Blend!! I just peeled and removed the seeds of the lemon and threw it in with everything else, but you could add just the juice. If you're using all fresh berries you might want to throw in some ice to make it colder!

Strawberry Lemon Smoothie

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

It's Time to Party!

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The other weekend we got to help throw our friends a surprise engagement party, and it was pretty darn fun! Luckily she said yes, so I didn't have to regret not having the time to make a banner that said "sorry". The building we live in now (because moving is apparently our favorite thing) has an awesome rooftop space, this was the first time we've used it but will have to take advantage of it a lot more. Portland summer is coming and those are nice. Anyway, we partied, we ate, took pictures, the night was a success. I apparently didn't get photos of the lucky couple though... ha ha. Whoops.

I want to throw a party everyday!

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Monday, March 10, 2014

D.I.Y. Play Gym


If you've ever had to shop for baby things then you have probably faced this all too common problem- baby stuff can be ugly and lame looking. I understand sometimes this is because babies love  to see colors and contrast, but there is a more design friendly way to achieve this! Pretty early on I decided a play gym would probably be pretty well enjoyed around here, but really didn't like most of the options out there or just couldn't afford the pretty ones. Seeing as how this item would probably end up on display around the house quite a bit, I didn't want to settle. So I made my own! This way I knew for sure it was fairly made (by me! With made in the USA parts!) and the best part? It came to a grand total of $12! I thought I would share just in case someone out there was on the same search I was.


Materials needed:

  • Three 4' long dowels cut in half ( I used 1/2" thick ones)
  • Two 1/2" 3-way elbow connector (like this guy)
  • Optional-
    • Spray paint for corner pieces 



Directions:

I just asked the hardware store to cut the dowels in half. You will have one 2' piece leftover, maybe you can come up with a second project for that. Now just put the frame together, it's pretty self explanatory. You've got the bar across the top and two legs on each side. My dowels fit in the connector pieces a little bit loose, so I wrapped the ends in electrical tape for a tighter fit. The texture of the tape also ended up being good for gripping, everything is pretty well stuck (aka jammed) together! My connector pieces had a barcode printed on the outside, so I just took a little sandpaper to it and it came right off. 

Now I had grand plans for making toys to hang from the bar, but that didn't happen. So I thought why not pompoms! Now I realize the tinier ones shown are too small for babies. Since avoiding the whole choking hazard thing sounded good, I have sense removed the offenders. This was the best pompom making tutorial I've come across. But really the sky is the limit, so hang whatever your little heart desires. 

The verdict?

This is a pretty popular toy at our house. I am thinking I might switch it up and hang something new to keep things interesting. Thats the beauty of this project, you can change whats hanging as much as you want!



Tuesday, March 4, 2014

One Week and Six Days

November 12th, 2013


After my whirlwind experience, I wasn't really up to weekly baby photos like I had always hoped. The first couple of months involved a lot more than I expected, I was just too busy having lung surgery to take pictures and do the fun normal baby stuff.  I did, however, manage to get these! Remy was only born two days before her due date, but she still had a case of the tiny baby fuzziness. Looking back through these pictures makes me miss that new baby fluff. I wish I could completely remember what was going on with this girl at two weeks, but I really don't. Whoops! I do remember that she came out wide eyed and wiggly. Each new nurse we saw all had the same comment about how oddly strong she was. There was a freak incident of her rolling over and laying face first in her bed at two weeks old. My theory is that I just laid her down not quite flat or something, but I probably slept that night with one eye on her the whole time. I think we may have a wild thing on our hands!

Monday, March 3, 2014

Old School

Hey everybody, remember this post from way back when? Well I realized I never shared the rest of the photos. So it turns out I pretty much took a two year hiatus from blogging and have a lot to share. I will be working on posting old and new stuff, so hold onto your butts.

All photos by the lovely Parker Fitzgerald











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