Friday, February 28, 2014

What is on my Mind Grapes...



Today is just one of those days where I'm flooded with all kinds of ridiculous thoughts.

So, What is on my mind grapes?

1. Someone should patent a drinking game for The Bachelor where these women mention how often they could be engaged to the guy. Shots for every time this blonde haired chick says "I could totally see myself being engaged within the week."

2. Miles has been eating like crazy so of course, I make the most ridiculous statement yesterday to my husband... "Do you think he has a tapeworm?" Apparently, I'm really great at irrational thoughts lately, Thanks hormones.

3. I wish people would naturally take over their adult responsibilities. If you make adult decisions, they need to be handled properly. I know this statement is vague but I have a friend going through some things and I just want to remind her how strong she is.

4. I still have thank you cards to write for Miles. I'm hoping to get them done this weekend. I am incredibly grateful for all the love Miles has received from friends and family, sorry I'm slacking on the mailing.

5. I wish people would stop airing out their dirty laundry on facebook. It's awkward reading about every detail of your break up and those others that post about bowel movements and political theories...maybe you just need to a blog for that purpose (a private one).

6. In the words of Rebecca Black: "It's Friday...Friday, Friday, Gettin' down on Friday. Everybody is looking forward to the weekend. Weekend."

Happy Weekend y'all.

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Headaches + Positivity


(Miles photographed by Steve Seamans Photography)

Confession:
I've been having headaches for the past three weeks.
They are extremely severe and I have them everyday.
My doctors aren't sure what is causing them and it's throughly frustrating.

Caffeine and popping pills isn't a real solution to me so I've been trying to keep myself as de-stressed as possible and focus on the positive things...

Warm Showers.
Fizzy Drinks.
Miles falling asleep on my shoulder (and in my lap).
My husband's smile.
Survivor is back on TV.
Knowing I'll eventually get all those Thank You cards written.
Tomorrow is Friday.
Lots of blog posts to read.
Maybe I'll make sweet potato fries for dinner later...


What's some positivity from your day?



Little Friday

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Introducing the Frog

Yesterday, I sat with Miles on the floor as he rolled around on his frog blanket. My original intention for putting him there was so I could put his swing together with him next to me. However, I just couldn't pass up this photo opportunity so alas, his amazing swing is still in the box.











I realize how some of these photographs are blurry but that's because my child constantly moves. He sleeps with his arms up in the air and constantly kicks his feet. In the first few hours of his life, he completely rolled to his side in his bassinet next to my hospital bed, which freaked me out to say the least. I am fascinated with the thought of which bodily movement is he going to figure out how to do next. I know Miles' is totally going to be a mover and a shaker.

At three weeks Miles is already developing so fast.
His eyelashes are longer and coming in fuller.
He has a big patch of blonde hair in the back of his head.
His feet seem bigger.
I've had to trim his nails a few times already.
He's starting to smile.
He calms down when I sing to him, last night it was "Wonderwall" by Oasis.

He's starting "school" with me in a few weeks. I'm grateful that I can bring him to my work and know that he will be at a moments reach away.

I'm off to cuddle with my Frog, happy Wednesday friends!



Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Grab a Friend #38

I'm super excited to be a part of the Grab A Friend Blog Hop with Areeba @ I Have A Messy Bun and Noor @ Noor's Place



For some reason, the html will not post to my blog properly so you will have to just go check out the hop

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This week the Question is...

Q: If you could travel to any place around globe right now , where and WHY would you go?

My answer: I've had an obsession with the thought of traveling through South America since my Junior Year of College. I took a Latin American Architecture and Art History Course and felt like I was living through all of my professors stories. I would love the idea of being able to backpack through trails in the mountains in Peru, visit fresh markets in Brazil, and soak up the sun on the coast of Argentina. I also have to check out Panama, one of my Grandfather's favorite places and where he lived for years before moving to the United States. I'll just take a sketchbook and trek around documenting all the beautiful things I see and people I meet.

