Saturday, February 16, 2013

Happy Valentine's Day!


 My sweet Valentine's! How I Love them all!!



Love is the condition in which the happiness of another person is essential to your own.” ~Robert Heinlein


“Let your love be like the misty rains, coming softly, but flooding the river.” ~Malagasy Proverb



Love is an act of endless forgiveness, a tender look which becomes a habit.”  ~Peter Ustinov


Love one another and you will be happy.  It's as simple and as difficult as that.” ~Michael Leunig


 

 



“A baby is born with a need to be loved - and never outgrows it.”  ~Frank A. Clark






 
"For you see, each day I love you more
Today more than yesterday and less than tomorrow."
~
Rosemonde Gerard



Love is, above all, the gift of oneself.”  ~Jean Anouilh



"You can give without loving, but you can never love without giving."  ~Author Unknown




Love puts the fun in together, the sad in apart, and the joy in a heart.”  ~Author Unknown
 
                                                 

 









"A hundred hearts would be too few
   To carry all my love for you."
 


Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Honey Cloud Pancake

This pancake is perfect when you want a pancake that is out of the ordinary! It's light as a cloud as the name indicates! Whipped egg white is folded in which makes it light and airy!


Ingredients:  

  • 3 large eggs, separated  
  • 1/2 cup of warmed milk  
  • 1/2 cup of white flour  
  • 1 pinch of salt  
  • 4 teaspoons of honey (or I used half honey, half maple syrup)  
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract  
  • 1 tablespoon of butter  
  • Soft fruits  
  • Honey
    Directions:
    Heat the oven to 400°F. 
    Heat two small 6″ oven proof dishes (or I used a 9" pie plate). 
    In one bowl whisk egg whites until white and peaky. 

    To make the main batter, in another bowl, whisk the egg, milk, flour, salt, honey, and vanilla. 

    My wonderful little helper!

    Gently fold the egg white into the batter with a metal spoon.
    Melt one tablespoon of butter in the hot pan. Pour the batter in and cook for a few minutes until starting to set at the very edge (I waited a little too long I think because the whole top was set when I put my fruit on). 
    Watching and waiting!
    Sprinkle fruit of your choice on top. We decided on strawberries and blueberries since that is what I had on hand, but I've done it with apple and strawberries too!
    Bake in hot oven for 7 minutes until puffed up and golden. Remove and drizzle with honey. 
    Enjoy!

    Wednesday, February 6, 2013

    Fashion tips and tricks

     I love pinterest! There is so many ways to be inspired! Here are some great fashion tips and tricks every girl should know that I read here. I have just listed some of the ones that I thought were helpful!


    "Fashion Tips and Tricks Every Girl Should know."

    ~If you get an oil stain on your favorite handbag, coat the mark with baby powder and let it stand overnight. By morning, the stain should be gone. If a bit still remains, repeat the process until the stain is completely gone.

    ~ “Remove white deodorant marks from a garment by gently rubbing the protective foam used on hangers against the fabric.” — Jonathan Simkhai, designer

    ~The best at-home method to keep diamonds sparkling: liquid dishwasher detergent and an old toothbrush.

    ~“Always organize your clothes going light to dark from left to right in your closet. Your eye will follow the color and thus help you stay organized.” — Melanie Charlton Fascitelli, Founder, Clos-ette and Clos-ette Too.
     
    ~Cut down your closet by 25% by asking yourself this one question: “If I were shopping right this second, would I buy this?” If the answer’s no, out it goes.

    ~“Never put your swimwear in the washing machine, and always hand dry. The machine will damage the suit and it will lose its elasticity. The only exception: At the end of the summer or vacation, wash your swimwear in lingerie washing bags on the gentle cycle with a bit if Drift or Woolite. But only after many wears.” —Shoshanna Gruss, Designer

    ~Dressy occasions aren’t the time to play with trends, so know your silhouette and stick to it to always look your best.

    ~“Never put a garment on immediately after ironing, as this can actually cause new wrinkles to form. Instead, let it sit for five minutes to set the press.” — Althea Harper, Designer and Rowenta Brand Ambassador

    ~The best way to de-fuzz a sweater: use a pumice stone.

    ~If you get wax on a piece of clothing, layer wax paper over the hardened wax and then run an iron over it to loosen it up. Once you pull off the paper, the wax should come right out with it.

    ~Spray tights with sticky (read: cheap) hairspray to avoid holes and runs.

    ~To clean dirt off suede, remove the crust from a piece of bread and allow it to become stale. Gently rub dirt and stains with the edge of the stale bread, and they’ll disappear. To de-scuff suede, use an eraser or nail file.
     
