Thursday, November 25, 2010

Professional Photography Pics

How was your Thanksgiving weekend? We had such a nice, relaxing 4 days of family time...we went to the park, took a few long walks, watched football and just chilled out. Couldn't get much better. I also spent a lot of time this weekend pouring over the proofs from our professional photography shoot. We had our all time favorite photographer, Jill Carmel, come take some pictures right after Amelia was born. She sent us the slideshow this weekend and now it's time to pick which ones to order. This is a tough task, I love them all! Here are a few of my favorites...what do you think? And if you feel so inclined you can watch the full slideshow here...only for the next two days though, it closes on December 1st. And by the way, if you do watch the slideshow I'm now obsessed with the song playing in the background (and I've watched it like 50 times, so the song is permanently stuck in my head). It's called Dream by Priscilla Ahn. Listen to it here.

To any of you who live in the Sacramento area I HIGHLY recommend Jill. She's so easy to work with and such a sweet person.

Thanks Jill for an amazing photo shoot!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!! I will avoid the overly cheesy 'What I'm Thankful For' post...but I do have to say...

I am incredibly thankful for my family. I have a sweet, handsome, loving and very supportive husband that I adore. An amazing little boy who makes me laugh everyday. And the newest member of our family, our sweet baby girl. I am very lucky to have them in my life.

And I'm so thankful for the friends in my life. Motherhood is the best thing that ever happened to me, and it can also be the most tiring thing! Having girlfriends to laugh with, complain with, and just generally be with is such a blessing.

There are a million more things that I could list, but to keep my above promise...the last thing I'm thankful for that I'll mention here is Pretty Smitten. When my son was born I knew I wanted to do something creative in my life. From my love of parties, paper and all things beautiful came Pretty Smitten. It's enriched my life immensely and I can't wait to see what the future holds!

Happy Turkey day everyone!!

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Pumpkin Doughnut Muffins

This past weekend was very rainy and cold so we spent a lot of cozy time indoors. It was the perfect chance to test out a new recipe....pumpkin doughnut muffins from Martha Stewart. Yum!! Below is a quick recap, and the full recipe can be found here.

I gathered all of my ingredients, greased and floured a standard muffin tin and then whisked together the dry ingredients in one bowl and the wet in another.

Next up, mixing the brown sugar and butter until fluffy. Do you like how I captured the kitchenaid in motion?

Adding in two eggs....I cracked them in a separate bowl first, just like the Barefoot Contessa always says to do. I think she says 'in case you get a bad egg' which I have never had happen...but I still like to crack them in a bowl first. They're easier to pour in, and without the chance of broken shells!

Next I alternated adding the dry and wet ingredients to the butter/sugar mixture.

Voila! Batter done, pretty easy. I used my handy ice cream scoop to fill the muffin tins.

And then into the oven. The recipe called for 30 minutes, I think I cooked mine for like 27 minutes when they started to look brown around the edges and done.

Now here's the best part...after they cool for 10 minutes it's time to brush them with melted butter and then roll them in cinnamon sugar. Okay, so this is what makes them 'doughnuts' :)

And here's the finished product! I think they turned out pretty yummy, my husband definitely agrees. Hope you enjoy them too!

Monday, November 22, 2010

A few finds at Home Goods

A few days before Amelia was born I made a trip to Home Goods. It can be a hit or miss kind of place, but that day was definitely a hit...I came home with a lot of loot!

This lamp is the perfect size for the console table in my family room. I love the cut-out pattern on the lamp base. I plan on spray painting it white...

And I'm always a sucker for some blue and white pottery. This jar is huge! And only $40. Right now it's living on my buffet in the dining room, but not sure where it's permanent home will be quite yet.

And don't you just love the greek key details around the lid?

Got this blue and white vase too...

And I also picked up two cozy throws for our family room couch. The white one reminds me of this one from Pottery Barn...but instead of a price tag of $ was only $20. Perfect! The other throw is a fun giraffe print in orange. This might be one I'm tired of by next year, but with another $20 price tag I'm not worried if it doesn't make it for the long haul.

Gotta love Home Goods! Happy Monday!

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Amelia...the first 2 weeks

Little Amelia came into our lives 2 weeks and 2 days ago! I can't believe how the time has flown by. We are slowly getting into our groove and I hope to be blogging on a regular basis again soon. But for's a little eye candy of our beautiful baby girl...

and some cute family shots

I hope you are all having a good week!

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Amelia Marilyn Johnson

We welcome with love...

Amelia Marilyn Johnson
born November 2, 2010
at 11:29am
weighing 8 pounds, 1 ounce
19 inches long

We are home from the hospital, incredibly happy and totally in love with our new little girl!