Monday, September 1, 2014

Crochet Inspiration

 

I need a crochet inspiration jolt. Summer is usually the time when I slow down on crocheting plus add an active nine month old who is into everything, especially the millisecond your head is turned, and I don't have much free time to be crocheting. The last project I made was a chevron baby blanket for my cousin's new baby back in May. In my haste to get it done in a week and half, I was so proud of the fact that I finished it on time, I completely forgot to take any pictures. Boo. Now it's September and cold weather is right around the corner. Lincoln has no hats and he needs at least two, or three or four, so I need to figure out what I want to make and get working on it. 

I need to stretch my creative mind so I want to also make something else besides hats. I actually started a list of items I wanted to make so I wouldn't forget and now I'm taking it a step further by sharing it out on the good ol blog. My creative posts have been non existent lately and I need to remedy that. This used to be a creative blog after all even if it hasn't looked like that in months :) 

Hat number one for Lincoln has to be a new Browns hat. I wrote a pattern for a one year old head before and I just need to whip one up in Browns colors. 

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The way home from the hospital. I can’t believe he was ever this tiny!

 

Hat number two for Lincoln is going to be a mohawk hat because Mike requested this last winter and I never got around to making one. Not sure if I will follow this pattern or do some variation of my own.

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Image via Topsy Turvy

This car blanket is a lofty goal but I love it so much. Lincoln may be a little young for it now but by the time I actually finish it he will probably be the right age.

Roadway Throw

Image via Red Heart

 

I love these adorable pumpkins and they would looks so cute on my mantel with our other fall décor.

Image via The Slanted Life

 

Another lofty goal for my is to try my hand at a sweater for myself. I’ve never done a sweater before so this would be a big deal. I have an issue of Crochet Scene and it had these two lovely sweater patterns in it that I was very interested in. I’m not sure if this will actually happen because the yarn mentioned costs a fortune but I would love to give them a try. Excuse the tiny pictures it was the best I could do.

Images via Crochet Scene

And if I get bored (ha!) maybe I will make myself a new hat and try my hand at making amigurumi stuffed animals for Lincoln. 

Anything else you'd like to see me make? 

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

What I Wore- Mint Maxi Skirt

 

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Shirt- Thrifted: Loft, Skirt- Thrifted, Scarf- Target, Shoes- Kohl’s

 

My hair has two modes: blow dried or hot mess. If I let it dry on it’s own then it dries into a million different directions and I always resort to a pony tail. The problem with my pony tails is sometimes I spend more time figuring out how to make my pony tail look better than if I had just blow dried my hair. Usually on the weekends I would rather spend time doing anything else besides drying my hair.

Enter this scarf I bought way too long ago and pretty much have never worn. Every time I tried it on it never seemed right or didn’t match what I was wearing but this weekend it finally clicked. It elevated my boring old pony tail into something more interesting but with very minimal effort. I even got a compliment from Mike. Maybe I finally figured out this head scarf thing.

I may be the last person on earth to get on board with wearing maxi skirts but this is my first one. I found it at the thrift store and am in love with the color. I love how it looks dressier but I can still sit on the floor with Lincoln and not have any unmentionables showing.

Overall winning combo for comfort and ease while still maintaining some form of style.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Zucchini Summer

 

I prepped this post a couple of weeks ago but somehow it never made it to the blog (this may have something to do with it.) So I am starting over because instead of looking for zucchini inspiration I made all the recipes already. Let’s back up a second and admire this picture.

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I grew a zucchini for the first time in a couple years because I had a horrible cucumber beetle problem I quit growing cucumbers and anything squash related. This year I was armed with a new kind of zucchini seed and I decided to give it another try. Enter the biggest zucchini plant I’ve ever grown. It took over almost the entire garden and crowded out my poor pepper plants. It was a little slow to start but then it was spitting out zucchini left and right. We started out by grilling and sautéing it up and that was pretty tasty (Lincoln liked it too!) but you can only eat zucchini that way a few times before it starts getting boring. Enter Pinterest where I scoured the zucchini recipes for easy, tasty looking solutions to our zucchini.

Let me start with my new favorite zucchini bread recipe from Lil Luna. It’s a lemon glazed zucchini bread and it was delicious. I made three loaves of this bread. It only uses one cup of zucchini and that zucchini up there was 9 cups so I had my work cut out for me.

