Friday, October 22, 2010

Nursery Now or Nursery Later?

THAT is the question!

So... as you probably may know we ordered our nursery furniture, yay! And I THOUGHT I was going to do the room a tan/khaki with some whites and possibly browns/chocolates/espresso here and there. I found cute bedding too!  But as the time gets closer I think that I would want something a little more geared toward a boy or girl when it comes to bedding, wall ensembles, etc. I mean I wouldn't go out of control, so now it's like well.... what colors do we do the walls so that it matches the possible bedding.

I THINK I'll pick out my bedding if it's a boy or a girl, grab a swatch, and then take it and see how well it matches our ideas for room colors. I mean NOT a bad "dilemma" to have!


OK so how does one go about de-cluttering? Last night I watched a CSI episode where this woman hoarder had her house filled to the brim and dead people had been laying there for years and "no one knew" because there was so much crap!

OK yes that is a LITTLE :) extreme, but I have that feeling that I need to re-organize my belongings! I have been doing a really great job, thank you thank you, in the past year or so (thanks to my husband) about getting rid of clothes after each season that I don't wear or didn't really wear the year before! The TWO places that always suffer- our bedroom and my home office! But no matter what I do I just can't seem to get a system going. I've had "organizers" come in and help me set up systems that we THOUGHT would work and do temporarily, but never end up permanently working! It's so frustrating because those are two places it would be nice to have fresh and organized! Especially now that I am looking to add some nicer pieces into each room I really am examining what to put in there and now all I see is clothes or paper everywhere!

I just wish I could find a way... a system... and stick with it!

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Morning Fav

I love it when I not only find something I love... but my friends too!

Today's find.... Trader Joe's Pumpkin Bread Mix. I made a box last night and ended up having it for dinner AND breakfast this AM. This AM I put a little whipped cream cheese on it AND also tried it with a little peanut butter (for some extra protein) and that was yummy too! Also very good with spray butter to moisten it up!

So I went back today and bought 5 more boxes-the woman behind me definitely gave me a "crazy face".

The thing I like about this bread (because I am usually a banana bread gal) is that you can make it so many different ways.

1. The normal way on the box- eggs, water, veggie oil
2. The "healthy way"- substituting apple sauce for veggie oil
3. The "moist" (yes I hate that word too) way- I added a tbsp of  butter (oh no what a sin haha) and for my 1 cup water I put 1/2 cup water and 1/2 cup milk. I also baked at 325 vs. 350 to keep the outside a little less crispy.
4. The "Pumpkin Pumpkin" way- you cut down the oil and add in the pumpkin butter they sell there:

Monday, October 18, 2010

Advice Needed!

OK so today I am seeking out advice FROM Y-O-U! I'm not sure if this is a "relationship" kind of thing or a woman-man kind of thing.... BUT.... from my years of experience PEOPLE in general tend to take to ideas better when they are their own. This sounds quite obvious! I know I fall guilty under this category from time to time.

We have a saying in our family: "NHI" which stands for "Not His Idea", which speaks about a certain someone who tends to not "hear" what you have to say unless it is their idea. It doesn't happen on purpose it just is the way it happens.

I think as humans when we are really excited or upset about something it's hard to see the "other side" or take advice or changes to what we think in our minds, mostly because we feel so passionately about it!

BUT.. something that I have heard over and over again.... that most "men" tend take better to ideas when they feel it is their own and as women all we have to do is MAKE them THINK it is their idea.. Umm OK so how do I do this??? Reverse psychology?? haha!!

Has anyone out there experienced this or is really good at it? Any helpful insight is welcome :)

Where is this coming from?? Trying to be honest without too much detail... if you remember last week's "wonderful" post about coming up with baby names, etc. and how much fun it is... well the balloon popped yesterday afternoon, haha! Don't worry it's not completely deflated, just about 1/2 full. We were talking our baby names yesterday and our main list we both really like, BUT there is one boy's name apparently "loves" that makes me want to cry; and then he is not so fond of one of my favorite girl's names!

