WIAW: pregnancy style

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Morning, morning!

I have to say, I am loving this week. After letting the cat out of the bag on Monday and twelve hours of sleep, I was rocking and rolling on Tuesday.

My morning started with some work in bed with a side of water and iced coffee. Pregnancy makes me thirsty like you wouldn’t believe, but a girl still wants her coffee. I keep it to the allotted amount per my doctor. The strange part? I am lucky to make it through that much. Yes, the girl who used to order grandes and ventis just said a tall can be too much. WIAW31914

Breakfast included scrambled eggs and a sliced orange. Fruit is my world.

I ate my breakfast after saying goodbye to my sister and niece who headed back to Chicago for a few days.

The afternoon was a busy one. Around 1:30pm I stopped to throw together a salad for lunch. In the mix went spring mix, shredded brussel sprouts, pecans, raspberries, onions, peppers and topped with a sprinkle of feta.

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In the afternoon, I reached for my new favorite snack, KIND Madagascar Vanilla Almond bar is bananas. I love the deep vanilla flavor of this bar. It is also nice because it is slightly sweet, but nothing overboard. 20140422-213805.jpg

 

Some time between the KIND bar and dinner I snacked on a boat load of grapes and a La Croix. Let me tell you, fruit and sparkling water are a pregnant lady’s best friend. While I get in plenty of H2O straight up, I easily get bored. So I love adding in a little twist to keep it exciting.

For dinner, I had two Phils to feed (my husband and brother-in-law are both named Phil), so I snagged some chicken sausage and sides from Trader Joes. I figured I score points with my brat-like dinner, but I’d still be able to partake thanks to the clean ingredients.

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Dinner was enjoyed sans bun with the addition of a side salad that went unpictured.

But don’t worry, I left room for a little treat from the Easter Bunny. Damn those Cadburry Eggs.

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What is your favorite fake out meal? 

XO-

BB

 

Easter Weekend Recap

Y’all bring a smile to my face—thanks for being so awesome all the time!

We cannot thank you all for your sweet comments on my last post. Phil and I are over the moon excited to share the news and feel so blessed to be starting this journey.

I have so much to tell you all – it has been so, so difficult to keep this  huge part of my life off of the blog. Having the cat out of the bag is a huge relief. As of today, I am 17 weeks and let me say that my little peanut is becoming difficult to disguise. In the last few days the bump has started to make itself known.

But, back to the weekend…

I love long weekends. They are so dang amazing.

Phil and I instantly fell into vacation mode on Thursday night. We enjoyed a dinner out on the town chatting and catching up much like we used to when we were dating. The house has certainly been busy, so a few quiet moments together were much enjoyed.

On Friday Phil and I started to tackle our house to-do list. I mentioned last week that we have a list of updates and projects. Well now you know that we have a very important deadline and that is why we are rocking and rolling to get some items done and out of the way before Baby G arrives!

By 10am I had the house cleaned top to bottom and was ready to tackle my first project, get organized.  I like to clean out the house twice a year and Spring is my favorite because the change of weather screams for open windows, lighter clothing, and less weight holding us down.There were bins, piles, bags and boxes covering ever square inch of our upstairs as I attempted to ‘simplify’ our lives.

Friday night, I went over to my girlfriend’s new house for a christening slumber party. (Yes, 30 year olds have sleepovers.) Five of my girlfriends gathered to celebrate Kate’s new home. We sat around on air mattresses catching up on life, drinking wine, chowing down on take out and laughing way too loud. Girl time does a soul good.

Saturday started off a bit slower; no alarms, mugs of coffee and snuggles in bed with our favorite guys.

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The day also included a glorious hot vinyassa class with my bestie and a smoothie date to follow. The rest of the day was spent trying to put the aforementioned ‘cleaning’ back into order.

Dinner included some grilling action. I can’t help it, warm weather screams cook out. I marinated some pork chops and served them with fresh veggies and a sweet potato enjoyed with a side of Scandal. Phil and I are beyond hooked.

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Sunday I took Henry for a quick walk and then we got ready for the day.

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We spent Easter up north at Phil’s mom’s with lots of relatives ready with hugs and congratulations. When we arrived, a special surprise was left for us from the Easter bunny.

 

Phil and I are not finding out what we are having, so the guessing games are well under way.

It was such a lovely weekend!

How was your Easter weekend?

Did the Easter bunny visit you?

What do you think, boy or girl?

