Monday, December 27, 2010

Change, Change, Change

Oh how things can change quickly.....

How fast does a year go? It always seems that our holidays and weekends seem to go ever so quickly when our workdays could go on FORRRRR-EEEEEE-VEEERRRRR!

Today I was lucky enough to wake up "when ready" and had the luxury of going on with a medium-paced morning routine before getting the work done I needed to. As I sit here with the sun heading down and the backyards and side streets still snow-covered I automatically think "what to do".... I have the hardest time sitting still (even though I know I should) but don't want to do my filing or thank you notes... cleaning is finished; already went to the gym, etc. etc.

I think about this time last year with all of the snow we had and how at this time of the day when I was finishing up my work I would pop open a bottle of white wine, pour myself a glass, and enjoy with some crackers, cheese, and fruit! Ahhhh how amazing! Or I think about how magical it would be to be in a bar enjoying Apres Ski after a "long day" or skiing!

But this year all is different with Baby George coming to town....... I will definitely not be opening a bottle of wine, skiing, or "downing" beers on a ski mountain... which is fine because we have been given the gift of life! But it's just funny to think about how quickly things can change in just a year!

Friday, December 10, 2010

What Do You Spend Your Money On?!?

Are you frugal? A shopaholic? Do you own a credit card? Massive debt? NO debt?

I finally have a credit card for the 2nd time in my life. I got one in college in order to buy my first Juicy Couture outfit from Bloomie's in Maryland.... and WOW did I learn my lesson! It scarred me for life I haven't had one in 10 years). However, as we are always trying to simplify our life before baby, finish home renovations, and always trying to improve our credit, I finally buckled and applied for an AMEX. So far so good. Fingers crossed. I like how the AMEX will hold us accountable each month.

That being said.... every few months I always reflect on my "financial views". As I negotiated with our painters to come down in price on  money I REALLY didn't want to spend, but after all Kyle has done felt awful having him do all the nasty painting labor is just plain mean. But in our "heated" conversation last night, Kyle did make the point that a lot of our house renovations does equal the annual snowboarding trip he wants to go on!

This got me thinking again... how we justify spending our money. I used to be a "bad" shopper and buy everything. Now I prefer to choose quality over quantity. I don't shop often (especially now  being preggo), but when I do I like to be able to purchase an item and not feel guilty. However, I think it's funny that if we need to spend money on a new microwave ($200+), a pressure gauge for the shower ($500+), or more recently (last night) a new kitchen sink and the faucet I get SO stingy. But in all reality, if I really liked a dress, sweater (shoes probably NOT so much) I would have no issue spending $200! Not that I would do it every day, but it's just funny when you take a step back and ponder it.

How do YOU spend your money?

Home Renovations

WOW, WOW, WOW!

So it's no secret that we have been doing a lot of home renovations to our casa this past year. As of late it's been our kitchen... and yes I have a ton of pictures, I just am waiting for it to be complete to post them!

All of our contractors have been truly great (thank you to Service Magic... great company for contractor referrals!!!), appreciative, courteous, and most importantly mindful of our budget. Not sure if it is because they are good people OR if it's because I'm pregnant... either way, yay for us!

But in saying that I am definitely getting a little restless to have a quiet home with zero dust! Soon enough AND it will all be MORE than worth it, so there is definitely light at the end of the tunnel.

It's just funny listening to them from 7am-9pm... whether it's their conversations or what channel they were listening to on  the radio (last week it was the Christian channel). As I sit here and listen to my 7 painters working diligently in our kitchen and dinning room chatting away!

I will say all of this work has given me more than a new found respect for labor!

Happy Friday!

Friday, December 3, 2010

Nike Commercials

I seriously LOVE Nike and Gatorade commercials!!! Maybe it's because being an athlete I love how they get to the core of why we play! There is so much hoop-la around sports these days that sometimes it actually DOES ruin the game!

For example- Lebron James is a GREAT basketball player, but as things go these days- great athletes become celebrities and they take on OTHER roles besides their "job" on the court, the field, the diamond, etc. They have a responsibility to uphold even when they are NOT playing "their game". Like it or not, that is modern day sports and when you sign that contract that is what you sign up for!

Obviously NOT many people were too thrilled when Lebron left the Cavs for the Heat, but it is what it is... people move on and what was good for someone at one stage in the career may not be as they progress or get older! Last night when Lebron returned home to play the Cavs the fans weren't very nice (I'm just glad he didn't get shot), BUT he made a statement "scoring" 38 points! Sayyyy WHAT!

My friend just sent me the Lebron James Nike Commercial. I hadn't seen it yet, but I liked it, because I think it brings you back to... he is a person who just wanted to play basketball and be a hero... a legend... but in modern day society all of the other "stuff" and celebrity-isms that go along with being a famous athlete these days. But HE IS A PERSON and probably deals with internal conflict just as you and I do... The only issue is that he comes off so FULL of himself and I hate that. Is that him or is that the "persona" he is trying to be or THINKS he needs to be. You look at some of these other athletes and you just want to say PLAY THE GAME, but in all reality that's NOT sports anymore..... it's just NOT that simple.  I'm not saying is "right or wrong", it just.... "is what it is"... here is the article and commercial: http://nba.fanhouse.com/2010/10/25/lebrons-nike-ad-asks-what-should-i-do/.

Now Michael Jordan just came out with a video response to Lebron James, which I like even more: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FmhHIehsvN0&feature=related. A great athlete makes things look easy and those around him/her often forget the WHY and HOW that athlete is capable of his/her abilities. All the time before and after practice. The concentration it took DURING practice vs. goofing off. Making their own way vs. following the rest of the team. All of the blood, sweat, and tears on AND off the court/field. Many athletes HAVE natural abilities, BUT the best of the best WORK to improve those god-given abilities and that is what makes them great.

I always feel like such a "nazi" (excuse my politically incorrect word choice) when I am coaching, when I harp on my girls to focus or not goof off during practice. It isn't because I don't want to have... gosh if they only new me in high school and college, BUT there is a time and a place. And some of their timing seems to be off. I harp on them because I see a talent or a gift and want they to SEE that in themselves as well. BUT they have to work at it and continue working with it!

SEEING is BELIEVING!

Quote of the Day

"We must be willing to let go of the life we have planned, so as to HAVE THE LIFE THAT IS WAITING FOR US" - E. M. Forster

This is from my "Momagenda" Day planner. I LOVE this quote because I feel like it calls out to me! I am SUCH a planner and as the nurse said last night at my Pediatrician Consultation... "I know all you young adults are used to a schedule and doing things one way, BUT once a kid comes, you have to throw all that scheduling out the door".

Which is DEFINITELY true, but I think one of those things you don't REALLY REALLY get until you are put in the situation. Just like trying to rest up and enjoy your (a pregnant woman) last "days" of being you, being "selfish", resting, etc. because once the baby comes it is NOT about you anymore, ever! And I GET that, but I just don't think it's one of those things you can ACTUALLY UNDERSTAND until you are in that position.

I think it's good to have a plan and be organized, or as I do... organize my life by chaos- it works for me- maybe not my husband, but it works for me and I do it just fine, haha! BUT to be flexible when appropriate.. NOW I don't mean changing your schedules to accommodate others, because that's not fair- you need to live your life too, but to be OPEN to the possibility of change (scary!!!) and  that things may not go the way as planned and to calm down and be open to the new path that has been presented in front of you.... yes that is a metaphor!

We will see.. we will see.....

Morning Fav

Morning Fav: Gentle Foaming Facial Cleanser by Kiehls

Click on the title above to go to the link!

I tried this cleanser out when I was visiting my friend in Boston and fell in love. I am not usually a Kiehl's fan. I LIKE Kiehl's, but not usually one of my "go to" brands or a must have for me. But when I tell you this got off ALL of my make up (including my heavy duty eyeliner and mascara) I am NOT lying!

The wash is super soft AND gets the job done, which is a hard combo to come by! And the ingredients are preggo friendly!

Definitely a must-have to put on your list for Santa or a nice little stocking stuffer for those in your life.

Now my only dilemma, keeping it away from my husband, who just realized how great my "Mario Badescu Pimple Cream" is... I hide it behind my shampoo in the shower (hehe). I'm all for sharing, BUT we are working on portion control for nice products!!!!!

Thursday, November 18, 2010

To Scan or Not to Scan... That is the Question


The new Advanced Imaging Technology has some people's feathers in a ruffle with the invasion on privacy. Me? In regards to "personal space" and invasion of privacy it really doesn't bother me.

But I do get a little skeptical with ANY type of technology and being pregnant... OK, you caught me I still use my cell phone regularly, BUT I try not to put my laptop directly on my lap or belly, and I definitely run and hide when the microwave is on.

