Cutest Kid Contest

I recently came across this cutest kid contest and decided that of course my little Milton should win so this is my entry. 
I think little M is the cutest kid because he plays peek a boo with his little sister Ginger who is still in Utero by lifting up my shirt laughing, smiling and pointing and then doing it over and over again.
 It's A*D*O*R*A*B*L*E!!!!


If you think little Milton deserves to win a prize package worth $500 then please click HERE to vote for him 


If you think little Milton is the cutest kid and deserves to win $500 in prizes then please click HERE to vote!! 


Or if you want to enter your cute kid click the button below!! You can enter on the blog Unexpected Surprises or on the blog Freckles and Fudge.







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Another Gorgeous Santa Fe Sunrise



Oh and go have P*E*E*K at my gorgeous handmade GIVEAWAYS
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And if you have one extra moment I would love a quick vote on the Fence below.

Now and Then

Then and Now. 30 Weeks one year apart!!!


How far along? 30 weeks
Baby’s Size: 3 whopping pounds
Bellybutton: Still in
Stretchmarks: No new ones
Maternity Clothes: Absolutley! I'm freakin' HUGE!!
Gender: sweet baby GIRL!
Movement: YES!!! Lots and lots of kicking. She kicks much harder than Milton did
Sleep: Pretty good! I still get 2 hours stretches without having to pee
Symptoms: Short of breath, dizzy, tired, back ache, serious mood swings. My poor, poor husband
Food Aversions: Nah
Food Cravings: Toast with salted butter and yoplait yogurt
Best Moments this week: Feeling little Ginger get bigger and bigger by the day
What I miss: MY SKINNY JEANS AND HIGH HEELS
What I am Looking forward to:  Decorating the nursery
Milestones: Only 1o weeks to go


Oh and go have P*E*E*K at my gorgeous handmade GIVEAWAYS
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And if you have one extra moment I would love a quick vote on the Fence below.

Rue La La

Just in case anybody missed out the other day, I wanted to invite you to join Rue La La.  It's invite only and when you become a member they give you $20 dollars credit toward any of their boutiques (it takes one day for your credit to show up). The boutiques change every 2 days so your bound to find something you like. I already scored a great pair of Paige Denim jeans that I am using as incentive to loose baby weight. 
Anyway, They just emailed me letting me know that some of the upcoming boutiques are Kate Spade, Diesel, Michael Kors, and Havianas so I was excited!!! I just thought I'd share the wealth. Click here for your invite!!! Happy Shopping!!! 
Before you go make sure you take *PEEK* at my handmade
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And I'd love a quick vote here if you have a moment:)

Handmade Holiday Gift Guide

I L*O*V*E handmade and I hope that I can share some with you through my sponsors and giveaways!!! This is a little post I like to do every Sunday that spotlight's my lovely sponsors and all the beautiful handmade things that they have to offer. Please consider buying handmade for the holidays this year. It's just as affordable and made with L*O*V*E!!!!! 

Here are a few things I want under my tree........

This G*O*R*G*E*O*U*S hat from Creative Dragonfly

This A*D*O*R*A*B*L*E bib from lillybelle Designs

This A*D*O*R*A*B*L*E hippo onesie from Lemon Drop Baby

A pair of these G*O*R*G*E*O*U*S leg warmers from B:Mod Designs


This P*R*E*C*I*O*U*S onesie tutu from Sweet Olivia

And this W*O*N*D*E*R*F*U*L handmade puzzle from The Puzzled One

If you like what you see here please come have look at my gorgeous handmade GIVEAWAYS.  
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And I'd love a quick vote here if you have a moment:)


Little Milton's First Bento

I am so excited about Little Miton's very first Bento lunch!!! Since I started blogging I have come across several bento blogs and bento photos and have become enthralled with the idea of making these gorgeous little masterpieces for my baby's lunch. Practically every parent I know struggles to get their child to eat so why not make it something special and beautiful? Make it something they can look forward to everyday. I love it!!! What a wonderful thing to do for your child!!



