Little Red Wagon Day

Happy Little Red Wagon Day everyone!

Do you remember being a kid and riding around in your wagon? Or maybe you’re a mom or dad now who pulls around your own kids in a wagon? Today is one of those days when I start getting REALLY excited about being a mom so that I can introduce some of the favorite toys of my youth.

Corn Popper

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Why do kids love this toy so much? I have no idea. But dang, if I didn’t love it. The noise, the motion, the colors…totally used to crack me up.

Big Wheel

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Sure, the tricycle will get you where you need to go, but the need for speed is definitely accomplished via big wheel! If they made adult versions, I’d still rather use that than a regular bicycle!

Candy Land

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I think we all remember playing this as a kid and wishing that Candy Land were a real place. Although when you’re nearing the Swamp and then get knocked back to the Plum Tree…oooh that anger was REAL!

Chutes and Ladders

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Like Candy Land, it’s a game of absolutely no skill, but I’m sure if I played it today, I would still get the same amount of anxiety as when playing a game of Jenga. Still, it was so much fun and a great way to teach kids about counting, too.

What were some of your favorite toys as a kid?

 

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What I Cooked This Week

Happy Wednesday one and all! We’re halfway through the week, and I’m already getting tired, thinking about the busy weekend that I have ahead of me. If you read my post about Spring Goals yesterday, you saw that I’m trying to make a lot of new recipes this spring. Here are a few items that I cooked this past week, thanks to excellent recipes from fellow bloggers:

(Note: I was terrible about taking pictures, so the pics are actually from the bloggers’ own sites. If any of you mind, I’ll happily take them down!)

3 Ingredient Crockpot Beef Tacos from Frugal Foodie Mama

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Remember that big ole snowstorm we had last week? Well, since it started on a Tuesday, it just made sense that we have a home version of Taco Tuesday! These tacos turned out to be SO delicious, and they were just the right mix of spicy and warm for our cold winter’s day!

Marinara Meat Sauce from Soup of the Day

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Snow Day 2 meant another day of yummy smells coming from the crockpot! We made Megan’s marinara meat sauce on top of farfalle pasta (my personal favorite). Such a cozy way to wrap up my snow days at home!

BBQ Apple Chicken Sandwiches from Mix and Match Mama

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There’s nothing I like better than throwing some ingredients in a crockpot before work and then having everything good to go once I get home. On Monday, I knew that I would have a long day at work, followed by a workout with my mom, so I was so thankful for Shay’s recipe for these delicious sandwiches. I’m not gonna lie…I had two (eating for two, am I right?).

What recipes have you been loving lately?

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Spring Goals 2017

Happy Tuesday all! Yesterday, I read Erin’s post about her Spring Goals, and I thought that I would share mine as well. This is going to be such a big year for my family, so a little organization will certainly help! Linking up for:

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Paint the Nursery

Okay, so this isn’t a goal that I will be doing myself, but it is something that will hopefully be done in the next few weeks. My husband has graciously volunteered to paint our nursery a lovely shade of pink, while I go away for the weekend to escape the fumes. Once the walls are painted, I’ll really feel like I can start decorating! #itsnevertooearly

Work Out!

I’m trying to keep the pregnancy weight under control (and stay healthy in general), so I need to find more time to work out. My mom and I have a standing date every Monday to power walk, but I need to add more workout days into the mix. Tonight, for instance, I’m trying prenatal Pilates! Considering I’ve never even done REGULAR Pilates, I’m a little nervous, but I’m told that I’ll love it!

Clean and Organize

We have SO. MUCH. STUFF. Like ungodly amounts of stuff. And while I appreciate a good purge of unused items a few times a year, my husband is the exact opposite and wants to hang on to everything. So, I see a lot of crates, cubbies and organization happening this spring!

Redecorate the Living Room

Sound the trumpets! We’re finally getting rid of our sectional!

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Y’all don’t even know–it’s pretty bad. We’re not the first household to own this couch, and it lived through years of my home being a pad for four bachelors before I moved in. My parents have two couches that they’re willing to give us (both in AWESOME condition), so we’re going to pick one and then get a really comfy recliner to go alongside it. But since neither of these couches fits the current color scheme of our living room, it’s time to redecorate! HomeGoods, here I come!