You could argue both ways- TSA said it was safe and there are so many other "worse" things out there that my in-utero baby is exposed to OR you could said do you really want to risk that "one time"

So I think as I jump on the plane tomorrow I  think I might ask for the heavy duty pat down, who knows could be fun, haha! And if any woman or man thinks they are getting their hands between my bra and back; between my boobs, between my boobs and belly; and under my belly, I say go ahead... try.. GOOD LUCK cause I can't haha!!!!

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Morning Fav

Trader Joe's Cheese Selection!

Trader Joe's has a really great cheese selection (at least at our local Ardmore Market). And they are really pretty reasonably priced as far as "nice" cheeses go.

They have the basics- cheddar, mozzarella, goat, havarti, gouda, etc. but then they also have these fun Stilton Blue Cheese's, and my personal fav, which I cannot remember the name!!

BUT MY FAV T.J. cheese is this softer cheese with cranberry in it! It is SO amazing on any type of cracker. I hate that I cannot remember the name, BUT you will recognize it right away, it's cut like the blue cheese (in a bigger triangular wedge), but it has pieces of cranberry in it to add a little flavor!

Quote of the Day

I stole this from a facebook friend, but I just thought it was too great not to share:


A positive attitude may not solve all your problems, but it will annoy enough people to make it worth the effort. - Herm Albright

I really like this quote as I am firm believer that attitude is everything! It is really hard to be positive sometimes! And on the flip side I think a "not-so positive moment" is definitely  healthy every once in awhile. But let's be honest no one likes a full time complainer; it's exhausting and personally not very uplifting to be around! In certain situations I think it's better to really try and take a step back and see the positive side of things, which is really hard to do, but great practice! 

Now I fully recognize that I am not a "Positive Patty" or a "Happy Hannah" 24-7, but I really do try (even if it's in the privacy of my own home or giving myself a pep-talk.. yes that does happen often) to keep a positive attitude as much as I can! 
My sister in-law is a very positive person, so when she calls and says "OK I just need to vent for a minute" or something to that affect I tend to listen more clearly and take it more seriously because I know that she really needs to get it out!!! I love that!

 

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Prejudice Parent?

I should probably keep this to myself, but it's just too "typical" to not share it with you!

So as I am in countdown mode with my final weeks (I just started my 3rd trimester)... I'm trying to go through my checklists, etc. to make sure I am not "forgetting" anything! Sign up for birthing class, check; Find a pediatrician, looking; Setting up nursery (slowly but surely), check!

After Baby comes I have a few short weeks (depending on the arrival date) with my little lover before I go back to coaching... yes it's a little crazy, BUT I truly love and want to do this and I think getting out for 2-3 hrs a day will be good for me, make me a better Mommy, and appreciate what I have to come home to!

This means finding a babysitter!! I'm going to wait until the New Year to go into full mode to find someone (or some people) as it's a little too soon now, but I don't wait too long as I don't want to find myself in a jam. So I found myself looking through "Sitter City"... plugged in all my important criteria:

Has a background check
Has experience with newborns/infants
Within a close radius
Has own transportation
Will come to my  house
Etc.

And then once I have narrowed my search to 1,300 "qualified" babysitters (haha) I noticed after a little while I was going  by their picture!!!! I mean I literally noticed my clicking pattern was on the "cute" profiles! Am I choosing a babysitter or a new bff? haha Oh Lordy!

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Morning Fav

Morning  Fav: MORNING GLORY!

So I went to see Morning Glory, starring Rachel McAdams, Harrison Ford, and Diane Keaton, last night. It was really cute! Not sure if it's my "motherly" instincts but Harrison Ford keeps getting more and more attractive! Very stunning for an "older" look... I think they call that distinguished!

It was a romantic comedy- that definitely had kept me laughing (and my face hidden behind my scarf at times). There was a little romance but nothing too sappy or over the top. But Rachel's love interest (Patrick Wilson?) is definitely sort a cute too.

The only "annoying" thing was Rachel's characters bangs getting in the way from time to time :)

Otherwise a cute movie to get out and see... if you feel like spending $11/pp!

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

2007 CT Triple Murder

WOW... watching the Today Show this morning and they did a segment on the Petit family (mom and 2 daughters; dad Dr. Petit survived) that was killed in Connecticut by Steven Hayes when he invaded their home.

First off, what a heinous crime. But what I think is interesting is how the jury decided to sentence him to death... i.e. giving him the death penalty vs. life in prison.

I don't feel strongly one way or another about the death penalty- I'm not strongly for nor against. But what's interesting is I bet the majority of the time these criminals probably feel "relieved" when they receive the death penalty vs. life in prison. In this particular case, Steven's attorney even said [Steven] is relieved that he received the death penalty and this is what he wanted.

I'm not saying this is the case, but you hear of this a lot- that the criminals feel relief... is this so that they don't have to live a life filled with regret and remorse (even they even are capable of those emotions). If so, do we give them "an easy way out"?

Monday, November 8, 2010

DIY- Kitchen Renovations

And let the games begin.............

OK so it is time, the kitchen renovations have begun... back to my other blog.. patience is a virtue, right??

I am so glad we are doing this before Baby comes! So far Kyle has done a great job on the demolition!

And the majority of our supplies are already in house:
1. New appliance.. CHECK
2. New Cabinets... CHECK

And all the other stuff is ordered and SUPPOSE to come in the timely fashion of when it should be installed and/or implemented!

As long as the kitchen is done BEFORE (and not one or two days hehe) Christmas I am good to go!!!

Here are a few pictures of the demolition:
(I'll upload the "Before's" so you can see the step-by-step process!)

Friday and Saturday afternoon Kyle tore down the cabinets, knocked down 1 wall, opened up another wall, tore up the floor, and still  managed to keep the house looking clean AND keeping our fridge and stove in tact for cooking and cleaning... IMPRESSIVE! 





Patience is a Virtue

OK so it's official I am now "cool" enough to go to the doctor every 2 weeks! Or maybe it's not about being "cool" as it is being in  my 3rd trimester! Gooooo ME and Bam Bam! haha!

Sorry I am in total baby-mode again! I just celebrated one of my bf's baby showers this past weekend and it was a blast! She got the greatest gifts, looked gorgeous- glowing from head to belly, to cute TB boots :), and was surrounded by friends and family who just wanted to dote on her every move!! Pregnancy looks great on her! She is in the two months stretch- yay! I love having someone right in front of me telling me "what I can expect" and not "what to do". It's so great  to have someone to go through this with! And each time I reach the spot she was telling me about- 12 week ultra sound, 20 week ultra sound, glucose test, upgrading to 2x/month check ups, I just feel so proud... like "part of the club"!

Baby furniture is due to arrive for both of us this week- how exciting!!!

I am just so in love with my baby I cannot wait to meet him/her!!! Like they always say.. "patience is a virtue"... "good things come to those who wait"..I know I know.. but in the words of Veruca Salt (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory).. "I WANT IT NOWWWW!!!!!!!!!!!!"


I  just can't wait to...
1. See what child birth is all about (yes I am scared to bits)
2. See if it's a boy or girl
3. Try and breast feed
4. See Kyle's face when he finds out what it is
5. See Kyle hold him/her for the first time
6. Hold him/her for the first time
7. NAME him/her (OK baby COULD BE name-less for a few hours or days.. that is OK)
8. Hold Baby... did I already mention that???
9. Bring Baby home and just love him/her
10. Panic about am I doing things right from the day he/she is born until I die.. and then probably from above (fingers crossed) after that, haha!!!!

Another Fav

I'll  be honest..... the easiest and most reliable for me to answer your question: "What time is it?" is by clicking on my phone, BUT I'll 9 times out of 10 I'll have my watch (GORGEOUS gold Michael Kors) on!

A watch to me, and many others, is a solid accessory. Some like to rely on one and some like to  have a ton! I say.. to each their own!

If you are in the market for a fashionable, classic looking watch.... I say this is a great find:
Tortoise Style Watch:
1. http://www.michaelkors.com/store/catalog/prod.jhtml?itemId=prod7670003&parentId=cat7502&masterId=cat27111&index=36&cmCat=cat000000cat145cat27111cat7502

2. http://www.michaelkors.com/store/catalog/prod.jhtml?itemId=prod1620003&parentId=cat7502&masterId=cat27111&index=122&cmCat=cat000000cat145cat27111cat7502

3. Different but classy... http://www.michaelkors.com/store/catalog/prod.jhtml?itemId=prod9810005&parentId=cat7502&masterId=cat27111&index=35&cmCat=cat000000cat145cat27111cat7502

And of course MY FAV.. My Watch:
http://www.michaelkors.com/store/catalog/prod.jhtml?itemId=prod9810008&parentId=cat7502&masterId=cat27111&index=53&cmCat=cat000000cat145cat27111cat7502

Fashion Police

NOT NEEDED here!

