I’ve been meaning

I’ve been meaning to start typing this post for the last 30 minutes but I’ve been having waves of the nastiest hot flashes that I couldn’t focus.

You don’t care about my hot flashes though.

This past week has felt crazy busy between Christmas prepping, house prepping for my parents visit, and more house renos/improvements.

Woof, I’m tired just thinking about all of it.

But I am SO excited for Christmas, my parents and getting this house in ship shape!

We finally had the carpet installed in our basement and living room. Guess what? Layla threw up on it shortly after the installers left. Then Reggie pooped on it. Good dogs. We also sold a ton of stuff on Kijiji. Then bought MORE stuff from Kijiji. I think our house is finally coming together which is super exciting. But I’m willing to bet that once everything is finally done, we’ll be ready to move. Womp womp.

I’ve also been a baking MACHINE. Mmmm, I can’t wait for my mom to get here so we can team up and bake bake bake! So far I’ve made Peanut Butter Blossoms,  Apple Crisp, Iced Oatmeal Cookies, and Red Velvet Chocolate Chip Cookies. I had another recipe I was planning to put together tonight, but I forgot one of the main ingredients while I was at the grocery store! Pooo.

I also went to Market Collective with my friend Susie. It was a pretty neat shopping experience- all the vendors were really unique (but a tad too rich for my blood). I managed to snag a few small goodies but I can’t tell you what they are because some of them are gifts!

Ah, I’m so boring because I don’t feel like adding any pictures. And I totally forgot what else I was going to type. Better get back to catching up on my recorded episodes of Kourtney and Khloe, My Five Wives, and AFV. Quite the variety if you ask me!

Tell me, what are you baking around the holidays? I’d love some ideas for something new to add to my list this year! 

 

Minted.

Hey friends! How are things going for you so far this holiday season?? Who’s done with holiday shopping? (If you are, shame on you overachiever!. Also, I’m jealous)

Anyways, just popping in today to share with you a pretty neat site, Minted- an online stationary store powered by a global community of designers. The people from Minted got in touch with me and wanted to see if I’d like to explore their entirely new families of products (what? not just stationary you say? Exactly. How cool is that?!) So of course, I checked out the site to see what they had to offer.

Sidenote: Baby L is making his debut in 4 months and I’ve been scouring online shops to find a good assortment of prints/art to hang in the nursery.

Sidenote #2: Minted just so happens to offer a variety of Nursery Wall Art that is right up my alley!

Here are some of my favorites from the Nursery Wall Art section:

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Animal World Map limited edition art print by Jessie Steury

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Play All Day, Sleep All Night by Lisa Nelson

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We will Rock You by Tami Bohn

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Squirrel House limited edition art print by Krista Messer

There are so many options even just within this category! You can have them customized to include your child’s name, color preference, etc.

Ok, so once I was done ogling over all the art I want to buy for the baby’s room, I decided to head on over to the holiday section to sneak a peak at some holiday cards. (After briefly passing by home decor, FABRICS, gift wrap, the list goes ON!)

*IF* I were to send out cards this year, I would totally opt for these: ornament cards! What a neat idea- those who celebrate Christmas can hang it on their tree, and those who don’t can include it in their holiday card holder collection. Better yet, you can choose the backing (photo vs no photo)

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Tis The Season Chalkboard Holiday Ornament Cards

Well that didn’t take long to find the one I want. If you’re interesting in browsing other types of holiday cards, postcards, photo cards or ornament cards check out this page.

Ok, brain just went back to baby things. On to birth announcements! Some that I like:

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I have to stop now because I think I could just about share every template they have to offer. And I just noticed they also do calendars and baby books. Dying.

Have you ever used Minted? What did you get? Please excuse me while I go back and choose another 350927352 prints I want for the baby room….

 

It’s December!

It’s December and I’m super freaking happy because the next month consists of cookies and candles and food and presents and CHRISTMAS MOVIES.
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I’ve already burned through a ton of 3-wick candles and managed to whip up large batches of peanut butter blossoms and iced oatmeal cookies.

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1-800-SUGAR-RUSH.

What have I been up to, hmmmm…..

I put on real clothes for a wedding

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I did yoga at home with Layla (lately she has been stuck to me like glue and follows me wherever I go. As I type this, she is laying under my chair with her chin resting on my foot.) ALSO- my workouts have started to pick up again! I’ve added more interval training back in because I think my body- even going through this HUGE change- was getting ‘settled’ with my workouts. I have had a ton of energy and have really felt great.

