Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Sweet Twin Treats

You may have seen this over on Megan's blog, but a couple weeks ago I throw a little baby shower for the twinzies. Megan and I have a great group of friends here in town that we met through blogging, the Blogirls, so I invited all of them. Most of them were able to make it :) And we def missed those that couldn't make it. 

Since Megan's favorite food this whole pregnancy has been frozen yogurt, so I decided to give her a fro-yo party! I have a frozen yogurt maker from Cuisinart, so this was the perfect opportunity to bust it out. I asked everyone to bring their favorite fro-yo topping so that we would have a big selection. I think it turned out pretty cute :) Here are some pics that I stole off of Megan's blog... Yes, my Lucy would not put on clothes. Standard.








I designed the invite above :) If you are in need of custom invitations, email me diamonddolldesign[at]gmail[dot]com Also, check out my super cute playdate cards HERE.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Wanna Play?

We are knee deep in moving boxes and packing supplies, but there is an other pressing matter in our house right now... Getting Lucy ready to start school! She is starting preschool in a couple weeks! I can't even believe it :) We have been getting our unicorns (uniforms) ready, we have our saddle shoes, and of course our bows. We have a pink backpack and matching lunchie; monogrammed with an 'L.' 

We are ready to go!


...And we are excited!

Along with getting our unicorns ready, I also made Lucy some little playdate cards to give out to her classmates. I think this is such a great idea... I mean what 2.5 year old doesn't need a 'business' card :)


If you are interested in some playdate cards of your own, for back to school, email me diamonddolldesign[at]gmail[dot]com and I'll get ya all hooked up :)

Thursday, July 21, 2011

One of those days.

Have you ever had one of those days when you just can't do anything but mope around? Like all you want do is to be the most pathetic version of yourself? That was me yesterday. I definitely had a overly dramatic, sobbing, feel bad for myself day. Why? Sometimes I just do. Sometimes its triggered by something. Sometimes its a little bit of both...

If you know me IRL, you know that being overly dramatic is one of my many talents. I can over dramatize just about anything. Proud of that? No, not really. But in my 28 years, I have learned that its part of me and that I have to really work at controlling it. I am really good at pretending that I am too cool for school and super tough. But really, I'm not. Yesterday, I was having a pity party for one and its was a dozey... Couldn't eat, couldn't sleep. Still can't really eat, actually. I have that kicked in the gut feeling going on. You know the one. 

Lucy was a fantastic little buddy yesterday. Amidst the, "I don't feel pretty, no one thinks I'm pretty anymore, blah blah blah"s Lucy piped in with "I wub (love) you, momma. You're jus so pwetty." I mean she is so perfect. We laid around in bed and watched Max & Ruby and she snuggled me. I snuggle her when she is upset all the time, I guess she was returning the favor :) But, alas, she is 2.5 and her attention spam is that of, well, a 2.5 year old. So after a while she looked at me and said, "Momma, I wub you. But Ninny (her nanny) is big (more) fun." I couldn't argue with her... With her off playing with Ninny that allowed me to watch more mature TV programing... You know, like Degrassi and Pretty Little Liars. Apparently I'm 15.

I decided yesterday that I would allow myself ONE day of that nonsense. One day of the lameness that I was so masterfully displaying. One day. Then I had to get over it. So thats what I'm doing today. Getting over it. Making a few changes in some areas of my life and limiting some contact in others. If I know anything about myself, I know that I need to strip somethings completely out of my life (sometimes for good, sometimes just temporarily) so as to not be tempted to kick the hornets nest... Know what I mean?

I'm pretty lucky to have such cuties for children because they always make me feel better, and to have a husband that just kinda rolls with the punches. He listens and gets that its not about him, and that sometimes I just need to lose it a bit. He also knows that the quickest way to make me feel better is with something sparkly... He's a genius:


And no, I don't really feel that down on myself... Again I was being over dramatic. Reacting poorly to something that I should not have reacted to at all. I actually think I'm pretty awesome... Most of the time :)

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Do you believe in Fairies?