I tend to think that my friends, for the most part, have a great sense of fashion! I love seeing, whether it is "dress up" or "down" attire, what they are going to show up in.. and MOST IMPORTANTLY  their accessories! I LOVE accessories, especially because it is truly something I "struggle" with!

My high school friends got together for a friend's baby shower (yay) this weekend and I couldn't help but notice the cute little accessory on her wrist..... I'm not sure what designer it exactly was, but I have had my eye on a similar style/replica for awhile now... they are just so classy!!

The thick LEATHER cuff

Some examples:
Hermes Cuff:
http://usa.hermes.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/ProductDisplay?storeId=10202&catalogId=10052&langId=-1&categoryId=143572&leftCategoryId=128521&topCategoryId=127526&parentCategoryId=127565&productId=44967&nbItem=0

A few different options from my friends' fab blog "fthisorfthat":
http://fthisorfthat.blogspot.com/2010/09/wrap-me-now.html

Tory's Cuffs:
http://www.toryburch.com/designer-jewelry/designer-bracelets?viewall=Y

Morning Fav

Haven't done this in awhile....


This year I was on my "A" game when it came to my fall wardrobe.. I started early! But heck I was ready for fall clothes in July!!


I ordered these in July and they didn't come until the end of September, but it was just in time!


They are the UGG "Jillian" Riding boot (click on "Title" above to go to link) in Dark Chocolate! These boots are SO comfortable (all lined with the "Ugg wool"), stylish, supportive, and go with almost anything- dressing up or down!


Other Favs


Leather Boots: http://www.uggaustralia.com/ProductDetails.aspx?gID=w&productID=1921&model=Amberlee


Leather Short boots/ or "clog like" (in black) : http://www.uggaustralia.com/ProductDetails.aspx?gID=w&productID=1955&model=Lynnea

Pick Me Up

OK so we could all probably agree that it has gotten quite frigid this past week/weekend. It's so common to hear people complain or comment on the weather... all winter people tend to remark on how chilly and cold it is and they cannot wait for summer, but when summer roles around it ends up being, ironically, "too hot"!!!

I tend to like fall more and more each season that passes! I mean put me on a beach with a cold one in my hand (well not this past summer) and I'll take that ANY DAY!!!! But, there is just something so fun about dressing up in boots and matching (or not) scarves! I love popping in and out of the cold- it truly is a good pick me up! My morning walks have become less and less now that we have our new fence, but I truly enjoy my 10-minute walks around the block with Harley in the AM or mid-afternoon when I need a good "slap in the face"- that cold air and wind really is refreshing!

Friday, October 22, 2010

Nursery Now or Nursery Later?

THAT is the question!

So... as you probably may know we ordered our nursery furniture, yay! And I THOUGHT I was going to do the room a tan/khaki with some whites and possibly browns/chocolates/espresso here and there. I found cute bedding too!  But as the time gets closer I think that I would want something a little more geared toward a boy or girl when it comes to bedding, wall ensembles, etc. I mean I wouldn't go out of control, so now it's like well.... what colors do we do the walls so that it matches the possible bedding.

I THINK I'll pick out my bedding if it's a boy or a girl, grab a swatch, and then take it and see how well it matches our ideas for room colors. I mean NOT a bad "dilemma" to have!

De-Clutter

OK so how does one go about de-cluttering? Last night I watched a CSI episode where this woman hoarder had her house filled to the brim and dead people had been laying there for years and "no one knew" because there was so much crap!

OK yes that is a LITTLE :) extreme, but I have that feeling that I need to re-organize my belongings! I have been doing a really great job, thank you thank you, in the past year or so (thanks to my husband) about getting rid of clothes after each season that I don't wear or didn't really wear the year before! The TWO places that always suffer- our bedroom and my home office! But no matter what I do I just can't seem to get a system going. I've had "organizers" come in and help me set up systems that we THOUGHT would work and do temporarily, but never end up permanently working! It's so frustrating because those are two places it would be nice to have fresh and organized! Especially now that I am looking to add some nicer pieces into each room I really am examining what to put in there and now all I see is clothes or paper everywhere!

I just wish I could find a way... a system... and stick with it!

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Morning Fav

I love it when I not only find something I love... but my friends too!

Today's find.... Trader Joe's Pumpkin Bread Mix. I made a box last night and ended up having it for dinner AND breakfast this AM. This AM I put a little whipped cream cheese on it AND also tried it with a little peanut butter (for some extra protein) and that was yummy too! Also very good with spray butter to moisten it up!

So I went back today and bought 5 more boxes-the woman behind me definitely gave me a "crazy face".

The thing I like about this bread (because I am usually a banana bread gal) is that you can make it so many different ways.

1. The normal way on the box- eggs, water, veggie oil
2. The "healthy way"- substituting apple sauce for veggie oil
3. The "moist" (yes I hate that word too) way- I added a tbsp of  butter (oh no what a sin haha) and for my 1 cup water I put 1/2 cup water and 1/2 cup milk. I also baked at 325 vs. 350 to keep the outside a little less crispy.
4. The "Pumpkin Pumpkin" way- you cut down the oil and add in the pumpkin butter they sell there:
http://www.traderjoesfan.com/Trader_Joes/pumpkin_bread_mix_modification/details/

Monday, October 18, 2010

Advice Needed!

OK so today I am seeking out advice FROM Y-O-U! I'm not sure if this is a "relationship" kind of thing or a woman-man kind of thing.... BUT.... from my years of experience PEOPLE in general tend to take to ideas better when they are their own. This sounds quite obvious! I know I fall guilty under this category from time to time.

We have a saying in our family: "NHI" which stands for "Not His Idea", which speaks about a certain someone who tends to not "hear" what you have to say unless it is their idea. It doesn't happen on purpose it just is the way it happens.

I think as humans when we are really excited or upset about something it's hard to see the "other side" or take advice or changes to what we think in our minds, mostly because we feel so passionately about it!

BUT.. something that I have heard over and over again.... that most "men" tend take better to ideas when they feel it is their own and as women all we have to do is MAKE them THINK it is their idea.. Umm OK so how do I do this??? Reverse psychology?? haha!!

Has anyone out there experienced this or is really good at it? Any helpful insight is welcome :)

Where is this coming from?? Trying to be honest without too much detail... if you remember last week's "wonderful" post about coming up with baby names, etc. and how much fun it is... well the balloon popped yesterday afternoon, haha! Don't worry it's not completely deflated, just about 1/2 full. We were talking our baby names yesterday and our main list we both really like, BUT there is one boy's name apparently "loves" that makes me want to cry; and then he is not so fond of one of my favorite girl's names!

So he "suggests" (states) that HE gets to chose the boy's name and I can be in charge of the boy's  middle name and then vice versa if it is a girl. I have NO idea why but I tend to feel I am having a girl, BUT I don't associate either way because as most of us seems when you don't know.. you don't know! But I'll be darned if I am willing to risk  my child's name on a "hunch" or a feeling. Control freak much- umm YES! I think I admitted that years ago! But what I'm saying if there are a bunch of names we BOTH like.. let's stick with those vs. talking about names the other one doesn't care for!

However boys being boys and taunting... I almost proclaimed that I would be sowing up "open areas" and the baby will stay inside, possibly FOREVER, until a different name was chosen.. Yes clearly mature!

All ended well last night and with 4 months (yes you are preggo for 10 NOT 9 months) to go + when Bam Bam pops out, I know we will "just know" and everything will work out the way it is suppose to.

Oh Kids!!!

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Big Decisions.... Fun Decisions

It's not often you get to say... in the same sentence... that making your bigger decisions can also be fun!

Well as my 3rd trimester approaches in Nov (scary!!!) we are making our list of final to do's: baby names, nursery- painting, ordering furniture, etc. Thank goodness for my husband making us start his summer and do everything little by little or else I would be a mess!!!

One of the things I have been working on is our baby's name... and no Baby's final name won't be "Bam Bam", that's just an in-utero nickname as the Grandma's were getting offended we kept calling him/her "IT"!

I really like writing out our favorite names- first, middle, and last to really see how it all sounds and looks! One of my friend's facebook'd me that her friend did something very similar, which it's really helpful! And.... FUN! We have about 5 names we like for EACH gender + different combination's with middle names. And I LOVE all of them... some more than others, so it will be fun to sit with Kyle and narrow them down over the next few months and then once Bam Bam pops out (healthy- fingers crossed) to take a look and see if he/she fits the name we want to give! You just never know!!!!!!!!!

