Thursday, April 30, 2009

Baby Bump

I'm finally starting to really notice the bump. It is kinda unavoidable. It's there in the morning when I want to roll over onto my tummy. It's there when I bend over to pick up something off the floor. It is even there when I lean over the sink to wash dishes. And it's only going to get BIGGER! I'm not really complaining, it looks adorable; ) It's just that I am having to find new ways to get everyday things done.

It has also occurred to me that since I am at the halfway point, it's only another 20 weeks until I meet the little guy; and boy did those first months go by fast! It's fun to imagine what life will be like, but I know I really have no clue. What will it change between Ricky and I? Will Judah adapt well to being in 2nd place? Will everything be okay? I am the type of person who likes to research and prepare, but with something as life changing as this, I don't think you really can.

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Changes in Latitudes, Changes in Attitudes

This is another baby vintage reconstruction t-shirt I made last week. I am getting pretty quick at banging them out now. I had actually made a few more, but forgot to photograph them before I gifted them to our friends Sean & Stef. I like to call this one our Jimmy Buffett onsie. He's definitely going to have to wear it whenever we go on our sailboat.

Ever since I was little I grew up listening to Jimmy Buffett tapes in the car, VERY reluctantly at first but then grew to love it as I got older. Since then my family and I have made it to 3 or 4 Buffett concerts over the years. You could definitely call my parents "parrot heads". So much in fact that a few years ago my Dad asked me to draw him a parrot for his very first tattoo, it turned out amazing! I drew the parrot and another artist (Dean, from Elm St Tattoo in Deep Ellum Dallas, TX) did the background that looks really tropical and rainforesty.

Monday, April 27, 2009

Good Weekend

We had a really nice weekend with lots of friends and get-togethers. On Friday our friend Chad and his girlfriend Marissa stayed the night in their rad pop-up VW van. They are on a cool So-Cal style Vacay just traveling the coast and hitting up all the good surf spots along the way. We had a great time, very chill.

Saturday we hit up the Roots & Folk Festival. Just your typical arts/craft vendors lining a few blocks with music stages setup on every corner. Adams Ave is a really hip part of town and Ricky and I decided that we need to hit it up more often. I also stopped by a couple of garage sales and scored some awesome deals. I picked up a Baby Bjorn baby carrier in navy blue, excellent condition, for only $3! I also got a few story books, baby toys, and onsies; but unfortunately both sales were all girl clothes, and tons of them.

On Sunday we drove up to Huntington Beach for our good friends Sean & Stefanie's baby shower for the girls and BBQ for the boys. It turned out to be a beautiful day and we both had a great time. We also found out that they are using one of the names that we had on the top of our very short baby name list...FORD!!! It is such a cool/cute name that I'm glad they are using it. Great minds think alike!

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Recommended Reading

Reading is one of my favorite hobbies. I read every night before bed, when I layout at the beach, and anytime I get a free moment to relax. Being that I am currently knocked up, most of my reading material is focused on baby related topics. I have checked out plenty of books from the library and found most of them to be just "fluff". Some good/funny stuff here and there but nothing that I would want to recommend to friends.

When I first found out I was expecting my friend at the
San Diego Hydroponics store, Kelly, loaned me a book called Spiritual Midwifery by Ina May Gaskin. Kelly had spent time on the farm in Tennessee where this hippy community/farm was established in the 70's. An advocate for natural birth this book takes place on the farm and shares birth stories of the women who live there as well as a guide for midwives in training. The book is a pretty good read although I am not considering a home birth myself.

A few weeks ago I was at the library and picked up a book by the same author called
Ina May's Guide to Childbirth. Now this is the book I would recommend to ANYONE preparing to give birth. It gave me some great tips and perspective on labor that I had not heard anywhere else before. I will definitely be re-reading this book in the months to come. Buy a copy for yourself and read the stellar reviews on HERE.

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Registering for Baby

I know that I still have 141 days to go, but how can you resist picking out cute little baby necessities when you have a free afternoon. Buying for baby can be very overwhelming at the store, so I decided just to go at it online at Baby's R Us. You can check out My Page Here. By registering online I am also able to check comments and ratings from parents who have used the product themselves thus hopefully preventing any dud purchases. It also gives me a reference point when I am garage sale shopping or browsing on craigslist.

