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It’s been a really (REALLY) long time since I’ve done an iPhone update but I was flipping through my pictures tonight and was reminded that although I’ve felt like M and I have battled it out this week, we’ve had some deliciously cute times as well. Am I the only one that does that? Browse my own photos. It just sounds so narcissistic. Gosh! But really, it’s not as horribly sick as it appears. It’s just sometimes nice to be able to look at these moments instead of stay in the heat of a tantrum. Know what I mean?

photo 1This girl! We had a good day so I treated her to a little Red Robin for lunch. The clucks and fries were just as good as I remember from those teenager days spent ordering food in huge groups and insisting we each needed our own bill.

photo 2 photo 3Easter! The Easter Bunny left M a chicken themed basket. She was thrilled and right away spent about 5 minutes trying to comb the hen’s hair out of it’s face.

photo 4The Tulip Festival flowers are still going strong on my counter.

photo 5I guess we’ve been grabbing some snacks on the go lately??? We stopped for a green smoothie at Jamba a few days ago and M has never acted so sweet as she did while she bribed me to give her the rest of my drink after hers was gone. I’m such a sucker!

Enjoy! Melissa

thinking sun || giveaway

DSC_1644Yesterday was Earth Day, my 200th post will publish this week, the shop is starting to take shape and make moves and, well, I like you guys. So, I guess I didn’t need a reason but there seem to be about four this week that screamed GIVEAWAY to me.

Every year, we plant a little garden in our back yard. Some years, we have included crazy things like corn (never again will I allow huge stalks of corn to take over my suburban fence line), pumpkins (that was a fun one!) and artichokes (complete fail). And other years, we keep it simple with a few flowers and easy veggies like zucchini or squash. We tend to wait until May to plant so our garden is just a big pile of dirt right now but soon enough, we’ll get to planting and I’m already thinking about what we’ll attempt to grow this time around.

To put you in the same spirit, I included some fun summer garden goodies in a little giveaway. To enter, please comment below letting me know what the first thing you are dreaming about doing when summer weather makes an appearance is. Let’s be honest, I expect many many happy hour comments. (or if not, I will be sorely disappointed in you all) The winner will be drawn at random on Monday, April 28th and will receive a set of garden gloves, three packets of pretty flower seeds and an 8×10 of my green grass print (frame not included).

For an extra entry, please share our photo and tag @prettywednesday on Instagram or pin this photo on Pinterest.

Enjoy! Melissa

*Sorry, limited to US readers only. Please only leave your contact information in the allotted boxes, not in the body of your comment. Winner will be emailed after selection is made. 

april showers

DSC_1408Every year, I tell myself that I need to remember to go on vacation next April. There is just something about this month in western Washington. It kind of makes you want to run away. Move. Never return. Escape. Ahhh! The weather is just so finicky. One day it’s sunny and the perfect 75, we are outside in short sleeves, getting a little bit of a tan and splashing around in water. The next, it’s raining, the wind is picking up a bit and my winter coat is once again gracing my body. Or actually, this isn’t true. It’s not day to day. I’m lying to you. It’s hour by hour. All of these things can happen in one day. I’m not kidding. I probably shouldn’t complain, I know some of you east coasters have been hit with much worse weather and even experience the same bi-polar days as we do. But, I get all moody about it and use the excuse that we need to be ‘warm and cozy’ to watch movies under blankets a little too often. Then, we have days like Saturday where you get to see what all that rain does for the area. We drove about an hour out of town to go check out the Tulip Festival. Thank goodness my sister tagged along to help wrangle M. She was more into the puddles then the flowers but, whatever, those were pretty great too. Plus, the burst of color was flat out good for the soul. We jumped in every puddle, bought some fresh cut tulips to brighten up the house and took about 3,472 pictures. A pretty great April day. Go pacific northwest. I’ll stay!

