December 12, 2014

The Return of Pinkie the Elf

Let me start off by saying that Pinkie Elfie is kinda like my saving grace these days. Luciana thinks she's cute and loves seeing what silly things she's up to each day, but I'm pretty sure I get a lot more out of coming up with these creative ideas than Lu does. Mostly due to this thing called 'the terrible twos.' Yeah, it's real, they're terrible and I'm pretty much on house arrest because she has no shame in embarrassing me in public. At 8+ months pregnant, I have no tolerance or energy to deal with her shenanigans on my own. So thank you Pinkie for bringing a creative outlet and some joy into my life ;)

I need to remember my smile in this picture and to just shrug it off when my toddler has thrown herself on the floor in public, is kicking, thrashing, shoes flying while I'm just standing there dumbfounded:


Our first week with Pinkie

Intro at Breakfast on December 1st
We don't do a naughty or nice theme with our elf. First off, she introduces herself with a Christ-centered approach. Same as last year with the little nativity and this time we included breakfast. It's more like "what is Pinkie up to today" approach, which makes the whole month of December really fun. At the age of two, Luciana doesn't really understand naughty or nice, heck, she doesn't even know who Santa is... Although she did tell me that she wanted to sit on his lap the other day, but I'm pretty sure she was fibbing, since our first try of the year she refused. We shall try again!

Pinkie shows Lu how to help feed the cats (since Mommie has pregnancy amnesia and never remembers to).

Pinkie loves Olaf too! So much that she wanted to be him!

Pinkie was so inspired by her new favorite song "Hark! The Herald Angels Sing" by Pentatonix, that she wanted to make an angel and sing the song as an angel herself. She's very creative, the angel wings are Luciana's hand prints.

We found Pinkie with her first Lego friend, Olivia, researching Pinterest projects together while sipping on some coffee. Very important business!

Pinkie is practicing her putting skills. She's definitely a well-rounded little elf.

Pinkie made PiNK sprinkle cookies for Poppos birthday! Happy Birthday Poppos!

Stay tuned for more adventures with Pinkie!

December 8, 2014

Baby 2's Nursery and Name Reveal

Although Baby2's room is not completely ready (still have some things to add here and there), for the most part, it's pretty much done. I failed to include the 5 loads of laundry that was nothing but Newborn to 3mo clothes that are hung in her closet. Obviously we won't be having any outfit repeats going on in this household- Ha! I chose not to paint that room and keep it neutral, just in case immaculate conception happens again later on down the road and we have a boy- I'm not saying this is going to happen, I'm good with two and really don't want any more, but me and BFlo shall have conversations in the future I'm sure. Really this is what he says "I'm Mexican. I'm supposed to have a lot of kids." Sweet! Well, I'm white and our "white people" average, leaving the Duggar family out, is approximately 2 kids per family ;)

So, back to the neutral walled baby room... I wanted to accent with white, light pink and gold. I got tree decals from Amazon, they actually came with 5, but we only used 3. To me and my mom's surprise, they were literally decals, not the "sticker" we thought it would be. It definitely was a 2 person effort to put them up, but actually went faster than the tree sticker we had done in Luciana's previous nursery. I also purchased with gold stars on Amazon, there's 272 in total, just in case you were counting... I wanted something more to warm up the wall. The canvas is from Hobby Lobby, which I bought on their 50% off canvas week (every other week if you go there enough). Jenny Lind crib from Kohl's, they had the best coupon. I wanted a shorter, white crib. Luciana's is just too high, I need a step stool to get her in and out. The crib skirt and bumpers are from our Facebook garage sale page- $20 for all! How's that for a score!!!


This built-in area is still being added to, but includes my childhood Aladdin lithograph (which I know will be worth millions some day). The "Love" at the top and "Hello Love" on the 3rd shelf down are both from Hobby Lobby- 50% off. Vase, not sure if it will stay, and a small pink Ikea frame. I may add a small lamp next to the frame. 