Now in saying that.... I have learned what everyone said from the beginning... don't share your names because EVERYONE has an opinion AND you cannot PLEASE everyone (i.e. not everyone will like your name).... which I totally get now! Everyone has an opinion or a good or bad story of a name associated with someone they know (I do it all the time). BUT apparently now that I am with child, my skin has seemed to have gotten a little thicker vs. the emotional route, which I like (hopefully it's a permanent thing)!

My view is as long as we aren't setting our child up for a bullying or a beating because of his/her name or like the folks who named their Baby Hitler (true story I think he's like 3 or 4 now) then it is OUR choice! Those of you who have had children- you had your chance to name your baby and those of you who haven't... hopefully you will be blessed with that opportunity and then.... I will hopefully be supportive and keep my mouth shut (even if I think your name stinks hehe).

I'm not a "Jr." person and neither is Kyle.... so that eliminates that. And we tend to like "different" or maybe a little more uncommon names, so there will definitely be some "ugh's and ah's'" along the way. But for now I am OK as long as those around us shower our baby with love!!!

Monday, October 11, 2010

Morning Fav

"There's No Place Like Home"

It's funny how we all go through different phases of our lives... some we like to replay over and over again in our minds and others we wish we COULD forget!

I LOVE to travel... always have and always will! I was lucky enough that I was able to visit different places growing up- whether it was travel soccer or a family vacation I just LOVE it! Although I get all impatient and aggravated at other 'non experienced" travelers and rude encounters I LOVE traveling on a plane... the whole process about packing, going to the airport, checking in and within hours being at your final destination!

This past week I was in Panama for work and it truly was a great work week! I used to LOVE LOVE LOVE traveling to Panama and my trips (week long) always seemed to short- meeting to meeting; one amazing dinner after the next, entertaining clients and being entertained, dressing up for work, etc.! I was definitely impressed with my energy level this trip (higher than I thought for being preggo), BUT it just wasn't the same as it used to be. I kept wanting to be home and with my family. I couldn't get home to our house, my husband, my puppa, our friends, and fall weather quick enough! That's not to say I don't enjoy going down there.. it's just different this time round.... I really like being home here with my family and friends!

AND it was an additional bonus that Baby "Bam Bam" started kicking last week!!! And so I got to show Kyle this new milestone!

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Belly Bump

OK so I didn't want to do this on facebook and I'm not sure there is a huge difference between doing it on my blog but I wanted to do a little time line of the baby growing! I am so lucky that I have had a wonderful experience so far. And I can only hope that going forward continues to be as "enjoyable" and amazing through the rest of my pregnancy, labor, and the baby's life! All we can wish for is a healthy, safe baby!!!

Here are a few pictures along the way! 
4 weeks...

 5 weeks...

  

12 weeks... 

 
16 weeks...


18 weeks...

 20 weeks...
 

Morning Fav

Being Pregnant

I know are you so annoyed with me yet? Pregnancy DEFINITELY has its UPS and DOWNS trust me. I may not have experienced everything first hand but a lot of my closest friends have and I can tell you there are joys and triumphs and scares and horrors! The most that we can wish for is that "God" or whomever/whatever you believe in can help keep you and your baby healthy and safe!

Yesterday we had our big "halfway" ultrasound and it was so amazing! Now my sonograms didn't come out that great but the whole experience watching the screen as they try and get the measurements and little Babe to move around. He/She was sucking it's thumb with legs crossed. Watching the heart beat flutter rapidly, throwing a punch or a kick here and there. They now give you a 4D view of the baby where you can see features and that is FREAKY but neat at the same time. When you look at the positive and beautiful side, you just feel so blessed to be giving life! I keep looking at my pictures and realizing there is a HUMAN (hopefully haha) growing inside of me... literally! It is the craziest concept! I keep falling in love each time I look at the picture... getting more attached. Which makes me happier and more excited, but then freaks me out because I want more than anything for it to be healthy and safe!

With 5 more months to go (yes you are preggo for 10 months... not 9) so much can happen and you just hope and pray that everything goes as though "God" plans and everyone stays happy and healthy and safe!

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Girl Effect

My friend shared this link with me and I cannot stop thinking about it! Everyone has their "cause" and mine used to be (and still is) spreading the word and knowledge on preventing Eating Disorders, BUT as I get older and get more involved in other things I learn how many "causes" there are out there.

My family is a huge supporter of KIPP (knowledge is Power Program/Charter School (college-preparatory public schools with a track record of preparing students in under served communities for success in college and in life.) That is a whole other  blog within itself, but the more I educated myself, attend events, and get involved, the more I want apart of making a difference.

I am really interested in learning more about this Girl Effect that my friend sent me. Here is the website: http://www.girleffect.org/ and here is the video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1e8xgF0JtVg, watch if you can! I used to do a lot of traveling with work and even though the countries I go to in Central America aren't as impoverished as a lot of other countries (and continents for that matter) you still see SO many people living in poverty and what is the worst is seeing the children.... their little bodies, faces, and spirits all drawn in.... gone.... forced to live like an adult much earlier than necessary and than any of us can imagine! This is one of the reasons this video touched me! The other is as a woman I can't even imagine if I was forced to experience 1/2 of what these little girls go through. When we watch "crime dramas" on t.v. yes it's upsetting but it's TV, but if you really stop and thinking about it, the stories of sex trafficking, rape, HIV, drug addiction, etc. COME from somewhere!

Long story short this is my way of spreading the news!

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Morning Fav

I have so many morning favs this week it was a hard choice, BUT.... my winner is my new "Mom Agenda". I was in a paper store yesterday and was drawn to these planners. YES I do have the iphone and a MAC and mobile me so I could be all in sync, but I swear my mobile me goes haywire every 4 months and sometimes it is just a pain. I bought the cutest Kate Spade planner a year or so ago, but it was too small and I didn't like it so I gave it to my momma. Well this time I  brought in the big guns and went for the notebook size planner and am loving it! OK yes I have had it less than 24 hours, but you know that feeling when you love jotting stuff down. I was filling it up last night while watching "House" and was having a ball.. yeah I'm so weird! But I love how it gives me a weekly view and then my appointments are at the top and below is a totally separate section divided into 4 for all my "kids"... well obviously I don't have any yet, but I can put my "lax" schedule, Kyle's events, animals, and then when Baby George does arrive in February I can add his/her numerous check ups and lunch dates with Gigi in there! I hope this actually lasts!!!

And apparently it was on the Today Show... which I ALSO love! Check out the link by clicking the title!

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Morning Fav

Inspirational Quote:

Kindness is in our power, even when fondness is not. -Samuel Johnson

I stole this from one of my facebook friends morning status'. It is such an empowering quote, I love it! It reminds me of a casual conversation I was having with a friend the other day. Long story short I was explaining how I see the same people on my morning dog walk which is sometimes nice and sometimes a PITA. And one morning I didn't go all the way around the block  because I just couldn't "deal" with having this encounter (a five minute conversation with another dog walker). And me being me felt so awful after doing that. It was like, "what has this person ever done to me except be nice?". Which is true. It was just at that moment in time I didn't feel I had the energy to spark up a nonsense conversation when I was already running late.... which I am entitled to but still feel bad about. 

My friend made a good point- that she feels that way sometimes  but afterward you feel bad because "it's not very Christian of you" and it was like "BING" went off in my head! That's it.. that is where I get stuck. I feel like I try and try and try to do "good" in God's, my family and other people's eyes but you have to remember that you are human! Sometimes I get upset and when I do it doesn't mean I am a bad person or you are a disappointment. You don't have to love or like everybody and they don't have to love or like you... and you can not like or like someone for a period of time and that can change... nothing is permanent in life (except we are born, we live, we die), but we do have "control" of our actions. I'm not saying be fake, but you kindness and understanding goes a long way and I bet an even longer way than you or I would think.
It's like when people say "you never know what is going on in that person's life" is so true! When you want to reach across and punch the bank teller, cashier, receptionist, etc. because they are rude. You can get upset and freak out (and sometimes I do) or you can do what you can up until a certain point and give that person a break because you have no idea what is going on in their life.  Now if that person is rude over and over again then it's fair game :) hehe. 

It makes me think of the girls I coach when I watch how they interact with each other. Girls can be so mean and as a soon to-be-parent it makes me sad and scared if I have a little girl. So many things out of your control. You just hope that she is nice to others and they are nice to her. You hear all these awful stories about bullying in schools and the tragic ends that some kids find. 

I'm rambling, which is OK, but I just really liked the message of the quote and wanted to share it!

Small Things

Sometimes I think "we" tend to overlook the small things in life. I know in our house we get so busy with our daily routines and lives sometimes it's easy to forget the "little" things that can truly make us happy. What brought this thought.... giving Kyle a big hug and kiss before he walked out the door for work. Do you "kiss" your significant other good-bye every morning? Or what about every night? I have a pillow that says "Always remember to kiss each other good night" and it is one of my favorite sayings! I think it is SO true! Or just a compliment telling the other person how nice they look or great you think they are. Receiving little compliments whether you are male or female always makes someone feel good!