Again, please go making some bloggy friends and check out the hop

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Monday, February 24, 2014

Things I Wish I Knew (part one)


Happy Three Weeks, Miles.

I feel like I have a never ending list going on in my brain of things I wish I knew. Some of these things are practical, while others are just absurd or exciting. I always wonder if I should be writing them down because they probably would provide someone out there in the great abyss some sort of entertainment. So here goes this blog post:

Things I Wish I Knew

(part one)

•On the topic of SpongeBob Square Pants: How has SpongeBob’s Pineapple house not become rotten yet? How did Mr. Krabs have a whale for a daughter? SpongeBob completely boggles my mind even though it’s a cartoon. If you’re wondering, the Imagination episode is my favorite.

•When Miles is asleep, he throws his arms up in the air and makes fists. It’s the most fascinating thing to watch…but really Miles, I just want to know “What are you dreaming about?”

•If I ended up going to college for Political Science, if I actually would of taken a job in Politics.

What is it about Vanilla Coke Zero that makes it so I can't stay away from drinking it? Is it the Vanilla favoring or a magical fairy dust that says, “Drink. Drink. Drink.

Whatever happened to daytime TV? There is a show called “The Test” which is apparently about DNA tests. Isn’t that already the Maury show?

What it would be like for me to physically backpack around and through Europe. Probably not possible anytime soon with the lack of funds, a young child and a hubby that’s never been on a plane. ;)



What is something you wish you knew?


Please share!

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Cooking with An Infant


Oh little Miles, you're quite the character.



I finally did some cooking this week and with the whole anxiety of being a new Mom, it was quite the experience. I made Parmesan Encrusted Tilapia and Jason's Favorite Potatoes.

It took me twice as long as it normally does to do my cooking prep work because I constantly was checking up on my little guy, between his little noises and making sure he had everything he needed to take a nap. Oh and Mr. Personality, was totally hamming it up in the living room while I was peeking at him from the kitchen, providing me with even more distractions.

So alas, I give you my...

Tips for cooking with an Infant:


While cooking, make sure you can hear and see your baby at all times. You never know what could happen (or what kind of nonsense they could get into) when you don’t have two eyes on them. Make sure your baby is safe and secure.

Make sure your baby has everything he/she needs before you start cooking. Swaddling Blanket? Pacifier? Toy? Feed? Changed? Etc. Etc.

Be prepared for your prep time to last longer. Chop things slower and don’t rush.

Be prepared to take breaks while cooking. If cooking multiple things, take a few minutes away from your oven to entertain your baby (if they’re awake still).

Be aware of kitchen hazards for your own personal safety. Watch your hands when it comes to your knives and be aware of your heat source (stove top/pans). Especially if you have a noisy little one that makes your hands a little jittery.



Feel free to take my tips or leave them, I don't really consider myself to be a Mom blogger. I just wrote this up so I can remind myself of these things during my next cooking experience with Miles.



Happy Sunday y'all! :)

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Irrational Fears

Do you have any irrational fears?

I do. I'm not entirely sure where they came from but I've had many of these for years.


(I know this girl above looks totally fearless)

So here goes, a list of some my own Irrational Fears...

The strangest: That I'll scratch through my skin/scalp in my sleep.
I have incredibly dry skin and for years, I'll wake up with scabs on my legs from scratching so hard while I have been asleep. I've tried everything to not do this (including wearing mittens/socks on my hands when I go to bed) but nothing has ever really worked. It's the worse in the summer. I think my whole fear of scratching through my skin or scalp happened because my ex sent me an article about a woman who picked into her brain and he made a statement like "See, this is totally going to happen to you." I've never picked at my scalp and part of me thinks this story was totally bogus, but I've had this fear now for five years and it's absolutely absurd. I am not going to tear into my skin like a rabid animal tearing into skin.