Enjoy! Melissa

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16/52 || coconut sugar chocolate chip cookies

DSC_1325“M, once a week, every week, in 2014″

Any time M can help cook, she’s ecstatic (even though she looks pretty darn serious about it in this picture). Her favorite part of helping is the  ‘stir, stir, stirring’. Plain flour, nothing mixed yet. Whatever. Stir, Stir, Stir . Anyway, it’s about the cutest, messiest and slow moving thing you can think of. A dash of patience is always required on my part when she’s helping but she loves it so much, you just can’t refuse her.

One of the easiest things to let her add a little magic to is cookies. After watching an episode of Dr. Oz a few months ago, we switched to making our chocolate chip cookies with coconut sugar. Now, don’t get me wrong, I love the good doctor but I don’t always take my cooking tips from him. I don’t know why, something about this whole coconut sugar thing just made sense. Well that, and the fact that the day after watching this episode, I stumbled on the coconut sugar display at Trader Joes. As far as I can tell, the biggest difference with the sugar switch is the color of the cookies. They turn out a bit darker due to the deep brown color of the sugar. But, let’s be honest, who cares about that. Right?

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What You Need || 

2/14 cups flour, 1 tsp. baking soda, 1 tsp. salt, 1 cup butter softened, 3/4 cup coconut sugar, 3/4 cup packed brown sugar, 1 tsp. vanilla, 2 eggs, 2 cups chocolate chips

What You Do || 

Preheat oven to 375, combine flour, baking soda and salt in a bowl and set aside. Add butter, coconut sugar, brown sugar and vanilla in your mixer and beat until creamy. Add your dry ingredient mix. Beat again until fully mixed. (I add about 6 spoonfuls of dough to my cookie sheet for M at this point. No chocolate chips for her!) Add chocolate chips.

Place mix on cookie sheets by the spoonful.

Bake for 9-11 min.

Enjoy!

Melissa

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you said it

Last week, I put up a little survey to learn more about you lovely readers and what you are looking for. Thank you so much for taking it! I promise to soak up what you had to say (well most) and apply it to the content here on Pretty Wednesday. I have to be honest, I was a little nervous I wouldn’t like some of the results. Especially when I left questions like, “Do you wish you saw more or less of one particular topic on Pretty Wednesday,” open for essay answers. But, you were so truthful and I loved reading your comments. My favorite bit of information is that only 50% of my readers have a child. I’m shocked. In a good way.

Here are some of the more fun stats from the survey. Also, I HATE math. So, this may be the one and only time you see pie charts on Pretty Wednesday. Don’t get used to it.

stats2.jpgAbout 80% of you load your iTunes with similar music to me. You other 16%, WHAT are you listening to? Fill me in!

Stats3.jpgUnlike me, over 50% of you read 4 or less blogs a day. I’m honored PW is on the list!

Stats.jpgNot a shocker, you love to work and read books but not too many couch potatoes around here.

Enjoy! Melissa

 

 

 

 

metallic colored easter eggs

mceastereggs.jpgLast year M was too little to experience Easter egg decorating so, this year, I was excited to bring the tradition into our house. Although a little messy, it turns out that this is a great activity for a 23 month old. She was able to sort the eggs into color cups and identify colors, then to use metallic markers to help decorate them. I think we’ll still hunt for the plastic version since we had a few egg casualties already but these will make a cute Easter display on our table.

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What You’ll Need: hard boiled eggs, a typical egg dying kit (we used this Paas kit), metallic permanent markers (we liked these BIC pens)

What You’ll Do: 

  1. Dye your hard boiled eggs using your egg kit. If you use a bit of vinegar mixed with the water, your color will be more vibrant. Also, the longer you let your egg soak, the brighter your color will be.
  2. Put your eggs back in their crate and let them dry overnight in your refrigerator.
  3. The next day, wipe each egg down before drawing on them. There will be a bit of dew that you need to remove.
  4. Draw whatever your little heart desires with your metallic markers making sure not to touch right away. You can see some smudges in mine where I bumped my drawing too soon. They will need to dry for a few minutes.
  5. Display beautifully!

