it’s Friday!

Woo-hoo!  A little round up of what’s going on out here…

* Lincoln’s 1st birthday is just around the corner.  Eeek!  So, I’ve been starting to think about his 1st birthday party.  It won’t be anything big, but Nani & Popi, my brother and sister-in-law and their kids are coming into town to celebrate, so I want to plan something.  I’m starting with some decorating ideas.  I’m sure Lincoln will appreciate all of the effort I am putting into choosing a color scheme 😉  I just ordered some bunting from this fun site Yellow Bird, Yellow Beard that I’m going to use.  And I have some awesome felt balls on the way that I am going to string and make into garland.  I am now on the hunt for a good, semi-healthy cake recipe.  I want Lincoln to have the classic “smash cake”, but I also don’t want to send him into a sugar induced coma on his 1st birthday.  I know you can sweeten baked goods with applesauce… If anyone has a good recipe, let me know!

* I mentioned before that I was going to learn more about essential oils.  Well, I went to two meetings led by a doTERRA rep and I just got my first kit with a bunch of oils.  I’ve already been using many of them.  There is a great blend called ‘”Breathe” that you can mix with a little coconut oil and use as an all-natural, psuedo-Vick’s Vapor Rub.  It’s been really helpful with Lincoln’s runny nose that he’s had for the last week or so.

my collection so far...

my collection so far…

* Remember when I said I planned on making weekly dinners.  Oh what a nice plan that was… Sadly, life (read: Lincoln) has made it a bit challenging to get much cooking done.  However, my lovely friend Victoria has been posting some delicious recipes over on her blog Frankfully.  Butternut squash bisque and veggie fajitas… yum, yum!

* In my continued quest to make friends here, I am going to a mommy & me meet up at an arboretum here in Spokane this weekend.  I’m excited.  Hopefully Lincoln has fun too.

And here are a few of my favorite, recent Lincoln pictures that I’ve shared on Instagram.  Have a great weekend!

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Happy March!

A few random musings on this Friday…

* Have you seen this new Threshold brand at Target? I pretty much love everything that they are selling under this brand. Anyway, in my quest to “green” our lives, I ditched our plastic spoons/spatulas/etc. this week and got some very cute “Threshold” kitchen tools made of acacia wood. Next, I am trying to learn more about essential oils. I am going to a little event at a cafe here next week led by a woman who sells products from doTERRA, a line of really high quality essential oils. Anyway, apparently you can use EOs for all sorts of things… cleaning, as homeopathic remedies for various ailments, to help with relaxation and sleep… I am excited.

* I mentioned before that I have eliminated dairy from my diet because of some tummy issues Lincoln was having… Well, I’ve slowly started adding some dairy back in here and there, but one thing I’ve discovered in my dairy-free life is coconut milk ice cream and it’s awesome! I’ve tried several flavors from the Luna & Larry’s Coconut Bliss brand and they are delicious. Now, this ice cream may be dairy free, but it is by no means healthy… it is still ice cream… but I have to say, I don’t know if I will ever go back to the regular stuff… it’s that good.

my most favorite flavor... yum, yum...

my most favorite flavor… yum, yum…

* I waste a lot of time on Instagram on my phone, sharing pictures of Lincoln and what not, and I have begun to stumble upon all sorts of bloggers, artists and designers who share their work there. One brand that I think is just adorable is called Hello Apparel. They have cute stuff for kids and for adults…

love this raglan pullover... link here

love this raglan pullover… link here

* And some exciting news for me… husband shaved his beard! It must be the ridiculous winning streak that the Blackhawks are on that cheered him up and pushed him to do it.

no more beard face!

farewell beard face!

Hope you have a great weekend! Here’s hoping some spring-like weather will be on the way shortly…