XO-

BB

 

Our Big News

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We are blessed to announce that baby Guster will be joining us in September! I am currently in my second trimester full swing. The first trimester wasn’t pretty, but everything is moving in a good direction these days. It’s been SO HARD keeping this secret from you guys for so long. Trust me. From someone […]

Easter Bunny

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A lovely little package arrived at my doorstep this week. I love that my mom still sends goodies. Every year (if we aren’t together for the holiday) a package arrives filled with the same candies that filled our wicker Easter baskets many moons ago. There were no egg hunts or dresses with bows. But there […]

Friday Favorites {4/18}

Good morning! The holiday weekend is here and I am so happy to have Phil at home with me. He has Good Friday off from work, so we are enjoying some extra time together. #bonus Phil and I are planning to spend the long weekend tackling a few projects around the house. At the beginning […]

Double Chocolate No Bake Cookies

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With all of the extra time I had on my hands (thanks to being snowed in and the negative forty degree temps all winter) I have been in the kitchen more and more. I’ve been working on new side dishes, main courses and my personal favorite, dessert. What I find is that in the kitchen […]

WIAW: A Day of Intuitive Eating

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Good morning, friends and happy hump day! Yesterday was a good one that started bright and early with an appointment. I never mind going all that much because the cafeteria at the facility offers made-to-order organic dishes and snacks. They even have fresh pressed juice! I always schedule my appointments at a time that lets […]

Hawaii Vacation Essentials

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As you may have gathered from my trip posts, Hawaii was nothing shy of the dream vacation we were hoping for. Filled with stunning views, lots of activities and plenty of relaxing, Hawaii is the perfect vacation spot when you want to get away and leave your troubles behind. No matter where I am traveling, […]

Sava’s Restaurant Girl’s Lunch

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Good morning! I hope you all had a wonderful weekend. We spent the weekend celebrating my godson’s birthday, grilling out, shopping and enjoying the gorgeous weather that has rolled into Michigan. Last week my sister and I were out shopping in Ann Arbor, which is where the University of Michigan is located and where she […]

My Week with a Toddler

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Happy Friday! This week was extra sweet since I have been lucky enough to have my sister, brother-in-law and niece stay with me. My BIL, Phil, started a new job back here in Michigan, and we offered our home as a place to stay as they transition from Chicago. This last week has been nothing […]

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Good morning and happy hump day! You know what that means, time for What I Ate Wednesday. This week, my sister, brother in law and niece are visiting so I have had a house full of visitors! I love having them here and am so lucky to be able to spend my days with the […]

Answering Your Questions: How to Stay Motivated

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I have become quite used to the sideways looks, comments and reactions from people when they see me eating a salad or heading out the door for a run. Unlike a lot of my friends and family, I chose to exercise and eat healthy over almost anything else and have been that way for most […]

WIAW: A Day of Intuitive Eating

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Good morning, friends and happy hump day! Yesterday was a good one that started bright and early with an appointment. I never mind going all that much because the cafeteria at the facility offers made-to-order organic dishes and snacks. They even have fresh pressed juice! I always schedule my appointments at a time that lets […]

Hawaii Vacation Essentials

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As you may have gathered from my trip posts, Hawaii was nothing shy of the dream vacation we were hoping for. Filled with stunning views, lots of activities and plenty of relaxing, Hawaii is the perfect vacation spot when you want to get away and leave your troubles behind. No matter where I am traveling, […]

Sava’s Restaurant Girl’s Lunch

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Good morning! I hope you all had a wonderful weekend. We spent the weekend celebrating my godson’s birthday, grilling out, shopping and enjoying the gorgeous weather that has rolled into Michigan. Last week my sister and I were out shopping in Ann Arbor, which is where the University of Michigan is located and where she […]

My Week with a Toddler

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Happy Friday! This week was extra sweet since I have been lucky enough to have my sister, brother-in-law and niece stay with me. My BIL, Phil, started a new job back here in Michigan, and we offered our home as a place to stay as they transition from Chicago. This last week has been nothing […]

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Good morning and happy hump day! You know what that means, time for What I Ate Wednesday. This week, my sister, brother in law and niece are visiting so I have had a house full of visitors! I love having them here and am so lucky to be able to spend my days with the […]

Answering Your Questions: How to Stay Motivated

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I have become quite used to the sideways looks, comments and reactions from people when they see me eating a salad or heading out the door for a run. Unlike a lot of my friends and family, I chose to exercise and eat healthy over almost anything else and have been that way for most […]

Delicious Homemade Cinnamon Sugar Donuts {from scratch}

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Do you want to know what the best smell in the world is? Its homemade donuts. AmmmIriiight?? If you have yet to make some, I am telling you here and now, you most definitely should. Donuts were my selection for the food challenge after I spotted a full page spread in the Rachel Ray magazine. […]

Catch Up

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Oh my, oh my, it feels like a while since I have talked to you guys! I actually wrote all of my Hawaii Trip posts during the trip, but decided to postpone sharing thanks to the awesome guest posts I had lined up. On that note, I want to send out one more big thank […]

Last Day in Hawaii

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I can hardly believe our trip has come to an end. Even though Phil and I both felt like we enjoyed every second, the last day is always sad. When Phil and I were on our way home, I asked him what was his favorite part of the trip? (We usually play this question game […]

Confessions of a Healthy Living Blogger

 I have good intentions, but they don’t always pan out I type up a ton of blog posts, but only post a fraction of them I take a lot of my pictures on my camera phone because one, I am lazy, and two, I have yet to read the manual on my new camera Instead […]