Makeshift Monday

Happy Monday! Only one more weekend until Christmas, and I still have lots of shopping, baking and wrapping to do. Yikes!

I always look forward to the Holiday issue of Food & Drink ; there are always great (relatively easy), festive recipes.

Here is one that caught my eye this year:

Mistletoe Sangria

To a pitcher or punch bowl, add 2 oz spiced rum, 2 oz cherry brandy, 1 bottle (750 mL) red wine, 1 cup cranberry juice, 1 cup pomegranate juice, 1 cup lemonade. Add 1 cup blueberries, 1 cup pomegranate seeds. Stir to mix.
Pour into glasses with ice and garnish each with a sprig of mint.
Makes 8 to 10 drinks
Sounds delicious! Be responsible, and enjoy!

Santa Baby

This week we had our family Christmas photos done. Maxton was exactly 15 weeks to the day. Here is how they turned out (the cropping is a little off because the pictures were scanned):

Absolute perfection.

Lesson of the Week: Pictures are hard copy memories; you can never have too many.

Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow

You read and hear a lot about what to expect after your baby is born. The changes you will experience emotionally, physically and mentally.

In all the books I read, only one mentioned the following: “If you are a nursing mother, your hair may begin falling out around the three-month mark.” MAY? WILL! It was like clock work, when Maxton turned three months, I began shedding like a dog. Luckily my sister-in-law, who has two beautiful babies, warned me about this – I was prepared. She said it would fall out, and there would be a lot. She was right.

I took a picture of what collected in the drain of my shower the other day, and the aftermath of brushing my hair – I decided it is too frightening to show. Steve looked concerned but I assured him I would not go completely bald, despite the copious amounts of hair I am losing. Maxton isn’t helping the situation by pulling fistfuls at a time. Luckily I have always had a lot of hair, so I could stand to thin it out a bit…as long as it all comes back.

Makeshift Monday

Happy Monday everyone!

Christmas is quickly approaching and I have barely started my shopping. Maxton is going through an “I only want Mommy” phase, so it’s hard for me to get things done. Fortunately our house is fully decorated and ready for a visit from Santa!

Last year when I bought stocking hangers, I chose to buy a two-pack, instead of a four-pack. I regret that decision this year as we have another stocking to add to our fireplace. I’m all about matching so I knew it would be hard to find a stocking hanger to match our beautiful reindeers I so carefully selected last year.

Then, Steve suggested a monogram stocking hanger – what a great idea! This way, we won’t have to worry about buying extra stocking hangers ahead of time for the sake of matching; and Maxton (and his future brother(s) or sister(s)) will love how personal and special they are.

After some research, we found them at Bed Bath & Beyond for only $13.99.

I wonder what the next monogram stocking hanger will be…