Illuminating Stella

November 2014 archive

Happy Thanksgiving!

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Happy Thanksgiving! We have so much to be thankful for around here. Our Pilgrimette is top of the list. I am spoiled with wonderful family and friends that I appreciate more than I can ever say.  We are healthy and happy and warm. I am less thankful for the warm though. I don’t know why I buy super “fallish”long sleeve things to wear on Thanksgiving year after year only to have it be sweltering. When will I learn?

Yesterday, I had the privilege to join Stella for a Thanksgiving Feast at her preschool. So much cuteness there. It was such a pleasure to see her interact with her teachers and the kids she is always talking about. It was also nice to meet their friendly families. We are preparing for a wonderful Thanksgiving dinner at my parents. I made a Hazelnut Chocolate Trifle that I think is gonna kill it tonight.  While I took Stella to the park to play, John made a yummy Creamy Fried Confetti Corn with Bacon that I got to preview when I got home and I can’t wait to put a healing spoonful on my plate later on! At the moment I am thankful for nap time, which allows us to enjoy a small respite before the big event.

Enjoy your Thanksgiving! Here are a few pictures from yesterday. The last one is of Stella enjoying the spatula after John made some whipped pumpkin pudding for a work potluck. She was in heaven, her eyes lit up so bright when he offered it to her, this might have to be a new holiday tradition. Is there anything better than licking the spoon?!?

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There Was a Little Girl

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Those of you that read this blog or are in our day to day lives may have noticed something that has developed with our girl. Over the summer her locks got curlier and curlier AND curlier. Especially so with the heatwave in August and September; after a long humid nap she was channeling pure Gene Wilder. It’s been a fun development, I just love the way she looks in the morning with her bedhead, it’s wild, unruly and super cute…. so her. It is not however easy to comb or style. From the beginning it was always tricky to get her to stand still for pigtails or even just a quick brushing, but add in some matted knots and you have a super-pissed toddler and a frustrated Mama.

I started mentioning this to other moms and picked up a great tip to try Fairytales Detangling Shampoo. We have paired this with Little Twig Conditioning Detangler and we are now able to comb through her hair much easier after her evening bath. In the mornings to style or if I need to spruce up her hair during the day, I use Original Sprout Miracle Detangler. This one is a spray and might be my favorite addition of the three, it makes it so much easier to get those little knots and the frizzies out. It also smells amazing. All three are organic. So here we are, my two year-old already has a beauty regime. Here is a photo to show you what we are dealing with. IMG_3565

Toddler Hugs – A Montage

Stella is a big hugger, she loves with all her heart and wide open arms. I love to see her give and receive hugs, just so darling. Here is a montage of some recent heartfelt hugs I was lucky enough to capture on film.

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