November 12, 2012

Starry Night nail polish tutorial via my instagram - levonsmomma

Step 1 - round up a pink shimmer polish and a deep purple polish. Apply pink and let dry. Pour a small amount of purple on an index card (or something similar) and using a makeup sponge, dab lightly at top of nails for the gradient effect. Use a qtip dipped in remover to clean up edges of nails. Step 2 - use a fine silver glitter and paint only the middle section of the nail, dab off any excess with a qtip. Brush on a chunkier glitter to the tips of nails and blend into fine silver glitter. Step 3 - finish with a high quality top coat for shine and protection. Enjoy your beautiful nails!

November 06, 2012

Cut my bangs..

..and I feel like a lady again. My frizzy, stay at home mom up 'do was making me feel pretty frumpy every day. Having bangs will force me to at least straighten them and make it look like it actually took a little bit of effort to look decent on a daily basis...

I have learned..

I feel so strongly about this quote, as my husband and I, and even just myself, before we met - have been so down and so out. With nothing. With no hands up, no hand outs. Without food, without love, feeling so alone. If you are here, just know that you are not alone, that we have all been there at some point or another in our lives. If you need help, I know it can hurt your pride, but do not be afraid to ask. No one needs to feel the pain of an empty heart, empty belly, empty anything. You are loved, needed, and cared about by at least one person in this world. Remember it.

So, I absolutely love this quote and relate to it so strongly. I needed, for myself, to do a remade version of the images with this quote over layed that I've seen plastered all over Facebook. All of the versions I've come across have been so tacky and so awfully done, horrible font choices, ugh. Just bad quality. So, I took one of the photos from my collection of our new backyard, of the cove and used that. I wanted to share this with you all.. so here it is. Feel free to re-post, but do not remove my watermark as it is my image editing and my photograph. I do not claim to take credit for the quote, but I also do not know who said it so it is marked unknown. Enjoy!

Playing, playing, fall apart!

Levon and I having one of our classic mid-morning photobooth sessions! We played with the dogs, cuddled, and hung out. Oh, I just love my littles so much - my human little and my FUR littles!

November 04, 2012

Our first Sunday Family Dinner at our new home...

Some of the pictures aren't the best resolution, but I wanted to share some of the memories we made this evening with my Levon, my husband: Patrick, my mother: Bonnie, my sister: Haley, my nephews: Audric, Milo, and Emris, and my niece: Nouvelle. We ate home cooked tomato alfredo pasta with ground chicken, my special seasoning mix, and parmesan, a side of green beans, as well as my famous home made, crusty, delicious, basil bread (the recipe can be found on my blog, here) with butter. Here are some highlights from our evening.

October 28, 2012

Silent Sunday

My sweetie booger face boy. This photo was from a couple months ago in the heat of some major teething.

View through one of the lenses of my glasses.. don't know what I would do without them...
The colors of autumn are fading away into the cold Winter ahead.
My stunningly beautiful 5 year old niece, Nouvelle, when I babysat her and her brothers Saturday morning.
Almost all of the leaves have fallen from the trees...
My sister's 10 year old kitty, Alien, yawning after a nice nap in the baby stroller in the yard.
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October 26, 2012

Rushing, rushing, rushing around...

4 days from now we'll move from our current location to our new place! I have to say that I am so excited and so eager to be there. I love our apartment that we are in right now (we've been here for over a year and a half) but it's absolutely time for a change. My son was born here, in our bedroom (Levon's birth story here) so it definitely makes the change bitter sweet. We switched rooms with him and it's been his bedroom as well, ever since he came Earth side. I have to remind myself tomorrow, to take a bunch of pictures of the outside of the house just in case anything ever happens when we are gone. I want him to know where he was brought into the world. It's a special thing, to be born at home (don't get me wrong, it's a special thing to be born WHEREVER a child is born but I feel so strongly about our home birth). I feel so overjoyed that we were able to share such a beautiful experience, creating life,  in the comfort and relaxing environment of our own place. I think back on it frequently. What an amazing opportunity. But, the time has come to move on and we are so excited for it.

Our apartment now is very baby friendly at all. Levon's bedroom is set up beautifully and is just as relaxing as it was when he was born in there. He's got all the toys he could ever want, his bright yellow bean bag, a rocking chair fit for a toddler, a recliner for momma & dada, piles of books, his bed, his drum kit (complete with his Grampa McInnis drum throne) - a multitude of things to keep him busy.. but it's the only place in the house he can really hang out as there is just no place to put everything that isn't baby proof. So, in the new house we are planning on baby proofing every thing from the get go and making sure our little peanut has free reign of the entire down stairs.

The new place is nestled on a cozy island off the coast of Maine, 50 feet from an ocean cove. It's quaint, relaxing, and lovely. It reminds me so much of our camp growing up that my great-grandfather built for our family. Years ago by grandparents had to sell the camp to make sure they had enough for retirement. That was a necessary but sad thing to have to let go of. But our new place reminds me so much of it.. we have a gigantic mud room when you first walk in, and all of the windows are old french doors. Through those windows there is a perfect view of the cove and a rocky coast line. There is a perfect little swimming hole in between the peninsula behind the house that we get to take advantage of next summer. Small details are what remind me of our old camp. The post and beam ceilings in the mudroom, the porcelain sink in the kitchen, the smell of the place when you first walk in. The place just has a wonderful vibe and I can't wait for our family to move in. It's located on 50 private acres, and across the cove is a wildlife preservation that can never be built on. So peaceful. Our dogs will absolutely love it.

So for now, I must get back to packing up all of our belongings and getting the apartment ready for showing tomorrow evening. We had the internet shut off here at our place so I would be motivated to get all I need to get done without any distractions... so, until we get it set up at our new home, I probably won't be posting too incredibly much...

Take care all..

October 25, 2012

My poor sick baby... what would we do without the Ergo?

Levon has been sick the last couple days. Not sure if it's just teething or that he caught the virus that all of my sister's kids have been passing around.. it's most likely a nasty combination of both. He's cutting his 10th tooth, his bottom right molar. The left one is still coming up but it's not anywhere near coming through. He already has his top two molars. But, yeah, anyhow. Poor little guy slept in until ELEVEN this morning which is so unusual for him, as he usually gets up at 7:30 like clockwork (which he did, ate, and went right back to sleep). And, when he got up he absolutely did not want to be put back down so I strapped him into the Ergo while I made breakfast. Man, I love my baby. And man, I love my Ergo so I can cuddle him close and still get things done!

(Please disregard the stay at home Mom hair do!)

Poor baby boy.

My skeleton cutie and breakfast are two of my most favorite things in this world...

I love breakfast. There is nothing like some perfectly cooked cheesy, yummy scrambled eggs with any type of hot sauce, on my plate. Crunchy, buttery toast, and a perfectly warm cup of coffee. You add my sweetie little skeleton baby and we've got a perfect pair. I love my mornings with him!

Happy Halloween!


October 24, 2012


I couldn't believe my eyes today! Here I am unpacking the bedroom closet to get ready for moving, and I stumble across my tote of our wedding stuff. So, I pull out my wedding dress and figure, hey, what the hell. May as well see if the ole girl fits... and.. much to my surprise - IT ACTUALLY FIT. PERFECTLY. I am in complete and utter AWE! I posted almost 1 year ago (here) that my post pregnancy weight loss goal was to once again fit into my wedding dress. Well, congratulations to me, I DID IT! And here are the photos to prove it!

Me in my wedding dress at the hotel, after getting ready for the ceremony. August 14th, 2010 in Austin, TX

Proof that the dress is ZIPPED UP! Unbelievable!!