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DIY Purse

September 15, 2010

So…I LOVE to sew, but I have no kind of formal skill. I started making this on the industrial machines at the family’s furniture factory when I was pretty young, but I’ve always just kinda made it up as I go…which only works out about 20% of the time. Sweet Pea Totes to the rescue!This weekend I found a WONDERFUL blog/company called Sweet Pea Totes. The designer, Mary, has a blog as well as an Etsy store where you can purchase her handmade bags OR the patterns to make them yourself…how cool!

I bought this pattern on her website:

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It was $10 and worth every penny. I learned so many new ways of constructing bags…

Here’s the catch…my ultimate goal is to learn to make cool diaper bags, but this pattern is too small. So, I made one exactly the size of the pattern to get the general gist of things and try out some key diaper bag engineering features.

I added to the pattern above:

  • A waterproof bottom to the outside.
  • And adjustable/removable backpack straps.

Here’s the final product…

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If you like to sew, this would be a great one to try! It’s not too difficult…

More projects to come…I’m sure!

-Brittany

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The “Bells” @ 27 Weeks!

September 13, 2010

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Brandon and I (and “Jimmy Mark” of course) went on a double date with the Cherricks. It was such a fun night. We went to Coronado Café and then to see The Music Man at Symphony Hall. During the entire performance, our kiddo was doing flips and kicks inside of me to the point that I could hardly sit still let alone pay attention! It was pretty crazy…

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Anyway, I’m 27…well now almost 28 weeks along, and I’m feeling great! I AM starting to put my feet up when I get a chance, and heartburn is creeping it’s way back into my everyday life.

But…

every time I even think about complaining, I try to remember how sad I was when we we’re trying to get pregnant and trying to figure out what was wrong with me. I would have given anything to be sick as a dog…or have heartburn…or stretch marks…or any of the discomforts of pregnancy.

So…no whining here! I feel beyond blessed…

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One more quick thing: I think Ryan the Rhino will be finding a cozy spot in the nursery some time soon…


-Brittany

Stuffed Chicken with Spicy Roasted Red Pepper Sauce

September 8, 2010

My favorite magazine is Clean Eating. If you’ve never heard of it, you seriously need to check it out. The idea behind “clean eating” is to focus on eating: whole grains, colorful fruits and vegetables, and lean protein. I had 2 Rainbow Donuts for breakfast this morning, so obviously Brandon and I aren’t health food nuts…but we try to find super healthy recipes that actually taste amazing.

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I’ll be the first to admit that many “healthy” recipes just DON’T taste good at all.

This one is really, truly good…I promise…

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Stuffed Chicken with Spicy Roasted Red Pepper Sauce

Prep Time: 20 min; Cook Time: 35 min

*I modified the recipe to use canned roasted red peppers in place of roasting them myself which would have taken an extra 50 min. Really…who’s got the time for that?

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INGREDIENTS:

  • 1   Jar of Roasted Red Peppers
  • 1  Tbsp Olive Oil
  • 1  Tbsp Balsamic Vinegar
  • 1  Cup Chicken Broth
  • 2-3  Cloves Chopped Garlic (I used jarred minced garlic)
  • 1/2  Jalapeño Pepper, Seeded and Minced
  • 1/2  tsp Italian Seasoning
  • Sea Salt and Ground Pepper to Taste
  • 2  Boneless, Skinless Chicken Breasts
  • 2  Tbsp Goat Cheese
  • 8  Asparagus Spears, Trimmed

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  1. Preheat oven to 400º.
  2. Slice 1 roasted red pepper into strips lengthwise.
  3. Place 2 roasted red peppers into blender with oil, vinegar, broth, garlic, and jalapeño. Blend into a purée. Pour into a small sauce pan; add Italian seasoning, salt, and pepper; cook over medium low heat for 10 min.
  4. Meanwhile, cut each chicken breast almost in half horizontally. Spread 1Tbsp of goat cheese onto each breast. Add the asparagus spears and roasted pepper strips and fold the breasts back together.
  5. Place the chicken breasts in a casserole dish and pour about 1/2 cup of the red pepper sauce over the top.
  6. Bake for 35-40 min.
  7. Serve with additional red pepper sauce drizzled on top. I served this with steamed broccoli and Uncle Ben’s Quick Cook Wild Rice Blend…

Yum.Yum.  :)

-Brittany

6 1/2 Month Belly!

