Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Meet Adam!

He's here! 
Our sweet little Adam is here!


Just like his big brother he decided to arrive on his due date. 
He was born on Friday, June 27th at 6.59 a.m. after a 12 hour labor.
I was able to have the home birth that I was hoping for and it was such a great experience.
There will definitely be a birth story posted in the future.

Everything is going really well, we're all happy and healthy and a little exhausted :)

Love, Maria

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

slowing down

Oops, it's been more than a week since I've posted an update. 
My mom and my sister were getting a little impatient, so I thought I'd make them happy and write a little post. 

I'm only a week and a few days away from my due date, and things are going really well, 
I don't feel super uncomfortable or itching to get this baby out, I'm just savoring my last few weeks/days/hours (?) as a mama of one.

But who knows how I'll feel a week from now :) 

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I've been pretty busy nesting, the baby room is almost finished, 
as soon as I feel it's share-able I'll post some photos. 
Micha's nap time (which usually is my blogging time) has become nap time for me too lately, 
that is definitely contributing to the lack of blogging.

But I actually don't mind slowing down a bit on the blogging side of life, 
it's a summer thing, it's a 'getting ready for baby' thing and also a priority thing. 

While I love sharing bits and pieces of my life, I want to be able to live it as well, and I think that's where my priority should be right now. 
Sharing life is great, (and I'm definitely planning to keep on sharing) but living life is better, don't you think?

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Anyways, I haven't posted a bump photo or a monthly Micha photo in a while, so here you go:


Micha, at 22 months you love:

-hugs
-playing with rocks, sand and water
-swimming
-singing your own made up songs
- being naughty
-your bed
-when your papa comes home from work
-kissing my belly
-talking and talking and talking my head off
-charming strangers
-'riding' your tricycle (you use it as a balance bike)
-being the cutest almost two-year-old there is



Baby boy:
It's almost time to meet you, little one.
It's been such a beautiful surprise to have you grow in my belly,
I've loved every minute of it, even when it meant being tired and nauseous and fat. :) 
I can't wait to meet you!

Love, Mama







Friday, June 6, 2014

July 2013 / July 2014
The kid needs new pajama's. 

That's all I'm sayin'.


Happy Friday!

Love, Maria

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

It's getting there

The last few days we've been pretty busy with one thing and one thing only (hence the lack of blogging):

the nursery. 

Yes, finally!



With Micha we had everything done and ready by the time I was 35 weeks along, but this time around we were both suffering from second child procrastination plus an active toddler who is a master at keeping us busy!

But last weekend we had a long weekend, and decided now was the time to get things done! 
I mean, I'm only 37 weeks pregnant... Eek!

We made an Ikea run and bought this drawer chest, which will be painted yellow, like this one.
We wallpapered and painted and sanded and then painted again. 
We taped off the ceiling to paint stripes, like these.

I made a start at making a name banner and other decorations for the little guys room.
I collected a few free printables, like this cute one.

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The nursery is still far from ready, but it's definitely getting there!

This weekend we have another long weekend, 
so I'm hoping we'll be able to get at least all the big things done. 
Hopefully I'll have some better pictures to share with you then!

I can't wait to finally start decorating and putting little clothes away in drawers. 

And then, when that's all done, all I'll have to do is wait for this little baby to arrive!

Love, Maria



Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Recipe: Homemade Vanilla Maple Frappuccino



Today I'm sharing this recipe with you, but first a funny story: 

When we were in Canada a few weeks ago, B. took me out for breakfast on my birthday 
(the big 2-9, one more year in my twenties, eek!). 
We had the most amazing breakfast with freshly squeezed orange juice, fresh fruit and big stacks of french toast and waffles. 
During breakfast the (really sweet) waitress walked up to us and asked B. if he wanted some coffee, 
and while I was politely waiting for my turn to order ( yes, I'd LOVE / need some coffee!) 
she turned to me and said: 'I'm not even going to ask you if you want some, because you're pregnant'.
Uh, excuse me? 
I know very well that I shouldn't drink too much coffee while pregnant, but my one cup a day is definitely okay, not to mention: needed. 

