Sunday, August 28, 2011

Toys

In all the baby shopping I've been doing lately, I noticed something about my own personal taste.  I like everything that is simple and old-fashioned-looking.  None of the crazy toys and gadgets that beep, buzz and blink.  I think simple is pleasing to the eye and more my style.  I'm a huge fan of toys that allow kids to be creative.  Not that video games don't serve their own good purposes as well - I just think that constant overstimulation can be counter-productive.  The sensory overload doesn't allow children to exercise their imaginations.  Luckily, I found this article to read to Evan that explains exactly that.

Considering baby is only 11 days old we have a while - I hope - before worrying too much about video games and wanting to play on our cell phones.  Here are some cute baby toys that I hope our little one will be into for while:

I don't know what it is about giraffes, but they are just the sweetest baby toys ever.
There's something so cute and charming about them!
This giraffe is my favorite.

I love any toys that are great for outside.
This croquette set is freaking adorable!


I may or may not want this for myself.
Thank goodness we have a baby girl!
It's like I get to relive my childhood but with cooler toys.

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Sonny + Fiona

I just love this picture of Fiona and Sonny.
I can't believe how big he looks next to her!
They're like 2 peas in a pod.

Friday, August 26, 2011

Right now I'm loving...

our 3 doggies for being gentle and patient with our new addition
singing to my baby girl and moving her arms around like she's dancing
eating really healthy meals then finishing them off with a chocolate chip cookie
amazing friends and family who come by to spend time with Fiona
listening to Jason Mraz radio on Pandora
all the cutsie hand-crafted burp cloths, bows and hats that baby girl gets from her Auntie Jenny
watching season 5 of Dexter on DVD with my husband
my sweet mother-in-law who makes us tasty vegan dinners to quickly pop in the oven
fitting into my favorite pair of skinny jeans again
that the book The Help was made into a movie - haven't seen it yet, but I can't wait!
seafoam green nail polish
this photo:

Have a good day!
xoxo





Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups

Photo via The Kind Life

Like I've said before, I'm not vegan but if there is a vegan alternative to something and I feel that it's just as good I'll go for that instead.  These chocolate peanut butter cups from Alicia Silverstone's book The Kind Diet are just that.  They're amazing.


Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups
MAKES 12
Ingredients
  • 1/2 cup Earth Balance butter
  • 3/4 cup crunchy peanut butter (preferably unsweetened and unsalted) 
  • 3/4 cup graham cracker crumbs or 10 graham cracker squares
  • 1/4 cup maple sugar or other granulated sweetener
  • 1 cup grain-sweetened, nondairy chocolate or carob chips
  • 1/4 cup soy, rice, or nut milk 
  • 1/4 cup chopped pecans, almonds, or peanuts


Directions
  1. Line a 12-cup muffin tin with paper liners. (If You Care makes unbleached liners made from recycled paper.) Set aside.
  2. Melt the butter in a small saucepan over medium heat. 
  3. Stir in the peanut butter, graham cracker crumbs, and maple sugar and mix well. 
  4. Remove the mixture from the heat. Evenly divide the mixture, approximately 2 tablespoons per cup, among the muffin cups. 
  5. Combine the chocolate and milk in another pan. Stir over medium heat until the chocolate has melted.
  6. Spoon the chocolate evenly over the peanut butter mixture. 
  7. Top with chopped nuts.
  8. Place in the refrigerator to set for at least 2 hours before serving.

* Excerpted from The Kind Diet by Alicia Silverstone (2009, Rodale).


Monday, August 22, 2011

Monday Morning Thoughts


I wrote my first blog post at the beginning of the year when I had only known for a couple of weeks that I was pregnant.  I was still sorting through all the emotions because even though getting pregnant was a decision we went into willingly, I was completely terrified.  How could I be a good mom if I like dogs more than I like kids?  Or if newborns "creep me out"?  Like I said in that very first post, I never thought I would have children.  Ever.

It's a good thing pregnancy lasts as long as it does because I think it takes many people that entire time to become mentally ready for something so life-altering.  I know I needed it.  Even up to the last minute of pregnancy I would think, "How am I going to do this?"  I'm one of those people who are set in my ways and not very good with change.  I cried for a week when Evan got me a puppy (which we had been planning to do anyway!) because he was hard work and demanded so much.  I didn't think I could do it. And now I can't imagine my life without our little Sonny.  

