10.31.2012

30 Weeks!

Happy Halloween!!!!!!
Ben and I have really never been Halloween people. Dont get me wrong, I LOVE holidays. haha But we are both more excited to have little kids on this particular holiday. I cant wait to dress Bennett up!
We hit 30 Weeks today on 10/31/2012!


How far along? 30 weeks!
Total weight gain: 106 to 133! 27 POUNDS!!!!!
Maternity clothes? Every day at lease the pants. I can wear a LOT of my regular tops, and that is a blessing!
Stretch marks? NO NO NO! FINGERS CROSSED
Sleep: I finally got a great nights sleep last night! I think the trick is bath before bed.
Best moment this week: Getting 100% on my EDU project! and getting to work on some projects for Baby B's room!
Miss Anything? Small boobs. haha Never in my life thought i would say that. . .
Movement: ALWAYS.....
Food cravings: Hot Chocolate and Potatoes still
Anything making you queasy or sick: Smell of gasoline.
Gender: BOY
Labor Signs: More Braxton Hicks. 
Symptoms: Just being uncomfortable sitting, swelling, back pain. Nerve pain. Charlie Horses.
Happy or Moody most of the time: EXCITED!
Looking forward to: Only having 70 days left til B day!!!!! :)

I am making progress on B's room! Here is a little sneak peak at how the Rocker is coming along! I cant wait to finish it!


This year Ben and I made pumpkins with our friends Mariah and Rob.
here is a link to Mariah's fashion blog, she always posts the CUTEST outfits. Check it out!

We went to dinner and then came back to our apartment to decorate. Ben decided to carve a lego head in his little pumpkins and the rest of us painted. Robs was so cool! He did a pirate skull and had pictures all the way around his pumpkin. Mariah's was too, she did a monogram and glued jewels on it. I did a sugar skull.


10.27.2012

29 Weeks!

29 Weeks on 10/24/2012!!!
This week has gone by FAST! And I am glad! haha


How far along? 29 weeks!
Total weight gain: 106 to 131! 25 POUNDS!!!!!
Maternity clothes? Every day... 
Stretch marks? NO NO NO! FINGERS CROSSED
Sleep:No sleep at all. Its driving me nuts. I wake up every 5 minutes with charlie horses.
Best moment this week: Getting closer to the end of the semester.
Miss Anything? Sleep
Movement: All the time. He has little boxing tournaments. 
Food cravings: POTATOES
Anything making you queasy or sick: Homemade rootbeer
Gender: BOY
Labor Signs: More Braxton Hicks. 
Symptoms: Just being uncomfortable sitting, swelling, back pain.
Happy or Moody most of the time: Happy!
Looking forward to: Refinishing the rocker in B's room!

Scarf: Buckle, Shirt: Target Maternity ($4!!), Flyaway: Buckle
Belt: Forever21,  Pants: Urban Wear, Shoes: Buckle (They are on sale now!)

Baby B's bedroom is coming along! I have a few projects that need finishing and then we will be all set!
I'll have 2 tutorials ready in the next little while. The first one involves this little guy:

And these little guys:


I'm so glad to finally be getting somewhere on all this baby stuff! Only 74 more days and we are there!


10.23.2012

28 Weeks! & Disneyland!

We hit 28 weeks on 10/17/2012!
I forgot to take a wall picture. But I snapped this one this morning. LOVE this blazer and my new boots!

Boots: Fergie Ledger Too Blazer: Forever 21, Shirt: Target Maternity
Jeggings: Urban Wear, Watch: Fossil @ Buckle

How far along? 28 weeks!
Total weight gain: 106 to 130! 24 POUNDS!!!!!
Maternity clothes? Yes Sir! and I am feeling a lot more comfortable in clothes this past week.
Stretch marks? NO NO NO! FINGERS CROSSED
Sleep: I am hardly ever tired enough to fall asleep at night lately, but I am so tired in the moring.
Best moment this week: Finishing the apartment. FINALLY. Now we just need to complete the nursery and we are set!
Miss Anything? Not having to worry about bending over correctly and fitting into tables. haha I keep getting squished!
Movement: All the time. Ultra sound lady couldnt get him to hold still long enough to even get a good picture. He is nuts. I am worried he already has ADHD..... ha
Food cravings: Water WATER
Anything making you queasy or sick: teeth. haha idk why but anything having to do with teeth lately has made me so sick to my stomach.
Gender: BOY
Labor Signs: Just Braxton hicks a few times a day. Nothing painful. Just wierd.
Symptoms: Just being uncomfortable sitting, and my legs swell when I wear heels. Which is getting annoying....
Happy or Moody most of the time: Super Emotional this week!
Looking forward to: Maternity Pics next month!


This week was so fun! We left for Disneyland on Thursday and came home Sunday night.
My parents were seriously SO AMAZING for taking all of us on the trip, all of my siblings came and my sister's husband. It was fun to be able to be all together. My grandma, grandpa, aunt, uncle and their 4 kids came too. So my Mom's whole side of the family went!
The flight was perfect because it was only about an hour, I dont think I could have sat much longer than that. But the trip all together was fun and relaxing. It sure was a workout though, I didnt realize how much walking would impact me!
It was so fun to see Ben experience Disneyland for the first time, he had a blast! haha








10.13.2012

27 Weeks!

We hit 27 weeks on 10/10/2012! These last 2 weeks have gone by so fast! Ben came home :) We moved into our new apartment, and we are just trying to get back into the swing of things. Baby B LOVES Ben being home. I can tell because every single time Ben rests his hand on my stomach the little guy goes NUTS! So he either gets really excited to be with his daddy or he wants us to quit bugging him. haha  Either way, Its cute. 



