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Friday, April 11, 2014

This little duckling is 5 months old!


I know I'm several days behind on this post given that she turned 5 months on Sunday! But ah, the joys of motherhood (and loads upon loads of laundry) got in the way. What else is new right? =)

Everyday, this girl changes a little. Everyday. Sometimes, I really do feel like it's overnight. I'll wake up, walk over to her crib, and she looks up and smiles at me, and all I can think about is how much I truly adore this little girl, and how much she completes me, and how she may have grown a little more. Just overnight.


I pick her up and hold her while she stretches those little arms and legs. Her yawns are the cutest. The amount of happiness she exerts to be held by me is what makes my heart melt. I can't explain the joy I feel at that moment. It's this indescribable feeling that I look forward to in the morning even if I've not had a great night of sleep. That smile is why I get up. That smile makes everything bad in my life good. That smile makes me one of the happiest people. 


5 months has truly flown by in a blink. People always say "cherish it... They grow up so fast" and it turns out, they aren't kidding. The fact that she is eating oatmeal as part of her dinner sometimes blows my mind. Just the mere fact that she sits in her highchair for said meal sometimes blows me away. She was just born! How can she already be in her highchair?!?!

Love when she grabs those little toes with her little fingers!
She is one feisty and giggly girl. Always on the go-go-go. She wants to touch EVERYTHING. And yes, she's definitely in the phase of "I want to put whatever I can find straight into my mouth." She talks constantly and loves to smile at everyone, everywhere. She goes to pretty much anyone as long as either daddy or I am in sight. Honestly, I get the feeling she might be a little social butterfly when she gets older.

Anyhow, a couple of her favorite things right now:
- Playing with a big yellow bouncy ball...she just laughs and laughs as we roll it between mama and daddy.
- Holding her toes
- Swinging in her swing outside
- Watching me do my hair and makeup in complete awe...I have a feeling I might have a little diva in my hands at some point.
- Singing "Twinkle Twinkle""...she just stops in her tracks and stares at my face in amusement
- Chasing daddy around pretending to catch him
- The remote and my phone...she wants them. ALL. THE. TIME. I think she wakes up and immediately looks for them. Ha. I'm ashamed to admit, but I do the same.  Soooo... Like mother, like daughter once again.


Our days are mostly the same..mostly being about 70% of the time since no two days are EXACTLY alike with a kid. We wake up around 8:30ish and she eats. She plays for a little bit while I get my shower in. I then have some breakfast while she plays some more, and then I give her a bath. After that, she's normally pretty sleepy so I put her down for her morning nap around 10/10:30. On good days, she'll nap for about an hour (and if I'm super lucky, sometimes a little longer!) and other days, she'll nap for maybe 30 minutes.
She then wakes up around 11:30 for her next feeding. After this, if we have any errands we head out since this tends to be a good time for her to get her energy out.
Try to make it back home for the next feeding by 2:30 (or sometimes, I'll just feed her in the car if we won't make it home in time...the advantages of breastfeeding! You always have food with you!) After she eats and we're home, she'll play for a bit and then nap again for a little while. Again, this is the luck of the draw. Some days she'll sleep for a while, others not so much. She's not the best napper, which can sometimes make my days really tough.
She eats again around 5:30 and then daddy gets home and she gets so excited the minute she sees him. Her face immediately lights up! It's adorable! I love how well she recognizes the two of us. We'll play outside in the backyard or maybe take a walk...especially with the weather getting nice. I'll also do most of the prep for dinner and sometimes we get to eat early, and other times we eat after she goes to bed. Just gotta go with the flow.
At her 8:30 feeding time, she gets oatmeal and then another feeding from me to top her off. She plays for a little bit and then off to bed by 9/9:30.
I wake her up one last time around 11/11:30 to give her a quick feeding to keep her belly full overnight. She's normally not awake for this...pretty much passed out so I just lay her back down, and then I go to sleep! So she sleeps for around 11 hours which is my saving grace given that she doesn't always nap consistently!
Wake up and repeat!!!


Also, because it's spring, the wildflowers are out! The Texas state flower happens to be the bluebonnet wildflower. Right now, they are everywhere you turn. Unfortunately, it only lasts like a month or so. Of course, I wanted to take Aria's very first bluebonnet pictures! It's a must in Texas I think. Our parents did it for us when we were little, and now I must do the same. It's just too adorable to not take pictures!!! It helps when you have a cute subject as well! :)

Mesmerized by Sophie  :)
Happy Friday folks!
XOXO,
Alfa

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Healthy Humpday - Easy Spinach Salad!


