Friday, December 9, 2016

The Real Reason for the Season

In a season of "gimme gimme gimme", the real reason for the season often gets lost.

Watch this video and you'll be reminded about the true meaning of the season--love and family. I was brought to tears watching it (and I don't think it's just the pregnancy hormones) and just had to share.


"Your family matters. Not Legos. Not toys. Your family. So it's either family or Legos and I choose family."
Happy Friday, friends.

Thursday, December 8, 2016

Thursday Thoughts

Thursdays are perfect for a bunch of random stuff, so off we go!

~Christmas lights just make me happy. Coming home to our lights outside makes me smile, and just brightens up the house.

~I woke up Wednesday morning thinking it was at least Thursday or Friday. Womp womp.

~I'm nervous and excited for our anatomy scan tomorrow. Really hoping everything looks good, normal and healthy. Healthy baby is number 1! 

~The baby gender poll yesterday was a fun post to read, and no I don't take any of those old wive's tales seriously (my doctor debunked the heartbeat and the acne one), it was just for fun--but it looks like the majority of you are thinking girl, too! 


~Based on the number of posts about Uncommon Goods gifts I've seen in the last two weeks, I'd say the Uncommon Goods team did a huge promotional marketing tour recently. It seems like posts about Uncommon Goods or Minted have flooded my feed.

~MG and I decided not to do big gifts this year since we're going to San Diego for our babymoon right around Christmas. But I did figure out what to get him that was a smaller gift, which is always tough for me since his birthday is 3 weeks before Christmas #win

~days that start and end with rain stink. Days that include all of that and a leaky roof...they stink more. #calltheroofer

~I hate when people post spoilers online the next day after a show aired. In the age of DVR not everyone watches a show live. I saw, in huge letters, on Facebook yesterday "What did you guys think of ____ Winter finale? Do you think X dies?" Grrr...guess I know what the cliffhanger is....#angryemoji


~last week I did a maternity workout on Beachbody On Demand that had me waddling for the next 3 days because of all the squats. Then two days later I stubbed my toe on the door and was hobble/wobbling. At least I have pregnancy to blame it on #wobblebaby


~I got my Christmas cards addressed and mailed out this morning! I got the cards a while ago, but MG and I were dragging our feet on printing the addresses on the envelopes, but last night we buckled down and got it done. #productive


~I love when I work with a student who is otherwise quiet and kind of "down and out" about school, and we laugh and have a good time together while working on speech and language. It seriously makes my day that there's a bright spot for those kids during the day where they feel successful.


What's on your mind this week?

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

WHW {#70}: Blue or Pink?

For this week's What's Hap-"Pinning", I'm talking about finding out the baby's gender!


don't mind our tree slightly leaning--it's been fixed since haha
MG and I have our anatomy scan on Friday which involves looking over everything, including the heart, brain etc, to make sure everything looks ok--so we'll be hoping for good news about a healthy baby for sure!

In addition to that, we'll also get to find out the gender. We had planned to do a reveal with our family, and might still do that...but we might find out before hand because I'm not sure either of us can wait for another 2 weeks!

Since we've gotten pregnant, people have told us their thoughts on boy versus girl and it overwhelmingly seems like people think girl. I, myself, have felt like it was a girl from the beginning without any real reason why. So I thought I'd share some old wive's tales and then see what you guys think: Blue or Pink?

Baby's heartbeat: over 140 bpm (girl)

Moodiness: no more than usual (boy)

Morning Sickness: None (boy)

Acne while pregnant: Yes (girl)

Cravings: sweet, more than usual (girl)

Chinese Gender Chart: boy 

Dream of the sex of the baby/means the opposite sex of what you dreamed: only one so far, and it was a boy (girl)

Clumsy/Graceful: I guess I'd say I've had a few more clumsy moments than normal, usually trying to get dressed lol (boy)

Dad gaining weight? No (boy)

Headaches: Yes (boy)

Feet colder now? No (girl)

What the mom thinks: girl

Baby Names: when you can only think of/agree only on gender of names: girl

Side you prefer to rest on: left (boy)

The ring test: back and forth (girl)

So basically, it's really close, with girl coming out ahead just a smidge.

