Salted Caramel Chocolate Pretzel Bark

Salted Caramel Chocolate Pretzel Bark

I made this salted caramel chocolate pretzel bark a few weekends back for a party and I can’t stop thinking about it. It was the perfect blend of sweet and salty. I got the recipe from Flower Patch Farmgirl (great blog, you must check it out), and as she notes, it is like crack. You just can’t stop eating it.

I did have a little bit of anxiety when making the caramel (I’ve botched caramel quite often), but it seemed to not be a problem and the rest of the recipe was a breeze. I’m thinking of making a batch to take to the hospital. I’d also like to think it would be a gift for the nurses, but in all honesty, I will most likely eat it all myself. I’m so rude!

Salted Caramel Chocolate Pretzel Bark

Salted Caramel Chocolate Pretzel Bark

Salted Caramel Chocolate Pretzel Bark

Sunday Funday: 5 Things I Love (Kiddo Edition)

Gunn and Swain

Gunn and Swain

I have been on the hunt for a mexican blanket for years. I’m super picky though, and could never decide on a color. Yesterday I came across this beauty on Pinterest and snagged it right away! I absolutely love the curation of this shop. Inspired by a San Diego couple’s travels, their shop is a fun blend of colorful textiles, adorable kiddo mocs and vintage jewelry. The inventory is constantly evolving, so be sure to check back often for new items!

Our Little Lullaby

Our Little Lullaby

These organic leggings and headbands couldn’t be any cuter! Bonus points for being organic and extra bonus points for having the most adorable baby model. These trio dash leggings are to die for.

Mini and Maximus

Mini and Maximus

I, clearly, am obsessed with this quirky and eco friendly company. I feel like if I write more about how much I love it, I might sound like a creeper.

Humble Hilo

Humble Hilo

I LOVE this company’s mission. Humble Hilo uses beautiful textiles from Guatemala to create fashion forward products, while supporting Guatemalan families. Sales from their beautiful bags, dresses, and sandals not only help support families in need of employment, but you can also help decide how you would like the proceeds of your sale to be spent (Infant and child nutrition, literacy and education, or microfinance loans for women). You can read more about their mission here and check out their beautiful designs here.

Miko Design

Miko Design

This Frida doll is just too cute for words. I love the design and I love that I it comes with all the images screenprinted, so all I would have to do is sew it all together and stuff it. I also really dig this I Love Paris Neon Pink doll!

Mini & Maximus: The Underground Collection

Mini & Maximus: The Underground Collection

I am in love with the new Underground Collection from Mini and Maximus! It’s so fun and so 90′s! I am always a big fan of black and white, but I am loving the color on the paint splatter onsie and dress. I seriously wish that they made these in adult sizes.

I was lucky enough to get quite a bit of Mini and Maximus stuff for my baby shower (my cousin, Maile, is the best), and really like how soft all their fabrics are. They use eco friendly fabrics and screenprint with water-soluble inks, collaborating with artists to bring fresh, playful and unexpected designs to their line. I am a huge fan of their Los Banditos Collection, my kid may not be born yet, but she is going to be, seriously, so stylish.

Nesting 101: DIY Crib Sheets

Nesting 101: DIY Crib Sheets/ Let's Go Sunning

My nesting period has involved a lot of research and being crazy paranoid about chemicals. Most of that paranoia is directed towards the bedroom, which can be the most toxic room in your house. When you take into account the flame retardants, pesticides and chemical finishes, it’s just too much to put next to my baby’s soft skin (for me, anyway). BUT I had a hard time finding organic bedding that I liked (I’m very picky). So, I decided to make my own, it saved me a lot of money and gave me exactly what I was looking for.

I used organic Teagan White fabric (I’m obsessed), and a few used vintage sheets that I have collected over the years. I can’t take credit for this tutorial, I found the best one at The Complete Guide to Imperfect Home Making and think you should head over there if you want to take on this project. All you need is 2 yards of fabric (at least 45″ wide), about 2 yards of fold over elastic and a sewing machine.

Nesting 101: DIY Crib Sheets/ Let's Go Sunning

A few tips:

  • - Make sure when you measure your mattress it is completely centered
  • - Make sure all sides are the same length and are cut in a straight line. Uneven edges make for more bunching when you put the sheet on the bed
  • - When sewing the elastic, pull it as tight as you can against the sheet. You want your sheets snug!

Nesting 101: DIY Crib Sheets/ Let's Go Sunning

- Make sure you really secure the corners, it will help later so they don’t fray or split

- Wash and iron your fabric before you start the project. If using vintage sheets (if you can find them at a thrift store for a few buck, they are still a great eco friendly option) wash them twice.

Nesting 101: DIY Crib Sheets/ Let's Go Sunning

Looking for organic fabric? Check out these online stores!

Fabric Worm

Cedar House Fabrics

Birch Fabrics

Oh, My! I’m 36 Weeks!

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Yes. It’s been a long time since I’ve posted but life has been so weird! Since I’ve posted I had my second baby shower in San Jose, a third with my family up here! Both were so much fun! I loved seeing all my family and friends together gathered over delicious food! The third was a surprise designed to makes me as uncomfortable as possible! And I loved it!

I also found out that I’m anemic. And while I really tried to up my iron in addition to the iron supplement I was taking, my body just didn’t absorb any of it. Because I’m so close to my due date I’ve had to go in twice a week to get my iron through in IV. It’s such a bummer, I really worked on pairing my iron rich foods with vitamin C and trying to cut out things that diminish absorption, but none of it worked. Hopefully, my iron will go back to normal after I deliver and all will be well!

When I’m not fighting off exhaustion, I am obsessively organizing. It feels so good to get rid of stuff (obviously belonging to my husband) that I’ve been trying to throw out for years, And the best part is that I was able to sell most of it on craigslist and use the money to get the rest of the stuff I wanted for the baby. Yay for being thrifty!

I also have continued to workout. I lowered the intensity of my workouts but increased my frequency. I manage to walk for at least 20 minutes every day. It actually helps me feel less tired and prevents me from getting a little stir crazy.

The last of my to-do’s include:

Getting the car seat installed

Prepping some freezer meals for postpartum

Sewing some nursing infinity scarves

Organizing like a crazy person

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