Try New Recipes

I’m slowly branching out when it comes to my cooking skills. My crockpot still holds my heart, and Megan’s 52 Weeks of Crockpot Recipes, including this one for marinara sauce have been fantastic. But I’m always looking for non-crockpot recipes, too, so send ’em my way!

What are some of your goals for the Spring?

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Mama Monday: 14 Weeks!

Happy Monday everyone! It’s time for another edition of “Mama Monday!”

Baby Girl is the Size of a…

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What’s Going On In There?

This week, Baby Girl is starting to grow hair (although C and I were both bald babies, so I don’t predict there will be much there), and she is starting to make facial expressions!

Any Cravings?

Spicy things always seem appealing! But no HUGE cravings this past week.

Anything Making Me Sick?

Add the smell of cabbage to my no-go list 🙁

How Am I Sleeping?

Still sleeping well! Except the night I went to see Beauty and the Beast…but that’s more because I insisted on seeing it opening night and got home late.

What Do I Miss?

Still coffee. And the luxury of just eating things without feeling like I have to Google them to find out if it’s okay. Sigh.

Other Pregnancy Symptoms?

Pregnancy brain is real, y’all. I went into stores twice over the weekend and got to the register before realizing that I didn’t have my purse.

One of the places I remembered to bring my purse this weekend was Carter’s, where they were having a sale! I bought Baby Girl this adorable top, which her camping fan of a dad loved, and this precious tunic and jeans set.

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Thoughts for Thursday: The Bachelor Finale

Happy Thursday one and all! I’m finally making it out of the house today and into the cold, cold winter!

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But before I turn into a complete icicle, let’s talk The Bachelor finale (SPOILERS AHEAD!)

So I had a lot to think about following the finale. At first, I was really upset and was sure that Nick made the wrong choice, even though Vanessa was my front-runner at the beginning of the show. But then I stopped and really thought about a few things which made me feel a lot better about his decision and their situation in general:

#1: Editing is Everything

The way that the episode was edited reminded me of when I watched the show Chopped. I can always tell who is getting “chopped” in each round, based on the amount of attention paid to a contestant and how cocky they are about winning. Because the episode of The Bachelor was SO focused on Vanessa’s doubts vs. Raven’s willingness, I was sure that Nick was going to choose Vanessa, even though it seemed like he and Raven were happier together.

We only got to see snippets of each date, and maybe Vanessa cheered up and they had a better time during the portions that the editors left on the cutting room floor? We’ll never know, but I certainly hope so.

#2: Did Vanessa Watch?

Someone on Twitter made a great observation regarding the supposed coldness between Vanessa and Nick on After the Final Rose.

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She suggested that perhaps Vanessa had watched the final episode in her dressing room, and if I had seen myself look so gloomy and unsure of my future engagement, I’d be upset, too!

#3: That Proposal, Though

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Maybe it’s the pregnancy hormones, but I’ll tell ya, even though I was sad for Raven, I thought that Nick’s proposal to Vanessa was beautiful. When he was finally able to tell her that he loved her, I definitely got teary-eyed.

#4: Faking Me Out?

While I know that the majority of this show is staged, I would like in my Disney Princess-dreaming heart of hearts to believe that the feelings are real. Despite this fact, I did laugh when one of C’s friends saw what I was watching and called The Bachelor “WWE for women.”

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Did you watch the finale? What did you think??

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Wedding Wednesday: The Music

Happy Wedding Wednesday folks! It’s another super chilly day in Maryland, and I’m really started to wonder if it’s ACTUALLY March. Anyway, today I’m going to write about the music from our wedding (which I’m so proud of!):

Ceremony Music

“Sparks” by Coldplay

When we first got engaged, we originally wanted to have our first and last songs in the ceremony be by Coldplay. In the end, we decided to stick with one, and we’re so glad we chose this beautiful song with a melody that really set the tone for the ceremony. This song played while the groomsmen walked down the aisle alongside my cousins who were carrying the chuppah.

“I Wanna Hold Your Hand” from the Glee Soundtrack

When I first heard Kurt cover this Beatles tune in a Glee episode several years ago, I was blown away by its beauty. And I thought it was just the perfect fit for C walking down the aisle with his parents.

