Saturday, January 21, 2012

Recipe: Dumplings

So I decided today to make a stew (first time ever) and gathering all my friends recipes I made my own version, one thing I love about stew is dumplings, my gramma makes them the best! I found a fool-proof recipe online it's so easy and only takes 10 mins! Although if you are cooking in a crock pot (which I did) it take about 20-25 mins. Click Here for the complete recipe.

What you will need:
  • 2 cups flour
  • 4tbsp butter - at room temperature
  • 4tsp baking powder
  • 1tsp salt
  • 1 cup of milk 
Combine salt, baking powder and flour in a bowl, add butter, and slowly stir in milk- towards the end to mix everything well I used my hands, if you don't make sure the butter is evenly combined throughout.

Spoon in mixture teaspoon by teaspoon in crockpot, (make sure crockpot is on high) let cook for 20-25 mins, or if doing it in a saucepan 10 mins.

Alterations: We were completely out of milk, so I used cream, I filled half a cup with cream, and the rest water (mix), they turned out wonderful! :)


House Love

So recently I have been obsessed with buying the little touches to make our apartment seem like home, although I have not actually gone there yet to start decorating I have been picking up things here an there- obviously not breaking the bank with anything, so there just small touches that I think would make out place cute. I was browsing on Etsy this morning and found the most delicious furnishings! Had to share, they are hidden gems <3

This vase was the first gem I came across, I just love the texture and the earth tones! 
 I know, this is a little out there, but it reminds me of a 90's Hollywood house!
 I fell in love with this piece, a bookshelf with a cottage sense.
 This <3 truly lusting after, how brightly gorgeous?
 Of course the pillow to match...
 Hammocks are something I've always been in love with, the ultimate relaxing space!
 This one is just gorgeous, love this orange colour!

Have you ever fallen in love with furniture?


A face from Noah...

xoxo, love Noah. 

This my friend Sarah sent me, I thought I would share, it put a smile on my face! :)

Friday, January 20, 2012


It seems like there's a black cloud over our house. More and more unexpected things are happening, and not just to me or Noah, but other family members as well, I don't really want to go into detail, just some extra prayers would be nice. In other words, we finally heard from a surgeon for Noah's hernia, we have an appointment today. I don't think they are going to do anything right away, but just to have a surgeon on stand by for security. Noah now has a bad rash on his face, just seems like one thing after another, but I assume this is the way it goes with children.

On a happier note I am excited about this weekend, Sunday we are venturing off to visit Phil, in OUR home for a week- hopefully Noah isn't to fussy to manage so I can get some things done around the house- must be completed when Phil is at work ;)

Also, I just wanted to point some eyes to a daily blog read, Elsie has been showing tutorials and tips all week on sewing and crafting, I learned some awesome projects and tips! Click here if you want to too! Well I hope everyone has a great weekend :)

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Noah's "First's" Scrapbook

Here's just a bit of what I've been working on (when I have free time)...

Monday, January 16, 2012

Betsey Bogo!

Something I stumbled upon while lusting at pretty dresses- Betsey Johnson buy one get on free! hello beautiful! <3

Gorgeous? Click here for FABULOUS.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Munchkin Vogue

pardon the quality of the pictures, my computer loves to mess them up :(

Threadsence Zodiac Fashion Calendar

Recently I got an email from Threadsence, they have come out with a calendar, and a special look put together for each personality of the zodiac, so awesome! Here's mine (being a Virgo)

Check out yours HERE.

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Songs from 2011!

2011 was a crazy year, so much happened and ended with a blessing from god- baby Noah of course. Heres some songs that remind me of 2011 different events, different people, different moods.

These are just some of them, what songs remind you of 2011?

updates from a mommy's point of view

Going on my second week, without Phil- just me and Noah. I do get some help when mom comes home from work, and if I need to quickly do something dad or my sisters are willing to watch him for a bit. But through the long nights and afternoons I'm on my own. Noah likes to get up every 3 hours on the dot, it takes him an hour to drink his bottle, then he needs a half hour of tummy time before he will sleep again. I must admit I thought being a mommy would be a lot easier and just full of smiles and lullaby's, no one tells you how horrible it is when they get sick- checking on them every 5 minutes even though you have a baby monitor, or only getting 3 hours of sleep every night, and in the afternoon when baby sleeps you have to use that time to make bottles, clean, do laundry- it's so much work! Definitely a full time job- I see now why people get nanny's. I wish Phil was here, I miss him so much and Noah has grown so much in the past two weeks. He keeps me calm and helps me out so much, I can tell he loves Noah unconditionally and would do anything for him- but 3 more days and daddy will be home then we get to see him for 2 weeks!

