Thursday, May 3, 2012

I just about died

when I saw this little baby girl's reaction to my "baby guacamole":




Are you serious?  Now I know I'm a little bias but it can't get any cuter than this.  This kid LOVES food.  I mean LOVES it!  I thought that when feeding babies you had to do that crazy airplane trick to force feed them real food.  As if the baby is like, "Mom, there is no way you're getting those peas past these lips.  But an airplane ?!  OKAY!"  Nope, no fake flying machinery in this house.  Just give her the food.  She has quite a sophisticated pallette for an 8-month old...or an 8-year old for that matter.  I had weeks and weeks of prepared baby puree in the freezer only to discover shortly after that those are "sooo last month".  She much prefers quinoa, hummus and zucchini to those bland purees and teething biscuits which look a little too suspiciously like dog biscuits.  She wants flavor, and if she keeps making faces like this, I will definitely do my best to deliver. 

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Easter at the Litt Household

We had such a wonderful, relaxing Easter.
We had family over for a little brunch, and the Easter Bunny brought Jr and Fiona some fun little gifts.  
The highlight of our day, though might have been watching Fiona eat pineapple for the first time.  Seriously.  Watch the video, it's hilarious.















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Monday, April 9, 2012

Presidio - Our New Favorite Happy Hour Spot

It's less than 5 minutes away from our house, the food is fantastic and the atmosphere is wonderful.
Our good friends Mark and Amy turned us on to this place.
Our favorite nights there are Tuesdays because they offer half off all bottles of wine...We've gotten quite toasty on a couple of occasions. ;)
These photos were taken on one such occasion.  Mark's birthday.  
This was a few weeks ago, but the weather is only getting better.  I'm so excited to spend more nights out like this.












Thursday, April 5, 2012

A guest post by Jackie Clark

Jackie Clark, who does outreach for the Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance, has reached out to me to post an article she wrote about the importance of fashion and style as a morale booster for women who have dealt with the tragedy of a cancer diagnosis.

Jackie believes that even in trying times, fashion can be used to help women feel beautiful, confident and strong.  I think Jackie's cause is a great one for women, and any way to bring awareness to the strength and beauty of women should be recognized.


The Relationship Between Fashion and Beauty and the Sense of Self
By: Jackie Clark

The relationship between fashion and beauty comes down to the expression of a woman's sense of personal style. How a person looks often affects how she feels about herself. While this is always important, it may never be more so when a woman faces a serious health challenge like mesothelioma. When much of a person's time is spent seeing doctors and listening to prognosis after prognosis, the fashion and beauty staples that a woman chooses like a cool pair of red shoes or a brand new lipstick shade can make her feel like a person again instead of a diagnosis.

Changes in Life

According to PBS, fashion helps people to express themselves by allowing them to try on different roles in life much like a costume allows an actor to get into character. The same can be said about makeup. For example, a woman who dresses conservatively may normally wear a navy-blue suit and muted browns and beige makeup colors may “try on” a new character by wearing a hot pink shirt and matching lipstick one day. Such a choice allows her to see how this bolder alter ego lives. She may ask herself, “What kind of decisions would this type of person make? What types of careers or friends would she have?”

While this may not seem like much, it can represent the first step that a woman takes into making some necessary changes in her life, which often begin with small steps. Fashion and beauty represent relatively safe ways for a person to explore change on a small scale before making larger scale changes. These steps can help her, regardless of whether she's making changes in her health regimen, career or spiritual life—the idea being, “If I can make this change, what other positive changes can I make in my life?”

The Constants in Life

On the flip side, the way a woman expresses herself through fashion and beauty can represent one of the constants in her life. When life throws a person a number of challenges at her, daily rituals like putting on makeup or choosing an outfit for work may provide some stability in an otherwise unstable situation. Laying out clothes for something like an annual singles retreat or deciding on a new eye makeup shade to wear to the office spring fling helps a woman concentrate on elements in her life that she not only looks forward to, but can control as well.

Adding Color to Life

Fashion and beauty also bring color to a person's life. As winter months turn into spring, magazine fashion pages pop with bright floral prints and jewel-tone makeup colors. These hues reflect the life that is blossoming outside on the trees and in the flower beds. There is a psychological component to these colors. As such, there is also a lesson to be taken away from them. For days when life presents a number of challenges and a woman faces her own share of the blues, fashion and beauty can give her mood a boost as well.

Conclusion

The relationship between fashion and beauty is many-fold. These two markers of self-expression provide a woman with a viable tool for boosting her sense of well-being, regardless of what kinds of challenges she faces. They remind her of who she is or who she can be, which gives a woman an anchor to which she can tether her life.

Sunday, April 1, 2012

I Traded my Basket for a Baby Seat





If any of you know me, you know I love to ride my bike.  And ever since I found out I was pregnant I've been waiting for this day.  I am one happy mama.

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

The L.A. Arboretum

Remember when you were a kid reading Anne of Green Gables, and you wished you were Anne living on beautiful Prince Edward Island in a beautiful little cottage in the late 19th century?...No?...Just me?...Ok then.  Anyway, when I visited the L.A. Arboretum a couple of weeks ago I could not stop thinking about how my twelve-year-old self would have just died walking through this place because that's exactly what it reminded me of.  It was amazing and breathtaking and exactly the stuff Lucy Maud Montgomery novels are made of.  Good thing it was just Fiona and me, or someone else would have seen the idiot grin I had from ear to ear the entire time.  Here are some pictures I took of this beautiful place:




















We walked around for nearly 2 hours, but I could have done it all day.  With this baby girl, though, you can't really do anything for much longer than an hour and a half.  The sun was setting anyway, and it was beginning to get cold, so we left the serenity of this place to hop into my first experience with the dreaded L.A. traffic.  It was horrible.  I mean horrible.  L.A. Traffic is one thing, but L.A. traffic with a hungry baby and a nanny calling wondering why you're hours late for dinner is something completely different.  Let's just say a 40 minute drive turning into a 2 hour crawl and a baby screaming bloody murder for 30 minutes (and this is no exaggeration, my friends) makes a mother do crazy things.  Like miraculously crossing 4 lanes of parked traffic to get off at a random exit to pull into a very sketchy McDonald's at night, and feed an extremely fed up baby on the bathroom counter.  I was not lovin' it.  

I think it's safe to say I had my best and worst L.A. experiences all in one day.  

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

I Thought Having a Newborn was Challenging...

...then I had a 6 1/2 month old.



Gone are the days when I could set this baby girl down for a second while I loaded the washing machine, or brushed my teeth, or made a snack, or talked on the phone, or messed around on the computer or...basically gone are the days when I could do anything without this kid getting into something.  

She is a curious little munchkin and loves to touch anything you don't give her to play with.  Literally.  If I want her to play with something I have to pretend she's not supposed to have it, and set away from her until she eventually gets to it.  If I simply hand it to her she's not interested.  

Putting her down for a nap has become a bit complicated as well.  She will roll over onto her belly and try to make a crawl for it no matter how tired I know she is.  It's seriously a wrestling match for about 15 minutes with me constantly grabbing and rolling her back over until she finally gives in.  

She won't eat food without grabbing the spoon to try and do it herself, this little independent woman.  I put a spoon in each one of her hands so that she can't grab the one I'm using to feed her!

Aah yes, those days are long gone, and she's just barely crawling!  I can't even begin to imagine how tough it's going to be when she starts to walk.  This stage is definitely tiring, but oh so fun!  



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