Maternity Photos

Many moons ago (aka pre-pregnancy) I thought that maternity photos were a silly waste of money. I mean, the only other time I have hired a photographer was for my wedding, and after seeing those prices, there was no way I was going to spend that kind of money for someone to shoot pictures of me when I’m fat.

Nope.

But then I got pregnant. And I got all mushy-gushy about everything related to pregnancy and baby. *damn hormones*

So, when I was off work for a week in February, I started doing some investigating online to explore the range of photographers in the Calgary area (i.e.: price, style, packages, location, etc). And it was overwhelming. Crazy overwhelming. Add that to my existing anxiety level and the fact that Tyler was in Toronto for the week and POOF, no bueno.

Then I remembered Whitney Cowan– a friend of a blog friend- who is a photographer. I have seen tons of her work online for various other local bloggers I know and I really loved her style. A few e-mail exchanges later and BOOM, maternity photos and newborn photos were booked!

We originally scheduled our session for when I was 36 weeks, but the weather didn’t hold up and we pushed it back another week. I kept my fingers crossed I didn’t have the baby before those photos were taken!! Anyhoo, we met Whitney at Rundle Ruins Park near downtown at 6pm and within an hour, she had taken a ton of photos. Whitney was great- she made us feel super comfortable and I immediately couldn’t wait to have her do our newborn shoot!

Ok, enough of my blabbing- here’s some of the photos!

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Thank you SO MUCH Whitney, we really love them!

PB&J Smoothie

Yup, another smoothie. And it’s SO good. Per usual.

I had kind of fallen off the peanut butter train for a while, but my dad came home from a trip to the grocery store with two large jars of pb the other day so I HAD to indulge. What better way than to add some of the sweet stuff to a smoothie!

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Gosh. I really do love my Vitamix. There are way too many combinations of smoothies I can throw together- especially now that I have a blender that actually BLENDS.

Saturday morning, I was craving a PB&J but didn’t really want the actual sandwich for breakfast, so I decided to try to whip something up in my handy dandy blender to mimic the awesome PB&J taste.

PB&J Smoothie

  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1 handful frozen strawberries (or any other berry)
  • 1 spoonful peanut butter
  • 2 spoonfuls plain greek yogurt
  • 2 T quick oats
  • Cashew milk (enough to make smooth consistency when blended)

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Noms. It was so good and tasted exactly like the sandwich! (but healthier??)

I also apparently felt compelled to draw a little heart in the new jar of pb. I must’ve been low on blood sugar or something.

Your turn: What’s your favorite PB&J version? 

Weekend Recap

Hey there! On to another week! To recap the last few days

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Thursday: My parent’s flight was delayed a ton of times, so they ended up not making it to Calgary on Thursday. Womp.

Friday: I picked up my parents from the airport around noon, dropped them off at home, then headed to my doctor appt. Per usual, everything checked out perfect- now I’m just beyond ready to get this baby out!!! O.U.T. We headed to Brewsters for an early dinner, then called it an early night since my parents got no sleep at O’hare the night before.

Saturday: Took the puppies to get their annual exams. Cough cough $450 dollars later cough cough. Ugh, not a good time to be on short term disability and be taking home a smaller pay check. We just hung out at the house the rest of the day and watched Taken 3 and The Wedding Ringer before bed.

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Sunday: Mom and I got pedicures! I only get them like once a year, so it felt great to have a mini pamper-session and make sure my toes look somewhat presentable before they’ll be flailing in the air during childbirth. We all watched the Masters for the rest of the afternoon and Tyler made beer can chicken for dinner.

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Kind of a low-key weekend so my parents could catch up on some rest (not to mention, they’re both sick)

PS: I am not ashamed to admit that in 11 days I watched Seasons 1-5 of Parenthood. Which just so happens to be 90 episodes. What to watch next…

Cinnamon Swirl Banana Muffins w/Cinnamon Frosting

Does that make them cupcakes? Meh, whatever. I will eat them any time of day thankyouverymuch.

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These are seriously SO good. I kept the leftover frosting just in case I need to dip into it at random for a little pick me up. Don’t judge.

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Maybe next time, I’ll just load these puppies up with more frosting so there won’t BE any leftover frosting. Yup, that sounds like a good idea. Definitely remembering that.

