Tuesday, April 30, 2013

I have been neglecting my poor little blog here lately...the time I was dedicating to my posts has now become my "whip my rear into shape" time. From about 9:45 at night until 11 is pretty much the only time I get to myself during any given day so I decided that time would be best utilized for working out instead of sitting on my tail doing nothing in particular.
 Anyway, I'm getting so excited for Derby this weekend! We're not going this year, but I love to watch all the stories leading up to the big race, don a ridiculously ostentatious hat and pick my pony during the pre-race coverage. I like to pick based on the jockey typically, sometimes the trainer (Pletcher, anyone?). I'd say pick a mudder this year, because like most years, they're calling for rain. Every year, I love to make our traditional Derby meal which consists of a Hot Brown, Derby Pie and Mint Juleps. I honestly think mint juleps are pretty gross, but I have one on Derby Day. I'm just not a fan of bourbon in general, which is likely grounds for being kicked out of the state, but the hubs enjoys it enough for both of us. And I enjoy the hot brown enough for both of us. If you've never had one, y'all have to try it! It's a bit involved, but not super difficult to make.

Mint Julep Recipe:

1-1/2 parts Maker’s Mark® Bourbon
Fresh mint
2 tablespoons simple syrup* muddled with mint
Splash of distilled water
Powdered sugar

Mix together simple syrup* muddled with mint, Maker’s Mark® Bourbon and distilled water. Fill glass with crushed ice and pour mixture over top. Sprinkle top of ice with powdered sugar. Garnish with a mint sprig.
*Simple syrup
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup distilled water
Heat to dissolve sugar, stirring constantly so the sugar does not burn. Set aside to cool.

Derby Pie Recipe:

1/2 cup flour
1 cup sugar
2 eggs, beaten
1/2 cup melted butter
2 tablespoons Kentucky bourbon
1 cup chopped walnuts
1 1/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
pinch of salt
1 from scratch pie crust

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix flour and sugar in a large bowl. Add eggs one at a time, and then add butter, mixing thoroughly. Mix in bourbon, walnuts, chocolate chips, vanilla and salt. Pour into the unbaked pie crust and bake for 40 minutes, longer if needed. 
It's worth noting that Derby Pie is trademarked by Melrose Inn so it's often referred to as a Kentucky Pie or a Kentucky Chocolate Pie. 

Please note that these are not my original recipes, just the ones I use every year.  And lastly, some pretty Derby-worthy hats and fascinators for all you lovely Southern ladies heading to the Derby or just dreaming about it. These are all Polly Singer Couture.

Burpee Workout

Friday, April 19, 2013

The Workout:

15 burpees, rest 1 min.
14 burpees, rest 1 min.
13 burpees, rest 1 min.
12 burpees, rest 1 min
11 burpees, rest 1 min.
10 burpees, rest 1 min.
9 burpees, rest 30 sec
8 burpees, rest 30 sec
7 burpees, rest 30 sec
6 burpees, rest 30 sec
5 burpees, rest 15 sec
4 burpees, rest 15 sec
3 burpees, rest 15 sec
2 burpees, rest 15 sec
1 burpee, finished!

This is a great cardio workout that will really get your heartrate up. Use it as a supplement to your daily weight routine, or in addition to your daily cardio. I just prefer things like this to the monotony of a machine. Repeat as desired (not sure anyone desires more burpees ever in life though).

Whatever Wednesday

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

What we did last weekend:

No, we did not pull a Britney 2007 and cruise around like this, but she did love hanging her had out the window like a little pup while it was parked in the driveway. We had another gorgeous weekend, so there was lots to be done around the yard. I may have jumped the gun since Mom has always told me not to plant before Mother's Day, but I needed some color outside after an unusually long winter and these Pansies were perfect. We grabbed a few ferns, too.

And please excuse the weeds, but my Hyacinth are blooming so pretty! I sure love this time of year.

And after a week without her favorite little cousins who ditched us for the Disney cruise, they got home Sunday and were bearing baby gifts. Any time she sees Mickey, she temporarily seizes up and smiles uncontrollably, lunging for his face. It's seriously cute, but I'm afraid it means we may have to take her to Disneyworld sooner rather than later.

