Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Memorial Day Weekend

We had an awesome Memorial Day weekend in Boston and I am missing it and everyone already. We flew in Saturday afternoon, stopped by a friend's bbq/pool party for a bit, and then to my parents that evening for an early birthday party for little Landon. Landon stayed at my parents Sat. & Sun. night which was amazing - I actually got to sleep in past 5:30am and enjoy time with Chris and my friends without feeding, playing, entertaining and taking care of a little one. Much, much needed. Sunday morning I woke up at 8 and got ready to spend the day on my girlfriend's boyfriend's boat down the Cape. It was a perfect day with perfect weather filled with homemade sandwiches, vodka raspberry lemonade, & lots of good quality time and conversation and relaxing in the middle of the ocean. All was well and not a care in the world until the engine broke and the coast guard had to tow us back. It was pretty comical. Then went back to my girlfriend's house we were staying at, showered and got ready for the night, & headed on over to grill out over my other girlfriend's place. We had such a fun night filled with lots of ridiculous convos & tons and tons of laughter. Unfortunately I had so much fun that I wasn't even thinking about taking any photos throughout the night which I'm regretting now. It was awesome to stay out however late we wanted and not cut our night short and rush to get home to the sitter. Taking full advantage, we got home at 2am and slept in until 10am. Holy Hesus, the last time that happened was literally aeons ago. Monday was spent back at my parents' where we hung out with my grandma, played in the yard with Landon, ordered my favorite Bertucci's margarita pizza, and then I took a 3 hour nap in my old bed. It was amazing. 
Landon has a hardcore obsession w/ the moving walkways. It all started here.

Eastbound. (If you look close you can actually see our place, to the left of the tall standalone building on the lake).
Kickin' it poolside with aunt lauren

L's marble photo birthday cake {loved}
Chris with my grandma's pug, Snoopy, otherwise known as Snoop Dog. 
The flight back, which we just barely made:

We woke up yesterday at 3:30am for a 6:30am flight out of Providence. I didn't think we would have any problems since it was such an early flight. I was correct in that there was no traffic and we easily dropped off the rental car and got to the airport over an hour early, but absolute havoc ensued once we got to the terminals. There were what seemed like millions of people crowded around everywhere and the line to check your baggage as well as the line to go through security were monsterous, trailing all the way outside. By the time we got to the counter to check our bags it was already a quarter past 6. The staff didn't care what time your flight was, everyone had to wait to go through security like everybody else. A nice older guy in front of us sweetly let us go in front of him, although one person was a little help. Usually a baby in a carriage buys us a free vip ticket through the mess but unfortunately not this time. When we got up to the security checkpoint they actually made us step into the "family" line. Stuck behind all the other strollers and car seats and families and kids. Seriously. Then we hear that our flight is boarding over the intercom and that we need to get to the gate immediately. Then a little boy in front of me keeps setting off the metal detector and the security B wouldn't let us just pass through ahead of him. No mercy. We finally get through. Only then Chris is stopped to do a liquid test on Landon's milk. Of course. At this point we decided we needed to divide and conquer. Chris stayed behind while they tested the milk and I took off like a bat out of hell with honeybunny to our gate. Final boarding call over the intercom. I am legit barreling down the airport with Landon in tow trying to make it to our gate which of course is the farthest gate down. I now totally get the crazy bikers who yell "on your left!!" I am winded and about to collapse when I see the nice guy from the security line walking towards me and stops me. He held our plane for us. and they know we are coming. I couldn't believe it. We never even told him our gate number. Chris finally catches up to us and we make our plane. And people change seats for us so that we can all sit together. There are good people out there. I was thankful, and inspired to commit simple acts of kindness for others. We all passed out on the cab ride back and got home safe & sound. End of story :) I hope everyone else had a blessed holiday weekend as well.

