Things I’m Loving

Oh, its been a while. I try to post these at the beginning of each month, but the weather has been lovely (usually) and spending time in the fresh air has been more of a priority for me. At any rate, here are a few things I’m loving.

20130517-093838.jpgSweet O trying on some of my jewelry creations (btw- I’m almost finished reorganizing my etsy shop!). She really is my kid. Bling, bling.

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I bet you are wondering what in the world I took a picture of here. I took this picture while visiting my sister… this is what happens when you take down chair rails. You may just run into some awesome vintage wallpaper. I’m just loving the poppies and the entire 60’s vibe.

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My good friend Kara arrived for an impromptu pizza night with a bottle of wine in hand. One of the many reasons Kara and I are friends is that be both know how refreshing a glass of wine can be. Another reason: her humor. She bought this wine just because the name and label were awesome. And the wine was pretty good too!

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The view from the end table. I laid my phone down and accidentally hit the camera slide. The camera was set on the front camera because I had just tried to take a selfie with O (we send them to Hubby daily)… and this was what I saw: view from the end table, through the lamp to the ceiling. I snapped a pic because I loved how unique it was. Geometry and composition are two of my favorite things… Art really is everywhere.

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Z practiced his alphabet on the dry erase board. Notice the detail on his “H”… I think he may have a love for typography.

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I let Z drive O in his Powerwheels Dune Racer. He promised to go slow and stop if she cried. O laughed the whole way. I love them!

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Out for a hike at the Cincinnati Nature Center (which I highly recommend) with my sister and her little charge. I snapped this one on a trail on our way back to the lake. Stinking cute.

IMG_2335I might be a bit spoiled… this is my favorite way to watch a Reds game. We ocassionally sit in the Cincinnati Bell suite. Its right above the warning track in outfield with indoor and outdoor decks. Not a bad way to enjoy a game if you ask me. This was during batting practice. I love all those red seats and uniforms.

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The other night I was putting away laundry and had put aside a few things to hang up. I looked down and realized that every one of them was striped in some way. I think I’m addicted to stripes. Just a little?

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With the nice afternoons lately, O has been walking her baby doll around the neighborhood in the stroller. She’d do it all day long if she could. Notice that she’s finally big enough to wear her bangle bracelet she go for Christmas. Starting her young! I wore a similar one until it had to be broken off of me at five years old. I refused to take it off.

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Left over Blue Oven Bakery bread that my mom made into delicious homemade croutons. This stuff is just too good to go to waste!

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Things I’m Loving

Ah, April. I’m so happy to see you. And thanks for bringing our old pal Sun. I’ve missed you both. March was a “lion” in so many ways. We bounced between snow storms and 60 degree days and back again. And my migraines followed. Oy. O started talking even more… I’d say she has about 20 clear words. No walking yet but she constantly babbles to her toys and in her carseat. Pretty much everywhere. Even in her sleep. Yes, my 16 month old talks about cookies, the dog and her friend Z in her sleep. Cute, except for that if she’s talking then I’m not sleeping. In addition, I had an entire week off of work. While the kids frolicked in the sand I was busy at home with projects for Hilda. I did a bunch of little things and a few larger projects and they will all be posted as I write them. For now I have a handful of things that I’m just loving. They made my day, sometimes even my week. Here are a few of my little treasures.

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Shoes. What girl doesn’t love shoes? Even O is into them. She finds shoes all over the house or in the mudroom and brings them to me saying “Schlooes!”… She’s totally my kid. These are a recent Target find (Surprise, surprise). I am always looking for work shoes that aren’t flip flops, Nikes or Uggs. Most of spring and fall I live in flats. They just slip on when my hands are busy with baby, bags, dog, keys and door. I also love that I can toss them on with just about anything: jeans (skinny or otherwise), crops, skirts etc. So easy. I need easy in my life anywhere I can put it. These babies are a pewter tone with a black toe covered in rose gold studs and some bad-ass spikes. I’ve been asked by the 7 year old not to wear these when we play kickball.

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This is the gorgeous St. Xavier Catholic Church in Cincinnati. Although I’ve attended many masses here as well as weddings, I’ve now also watched the St. Patrick’s day Parade from it’s front steps. I couldn’t help but admire all of this architecture from my seat on the steps. Incredible.

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I’m not embarrassed to admit that this was rescued from the curb only a couple blocks from my house. In a heavy downpour of snow. Molly and I saw it, stopped in the middle of the road and reversed to grab it. Even through the snow we saw that it was a solid piece (dovetail joints!) and had beautiful shape and character. We carefully tossed it on top of my beloved stroller (cringe!) and brought it to the garage. This was one of my vacation week projects. And just you wait… the facelift is pretty awesome.

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One of my favorite things is to catch O totally off guard. Her face is always hilarious. The other day at work, I watched from the other side of the kitchen as she examined the open dishwasher. She played with the racks and looked under the door and after much exploration I watched as she climbed on in. I whipped (I think that’s where the blur effect is from… the whipping action) out my iPhone and snapped a pic. Then I took her off and told her she can’t do that anymore. I don’t want to buy a dishwasher… especially for someone else’s house.

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I shouldn’t have to remind you that I’m a big kid. Last week I was playing with Z and he was meticulously lining up all the lego action heroes. He very particular and takes it pretty seriously. These guys are like 2 inches tall. Batman and Robin are always side by side. And they both look so serious. And look at that Gotham City behind them!

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Oh Em Gee. This is a spectacular creation I made as a snack (you know, to go with a glass of wine of course). I used Blue Oven Bakery’s Potato Rosemary Squares to make a grilled apple and goat cheese sandwich. It was beyond delish. Too bad it was my last square, but I plan on buying them again and creating a few more culinary delights. If you haven’t made it to any of their market locations (Findley, Clark Montessori and such) then you are missing out. I order you to go get a loaf of Bad Girl or Sourdough.┬áLike, now.

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A sure sign of spring is always in fashion. I found some great peach, deep mint and berry jeans on a run to Target and TJMaxx. They are often my first stops when trying a new trend I’m not sure about. Then I only spend half to see if I can swing the colored jean look. And by the way, I’m in love and I now believe that anyone can swing it. And if you’re scared just try a colored jean with a black top and a statement necklace. You’ll believe in yourself in no time.

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On a quick run for coffee at Caribou I decided to stay and enjoy my cup near their fireplace. These little guys were on the mantle. How adorable! I want some for myself! No worries, I didn’t smuggle them home with me. I will, however, keep an eye out for something similar to use as winter decor next year. Maybe even add a red nose to one? He he.

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In an alleyway between Hyde Park Square and the pay lot I noticed these colored bricks. They are clearly remnants of an old painted building billboard from when the building next to it (that makes the other wall of the alley) didn’t yet exist. I’m thinking more than 80 years ago? I’ve walked through this alley countless times over the last 10 years and I’m shocked I’ve never noticed them before. How awesome is that old typography! Pretty cool.

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Well I am Hilda Gotrocks. While I was working on a project bracelet I fumbled through some tumbled crystals. I forgot how much I love these. They are cool, dense and heavy in my hand. I just love the light they reflect and how much they resemble ice. An old favorite for me.