When I went into labor - early and unexpectedly - this past Thursday I kept thinking over and over, "This better be worth it".  I seemed like the only person who thought that it might not be.

Now, I look at my sweet baby girl and think, I would do it 10 more times for her.  I get so emotional every time I look at her - maybe it's that whole postpartum thing - but I just can't believe I could love something so much so quickly.  If you're a mom you know what I'm talking about, if you're not you're thinking "that's so cliche, everyone says that", and if you're my husband reading this you're thinking "I told you so".  

I honestly don't ever want to be away from her.  We take like 200 pictures of her a day, and when other people hold her for too long I get a little jealous!  I feel like she's already changing too much and I'm afraid that if I blink I'm going to miss something.  Her "newborn-ness" is starting to go away.  The redness in her skin pigment.  The funny little pimples.  She's going to be such a beautiful girl.  I'm so glad she's ours and that we get to see her every day.

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Fiona Lee Litt

More pictures of Fiona's first day-and-a-half.
It's hard not to take pictures of her every second!
I feel like she's already changed so much.

She's probably only about half an hour old here


Auntie Jenny and Uncle Chad

Nana

Nanay

Nanny and Poppy

Baby Burrito 

Big Brother

Happy happy parents





She's so precious, I can't believe she's all ours!

Friday, August 19, 2011

Back to School Wish List

I'm not in school right now - with new baby girl I'll have to wait a bit - but that doesn't mean I can't have a little back-to-school wish list, does it?
Let's call it a Fall wish list then:


I bought my sister this watch as a little thank you gift for throwing me such a great baby shower.  
Now I secretly want one.
Is that allowed?
These booties by ModCloth would be so fun with black leggings.



Ever since this post on one of my favorite blogs, I've wanted red skinny jeans.
These from Urban Outfitters are super cute.


Thursday, August 18, 2011

It's a Girl!!!

After 9 1/2 months of pregnancy bliss and such anticipation to find out the sex of our wee one, we are proud to announce the birth of Fiona Litt.  She was born at 10:27am and she's 6 pounds 14 ounces.  Yay, we got our baby girl!!!

More pictures to come soon.
xoxo


Wednesday, August 17, 2011

I Like to Ride my Bicycle

Paul, Ringo, George, John
Ingrid Bergman and Humphrey Bogart

Vanessa Paradis

It seems that riding bikes isn't very cool in Las Vegas.  Years ago, I dreamed of riding about town on a cute beach cruiser with a basket on the front filled with fresh flowers, a bottle of wine and a baguette.  Apparently too many nostalgic Parisian photographs led me to believe this was normal and/or practical.

A while back, a good friend of mine got me an adorable sea-foam green beach cruiser for my birthday and I was so excited to begin my bike-riding adventures:  running errands, riding through the city, looking cute and saving gas while doing it.  Au contraire.  I rode to the grocery store to fulfill my dream of filling my little white basket with flowers and baguettes, and it was then that I understood why people don't ride bikes here.  This is not a city like New York or Chicago.  Everything is so far apart here!  Vegas is a spread out city, and it makes daily bike-riding pretty impractical.  And since it's so uncommon, drivers are NOT very friendly toward people who attempt this dangerous activity.  Bike lanes may as well be called death lanes. 

Fortunately, almost 2 years ago we moved to a little area of the city called Green Valley.  Traffic is a bit less crazy here, the landscape is nice and it is much more common for people to be out jogging, walking their dogs and yes... riding their bikes.  There's a little center behind our house that has everything: a grocery store, Starbucks, a Bikram yoga studio, restaurants, both of our banks... It's great!  

I did get some funny looks when I rode my bike to the grocery store the other day.  But I'm just going to go ahead and assume it was because I'm 9 1/2 months pregnant wearing an overstuffed backpack (in which I managed to cram a melon and jug of orange juice) and 3 bags of groceries in my basket... plus it was 105°.  I guess I may have looked  bit nutty.

