The longest post EV-UR

It’s been awhile since I’ve done a post of random stuff…

So guess what you get from me today!! {SQUEE!!}

I just heard the internet breathe a collective sigh of relief, didn’t I? ‘Cause I know y’all’ve been waiting for it.

1. Speaking of Blissfully Domestic, did you know that we are going to be re-launching a super cool huge new site in the next few months!? And along with that comes the need for more contributors. We are expanding in all areas and adding some new topics.

If you are interested in being considered for one of these topics, please email me at lookingtowardsheaven [at] gmail [dot] com and let me know the topic. We’ve already had tremendous response to our calls for writers. And guess what – we still need more! THAT’S how big it is gonna be!

New topics-

  • Gardening
  • Blogging (how-to, tips)
  • Parenting -Special Needs
  • Finances
  • Green/Eco Living
  • Entertaining
  • Decorating
  • Crafts

We are expanding these areas-

  • Decorating
  • Etsy love
  • Cooking
  • Parenting
  • Crafts for kids
  • Crafting (tutorials, tips)
  • Beauty
  • Celebrity buzz

2. I am adding blog design to my professional repertoire. For now, I am looking for 2 or 3 guinea pigs [ok – I know that no guinea pigs read my blog; maybe they do, but they just don’t know how to type or spell] bloggers who will allow me to beautify their blogs. I will be doing Blogger (new and classic), WordPress and Typepad. If you are interested in allowing me to do a FREE design for you, please email me at the same address as above.

3. I know that everybody and their grandma has been popping up doing blog design, but with over 112.8 million blogs out there, I think there is room for me.

4. Are you attending SheSpeaks? Be sure to head over to Lysa’s blog and add your blog to the Mr. Linky so that we can all nose around each others blogs before meeting.

5. I love this post at Anne Jackson/FlowerDust’s blog asking what things we feel we can’t say at church or around other Christians. Mine’s on there. Along with nearly 200 others.

6. Did you know that WalMart carries a carrot cake ice cream? I love carrot cake (it was our wedding cake) and I worried it would be disgusting. Ummm, unfortunately not. I could eat a gallon for breakfast.

7. It has chunks of cream cheese frosting in it.

8. You can thank me later. But first, you must run out an purchase a gallon (or 10).

9. Something else you will surely thank me for [when you realize you’ve wasted all day] is this game.

10. And its evil sibling here.

11. I’m still in the process of categorizing and organizing it, but did you know that I (we/BD) have a CafePress store? It’s true! AND it has mommy blogger items.

12. It is almost 3:00 AM and I am still sitting at this computer.

13. I’m gonna need a big pot of coffee when I get up…

14. SUBSCRIBE TO MY BLOG!

Come back later for even more rip-roaring fun when I post photos of me brushing my teeth. [I jest… it’s just photos of a house finch building a nest right outside my dining window.]

Who would have thought that Vomit Fest would turn into a trip down Memory Lane

I was riding in the car with the kids last week, to pick up my husband, whose big honkin’ truck broke down on his way home from work*. This was the same day as Potential Vomit Fest ’08. And in the midst of it, I had to load the kids up and drive across town to gather him up.

As we waited for the tow truck to arrive, I knitted some (CAN YOU BELIEVE IT!!??), and then looked through my CD case. I hadn’t looked in this particular case for a long time. I have CDs in a case on the visor and those have been in heavy rotation for the past year or so. But this other case doesn’t get opened too much.

Sifting through that case, I was transported to so many different eras of my life. High school, college, early marriage, early parenthood… Each CD carries with it so many memories. Friendships, trips, moments, laughter, crying… I am so thankful for music.

Some of the soundtracks for my life:

Chris Rice ~ Deep Enough to Dream

Chris Rice ~ Smell the Color Nine

Nichole Nordeman ~ Woven and Spun

Michael McDonald ~ The Very Best of Michael McDonald

Paul Young ~ Secret of Association

Information Society ~ Information Society

Big Country – The Crossing

Sinead O’Connor ~ The Lion and The Cobra

The Cranberries ~ Everybody Else is Doing it, So Why Can’t We?

Jars of Clay ~ Jars of Clay

Annie Lennox ~ Diva

The Sugarcubes ~ Life’s Too Good

Jesus Jones ~ Doubt

Right as I was about to stroll through the mid 80’s, Seamus threw up again.

Ah. New memories.

Life is good.

What are some of your favorite albums from days past? And why are they still special?

*The truck didn’t break down in the thisisgonnacostafortune sense. Fortunately, a wire just needed to be replaced. (whew!)

13 steps to yummy goodness (With apologies to my doctor who told me to "CUT OUT SUGAR!!!")

Several months ago I purchased a huge, honkin’ variety box of cocoa. Flavors galore.

A few days after opening it, I noticed a recipe that really interested me. In retrospect, it doesn’t seem so odd — but at the time, I was so intrigued by COCOA! IN THE COOKIES!

Imagine! What will they think of next? OREGANO! IN PASTA SAUCE!?

The thing about my kitchen, is that it always seems as though I am missing one thing from a recipe. And it is the one thing that you can’t substitute. Finally, after weeks of waiting, my son and I made the recipe. And let me tell you – YUM!

Buttery Cocoa Wafers

Heat oven to 375 degrees.

