Monday, January 28, 2013

mason's newborn photos

We had Mason's newborn photos taken just a week after he was born.  We wanted to capture him while he was still tiny (and cooperative)!  The photos were taken by the lovely Tami of Tami Wilson Photography.  She was fabulous and we were thrilled with our photos.  I really wanted a lifestyle session and Tami captured everything perfectly!  I can't wait to take some more photos with her when Mason gets a bit bigger!

here are a few of my favorite's from our session...

Monday, January 21, 2013

1st month favorites

I have been around baby products for a long time (I worked in the industry for several years), and I have always had my personal favorites.  But you never know what products you will really use and what you could go without.  I was lucky to have 2 lovely baby showers and receive tons of wonderful gifts.  I wanted to share our favorites from each month.  The products we could not have lived without.  I am a few months behind so here are our first month favorites...

1. itzbeen, baby care timer :: as much as you think you will remember what time baby did what, you will NOT - this timer was a life saver!

2. boppy, newborn lounger :: super portable and cozy - the perfect spot for baby to rest those first few months.

3. aden+anias, bamboo swaddles :: love, love, love these swaddles.  The perfect size for getting a good tight swaddle, the bamboo is the softest EVER, plus you can use them for a million other things!

4. puj, puj infant tub :: super convenient for bathing little one those first few months!  Soft, easy and safe - it's a no brainer for baby bath time.
5. skip hop, pronto mini-changer :: diaper changes on the go are easy with this mini changer - holds your diapers, wipes, and any extras plus comes with a built-in changing pad!

6. prince lionheart, wipes warmer :: yes even my baby's bottom is spoiled, but he just loves those warm wipes and I love a happy baby.  So, spoiled bottom it is...

7. scott cohen, eat sleep poop :: this doctor authored book provides informative and practical answers to common questions about baby - no nonsense "common sense bottom line" answers.

8. cloud b, sleep sheep :: white noise in a precious little package!  A darling addition to baby's crib and perfect for soothing them to sleep.

9. 4moms, mamaroo bouncer :: for the baby who wants to ride in style - this bouncer is awesome!  Various motions, speeds and sounds for a nice smooth ride!

10. nosefrida, nasal aspirator :: the ONLY aspirator that really works - yes it is weird, but it is the best.  We still use it almost every day!

Here are a few photos of Mason using some of these fab items during his first month ... living the good life, huh?!

What were your favorites for baby's first month?

Friday, January 18, 2013

almond poppyseed bread

I have always had a sweet tooth, but it really kicked into high gear around my third trimester and has stuck around since Mason's arrival.  Of course, seeing tons of delicious recipes on Pinterest daily does not really help my cause.  Last week I decided to test out my version of this almond poppyseed bread recipe.  Very tasty!  Here is the scoop...


3 cups flour
1/2 tsp salt
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1 1/8 cups cooking oil
2 1/4 cups sugar
1 1/2 cups milk (I would use at lest 2%)
2 T. poppy seeds
1 1/2 tsp almond extract
1 1/2 tsp vanila
1 T. melted butter

1/4 cup orange juice
3/4 cup sugar
1/2 tsp almond extract
1/2 tsp vanilla
1 T. melted butter

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees (I cooked mine at 335 because I used darker pans).  Combine all ingredients and pour into greased and floured baking pans.  Bake for 50-60 minutes (I did about 55 min, but I wish I had taken them out around 50 because I think the cake would have been more moist).  For the glaze:  combine all ingredients in a saucepan over medium heat until the sugar dissolves.   Remove bread from pans and pour glaze over warm bread (it got a bit messy here - so have a spatula/knife handy for the extra glaze).  I also added some toasted almond slices while glazing - which really added to the bread!

Monday, January 14, 2013

mason's nursery reveal

Finally time for the big nursery reveal.  Thanks for following along through the process, if you missed anything you can catch up here, here, here and here.  Also, please visit my project page over on Project Nursery and give it some love!  I had so much fun creating this happy space for Mason, and I know we will spend many fun-filled days here...

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