Monday, July 21, 2014

Cape San Blas, Florida: Where we stayed

We're back! Though I don't want to be. We had such a good time there I didn't want to leave. We stayed for a week so I have a lot to cover but I thought I'd just start where everything starts--at the beginning.
I mentioned before that we rented a condo overlooking the beach. It was fully stocked with everything you could think of. We brought tons of stuff that we didn't actually need because the condo already had it. Everything from band aids to batteries, to books and movies. Every kitchen appliance and utensil you might need. It really was our home away from home. It was also clean with two bedrooms and two bathrooms. We brought some food in our cooler and ended up buying what we needed from the local trading post which was down the street and one trip to Piggly Wiggly which was about 18 minutes away. We didn't try any of the restaurants there but did order pizza on our last night there.
Before we got there I was a little put off at the thought of having to still cook and clean it being a vacation and all, but with three rambunctious kids this was definitely the way to go. We ate dinner almost every night on the patio while listening to jazz music and having some wine. We grilled, we roasted marshmallows. It was so peaceful. There's nothing like enjoying a meal with the wind blowing while looking out at the ocean.

I'm breaking this trip recap into several posts so stay tuned for the next post dedicated to the beach with lot's of pictures to share.
Have a great Monday!

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Our weekend

Wow. How is it Tuesday already? How are we past the mid year point anyways? Jeez each year just goes by faster and faster. It must be the kids...and aging. I thought I read somewhere that the more kids you have the faster time goes, or something like that. Not sure if it rings true for everyone.

So yes, here we are on Tuesday--it's about to be Wednesday because I'm blogging at 11:20 pm and it's way past my bedtime but where else am I going to find the time to do it? 

Our July 4th was pretty low key. I took the kids to Bayou Bend collections and H went to his brother's house to watch the soccer game. Surprisingly the kids behaved for the most part, but it was sooo hot that we weren't out there that long. Not to mention there really wasn't that many children's activities like I thought there was going to be. So we were there only about an hour and a half and then we made a Target run and back to home to meet H up and go out to eat. Afterwards we bought a few fireworks and just popped them at home once the rain died down. Sunday and Monday were spent mainly getting orders under control with my seamstress and today we took the kids to pick blackberries.

Afterwards we went to my dad's to watch Brazil against Germany. Did any of you catch the game? It was nuts! I mean 7-1! What a shame. I'm still replaying it in my head and it's hard not to feel second hand embarrassment for Brazil as they got completely crushed in the game. While watching it I couldn't help but wonder how they even made it that far. I know after the second goal so early in the game they knew they were defeated. the way they played showed it. I still don't understand how they kept making the same mistakes over and over and over. Things picked up for them a little bit in the second half and thank goodness for that one goal. #11 let them leave the game with at least a sliver of honor.

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Nursery Feature!

Happy day before 4th of July! I know it's been about a week since I've blogged but it's been busy as usual. The girls have been up to their usual activities of turning the house...and my life upside down and I've had back to back wholesale orders. So there ya go. Blogging is always the first thing that gets pushed to the back when I've run out of room to fit anymore things in my life. Anywho, popping in today because I was thrilled to see Mariam's nursery featured on Apartment Therapy today! It's a popular website filled with interior design inspiration and plenty of DIY ideas.
You can find my original reveal here and I'm still absolutely in love with how the room came out and I look forward every evening when I nurse Mariam to sleep in the glider as the sun is going down. I haven't made any progress to Serena's room since the last update, but slowly but surely I'll get around to it sometime after we get back from vacation.
Have a great weekend!

Friday, June 27, 2014

I love a good reason to shop.