Anyway, I can't wait until the weather cools off a little and my wee one will be able to come on bike rides with me.  Hopefully we look as cute as this mom and baby team:

Photo via A CUP OF JO

The three great photos above are from this website, which displays photos of celebrities and their bikes.  It's really cute.  My favorite are the photos of old Hollywood stars.

Dick's

This past Saturday was Evan Jr's birthday.  We had already celebrated with family and friends the previous Wednesday with a pizza party and Area 51'a baseball game, but we thought we would do a little something on his actual birthday.  So went to a dinner of his choice with his mom Mary, Stepdad Garreth, and little brother Elliot.  He chose Dick's Last Resort (for what reason, I have no clue).  The concept of the restaurant is that the servers are rude to you.  I can see where that has the potential to be funny, but they're not actually that funny.  It's just a bunch of bad sarcastic humor and waiting around for your server to come by.  But kids love that stuff, and their veggie burger wasn't bad.  And to be honest, if I had to serve tables, I would for sure do it there.

Anyway, here are some pictures of our dinner at Dick's:

Evan's hat says, "It's my birthday and all I got was a butt pimple".
Where do they come up with this stuff?


Mine says, "Ex-stripper".  A little risky for a table with kids, but pretty funny.  :)
We told Jr that it said "Ex-Striper...like the fish".
But he's 8, and definitely not dumb.  haha


Evan is such a good big brother.  He just adores Elliot, and Elliot loves him so much.
Mary's hat says, "My butt itches and my fingers stink".
I wonder if these people constantly reuse the same lines.


Only Evan Jr. would be sitting at the table with an Ipad in his hands and an Iphone at his ear.
He was getting birthday love from his Aunt, though, so it was ok.  :)


He looks longingly at his birthday dessert, but that completely changes 2 minutes later when he realizes there are bananas in it... He wouldn't even touch it!  Oh well, more dessert for me.  I guess Garreth hates bananas too, so he was trying to force him to eat some.


After dinner we went to the arcade downstairs.
After a few 20s I think he ended up with a stuffed animal or something...
But we all had a lot of fun, so that's what matters.


Tuesday, August 16, 2011

I love you but...

Il
Picture by Ross Neil
This website is full of pictures depicting that moment when you realize that even though you love someone, there's still that "something" about them that bothers you.  Haha
It's pretty funny.

Monday, August 15, 2011

Boulder City

My lovely friend Janelle works at the Boulder City Hospital, which is about 15 or 20 minutes from where I live.  She's super busy with work and studying right now, so the only way I could see her was to come to her on her break.  So this past Thursday we hung out for a while over a McDonald's lunch in the hospital break room.  



Janelle and I have known each other since the 4th grade.  She was my very first friend after moving to Las Vegas when I was 10.  We love each other like family, and she's leaving for San Diego at the end of the month - I'm so sad!  At least the visits will be fun.  Can't wait to take baby to the beach!!!


Anyway, I took advantage of the little drive to Boulder City by taking myself on a little day-date after lunch.

Boulder City is a cute little town just outside of Las Vegas.  I love the little antique shops and quaint restaurants they have there.  No offense to anyone from Boulder City, but that's about all they have there.  Driving through it is like going back in time a few decades.  It's like I traded in our Acura for a DeLorean.

This shop has THE BEST candles I have ever smelled, I used to drive here just for the candles.
Of course I got one (melon), and I checked out their holiday candles.  
Oh.  My.  Lord.
I'm not even into the holidays and I can't wait to buy them.
Our house will for sure be the best-smelling house during this holiday season.

Just another little shop.

This little candy shop was so cute!
I actually didn't want anything (I know, right...ME?!?!).  
Well, I was feeling the effects of a McDonald's lunch.  
UGH.  Even just a grilled cheese from there can make you sick.
But I wanted to look around and take a couple pictures, and I thought I'd seem less 
like a freak if I actually bought something.

So I got some ice cream.


And then took some pictures.


This kind of thing is what I love about Vegas.  Yes, we have gambling and strip clubs and it's party party party.  But that part of the city is so miniscule compared to what else is around here.  

For those who aren't into all that - like me - you can get in your car and drive 20 minutes and experience something completely different like the lake, or the mountains or to a little place that seems like a trip back in time.  It's nice.  :) 
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