Sunday, November 18, 2012

Favorite Things

Wow! I haven't posted in a little over a month! Halloween costumes got in the way I suppose.....Well, it's over now, and we are heading into Thanksgiving. The temps have certainly dropped with in just a week of a heat wave. Us Southern Californian's are now dressing like it's Winter since we can't handle any temp below 68 degrees F. And since we have entered some chilly temps, I have been digging into my favorite festive teas. Over the Summer, I survive off of iced fruit herbal teas, as a water replacement. Now that it's colder, i still need to stay hydrated but don't like drinking cold straight water. I found a great Rooibos Chai tea at Trader Joe's. Over the Summer I drank it over ice. Now I have warmed it up and put it in a mug.
I take 6 oz hot water, drop in my tea bag. at 2 oz vanilla soy milk, and 1 Tbsp of vanilla syrup. 


Warm & Cozy

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Funny Things My Kid Says

M.E. is quite a character. She says some things that you can't help but laugh aloud to.

M.E. talking to Daddy: "M.E. and Cora go bowling" (her 1 year old friend)

M.E. talking to Mommy: "M.E.: Mom, you okay?
Me: Yes, I'm okay. I'm tired from you waking me up at 6:30 this morning telling me you need lunch.
M.E.: M.E. okay and tired too."

M.E. to Mommy, while Mommy naps: [M.E. kisses me on the lips] "Like Sleeping Beauty, Mom!" "M.E. like Sleeping Beauty"

M.E. playing with Mommy's hair: "You have pretty mermaid hair, Mommy"

M.E. after waking up from her nap: "OOOOhhh NOOOO, M.E. WAKE UP!"

"M.E. like Halloween"

"M.E. needs m&m's for breakfast"

Me: "M.E., what would you like for lunch?"
M.E.: "Lunch"
Me: Do you want a sandwich for lunch?"
Me: "Ugh"

Monday, October 8, 2012

Fall has arrived! Family Day/Night

How did we welcome it you ask? Or maybe you didn't, but you should have. First we went to Faulkner Farms as a family for some quality time together. We met up with our friends, Eric and Erica and their little one, Cora.

Then we had a very Halloween day. M.E. and I first started off by getting her a pumpkin at the grocery store.

Then I got M.E. to eat a sandwich just by cutting it into Halloween shapes.
a pumpkin and a cat

Then I made our family's favorite Fall meal.
Baked Mac & Cheese
recipe found here

Then we made some Halloween art. Originally I was going to paint M.E.'s feet and hands to make ghosts and spiders, but she wasn't to keen on that idea. So we just painted with paintbrushes.

Fed Halloween Cat some candy corn.

Then I became a Candy Corn Vampire!

And as we waited for our cupcakes to bake and cool, we danced to some spooky sounds. Sorry, no photos of our sweet moves. Don't want anyone stealing them....

The Halloween and Fall festivities have only just begun! 

Monday, September 24, 2012

Pinteresting 23: Fabric Covered Letters

I know I am late to the Monogram fad party, but I just recently decided that maybe I do like them and want them in my home. Sometimes I just have to let things settle. A lot of the tutorials I found were more on the fancy side. I don't want fancy. I want organic, rustic, unfinished. I found the closest one to my liking and "pinned" it. I did my our daughter's initials for her room, and our last name monogram for our living room. I picked fabrics that were scrap, but would go well for each room. I got the tutorial from Lemon Drop Life.

Pinterest Challenge 21: Jersey Knit Skirt on Lil' Bit & Nan

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Pinteresting 20: Embroidery Wheel

As I am trying to update our gallery wall with decor other than pictures of us, I looked into Apartment Therapy for some ideas. I came cross this awesome embroidery wheel wall gallery that made me think about how much I love a lot of my fabrics but don't know what to make with some of them and what to do with some of the scrap fabric.
I love the pattern mixtures and colors. So inspired by this!

This is the beginning of my embroidery wheel wall gallery. I'll be adding more once I figure out what other fabrics I want to use.
(fabric by Tina Givens)

Pinterest Challenge 18: Design Inspiration on Lil' Bit & Nan

Monday, September 17, 2012

Pinteresting 17: Hot Cross Bun Braid

Yesterday I decided to try a hair style I have pinned to my Mommy Makeover board on Pinterest. I have about shoulder length hair, so I had to choose one that was meant to use now rather than later down the road when my hair grows. I went with the Hot Cross Bun by The Beauty Department. This is a really easy tutorial. It is all step by step pictorial instructions. 