So he "suggests" (states) that HE gets to chose the boy's name and I can be in charge of the boy's  middle name and then vice versa if it is a girl. I have NO idea why but I tend to feel I am having a girl, BUT I don't associate either way because as most of us seems when you don't know.. you don't know! But I'll be darned if I am willing to risk  my child's name on a "hunch" or a feeling. Control freak much- umm YES! I think I admitted that years ago! But what I'm saying if there are a bunch of names we BOTH like.. let's stick with those vs. talking about names the other one doesn't care for!

However boys being boys and taunting... I almost proclaimed that I would be sowing up "open areas" and the baby will stay inside, possibly FOREVER, until a different name was chosen.. Yes clearly mature!

All ended well last night and with 4 months (yes you are preggo for 10 NOT 9 months) to go + when Bam Bam pops out, I know we will "just know" and everything will work out the way it is suppose to.

Oh Kids!!!

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Big Decisions.... Fun Decisions

It's not often you get to say... in the same sentence... that making your bigger decisions can also be fun!

Well as my 3rd trimester approaches in Nov (scary!!!) we are making our list of final to do's: baby names, nursery- painting, ordering furniture, etc. Thank goodness for my husband making us start his summer and do everything little by little or else I would be a mess!!!

One of the things I have been working on is our baby's name... and no Baby's final name won't be "Bam Bam", that's just an in-utero nickname as the Grandma's were getting offended we kept calling him/her "IT"!

I really like writing out our favorite names- first, middle, and last to really see how it all sounds and looks! One of my friend's facebook'd me that her friend did something very similar, which it's really helpful! And.... FUN! We have about 5 names we like for EACH gender + different combination's with middle names. And I LOVE all of them... some more than others, so it will be fun to sit with Kyle and narrow them down over the next few months and then once Bam Bam pops out (healthy- fingers crossed) to take a look and see if he/she fits the name we want to give! You just never know!!!!!!!!!

Now in saying that.... I have learned what everyone said from the beginning... don't share your names because EVERYONE has an opinion AND you cannot PLEASE everyone (i.e. not everyone will like your name).... which I totally get now! Everyone has an opinion or a good or bad story of a name associated with someone they know (I do it all the time). BUT apparently now that I am with child, my skin has seemed to have gotten a little thicker vs. the emotional route, which I like (hopefully it's a permanent thing)!

My view is as long as we aren't setting our child up for a bullying or a beating because of his/her name or like the folks who named their Baby Hitler (true story I think he's like 3 or 4 now) then it is OUR choice! Those of you who have had children- you had your chance to name your baby and those of you who haven't... hopefully you will be blessed with that opportunity and then.... I will hopefully be supportive and keep my mouth shut (even if I think your name stinks hehe).

I'm not a "Jr." person and neither is Kyle.... so that eliminates that. And we tend to like "different" or maybe a little more uncommon names, so there will definitely be some "ugh's and ah's'" along the way. But for now I am OK as long as those around us shower our baby with love!!!

Monday, October 11, 2010

Morning Fav

"There's No Place Like Home"

It's funny how we all go through different phases of our lives... some we like to replay over and over again in our minds and others we wish we COULD forget!

I LOVE to travel... always have and always will! I was lucky enough that I was able to visit different places growing up- whether it was travel soccer or a family vacation I just LOVE it! Although I get all impatient and aggravated at other 'non experienced" travelers and rude encounters I LOVE traveling on a plane... the whole process about packing, going to the airport, checking in and within hours being at your final destination!

This past week I was in Panama for work and it truly was a great work week! I used to LOVE LOVE LOVE traveling to Panama and my trips (week long) always seemed to short- meeting to meeting; one amazing dinner after the next, entertaining clients and being entertained, dressing up for work, etc.! I was definitely impressed with my energy level this trip (higher than I thought for being preggo), BUT it just wasn't the same as it used to be. I kept wanting to be home and with my family. I couldn't get home to our house, my husband, my puppa, our friends, and fall weather quick enough! That's not to say I don't enjoy going down there.. it's just different this time round.... I really like being home here with my family and friends!

AND it was an additional bonus that Baby "Bam Bam" started kicking last week!!! And so I got to show Kyle this new milestone!