Now I want to know what you guys think? Blue or Pink??

Blue or Pink

Boy!
Girl!

Link up with Jessi and I below to share what's hap-"pinning" with you!





Tuesday, December 6, 2016

{Recipe Files}: Spinach Artichoke "dip" Quinoa Bowl

This recipe is a take on another recipe I made a bit ago where this goodness was stuffed into peppers and baked. I found that that was a lot of work, and I ended up just really liking the quinoa mixture (plus it didn't require baking this time), so I tried it and it was a hit! 
Think the yummy taste of spinach artichoke dip, but with a heartiness to it that's good for a meal!

What You Need:
~1 Cup uncooked quinoa
~2 Cups reduced sodium chicken broth/veg stock (or you can use water, which I did)
~Extra virgin olive oil
~20 ounces spinach leaves (fresh or frozen; if using frozen make sure it's thawed and squeezed out pretty well)
~3 cloves minces garlic (or 1.5 tsp from jar)
~1/2 tsp dried basil
~1/2 tsp salt
~1/4 tsp black pepper
~14 ounce can artichoke hearts, drained and chopped
~1 Cup shredded mozzarella, provolone or some other melty cheese
~1/2 C nonfat plain Greek yogurt
What You Do:
1. Add quinoa and veg stock (or water) to a sauce pan and heat over medium heat.  Get to a boil, then reduce to a simmer and cover for about 15 minutes, until the liquid is absorbed (follow the directions on your quinoa package)

2. While the quinoa is cooking, using a saute pan, add in some olive oil over medium heat. Then add in the spinach, breaking up any clumps as you go.

3. Add in the garlic, basil, salt and pepper and cook through for about 30 seconds to a minute, then add in the artichoke hearts and cook until warmed through (or until your quinoa is done).

4. Stir in the quinoa, cheese and Greek yogurt and watch as the skillet transforms into spinach artichoke dip.

Plate it up and enjoy!
Because of the quinoa, this is a really filling dish. Yes it has cheese in it, but otherwise, it's pretty good for you!

Monday, December 5, 2016

Weekending: Birthday Celebrations

Happy Monday! I'm recovering from a really fun weekend of celebrating MG's birthday throughout the weekend, so of course there were lots of highlights:

~Friday morning my work Christmas Elf struck again, leaving me 11 tea bags for the theme of "11 pipers piping"
~Had hubs' birthday gift waiting for him when he got home from work (with a few more coming soon in the mail)
~Got ready for MG's birthday dinner out at Eddie V's...wore one of my new Loft tops (not maternity, but definitely wear-able during pregnancy; I love the bell sleeves on it)
~Had the most amazing meal at Eddie V's: moscow mule for MG and a mocktail for me; lobster bisque and wedge salad to start, MG got the steak and I got the shrimp, plus we got the truffled mac and cheese to split. And we ended with blackberry cobbler which was SO good.
Everything was SO good, and let's just say I was glad that I had my belly band handy that night lol

~Walked around for a bit after dinner and enjoyed the rainbow Christmas tree
~the next morning MG decided he wanted to replace the toilet in our master bathroom so I accompanied him on a trip to Lowes to pick it up...and a few hours and some curse words later, we had a new toilet installed
~While MG worked, I did a lot of baby research for things to add to our registry. I think I have a pretty good base for all of the major things--the Baby Bargains book was super helpful and I highly recommend it to moms-to-be!
~Went out for a sushi dinner that night and then came back and watched more episodes of Goliath--soooooo good!

~Sunday morning started with blueberry pancakes and was followed up by errands for the week

~Headed to one of our favorite restaurant/bars to celebrate MG's birthday with a bunch of his friends while watching the 1pm football games. Everyone showed up and several hours were spent chatting and watching games (sort of haha), and we even had an appearance of our friends' twins
 MG enjoyed some baby holding...becoming a natural, that one :)
~Headed home around 5:30 to eat, shower, watch a bit more football and relax for the night

Overall, I'd say it was a successful birthday weekend for MG. The biggest highlight for me was when he told me that this is just where he'd want to be in his life on his birthday: with me, and our baby on the way. #mush :)

Hoping your weekend was fun, too!