Noah had his first checkup today, he ways 7lbs 12 ounces! and is 20.7 inches! My boy is definitely growing fast, and the formula is getting more and more expensive, but it's all worth it when those big blue eyes look into mine, my heart literally melts every time! He's going to be a little heart breaker <3 Tomorrow he will be exactly 3 weeks old- almost a month I can't believe it.

Anyways just thought I would touch base with you all :) hopefully talk tomorrow! Goodnight!

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Soaking up the last holiday spirit

I haven't talked much over the holidays, we had a wonderful Christmas and New years eve. Got to see tons of family and friends, it was awesome, and having an extra special Christmas present this year was just perfect <3 I still have my Christmas tree up, and I'm sad to take it down, but it must go until next year, as of right now just trying to soak up the last of the holiday spirit, even though the holidays are done and gone with, I can still sense the magic of Christmas in the air- I love the holidays!

Here's just a splash of some moments through our holiday.

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Fashion Spotlight: Threadsence Holiday Collection

On a lighter note, the one thing in this world that cheers me up is shopping of course- since I have no money to purchase anything, I will just lust over it all. Yesterday I got an email from Threadsence, NEW COLLECTION! Hello lover <3

Completely bedazzled by this dress! So Gorgeous!
 Love this look, so casual yet boyish.
 Pretty PINK dress!!! <3 <3 <3
 These earrings are so awesome! And I love this layered dress/sweater look!
 So boho holiday!
 Obsessing over this jacket and dress, the whole combination is so glamorous!

Do you love? click HERE .

sad day.

So I took Noah to his appointment today, it turns out he has a inguinal hernia, which is what I thought in the first place. If it gets bad enough, or if he has another bad spell where we can't calm him down he will need to have surgery. This just devastates me. All I can do is monitor him carefully, they say it's suppose to heal itself, but if it doesn't by the time he's two years old he will have to have surgery anyways. What a stressful past couple of weeks. Well I will continue to pray for him endlessly, I love this little guy and I'm going to do whatever I can to protect him.

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

My worst scare.

Yesterday I can honestly say, was the worst day of my life. I am only sharing this story with you because it may help if you are ever in a similar situation. We had to rush my poor baby Noah to emergency yesterday. It was late afternoon and suddenly he started screaming uncontrollably, I've never heard him scream like that before, Noah isn't one to really cry- unless he's being changed, he mostly wines if he wants something, I knew something was wrong. He wouldn't eat, I try cuddling him, rocking him in my arms, then mom said to check his diaper, his testicles turned purple and we rock hard, I had no idea what was wrong with my little peanut. I couldn't even look at him without crying- knowing that something was so wrong with him and there was absolutely nothing I could do to help him. I called the ambulance, they couldn't do anything right away so they took him to the hospital. By the time we got there he calmed down and he was no longer swollen or in pain. They did an ultrasound and found nothing, I'm not really sure if that was a good thing or not, I think a thousand prayers went out to my little peanut that day. We have to go back o the hospital tomorrow to have him checked over, now I'm just monitoring him.

If you are ever in a situation like this the best thing you can do is be there for you child, comfort them the best you can, seek advice from family and friends, and if all else fails seek medical help from a doctor. Yesterday broke my heart, I can't go 10 minutes without checking on Noah to make sure he's OK, it's really hard without Phil here, I can't wait 2 weeks because he comes home, and we get to go back up with him for a few weeks. I'm just thankful my parents and grandparents were here to help. I know this isn't the most cheerful blogpost, but I wanted to share my story if it could help anyone else in any way.

talk to you tomorrow.

Monday, January 2, 2012

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year everyone! I must apologize from the lack of blogging, but as you may have guessed, yes the baby has arrived! And what did we name our little bundle of joy you ask? Noah Michael Joseph. He weighed 7lbs and was 20.5 inches long. All together the labour was fine, the epidural was heavenly- and will never do it without! No complications, just a beautiful baby boy. He was born December 21st at 9:26 pm. Right during Criminal Minds (which was playing in my delivery room might I add).

We had a wonderful Christmas we got to see all the family and friends (believe me when I say there is ALOT of people we had to visit) I'm glad we can now just relax, Phil had to go home yesterday unfortunately, but hopefully he will be back in 2 weeks, and me and Noah will go up with him to visit.

It's crazy raising a baby, and very scary. You have a life in your hands that your responsible for, and I think thats the biggest responsibility anyone can have.

I hope you all had wonderful holidays. Here's some pictures of our little boy.

Happy New Year everyone! Hope your holiday's were as special as mine <3