27 weeks pregnant




How far along:
27 weeks and 3 days 
It's my last week of the 2nd trimester!


Coconut Raspberry Cake



I tried a new recipe I found on Olga's Flavor Factory

Check out her website.

This Weeks Happenings...



Here is something what this week looked like:


Sunday Brunch With friends...

Sunday Linky #32

Suburbsmama
Thank you to everyone who linked up last week.  
There were so many projects and posts I loved, Here are some of my favorites:

Amy, from Homey oh My! Shared her gorgeous gold dipped pumpkin center piece. 

Cinnamon Rolls



I make my cinnamon rolls from scratch, but I have a secret tool which makes it so so easy! 

I use my bread machine. I just load up the dough ingredients and forget about it. 
A few hours later I have my dough ready. I make dough in my bread machine for lots of things like Russian Piroshki, Sweet Rolls, Pizza dough etc....

This recipe is a combo of recipes I found. The dough recipe is from my bread machine cook book (Betty Crocker) and the yummy buttery glaze is from Paula Dean's Recipe.

Ingredients:

1 egg
1 cup of Water
1/4 cup of butter melted
3 1/2 cups of flour
1 tsp salt
1/3 cup sugar
1 1/2 tsp bread machine yeast

Measure carefully, placing all ingredients into your bread machine (the yeast goes into the yeast dispenser)

Select Dough Cycle. Start.

Do not use the delay cycle. 

Filling:

1/2 cup of melted butter
3/4 cups of white sugar
2 TB ground cinnamon
3/4 cups of raisins, walnuts or pecans (optional)

Glaze:
4 TB melted butter
2 cups powdered sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
3 tsp of hot water


When Dough is done, Roll out on a floured surface into a large rectangle.
Spread melted butter all over the dough. Sprinkle the sugar and cinnamon (and with nuts or raisins).

Roll up the dough and pinch the edges together to seal. Cut into 12-15 pieces. 

Coat the bottom of the pan with melted butter and sprinkle with sugar (this will give your rolls a yummy bottom!) Place cinnamon rolls close together in the pan and let rise until dough has doubled. 

Sunday Linky #31


Suburbsmama


Thank you to everyone who linked up last week.  
There were so many projects and posts I loved, Here are some of my favorites:

Christine, from Little Brags, shared her beautiful Fall Porch!

That awkward blank wall.....

I think we all have that awkward blank wall where you don't know what to do with, well I have a few of those in the house. Here is one I finally tackled. I still need to go shopping for decor things, currently I just used things from around the house. 

This wall is between the living and family room.

Here is the BEFORE:


The After:


Laundry Room Makeover



 The before:




This has been on our to do list for a while now, but we kept putting it aside. Mostly because other projects seemed more important.
 But one night when I was laying in bed with this pregnancy insomnia, and I was making a mental list in my head of everything I had to do before the baby comes. One of the things on that list was to spruce up the laundry room, I couldn't stand the sight of it.

I talked to my hubby about it the next day, but he did not want to tackle it right now, he said that floors would take a few days to do. (They are laminate and under the laminate, there is MDF that it glued and stapled on, which needs to be basically scraped off - we had to do this in all of the bathrooms, kitchen and dining. And it is ALOT of work)
 So I decided that I will do what I can and hubby can take care of the floors when ever he can.

I bought a can of paint  and a new light fixture. After I painted, I bought a few baskets and a new laundry hamper, and a few other things. I Love it so much now. It is so bright and clean now. I don't even mind the floors that much now.

Here is the before and after:


25 weeks pregnant






How far along:
25 weeks and 3 days 

Sunday Linky #30


Suburbsmama
Thank you to everyone who linked up last week. There were so many projects and posts I loved, Here are some of my favorites:

Jamie, from So Much Better with Age, shared her beautiful fall decor.

Birchbox October 2013




I am always eagerly awaiting my monthly birchbox. It's like a little present for me every month.

Let me tell you what birch box is, just in case you are not familiar with it.
It's a monthly subscription service which is $10.00 a month where you get sent 5-6 high-end samples each month. First you take a little survey so they can find out more about your skin, make up likes and dislikes so they know what to send you.

You know how I love trying out new products? Well, with the birch box, I can try high end products without having to buy full size products. If I love the product, then I can go buy it :)

If you are interested in checking it out, go to Birch Box


Day in Life of a Stay at Home, Homeschooling, Mom!


I have been meaning to do a post on how our homeschooling day goes, but I decided to go ahead and do a day in life post. These are a bit consuming, but I took the time today since it was a "stay at home day" as my daughter calls it. That just means we have no plans on going anywhere. I love these days. No errands, shopping, just home all day.

