A long blog post is waiting to happen. I have started the draft but haven’t had the time to finish. It will happen though.
For now, I leave you with this. My Itty Bitty got a hold of my lipstain and posed for the camera. <3 She’s the best.
If you’re looking for a yummy recipe, take a look at my post from earlier today.
Whole Wheat Banana Date Muffins
Egg - 1
Oil - 1⁄4 Cup
Milk - 1⁄2 Cup
Whole Wheat Flour -1 1⁄2 Cups
Sugar - 1⁄3 Cup
Baking powder- 2 Teaspoons
Salt -1/2 Teaspoon
Banana, ripened - 1
Dates - 6
Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees.
Beat egg. Beat in oil and milk. In a separate bowl, sift together all dry ingredients. Stir in mashed bananas and chopped dates.
Mix dry and wet ingredients together with a fork until dry ingredients are moistened.
Fill each muffin cup slightly more than half full.
Bake 18 to 20 minutes or until golden brown.
US only. I’m sorry. Last time I sent a giveaway package overseas, it cost me like $20. I can’t afford to ship books overseas :(
Two pins, one with an adorable dragon, the other with an adorable owl.
One Reading Girl Cameo pendant. If you already have one of these, you can give this one to a friend.
A small notebook and pen set.
Some cute painted clothespins. Mostly because the colors matched the notebook set and they’re cute.
Three books: Death in the Andes by Mario Vargas Llosa, Oranges are Not the Only Fruit by Jeanette Winterson, and a collection of T.S. Eliot poems. All books are used but in good condition. (Sorry if used books seems weird. I bought these with my own money. FOR YOU.)
HOW TO ENTER
Reblog this on tumblr and add your favorite book of 2014. I will randomly pick a winner on 8/21/14.
Favorite book of 2014 has to be The Center Cannot Hold by Elyn Saks! Well… that and I really enjoyed the Glass Castle and Coming Clean and Brain on Fire. AAAHHHH too many to choose from :)
Q:You are such an amazing mommy!
Thank you, love 💜💜💜
I can’t stop buying them.
I am currently waiting on the below books to arrive:
- Wasted - Marya Hornbacher - This is replacing a book I lost during our move to CA, but I fully intend on re-reading it <\em>
- More Now Again - Elizabeth Wurtzel - This is replacing a book I lost during our move to CA, but I fully intend on re-reading <\em>
- The Things in Mouldy Manor - Keith Moseley (pop up book I loved as a child)
- The Ghosts of Creepy Castle - Keith Moseley (pop up book I loved as a child)
- Smile Please - Jean Rhys
- Good Morning, Midnight - Jean Rhys
- Appetites - Caroline Knapp
I also recently purchased the below this past Sunday:
- Running with Scissors - Augusten Burroughs
- Lit - Mary Karr
I have the below on my bookshelf waiting to be read (amongst many others):
- Her - Christa Parravani
- Fight Club - Chuck Palahniuk
- Invisible Monsters - Chuck Palahniuk
- With or Without You - Demonica Ruta
And I’m currently reading
- Drinking: A Love Story by Caroline Knapp
I am your first sensory playground.
You trace and push the bones of my ribs, feeling through the squishy layer my postpartum body has yet to shed. Your fingers venture to the prickly hairs of my underarms, scratching them as your eyes widen and you take a long gulp of warm milk. Your fingers kneed my mushy belly and your palms slap my breast. You twirl my hair with your hands, gently tugging and releasing to grab a new fistful.
I watch your eyes. Your pupils grow, your stare changes to that of a primal being. You catch my eyes and yours crinkle. You smile and sputter, milk spewing from your mouth, but you don’t break your latch as you giggle.
You hands go back to exploring as you brush them up and down the side of my body while you nurse. Your eyes grow heavy, your suckling slows, and you drift into sleep.
I am your first sensory playground.
Children and their artwork
10 Questions to Ask Your Child About Their Artwork
1. What can you tell me about your picture?
2. What materials did you use?
3. Where did you get your idea?
4. What is your favorite part of the picture?
5. What title would you give this picture?
6. If you were doing this picture again what you change or do differently?
7. Why did you use the color… (insert color)?
8. What if…. (you had used the color red instead of blue or paint instead of pencil)?
9. How did you….(make these lines, decide on these colors, or create that shape)?
10. If you had more time what would you add to your artwork?
With Itty Bitty drawing/doodling more and more each day I think these questions are important to remember.
Whenever she draws something I ask what it is and she now tells me, in as much detail as she can. I love it. I even take out the pictures a day or so later to see if her story changes and it doesn’t!
"Mommy. Baby" (I’m the green in the center. She’s the blue on the bottom)
Me: What is this?
Itty Bitty: Daddy
Me: What is daddy doing?
Itty Bitty: Car
Watching her imagination grow as well as her understanding of the world around her is incredibly exciting and amazing. She loves art more and more as the days go by.
Afternoon art fun. She asked to paint so I took out the watercolors. She was so happy. I love watching her create art. I hope she always has a love to create and express herself.
A package came in for DH and I had to explain to Itty Bitty, as she reached on tippy toes shouting “BOOKS! BOOKS!” , that it was not a box of books. She cried. A lot. Now I’m nursing her, but smiling at the same time. We’re definitely doing something right. 💕💜💕
Yesterday marked four years since DH and I brought our pup, Sasha, home. While I worked, Itty Bitty shoveled treat after treat into Sasha’s mouth. They were both in heaven as Itty Bitty would squeal “COOKIE” and then giggle “tickle” as Sasha would lick her hand clean.
We didn’t have many of these store bought treats left so they ran out rather quickly. I decided to make some treats for Sasha. I looked up recipes but wanted to steer clear of the usual peanut butter recipes as Sasha does have food allergies and I didn’t want to take the chance.
After searching and reading some of the ingredients of her special dog food I came up with the yummy below. Yes I say yummy because I did in fact taste them first, while they were still warm. Don’t judge me, there was nothing “dog foodie” about my ingredients. :)
- 1 cup of unbleached flour
- 8oz diced carrots
- 6oz tomato paste with Italian herbs
- Drizzle of olive oil
1. Preheat oven to 350*.
2. In blender, mix tomato and carrots.
3. Mix flour with wet ingredients in large bowl.
4. On cookie sheet add spoonful of mixture and press with fork.
5. Bake for 25 minutes.
6. Allow to cool before serving.
The verdict: she loves them!
I hope your pups do too!