“Somewhere Over the Rainbow” by Katherine McPhee

Originally, I thought that “I Wanna Hold Your Hand” would be long enough for C and his parents PLUS the bridesmaids to walk down the aisle, but it wasn’t even close. Then I remembered this cover of the Judy Garland classic, which I had fallen in love with during Katherine McPhee’s American Idol season. It was the perfect length for the bridesmaids and my flower girl to walk down the aisle.

“I See the Light” from Tangled

I was sure that I was falling for C when I first saw the movie Tangled, right after his college graduation party. I couldn’t stop thinking about him, and when this song came on, I knew that I wanted us to be together. Makes it the perfect song for me walking down the aisle, right? Plus, I love me some Mandy Moore and Zachary Levi.

“I’m a Believer” by Smashmouth

We wanted something fun and upbeat for the recessional, and C and I both like Smashmouth and have a long-running inside joke about them, thanks to an episode of Happy Endings. But everyone loved this cover of The Monkees’ song, and I was happy to bop back up the aisle after we were pronounced man and wife!

The Reception

“Lucky” by Jason Mraz and Colbie Calliat

When being introduced to the crowd at the reception, my wedding party walked in to this sweet song. Originally, we were going to have it be “A Pirate Looks at Forty” by Jimmy Buffett, since the wedding was on the water, but then after listening to the lyrics, we realized that it might not be the best idea 😉

“I’ll Be There for You” by The Rembrandts

Those of you that know me even a little bit are aware that I’m kind of sort of OBSESSED with the television show Friends. Because of this, I felt as those C and I had to enter the reception to the Friends theme song!

“I Wanna Grow Old with You” from The Wedding Singer

This was the song for our first dance, and I am absolutely in love with it. We decided to use the Broadway version, since Laura Benanti makes my heart happy, and I just thought it was prettier in general. One of my bridesmaids, Macy, gave us a picture with the lyrics to this song as a wedding gift, and it now hangs in our bedroom.

“The Way You Look Tonight” by Frank Sinatra

I fell in love with this song during Father of the Bride, so of course my dad and I dance to it for our Father-Daughter Dance.

“Child of Mine” by Carole King

C and his mom danced to this. I love me some Carole King, and this song was just the sweetest for the two of them.

“Can’t Stop the Feeling” by Justin Timberlake

We had to end the night with a bang, so JT it is!

 

 

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Show Us Your Books: January to March

Oops! It looks like I’ve been falling behind on my book reviews! But here are the latest with Show Us Your Books!

Life According to Steph

Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis by J.D. Vance (3 out of 5 Stars)

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I wasn’t really sure what to expect out of this book. I only knew that my mom had read it, and so I decided to give it a try as well. I truly enjoyed hearing about J.D. Vance’s upbringing and family (especially his grandmother). When he would get a little too into specifics, I could feel myself tuning out, but overall, it was a very interesting read.

In the Unlikely Event by Judy Blume (3 out of 5 Stars)

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Well, this book certainly didn’t do anything to help with my anxiety around flying, but it was full of fascinating characters. The only problem, in my opinion, was that it went a little long. Some things could have been wrapped up with less detail, and the ending section seemed forced. But it’s still written in Judy Blume-style, which I will always enjoy.

What have you been reading?

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Mama Monday: 13 Weeks!

Happy Monday! From now until the end of my pregnancy, I’m going to try to update you on my journey to becoming a mama. So, here’s how things are at 13 weeks!

Baby Girl is the Size of a…

Scoop of ice cream!

What’s Going On In There?

This week, Baby Girl is strengthening her vocal cords (oh jeez…) and is growing tiny nails on her fingers and toes!

Weight Gain

I don’t weigh myself everyday, so I haven’t been weighed since I was at 10 weeks, and at that point, I had only gained a pound.

Any Cravings?

Every once in a while, I’ll smell something or see a picture of something and think, “Ooooh I need that right now, or someone will have their arm ripped off!” But these usually pass lol. One weird thing is that I HATE tuna fish, but every time I smell it, I start salivating. Weird…

Anything Making Me Sick?

I’ve only had morning sickness 4 times throughout these 13 weeks, so I count myself pretty lucky. But my sense of smell is so heightened that it’ll send me running to the bathroom from time to time. For example, I tried to make something with Hoisin sauce, and its garlicky smell instantly made me sick 🙁 I also can’t be around vinegar…same reaction.

How Am I Sleeping?

Pretty well. I get tired really early though, so if I make it to 9:30 pm, it’s quite an accomplishment. I’m REALLY going to try and stay up for The Bachelor tonight though…

What Do I Miss?