Have you told or showed someone how special they are to you today??

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Thank You

I just wanted to thank all of you for reading my blog with an open mind! These are my personal thoughts that I know I put out for the "public" to see, but I really respect and thank you for reading my blog and always giving your feedback!

I just feel like it is so great to know you aren't alone in your thoughts and I love all the feedback I am getting! It has brought me so much closer to so many people because we're starting or re-starting a relationship (of all kinds) on an honest and open basis... because we have something in common... or we respect each others thoughts!

One of the main reasons I also love blogging is by getting my thoughts out "on paper" and coming to these "great" (at least in my mind) realizations, different views on situations, and at times talking myself down from the "ledge" or talking myself "up" to take on a situation. Thank you for always lending an eye and ear without judgment!

<3

Every Step of the Way

I'm sure we have all heard the expression that goes something like "people come in and out of our lives for a reason"... well I believe that is true but also with experiences or realizations!

For example I am probably one of the most indecisive people I know. When we were at dinner with some family a few weeks ago my brother said "I have never met a group of people that cannot decide what they are going to eat for dinner like our family" and then some wise a** comment like "the UN makes decisions faster than we do" and it is so true!

Part of my indecisiveness is that I want to try and please everyone.. if it's just me then I can make a decision in .5 seconds! I know what I want to do... but if it involves anyone else that is when I start to "panic"- what do they want to do, do they like what I want to do, I don't want to be too pushy, etc. etc. It used to drive my husband mad!! I have gotten a lot better, but I am still VERY indecisive! But at least I know where it comes from.

And I am smart enough to know that "you can't please all of the people all of the time", BUT I can't help wanting to try! But it will and does drive me mad and ends up blowing in my face... I TRY to please people and in the end it backfires... you would think that would be "somebody's" way of  telling you something haha!

I think of all of the wonderful mommy role models I have in my life and the one thing they have in common is that they take care of their family first!  They have a TON of extended family, friends, acquaintances, play groups, etc. that they all participate in and are committed to, but no matter what they put their kids and husbands first and that is so admirable!

A wise woman once said to me... being a mom is like being a person.. you do your best and sometimes you will be great at it and sometimes you won't be so great, but if you do what YOU FEEL is RIGHT and BEST for your family than that is all that you can do. It is so true... I want to really try to stand by the choices and decisions I make for my family and my little bumpkin because I know I am not perfect, but I'm only doing what I feel is best for little George"y" or Georgette (haha don't worry those are NOT our kids names) and I am sure that other family members, friends, and parents are not going to agree or even approve of my parenting style (you mean spanking isn't OK anymore? J/K) but I can't worry about that... I have to be a strong mom and know that I am doing the best I can. Which means I need to put even MORE  thought (if possible) into making sure that my decisions regarding our child do come from the heart and in a "ready, aim, shoot" manner  because the results and consequences of my actions and decisions go far beyond myself now!

Just a cool "realization" I have been thinking about that I wanted to share... and hoping that in putting it out there I can hold myself accountable to it! It's something I wish I had realized and been able to adapt to long ago.. having the confidence in myself and my decisions long before I had a child to look after!

A Lesson behind every turn...

I literally learned a wonderful lesson that I keep learning over and over again but it really is a good reminder that we must remain flexible and how important it really is to "not sweat the small stuff"!

I decided to switch up my routine this morning and start work a little later.. so I got up and took Harley for a jog, walk, jog, walk as I now call it! I started to get so upset because I was jogging SO slowly (probably around a 4.0 on a treadmill) and my heart rate would shoot up above 145 so then I had to slow down... and I LOVE walking, but I had my mind set on a jog. Then Harley started taking up the WHOLE trail lane- hello doesn't he know "stay right pass left"?!? Ha.. and then I realized how ridiculous these things sounded in my head.. was I literally getting this upset that I couldn't control the situation? And I was I really going to let it ruin my whole day? I mean I should only be so lucky to have the opportunity to do what I was doing in the morning... so many people don't have that luxury of time or space! And then I came to two important realizations... #1- what was really going on that I cannot "control" and I am taking it out on myself and poor Harley. Because that is the bigger picture of control.. and I know myself it's not about me not being able to jog or have Harley "share the road"... it's about something bigger that I need to come to peace with. And the MOST important #2- it's NOT about me anymore... it's not about ANYONE anymore but Baby.... and baby is telling mommy to slow down (yes literally and metaphorically)! So I listened... I slowed down... I looked around... and I smiled... I was in the moment!

Monday, August 30, 2010

Weekend vs. Weekday

OK.. so what did you do yesterday? Did you feel peaceful? Were you happy? Did you rest? Were you productive? So... what did you do?

Now fast forward to today.. MONDAY... how do you feel? Are you happy? Do you feel rested? Productive?

If I had to guess I'm going to say that I bet you feel differently about your yesterday and your today.. but why?

Why can't we make our weekdays feel more like our weekends? I don't know about you, but we are very active and productive on our weekends but still make time for rest. And you do what you want and feel great!

I know there is that thing called a j-o-b and many people don't have flexible hours so that makes it hard to sleep until you feel rested or get done the things you want to do. Corporate America needs to re-think the way it's running haha!

How many hours are "wasted" on people not being productive? Imagine if everyone just focused on what they had to do and when they were done.. they were done! Some days you could work 2-4 hours and I am sure other days you could work 15+ hour days! But what is the point of holding people hostage so they are kept on a schedule?!?! I mean I "get" why it's set up the way it is, it's just an interesting concept!

What if we all worked, but could get our work done and be done with it and get to enjoy the end of our day... even if it only happened once a week!

Books

How long do you keep your books after you have read them? This is something I have often pondered... when is it "good" and when are they just collecting junk? I'm continuously trying to set up my office downstairs and that includes moving my books downstairs. Now I'm going to be blatantly honest.. I'm sure we all know I'm not reading any books that are making a difference in history (minus Twilight Series haha).... what I am saying is these aren't books you keep to store in your future library in your future mansion (haha). I have a few authors I really like, but I don't think I'm going to read the books again, but you send $14-25 on books now it's hard to throw away!

I know you can resell to an old book shop for a $1 but what else???

How do you handle.....

Have you ever taken a step back and thought about how you handle things?

How do you act or react when you are happy.. I mean really really happy about something? Do you go around telling everyone? Do you unintentionally rub it in everyone's face? Do you smile and give "subtle" hints waiting for people to ask you how you are or "what's up" or do you just sit back, smile, and enjoy the ride?

Now what about when you are frustrated, angry or just plain sad? Do you go on a rampage? Do you cry? Do you hole up? Do you raid the refrigerator and pantry or shy away from food all together? Do you call a friend and talk it out? Listen to music? Journal?

The crazy thing about technology today is with websites like facebook, twitter, and blogging you can tell people openly or passive aggressively how you feel with the push of the button. Which can be both good and bad. And when is it too much? Too much sharing? Too much knowledge out there?

I am true believer with everything that I have been through that it's really important to get your emotions and thoughts out of your head or else they build up inside and you pop and/or self destruct. I have done that ONE too many times and I'm not going back to that place... unfortunately it's the only place i know how to go, so I have just had to figure out something new. But when is sharing things crossing the line? Some people are more open than others... and those people who are more private can get very upset with you sharing details about a situation they are involved in... even if it's to a close family member or friend... so what do you do then? Journaling is great, but it takes awhile... I love blogging my thoughts, but sometimes you can't get too personal because I'm not going to air my dirty laundry...

I am literally on cloud 9 with this pregnancy. I just absolutely LOVE being pregnant. I can't help it.. I want to sing from the rooftops.. BUT.... I'm human.... I've got so much going on in my life right now carrying this wonderful bundle of joy and you try to stay positive as possible, but let's face it we don't live in a perfect world! Every day isn't going to be a happy day, just because I am pregnant and loving it! I have to live life and fortunately and unfortunately that means dealing with other people, your emotions, and situations that make you not so happy. It's hard especially when your emotions are running rapid!

I know to most people (especially men) pregnant women's hormones and emotions are a joke... but honestly it's sort of rude. My friend put it perfectly... their (men) job is done after they plant the seed... WHICH let's be honest- who's husband, fiance, friend with benefits, etc. doesn't mention or "beg" for sex at least 3-1,000x a week? So... they do their job by doing something they really really really enjoy.. POOR THEM! For the next 9 months the ladies then go through physical and emotional changes. I'm sorry but it's NOT about them anymore.. it's about the "baby" and the momma... and we are giving our partners LIFE.. literally.. hopefully a happy and healthy life... and I would think it would be in everyone's best interest around the baby to keep that baby and momma as happy as possible!

