Archive for January, 2012

Here are some photos from the last time I headed out to Chicago to visit my Best Friend.

Two things to note here.
One, my dress is extremely yellow.
Two, there are no children in the pictures.
That is all about to change.
We just booked our flight to take ALL 5 OF US out to visit her and her family this summer.  That is a total of 4 children (3 for us, 1 for them) under one roof.  It is going to be SO much fun and perhaps SO SO crazy.  I cannot wait.  Since this is the first time we are taking the kids to Chicago, I am so excited to show them downtown, go shopping (Baby Girl already asked), visit the lake, BBQ on the roof top deck and of course, take them to their first Cubs game.  I am also beyond excited to meet my BFF’s little one for the first time.  Their house is going to be total chaos for 5 days (apologizing in advance J!) but it is sure to be one big party (sans the 3am dance party on the roof like last time……..hey, what do you expect?  four adults, no children, one weekend.  Why wouldn’t we?)
Countdown to July is on!
Summer days bring summer cocktails.  It is hard to believe it is still January with 80 degree days.  Orange County has been blessed with an entire weekend of incredible weather so I decided to kick it off (Thursday is the weekend right?) by making Bobby’s Signature Mojitos for my friend and I to enjoy during a little afternoon playdate (We like to call these “Happy Hour Playdates”.  You should try it).  Bobby Flay always has incredible cocktail recipes and this one was BEYOND.  Not sure if it was the ginger simple syrup or the floater of coconut milk but whatever it was, I think it might have been one of the best mojitos that I have ever had.
I hope you all have an incredible weekend!
As a heads up, this photo has nothing to do with this post.  But it makes me laugh.
Food all over her clothes and face, insisting she sucks on the lime.
This is what was captured and it makes me smile.
But back to the sanity part.

Remember this post on what I would like to call my “33 Year Old Mid Life Crisis”?  I thought I would update you all so that it does not seem like I brushed it under the rug.  Yes, I know there are way more fun things to talk about but shockingly, my life isn’t all shoes and fashion designers.  Can you believe it?!  But back to the anxiety.  The good news is that even though I have not been talking about it, I have been working on it.

First of all, I have gotten SO much better at letting things go.  House a little messy?  I am over it.  Laundry piling up.  Oh well.  In the end, it all gets done, but I am just not consumed by my perfection.  With three kids and a hubby, it is just not possible.  I also take more baths, plan more date nights, don’t cook dinner every night and get out with girlfriends when I can.  Most importantly, I have stayed committed to seeing my therapist and it has made all the difference in the world.  She is pretty amazing and I cannot tell you how nice it is to have someone to go to (now once a month) where I can just LET IT ALL OUT.  I should have been doing this a LOOOOONG time ago.

I am not saying the anxiety is gone.  In fact, it is still well and present.  The good thing is, I am controlling it and not letting it control me.  BIG DIFFERENCE.  I feel like I know myself so much better now and have the confidence that this is only a bump in the road of life.  We all have our things right?

So there you have it.  A little update.

On a less serious but quite awesome note, PBSKids SoCal asked me a few weeks back to guest blog and of course I said yes!  Who doesn’t love PBS (duh, Sesame Street)?!  Click here to read about the challenge they gave my picky eaters!

Today I am going to empty my medicine cabinet, sharing some of my must have’s.
I have an addiction to beauty products and when I find something that works, I use them forever. 
You cannot go wrong with any of these.
Essie Chinchilly
This is my everyday, neutral nail polish. 
 I love the grey and it has been a great basic through the winter.

Cane + Austin Retexturizing Treatment Pads
These pads are CRAZY!
They have erased 90% of my sunspots, not even joking.
For a girl who has LIVED in this sun, these are a miracle.

Neutrogena Oil-Free Eye Make Up Remover
The only eye makeup remover that has worked for me. 
 I cannot even tell you how many YEARS I have been using this.

Big Sexy Hair Root Pump Spray Mousse
With hair as fine and thin as mine, you need SOMETHING to help it out. 
This root pump works great without making my hair greasy (another issue for fine, thin hair).
Indian Healing Clay
BEST MASK EVER!!!
Thanks to Delighted Momma I was introduced to this mask. 
Mixed with a little Raw Apple Cider Vinegar, this mask is INSANE. 
I cannot say enough about it.  It is my Sunday night ritual.
Kiehl’s Lip Balm
Medicine Cabinet.  Nightstand.  Purse.  Desk.
I have this lip balm EVERYWHERE. 
 I am convinced my lips are addicted.
Interested in some of my other skincare and beauty must haves? 
Here are some previous posts on the topic!

