Tuesday, April 30, 2013

life lately

Life lately has been exhausting, entirely too sweet and such a gift. Don't get me wrong, being a mom is the hardest thing I've ever done. My flesh has acted out, I've cried many tears - those of sheer joy and those of sheer exhaustion -  and I've seen the selfishness in my heart like no other time in my life. It's truly been a beautiful mess. 

Knox is two weeks old today and we've obviously  had lots of firsts, which I am always quick to document. First bath, first trip to Target ((that's pretty much our second home these days)), first time to church, etc. I have a tendency to overdo it on Instagram, but no shame here. This is one of the most amazing things that has ever happened in my life. I will document the junk out of this little life God has blessed us with. :)

This past Saturday we ventured out with our in-laws to the Boulder Farmer's Market. It was great to get out in the sunshine and picnic at the park on such a gorgeous spring day! Follow that up with a salted caramel bourbon cupcake from tee & cakes, a nap, and my first apricot ale since last summer and you've got a baller day, friends. 

and a solo of Knox just because he's so darn cute. ((onesie from the wishing elephant // blanket from stitched simplicity))


Monday, April 29, 2013

veggie spring roll recipe

Today's post ((from the OSJ archives, originally posted here)) is a yummmmmy recipe that is one of my favorites. It's light & fresh, filling, and fun to make. When I added these to my meal plan for the week, I forgot to buy meat, thus the vegetarian recipe. However, if you want to buy some beef (*marinade recipe at the bottom) and add it, it's deeeelicious. Shrimp would be mighty tasty too. 

Here's what you'll need:

This is what the packaging looks like for the rice noodles & spring roll wrappers. Go to a local Asian market and pay less than four bucks for both. 

1. Wash & cut veggies.  

2. Place rice noodles (try not to break them) in a large bowl & pour boiling water over them until they are submerged, giving them a stir every now and then until cooked. This should take less than 5 minutes. Drain and then run cool water over them and drain again. This stops the cooking process so they don't get all mushy. 
TIP: toss the noodles in some sesame oil to keep them from being TOO sticky.
3. Marinade and cook meat, if desired. 

Take one wrapper and spin around in bowl of warm water. Make sure you've fully saturated it. Place on plate. As you fill your spring roll, the rice paper will continue to get softer. 

Start with the noodles and place a small handful on the right hand side of the wrapper. 

Proceed with the lettuce (romaine or living lettuce works great). I ripped one piece into a few smaller pieces.

Keep filling with veggies and bean sprouts. Don't overstuff it. We're not making a chipotle burrito here, folks. 

Do as I say, not as I do. This should be moved over closer to the side. At this point, this is what you should have. Your paper will be clinging to the plate, but don't be alarmed. It peels right off. 

Add a drizzle of sauce on top. Mine is just Kroger brand that says "spring roll dipping sauce." Super fancy, y'all. 

This takes practice, so don't get discouraged. Fold in the sides a bit, and as you hold them in place, start to roll from the side that the veggies are on. You should be nudging the veggies into the roll to keep it kind of tight. Stretch the rice paper gently as you roll, so that it's nice and tight. It's magic. 

Cut in half...not completely necessary...and serve with sweet chile sauce ((aka spring roll dipping sauce)). This was basically the condiment of choice when we lived overseas and was served with everything from eggs to french fries, so I've become quite partial to it.

Take that, ketchup. 

It would also be delicious served with peanut sauce. I have a great recipe for that somewhere. Maybe for another post ;)


*marinade for beef (I buy several lean steaks): 1 cup water/1 cup sugar/1 cup soy sauce/ 1 tbsp  sesame seed oil/ 1/2 tbsp black pepper / 6 garlic cloves, chopped / 3 green onions, sliced / 2 inches of ginger root, squeezed for juice or sliced 

Friday, April 26, 2013

((favorite things friday)) lindsay's summer staples

I love letting friends take over my blog for a day. Today, y'all get to hear from Lindsay from Hello Hue. If you don't already follow her blog or haven't checked out her etsy shop, HOP TO IT! She's the sweetest and so inspiring. 

Hey Oh, Sweet Joy readers! Kim is taking a little break to spend time snuggling sweet baby Knox, so I'm jumping in here to share a Favorite Things Friday post with you!

I hear through the grapevine (ahem, Instagram and Twitter), that it's still a bit chilly in some parts of the States. I promise you though-- summer is coming! In anticipation of warm breezes, sunshine and pink lemonade sipping, I thought I'd share some of my current 'must-haves' for this summer.

