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Friday, August 22, 2014

Nesting With HMK

cute & little | decorating with HMK

cute & little | decorating with HMK
Decorating our dresser :: adding colorful DIY paper flowers and these two ceramic bird pieces from HMK.
I'm starting to get into the nesting mode these days and wanted to add a few accents to the dresser our master bedroom.  Adrian has a minimalistic style (he hates having "stuff") and tend to err on the careful side even when I get the urge to decorate.

During my first pregnancy, I went into nesting mode around this same time and started crafting away.  For the dresser, I wanted to add a bit of color to it so I ended up making these paper flower poppies that I added off to the side.  I don't have a very good track record at keeping real plants alive so paper plants have since been my go-to.  For this second pregnancy, I've been on the hunt for little accents that I can add to our place here and there.  When I noticed these white ceramic decorations the other day at HMK, I knew that they'd be the perfect subtle addition to our dresser.  I love having a few of my favorite jewelry pieces out on display and these birds tie in perfectly with the floral theme of the flowers while still maintaining the simple, modern aesthetic (just as Adrian likes!).

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Maternity Butterfly Print Dress // 17 Weeks

cute & little blog | petite fashion | black white bird tunic dress, red kate spade bag | maternity bump pregnant style | summer

cute & little blog | petite fashion | black white bird tunic dress, red kate spade bag | maternity bump pregnant style | summer

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Recipe :: Pumpkin Granola

cute & little blog | pumpkin granola recipe | breakfast | gluten-free

We had a unexpectedly rainy weekend and ended up staying in almost all day long.  Thank goodness Dylan is really into his Legos right now as they entertained him for a good solid hour and I was able to get some housework done!  I felt inspired to do some baking and Adrian has actually been requesting that I make my pumpkin granola for some time now too, so be warned that this recipe is addictingly delicious!  I made a triple batch of this yummy goodness this afternoon and will definitely be enjoying this for weeks to come as it's perfect for going into the fall season!

This granola isn't too sweet on its own, but you can choose to add in some dried fruits like cranberries, raisons, or dates at the end to kick it up a notch -- I made half with cranberries as that's how Adrian likes his!  :)  Let me know if you give this recipe a try.

Pumpkin Granola

by Kileen Valenzuela
Prep Time: 15
Cook Time: 30-35
Ingredients (serves 8-10)
Instructions
Pre-heat oven to 325F.
In a large bowl, mix together the dry ingredients: oats, pepitas.
In a separate bowl, mix together the wet ingredients: honey, coconut oil, pumpkin puree, molasses, vanilla extract, pumpkin pie spice, salt.
Mix wet ingredients into dry ingredients and stir evenly to make sure granola is completely coated.
Spread mixture over a cookie sheet lined either with parchment paper or a Silpat non-stick baking mat.
Bake granola for a total of 30-35 minutes, until mixture is lightly browned. Stir every 10-15 minutes to prevent burning.
Remove from oven and stir in cranberries (if using). The mixture will still be slightly moist but will crisp up as it cools down.
Store in an airtight container.
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Thursday, August 14, 2014

Back To School with Hartstrings

cute & little blog | toddler boy fashion | hartstrings argyle sweater, dark rolled jeans, backpack | fall back to school BTS

cute & little blog | toddler boy fashion | hartstrings argyle sweater, dark rolled jeans, backpack | fall back to school BTS

cute & little blog | toddler boy fashion | hartstrings argyle sweater, dark rolled jeans, backpack | fall back to school BTS

Crochet Top + Distressed Maternity Jeans

cute & little blog | petite fashion | maternity pregnant bump style | crochet top, ag distressed skinny jeans, deux lux navy tote, floral bib necklace | summer

cute & little blog | petite fashion | maternity pregnant bump style | crochet top, ag distressed skinny jeans, deux lux navy tote, floral bib necklace | summer

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