Monday, May 28, 2012
1. Zara Jute and Crochet Sandal 2. Wooden Boat, Etsy 3. Zara Denim Jumpsuit 4. Joules Ringling girls skirt 5. JCrew Anchor dress 6. Gap Smocked Bloomers
This heat wave has been seriously making me wish I had some more summery outfits for Lani, she doesn't even own a pair of sandals! And while I'm dubious that the beautiful weather will last, here's a little wishlist I threw together of some super cute things I wish Lani had for the summer. I especially love the denim jumpsuit and feel like it could work for the cooler weather too with a long sleeve tee shirt and leggings underneath. At any rate, roll on beautiful weather. We want more beach days, barbecues, and paddling pool afternoons!
Speaking of summer attire, Lani's not the only one seriously lacking in that department! ;)
Friday, May 25, 2012
I feel like I blog about the weather all. the. time.
Wednesday, May 23, 2012
I decided to finally try and make some vegan pancakes this week, and the first attempt was a complete disaster. Possibly because I didn't have a measuring cup, but I'm not sure. I used this recipe. The second (and third time, this morning!) they came out perfectly and I think it's probably because I made a few little tweaks. So here's my slightly tweaked version of the same recipe:
plain flour 1 cup
sugar 1.5 tablespoons
baking powder 1.5 teaspoons
lo-salt* 3/8 teaspoon
cinnamon 2/8 teaspoon
semi-sweet, dairy free chocolate chips. As many or as few as you want. I used about two small handfuls. (add these in last after you mix the wet and dry mix together)
soya milk 100ml
water 25 ml
vegetable oil 1.5 tablespoons
pure vanilla extract 1 teaspoon
maple syrup 1 tablespoon
*obviously you can use regular salt. I prefer to use and eat as little sodium as possible.
Mix all the dry ingredients together in a medium sized bowl, then mix the wet ingredients together in a small bowl and pour them into the dry ingredients. Stir, but don't over-stir, you want it blended well but it will still look a little lumpy. It shouldn't be too thin, add a bit more flour if it seems watery. Finally add in the chocolate chips and stir. Heat up your skillet. Add a drop of oil, and once it's warm enough swill it about the pan so the bottom is coated and pour out the excess in the sink, otherwise it makes your pancakes a bit oily. You don't want the pan too oily. Make sure it's hot (about medium heat) before you pour on the batter. Use about two spoonfuls per pancake. You need about 5 minutes per side (or until you can see the little bubbles coming up on the top) before you flip. And you're done! Yum! And if you're like me, smother them in maple syrup and enjoy! (Just an FYI, this recipe only makes about 6-8 medium sized pancakes. If you want more, just double the ingredients.)
The weather is finally looking up here in Edinburgh (thank goodness) and it was even warm enough for Lani to enjoy some diaper time yesterday. She decided to spend it lounging on the couch, telling Burt the flamingo some lovely stories. My kinda girl. :)
Saturday, May 19, 2012
Tuesday, May 15, 2012
I actually can't believe I've now kept up with taking photos of Lani every month for her monthly birthdays, but here we are at 19 months and still going strong. It's so much fun to click through my facebook album of these photos and see how much she has changed along the way.
What can I even say about you at 19 months, Lani? You are the light of both mine and your father's lives and everyday you do something that makes our hearts melt... AND our blood boil! haha. You are such a clever little girl, you've got an amazing vocabulary, you can name nearly every animal you have in books or toys and tell the sounds the make, you've been counting to 10 since you were about 14 months and you're starting to learn your ABC's now. You love to dance, and tell us you are dancing and you love singing the songs from your Monkey Music class. You tell us something new everyday, and after playing the 'Paint my Wings' toca boca app on my iphone you let me know "man, funny!". You are absolutely OBSESSED with "beasties" (insects) and your favorite ones are spiders. Whenever you find them in the flat you beg "catch!" and "hand!" and you love to hold them. You also love all of your cuddly toys so much, especially foxy and bunny. I won't say you aren't a challenge, too though. You can tantrum like a proper child, and you drive me nuts when you act out. You're especially into the TV show 'Charlie and Lola' (which you call either 'lolo' or 'chaw-wee') and when we tell you that you can't watch it when you want to, you let us know you don't like that answer.
Despite your little attitude, you're a joy to be around. We love you so much, our wee pumpy bum. <3
Tuesday, May 8, 2012
Saturday, May 5, 2012
1. watching charlie & lola while cuddling her buddies 2. trippy photo of me 3. feeding herself cereal in soya milk. 4. taking a bath in her plastic tub because we only have a shower. 5. mama + baba vans 6. vegan vegetable pasta. 7. riding on daddy's shoulders on our way home from a long day out. 8. weed flowers in the back garden. 9. reading her new look about 'beasties' from Grammy.
Instagram has become somewhat of an obsession. I've had the app for a while and used it here and there, but now I find myself checking it multiple times a day and uploading loads of photos. I really enjoy the format, the ease of sharing and viewing other peoples images and just how simple it is.
This week has vastly improved with Lani finally feeling back to 100% after being sick for nearly 2 weeks. She went back to Monkey Music ( a toddler music class she attends every friday) this week, and boy did she have a good time. Not to brag, but she's always excelled at the class and this week she really made me proud. She did all the motions at the correct times, danced her little heart out and played the little instruments just as she was supposed to, stopping at the correct time and really showing enthusiasm for it.
I can't wait until she's old enough to start ballet around 2 and a half (we've even noticed there's a ballet school in a Church just 10 minutes walk from our flat!). I may not be the girliest of ladies, but I do love me some pink and black tutus, ballet shoes, classical music and twirling. I'll probably break my camera from excessive photographing when she starts that class.