Buttercup, Baby

color swatch buttercup

A top color pick for spring 2016 is buttercup, baby!  I’ve always been a fan of yellow.. not necessarily this bold buttercup shade, but more of a muted one.  My room growing up was even yellow!  I’ve seen so many things in stores in this playful color that I couldn’t resist sharing them with you.  For myself, I can see a yellow berry basket holding raspberries in the fridge, buying yellow tulips for my milk glass vases, or hanging this lemon meringue print in the kitchen! I also really like the idea of using food that I can set out to use.. like a bowl of lemons on the table would be pretty & after a while I could squeeze them for homemade lemonade!


  dress | purse raincoat | swimsuit  
 plates | baby raincoat | twill pants | hunter boots 
sheets | tulips | mug | lemon print
outdoor dinnerware | berry box | butter dish | linen napkin

I think pops of this buttercup shade is a perfect way to bring in spring & will immediately lift your spirits on the rainy days ahead!

Happy Monday!

Weekly Menu 9/52

We were so busy on Sunday building our outdoor sofa that I forgot to post this! We used Ana White’s instructions that I found on Pinterest & her video on Youtube to make it.  Both were pretty thorough, but she never mentioned how many screws we’d need for the project so we ended up having to go out to get more in order to finish. Ugh gotta hate that! All in all, it cost us about $80 in materials (you need more than 86 screws!) to build and now we’ll need to stain it and get cushions too. I’ll keep you updated on the progress, but there it is so far! This was the first woodworking project we’d ever done so it’s not perfect, but it will work and we’re proud that we made it ourselves.

Anyway, this week is almost completely requests from Danny, so there are no new recipes to share. Which is okay! If I gotta feed him his favorites, it may as well be all in one week! ;) Here were his choices:

Chicken Enchiladas & beans
Spaghetti & Meatballs with a side salad
Salad with Chicken
Pesto Chicken & asparagus
Hamburgers & baked beans

 We’re gearing up for a fantastic spring filled with lots of food, family & fun! Oh and when your husband says, “lets take a selfie” you stop immediately and say “okay!” and don’t even think about telling him to take his seatbelt off first!


The Happiest

  Our baby is the happiest.

When we go out for breakfast on Sundays, he’s always smiling at all the old people.. he literally steals the show.  When we’re out running errands, he searches for someone to catch his eye & flashes them the biggest smile.  When we’re out to dinner and someone stops to tell us how good natured he is, I smile and say “thank you” but secretly jump for joy because they see him as we do.  Literally everywhere we go, a complete stranger mentions how happy he is & I couldn’t agree more.  Even when it’s just him and I cooking in the kitchen, he smiles & bobs his head along with the music. You may think, well lots of babies are happy! Or yes they make us, the parents, happy.. but no. I’m not exaggerating when I say that 99% of his awake time, he is the definition of halcyon.

Which begs me to ask myself, is it his nature? He certainly came into the world pretty quick and easy! Will he be one who finds the good in every situation? Who smiles even when he’s hurting on the inside.  Will he be the boy with all the friends in the world because he’s just so dang fun to be around? Or be considered an introvert because he chooses to talk less and listen more.  A boy who never sweats the small stuff. Or one who forgives too easily and has his heart broken? Is this the type of child that I get to raise?

Or is he a product of the environment we’ve created for him? He has a nap schedule that we adhere to, almost without fail.  We get to spend our days together, just him and I–that must impact him somewhat. A majority of his awake time is spent looking at people who love him and smile at him, how could he not smile back? Does he sleep so well because we keep his room dark & turn a sound machine on for him each night? Will he change as we have more babies that require him to be more flexible and resilient in times of chaos?  Is our current lifestyle what makes him so easy to please?

Truly I think it is both.  He is a product of his environment, but he is also his own little person in there; one I’ve only had 9 months to get to know and figure out! We became parents to experience all the days of raising children, even those tear & tantrum filled ones, but we’re lucky enough to have only experienced a handful thus far. So I’m going to count my blessings and know that as of today, he has truly been the happiest.