    ~Shopping for a wedding dress or another big-event outfit? Head to the store with makeup on, proper undergarments, and your hair semi-done to get a better sense of how it’ll look.

    ~Despite what it says on the tag, cashmere is best washed by hand. To dry it, use a salad spinner, which releases excess water in seconds.
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    ~Wash new jeans twice before taking them to the tailor. Why? Because jeans will always shrink in length when washed.

    ~Blot, don’t rub, when you spill something on your clothes. Wiping or rubbing will actually further ingrain the stain into the weave.

    ~“Use hairspray to remove a lipstick stain.” – Kaelen Haworth, designer

    ~Add a 1/2 cup of distilled white vinegar to the final rinse cycle while doing laundry to maintain the wash of your favorite pair of dark jeans.

    ~To stretch tight shoes, fill two freezer bags with water and place into each shoe. Let it freeze overnight. As the water freezes, it’ll gently expand your shoes.

    ~Due to its high level of surfactants, Dawn dish detergent is especially successful at removing grease and oil stains from clothing.

    ~If blush or bronzer breaks in your handbag, pre-moistened makeup removing wipes will clean up the loose powder flawlessly.

    ~A vintage trunk not only makes a stylish coffee table, but it can also house shoes and clothing you rarely wear.

    ~“To remove watermarks from leather boots, add a few drops of vinegar to a bowl of cool water and scrub the stains with a soft bristle brush until stains are no longer visible. Let dry overnight.” — Daryl Carr, Marketing Coordinator, Stetson

    ~Always dry-clean coats before storing them, and place on cedar hangers inside cloth garment bags. This preserves the fabric and keeps moths away.
    ~If you have a small closet, never keep your shoes in clunky shoeboxes. Instead, always line up them on the floor.

    ~Don’t underestimate the power of a well-fitting, stylish winter coat. You can be wearing pajamas underneath and you’ll still look perfectly put together.

    ~Windex restores the glossy sheen on patent leather without doing any damage.

    ~The power of a silk pillowcase isn’t a myth: Not only do they prevent “sleep crease,” they’re much, much gentler on your skin and hair.

    ~Tend to wear certain leather shoes without socks? Always stuff them with a soft cloth when you’re done wearing them. This absorbs moisture and help the shoes keep their shape.

    ~“Never dry a wet shoe with heat. Let it dry naturally in open air. Heat will dry out leather and the lifespan of the shoe will be cut in half.” —Jordan Adoni, Designer, Modern Vice

    ~The easiest way to make your closet look organized: Buy all the same hangers for everything–same color, same shape.

    ~Before bed, pour two or three tablespoons of baking soda into sweaty workout sneakers and tilt the shoe to distribute the soda evenly. This will eat any odor and absorb perspiration.

    ~To prevent clothing from wrinkling in a suitcase, fold everything in plastic dry cleaning bags.

    ~Pile on good accessories—scarves, sunglasses, hats, jewelry—to instantly transform even the most basic outfit.

    ~Confused about laundry settings? Remember this: The hotter the water, the cleaner the clothing will be. While warm water is fine for most clothes, linens and dirty white clothing are best washed in hot water to remove germs and heavy soil. Cold water is usually used for delicates.

    ~After a shower, use your hairdryer to de-mist bathroom mirrors in seconds.

    ~A good tip when cleaning out your closet: Ask a friend whose style you admire to come over and help. She/he might offer new insight on how to wear certain items before you toss them.

    ~It might sound “budget,” but a hot glue gun works amazingly well to hem skirts, pants and even jeans in a pinch.

    ~Looking for uses for all the single socks you’ve amassed while doing laundry? When you’ve got aches or pains, fill a sock with dry beans or rice and pop it in the microwave for 30 seconds. Voila, an instant (and free) heating pad.

    ~V-neck sweaters and tees give the illusion of a longer torso.
    ~If you’re unsure about an impulse or sale purchase, leave it at the store. If you’re still thinking about it when you wake up the next day, buy it.

    ~Have a sequin garment you don’t wear anymore? Remove the sequins and sprinkle them into a vase of flowers. Gorgeous!
    flower 101 Fashion Tips and Tricks Every Girl Should Know

    ~There’s nothing cooler than sticking to a signature style you know looks good on you. Slaves to fashion are never chic!

    Friday, February 1, 2013

    Bria's birth story...

    Well I am very thankful for how the Lord went before me with the birth of Bria!

