Tuesday, June 30, 2009

First Sewing Project...ever!

I did it! I did it! As my son would say. Yes, I finished my first sewing project. I found this great shoulder bag tutorial online and just completed it. Although it took me an hour here and an hour there as well as two trips to the fabric store (since I have no idea what to buy when I'm there), I think it looks pretty damn good. I am grinning from ear to ear in the knowledge that I can actually create something. Tell me what you think:

Monday, June 29, 2009

Wheezing. Wine. Wedding.

Wheezing. Wine. Wedding. Those three words sum up my last week.

We had a glorious weekend up in wine country after a few days in the hospital with Maddox. He ended up in the ped ward after a bout of wheezing. Since getting pneumonia a few months ago, the doctors wanted to be extra cautious and monitor him. We now have to treat Maddox as if he has asthma. We give him flovent twice a day through a spacer and inhaler. I won't go in to much detail about the hospital stay, mainly because it's not very entertaining. But as I figure out this asthma deal, I'll be posting more info.

We then traveled to Sonoma for a wedding on Saturday. Besides the 100 degree heat and the sweat dripping from every pore, the wedding was spectacular. Beautiful setting, great eats and lots of wine. Lots. We also were able to catch up with some friends and just chill at our hotel by the pool. I love it up there. It's so calming and relaxing.

Well after that week, I haven't been able to work on any new sewing projects. I got some time in today to get some more fabric and to do some work on my shoulder bag, but I'm a bit stuck, so I have to do some research on certain stitches and tricks.

Stay tuned...

Monday, June 22, 2009

Slick Sustaining :: The Uniform Project

You must check this out. A girl vowed to wear the same dress for a year to raise money for Akanksha Foundation, a grassroots movement that is revolutionizing education in India. Amazing. What she does is spruce up a LBD with accessories and hand made items, but the core of the outfit is the same dress. Good Luck Sheena!

Slick Spring Scarf

Now that I'm scouting out slick things to make, I came across this scarf via luvinthemommyhood. This will be my next project after a master the bag!

Sunday, June 21, 2009

So, I sew

My birthday gift this year was a sewing machine. The last time I was on a sewing machine was about 5 years ago when I took a beginner's sewing class. It was a 2 hr deal and we made little pillows. I basically didn't do anything about the new found skill. Until now. I'm very excited about my new Singer! I found a cool shoulder bag tutorial online and am working on it now. So far not too many mishaps. I will post a picture of the finished project as soon as I'm done.

It's also so cool to find a lot of resources online. I knew "crafting" was big, but there's so many cool ladies out there making real slick stuff. Can't wait to see more.

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Slow parenting and hard bargins

Slow is the new way to go: The slow parenting movement is here. (The Mommy Files)

Woman admits to faking sick baby on her blog : She apologizes for the hoax (Google News)

Potty Training Tip: Drive a hard bargin (Cafemom)

Monday, June 15, 2009

Monday Mom Links

Frugal Father's Day finds: Ways to save a little and still give a lot (Momlogic)

Best toys for infants : Rattles, Books and plushies, oh my!(Modern Mom)

Summer Project: School Notebooks : Keep the creativity flowing this summer. (Alpha Mom)

Breastfed babies have higher grades : Yet more reason to breastfeed. (Yahoo! News)

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream

Summer means one thing. Ice Cream. Here’s a list of the best around the city from your basic chocolate to your Guinness flavored adventure.

Just the Basics
For those of you that like the basics like chocolate chip, coconut or just a real good vanilla, stick with the following favorites:

Mitchell’s Ice Cream
688 San Jose Ave.
San Francisco, California

Joe’s Ice Cream
5351 Geary Blvd.
San Francisco, CA 94121
(415) 751-1950

Swensen’s Ice Cream
1999 Hyde St
San Francisco, CA 94109
(415) 775-6818‎

Now some may want to spice it up with a salted caramel, fois gras or rum raisin, try one of these for the adventurous:

BiRite Creamery
3692 18th Street
San Francisco CA 94110

Humphry Slocombe
2790 Harrison St,
San Francisco, CA 94110

Polly Ann Ice Cream Inc
3138 Noriega St,
San Francisco, CA 94122

The Italians idea of ice cream is pure bliss, try one of these for a different take on the ice cream scoop:

Tango Gelato
2015 Fillmore St
San Francisco, CA 94115
(415) 346-3692

Ciao Bella
1 Ferry Bldg
Suite 8
San Francisco, CA 94111
(415) 834-9778

La Copa Loca
3150 22nd St
San Francisco, CA 94110
(415) 401-7424

Frozen Yogurt
This isn’t TCBY. The froyo craze is upon us and if you want to see what all the buzz is about, check out one of these:

2150 Irving St
San Francisco, CA 94122

829 Mission St
San Francisco, CA 94103
(415) 882-7800

101 Spear St
Ste A10
San Francisco, CA 94105
(415) 777-1545

Monday, June 1, 2009

Cherry Picking!

On Sunday as the fog blanketed San Francisco, a friend and I decided it was time to get to the sunnier skies of the East Bay. Who knew that an hour away we'd have 80 degree weather and orchards and orchards of cherry and peach trees. Well, I guess a lot of people, since it was pretty busy.

Traveling to the outer reaches of the East Bay is definitely something to experience. Being a city girl, I always try to imagine what I would do if I lived out there. It's so cookie cutter, not sure I'd be able to handle it. I admit, there are some beautiful views and the weather is nicer - at least when it's not 100 degrees, but the McMansions are a bit too much. All lined up side by side. We ended up stopping at a Chilies for lunch. It was also quite the experience. Well, I digress. Back to the picking. We had a decent time, although Maddox wasn't that into it. He liked the tractors better. A true boy I guess. Here are some highlights:

Two Tuesday tips- Beaching it

Summer is here and for a lot of us, that means hanging out at the beach. Here are a couple of tips to stay healthy while soaking in the sun with our kids:

1. Full sunshine is at least 10-15 degrees hotter than the air temperature that is always taken in the shade. The sun is hottest between 10 AM and 3 PM…and the more you can keep the kids out of the sun during those hours, the better. Stock up early on waterproof sunscreens, and make sure you have sunscreen for lips in your beach bag. Sunscreen of 30 SPF or higher (I’d go 50+ for the little ones) should be applied ½ hr before going to the beach, and at least twice more during your time in the sun. (don’t forget the feet!) Beach shoes are a must on that scorching sand.

2. Time goes by when you are having fun. What this means is that time could go by and you might not even realize that you have not drank anything during most of the day. Since you are in such a warm environment to begin with, it is important to make sure that you drink a good amount in order to keep your body hydrated. It is a good idea to bring a cooler with water bottles and juices for your children. Encouraging everyone to drink something every few hours is a main key to preventing dehydration while you are at the beach.