Oh goodness here we go, today wanted to share with you my fears of it not just being Leo and I anymore. As we are expecting baby sister any day now. Staying home with Leo has been life's greatest blessing. Although at times it has seemed really hard it has been so worth it. We had Leo during Jay's final year of residency while living in Portland where we had no support system. Jay's hours were rough, the weather was terrible, and living in a duplex was challenging as I was constantly worried his cries would wake up our neighbors. There were trying days but they soon faded and the days continued to get better. Jay graduated and we moved back to the Tri-Cities where we have a huge support system. Jay worked less, Leo became easier, and most of all we had help. Leo is now 2.5 years old and despite his Dad working a lot less I still am solo parenting quite often. But I don't dread the days or nights anymore alone with him, I actually look forward to them as I love our time we have together. So with that being said this stay at home mama is having a hard time giving up all my one on one with my sweet little boy. Today I share those feelings and fears as I write a little letter to Leo. I am sure one day he will read this and be so embarrassed but I know I will love to look back at this and remember how I was feeling the days leading up to baby sisters arrival.
Ready for a seriously good cake but not a healthy one. This reminds me of some good ole fashion cooking my grandma would do. There isn't anything special to this cake, I added some coconut flakes to fancy it up but it is just some down home baking. Leo and I went and picked peaches a week ago and I decided to make some sort of dessert. I gave Jay a few different options and leave it to my Midwest born husband he chose the one that was the most midwest (nothing against midwestern cooking it just isn't the most healthy but it is always delicious). I mean you use peach jello in this, I couldn't tell you the last time I bought jello. But nonetheless this is good! So if you have some fresh peaches I highly recommend this cake.
I am not buying a ton for this new baby, if anything I have been able to give away a lot of stuff from Leo that we don't need. With Leo we were back and forth for the first 6 months between Portland and Tri-Cities. Mainly living in Portland, but instead of hauling everything between the two houses I ended up buying a lot of duplicates. Clearly we didn't need to buy a lot of new gear or really anything new in that department. But I did buy a few new little things. So today I'm going over the 10 new items for baby #2.
I'm a big time audio girl, podcast and audiobooks. I listen to at least 1 audiobook a week and quite a few podcasts a week. This all started when I was pregnant with Leo and I couldn't sleep at night and needed something to do. It has turned into a slightly unhealthy obsession as I tend to be a binge listener. My go to listens are murder mysteries like Up and Vanished and Serial, but I also love learning random facts and listening to quite a few other podcasts. I don't listen to anything policitcal or motivational but if there is podcast you think I should try in these areas let me know, I'm happy to give them a try. So here is my list of my favorite podcasts I tried to keep the list down to 20! Like I said I have a problem.
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!