babybear picks out a christmas tree!

we live in a teeny tiny apartment (1 bedroom to be exact) and have a babyboy who just loves to climb, hang, run, and jump all over the place, so this was the perfect year to bring home a little christmas tree.

a christmas tree that jace picked out!

lately when mama or daddy can't make up our minds, we let jace do the decision making for us! and lately it's been working like a charm. here is jace, pointing to the tree that we happily took home. he also picked out our tree topper the other night because (once again) i couldn't make up my mind! i love how decisive he is. this kid knows what he wants.

nothing more classy than picking a christmas tree out at home depot :)
but it's the kinda tree that comes in a pot, so after all the holiday festivities we plan on planting it!

we will be sure to visit our local tree farm again though! such a beautiful place.



the night before thanksgiving i roasted my very first turkey (of course it was already cooked) so i really just reheated it for 90 mins, basting every 15. but hey! i'm a beginner. next year will be the real deal!

that morning jace and i baked some chocolate chip pumpkin muffins for our family get together that afternoon. jace loved them, sans chocolate chips of course because the poor kid is allergic to dairy...

... but somehow he ate something at the thanksgiving lunch that caused him to have his 3rd (bleh) allergic reaction... so with puffy eyes and a not so happy babe our festivities with everyone were sadly cut short. after a long nap and lots of benadryl our babe was feeling much better and the hubs and i got to enjoy a simple + romantic thanksgiving meal at claim jumper's (something we've always wanted to do) while jace slept it off peacefully next to us.

and a thank you to all our family members who reached out to check up on how jace was doing. so thankful to be apart of such a loving bunch of relatives. and thankfully after 3 days he was back to normal!

all in all, it was a wonderful thanksgiving, and this year, 2013, has been such a blessing.



oh my goodness this post is so late but for the records! - i had to post our halloween with my adorable sock monkey, foxy hubs, and me as a black kitty cat.

it was a memorable evening!  jace experienced his first halloween carnival that was held across the street. it was a fun little shindig where jace got to trick-or-treat and bust some moves on the dance stage.  i even got to take my halloween photobooth picture for freeee :) last year we took one at the mall, so i figured it'd be a fun halloween tradition to keep up from now on.

 the hubs and i also got to have a lovely dinner date while our sock monkey of a babe took a little snooze. 

and of course showing off his costume at the grandparents took place.

 t'was the perfect halloween night with my little family


maternity photo shoot:: part II

the last round up from my maternity session by the lovely Cacá Santaro.

 i'm in awe of her ability to capture the raw, beautiful moments through her lens. my whole pregnancy, though never easy, was such a beautiful experience in my life and having these photos to look back on rekindle that glowing mama feeling and the love i have for my beautiful baby boy growing inside my belly... i will always cherish.


maternity photo shoot:: part I

my maternity photos from spring 2012!!! i can't believe i haven't shared these on the blog yet...

i love them so sooo much and our photographer Cacá, is brilliant. to view more of her beautiful work pop a visit on over here.


a recipe // pumpkin spice french toast.

i believe that mornings are made for breakfast. as if you already didn't know, breakfast is my favorite meal of the day! once a week i will break away from our usual morning routine, which consists of getting ready, breakfast for jace, tea/coffee for me, gym, errands, nap, lunch yadayadayada, to just enjoy a slow quiet morning with my babyboy. this always involves me making breakfast in the kitchen while jace tears apart plays with all the plastic containers in the cupboard and busts out the occasional dance move because there is always music in the background when mama's cooking, and we loveee to dance. 

so below are some snapshots from a lovely slow morning where we enjoyed a good two hours just cooking, eating, dancing, playing, and laughing. it's always so good to just take a break from being go go goooo to soaking up the beautiful morning sunlight and living in the moment with my jace because these kids grow up way too fast.

to whip up this super simple breakfast all you need is:

+dash of cinnamon, nutmeg, & pumpkin spice (to make everything sweet and nice!)
+3 eggs
+splash of coconut milk
+fresh bread
+side of applesauce and or strawberries

::loading up on the fall spices::
::mixin', mixin' it up:
::okay, so this stuff is $$$ but holy moly! so good. and lasts a long time too::
:: for on the side::

and babyboy approved!

& a happy friday!