Please note that this is my very first bento so I am sure this isn't the most spectacular thing you've ever seen but I am going to try to make bentos for Milton at least once or twice a week from now on so as I research and get more inspiration I'm sure they will get more creative. 
This bento lunch consists of 2 peanut butter and jelly teddy bear sandwiches, butterfly cheese pieces, organic smiley crackers and skewered strawberries. 
It was so much fun to do and Milton loves it. Especially the little eyes:). I can't wait to start getting more creative and make themed bentos!!! Oh, also I won all the wonderful things to make this lunch on this bento blog and I am so grateful to her. THANK YOU Glory's Mischief!

Don't forget to have a look at my gorgeous handmade GIVEAWAYS
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And I'd love a quick vote here is you have a moment:)

Sunrise in Santa Fe



Oh and go have P*E*E*K at my gorgeous handmade GIVEAWAYS



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And if you happen to have one extra moment I would love a quick vote. Thanks!!




Panko Crusted Potato Meatballs

I must admit that this might be one of my all time favorite dishes. I L*O*V*E it!!! Once again the inspiration for this dish came from our amazing honeymoon in Italy. Practically everything went wrong on that honeymoon including missed planes, lost wallets, keys, our minds.........you name it EXCEPT for the F*O*O*D and thank God because it's pretty much the sole reason we went to Italy in the first place. TO EAT!!! And we did!! 
So these meatballs were inspired by a little place in Venice that we found that specialized in Meatballs, but not just any meatballs, whipped fried potato meatballs. They were so good we ate an order at the restaurant and took some to go for lunch the next day and even went back a third time, probably one of the more memorable food experiences of my life. I know I''m crazy but I get very emotional about food...........So here is my rendition of the fried potato meatballs. They don't even come close to the ones in Venice but they are still D*I*V*I*N*E if I do say so myself. 

You could easily use a canned sauce if you wanted to make your life a lot easier but I never do that. I'm a pretty big stickler when it comes to FRESH ingredients. So I always like to use this basic tomato sauce recipe. 

Ingredients for Meatballs:
3 potatoes, peeled and cubed
1/2 lb ground veal
1/2 lb ground pork
1/2 lb ground beef
4 tablespoons chopped flat leave parsley (or curly parsley)
1/4 cup water
1 beaten egg
1/4 cup ground Parmesan cheese
2 cups panko bread crumbs (set these aside in a seperate bowl)
5-6 cups oil (I like to use 1/2 olive ans 1/2 canola)
Salt and pepper

Recipe for meatballs

Boil the potatoes for 10-15 minuets or until tender. Remove from heat and mash. In a large bowl mix all above ingredients EXCEPT PANKO BREADCRUMBS. Set those aside in a separate bowl.  Now mash everything together with potato masher or mix with hands. Once thoroughly mixed roll into 3-4 inch balls and roll in Panko breadcrumbs. Set on a baking sheet. Now heat (medium high) oil in a large, deep frying pan. Make sure oil is hot before placing meatballs in. Fry meatballs on each side for about 10 minuets. They should be golden brown. Do not try to turn them early or they will fall apart. Remove from pan and let cool on paper towels. 

And I was in such a good mood after making this delightful meal that even my ill behaved beasts each got their very own meatball...........


Oh and go have P*E*E*K at my gorgeous handmade GIVEAWAYS. I currently have 5 listed!!!!



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And if you have one extra moment I would love a quick vote on the Fence below. I've never tried to get votes before but I figured I might as well give it a try:)

29 weeks

My mirror is MUCH dirtier than last week. Apologies!! Maybe if I post enough of these photos I'll start to get embarrassed and clean it......maybe


I thought I would start including this little questionnaire every time I post a new belly pic cause it's kinda fun!


