November 18, 2014

My Favorite Things- A Christmas Wishlist!

It's funny- when I sat down to think about what I'd want for Christmas, at first I couldn't think of anything but some new pajamas. So much of my attention has been on figuring out what I'd like Miss A to get that I completely forgot about myself. Putting this together was a lot of fun and I thought back to a recent trip to Ulta I took, all alone, just to browse for inspiration. My wishlist this year is a mixture of things I want and would like to update, like my makeup!

My Favorite Things

One. I've had the same eyeshadows for a long time now, most of them from the drugstore or Target. I'd love a new palette to play with and the Too Faced Chocolate Bar one is not only beautiful, but it smells like chocolate! It has great reviews and I love all the colors. 

Two. A classic Old Navy vest. I have one in gold from a few years back. I love how easy they are to throw on and add an extra layer of warmth. A red vest would be the perfect addition to my mostly gray and black winter wardrobe. 

Three. Okay, I have a bit of an obsession when it comes to Bath & Body Works holiday socks. I get a new pair every year and they are my favorite socks to wear once it's cold out. So comfy and they're always so cute!

Four. Pajamas...just because, I also love pajamas and look forward to getting a new set every year for Christmas. You can't go wrong with a set from Victoria Secret!

Five. The infamous blanket scarf...from Target! I love it as much as everyone else does and you can never have enough scarfs! 

Six. I'd love a new blush and I've heard great things about Tarte, a brand I've never tried. All the colors are gorgeous and I had a hard time narrowing one down, hopefully this warm one will be good for my complexion.

Be sure to link up your Christmas list!

November 17, 2014

Prepping for Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is less than two weeks away! I can't believe it. Honestly all I've got is Christmas on the brain because I know it's going to be SO much fun this year and I'm dying to get our tree and stick beautifully wrapped presents under it. Buttt we do have to give Thanksgiving the attention it deserves and that's what I was doing all weekend. Planning the menu, picking out what desserts to make, etc. 

Another thing I like doing for Thanksgiving is decorating our table. Unfortunately we don't have a large table. It's large enough for six people to sit comfortably, but the small space I have in the center doesn't leave me very much room for decorating. So I usually keep it simple. This year I'm thinking of making little autumn trees with Miss A and gluing on some leaves we have pressed in books at the moment. Hopefully it turns out the way I have it planned out in my head! 

Thanksgiving last year, I can't believe how much she has grown! Time slow down please.

I also like to think about what I'm going to wear that day. Something comfortable and with room for the belly to grow (not to mention the belly I have this year) is what I usually come up with. It's always cold so I wear a sweater type top and that'll probably be the case this year too. I've already got a gray dress for Miss A and I'm probably wear gray too so we can match. :)

As for our menu, I always want to keep it simple but then I find so many things I want to make that it's always the last thing from simple. I'm going to try out a new brine this year, my traditional sweet potatoes, mac and cheese, a brussel sprouts salad, stuffing, and dinner rolls. For dessert I'm still in between a pecan pie and a chocolate pie and I also think it'll be really cute to make turkey cookies with Miss A. So. I have my work cut out for me but hopeful with enough prep ahead of time I can enjoy the actual day!

November 13, 2014

What We've Been Eating

You guys, food is really good when you're pregnant. Or I should say, once the first trimester is over and you're in the glory of the second trimester, food is goooood. You all know that I cook, A LOT, like almost every night because 1. We can't afford to go out and 2. We don't want to take a toddler out. So that means I have to cook, all the time. I get burned out often and long to order Chinese or pizza but can't fathom the calories and delivery fee. Finding new recipes is how I get out of that funk. 

I saw these beef and blue cheese sliders on this blog. April has good taste in food, I've made other recipes she's recommended and knew these wouldn't disappoint. I can't wait to make them again, they were that good. You must have the blue cheese, I can't imagine them any other way.  

Oven baked chicken fajitas. SO EASY. SO GOOD. I've seen many different versions of this floating on Pinterest and finally got around to making it. Another win and new addition to our rotation.

Yes, another chicken recipe, because honestly that is what we mostly eat in our house. Lots and lots of chicken. That can definitely get boring so I'm always looking for new ways to make it. This was quick, easy, and tasty. I love adding lemon to chicken dishes and of course cheese, this didn't disappoint! 

