Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Hungry for this

We are going on a little family vacation next week. I'm looking forward to spending a few days with my two favorite guys. Oh? George Clooney and Ryan Gosling aren't going to be there?? Oh well. I still plan on making this for breakfasts:

Buttermilk Blueberry Breakfast Cake

I found this recipe on www.alexandracooks.com and I can not wait to try it.

Buttermilk-Blueberry Breakfast Cake

Serves 6-8
½ cup unsalted butter, room temperature
2 tsp. lemon zest or more — zest from 1 large lemon
7/8 cup* + 1 tablespoon sugar**
1 egg, room temperature
1 tsp. vanilla
2 cups flour
2 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. kosher salt
2 cups fresh blueberries
½ cup buttermilk
* 7/8 cup = 3/4 cup + 2 tablespoons
** This 1 tablespoon is for sprinkling on top
1. Preheat the oven to 350ºF. Cream butter with lemon zest and 7/8 cup of the sugar until light and fluffy.
2. Add the egg and vanilla and beat until combined. Meanwhile, toss the blueberries with ¼ cup of flour, then whisk together the remaining flour, baking powder and salt.
3. Add the flour mixture to the batter a little at a time, alternating with the buttermilk. Fold in the blueberries.
4. Grease a 9-inch square baking pan (or something similar) with butter or coat with non-stick spray. Spread batter into pan. Sprinkle batter with remaining tablespoon of sugar. Bake for 35 minutes. Check with a toothpick for doneness. If necessary, return pan to oven for a couple of more minutes. (Note: Baking for as long as 10 minutes more might be necessary.) Let cool at least 15 minutes before serving.

Please share your favorite breakfast recipes!

Monday, April 23, 2012

A Big Boy Room for Greyson

In addition to creating a nursery for a new baby, I've also been working on Greyson's big boy room too. Here are a few of the basics we have in place so far:

Restoration Hardware Bedding

I was lucky to get this on clearance. It's actually a duvet cover - for easy cleaning.

Modena 3 in 1 Navy Crib

 We are going to use Greyson's current crib for the new baby. I found this convertible crib for a great price. Loving the navy!

This is going to be my favorite. The picture above is not mine. It's from

And it is the coolest. I have an super old dresser that we are going to repaint white - and then you just purchase, paint, and attach the overlay. They have a huge selection too.
I'll post a picture when the project is complete.

Happy Monday!

Friday, April 20, 2012

Am I on the Oregon Trail??

It appears that I have whopping cough. Pertussis,  Bordetella, Kennel cough, whatever you want to call it -Whopping Cough sounds like something I caught on the Oregon trail. Oh well. I will chalk it up to lowered immune system while pregnant. My weekend plans have changed a little. I figure a quarantine approach is best with these pioneer illnesses.  So here is what is on my (viewing) menu:

Any other suggestions?
I'm also trying to finish two books. Maybe I'll have some extra time for those too. Maybe quarantine isn't so bad...

Happy Weekend!

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Old Navy Maternity Finds

While in Nashville I was able to actually go into one of Old Navy's Stores that carries their maternity line. It was a small selection, but so nice to try on the clothes. Here are my favorite finds:

I wish they had this in stock:

That's about it for my maternity shopping this time around. Hopefully I'm well dressed from here on out....

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

So Long, Nashville

After my parents visit and travelling to Nashville, I am officially back. I would have started blogging a little earlier, but we've all been dealing with the worst of coughs. Hopeful to get back into the swing of things very soon. In the meantime, here are some pictures from two of our trip highlights - City House & the Nashville Zoo.

photo courtesy of City House

House Made Belly Ham, Mozzarella, Grana Padano, Oregano, Chilies

Greyson with his godparents at Nashville Zoo

Part of our gang

Greyson and the girls

Friday, April 6, 2012

Happy Easter!

We are gearing up for a fun filled Easter weekend. My parents are on their way and I'm about to go pick up the ham. We can't wait for our church Easter egg hunt tomorrow. Greyson practiced on Wednesday at a playdate my friend hosted. And let me just say - he was far more interested in her dogs than and eggs. But, we did all enjoy these awesome treats our lovely hostess prepared.

Aren't these cupcakes too cute?! Thank you, Allison. We had a blast.

All the cutie pies

Greyson chillin with the ladies

Next Easter I am determined to make this:

Glad I have time for several trial runs...