So I'm aiming to eat healthy every day since............................... we are going to Mexico in July!!!!!!!! MEXICO!! I can't explain to you guys how excited I am. The last time I took a vacation was in 2012, since all of 2013 I was preggo. Either way, I gotta get back into shape if I plan to wear a bikini in July. Keyword: plan. I PLAN to be in a two piece...let's see how that works out. Sigh...
Anyhow, I am scared shitless about traveling with a baby, but I've always wanted to be one of those families that doesn't stop living life only because we had a baby. I want to travel with her, and experience life with my daughter. Isn't that where all the amazing memories and fun pictures come from? I want to look back and know that I lived every minute to its fullest, and that means, including my kiddo!
OK, enough ranting...onto what I ate for lunch today! This was a super easy spinach salad that took just a few minutes to assemble and was super appetizing. The best thing is you can always add a meat (chicken, steak, etc) to it and it can easily be a heavier meal if you don't think the veggies are gonna cut it for your appetite.



Ingredients:
1 avocado, scooped out of the shell and cut into cubes
1 roma tomato, chopped into cubes (up to you if you wanna keep the pulp and seeds but I'm not big on it in my salads...feel like it always ends up being more watery than I care for)
2 handfuls of baby spinach
A few slivers of thinly sliced red onion
Salt and pepper to taste
Olive Oil or any dressing of your choice

Directions:
Start with layering the spinach in the bowl first. Then add the tomatoes, then the avocado, and then the onion. Sprinkle it with salt and pepper. 
Now, you can add the olive oil as a dressing, or just even eat it plain since the avocado acts like a creamy dressing on its own. OR, if you prefer, you can always add another dressing of your choice!

Up to you guys, but I loved it without anything added to it. 


Enjoy!!
Til' next time!
Xo,
Alfa


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Sunday, April 6, 2014

Weekend Ramblings... {4.6.14}

Another amazing weekend for us!


Friday-
We got our playscape installed!!! YAYYYY! I'm pretty sure I'm far more excited about this than Aria.
Unfortunately, all the parks around my neighborhood don't have any bucket swings, and we don't have any trees in our backyard to be able to hang a swing, so I went ahead and got a playscape since I knew I eventually wanted one for her. Plus, Aria looooves to swing and to see her face light up in it definitely makes me super happy.

I'm so glad we had guys come in and install this thing because it does NOT look fun to assemble. They seriously went the extra mile to make sure it was super sturdy and ready for kiddos to play on.

Of  course, I had to change out one of the big kid swings to a baby swing, but I had to leave at least one. Mainly because, it can hold up to 200 lbs...you know what that means right?! I get to swing on it too!!!! HA. I can get excited as an adult to have a playground in my backyard right?

Not sure what I wanna do with the space beneath the fort yet, but I'm thinking either a sand box or a picnic table...I'll keep you guys posted.

Playscape with the baby swing!

Saturday-
Started off my day with snuggles in the morning with my baby girl... Could kiss those cheeks all day.


Then in the afternoon we had a 1 year old birthday for our friend's sweet son, Hayes. I simply cannot believe he is already one! I feel like I just held him for the first time at their house, and also announced to our friends I was 8 weeks pregnant. Gosh...time really does fly doesn't it? Here is the birthday boy!! I unfortunately didn't catch any smiley pics...

Aria and Andrew sitting in Hayes' new chair! :)  How cute is this? 
Sunday -
Woke up to super dreary, cold weather. I was really hoping we were done with this weather, but of course Texas likes to play cruel jokes on us. I guess the advantage is we got some spring showers which Austin is in desperate need of.

So basically, we just chilled and enjoyed the gloomy day with a cold one in hand. 

Annnnnnd since I had nothing better to do... I decided to experiment with watercolors since it's something I've never really tapped into, and got completely inspired to give it a try.


Turns out my brain and mood were in more of an abstract zone, and somehow when I put paintbrush to paper this is all I came up with. Not sure where I was taking it but oh well! I'm gonna chalk it up to beginner material and a learning experience!


Hope you guys had an amazing weekend as well!

Xoxo,
Alfa

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Monday, March 31, 2014

Meetup Monday

And so another week begins... Mondays can suck even when you are a stay at home mom since the hubs is no longer around to help. Whomp whomp whomp... :(

Luckily, my friend Amber and I have started a meetup group in Austin for mommas, and today was our first meetup! YAY! We met up a bunch of mommies from around the city at a cool coffee shop we tend to frequent often: Mozarts
It was really cool getting to meet more SAHMs (stay-at-home-mom... I know.. I can't believe there is an acronym for it either) that are around. I always like to meet fellow mommas...feel like there is always something to learn from another mother since we're potentially on the same journey. 
Either way, it was fun getting to talk to other adults and getting some fresh air/coffee! I really believe the days I get out with Aria, even if it is just for coffee, I am a happier person. Keeps me sane. And lemme tell you, SANITY IS TOTALLY WORTH SOMETHING. 