After complaining the day before yesterday that I was tired of being cooped up in the house with 3 screeching girls due to rain, heat and mosquitos, H suggested maybe I should take them to the mall to play. Of course he didn't mean to buy things, but who goes to the mall just to go? Of course I have to buy things! I figured now was a great time to get most of our beach essentials and by beach essentials I mean cute bathing suits and accessories.
One of the first stores we went to was Forever21. Even though I loathe going through racks of unorganized clothes, the swimsuits are kept in one section that you can't miss. They really didn't have a huge selection, but I did find a really cute mint bikini. I was originally looking for a one piece because after a few months of an insatiable sweet and carb tooth, I currently have this little mom pooch that I need to work off--but uh...that's not happening in two weeks before our trip. What I love about the bikini is that it has some cutouts which is exactly what I wanted--if I was going to be getting a two piece.
I also found this adorable top that is long and sheer enough to wear as a coverup.
I also picked up a few things we'll be needing for the condo. Ocean breeze candle for nights out on the patio, linen room spray because let's face it, I'm sure the condo might be stuffy if it hasn't been used in awhile. A few toiletries, sun hats for the girls from Old Navy, and a ridiculously adorable petal bathing suit from Gymboree outlet. Serena also got a few tops, and some accessories.
Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, June 25, 2014


Florida here we come! Well in two weeks that is. H just rented us a condo right along the beach last night. We'll be staying for 6 nights with the kids. I'm so excited! It's been a while since we've booked a vacation longer than 3 days and this will be our first vacation as a family of 5. I'm a little nervous about the 10-12 hour car ride with the kids, but hopefully everything will go smoothly. I'll have to think of everything I can think of to keep them entertained.
Meanwhile, I'm already thinking about what we're going to pack, though I imagine we'll be in shorts and our swimsuits most of the time. We'll be in a less touristy area right on a cape so our days will be spent pretty much on the beach. One of the reasons we rented a condo is because of the space and a full kitchen. We plan on buying groceries and cooking most of our meals. Trying to figure out where to go to eat 3 times a day with 3 kids is going to be too much of a hassel. We hardly eat out as a family as it is, because the little ones are too hard to take out and have a sit down meal with. We plan on just relaxing and taking it easy. Have I mentioned how excited I am?!

Monday, June 23, 2014

Let them eat cake..

 So not sure what's gotten into me lately, but I have been on a gourmet food kick lately.

You'd be amazed at how a little bit of parsley transforms your dish from looking dull to something whipped up at an upscale restaurant. Btw, that salmon I made last week was sooo delicious! You must try this recipe for a sweet and salty salmon rub. Usually I have a love/hate relationship with cooking. I mean I do it all the time about 5-6 days a week, but most of the time it's a chore. I love food, but let's just say if I had a personal chef to meal plan and cook for me, I would be in heaven. I think part of the hate part comes from lack of confidence when it comes to cooking, but I'm getting over it slowly.

Things change. I've changed, and I've gotten more relaxed on what my girls eat. I always strive to feed them balanced and healthy meals but I also let them indulge in sweets here and there. I mean how could I not? I have a huge sweet tooth and I can only hide in the corner munching on a Hershey's almond bar for so long before they find me. A little bit of sweets are ok and I am diligent about incorporating organic foods in their diet and brushing their teeth. I wasn't always this way. I was more strict with sweets than I should have been with Serena. I still remember that time we went to the zoo with my best friend and her kids when Serena was 5. My friend stopped in the ice cream shop and bought her kids ice cream and I wouldn't let Serena have any because she hadn't had dinner yet. It was also the principle that I had said no and she was insisting. So yes she had to sit at the table while the other kids had ice cream and she didn't. I don't know why I said no. I guess I remembered how my parents were. They hardly ever had sweets in the house and I couldn't really remember them ever indulging us much with surprise ice cream shop trips. I mean no ice cream because it wasn't after dinner? Ugh. I still feel horrible about that day and it's definitely on my list of one of my worst parenting moments. Thankfully, Serena doesn't remember and I'm always humbled by the amazing forgiveness that children are capable of. So yes I am pretty relaxed now when it comes to sweets. I do like to surprise them with trips to our local cupcakery, or a quick drive to Sonic's.

Have a great Monday!