What we're wearing today:

Smocked bubble season is hereeeee!!!!!!! I've been so excited so show her little legs to the world! They are the cutest. This outfit is by Bailey Boys from a few seasons ago.
At present, I'm slumming around in these super comfy monogram seersucker pants from Nattiemack on Etsy. No, I do not plan on wearing them in public... unless I go to Wal-Mart. 

What I'm Reading:


I love, love, LOVE this book series. The Tradd Street book series by Karen White has it all; mystery, supernatural happenings, romance...and best of all it takes place in my very favorite city, Charleston, SC . Consider yourself warned, however that there is a 4th book in the series not scheduled to release until January 2014. I am so bummed to have to wait that long. You can get the link to purchase the books by clicking the photo.
What I'm Wanting:

I want these jeans! I found this photo on Pinterest, but of course, the link didn't take me to the source for them. I  get so bummed when that happens. So I'm looking around. I've always had the hardest time finding jeans that fit right. I was a gymnast/ cheerleader for most of my life, so to get jeans to fit my legs, they're always huge in the waist, but boyfriend jeans have always worked great. I had the perfect pair from the Ralph Lauren outlet, but since I've dropped most of the excess weight I'd picked up before getting pregnant, they literally fell off. Oh well.
Hope everyone is having a great week and that y'all are able to get outside and enjoy this spring weather.

Eight Months

Sunday, April 7, 2013

Age: 8 months
Birthday: August 7, 2012
Weight: 17 pounds 12 ounces
Length: 25 1/4 inches
Sleep: Depends on the night. I try to never change anything about her bedtime routine, and one night she'll sleep 10 hours like a rock, and then the next she's up every three hours. It's very frustrating, but that's life. 
My Bedtime: 8:15-8:45 depending on last nap time, her mood, what we have going on, etc. I have started giving her oatmeal around 8 before nursing her to sleep and it seems to keep her filled a bit longer.
Favorite Toy: Wooden mixing spoon, lids to cashew jars, a stuffed Minnie Mouse her cousin gave her from Disney and she LOVES remotes!
Clothes Size:  6-9 months, 9 months or 6-12 month if no 9 month size is available. 
Diaper Size: Size 3 in Pampers Swaddlers, the only diaper worth buying. Luvs are a close second for a cheaper option.
Milestones Reached:  Pulling up to her knees from a seated position, scooting to places she wants to go.
Firsts: Bananas (a BIG hit), apple juice in a sippy cup
Best Mood: Most days she stays pretty happy all the time except around nap time. She's also started throwing a fit every time I try to get her to eat food. She has loved it for the most part since I started feeding her from a spoon but all of a sudden it's a hissy fit anytime I try to feed her now. 
Teeth: Still not teeth and no real visible signs of them like whitecaps or swelling. She drools all the time and chews on anything and everything but nothing on her gums look any different.
that word and have her mean it!
Words: Still no real words directed at anyone or anything just yet. She can make the ma, da, pa, etc sounds but doesn't put them together to call anyone or anything by name. I just can't wait to hear what her little voice will sound like saying Mama! Surely it's bound to be any day now, right along with those teeth.
Crawling: Why crawl when you can just whine and give your mama a pitiful look and reach to her so she'll take you wherever you want to go? My baby's no dummy (but her mama is a sucker). I think she can crawl, but hasn't found the right incentive to just yet. She can roll around, scoot, lunge and everything but crawl to move around, so I guess she'd classify as mobile, just not in the traditional sense of the word. 

It's not toes in the sand just yet, but we'll take it.

A new face she's discovered.  And check out the hair blowing in the wind.

Fit Friday~ Solid Core Workout

Friday, April 5, 2013

I feel like I should first point out that abs are made in the gym, but uncovered in the kitchen. What you eat is arguably a larger part of the results you will see from your hard work and than the hard work itself. You can do crunches until you are blue in the face, but if you eat garbage, then you'll never see hide nor hair of that already elusive six-pack. 
Second, you don't need to do ab work every day. It's actually counter-productive because your muscles need time to repair after a workout so that they can strengthen. That being said, add this workout in a few days a week on non-consecutive days to help shape and strengthen your core. 

