Because Sometimes Life Gets Busy…..

Happy Friday… or really I should say I’m back… for now!

Man life got CRAZY these last few weeks!  We are still adjusting to the new normal routine!  Let me catch you up!

In the last few weeks a lot has happened!

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Our kitchen has been under construction.  A project that was supposed to take a week is almost going on 2 weeks!  We had a leak in the basement.  Had to vacate the house for a night (on the Hubs birthday too) and the new dishwasher that we ordered didn’t fit.  Construction always lends itself for extra issues but it’s been a stressful couple of weeks.  Thankfully, I have my kitchen back and I LOVE IT!!!

I missed cooking, felt like I got the school year off to a rough start because I couldn’t do food prep and felt like we were living in dust for days!!

I actually made my smoothies in the morning on the floor in the family room!!!

I actually made my smoothies in the morning on the floor in the family room!!!

B started daycare last week and is doing so well!  I love the staff and they love him!  I mean what’s not to love about the smiley boy who is so stinking happy all the time.  Oh and he’s also 7 months old today.  Not sure how that happened!!!

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Sara started first grade this week and we are all easing back into the new routines.  Afternoons are hectic and sometimes I don’t sit down until after 8 and it’s just for a handful of minutes before I pump and head to bed!

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5am workouts have started again and I am thrilled that I got them is almost everyday this week!!

I had to do a couple at home on the treadmill but yesterday was able to get out for a sunrise run!

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I know my morning runs during the week are slowly coming to an end since it’s not getting light out until close to 6am!!  Even though I run with a light around my arm I still don’t like running in the dark!  I’m freaked out by skunks and I smell them in the morning.

Summer ending is so bittersweet.  I love my job and Sara loves school.  B loves daycare and so life is good!!!  It’s just a whole lot more busy!   I need to get back into meal planning and  prepping and find time for blogging.  I’m off on Thursdays with B, so I am hoping to use his nap time to blog and food prep.  Thank you to his daycare who got him napping longer!!  I’ll work on his 7 month update soon!!!

For now I am LOVING that nap time means getting stuff done and finally being able to be productive!!  Woo hoo! Here’s to long naps and increased productivity!

Is next week really September?

Happy Friday!  Cheers to the weekend! Woo hoo!

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Sip and Shop with SHINE #ShineALightChi

As many of you are aware I “came out” last fall in this post about our fertility issues with B.  While it’s so hard and painful to talk about loss and infertility I do believe it helps!   ShineLogo_9.1.11FinalShine Chicago is a nonprofit focused on providing support and education to women dealing with fertility challenges.
Shine’s goal is to take the shame and stigma out of dealing with fertility and women’s health issues and create an environment where women can get together, swap stories and learn more about their health options.

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Shine is hosting a “Sip, Shop, Shine” event hosted at The Dailey Method Bucktown on Thursday, August 20, with complimentary beauty treatments (massages, manicures, facials!), beauty by Beautycounter, fashions by Ellie Kai, drinks by Drizly and bites by Goddess and Grocer. The event will also feature a panel of women’s health professionals including Fertility Center of Illinois and Egg Banxx (egg freezing, anyone?!).

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Do you know someone who would benefit from this event?  Please encourage them to sign up!  It’s completely free and had an amazing panel of professionals!

 

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WIAW: Dining out with Seasons 52

Happy Wednesday!

I’m linking up with Jenn for a very special WIAW!

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As I mentioned, the Hubs and I went out on Sunday to celebrate our 7 year anniversary!  We had an amazing experience at Seasons 52 in Chicago!  Some of you commented last week that you had heard of the restaurant and had been there!

I always like to check out the menu to a new place because I am all about yummy eats!!!  I loved that they used local and fresh ingredients when designing their menu and I also loved that they had a special summer seasonal menu.  I also love that they have alternative menus online geared towards any and ALL diets!  Vegans, gluten-free and meat eaters can enjoy and dine together!!!  Yippee!!!

Everything sounded amazing from the drinks to the flatbreads to the entrees and the desserts, and let me tell you that the entire experience was amazing!

Let’s start with the drinks!!

