Make Your Own Mermaid Tail Blanket


If you've spent more than 5 minutes on Facebook, you've probably come across 5-10 mentions of the super hot Mermaid Tail Blanket. Whether it's crocheted, sewn, knitted - it's an adorable version that every little girl envisions. And if you read the comments on those posts - you'll find grown women wanting them too after growing up with the time of Ariel.  My friend Kat from Rocket Mommy  created this quick (AND inexpensive) tutorial that is perfect for toddlers. Why toddlers? Because she rocks the sales on remnant fabric and explains why it's best to stop there … [Read more...]

Introducing Ryan James Dell


   I plan to do an actual official post. But I wanted to share that Farmer Dell Baby number three is a BOY!!! I started contractions as soon as the kids were in bed Wednesday night and came on FAST. I've never started labor on my own so I had no idea what I'd be in for. It was painful and I wasn't sure if I could actually get myself out the door to give birth. Basic timeline below.  7:40 - contractions start.  9:45 - arrive at the hospital.  11:30 - get epidural.  3:00 - at a 10, fully effaced, baby at 0 station (needs to be at +2) 4:00 - doctor says its … [Read more...]

Pregnant? You Need This.

Bao Bei Maternity Belly Sport Bra

I should have also included - Pregnant and have littles at home already? You need this.  What is it? Literally the best thing I've used this pregnancy and I didn't even get it till the end of it. A few weeks ago, I was just over how much weight I was carrying in my stomach.  Bathtime was torture with the kids because I hated having to bend over and scrub-a-dub-dub them.  I went to Buy Buy Baby and grabbed something that said it offered "support" but really, did not.  I posted it on Instagram and one of my friends tagged Bao Bei Maternity on the post and said I needed to check it … [Read more...]

How To Survive Breastfeeding

Breastfeeding Tools - Medela

I remember when I had Aubrey, I knew very little about self-care during the first few weeks of her life.  I was shocked at what my own body was going through and breastfeeding was uncharted territories.  I've written about our journey with both kids here, but I didn't touch too much on what I found to help me get through those first few weeks initially. I remember being in the hospital after I had Aubrey and having the nurses tell me she had to keep eating.  As far as I was concerned, nothing was coming out of my boobs and eventually the nurse taught me how to express and get some Colostrum … [Read more...]

A Minimalistic Nursery

minimalistic nursery

With Baby #3, I just didn't seem to have the resources, or energy, or motivation to really plan an all-out Pinterest worthy nursery.  Part of the reason is due to me not knowing if we're having a boy or a girl.  And while I did decorate Aubrey's nursery in our first condo we owned, I just didn't want to worry about repainting again.  This room has a neutral taupe on the wall that I picked out for Luke so we could add to it as he grew through decor and what not.  But since he's currently bunking in Aubrey's room, and we don't know how the rooms will end up in a few years, I didn't want to do … [Read more...]

Seasonal Menu at Bonefish Grill

seasonal menu at bonefish grill valencia ca

I received a gift certificate to dine and share my experience with the new seasonal menu options at Bonefish Grill in Valencia.  Opinions are mine (and my friend's, since she came with!) Shrimp Ceviche Chilled bay scallops, marinated shrimp, fish, fresh pineapple, coconut, cilantro and guacamole, seasoned crisps for dipping. Since I'm practically ready to give birth at almost any minute of any day, I'm trying to get all the things I've been meaning to do, done.   One of the items on the agenda was going out with my friend Maria to do my post-baby-booze-shopping trip to stock up on some … [Read more...]

Naming Names..Or Not

Naming Names - 100,000 baby names bruce lansky

This entire pregnancy has had one really big hurdle for Jon and I.  We absolutely could not pick a name for this baby.  When we decided to be Team Green,  I knew there would be some interesting aspects.  One thing I did not expect was really the whole name debacle.  We'd talk about it for a short time, then shelf it.  Then bring it up again.  Even on our date day to California Pizza Kitchen we asked our waitress what her kids were named to see if maybe that would help spark something for us.  I've shared about this trouble on Instagram and Facebook.  And then my friend and fellow blogger Chris … [Read more...]

For Bloggers: How To Write Sponsored Posts

Everyone is Getting Sponsored Posts - Why Not Me

As a blogger, I have worked many years on building up my audience and figuring out how I want my voice to come across.  The reason I started this blog so many years ago, and continued on with it, was to be a story teller - just as I had been growing up and my love of writing. So now, with technology, I'm able to take the stories that would normally just sit flat in a journal or whatnot, and breathe in life through photos and some wittiness (or, so I think) to have it be shared with others. Along the way, that has transformed into opportunities to review products that fit our lifestyle, … [Read more...]

Third Time Mom – Diaper Bag Edition

third time mom diaper bag

The baby isn't here yet, but that doesn't mean I don't already know what will be going in my diaper bag.  As a third time mom, I'm really trying to streamline what are the absolute essentials since at times we'll also be carting around 2 other big kids and don't have the luxury of a 20 minute diaper change while you dig around trying to find a diaper that is buried under 5 pounds of toys. This time around, I'll be using the Petunia Pickle Bottom City Carryall (affiliate link for Nordstrom) instead of the Boxy Bag I had for Aubrey and Luke.  A friend of mine had this for her 2nd and she … [Read more...]

36 Week Bumpdate

36 week bumpdate

I'm officially "full-term" despite that 36 not being 40.  The whole timeframe for being pregnant is so odd.  When you find out you're pregnant, you're already like 4 or so weeks along.  The time starts counting as SOON as you finish your last cycle, even though you couldn't have technically gotten pregnant then since a lot has to occur before the little bean is implanted in your uterus. At 36 weeks, if I go into labor, there is no medical intervention done to stop it.  And since this is baby #3, I've really been realizing how much I need to get done asap.  I just started maternity leave and … [Read more...]