That I'll bite into a strawberry and find a worm inside.
I like to blame elementary school for this one, maybe it had something to do with those Smiling Worm inside an apple stickers. I've never actually had this happen, I've luckily never found anything inside a strawberry. I think if anything this fear helps me clean my strawberries better and I always cut them in half (at least) before eating. The fruit I eat is always as clean as I can get it to be thanks to this fear.

That I may be struck by Lightning.
I realize this is another odd, irrational fear because it's not like I jump outside in any thunderstorm. I think this fear may have rationalized in my head when I lived in Kansas and watched the storms from my patio. When I checked the statistics somewhere for my state (Maryland), it's estimated that "1 in 5,828,289" are struck by lightning. That's a one in 5,828,289 shot.

Someone will make money off my art while claiming it's their artwork.
I have legal copyrights on some of my artwork. However, I've found my art floating around on the internet before with someone else's name on it. It's not flattering when someone steals your work. It is just as bad as copying pages out of a book or copying a piece of music and claiming it's yours. The thought of someone making money off of something I put all of myself into scares me even more than just stealing.

More Irrational Fears to follow... I would love to know some of your fears (whether they're irrational or not)...

Happy Thursday!



The Grits Blog

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Review: Neutrogena nourishing LONG WEAR makeup



I recently tried NEUTROGENA® Nourishing Long Wear Makeup and here is my Review.

What exactly is this stuff?
According to the packaging...

•12 hour makeup instantly erases the look of skin imperfections
•Clinically proven to make skin tone look more even in just 4 weeks, even without makeup
•Lightweight, natural-looking coverage resists heat & humidity

My Review:


I really like this product. It's lightweight, doesn't cake and blends extremely well on my dry skin. In fact, to give it the true test I didn't wear my moisturizer and it did not make my skin flake. After a few days use, my skin did seem clearer as the makeup promises. It also has 20 SPF for those girls that forget to put sunscreen on their face.

The shade I'm wearing "Classic Ivory 10," which was perfect for my fair skin.

The only con I had with this product was the fact that it was a little difficult to get out of the bottle.

I would definitely recommend this foundation, the quality is there.

Grade: I give it an A!


If you're wondering what else is on my face...
•Rimmel Match Perfection Skin Tone Adapting Concealer in 125 FAIR
•Lancome Protective Undereye Concealer in Light Buff
•Rimmel Scandaleyes Lycra Flex Mascara
•Tarte Cheek Stain in Full Blossom
•Burt’s Bees Beeswax Lip Balm

If you're in your local drugstore debating a foundation to pick up, try Neutrogena Nourishing Long Wear makeup out!



Disclosure: I received this product for free from a campaign from BzzAgent. All opinions are honest and my own.

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Miles is not into Modeling + A Big Blogging Giveaway

One little guy, Miles had some "milestones" happen yesterday.



Turning two weeks old yesterday he experienced the following...

Waiting for Daddy at the Dentist, where I have been going for years. All the staff excitedly came out (including our Dentist) instead of attending to their patients first… oops.
His first Restaurant outing. Greek food (so I could have a big fat Greek Salad, naturally). He slept through the whole experience of loud waiters, doors swinging and plastic glasses slamming against the tables.
His Umbilical Cord Stump came off, I said “What am I suppose to do with this?” and our photographer responded “Some people put in a glass vital around their neck and wear it if you’re into that.” LOL. Not me (not that I'm knocking anyone for doing that, go ahead with your confident self)!

Notice how I said, "our photographer" above. Another first...Miles had his first professional Photo shoot yesterday. I'd like to tell you he didn't do anything embarrassing but I would be lying. You see, we showed up to the Photographer's beautiful private studio and Miles was knocked out asleep. The photographer was super excited about this...immediately Miles woke up when he tried to swaddle Miles in a blanket and place him in a wire basket. This wasn't the embarrassing part though, while awake here he completely behaved. It's when the photographer was setting up for the next part...

