Watching: The Great British Bake Off is my absolute favorite right now and is actually currently playing on my TV. I just finished season one and am beginning season two now. I love a good food competition show but I’ve come to notice that American competition shows like Top Chef and Master Chef are quite brutal compared to this feel-good one. All of the contestants are so sweet to one another, which is a bit refreshing. I also love learning about new types of bakes and watching the process of each.
Eating: Last night I made a spicy Pozole Rojo from my newfound favorite vegan cookbook, Thug Kitchen. I’ve really enjoyed learning how to cook vegan and substituting other things for animal products even down to eggs and butter these last month. Even eating out I search the menu for vegan or vegetarian options and I am so pleased that more restaurants offer them!
Saying: “where has time gone?!” I feel this way especially with Greyson who will be turning one in just two weeks. He’s walking now, talking even more, learning new sounds and I pause constantly and just admire this little boy of mine. I’m always in a state of awe that my husband and I created such a happy, beautiful, and smart little boy. Check out his 11 month update!
…and today I am like, “is it really March already?!”
Wearing: my capsule wardrobe that I am beginning to shift towards spring. I have really been loving my Stitch Fixes lately (catch Feb, Jan, Dec, and Nov) and am excited about adding some new items as the weather begins to warm up here in Ventura. I am also loving my new hair color and cut I got over the weekend. I am growing my hair out and a simple trim makes me feel so refreshed without losing the length I’ve managed to grow! I am grateful for my new stylist over at Matiz Salon downtown!
…also, my usual hairstylist, Chelsea, is undergoing treatment for Leukemia in LA. I would greatly appreciate you checking out her story or check out her Go Fund Me page by clicking the Support Chelsea link on my sidebar. (thank you!)
Posting: Since taking a break from the blog a couple of months ago I am beginning to feel inspired again and am slowly returning here. As I prepare new posts and content, I am excited to reshare some of my older posts from the archives such as my DIY baby binder and travel tips since we’re off to Washington, D.C. tomorrow for a week!
Linking up with Anne for her monthly Currently linkup!
Doing…visiting Santa, decorating a gingerbread house, crafting, and so on. There’s so much I’d love to do for Greyson and his first Christmas I just hope we have enough time to do it all!
Enjoying my new programmable coffee maker! I know it seems like such a small gift to ask for, but I am so thankful to my gracious mother-in-law who gifted it to me this year! Every morning with Greyson I have to hit the ground running and oftentimes I don’t have the time to make coffee with our French press. I had always wanted to wake up and have a fresh pot waiting for me and now I do! I’m loving my small 4-cup coffee maker as it’s the perfect amount for my two cups in the morning.
Cooking a lot for our #verydanielxmas food and drink movie pairing. I am always so excited to kick off our holidays each year because I really do enjoy planning the meals and drinks that go along with the movies we’ll be watching. We started with The Grinch and we ate Rare Roast Beast with Who Hash (OMG it’s sooooo good and easy to make!) with a dessert of Who Pudding and I made these Grinch Pretzel Bites. To sip on I made ‘melted snow’ which were White Russians. Next up is Home Alone with these puff-pastry pizza wheels, macaroni & cheese bites, and a nod to their Paris trip by drinking French 75s. Cute, right?!
Wrapping nothing except for the fake presents under the tree for decoration. All of the kids and friends we shop for live away from us so we do a lot of online shopping and ship our gifts straight to them. So, no presents under the tree until Greyson is older – however he does love a good box full of tissue paper. 😉
Playing Gilmore Girls on Netflix all day long and I love it. I can’t believe I am working my way through season 5 already knowing it’s only a few more seasons until the end. I’ve become so attached to these characters (and even Rory is beginning to really annoy me – but I have to remember I was probably that annoying as a young girl who thought she knew everything) so saying goodbye will be hard. What show should I get into next?!
Linking up with Anne and Kellie.
