Tuesday, February 24, 2015

things I'm loving right now...

1. Weck Jars // Gosh I love these jars. Whether you're canning the summer's abundant fruits or just using them as storage, they're wonderfully great (and cute to boot)!

2. VonZipper Women's Runaway Sunglasses // I've been a VonZipper lover for YEARS. I remember my first pair like it was yesterday. Sniff. It wasn't. It was in high school. They make wonderful quality sunglasses and some of the more stylish, in my opinion. I've been wanting the Runaway's for a while now.

3. Wellbee's Super Fine Blanched Almond Flour // I'm having SO much fun playing around with grain and gluten free cooking and baking! I've come to realize that MANY recipes call for this stuff, which I don't have! I have almond meal- NOT the same. Ooooops! I've got this stuff on my wishlist so that I can play and experiment more and more!

4. Kelly Moore Riva Bag in Ink // Oh heavens this camera bag is gorgeous, isn't it? If I ever get my hands on this baby, I might use it as a purse, cameral bag, diaper bag, life bag....

5. Le Creuset Signature Enameled Cast-Iron 3-1/2-Quart Round Braiser in Caribbean // Gaw this color kills me! I'm such a sucker for all things sea/ocean colored! Plus think of all the amazing dinners you could serve up with this braiser?! MmMMmmmmm!

6. Emile Henry Roaster in Blanc // I probably shouldn't keep "wishing" for cooking and baking supplies- my kitchen is bursting at the seams as it is. I can't help it though. This ceramic beauty is just calling my name.

7. Chef's Choice Express Waffle Maker // This waffle maker was recommended by a trustworthy friend and I love that it's got the 5 heart shapes! Bill's Mormor (grandmother) makes the best Norwegian waffles (I mean...they're amazing) and always uses a waffle maker with these 5 hearts. I so want to be able to carry on that tradition.

8. Voluspa Moso Bamboo Candle // Everytime I smell this scent I think of my women's book club. The host always, always had some sort of Voluspa candle going- and it was usually this scent! I just adore it!

What are some things you're loving right now?

Friday, February 20, 2015

triple lemon cupcakes...

Every year for my dad's birthday and Father's Day, I like to make him a special dessert. Thing is, before I even ask, I already know it's going to involve lemons. Don't believe me? Here's this, this, this and this dessert I've made solely from his requests and/or love of lemon. 

This past birthday was a funny one to me... 

Me: Dad! Start thinking about what you'd like me to make for your birthday dessert!
Dad: Lemon Cake.
Me: ....that's it? What kind of frosting??
Dad: Lemon.

The end. 

And that's exactly what he got. But triple-fied. Because if you're a lover of lemon desserts and you're asking for lemon cake for your big day...you're going to get yourself the lemoniest of lemony cakes. Every ounce of that thing is going to ooze and seep lemon. It's going to make the other members of your family (who aren't as much lovers of the fruit as you are) kind of hate your guts, its so lemony. In fact, one is going to wish it was all comprised solely of chocolate. Lots and lots of chocolate. Any who, they'll eat their portion regardless because, cake. Everyone loves cake. And you, you're going to think you've died and gone to a lemon scented heaven. 

That's what lemon birthday dreams are made of.

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

baby update // 39 weeks...

Friends, we are here. We are like, SO here. As I sit here at the computer getting ready to type out our last maternity post...I'm just in awe and shock. Can you believe we're here? Because I surely can't. 

I mean, I can in a sense because Ive been pregnant for 10 freaking months... you know, 5/6 of the year... but I also can't because that means any day now we'll be starting this brand new season of life called parenthood. Not to be confused with the TV show Parenthood (which is really, really good btw). I may or may not have been binge watching that dang series on Netflix for the past few weeks. 

I feel like I'm finally settled into my new pregnant shoesies! Like, ok, I've been doing this so long that I now have the hang of it. And now it's over. Phew. Whirlwind to the max. Any who, it's been such a fun experience to share with you all and I just can't wait to share with you guys little baby and all our fun mommy and daddy shenanigans! Aggggg guys!

Oh and incase you're wondering about the melon- he now weighs about the same as a heavy honeydew! About 7 pounds (although we know he's a bit more)! Phew.




Chocolate like it's going out of style. This craving isn't going anywhere. It's bad. Like, BAD. And all my family and friends aren't helping with their "donations" of bags of Hershey's nuggets and fun sized bars delivered to my house, either. Not that I'm complaining, really. I mean...when else do you get to eat chocolate for breakfast, lunch, and dinner? Then 7 o'clock rolls around and I've realized I really need to stuff my face full of those good for you things like protein, calcium and fruits and veggies. Because living off of sugary chocolate miiiiiiight not be the best thing for Baby Main and I. 