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easter outfit planning

EasterOutfit.jpgEaster is kind of a funny holiday to outfit plan for around here. The weather always seems to be going through some emotional issues this time of year and you just don’t know what you are going to get. There have been years where I’m shoving Cadbury Eggs and Peeps into my face while  the sun blazes down and other years where we huddle inside so as not to wash away in a virtual monsoon of rain. Anyway, because of that, the key to planning for Easter around here is layers and, well, waiting until the weather report is available to shop. That means there is no time for shipping and big box stores are where it’s at for finding an outfit for M. Here’s what M is planning on wearing this year.

Side note: I’m still looking for an outfit for me. Another funny thing about Easter…there doesn’t seem to be a standard of dress. I notice some families are dressed to the nines and others call it good when they give the wrinkles in their pajamas a little brush off. Any suggestions?

Romper 
Cardigan 
Easter Bonnet (aka sun hat) 
Jelly Sandals 

 

Enjoy! Melissa

15/52

DSC_1212“M, once a week, every week, in 2014″

A few weeks ago I casually told my friend Daniella a little story about M calling every sport hockey. It doesn’t matter what ball it’s played with, on a field or off and with a racket or not, it’s hockey. The confusion or obsession (I’m not sure which it is) started after we watched the US team play during the Olympics together. Anyway, being the greatest listener and an awesome friend, Dani invited us to her rec league hockey game over the weekend.

We snagged M from bed early on Saturday, made a quick stop for coffee and donuts and headed to our first ice hockey game. Not only was M thrilled but both Ky and I were so impressed with our friend and her badass spare time activity. She freikin’ had pads and a uniform and just the whole bit. Simply put, I’m just not as cool as those women on the ice and it was so fun to watch.

Maybe I’m a weirdo (entirely possible) or maybe I’m no different then most parents but sometimes I daydream that M will be some sort of athlete. I always think volleyball, maybe basketball if she gets her dad’s height or even swimming. Now though, I’m pretty sure ice hockey is on her mind. I better keep the winter coats out.

Enjoy! Melissa

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c’mon mothers day

PalletmdNot to be like those people who want to hang their Christmas lights November 1st and totally ignore Thanksgiving because I really really hate those people. (Lets not disrespect that scrumptious turkey!) But, I want to get the message out that Mother’s Day is just around the corner. I know, I know, it’s not even Easter but there is no doubt that those lovely women who have spent a good portion of their lives dealing with our shenanigans deserve a little forethought. Right?

I’m so excited that Pretty Wednesday can play a small role in celebrating some fine mother-lovin’ ladies this year. Local Etsy shop owner, Danna Gibson of Pallets I Reckon, came to me weeks ago asking if Pretty Wednesday could provide the gift tags for her awesome Mothers Day special. She had great ideas about the simplicity of the tags and had them attached to her cute gift set within seconds of receiving them.  So, if your mom needs a wall vase, pick one up from Danna. After all, won’t your mom need a place to put that bouquet of flowers you will also be bringing her on Mother’s Day?

Enjoy! Melissa

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all around

PWTheGreenGrassSorry for the delayed post this morning. Both M and I have caught a wicked spring bug and can’t breath through our congested heads or stop squinting from headaches forcing our eyes closed. A little dramatic, I know but as someone who rarely gets sick, when I do I reserve the right to act like a baby. Also, since I have little experience with colds, I tend to always do the wrong thing with medicine. Like last night, for example, I took a Sudafed on an empty stomach and spent the next few hours unaware that my head had cleared because I was focused on my new found stomach issues. Way to go me.

As lovely as that all is, the couch time has allowed me to spend a little time working on those graphics I promised you. I know I said it was a #freefridaydownload but I’m breaking the rules this week and it’s a #freethursdaydownload. I’m hoping that this little ditty reminds of you that spring and Easter are right at our doorsteps. Plus, I’m positive you can’t get that song out of your head now.

Click here to download this print for free.

Enjoy! Melissa