Coffee. And all the fantastical Starbucks coffee drinks. Yes, I know that pregnant women can have a cup of coffee each day, but I slowly weaned myself off of it. And now when I see my husband trying out the new Iced Cinnamon Almond Milk Macchiato, I sigh and dream of September.

Other Pregnancy Symptoms?

Sometimes I get some round ligament pain, as this little girl is growing. And the weirdest symptom is that there are times where things just taste strange. For example, I was using a metal fork one night and had to switch to a plastic one because the FORK tasted “too metal-ly” (an exact preggo quote from me).

Prepping for Baby Girl

Last weekend, my mom and I went to Buy Buy Baby and worked on the registry! It was like being in baby wonderland, and we were there for FOUR HOURS. Some of the cutest items on the registry are this blanket:

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this baby carrier:

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and these slippers:

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While we were out shopping anyway, Mom and I went into Destination Maternity, and I bought some maternity clothes. Damn y’all, there is nothing in the world more comfortable than these clothes…I can’t wait to wear them all!

I’ll be back next week with more Baby Girl updates!

 

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Five on Friday: All About the Baby Girl

Happy Friday everyone, and thank you SO much for all of your kind words about our baby girl! I can’t wait to meet her in September, but in the meantime, I’m so glad that you’ll all be along for the journey!

1–When We Found Out

We found out that we were pregnant on January 9, 2017. I needed some fertility help because of my age (more about that in a future post), and when I went in for my blood test, I was sure that I was not pregnant. In fact, 2 days earlier, I had told my cousin that the only reason I wouldn’t be able to be in her wedding would be if I were pregnant at the very moment. Wellllllll….

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2–My Reaction

Like I said, a nurse called me with the news. I was at work and was fully prepared to start discussing the next steps to try and get pregnant again…when she said, “Good news! You’re pregnant!” I’m glad I was sitting down! I said, “WHAT?! I didn’t think that I was!” And she said, “Well, you are!”

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3–Telling My Husband

After getting off of the phone with the nurse, I immediately called my husband. Luckily, C was working from home that day because he had taken our pup to the vet that morning (Pup was fine BTW). C’s reaction was adorable: “Yeah! We did it!”

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4–When She’s Due

Originally, we thought our little girl was due on September 21st, but the doctors believe she’s due on the 17th. It’s so fitting, since both my brother and I were born in September, and I’m glad my daughter will be born in that month (most likely), too.

5–Her Name

We’re keeping it a secret! Once we found out that we are having a girl, we were a little relieved, since C and I had a good name picked out for a girl, but we’ve been struggling with picking out a boy’s name. It’s a name that will be very meaningful to the both of us though.

More baby stuff coming on Monday!

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February Monthly Check-In

It’s the first Tuesday of the month, so it’s time to recap February with Emelia and Macy! Keep reading til the end–there’s a great surprise!

Game Night

The first Saturday in February was spent with a group of our friends, making pizzas and playing games. Well, that was the initial idea. The pizza-making took a LOT longer than anticipated, so instead we made pizzas, and I bailed after one game of Uno.

Superbowl

I gathered with my in-laws for our yearly viewing of the Superbowl! Delicious (although super spicy) chili was consumed, and I was lauded for bringing Diablo Donuts for dessert. I thought Lady Gaga did an AWESOME job, but my personal favorite was the ladies from Hamilton.

Galentine’s Day

I celebrated Galentine’s Day with a few of my best gals (and hopefully made Leslie Knope proud!)

Birthday Celebrations

We celebrated my brother-in-law’s birthday twice: once at B. A Bolton Hill Bistro and once with pizza at his house.

You Get a Car!

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Well, actually, I got a car! I finally upgraded from my little hatchback to a Jeep Cherokee Latitude! I feel like I’m in the lap of luxury with heated seated, a backup camera and a navigation system!

Celtic Storm

I saw an amazing Irish step dancing show in Frederick, Maryland. But the best part was that my friend Brooke sang in the show, and she was incredible!

The Best Secret to Keep

That’s right! I spent the month of February keeping this very big secret, but I’m having a baby girl in September! I’ll be talking more about our journey to pregnancy in the blog, but right now, I’m OVER THE MOON with excitement!! Current moms, I could use all the advice you have!

 

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