Image via Lil Luna

The other recipe I really enjoyed were zucchini patties from Sunny Days With My Loves. This really masked the zucchini flavor since they were full of cheese. Definitely not a healthy option but very tasty.

Image via Sunny Days With My Loves

Some misses for me were zucchini lasagna and parmesan crusted zucchini. The lasagna was too watery so it probably would have been better if I had precooked the zucchini like the recipe called for. For the parmesan crusted zucchini I used the powdered cheese instead of grated and it didn’t stick to the zucchini very well so that could have come out better again if I followed the recipe more closely.

One more tried and true recipe and this one is from my own blog, chocolate chip zucchini bread. This is the easiest recipe ever. Excuse my poor picture taking from one of my first blog posts but this recipe really is amazing. I have a loaf cooling right now.

Do you have any zucchini recipes you like to make? I’d love to hear about them!

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Lincoln’s Nine Month Update

 

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Lincoln's nine month birthday was last Thursday and I'm finally getting this post up :) This guy keeps me busy! We had a great day Saturday at the zoo. He's still not that interested in the animals but had a great time riding in the stroller and hanging out with some friends. We also went out for breakfast this past weekend and he is a breakfast lover! He was gobbling up the omelet and hash browns like there was no tomorrow.

Speaking of eating, this boy loves to eat. He has gotten really good at finger foods and loves vegetables, fruit and meat. Broccoli and strawberries are two current favorites right now. We also introduced Puffs (aka baby crack) and he couldn't get enough. They are not something we eat every day though because he will just keep asking for more. We are still feeding him the pureed pouches because they are so convenient and he loves him. He holds the pouch and sucks it down and sometimes cries when it's gone. I have been on the lookout for good deals because they are not cheap. Whenever I get some coupons or see a sale then I stock up.

Lincoln is up to eight teeth now. We are getting into a good routine of brushing at night. I swish the toothbrush in his mouth and then he takes a turn. He actually does a little hand turn that's really cute like he knows what to do. I think he is mainly enjoying the dab of baby toothpaste I put on the brush.

I can't give an update without talking about Lincoln's non stop movement. He has been "army" crawling for a while and now is finally figuring out how to crawl on his knees. Whenever we get excited about it though he will grin and drop back to his belly. He is still pulling up on everything and trying to cruise along whatever he can hold on to. Standing up all the time also means falling a lot so he's taken a few tumbles but mostly pops back up like nothing happened. He loves to go into whichever room I am not in. If I'm working in the kitchen, then the living room is more interesting. If we're sitting in the living room, then the dining room is calling his name. There is no slowing this kid down.

We are getting lots of da das and ma mas and ba, which he seems to be associating with ball. When he wants something then he makes an "eh" sound. Whether it's more food, or a book or a toy he's pretty good at telling us what's he's interested in.

Generally he's the happiest, sweetest baby. He loves daddy, mommy, and his puppy Abby. He sleeps good. He's loves to laugh (especially at Mike.) He loves to take walks and play with his toys. We are very lucky to have such a darling boy and every stage has been more fun than the next. It's hard to believe in less than three months he will be a year old. 

 

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Wednesday, August 13, 2014

What I Wore- Red, Black, White and Twice

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Cardigan- Target, Shirt- Twice, Pants- Old Navy, Shoes- Fegilicious, Necklace- Thrifted

 

I have been dying for a pair of white pants and I found a good deal at Old Navy online with a coupon code and free shipping for these khakis. I debated over jeans too but I felt like these were more versatile to dress up for work or dress down for weekends. I love white pants with bright colors but besides that I wasn’t sure what to wear them with. I had a Pinterest hunt to get the creative juices flowing and this outfit came about. If only I’d seen this white pants roundup from Danielle. Well at least I have more ideas now :)

I am talking internet thrift stores again this week. I talked about ThredUp last time and today I’m wearing one of my new purchases from Twice. I signed up and got a $10 credit and then another $10 for downloading the phone app. With $20 in credit I figured I could find a good deal. The site sells used name brand clothes. The selection is pretty good and if you sign up for emails they send out a ton of coupon codes. I ended up purchasing a couple of tops to wear with my multitude of cardigans. The prices are still higher than a thrift store but shopping from your couch is a pretty nice perk. Besides my credit I was emailed a 20% off code because I added something to my cart and didn’t buy it. If you sign up through my link you can get a $10 credit and I get one too.

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