I hope everyone has a great Easter weekend!

Thursday, April 5, 2012

B.B. Creams and More

Has anyone tried B.B. Creams? And do they work?

Sephora claims they are an "all-in-one skincare wonder. Their lightweight, multitasking formulas provide SPF sunscreen protection and work to moisturize, conceal, and treat skin in just one simple step. The silky, tinted lotions effortlessly blend with your natural tone, minimize the need for concealer and foundation, camouflage lines and imperfections, and serve as a skin-perfecting primer. With just one swipe, skin is left looking smooth, glowing, and natural."
I'll take that, please. There are so many out there. I like that Garnier has one for only $12. Might be worth a try for that price.

I'm also curious about Macadamia Hair products - especially the Healing Oil Spray. $14.50
Provides intense nourishment
Long lasting tangle + frizz-free finish
Amazing shine and manageability
Instantaneous absorption
Light-weight, non-greasy feel
Extends color treatment life
Natural UV protection
Reduces drying time 40-50%
Kai Body Buffer

These are more pricey at $40. Oprah claims they are one of her favorite things. I think Oprah has a lot of favorite things. But, they do sound quite nice. It's a hypo-allergenic bath and shower sponge, Kai Body Buffer is contains natural essences of Palm, Coconut and Olive Oil. Cleanses, exfoliates and moisturizes your skin. Releases fragrant Kai foaming bubbles when wet. • Set of two bath and shower sponges. Approximately 30 uses.


Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Cool Kid Stuff

Obviously it's no longer Tuesday. Yesterday got away from me and so did writing my blog. But, I still want to share some cool kids stuff I've recently discovered. Enjoy!

Beaba's 360-degree spoon spins inside the handle so your baby's first bites end up in his or her mouth and not the floor.

Buzzy's ice-cold wings and vibrating tummy help confuse baby's nerves to dull pain when getting shots. Not sure if it works, but worth a shot...

Sassy's new Grow Up Cup is a sippy without the spout or straws. Instead, your baby can drink from the spillproof rim, which hopefully helps the transition to an open cup.

B. Box Travel Bib keeps baby's dinner mess out of your diaper bag. Just fold it and the spoon into attached pouch, zip, and toss in.

Musty Grow-up! booster seat is stylish and functional. And it gets your tot directly to the table.

Safety 1st is coming out with two new products I would love to have. They haven't been released yet, so I am still searching for pictures. One is safety locks for stainless-steel appliances and the other is a carseat that has an electronic ventilation system that pushes air on baby's back. That would be amazing here in hot Charleston.

And last but not least - nursery inspiration. I've seen this featured on several blogs and over on Pinterest. Loving the wallpaper and gender neutral theme.

Happy shopping!

Monday, April 2, 2012

Weekend Highlights

Usually Monday is "Maternity Monday" over here at Ooh La La. But it was such a fun filled weekend, I thought I'd change it up a little. Check in tomorrow for Toddler Tuesday. I have several cool products to share.

This past Friday Greyson participated in the Kids Bridge Run in Hampton Park. Basically we pushed him in the stroller for .25 miles. Lots of fun for everyone - and Hampton Park is always beautiful.

Greyson checking out his medal

Saturday morning was hectic with a house showing. Luckily I was able to fit in a much needed pedicure before date night with hubby. We don't get babysitters often, so this was truly needed!

Greyson and me before babysitter arrived

Since we had late dinner reservations, Grant and I started off at Barsa for appetizers. The Lamb Meatballs with spicy tomato sauce were amazing.

From Barsa we moved on to Peninsula Grill - which is my favorite restaurant. Grant has been working so hard, so this was a special treat for us. Usually my parents take us to this particular restaurant. So it was a first for just the two of us to dine at Peninsula Grill. I had my usual -  Lobster & Corn Chowder and Lobster "3 Way". Grant ordered the softshell crab  -  which were excellent. But, the chocolate molten cake was the best. It was a pregnant girls dream come true.

The Gardners made it to church Sunday morning! We tried out a different service for the first time and really enjoyed it. Grant and I both prefer a more traditional service, but this one was great for Greyson. I think we will alternate between the two. We are looking forward to our church's Easter egg hunt next Saturday too. All are welcome!

And last but not least, Cajun fest was also on Sunday. It's usually the only time I get my crawfish fix each year. And I wasn't disappointed!

Hope you had a great weekend too!