Getting closer to the name reveal... Patience! 

Dresser/diaper changing area is up next. I got the dresser at Ikea and my aunt, uncle and Luciana somehow mustered up the patience to put that thing together. Everything on the wall besides the star decals and the frame in the bottom left were all 50% off at Hobby Lobby. I painted the frame around the "E" and the arrows onto the little wood pallet. I printed a design off of Etsy for the bottom left frame. It's a gold 'glitter' world map with pink background. It was $4.90 and an immediate download, so I have no complaints. The chair will be replaced with the recliner that's currently in Luciana's room.


And FiNALLY- the name!!!


We had a name chosen and ready to go, however, it was Cruz Alexander. That just wasn't going to work for another girl. So it took us literally forever to pick out a name. We thought we had one, Alessandra, but then my sister-in-law was talking about a little girl in her class with a similar name that made me think twice. I think her student's name is Ellisandra. If you follow me on Instagram, I had jokingly suggested Ella Sue pronounced 'LSU' to BFlo (his alma mater), and it was seriously a joke but he loved it. So I thought if we went with Ellasandra, Ella would be cute to type quickly in text and if he feels the need, he can call her Ella Sue on LSU game days, although she won't have a middle name (family tradition). 

So there you go. Her name will be ELLASANDRA.

September 26, 2014

It's the Pumpkin time of year!!!

I recently made some muffins that were quite delicious if I do say so myself... Thank you Pinterest for being the awesome catalyst for me finding a life-long list of incredible recipes! I rarely follow a recipe exactly, but use it as a basis or perhaps even a source of inspiration. I almost always have to adapt recipes to fit my health requirements.

I've recently realized that cooking either is or isn't a passion. I always thought of it as my duty as a woman, wife, mother, but apparently it comes down to a passion or desire. I prefer not to eat out regularly, granted, I am "off-duty" from Friday night thru lunch on Sunday, but home-cooked meals are so much healthier. I would rather know what's in my food, than trust that someone is not overloading with sodium, fat and additional junk or funk that I don't need in my body.

Here's the recipe, and my changes are highlighted below:

Brown Butter Pumpkin Banana Streusel Muffins
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Ingredients
  1. 1 3/4 cup flour- I used Pamela's Gluten Free Baking Mix
  2. 2 tsp baking powder
  3. 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  4. 1 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  5. 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  6. 1/4 tsp salt- Omitted Salt
  7. 1/3 cup butter- I melted 1/3c of Coconut oil
  8. 1 egg
  9. 1 cup sugar- Used 2/3c Organic Honey
  10. 1/2 cup canned pumpkin
  11. 2 ripe bananas, mashed
  12. 1/4 cup milk- Subbed Coconut milk
  13. 1 tsp vanilla
Streusel topping
  1. 1/3 cup flour- I used Pamela's Gluten Free Baking Mix
  2. 3 1/2 tbsp brown sugar
  3. 1 tbsp cold butter- Used solid Coconut oil
  4. dash cinnamon
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 and lightly grease a muffin tin (or use liners)
  2. Melt butter over medium heat in small sauce pan. Whisk continuously until brown flecks start to appear and butter starts to smell nutty. Remove from heat and set aside.
  3. Whisk dry ingredients together in a mixing bowl. Set aside.
  4. Once butter has cooled to room temp, beat butter beat melted coconut oil, egg and sugar together in a bowl.
  5. Whisk in coconut milk, pumpkin and mashed banana. Lastly whisk in vanilla. Gently stir in dry ingredients.
  6. Make the streusel: whisk Pamela's flour, brown sugar and cinnamon together. Cut in solid coconut oil cold butter until crumbly.
  7. Pour the muffin batter into the prepared muffin tin filling 3/4 full. Sprinkle streusel topping over the tops.
  8. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Let cool.