Combine the following:

3/4 cup butter, softened (my sons would let me stop right here… butter thieves, they are)

1/2 cup sugar

1 egg yolk

Beat at medium speed, scraping bowl often, until creamy. Reduce speed to low.

Beat at low, gradually adding 1 1/2 cups flour and

one 1 1/4 oz cocoa packet.

Scrape bowl and continue beating at low until well mixed. Eat spoonfuls of the batter.

Shape dough into one inch balls. Place one inch apart onto ungreased cookie sheets. Flatten cookies to 1/4 inch thickness with bottom of buttered glass dipped in sugar.

Bake for 7 to 9 minutes or until set.

Melt 1 cup chocolate chips

and 1/2 tsp shortening

in saucepan over low heat, stirring constantly until smooth (3-5) minutes.

Place chocolate mixture in small resealable plastic food bag. Snip tiny corner of bag.

Drizzle chocolate over cookies.

Assuming you don’t eat all of the batter Makes 3 dozen cookies.

Muffin goes on a Fitness Quest

My last baby was born almost 7 months ago, and I have finally come to the conclusion that a diet of sour gummi worms and chocolate chips just isn’t melting that baby fat away like I had hoped. The indentation on the couch where my bottom usually rests I daintily rest isn’t getting any smaller either…

The muffin-top has taken up residence on me. And I think it’s brought an entire muffin-top family along.

Therefore, I have picked myself up, pulled myself away from the fridge, dusted off my sneakers and have started doing something about it.

Here I am in all my muffin-y glory explaining my new regime:

1. Take a “before” photo.
Egads! There are just no words…

2. Go public with my plans.
This counts, right? ‘Cause I didn’t just post the above photo for nothing!

3. Not compare myself to others
See them all mocking me? I’m all like, “I don’t care!”… and they’re all like “Oh yeah? yes you do”. And I’m like “Nu-uh”…
Okay – so I have a bit of work to do on number 3…

4. Weight lifting 2 days/week
Feel the burn! Turn that muffin-top into something less… muffin-y.

5. Walk 2 days/week
6. Run 2 days/week

7. Swim once summer arrives
8. Bike every other %#^& day
9. Hiking with family (I’m really not that short… it’s just the camera angle.)
10. Eat healthy
hmmm… I may crawl into a corner and suck my thumb over this one.

11.Get plenty of rest
12. Drink milk
I hate milk – so this will be difficult. Does ice cream count?

13. Allow myself to indulge once in awhile and forgive myself when I overdo it.

My goal is to lose the 20 extra lbs that I am currently carrying around. I’m hoping to do it before Declan turns one, which is in August.

Muffin will be posting updates here each week.


If only I really looked this cute wearing a muffin. Do you think there is any chance they may become the latest fashion rage?

My Excellent Fashion Adventure

I was clearing off my camera’s memory card this past weekend and realized that I had left y’all in the dark about some recent excitement in my life.

When I was in 5th grade, we were asked to write about the career we wanted to have when we grew up. I chose a lawyer and/or a model (because, like, lawyers on tv are like, sooooo pretty, ya know). My dream came true (at least part of it) at the end of February when I was able to make a trip to Paris for fashion week. It was exciting and thrilling. Or C’était excitant et saisissant, as my new French friends like to say. The food! The wine! The cheese! The food!

Oh, and the fashion… the lovely lovely fashion.

Armed with my camera, I made myself comfortable in the front row of all of the top shows, seated next to Rhianna and Lucy Liu at one, Victoria Beckham and Claudia Schiffer at another.

Look at me, y’all!

You can’t tell in the above photo, but I’m wearing this outfit, which I knittedknit witted… knit myself on the flight over. Fussy’s hat is the perfect compliment to any outfit. Thanks, Fuss! (or Foo-say, as my new French friends call her.)

Compared to me, poor Rhianna looked so frumpy… even though she tried to jazz it all up by choosing some grandma shoes.
Of course, I was there only to observe and photograph the models, as I don’t have 2 pennies to rub together right now, let alone pay $10K for the latest styles, no matter how hip and cool they make me. Fortunately, some of my designer friends were kind enough to loan me some fancy frocks to sport around while there.

Here I am doing some site seeing:Headed out for some dinner and dancing:

Headed out to visit the French countryside:

I took photos of some of my favorite outfits. They are so flattering for any body shape and size. Exactly what I look for when considering what to throw on for a trip to the grocery store. Take a look:

This one will cover that pimple sprouting on your chin or at least draw people’s eyes away from it. You can mix and match all of those pieces for more options. And as an added bonus, I believe I heard someone mentioning that it filters the air before you breathe it in. Isn’t that FAB!

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This one? Perfect for those “fat days” we all have every month. It will hide and conceal any bloating. And see those stilts she is walking on? Adding all of that height will fool everyone and make your body appear proportional!

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Since we wouldn’t be caught dead wearing the same outfit two days in a row, here are two more options for concealing any facial blemishes and/or bad hair.

Ditto for another bad hair day:

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Bloating AND bad hair day:

I must say that I had so much fun traipsing around Paris. It was all so fabulous. There is just so much to love! And on top of it, I looked so cute doing it! Don’t you agree!

So, I may be having to really force myself to fight the frump… but I’ll always have Paris…

Isn’t it grand to pretend to be someone else and paste your head on other people’s bodies be me?