Weekend Recap

The good thing about this Monday is that it’s another Monday closer to getting this baby out! Woop. Anyways,  I had a hard time remembering what the hell I’ve been up to the last few days, but here’s what I’ve come up with: Thursday: I ran a ton of errands. Boring. Had my weekly doctor appointment, went to Ikea for some frames, got my rings cleaned, picked up some goodies at the farmer’s market, then paint at Home Depot. Not surprisingly these days, it left me completely exhausted so I’m thinking there were about a half dozen naps taken that day. Same goes for Reggie. photo-44 Friday: I did something in the morning, but can’t remember what. Then decided to go to the mall to get my cardio in by walking around and managed to get some great steals at Target before it closes. I also swung by starbucks and treated myself to a frappuccino (something I haven’t had in about 13 years!) It was really good, especially enjoyed on the sunny patio with the pups. photo 1-41 Tyler put some movie posters in the Ikea frames I bought. These- and NFL memorabilia- are the decor in our basement/movie room. Oh, and Tyler made chicken parm for dinner and it was SOOO GOOD and I LOVE IT and I LOVE HIM FOR MAKING IT. yummmm. photo 2-40 Saturday: I woke up early and whipped up a carrot cake smoothie (recipe can be found here. I modified a bit based on what I had available) It was seriously good and tasted just like carrot cake. And….it was healthy! It’s a great solution when you’re craving a slice of actual carrot cake, but don’t have the time or desire to bake. photo 3-33 We then had our last childbirth class and this session focused on infant care. And yes, I’m still convinced I’m going to break this baby and freak out when he cries and not know how to properly swaddle and basically ruin his life. Ugh. Tyler had woken up sick, so I felt slightly guilty for sending him to the store mid-class to get me beef jerky and a protein bar. But I’m growing a human so I win. After class, we put a serious dent in our wallets at Costco then came home to gobble up some pizza from a new-to-us local place…that turned out to be not so great. HEY- you eat whatever’s in front of you when you’re hangry. layoff Sunday: Holy moly were we busy. Tyler did SO much around the house- lots of painting and mudding and cleaning and more cleaning and more cleaning. I managed to get all the laundry done, organize more stuff in the baby’s room, and pick up most all of the last items we need for said baby. PS: Walmart is a clusterfuck on Sundays. PPS: There’s a Dairy Queen near our house that has a drive-thru. How did I not know this? photo 4-22 The dogs lucked out for two reasons: 1) The weather was sunny and DRY, and 2) I was feeling good, so I took them to the park. They loved it. You know how I could tell they loved it? They crapped 4 times and slept like dead animals for the rest of the evening. dogs So that’s our weekend in a nutshell. Honorable mentions:

  • I am working out again! Still super modified, but my back has finally started to feel better and I can actually move! (Hips are now sore 24/7 and lots of ligament pain on my right side, but WAY more manageable. I have all my napping and chillin’ out maxin, just relaxin’ all cool to thank for that) Edited to add: I am still on short term disability, and I have that to thank for my improved condition. I have been able to get out of the house for errands, but that doesn’t come without discomfort and a lot of shifting/stopping/resting to accommodate my situation. I just don’t want anyone thinking I’m trying to take advantage of the time off!
  • I finished season 3 of Scandal and will now be forcing Tyler to download season 4 because  I need to be as current as possible. We started to watch Bloodline on Saturday, but I don’t think it’s going to be a hit with Tyler. I might watch it though since I have so much freaking time on my hands.
  • We ordered our pizza on Saturday via Skip The Dishes. It was our first time using the service, and it was pretty good to get GPS updates on where our driver was with our food!

Ok, I think it’s time for a nap now. How was your weekend?

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Oh my gosh you guys, I ordered the baby’s coming home outfit last week and I can’t wait to share with you! That’ll have to wait until he decided to come OUT of my body though. Hint: His whole ensemble is bought from various small, local shops- even better!

Quick sidebar: I think all this resting at home is finally starting to pay off. My back is way more manageable now! Hopefully typing that didn’t just jinx myself. This big-ass bump, however, is starting to give me a bit of grief. 3 more weeks. I’ve done a couple of home workouts: some T25 videos (in super-modification mode) and some strength circuits including this one which has finally given me that sore lower body feeling that I’ve been craving.