How far along? 27 weeks!
Total weight gain: 106 to 126.5! 20 POUNDS!!!!!
Maternity clothes? Yes Sir! and its actually getting easier to figure out what to wear to cover this giant bump. 
Stretch marks? NO NO NO! FINGERS CROSSED
Sleep: Less Heartburn :) and SO SO SO much better with Ben. 
Best moment this week: Getting our new apartment ready, still a work in progress. BUT its coming along. 
Miss Anything? Sitting in a movie comfortably. 
Movement: SO SO SO MUCH since ben has been home. This little boy is crazy!
Food cravings: Not really any big ones. Just Cherry Limeade from either Artic Circle or Sonic.
Anything making you queasy or sick: Not really anymore
Gender: BOY
Labor Signs: I think i felt a Braxton Hicks contraction last night. But idk for sure since i have no idea what they feel like. haha
Symptoms: Just being uncomfortable sitting, and my legs swell when I wear heels. Which is getting annoying....
Happy or Moody most of the time: Relieved and Happy this week.
Looking forward to: The nursery saturday! I cant wait to get the crib in here!

Cupcakes!

I have really come to love LOVE trying fun cupcake ideas this last year. Mostly because I can actually bake a cupcake without completely butchering them... ha
But working with fondant and frosting is really fun! and you hardly need any sort of cooking skill to do it!
a couple of the cupcakes I've done this last year are the Peacock Feathers, and the Bunny Bum cupcakes.



I made the Bunny Bum Cupcakes for Easter 2012, and the Peacock ones for my sisters bridal shower. She LOVES peacocks. 
Both of them were super easy. I always ALWAYS us a few things when doing cakes and cupcakes. 

The first is Pillsbury Moist Supreme cake mix. Unless I'm doing a cake mix by scratch, this is the BEST mix available. It has pudding mix in it, so it is super moist and super easy to use. As long as you don't over bake it, you are set to enjoy some delicious cupcakes! The toothpick test never fails in this case!
MAKE SURE IT SAYS 1 CUP OF PUDDING ADDED ON THE TOP!

The second is either homemade butter cream recipe that my mom SWEARS by. You can see that HERE.
But if you don't have enough time you can never go wrong with Duncan Hines Home Style Frosting. you can really use any store bought frosting and have a great outcome just MAKE SURE YOU DON'T GET THE WHIPPED FROSTING! (it is too airy and its horrible to add color to)  The secret to great frosting is whipping it yourself, I always just dump the tub into my kitchen aid and whip it up for a couple minutes. It makes it easy to work with and super smooth. Which really helps if you are piping it on to your cupcakes. 

To add color to your frosting (which is easy to do if you already have it in a mixer to whip! ) I always use Wilton Food Color Paste, regular food coloring is too watery and doesn't give you as concentrated of a color. (You use red and end up with a big bowl of pink. yuck) The food coloring paste always gives you a deep beautiful color without changing the texture of your frosting. 


One thing I always get asked is how I frost my cupcakes. And it is SUPER SUPER easy. I started by looking on Youtube for piping techniques. This chart helps you know which tip to buy to get whatever look you are going for. Really practice makes perfect in this case. 


Lastly I always make my own fondant. There are plenty of places you can buy fondant already made, but making your own is cheap and honestly I think its easier to work with. I use a mini marshmallow recipe for my fondant (its not professional grade fondant, but holy cow it tastes 100 times better!)
Here is the tutorial I use to make my fondant. (It is from a blog called Clockwork Lemon, so she gets all the credit for it!) Beware, It is messy.... but as long as you are careful it is easy to do. Plus making your own means you can really make it an ANY color!


Anyway, I LOVE making cupcakes! I hope this helps anyone who wants to create some fun treats at home!

Homemade Butter Cream


This recipe is from Wilton and it is THE BEST buttercream EVER.



Makes 3 cups of Frosting
Ingredients:
  • 1/2 cup solid vegetable shortening
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter or margarine softened
  • 1 teaspoon clear vanilla extract (CLEAR IS IMPORTANT IF YOU WANT WHITE FROSTING!)
  • 4 cups sifted confectioners' sugar (approximately 1 lb.)
  • 2 tablespoons milk
In large bowl, cream shortening and butter with electric mixer. Add vanilla. Gradually add sugar, one cup at a time, beating well on medium speed. Scrape sides and bottom of bowl often. When all sugar has been mixed in, icing will appear dry. Add milk and beat at medium speed until light and fluffy. Keep bowl covered with a damp cloth until ready to use.
For best results, keep icing bowl in refrigerator when not in use. Refrigerated in an airtight container, this icing can be stored 2 weeks. Rewhip before using.
For thin (spreading) consistency icing, add 2 tablespoons light corn syrup, water or milk.
For Pure White Icing (stiff consistency), leave out butter; substitute an additional 1/2 cup shortening for butter and add 1/2 teaspoon No-Color Butter Flavor. Add up to 4 tablespoons light corn syrup, water or milk to thin for icing cakes.
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