Monday, January 31, 2011
I keep going back to these Kate Spade beauties to see if they've been magically discounted 75%. Aren't they gorgeous? The color, the heel, the lace... With bright red nail polish on the little piggies, just perfection. I didn't end up getting those Swedish Hasbeens either, because it feels crazy to spend money on shoes I don't need (note the italics, need is a relative word in my vocabulary) and with a garage renovation and baby being the major money sucks right now. It's nice to post them though, and pretend I'm buying them.
Posted by Liv at 6:57 PM
We replanted our raised bed with rainbow lights swiss chard, red cabbage, asian cabbage, broccoli, brussel sprouts, and garlic at the beginning of the month and everything is looking strong and healthy, thanks to this amazing SoCal winter weather we've been having. The rainstorms filled up our rain barrel and we've been watering this bed with that and the plants are thriving in the sunshine and cold mornings. Here's the before, right after the sad little Home Depot seedlings went in:
And the shot from a few days ago, opposite direction (don't mind the one-eyed gorilla):
Looks like we're going to have a bountiful harvest... Another addition we made to the garden is a second compost bin. The large one is just about done (our scraps made beautiful compost!) but of course we're constantly generating more scraps to put in it, so we bought a smaller matching tub ($7 from Target, deal city considering how much real "composters" cost at garden centers), drilled holes in the top and bottom, threw in some of the done compost, added our scraps from the kitchen compost bin, and voila! 2nd composter. Now I can amend my soil freely when things are looking low.
And look at our succulents! We snagged a couple little succulent roses from Grammie's garden when we were up north and planted them here to see if they'd propagate, and boy did they. Tons! These will get replanted in the front yard so we can keep the little succulent factory going.
Next up on my outdoor list is to fertilize our orange tree and Linus the lemon tree, plant my craespedia seeds (aka billy balls!), and plant the porcelain vines Mandy gave me as a birthday gift! The porcelain vines are super invasive apparently but oh so beautiful, so I'm going to plant them in our window boxes where they can be managed appropriately. Fingers crossed for this:
(Image From Saipua)
Posted by Liv at 6:36 PM
Wednesday, January 26, 2011
Crib bedding is ridiculously expensive. And unnecessary! Aren't crib bumpers and blankets supposed to be SIDS risks?? So... don't you just need fitted sheets and a sleep sack? I'm confused about all these crazy expensive bedding sets for mini people. I shun them. I want cute organic sheets so I think I'll just make them. I looked up some patterns online and they seem easy enough. And I can use my stash of pretty vintage fabrics! This one from Etsy seller RoosterLegs is super adorable though, I love the patchwork!
I was thinking about changing tables too... we're keeping and refinishing Jeff's old dresser (his childhood one) for the baby's room and I was thinking we could just put a changing pad on top of that but it would be at my chest level which seems like it might be awkward to change a baby on. Yes? No? Maybe I'll practice with a stunt baby to see if it'll work. If not, I think the Edland 3-drawer dresser from IKEA would be pretty sweet:
Posted by Liv at 9:14 PM
The headache is finally going away. Yesterday and today were pretty good and it seems to get better by the hour. I went for a massage yesterday after work and it made all the difference. My upper back was killing me so I decided to cash in my Groupon (only $35 for a full body hour long massage!) and git 'er done. It would have been bad the night before because my head was still throbbing (and face down in that head cradle would NOT have been comfortable) but last night was just right. I floated out of there.
It was the perfect storm of a cold, pregnancy hormones, conference stress, and being tired that just murdered my head. I'm going to need to start watching how I feel a little closer and to take more breaks when those warning signs appear. Or just go get a weekly massage. :)
Thanks everyone for all the worrying and phone calls and sweet comments wishing me to get better!
Posted by Liv at 8:46 PM
Monday, January 24, 2011
Lily Mae was featured on the Desire To Inspire blog this morning in their "Monday Pets on Furniture" series! The Apartment Therapy photographer, Bethany Nauert, submitted these shots (similar to the AT ones but different pictures) to the blog series and they were up live this morning. Poor thing looks terrified in the first picture, but honestly, she kind of looks like that most of the time. It's just her face.
Do you think we should get her an agent? I always thought she would be a good model, staring intently always, and her whole bulimia thing...
Posted by Liv at 11:56 AM
Friday, January 21, 2011
Sooo... headache is still here. :( The Excedrin helps a lot but only lasts about 4 hours max and I can only take it once a day so there are still a lot of unhappy hours. Sigh.
So what else is there to do while lying still on the couch? I shopped around for clothes, baby goodies, read my reader, and bookmarked a lot of stuff. Virtual window shopping though because the credit card was in my wallet in the other room and I couldn't get up. It's better though. No impulse buying when sick!
Like these, don't need at all but want:
Retro Industrial Storage Units. I love the color, the wood tops, and the latched storage boxes. Sadly, nowhere to put these...