I have no idea what the girl was thinking, 
maybe the Canadians are super strict with coffee during pregnancy, 
or maybe she heard somewhere that coffee is bad for preggo's, 
but I was a little taken aback by the fact that she decided what I could and couldn't put in my body, how well intentioned it probably was.
After that awkward moment I didn't even dare to say that, in fact, I would love some coffee, 
so I ended up ordering water.

It was a strange moment.

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Anyways, back to the coffee, as a part time Barista I love my coffee, 
and my favorite way of drinking it is as a cappuccino. 
A good strong espresso poured into warm and frothy milk, delicious!

But now that the temperatures are rising I also love drinking iced coffee, 
Frappuccinos, to be exact.
I found the perfect way to make them at home and thought I'd share the recipe.

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You can change it to you liking. 
I used decaf coffee, this way I can enjoy a frappuccino a few times a day without 'risking' my baby's life :) 

 Homemade Vanilla Maple Frappuccino:

4 cups of strongly brewed (decaf) coffee 
( I used 8 scoops of coffee for 4 cups of water, but you can make it as strong as you like)

1/4 cups of sugar (or 1/4 cups of maple syrup)

1 tsp vanilla extract (I only had artificial on hand, but the real stuff is better)

1 tsp maple extract (if using maple syrup as a sweetener you can skip this step)

(you can use any flavoring you like, I also love it with almond extract, and I can imagine it'll taste delicious with coconut extract)

Make the coffee, while the coffee is still hot stir in the sugar until it's dissolved, add the vanilla and maple extract.
Let the coffee cool a bit.
Pour the coffee into an ice cube tray, I needed about four trays.(about 40 ice cubes)
Once the cubes are frozen you can pop them out and store them in a ziploc bag to save space in your freezer.


To make the frappuccino: take as many coffee ice cubes as you want (I used four cubes) put them in a blender with about a cup of milk (or more, or less, whatever you want) and blend until it's nice and frothy.
Pour into a tall glass, stick a straw in it and enjoy!

If you really want to treat yourself you could top the Frappuccino with whipped cream and drizzle some chocolate sauce over top. Yum!

Love, Maria

Sunday, May 25, 2014

16/52

Project 52: a portrait of my children, once a week, every week, in 2014

 Micha: Going so fast on your little bike, I can hardly catch up

Baby boy: Growing and kicking like a champ


Love you both so much!

Mama

Thursday, May 22, 2014

a song, a book, a quote, a look - # 3

It's been a while since I've done of these, November to be exact. 
So let's get to business with my May picks, shall we?

s,b,q,l


song - I just love this Ben Howard song, it reminds me of long summer days and freedom.

book - I know, I'm a bit late to the game with this book, but it's so good. 
On the plane one of the movies available to watch was 'The Book Thief', 
but I never watch a movie before I read the book, it feels like cheating to me. 
So when I saw a copy of the book on the shelf at my friends house I stole it 
( just kidding, I borrowed it, I'm not a book thief) 
and it's been one of the best reads I've had in a long time.

quote - This quote is from another book I had been wanting to read for a long time 
and recently I finally had the chance too.
 'A year of biblical womanhood' is one of those books that is really fun to read 
but also makes you think and rethink things you thought you knew. 

look - A little background as to why I picked this look. 
As you know I recently visited my sister in Canada, but we also visited my best friend, Lydia. 
I would definitely say that Lydia and I are soul mates or at least 'twin-sisters from another mother'. 
It's almost scary how similar our lives are, from our decorating style to our similar husbands, 
and from the shows we watch to our fashion picks. 
One morning when we were visiting at her house we both came downstairs wearing the exact same outfit: jeans, a blue striped shirt and a leather jacket, with flats. 
We weren't even surprised, it's happened before. 
So when I came back from Canada and resumed to normal life, 
including browsing Pinterest once in a while, 
and came across this outfit, I knew had to pin it. 
I just really love this look, and the story behind why I pinned it.

Love, Maria