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Month: March, 2012

Boy Clothes

Being a mom to a little boy finding good choices for attractive boys clothing is kind of hard if you don’t know where to look. I am not into sports so I don’t want to buy him clothes with baseballs or footballs on them. I’m not that into dinosaurs or race cars like Lightning McQueen. You can see a theme here. Most boys clothes have these things on them. I like simple classic clothes. I like clothes that have a punch of color or an interesting detail. Its also a good idea to dress up an outfit with cool shoes or a fun jacket or vest.

I was in Gap Kids recently and the girls section was swallowing the boys section. All because DVF came out with a new girl line. Why couldn’t she come out with a few cool things for the boys?I scoured the clothing to see if maybe there was something a little boyish out of the line, but no… I don’t think Zach would like it if I put Skye in a teeny tiny wrap dress.

So I pulled together a few looks from a few of my favorite shops that I buy clothes for Skye. Zara.com is a great place to find stylish affordable clothes for little boys. Most of the above pieces are from Zara. The prices are great and so is the quality. I don’t think anything is over $30 and their sales are awesome. Another great place is Old Navy. They definitely have their share of shirts with Elmo and Thomas the Train (I’m actually considering buying this one for Skye) but they carry a few different styles of skinny jeans and that hooded denim shirt up top here is from Old Navy. Obviously Baby Gap has great clothes, but my number one go to store for shirts is American Apparel. They have the best organic tees and the cutest cardigans that are really easy to mix and match. I pretty much have a stock pile of every color on hand.

I just realized I chose a lot of orange items here. Obviously I was thinking of Skye when I was picking out the clothes. He has these dreamy sky blue eyes that just look so perfect with orange.

Black & White With a Pop of Color

These are just some images that I’ve been drooling over lately. Sometimes just adding a pop of color with a small throw rug or a pot holder can make a huge difference in a room. My house is very neutral (black, white, cream & grey) with lots of pops of color. I love pinks, yellow and orange and usually stick to those as my accent colors. We’ve slowly been making some improvements to the kitchen. Right now its black and white with stainless steel and butcher block counter tops. A black jug like this one would look amazing sitting on one of our white shelves and I shouldn’t even be thinking about that yellow cookie jar. I don’t think Zach could handle it if we had a stock of cookies on hand.

Book Club

I am so ashamed to admit this, but I’ve read one book in the past two years. I’m almost lying by even saying this because when I was pregnant with Skye I could barely pay enough attention to really sit down and read a book. When I found out that the Happiest Baby on the Block was available on DVD I ditched the book and ordered it immediately. I don’t know whats wrong with me because I use to be such an avid reader. I use to be a stay up all night can’t put a book down kind of gal. Now I just can’t stay up or pay attention to anything longer than a magazine article. Lame…

So last week on a whim I decided to start a book club. I invited seven of my friends to join and laid down the book club law. I even started a private facebook page so I could annoyingly remind everyone to pick their books. Everyone invited had two weeks to pick out two books (just in case the same book was picked) and to bring a description. We will all put our names in a hat and randomly pick what order we will read the books and at whose house it will be hosted that month. Our first meeting is this Sunday at my house and then we will regroup in a month. I’m really excited about my take action approach to life that I seem to have regained recently. I don’t know if its because I have more of a handle on motherhood now or that Skye is a little bit more independent. Whatever it is I like it!

I think I have two books picked. One was a gift from my best friend a few years ago that I haven’t gotten around to reading. Obviously now is the perfect time. I’m going back and forth on the second one. 

Any advice on running a book club? Is there a format? Or should we just have a free for all discussion and let it go whatever way it will.

Lovey Dovey

A few weeks ago I kept on hearing the most beautiful cooing coming from the bouganvilla tree on our back patio. I took a peek back there and saw that there was a petite grey dove nestled in the branches. I definitely thought she was going to take up residence and build a nest there.

Thinking to myself that this bird picked the right tree to move into I immediately ran out and bought a bird feeder. Not knowing anything about birds I bought a hummingbird feeder and the dove doesn’t use it, but thats okay because it looks super cute hanging from the tree. I’m digressing here.