Kusaki Puff towels. The pigments come from plants and they're made from super absorbent and soft organic cotton. Love those little puff dots. Maybe we do need these... the baby will need towels!
Both from Viva Terra...
Posted by Liv at 7:21 PM
Thursday, January 20, 2011
Posted by Liv at 9:47 PM
Wednesday, January 19, 2011
This is not good times. I'm going on hour 42 of the worst headache of my life. Is this what a migraine feels like? I asked Jeff to hang up dark towels over our bedroom windows to make the room cave-like and tolerable because when I get out of bed or see bright light, my frontal and temporal lobes pulse and I hate life. I'm not getting the aura thing though, and not at all nauseous (I made a giant fruit smoothie for breakfast and had Jeff pick me up double decker bean tacos for lunch and wolfed it all down), but this headache is impervious to Tylenol and my allowed one cup of coffee today. Thankfully the Tylenol worked yesterday morning for me as we wrapped up our annual Imaging Genetics conference that I coordinate for work. This was somewhat good, and probably expected, timing for a cold and headache to come on since I usually take a day or two off after the conference to wind down, but still is unwelcome.
I don't know if it's a congestion headache (I got a cold over the weekend and yesterday was bad on my sinuses but I'm much clearer today) or related to the pregnancy, but it SUCKS. Any recommendations are very welcome and appreciated because I rarely get headaches and don't know what else to do besides curl up and whimper underneath my lavender and flax eye pillow.
My brief respite from the throbbing today came during my shower which I was dreading. It was hard to get up and make it over to the bathroom but the second I stepped into the steamy water, the headache was gone. I would have stayed there all day if we weren't in a drought. Maybe I need a humidifier? Do those help headaches? This one is cute. This one though is available at my local Target and I'm all about safety first. I'll send Jeff.
The other great part about my shower was my new Yes to Carrots body wash. It smells sooo good. I have the Yes to Cucumbers shampoo and conditioner and those are fantastic too. Paraben free and with lots of natural ingredients, not to mention pretty and witty packaging which I'm a sucker for. I'm all over their baby products too as soon as the peanut arrives. I like the nose gunk wipes especially.
Back to sleep...
Posted by Liv at 3:53 PM
Monday, January 17, 2011
This will be a work in progress for the next 5 months but it's fun to start scheming ideas. Here is the little inspiration board I've put together so far:
Posted by Liv at 12:17 PM
Saturday, January 15, 2011
We celebrated Jan's 33rd birthday at one of our favorite Long Beach restaurants, La Parolaccia. So dang good!! I had a work farewell party earlier in the evening so I had already eaten but it's impossible not to order anything there so I got an arugula, radicchio, and shaved parmesan salad and creme brulee for dessert. A really good decision on my part.
The birthday boy ever-so-daintily dipping his biscotti into his honey flavored Italian dessert wine:
All creme brulee should come with raspberry sauce drizzled on top. Yum.
Posted by Liv at 2:01 PM
Thursday, January 13, 2011
Tuesday, January 11, 2011
2010 was such a cool year for us! I wanted to do a little recap of the special moments so I have an annual summary of what's going on in our lives. I browsed through the 247 (!!) posts that I did on this blog in 2010 and picked out the important events and listed them by month. And so it goes...
Our offer on our house was accepted!! Yay! Then two weeks later the house we were living in was robbed. Sad scared face.
After 4 months of back and forth with the banks, lenders, and our fabulous realtor, we bought our home!
Jeff did his first home owner renovation project and installed this floor.
Jeff and I celebrated our five year (dating) anniversary!
Mandy and I did the flowers for our first big wedding that wasn't one of our own!
We wallpapered our dining room!
The flowers we did for Kelsey and Jake's wedding were featured on LA Style Unveiled!
I signed up to be a bone marrow donor through Be The Match.
Jeff and I celebrated our two year wedding anniversary!
Mandy and I "officially" launched our freelance floral design business, We Like Flowers!
Someone crashed into me and I lost my poor Sparkles, but thankfully no one was hurt and I got a shiny new Prius!
We had a kick ass housewarming party and tagged up our backyard wall!
I took my first flower arranging class series with Mandy. Fun!
Jeff finished the Mockingbird piano and Juxtapoz did an interview with him about it!
We went camping with awesome friends...
We Like Flowers did the flowers for a photo shoot for the Southern Weddings blog, directed by the fabulous Lindye Galloway!
We went to Norway, Denmark, and Sweden!
Jeff launched his new and improved website...
Poor Lily Mae (a.k.a. Chicory) had to have surgery, but thankfully rebounded pretty quickly.
Jeff turned 33 and we threw him an awesome rock n' roll birthday party!
The Giants won the World Series and we found out that we're having a baby on the same night!
We hosted Thanksgiving at our house and I turned 31!
Jeff launched his pet portraits website, Dog Cat Jeff!
