friday I’m in love.

welcome back friday! be sure to pop over to see what kendra, mary beth, amanda, laura, aileen, jessica and ashley are loving! we would love for you to join us! leave a comment and we’ll come check out what you’re loving each week!

{one} korean beef bowl.

Korean Beef Bowl - Tastes just like Korean BBQ and is on your dinner table in just 15 minutes!

{via Damn Delicious}

I have raved in the past about Damn Delicious (it is my go-to for dinner recipes) & it has lived up to its reputation again. my usual criteria for a weekday meal is: quick, healthy, & eloise-friendly. this meal was all three (I portioned out eloise’s beef before I added the sauce mixture) & will definitely be added to our meal rotation!

{two} sleep short jammies.

{via babyGap}

eloise is big enough now to have jammies that are two pieces (rather than a one-piece sleeper) & it makes her seem so grown up. with the hot weather we have been having she has mostly been sleeping in a onesie, but even those are starting to be too small (plus trying to button the snaps on those is impossible with this wiggly one!). gap was having a major 4th of july sale today (40% off of everything!) & I picked up these adorable popsicle jammies for eloise.

{three} mom’s one line a day journal.

{via Amazon}

(have I already shared this on a friday?) I have the Q&A journal where you answer the question of the day & put the date (so you could have a record of your answer for five years). it is fun & I should really start doing it again… but I also really love this Mom’s One Line A Day journal since it doesn’t seem too intimidating. just one line to jot down about that particular day. now I wish I would have started the day eloise was born!

what are you loving this week?

M

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eloise {week 46}

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{onesie: American Apparel // bloomers: Carter’s // teething ring: Lifefactory Teething Ring}

{week 46} wiggly: the word of the week. now that eloise has discovered she can move around on her own, it is all she wants to do. she prefers to be standing with something in each hand & something in her mouth. the best things these days are things she isn’t supposed to have… we are working on moving things up from shelves (sideboard, bookshelf, coffee table) since eloise has easy access to these places now.

eloise’s newest trick (as of just this weekend) is to spin while sitting. she uses her feet to propel herself around & it is hilarious! of course, she usually has something in her mouth while spinning. the kid is a great multi-tasker!

just this week eloise has also learned to pull herself up to standing on our sidetable in the living room. it is the low shelf of this sidetable that has become an eloise play space & I store some books & toys there. before this week, she could only pull herself to standing on the coffee table as it is a few inches shorter. BUT, the coffee table is eloise’s favorite thing to help with her walking (see her here on instagram!). she is still pretty unsteady on her feet, but she is getting the hang of moving one foot in front of the other & is motivated by whatever is on top of the coffee table (mama’s cell phone, the remote, a glass of water, etc.).

waving has also become a new favorite thing. eloise will wave one or two arms when I say “bye-bye” or if someone is leaving the room (including herself!). & when she gets really excited, she waves both of her arms around (I guess it looks like flapping) which I think is her equivalent of clapping. some day her hands are going to meet in a clap, but until then, it is totally a coincidence if they do…

happy 46 weeks eloise!

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diy matchstick holder.

this project has been on my {insanely long} to do list forever, but I finally did it! & this is such an easy DIY that I feel silly even having a step-by-step tutorial. seriously.

I am not a huge candle burner (it scares me to death that I will accidently leave a candle burning!) but I do like having candles as décor. on the off-chance that I do want to light a candle though, I wanted a matchstick holder that looked nicer than a matchbox.

{pinspiration via The Organised Housewife}

yep, this is a tutorial for gluing a strike pad on the bottom of a glass jar!

supplies:

  • glass jar or container (I used a small Diptyque candle)
  • box of matches – you will need the strike pad & matches (you could also probably use sandpaper)
  • pencil
  • scissors
  • glue

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{after finishing the candle I cleaned out the wax using boiling water // I liked the green-tipped matches}

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{cut out the strike pad // trace & cut to fit to slightly smaller than the bottom of the container}

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{glue the strike pad down & let dry // add matches}

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voila! easiest DIY ever & it looks so much better on our bathroom vanity.

are you a candle lover?

M

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my weekend in pictures.

