Introducing….

Hello Friends!!

Guess who made a very unexpected arrival on Wednesday, January 28th at 9:03pm!?!?

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Meet our newest family member!!

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Sara became a big sister to her new BROTHER Benjamin!

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We are all doing great and I will be back with more details in the coming days!!

For now, we are going to enjoy our time as a family of FOUR and continue lots of love and kisses!

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WIAW: Comfort and Cravings

Happy Wednesday!  I remember thinking that January would be the slow month.  Last week I told a friend how fast it was moving.  This week not so much!  If I had a dollar for every time someone made a comment like, “oh so you are still pregnant,”  I could buy a whole lot of ice cream!  The days are starting to go quite slowly even though this week has been quite busy at work.   Let’s get to the eats!

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I splurged last week and bought this almond milk based vegan cheese at Whole Foods when it was on sale.  It spreads like cream cheese and is really yummy.  I put it on a couple of slices of flax bread with a bunch of tomatoes!  It was the perfect pre-workout breakfast!

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I had a great workout at the gym on the elliptical and then spent some time on the weight machines!

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Where did my feet go!??!

Meetings were all over the place this morning and I had a little time to grab lunch at a soup place nearby.  I had a free pick two combo that was just “burning” a hole in my wallet!  I finally gave in to my grilled cheese and tomato soup craving…

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This was actually a roasted tomato basil soup paired with a half of grilled cheese, pesto and tomato sandwich.  It was SO good and hit the spot!  Clearly I had a thing yesterday for tomatoes!!  Although, I love tomatoes all the time!!

I spent part of the afternoon in meetings and the other part at my office trying to tie up loose ends and finish up some projects.  Since my lunch was rather filling I wasn’t starving at dinner time!

More soup for me.. this time lentil… and of course a side of Dijon sautéed green beans!

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Then this happened….

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My friends over at Peanut Butter & Co. sent me another batch of their yummy jars of peanut butter and well, let’s just say there was an incident with a spoon and White Chocolate Wonderful… gets me every time… so we can just call this dessert!

What did you eat yesterday?  Are there certain comfort foods you crave in the winter?

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Weekend Highlights and Baby Watch 2015

It’s Sunday night as I write this and it’s nearly 7pm– I’ll be in bed very soon!!  We had another great weekend!  Lots of family time, date time and plenty of down time!

I’m linking up with Katie for another week of MIMM!

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Friday night, the Hubs and I went out to one of our favorite restaurants where we celebrated a happy and healthy 37 weeks of pregnancy.  Food was spectacular as always… and we finished it with our favorite dessert!

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If you have been following along with our story,  you will know that Sara came exactly at 37 weeks because she wasn’t growing properly in my belly. Well, this time around our baby is growing just beautifully and there is no need for induction.  With that being said we are officially on baby watch with 18 days OR less to go!  I won’t even say or more… not interested in that option!  I had a ton of contractions on and off all weekend so I am hoping that means things are brewing!

My goal, (Type A personality) is get to end of the week. After Friday would be great and after Sunday would be even better.  (Sara and I have haircuts on Sunday… priorities… right?!!)  Of course I realize that I have NO say in this matter, I just have big week at work and would like to finish up a bunch of projects and loose ends!

Saturday morning was spent in the kitchen before we all hit the gym!  Double batches of soup for the week and the freezer!

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I hit the gym 3 days in a row!  My morning workouts leave me feeling very energized! Everything just feels better at a workout so I am hoping to continue on in the final days here!

Of course, afternoons are often spent like this…

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Couch… TV and feet up!  I watched a ton of Friends re-runs this weekend!  The Hubs and I also went to see American Sniper on Sunday!  SOOO good– very intense!  Have you seen it? The only movie left on my list is Selma.  We’ve been getting in lots of movies thanks to my parents!!!  I’ll also be looking for good movies to rent or series to watch on Netflix once this baby arrives… I’m taking suggestions!

Tell me how your weekend was!!  Have you seen any of the big movies making the headlines??

 

 

 

 

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Today I know I’m Pregnant…..

I saw the topic of this post last week here on Joanna’s blog.  It’s been floating around on lots of pregnancy and mamas to be blogs… I figured since today marks 37 weeks I would play along and I’ve been keeping track of those wonderful “pregnant” moments that have been occurring over the last couple of weeks…

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Today I know I’m pregnant because ….

I put the frozen green beans and cereal in the fridge.

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….it’s 20 degrees out and you are coatless and wearing short sleeves while the rest of the world bundles up with scarves and sweaters.

…..people at work walk past you every day and say… “so, you are still here…”

….bedtime can occur between well before 9pm on any day of the week.

….I sat down to rest for 10 minutes and end up passing out midday for a full nap

….I grunt and feel out of breath while putting on my boots to go to work.  I think I sound more like a tennis player!

….I frantically look all over the house car keys only to have them around your neck!

….my belly becomes the new place for play!

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This was our setup last weekend… Sara lines up characters on my belly and we wait to see which one is the “last man standing” while the baby rolls around and kicks the others off.  Who knew it could be so entertaining to a 5 year old!

Truly such a wonderful time… right?!?! :)

Share some of your pregnant moments with me!!  I’m celebrating hitting the 37 week mark and it’s FRIDAY and the Hubs and I have date night tonight!

 

 

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New Recipe: Chocolate Power Balls

Hello Friends!

It’s been awhile since I gave you a new recipe since I am not doing a whole lot of cooking these days unless it’s out of my crock pot but I have something new for you to try.

Sara was my target in this recipe.  Sara has always enjoyed homemade Larabars and lots of snacks that often contain nuts. The problem is that at school I am not allowed to send anything that contains any kind of nut.  Finding healthy snacks and treats is often hard!  I finally threw together a power “ball”  that is nut free!

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Chocolate Power Balls
Laura: 
Recipe type: Snack/Dessert
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Serves: 12-16 balls
 
A nut free treat or snack that is packed with plenty of goodness
Ingredients
  • 1 cup of packed and pitted dates (I soaked mine in warm water for about 5 minutes because they were a little hard.)
  • ¼ cup of hemp seeds
  • ¼ cup of chia seeds
  • ¼ cup of sesame seeds
  • ¼ unsweetened cocoa powder
  • ½ teaspoon of vanilla
  • ¼ teaspoon of cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon of sea salt
  • ¼ cup of raw cacao nibs ** Optional** I made two batches one with and one without and they both worked
Instructions
  1. Place dates in food processor and blend.
  2. Add hemp, chia, sesame, cocoa, vanilla, cinnamon, and salt.
  3. Process until combined and add cacao nibs.
  4. Once you have a large "dough" ball begin rolling into smaller balls.
  5. Store in fridge.

If for some reason you find that your dough is till too sticky you can try adding a couple of teaspoons of coconut flour or almond meal but that would no longer make it nut free.

To all the moms out there do you struggle to find healthier snack options that are nut free?

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