And we had a lovely Christmas at home with our families.
Posted by Liv at 9:07 PM
Cool! Our Apartment Therapy house tour was featured in the Real Estate section of the Huffington Post! Not so cool are the comments. AT commenters = wonderful and kind. Huffington Post commenters = jerks. Some A-hole called us a "non-descript couple showing off their non-descript home"! He must be quite the style maven...
Posted by Liv at 12:05 PM
Monday, January 10, 2011
Jan got me an awesome Moleskine recipe journal for my birthday and I'm slowly filling it with our favorite everyday recipes that are easy to make for dinner. A lot of recipes that I use for dinner parties are ripped out of Sunset magazine and others so those go in a binder, but my mom had passed down a number of her yummy recipes (she makes THE best soups, I'm going to have to do a few of those soon) and those are all over the place. I'm trying to consolidate all my recipes into the journal so that on the weekends we can flip through the book and pick out dinners for the week.
Tonight was spaghetti with a spicy red clam sauce and an arugula, pepper and shaved parmesan salad. Deeelish! I've seen a bunch of ways to make this but I think mine is the easiest, fastest, and tastes pretty damn good.
I puree the tomato basil sauce because Jeff doesn't like the "rat hearts", then I mix that into 4 minced cloves of garlic sauteed in a few tablespoons of olive oil for a few minutes. I dump in the juice from one of the cans of clams, sprinkle in a bunch of pepper, bring to a boil and then simmer on low for 15 minutes. Then add in the three cans of drained chopped clams (I prefer chopped to minced because I like chewing the clams), stir it up and serve over pasta! Easy.
Posted by Liv at 8:07 PM
I saw these on Oh Joy! today and t'was love at first sight. I want that hot pink poncho and gauzy dress so bad. They'd be so perfect for our trip to Hawaii, and just about everywhere else. They're perfect bathing suit coverups, and then after Hawaii I'd rock a unitard underneath the see-through dress and tanks under the poncho. I'm going to spend the rest of the day looking for focus groups on cat products so I can make some mad money to make these appear in my suitcase.
Posted by Liv at 3:20 PM
Sunday, January 9, 2011
Posted by Liv at 8:01 PM
Someone posted a comment on our AT house tour asking for pictures of the painting Jan did of Dolores O'Riordan that was listed in the resources but didn't make it into the actual house tour photo selection. Here you go Psychoboy!
This is in my sewing room, and the cabinet is a vintage lab cabinet from the University of California that I found at a thrift shop in San Pedro. The donkey bank came from Tijuana, the lamp is an old Martha Stewart lamp (from the 90's), and the two paintings were done by my brother back in high school I think. I always liked them and asked if I could have them when I moved out and they've come with me to every house I've lived in.
Here's a wider shot of the full cabinet and my mess of finished sewing projects with no home. I forgot who did the little monster painting. I'll ask Jeff when he comes back and will update this later with the artist's name. And here's an up close of the O'Riordan painting. She's in an Absolut bottle that Jan not-so-secretly snuck his name into.
Posted by Liv at 2:09 PM
Saturday, January 8, 2011
We're not going to be on TV. Sad face. Apparently Jeff and I were too smart, and answered the questions correctly so the editors cut our segment. We were charming, but I guess they didn't really want us to know what APR stood for, or where your wenus is (it's your elbow skin). Suck it, Oprah.
Posted by Liv at 10:36 PM
Okay, that light fixture in the bathroom has to go. I don't really like the sconce in our bedroom above our closet either, so that'd also be nice to replace. Why stop there!? The one in the hallway also doesn't really go with the house, and the ones in the kitchen are boring. We're probably not going to be able to replace everything at once, but at least if I have a plan I can do it in baby steps.
In order of priority, bathroom comes first. I did a lot of online hunting and realized, there are a whole lot of bad bathroom light fixtures out there. I want something modern and unique, and bathroom friendly. Barn Light Electric is the coolest. It's the only place I found that had several choices that I liked. The top runner though is this one:
Posted by Liv at 10:29 PM
Friday, January 7, 2011
The Apartment Therapy folks emailed me this morning to give me the heads-up that our house tour was going live this morning!! Check it out here: Liv, Jeff and the Friendly Yeti Sharing a Home.
These were my favorite pictures:
And a few D'OH! moments...The cord on the lamp above on Jeff's dresser. That's always tucked behind the dresser, and yeah, that stuff bothers me. The dead lightbulb in the bathroom which I should have replaced but I really want to change that stupid light fixture so the dead lightbulb is my incentive to get it done. My bangs. My outfit for that matter. I have cuter clothes. I also wish the Andrew Brandou piece and my vanity were included but everything else is so cool! Bethany takes amazing photographs, and Marcia edited the shoot really well. And I'm so happy Lily Mae made appearances!! She's my favorite accessory.
Posted by Liv at 10:45 AM