Can you guys believe it is back to school already? Summer always flies by and I swear having kids makes it fly by even faster. We headed to Columbia Center to do a little back to school shopping. Back to school shopping was so long ago for me but I remember how much I used to look forward to having that time with my Mom and browsing the stores. . I loved it but I will say think it is even more fun as a parent. I had such a great time shopping for Leo and I can't wait to show you guys what I got.
Hi friends!! I really didn't buy much for this pregnancy. But I have gotten asked a few questions so I thought I'd go over my top 5 pregnancy items. Most except for #3 are new for this pregnancy. Being pregnant in the summer calls for a lot of new workout gear and swimsuits. So here is a quick run down of my must haves for any of you who are currently pregnant.
Life is always so crazy in the summer. We are now home and settled from a great vacation at Priest Lake. More on that in a little bit. But I just thought I'd update you all on a few things that have been going on in our lives as well as this pregnancy. We are getting close to having the new baby less than 7 weeks. Jay has added a new job, as if we weren't busy enough. Ha ha! He is now working a few days a month at Tri-Cities Regenerative Institute. It is very different from his ER gig, but he is really enjoying it. It is awesome that this is now being offered in Tri-Cities, they do stem cell injections as well as Platelet Rich Plasma injections for injuries and cosmetic reasons. Once I have this baby I'm dying to go have a vampire facial!! You guys should check out their website HERE.
Oh my third trimester..... it makes getting dressed a little tricky. My go to is denim a tank and a kimono. I call this my "resort" wear look. From a resort like Sun Valley pictured here to our upcoming trip to an old little hole in the wall resort in Priest Lake Idaho this is my go to outfit. It is simple and makes you look more put together without trying.
Summers tend to be busy for all of us. We eat out more often, we splurge on ice cream, we go on vacation. So because of this I try and eat a fairly clean breakfast and lunch. Then if we end up eating out for dinner or getting ice cream later that night I really don't beat myself up about it. Plus I'm pregnant so whatever.... with that being said I am always trying to come up with new breakfast ideas. After too many weeks or protein shakes or avocado toast with a fried egg I decided it was time to work on some new protein breakfast bars. I came up with these little guys and they are probably my best ones yet. A little side note you can make your own chai spice, but I didn't feel like spending $20 on all the spices to make that so I got a canister of chai latte mix. It does have sugar in it but I only used 3 tsp so it wasn't enough to bother me.
Welp this isn't your typical Nordstrom anniversary sale blog post today. I did add some wrap dresses currently on sale for the Nordstrom sale and I also added a few things I bought. I wasn't planning on doing too much shopping this year but I ended up finding more than I excepted to! But this blog post isn't about that, it is all about the wrap dress. I love the rise of the wrap dress this past few seasons, I can't believe the wrap dress was only invented in 1974 by Diane von Furstenberg. Diane knew what she was doing because this dress is so flattering and versatile. I think the wrap dress truly compliments most body types and works great with pregnancy. This dress isn't a maternity but as you can see you can wear this dress pregnant or not!
Activities activities activities...... this is my last summer alone with just Leo . So I am trying to make it the best summer ever. I have a big list of activities that we can do and everyday we try and do something new. From scavenger hunts to shaving cream painting I have 5 fun summer activities for your kiddos. None of these activities really cost more than a few dollars. Most of the stuff I actually had a home so check out the fun we have had going on at our house.
I had a few issues with my pregnancy with Leo that didn't allow me to workout as much as I wanted to and I really had to watch my heart rate with that pregnancy. Thankfully, this pregnancy I don't have the same issues so I've been able to work out a lot more. Although week 8-14 I had to take off cause I was so miserable with all day sickness. I was able to continue all my workout classes up until 8.5 weeks and I was having some of the best workouts I have had in years. Anyways, after my little month break I have been able to continue to workout at the gym 2 days a week and at home 2 additional days. So today I am going over my "go to" workouts. Since I only get to the gym twice a week I like to do more "complex" workouts vs working just my arms or just my legs. You don't have to be pregnant to do these obviously as I continue them when I'm not pregnant. I just increase the weight and decrease rest time in between when I am not pregnant..... oh and usually add in burpees and box jumps! Dare I say it.... I miss burpees.
I've said this before but I so prefer being pregnant in the summer than the winter. Mind you I haven't had the 100 degree days but I have been loving the clothes and all the summer fruit. I really wanted to buy a few summer dresses, thankfully my girlfriend gave me 10 hand me downs of her old pregnancy ones but I wanted a tighter one. I ordered a few different ones but couldn't justify spending $120 on a black pregnancy dress. Until I found this dress, which happens to be 25% off, only $60 and reversible.
So my husband is very very anti fish tacos. So I am always searching for a way to mask the fish taste, me on the other hand could live off of fish tacos! I have made a few different recipes but this spicy cajun one takes the cake on the best fish taco recipe. And the one my husband will actually eat. I added in the cilantro lime rice just in case Jay didn't want to eat any tacos and it has now become a total staple at our house. So simple and so good. I won't lie there is a bit of prep in this meal, but it is worth it.