As you know, I have a slight obsession with Rachel Zoe (remember my excitement when her show returned here?  Or when I scooped up this vest, which I have lived in all winter?).

It just wouldn’t seem right not sharing my favorite pieces from her Spring 2012 collection.  Why?  Because she is fabulous.  And if there was any closet that I would love to spend a day in, it would be hers.  Can you imagine??  I loved her fall collection but I actually like this one even more.  Perhaps more pieces that I can see myself in?  Or simply because it has Spring in the title (have I mentioned I am over Winter?).  Whatever it is, it is pretty insane.

all photos via Style.com

I have been in desperate need of some changes to our meals.  We get stuck in a routine and end up having the exact same thing every week.  I spent some time going through cookbooks and came across Barefoot Contessa’s Stewed Lentils and Tomatoes from her cookbook, Barefoot Contessa at Home.  I figured this would be a healthy side dish that the family would all enjoy.  It was delish and a definite comfort dish during this slightly rainy weekend.  Also, it was a fantastic dish for anyone with young children.  It was so easy for Baby Girl to eat and she loved it.  Her lunch was easy the rest of the weekend.  Here is the recipe…

Stewed Lentils and Tomatoes
(Barefoot Contessa at Home, pages 144-145)

Ingredients:
2 teaspoons good olive oil
2 cups large-diced yellow onions
2 cups large-diced carrots
1 tablespoon minced garlic
1 (28-oz) can whole plum tomatoes
1 cup French green lentils
2 cups chicken stock
2 teaspoons mild curry powder
2 teaspoons chopped fresh thyme leaves
2 teaspoons kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground back pepper
1 tablespoon good red wine vinegar

Heat the oil in a large saucepan.  Add the onions and carrots and cook over medium-low heat for 8-10 minutes, until the onions start to brown.  Stir occasionally with a wooden spoon.  Ad the garlic and cook for 1 more minute.
Meanwhile, place the canned plus tomatoes, including the juice, in the bowl of a food processor fitted with a steel blade and pulse several times until the tomatoes are coarsely chopped.  Rinse and pick over the lentils to make sure there are no stones in the package.
Add the tomatoes, lentils, chicken broth, curry powder, thyme, salt and pepper to the pan.  Raise the heat to bring to a boil, then lower the heat and simmer covered for about 40 minutes, until the lentils are tender.  Check occasionally to be sure the liquid is still simmering.  Remove from the heat and allow the lentils to sit covered for another 10 minutes.  Add the vinegar, season to taste and serve hot.
This cookbook has numerous recipes that I continue to go back to.  I would highly suggest picking it up for your kitchen.  You can find it here.

Perhaps it is the day and a half of rain we got here in The OC (rough, I know).  Or that I am simply tired of the drab colors of Winter.  Whatever it is, I am absolutely loving the neon colors of Spring that we are seeing everywhere.

This past weekend in LA, my friend and I were drawn into Jimmy Choo simply because of their windows. Bright colors were everywhere!  Absolutely gorgeous neon color.  Some people feel that it is just too 80’s, but I think that as long as it is done in moderation, it is a fabulous 2012 twist on a lost trend.  Neon, I welcome you back wholeheartedly, especially when you have partnered with Jimmy Choo.

Jimmy Choo Peep Toe Wedge
These are top of my list.
I cannot say no to orange and I would definitely rock these all summer long!
Jimmy Choo Lance Sandal
My friend picked these up in black and they are even prettier in person.
Jimmy Choo Cayla Patent Clutch
They had this in every color and I would be hard pressed to pick which one
I loved more!
Jimmy Choo Abel Pump
I love seeing a classic pump spiced up a bit!
See this picture?
That is my Baby Girl wearing her pajamas inside out.
Why?
Because we are third time parents.  As third time parents, we have learned our lesson.  The lesson is that there will come a point where a child will find the zipper on their pajamas and try to take them off.  Therefore, rather than putting pajamas back on 10 times a night, we put them on inside out.  You should see how angry she gets too.  First, you will see her looking for the zipper.  Then, it is followed by a scream that would most likely translate to “I AM SO PISSED RIGHT NOW!”  Truth be told, this sort of makes us laugh.  Sorry Baby Girl, third time parents here.
My favorite story is when my hubby took her to the grocery store early one morning and a kind woman behind him in line said “I have to ask, did you purposely put her pajamas on inside out?”.  I can only imagine his serious response of “Yes, yes I did.”
In other news, are you wondering why a 1 year old is wearing 3T pajamas?  Would it make you more shocked that 4T actually fits better?  This Baby Girl is growing like a weed and I can only image how tall she is going to be when she is older.  Mommy’s 6ft?  I am guessing taller.