I have this coffee table. This coffee table is my husband’s. The coffee table was his grandmother’s. It is 40+ years old and solid as a rock. I hate(d) this coffee table. It was the thorn in my side (or ugly freaking piece of furniture in my living room.) However, my husband loves this table. It is the table he used as a toddler to learn how to pull himself up and walk with. It’s the table that bears scars from his childhood to match the scars he has from it. He would have breakfast, lunch, and dinner on this table for years, and now, so would our kids. This ended up being the coffee table Elijah learned to cruise on. He has had many a breakfast, lunch, and dinner seated at this table. He hides HIS comics and crayons in its drawers, and turns it into a fort with a blanket and a dream. We recently bought a new, pale colored shag rug and wanted to do something about the dark brown eyesore in the center of it. We read Centsational Girl on a relatively frequent basis, and have seen what that woman can do with some elbow grease and a can of paint. This being our first attempt at refinishing a piece of furniture, we had a lot to learn. Fortunately, we both have a lot of friends in Theatre and Local 1 here in NYC, so when questions arose, we had answers. So now, I have answers of what to do for the drips on the drawer. (apparently, not as hard to fix as I thought, thank GOD.) But even with the drips, the table looks 100x better. We used Zinsser latex primer and Martha Stewart Paint. We will eventually finish with some sort of polycrylic. I bought the knob at the etsy store, HobKnobin. I love Etsy so hard it’s ridiculous.
This is just A PORTION of the clothing I have bought for the little girl arriving in 5 weeks. I always loved the ties, camo, monkeys, and dinosaur themed clothing for my lovely little man, but man alive are girls clothes fun. I had no idea I’d become such a tiny clothes hoarder when I found out I was having a girl. Turns out, it’s inevitable. They are just so darn cute!!! Everything from colored lame leggings to THESE CUTE SHOES!!
These shoes from, Toms Shoes are the bee’s knees. Today is Tom’s “a day without shoes” raising awareness of impoverished children without shoes, putting them at risk for injury and infection. I am all about buying shoes to help other kids, since my kids are so well taken care of.
Ok, so every Wednesday I break out the ol’ waffle maker for breakfast for me and Elijah. I love trying new recipes and seeing if Elijah will love it or spit it out and look at me as though I am using breakfast as an excuse to order pizza. (pepperoni and cheese waffle?) This morning it was cottage cheese waffles adapted from this one. Instead of regular cottage cheese and milk, I used half skim milk/buttermilk and low fat cottage cheese, and instead of AP flour, I used whole wheat flour, and of course (if you know me) I used organic ny eggs and milk. (seriously good stuff.)
These waffles were super yum. Elijah ate them topped with maple baked apples, served alongside a hard boiled egg. (He is ADDICTED to hard boiled eggs…it’s kinda gross) I ate them with plain old peanut butter. They had a really fun texture and browned nicely. I was a bit worried the lumps would scare us both, but we were brave and they were good. Elijah ate the WHOLE waffle, whereas with the giant visitor in my belly, could only finish half. All-in-all, a success!