I feel like us moms definitely need support from other mommas! It helps to talk to someone who fully understands what our days are like. Being able to comprehend the demands of having a baby with another mom lends comfort in a way that no one else can really do. All you moms out there  know exactly what I'm talking about! Staying at home is not easy, and I think this article that this guy wrote sums it up pretty well! 

So get out there and look to see if there are any meetup groups in your city that could potentially make your life a bit easier! You never know what you may find! 

If you live in Austin, feel free to find our group and attend one of our meetups! It's called Out and About Mommas of Austin. You can get to us through the website or the app for MeetUp!

Hope to meet some mommas around town!

XO,
Alfa

Friday, March 28, 2014

Mmmm, oatmeal!


So we introduced Aria to oatmeal about a week and a half ago.... and the verdict: She LOVES it. I'm talking about PASSION folks. You better move that hand as fast as you can from the bowl to her mouth because she will instantly start screaming if you aren't quick enough. And I can honestly say, that makes me so happy! I was a fussy eater when I was a baby, and I'm hoping she doesn't get those genes from me!


We started her with one tablespoon once a day mixed with formula. I give her the oatmeal around dinner time, and the rest of the day she is still on breastmilk. She sits in her bumbo and just gobbles it up. It is so cute to see her try to eat off a spoon but instead try to suck on it!

I swear she is growing up too fast. I'm already starting to look at recipes for all the baby food that's gonna start soon. And honestly, because I love to cook, I'm really excited! PLUS, I was so excited to buy baby bowls. How adorable are these?! I got 8 colorful bowls for about $4! I can't seem to find them on the website anymore. =(

But I'm eyeing these next! :) Can you tell I'm obsessed? 


I cannot wait to see which foods she doesn't like and which ones end up being her favorites! If she's anything like my hubs, she's not gonna like veggies so I'm hoping she got her veggie taste buds from me since I can eat vegetables all day. Let's keep our fingers crossed the latter happens!

Here is the gigglebug on this beautiful Friday! I can't believe the weather today...the high is 85!!!! I guess Spring has finally decided to show up! FINALLY.


Happy Friday!!!

XO,
Alfa

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Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Healthy Humpday - Peanut butter drizzled fruit!


Eating fruit is obviously good for you. DUH. I mean, we've been hearing from day 1, "an apple a day keeps the doctor away!" But, let's face it. How often do you sit down and eat a whole bowl of fruit? Ok, maybe you do but this gal doesn't. It's just blah to me. Never been the biggest fan of fruit, so I know I needed to jazz it up so I could actually enjoy it, and maybe even look forward to it. 
So, I jazzed up my apples, bananas, and blueberries with some peanut butter and chocolate chips. This tastes amazing folks. PLUS, it can double as breakfast and/or dessert (chocolate chips make it count as dessert right?)!


Ingredients:
1 Fuji apple, chopped into little cubes (you can use whatever apple you like)
1 banana, sliced
A handful of blueberries
2 Tbsp of smooth peanut butter
Optional: chocolate chips (you choose the amount!) 

Directions:
1. Start with the apples at the bottom of the bowl. Layer the bananas next, and then top it off with the blueberries. 
2. Heat up the peanut butter in the microwave for about 12-15 seconds. Drizzle it all over the fruit!
3. Sprinkle the chocolate chips if you want to add it! :) 

Note: You can also add other fruit to this such as strawberries or raspberries.  


Just look at that peanut buttery chocolatey goodness!


Hope you guys enjoy this! I know my hubs sure did! He loves this as a snack! I definitely enjoy my fruit with some chocolate. HA. It's probably a fail on the healthy part of this post, but it's chocolate for crying out loud!!! 

Til next time!
Xoxo,
Alfa

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

DIY: $100 Nook Shelf Unit Remodel


Ok, you know those awkward spaces you have in your house that you've always wondered what they are there for except to mock you? I can just hear them saying "how are you going to decorate me lady?". I feel like they are challenging me... Well, I definitely have a couple of those spots in my house. One of the spaces is in my living room. It's off to the side, so you can't put your TV in it since nobody would be able to see it from the living room unless you were sitting in a specific spot. Either way, I needed a fix. And I didn't want to just buy a bookshelf and stick it there. Seemed too boring...I wanted something a little more custom, if you will.

