Saturday, January 28, 2012

Legal What?!

Hello There! So I just wanted to stop by on this lovely Saturday in Southern California to drop a bit of news. Starting monday I will be officially employed as a 'Legal Assistant'! I am super duper thrilled for this opportunity that has endless paths for the future. I love working and I kinda miss it, but I am going to miss spending quality time with Reagan. I have been lucky enough to spend 9 months with her and see plenty of mile stones and achievements which I thank God for everyday. But now it is time for another chapter in my life and going to make a good life for myself and my little family. I am a tad nervous leaving her  and not seeing her everyday but I think it is good for her to have friends at daycare and interact with other children. 

I really felt horrible that I was leaving her and I felt like I almost was abandoning her but I know in the long run she will understand it was for the best for right now. Plenty of women work away from the home and don't have the privilege to really see much of their children. Deep in my heart I know this is what is best and what I need to do. I asked God for guidance and this is where I was led.

Ahhh I can't wait! Happy Saturday!

Friday, January 27, 2012

Quick & Easy Gluten Free Pasta




1.  Buy frozen ready to cook pasta (your choice). I bought this from Sprouts (also known as Henry's) and it is Gluten and Wheat Free Spinach Cheese Pasta.

2.  Pick a suitable pasta sauce for yourself. I buy these Skillet Toss from Sprouts also and they are super easy and fast! They are always Gluten Free. Follow Directions on packaging.

3. Mix ingredients together in a pan.

4. Cook a side veggie/dish. I LOVE LOVE spinach so I made a spinach side. 2 pressed garlic cloves, and  EVOO cook over medium heat till sauté to your liking.

5. Enjoy!

I cook something like this when I do not have a lot of time on my hands aka lunch time. It taste great and its ready in 20 mins.


Xoxoxo Nicole

Thursday, January 26, 2012

feeling lost......

So I am feeling very lost in my life.  I don't feel like myself anymore and I feel as if I can not bring anything to the table. I have been staying home with the baby and going to school so I feel like I have no traits to bring to the real world. I used to be computer savvy (which I kinda still am) very independent and strong. Now I feel as if I have lost my way and I am a newbie trying to make it in the world. I have put off school because I no longer know what I want to do with my life. What is the best decision for my family? What happens when we get pregnant with another baby? (I only have half a cervix so its going to take sometime) I don't have any regrets thus far in my life and I don't want to start now. Part of me wants to own my own business and work from home. Then another part of me wants to go back to work for someone else. I don't want to live paycheck to paycheck so I need to make sure whatever I am doing I can make enough to help support my family. I am so overwhelmed and frustrated that I can't make a decision. I just got offered a job at a law firm for Admin/Marketing. And then I have my Ebay and Etsy stores. (which are slowly receiving orders) I prayed to God and asked him to give me  a path and I will follow it. So I was offered this job and I accepted. And I am still continuing my homemade stores makes it makes me happy and I love crafting. I know God has a plan for me and I am going to fully trust him and see where he takes my life. I just needed to really get this off my chest and be free from it. Hopefully anything I do I am successful in it and enjoy doing it. Seeing all these amazing bloggers and seeing what they do with their blogs and how much of an audience they have is amazing. I know you have to start from the bottom and just work very hard to get where you want to be but maybe I am stuck in a rut? Maybe I am trying to hard. Patience is a virtue and I need to learn it. Its going to very hard to leave Reagan after almost a year of being mainly home with her. But it is good for her to be social with other kids and I need to learn to have independence from her and vice versa. I just wish I could stay home with her forever but that is not ideal with us. We one day want to get a place of our own and I need a steady income to do so. It is very bittersweet going back to work. 

Well we have a lunch date with my Nana at 1130am and we have a ton to do before that! I have things to make and a baby to feed and blog posts to post! Busy Busy! 


Xoxoxoxo Nicole

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Wordless{ish} Wednesday - Getting so big!


She insisted on feeding herself the other morning! She threw a big tantrum (which I didnt know they started at 9 months!) and once I gave her the spoon with cereal and eggs she was so happy! Talking up a storm and feeding herself. I am so NOT ready for this stage. I spoke to her Dr. about it on her well visit and she said and I quote, "She has the behavior and mind set of a toddler, she is very advanced and smart baby. Good Luck *giggles*" Yes I have my hands full with this one and after reading some developmental books she really is displaying all the signs of a toddler! Oh Geez, hey one day she is going to be smarter than me! SCARY LOL

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Monday, January 23, 2012

Recently Enjoyed: Weekend

We didnt do much this weekend. It was cold and wet so we stayed in as much as possible. I got to work on some orders, print some new patterns and now I am going to make new things all day today! I can't wait!

Anywho Rea got her first haircut this weekend! Well just her bangs but still it was a big deal for this momma. I wanted to cry but I held myself together. I can't believe today she is 9 months old! AHHHH Way to fast. Well here is some pictures from this weekend.







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Friday, January 20, 2012

TGIF!

Yes it says "Mommy's Sippy Cup" 


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Inventory

So I am going to be fulfilling orders and making new inventory for my shop today. I have so much o would like tk make I just don't know where to start.

I am getting a little discouraged with minimal orders but hey at least I have some business. I read the Etst blogs and tips but seems like it is a slow start. Just hard to market on something when a lot of others are doing the same thing. But I am determined and thats all that matters.

I will post some photos as I go and give you some sneak peeks. Also I will be posting a recipe I just tried.


TGIF!!