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Round 1 for myself was the Meyer Lemonade made with Organic Meyer Lemon Vodka and Pineapple Juice.  The Hubs was boring and got his standard vodka martini on the rocks.

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They surprised us with some champagne since we were celebrating our anniversary!  Cheers to us!

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Then came one of their highly suggested seasonal drinks!  The Strawberry Basil Infusion made with Strawberry-infused Organic Vodka!  Best drink EVER!!

Round 1 of food we chose one of their flatbreads.  Seasons 52 is famous for their flatbreads!

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We went wight he Artichoke and Laura Chenel Goat Cheese flatbread.  Made with spinach, balsamic onions and roasted peppers! I love super crispy flatbread and this was perfect.  We might have finished it in a matter of minutes!!

Let’s talk dinner entrees!

IMG_4311.JPGI ordered their Asian-Glazed Chilean Sea Bass and it was served with black rice, snap pea and shitake mushroom.  The fish was perfectly cooked and so light!!  It also came recommended by our waitress of their summer menu!  Since I am a huge fan of broccoli, I had to order a side of their grilled broccoli!

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The Hubs ordered the Oak-Grilled New York Strip Steak.

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It came served with herb marinated tomatoes, potatoes and roasted tomatoes.  He loved his and of course we both were members of the “clean plate club.”

Don’t worry we still had room for dessert!!

OMG, best dessert presentation ever!!  I didn’t get a full photo since I was blown away but basically you are presented with an entire line of small single serving options of yumminess and just pick what you want!

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We had a key lime, chocolate peanut butter, praline and mocha dessert!!  There were several others too!

And don’t worry….

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We CLEARLY had no problem finishing these either!

Seasons 52 has something for everyone which is truly amazing!! Our entire experience was wonderful and it made our big night out truly remarkable!!!

Is there a Seasons 52 near you? Have you ever been?  If you aren’t sure, check out all of their locations on their homepage.

 

Disclaimer:  I was provided the opportunity to dine at Seasons 52 in exchange for an honest review.  All opinions are my own. 

 

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B’s 6 month update 

Good morning everyone… or afternoon… or evening depending on the time you are reading this.  I didn’t have time to post yesterday since the Hubs and I were out late Sunday night (and by late I mean home by 9pm) celebrating our anniversary at Seasons52!! I’m be writing a special post tomorrow highlighting all of our yummy eats!

Before B hits 7 months, which I am sure is bound to happen sooner rater then later, I wanted to give you his 6 month update. I can’t believe he is 6 months old and boy is he keeping us busy and on our toes!!

Age:  6 months 7/28-

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Height and Weight: Weight: 15lbs 3oz

Height: Truth… I don’t remember.  I can find it all online with the database that our pediatrician provides but I haven’t had time to do it. #momoftheyear

Clothing Size:  6 months and 3-6 months.

Milestones:  B is sitting for longer periods of time and rolling like crazy. Back to belly and belly to back!!  He’s a rolling machine!  He slept on his belly last week for the first time and I think I was up every hour making sure he was breathing!  He’s also working on trying to move his body and crawl.

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Teeth: Ugh, we are still waiting for those 2 teeth to come in!!  Little buggers are making B cranky often in the late afternoon!!!  He’s drooling a ton… I hope they make their appearance soon!

Likes: Loves be talked to. He’s big into saying things that sound like “hey”  So when I say hi or hey back he thinks it’s hysterical. Also, anything his big sister.  He also loves playing on his belly and loves the swings!  B also likes the water and enjoys splashing at the pool.

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Dislikes:  Not a whole lot.  B is really one of the happiest and most chill babies ever! He rarely cries!

Sleep: B’s been going to bed consistently between 6:00 and 6:30pm depending on when his last nap is.  He sleeps until midnight although he has slept a few times later and woken between 1 and 3am and then wakes again at 4am.. or sometimes he just gets up once. He’s still great at nursing and going right back to bed.  He wakes up for the day between 6:15 and 6:45 and will often just talk quietly to himself for as long as 30 minutes.  This will really come in handy in a few weeks when mornings are crazy as we transition back to work!  I love that he can entertain himself for a while

Naps are a whole different story!!  Goodness, this child is NOT a good napper!  Once in a while we can get a 1 hour to 90 minute nap out of him but he is still 3-4 naps a day that range from 35-45 minutes.  His daycare has assured me that it will change when he starts there in a couple of weeks and I can’t freaking wait!!!

