Wednesday, June 29, 2011

wednesday lovings.

click on picture above to visit Jamie's blog.
I'm currently loving some sauvignon blanc.  I tend to be more of a red wine type of gal, but this heat has me craving a cool glass of sauvignon blanc.


I'm loving this mini me adirondack chair that Mr. Gherkin bought P on Sunday.  Love the fun green color, and who doesn't love the look of adirondack chairs.  (Lowe's less than 10 buck and made from recycled material).

I'm loving all things seersucker especially when it comes to my boys.

Finally, I'm loving that P's baptism is this weekend.  This is a dream come true.

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

you're never too old to ...

...   shop in the kid's section at the store and 
then proudly sport them all summer. 

{thanks Tarjay.}
{size 5 in girls = size 7 in womens and they're usually nicer on the wallet}

Friday, June 24, 2011

sneak peek.

 I had P's pictures taken in his two baptism outfits (his gown and his after outfit).
Here's a teeny-tiny peek. 

See his personalized shoes? One has his name on it and the other his date of birth.
Love them. 

He would barely let me put him down that day so of course I ended up in a shot or two (see new picture on the left sidebar).  And yes that is the top I just had to have thanks to Erika.  (that girl certainly knows how to throw a girl on a budget off course). 

I just took him to Picture People to have these taken because I had a deal for $18 that included a ton of prints I could share with family. Of course what I'm really waiting on are our pictures from Kristy because you see these above don't even begin to compare to Kristy's quality. Here's a sneak peek of those.  

Have a happy weekend.  

Thursday, June 23, 2011

it's raining, it's pouring.

Not sure if it's because it finally rained yesterday or if it's because I hear this Chevy Traverse commercial no less than five times a day, but I can't get this song out of my head.

I like the song's old-fashioned vibe, and my fingers are crossed for more rain today... there's nothing more depressing than seeing brown grass on all the medians, esplanades, and parks in the middle of summer. 

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

product of the week: monistat chafing gel

This week's product of the week is brought to you by Aly from Analyze This. I adore this gal, and she adores Preston.  Seriously, she has a heart of gold and is no doubt one of P's biggest fans. She loves to spoil him and shower him with gifts which makes his mommy smile!

Ok, I know you are thinking this is for your thighs. And honestly, it is. But you know where you can put this for AMAZING results with a fraction of the price? Your face. 

I use Monistat's Chafing Gel as a foundation primer! I know, I know ... you're thinking why would I put something on my face that is manufactured by a company that deals with vaginas all day .... But honesty, this stuff works and it has nothing to do with your lady parts!

The smooth, silk-like cream is non-fragrant and gives your face the perfect canvas for you to begin your makeup regimen. Even if you don't wear foundation, it still can be used in combo with concealer or powder.

Smashbox cosmetics makes something almost identical to this product called "Photo Finish Primer" .... It performs the same way as the Monistat Gel, but for a lot less! (Smashbox may be the more popular brand that has a product like this, but there are others as you can see below.)

(Price breakdown of all the products .... Photo credit)

I personally love this product for a number of reasons:
- Non fragrant
- Helps with oily skin
- Pore size is reduced
- Skin is soft and silky

(Special thanks to Tiffanie for asking me to showcase one of my favorite products! You can read about my daily shenanigans here.)

Thanks Aly for being here.  You know I love you, and I just knew you wouldn't let me down (especially when you asked if it was ok that you use the word vagina on my blog.) ha!

Monday, June 20, 2011

happy monday.

There's just something I love about this picture, and isn't that quote a nice reminder about what life is really all about?

Proverbs 15:13

Sunday, June 19, 2011

happy daddy day!

Dear Daddy,
I'm glad God chose you for Me.

You were the first one there to hold my hand in the big ol' scary CVICU.

Mom says you never left my side.  

Mom also says that she couldn't do it without you, and that we're so blessed to have you in our lives. Thanks for loving me and mommy the way only you could do and for being my hero.


Tuesday, June 14, 2011

{baby} product of the week: Storksak

 I promised to tell more about my diaper bag and then completely forgot until this cute mom-to-be asked for recommendations.

Anyhow after reading all of the reviews out there I picked out the Storksak Emily (it was a gift from the grandparents).  After 5 months of use it still looks great and I still love it.  Here's what I love most about it:
1. it has two hidden insulated pockets on either side.  Very handy in keeping one bottle cold and one bottle warm.
 2. it has an adjustable strap to accommodate over the shoulder or across the body wear. To be honest I wear it across my body most of the time.  There's nothing more annoying that straps that are constantly falling off your shoulder, right?
3. that it doesn't scream "diaper bag" so that I can use it for my own personal use when P's through with it. Perhaps it can be my gym bag?  Ha. If my body only knew what that word meant anymore...

My only complaint about the bag is that it does take a little bit more effort to wiggle items in and out of the bag due to the zipper, but I was reluctant to buy a bag without a zipper (I could just see it falling over constantly with all P's stuff falling out)

So there you have it, and there was no compensation from Storksak for this review.  Just my own personal opinion. 

Monday, June 13, 2011

sunday dinner and baby food.

