Sunday, April 22, 2012

Baby Girl's Nursery - The Grand Tour

I am so excited to show you my Nursery.
It came together so well and I just love it!

I first thought I was going to have a boy and loving the picture below I was going to do a map-themed room with vintage, earth tones. Once I found out we were having a girl I racked my brain for ideas.

I knew I didn't want the traditional pink, cutsie, girly colors so I looked for inspiration and found this picture (below) on Pinterest which was my starting point for ideas.

I then just started collected ideas, fabrics, pieces, etc. anything that I loved and hoped it would work. I was a little nervous as it started coming together. I wasn't sure everything would match, but voila! It looks great!

Some have asked, "Why the map?" Well, I just love maps, that's why.

Letter B (for Brown, still no first name.)
Books collected from my travels around the world 
(France, Bulgaria, Japan - she'll be a trilingual like her mama!)

Bumper made by my SIL

Changing Pad Cover made by my SIL

Ottoman refurbished

Pillow made by me! (idea from here)
Doll made by my friend

Lamp from Target - covered by me
Frames have pictures of me and Tanner at 3 years old

I hope you love it like I do! 
The chair is so comfortable. I know Baby Girl and I are going to have some special times in her room together. I hope she grows to love it too!

Thursday, April 19, 2012

The Countdown Begins...

38 weeks and 3 days, folks! That's right - I'm just days away from having this baby (due date May 1). I am so excited. I feel calm and confident about it all. I am excited to experience labor and birth and (a little anxious) the first moments of motherhood!

I am so blessed to have experienced such a blissful pregnancy. I have been able to stay active and healthy through it all and Baby Girl is right there with me. She has a strong heart beat and loves to kick her little legs late at night.

I am measuring pretty small (36 cm at my appointment today) but they did a quick ultrasound and everything is okay! So, she just might be a little tiny to begin.

I also broke out into a complete all over body rash last week (after a quick dip in the hot tub - oops! My muscles were sore, I had to!) and OUCH! It was terrible. I was itchy and red for 3 days, but thankfully it has cleared up and I am doing great. I don't know what it was, but it was ugly. I took some herbs for skin and nurtured it back to health!

Today my wonderful friend Jessie took some belly pictures. They are beautiful. She also took some of my nursery - which I will soon share!

I am so excited to meet little Miss Brown (still no name...). When will she come?! Oh, this is so exciting!!!

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Homemade Granola

Yum, Yum! I loooove Granola. But I am very partial to Homemade Granola! It has the right crunch, right flavor, perfect texture - everything about it is amazing. I don't even waste money buying granola in the stores anymore.

I have tried a few recipes and this is my best I have come up with!

Honey Sweetened Crunchy Granola

2 1/2 cups Rolled Oats
1 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
1/2 Wheat Germ
1/2-1 cup each almonds, pecans, cashews (any nuts of choice)

Mix the above ingredients in a large bowl, then transfer to a cake pan and cook for 40 mins at 300 degrees. 

Meanwhile, mix the below ingredients in a small pot on the stove on med-low heat:

1/4-1/2 cup coconut oil
1/4 cup Honey
1/4 cup Maple Syrup
1/4 Coconut Sugar or Sucanut

Remove from heat and add:

2 tsp. Vanilla

Remove pre-cooked oats and nuts from oven and stir in oil/honey mix and bake for 30 more mins or until light golden. 

*Meanwhile, whip 2 egg whites to stiff peak. 

Once granola is done cooking add 1/2-1 cup Raisins or other dried fruit. Then mix in egg whites and let cool. 

Break into chunks and enjoy plain, with cow's milk or almond milk, or on top of yogurt!

* adding the egg whites is optional. It adds crunch and glues the granola together a little bit. Omitting it is fine.  

(I like to eat it with unsweetened Almond or Coconut Milk.)

Since my sugar free journey I made a batch that replaced the Maple Syrup and Honey with Stevia and Brown Rice Syrup. Not as sweet, but still yummy and crunchy.