Here's how they turned out:


I suppose you could call them Paleo or Whole 30 friendly if you omitted the brown sugar. Regardless, they're super tasty and relatively healthy.

July 29, 2014

Christmas in July!

Before July is over, I thought I'd hop on the "Christmas in July" bandwagon and wrap up some unfinished business... It's actually a bit embarrassing to admit that I never completed my Pinkie Elfie blog bits with our cute little Elf on the Shelf. I just saw her the other day while packing and thought I'd take care of sharing the remainder of last year's Adventures with Pinkie (gosh I can't wait to do it again!) So this will be like 2 weeks worth of adventures, hope you enjoy ;)

Day 15:
Pinkie's ready to take the dogs 
outside for a walk


Day 16:
Pinkie learns Spanish


Day 17:
Sleigh ride with Team PiNK


Day 18:
Found Pinkie saying her prayers
from her prayer list


Day 19:
Pinkie found Luciana's favorite
doggy at Grammy's and went 
for a ride


Day 20:
Pinkie at the Beauty Shop
getting her how done with GiGi


Day 21:
Pinkie reading Christmas Cards


Day 22:
Pinkie made herself a snowsuit
out of leis so that she could
build her first snowman


Day 23: 
Pinkie colored a pic for 
Christmas Adam 
(Adam before Eve, get it?!)


Day 24:
Pinkie made her first 
gingerbread house


Day 25:
Pinkie went back to the
North Pole to celebrate Jesus'
birthday with her family and friends


Hope you enjoyed the adventures of Pinkie Elfie. Can't wait for what will transpire this year! For more ideas check out my other 2 posts from last year (when I should've posted this one..)



Merry Christmas in July!

July 24, 2014

AZ Sunrise Series- Race Recap

Hey Guys! It's surely been a rough last 2 months in the JFlo household...

- Got back from vacay and put our house up for sale
- Found out I was pregnant, a surprise to all including myself
- Been packing up the old house to move into the new house
- Fighting all-day nausea, nothing sounding good to eat, no motivation

So, yeah, it's been interesting to say the least. But it explains a lot. Unlike my first pregnancy- I've been sick, no energy, horrible mood, couldn't go to the gym for 2 weeks, no food sounded good, and recently only pizza, donuts and biscuits and gravy are what I can tolerate....  I can't complain, it took 2yrs to get pregnant with Luciana, and immaculate conception to get pregnant this time!

Talk about a complete 180 from my awesome Body Builder diet that left me mean and lean for like 2 minutes.


Onto the race recap...
I was left feeling extremely discouraged after running my 2nd 5k. My goal was to beat the first one, and I practically tied it with 27:42. I just couldn't push myself, felt queasy and mentally just could not focus. Welp, that's bc I was pregnant and didn't know it! Later on I found out that my thyroid was basically shot from this alien forming inside of me, sucking away all of my energy and hard work. So, I will run again, and I will beat 27:42!

The race was actually super organized, very well put together, great pre and post refreshments, plenty of water stops along the way, easy to follow signage etc. The race was around Kiwanis lake in Tempe, AZ. I would definitely run another Startline Racing event again! But let's be honest, my favorite part of running a 5k is the souvenirs :) This was actually part of what they called a "summer sunrise series" so there were a total of 4 races throughout the summer at different locations in the Phoenix metroplex. They created the medal to be able to clip on all of the locations. It was really cleaver, they also had different shirts for each race. It would be really awesome to be able to attend a few of the races, however, we were only on vacay in AZ for a short period for time.


There are A LOT of retired folks that live in Arizona, one of my favorite parts of this lovely state! So, as you can imagine, I was in the minority in this race. I had the sweetest, prob 85yr old, man running with me the last 100yds coaching and cheering me to the end. I mean, how inspiring?! I need to move there for sheer motivation! 

Here are some pics along the way:

Starting line

Finish line

Long lost friend siting


Contemplating whether I'd ever run a 5k again...

Ok, I will. But not for a while...