Weird that I crave workout soreness? Yeah.

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I really need to get out of the house. Or put makeup on once in a while just to feel normal. I’m doing you a favor by covering my face.

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Ok, ok, ok, sidebar is over.

So, I wanted to share some baby-related things that I’m absolutely COVETING. Perhaps this will make you want them too. Or perhaps this will give you inspiration to be a good samaritan and send them my way. I’ll totally give you my address if that’s your intention. (Don’t worry, we have already got most of the big-ticket items, so these should be fairly easy on your wallet! ;) )

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First up: Leggings. I want to buy ALL the leggings. And not the retail store leggings. The handmade ones.

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The leggings shown above can be found at (left to right) BabyBeans&Me, Tiny Threads, Vivie & Ash, BrikHOUSE, Alexandra Rose Handmade, BABYdeardotca

GOSH. I can’t get enough of them.

And then there are the SHOES. Tyler scoffs at me for lusting after all these things because he thinks the baby will grow out of them too fast and that it’s a waste of money. Um, dude, I am willing to forego my lululemon purchases for a while if it means my kid will be stylish. Thankyouverymuch. (OMG DID I JUST SAY I’D FOREGO LULULEMON? I need a drink very badly)

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ParkerAndPosie, handmadetherapykids, Potato Feet, Freshly Picked, Wilde Woods, City Moccs

And I obviously need this hoodie

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from Purl Lamb

And who can forget a tipi? (The baby’s room is small, but man oh man would I make room for one of these!)

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from Modern Tipi

Among a few other things:

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from fromtheseeds

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swaddle blanket from Baby Elle Apparel

Ok I think it’s about time I rip myself away from the computer because I might just put us in debt if I keep ogling over all these goodies!!

Do you have any favorite baby goods?? Please share!

Chai Pear Muffins

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So I bought a couple of pears last week and usually they take a couple of days before they get ripe enough for me to be able to eat them on their own. But it had been EIGHT days already and the pears were both still hard as a rock. So weird. But I really wanted to eat those suckers.

That, paired (see what I did there? Play on words) with the fact that I was only really comfortable with either a napping position or a standing position, I opted to take the standing position and whip up some sort of baked good that included these pesky pears.

I recently saw a post for Pear and Applesauce Muffins (recipe can be found here) but decided to change it up a bit based on the ingredients I already had. The result? A SUPER tasty, dense muffin. PS: Some people are strictly light-and-airy muffin goers. If that’s you, I’d stay away from my recipe, but maybe give the one linked above a go. If you can handle a more dense and hearty muffin, give this one a whirl.

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Chai Pear Muffins

  • 1/3 c plain greek yogurt
  • 1/2 c sugar
  • 3/4 c unsweetened applesauce
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 t vanilla
  • 2 c flour
  • 2 t baking powder
  • dash of salt
  • 2 t chai spice
  • 1 pear

I opted to use chai spice as I bought a jar of it from Epicure about 2 years ago and have only used it once since! If this isn’t available to you, go ahead and use apple pie spice. Or cinnamon. But chai is really such a unique flavor that I highly recommend picking some up if you ever see it in stores!

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1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees and heavily spray a 12 muffin tin with cooking oil (or use liners)

2. Add butter, sugar, applesauce, eggs and vanilla to a large bowl and use a beater to thoroughly combine. Add salt, baking powder and chai spice. Combine. Slowly add flour to mixture.

3. Fold in diced pear (cut into about 1/4 in pieces). Spoon mixture into muffin tins and bake for about 15 minutes or until tops of muffins ‘bounce’ back to the touch.

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Allow to cool on wire racks immediately after removing from the oven. Do not eat on the floor in front of your beagle. Beagles will beg.

Anyone use chai spice? Got a good recipe? I’d love some recommendations so I can use up my jar!

Weekend Recap

Not gonna lie, I’m like super uncomfortable. To the point of tears. While the time off from work has been great and I’ve been able to attempt relaxing, it’s still a struggle to find even a stretch of 20 minutes (sleep included!) where my back, my legs or my ribcage isn’t in rip-roaring pain.

I’m not complaining though, it’s only temporary pain! And heck, it could be WAY worse.

I have a pretty good support buddy, too.

