5.22.2015

5 on Friday


{One}
This made me giggle this morning... :) 

{Two}
I have to work until 6 today, but then I am off until Tuesday and I am ready. I have been having headaches lately and being at work seems to bring them about.

Tim is off today and Monday so he has a nice four day weekend. He and Mason are home having a boys day. I can only imagine what I will come home to. I usually come home to a clean house and a little boy full of stories.

{Three}
My child will be an avid hunter in no time. He found Tim's Wii Gun and he won't let it out of his sight now. We are working on teaching him to never point guns at people and all of the safety factors.


{Four}
I cannot believe that is it Memorial Day weekend already! Summer is officially here. I was filling out our calendar for June and it is pretty packed full of activities already. July and August are not far behind.

Please take a moment this weekend and remember why we celebrate.

{Five}
Pinterest is full of Memorial Day goodies today. We do not have any big plans or parties to go to, but I saw some things I would love to do if we did have plans.

Drinks

I want one of these containers. I think they are great for parties and you can use them in your fridge too. It will definitely be on my list when we finally move.

Food

I just love Jello with cool whip. These look cute.
Any excuse to use my trifle bowl. I love the fresh fruit and the stars.


Decorations
What a fun idea to have the kids help you do. It looks easy and creative!

I am a sucker for cute wreaths on the front door. This is cute, but I think I would try to make it before spending a bunch of money on an already made one.


What are your plans for this weekend? Camping? BBQs? 



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5.20.2015

Waddle Wednesday -- 23 weeks

Good morning all! I had a nice hour to myself this morning to watch what I wanted and just sit on the couch and enjoy the morning before a certain little guy came out of his room all smiles. Moving him to a twin bed was a great decision. He is so much happier in the mornings and he loves it. Now on to Waddle Wednesday....


Weight gained:  I did step on the scale Saturday morning and saw 196 lbs - that is better than what the doctor's scale said almost three weeks ago. I also had a stomach bug and my appetite still has not come back fully (not a bad thing.)

Workouts: Walking - not as much as I should, but trying my best. 
Symptoms: Muscle tightness. I am getting a lot of tightness on my sides - I am wondering if it is because of all the toning and such I was doing before getting pregnant. I just assumed that this pregnancy would not really have a lot of the stretching, but I guess I was wrong. I also started having hip pain yesterday. I am not sure if I stepped wrong or if it is pregnancy related. I asked Tim if he could take over the pregnancy for a bit to give me a break lol don't I wish.
Movement: These baby is moving like crazy. I could feel him when I put my hand on my tummy so I tried to get Tim to feel it too. Yea right - this child is just like Mason, stops moving when Tim tries to feel it. I think it will be soon for them to feel the little guy move. 

Food Aversions:  I am happy with bland stuff right now after my stomach bug. 
Food Cravings:  Nothing really. 
Sleep: I am sleeping like crap. I roll over constantly and I am moving my body pillow around. 
Maternity clothes?:  Yes I am loving dresses right now. I have one from Target and one from Old Navy -- the body con type (not the moo moo feeling kind.) One is black and one is grey - I need some with color! I wish they came in a better selection from those stores, but I will still look. 
Stretch marks?:  Nothing yet, but the way my sides feel like they going to burst I may have some soon :/ 
Miss Anything?: My clothes still, my smaller boobs, sleeping! 
Fun and/or Interesting Things from the Week:  Nothing but the stomach bug in my house this past week. That is far from fun or interesting! 

Baby Items Purchased:  Nothing new this week. I still have to go through everything I have to see what we will need. 
Looking Forward To: My appointment this coming week. I am sure they will tell me to go get my glucose test done in the next couple weeks.


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5.18.2015

Weekend Recap

Our weekends in the summer start on Friday because Tim has three day weekends April through December... we love his new job :)


On Friday, we had to meet our realtor to sign some papers in the morning. Then Mason had a dentist appointment. Before we left I felt kind of off. I told Tim I felt nauseous and just continued with our day.
Mason had to play with the neighbor's dog before we left.
The dentist is on the 2nd floor and Mason loves taking elevators. I wish this picture came out better, but he is cute. 
The dentist said he looks good - no cavities and all of his teeth are in there. We did not attempt a cleaning yet, I did not think he was ready for that.

We ran some errands after his appointment. I still was not feeling well and it was going down hill. When we got home I crawled into bed and told Tim I had to lay down for a while. I ended up staying in bed from around one until the next morning. I was nauseous, had a temp, my stomach hurt, I had aches all over, and I was vomiting. I am pretty sure I caught that bug that is going around. I felt like I wanted to die. I barely ate and when I was eating saltines I was doing it because I knew I needed something in me for the baby. I tried to get water and ginger ale down, but it was tough.