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I bought a ton of baby crap. It’s both overwhelming and exciting. So far, we have a crib, pack n play, stroller, car seat and dresser (that my mom and I will be refinishing!)

This is also currently en route to my house:

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Tyler didn’t get it at first, but I bought it as soon as I saw it because it’s hysterical. Probably because I know Spanish and he knows French. Hashtag language barrier.

Also, can we please talk about how my SON (WHOA SO WEIRD TO TYPE THAT) is going to be a dual citizen before me? No fair.

T-minus 136 days until I can refer to this chart:

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My Christmas spirit animal is THIS LADY

I think 90% of my xmas shopping is online this year. Downside of this? It takes approximately 472 days for ANYTHING to ship in Canada. Oh well.

Speaking of online shopping, does anyone have any Etsy shops they recommend? I am literally obsessed

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with Etsy and could buy just about everything. Please leave comments with any recommendations!!

 

 

 

 

On the Radar

This week, I’ve been obsessively scouring Etsy. It’s kind of ridiculous. But just as I’m adding things left and right to my shopping cart, I realize how much I hate spending money and how much I’ll need to actually save before going on mat leave (FOR A YEAR, you guys. Canada is so cool like that).  BUT, if you have any favorite Etsy shops you think I should check out, PLEASE let me know!!! :)

I’ve also been pretty obsessed with candles and ice cream and hot chocolate this week. Tyler and I scored a massive deal on 3-wick candles and I’ve been lighting them up all over the place. It makes me feel so cheery. So does hot chocolate with way too many mini marshmallows.

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Next on my obsession list is how much I’ve actually enjoyed researching what baby items I want. (But it’s only enjoyable if I don’t look at the price tags). It’s crazy how different Canada is versus the US on top picks for various items. Plus, I have the help of my trusty ol’ Baby Bargains book.

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10th edition, obviously. For all the latest and greatest. I’m way too excited to head to a baby store tomorrow after work to check out all my top picks in person!

Know what else I’ve found to be addictive as hell? Two Dots.

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Thanks to this game, I’ve been successfully occupied (at work) for hours!

Other things on my radar lately:

  • dried fruit
  • homeland. OH MY GOD this week’s episode got my SO worked up. I won’t say anything in case anyone out there hasn’t seen it yet. But……SAUL!!!
  • any exercise using a kettle bell. SO fun.
  • Christmas decorations. I’m currently on the hunt for a few stocking holders and maybe some other decorative bits for the mantle. Anyone have pointers/suggestions?
  • vitamin D gummies. I can’t wait to have 2 every morning. So tasty with my daily glass of chocolate milk.
  • lululemon wunder unders. Life savers for every day. every occasion. every size of belly.
  • actually going online after shopping and filling out the surveys mentioned on the bottom of receipts to win stuff. Yes, I spent the good part of an hour completing a dozen or so of these last weekend. Fingers crossed I win something!
  • My parents are coming to stay with us for the holidays (4 WEEKS!!) and I was just able to find them each a good comfy pair of slippers and robes to use while they’re here. Can’t wait for them to be here! Not so secretly bummed that I can’t wine it up with mom on Christmas.
  • Figuring out what the hell I want for ME for Christmas. Diamond earrings will always top the list until I get another pair (I know, so spoiled that I have a set already and still want another for the extra set of holes in my ears)
  • Going to spin again this weekend! It’s so fun and exciting to do these high-intesity workouts now incorporated with a ton of my stretching, yoga, pilates and other low-impact workouts as of late.

PS: Guess what?! We’re having a BOY!!!!!

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Riddle Me This

Riddle me this, internet. WHY would it cost only $10 for me to mail something to the US and have it arrive a week later, but it costs $14 to mail the same size box within Canada- only it takes TWO weeks? Silly Canada post. 1 point to Newman.

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I built another wine rack this weekend! Because you know, I’m really into wine these days. Pffff

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Oooh, and I FINALLY went to a spin class this week! I originally bought a 10 class hot yoga pass to my favorite studio Hot Yoga and Spin on Crowfoot, but when I found out I was preg, I asked if I could transfer the pass to spin instead. Then I just felt like shit for 3 straight months, so I never got to go. Good news: I loved the class! I’ve actually never taken a class that requires clip-in shoes, but I found it to be WAY better than using cages. The instructor had a rockin’ playlist and attitude which really got me pumped up.

