Bumpdate: 23 weeks

FEELING: Really Pregnant! I know I am just past half-way there…..but for some reason I feel like I am 33 weeks.  Overall, I feel healthy and have energy, but I do think twice about picking something up off the ground when I drop it……that takes a lot of effort.

CRAVING: Junk food…..I wish I craved carrots and Greek yogurt….sadly I will take an Oreo over that any day.  I’m trying to indulge in moderation…..but during the past holiday weekend it has been difficult! Also- I can’t eat chicken.  It sounds horrible to me.

WARDROBE: Legging! Mostly maternity clothes. Luckily I have a good amount of sweaters that I can still fit into  (so far).  Jeans have become my ‘dress up’ clothes.

GENERAL THOUGHTS:

I am feeling great! I can feel kicks and tons of movement….which I love.  

I am still working out at the gym about four times a week.  I think that has really helped me through the nausea.  At this I am starting to slow down a bit.  I realize that I don’t have to go full blast on the stair master right now.  As for my strength training….I am still doing it but with lighter weights and more reps.

Gymboree Sale On Now!

So much is changing in our lives. This seems to be the calm before the storm.  Our last Christmas at our current house (that is bittersweet).  Soon, and I am sure all at once, I will be ready to have a baby, moving into a brand new home and selling and packing up our current house.  I just need to take things in stride. Wish us luck!!

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Our last Christmas as a family of four.

Rocky Road Chocolate Fudge

Holiday fudge is a favorite treat in our house….but I am not good at using an candy thermometer.  Every time I try I never seem to get it right and end up with sugary goo….not melt in your deliciousness.  So, I have figured out a trick! This is a no thermometer method that works every  time! I have added and deleted different ingredients (peanuts, pretzel pieces.  Or Nutella instead of peanut butter). Add sprinkles that go with your holiday and have a hit every time!

Rocky-Road Easy Chocolate Fudge

  • 2 cups of mini marshmallows
  • 12 oz semi sweet chocolate chips
  • 12 oz milk chocolate chips
  • 1/2  cup of peanut butter
  • 3/4 cups rice krispies
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • sprinkles (optional)

 

Cover a 8×8 inch pan with parchment paper. Sprinkle half of the mini marshmallows in the pan.

In a microwaveable safe bowl add all chocolate chips, peanut butter and vanilla and microwave at 30 second at a time until melted.  Add in rice krispies  and the rest of the marshmallows and combine.

Wit a spatula, spread mixture in pan and distribute sprinkles if desired.  Chill in refrigerator at least one hour before cutting into one inch pieces.

 

 

Last Minute Gift Guide For The Women In Your Life

I’m sure by this time of the year you have finished shopping for the kiddos….but did you forget about some of the most important women in your life? Mom? Best friend? Work colleague? Don’t worry! You’re not alone! Here are a few of my favorite things.  Best part? Everything on here is under $25.00 and will be shipped for free within three business day! So, don’t delay! {Affiliate Links}

MOM

DO NOT….I repeat DO NOT forget this person.  This is the person who has and will do anything for you.  This is my mom’s favorite perfume brand.  It looks and smells luxurious.

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BEST FRIEND

She is the girl you tell anything! You can vent and complain….and she still thinks you are awesome.  Show her some love with this sweet nail polish set. I love these colors for the holidays and beyond (classic red is always in).

 

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FAVORITE WORK FRIEND

Do you have someone at work that you sneak away with for coffee? She will help you out in a pinch? I have never tried bath salts before these…..but these are one of my favorite go-to’s for relaxing! She might need it after working late (helping you meet your deadline).

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MOMMY-BESTIE

We all have one, right? We can show up at her house with your kiddos and no make-up. She will feed you coffee and not judge you for suggesting you turn on the long Mickey Mouse episode so you can take a break from your kids.  She needs one too. She will need this body scrub to brighten her up and hide the fact that she didn’t get any sleep last night either.
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YOUR BABYSITTER

This person is often overlooked….and she is such an important woman (or young woman) in your life! Don’t take her for granted! If your kids love her, you should love her too. You don’t need to spend a ton of money on her, but show her that you appreciate her.  I love this lip gloss kit.

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