Monthly Archives: June 2011

this blog.

  • Looks like a tourist. Usually carries multiple cameras. Takes same photo multiple times with different cameras.
  • Takes forever to eat. Photographs food and drink constantly, sometimes after every bite.
  • Sometimes kinda shameless and photographs self willingly.
    Blogger == life tourist.

love this from pugly pixel!

what this blog isn’t:

1. a blog that will have giveaways. : ( i’m sorry, but i just don’t have the time or wherewithal to pursue businesses to offer giveaways on my blog, however, if you so happen to have something to give away, contact me. never say never…)

2. a blog that will have a million comments. all bloggers love comments, but in order to get them, you gotta give ’em, right? i haven’t made the time to properly leave comments on other blogs. i’m sorry. : ( perhaps i will work on that. everyone needs a word of encouragement now and then, yes?

3. one that will ask for ads or sponsorships. if i had the time i might pursue this, although i don’t think wordpress supports this? idk, but i srsly admire the women out there who market their blogs so that they can actually make some moolah.

4. one that has regular posts. duh. if you’re still with me, you’ve probably figured that out, huh? if you like me, though (you like me! you really like me!), please consider subscribing to my blog. see there? over to the right? then, whenever i post, a handy dandy email will come over to you. i am humbled that you take any time at all to read what i have to say, all the significant and (often) insignificant details i have to share.

5. a diy blog. i do stuff, but it’s not all that spectacular. i’m more of a copier than anything, and am very fickle with crafting and such. i’m into it for awhile, and then it fizzles out. don’t look here for cool scrapbooking ideas or sewing projects. nope, not gonna happen.

6. a blog about worldwide travels. sure, we travel, but we are creatures of habit. we are not jetting off to iceland or europe or madagascar with our kids.

7. a fashion blog, or even a pretty picture blog. because i don’t have the money to buy friggin’ $500 boots and don’t have the skillzzz to take amazing pictures, but….i’m learning. the picture taking i mean. i don’t think my teacher’s salary will ever support $500 boots. (in all honesty, however, i do have a louis vuitton purse, which nicely sits in my closet since i’m afraid to take it out).

8. a tell it like it really is blog. i know that most bloggers talk about how beautiful life is. i think it’s because we know it isn’t and we want to focus on the beauty. this blog will never be a bitch session for all that is unhappy in my life. i know that i bitch a little, but if you knew me irl you’d know that there are things that happen in my family and workplace that would make some fabulous stories. that is private, however, and will remain so. sorry. however, if we ever meet irl, for a blate or something (google that, it’s a nerdy blogger term), then we can TALK. boy, do i have stories to tell.

what this blog is:

1. a snapshot into my life and loves.

2. a record of the fost to adoption process that i have gone through/am going through with my husband and children.

3. a record of the food i eat. i looooove food and everything about it. i love to study it, take pictures of it, and, um, eat it. btw i am semi-vegetarian (i eat fish occasionally), but my man and boy eat meat. i can attest to the ease in which a household of varied eaters can exist.

4. a record of the pretty things i see online and in magazines. i have always, always been a highly visual person. as a child i was already addicted to magazines, poring over them for hours. the web has made my brain sometimes explode. there are so many pretty images that people share.

every good writer sums up her thoughts at the end, no? what’s the takeaway? if you’re still reading, you must be super nice, because a) i am not the best writer, b) i’m not that funny, c) i’m not that creative and d) i’m not that adventurous. if you look at my blog, (or my clothes, or my house, for that matter), it’s not nordstrom’s or neiman marcus. it’s more target, you know? ; ) so if you like target, welcome!


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some good advice.




Things you can do to be happier:


  1. Go to bed earlier
  2. Finish things ahead of time
  3. Eat whole-food
  4. Exercise
  5. Be present
  6. Organize
  7. Listen to music
  8. Think positively
  9. Drink lots of water
  10. Journal
  11. Read
  12. Be productive
  13. Eat fresh fruit
  14. Breathe deeply
  15. Go for a bike ride




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this is an introvert, er, i mean, me.

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Top 10 Myths about Introverts

{found somewhere-i don’t remember where-maybe you can remind me?-but originally from here}


Myth #1 – Introverts don’t like to talk.
This is not true. Introverts just don’t talk unless they have something to say. They hate small talk. Get an introvert talking about something they are interested in, and they won’t shut up for days.

Myth #2 – Introverts are shy.
Shyness has nothing to do with being an Introvert. Introverts are not necessarily afraid of people. What they need is a reason to interact. They don’t interact for the sake of interacting. If you want to talk to an Introvert, just start talking. Don’t worry about being polite.

Myth #3 – Introverts are rude.
Introverts often don’t see a reason for beating around the bush with social pleasantries. They want everyone to just be real and honest. Unfortunately, this is not acceptable in most settings, so Introverts can feel a lot of pressure to fit in, which they find exhausting.

Myth #4 – Introverts don’t like people.
On the contrary, Introverts intensely value the few friends they have. They can count their close friends on one hand. If you are lucky enough for an introvert to consider you a friend, you probably have a loyal ally for life. Once you have earned their respect as being a person of substance, you’re in.

