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Morgan
Creator/Writer/Editor: Currently living in Austin, TX w/Hubby & Yorkie Zola
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Mimosas in wine glasses are great grabbing fodder for an almost 9 month old stinker. You will spend most of your morning smelling like you have a drinking problem because of said spill. Husbands with broken thumbs that still make the best of every situation are sort of my hero. Ok, my total hero. Like probably a defining moment in our marriage, today. Toddlers don't like hard boiled egg yolks and might spit said yolk onto your perfect palatable belgiun waffle. Which is gloriously served to you and covered in strawberries and whipped cream. You will still eat said waffle.... Continue reading
Posted May 11, 2014 at CasaCullen
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Toxin (täksin) / noun: 1. an antigenic poison or venom of plant or animal origin, especially one produced by or derived from microorganisms and causing disease when present at low concentration in the body. ***** It's 3:48am. I can't sleep. My mind is racing. Why? Because I'm so excited to share this with you. My non-toxic journey began years ago. Fourteen, to be exact. I was a nanny. During my college summers. The family I nannied for was ahead of their time. Like way ahead. They had an organic certified farm about 20 miles outside of Boston. Total bliss, absolutely... Continue reading
Posted Apr 23, 2014 at CasaCullen
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(click to enlarge) I'll never profess to being some sort of toddler activity guru, but since bringing our lil' Clover into the fold, we've spent much, much, much more time around the casa. And not to mention, the horrendously frigid winter we've had, which hasn't helped the 'being indoors for days in a row' factor. If you follow us on Instagram, you've likely already eye balled a few of these. I'm sure you have some pretty ingenious ideas up your sleeve too. Will you share them with me? Pretty please tell me about your family's fave rainy day activities in... Continue reading
Posted Mar 19, 2014 at CasaCullen
We can DO IT lady! It's really hard, right? These serving hearts are so amazing that our partners have...but yeah, when you don't naturally have one, it can be a daunting task...ALL DAY, EVERY DAY! ;) I hope to hear back from you and I hope it helps...it's STILL helping me so very, very much! Cheers, Morgan
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So before we had this talking, idea spouting, imaginary play BIG BOY in our house...I never realized how much a parent serves their child. Why? Because you don't expect any gratitude from a little person that can't say a peep. A smile? A giggle? Sure. And on those really lucky days, a kiss. But until Nash could talk like a mini-adult, I never expected anything in return. Now that he spouts 'thank you's' like a boss, I started to realize what a hideous, God-awful server I am. No really, I am. Similar to how Nash feels about celery. And many... Continue reading
Posted Mar 3, 2014 at CasaCullen
I hear ya, lady! Nash has only ever watched a few videos of my phone and seen pictures. He's never held it for his own use and usually just picks it up and hands it to me. That's it. That's all the interaction he's had. Facebook, so very very addicting. You won't miss it. Well maybe at first! Update me on how it's going with the whole Fb free life! Proud of you. You'll have no regrets :) xo
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So this is me. To a t. Right now. You too? I've been taking a bit of a breather over on Facebook. Well, really...on everything. I used to check it all day long. On my phone. On my computer. It's so addicting. And I realized that. And yes, it's so hilarious to me that I used to own a social networking company. A few months ago, I removed the app from my phone. That felt good. Really good. Then I was still checking it online. On my phone. On safari. Such a cheater. So I erased that bookmark too. That... Continue reading
Posted Feb 22, 2014 at CasaCullen
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So a good girlfriend sent me THIS ARTICLE. I read it. Annnnnd I loved it. Especially the part where she mentions children actually helping in the kitchen. It got me thinking. Nash IS SUCH a huge help in the kitchen and is always begging to do so. Sometimes I comply. Sometimes I tell him it's play time and Mommy is cooking right now. Most mornings we make his smoothie together. Yeah, I get it. It takes about three times as long. And not to mention every ounce of mothering patience I can muster before I even have a drop of... Continue reading
Posted Jan 15, 2014 at CasaCullen