Let’s just cut to it and get to the recipe

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Cinnamon Swirl Banana Muffins w/Cinnamon Frosting

for the bread

  • 3 bananas, mashed
  • 1/3 c plain greek yogurt
  • 3/4 c brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 t vanilla
  • 1 t baking soda
  • 1 1/2 c whole wheat flour

for the cinnamon swirl

  • 1/3 c sugar
  • 1 T cinnamon

for the cinnamon frosting

  • 4 oz cream cheese, room temp
  • 1/8 c butter, softened
  • 1 t vanilla
  • 1 t cinnamon
  • 3(ish) c powdered sugar

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 350 and spray muffin tin or line tin with paper cups.

2. Mix bananas, yogurt, sugar, egg and vanilla in a bowl until incorporated (can hand mix or opt for a standing mixer).

3. Add baking soda and flour and mix until incorporated. Don’t over mix!

4. In a separate bowl, mix the cinnamon and sugar. Fill the muffin tin halfway with banana mixture. Generously sprinkle (and be VERY generous) with the cinnamon/sugar. Top each muffin with the remainder of the batter. Bake for 18-20 minutes. Note: I accidentally forgot to set the timer on this, but that’s my estimate! Just make sure a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean

5. Let muffins cool on wire rack. While they cool, put all ingredients for frosting in a bowl. Using a hand mixer, beat on high until nice and smooth.

6. Once muffins are cooled, top the shit out of them with ALL THE FROSTING.

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Haha, did you actually read the directions? I swore in one of the steps. So naughty of me.

Oh wait, there’s one more step. EAT THEM ALL.

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When I attempted to take the above picture, Reggie promptly got ahold of this one. I fought him for it and I won. And then I ate the rest of it. 

So yeah, these are kind of healthy? I used greek yogurt instead of butter and brown sugar instead of regular sugar. Yup let’s consider that a healthy swap.

Ah what the hell, let’s just call them cupcakes.

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Your turn: cupcakes or muffins?

Humpday Bumpday

Well, we’re finally down to the single digit countdown of when this guy is supposed to be out.

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Phew. I can’t wait for him to get here but at the same time I’m freaking out that I have to take care of yet another living thing and I’m probably going to cry a lot. Can people please stop putting all the terrifying things on the internet about having a newborn? It’s scary!

The baby has been really spoiled AGAIN this week- Leigh and her baby girl Amelia stopped by and gifted us an awesome little surprise of goodies:

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AND we got a package from his Aunt & Uncle & Oma (Tyler’s mom)!

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(Can you tell I’m addicted to Netflix? I bring my laptop with me all around the house so I don’t miss a second!)

Just as I am typing this up, the delivery guy dropped off yet another package and to my surprise, it was a hand knit blanket from one of my brokers at work! Super thoughtful. I actually went on short term disability pretty unexpectedly and I never told any of my brokers that I was pregnant, so I’m sure it was a shock when they all of a sudden had a replacement. I’ll be back…it just won’t be until next April! 😉

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OH…and the baby’s coming home outfit arrived as well! I’m not going to share just yet the exact outfit, but I did want to shout out to Kelly at Baby H Designs for doing a wonderful job on my order.

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Her Etsy shop can be found here (Psst: she’s in Alberta which makes it even better!)

I found her shop during one of my super long Etsy window-shopping wormholes and loved her patterns, prices, AND that she was local. But I noticed that she only offered headbands (for headwear). I messaged her and asked if she could possibly whip up a top knot hat to match some leggings since I was having a boy and she did! When the package arrived, I was super pleased because the material is really comfy and you can tell it’s made with care. Please please please check out her shop and see all the cute things she has to offer!! (OMG the bubble shorts are the BEST and I want to wear a pair).

My best friend also sent us the Ergobaby Original carrier- thanks Kysh!- AND we lucked out with a sweet deal on a super expensive breast pump (wrote about that here).

And again, I’m beyond excited for my parents to arrive tomorrow…because I know that approx. 75% of their luggage consists of baby items. Plus my mom will cook. And she will be my drinking buddy after the baby is born.

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Until then, I will be in my usual spot…doing my usual thing…with the usual suspects. (I swear, the beagle is still alive, he just wants nothing to do with me during the day until Tyler gets home)

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