Thursday, May 31, 2012

product(s) of the week: tea time.

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I've been on this tea kick lately.  I sip water constantly all day at work, but why not though in some tea bags every once and while for a boost of antioxidants.

I mostly choose green teas, but I'm a big believer in  dandelion root tea.  Don't be fooled, though, because I don't drink this for the taste.  I drink it for the bloat (hello, bathing suit time). I promise that sipping a cup of this mixed (I add lemon juice) helps shrink my belly bloat.  I've tried a couple different brands.  This is definitely my preference (buyer beware, this tea can taste like licorice and I hate licorice.  This one does not though.) I usually order mine from Amazon, but it can be found in the organic aisle of the grocery store (not located with other teas).

This has been a favorite of mine for a couple of years.


Tea Forte is one of my favorite brands.  After trying their Skin Smart samples in a Birchbox earlier this year, I ordered some of this stuff through Amazon (only because of free shipping).  The cherry marzipan flavor is my favorite.


Happy sipping!

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

toodles, Dr. Browns.

My pediatrician said that if Preston was still taking a bottle at 18 months then he recommended that the bottle fairy come and take both his bottles and his pacifiers.

Well, no bottle fairy is needed around here. After swimming with some friends on Sunday evening he went to sleep in the car sans bottle. The next morning I just decided to go with it and not give him a bottle.

The nanny caved on Tuesday morning and gave him one bottle, but then she sent me this text today. We are 24+ hours bottle free, folks. Take that bottle fairy. No more Dr. Browns.

perfect summer salad.

I came across this recipe in Working Mother magazine, and decided to throw it together this weekend to join cedar plank salmon.

Deliciousness.  It's the perfect summer salad. 

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

memorial day madness.

We enjoyed the holiday weekend with lots and lots of time outdoors sweating, swimming in a pool (during which I realized just how fearless my son truly is.  I'm scared), and visiting with family and friends. 

Yes, he's completely clothed and drinking from the water hose.  Awesomeness!

The Martha in me came out during Preston's 2+ hour nap on Saturday (that never happens for that long, folks).

Front door decor using left over burlap, ribbon, and an old wreath.
 Definitely a work in progress, but Mr. Gherkin (with the help of my dad) removed our old and dying azaleas and dove head first into making a trellis in the backyard.  The idea is that instead of looking out the windows at a white wall, we'll soon look out and see lush, green landscaping.  Yep, that's the idea.  Just as long as my non-green thumb can keep the plants alive.  Type of plants to be determined, but we're thinking confederate jasmine or coral honeysuckle. Any recommendations? Update to come soon (given that all goes according to plan ... nobody wants to blog about their failures, right?)

Now, hooray for a short work week!

Thursday, May 24, 2012

product of the week: your products, my favorites.

Instead of sharing a new product with you guys this week, I've decided to share your products.  My favorites of your products from past link ups.  Just in case you missed them the first time around.

In no particular order, some of my favorites are ... 

this kid friendly ipad case

a fabulous no-spill coffee cup

and these bath junkie bath crystals  (in the Coco Mademoiselle scent!)

I guess as long as we keep the link up going ( you guys better link up if you want to see it keep going though ) then I'll do another post like this ever 5-6 months.  It's fun to look back on all the products and it's even better to go out on a limb, trust someone else's opinion, and end up loving their recommendation.

Want to get in on the fun?  Then tell us about a product you love.  ANYTHING goes! Then grab the button below and link up.

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Tuesday, May 22, 2012

another first: the aquariam

The aquarium was a huge hit.  Mr. Gherkin and I could have set back and enjoyed an adult beverage (next time we will) because Preston was completely in awe of the fish.  He stood there forever and occasionally tried to catch them. 

Below is one of my top 10 favorite pictures of Preston. Not sure if you can tell from the angle of the photo, but his face was full of determination.  He wanted one of those fish.  Sorry, buddy, it doesn't work that way in an aquarium. 

Should we go ahead and put a mini fishing pole on your Dear Santa list? 

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

what's on my mind and a few photos.

First up, thank you for all the kind words for our family during my MawMaw's passing.  I actually meant to turn the comments off for that particular post because those were my personal thoughts that I simply chose to journal here on my blog. But you guys read through my memories and left comments so I'm glad I forgot, and thank you again for the condolences.

The services were beautiful.  Exactly the way she would've wanted. I'm taking the rest of the week off from Pineapples and Pickles.  So there will not be a product of the week post this week.  Instead of looking for/writing about products this week, let us all go find or call or write a loved one and tell them how much we love them.  After all, those are the "products" that truly count in the end, right?

I took a few pictures, and I'm in the process of editing them so hang tight, family, I will e-mail them as soon as I go through them all. Here are a few of my favorites though.

 She valued relationships and it showed with a packed house.

 This is what 60 years of marriage looks like.
This is what til death do us part looks like.
I am reluctant to post this picture, but I want it on my blog (just a couple clicks away at any given moment) to remind me of the vows I made a mere 5 years ago.  Five years ain't got nothing on sixty. Sixty years!

His new toy that occupied his time during the graveside service. He played and had fun ... she wouldn't have had it any other way.

Friday, May 11, 2012

remembering my mawmaw.

May 11, 2012

My heart is filled with so much sadness yet so much joy today.

Today is the day MawMaw got her wings ...
which means she's getting to see those pearly gates and claiming her Heavenly mansion.

Preston and I were in The Woodlands having lunch with Mr. Gherkin when my brother called.  As I was driving back to Houston afterwards all of these thoughts and memories popped in my head.  Fully believing she can hear me and my thoughts I thanked her aloud for each and every memory.

She bought me Keds (in every color) even when my mom said they were too expensive.
She didn't missed our softball games.  Ever.
She never missed my brother's baseball games. Ever.