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Yeah, sure Tyler is here too and he’s been great. But it’s more fun to snuggle with Layla. Especially since she gets up early with me and now follows me around like a shadow.

Ok, so onto the recap. It’s not very exciting.

Friday, I had my doctor’s appt. They did that swab thingy and used an ultrasound to check the baby was head down. He is! Thank goodness. Now my appointments will be weekly until he comes OUT. That night, we had pizza for dins and watched Unbroken and several episodes of Inside Man.

Saturday we had our third childbirth class. This week there were several flashcards involved (hello 3rd grade!) and we discussed breastfeeding. Pretty sure I’m still totally grossed out by it, but it’s cheaper than formula. And God knows we could used the savings.

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After the class, we went across the street to the hospital and checked out the labor and delivery floor just to get a lay of the land. It was so quiet! Which was weird, because the nurse at the check-in desk kept *quietly* running around exclaiming how busy she was! I also had a mini-anxiety attack because I don’t like hospitals. I’ve actually never been admitted to one before, so immmmmmm yeah.

We rounded off the afternoon with a trip to Home Depot. Surprise surprise! We picked up some paint and blinds for our kitchen windows (thank GOD for those blinds). I started to feel like shit, so I parked it on the couch while Tyler got to painting..supervised by Reggie…then made us dinner.

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We watched Interstellar then another few episodes of Inside Man. The movie was just alright- we agreed it was like Signs meets Contact. Meh.

Sunday, I got up early and made pancakes for myself. I keep forgetting to buy maple syrup, so I had to improvise with cinnamon raisin pancakes topped with a honey yogurt drizzle. Sounds great, tasted great, looks like shit, and now I want to gag just thinking about it. I want to chug maple syrup instead.

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I managed to do the laundry and Tyler managed to do just about EVERYTHING else around the house. He’s so good. I should buy him a present.

Nevermind, I’m making him a human.

We had hot dogs for dinner and I managed to NOT buy anything online, even though it was really the only thing I had the energy for. Is it just me, or does anyone else get online-shopping-happy then quit before checkout once you see how much shipping costs? I was going to order a bunch of stuff I needed from Rocky Mountain Soap, but then saw that shipping was $7 so I’ve decided to just task Tyler with the errand of going to their downtown location on his lunch break. Husbands are cheaper than Canada Post.

Ahaha, I just remembered that the woman teaching our childbirth class used a shark hand puppet and a stuffed boob to demonstrate breastfeeding. Just picture it. Maybe you’ll laugh too?

How was your weekend??

Flashback Friday

Another week in the books. Nothing too exciting to report on this end. Perhaps this picture can help give you an idea of how I’ve been spending my days:

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Pillows, blankets, dogs, nutella, water, tv and some fitness equipment. (Disregard the background- we are pairing that room this weekend and refinishing the fireplace. Finally. And by *we* I mean Tyler because it takes me 45 minutes to stand up from this couch.) So boring, But totally needed since I can’t really do anything anyways! I did try to run a couple of baby-related errands yesterday and 3 stops earned me a 2 hour nap and lethargic afternoon/evening. And my appetite is now gone. Which sucks because I kind of like food.

I did manage to pick up a smaller rug to place under the rocker so that it wouldn’t rock into the wall every time I stood up. I think I need to add a dog bed to the room as well because Layla is doing a good job of hanging out in there too.

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I’ve gotten incredibly clumsy over the last few weeks and dropped a figurine when I tried to put the rug down and it broke into a billion pieces. You might be able to see some of the pieces under the crib still because I’m lazy and didn’t want to reach for them yet.

Yesterday, my mom sent me some pics of when *I* was a baby, so I really wanted to share those. Can you tell I’m really getting into this whole baby thing? Holy crap it’s exhilarating and exhausting. PS: Why is Home Depot the only place with expectant mother parking? Sorry, but if I need something from Home Depot, I’m sending Tyler. Give me preferential parking at the grocery store! And the drug store! And the froyo shop!

Ok, back to some old pictures. Sorry if this is boring, but I find them completely hilarious either because of my whackadoodle chub or because of the glorious 80’s-ness (new word?) of my outfits.

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Glorious. Just glorious.

