Thursday, March 26, 2015

Hair loss. It's a doozy.

My hair magically stopped falling out during my pregnancy. It was awesome! So much hair! When I combed or brushed my hair there would be only one, maybe two stray strands that would come away.

Now here I am, almost 4 months post-partum, and my hair is falling out in small fistfuls. It's not the greatest feeling in the world. I've told myself that as long as no bald spots show up I can deal with it! I don't want to worry about having a female comb-over. Noooo thank you. Nicole likes to help the hair-loss process along by casually grabbing strands and pulling ;) She does it unintentionally right now, but if she's anything like her cousins then she'll be obsessed with hair not too long from now.

My hair is also getting darker by the day. Look at the roots! (And no, I've never dyed or highlighted my hair.) At this rate, I don't think I'll be able to call myself blonde for too much longer. It's a shame 'cuz I liked my natural golden locks. Maybe some sunshine can fix that? Hooray for spring and warmer weather!

I've also felt great recently because I've limited myself to only posting on one social media site (that includes this blog) every few days, and I love that rule. It's amazing how much happier I feel when I'm not worrying about when I last took a new Instagram photo, wrote a new blog post, updated my Facebook status, etc. (because for some reason I feel an urge to post things while lacking the inspiration to post something "good".)

SO much less stressful. I remember a time when blogging didn't stress me out so much. It was back before I started interacting with other bloggers, actually. I'm making a return to that "blogging is fun" feeling by extracting myself from the outside blogosphere. I even considered making this blog private, but I won't go that far. Just... no more going out of my way to interact with other bloggers for this girl, or worrying about the "quality content or no content at all" rule (which I never follow anyways).

Let me tell ya, I feel better already. Blogging for ME! Let's make this fun again.

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Key Lime Pie {Recipe}

Happy Pie Day! I mean... Pi Day... but we all know that the proper way to celebrate is by eating pie rather than reciting the digits of an irrational number. Unless you love that sort of thing. In which case I won't judge you.

Now while I go eat a large variety of pies at a pie party tonight, please enjoy the recipe of one of my very favorite pies in the world (and the one I happened to make today). There's nothing quite like a good key lime pie, in my opinion.


1 1/4 cups graham cracker crumbs
5 Tbsp melted butter
3 Tbsp sugar

Preheat the oven to 350 F. Combine the crumbs, butter, and sugar together and press the mixture into a 9" round pie pan. Bake for 5 minutes for a softer crust, or for 10 minutes for a crispier crust. (I like to do 8 minutes for a happy medium).

7 egg yolks
4 Tsp lime zest
2 cans (14 oz. each) sweetened condensed milk
1 cup key lime juice

Mix the yolks with the lime zest until well blended, about a minute. Add the sweetened condensed milk first and mix, then add the key lime juice and mix again. Pour the filling into the prepared pie crust and bake for 20-24 minutes (at 350 F) or until the filling is firm at the center. Remove it from the oven and let it cool completely on a wire rack. Then put it in the refrigerator and chill for 2-3 hours.

Take the pie out of the fridge about 20 minutes before serving to take the chill off. To finish the pie, take a half pint of whipping cream, sweeten it with a little sugar, and then whip it up until it becomes fluffy and thick. You can either put dollops of the cream on the pie, pipe it around the edge, or do what I do and cover the WHOLE pie with it. For a little aesthetic flair, I like putting a little more lime zest on top. It looks pretty.

The last step, of course, is to enjoy!!! It's so yummy. I've made two in the past week!

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Nicole // Three Months

With a quarter of a year officially under her belt, Nicole is on the verge of a lot of fun milestones. In the past few days she's become increasingly obsessed with her hands, often bringing them together in front of her, staring curiously as she twiddles and twists the fingers around each other before deciding to stick them in her mouth for a while.

Ooooh yes, she loves eating her yummy hands. Any day now, those hands should start attempting to grab things. That's when the real fun begins.

(On a separate note, I was taking pictures when the sun suddenly peeked over the mountains and it made everything sunny and yellow for a couple minutes! Hence why all the pictures have different lighting.)

She has also discovered how to make her voice several octaves higher. Sometimes it's cute, like when she's squealing and talking. Sometimes, it's a not-so-cute shriek. Her favorite baby-talk words sound like "ah-gua" and "ah-gggggg," although she's starting to branch out.

I love the way her eyebrows furrow and arch and pucker. She is the master of those thin lines of hair, and has perfected the art of lifting one eyebrow while cocking her head to the side. It KILLS me.

These next two pictures show off her eyebrow capabilities fairly well.

She finally takes naps in her crib (as of 1.5 weeks ago), although she's been a bad napper the past few days. I'm pretty sure we have a growth spurt to thank for that. The nickname I'm favoring for her nowadays is "Chunker" because those cheeks grow chubbier by the day.

She smiles a lot and has the cutest one-syllable laugh, but I think I've heard her chuckle a time or two. She's even smiled at some of my friends... she's getting more social! She will tolerate me reading several books to her before she gets bored and wants to move around. She still loves being held.

At the end of our little photo session, Nicole got cranky so I picked her up. She sat in my lap and stared up at me for a minute or two, and then fell asleep. Such a sweetheart.

We love you baby girl!