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Saturday I took off from work to get some stuff done and there were things going on I wanted to do.
I was very happy when I woke up and felt about 85% better than Friday. We headed over to the village to check out the yard sales at the town wide yard sale. Tim went out with his dad and brother and I went to mom's to sit with her, my aunts, and my cousin at their yard sale.

Mason had to help Grammy with some yard work. He was glued to her all day.
They read books on the couch, played games, and then enjoyed some fresh strawberries together. It started getting warm out so both of them needed a change of clothes.

Saturday night Tim and I went to our fire department banquet. I think we clean up pretty nice :) The food was good and we had a good time. My appetite was still not around most of the day, but I had some turkey and potatoes. I knew I was not feeling 100% yet because I did not eat all of my roll and I love rolls.

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I worked on Sunday. I was not complaining because I heard it was warm outside and when I got out at 5pm it was hot. I will take free air conditioning :)

We had family dinner last night at Tim's Aunt's house. She had been making it a monthly event, which is nice. I picked up pizza and wings on the way home, nothing creative this month, but it was nice.  I still had a headache for most of the day, but I did feel kind of hungry yesterday. When we got home Tim started feeling crappy and ended up with the same stomach bug we think. Oh the joys of having a child that carriers germs like a gift basket.


How was your weekend?




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5.13.2015

Waddle Wednesday -- 22 weeks


Weight gained:  Next scale reading will be May 27th. 

Workouts: Walking, walking, and walking. 
Symptoms: Some tightness on the sides of my abdomen at times, nothing major. 
Movement: Lots of movement, he is flipping and rolling and working on his punches I think. If I have something cold he moves all around. 
Food Aversions: Nothing really. 

Food Cravings:  Sweets. I have days that all I want is something sweet. I am trying to chew gum and other things instead of eating the package of cookies. 
Sleep: I have started sleeping with my body pillow. I am starting to regret getting rid of my pregnancy body pillow. 
Maternity clothes?:  I am trying to wear something different everyday so I can actually wear all of my maternity clothes and not leave items out. I have a good selection so I should be set for the summer. I may need to go to Walmart and get some gym shorts for comfort. 

Stretch marks? Nothing new
Miss Anything?  I miss my smaller chest! I am not a fan of this larger chest -- it is about the size of what it was before I lost the weight -- I didn't like it then and I don't like it now. I want my smaller ones back again lol
Fun and/or Interesting Things from the Week:  We went for a walk on Monday in the heat. It felt good to get out. Mason was "nice and comfy" throughout the whole ride. Last year he wanted nothing to do with his sunglasses and this year if I have mine on or Tim has his on he has to have his on. 



Baby Items Purchased:  I shouldn't be buying anything until I go through what I have, but Carters was having a sale online. I picked up a few outfits.

Looking Forward To:  My glucose test in a couple weeks... not! I am looking forward to my next appointment. My doctor said that we will do 2 more appointments at the four week intervals then we are going to every other week. That means we are getting closer! 

What are some must haves we need for baby # 2? 

Don't forget about the For Two Fitness HUGE Mother's Day Giveaway! Lots of great prizes to win :) 

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5.11.2015

Mother's Day {Giveaway}

Happy Monday! I have today off so I will be spending the day with my little man who is still fast asleep. I am starting to enjoy these mornings that I have a little time to myself before he gets up.

Yesterday was a great day. Happy (late) Mother's Day to all the moms & moms to be reading. You really should tell your mom you love her all the time, but if there has to be a day to get treated a little extra special then I will take it.
We started the morning off with my first 5k of the year. I did not have anyone to do it with this year so on a whim I asked Tim if he would do it with me. The answer was no at first, then I said it would be my Mother's Day Gift and I didn't want to do it alone he said he would do it.
I thought it was fun. He ran a lot in high school so I knew he probably would not have a problem. He pushed the stroller and we ran/walked the race. Mason did great in his first race. He had some snacks (even a banana from the food table in the beginning) and he kept telling us "faster faster." It was a terrible time for me compared to last year's times, but I have not run in months (since the fall) and we had fun. Tim even mentioned doing another one in the future and he wants to get out walking and running more after we move. We live on a busy road right now so it is not really possible with a stroller.
Both look thrilled right?

After the race we came home. Tim cleaned the inside of my car (always a blessing), it seems to be a tradition now, he did it last year too. After we had lunch we headed up to Tim's parents' house to give his mom her gift. Mason ended up falling asleep in the car on the way and when he finally woke up he saw that the tractor was in the driveway and he had to get a ride on it.

Then he wanted the four wheeler, though the way he says it is much cuter. 
*Disclaimer - Tim only takes Mason on the lawn with the tractor and the four wheeler. 

