Friday, August 29, 2014

Confession

I have a big one this week.  I think I am finally ready to admit that my blog might be dead.

There, i said it.

I started this blog over 5 years ago as a way to promote my paintings.  I knew a little bit about SEO and I knew that relevant articles on nursery design would help drive traffic to my blog, thus selling more paintings.  Pinterest was not a thing back then, so people would google search for ideas for their nursery, and a lot of it was coming to my little blog.  I was the #1 listing when someone searched "nursery art".

After I had H and stopped painting, this blog became a way for me to share some of my thoughts and tips as a first time Mom.  My friends in real life will tell you that I always tell it like it is, and I enjoyed being able to share things that I thought other people had just glossed over.

But i started to get more busy at work and with life in general, so I stopped having time for creative DIY projects and interesting articles.  I started taking pictures of H's lunch, which I still do.  But I'm sure you are not that interested in what an average Mom feeds her kid everyday.

There are things that I want to write about and would love to share anonymously.  But this is not an anonymous platform.  People in my personal and professional life actually read it (ok like 60 of you still do) and there are somethings I don't want everyone to know about.  Things like my decision to have an only child, what it feels like when friendships change as an adult and Mom.

So I don't really know how often I will be posting here anymore.  Now that H is older I don't feel as good about documenting her life on the Internet.  And I still do interesting things and DIY projects at home, but I just don't have time to take pictures and document them.  There are people that are much better at that then me, and there is Pinterest.

So there, that is out.  And I feel better.  Any small time bloggers feel the same way?

Friday, August 22, 2014

Confession Friday

-I confess that on Wednesday when H has swimming lessons, I count that as a bath.  And she only gets a bath every other day.



-I confess that I have been so unbelievable hungry all the time lately.  I ate a whole chicken finger basket from Cane's by myself the other night.  Husband was sad when he got home late and there was no chicken.  Opps.  And no, I am not pregnant.



-I confess that my extreme hunger is doing nothing for my operation-get-skinny-in-a-week plan.  We are going with some friends to the lake for Labor Day, and my lack of fake boobs + time to work out + fact that nobody else has had a kid is making me feel like I need a spray tan and some muscles NOW.



-I confess that 3 of my 6 friends here in Austin have recently moved and it is leaving me friend-poor.  My book club is no more, so I think I am going to start having monthly dates with myself.  After work I will go shopping, run errands, slowly push my cart through Target.....while The Husband take H out for a date.  I am always working or driving or mothering or cleaning and never have time to just not think.  Monthly self dates will be great for me.



-I confess that I really want a new purse.  And I don't mean any purse, I mean an expensive one.  So I have been selling stuff on ebay and CL to raise funds.  I often do that when I want something that is totally not justifiable, I sell stuff to raise some $.  I have resorted to selling some good coupons I wasn't using (think Pottery Barn, Best Buy) and I have officially hit an all time low in my hustle-for-bags game.


linking up with A Blonde Ambition Blog


Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Pottery Barn Sweet Lambie Art for Sale

I recently completed an order for a couple of my Sweet Lambie pictures.  Since they are the most popular request, I made a few extra.  I will be listing them for sale on etsy soon, but if anyone is interested I have 2 available.  Size is 16x20", acrylic on canvas.  The background is currently blank, and I am ready to fill in with your choice of verse.  Price is $80 including shipping.

Finished product will look like this

I can add a name, pink or blue accents, or leave as is.  Popular verse options include:



The Lord is my shepherd,
I shall not want.
Psalm 23:1


I prayed for this child
and the Lord has granted
me what I ask of him
1 Samuel 1:27

email me at customnurseryart (at) gmail.com if you are interested

Friday, August 15, 2014

Lunches

Someone asked me the other day what my favorite things to buy at Whole Foods were.  I jokingly call it Whole Paycheck because I think Whole Foods is so expensive and I rarely shop there.  Almost everything I buy comes from my regular grocery store, HEB.  I make occasional trips to Trader Joe's and Sprouts for specialty and natural items, but mostly I do 1 big shopping trip on Sunday, and sometimes 1 more small one before the weekend on the way home Friday.

I also want to add once again that I love these Ziploc lunch containers.  It's back to school time and some of my Facebook friends have been looking for lunch box suggestions.  Forget those expensive bento boxes with 8 pieces (hello dishes!) and go for these cheap ones.  Each compartment seals so nothing leaks onto the other foods.  And if they get lost or really dirty, I don't feel bad about tossing them!


ritz and hummus + strawberries and blueberries + turkey + cheese stick + cookie

yogurt + strawberries and blueberries + peas + cheese stick + left over chick fil a nuggets

popcorn and raisins + strawberries + left over avocado, bean and cheese taco

applesauce + bunny cookies and raisins + chicken quesadilla + strawberries

yogurt + peaches and strawberries + cheese pizza + popcorn and peas

yogurt + blueberries + cheese stick + BBQ chicken pizza

 BBQ chicken pizza + energy ball + grilled chicken + cherries and grapes

Thursday, August 14, 2014

SoCal Trip


Remember how I promised to be a better blogger and I said I had all these posts lined up?  Well, they are still sitting as drafts in blogger.  Instead I have been working and spending time with the fam.  We got back this week from a trip to Southern California to visit my family, and we made a little stop for 1 day at Disneyland.  It was so fun to share something with H that I did growing up.  Full post coming soon, I promise!

meeting Tigger

best.picture.ever.

breakfast with Mickey and Friends

trip to Laguna Beach

Monday, August 4, 2014

Toddler Tapas


I promise I have a whole bunch of posts halfway done about stuff other than my kid's lunch.  But until I have some free time, this is what you get.

Sometimes when we are low on food in the house, I give H what I call toddler tapas.  A mix of fruits, crackers, cheese, hummus, etc.  She LOVES hummus and likes to snack on little bits of everything just like her mama.  The other day she was pretending to be the Mom and I was the baby (a game we play a lot) and she told me she made me a snack.  It was cheese, crackers and hummus.  So cute!


 BBQ chicken pizza + energy ball + diced chicken + grapes and cherries

 grapes and strawberries + yogurt + ravioli + dried cherries and chocolate chips


A dessert I tried on H and B the other night.  Coconut greek yogurt with chia seeds and raspberries.  It makes sort of a tapioca pudding texture.  I really liked it, B said he would tolerate it as a snack but that it did not qualify as dessert, and H wouldn't touch it.  Ha!


cheese + chicken casserole + snap peas + cherries and peaches

strawberries + pretzels + hummus + turkey + fruit snacks

 chicken + hummus + wheat thins + peaches + pear baby food mixed with applesauce

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Lunches

Some healthy meals the past few weeks, some not as healthy!

leftover cheese pizza + fresh cherries + applesauce + kale salad

grapes + goldfish + chicken + cheese + raisins

turkey, cheese and hummus sandwich + cranberries + pretzels and peas + yogurt

popcorn and cranberries + grapes + chicken nuggets + cheese

brisket quesdadilla + grapes and blueberries + yogurt

yogurt + grapes + more nuggets + cheese + ketchup

and a superfood dinner of quinoa, kale salad, salmon and strawberries.  She LOVES salmon (calls it pink fish) and kale salad from the deli at HEB.  The only thing she didn't eat?  The quinoa.  She doesn't like rice or potatoes, go figure?