I do. I have two little fairies that live in my house. They are very mischievous and like to make messes but, boy, are they the cutest little things. My fairies are tiny little balls of energy and light. They can make you smile and make you cry with one look. They are happy and joyful and bounce off the walls. They think everything is beautiful and can turn anything thing into a game. They love to dance and play with pixie dust. They can fly. Its true! I have two little fairies that live in my house.

I believe in fairies. Do you?








Monday, July 11, 2011

Feathers.

I re-feathered my hair today :) I love that so many people are getting feathers now. No, really I do! I just think they are so fun! But, true to me, since everyone has a few feathers in their hair now. I needed 30... Ha! I have a feather explosion, and I love it! I may add some more tomorrow... 



Yes, I did them on myself! If you are local and you want some feathers, email me mybeatlesbabies[at]gmail[dot]com and we'll chat :)

Friday, July 8, 2011

Yummy, Yummy for your Tummy!

Last week I received a package in the mail and inside was a 4-pack sample of the NEW Knorr's Homestyle Chicken Stock... It took me a second, while I stared blankly at it, to remember that I was picked to participate in a recipe contest featuring the new Knorr's product! YAY! I love to cook and I love contests, so win, win!

That week I had been craving some tortilla soup, so I had a little AHA! moment... That is what I will create for the Knorr's Recipe Contest! Duh. It turned out mighty fantastic if you ask me! And by mighty fantastic I mean freaking delicious. 

So, here you go:

Freaking Fantastic Tortilla Soup
made with Knorr's Homestyle Chicken Stock Concentrate

Prep Time: 20 mins
Cook Time: at least 35 mins
Yields: 6 servings

Ingredients
2 pods of Knorr's Homestyle Chicken Stock Concentrate
8 cups of water plus 1/4 cup of water
2 large chicken breasts - I buy a rotisserie chicken and use those breasts
1/2 package of Lawry's Fajita Seasoning
1 small yellow onion
2 Tbls of EVOO
2 cups of frozen cut corn
1 - 10oz can of Original Rotel
1- 14.5 oz can of petite cut tomatoes
1/4 cup of diced green chilis
2 Tbls of chopped fresh parsley
1 cup of beer (optional)
2 Tbls fresh squeezed lime juice
Tostitos "Hint of Lime" tortilla chips
Shredded cheese


To make:

Shred the 2 chicken breasts. Make sure to remove all the skin and fat.
Chop the small yellow onion - make sure to wear your onion goggles (see below)
In a frying pan heat the EVOO and add the chopped onion. Saute until see through (about 3 mins)
Add the shredded chicken, 1/2 package of Lawry's Fajita seasoning and 1/4 cup of water. Reduce heat and cook for 5 mins

In a large pot, bring the 8 cups of water to a boil. Add the 2 pods of Knorr's Homestyle Chicken Stock Concentrate. Stir while the pods melt.
Add the Rotels, tomatoes, and green chilies - ALL DRAINED. Stir.
Add the parsley, lime juice, frozen corn and stir.
Add the chicken and onion mix. Stir.

Allow to boil for 15 minutes.
After 15 minutes reduce heat to low.
Add the beer, if you chose, I recommend Michelob Ultra Cactus Lime.
Let simmer for at least 20 mins. Longer is fine!

Place a handful of the lime tortilla chips in the bottom of a bowl.
Ladle soup over the chips and top with shredded cheese.
 ENJOY!





Wednesday, July 6, 2011

A Thousand Thank Yous

You guys are seriously awesome. Thank you for the comments and ALL the emails about Penny's ears. It is so encouraging to know that so many of you have gone through the same thing or something similar and everything turned out great! I tried to email most of you back. If I didn't get to you, I apologize, I must have missed you or you don't have your email reply set-up - you should go do that :) But know that I appreciate them all!

We started Penny on daily allergy medicine to help dry up the fluid that is collecting in her little ears, and it is helping! I first knew that it was working because my little girl has started to dance along with music! You have no idea how happy that made me. She able to hear music for the first time! Albeit not very well, but hearing none the less! Happy, happy, happy! I just know when she has the surgery to correct the structural problem in her ears, she will hear just perfectly!