Friday, October 7, 2011

One More For the Weekend...

Just because I love you.  Here is a blog that will either inspire you to knock out some home projects or will make you run and hide under your covers out of embarrassment of how behind you are on house projects.  Hey, we aren't all meant to be DIY-ers so at least enjoy reading about the fruits of someone else's labor... 


young house love


Again, thanks for giving me a "pass" this week.  There is no price on the benefit of taking time for yourself.  Not just in trying times either.  If you need a minute, a day, a month to just breath and regroup do it!  I wish I could tell you that you could do it alone at some fabulous spa with no husband or kids but I can't.  Trust me I have looked into this week and no dice.  But you can find a way to carve out time for yourself and your thoughts.  Clear your schedule and reach out to the people who you know will be happy to help.  Its the best gift you can give yourself and your family.  I hope you all have a great and relaxing weekend!  Here is a great song that has been constantly playing in my car this week.  It is by one of my all-time favorite bands, Need To Breathe.  This song has brought me a lot of comfort this week.  I hope you enjoy it as well...



"Garden"



Little Pink Monster...

I know I have mentioned this blog before but it has content for days and is always entertaining.  I swear you feel like you know Natasha after reading one post.  Be sure to read one of her latest posts, here - it could not be more relatable!  She is so normal and real but still motivates me to accomplish a little more in my days.  But, even if I never do I know she the friend that would say "WHO CARES?!"...



{LITTLE PINK MONSTER}


ps.  Stay tuned for one last post before the weekend!!

Thursday, October 6, 2011

One I Read Every.Single.Day...

I love this blog more than you know!  Not even so much for the fashion but just Kendi's sense of humor.  Each little blurb that accompanies her photo makes me laugh.  Hopefully it will do the same for you...
Kendi Everyday
click here

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Tatertots & Jello...



Oh I wish I had the patience and motivation to accomplish these.  If any of you pull them off please share photos with me!  The rest of this site is great so check it out as well...

tatertots & jello

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

One Pretty Thing...



One of my favorite blogs to peruse for DIY ideas!  Each day there is a round-up of great links and ideas for crafts, food, and more.  Enjoy...


one pretty thing

Monday, October 3, 2011

Ho Hum...

Life just never stops does it?  Well, it doesn't for those of us in my house.  Over the years I have been through enough to realize that surprises are always around the corner.  I have made it a habit of reminding myself that when I am "bored" to enjoy it because it only means big things are lurking.  Plus who am I to ever complain of being bored when I have two young children at home?!  "Bored" is a luxury, right?!  Lately I haven't been bored but I have been really, really grateful. Content to be exact.  I love the moments when you can actually appreciate the present moment and just know that things are going good.  I think that is what life is all about, being present enough to enjoy the great, even if just simple, moments of your life.  Especially when you have kids and they seem to make everything go by at lightening speed.  I have just felt so grateful to have enjoyed a great, long vacation, to have such a great family, and to have new projects lining up with design POST.  I said a prayer a couple of weeks ago just thanking God for all He has put on my plate.  


When I started this blog I knew, first and foremost, that I wanted it to be personal...to have a real mom's "voice" behind it so it always comes across as genuine and real. Taking that approach has been hard at times because sometimes I wonder if I am not sounding "professional" or if I am sounding too "professional" (because lets face it I am not).  I always walk a fine line between keeping this blog in a tone that I would use with friends without it becoming just my personal blog.  Writing is an outlet for me and always has been.  It is my laptop therapy and I have come to value it more and more as I stagger through these crazy, tiring, gratifying, and memorable years of motherhood.  I have held back some days on the sharing because it would either just be TMI or to be completely honest, I worry that it might make some of you not like the blog.  I am an over-sharer by nature and there have been plenty of times, usually involving wine, that I wished I had just shut up.  I am learning to edit and I am also learning to just accept this part of my personality.  Because after all it just comes from my sincere desire to be comfortable with the people around me.  Best friend or not.


So why all the soul searching and blabbering, you ask?  Well this month has thrown a major curve ball my way and I keep wondering if this is the place to share.  Theres no real reason that I would have to and a big part of me doesn't even want to.  But then there is that other part of me that feels like it would be absolutely relieving.  Just to put my business out there for others to relate to or sympathize with or maybe just to get the words out of my head and onto the internet.  So, over-share (or share?) I will.  After all I consider you all friends of some sort and I know that there has to be at least one other girl reading this that will be able to say, I so know how you feel.


In a nutshell I just suffered a miscarriage.  Oh the dreaded word.  I can remember being pregnant for the first time and feeling like it was an eternity until that 12 week mark.  I prayed to not see blood every time I used the bathroom.  I prayed as hard as I could that God would just please let me make it to the 12 week mark.  It is a helpless feeling during that first trimester, just hoping and wishing that you are not the one who has to go through that.  I have had friends who didn't make it there and I have watched them struggle with the reality that, for them this time just wasn't meant to be.  My heart hurt for them and I quietly thanked God it wasn't me that time.  After my first pregnancy I assumed like most other girls that the second would grace us with just as little fanfare.  I assumed, I assumed, I assumed.  I assumed my way right to a miscarriage and then a year and a half of trying.