Discovering the shows everyone else is raving about and catching up on my favorites. Thank goodness for fall, amiright? Another reason to love the season is the fall TV lineup and as a SAHM I’m always looking for a new show to get into. At the moment I’ve kind of fell in love with Empire, This Is Us (OMG all the feels in every episode), American Housewife, and of course catching up with my girl, Meredith Grey (I can’t believe I’ve been loyally watching this show for 13 years!). When the baby goes down for a nap and I get my little shred of me time, you bet I’m cozied up with my remote.
Celebrating Greyson’s first Halloween! The holidays are upon us and to have Greyson with us to share in our family traditions for the first time are memories that just fill my heart with so much joy. I’ve had so much fun planning our Halloween festivities and capturing these little moments have been so enjoyable. It just makes me that much more excited for Thanksgiving and Christmas!
Starting to learn more about sponsored posts and beginning to monetize my blog. This whole experience of being approached by brands and businesses is completely new for me. One of my main values in starting this blog was authenticity – I don’t want to do anything for the money and lose what I’ve worked so hard to build and be a part of. I want to ensure that I only share products that I personally love and would love to share with others. So, if you have any helpful resources or posts about the Dos and Don’ts of sponsored posts I’d love to read ‘em!
Wearing…it’s all about simplifying my wardrobe these days and it begins with purging all, and I mean ALL, of the pieces of clothing that I haven’t worn in forever or don’t fit since giving birth to Greyson. It feels so good to get rid of so much through donations or selling to consignment stores. I’m attempting to create a capsule wardrobe especially since I’m at home with Grey full-time so thankfully I don’t have to actually put much thought into getting dressed in the morning. So lately what I’ve been wearing are my basics and my trusty skinny jeans. Oh, and Spanx. Love the Spanx 😉
Googling “how to delete photos from my iPhone” was literally the last thing I Googled. My phone is always telling me that my memory is almost full and I’ve tried everything to help cut down on the space I have (which is mostly photos and videos of Greyson). While updating it last I was having a hard time finding how to put all the photos on my iPhone into Photos on my computer and delete them from my phone freeing up space.
Linking up with Anne and Catherine for currently.
This post is also a part of a series called NaBloPoMo 2016 hosted by BlogHer. NaBloPoMo is short for National Blog Posting Month and it challenges writers and creatives to post on their blogs once a day (at least) for the month of November.
Feel free to join in and share your post either here or on my Facebook comment thread for each day’s post! I’d love to see my fellow blogger friends join in!
Cheers-ing: This month I am celebrating my very first jump into monetizing my blog (wahoo!) through Linqia campaigns for Gerber. I absolutely love Gerber’s products from their bibs to healthy food options for Grey. You can check out my reviews of their mess-free Lil’Beanies here and Rice Cereals here.
Organizing: I’m getting Greyson’s clothes situation under control since he’s grown out of a lot. I went through and made piles of his clothes that we will send off to Texas for his sister (who is due with her first baby any time now!) and a few things we’ll donate to Goodwill (yay for tax deductions!). I also sold on Craigslist a few of Greyson’s baby things like his Baby Bjorn, Bumbo seat, and Jumper in order to make room for the big boy toys and things to come. I love clearing unused items out of the house! Yay for cleanliness!
Dreaming: of the holidays and how excited I am for Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas! It’s such an exciting time considering it will be Greyson’s first year for all of these new traditions which make it all extra special. I’m also dreaming about the two bedroom apartment that will be ours in the coming months and my inner interior designer is going crazy with the decor ideas! I’m so looking forward to gaining more space in the new apartment and the best part is that we will get to stay in our little paradise by the water with an even better view of the beach.
Buying: All kinds of things! I have our Halloween costumes in my Amazon queue waiting to be purchased, bought a few lovely fall scented candles by Astleigh in her NEW Etsy shop Twine & Cotton, and looking for decor/lamps for our #DIY narrow sofa table we made last week (photos and post to come!).
Listening: to Grey kick and play in his crib even though he should be taking a nap. For a kid who I know is tired has been putting up a bit of a fight lately concerning his nap time. But hey, he’s quietly playing by himself so no worries here.
Happy Friday and I hope you all have a wonderful weekend!
Linking up with Anne & Jacqui for Currently.