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These photos are rare because they capture some of the few moments where I was actually smaller than my mother. Case in point:

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See? She’s tiny. (Mom, don’t call me after you read this and yell at me. You’re cute in the pic so that’s all that matters)

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^^This is what I’ll look like if I keep it up with my current nutella consumption.^^

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Striking a pose. Remember when I tried to recreate one of my poses? Here’s a refresher:

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Cute/Not cute?

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Hope you have a great weekend! I know we will- Tyler and I are going to learn about breastfeeding! Cue the excitement!!

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Humpday Bumpday

More baby stuff to share! This week, I thought I’d give a little scoop on the online service, Babylist, that I used to register for some baby items we needed.

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The features that make BabyList unique are:

1. Add anything from any online store to your baby registry. This means everything from big boxes to little mom ‘n’ pop Etsy shops

2. You can even add gifts that you can’t find in stores. BabyList makes it easy to include requests for help and favors in your registry, like a home-cooked meal or babysitting.

3. Save gift-givers money — Prices can fluctuate a lot between the time you add items and when someone buys it. BabyList will show links to multiple stores that have the same item, so you gift-giver won’t end up paying too much.

4. Access a registry on the go with iPhone, iPad app, or Android app. (And check out those reviews. That’s a lot of love from real users, which means that’s an app that actually works!)

5. Registry Rewards at multiple stores.

6. You can talk to a real person — send an email (or call) and BabyList will respond. 

7. Free registry insert cards. BabyList makes it easy to drop a registry insert card in with your shower invitation, which makes it easy for your friends and family to find your registry.

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Pretty cool, right? I was able to get ours up and running within a couple of minutes and have since added the app to my phone so I can edit the list whenever the mood strikes.

I think the best feature of this site is that it allows you to add items from ANYWHERE online. LOVE. I didn’t want to be confined to just BabiesRUs (no offense if that’s the route you took) because other stores out there offer certain products that caught my eye.

Another great feature is that it allows me to add products from .ca sites and my US friends/family can still order them and get them delivered to me with no extra hassle! PLUS- we aren’t having a shower (total downfall of living so far away from practically all friends/family) so I was able to share the link on Facebook!

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So, if you find yourself pregnant and in need of a registry service, check out Babylist! (Also, if you want to buy me the baby things from my registry list, email me and I’ll send you the link..because um, yeah ;) )

FYI: This isn’t a sponsored post! I am just really impressed with Babylist and wanted to share it!

Have you heard of Babylist? Did you register? 

Cucumber Fruit Smoothie

Sounds kinda gross, right? But when you really want to sneak in some extra veggies (especially after a carb-filled weekend) what better way than in a smoothie?

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Ah if only the background of the above picture alluded to the chance of alcohol being included. Amiright?

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PS: that background is actually one of a set of napkins my godmother made for me a while back. I LOVE them. I need to have a cocktail party some time so I can bring them out again.

Ok, back to the smoothie. I didn’t really measure out the ingredients, but I wanted to keep it on the smaller side so I could also enjoy a slice of banana bread. Because of that, the frozen fruit I used didn’t so much make it your typical smoothie consistency, but more of a juice. Still, totally ok with that because it’s healthy and that’s what I need on a Monday morning. Don’t remind me that I accompanied my glass with the totally not healthy banana bread. Whatever, BALANCE.

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Cucumber Fruit Smoothie

  • Cucumber (I used about 1/3 of a super long english cuke)
  • Frozen pineapple chunks (small handful)
  • Frozen blueberries (small handful)
  • Plain greek yogurt (2 spoonfuls)
  • OJ (enough to cover about half the goodies in the blender)

Pretty basic, right? Note: If you’re not a huge cucumber fan, I probably wouldn’t recommend this as the cucumber taste is still pretty evident. Here’s the part where I’d normally tell you that this drink would be a great way to kick start the new work week. But, since I’m not going to work, I can attest that this smoothie did help me power through 3 episodes of Scandal. So that’s something.

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I fully anticipate repeating this smoothie throughout the summer when it’s hot/if I potentially need to lose baby weight (just won’t have it with the banana bread!) Plus, it’s a pretty neat change up from the typical addition of spinach or kale as the hidden veggie..especially when you don’t have either of those in your fridge.

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What’s your favorite way to sneak veggies? Have a fave smoothie recipe?