Best Moment: This month was huge for him developmentally!  So much is happening so fast!!  I love how he is changing daily.

I love that I have been able to have so much time with this guy this summer!  It’s wonderful that both the Hubs and I are around so that we need a break we can get it.  I’m sad just thinking about the transition back for ALL OF US in a few weeks.

Worst/Hardest Moment:  We were really lucky with mild temps this summer but it’s pretty hard when the heat and humidity are high.  It’s really been SUMMER the last couple of weeks. Great for Sara but not great for B.  Fortunately, he doesn’t know the difference and enjoys chilling at home.

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Health:  100% Healthy!!

Eating:  So last month we started on some basic oatmeal mixed with breast milk and then added carrots and avocado.  Then I saw a nursing strike so I stopped and went back to just breastfeeding.  Just last week we started up again and it’s going great.  B loves sweet potatoes!  Hands down his favorite food

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Cranial Helmet Update: B has been in his helmet for over 5 weeks.  Today we head back to the doctor for another check in.  We go every 2 weeks so his helmet can be adjusted as his head grows.  It’s truly remarkable how much of a difference it’s making!!!  After 1 month of wear his head grew 1cm in length (that’s what we what to have happen!)  So despite having to wear it all summer he is doing SO well and he really could care less that it’s on!

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Overall:  As hard as it is to believe that we are now closer to his 1st birthday then the day he was born it has truly been an amazing journey watching him grow.  The love that he has for his sister and the love she has for him is so incredible!!!  I can’t wait to see what the next month brings!!

 

 

 

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Coffee talk: August

Sadly July has come and gone and we are now in the month of August.  The first Saturday of the month can only mean one thing!  It’s time for another coffee date.

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I’m excited to be linking up for our monthly coffee date.   I‘m linking up with Coco @ Got 2 Run 4 MeLynda @ Fitness Mom Wine Country, & Deborah @ Confessions of a Mother

Man, this post is bittersweet to write because August means so many things.  It means back to work, back to school, starting first grade for Sara, B starting in day care.  Ugh… the list goes on!!  I’m soaking up my time and moments with these two which is really why I haven’t been blogging as much this summer.

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If we were having coffee I would tell you that I am trying to make these next  2 1/2 weeks go by SLOWLY but I know it’s not going to happen.  Who am I kidding?!!?  Next month when we meet again for coffee I will have a first grader and I am sure I will be running around like a crazy lady!

If we were having coffee I would tell you that we had an awesome little family getaway last week in Wisconsin!!  Lots and lots of family time, boating, swimming, beaching and some amazing ice cream too!

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If were having coffee, I would tell you that lately the Hubs and I joke about the farm to table dinners that we are having.  Fresh garden tomatoes grilled, with fresh pesto and lots of green beans.  All of the early summer rain has made for some amazing and tasty garden delights!

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If we were having coffee I would tell you that I ran over 100 miles this month with a sub 8 minute mile.  I never planned for running that much but last week I realized it would be close and would just need to push myself a little harder this week!

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If we were having coffee I would tell you that this happened this week…

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We are busy cutting two teeth, rolling all over the place and attempting to move and crawl.  Busy busy boy I have!!  I’m working on an official 6 month post to share with all of you.

If we were having coffee I would you tell you and ask you for your best food prep secrets and tips.  I’ve been back on Pinterest looking for some new recipes and idea for the school year.  I know my weeks will involve lots of crock pot and simple meals and I need to get back to food prep Sundays!  Right now, though I am just having so much fun playing and hanging with my kids!  Ugh why does summer have to end?

If we were having coffee I would tell you that I LOVE NAP TIME!

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If we were having coffee I would tell you that the Hubs and I are celebrating 7 years of marriage on Monday and we are headed out to Seasons 52 on Sunday!!  Can’t wait to try out this new restaurant and I am even more excited for a date night!

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Tell me, what’s going on with you??!?!

 

 

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