Thursday, February 28, 2013

February Wrap Up

For being the shortest month in the year, this month thats pretty jam packed with stuff going on!
Pella's Birthday, Valentines Day, a couple other friends birthdays, a going away party, vacation, planted my spring garden, had a couple Instagram sales, was the first month of being out of my old retail store Drool, went to Disneyland, saw a couple movies... the list goes on.

This month was also a month of realization for me. Having closed my store, I am currently jobless, but am managing to stay above water financially with my vintage resale business. I have applied for a couple of jobs that I feel like I'm totally under qualified for, but I took the chance, mainly for the option of having benefits, and just the opportunity to be able to work for these particular companies would be pretty neat. This same month a little girl named Daisy, who had cancer lost her battle and is now a little angel in the clouds...I followed her blog for the last 3 years and there were times I felt hope for her and her family and grateful for the times that she was not suffering in a hospital bed battling her cancer. What a BRAVE , and strong soul that little girl has, she endured so much in the last 3 years, when I read the update on her blog a couple weeks ago that her cancer had returned full force with vengeance, my heart sank, I checked her FB and Blog daily for updates, as they got worse, I felt kind of lost for her  hoping for the best but expecting the worst, its weird to say I had these emotions for a little girl I never knew personally, but because her life is pretty much broadcasted in detail it was easy to feel those emotions in the way her mother would write. Well long story short when I read the gut wrenching post about her passing, I cried inside maybe a little on the outside too, and as I read I put her moms words into context, and thought about my life and how I can put her words into action in my life...
this is the post I am referring too:

"Dear Friends…
Early Saturday morning we had the privilege of witnessing Daisy’s departure from earth to a place outside of time and space where her joy is complete; heaven.
Our darling girl gave us kisses at midnight, with lips dry from thirst and hot with fever.  Tiny and sweet, the words “that’s awesome” came from her tired body after letting us know she was having good dreams. She is safely home… Finally well.
I have refrained from giving details of her suffering over the last few weeks, as it was immense.  Out of respect for her dignity and loveliness we have been keeping these painful moments sacred.
Thank you for your partnership in loving our girl. Please know we are broken hearted for ourselves but so happy for Daisy, who is with Jesus in paradise able to run and eat and play with abandon. We believe that wholeheartedly, and as they say in Narnia, she is going further up! And further in!  She left the Shadowlands for a place more real in every sense.
Please join us as we celebrate the strong, kind, brave, goofy, thoughtful, amazing girl we call Daisy Love. Please wear what you feel best in; sandy feet and boardshorts, tutu and snorkel mask, or the prettiest dress in your closet. Wear black only if you must, but I’m wearing what Daisy would like most.  On her last night on earth, she requested we watch “The Hobbit” (70’s version) and dress like hobbits.  If ever there was a girl confident in her own skin, it was her.  Among her favorite ensembles are animal ears of all kinds, astronaut, flightsuit, monster, pirate, dinosaur, Indian, mermaid, bear, cowgirl, fireman and explorer.
Feel free to laugh and cry and hug. There is no single way to grieve. And while we miss her on earth, we will pick up where we left off when I have the privilege of going to where she is, in the presence of God where there is fullness of joy.
My final request to all who read this blog: love. Love your babies, your husbands, mothers, sisters. Love each day like it’s your last. All you mamas out there, you have been entrusted with the precious gift of a human life who depends on you. Enjoy your gift. Breathe in the scent of your child’s hair, breath. Let them cook with you and make a mess of the kitchen. Play hide and seek with them, build sand castles with them, take them on picnics, read to them!  Listen to them, value and respect them, never shame them.  Your words they will carry with them their whole life and you have the power to give them wings or stunt their growth. Motherhood can be tough but it’s worth it. It can be exhausting, boring, tedious, but never for long. You blink and they’re grown. It has been my honor and privilege to love Daisy these last 8 years. I’m thankful for every minute; the joyful and the terrible alike."
Its hard to read and not feel like your falling apart inside for her and her family. For me this post was a life lesson. 
I want to live a life of quality, I want a life where I get to enjoy all the little moments of my daughter as she grows into a young lady. I realized the little things in life, like building a sand castle with her, and smelling her hair cant be replaced. I don't care about money, and the brand name shit I used to look forward to making the money I did so I could afford to buy it. So even if I don't get those jobs I applied for, I'll be okayy, I have my health, my family, and QUALITY time to spend with my daughter and husband. The material things in my life, aren't what make my quality of life good. My family is what makes me smile everyday. I know I am truly blessed with what I have now, from what I lacked having 2 years ago. Having a husband who loves me for exactly who I am, Loves my daughter and has fit into our lives as if he was always there, words cant express what that feels like. I am grateful to know and appreciate life's blessings. I know everyone has their story, has their ups and downs, but I think Daisy's mother, Kate has no idea how many lives she's touched and inspired in the wake of her daughters passing. Her outlook and faith she has in her life is at times mind boggling, but that woman is such an inspiration to me as a mother. 

Rest In Peace Daisy.
You can read more about Daisy and her life here (
Thank you Kate.

Heres a couple photos from this month.

