bummer.


despite my best efforts...baby has his first cold.
not a terrible one.
just enough to be troublesome.
send reinforcements.
you know, coffee and chocolate.
cause this mama isn't sleeping much.
xoxo
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weekend things...

One of my new goals in life is to make my husbands days off special...especially the Saturdays that he has off...I ADORE having my husband home and I want to show him that through little special things that I plan or do for his days off...knowing Doug and knowing myself they will mostly be centered around food...one of my love languages. :)
This past Saturday I spied these yummy concoctions...and in true to me style I figured out how to make them easier. Yeast and I don't get along too well so I cheated on that part of the recipe and used pre-made biscuits instead. If you are woman enough to conquer yeast then you can use the original recipe found HERE.
Cinnamon Raisin Pull Apart Muffins

1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
1 1/4 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup granulated sugar
3 Tablespoons flour
1/2 teaspoon cornstarch
1 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
handful of golden raisins (optional)

Mix all of the above together.

Four pack of biscuits (shown above)
more flour, granulated sugar and cinnamon for dusting

Grease a non-stick muffin pan. I used 18 muffin tins. Cut individual biscuits into fours. Dust with a handful of sugar, bit of flour and lots of cinnamon. Place four biscuit pieces into the bottom of each muffin cup, top with a tablespoon of butter and sugar mixture. Top with four more biscuit pieces then top with more sugar mixture.
Bake at 350 degrees F for about 12-18 minutes. The sugars do great things in the oven.

Sure to make your Saturday feel special. And my huge order of fabric arrived...lots of purses and other fun things to be created here.
This will be one of the first purses to hit the shop...hopefully this week.
I thought this was too cute to pass up...not sure what it will become. :)
I also got these pears in the shop...hope to get more of them made soon. :)

We also started sleep training with Aaron with lots of success. We use a phenomenal book called Healthy Sleep Habits Happy Child. It made a HUGE difference in our lives when we started it with Moses at four months. Before we started it he was waking up 10-12 times a night!!! We were ALL losing our minds...within 24 hours of starting this method Moses was only waking up twice a night...then soon only once. :) Anyway, we are starting it from the beginning with Aaron to avoid losing our minds (at least for that reason) this time around. We started on Friday and it has already had a huge impact on Aaron's sleep...much longer naps, much longer sleeping periods during the night and he is waking up later in the morning. :) On top of that a happy baby has become even more pleasant. :) I can't say enough good things about this book. :)

And, I want to hear some ways that you make your husband feel special?
I want to hear your ideas. :)

Happy day to you!
xoxo
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chunk...

I have a feeling that Aaron will be my chunky baby...Moses never really was.
I feel like he has filled out so much since birth...
He is resting on super cute pillows...sent to him by the fabulous Meg. :)
And he already finds the camera annoying. :)

Happy Friday to you!!! :)
xo
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wait.......what?!?!

How in the world has it already been a month?
So having a child speeds time up, I admit.
But no one warned me that having another would double that effect.

Regardless...my baby turned one month old yesterday...first day of college here we come...

xoxo
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reward...

If children are a reward from Him then I am sure I was given a double portion. :)
Moses helped me assemble the crib for Aaron yesterday...
Then he happily helped me demonstrate to Aaron how to lay in it. :)
Cuties!
Hope you are seeing the reward in your day! :)

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xoxo
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photobooth documentary...

One reason I love our MAC is photobooth...I was just looking at the photos in the program and found a mini documentary of our lives since we got it two Octobers ago...enjoy!
Awww...baby Moses! Look at that chub!
I don't know who that skinny person is...
Fun effects!
Visits from friends. :)
Love.
Sweet.
Buddies.
Cuties.
Christmas.
Lion...rawr.
Bellies.
Baby.
Fun right? Makes you want to go buy a MAC right now, huh?
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sweet thing...

Just thought I would share our sweet, fun and funky announcement with you...I took the photo then Sara did all the work...
You can find Sara and all of her FABULOUS work at Less Ordinary Designs...I have used her before and I will say it again, she is WONDERFUL to work with! :)

Hope your weekend is wonderful...I hope to have a new project to share with you in the next day or two. :)
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happy spring things...

Spring is finally here!! And you can see it all around our house!
The mantle is all decorated...I LOVE green bunnies...don't ask me why...if you find any good ones you just let me know. :)
Just a little something to make it fun and cheerful...light and springy...
I also collect yellow chicks for Easter/Spring...this one is from middleburg.etsy.com. :)
Sweet little eggs and Easter grass...in Spring green of course...
...this green bunny and Spring sign are from Target...
...Spring colored towels in the shop...
...with Spring colored pom poms to match...
...things blooming in the garden...
...being OUTside!!!!!
...and loving it! :)

Hope you are seeing Spring all around you today...I would love to see your Spring post...let me know if you do one! :)

xoxo
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free therapy...

One of my friends from MOPS made this a couple of weeks ago...it was so good that I saw some ladies scraping crumbs on their plate when the majority of the cake was gone.

Having a rough day? This should bring some sunshine into your life. :) YUM!

You can thank me now. :)

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Streusel Cream Cheese Coffee Cake

This is yummy and very easy. Definitely good to have your butter and cream cheese at room temperature before you start.

Batter:

1 cup butter (softened to room temperature)

1 cup sugar

2 eggs


2 cups flour

2 tsp. baking powder

½ tsp. salt


Filling:

2 8-oz. packages cream cheese (room temperature)

1 egg

½ cup sugar

1 tsp. vanilla



Streusel Topping:

¼ cup flour

¼ cup sugar

2 Tbsp. butter


Preheat oven to 350.

For batter, place butter and sugar in large bowl and beat at medium speed until blended. Add eggs, one at a time, mixing after each addition. In medium bowl, combine flour, baking powder, and salt. Add to butter mixture and mix well. Spread 2/3 of batter onto bottom of a 10-inch springform pan.


For filling, combine cream cheese, egg, sugar, and vanilla in medium bowl and mix well. Spread over batter in pan. Spoon remaining 1/3 of batter on top.


For topping, combine flour and sugar in small bowl. Add butter and blend until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Sprinkle over batter. Bake for 45 minutes or until a knife inserted in the center comes out clean.

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moses monday...

The biggest challenge in having two kids so far is making sure that each of them feel loved, special and an essential part of our family. Doug and I decided when we got pregnant with Aaron that his arrival would be a good time to start doing special outings with just Moses. :)
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On Sunday I asked Moses if he wanted to go on a date with me the next day...he spent the rest of the day asking to go on a date...I am pretty sure he had no idea what he was asking for. :)
Then on Monday, when Doug got home, I asked Moses if he was ready for our date...he jumped at the chance to go out, just the two of us...I took him out for frozen yogurt and then to pick out a new train at Toys R Us. :)
I knew he would enjoy the undivided attention but I had no idea that he would beam so much. You could see it in his face how happy he was and how loved he felt. :) He told everyone that we saw on our outing that he was on a date. :)

Of course that night he went to bed early because he refused to stay in time out...but we won't focus on that part of Monday. :)

How do you make each of your kids feel special?

xoxo
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