{'Soho Spirit' Bloom Theory camera strap} Ok, I don't own this baby, but if I had the cash, you can bet that I would. All of the Bloom Theory camera straps are simply gorgeous and perfect for toting around your camera this summer.
{American Eagle Midi Shorts in dark denim} Is it just me, or are shorts getting shorter and shorter? (Maybe that's just me getting older...) I love these midi shorts-- they're the perfect length to showcase those tanned legs without showing off too much, if ya know what I mean.
{Garnier Skin Renew BB Cream} Honestly, I'm not a big makeup girl, but these next two items are my staples. Garnier's BB cream has the perfect amount of coverage and SPF, while still feeling weightless on my skin. I recommend it to everyone.
{Clinique Chubby Stick} On my frumpiest days, a little color on my lips goes a long way. If nothing else, be convinced by the awesome color names. Chunky Cherry is my current favorite shade, but I'm thinking about branching out to Two Ton Tomato for the summer.
{The Hard Case by Gelaskins in CheckMark} For as much as I have my phone out to snap pictures and keep in touch with fam back home, I needed a great case. I love the bright colors and great protection of my Gelakins case.

Ok, so, I'm curious--  what are your summer staples?


Thanks so much Lindsay! I think I need those shorts and I am loving a good lipstick these days. 


Thursday, April 25, 2013

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Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Welcome to the World, Baby Knox

Joshua "Knox" Davis was born last Tuesday night, right on time at the very end of my due date. He is healthy, happy, cuddly and likes to party at night time. 

We love him so, very much and are trying to find our new normal day by day ((and night by night)). More to come, I'm sure, soon...but until then here are some photos of his first week of life. I can't believe it's already been over a week!


Monday, April 22, 2013

((handmade monday)) peplum tank tutorial

((from the archives))
Originally posted here, about this time last year, I thought this little tutorial would be a perfect re-post for spring time weather. Enjoy!

Peplum is a repeat trend that I'm all about. It's feminine with a hint of retro, a bit flirtatious & sassy, and downright fun.

Cute, right? Today I'll teach you how to make a subtle peplum tank out of a large t-shirt. 

Here's what you'll need:
Elastic Thread
Bobbins (2)

Got it? Let's sew!
1. Cut off the bottom of your tee. I wanted mine to be a drop waist, so I tried it on and cut where I wanted it to hit. 
2. Using a tank top that fits you well, trace that shape onto your tee's top portion and cut out. 
3. Sew up the sides of the tank. I got fancy and did french seams. Once in a lifetime occurrence.

1. Wind up your elastic thread onto a bobbin and install into your machine as usual. 
2. Using your machine's widest stitch, sew around the top of your circular piece.
3. Keeping your tank portion right side out, turn your circular (now gathered) piece upside down AND inside out.  ((this photo doesn't really show that. sorry!))
4. Line up the raw edges and pin at the side seams and in the middle of each side. 
5. Stitch, just below the elastic thread so it doesn't show. 

Turn right side out and voila! Pair with your favorite scarf and be one of the first of your friends to wear the peplum trend!

scarf - anthro // denim - paige // leather bracelets - c/o flourish leather

use bias tape or a rolled hem foot to finish the raw edges of your tank. make a tee instead of a tank. do pleats instead of a ruffle for a "fuller" peplum. color block and use a different fabric for the bottom.


Friday, April 19, 2013

favorite things friday: garden party

Oh, springtime. Trees budding, sun shining, daffodils blooming, gardens planted, and green grass sprouting. Doesn't it all just make you want to put on your favorite floral prints and prance around? No? That's just me? Okay, well in the very least - every year I always want to throw a girly party where my best girlfriends come over to sip sweet cocktails from mason jars wearing their cutest dresses. I've never done it, but ONE year it will happen. In honor of this dream party, here are my favorite garden party themed finds. I'm obviously drawn to peach, pink & coral floral prints popping from a crisp white background these days. *wink*

shoes // cuff // scarf // dress // iphone case // paper straws

I mean, really. Does it get anymore feminine & pretty than that?


Thursday, April 18, 2013

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Tuesday, April 16, 2013

((outfit schmoutfit)) strawberry lemonade

This outfit is 100% brought to you by be-band. Just kidding, they're definitely not sponsoring this post, but it's the only reason I got to squeeze into wear my yellow stevies. I usually try to go tonal when I'm color-blocking, but I was thirsty when I got dressed so that resulted in a strawberry lemonade themed color-blocked outfit. Heh. You think I'm joking.

Cardigan, tank top, AG stevie ankle - Anthropologie
be-band, white layering tank - target
Diaperbag//Handbag - C/O Timi & Leslie
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