After I hung up the bird feeder the dove left. I was confident that I had scared it away. Fast forward to this past Sunday. I started to hear cooing again. I looked into the tree and saw the petite dove sitting there. All of a sudden a larger dove flew up with a tiny stick in its mouth landed on a branch and then jumped down into the vines and gave her the stick. This has been going on for three days now. Their nest is so beautiful and intricate and they have been working so hard to build it. I’m trying not to get too close as I don’t want to scare them, but I think they kind of like us. The male bird feels totally comfortable walking around the patio picking up sticks while we are standing there watching him.

I have been having a blast watching them. It also has brought up so many questions for me as I know absolutely nothing about birds or their mating practices. I wonder if the male bird is the father? How long will they build the nest together? When will she lay eggs? Will he leave after she lays the eggs or will he be an active participant when they hatch?

The male dove is working hard for her too. He obsessively flies back and forth with branches for her. He does it all day long. Men should heed some advice from the dove and wait on their pregnant wife/girlfriend hand and foot.

One of the most fascinating things for me is that they chose our tree to set up shop. There is this massive building getting built right now next to ours. There is huge scaffolding and netting practically touching the tree. Maybe they are really smart and know that this is a safe place because it is kind of hidden from predators. I just feel so lucky that they chose our tree to start this new life. I’m getting a little hokey here, but living in the city and not having that much exposure to nature it is just so exciting that this happened!

I’m going to keep posting about the doves who I have named Matthew and Mary Dovely. I somehow feel the need to bring my obsession of Downton Abbey into this situation. Obviously because doves and British aristocrats go hand hand. Yes, I’m odd.

Talking

Skye has been blowing up talking lately. A lot of it is baby talk, but within the last week he’s added five new words to his list. So now he has been saying:

  • Mama
  • Papa
  • Hello
  • Yes
  • No
  • This
  • Water
  • Gordon
  • James
  • Henry
  • Lyla (his bff)
  • 1,2,3
  • More
  • Tons of animal noises (did you know that birds growl and grunt? Yeah, me either)

Look at this chocolate chip cookie face! I could just lick him!

Bedroom

I have been so obsessed with putting our mattress on the floor lately. So the other day I lugged our king size mattress off of the bed frame and onto the floor and its been there ever since. Zach took apart the frame the other day and I swear its more comfortable than it ever was before. I love this picture so much. I wish we had as much beautiful natural light coming into our room, but alas its a dark room in the back of our loft. The only option is to keep everything light as possible. Don’t you just want to snuggle up here and never leave?

Bedroom.

Grilled Peach and Fontina Pizza

I am so lucky to live in such a fantastic neighborhood. We live in Little Italy in San Diego, CA. Right down the street from our loft is an Italian market called Mona Lisa. The name is cliche I know, but they’ve been around forever and offer up everything Italian and amazing.

I use to make my own pizza dough pre kid, but then I discovered that Mona Lisa carries already made dough from their restaurant for about two dollars. If you don’t have an Italian market by you or a pizza place I know that Trader Joe’s carries pizza dough.

I like to grill my dough. A few years ago I bought a cast iron smoker box and a few different kinds of wood chips. I get the grill super super hot and let the wood chips smolder and start to smell wonderful. I par grill the dough for about 2-3 minutes on each side before I put any toppings on. It makes it easier when transferring to the grill. I also make sure to rotate the dough to make sure it doesn’t get too charred underneath.

Last night I grilled up some peaches and red onion. Grilling fruit brings out the natural sugars and makes it taste so much more amazing. I topped the pizza with freshly grated fontina cheese the grilled peaches and red onion and thinly sliced prosciutto. After grilling it for a few minutes I topped it off with some arugula a drizzle of olive oil and balsamic vinegar.