This is my rendition. My hair is on the thin side (thank you genetics and post pregnancy) so it isn't as big or full as the image above with the model.

Pinterest Challenge 15: Summer Toddler Frock at Lil' Bit & Nan
Pinterest Challenge 16: Paula Deen's Southwestern Salad on Gluten Free Delicious Dish

Friday, September 14, 2012

Pinteresting 14: DIY Wall Gallery

We have been wanting to update our walls with photos and what not, but didn't exactly know where to begin. My main inspiration came from this photo by Heather Hackney, a amazing young photographer I know. This wall is just amazing and am in love with their choice of decor. 
Photo by Heather Hackney
 Our layout inspiration came from this blog called Charm Home.
By Charm Home

This is what we have so far. I feel we have way too many photographs of ourselves and not enough decor... narcissistic much? Probably. Goal: get some of these pictures off the wall and put elsewhere, and get more decor up that just describe who we are. We have a long ways to go.

We have also been focusing on doing a gallery setting in our bedroom, M.E.'s room, and along the stairwell. Once accomplished, I will share the final reveal.

Pinterest Challenge 12: Knot Headband at Lil' Bit & Nan
Pinterest Challenge 13: Chocolate Fondue at Gluten Free Delicious Dish

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Pinteresting 11: DIY Headboard

When we bought our used bed frame, it had a pleather covered headboard within the wooden frame. The pleather was wearing thin and was black, so not our style at all. We decided we wanted to cover it in something intricate and colors that matched our room decor. I searched and searched and searched. I could not find anything we liked. Until I headed over to Hawthorne Threads and found the perfect fabric. I then found a DIY on Prudent Baby, though I didn't need make a headboard, I just needed to cover one. So this tutorial works for either. This is my out come of the project. As you can tell I am really into art deco, craftsmanship, and geometric prints....

To find Pinterest Challenge 9, go to Lil' Bit & Nan
To find Pinterest Challenge 10, go to Gluten Free Delicious Dish

Saturday, September 8, 2012

Pinteresting 8: Dark Circles

Ever wanted to know how to properly cover up those dark circles and bags under your eyes? Yeah, me too.
To my dismay, everything I had tried, all the makeup I had purchased never seemed to do the trick. One day while I was searching Pinterest, I stumbled upon this "6 Secrets I Learned at Makeup School", I pinned it to my Mommy Makeover board, thinking I will read it one day. One day came soon enough and I ended up trying a few things from these particular secrets. One I am sharing with you today is about covering up your dark circles under your eyes. First of all, I didn't realize you had to mix several different colored concealers together, to get the right shade for under your eyes. Second, I didn't know you had to do it the shape of a triangle, then blend your foundation into it. I am just still amazed this worked - now I just have to convince myself to wear makeup everyday!

To find Pinterest Challenge 6, go to my sewing blog Lil' Bit & Nan
To find Pinterest Challenge 7, go to my recipe blog Gluten Free Delicious Dish

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Pinteresting 5: Hair Do

I found this picture on Pinterest, just floating around. It's a beautiful photo, but it doesn't really link anywhere, or to a tutorial, So to the best of my ability, I figured out how to do it with my short hair. It's a hair style I always wanted to try, but didn't have bangs yet. Now I do, so I thought I would see if I could attempt the style. I know I didn't do it perfectly, but I did what I could with barely shoulder length hair. You can find the pic on my Mommy Makeover Pinterest

 I love this look

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Pinteresting 4: A Dish Much Loved


This is also a pinned recipe that happens to be naturally gluten free. No switching flours and what not here. This is one of the most delicious dishes my husband and I have eaten. Seriously, that good. There are three recipes in this post: one for Lime and Coconut Chicken found on Chaos in the Kitchen, next,Crispy Sweet Potato Fries by The Art of Doing Stuff, and lastly, the Sriracha Mayo Dip, also by The Art of Doing Stuff, just under the Sweet Potato recipe. I am so happy I pinned these recipes, and actually made them. I do plan on making them again, and thoroughly enjoying them again. For more recipes from my Pinterest go here.