So he was setting up a still life scene along with a crate that had a chalkboard which I had written Miles on. It also has a wooden barn backdrop and some burlap (maybe you get the gist). My mom was helping him as I sat across the room with my husband. He immediately slips off Mile's diaper to try to get a cute shot with his little bum up in the air on the crate.... NOPE. NOT HAPPENING. Miles starts pooping everywhere....

Husband: "Told ya, I called it!"
Mom: Laughing. Probably telling Miles it's okay and apologizing to the Photographer.
Me: I am hysterically laughing to the point of tears. After controlling this, I apologize and the photographer is super nice and saying this is what washing machines are for.

...and then after they clean up the mess. Miles projectile pees all over the crate, again.

It was at this point the photographer declared Miles was not into this, so it was time to move on to the next part. Miles then happily slept like an angel and posed for super cute nudies on an ottoman with a mint green backdrop.

I guess I can't say I'm surprised that Miles wasn't having his first photo shoot. He is an infant after all and this is what happens when you try to document him smiling...







There you have it, world. Miles definitely doesn't want to be a professional model and I'm totally okay with that. I would make a terrible stage mom anyway.



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Sunday, February 16, 2014

Things my Baby Looks Like

My mom is one of the most animated, outgoing people I know. She totally lives by her own rules and says/does whatever she feels. It inspired this post already this past week.

Needless to say, she inspired more "Blog Gold," the day Miles was born.

Insert One of the first photos of Miles and an Ewok...



My Mom was in the delivery room before we found out had to have a c-section. She came back in our new hospital room, peeked at Miles for a few minutes and said to my husband...

"You know, he looks like one of those things from Return of the Jedi!"
Jason: "An EWOK?!?!"
Mom: "Yeah, that's it. It's in his eyes."

Jason was cracking up and I was all sorts of confused (in my twilight stage) trying to remember what an Ewok was.

I'm sure Miles will be think "Gee, thanks Grandma," when he's older.

He might be scarred at the fact that Grandma thinks he looks like a creature from Star Wars.
...Or he may be honored because after all because he does have an ABC Star Wars book in the nursery.
Remember C is for C-3PO.





...One of the babies on the Newborn Pampers Swaddlers Diapers box.

To be completely honest, I'm not sure which one of us noticed this first.
Although, I was staring at the box on underneath the changing table in awe.
I pointed it out to Jason and said he already noticed. I then, called my mom shortly after changing Miles and her response:

"I think I saw that box, Pampers should be paying us royalties. Then again, who are we kidding, Miles is way cuter."

Thanks Mom, you always know just what to say. Lol.



I have a feeling this is going to be an ongoing saga on things/people/creatures Miles looks like. Poor kid.



**Please don't sue me George Lucas/Disney or Pampers for this post, Miles and I are big fans. Clearly!

Friday, February 14, 2014

My Shoulder to Lean On


Excuse us, those are just our mean muggin' faces.

In honor of Valentine's Day, this post is dedicated to my loving husband Jason.
...My best friend and my shoulder to lean on.

I planned to write this post sooner and had numerous ideas flowing through my head about what I would write but let's face it, I'm easily distracted and having too much fun spending time with Miles.

So far this morning started off being super productive with our little one and when I told Jason "Happy Valentine's Day," he responded: "Happy Valentine's Day! I love you. If I had lots of money, I would buy you lots of diamonds!"

I picked the right one for me.



As he's indulging on his breakfast of Coke Zero and Reese's Peanut Butter Puffs Cereal next to me, I can't help but think of all the special moments we've had so far in our relationship. Our love works because we do many small things to show each other affection.





Off the top of my head, here are some of things that have been done (and/or said) recently that shows how much he loves me.

1.


I had a very emotional Labor and Delivery experience with Miles. Jason was by my side the entire time (along with my amazing Mother). Jason held my hand when the worst happened...The doctor came back in to tell me "The baby won't make it." What she should of said is "You're baby needs the c-section now" but clearly her choice of words were off. I started crying hysterically and shaking... Jason said "He's okay, I promise. I love you and he's okay. You'll be okay." He held my hand through the first part of the c-section and kissed my forehead several times. When Miles was out, I heard a nurse say "Do you want to see your baby?" and Jason yelled "He's so cute, we made a cute kid babe!"