Planks you can do in a pushup position, or on your elbows lined up directly under your shoulders. Same goes for side planks. If they're too difficult, drop your bottom knee to the ground and keep your top leg straightened out. 
Hollow Body Holds~ Lay on your back, lift feet about 6-10 inches off ground while simultaneously lifting head and arms overhead and holding. Don't forget to breath!
Tuck-ups~ Lay flat on your back with legs out straight and arms overhead. Bring knees to chest and sit up to balance on your tailbone before returning to start position to complete one rep.
Bicycles~ Sit up with hands placed on ground behind hips, lean back and start bicycle motion with your elevated feet. A full mock rotation on each leg counts as one. "Pedal" backwards for an additional 20 reps.
Mountain Climbers~ Assume push up position. Alternate pulling knees to chest and tapping foot on ground. the faster you go, the harder they get but be sure to keep your butt flat.
Heels to Ceiling~ These should be felt in the lower abs. Lay flat on your back, raise your legs straight up so that the soles of your feet are parallel with the ceiling. Using your abs, drive your heel straight up to the ceiling (not towards your head).
Seated Twist~ Sit with knees bent, lean back until you feel your core engage, interlace your fingers to make a clasped fist and take your fists right to left tapping the ground gently. Left tap, right tap is one repetition. 

You could also add some Superman holds lying flat on your tummy for 30 seconds to this workout as well. This workout is a great compliment to the arm workout and leg workout posted previously.

Whatever Wednesday

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Well lookie here, I've managed two weeks in a row to keep this post up! Snaps for me.

What I'm wearing:

These tees are SO COMFY!!! I've got the mint color shown in the bottom photo but I'm thinking I may need it in sapphire or coral, too. I could literally live in this t-shirt it's so comfortable. And I love the pocket. For some reason, pockets excite me (especially when dresses have them!). You can get your very own most comfortable tee ever here.

What I'm working on:

I've had my Easter egg wreath hanging up inside for a few weeks now, but obviously it's time to take that puppy down, which means I need one to put up in it's place. I have all the supplies to make the burlap wreath pictured above, which I found on Pinterest forever ago, but if I actually manage to get it made before next Easter, it will be a miracle. The  steps are super easy, but getting more than ten minutes baby-free is not.

What's Worrying Me:

One word...weaning. I have no clue how to do it, when to do it, what to do about it, when I'll feel ready to wean. I do know one thing for child is going to be a little hellcat when the time comes to do this. My pediatrician recommended that if I'm wanting to do it within the next few months, to do it before she's a year because once they pass the year mark, the struggle is real. He also recommended that I do it cold turkey and leave town for a weekend thus giving Juston the fun job of getting her to start with her sippy cups (sounds like a great plan to me).  She's only taken her bottle a handful of times, so we just decided to forgo that route. I was told by both the Doc and other breastfeeding mama's that if you don't need to do bottles, then don't because that's one less thing to worry about breaking them from later. I initially set out to exclusively breastfeed for the first six months, but once I reached that point, I realized that I hadn't really given much thought to weaning before so I've just continued to breastfeed. I have a freezer full of pumped milk, probably enough to get through one to two months, so I'm thinking sometime around May/ June is when I'll make my child as mad as she'll ever be at me in her first year of life. I'm not looking forward to this at all. Partly for the selfish reason that breastfeeding allows me to eat ice cream almost every day without feeling guilty about it and mostly because I'll feel like we've passed a HUGE no-longer-a-baby milestone once she no longer breastfeeds. Sippy cups are full-on little girl status.

What I'm Wanting:

So lately I've been thinking I want to learn calligraphy. I've always had decent hand-writing, but rush through things as a general rule (which drives my mother insane), so what better way to force myself to take my time than to learn calligraphy? This print is so pretty and sweer and available in the Southern Weddings Shop. I think it would go perfectly in Caroline's nursery and be a daily reminder of another goal on my ever-expanding list of things to accomplish.

It's getting so hard to capture an image of this child still. She is constantly in motion. I had her mostly dressed at this point. Her headband, pearls and shoes did not make it through church though. 

Obviously, if anyone out there has any tips on what worked for your and your little ones when it came time to wean, they would be much appreciated :)