Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Wordless Wednesday-My First Christmas

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Princess Chronicles (20 Weeks)

Dear Brianna June,

I swear it seems like yesterday that I was nesting and preparing for your arrival.  I cleaned our house from top to bottom and then bottom to top!  I was obsessed with making sure that you came home to a clean and organized home.  I cleaned out every cabinet, folded and refolded every single piece of clothing in the house.  Oh and your clothes, baby girl I washed, gently folded and placed your clothes neatly in their designated space. 

I wasn't the only one preparing for your arrival.  You my love had two baby showers to honor you.  One in Pennsylvania and the other here in Chicago.  Both showers were absolutely beautiful.  I just wanted to share some pictures with you from those events and thank your cousin Tia and my girlfriends Yara and Sharina for going all out for both you and I. 

I said all of that to make this point!  You are growing entirely to fast.  You are rolling from tummy to back and back to tummy.  When I place things in front of you but out of your reach you are extending your legs and kicking trying to reach the object but instead you end up moving further away from it. You are really mobile now.  I placed you on the floor the other day and I went into the kitchen to prepare me something to eat.  When I came back to check on you, you had rolled all the way across the room!  My mouth was open in complete shock.  Let the baby proofing begin.

I've started to feed you from a spoon.  We started with a tablespoon of cereal and just this week we progressed onto peas.  Your getting the hang of it really fast and watching your little facial expressions is so funny.  We are taking it slow and not forcing anything onto you.  I pretty much let you set the tone or pace for things around here.

You're still not sleeping through the night.  You wake up anywhere between 1 to 2 times a night but its typically for a feeding and then you go right back to sleep. 

You learned to blow spit bubbles and you love doing it.  I guess it tickles your gums so you continue to blow spit bubbles, it's cute unless I'm holding you and you decide to do it in my face.  Even then I still laugh.

You sit up on your own now! That was a huge milestone.  At your 4 month well baby check up you were showing off and showing the doctor how well you sit up.  She was very impressed as that is typically reached at 6 months.  You go Bri Bri!! 

You grab everything in site and whatever it is, it goes straight into your mouth.

You got your wings last month! You flew to Pennsylvania with your daddy and I to meet the rest of your family for your first Thanksgiving.  Everyone was so happy to meet our newest member of the family. As always you were friendly, smiling, screaming and laughing.  You did so well on the plane. You played with the passengers around us first, cried for a few seconds, fell asleep for the duration of the flight and woke up just before landing.  You did this on both flights. 

Until next month my love...

Monday, December 10, 2012

Sassy Wife Reveiws & Giveaways

Because it is the holiday time I decided to try something out of my norm and participate in a few giveaway events!  Over the next few days you will see post for giveaways that I am participating in.  Please, please enter them!! Over the past few weeks I've entered into giveaways on other blogs and just this past week, I've won computer software, cash and jewelry!!!.  I love free stuff.  This is something that I will participate in the future; however, it will not be on my main page or blog.  I am going to reserve a space on my blog that will be specifically for reviews, giveaways and events.  I am hoping to have that launched at the start of the new year.  Until then please enjoy the giveaways, most are simple entries and you have absolutely nothing to lose.  If this is something that you are not interested in on my blog, I apologize in advance and I promise things will be back to normal (tons of pictures of Brianna) in January.

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

8 Weeks To Clean Eating (Week 6)

I have to be honest. With the hustle and bustle of the holidays my clean eating focus is starting to become very difficult. I'm still trying to follow all of the challenges, drinking water, eliminating junk food, no eating 3 hours before bed etc. but I am starting to get distracted or maybe bored is a better word. The goal for this challenge is to get through the holidays without gaining a ton of weight and maybe even loosing a few and of course developing a healthy eating lifestyle. So far I am on track with that goal but it does get difficult day to day. The scale went down .5 this week and you know what...I'll take that. As long as it is moving in the right direction I am satisfied. The challenge this week is a bit difficult which is why we are allowed two free days.
Week 6 Challenge:
If man makes it, don't eat it. This is likely to be the hardest week of your diet. You want to eat only whole foods and eliminate all processed foods, even good ones, for the week. This includes breads, most salad dressings, all cereal, luncheon meats (I thought after my pregnancy I was in the clear with luncheon meats!!!), cheese, dried fruits, anything with preservatives, and alcoholic beverages. What you can eat are whole foods such as fruit, raw or steamed vegetables, meat (sans any type of sauce.... no BBQ Chicken), natural whole-grain rice, poached eggs, etc. Since your eating habits have been slowly changing, this shouldn't be that big a shock to your system, but keeping in focus that you only have to do this for 7 days will make it easier. (Although each week's rules are cumulative in the plan, Week 6 is more of a "cleanse" or "reset" week where you avoid all processed food; after Week 6, you can go back to the occasional processed food, but chances are you'll take what you learned this week and tend to make healthier, smarter choices.)
Free Days: 2
The "free day" mentality isn't a bad one. Rewards like decadent desserts, a night at the buffet, or drinking with friends are good for you as long as you keep them in perspective and don't gorge yourself. Plus, there's some method to this madness as well, in that you still tend to crave nutrients you lack. So if you're cutting down on the calories to lose weight, allowing yourself a free day will give your body a chance to take in what it needs to avoid being malnourished.

Monday, December 3, 2012

Kmart Decorate It Forward Desserts & Decor

This weekend I hosted our Kmart Decorate It Forward House Party with Sassy Mahogany Wives.  I wanted to share some of the pictures from this amazing event.  I love pinterest and we got so many ideas for this event from there.  In keeping with the winter holiday theme we created a hot chocolate bar! This consisted of a crock pot filled with warm milk, white chocolate chips, milk chocolate chips, marshmallows with different flavors and some were made into stirrers placed on a stick and dipped into blue sugar.  We also had peppermint candy canes, whipped cream and don't forget the Bailey's for that special kick to take your hot chocolate up a notch!

We decided to have a specialty drink for this party.  We created a White Chocolate Eggnog Martini and it was delicious!! I always like to try unusual drinks and cocktails during the holidays to stray away from my normal wine or vodka.  It was made with white chocolate liqueur, eggnog, white rum, grated white chocolate and garnished with pumpkin spice and whipped cream.  Yummy!!!

The decor was kept festive with a snow flake wrapping paper backdrop, white tulle skirt lined with blue holiday ribbon and sparkly silver decorative bows.  I thought our little blue Charlie Brown Christmas Tree was so cute and was the perfect centerpiece for our dessert table.

Now for the desserts!! Some were store brought such as the powdered donuts and white chocolate covered pretzels.  But the rest were homemade like this beautiful Five Flavor Pound Cake.... ohhh man this was soooo good and I was so happy I used this day for my 1 free day this week! The cheesecake bites were yummy and you could not just eat one of those cute little red velvet treats! I plan to have a few holiday guest post and the creators of these delicious treats will post and share their recipes with you guys!

We did have food or appetizers at this event but I decided to share those picture and recipes in a separate post. If you are interested in joining my holiday recipe guest post just shoot me an email and I will be happy to feature your recipe.