Friday, September 19, 2014

Thoughts of the Week

Whenever it gets cold enough, sign me up for this look.

Let the fall baking commence.

Footie pajamas for a tiny superstar.

These pastries and espresso make me want to book a flight to Rome.

I'm a sucker for dahlias, so l love this sweet arrangement.

Thanks so much for your baby book recommendations! Here are some more ideas.

Happy Friday! My mom is in town for a long weekend to help us prepare for baby boy and create a happy, little space for him. Thank goodness for mamas! Hope you have a wonderful weekend!

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Mama-to-Be Mocktail: Purple Fizz

While we were in Napa on our babymoon, I had to forgo the cabernet sauvignon, but I did get to enjoy some delicious grapes right off the vine. Ever since, I've been craving that same juicy flavor, so I decided to come up with this fruity, fizzy mocktail.

Purple Fizz
4 oz. sparkling red grape juice
4 oz. cranberry juice
4 oz. ginger ale
Frozen grapes for garnish

Combine chilled grape juice, cranberry juice and ginger ale and add a few frozen grapes as garnish and to keep the drink cold.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Books for Baby

I may be getting a little ahead of myself by putting together a library for the baby, but there's just too much nostalgia involved to resist. These were some of my early childhood favorites, and I'm looking forward to reading them to our little one. What are some of your favorites?

Friday, September 12, 2014

On Track

I'm totally charmed by this train track street art in Portugal created by Artur Bordalo. What a clever way to brighten up something ordinary. Happy Friday!

[spotted on: enpundit]

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Cream and Sugar, Please

If I were going to have a collection of a particular kitchen item, it would most definitely be cream and sugar sets. I can always seem to find new creamers and sugar bowls that I love, and these delicate designs from RossLab are no exception.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Napa Valley Babymoon

We're back from our trip to Northern California. It was such a relaxing getaway! The cool nights were a perfect break from the Texas heat, the food was delicious and the scenery was beautiful. We flew into San Francisco and spent the first part of the trip there, walking around, singing the Full House theme, seeking out our favorite sandwich from RoliRoti and giving Dynamo Donuts a try.

We drove up to Calistoga along the winding, scenic Highway 1 and arrived at the Solage where we spent the rest of our stay. It's a beautiful resort with a spa, mineral pools and a Michelin-starred restaurant, Solbar, on the property. Our dinner there was delicious. We spent time exploring shops and markets in nearby towns Napa and St. Helena and spent an afternoon walking around Yountville before our dinner at Thomas Keller's Ad Hoc. The menu on Sunday night featured spaghetti and meatballs and ice cream sundaes -- what pregnant dreams are made of.

Even with the lack of wine-drinking for me, I'm so glad we picked the Napa area for our trip. It's such a beautiful part of the country and turned out to be the perfect place to unwind for a few days.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Falling for Cupcakes

Yesterday, I stopped in at the adorable Hey Cupcake! for a pumpkinator, a pumpkin spice cake topped with tasty graham cracker cream cheese frosting. It doesn't feel a bit like fall here in Texas, but it's September and a bit of pumpkin is necessary.


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