Snow Day

I find it a bit harder to enjoy the cold, winter weather now that I have a toddler.  It keeps us from getting outside certain days, and it's harder to run errands - the on and off of the coat each time we get in and out of the car can be annoying.  BUT, I am glad we've had one real snow day.  Afton absolutely loved being out in the snow, walking around the yard.  As I should have suspected, she was not a fan of slowly being pulled around on a sled (she is scared of swings and being thrown in the air).  I think that as long as we can get one good snow day a year, I'll be happy.

Williamsburg Craft Beer

We've lived in Williamsburg for a little over four years now, but really just started going downtown on a regular basis.  My neighbor introduced us to a free, casual 5k held at DoG Street Pub every Monday evening.  It's sponsored by the pub, and when you finish, you can enjoy discounted beer on their patio. You even get a t shirt when you've been 5 times.  The pub also just opened a bottle shop next door called Hair of the DoG and they do free tastings every Friday from 5-8.  Last night we went to the tasting and then had dinner and flights at the pub.

We also went to Alerwerks Brewing Company for the first time last weekend (with Afton, of course) and enjoyed a large flight of all of their beers.  My favorites were the coffeehouse stout, drake tail ipa, and white ale.

Another brewery (Virginia Beer Company) is scheduled to open in Williamsburg this fall - it may be time to look for a babysitter.

Ikea Kallax Hack

Ikea, Etsy, and local thrift stores have helped me do some decorating over the last few months.  They allow me to keep costs down, but also find some fun, unique, and modern pieces.  I also have a Pinterest board for most rooms in my house where I pin both things I want and things I already have in the room - it helps to see them all pictured together.

I am unfortunately three hours from the nearest Ikea, so I have to plan wisely (and even still, usually wait a few months before I actually make it there), but last time we went, I was able to get the kallax shelving units I've been eyeing.  They were easy to put together (surprise!) and then instead of getting cloth boxes to fill some of the cubbies, I followed this tutorial using canvases.  It turned out great!  We need to keep things toddler proof - and while the canvases haven't been played with much, if my toddler does decide to destroy decorate them at some point, they are inexpensive to switch out.

We have yet to finish our gallery wall around the tv and put the furniture back where it was, but here's how the ikea hack turned out.  Thanks for the tutorial, Dans De Lakehouse!  And sorry for the cell phone pictures.  When aforementioned toddler lets me have time to take and edit better pictures, I will do so.

First Birthday Brunch

I'm pretty sure I started pinning first birthday party ideas when my baby was about 7 months old and the actual decorating began weeks before the party.  I thought it'd be best to do what I could early, knowing I'd really regret procrastinating when I'd have 15 adults and 8 kids coming over, whether I was ready or not.  We didn't go overboard with a theme, but we had brunch and decorated with streamers, balloons, and flowers.  Instead of a cake smash, we did donuts.  And really, this party was for the parents, so we had a coffee bar and mimosas, too.  It was a lot of fun and went smoothly - the only downside was all the leftovers we had to eat that week.

 Happy birthday, baby!


Well, I've been quite busy recently! Our baby was born July 2nd - and while I've cooked a few meals since then, I haven't cooked a healthy meal, taken pictures, and had time to write about it.  Tonight I actually had time for a glass of wine and might even be able to write this post in one sitting.  My husband's aunt and uncle visited to meet the baby and brought us a ton of produce from their garden.  Eggplant, peppers, tomatoes, okra, and jalapenos.  (Sadly I didn't even know what the okra was and had to ask my husband).  Tonight I googled "eggplant recipes" and an easy one for ratatouille popped up so I decided to try it.  It all goes in one pot so there isn't much clean up, and aside from chopping up the vegetables there isn't much prep work either.  Perfect meal for when you don't know how much time you'll really have to be 30 feet away from the boss, aka newborn.

I'll link you to the recipe here - I followed it exactly.  And, important to note, it was husband approved (surprising for a dish made only with vegetables!)

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And of course, what has kept me so busy the last 6 weeks (but also enabled me to watch way too much Netflix) is Afton! 

 I do keep hearing I'll be able to sleep again one day.

No Poo Method - Baking Soda and Apple Cider Vinegar

Today's blog post is kind of a recipe.  I've been doing the "no poo" method of washing my hair with baking soda and apple cider vinegar.  First I tried castile soap, but that didn't work too well for me.  The baking soda and vinegar has been working great, but I know it doesn't work for everyone.  Doesn't hurt to try for a bit, though - especially if you have some time where you don't need to have awesome looking hair (just in case).

What you will need:

a plastic cup
1 tablespoon baking soda
1 cup water
1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
1 cup water

So, all I do is take my plastic cup in the shower and put 1 tablespoon of baking soda in it.  Then I put a bit of shower water into the cup, swirl it around to dissolve the baking soda, and then fill up the cup a bit more.  Slowly pour the mixture over your head and rub into your hair as best you can.  Rinse and then repeat with the vinegar.  Rinse the vinegar and you're done!  It doesn't lather, but it gets my hair nice and clean.  Also, it stays clean for a long time - I only wash it once every two or three days.

clean hair! with the castile soap my bangs always looked dirty


I'm thankful to have my family and father in law visit tomorrow to help us paint the nursery and do a few other home improvement projects.  Today will be spent making hamburger/hot dog buns, apple pie, and cleaning - a hopefully productive Friday afternoon.

Chickpea and Avocado Spread

If you like guacamole and chickpeas - you will like this recipe.  It is great on a sandwich or used as a dip, and is perfect for the warmer weather we've [finally] been getting.  Slightly adapted from Two Peas and Their Pod, I highly recommend trying it.

What you will need:

1 can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
1 avocado
2 tablespoons red onion
1 lemon, juice of
1/4 cup cilantro
salt and pepper to taste

Drain and rinse your chickpeas.  Then, in a medium sized bowl, smash chickpeas and avocado together.  Add onion, lemon juice, cilantro, salt and pepper. Mix. 

Pretty easy! I had mine on Ezekiel bread with some sliced tomato. You can add your favorite sandwich toppings or eat as a dip with crackers.


On to other news, I am now 22.5 weeks pregnant. Baby is about the size of a spaghetti squash (which I have a few bags of in the freezer that I need to use...)  I've been working on a pinterest board for the nursery which includes a few things I've already gotten.  You can follow it here.  Etsy has been the most fun place to find prints and other decorations.

21 weeks pregnant on my birthday
I've heard there's more snow in our forecast, but I'm really hoping the weather will stay warm soon.  And most of all, I hope we don't just skip spring and go straight into summer.  I think Williamsburg summer will be even less tolerable while pregnant.