Monday, September 3, 2012

Pinterest 3: Sewing the Most Flattering Shirtdress by Prudent Baby

IMG 5260 The Most Flattering Shirt Dress DIY

As part of this Pinterest Challenge, I took it upon myself to make a quick dress that I had found on
 Prudent Baby, then pinned it as a reminder that I HAD TO DO IT. And I am so glad I did. I love my little dress. I wore it today to the Ventura Pool for Labor Day. I opted to use my bias tape on the outside, and didn't make as many shirring lines. I would like to do this project again, and hide the bias tape and add more shirring lines and a deeper neck plunge to be able to fit my head through better (ha!). Don't you love how we are both posing with our daughters? I do! Thanks Jaime from Prudent Baby! Great tutorial!

See more sewing adventures here

Sunday, September 2, 2012

Pinteresting 2: An Experiment

When I first joined Pinterest, I came across this awesome experiment on how to keep your green onions fresh and continue to grow, just in your kitchen. I realized every time I bought green onions, we would never use them quite enough to keep them from going bad.

This experiment comes from Homemade Serenity. There are a lot of neat experiments and DIY's on the blog. So for these green onions/scallions, I actually buy mine at the store/Farmer's Market. When I come home I immediately put them in a jar of water. Every other day, I clean the roots and give them fresh water.

As you can see, they grow pretty fast! Now I need to find me some recipes that call for green onions. 

Saturday, September 1, 2012

Pinteresting 1: A Recipe

September has been started out with a recipe on my gluten free blog : Gluten Free Delicious Dish. The best part of this recipe I found on Pinterest, is that it is for EVERYONE! No substituting, no weird food sciences to have to figure out, just a healthy meal that is naturally gluten free. I found this recipe floating around Pinterest, and I thought, my husband would really like this! And he did. Since he is trying to eat healthier, this dinner plan also worked out in both our favors. The recipe comes from a blog called Zalmann Zoo Crew, and is called Cilantro Lime Shrimp with Garlic Green Beans. Enjoy!

Wednesday, August 29, 2012


For the month of September, I will be posting things I have accomplished solely using Pinterest ideas. But, I will be posting them to all 3 of my blogs. So the sewing and DIY projects will be posted on Lil' Bit & Nan, the Gluten Free cooking with be posted to Gluten Free Delicious Dish, and the beauty, health, and everything else in between will be posted here. No worries though, I'll give you a heads up that I posted else where every so often so you don't miss out. Do you want to take the Pinterest Challenge? If so, drop me an email. I'll include your Pinterest completions on my blogs! I am sooooo EXCITED!!!!!!!!
Find my Pinterest here

epearson21 (at) gmail (dot) com

Monday, August 6, 2012

Eating Habits

Lately M.E. has been either not eating or pretending to eat. But if it comes to having a beverage, she is all about it. So Robert and I came up with a plan on how to get the nutrients in M.E.

Green eggs and ham (puree spinach and add to scrambled egg mixture with little cubes of ham)

Cookies & Cream (plain Greek yogurt, some honey, broken up Nature Valley granola bar, and sliced strawberries or bananas or any fruit)

Strawberry Short Cake (toast, pancake, or waffle with Nutella and sliced strawberries.

dried fruit with nuts and m&m's
goldfish crackers and string cheese
carrot and cucumber sticks in ranch
pretzels and peanut butter

Chocolate Milk (chocolate powder, milk, banana, spinach leaves, and ice in a blender)

Sunshine Smoothie (frozen pineapple, banana, strawberries, plain Greek yogurt, honey, orange juice, and spinach leaves)

Very Berry (frozen berry medley with cherries, blackberries, blueberries, or raspberries, banana, strawberries, spinach leaves, ice, plain Greek yogurt, and apple juice)

Mac n' Cheese (we use Trader Joe's brand and add steamed broccoli)
Rice and Seaweed (brown rice packets and seaweed packs; both found at Trader Joe's and Costco)
Ham & Cheese Hearts (ham ans cheese sandwich cut out like a heart using a cookie cutter)
Tuna and cucumber on crackers
Chicken nuggets and snow peas with ranch
Apple slices, cheese slices, on crackers

She eats what we eat as a family, I just cut up her meal smaller so she will most likely eat it.

A good book to try that inspired me a lot was Deceptively Delicious by Jessica Seinfeld. It gets all of us to eat the fruits and veggies the whole family needs.

It is still a power struggle, but switching things up is helping in a lot of ways. If you have any meal suggestions that your kids like, I am more than happy to try them and add them to the list crediting you. Drop me a line: epearson21(at)gmail(dot)com