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Really? He's two already. Although I didn't cry, this birthday seemed a bit more surreal than Nash's first. I feel like I was all, 'Yay us, no hospital for a year' on his first birthday. On this, his second, I felt like I was mourning the loss of my baby boy...who is no longer a baby. So yeah, a bit emotional but it was so busy and fun that I didn't even have a second to get all teary eyed about it. We decided to do Nash's party on his real birthday, which fell on a Thursday. Since a majority... Continue reading
Posted Nov 24, 2013 at CasaCullen
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A good girlfriend of mine made this for us when we first had Clover. What a treat! She's Asian and I thought for sure it was some super secret family recipe, since her Mom actually owns a restaurant. Per chance she'd be willing to share it, I asked her if I could make it again while my Mom was here visiting. Because as y'all already know, we were in the kitchen whipping up all sorts of goodies HERE. She laughed hard when I told her and said she'd be happy to share. She said it is one of her favorite... Continue reading
Posted Nov 5, 2013 at CasaCullen
Well hey Erin! Thank you so much! So flattered to hear from such a busy Mommy, as yourself! You're so sweet! Have a great day, fellow mops momma! xo
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Becka, We'd love to be featured! Please provide a link back to our blog/this post! And please let me know when the link is live! Appreciate it!
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Her nursery will never be finished. It's a work in progress. I repeat, her nursery will never be finished. It's a work in progress. I've had to tell myself this multiple times as I struggle to share pics of a nursery that is still not 'done' in my eyes. But I've gotten so many emails asking to see some highlights. So here I am, putting myself out there, hoping y'all like what you see. I absolutely LOVE her room and think it is the perfect color palette for our little love angel. She is spunky, fiery, feisty but beyond sweet.... Continue reading
Posted Nov 2, 2013 at CasaCullen
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So my Mom was just here visiting. We had the best time. We did a whole lot of nuthin. No seriously. No big plans or huge outings. We just had a really relaxing and laid back time. It's always a total treat to have my Mom here. She really does spoil me. She's so amazing about getting me lunch while I'm putting Nash down for his nap or nursing Clover. She was also a huge help with both children. They adore her so much and that's such a blessing to see. One of the things we got to do while... Continue reading
Posted Oct 28, 2013 at CasaCullen
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Just like everybody else, we headed out to a pumpkin patch last weekend. One of our Facebook friends (keep up with us HERE) alerted us to the fact that First Evangelical Free Church has a patch where the proceeds go to help human trafficking. Done and done. We love giving our money to something that supports a good cause. HERE's more info on their pumpkin patch hours. We stayed for almost two hours and they have a great little playground about 10 feet from the patch, so Nash was in hog heaven. We packed snacks and made an afternoon of... Continue reading
Posted Oct 22, 2013 at CasaCullen
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Coordinated outfits, smiling children and no mayhem...there'll be time for that. I choose this memory...screamin' meamin' wild woman, toddler confusion, annoyed puppy, and all. ***** On this, my 33rd birthday, I feel old. I feel tired. I feel exhausted. But I feel fulfilled. I find myself getting rather sentimental about my present life. And, quite frankly, I'm getting super annoyed with all the blog posts that highlight selfish parenting and why I must always 'make time for me.' I'm over it. Blog posts that candidly explain how hard parenting is. Well, duh. And how hard marriage can be. Well, duh.... Continue reading
Posted Oct 4, 2013 at CasaCullen
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I die. Complete and utter amazement at these pics! They take my breath away and make me so happy to look at. We've already gotten some of the prints we chose and I'm chomping at the bit to hang them. But, as you very well know, I've been a bit busy. But just know it's on the horizon to share a master bedroom pseudo makeover cause I'm so tired of all our bare walls...they are fixin' to be filled with some gorgeous imagery! Ok, back to the amazing Rubigirl and her serious skills. I'm blessed to actually have Hollie in... Continue reading
Posted Sep 21, 2013 at CasaCullen
