Saturday, November 30, 2013

Saturday, June 15, 2013

Greta's room...

We were down to the wire on getting this room finished and since i am a crazy lady who needs every last detailed finalized and finished before baby comes, this project took a real toll on my mental well being there at the end. seems so funny to me now though, i swear... those hormones will get cha.

This little sun room is right off of our bedroom, it's little but turned out being the perfect little space for baby greta, it's so close and convenient, yet completely closed off (there are two french doors that open to her room) so i don't feel like i can hear every single breath (though i guess that might be nice, even though i wouldn't get an ounce of sleep)

we had to refinish the wood floors in both our room and the nursery, paint (i went with plain old white)
and do some serious closet maneuvering to get the room ready to decorate. i wont even go into the window covering debacle because in the end i am obsessed with the curtains and can't believe i was planning on just blinds.

anyway, here it is in all its tiny, tiny glory...

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Friday, June 14, 2013

Baby Greta...

I haven't been around these parts in so long, i literally have no clue what i'm doing. For reals, this post has taken me 3 hours to publish. and I'll just be up front and tell you right now... it's nothing special.  Except for what is special is that we welcomed baby number four to our family on May 10th and let me tell you, that was one magical day.

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 Sooo let me introduce you to Greta Furstenau born at 2:54pm on May 10th, weighing 8lbs. 1oz.

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She really is just the sweetest baby ever and we are all pretty much obsessed with her.

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I'll be back in the next few days to share her nursery, if there is anyone out there who still cares...

Wednesday, March 07, 2012

shellac at home.

i got the whole outfit to do shellac at home and i'm honestly pretty obsessed. i'll give you a run down of what i got (maybe there are cheaper/better options, but i am really happy with what i have)

i got this lamp. i like it because it has room for two hands (or feet) to be cured at the same time.

this cnd shellac brand base coat

and this cnd top coat

i got a mix of both gelish and cnd colors (both seem to work great and you can use gelish with the cnd system) the benefit to the gelish polish is that there are many more colors to choose from and the bottle is twice as big. be careful though, i cant stop buying polish. it's become an addiction and i literally want every color. they are on the spencey side though.

basically the process is super easy and really fast.

first you apply a thin layer of base coat, cure the coat under the UV lamp for 10 seconds (it will still be sticky so don't be surprised!)

then you paint a thin layer of color on, cure under lights for two minutes

then another coat of color, cure for 2 minutes again

next, apply the top coat and cure for three minutes

after you are done you need to take a cotton swap with alcohol on it and wipe each nail to take off the sticky coating


your nails are perfectly painted, totally dry and most likely wont chip or peel for a good few weeks.

please forgive me for the horrible iphone photos.
gelish allure with two coats of gelish twinkle on top.

gelish jet set with one coat of twinkle on my ring finger.

you can get fancy and do glitter shellac too. i did this on my sister today and i am in love with how they turned out. you can find all the info you'll need to know here.

let me know if you have any questions! have fun :)

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

secret recipe.

if you want to be the mom that makes the world's best chocolate chip cookies, then this one's for you.

that was my mom growing up. but sadly her recipe does not work in utah. i kid you not, with the altitude (or maybe that my mom is stingy with her recipes and never really divulges her secrets) i can't get her recipe to produce the wonderous cookies i remember from my childhood.

then my sister in law erin shared this recipe with me. OH MY, THE BEST. and i have tried a lot of recipes. they are big, fat and chewy deliciousness. oh and they are really pretty too.


here is the recipe.


2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup unsalted butter, melted
1 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup white sugar
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1 egg
1 egg yolk
2 cups semisweet or milk chocolate chips

Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C). Grease cookie sheets or line with parchment paper.

Sift together the flour, baking soda and salt; set aside.

In a medium bowl, cream together the melted butter, brown sugar and white sugar until well blended. Beat in the vanilla, egg, and egg yolk until light and creamy. Mix in the sifted ingredients until just blended. Stir in the chocolate chips by hand using a wooden spoon. Drop cookie dough 1/4 cup at a time onto the prepared cookie sheets. Cookies should be about 3 inches apart.

Bake for 15 to 17 minutes in the preheated oven, or until the edges are lightly toasted. Cool on baking sheets for a few minutes before transferring to wire racks to cool completely.

* i use milk chocolate chips.

** i like to sprinkle a tiny pinch of sea salt on mine. mmmmm. if you're in to that sort of a thing.

*** don't be tempted to make them smaller, they aren't as good (texture is compromised) and trust, you will want them big :)

and just in case you were wondering how cute lewie is at 7 months old...

really, really, really cute!

Sunday, January 08, 2012

estee's room

i finished her room right before the baby came. well, mostly finished... i needed to figure out window coverings. needless to say, baby came and it still hasn't happened. soon, hopefully soon :)

i wish i had before photos. we did a ton of work in here. chris did the bead board built in and ann and i (mostly ann because i was 900 months pregnant) made the cushions for that and the headboard. the room has a really great little pop out play room with swinging doors that estee loves to hide all her treasures in. i hope it's a magical room for her, that's what i was going for.

i love this print from the suffrage, these are the kind of women i want estee looking up to.

oh, just kidding, i whipped some up. nice, right?!

i'll post simone's in the next couple of days.

