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Weekly Sunshine – March showers bring yellow flowers

This is our third spring in our house and I still don’t have a cut garden going yet.

It’s a plan I just haven’t figured out since we’ve already devoted major spots to succulents and a vegetable garden (check out my guest post on Budget Fairy Tale for starting-a-garden tips).

These cheery fellows hailed from Trader Joes. They always have great cheap daffodil bouquets in the spring that open perfect and look great in my blue Fiestaware.
Did you know marigolds (French is best) and daisies are great for your garden’s health? They attract beneficial insects (and marigolds also fight against nematodes.)
And I fell for this flufy calendula.
Forgive the lighting on my poor orchids- they really are a beautiful pastel yellow! (today its actually grey and 70 degrees in SoCal).
They were both gifts when I was in the hospital with new babies- this year one of them has ten buds and counting!

Apparently my cluttered kitchen counter has great light for orchids.

Have you started planting outside? Is there a color that dominates your spring garden?



A pizzadilla isn’t an entirely new concept. (Google it.)

But, I never really tried one until getting a hold of Weelicious’ recipe that included dipping in tomato sauce.

It was a hit.

Well, there’s no hardship in getting my son to eat pizza sauce, but quesedillas were becoming a little tired around here.

Monterrey Jack, cheddar, Mexican mix left over from a taco night… I was done with those cheeses.

Hence- two easy versions of pizzas on a tortilla, AKA pizzadillas. 


Pepperoni – all you have to do is sprinkle the mozzarella (mine is from Fresh n’ Easy) on a tortilla. Take leftover pepperoni from your past pizza night (Or use some of your mini pepperoni you have stashed away for emergencies like I do) and lay it on top. Sprinkle a touch more cheese to help the pepperoni stick.


Margherita- slice up some tomato (big slices? Dice it up? whatever!) and tear up some basil. Lay on top of a thick bed of shredded mozarella.

Feeding one four-year-old? Just cover half.

Making it parent-sized or to share- cover that whole tortilla, baby.

But really- this is a great way to use up bits and pieces. A little diced bacon and BBQ chicken? Oh my. While we’re there, add slices of avocado and maybe sprinkle in a little corn.

My husband would want pepperoni and sausage.

Or there is nothing wrong with bell peppers, ham and pineapple, AKA one of my favorite pizzas ever.

I mean, see how easy this is?

This can even go party style- chicken, hot sauce and green onions for this weekend?

There are a million options out there.

So, a new snack option for our repertoire that will mean keeping mozzarella around for a while.

What new fun snack or meal options have you discovered?


Lil’ Wonder’s room

When I finished Lil’ Wonder’s nursery before the baby shower, I was bound and determined to showcase it in a post before it got messed up.

Then it got full of presents and boxes and various toys brought in by my son who was THAT excited about the baby that he wanted to play in his space.

So finally a few days ago I got the change to clean up his room enough for a quick photo session- just enough time before he woke up again.

So shhh… whisper in here, OK? I need the break.

The walls are the same color as when we moved in (as is the rest of the house).



This print from Alley Kids totally set a color scheme for the room for me. Before that- I knew I wanted some kind of jungle animal theme.

The furniture was Wonder Boy’s- we bought and made all new furniture for him ( but that’s another post).


I had changed my mind about the wall clings before someone bought them for me, but I love them. The Lion King is one  of my favorite Disney movies and going completely Lion King was an option for a while.

The moon lamp was from Ikea and provides the perfect amount of light when I’m nursing the baby at 2 a.m.


The mobile was from The Disney Store. We had a snag with our original order and they were really helpful.

Wonder Boy helped put it together and loves to see it in action with his brother.


The bookshelf is a mess of items that need better homes and books for myself and Lil’ Wonder.

Wonder Boy comes in and reads all the books, since they all were his first.Just like the toys, which he also loves to still play with.



This glider was the store model when we first got it with Wonder Boy and has seen its share of baby messes. The two blankets were quilted by my mom and knitted by my grandmother.

I sewed the pillow using fabric I found at Joann’s.

The Boppy? Essential, especially when Wonder Boy wants to hold his brother.


and last but not least- this bib was made by my mom for Lil’ Wonder to wear to my brother’s wedding and, well, the safest place to keep something safe right now is in plain sight. It’s always on the door.


Now tiptoe back out, the baby’s still sleeping.

Favorite seat in the house

We got it for a steal being the floor model at our local Babies R Us.

It still had all of the plastic on and was barely dirty, so we ran it home and placed the final piece in our nursery for Wonder Boy.

Almost 4 years later it is being used again, and instead of a giant Lightning McQueen pillow to sooth an aching back, it has a different look.

Same comfy chair. Still my favorite place.



The blanket was knit be great grandma for the first baby and will soon cover the second as well. The pillow was sewn by myself, with a little help from Wonder Boy picking out the grey color.

The nursing cover hangs over it right now- I love the material too much to put it away yet.

My New Office

So over the weekend, my husband, very nicely, wore himself out building storage pieces and transforming the craft room/office/whatever space into an office, craft space and guest room so we can take over the current guest room for our new June arrival.

I am so glad I never showed before pictures, because it was chaos.





This is an inspirational view of my neighbor’s roof. I hadn’t worried about curtains yet because I liked natural light and the sun never comes directly in, but if people are going to sleep here I have to stitch some up soon.Good thing I have a big stash of fabric in the office closet, now organized, that I can pick from.

Which makes me now realize I didn’t take a picture of the closet. Well, it’s full and neat but full and not picture perfect, so just imagine its one of those craft closets you’ve seen pinned on Pinterest and I won’t tell the randomness that lies between my yarn and Disney material.


Look, the bed. This was our old mattress that is now our guest bed. Just to the left you see peeking one of my geekiest possessions ever- a poster from Star Wars II Attack of the Clones.

Let me further geek out by saying I have the love theme from AOTC on my phone at all times. I love Padme’s costumes in that movie.

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