All these emotions have just gotten me thinking. Yes it is all about attitude and it's good to stay positive and strong, but when is that too much? Sometimes you just have to let yourself feel. And don't let ANYONE make you feel differently!!!

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Control Freak!!!!

Do you ever think that you can be the exception to the rule? Not necessarily get away with things, but they some how your sense of control is soooo great and powerful that you can just will yourself to do or not do something?!?

Well unfortunately I fall under this category... I am now entering my 4-6 month expanding and "in between" being cute and really preggo stage! And I feel great and am so blessed to be healthy so I am in NO way complaining it is just so funny as you  hear people go through things you think "oh that will happen to me" or "I'll figure out a way for it NOT to happen to me".

I'm in a a really great spot with all of these amazing women and mommies as friends around me who have been great mentors and then one of my best friends is literally due 4 weeks before me so I feel like I am cheating on the "preggo test" by getting all the answers, haha!

For the last 4 months I have been super lucky that the only thing that has grown on me are my belly and my boobies (yeah for a C haha JK in a major way). Starting at week 13 the baby really begins to grow and then literally doubles in size between weeks 15-20. And in the past 2-3 weeks I have really started to see my body change. It's so cool to me (and I know it won't be so cool in the  next few weeks haha) to experience this first hand and just stand naked (yeah gross don't picture it) in front of the mirror and just look how my body is changing to keep this little nugget safe! As a friend of a friend said, which was really funny at the time but so cool and true, "I am supplying [my family] with another life" I am that is cool. And as my husband and friends have to keep reminding me... technically my one job is to keep Myself and Baby safe and healthy... Literally!


I have to keep reminding myself that it doesn't mean I'm "weak" if I have to rest for 20 minutes. Or to ask for help... that is such a hard one. I took two big steps this week... when my friend was in town I was having these stomach pains and she kept wanting to help and I kept not letting her basically and then finally I was like OK let her help, you gotta get used to this because no matter what I think I am going to NEED it when baby comes! And then I also gave up some control with work and delegated responsibility to others and it automatically felt like a burden had been lifted off my chest!

That being said... even though you feel great, look great, etc. we're women and it's still "hard" to see your face fill out or whatever is growing on you at that moment. Being a small chested woman who prides herself on rarely having to wear bras, these bigger ladies are getting in my way and are taking some time to get used to. But very in a non-ED way... it's cool to think, yeah this is a PITA maybe and they are sore, but they will hopefully supply my child with food to grow and antibodies to help it's little immune system and that is just so cool!

This whole experience has really taught me that is NOT about control.. you just HAVE to give up that control and embrace each moment because it TRULY TRULY is about attitude.... keeping positive and seeing the bright side on everything or seeing the light at the other end of the tunnel is what is truly important!

Quotation "out of control"

Anyone who knows me... or at least emails with me knows  that for some reason I use " " for ANYTHING! I use them in all the right spots AND all the wrong spots! I was just reading over an email I sent when I was talking about a crib and put crib in quotation marks... but why?!? I was literally talking about a crib nothing hypothetical about it, haha!

What is even more sad is that it actually has been pointed out that I "love using quotation marks" haha how sad!

Morning Fav

Food/Entertainment: Teresa's Next Door

This Beer Garden is located in the heart of Wayne and is one of my favorite "go to" places. It's connected to an Italian BYOB (Teresa's Cafe) and neither take reservations, but that is the fun part... while you wait you just try the infinite supply of beer they have. 

We had some out of town guests in that know their stuff when it comes to beer so I thought it would be a fun place to take them. I think they really enjoyed trying and talking about the beer's they were choosing... I was definitely jealous.. but as soon as their new beer came I stole it for a quick smell and lick off the top haha gross! My other favorite thing there are their mussels!!! I like to get them Provincial.. which is garlic in a white wine sauce... which the husband thought it was going against the grain on the whole "drinking while preggo" but I assured him gave 'em a good shake before inserting them in my mouth, haha!

It's AMAZING during the winter, snuggling up in a booth and their menu is a little heavier so it fits the fall/winter style, BUT the summer months, especially August, are really nice because everyone is down at the shore so you're waiting time is cut in 1/2 at least!

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Some kind of wonderful....

You don't have to be a weatherman (or woman) to realize that rain is in the forecast. I'm usually not an advocate of rain, but today I'm OK with it. I set out for my morning walk with Harley and a nice little surprise was waiting for me.... a cooler temperature, a lower % of humidity, and a nice breeze. There was just this beautiful essence about the morning... it was peaceful... a calm serenity had taken over the neighborhood. And even though it was after 7:00AM I felt like it could have been 5:00AM and all the neighbors were still tucked in their beds and it was just, me, Harley, and the break of dawn. The calm before the storm.

Usually one finds inspiration in a sunny day or a cloudless sky, but today I found my inspiration in a cloudy white layer..... with the daydreams of the fall that is to come.... the change in schedules, the change in weather  (less humid) the change in clothes, and that is just a beginning. Although we still have "the dog days of August" to get through I saw a glimpse into the months to come and welcome any change openly.....

I'm  not one that does well with change, but with this whole pregnancy thing going on I find myself trying to have a new outlook. Change happens... everything "happens" for a reason and we just have to roll with the punches... instead of sitting back and letting the change happen around you, why not BE the change? Now obviously this won't happen overnight but it might be a good motto to slowly move into.

Kyle and I have been talking for years about moving out to Colorado and finally a year ago it was sort of like "give it up, you're not going to move so stop looking for houses, areas to live, and school districts to send our kids". And it's true... I really don't think I'd be able to take "the plunge" unless the world started changing around me... neighbors and good friends leaving the neighborhood, friends moving farther away, family members moving, or even everyone's lives getting busier and busier as the kids get older which means you see people less and less.... then I bet I would stop and say.. OK things are changing it's an "OK" time... but what's the point in that? I realize that there is no perfect time.... just about the time I found out I was  pregnant and 2 weeks earlier we had the "OK we'll wait on kids and concentrate on our careers and travel"... well apparently someone else had a different plan for us than our own.. and being a control freak I'm OK with that.

I'm not saying I'm packing my bags and moving out to Denver tomorrow... but what's so bad in BEING the change.. taking the initiative for once? Am I afraid of falling.. of failing? Maybe.... but so what you get back up... you figure it out! And it only gets harder to "recover from a fall" as you get older... we're still young and resilient (at least I think)!

We only live once and I think no matter WHAT it is, we need to be able to LIVE... There will always be someone else with more money, more time, more beauty, more more more and it's just not realistic to live with the "one day" attitude. I think it's important to have realistic goals and dreams, but there's a bigger world out there than us... Growing up "on the main line" your sense of reality gets so jaded on what you think is "normal" in regards to anything- schools, cars, houses, money, friends, etc. It doesn't mean you have to have a lot of these things to think this way.... but it's your surroundings... and when you walk out into that big world you realize there is a lot more around you than what you thought. It doesn't mean you necessarily change your ways but it's always good to open up your eyes and take a look around every once in awhile! At the end of the day if you have enough "funds" to do what you want to do... that is successful..... if you wake up every morning next to someone else you love and can feel the love back... that is successful.... if you know you make someone else feel loved and special whether it is your significant other, your family members, your children, your "puppa".... then that is successful!

Morning NOT so Fav

Before I start my ramblings I want to get it out there that I am a firm believer in "to each their own". What works for some people may not work for others. Well that is certainly the case for me....

I changed up my daily face wash for one that had less salicylic acid (say that 5 times fast) just in case for baby. When I asked a few friends what generic brands they used they recommended Cetaphil and another similar brand. I've used the Cetaphil samples before that I've grabbed from my dermatologist's office and wasn't really that impressed. And I'm sure I could have gone to Sephora or Blue Mercury and spent hours looking through all their products, but I figured I'd give it another go.

Now I understand that face wash is different than eye make up remover... but it really annoys me when I step out of the shower looking like Tara Reid after she's been crying! If it's really doing its job, shouldn't it be able to get the remnants of my mascara and eye liner off? After I use it I just don't feel "clean"... I actually feel more slimy... I wonder why this is?

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Change up the Cycle


I don't think it's any secret that our lives... in almost any aspect... tend to run in cycles. Whether it is your relationships with your friends, your family, your "significant other", work, sex life, emotional stability, etc. In this case I'm talking about my "gym cycle". I get SO bored SO easily... so I tend to have to change up my workout schedule every few months or now as my body is a changing every few weeks. I find it keeps me motivated and intrigued... looking forward to my workout vs. "here we go again".