Grilled Peach and Fontina Pizza

Serves 2

1 Pizza Dough

Olive Oil for brushing the pizza crust and the grill

2 Peaches or Nectarines cut into quarters

1/2 Red Onion cut into quarters with the root still attached

1 1/2 cups of freshly shredded Fontina cheese

A few slices of thinly sliced Prosciutto torn into pieces

A handful or two of Arugula

Drizzle of Olive Oil and Balsamic Vinegar

Freshly cracked pepper

Pre heat the grilled to around 400-500 degrees

Set the pizza dough out on counter top or large cutting board. Sprinkle with flour and let sit for half an hour before rolling out. This lets the sugars break down in the dough and make it easier to roll out.

Roll out the pizza dough and then work it around in a circle to stretch the dough.

Brush the dough with olive oil and sprinkle a little salt on the crust

Carefully transfer to a well oiled hot grill

Cook for 2-3 minutes on one side and then flip over and cook for 2-3 more minutes

Transfer the par cooked dough back to work surface

Cut the nectarines and onion into quarters and drizzle with olive oil and salt and pepper and then mix thoroughly to cover the fruit.

Transfer to the grill and cook until there are grill marks on all sides and the fruit and onion start to soften.

I like to cool the fruit for a few minutes and then cut the quarters in half

Top the par cooked dough with fontina cheese, peaches, red onion and prosciutto

Place back in grill and cook until the cheese is melted and the prosciutto starts to crisp up making sure to rotate the pizza a few times so it doesn’t get burned underneath

Remove the pizza and let it sit for a few minutes before cutting it. Throw a handful or two of arugula on top and drizzle olive oil and balsamic vinegar and a few cracks of pepper

 

 

 

Hello Mama

Skye said his first sentence today. He said Hello Mama as he was pretending to talk on my phone. It was short and sweet just like he is, but made me so excited like he gave a huge speech! I love watching him grow up. Its going by too fast.

I also want to note that I love that I was in the room with him when he was pretending to talk to me! I feel so honored that he chose me as his imaginary phone buddy. 

Macrame

A few years ago my sister Elissa and I were sitting on the train going to work. I noticed her oddly staring and scrutinizing my nose. Totally weirded out I asked her what she was looking at? She asked did you use to have your nose pierced? I said yes, remember when we were 19 years old. She said What kind of nose ring did you wear? In a hushed whisper I answered a Pot Leaf. There was silence and then her hysterical laughter engulfed the L train so loudly that I slouched down in my seat from sheer embarrassment. Yes, I use to wear a silver pot leaf nose ring in my right nostril. I also had grape purple hair down to my butt, wore blue Birkenstocks and worked at a Head Shop in Providence,RI doing hair wraps.

I cannot believe that I just admitted all of this…

Fast forward oh I don’t know a whole bunch of years and I’m walking through the aisles of Michaels Craft Store when I stumbled across this really cool yarn from Martha Stewart with the color name Mambo on sale for $2.49. I instantly thought WOW! this would make a really cool macrame plant holder for my bathroom. I swooped up four packages and came home to excitedly put my dormant macrame/hair wrap talents to good use.

I already had a glass globe and I had just found a bag of tiny white rocks stashed away in the back of a closet. I just needed a succulent, a ceiling hook and I was ready to go. I made it to hang a little over five feet long because I really wanted the globe to hang low. I adore how it came out. Zach on the other hand is a little freaked out by the fact that we now own a fuchsia macrame plant holder. I think he’ll get over it.

Its dreamy isn’t it?

Water Color Painting

I bought Skye a new set of water color paints, paper and brushes the other day at the art supply store down the street from my house. He loves painting and he loves water so I thought water color painting would be right up his alley. It took me a couple of tries to teach him not to drink the water or suck on the brush, but I think he has it down now. I don’t know who is having more fun painting? Me or him?

Here are a couple of paintings that he and I did together this week.

I think I definitely see a cow in the above painting

The black circles in the above painting are from the top of an old bottle of Skye’s. All of a sudden today he was pushing it onto the paper so I showed him how to dip it into paint and then press it harder onto the paper to make the circles. He loved doing it.

I think painting or doing any kind or art with your child is so important. Its a great experience for a parent and child to share together and hopefully I’m passing along my love of art to Skye.

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