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What a perfect gift straight from God, our Clover. This sweet girl totally amazes me. Of course, as a Mother of just Nash, I had all this apprehension/anxiety about how I would/could share my heart and life with another child. It's so crazy how they arrive and you don't even think twice. They just fit. They're this piece of your puzzle. We didn't even skip a beat. Wam, bam, thank you ma'am...I'm a Mother to a precious little girl. And oh how precious she is to me. To us. I feel over the moon with thankfulness to God for her... Continue reading
Posted Sep 16, 2013 at CasaCullen
Jamie, I'm pretty sure my husband just popped them off with a knife/putty knife! Will that not work? Oh man, it was so long ago! If I ask him and he lets me know differently...I'll definitely update you :) Thanks, Morgan
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What a shower I had graciously thrown for me! I don't even know where to begin. I do not have the words. It was an absolutely gorgeous affair and I had so much fun. How blessed I am in friendship here in Austin and what a wonderful group of ladies showered our sweet baby girl (and me) with so many gifts, love and affection. I just wanted to highlight some of the thoughtful and creative details that my dear friend Mini Martha Lauren showcased. Oh how I love the details! A massive thank you to you, the amazing Lauren, who... Continue reading
Posted Jul 8, 2013 at CasaCullen
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(Click images to enlarge) Oh that Mel. She just kills me. It's been since THESE gorgeous pre-baby images and THESE first family photos that we've shared any of Mel's work over here on the blog. I literally cannot even look at that first set of pics without tearing up. Just thinking about the amazing boy that was inside of me, just waiting to make his entrance into this wild life. And now, he's this handsome little fella (at least we think so) with this amazing heart and inquisition for life. Mel did such an amazing job capturing Nash's true personality... Continue reading
Posted May 31, 2013 at CasaCullen
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I mean, come on, who doesn't love a good peanut butter cookie? Plus it's vegan. Plus it's almost organic. Plus it hit the spot when it comes to my crazy nut cravings this pregnancy. Seriously, I have surely already eaten my body weight, and then some, in nuts! These are super duper nutty. Mega rich. So know that a little goes a LONG way. Nash is a huge fan. Our neighbor Glenna took him for a walk and I had these waiting for them upon returning. Glenna was also ooohing, ahhhing and mmm'ing too! Walt gave them an ok, but... Continue reading
Posted May 5, 2013 at CasaCullen
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Delish and easy and only a few ingredients. Made these tonight for the fam and Walt and Nash loved them. We gave Nash his own dipping bowl of ketchup and that boy went to town. We paired them with Boca meatless chicken tenders and an orzo pasta. Yes, it was my preggo carb heaven. Ingredients: 1 medium eggplant 1/2 cup whole wheat bread crumbs 1/2 cup parmesan cheese 2 eggs whites Olive oil 1/2 tsp of dried oregano and basil salt & pepper Directions: Directions: Preheat the oven to 450°. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper and lightly spray... Continue reading
Posted Apr 30, 2013 at CasaCullen
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So I think there is some confusion about our gender reveal party. I keep getting emails that say, 'Ok, wait...you and Walt had no idea what you were having either? I don't understand how you pulled it off! Excited to hear the details!' Let me explain. We had our appointment for the anatomical screening on a Friday morning. At the appointment, we kindly asked the technician to place the gender of our baby in one envelope titled HEB (clearly writing the word boy or girl) and the pictures in another envelope for us to see later. We had to close... Continue reading
Posted Mar 24, 2013 at CasaCullen
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To say that this little nugget of goodness had a 'good' time at his first birthday party is the biggest understatement ever. Nash partied like a rockstar and had a blast. We're so glad for this although we did prepare ourselves for potential baby melt downs and crying fits, just in case. He was actually the most pleasant, attentive, laid back and observant little fella. And how about the man of the hour wearing an ensemble that totally matched the decor...love it! Those suspenders (below) killed me, ha! Even Zola was in her party attire, a sparkly puppy sweater! Although... Continue reading
Posted Dec 1, 2012 at CasaCullen