I was actually nervous the first few minutes of class because I didn’t want to get my heart rate up too much and hurt the thing in my stomach (read: baby). But I managed to keep everything at my own pace as much as I could and pushed myself a little bit. IT FELT GOOD. End of story.

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PS: If anyone at work asks me ONE MORE TIME how I’m feeling I’m going to bop them on the head. (Does anyone else get annoyed by this? I get the genuine concern and all, but that doesn’t mean it’s ALL I want to talk about)

I went to a tea party last week with my Calgary pal, Susie! Good news: It was fun to hang out and try some new teas. Bad news: I found out that I can drink like ZERO of them because apparently there are SO many different things I can’t consume. Whatever, I still bought some and a really cute glass mug/steeper thingy.

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Things I’ve been obsessed with lately:

-fruit by the foot/fruit roll ups (yup, stopped at Safeway after spin class and bought a few boxes. They’re gone already)

-The Good Wife. Still on season 1- only because I watch it in bed and usually fall asleep in about 5 minutes.

-the Lush Snowman Shower Jelly and their Lovely Jubblies breast cream (it was REALLY hard for me to type that B-word.) And I’m actually using that -ish all over my body since it’s basically a firming cream and it smells like heaven mixed with rainbow sprinkles and ponies and naps. (it smells good)

-I can’t stop listening to Fergie’s new song. And I can’t stop laughing about it- because if that video is supposed to rep people from LA (cough cough, where I was born and raised) should I be wearing a massive platinum braid and riding around in a bus decorated with palm trees and a giant skull? And I’m also laughing if there were ever a song about Canada Love- everyone would be drizzled in syrup with fuzzy boots and hockey pucks.

I was looking on Etsy for some new Christmas stockings and ummmmm, they’re expensive. I sent a pic of some I like to my mom and she sent me back a pic a few days later of some she made for me…FOR FREE Y’ALL.

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P.S. Note the price on the top Etsy pic. And I think that’s the price for only THREE.

Ooh, and guess what? My otter box iPhone case broke a few weeks ago and I got a replacement from them for free! Pretty sweet, huh? Their website shows you what you need to submit to get a replacement under their warranty.

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And I got a new dress for a wedding. It’s peplum so apparently that makes it flattering around the midsection??

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Last but not least, the best photo I could get of the three of us at the river before the friggin snow and -29 degree weather kicked in:

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No Elsas

You guys- prenatal massages are legit the best thing ever (minus bagels with cream cheese). I had one last week and it was SO relaxing. I went to  The Spa Ritual right by my house and had an hour massage followed by a mini nap on the heated stone chair. Oh boy, I’d do anything to go back real soon. In fact, I already booked my next appointment in a couple weeks!

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I’ve started to pick up the intensity of my workouts in the last couple of weeks, which is sort of a double edged sword. On one side, it feels amazing to move my body and sweat. On the other, it makes me so damn tired! (Don’t worry, I stop whenever I get too tired, I get that there’s like a CHILD to consider). But, WOO!

 

 

 

 

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I bought a few maternity tanks at Target when I was in the states a few weeks ago. I’m kind of kicking myself for never having bought them before I was pregnant because they are nice and long and I love them. I’m also majorly bumming that Athleta is super expensive to ship to Canada because I NEEEEED all the Breathe tops (tanks, short sleeve, long sleeve).

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I made bread pudding for the first time this weekend. Let me rephrase that: I made bread pudding for the last time this weekend. The verdict? I don’t like bread pudding. Lesson learned. I do, however, know that I like cinnamon Life cereal.

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I’m reading a book! Ok, well I am reading a couple books, but the non-baby related one is worth sharing:

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We had ZERO Elsa’s trick or treat at our house on Friday. I thought for sure every little girl was going to show up as her. Just our luck, we only had a few kids and they were either super little babies or older boys.

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I also have about 3059723059273 full sized candy bars still in my cupboard, so THAT’s deadly.

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Just when I thought home renos were over, we have started redoing our basement. Yuck and yay at the same time. I’m not looking forward to all the mess and chaos and stress (ok, who am I kidding. Tyler is doing most of it. And I have a good excuse) but I AM looking forward to having a more useable, comfortable living space!

