I’m alive!

Hey ya’ll.  I am still alive.  I needed to use my free time on non-blogging activities such as birthday/holiday preparations and spending extra QT with Emmers.  Sometimes he needs me close more often and I choose to stay close and give him my full attention during those times.  I have not taken a break from taking photos of our adventures so hopefully over the next week or two I can fill you in on what we’ve been up to.  I made the switch to shooting RAW and need to figure out Lightroom so I can produce jpegs to put on this here blog.  I am going to get my learn on folks. Word up.

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totally rad stockings

As you know by now, we have a new family member and hence we need a new stocking.  I don’t want anybody else many others to have my same stockings and I want to support a small business so I went straight to Etsy.  There I found a plethora of fun choices.  My favorite was by LaFortune’s Linens.  They are not exactly ‘Christmas-y’ stockings which is not something you usually see and I like that about them.  They are crazy fresh.  I liked them so much that we all got new stockings.  There are tons of fun fabrics to choose from.

christmas stockings

For the record, Dylan picked the houndstooth himself.  He’s so fly.  I can’t wait to stuff ’em on the 24th. Woot!

Did you get any new fun xmas gear this year?

*Nobody paid me and in no way was I compensated for writing about this product.  I just loved it and wanted to share!

These lights are in my ‘hood.  They rock.  I should write a post about the pride of Texans.  It is something to stand in awe of.

christmas stocking

rotten bananas – yum!

It’s finally getting cold and cold weather makes me feel like dancing baking.  We are forever having the last banana go bad before we eat it.  If this happens to you too, don’t throw that nana out!  Toss it in the freezer.  They will turn dark brown on the outside (see below.)  Overripe nanas are perfect for banana bread.  Save up a few and then use my recipe below.  It has almost half the butter or sugar I’ve seen in other banana bread recipes and still tastes delicious.
banana bread recipe
Ingredients:
  • 3-4 overripe bananas, smashed (I leave em a lil chunky)
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
What to do:
1.  Pre-heat your oven to 350.
2.  Lightly grease your 9×5 loaf pan
3.  Combine the flour, baking powder and something else in a bowl.
4.  In a second bowl, cream the brown sugar and butter.
5.  Add the bananas and eggs to the creamed sugar and butter.
6.  Add the wet mixture to the dry one, stirring until just mixed.
7.  Pour into your loaf pan and bake for 60 minutes.
banana bread recipe
It is delicious as-is but I also like to spice it up occasionally with some nuts and cinnamon or nutmeg.  What is your favorite thing to make when cold weather arrives?

a superhero birthday

We went to a superhero birthday party recently.  What a cute theme and the favors were to.die.for.

superhero birthday party

The cake is way awesome too.  Such a great idea!

superhero birthday party

The party was at one of those kids jumpy places and it was Emmet’s first experience with such a place.  It was really funny to watch him get bounced when the bigger kids would run by. It didn’t seem to bother him but he did prefer to check things out from the non-bouncy areas.

superhero birthday party

Daddy showed him how to slide down the bouncy wall.

superhero birthday party

superhero birthday party

Halfway through I remember to set my custom white balance as the lighting was horrid.  I used a napkin!  I’m kind of proud of myself, using what I learned in my online photography course in real life.  Go me!

put this on your face

I have an esthetician, Rachel.  I heart her.  She does my brows.  When I was working for the man she also did facials for me but I don’t get those anymore because I’m saving our pennies for E’s $169,000 college education.  Yes, that is how much the friggin’ online calculator told me it was going to cost for 4 years of tuition at an in-state public institution by the time he goes to college.  Holy crap, right?

Nourishing Lavender Milk

Anyway, Rachel told me about a new line she is carrying that is organic.  Of course, that perked my interest and I was about out of moisturizer anyway.  The line is Farmaesthetics.  I went to their website just now as I am writing this and they are winning all kinds of awards.  It is pretty refreshing when a company whose products are 100% natural utilizing certified organic herbs, flowers, oils & grains from American family farms gets recognition.  These are the kind of companies I like to support, provided their product rocks.  The moisturizer I use is called Nourishing Lavender Milk and it smells delicious.  It provides the right amount of moisturizing for my normal to dry skin.  I love that I am not putting any crazy chemicals into my body.  Our skin is our biggest organ!  Nourishing Lavender Milk comes in a glass apothecary bottle with a pump that just begs to be reused.  It costs $34.50 for 8 ounces.  This will probably last me 6-8 months.  I think.  I look forward to my cleanser running out and trying another one of Farmaesthetics products.  Now let’s just cross our fingers that they don’t sell the company to some big nasty cosmetics company and all the values go to hell.  It is a total bummer when that happens.

Do you have a favorite organic/natural skin care product?

*This is a product I discovered and purchased myself.  Nobody paid me to write about it. I am in no way getting compensated for this.  I just wanted to share this awesome product I found!