Being one of the first moms out of my group of girlfriends living in San Diego it can be tough to get tips and recommendations from first hand experience. But I've come across some pretty cool blogs like that have put together helpful articles on some of the must haves. They list some of the Must Haves, Nice to Haves, and Total Luxuries as well as some other useful topics.

Ricky and I are planning on traveling/moving to Costa Rica after the baby is born so that adds another little hurdle as far as collecting to much stuff. I want to be smart in my purchases but at the same time it is hard to resist that "nesting" urge that makes me want everything to be ready for when baby arrives. So if you have any tips/recommendations on great stuff to buy or pass on please bring on the advice!

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Welcome to My Neighborhood

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I LOVE living in San Diego, but I especially love our little community Ocean Beach. It is just North of Downtown and has great Hwy access. Though it feels separate from the city because we are blocked in by Point Loma/Harbor Bay to the South and Mission Bay to the North. Ocean Beach is an eclectic mix of all types of people and has a definite "hippy" vibe. Lets have a look...

This a view looking West towards on our downtown main street Newport Ave. It's where the famous OB market is held every Wednesday afternoon. I always get kettle corn, flowers, and cookies!

Here we are at the end of Newport right next to the parking lot next to the pier, you can kind of see it to the left. This is where the bums and street kids love to hang out and come up with clever little signs to ask for money.

Now we are looking East towards Ocean Beach above the Ocean. Our house is located in the upper left corner of this shot if you could zoom in.

Hey Mr. Pelican! A view from the end of the fishing pier.

This is an aerial view of Sunset Cliffs where Ricky LOVES to surf and I love to layout on the private beach. It was gorgeous this weekend so we hit up private beach "garbage" and the main beach by the pier as well.

Here's the close up view of the beach called "No Surf" from the aerial shot above. We love to go here because it's usually just locals and you have to take a "goat trail" to get down to it. Judah even gets to go sometimes, and once in December he even pointed out an Octopus to us at low tide!

Monday, April 20, 2009

Succulent Planter

Succulents are my favorite type of plant and since we live in beautiful San Diego I am able to enjoy many different types growing in my own backyard. Succulents are water retaining plants that usually grow in dry arid climates. They store water in their leaves, stems, and roots and that gives them their fleshy swollen appearance. Most people will recognize the cactus as a succulent although it is just one of many different breeds.

I've found that succulents are very easy to grow since they require little to no reminder to water them often. So last year when I couldn't keep all my potted flowers alive the whole summer I switched them out with cuttings from my yard and they are still thriving today.
I made this succulent dish using a few different types of cuttings from my backyard and It took all of 10 minutes or less. Here's how to make your own.

1. Select a shallow dish, I used the water collector part of a pot I wasn't using. Fill it 1/2 an inch from the top with potting soil.

2. Choose a few different types of succulents from either cuttings or potted plants from your local garden center. If you use cuttings like I did, all you need to do is shove them in the soil and your good to go. For potted plants, dig a little hole and cover them as needed.

3. Vary the placement of the plants putting low lying plants near the edges and taller ones near the center. Mixing textures and colors throughout.

4. Water after you get all the plants arranged to your liking, then only once a week or so thereafter.

5. All done, Now you can enjoy your beautiful succulent centerpiece!

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Custom Creations

You can purchase our designs at our store DUST FACTORY or custom design your own on our Zazzle website by clicking on the following link...

"For the past 10 years we have been sifting through thousands of pounds of recycled clothing a day to pull out perfect gems that can be resold in the ‘vintage clothing industry’. This by no means makes us experts in the fashion industry, but it does make us experienced. We see what fashion has done, good or bad, and through the years have developed a style of our own inspired by these relics from the past. We don’t feel that our Original designs are even on the same playing field as authentic vintage clothing. However we feel, as many do, that there is a ridiculous amount of companies that are putting out new t-shirts each year with designs that are just crap. We know that by the time they hit the used market, if they don’t end up in a land field there is no other place for them to go put be turned into a rag. We knew it was time to help bring t-shirt design back to its roots where it is focused on an element of design, not a brand, or a shirt that makes the person wearing it look like they were sitting under a flock of seagulls after they just ate. We know that most of our customers are creative so we felt it was important to give you a platform to decide where and how you wanted our design to appear on your tee. We also wanted you to be able to choose what color and type of t-shirt blank our design would appear on. We would prefer that everyone use the organic and bamboo t-shirt blanks, but we understand that in today’s economy not every body can afford them. Regardless a small portion of proceeds for each item in Dust Factory Original Collection sold will be donated to the Surf Rider Foundation in supporting their cause to keep the ocean clean.