Myth #5 – Introverts don’t like to go out in public.
Nonsense. Introverts just don’t like to go out in public FOR AS LONG. They also like to avoid the complications that are involved in public activities. They take in data and experiences very quickly, and as a result, don’t need to be there for long to “get it.” They’re ready to go home, recharge, and process it all. In fact, recharging is absolutely crucial for Introverts.

Myth #6 – Introverts always want to be alone.
Introverts are perfectly comfortable with their own thoughts. They think a lot. They daydream. They like to have problems to work on, puzzles to solve. But they can also get incredibly lonely if they don’t have anyone to share their discoveries with. They crave an authentic and sincere connection with ONE PERSON at a time.

Myth #7 – Introverts are weird.
Introverts are often individualists. They don’t follow the crowd. They’d prefer to be valued for their novel ways of living. They think for themselves and because of that, they often challenge the norm. They don’t make most decisions based on what is popular or trendy.

Myth #8 – Introverts are aloof nerds.
Introverts are people who primarily look inward, paying close attention to their thoughts and emotions. It’s not that they are incapable of paying attention to what is going on around them, it’s just that their inner world is much more stimulating and rewarding to them.

Myth #9 – Introverts don’t know how to relax and have fun.
Introverts typically relax at home or in nature, not in busy public places. Introverts are not thrill seekers and adrenaline junkies. If there is too much talking and noise going on, they shut down. Their brains are too sensitive to the neurotransmitter called Dopamine. Introverts and Extroverts have different dominant neuro-pathways. Just look it up.

Myth #10 – Introverts can fix themselves and become Extroverts.
Introverts cannot “fix themselves” and deserve respect for their natural temperament and contributions to the human race. In fact, one study (Silverman, 1986) showed that the percentage of Introverts increases with IQ

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there are about a million recipes out there. for some weird reason bloggers like to make granola, i guess?

if you’re going to experiment this is the thing to make. i kind of just throw some things together and voila.

we (including the little guy) love granola on yogurt, and i like to just snack on it, too.


4 cups old-fashioned oats (you can buy gluten free oats, too, if you like)

1 cup shredded coconut

1/2 cup flax seed

1/2 cup packed brown sugar

1 1/2 tablespoons cinnamon

3 tablespoons vanilla

1 teaspoon salt

1/2 cup oil (i like to use coconut oil)

1/4 cup honey

1 cup chopped nuts

mix all ingredients in a big bowl. spread onto a lined pan. bake at 300 degrees for 40 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes. after completely cooled store in an airtight container.

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{bits from} our weekend.


yup, we love summer. i’m gonna say it over and over again, perhaps it might be the title of every post until august 28?

even though we had all last week off, this weekend felt like it was really summer.

leisurely breakfasts-eggs with sauteed spinach, sun dried tomatoes, and goat cheese.

gazing at the pond for hours.

cleaning up the garden. weeding is done, and now we can reap the benefits!

the sun even came out in the morning. love, love, love.

hope your weekend was wonderful!

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a belated birthday post.


two months late! the little guy wanted a surfing party, so “retro surf” was the inspiration. i found a cute invite on tiny prints, and that set the color scheme. decorations were from shop sweet lulu.

the keep calm and surf on print found on etsy’s keep calm shop. it’ll be moved to j’s room as soon as i find something else to replace it!

favor bags included octopus cookies, made by my friend lupe.

yes, i jumped on the bandwagon and tried the rainbow cake. it took less dye than i thought it would, and i figured once in a lifetime, right?

j’s favorites at four-

t.v. show: still loves backyardigans, but thinks wipeout is hilarious, too

song: current fave is slippery fish, something he learned at school

pasttime: same things at last year…going to the park, riding his bike, riding his skateboard, and riding his surboard (which means taking pretty much anything and pretending he’s surfing on it). more than any of these things, though, he love riding his razor. best $17 i every spent.

friends: franke, carson, isabel, natalie, payton, riley, remi, jesse

dance move: what he calls “shakin’ his booty”

school “subject”:  reading books

chores: recycling , picking up toys (sometimes)

food/drink: meatballs from ikea, pink lemonade

animal: sharks

four? i can’t believe how much he’s grown up! i love you little guy!!!

j’s favorites at three here. his favorites at two here.

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six and seven.


i felt super guilty for not keeping up with the baby’s monthly posts, but had to get over it. after all, i wasn’t blogging because i was WITH MY KIDS, and it was so worth it. we fall in love with her more and more every. single. day. she is so gosh darn lovable and EASYGOING. seriously she just rolls with whatever we do. she’s been to two weddings and a funeral (seriously), more parties than i can count, shopping, restaurants, amusement parks, etc., etc.

at two months old, little lady was a bit underweight (15 percentile), but at her seven month doctor visit she was up to the 65th percentile. she’s pretty much taken to most foods we’ve given her, but she definitely likes her food seasoned a bit (cinnamon and nutmeg, especially).  we love making her baby food.

she’s starting to sit up on her own and her favorite part of sitting is grabbing her toes. right after changing her on the changing table she likes to sit up, grab her toes, and look in the mirror right there to smile at herself. and boy does she smile a lot. she is a happy, happy baby, and we are happy, happy parents.

on baby: hot pink ruffled dress and black cardigan, the gap.



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