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Bits of Life Lately

Feeding the geese @ Flick Park after brunch on Mother's Day. It was all fun and games until we ran out of Cheerios and all the geese charged out of the water at us. Not gonna lie, I was pretty scared. Landon - totally fearless.
Out to dinner & drinks @ the Girl & the Goat (obsessed) before the red carpet premiere of "Head Games" with another couple. Of course it was totally unnecessary to go out for more drinks afterwards. Pomegranate ginger ale from Caribou was a life saver the next morning while I was dying at work.
My little ham & cheese geeking out for the camera. Continuing to evolve and now eats with little forks & spoons. 
 Family fun time on Saturday @ the beach & the sprinklers @ Navy Pier. L was a bit timid at first but then took to it like a crazy cracked out fish in water.
 The last few pics of familyfunday. The only way we can show affection to each other is behind this jealous guy's back. Seriously, he FAH-REAKS out when we so much as hold each other's hands in front of him. What is that all about??
Enjoying my NATO-cation .... no work for a few days while Chicago hosted the NATO summit for the first time ever. It was wonderful. Minus the {peaceful} protesters and millions of state troopers on every corner, the city was a total ghost town. Took full advantage of all the empty stores and got a pair of sandals from the new DSW downtown. One last random pic of my little sweetheart asleep on his papa's shoulder....I about melted into a huge pile of mom goo when this happened. 

Friday, May 18, 2012

Kale chips

This one is a real winner with the kiddos and it is stocked with nutrients and all sorts of healthiness which makes it a BIG win-win. And so, so easy to make:

How To Make Your Own Kale Chips:
- take one bunch of washed kale and cut up into bite sized pieces
- lay all over baking sheet...don't need to be evenly spaced out, can throw some on top of others
- spray with EVOO and sea salt and/or garlic salt
- cook @ 350 for 10-15 minutes & enjoy!!

Thursday, May 17, 2012


On Day Two of my juice detox and I have a pulsating headache and feel as though I am going to die of starvation. The only things keeping me going are thoughts of Sinawo and other starving children, coupled with how disgusting I've been feeling with myself the past several weeks and the hopeful event that this all really works.

My brain is not up to par so I'm going to defer to some other trusted sites that can better explain it:

 Or watch this documentary, Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead, about one man's 60-day all juice diet and his life/health transformation.

If interested in trying, here are a few juicing recipes:

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Green Cleaning

I have been meaning to make my own household cleaning products since I was pregnant but finally just ran out of all my Windex and Pine Sol and decided now was the time. It is seriously the simplest thing to do and you probably have most of the ingredients in your home already. And it works really, really good. I also enjoy it because I know that I'm cleaning with natural products so neither Landon nor Chris nor I are inhaling any harsh chemicals or toxic substances. Plus you also save lots of $$! It's seriously so easy to do and makes so much sense that I probably won't ever use store-bought cleaning products again.

To make your own Windex, you will need:
- 1 empty spray bottle
- 1/8 Cup white ammonia
- 1/4 Cup rubbing alcohol
- 1 drop laundry detergent or dish wash detergent
- water to the top

This windex seriously cleans JUST like the real thing, it smells like the real thing, and you can add a drop of blue food coloring so it looks like the real thing. Ends up running you about .30 cents a bottle to make. I've also done this by leaving out the ammonia and adding white vinegar and it works just as well. 

Make your own all-purpose cleaner:
- 1 empty spray bottle
- 1/4 Cup white vinegar
- lemon juice
- water
You could also add in 1/4 Cup of baking soda, 1 Cup ammonia, 1/4 Cup rubbing alcohol, or all three if you feel like it. Also heard that lemon or orange rinds work great as cleaning agents and for a lovely scent - will try this for my next batch!

Happy Spring Cleaning!

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Recently Enjoyed Things Part 2

Senor & Senora heading out for Cinco de Mayo sans bebe 

First Chanel lip product purchase. Rouge Allure Velvet, #32 {LOVE}

Finally started/finished the Hunger Games (A+) & half way through Catching Fire

Front row seats to this amazing new band

Coming home from a long day of work to this beautiful assortment of freshly picked flowers on my nightstand from Landon. 
I think our sitter had a small hand in this ;) 

Waiting for my girlfriend to come over for Wednesday night dinner & apps!

Happy Hump Day!

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Pictures of Recently Enjoyed Things

Waking up to this outside my window
These two.
Veggie pizza from California Pizza Kitch
Making new friends. [At a fundraiser for Alzheimer's disease].
Fresh flowers for no reason whatsoever - always a good idea.
On my walk to work through Millennium Park, the only time you will ever seen the bean empty is apparently at 6am.  
The big lilac bush in bloom outside our building. [Best smell ever.] 
Happy May Day :)

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