Saturday, April 18, 2009

Rocking Out

After sitting in one at a baby shower in December, and talking with our friends with a new baby, the glider is where its at. It is a great place to sit to rock the baby for late night feedings when you want to be sleeping yourself, and it can be used up until the baby's arrival. Being the bargain hunter that I am I waited until I found the top brand at the best deal online. I scored this Dutailier Glider and Ottoman originally purchased for $600 (she had the receipt) for only $75 in Perfect Condition!!!

Friday, April 17, 2009

Scrabble Night

For the last few months a couple of my girlfriends and I have been getting together every other Thursday night for a game of scrabble. Each week a different person hosts at their house and makes something yummy to nosh on.

We've had baked ziti, a couple types of fresh bruschettas, Asian style egg rolls with sweet & sour soup, pear & Gorgonzola pizza (my night), and last night was an all raw menu, it was DELICIOUS! Abra made "tacos" using all types of nuts and beans to make the mock meat and cheese. Dessert was equally tasty as a nut based coconut pudding with fresh berries, I have to say I was quite impressed...and FULL: )

So far it had been some super fierce competition with some really good words, one game Katie scored 50+ points for one word! We've deducted that the person who plays first usually wins the game. Not true last night though, Brooke came in first but I WON THE TOURNAMENT!!! We have played about 5 games to date and because I have come in 1st and 2nd in two games I won a gift certificate for a pedicure in North Park, SCORE! I can't wait to go get pampered!

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Free as a Bird

I must have caught the "nesting" bug recently because I've been making all these cute little baby things. My most recent is this adorable little birdie mobile to hang over the baby's crib. I think that it looks much cooler than anything you could buy at the store. First I made about a gillion little birds from a pattern you can find here, they are simple to make but time consuming to fill with stuffing. I bought the sticks from Ikea when my mom was in town. To finish out the project I went to the hardware store and purchased a bunch of tiny little screws with eye tops. Ricky help me cut the sticks into sections, then I went about assembling the whole sha-bang. I'm really happy with how it turned out and can't wait to make a few more to give as gifts and sell in the store!

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Baby Vintage Reconstruction

I have been dabbling in designing baby clothes since I now have the opportunity to outfit a little one. I made this baby onsie using a vintage tee from the store and made a pattern from an outfit that I already had. It took the most time designing the pattern, but once that was done I did a mock up and then started working on this cute little thing. It turned out perfect! The tee was originally a XL long sleeve mens shirt with the mermaid on the front pocket area, and the waves on the back. Now I'm going to start looking through our old tees at home that we never wear anymore do to stains, or ill fitting size and turn them into baby clothes! I'll also make a pattern for a long sleeve, t-shirt style, and make them in a few different sizes. Once I get a few made up I may even advertise to make custom ones for sale. FUN!

Monday, April 13, 2009

Carlsbad Flower Fields

Mom and I visited the Carlsbad Flower Fields on Easter yesterday morning. I had always wanted to check it out, but it's one of those "girl" things that I would never be able to drag Ricky to. It was much larger than I had anticipated, 50 acres in total, of ranunculus flowers. We decided to go ahead and pay the $10 extra so we could ride the wagon around the entire field and get the total effect. It was a beautiful way to spend Easter Morning. We also enjoyed some shopping at the Carlsbad Outlet Mall right next to it, Score!

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Baby Shopping

It's a BOY!!! So I was a little off, oh well, we are super stoked! Since mom is in town we've been shopping everyday (thanks Mom & Dad) and I've picked up some super cute stuff. She brought out these little baby Christmas and Halloween outfits with her before we knew which gender to buy for. The little Christmas outfits also came with a Santa and a reindeer puppet that I'm sure will get lots of "personality" when the time comes.