He helped me through the scariest moment I've ever had in my life and stayed strong for both of us. If that's not love then I don't know what it is.

Sorry if reading that just made you incredibly emotional, I totally cried writing it because I'm turning into a big 'ol ball of emotions lately.


(This picture just makes me so happy, every time I see it. It was the epitome of him cheering me up at the time).

2.


Not only has he taken the most amazing care of our son but he's taken such sweet care of me. To be honest, I haven't been able to move around much since Mile's birth because of the incision. Jason has assisted me all hours of the day or night, whatever I have needed, he gets. He's been keeping track of Mile's feedings, my medicine, the laundry, the cooking, running errands, diaper changes, helping me get out of bed and so many other things. He's done all of these things with a smile on his face.



3.


He makes me laugh all the time. Jason dislikes a lot of reality tv shows yet he tolerates them enough to watch them with me. His pokes fun at them, which causes me to laugh so hard...it hurts my incision from the c-section. I am seriously laughing and going "stopppppp babe! It hurts," while still laughing away. Jason is helping me heal and relax. He'll do anything to bring a smile to my face.



This post ended up completely different than I originally envisioned.
I think I'll stop writing for now before I fall into a big pile of mush.



Jason, I love you. Thanks for being you, Valentine.



I'm off to spend Valentine's Day with my two Valentines.

If you're looking for some Valentine's Day reading or are just curious about Online Dating, I have a post up on Areeba's blog, I Have A Messy Bun, here: Tales of Online Dating: Don't Give Up

Happy Valentine's Day and much love to you all! xo




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Thursday, February 13, 2014

My Mom Wins at Throwback Thursday



A few months ago, my mom posted a picture on facebook announcing it was time for Throwback Thursday.

It was a picture from high school with a bunch of her girlfriends at the beach with one of them holding a giant cooler as if they were going to have some sort of wild party. The comments that followed were great, many of her high school friends reconnected with each other on her post.

You see, my mom has LOTS of facebook friends yet for some reason I was surprised that she knew about the whole "Throwback Thursday" internet trend.

Me: "Mom you know that's an instagram thing, right?"
Mom: "No. I don't have that. I make my own rules."
*followed by laughs from the two of us*

She hadn't posted any Throwback Thursday posts since that conversation.
However, On the 3rd, the day I was induced (or really had my c-section) with Miles...
She was in the room with my husband and I talking about how she found so many perfect photos to scan for her Throwback Thursday posts.

Oddly enough, I knew she was talking about the photo above before the words even came out of her mouth.

This photo is one of my favorite photos from my childhood.
It's 1991. I am five years old.
My mom is a deputy sheriff for a living.
She's barely 100 pounds and five feet nothing and she's a total badass.
She styled my hair like this almost everyday and teased her bangs.
I am wearing two watches and holding a book
...and she's rocking a banana keychain, mace and a gun on her belt.



Happy Throwback Thursday, Thanks Mom for the laughs as always!



The Grits Blog

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Miles is Blessed, Tequila and Salt



I love my family.

Yesterday, we celebrated the birth of Miles.
It was an extremely emotional day for me because I realized how blessed I am to not only have a beautiful healthy baby boy but to have such a loving family.

Thank you to everyone who came to celebrate Miles and to show us how much he is loved.
I can never thank you enough for your warm wishes and words of encouragement for Miles.



In honor of such a positive post, It felt right to share this:

My mom tends to send me forward emails, you know the ones that have some sort of message at the bottom that says "Now send this to ten friends."

Today, she sent me on that was too good to pass up sharing and I decided to share it here.
If I knew who wrote it, I would give them credit but it's Anonymous for now.