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Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Wordless Wednesday

I love her and when I say 'smile' she does this face! She loves the camera! Everyone tells me to put her in show biz but I do not want to expose her until she is old enough to understand the business. It is so cut throat out there and I don't want to make the wrong decision. 

I can't believe she is 9 months on the 23rd! 
What happened to my baby?? 3 more months till she is 1! I cry every time I say that!

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Tori & Dean // Sickness // Cranky Baby

So I am sitting here on the couch as my baby girl fusses with daddy, while he rocks her to sleep. We are all getting over this new-disgusting-horrid 48 hour stomach flu. I feel like since the day before new year it has been one sickness after another.

So to take my mind off of it, I am watching Tori & Dean! I love them because they are so down to earth and I can really relate to Tori because she is a crafting, home garden, eco green loving mommy. And she runs herself into the ground working and thats what I am doing too! Hahaha I don't know if that is a good trait of ours but hey we have it in common.

With this sickness I have a very cranky baby who isn't taking her naps, and sleeping odd hours. This really put into reality of how needy (which is normal) my daughter is and how exhausted I still am being on her schedule and trying to have another one close in age is going to be another level. Being sick and having to try to take care of her was so hard for me. I know its only temporary and sickness comes and goes but having 2 under 2 might be too much for me. Well whenever God gives us another one then it is time for another one.

Okay well I need to go make more things for my Ebay and Etsy shop. I am getting tired of looking at the same things over and over. And I need/want to go vintage shopping to pick somethings up for the store also.


Oh and to top it all off school starts 1/31/12! AHHH!!!

Hope everyone has a great day!

Monday, January 16, 2012

Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Cookies

I was very excited to try this recipe because I have missed cookies and something sweet. I still have not perfected it but if you are a wiz in the kitchen you know how to tweak it! :) Let me know how it turns out and link it back!


1/2 cup Virigin Coconut Oil (melted)
1/2 cup Granulated Sugar
1/2 tbsp. Vanilla Extract
4 Eggs
1/8 tsp. Salt
1 cup Coconut Flour
1/2 cup shredded coconut (optional)
3/4 cup Chocolate Chips


  • Preheat Oven to 375 Degrees
  • Mix together coconut oil, sugar, vanilla, eggs, and salt together. Blend thoroughly. Add flour, coconut and chocolate chips; mix thoroughly.
  • Form into small cookies on a parchment lined pan and bake in preheated oven for about 15 minutes, or until lightly browned
  • Then Enjoy!!! 

Yummy!

Just FYI, you need to flatten them before you put them on the cookie sheet, they DO NOT drop like flour cookies so do not make them a ball on the sheet. (thats why my first batch looks like I crushed them LOL)

They tend to be a tad dry but I know if you had more eggs or liquid it makes them not so dry. But amazingly they are pretty yummy if you are sensitive to Gluten like I am. 





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Sunday, January 15, 2012

White Photo Challenge

So I decied to link up with The Paper Mama on her 'White' photo challenge. These are always fun and interesting to see all different kinds of pictures! This picture was from a family photo session. She looks like she is totally posing and modeling. Future Model on my hands?







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Thursday, January 12, 2012

Diary/Vlog - Youtube

Okay so I am going to have a diary/Vlog on Youtube! Go check it out for my very first one!

youtube.com/reaganscloset


Off to the park!

back and feeling better!

Okay so I am back from being sick and I am still not 100%.. yuck! I just wish this freakin cold would go away. It is like an ex boyfriend who is.....  Oh No! yes my almost 9 month old just erased my whole post! Maybe it was a sign that I need to just write whats a on my mind and thats that.

So I have been finding some really good blogs that I want to read but I just never seem to have time. How do you mommy's or busy ladies make the time? During down times?

Also my little one has decided that she is boycotting nap time. She just climbs on her crib and plays with her snow white. Is this normal at almost 9 months old? It is frustrating because then she is ready for bed at 6pm and thats WAY too early!

Well I am off to get inspiration about blogging by reading other blogs and trying to make new blogging friends!

Happy Thursday!

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Recently Enjoyed

And this is what I call home! SoCal is beautiful!

@ the hockey game! Only ones wearing red in our section. And LA won boo!

My first hockey game!! (Go Capitals)

Greek Salads

J's teriyaki burger....

She melts my heart!

Fried Zucchini (my weakness)

Park with my princess



Friday, January 6, 2012

sick....

So I know I have been MIA. I have been very sick! It came out of nowhere and knocked me on my ass. It sounds like the same thing my daughter has and then Jason got it and now his mom has it! I feel bad because it lasts for almost a week and its no fun. I just disinfected the whole house surfaces and baby toys with clorox to make sure we kill the bacteria and no one else gets sick or we get resick.

Reagan is finally on a great sleeping pattern which I never thought was going to happen! She sleeps from 8pm-7am and I couldn't be happier. I don't know if I mentioned earlier that she had this 5am internal clock but it just killed me. So I am also putting school on hold till she is older because she is too little for me to focus full time on school. And if I get into the nursing program very fast and something happens to her (i.e.;sickness or hurts her self at school) then I can not just leave school to get her. I will lose my spot and have to start all over again. So realitiscly it doesn't look like it is my calling. If it is this hard to stay in school and make excuses then it is not meant to be. And I asked God to show me a sign and this is my sign. I know he has a plan for me and I will be successful in whatever I go into. I am considering Medical Billing so therefore I can stay home with my children.

Anywho not much has been going on since we all got sick. We have been sick since the day before New Year so this Year hasn't started off to well. I hope thats not a sign to what the year has to bring.

Well Reagan is getting hungry so I am off to make breakfast! :)