    I had many worries, doubts, and concerns as I really didn't know what to expect since I was induced with Aty. Really this was like my first experience in some regards. Would it be a smooth and quick delivery? Would I have a hard time pushing and tear? Would I go into labor at a weird time making it difficult for family to watch Aty for us? So many things that were going through my mind!

    The Lord encouraged me while reading Ephesians in my devotions one morning:

    "Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us." Eph 3:20

     I thought about what I was asking. The Lord could do exceeding abundantly above all that! WOW! What an amazing God we serve.

    I had yet to see how He would do just that!
    Admitted at 13:54 , Bria born at 14:00

    The day Bria was born was Wednesday. I had a doctors appointment that morning, and they said not much had changed. I was still dilated to a three and 50% effaced. Which I had been since week 37, and I was now 40 weeks and 3 days. I told the doctor that I was feeling a little crampy-kind of how you feel before you get a period. He said that's a normal sign and labor would be soon, and said he'd probably see me over the weekend.

    All day I was feeling crampy and rather uncomfortable. I talked to my mom and sister on the phone as they were wondering if there was any progress, and told them how I felt. I told them it would probably be soon.

    Around 2:45 in the afternoon I texted Stephen and asked him what time he wanted me to get him from work as I had our car.

    He said at 4:00.

    I said, "ok." then texted, "Want to have a baby tonight?'

    He texted: "Why?" Then called me and I told him I was just feeling kinda crampy and uncomfortable. He said, "why don't you  just come over now just in case."

    I told him I was ok and had a few things I wanted to finish up.  After getting off the phone I did a few things in the kitchen. Then decided to make some Tapioca pudding as I was craving some. A few minutes into my pudding making I realize I'm actually having CONTRACTIONS and am having to stop and breath. 

    Atalisa starts fussing asking for a drink. I tell her to wait as I'm leaning over one of our kitchen stools breathing through a contraction. After the contraction I quickly grab the diaper bag, and Aty.

    As I'm heading out the door the thought crosses my mind to get our bags for the hospital, but I quickly dismiss it as there's no time. I put Atalisa in her car seat and start out. I get to the stop light just outside our neighborhood and am sitting there praying the light turns green as I breath through a contraction. It's 3:23.

    I'm now thinking, "I should have listen to Stephen and left right away. Now I'm having contractions and need to drive over to get him."

    Next contraction hits me and I look at my phone it's now 3:26. "Oh, great", I think to myself, "they are THREE minutes apart!" I'm praying that I make it.

    After what seems like eternity I finally get to school. Thankfully, Stephen is waiting right in the parking lot. I quickly get out and tell him "we need to go to the hospital NOW!" He's cracking some jokes, but I tell him that it's serious.

    Along the way we call the doctor and tell them we're heading to the hospital. They said they usually have you come to the office first, but under the circumstances we could continue to head to the hospital. We also call Nikki, Stephen's sister in-law, and ask her to meet us there to get Atalisa.

    When we arrived at the hospital Stephen dropped me off at the door while he went to park the car, and get Atalisa out.

    Inside the hospital the man at the front desk says, "you must be Christine Milton?" I nod in the affirmative as I am intensely breathing through a contraction. He tells me to go take the elevator to the second floor and make a left. I practically run to the elevator and push the button to head up. I'm waiting for it to come. The man comes over and tells me the elevator on the other side is ready. I quickly get in and on the way up the urge to push comes over me.

    I get off the elevator, and head to the desk. The lady there says, "so you must be Christine Milton?" I nod. She tells me that they're going to check me out in triage before they move me to a room. I tell her, "I'm having the urge to push!" She says, "don't do that hunny!" She quickly calls the nurse over and I'm escorted to the triage area. The nurse handed me a hospital gown and told me she'd check me.

    I flew into the gown and got on the cot. I knew she was coming soon! She checked me and quickly called for another nurse. Saying, "I have a fully dilated!" She wheeled me to the labor and delivery room and I got onto the bed. By the time the other nurse came in she said, "should I get an IV started?" The other nurse checks me, and says, "No, she's crowning!" As she hurriedly tries to get her gloves on to get ready to catch the baby. 

    The doctor came in at pretty much the same time Stephen did. The doctor said, one big push and she'll be out." Stephen was holding Atalisa right beside me, and holding my hand. I gave one big push and out she came with a little kitten like cry letting the world know she's arrived!

    We had been telling Aty that baby was in mommy's tummy, and when she saw baby Bria after she was born. Her reaction was "baby!!"

    What relief! What joy to see the baby I've carried around with me for nine months! To admire the beautiful life that God has created! To meet our little addition to the family!




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