And then...(drum roll please) I was inspired by this:



I wasn't a huge fan of the white on white for my house since it just wouldn't flow. I wanted to paint it something dark to make those white shelves pop. So I chose the color Graphic Charcoal by Behr. I will warn you that this has a slight bluish gray tinge to it when the sunlight hits it, but I love it. 




Anyhow, here is my hubs prepping it and starting to paint the nook as I keep Aria occupied. ;)


Here it is with the brand new color!!! I was already happier with the fact that it was painted and not the same color as the entire living room. HA. See what I mean about the bluish gray? And yes, I will cover up the lovely cords at the bottom. 



So, then we went to IKEA to pick up the floating LACK shelves. I didn't want the high-gloss white, so I just went with the plain one. I knew I wanted to do a offset/zig-zag pattern so we got 5 shelves and at $15 a pop, that came out to $75 bucks. The paint was around $25 for the gallon which brought our total to $100! I can honestly say that I wouldn't have ever thought I was gonna be able to have a shelving system in that nook for only 100 buckaroos. I'm gonna go ahead and call it a huge success, especially since it turned out awesome!!!


The final project one hundred dollars later! I love the openness of it! Now to fill those shelves...
I'll have a different post once I actually decorate the shelves.

XO,
Alfa

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Thursday, March 20, 2014

Hello Spring!


Hello Spring! Though the temperatures haven't really been indicative of spring weather, this week has been promising! Two days ago, the high was 81 and it was amazing. I can honestly say, that being out with a baby during that type of weather is the best. So sick of this nasty cold that keeps sneaking it's way into Texas. Not a fan.
Anyhow, I'm just so excited to be able to get into dresses/tshirts/shorts! And also be able to dress Aria in them. She's been bundled up every other day since the weather has been yo-yoing. Baby spring clothes are just too cute to pass up, and I'm wayyyy too excited to dress up my doll for the spring season!


Here are a couple of spring outfits I've picked up for Aria so far...I'm loving all the pastels and spring pops of color. Plus, I've been getting sick of plain old pink on girls...it's just too much. Just cuz' I have a girl doesn't mean she needs to be in pinks and purples all day long! Yellows, greens, blues look adorable on baby girls!! Clearly, I have a complex with pink. Also, I'm sick of shopping at the same stores like Carters for everything. Now that she's a little older, she fits into outfits from other stores which I'm loving!!



Plus, I wanted to get my free spring printable on here as well that is currently on my mantle! Just right click and save the image to be able to to use it.


Here is a little picture of it hanging out in my house. It's in an 8x10 frame. :)


Hope you guys are just as excited about spring being here!
Til' next time!

XOXO,
Alfa
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Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Healthy Humpday - Banana Walnut Bread!

Happy hump day folks!!

I'm so excited about it being amazing spring weather finally! I'm talking sunny days that are in the seventies! Tomorrow is the first official day of spring so I'm hoping the weather stays put like this and doesn't throw any tantrums. Don't need any more days down here in Texas that are 30 degrees. Like, what is that about?


Anyway, this weather has definitely got me in the baking mood. 
Now, what do we all have sitting on our counters that are going bad? BANANAS! 
I feel like I'm perpetually throwing out super, overripe bananas because truthfully I don't like super sweet bananas. 
Anyhow, my amazing sister in law, Sheree, always tells me how easy it is to whip up some banana bread with overripe bananas. So I got to work, and tried out a couple of recipes, and finally settled on this one. Took 10 minutes to assemble, and 50 minutes to bake. So basically in one hour, I had an amazing snack and a guiltless dessert all in one! Oh, and your house ends up smelling wonderful! Win-win in my book!
This bread turned out so moist and crumbly...Trust me, if you like bananas, you're gonna wanna try this recipe!


Ingredients:
3 bruised/overripe bananas, peeled
1/4 cup of walnuts
1/4 cup of melted butter
1 cup of brown sugar
1 tsp of vanilla extract
1 tsp of baking soda
A pinch of salt
1 1/2 cups of all purpose flower

Directions:
1.Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Start with mashing the bananas in a bowl until they are nice and mushy. Throw in the rest of the ingredients and mix well. 
2. Grease a loaf pan and pour the batter in and make sure it's distributed evenly. 
3. Pop it in the oven for 50 minutes. Check with a toothpick right in the center to make sure it's done. If it's still all gooey, cook for 5-10 more minutes with your eye on it. 


Til' next time!
XOXO,
Alfa