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{eloise has the best hair, but when it’s so hot, it gets a little crazy!}

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{eloise’s preferred way to start & end her naps.}

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{I actually got eloise’s first birthday invites in the mail!}

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{eloise in her new sun hat. so stinkin’ cute!}

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{eloise is obsessed with standing these days. & with this jar of sunscreen.}

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{my two dinner dates!}

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{mmm… molly moon’s! also, did the scoops get a lot bigger? this is a single scoop!}

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{thanks rhett for bringing over coffee & donuts on saturday morning!}

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{yes 90 degrees on our main floor. that’s the temperature inside the house. in other news, we have ordered an A/C unit for our living room!}

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{we went to lowe’s on saturday afternoon & eloise was a bit overwhelmed by all of the things to see. we partly went because we had some things to pick up & return, but partly because it has A/C!}

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{eloise & her papa playing. melts my heart.}

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{eloise had her first green smoothie this morning & liked to wear it like war paint.}

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{I didn’t get to pure barre this afternoon – I needed the workout but it is WAY too hot to workout! – but I did get to work on a sewing project!}

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{last box of girl scout cookies that I rummaged out of the bottom of the freezer. they are delicious! but refer to my last comment…}

I had all sorts of things planned for the weekend & thought I would get so much done, but the heat just drained me. does anyone else feel super lethargic in the heat? also, my “springtime” allergies seem to have stuck around for the summer which really stinks when I can’t take any type of decongestant (because it effects milk supply) – boo. we took a lot of naps & are looking forward to a short week! (though, in actuality, I had no idea it was going to be a short week until I started reading everyone else’s updates…) how was your weekend?

M

friday I’m in love.

welcome back friday! be sure to pop over to see what kendra, mary beth, amanda, laura, aileen, jessica (and welcome to Ashley!) are loving! we would love for you to join us! leave a comment and we’ll come check out what you’re loving each week!

love. it is the buzzword for this friday. this momentous & historic friday that will go down in history. today the Supreme Court announced its ruling that makes marriages in all states legal, regardless of sexual orientation. though same-sex marriage has been legal in WA for some time (see here), it is a HUGE win! 

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{eloise showing her support for the SCOTUS decision!}

since eloise was born I have pretty much checked out from the news cycle. partly due to lack of time (or interest), but mostly because the news these days is always horrible. & terrifying. & when you are caring for a new little baby, the last thing you want to think about is all of the terrible & horrible things that are going on in this world we are living in. BUT, then there is good news, & good people, & good things, & I am reminded of that today. I came out of my bomb shelter today & actually read some news & it was refreshing. I will be proud to teach eloise one day that she is living in a country where her friends with two mamas or two papas are treated no differently than her own mama & papa. & when she grows up, she can choose freely to marry any person she loves. momentous!

& off my soap-box. happy friday!

what are you loving this week?

M

eloise {week 45}

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{top: Carter’s // bloomers: Carter’s // Dada book: Amazon // blocks: Uncle Goose (similar)}

{week 45} this week was mostly spent in boise visiting my family – grammie & grandpa needed an eloise fix! aaron, eloise, & I flew down all together, & boy am I glad I wasn’t flying on my own! eloise was so, so good, but she is so, so busy. she spent most of the flight on the way down flirting with the people in the rows behind us & playing with her water cup. & on the way home she was obsessed with pulling everything out of the seat-back pocket.

eloise snapped into the time change right away (it is only an hour) & slept really well – she took such long naps during the day that we had to wake her up a few times! she has gotten used to sleeping in a pack n play from our visit back east last month & also does well without blackout shades. we do bring a sound machine when we travel since she is used to white noise at home. I find that she can fall asleep without white noise, but staying asleep is tricky without it!

we spent some time swimming which was fun & eloise seemed to enjoy it more than her usual swimming lesson. she loved to splash when being held & did so well even when water got on her face. we also tried this baby pool float which was a pretty big hit. it was the first time eloise has been in a pool without being in either my or aaron’s arms. she did well & kicked her legs around.

my parents put up a swing for eloise & she LOVED it! we visit the swings at the park a few times a month if we can, & eloise has always enjoyed that so I knew she would enjoy it. this swing tended to go sideways a little more than the park swings & she didn’t enjoy that too much. the seat is pretty big still so there is lots of room for eloise to grow into it!

