Saturday, November 27, 2010

Our Baby Girl's Name and Shopping for Clothes

 Hey everyone, we sure have had a fun week this past week now that we know we're having a little baby girl! Here's one of our favorite pics from the ultrasound last week. She's got her hands up by her nose...boy do we love her already!

By the way, you may have seen or heard me mention her name in last week's post or on the video from the reveal's going to be Avery!

My brother Austin told me about it last year and I have loved it ever since! As I mentioned in this post, I have seen it everywhere since then..we're talking in magazines, newspapers, online, in movies, on TV, and even at craft stores! Every time I saw it, it stood out to me and gave me a special little feeling inside, like it was a sign from the universe or something!!! So now that we know we are having a little girl, we are officially going to name her Avery!

I spent the first day after the reveal party with my mom shopping for some fun girl stuff! We didn't have much luck in the first couple of stores we went to until I found this: a cute little organic onesie with little peas on it that says, "Go Green!" Clearly, I had to buy it! I have been kind of disappointed with the organic baby clothes market though, mainly because there's not much selection out there (that's not online) and what is there is pretty boring and plain. Which, I think is fine in moderation, but I have a feeling Avery will have some spunk in her so it just doesn't seem right to have all of her clothes be muted colors. So, even though I'm pretty green most of the time, I've let go of the fact that not all her clothes will be organic...gasp-life goes on right?!

After that we had some more luck at Target and then Brandon and I went out later that night and found a few more cute things. Here's my top 5 favorite things/styles of baby clothes:

1- Black and these two colors together!

2- Polka Dots...this outfit to the left (which says, "Daddy loves me.") Hits one of my second favorite types of clothing designs...polka dots! I don't wear many dots myself, but there will be several items with polka dots in her room and apparently I now love baby clothes with polka dots! He he!

3-Brown and pink! Love these two colors together as well (as seen in these adorable fleece pants!) and we will incorporating a lot of these two colors into her room.

4- Baby Jeans- Wow, could these things get any cuter? I found this cute little fleece jacket to go with it as well, love it! Brandon has some skateboarding shirts in mind that he'd like to pair with the jeans as well!

5- Baby hats. I'm pretty much addicted to these things on Etsy! My favorite are the kind with the little bear ears and bows on them, like this one.

 It's safe to say that Avery will have lots of cute hats like these waiting for her when she's born!

So that's about it for the first round of shopping. Brandon and I also started a registry at Babies "R" Us since I am planning on having an early baby shower at the end of December for my close family and relatives. I will still have a baby shower in the spring with my friends and colleagues from work, but I thought it would be fun to have one early so all my relatives from out of town could be a part of it.

Stopping by his skateboard shop
before heading to get our registry started!
So with that in mind, we knew we had to get a jump on the registry! I've had a baby registry on since I found out I was pregnant, but that was just kind of a fun way to mark random products I came across. Now it was time get serious and think about what we really need for this little girl (other than cute clothes like the outfit to the right)! My mind got overwhelmed real fast with the thought of strollers, diapers, baby monitors, sheets, and bottles just to name a few! Luckily Brandon tagged along with me and instead of me over-analyzing every item (like I tend to do), we would briefly chat about it, make our decision and then move onto the next item. I would have been there for hours if it was just me! Later on, I was also able to figure out how to add items from Etsy to my baby registry, since there are so many amazing and unique products on there! The only hard part is waiting 4 more months for her to be born and for us to put to use all the fun products we registered for! ( :

This week my mom and I have been getting ready to paint the cherry blossom tree I mentioned in this post, and we have a few of the final furniture pieces coming in so I will have some fun nursery pics to show you next week.

Do you have any registry advice for me? I would love to hear what items you have found to be "must-haves" or "just a waste of money"! There are a lot of products out there and it's a bit overwhelming for us first time parents, so post any thoughts or advice you have below!

Friday, November 19, 2010

More Details of the Gender Reveal Party!