Unfortunately last night I was on the treadmill (don't be fooled I can't run above 5.5 without my heart rate sky rocketing above 140) and my left foot really started to hurt. It was very humbling for me, because usually I would just push through, but I told myself what is the point? And you're really suppose to be learning how to take care of yourself and the bebe so that wouldn't be smart.. so I moved myself over to the elliptical (which I had shied away from years ago) and it was like "waaaahhhh LAH" a new beginning.. I loved it and actually felt more productive than I did on the treadmill...

I'm a true believer that everything happens for a reason. I know that sounds dumb because I'm talking about a gym work out, ha, but seriously... I would have pushed myself to run, most likely, until that baby popped out just to prove I could... even if it was 3.5, but instead I found something else that makes me feel good! Sometimes you just need to break the cycle and change things up... and you might just be happily surprised!

Coffee for a Purpose

So I know there is the huge debate about caffeine during pregnancy and I probably fall somewhere in the middle... I honestly think almost "anything" in moderation is OK in life in general. After the end of my first trimester I introduced a tiny cup of joe here and there when necessary or much desired! Luckily it's not every day for me... but it was mighty tasty this AM with my salt bagel... yes I had another bagel again today... this time it was a YUMMY NY bagel courtesy of Rebecca from Rebecca's Ruminations (http://rebeccasruminations.blogspot.com/?spref=fb).

But I think I found the purpose of coffee in pregnancy... well I know I am not that far along and this is my first so I won't even pretend to know what I am talking about... but being someone who pretty much just drinks water with lemon unless I'm trying to force down more calcium or fruits and veggies with milk or V8 Fusion that's about it. They say the further you get into pregnancy the more the water consumption will help (specifically with those movements that begin with a BIG B or tiny B... and I'm not talking baby) regulate you. Well.... forget the Colace kids..... just have a tiny 'cup of joe' and I'm thinking that might help in more than one aspect!

Like I said I'm no expert BUT.... I'll keep ya posted!

Morning Fav

Beauty: Mario Badescu's "Ginseng Face Cream"

It's funny because when you read the product label it says best for winter months, but I'm hot for this baby now now now! I seriously LOVE putting this on first thing after a fresh face wash in the AM and last thing at night! Not only does it smell so good, but it also gets the job done!

As you know I've had to change a lot of my products and I was really nervous about changing my face cream and what that would do to my complexion with all these ragging hormones, but so far so good!

Monday, August 9, 2010

Now there's a thought... or dumb idea?!?

So I signed up for this website zulily and am obsessed! It's a "Rue La La" for Mom's, babies, and little kids. They have some AMAZING deals!

My issue- now that I have decided to not find out the sex I feel like everything is either BOY or GIRL.. nothing "gender" neutral that isn't yellow or green! Grrr.....

Some of the things are really cute and reasonable so I'm thinking what if I found something I just HAD to have and got it (whether it was B or G) and then if I don't have that gender I can always save it for a friend.. I mean the world will have more babies born!

Is this silly and a waste of money or a good idea?!?

Decisions, Decisions, Decisions

Wow, this indecisive girl sure has a lot of important decisions to make over the next few months! But, I know it's good for me or at least that is what I keep telling myself!

We're in the market for a new car, which is always fun, exciting, stressful, frustrating... well full of emotions, you get the point! We are both obsessed with the Chevy Tahoe's. And even more recently the LTZ version with the middle bucket seats. The only issue with these is that when the 3rd row is up there is literally 1-5 inches in depth of trunk space! Which is fine for now, but what about down the line? Chevy Tahoe's tend to last awhile so we'd want to keep it as long as possible, so will it be enough for Kyle or Kylie Jr. (JUST KIDDING), their friends and all the sports gear (fingers crossed)?!?

I think it's a little over the top to plan for our car 10 years down the line, but it has me thinking a lot about upgrading the space to the suburban? Is that going a little overboard.. I mean it's our first kid, we're both working and young, etc. do we really need to go all out and get the monster truck? But a ton of people I have talked to about their Tahoe's or Suburbans say it might just be smarter to go for the Suburban up front!

Obviously this all depends on condition, mileage, $$$$$/Price, and availability!

Friday, August 6, 2010

Easily Annoyed

I don't think it's just a pregnancy thing, because I have always been this way... I really let some people and some things bother me that others would just shrug off and not think twice about or say "it's their problem, why are you worrying about it". And NO I'm not talking about dumb drivers, although I am a very aggressive driver (Momma Miles can attest to that)....

I get so hot and bothered by people that take A-KNEEE-TIHNG to the next level. Whether it is blown out of proportion, upset, good, bad, etc. I just get so annoyed when people are so melodramatic serious... now I am sure my mother will call me melodramatic from time to time... in fact I think she used to use the phrase "Scarlett Ohara" (I'm pretty sure she was an actress), but I'm  talking about people that do it for serious... I don't know why but it just drives me bonkers :)

Belly Obsessed

So I am just completely 110% with my baby "bump" which is barely non-existent to the human eye, but obvi I can tell. And I feel like a total poser (especially when I am in prenatal yoga and everyone else around me is 32 weeks), but I don't care, I love to touch it and look at it in a mirror..  I am just plain obsessed!!!! I'll check back in about 20 weeks when I'm sure I'll feel like a beached whale and be ready to get this "thing" out of me, haha!

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Kids Say the Darndst Things

Last night we had my nephew over and I showed him the sonogram and after we explained what it was I actually think he could tell it was a baby.

So then he asks.... but where is it?" And it was really the neatest thing to explain to him that it was in my belly and see him process it and then semi-understand the process.

Before I get to this next part a little background.... the way we told my nephew, brother, and sister inlaw: we were around the dinner table on our last night in Spain and I said "B- have you ever played the game telephone?" (his response was no...). So I figured hook line and sinker.. this is going to work out great. SO.... we did a practice round and when he got it we placed him next to my brother (who was next to  my sister inlaw, who was last).... So it started out "Kiki's having a baby"... and it was so cute when he told my brother.. who was definitely semi confused (huh what?) who then passed it along to my sister inlaw.. it was the coolest thing! So the rest of the night all B wanted to do was pick our favorite names for the baby.. which apparently is a boy, haha! He just wouldn't take any girls names... maybe it's because he already has 2 girl cousins and is dying for a boy to play with? Apparently the boy feeling hasn't gone away and he is just absolutely convinced it's "not a girl". Hope we don't dissapoint haha!

So last night he asks "so what are we going to name it?" and I said well you have to pick a boy and a girl name and he was like "WHY ARE THERE TWO BABIES.. THAT WOULD BE SO COOL YOU'D GET TO HAVE TO CHILDS. And then I had to explain that it could be either a girl or a boy so we needed options... at that point he lots interest.. I guess he has his mind made up! 

Wacky Walmart

I had to head out to the KOP mall last Monday so I thought I would give Walmart a try for my grocery shopping... I mean I see all of those commercials claiming to help me save $$$ a year, so I figured I'd try it out..... it was a good idea although they don't really have too many "healthy" options (i.e. no light peanut butter just to name a few), but strawberries were only $1.98 so you can't beat that!

Anyway I am in the check out line (of the few that were open) and it was going pretty slowly and I was STARVING!!! It took everything I had not to grab the Snickers or Twix right off the shelf! It's finally my turn to put my items on the "runway" (or whatever you call that thing). And let's be honest, it's no secret I have some OCD qualities... so yes I organize my items so it is easiest to bag them (all the bottles go together; the boxes; the produce; the meats; the breads; etc.) but this didn't make it an easier for the girl who was checking me out.. I was looking up, looking down, etc.... all I wanted to do was grab the items and bag them myself!!!

So she goes "girl, you sure do have a lot of stuff"; my reply? "and it's only two of us". She was DEFINITELY surprised by that but I explained how we were fresh out of everything and I was restocking... plus I'm pregnant and need lots of options cause i"m picky... Her response- "ohh that explains it, cause girl I was gonna say"....

So this open conversation makes the woman behind me want to get involved. Just to set the seen she is a rather larger woman with some not so healthy items in her pile (yes I noticed in the 30 minutes it took the girl to bag my groceries).. so the woman behind me goes "YEAH- I was going to say... your pile sure does look a lot different that mine", my awkward response was  a soft "oh, huh huh", but what I really wanted to say was... maybe you just not get all that processed food and 1,000 calorie drinks... but I didn't.. and it could have just ended there.. but the clerk goes "YEAH you sure have a lot of snack and drinks"... that was my cue... slide, sign.... seee ya!!!!!!!!!!

Morning Fav

Food: Bagel Thins

Well good 'ol Uncle Thomas has done it again.... he has now introduced his new "Bagel Things" into my life! I think it's pretty obvious I'm a bagel addict and no the "Fox29 news and MLS fitness" segment last week on "don't eat bagels" didn't scare me off! My fav- a nice yummy salt bagel, but I'll "settle" for a multi-grain every once in awhile.