"Tequila and Salt"

1. There are at least two people in this world that you would die for.

2. At least 15 people in this world love you in some way.

3. The only reason anyone would ever hate you is because they want to be just like you.

4. A smile from you can bring happiness to anyone, even if they don't like you.

5. Every night, SOMEONE thinks about you before they go to sleep.

6. You mean the world to someone.

7. You are special and unique.

8. Someone that you don't even know exists loves you.

9. When you make the biggest mistake ever, something good comes from it.

10. When you think the world has turned its back on you take another look.

11. Always remember the compliments you received...Forget about the rude remarks.



Thanks for reading as always!
If it's going to snow where you are, stay warm and positive. :)

Sunday, February 9, 2014

Meet Baby M


Miles


7 pounds, 10 oz.
21 inches long.
Born February 3rd, 2014 at 9:17pm.


Meet Miles, my sweet, almost one week old, son.

In your first week of life, you've done nothing but bring a smile to my face.
I have focused on your animated facial expressions rather than the pain from my emergency c-section.

You already have many cute/interesting quirks, Miles.
Here are ten.

1. You raise your arms above your head while you sleep
...including one fist pump in the air that reminds me of Radio Raheem (in Spike Lee's Do the Right Thing).

2. You get the hiccups really easily, but they don't seem to bother you.

3. You enjoy peeing when getting changed.
...you've launched urine off the changing table, towards your dad, towards your face and even towards our clean dishes in the kitchen.

4. You're completely fascinated by your hands.
Your first nickname was/is Kitten Mittens. You'll be smitten.
After putting on mittens so you didn't scratch your face, you took them both off in less than a minute and gave us a stare like "Try again Mom and Dad, I dare ya!"

5. You still enjoy lots of noise like you did when you were in my womb.
The TV, car rides and my loud breast pump soothe you. You bop your head to any beat you can.

6. You love being swaddled but prefer to have one hand/arm sticking out of the blanket.

7. You make little squeaky grunting noises like a puppy when you're falling asleep.

8. The first toy you held was a very Hungry Caterpillar Rattle.
I can tell the first thought you had was "Can I put this in my mouth, Mom?"

9. You're in love with your boppy pillow.
Luckily for you, Miles, you have two!

10. You're always trying to shove your hand in your mouth.
Miles, I promise you your mouth is too small for your whole hand.





Say Hello to the Blogosphere, Miles. You've made your debut.

Sunday, February 2, 2014

Mixed Media Moons

Today, I decided to finish some artist trading cards for a swap I'm participating in with the theme being "Mixed Media Moons."

Here are my work in progress shots with the last picture being the "final" works of art.

*Note: I normally scan my atcs, but my scanner made them look fuzzy so sorry for the wonky pictures.

Onward!







Various Media Used: Watercolor, Graphite, Crayola Crayons, Markers, Martha Stewart Glitter, Permanent Marker, Silver Sharpie, Graphite, Prismacolor Colored Pencils, Construction Paper and Mod Podge.

Each Artist Trading Card is 2.5" x 3.5" inches and is traded already!

Thanks for stopping by. :)

Saturday, February 1, 2014

That time my Husband asked our Baby his Superbowl Prediction



As usual, our little guy was punching away this morning.

After about ten minutes or so of his hyperactivity,
My husband leaned over and put his hand on my stomach.

He then proceeded to ask Baby M about his thoughts on the Superbowl.

Hubs: "Hey little guy, Punch within the next five seconds if you think the Broncos are going to win and if I should bet on them..."

He then counted 5, 4, 3, 2, 1.

Hubs: "Okay. Punch within the next five seconds if you think Seattle is going to win."

No movement from Baby M within those five seconds.

Me: "See, he doesn't care about the Superbowl."
Hubs: "Okay little guy! In the next five seconds, don't punch if you know that baseball is the best sport in the world."
Me: "He just punched."
Hubs: "I didn't feel it, so it doesn't count."

...There you have it, Baby M could careless about the Superbowl panic.

At this rate we're being Induced on Monday Morning.

Do you watch the Superbowl?
Any Superbowl predictions?