Hey everyone, we had quite an exciting night last night at our "Gender Reveal Party" where we found out that we are going to have a little GIRL! You could probably tell from the video that I had a pretty good feeling it was a girl, since I was sporting my pink! Aside from the exciting news we found out, there are some other fun details I thought I'd share on here in case anyone else is interested in throwing their own gender reveal party, or you just want to see more of ours! So here we go!

First off is the food, I decided to serve some snacks with the cake, which I probably could have done without because it was way too much food for our small little group, but it was still fun because I did my top 5 food cravings. Which were: sweet potato chips, spaghetti (gluten-free), red pepper hummus and carrot sticks, LARA Bars, and any kind of fruit.

The food was all my "cravings"!

As you can imagine I tried to make this party as "green" as possible, so we used no plastic plates or cups and of course...cloth napkins! As you can see from the pic, I got napkins especially for this party, with 6 baby girl ones and 6 baby boy ones! I have a seller on Etsy who makes all my cloth napkins and who is amazing! I've gotten nearly all my cloth napkins from her because they are such great quality and because you can choose from hundreds of different prints for the napkins. Here is a link to her Etsy shop. Also, if you're wondering what I'll do with the boy ones now that I know we'll have a girl...I'm going to take them to my students at school, because we use her cloth napkins during snack time. ( :

Going green with boy
and girl cloth napkins.

To get our chow chow dogs into the party action, my mother-in-law made them these pink and blue bandannas! Meet Jilly, in the pink and Jackson in the blue.

Another fun detail of the party was to line up all my "belly pics" on our mantle for everyone to see how I have grown since we first found out I was pregnant. I think I'd like to do this again when I have my baby shower because it's fun to see how I and the baby have grown!

A "Belly Pic Timeline"
Now before we cut the cake, we took pictures of the "teams" or all of those who thought the baby was a girl and then everyone who thought it was a boy. It was fun because everyone dressed up wearing the color they thought it was too!
Team Boy!

Team Girl!
Time to talk about the fabulous cake! It was made by a dear friend who I work with, who just happens to be gluten-free too! Of anyone to have known the gender before us, I am glad it was her! She worked hard in the weeks leading up to the party to find a good gluten-free cake recipe that was also vegan (no milk, eggs, or butter) and the one she ended up making was divine! We went back and forth on whether or not to dye the batter of the cake or just the inner layer of icing and since the colors weren't coming out quite right on the batter, we decided on just coloring the middle layer of icing. It worked out perfect and was delicious! No one knew it was gluten-free or vegan...until I told them...ha ha- go vegan!

My gluten-free, vegan cake
Then it was time for us to cut the cake. Once everyone arrived I was tempted to tell them to hurry up and eat the snacks and then we can cut the cake, but we all agreed that we could just cut it first thing and then eat the snacks and we wouldn't have to wait any longer. I'm so glad we did! Here are the pics of us cutting the cake....
Cutting the cake...

Seeing the pink icing...

Then celebrating that it's a GIRL!

The pink icing to prove it!
Here's Brandon showing off his pink gear and skateboard after the party. For those of you who don't know, he loves to skateboard and owns his own skateboard shop! Looks like there's going to be some pink skateboards in this house!

So I hope you had fun looking at the other details of our "Gender Reveal Party" it was an amazing night and I am so glad we chose to find out this way with all of our family. Look for many baby GIRL posts to come!

My mom and I were super excited to go shopping for
some fun girl stuff!

We're Having a...

Watch the video below as we find out the gender of our baby!

What's it going to be?

Sunday, November 14, 2010

19 Weeks, Nursery Update, Purchasing a Crib

Hey everyone, time for a baby update! I'm at 19 weeks now (almost halfway) and things are still going great. As you can see from my belly pics, this baby has been growing a lot in the past two weeks and even though I see my baby bump everyday, seeing these belly pics today, had me laughing at how big my tummy is getting...see the expression on the pic to the right?! Aside from the baby's growing size, I'm starting to feel a few little kicks and flutters every once in a while too which has been fun. It seems like they are more frequent and stronger right after I eat dinner and have my nightly tea. Right now they just feel like gas bubbles or my food just moving around, but I have a feeling it's something more!