eloise is pretty much always on-the-go when she is awake & army crawling is still her preferred mode of transportation. I have noticed that she will get up on her hands & knees as she approaches something she wants to pull up on, so I know she can crawl, she just doesn’t most of the time. she has become a master at pulling up to kneeling (& sometimes standing if it is low enough) & now the issue is whether the thing she is using is steady enough to hold her weight, or whether it will slip around once she puts weight on it. eloise has also started walking along the coffee table (cruising!) & isn’t very steady on her own, but has gotten the moving of her feet part (which she lacked just a few weeks ago). while I think independent walking is still a ways off, it is closer than I want to think about!

here are some pictures from our trip to boise (eloise swinging & meeting my parents’ horses):

 

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happy 45 weeks eloise!

M

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a safer staircase.

as many of you know, when we finished out our basement last year during the renovation, we had to add a staircase inside the house (since the existing staircase was outside). after a few different versions of a new floor plan, our architects came up with a genius way to incorporate an internal staircase that would feel like it was original. the only bummer was that it would take up nearly the entire second bedroom (used as our office). but, since we were adding three additional bedrooms, the sacrifice didn’t seem too extreme.

opting to keep the entire house in wood floors, this included having wooden stairs as well. & let me tell you, they are gorgeous (look here for the professional photo!). our contractor & floor guy used new growth fir that was stained to match the existing floor upstairs. the stairs also houses sadie’s dog door on the second landing since that is at ground level (& the rest of the basement is below ground).

as much as I LOVE these stairs, they aren’t perfect. for one thing sadie drags in so much dirt (so much!) & debris on her feet & legs, & despite our best efforts the stairs really should be cleaned once a day. the other thing is that wooden stairs are super slippery! aaron & I have both taken a tumble down the stairs (don’t worry, both of us are fine!) but it is scary since we are often toting eloise up & down the stairs. plus, if sadie’s nails aren’t really well trimmed, she slips around too if she takes a turn too quickly!

aaron & I talked a few months ago about possibly adding a runner, but then decided to table the discussion for a while. & we would have to be pretty creative about the installation of a runner since there are two big turns & two landings… enter: Puppy Treads. a lightweight, non-slip walking surface that easily installs on hardwood (or tile) stairs to protect from falls.

installation was super easy & took just a few minutes. I chose the bottom two stairs before the first landing since that is where most of the tumbles have occurred. slippery little suckers! first I started by really cleaning the stairs. I swept the entire staircase but only deep cleaned the two stair treads I was going to install on. (I have been loving the Honest Co floor cleaner!)

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then I set the Puppy Treads on the stairs to see about placement. I put them on the right-hand side of the stairs since we tend to walk towards the inside of the staircase. they are pretty long though, so in hindsight I probably could have put them in the middle of the stair tread & been just fine.

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next, peeling off the paper backing. the nice thing was that the Puppy Treads were substantial enough that they didn’t curl in on themselves as I peeled off the backing (that’s the worst!).

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then onto adhering to the stairs. it was suggested that we use a rolling pin or wallpaper roller to help get the air bubbles out. honestly, the rolling pin didn’t seem to do much.

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lastly, was admiring my handi-work! I managed to get them on pretty straight & get most of the air bubbles out!

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so far we have been really happy with our new Puppy Treads. they give good gription (that is a family term!) on your feet as you walk down the stairs (down is really the problem in our house). I don’t love the look of them (although the transparency helps!) but I feel a lot more comfortable when I am carrying eloise down the stairs for naptime when I hit these two stairs which makes them totally worth it! cleaning is also great too – the material isn’t sticky on the top side, so no dirt or dog hair gets stuck & sweeps right off. & they also don’t seem to attract dirt or dog hair either, also a plus! all in all we are happy with the Puppy Treads & probably wouldn’t put them on all of the stair treads, but may want to add a few more to the problem areas (likely the bottom two stairs of the next two sections!).

bonus for all readers: get 10% off Puppy Treads with the code BLOG2015.

thank you Handi-Ramp!

M

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{this post is sponsored by Handi-Ramp & the Puppy Treads shown were provided for my review & all opinions are my own. thank you for supporting the brands that support Emerald City Diaries.}