Ah cheese, pasta...all cooked in ONE skillet. Less mess, less stress! Haha. Excuse me for making crappy jokes...I made this on Tuesday night and we all devoured it, toddler included. I used chicken sausage and also added some ground beef we needed to use up. Delicious! 

What have you made recently? Please, please share, I love having something new to try! 

November 10, 2014

Baby #2- 18&19 Weeks + Gender Reveal!

I'm late posting this update, I'm now almost 21 weeks, eek!! We also found out the baby's gender the day before Halloween (which I announced on IG right away), started working on a baby list, organizing the guest room, and shopping for our little nugget. So much has been going on and I'm loving every minute of it. 

At 18 weeks- I'm feeling good, energized, and thankfully the ravenous hunger I've talked about in previous updates is starting to subside. I have a feeling it's going to come back though when baby has another growth spurt. I still don't go anywhere without snacks (for me and Miss A) and my jug of water. Keeping hydrated seems to keep headaches away, which I was having regularly at this time.  

19 weeks and eager to find out baby's gender! Honestly, I have no patience and could not be one of those people to wait until baby is born to find out if we were having a boy or girl. Thankfully my husband is the same way. We didn't want to wait last time and we didn't wait this time! I had my gender ultrasound a few days later and we found out that we are having a....


Ahhh!! A BOY!! I can't believe it even though I knew it. I knew this baby was a boy. Call it mother's intuition or whatever, I felt it, especially with how hungry I was! Even still we were so happy to find out and have been talking boy names ever since. Boy names are hard. We had so many girl names with Miss A and no boy names. So far we have three on the list...we're struggling to come up with more!

 It blows my mind to think about the fact that we are going to have a son. What!! I don't know anything about boys! I'm such a girly girl. :) It's going to be interesting, that's for sure. And fun. I know it's going to be so much fun and I can not WAIT to see Miss A's reaction to having a little brother. I feel so blessed to be given the chance to have a mother and son relationship, I know it's going to be the sweetest! 

November 5, 2014

Halloween 2014: Minnie Mouse Says Hello

I absolutely love having a two year old. I don't know if many other would agree, (or if I'll kick myself for saying this later), but I think experiencing a holiday with a two year old is so much fun. I couldn't get enough of her on Halloween night. She was just as excited to put on her costume, as if she was wearing it for the first time all over again. I got her dressed an hour before trick or treat time so we'd have a window for pictures outside, before it got dark.

My little Minnie Mouse! I swear her Daddy takes such great pictures. She always smiles for him! Our neighbor walked over to hand her a ghost lollipop and she was so happy. That certainly helped too!

After picture time we ate dinner, which was beef and blue cheese sliders, crispy tater tots, and mac and cheese. Yum! Filling up before trick or treating is so important, otherwise that candy is gone in two seconds. I remember eating dinner at my grandmother's house as a kid with all my cousins, usually hot dogs, fries, and mac and cheese. I think mac and cheese will be a tradition in our house for Halloween night from now on. Such memories. 

We had our first trick or treater at our door right as we were wrapping up dinner and getting ready to go. Miss A freaked at first because our dog went crazy, but when she saw the three other kids (one who was Minnie Mouse as well) she overcame her shyness and dropped a piece of candy into their buckets. Then she was ready to go, suddenly VERY excited. At our first house I thought she was going to want to turn around because of their spooky jack o lanterns, but she surprised me when she started chatting with our neighbor. And that's how it went for each house, she'd say "hi", "thank you", and. "happy halloween". I just die, I tell you. I could not get over how polite and sweet she was!  

She was done after twenty minutes, so we hit ten houses or so, when she declared it was time to go home. That was fine by us as I absolutely LOVE handing out candy. We headed home and dumped her bucket to see what she got. Naturally, she wanted to try everything but we let her have her first Kit Kat bar, a Reese's cup, and a lollipop.  

After her sugar rush we sat on the porch steps and waited for trick or treaters to stop by. We had a steady flow and every time we saw a crowd she'd jump up and point "Look! They're coming!" So. dang. cute!! She put candy inside everyone's bag and had the best time. I tell you, I just love holidays, they are so much more fun with a child of your own. I can't wait for the next one- Thanksgiving, even if it's not all that fun for kids, we will be doing some crafts and I'll definitely have her help with the main meal! Then of course, Christmas...which we will know is just around the corner!