We rarely have these days, most days I have errands, then every other Tuesday we go to the library for story time, there is always shopping, and play dates. So today was a nice relaxing day. Well as relaxing as it can get ;)


Want to see what my Monday looked like? Keep in mind, every day is different as you can imagine. But we do homeschool Monday- Thursday without fail. Sometimes we may start in the afternoon, or earlier on in the day, but it gets done never the less. It is a lot less time consuming then I though it would be. Probably because Little Em is just in Kindergarten.


I should start with last night, When we came home from the pumpkin patch, I took a nap because I was so exhausted. I napped for about 2 hours. Because of this I could not fall asleep till after 2am that night!
I started a new book on audible to help pass the time till I could fall asleep. I was able to close my eyes and relax and listen to the book.

I finally turned it off at 2:30am and fell asleep shortly after.

Therefore I barely opened my eyes this morning at 8:25am. When the garbage truck made a ruckus outside.
I lay in bed for a bit, I could see that hubby was gone and he had brought Little Em to my bed. (Little Em is a early riser, she wakes up with her dad, but he brings her to our bed in the morning when he leaves and she usually falls back asleep) Little Em and Nico were both asleep next to me.






 I slowly sat up in bed and picked up my lap top which was on my nightstand, I finished and posted my burp cloth tutorial and posted it.

I stayed in bed till 9am and checked and replied to emails, checked Facebook and Instagram.

I finally made it out of bed at 9am, the kids were still asleep.
I washed up.

The kids are awake now. I go and give them hugs and we cuddle for a bit in bed.




Pumpkin Patch 2013

It was the perfect weather this weekend for the trip to the pumpkin patch! 
I had a plan to take some cute fall pics of the kids but then I forgot to take my camera! So I had to use my cell phone camera :( Although it is not what I had in mind, I was able to record their 3rd annual trip to the pumpkin patch. 

So as far as fall pictures are concerned, I will have to wait until the leaves change colors and I will take the kids to the park for their 2013 fall pictures. 

We don't celebrate halloween, we never have when we were growing up either. We come from conservative christian families and we don't believe that we should pretend it is "fun" to celebrate witchcraft, death, deceit and fright. These are very opposing to what we teach the kids about God.

 But we do love fall and harvest time .  It is such a beautiful season. So the pumpkin patch for us is the kick of off fall. 

 I love seeing how much they have grown compared to the last two years!

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They love the pony rides! Little man went all by himself this year and loved it! He kept smiling and waving to me each time he came around. 

Baby Burp Cloth Tutorial

I have been on a sewing for baby kick, I blame the nesting, plus the frugal me. 

I was planning on buying some cute burp cloths on Etsy.  But I was shocked at the price, I know that people gotta make their money and all, but this is such a simple and easy project, I just figured I would do it myself and show you how to make a few to!

My babies spit up alot. My Pediatricial said that is becuase I am over feeding them, but hey, I am nursing them. I nurse them on demand and as long as they want to. With my son, I just used recieiving blankets and cloth diaper prefolds. The receiving blankets were not thick enough so the spit up went right through and the prefolds where kinda ugly. So I decied to combine the two togehter. 

I bought a pack of Gerber prefold diapers from target. They were $12.99 for 10. Then I got 2 yards of flannel fabric. I got 4 different prints, so I got 1/2 a yard of each print. Flannel is so inexpensive. The total cost for 10 burp cloths was $24.99, thats $2.49 per burp cloth!

You can't beat that!

So lets get started!

Sunday Linky #28


Suburbsmama
Thank you to everyone who linked up last week. There were so many projects and posts I loved, Here are some of my favorites:


Samantha, from Five Heart Home shared this delicious Pumpkin Bundt cake recipe.

Katie, from the Casual Craftlete, shared her beautiful fall porch.

Vanilla Cheesecake



So I am not a huge fan of cheesecake, Why? Because they are usually to thick and heavy for me, however,  when I tried this cheesecake at a friend's house, it was amazing! Like melt in your mouth, eyes rolling back amazing! I am serious! I could go on and on. It is not heavy at all and somehow feels light and fluffy! Like no other cheesecake I ever tasted before. 

I texted my friend and asked her for the recipe. She said it is from a cook book, not sure which one. But all the credit goes to my awesome friend Rita for sharing this recipe with my family! 

So lets get started:

Crust:
1 1/4 Cups Graham Cracker Crumbs (from ten 5 by 2 1/2-inch graham crackers)
1/3 Cup Sugar
4 Tablespoons Unsalted Butter, Melted and Cooled Slightly
    Pinch of Kosher Salt

What We Wore





Hello my beautiful friends, I hope you are all enjoying this beautiful fall weather. I know I am. 
I was  out running errands yesterday with the kids, and it was pouring, but we all had rain boots and raincoats on, and I felt like a kid! We went stomping in the puddles! 

Here are a few outfit from the past 2 weeks,  I am 22-23 pregnant in these pictures.


23 weeks pregnant





How far along:
23 weeks and 4 days 


Baby Growth:
Baby boy is now about 11.4 inches long
and weights just over 1 pound!