Thursday, October 23, 2014

Baby Update: I am late!

I am late…like 4 days late. With tears welling up in my eyes for each of the past 4 mornings, I wander down the hall into my daughter's room and just stand in there. Sometimes in the dark, sometimes by the light of the rising sun. I am anxious, excited as only one thought pops into my mind:

Eva, when will you be here?

 Handmade artwork from Grandpa and butterflies from Grandma.
 Bed is all ready…just need to fill it!
 This was my Grandma's bedroom furniture from the 70's that we reused. She would be so happy! 
 DIY lamp by me.
 Changing area ready to go. Uncle Bryan made the changing table frame.
 Mirror picked out by Mommy and Grandpa from Old Time Pottery.
 I saw this in Hobby Lobby last week. I started crying in the aisle and new I had to buy it!
 Shelf built and decorated by Cousin Chris.
 Another bedroom piece from my Grandma…they just don't make furniture like they used too!
 If you saw my closet, you would expect nothing less from my baby's closet!
 Mommy and Daddy's diaper bags.
 LOTS of "formal wear."
 This is the first outfit I bought her.
Even Fritz is waiting!

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Sunday, September 28, 2014

Recipe: Easy Sunday Casserole

This is a super easy casserole made with only eggs, shredded cheese, hash browns and milk. If you have 40 minutes, go for it!

Sunday Casserole
6 eggs
1.5 cups of milk +/-
hash browns or tater tots
salt and pepper to taste

Preheat oven to 350. I like to bake in glassware; spray an 8x8 baking dish with canola or olive oil spray.  Line the baking dish with your favorite frozen potatoes; we like the tater tots but you can also use the shredded potatoes as well. Sprinkle a generous layer of shredded cheese over the tots. Blend together the 6 eggs and 1.5 cups of milk (sometimes I use a little more than 1.5 cups to make it extra light and fluffy). Pour over the tots and bake at 350 for 40 minutes depending how golden brown and crispy you like your casserole!

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Thursday, August 28, 2014

Baby Room DIY: Flower and Crystal Lamp

I wanted a crystal and "something" lamp for my baby's room in the worst way but was not going to pay a few hundred $ for it. I had an old brass desk lamp that I was going to toss into the Goodwill pile but thought "let me try and see how this could come out." If it did not work out, I am really not losing any money!
I took the old brass lamp and stuffed a piece of paper towel in the bulb area so I would not get any paint in there.
 I took a damp paper towel and wiped down the lamp base to remove any dust or dirt.
After 3 coats of Krylon glossy white spray paint...
I bought a bunch of mixed blooms from Old Time Pottery...
 …and popped of their heads and trimmed down to the base of the flower.
Armed with my hot glue gun, I started gluing the blooms to the lampshade. If you are not a patient person, this is not the project for you! The lampshade took me several days to complete...
 This is the final product and I could not be happier!
I wired 6 strands of clear crystal together to hang from the lampshade.
3 strands straight down and then 3 linking each strand together.

I used a 15 watt bulb so if I needed to have the light on for a while, the glue holding the flowers on would not melt.
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Sunday, August 24, 2014

Baby Room DIY: Flower Door Knobs

We are finally putting the finishing touches on the baby's room…8 weeks to go! My Dad did a beautiful job on the paint and chair rail for the room and also freshened up the old accordion style doors on the closet. They had some old brass flat round knobs on them that I thought I could do a little DIY project on:

A couple of stems from Old Time Pottery and a hot glue gun and VIOLA! Super cute and easy!

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Thursday, August 21, 2014

Anniversary and Babymoon

Hubby and I recently celebrated 11 years of did time fly by! We also thought it would be a good time for a "last hurrah" before baby gets here in 9 weeks. We decided to check out Naples, FL and we could not be more pleased with our choice. We used the TripAdvisor app to find the hotel and all of the places to eat. It was super helpful and 100% on the money when it came to the feedback!

Bellasera Hotel, Naples FL
Front Entrance
Main Lobby
View from the Cabana
Naples Pier
Beautiful Sunset

This was a sweet little place on Highway 41 called Blueberry's. TripAdvisor rated it one of the best in Naples to we gave it a try...
Fruit French Toast - I wish I was able to finish more than 1 piece but I had no more room left!
Bokamper's is a great place to watch sports and indulge in "bar food." Good stuff behind these doors!
I cannot believe it took me such a long time to discover that I love mahi mahi! The waiter and hubby coaxed me into a mahi mahi sandwich...YUM. I am still thinking about it!
For our anniversary, we wanted to check out an Italian place. TripAdvisor ranked this one a favorite for 2014 and the user reviews rated it one of the best in the area. They were 100% right! The fettuccine was to DIE for. These people are from the Rosedale section of Queens NYC and know what they are doing!
Naples has a TON of shopping and designer resale stores seems to be all over. Of course, I had to pop in...and I am so glad I did. Amongst the LV's, Chanels and other designer brands, I came across the Michael Kors display...
...and scored this little gem for $29! Yep, $29. 

Overall, it was a great little getaway. We will definitely be back!

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