Friday, December 2, 2016

Weekly Faves

Somehow it's already December, although the temps here haven't totally caught up with that idea since we've been in the 50s and 60s here (and I'm completely ok with that).
This week brought with it some craziness since coming back from Thanksgiving break, but also some awesome favorites!

{1} More (unexpected) baby gifts
I saw one of my favorite preschool parents yesterday when she dropper her son off for therapy. This mom was SO understanding, supportive and wonderful during everything with my dad this year. So, it was no surprise when she was super sweet and brought a gift for our baby when she came this week (she found out I was pregnant before Thanksgiving). She was also super excited to find out the gender (as am I!!!), and it was just nice having a parent who is so kind and sweet all the time, who showed us some love in this sweet way!

{2}Holiday Cheer
I stopped by my mailbox at work and found a note addressed to me...upon opening it I saw this letter, and found some yummy treats in the teacher's lounge freezer!
I had no idea that someone was doing this Christmas Elf thing, so it was a complete surprise, and a welcome treat! Plus, this person has to know me, and my fondness for Drumsticks :)
Needless to say, I'm willing to bet you can guess what I had after dinner last night ;)

{3} New Show: Goliath
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If you have Amazon Prime, you need to watch this show! It stars Billy Bob Thornton and has amazing reviews, so MG and I decided to pop it on the other night, and then quickly rolled through two of the 8 episodes. SO intense, with some funny parts, and also SO good! Definitely a new one for us to watch (and probably breeze through in the next couple of days)

{4} Funnies (usually these are number 5, but....)
When you're pregnant and feeling bigger, and people tell you how good you look
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When you call up daycares and they tell you how much the price will be per week, then you multiply that by 4
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When someone asks you a question right as you put burning hot food in your mouth
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When you're in a meeting with someone who can't shut the h*** up
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{5} Happy Birthday to my Favorite Guy!
My amazing husband is turning 35 today, despite still looking like a college kid (and still gets carded). We have dinner reservations at Eddie V's tonight for some delicious steak, and have plans for a big get together with friends on Sunday afternoon, plus some gifts sprinkled in there, too!
I've said it a million times, how much I love MG, so I won't go into it again and bore you with my mush. But, just know, I appreciate this man so so much, and am so exited to celebrate another year together!

Hoping your weekend is relaxed and fun, and you get all of your holiday shopping done! I need to get our cards addressed! Eeep!
See you on Monday, lovies!

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Thursday Randoms

As usual, I have some random stuff circling around my brain...

~it feels weird calling up and looking into daycare centers before we've even picked out a crib yet #yearlongwaitlists
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~I tried my hardest to get the OB at my appointment last Tuesday to ask for an ultrasound so we could find out the gender before Thanksgiving. She was nice about it, but the answer was still a "no" because there wasn't a "medical reason" for it. I tried explaining that if I didn't find out, I'd go "medically insane" but apparently that's not part of the DSM IV #showmethegender
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~I had a crazy parent meeting scheduled for Friday, which is also MG's birthday. I'd be lying if I said I wasn't dreading it since we got back from Thanksgiving, and then it got cancelled. Which only feels like a stay of execution at this point since it will be rescheduled. #temporaryrelief
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~How is it already December? #timeisflying

~One of the nurses at my practice told me I should be drinking 130 oz of water a day. To which I almost peed myself. Maybe because I always need to pee, but also because the thought of MORE liquids in my body just overwhelmed my bladder. #cantstopwontstoppeeing
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~I used my "flex days" this week to make up therapy for a couple of groups I'd missed this past month due to meetings, etc. And then today there's a chorus concert during the time of two of the groups I made up for November. I can never get ahead. #itried

~When I get messages about using "infographics" that someone has designed, about a topic I never write about, nor would I write about, it annoys me. Same with posts about dumb topics. Whenever I email these people back with what I charge for that, they always so "oh, this isn't something we would pay for". Well, if I'm not writing about it currently, I'm not going to write about it simply because you asked me to. #leavemealone
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~I spent a lot of money during the online sales this past weekend. Like, a lot. And only about 1/3 of it was for others. #oops #mamaneedsmaternityclothes

What's on your mind this week?
 
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