Thursday, December 08, 2011

today i will blog...

can you even believe lewie is 5 months old?! he is sitting and grabbing at everything and even eating a few sweet potatoes.

i cant even wrap my brain around the fact that it has been almost 3 months since i have blogged. really, lewis was just wrapped up all cozy in that white bamboo blanket smiling sweetly for my camera... yesterday, it feels like.

i blame my desperate need for sleep. i don't know what has come over me but all of the sudden, i really crave my sleep. so instead of staying up all night blogging (or baking, or crafting, or decorating or just watching trash t.v.) i sleep.

i also blame my broken computer. the screen has been shattered and virtually unusable.

and also, instagram. i wish everyone could be on instagram. i love it, it's so convenient and i just love getting a little peek into all of my friends lives in real time. (@amyfurstenau is my username) hopefully soon, it wont just be for iphone users.

i am really going to be around here more often. promise, promise.

me and lew singing a duet. i cant blame this guy for my lack of blogging. he is an angel baby. i repeat, he is an angel baby. i couldn't have asked for a more sweet, patient, laid back and HAPPY baby. i am so in love.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011


okay, be honest. have you been wondering why i have been spelling lewis' nickname louie instead of lewie? well, if you have, you are certainly not alone. pretty much my whole family has been up in arms as to why i am spelling his name louie on the blog. i don't really have an answer other than i am kind of an idiot after i have a baby. maybe always i guess. so he will now be know as lewie around these parts...(are you happy now, mom!) :)

anyway, here are a couple of lewie. he is as sweet as they come. really and truly.

and oh how i love it when he starts boxing...

are you on instagram? i am practically 20 times a day while i feed baby booie (as jude calls him) my user name is amyfurstenau, follow me so i can follow you too!

one of my favorites...

see my photos here

Friday, September 09, 2011

it's not easy (louie's heart edition)

all i can say is being a mom is totally and utterly heart wrenching sometimes. this was one of those days...

at louie's 2 month appointment his pediatrician heard a heart murmur and referred me to a cardiologist to have it checked out. they couldn't get me in for 10 days and of course i was worried sick waiting (i also made the rookie mistake of looking at the internet. why do i do that time and time again and when will i learn?) we took him in on wed. and it was one of the most stressful days of my life. they did a bunch of tests before the cardiologist even saw him and everything looked great, everyone was commenting on how chunky and healthy he looked and assured me he did not look like a baby with a heart problem. so i was feeling pretty good. when the time came for the doctor to come and asses him and listen to his heart she pretty much reiterated what everyone had said up until that point, even adding that he may not even need the echocardiogram. well, she took one listen and i could tell she was concerned, especially when she called a cardio med student in to listen to it. she basically told me that from listening to his heart she was pretty certain that he had a hole between the two bottom chambers of his heart. the tears started to flow. for all of us. the news was unexpected and scary. she told us nothing was certain until the echo but that she felt that is what was causing the murmur. the echo took 45 min. and baby louie did so good and was so patient, even smiling and then drifting off to sleep. we met with the doctor afterwards who informed us she was happy to be wrong, baby louie's heart is structurally perfect, free of any holes. he does however have pulmonary valve stenosis (a mild case) it is where the valves that take the blood from the heart to the lungs are not quite opening as large as they should so the heart has to do a little extra work to get the blood to the lungs, thus causing the murmur the doctors heard. good news compared to what we were looking at but still devastating to find out your baby has anything but a perfectly working heart.

but i am so grateful.

my boy is healthy and happy and wont even need to be seen again by the cardiologist for a whole year.

i'm telling you though, there is nothing in this whole world that compares to the worry a mother has for her sick (or potentially sick) child. it is torture.

i am humbled by this experience and am even more grateful to my father in heaven for the blessings in my life.

life is so good. even when it's really really hard.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

the first grade...

my beautiful estee started the first grade today. i cant believe how quiet our house was today without her. its a good thing i have my baby louie to snuggle and cuddle all day long. and i've got my sweet simone who wont go all day for another two years... whew!

here she is all decked and ready to go...

what was that you cried? you want to see photos of baby louie? he sure is sweet... :)

Friday, August 12, 2011


these past six weeks have been the longest slash shortest 6 weeks of my life. strange how time can play tricks on you like that. baby boy and i have spent the last month and half at home, falling more and more in love of course :) but we have started our enterence back into the real world and i must say, it feels really good (except when i wake up in the middle of the night with anxiety thinking about the person in the store two aisles down who was coughing!)

hopefully i can be a better blogger too.

here are my instagram and hipstmatic photos from the last few weeks...

Thursday, July 28, 2011

the first look...

after a fast and pretty near perfect labor my baby boy was placed right on my chest for some skin on skin time... i remember taking one look at him and thinking, i have seen you, i have fallen completely in love with you and now i cant ever be without you. its amazing how quickly your whole world can shift and change. how your love can just keep on expanding. im so grateful for that.

here are some pictures of wonderful louie's first month.

** i cant believe that my mom was here for three weeks and i don't have one photo of her. sad. but oh how grateful i am to her for coming and helping and loving us all so much. the transition to three has been lovely and i know that i have her to thank for that. i love you so much mom.