 I made tortilla-crusted chicken with cilantro-avocado sauce for Sunday night's dinner, and spruced up the cilantro-avacado sauce with a little salsa verde left over from this morning's breakfast tacos.
I can't remember whose blog I got this recipe from (let me know if it was you and I'll link back to you) but here's the recipe:

2 boneless skinless chicken breasts
1 egg
¼ cup milk
4 cups unsalted tortilla chips

¼ cup sour cream
1 small avocado
1 tablespoon cilantro, minced
juice of one lime
2 to 3 tablespoons water

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Pound the chicken out to ¼ to ½ inch thickness or butterfly each breast. In a bowl, whisk the egg with the milk. In a food processor, pulse the tortilla chips until they resemble a fine powder. Put the crushed tortilla chips in a separate shallow dish. Dip the chicken in the egg mixture. Dredge the chicken into the crushed tortilla chips and toss gently to coat. Place the chicken in a greased baking dish and bake for 15 to 20 minutes, until chicken is cooked through.

In a small food processor or blender, add sour cream, avocado, cilantro, lime juice and water. Process until smooth, salt to taste. Drizzle sauce over chicken. Serve with a pineapple margarita (ok, so I made that last little bit up).
So what's baby food got to do with this you ask.  Well, I knew I wanted to start Preston on solid foods this week (so far he's only had rice cereal).  I was going to start with sweet potatoes and try my hand at making them, but Mr. Gherkin brought home an avocado the size of my head from the grocery store (thanks for grocery shopping this weekend, Gherk) and half was left over after making the sauce.  Soooo... Preston is officially on solids, and his first real solid was a mashed up avocado!  
Up next, we'll go bananas!! 

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

the dog days.

With these hot (hello, it was 105 degrees this weekend) days most of our days go a little something like this:

"No, honey, we can not go outside.  It is too hot, and daddy wouldn't let us have the house with the pool that mommy liked so much."

There are some afternoons that I just throw on a denim diaper (thanks Nana) and call it quits.  Preston doesn't seem to mind. 

We sit and play and stare out the window wishing daddy would let us have that pool. (again sans clothes)

Even the dogs are a little down in the dumps.  Sam misses his daily walks (I'm scared he will overheat).

I've snatched up Mr. Gherkin's Nook and started reading again since we're spending less time outdoors.   I currently can't put down Heaven is for Real by Todd Burpo.  I love it, and whether it's real or not (I believe it's the truth just for the record) it has certainly helped renew my child-like faith. 

Now I don't want to wish time away here, but I have to say I'm already looking forward to Fall and the cooler temps.  If it's 105 degrees the beginning of June no telling what kind of temps August will bring.

Monday, June 6, 2011

love this.


I really need to focus on the healthy part, the worry part, the volunteer part, the relax part, and mostly the faith part.  (ok, so I need to work on most of the above)

Thanks for your sweet comments about my little man this weekend.

Saturday, June 4, 2011

open with caution ... preciousness inside.

happy five months to you, mr. Preston.

i love you.
i love you.
i love you.

you may look like your daddy (well, that's what they say at least),
but you're acting more and more like your mommy.


Friday, June 3, 2011

weekly ramblings

 Hello June!  Hello 100 degree temps! Seriously Houston set some kind of record yesterday by hitting a sweltering 100 degrees this early in June.  (the earliest on record was 1902 or something like that)  

Remember those changes I talked about here.  Well, I almost forgot to follow up and tell you guys about it.  The good news is that Mr. Gherkin landed a new job, and next to being a pilot or getting paid to travel the world it is pretty much a dream job of his.  In fact, he started going back to school taking evening class for his 3rd (will it ever end?) degree a few years ago so he could land a job like this.  He still has another class left, but the opportunity just fell in his lap so he jumped on it.  He started last week and so far so good.  He's excited, and I'm proud of him.  I love it when I pray for direction for my family and then the next step is suddenly very clear. 
Preston turns five months old tomorrow.  (I can now be found crying in a closet somewhere)

I'm in the process of planning Preston's baptism.  Invitations are done (I made them and I love them... I'm trying to be more thrifty these days). I bought his baptism gown already and just need to go pick it up today and have his initials monogrammed on it.  Now the fun party planning begins as we will be having small lunch with mostly family at our house honoring Preston afterwards.  

We were lucky enough to snag a beach photo session with the awesome Kristy this next weekend.  I'm excited and I know the end product will be amazing (because it's Kristy of course), but I'm stressing over what the three of us should wear.  Any ideas or tips?  I'll gladly appreciate any input you guys have.  

Our beloved Whale Wars starts tonight! It's sad how excited Mr. Gherkin and I get about this show.  We look forward to cuddling on the sofa tonight with our sleeping baby (well, he's usually asleep by then) and watching it.  Hello, old folks here. 

Happy Friday! 

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

{baby} product of the week: cool mee seat liner

 After witnessing a major Preston melt down a couple of weeks ago on the way to the pediatrician's office because he was too hot in his infant seat, I went on the hunt for a seat liner that would help prevent over heating especially since it'll be 100 degrees in Houston soon. 

After some online research I ordered one of these from Amazon.  
I was a little reluctant at first, but it's product of the week because we had a two hour car ride this holiday weekend that was free of any major meltdowns.  When I got him of his seat after the two hours he was a tad bit warm (aren't all babies), but not at all sweaty and hot like he was before I purchased this seat. 

So I lost a couple of points for forgetting to pack pajamas for my baby this weekend (major mommy fail)... but I think I redeemed myself a little with this clever addition.