MmMmmMmm, Trader Joe's Lime Flavored Sparkling Water. Gosh that stuff is amazing. Plus a huge bottle is $.99 which means I can get ALL THE BOTTLES and not share whatsoever. Bwahahahahahahaha. Just kidding. Sort of. 


I made the mistake of reading some labor and delivery things on the internet recently and now I'm scarred for life. Hey friends, if you're pregnant....do me a favor and NEVER google or search for anything pregnancy related on the internet. Ask a friend. Buy a book. Or wait to talk to your doctor. The internet's answers are purely there to scare the crap out of you. And give you nightmares. Trust me. 


I don't even know what I'm wanting! Part of me desperately wants to hold his tiny little baby hands and kiss his tiny little baby nose like, yesterday and then another part of me wants time to stop for just a little while longer so I can fully absorb this time where it's just Bill and I. Last night as we we're going to bed we said goodnight and then stopped...looked at each other and said, "it's been a really good 14 years just you and I." Then I cried and melted into tiny tear puddles. Becoming a parent is weird. 


Pretty much the same things: a safe and healthy labor and delivery for Baby Main and I, that the Lord would just guide all the nurses and doctor's hands, hearts and minds, wisdom for Bill, strength for us all...and just an easy transitional time. 


I slept for 3 solid hours the other night and could have rejoiced all ding dang day. Then I finally got up in the morning, did an hour of work, and needed 4,577 more naps. Naps guys, are the best. 


Mostly stretchy things that allow me to sit and lay in the weird poses I need to do in order to get comfy. Although! The other day I actually put jeans on (for these pictures) and it felt good to be a human being again for the day. 


Feeling all sorts of weird things! Everyone keeps saying it means labor is close, so that's exciting!

Bill Main, our kitties, our home and my life as I currently know it. I'm soaking up everything around me every so often so I can cherish these blessings the Lord has given us in the past and will do in the future! 

This friends, is the face of a 39 week pregnant wife's husband. He's totally ready for Baby Main ;)

Shirt // H&M. Jeans // Old Navy Maternity.

Well this is it! Our last maternity post has finally come to an end. Eeeeeeeeep! Can't wait to hang out again with you all,  on the other side!

Thursday, February 12, 2015

guest post // valentine's day fashion for your little one with fawn over baby...

Friends! Well, the time has come. I will be taking some much needed mommy/daddy time (and then mommy/daddy/baby time) over the next little bit, to get ready for the birth of our first little one! (Can you believe it's that time already??) Because of this special time, I'll be around Sweet Lavender Bake Shoppe a little less here and there. During this transition into our new season of life though, I've invited some of my most beloved and dear blog friends to help me out, in the form of unique and wonderful guest posting! Then, once I've got the whole mommy thing down, I'll be back full time! Today, I'm honored to have Melissa of Fawn Over Baby take over.

Hi Everyone! My name is Melissa and I blog over at Fawn Over Baby - an inspirational blog about all things baby! One of my many favorite baby topics is fashion and with Valentine's Day upon us, I couldn't think of a better time to put together a few adorable fashion finds for the little ones in your life. With so many adorable pieces that are available, I had a blast narrowing down a special Valentine's Day outfit that represents this special day full of hearts, flowers and lots of love.

With today's looks, I chose to go a bit bold with reds and blacks with a dash whimsy. These are just a few finds that make a statement without going over the top while adding comfort and style to your little one's Valentine's Outfit Of The Day!

Let's start with the pretty princess in your life! I love that this look is a little dressy, yet provides optimum comfort for a full days wear.

Floral Crown: Lizzie LuLu & Co. , "XO" Tee: Hot Sauce & Donuts,  Black High-Waist Skirt: Lil Lainey Bug,
Striped Tights: Amazon,  Red Converse Shoes: Chuck Taylor

Here's one for the little heartbreaker in your life. This one will have on-lookers smiling for days! Boys fashion has come a long way and has definitely improved over the years and it seems to just keep getting better.

"Little Heart Breaker" Tee: Scrapendipitees, Red Suspenders: Haddon & Co., Distressed Jeans: Dudley Denim
Black Slouch Beanie: Kindred Oak, Black/Red Shoes: Vans

Thank you so much for allowing me to share my Valentine's Day Fashion Favs that are fit for your mini! I can't wait to see all of your sweet #OOTD come February 14th!

Thank you so much Melissa!! These are just the cutest! For amazing DIYs, more on motherhood and much more, please check out Fawn Over Baby!

Although I'm not around here as much as I'd like to be, you can still stay in touch (and ooooh and ahhhhh with me at HOW CUTE OUR BUNDLE OF JOY IS when he arrives!!!) via FacebookTwitter and my favorite- Instagram!