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Admiring the one and only Mary Blair

While I'm sicker than a dog in bed I decided I would blog about one of my 
favorite artists Mary Blair.
She's known more importantly for all her color, design, and animation she's done for Disney
If you've been on the ride Its A Small World, then you've seen first hand her brilliant work.

Heres some of her art I was admiring today..

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Whats for Dinner? Stuffed Bell Peppers!

Tonights Dinner was super simple.
The longest part is the prep about this recipe is the prep.

  • 3 bell peppers, I made one each Yellow, Red and Green
  • 1 lb lean ground Turkey
  • 1 can of Italian seasoned Tomato Sauce or Tomato Paste
  • 1 cup whole kernel corn, (fresh, frozen, or can)
  • 1/2 cup of cooked brown rice (you can use white rice or even quinoa)
  • 1 cup of sliced Mushrooms
  • 1/4 chopped onion 
  • 2 choped Garlic cloves
  • salt/pepper to taste
  • Olive oil or canola Oil

  1. In a large pan,  sauté  onions and garlic put aside in a large mixing bowl
  2. Cook ground turkey add in tomato sauce mix
  3. Add corn, rice, mushrooms, rice, meat and sauce to bowl, mix all together 
  4. Cut tops off peppers and remove core.
  5. Pack the meat mixture into each pepper.
  6. Preheat oven to 400; cook for 30-45 min the longer you cook, the softer the pepper. you can also cook in a crock pot if you choose that takes about 6-8 hours.
I topped mine off with some colby jack cheese put it back in the oven for 5 minutes and TADA!

Serve with your choice of side dish

Monday, February 25, 2013

Swooning over Spring Mini Rodini

Mini Rodini, next to Misha Lulu always amazes me with its on point style and designs for little ones.
Heres a few of my favorites from their latest collection. 

Monday, February 18, 2013

Baby on the brain

Lately I have been racking my brain with should I attempt to take a shot at baby #2?
Because Pella was completely unexpected and a TOTAL surprise, the whole thought of planning to have another baby gives me pure anxiety. All the what if's, is it a good time, can we afford it in the long run, we only have a 2 bedroom house, Pella already has a half sibling would it be too much for her to have another half sibling, will she understand shes loved just as much even though Nick isnt her "dad" and we have a baby together, do I want to go through all the pregnancy downs, weight gain, migraines, woddling around.... I dont have an answer to any of these questions that run through my brain when I think about having another baby. What I do know is that, both Nick and I deserve nothing more then to experience the whole pregnancy, birth, and infant thing, considering our pasts, I want NOTHING more then Pella to have someone she can grow up with, be friends with, bond with, and enjoy the little things in life with. I know people have multiple children everyday in smaller dwellings then we live in, and they make it work. I know I have PLENTY of love to share with one, Id have PLENTY to share with 2. So with the whole baby thing on my brain I thought Id write about it, get some feedback, and post a few inspirations for potential baby #2's tiny little nook of a nursery.

I salvaged a vintage Jenny Lind crib from a thrift store months back, and my heart is dead set on painting it and it being the focal point to the design of what Im going to call the baby's 'Corner' 

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Pella is 3!

Last weekend was Pella's 3rd birthday (Feb 2nd), Instead of a huge birthday party, we opted to take to her to the snow for the first time! We headed up to Mammoth Ca. rented a charming little cabin in tucked in the hillside for the weekend! Nick, myself, Nicks family and my family all made the 6 hour drive up to be part of the festivities! We were there 3 days and she loved every second of it! It was honestly the cutest thing to see her all bundled up in snow gear!

Yesterday Sunday the 10th I decided it would be fun to throw a small little party for Pella's closest buddies! It was a "Native American" theme, if you would consider one table of decor a "themed" party LOL!

I honestly remember as if it was yesterday giving birth to her, holding her in my arms soaking in the realization of the bond I looked forward to having with my daughter, at 3 years old, I know that bond I anticipated having with her one day exists and grows stronger everyday.
I can say 2 years old was a cake walk, I cant say the same for 3 yet... I feel like 3 is going to be a challenge, she really pushes her limits with everyone she's around. She's a boss lady!!!

As time goes by, I am excited to see my toddler blossoming into a little girl. She's sassy, hilarious, sensitive, energetic, and LOVES her some Barbie. She thinks "All princesses" are Barbies.... and they are all "Beautiful" She LOVES orange chicken, juice, and chocolate kisses. Her favorite TV show would have to be Little Einsteins and  Jake and the Neverland Pirates. She watches the same movies over and over as most kids usually do. She's passionate about the outdoors, she's totally content and happy while playing outside, even if she's just carrying around a couple rocks, I know by the look on her face she wouldn't want to be doing anything else. Her speech is really taking off! She understand EVERYTHING literally, and is almost capable of communicating just about everything, Some of my favorite things she says is "Whats that noise?" , "A'MON"(come on),  "Lay wi me" (lay with me), "Holy shmokes" (Holy smokes),  The way she talks on the phone is hilarious "Uhmmm what you doing?" talks like she's a freakin teenager. I can go on and on about all the little things I adore in my child. If I don't document these little moments I worry they may be forgotten with time!

anywho heres some of my favorite photos...

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