19 weeks

Whoa! Pop!

Nursery Update:
So last week, we made an exciting purchase and got the baby crib! It looked all cute just sitting in the baby room (see more about it here), but once B got it all built, we realized that we were quickly running out of space in that room and all we had in there was the recliner/rocker and the crib! Yikes! So after thinking it over we decided to change the baby room to the second spare bedroom we have just down the hall (which was our office). I'm so glad we made this switch because there is so much more space in this room, so that will be very nice since we still have a lot more baby supplies/furniture to buy! There's a pic here below that shows the nice light that room will have, and I'm sure I will post many more photos as we add more to the room.

Here's the a bit more info about the crib we got: it's called DaVinci Kalani 4-in-1 crib with toddler rail. I liked this bed for a number of reasons, for's cute, on top of that, it's GREEN! The wood is made of New Zealand pine wood from sustainable forests, it's made with non-toxic finishes, and the company says it "ships smart" to reduce their carbon footprint. Granted, I'm sure there are plenty of "greener" options out there, but for our budget, this crib was a perfect fit. Here's where I bought it. Another reason I like this crib is that it will "grow" with the baby in how it can be four different beds in one: a crib, a toddler bed, a day bed, and a full size bed (though the bed rails are sold separately). It will be fun to get some bedding into the crib once we know the gender so it's not so plain and empty!

On the topic of finding out the gender...this is going to be one exciting week for us because we will be finding out the baby's gender this Friday! I know that some people like to wait and be surprised by the gender, but I am quite the planner and I would go a bit crazy if I had to wait 5 more months to find out whether the baby is a boy or a girl. So we have an ultrasound scheduled for this Friday to answer this question for us! I had planned on just finding out at the ultrasound, but after talking with a few colleagues at work, I learned of a fun new way that people are sharing the "gender news" and one is something called a, "Gender Reveal Party." Basically when you have your ultrasound, the technician writes down the baby's gender on a piece of paper and seals it in an envelope (and doesn't tell about building the anticipation!) and then you take that envelope to whoever is baking your cake. They then color your cake or the inner layer of icing to match the gender of the baby. Later that night you have a party with family and friends to "cut the cake" and find out the gender of the baby. I fell in love with this idea, and so did B and our families, so this Friday we will be having our very own "Gender Reveal Party"! I can't wait to post pictures for you all too see! Here's a website where I got lots of cool planning ideas for the party!

Also, since it's so close to finding out the gender B and I are getting very superstitious as to what we think the baby will be! We may hear a certain song or see a commercial and we're like...look it must be a boy...or a girl! One of my favorite ways to guess the gender is when I see our two favorite baby names in books, magazines, on TV, or just hear them in real life. By the way, here are our most favorite names...for a girl, we love Avery, and for a boy we really like Brody. So check out my latest sightings to the right, from a Pottery Barn kids catalog (just had to cut these two out!). Oh baby...what's it going to be?!

Granted seeing these names could just be the fact that I have these names so fresh in my mind that I happen to see them everywhere, but since I'm so close to finding out the gender, call me crazy...but I see them as signs! Anyone else had any signs or certain feelings before they found out their baby's gender?! Well, I can't wait to share the news next week once we know the gender and to share some pics from our Gender Reveal Party!

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Chocolate Ice Cream Smoothie Recipe (Video)

Check out the video below for my new "Chocolate Ice Cream Smoothie" recipe...

Chocolate Ice Cream Smoothie Recipe
  • 1/4 cup to 1/2 cup Rice Milk/Almond Milk/any other kind of milk
  • 3 Tbs Hemp Seeds (optional)
  • 1 Tbs Chia Seeds
  • 2 Tbs Raw Organic Cacao Powder (I use this because it's raw, but you could also use this)
  • 1 cup to 2 cups organic spinach Blend these ingredients together till somewhat smooth, then add:
  • 5 organic frozen strawberries
  • 2 frozen bananas (must be frozen to make ice cream texture!) Blend again and enjoy the chocolate ice cream smoothie!

Just a note...I'm 18 weeks pregnant here! ( :
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