Of course I am a bargain shopper and have to do plenty of research before I purchase anything, it HAS to be a good deal! The first item I bought was a stroller online for a discount of around $40. I will go and pick it up at the store next week.

Then I purchased this brand new infant car seat with base on craigslist from a couple who had received two as gifts. It was the brand I was interested in, and I got it for half of what you would pay in the store, SCORE!

Doing some garage sale shopping we picked out these little boy outfits for size 0-3 months from a cool couple who live a few blocks over.

Shopping for baby stuff can be SO overwhelming, especially if it's your first. I've been doing plenty of online research and asking friends and family what there recommendations are but you just never know. So to date, i've only spent $200 and I can't wait to see what bargains are coming up next.

Friday, April 10, 2009

Gammy 's In Town

My mom is visiting us this week and I am so happy she's here. We don't get to see each other often enough with me living so far away from Oklahoma and all. I am so blessed to have such an awesome relationship with her. I know she wishes we were closer, but at the same time she's always excited to come out to beautiful Sunny San Diego as well. On our list this week of fun things to do:
~Go baby shopping! I haven't bought a single thing yet, although I know there is a ton of necessary baby gear we need to acquire. It's just really tough with ALL the choices out there!
~Watch our wedding video that I had remastered onto a DVD from a VHS tape that was accidentally turned sideways off and on through the ceremony, though fixed by a wonderful student on craigslist.
~Go out to eat at South Beach restaurant for the best fish tacos in Ocean Beach, her fav!
~Visit the Carlsbad flower fields.
~Shop at Pangea Outpost in Pacific Beach, it has this booth with little trinkets from all over the world that my mom just loves. She has a cool dia de los muetus wall at home that she likes to add to every time shes out here.
~Read lots of magazines, we especially love to read Birds and Blooms.
~See what kind of trouble Judah can get himself into when we leave the house. This time wasn't so bad, he got into our Tupperware cabinet and chewed on a few containers!?!
~Drive down to sunset cliffs to watch the sunset.
I LOVE YOU SO MUCH MOM!!! Thanks for coming to visit!

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Where is my Mind?

I am starting to notice some effects of the "pregnancy brain fog" they say happens when your body is busy making a baby. I've locked myself out of the house (and had to crawl in through the window), put things back in odd places (what, the chips don't belong with pots and pans?!), and just plain forgotten what the heck it was that I was doing. Here is what What to Expect says of baby brain fog:

"Didn't realize that feeling like a ditz was part of being pregnant? Here's why you've suddenly become an airhead, and what you can do about it.

What it is: Pregnancy-induced brain fog, a true (and truly frustrating) hallmark of pregnancy. You may forget appointments, what you just walked into the store for, where you left your purse, whether you turned off the stove — and maybe, your phone number.

What causes it: As usual in pregnancy, it's just your hormones having some fun, this time at the expense of your memory. And believe it or not, your brain-cell volume actually decreases during the third trimester of pregnancy (which could explain why you can't remember what you just read about in that last paragraph). Not to worry, your brain will plump back up a few months after delivery.

What you need to know about it: First of all, pregnancy forgetfulness is completely normal — and extremely common. It's also temporary — you'll have total recall again long before you start to have your "senior moments." And try not to be too hard on yourself, as stress will only cloud your brain even more.

What you can do about forgetfulness:

  • Write it down. If you really need to remember something — an appointment or to take your prenatal vitamin, for example — leave a big note in an obvious place. You might also stash a notepad and pen in easy-to-remember spots like your purse, your car, and your bathroom.
  • Turn high tech — using your Palm Pilot, Blackberry, laptop, or other electronic organizer to help keep you, well, organized and less forgetful.
  • Reduce the number of things you need to remember — cut down on what you're responsible for by delegating some jobs to others. Easier said than done, but worth a go. (You'll forget about the less important stuff, anyway.)
  • Have a sense of humor about this airhead stage and encourage your partner to do the same. Who cares if you left the car keys in the refrigerator?
  • Forget about taking the herbal supplement gingko biloba. This "memory-booster" has not been proven safe for use during pregnancy.
  • Expect the haze to hang in during the first weeks after you give birth. Fatigue may take the place of hormones as the primary culprit, but that too shall pass."

