Thursday, June 30, 2011

ah, another watch

I'm really loving this new j.crew watch. It's very similar to the watch (which I never bought) that I mentioned a while back, except that it's a little more feminine. I love the thinner band and the silver face. Plus you can interchange the bands with all kinds of color. I'm definitely digging the seashore green. Now the only thing that I don't like is it's price tag of $98 dollars. Seriously? If anyone wants to buy me something fancy, feel free, but I can't bring myself to drop that kind of money for a watch. Because then I'll want to spend another $12 dollars for my color of choice.

I'll just wish and hope that it goes on sale. and if it does, then I'll be wishing and hoping that I get my hands on one.


[[photo via j.crew]]

pink macarons

[[photo by Azar of Principal Planner]]

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

new lens

Well, I'm the official owner of this beauty, the new Nikon 50mm f/1.8G lens. I saved the extra $$ from tutoring and splurged on one big ticket item. Not sure if it was as satisfying as buying a lot of things, but I'm totally convinced that I'll enjoy this purchase so much that it will be worth every penny invested. Now I just have to take it for a test drive :)


[[photo from amazon]]


Love this. Simple slogan, but it rings so true.


[[photo from here]]

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

last night's dinner: mango quinoa salad


The mango adds a nice flavor to this dish. and with the black beans and quinoa, it's quite tasty.

Next time around, I think I'll leave off the vinaigrette dressing. A bit too much for me. So if you try to make this, maybe cut back on the amount of vinegar (just my opinion).


Monday, June 27, 2011

bits from the weekend

Blueberry ice cream and ingredients for a quinoa salad.


Friday, June 24, 2011

happy weekend!

Hi y'all. It's Friday! The day is always good, no matter what. Work is even good on a Friday. Any fun and exciting plans for the weekend?

I was given some home grown blueberries from a co-worker, so I plan to break out the ice cream machine and make some blueberry ice cream. Then on Sunday I get to see two of my besties.

Have a happy weekend!


[[photo by food52]]

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

abby normal

She loves her wubba.

Monday, June 20, 2011

bits from the weekend

Saturday I tutored algebra and then made these eggrolls for our block party. Then on Sunday I made some special pancakes for father's day, G ate some cheerios with milk, and I finally got around to printing, cutting, and writing thank you notes for G's birthday party (bad mama for being so tardy with the thank you notes). Hope you all had a great weekend!


Friday, June 17, 2011

happy father's day weekend!

Hope you all have a fabulous weekend! Any exciting plans?

I'll be earning some extra $$ tutoring, and then we'll be attending our neighborhood block party. Sunday we don't have any real plans, except maybe some father's day pancakes.

Wishing you all well and enjoy this weekend with your family.


[[photo via weheartit]]

P.S. Do you find it more satisfying to save money to purchase 1 big ticket item? or purchase many smaller ticket items? I can't decide what I want to do with this extra $$ from tutoring. Save to purchase this lens that I want? or purchase many smaller things that I want - like this, this, and this. or maybe this new sewing machine? or do the smart thing, and pay off more debt? But what's the fun in that!

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

oh happy day!

Jordan Ferney, of Oh Happy Day, is hosting one amazing giveaway.

You can win a trip for two to PARIS!!

Visit this post for all the details and possible ways to enter the contest. I've made my entries, so now I'm counting down until she announces the winner.

Good luck!


[[image by Oh Happy Day]]

Monday, June 13, 2011

bits from the weekend

I made these donut muffins while Tim pulled the Subaru engine. and then I finished the weekend by finally putting together G's mobile. It needs at least one more ornament to help fill it out, but I'll add that one a little later.


Friday, June 10, 2011

happy weekend!

Hooray, it's Friday! I hope you all have a wonderful weekend! What is everyone up to?

T will be lifting the Subaru engine this weekend, hopefully resolving the oil leak ::fingers crossed:: and I'll just be hanging out with the G monkey, maybe going on a photography scavenger hunt, crafting, pinning (I'm addicted!), and relaxing - maybe watch The King's Speech. Anyone seen it yet? Like it?

Happy weekend!


[[photo by Cathy Heck]]

last night's dinner: avocado quinoa tacos



Seriously. These tacos are
so easy. My friend and I made them in like 30 minutes, and that included all the jabbering and baby holding we were doing. All you have to do is cook the quinoa, and stir in all the other ingredients (we used a rotisserie chicken, so it was already cooked, but you could easily leave our the chicken all together). Warm some tortillas and you're done. So yummy and very healthy for you. and did I say delicious?

Give 'em a try! and let me know if you liked them just as much as me and my friend did.

Good eats!


[[photo by Fudge Banana Swirl]]

Thursday, June 9, 2011

super doxie!!

This makes my heart happy.


[[photo by Serena Hodson]]

Monday, June 6, 2011

new project

Something I'm working on...

Friday, June 3, 2011

happy weekend!

This warm weather makes me want to have an outdoor swing. Swinging from a big old tree in the late summer evenings with the ribbons blowing as you swing high in the warm air. It just seems like a summer thing to do.

[Note to self: add 'big old tree to hang a swing from' onto list for dream home]

Hope you all have a wonderful weekend! Stay cool! We honestly have no plans whatsoever this weekend. Which is kind of nice, but kind of boring. I'm sure we'll have some fun.


[[photo by Justin & Mary]]

Thursday, June 2, 2011

picture love

Thousands of bouncy balls. San Francisco. You can watch the commercial here.

[[photo by Peter Funch]]

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

growth chart

Now that I'm working on my quilt again, I'm really enjoying sewing. I've even made some very amateur diaper pale liners. I'm not sure I'm brave enough to try this project, but I'm absolutely in love with this quilted growth chart. You hand embroider your child's stats as he/she grows too. It's so beautiful and simple without all the big numbers. and it's definitely something you can keep forever.

Maybe one day I'll have enough courage to try, but first I need to get a new sewing machine. I'm still using the one my mom had, so it's at least 20+ years old.


[[photo by The Student Teacher]]