I was so bitter during that time.  I hated seeing pregnant girls and I felt a twinge in my stomach when I saw a newborn.  What I hated the most though was just how much I hated the whole topic of getting pregnant.  That miscarriage took all the joy out of trying and filled me with doubts and fears.  So imagine my relief and joy when number two came along, FINALLY, on his own at the perfect time.  He is the perfect addition to our family.  He relieved my fears and reminded me why pregnant girls and newborns are two of the most awesome things to see in life.


So when it came time to start thinking about number 3, my head was in a good place. Sure we wanted more but there was no rush, no plan, and no worries.  And just like that, it happened!  Which makes perfect sense because they always tell you that when you stop "trying" thats when it happens.  (And for the record when people used to tell me that I wanted to punch them)!  So we let our minds catch up and slowly let the thought of 3 kids creep in.  But it didn't get to stay long.  Without all the gory details I will just say that my miscarriage was not your typical experience.  I guess you could say that I am the girl who, if there is a 5% chance of something freakish happening, it will.  And with everything going so well, how could this...I felt stunned.  I could go on and on about how crazy it all was and how awful but anyone who has or has ever wanted a baby can imagine.  It hurts when suddenly the script is flipped upside down.  


So here I am.  A mother of 2, who doesn't want to seem ungrateful for the family I have but also feels justified in grieving what could have been.  No matter the number of kids you see yourself having, if that number is threatened it is hard.  Everyone wants "their number", their vision and until you know the outcome of your life story it is hard to feel like "someone is missing."  And right now at our house someone is missing.  But we trust and believe that God has a plan and that void is going to be filled at the perfect time with the perfect baby.  I share all of this because I just don't know how not to.  The last thing I want is for more people to be in my business and putting a baby bump watch on me but I do want to be real, and I definitely want to let other people going through this know, that I totally feel your pain.


Its funny though how much you can learn from the trials in your life.  I have been amazed at how I am even able to focus on good when it feels like everything is so wrong at the moment but I can't stop noticing the positive.  I am so grateful for my friends and family and more than that I am so proud of myself for choosing these amazing people to surround myself with.  I am comforted by the fact that I know I have a great support system, one that will help me through it all.  I am content to have a fridge full of good soups and meals from the people that love me.  And I am happy to have movies like "Bridesmaids" to remind me that I can still laugh.  And craziest of all, I am so happy for the pregnant girls and I am loving the newborns around me.  They actually make me happy because it reminds me that good things still happen all the time in this world.  


Thank you for reading this novel of a post and for being another source of support for me.  I hope that this post reminds all of you that Momsie is as real as it gets.  I know you all will understand if my posts are not up to par for a little bit.  In fact to save you from having to read long, rambling, emotional posts I am just going to divert your attention to some other fabulous blogs for the time being.  I have to regain my footing as a mom, a wife, and as a functioning human so my energy is going to that right now, but I will be back.  Trust me I will need the laptop therapy!  Check in for some great links this week and you never know, there may be some new things going up this week but just like life, no guarantees.  Thank you...

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Lauren Alexander: Tomato Tart...


After a wonderfully long beach vacation with the family, followed by a not-so-wonderfully long stomach virus I'm back!
 
Vacation was just as it should have been- family, friends, sun, and eating similar to when I was pregnant. Which means that if it was in front of me, I ate it. From my mom's classic "beach grits" to the cheeseburger on the beach to delicious meals prepared every night, I indulged and didn't look back. But now I'm back at home, Fall is officially here, and I'm ready to find some new recipes that will welcome in, not only a new season, but a healthier me and family.
 
To continue on with the vegetarian trend I started with my first recipe a few weeks ago, is a yummy Tomato Tart recipe that was passed along to me from one of my friend's in San Diego. She said this was her go-to recipe when she was having a girls night out but still needed to pull together a meal for the family before heading out. It's low on ingredients and time but very high on taste and satisfaction- pretty much the perfect combination in my book! Here goes...
 
Tomato Tart
 
1 1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
3/4 cup loosely packed basil (chopped)
4 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 cup mayonnaise
1/4 cup parmesan cheese
4 small fresh tomatoes- It was suggested not to use Roma so I used vine-ripened. I think heirloom or beefsteak would probably be the tastiest.
1 unbaked pie shell
 
Bake pie crust at 450 degrees for 5 min. Remove crust from oven and sprinkle bottom with 1/2 cup mozzarella cheese. Reduce oven to 375. Drain sliced tomatoes on paper towel to remove all excess moisture. Place the tomatoes on top of the cheese in the crust. Mix garlic, basil, rest of mozzarella, mayonnaise, and Parmesan and spread over tomatoes. Bake 375 for 25 min. Keep an eye on the crust as it cooks to make sure the edges aren't burning. If they are cooking faster than the rest, cover the edges with foil.
 
I made this last night and my husband loved it! The tomatoes could have been a little juicier and in season, but it was still really tasty. I probably would add even more tomatoes next time (maybe 2 layers of tomatoes instead of one) and possibly another vegetable (asparagus or broccoli maybe?) to up the heartiness. No matter what you do with it, it's a super tasty meal that is made in a snap and most of the required ingredients are those that we typically have around the house anyway.
 
Let me know what you think! Would you make any changes?
 
Happy cooking!
 
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