Wondering through Walmart (that is a whole other story in it's own) on Monday I came across these Bagel Thins, which I was so excited about because I have been craving bagels bagels bagels daily... bagels in the AM with peanut butter and homemade bagel melts for lunch. Yes... I'm a pre-pregnancy bagel scooper, guilty as charged, so this option I LOVE because I get to have my bagel daily and not feel so "guilty".

Word of caution- don't toast them TOO much they harden quickly out of the toaster!

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

I'm not crazy... I'm just pregnant

Well to sentimental things like weddings, baby news, natural disasters, etc. my tear ducts are just all dried up... but to random commercials, MLB games, etc. apparently my emotions go haywire!

For example... a few weeks ago we were watching the MLB all star game and they have the "real life all stars", which was a group of people (each person represented one MLB team) and they had done something to help out their community or those less privileged.. They probably gave a 3-5min blurb about 10 of the people and I couldn't keep it together... Kyle was laughing hysterically.. I mean each one I was crying harder than the next... #1- because their own personal stories were so touching but #2- because I was feeling guilty for my life.. what have I done to help others?!? The whole poor me.... get up off the couch and do something with my life kind of feeling!!! It was terrible... what was even worse... sobbing while trying to eat frozen yogurt.. now that's tricky!

Commercials- have you guys seen those "don't feel bad.... just adopt..... sheltered dogs" commercials? I mean KILLER! HOLY COW!!!! I have to walk out of the room it's so bad!!!

Last week I was in a 6:15am spin class..... still in tired mode, trying to get pumped, and Lady Gaga's "Alejandro" comes on. And instead of getting all "gung-ho" pumped I started silently crying about how excited I am that I am pregnant.. haha whack job! Good thing the lights were off and I sit in the corner bike alone!

 Or this morning when I almost flipped my lid that he ate the granola (that I wanted to put on my bagel with peanut butter... normal) as cereal and finished it all up and I had JUST been to the grocery store the night before and didn't get extra because we thought we had plenty... but at least we caught it midway and both just started hysterically laughing knowing I couldn't control myself!!!!

Cat out of the bag.....


So now that the cat was pretty much let out of the bag.... some of my blogs will probably take a new turn.

Very similar to when I got Harley.... just bare with me like you all did!

Don't worry I won't go ALL "Preggzilla" and "Mommy and Me" on you just yet... but it sure is making for some interesting stories, good table talk, and weird dreams?!?

Skinny Cow

Right now I am enjoying a mouth watering, delicious "Strawberry Shortcake Skinny Cow" ice cream sandwich (although it could be a tad bigger haha)! And I am so excited about all of the flavors, but I just can't get enough! I can't decide whether to savor it and "lick" (I know gross) all the way around or do I just bite into it piece by piece to get the full effect of the strawberry shortcake?

This is satisfying a huge craving I have been having for the not-so-healthy old "Good Humor" Strawberry shortcake bars. I have been craving one of those since last week.. this is a good compromise!

How do you eat your skinny cow?!?

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Christmas in July?!?

You know that feeling you had when you were little... or for some of us last Christmas... when it's the few weeks leading up to the "Big Day" and you just want all the festivities to get here and enjoy friends and family and have Christmas morning so you can go through your wake up, breakfast, presents, afternoon coma nap, dinner, more presents, etc. routine?!?!?

I so HAVE that right now.. I know, I know my desire for fall to arrive "thing" is getting old already (just went fall shopping yesterday.. OK I got 3 things it's all I could afford haha, but what I am talking about is that feeling where you just want to BURST with happiness and excitement?!? I guess it's the idea, for me at least, of wanting to GIVE a present or something to someone special and hopefully seeing their eyes light up when the open it... Or it's getting ready for your own wedding or getting ready to go on vacation or to have a guest arrive so you can play 'hostess with the mostess'.. it's like a count down... as my friend said "put a chain of paper clips together and start counting down the days"...

What a fun feeling!

Commiting to Commitment

Why is it so hard for people to commit? Now I'm not judging I'm solely voice my opinion. I am definitely guilty of being a commitment-phobe at one point or another... whether it was a date to dance, a relationship, college, or Friday night plans... we've all done it... But why?!?

And in our more mature age, why are so many of us still so weary to commit to something?!? Is it the idea that something "better" may come up and then we will miss out? I know it's said but back in high school, college, and even post-college up until I got married... or if we're being honest, got distant from certain friends... where I really grew out of it (I think... at least the majority of my panic).. It's YOUR life.. LIVE IT! However, either commit to something or don't... you usually know right away whether you want to participate. Just don't leave people hanging OR worse off bail. Obviously we don't have a crystal ball to foresee the future so stuff comes up, no big deal...

Where is this coming from? I was just thinking how I'm "Patty Planner" in an O.C.D sort of way and I'm OK with that. However, I NEED to make plans with people in advanced or otherwise I don't see people or get anything done. It's so easy to get caught up in every day life of work, family, etc. that if something isn't on my calendar I'll forget OR just not do it. I know it sounds really sad to schedule a lunch or dinner date with a friend 2-4 weeks in advanced but it's what I have to do to keep me sane and organized... and seeing my friends... otherwise I'd be on the couch every night with a Hope's Blend in watching "Pretty Little Liars" on ABC Family, which is OK with me too :) .

So how long is too long to plan in advanced? I mean weddings they say send out invitations 6-8 weeks ahead.. I had mine out 10, haha, which is a little overkill but it was summer and I was so excited. What about a get together or party with several people? When is too early to ask friends and family to commit? Is there a section in Emily Post's etiquette books on this. Personally I say the earlier the better- now I'm not saying ask friends what their plans are for New Year's Eve.. but I think asking a few months in advanced if you are planning a get together is good.. that way first come first serve... people usually don't have anything on their calendar so they can commit.... or will they?

Morning Fav

Beauty: Garnier Fructis Hair Conditioner

"They" say that you are suppose to switch up your shampoo and conditioner every few changovers so that your hair doesn't get used to one product. Fact or Myth? I'm not sure, but I think like ANYTHING (food, exercise programs, skincare, etc.) there is some truth to this.

For my past two shower cycles I have gone with the Fructis products. The prices are much cheaper than salon products and after I use the conditioner my hair is left feeling silky and smooth, which then makes ME feel better. Now does it look silky and smooth? Haha you be the judge! But personally I like to go off of how my hair feels once I rinse the conditioner out of it and then again after I dry it.. and so far so good.

I always like to have a "color guard" in my shampoo/conditioner combo, so I usually use the "long last color" shampoo. I then switch between the "smooth frizz-free" and the "nutrition for dry or damaged hair" conditioners.


I strongly recommend for a reasonable price!

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

How Selfish is Selfish?

I try to write this in the least emotional way possible, but it is a topic I have been thinking about for awhile. I definitely think there are varying levels of selfish.

 On one extreme you have someone that only thinks about themselves naturally.. they can't help it and most of the time don't even notice they are 'doing it'- talking only about themselves, doing only what they want to do and how they want to do it, put themselves firs etc. On the other end of the spectrum you have the person that is always putting others first and you encourage them to "be selfish" and do something for themselves/take time for themselves.

Taking it one step further... some people are constantly and consistently "selfish" and then the majority of us go in spurts.

Have you ever been called selfish? I definitely have.. usually when the opposing person is mad or in a fit of rage (luckily not recently!). To me it's really offensive, because I do not consider myself selfish at all and the fact that someone else apparently would see me that way is extremely hurtful. So then why do we make judgments on others for being selfish? Isn't that being a little contradictory? I've unfortunately caught myself doing it twice this week. But who am I to judge? I think it's OK to call it like it is but using definitive words like "always" (even if it's just thinking it in your head) is unfair to categorize someone, but we tend to do this when we are upset.

Morning Fav

Beauty: Mario Badescu Drying Lotion

I just picked up this product a few days ago, but am already loving it. The name "Mario Badescu" sounds so familiar, but I really don't think I had ever heard of the product line until my friend, Ruby Flats, had recommended it to me the other day.

Apparently my new "thing" is that my skin is breaking out.. OK really it's not that bad, however I have been very fortunate to not really have an acne minus my lacrosse playing days! The main issue with the pimples popping up.. I have ZERO self control and HAVE to pop pop pop, which leads to scarring and that is NO good, because once they scar they are permanently there :( .

I've used it every night for the past three nights and I really think it is working. Only time will tell, but I am already impressed! And I thought it was pretty reasonable at $17... compared to everything else in Blue Mercury!

If you are breaking out from sun tan lotion or whatever reason and want a night treatment, give this a try!