Your turn: What’s your favorite recent purchase? (I’m on an online shopping kick)

And now I ramble

I think I’ve meant to sit down about 35823529 times to actually type a post. But then I’d either fall asleep, eat, or fall asleep again. MY B YOU GUYS.
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Since I posted the big BABY news a couple of weeks ago, people from various forms of social media have actually asked me to write about my experience so far. WHAT? You people want to hear about how bad my boobs hurt, that I feel like sh*t and only want to eat bagels with cream cheese? (Didn’t you already watch What to Expect When You’re Expecting?) Ok, so I don’t really want to do official updates – or, OMG, BUMPdates…puh-lease, but I guess I’ll fill you in on some of the funzies. Sidenote: I’m actually making a scrapbook of this preg to document things, so that’s cool.
First- I just wanted to recap my trip HOME last week!! Activities included:
-Going to the Adirondack Flames home opener (funny that I live in Calgary and the Calgary flames AHL team is now in my parent’s hometown)
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-Going to Lake George
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-Getting apple cider donuts
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-Shopping IN AMERICA. My my my, I bought so much stuff and I have ZERO retail regrets. That hardly ever happens.
-Scrabble (I won every game)
-Trip to Boston to see all of my favorites! ‘Favorites’ include a handful of humans and Trader Joe’s
-Bunco with my mom and all of her old lady friends. I won.
-Setting up Netflix for my parents. Insert approx 3 fits of rage here.
-Mexican food, pizza, sandwiches, and dinner at my FAVE spot- Bistro Leroux. Sad I didn’t have tequila, beer, or wine to pair with these.
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-SHOPPPPPPPING (said in Oprah voice)
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-helping my dad relocate a skunk. Ps: we trapped it in the backyard and released it at the airport. Because that makes sense. Pps: It would make sense if you knew it was a tiny tiny tiny local airport and it was beyond the runway so I’m guessing he’s ok.
-NAPS. Oh my god, I napped so much. We would either be out walking around shopping all day or actually going for long walks and it would just totally wipe me out.
-RUNNING! I started running again after 8 weeks! Woop. Also, running is hard. Let’s just say there were a lot of walking intervals.
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-mani/pedi. She even fixed up my nasty dried feet courtesy of Calgary weather.
Ok, I’m tired now. Let’s talk about my knocked up status, shall we?!
First off, I officially don’t care about what the hell I’m eating. Ok, that’s a lie. I DO care, but hot DAMN I crave absolutely zero things except carby carby goodness. And OJ. And fruit. And then there was a gummy worm incident… And guess what? I’m so freaking happy. I love food and food loves me. More specifically, my ass. But let’s not get into that.
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I’m just gonna say one word and then we’re all gonna pause and laugh, ok? The word: workouts.
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HAHAHAHAHAHAHA
Um, no.
For a while, I was only walking and stretching. Then I added in some DVDs- yoga/Tracy Anderson. Then strength was thrown back into the mix. But I mean, there is almost zero intensity. And guess what? Just like the food situation..I’m so freaking happy. I make sure I move, and when I’m tired I stop. And stretching is a god send for those days when I put gym clothes on and my body’s all: ohhhh HELLLLL NO.
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Things I can now attest as true:
Pregnancy brain. Yup, I am officially stupid.
Mood Swings. Or as Jenny McCarthy referred to is as: psycho chick? Yeah….poor Tyler.
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This last one might throw you for a loop, but holy moly are weekend mornings glorious when I no longer wake up hungover! Just gimme a bagel and I’ll be happy as a clam.
So far, I have only purchased one baby-thing: a diaper bag. And let’s be honest, it’s really for ME and not the BABY. It’s a pretty slick Petunia Pickle Bottom piece that I can’t wait to make Tyler carry.
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-These headaches are the devil! I think they’re made even worse with the stupid lighting at my office and all I want to do is Stevie Wonder it up with a cool pair of shades just to be able to look at my computer screen.
-I can only sleep on my right side which is really annoying. Sometimes, when I’m sneaking in some episodes of Scandal (yes, I started it and yes, I’m hooked) under the sheets, I try to lay on my left and about 2 mins into it my body hates me. Like hates me a lot.
Time to go eat a bagel. Or nap. Or stretch.