Sunday, October 31, 2010

Shopping for Birthday gifts!

Olivia received a generous amount of gifts & gift cards for her birthday, (the thank you letters are in the mail)! In the mean time, I wanted to make sure that we went out this weekend and bought a few items that she really needed. As you know I love great quality clothing at a reasonable price, who doesn't ? So two of the stores that I love are BabyGap & Gymboree. Everything I purchased was on SALE and I also used coupons. That's just how I shop now-a-days.

Lamb Pocket Pal Cardigan

Our stylish cardigan comes with a sweet little pal. A fuzzy lamb rides along in her front pocket, attached by a soft string. Cozy cotton sweater design looks cute with rolled cuffs and hem, plus textured knitting on the bodice.

Gem Stretch Skinny Jean

Your baby girl is a real gem! Our fashionable skinny jean shows off pretty gem details at the waist and permanent bow cuff. Classic 5-pocket styling completes the cute stretch denim design.

Quilted barn jacket
It couldn't get cozier--our quilted barn jacket comes with a detachable hood and fleece lining.

Sherpa Pro Fleece trapper hat

Top her off in cozy comfort and style with our Pro Fleece trapper hat. Decorative trapper styling plus sherpa lining equals a fashionable way to fight off chillly weather.

The new denim romper
Introducing 1969 babyGap denim. It's just like yours, only better. Pre-washed for extra softness, this adorable romper proves it starts with good jeans.

Picot lapped shoulder bodysuit
A sweet option for everyday, and every little one. Our lapped shoulder polka dot body suit is positively pretty with picot-edged cuffs, lapped shoulders, and neckline.

Hoodie cable knit coat

Superbly stylish, supremely cozy, our cable knit sweater coat is the perfect piece for mini-Mom this season. Just like your favorite sweater but just her size, button this up over everything from party dresses to little leggings.

bow-pocket cord skort

The perfect pull-on, playdate piece she can wear anytime!
striped fashion tights

The perfect go-with for dresses or skirts!

Imaginarium Wooden Abacus

Imaginarium Musical Activity Table


Thursday, October 28, 2010

Cake Smash. . .Photo's Coming Soon!!

Today I spent the entire day setting up for Olivia's cake smash.
This takes A ALOT of work and requires assistance!! There are no re-shoots once the shoot starts so everything just needs to be in order in advance. Here is a peek into the shoot that we did:

Olivia's Cake Smash PhotoShoot from Dana Lee jones on Vimeo.

Photos from this shoot will be posted soon! stay tuned!!
As you can see from her face, i don't think she really enjoyed it, I think she was a bit upset that she was getting dirty!

For all the Moms that have a bit of photography skills and wanna do this shoot yourself, it's really simple and you don't need much:
  • a beautiful piece of fabric (60"x3yd)
  • a staple gun
  • a sheet of plexi-glass/acrylic (24x36)
  • a cake
  • a cute onsie or outfit
  • towels
  • great lighting (natural light is best)
  • a camera
  • and a baby!
Please share your shoots with me if you DIY! I wanna see!!

If your in the NY tri-state area and would like a hire a photographer for this shoot, contact me!

Olivia's First Birthday - Photobooth

I love the idea of a photobooth at an event. People love taking pictures and  posing and being silly in front of the camera, so it almost always works out. I bought a beautiful piece of fabric from a local fabric store with great prices for just $4/yd and hung it on the wall. I bought a dry erase board for about $6 at target and had everyone right a birthday wish to the birthday girl!

I used my DSLR to photograph the pics, but a point n shoot will do too with the right lighting.

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Happy First Birthday Olivia!!

Today Olivia is ONE!!
12 Months old!!

I woke up at 5:00 am just to whisper happy birthday in her ear, kiss her on the cheek (we still co-sleep) and hug her tight while shedding a few tears in my bed, the very bed she was born in!

We had just celebrated her birthday last night with family and friends in our home, and what a turn out we had! Olivia actually fell asleep during the party which I just knew knew would happen, but she really enjoyed herself and we were more than happy to entertain our guest in our home!

But today, her actually Birth day, we spent it together as a family and took Olivia to the Queens County Farm. in Glen Oaks, NY.  Olivia had a great time stumbling through the pumpkin patches and rolling in the hay!

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

My Pumpkin Turns One this Weekend!

My little sweety pie is turning one this weekend!
I'm speechless! Her smile fills my heart with joy, tears, and comfort!

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Rotten Bananas ? Make Banana Bread Muffins!

I've been up since 4:30 am. Not because this is my normal wake up time, but my body just told me "get out of bed, you had enough sleep". It's funny, because if I had to go to work, I'd be sleeping til 8:01 and already 1 minute late for work.

There is so much to do in a day when you're a SAHM. People really don't believe this, but all I have to say is "Come, spend a day with me, your job starts before everyone wakes, and it ends right when everyone is asleep"

Ok, so what am I doing at this time ? Well i have these bananas sitting on my counter top that need to be turned into bread before it goes bad. Rakiem will really appreciate a fresh baked slice of banana bread for breakfast, and Olivia will have it for snack time today.

this pic matches my layout, totally a coincidence!
I'm off to bake!

Banana Bread Recipe (recipe here)


  • 3 or 4 ripe bananas, smashed
  • 1/3 cup melted butter
  • 1 cup sugar (can easily reduce to 3/4 cup)
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 1/2 cups of all-purpose flour


No need for a mixer for this recipe. Preheat the oven to 350°F (175°C).
With a wooden spoon, mix butter into the mashed bananas in a large mixing bowl.

Mix in the sugar, egg, and vanilla.

Sprinkle the baking soda and salt over the mixture and mix in.
Add the flour last, mix.
Pour mixture into a buttered 4x8 inch loaf pan.
Bake for 1 hour. (I did muffins, hoping that  they'd bake faster)

Cool on a rack. Remove from pan and serve.
Here it is, took about 30 minutes in the muffin pan :)

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