I thanked her for all of that.

She had a way with kids.
I strive to be more like her as a mom.
I thanked her for teaching me how to be a mom today.

She was the most selfless person ever.

She loved to go to the dog races.  Some of my most favorite memories with her happened at Gulf Greyhound Park.  I thanked her for those perfect and cherished memories.

She made the best sugar toast.  Just the right amount of butter and the sugar was always evenly spread.  It also helped that she never touched a piece of whole wheat bread.  Only served white bread in her house.

I've never met a more encouraging person.
Even if I told her I wanted the impossible she was still my biggest cheerleader.
I can never thank her enough for that.

She was never too busy. Never.
 She was the easiest person to talk to.
What I'd give to have just one more conversation with her!
One day I will, and I thank God for that.

And I quote my husband, "Your grandmother is the wisest person I know."
I ditto that.

I remember when the family gave her a cell phone, she asked what she was supposed to do with that "damn thing."  She quickly became the queen of talking on that cell and of text messaging.

There was nothing she hated more in the world than Dr. Pepper.  That lady had great taste!

She wanted Preston to have big brown eyes, and Preston has beautiful big brown eyes.  I got pretty choked up as I looked over my shoulder at Preston sleeping in the back seat thinking about how he'll never get to know first hand how truly awesome his great grandmother truly was.  I then vowed to make sure I tell him over and over again all about her. 

God knew what He was doing when he let me be her granddaughter.  It is an honor and a privilege.

I will never forget her. Never.

No right amount of words could ever, ever describe just how much this lady meant and will always mean to me.

When I was almost home the song Angel By Your Side by Francesca Battistelli came on the radio.  Perfect timing.  I always considered MawMaw to be my angel here on Earth .... the angel by my side, and even though my heart is terribly saddened today I'm so thankful and joyful that this angel has finally gained her wings.

I'll love you always, MawMaw, and thank you for loving me the way you did. 

Monday, May 7, 2012

first haircut.

Preston's first official (the snips, snips that I made don't count in my opinion) haircut went down yesterday.
His Aunt Mel cut it. She did a great job and complained about how bad my snips were the whole time.  Preston, with his pacifier, was cool, calm and collected the entire time. So was his mommy, believe it or not.

I forgot the after picture. Oops. I let Aunt Mel cut my hair for the first time ever the same day.  Love it and I'm pretty pumped about the free haircuts in my future.

Friday, May 4, 2012

new (to me) site love.

Once again, I feel like I live under a rock most of the time, but I just heard about Paper Coterie.  I signed up to receive e-mails from them a few weeks ago and love that they send free printables.

They have one just in time for Mother's Day called Celebrating Lessons from Mom.

Cute, huh?

I absolutely love their Memory Keepers.  Mr. Gherkin would say that I am a bit of a hoarder.  It looks all nice and neat on the outside, but don't you dare open a closet in my house. Anyhow, aren't these neat?  I would love to have one or ten to help keep my hoarded items a little more organized.

 I love the idea of using an Instagram collage on the cover.

Get yourself over to Paper Coterie.  They have a Mother's Day special running right now.  I recommend signing up for e-mail so that you get their free downloads and stay up to date with their special promotions.

Have a blog and are interested in becoming an affiliate of Paper Coterie?  If so, you can sign up here.

 I was not compensated for this post; however, affiliate links were used in the post.  As always, all opinions presented above are my own honest opinions.

Thursday, May 3, 2012


Aly is hosting the product of the week link up this week.  Find it here

Y'all, Blogger totally let Aly down this morning.  She prepared a super cool POTW post last night with a giveaway, and this morning there was no content in the post.  Please check back next week for Aly's POTW.  You don't want to miss it  :)

I don't have a post prepared for this week, but I've already seen some of your POTW posts today so I'm throwing up the linky tools so you guys can link up. 

Have a good Thursday, a great weekend, and happy Cinco de Mayo!

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Wednesday, May 2, 2012

textbooks and cleft palates.

Bet you're wondering where I'm going with a title like that, huh?

Did you guys know that you can rent text books online?  Probably you did.  I feel like I live under a rock most days. 

But, did you guys know that there is an online bookstore that rents texts books and helps a great cause at the same time?  Campus Book Rentals donates 35% to 45% of every textbook rental to Operation Smile.  So if a customer rents a book that costs $50 through their site, they are committed to donate $20 to Operation Smile, which is an international children’s charity that provides reconstructive surgery for children born with facial deformities (cleft lip and cleft palate.)

How awesome is that?

Every text book rented helps a child in need.

So if you know someone in college or perhaps you are still studying perhaps you will consider textbook rentals from Campus Book Rentals.

The perks:
-savings, up to 40-90%, off bookstore prices (click here for a price comparison)
-free shipping both ways
-highlighters allowed in textbooks
-flexible renting periods
-help kiddos in need through Operation Smile (that’s the best one of all!)

Here’s some facts about Operation Smile from their website:

Ever three minutes a child is born with a cleft, unable to eat, speak, socialize or smile. In some places these children are shunned and rejected. And it too many cases, their parents can’t afford to give them the surgeries they need to live a normal life.  That’s where Operation Smile comes in as an international charity providing much needed surgical services.  Since 1982, Operation Smile --- through the help of dedication medical volunteers --- has provided more than 2 million patient evaluation and over 200,00 free surgeries for children and young adults born with cleft lips, cleft palates, and other facial deformities.

Will you help spread the word about Campus Book Rentals and Operation Smile?

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I was compensated for this post by Campus Book Rentals;however, it was a honor and privilege to write this post in hopes of helping Operation Smile and all opinions presented in this post are my own.

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

it's a dirty job ...

 ... but somebody's gotta do it. 

Sam's daily walk ... Preston takes care of that for us these days.