September 5, 2010

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So here it is…6 1/2 months along…3 1/2 months to go.

This pregnancy is going by so fast, I can hardly believe it. I know I’m going to get anxious towards the end, but Dec. 8th is gonna be here before we know it.

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Brandon and I are really starting to have fun with the belly shots. I think it’s getting more exciting now because there’s such a noticeable difference every time we get around to doing it. We always end up with lots of candid shots of me being stupid and then laughing at myself…Brandon just keeps shooting…

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Happy Labor Day , Everybody!

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-Brittany

A DIY Greenery Project

August 31, 2010

Last weekend I decided to tackle the area by our fireplace and style/organize the bookshelves…something I’ve really been anxious to do for a while.

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I was inspired a couple months ago by the grassy arrangements in this picture:

design actually

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So, here I go in my cheap attempt to capture the look…

SUPPLIES: 4 White Photo Storage Boxes (WAY cheaper than any other kind of planter), Grassy Greenery, Floral Foam

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1. Cut floral foam to fit the box.

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2. Use wire cutters to cut the greenery to slightly different lengths.

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3. Poke the stems into the foam in spaced rows with the taller stems in the back.

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4. TA DA.

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Now for the BEFORE and AFTER of the book shelves…

BEFORE our bookshelves were mostly empty with a random scattering of books and accessories.

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And AFTER.

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Better?

Well…I considered it a successful Saturday afternoon…

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More belly shots coming this week!

-Brittany

SMB Update and a “New” Changing Table

August 23, 2010

Check out how much BIGGER he is!!

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Head on over to Scottsdale Moms Blog today to see my post on sleeping comfortably during pregnancy!

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One more update is our progress on the changing table for the nursery.

We bought this antique dresser at Lizabel’s Treasures:

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Not bad looking, but not quite polished either. So, here’s what we did…

  1. Gave it a good dusting and polishing.
  2. Replaced all of the hardware with Home Depot finds (2 Knobs and 4 handles).
  3. Deodorized the drawers with cedar and baking soda for 1 week (It smelled like grandma’s perfume and mothballs…FYI, not a good smell!).
  4. Lined the drawers with black faux leather contact paper from Home Depot.
  5. Constructed a basic changing table top using our best woodshop skills, plywood, 1 x 4’s, moulding, white paint, and adhesive cork.
  6. The one thing left to do is make the changing pad, but we don’t have a fabric yet…

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Here it is!

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:)

-Brittany

SMB Moms’ Night Out, The Current “Bells”, and Nursery Progress

August 4, 2010

Last week I went to a great event put on by Scottsdale Moms Blog. It was great to connect and reconnect with lots of ladies who are just ahead of me in this whole having kids thing…

The event was hosted by 2 adorable small businesses in Scottsdale:

Chez Vous– a little french café with delicious crepes!

AND
Moonbeams– a dangerously cute baby boutique!

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Now…the “bells” pic from last week…

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Harley wanted to get in on the action…

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Lastly, we’re starting to gather ideas and pieces for the nursery. At the moment it looks like a paint store exploded on one wall…we’ve got so many color ideas going, but I think we’re honing in on a final decision!

Last weekend we picked up a cool antique dresser at Lizabel’s Treasures for a good deal. It had a vanity mirror on top, but we removed it and we’re gonna make a changing table top for it. We’ll be putting out carpentry skills to the test…

Here’s a quick shot of the dresser we got (and a Home Goods art piece we both like)…

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Any thoughts?

:)

-Brittany