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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Thursday, July 31, 2014

28 Weeks

WOW...28 weeks has breezed by! With the exception of a few fun effects of pregnancy (Mom's know what I am referring too!) I have felt pretty good. Here is a snap from this morning (I am happy I can still wear my pre-maternity dresses):

 Grandpa started painting the baby's room yesterday...
 My latest addiction is cherries!
Things are moving ahead at a quicker speed for me now. I completed my pre-registration for the hospital, maternity wing tour and the birth plan paperwork. Next will be to put the baby room all together and pack my "go bag." I am not going to lie and say that I am not anxious at all about labor and seems to be consuming my thoughts these days. Luckily, I have many close girlfriends who (each have their own birth story) but have given me a lot of good advise and tips with no sugar coating. I am the type of person that needs to hear it like it is! I am super thankful for them and not sure how I would get through things without them.

Funny moment of the week (at my doctor appointment):

Midwife: oh honey, is that your bra showing there? (She reaches over to fix it for me).
Me: Yep, that's it but I wouldn't worry about it. I am lucky I have a bra on at all today. In a few months, you will be hands-on in my vagina so a bra strap does not concern me at all.

Any other tips for labor and delivery for me?

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Saturday, June 28, 2014

Pregnancy Update

WOW! Time has flown by! As of today, I am 23 weeks and baby girl B is the size of a bunch of grapes. She is moving like crazy! Here is a "bump shot" that I snapped this morning:

Overall, I feel pretty good with the exception of the occasional heartburn attack or the "I can't poop like I used to" moments! I have been eating a lot more fruits (still trying to work on my veggie intake), smaller but more frequent meals/snacks and still exercising for 20 minutes each morning. So far, I have only gained 1 lb but the doctor said this was ok since I started out a little heavier than what my ideal weight is. Baby girl B is within all of the healthy ranges (size, heartbeat etc).

Over the past few months, I have noticed a few things that I would like to share. I am sure someone out there can relate:

People say some really offensive and insensitive things!

Geez people! Have you ever heard of #1- think before you speak, #2- open mouth, insert foot and my childhood favorite from my parents #3- if you don't have anything nice to say, don't say anything at all. Here are the top comments that have been directed at me so far:

1- Pregnancy makes me uncomfortable.
Where do you think you came from? Were you incubated in a nest and hatched? Ok, I get that pregnancy is not for everyone but it is for ME. Can you be a little cooler about it that this?

2- Pregnancy is disgusting and babies are gross.
I am soooooo for real when I tell you that someone actually said this to me. I was dumbfounded and at that moment, my mind went completely blank. My friend found me crying in the hallway at work short time later…yeah, someone at work said this to me.

3- You will be pregnant over the really timed that right huh?
A**hole, if you had ANY idea on what I had to go through in order to become pregnant, you would have never made that comment. You are lucky that jail is an option if I were to punch you in the throat because believe me, I have contemplated it. I am blessed to be able to have a baby at this stage of my life and I don't care if it is over 100 degrees with unbearable humidity...ever. 

Regular vs. maternity clothing…it can be done!

I will not speak for any other woman who is or ever been pregnant but I have been very lucky to be able to still wear some non-maternity items...especially dresses…for now. I found that if you have the right silhouette, the garment will grow with you (see dress in picture above). I am not sure why the maternity clothing industry is lacking in stylish and affordable clothing, but they are. Why is a black t-shirt $12 and the maternity version $25? Twice as much? There isn't that much extra fabric people...come on. And why do I have a choice of only black leggings, heavy denim jeans and more black pants? Where are the cute pink capri pants, coral shorts and printed skirts? 


I know hormones have taken over my body and my dreams are no longer mine at night but HOLY HELL, I have woken myself up with some of the sickest, wackiest, disturbing dreams I have ever had. In. My. Life. I mean, stuff that would make the director of the Saw movie series want to collaborate with me.  

Glowing skin

People say I am glowing...yay! I just hope to God it is not from having the oily skin that has plagued me since middle school. I hear about the pregnancy glow and am glad it is happening to me! After a small bought of what I thought was an incurable acne patch by the corner of my mouth during the 1st trimester, my skin looks really clear and refreshed. Bonus! I also heard about Bio Oil for stretch marks (more genetics than anything I also read) but you can also use it on your face, as I have been. I really do like the results and the dry patches on my cheeks are gone!

Body Changes

Ah yes, the varicose vain. I was shopping with my Mom last week and when I passed a full-length mirror, took the opportunity to make sure I looked presentable. What the? Oh, hello there! I discovered battle scar #1 staring back at me...I rock it like a badge of honor!

Stay tuned for my next blog posting on how I turned this dated brass chandelier into something super fabulous for Baby girl B's room:

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Sunday, May 18, 2014

DIY: Baby Name Chalkboard

Coming up with a name is hard…especially when you have a book containing 60,001 of them! I thought it would be a fun idea to have family and friends put their name suggestions on the board; I like to see what unique names they come up with. I found some cute supplies yesterday at Hobby Lobby to put one together:

Chalkboard $6.99
Easel $5.99
Wood decorations .67 each
Chalk and eraser $1.47 each

Bust out the hot glue gun, glue the wooden pieces to the corners and you are done! I already have 3 names on the board…:)

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