How far along? 29 weeks
Baby’s Size: Just over two and a half pounds:)
Bellybutton: In and probably will be forever. It never popped out with Milton
Stretchmarks: No new ones but I was HORRIBLE ravaged by the first pregnancy so the old ones are still quite visible
Maternity Clothes: Absolutley! I'm freakin' HUGE!!
Gender: sweet baby GIRL!
Movement: YES!!! Lots and lots of kicking. She kicks much harder than Milton did
Sleep: Surprisingly pretty good. By now with Milton I was a horrible insomniac.  I'm pretty darn exhausted by the end of the day!
Symptoms: Oh Lord, where so I begin. Back pain and sciatica, exhaustion, grouchiness (yes, it'a an official symptom. I'm a nurse remember!!!), short of breath, swollen everywhere and poor circulation.  I'll stop now!
Food Aversions: Not really
Food Cravings: Toast with salted butter and pretty much any comfort food under the sun.
Best Moments this week: Little M's first birthday party of course
What I miss: Sleeping comfortably
What I am Looking forward to:  Ginger's baby shower and the moment I finally get to meet my little beauty!
Milestones: Only 11 weeks to go:)

WOW!! I guess I feel as big as I look! It amazes me that I actually get as much done as I do. Looking at myself, I would think I would be totally incapacitated by now. 
And I'm still trying to plan Ginger's baby shower myself. I can't help it. It's too much fun. So far I'm planning giant pale pink and white tissue pom poms and pink and white cake pops. That's about as far as I've gotten.  Anybody got any great baby shower ideas?

Oh and go have P*E*E*K at my gorgeous handmade GIVEAWAYS. I currently have 5 listed!!!!


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And if you wouldn't mind giving a quick click on The Fence. I am currently #7 and trying to stay there:) Thanks!!

Sweet Olivia GIVEAWAY

I have been so blessed lately that I am able to offer all of you lovely readers so many gorgeous handmade giveaways. I LOVE sharing my love of handmade with you!!!! And today is no exception. 
Last week I had the pleasure to introduce you to the adorable handmade shop Sweet Olivia and this week I am so excited to announce that shop owner Jennifer has agreed to offer a G*I*V*E*A*W*A*Y. Your getting the opportunity to win $25 dollars credit toward anything in her shop!!!!!! 
Yesterday I opened up my mailbox to find these A*D*O*R*A*B*L*E little clippys. Obviously they are all so cute but I think the thing that impressed me the most was how well made these are. They are so tiny and precious yet perfectly sewn and put together. L*O*V*E these!!!! Great for any baby shower or birthday and PERFECT stocking stuffers. Be sure to check out her new Holiday Collection.........


Sweet Olivia offers so many adorable things. Your going to have a hard time choosing your favorites. I happen to be in L*O*V*E with the tutus. Here's a *peek* at a few of the other gorgeous handmade things you could win.......

BUY IT................Go to Sweet Olivia and do some early Christmas shopping!

WIN IT........ENTER TO WIN THIS GIVEAWAY........RULES TO ENTER:

THE PRIZE: $25 dollars toward A*N*Y*T*H*I*N*G in her shop!!! OPEN WORLDWIDE!!!!

 MANDATORY ENTRYGo visit Sweet Olivia and tell me what your favorite item in her store is (good for one entry. leave one comment).

WANT MORE CHANCES TO WIN? for addition entries:
1. Become a fan of Sweet Olivia on facebook and comment on her wall telling her bouffe e bambini sent you (good for one entry. leave one comment)
2. Become a fan of bouffe e bambini on Facebook (good for one entry, leave one comment)
3. Enter to win one of my other GIVEAWAYS and comment back here which one you entered
4. Tweet this post:  Enter to win GORGEOUS handmade boutique items http://bouffeebambini.blogspot.com/2010/11/sweet-olivia-giveaway.html(one entry, leave one comment)
5.Post this link to your blog or facebook page: Enter to win GORGEOUS handmade boutique items http://bouffeebambini.blogspot.com/2010/11/sweet-olivia-giveaway.html(one entry, leave one comment)

You MUST be 18 years or older to enter
Giveaway OPEN WORLDWIDE
You MUST leave separate comments for each entry and please leave don't forget to leave your email address
Giveaway will be open until Wednesday November 17th at midnight
One winner will be chosen at random and contacted by me via email. You will have 48 hours to respond before another winner is chosen.
GOOD LUCK!!!!!


If you like this giveaway please come check out my others. ALL myGIVEAWAYS are handmade and GORGEOUS!!! 

please, please................DO NOT comment here if your NOT entering the giveaway. THANK YOU:)

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