Sunday, April 5, 2009

50/50 Chance

I have always been a very vivid dreamer and usually recall most of my dreams upon waking. Many times I have felt that my dreams are communicating to my waking self and acted upon that feeling. Other times I have felt that my dreams are preparing me for events to come, or even guiding me in my decision making when I'm unsure about something. In fact, 2 days before I took a pregnancy test, I had a dream that Cristi (Ricky's twin sister) and I were both pregnant at the same time. Turns out we are about a month apart!

Lately I have been having many dreams about our future child and what being a mother will be like. I feel it's as if my subconscious is mentally preparing me for the changes to come. In particular I have been dreaming that our baby is a girl! Good thing we have an ultrasound appointment next Thursday or I am tempted to start making some tiny little girl clothes today!

Looks like the
Ancient Chinese Gender Prediction table says we'll be having a girl as well. (26 years of age/conceived in December.)

Saturday, April 4, 2009

Greener Pastures

After going through the winter without a single blade of green grass in our yard thanks to you-know-who, I am super stoked to finally have a lawn again. Ricky and I had been contemplating putting in a walkway for a few months when a couple of weeks ago we discovered we already had one! It was buried beneath last years sod by a few inches. It was strange because Conrad, our landlord, was even going to help us lay one down. When we told him we dug one up, he came to look at it and was like, "oh yeah, that's right, look at that". As a bonus it is WAY better than one we would have done ourselves.

But now, in order to keep the grass actually alive this year, we are going to extreme measures to keep the "farm" away from the tender new grass until it's established. That means NO chickens for awhile, and especially NO DOGS ALLOWED! Judah really did a number last year, in fact we thought he might have been communicating to us through the pee stains that looked like rudimentary cuneiform come Fall time.

It's to bad I came across the Penta-Lawn 2000 website after we had already put the sod down because it looks like it might be up to taking a beating from whatever Judah could dish out.

Friday, April 3, 2009

Four Legged Baby

Now that we know we have a little one on the way, we are preparing our current "baby" for the changes to come. Judah, our Labrador Retriever has been with us for six action-packed years now. He has stuck by our sides through thick and thin. He has traveled to Oklahoma, Texas, Mexico, Nevada, New Mexico, Arizona, on road trips, camping trips, airplane rides, and even canoe rides.

Judah has been a wonderful pet and friend and we aren't to worried about how he will react around a new baby. He has been around plenty of young children who have chased him, rode him, and pulled his tail to which he usually just rolls over for a belly rub. What we may be concerned about is a little bit jealousy, and maybe some diaper "interest". So in order to get him ready he hasn't been invited on as many car rides and has been staying at home a little more than usual. Don't worry about him though, he gets a long walk and plenty of love every day.

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Easter Bacon Basket

With Easter on the way I thought I'd post a little treat I made last year for our Easter Brunch. I am actually not a red meat eater myself, but loved the idea of making a festive bacon basket for my friends. They turned out perfect and everyone was really impressed. I used arugula and grape tomatoes from our friends garden. If you'd like to make bacon baskets to impress your loved ones this year you can find the instructions here.

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Vintage Buy Trip

Went to LA today for a buy trip. I needed to pick up a bunch of dresses and tees for our reconstruction line Particle. Buy trips in LA are one of my favorite things to do in this industry. There is SO much clothing to sift through and I usually end up finding a couple of pieces for myself. Most of the womens clothing is in HUGE bins that I crawl up into and toss everything out that I don't need and the rest ends up in a barrel about 4 feet tall.

Today I spent 3 hours sorting through Antique dresses and 80's elastic waist dresses. I filled up two barrels which means it was actually a very small buy. Dresses are really hard to come buy because women are really picky when it comes to what they wear. Antique dresses in particular because I pick dresses only from the 40's-60's, which means they are a minimum of 40 years old. They also have to be in near perfect condition and of current size.

So now I have my work cut out for me for the next few days, literally. I will be washing, cutting, and sewing to fulfill Spring Orders. It's alot of work but I love what I do, and I am so fortunate to be able to work for myself.