I stopped by my mom's to drop off her gift last night. She was in the middle of some major Spring cleaning so I did not stay long.

Overall it was a great day spent with my two favorite boys. Next year it will be three boys! I have a feeling I am in for a lifetime of entertainment and craziness!

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How was your Mother's Day? Did you do anything special?


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5.08.2015

5 on Friday


{One}
My cool kid. Mason was a champ last night. We ran to the mall after dinner to get Tim a dress shirt and a black tie for a funeral we have to go to tomorrow and Mason was great. He whined to see the puppies in the pet store, but that was expected. On the way to the mall the sun was in the front of the truck and every time it would get in Mason's eyes he would yell "Go away sun, go away!" I offered him his sunglasses and he was fine after that. He is weird with the sunglasses - he wants them at times and then other times he wants nothing to do with them.


{Two}
Yesterday was our wedding anniversary. I got Tim a case of Spotted Cow Beer from Wisconsin. A friend at work got it for me - her parents went out to see her brother and brought it back. Tim likes craft beers so I decided why not give it a shot, what guy is going to say no to beer? I woke up yesterday morning to get ready for work to a card on the bathroom sink. :) He also got me a new toaster - ours was acting funny. Apparently the fourth anniversary is the appliance anniversary. Good thing I forgot to look that up otherwise we may have ended up with two toasters hehe.
Mason's daycare teacher posted this photo on my Facebook - he actually got Mason to smile and look excited about his message. We are so lucky to have found a great daycare center.


{Three}
We love burgers in our house. I am addicted to ranch burgers - ground beef and ranch dressing mix. The problem I was having was that I would only make burgers from meat I had just purchased, not a pound of frozen beef I had thawed from the freezer. A year or so ago I remembered what my mom used to do. She would use her Tupperware burger keepers and make them ahead of time. I looked up those keepers online and boy were they expensive. I went to Ebay and ended up finding a great deal {or two}. Now we have burgers that are pre-made and pre-seasoned in the freezer. I took time to do up a batch the other night. half with montreal seasoning and half with the ranch dressing mix. It just makes life so much easier to have them in the freezer all ready to be thawed and thrown on the grill. Ebay has a big selection of these - they have 2 different sizes. They have been discontinued by Tupperware which is sad, but good thing we still have Ebay.


{Four}
21 weeks... more than half way there (hopefully.) I feel like I have grown quite a bit in the last week. I don't think photos show it, but I feel it. I am starting to have trouble getting comfy in bed. That would be the downside to being a tummy sleeper.

{Five}
I am excited about the Mother's Day 5k on Sunday. This is my first 5k of the year, my first time with a stroller, and Tim's first time doing a 5k with me. He used to run in high school, but hasn't in a few years. We shall see how this goes. I am not really running right now, I have my speed walk pace and that is fine with me. I am sure in the competitive environment that I will push myself a little more.

What are your plans for Mother's Day? Anything exciting or just rest (<-- that sounds exciting to me)? 



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5.07.2015

Maternity Workout Clothes

I feel like I am growing by the second at times. I have plenty of regular maternity clothes (don't tell Tim I said that), but my issue is with workout clothing. I think it is a major bummer that Maternity workout clothes are so much more expensive than regular workout clothes. The same can be said for all maternity clothes.
Some of my clothes still fit, but they are getting tight in the belly and hip area. My fun clothes I bought after losing all the weight does not fit right now, those would be the mediums. Oh well that is motivation in the fall/winter to get moving and get the pounds off.

Here are some things that I think are a necessity for working out while pregnant. Some I have purchased and some are too expensive for me to justify for a few more months.

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I recently was accepted to be an ambassador for For Two Fitness, but I do not have one single item from them because they are too expensive for my wallet. I would love to have one of their fun racer-back tanks and a pair of their shorts. The tank is almost $50 and the shorts at $56. That is over $100 for a workout outfit. I can't do it. They are super cute and I have read the reviews - people do really like them.


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Old Navy has been my go to place to get workout clothes. I wish they had a wider selection for maternity, but they do have quite a bit more than other places. I just ordered the two things below because I had a coupon code and they were on sale. I did not want to spend $32 for those capris regular priced so I waited for a sale.

maternity workout clothes

I wore them yesterday and loved them! They were comfortable and I did not have to pull them up once. The over the belly feature was great for keeping them on and the look - I don't have the fold over indent in my baby belly.

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Oh Target... How I love you, but not with Maternity. Your selection is mixed in with the plus sizes and it is usually only a couple racks of clothes. You seem to only have your active maternity wear online. Your online selection is not very big and you never seem to have sales...
I do not have any Target Maternity active wear. I like that they offer a workout skirt with the over the belly panel, that is cute. I also like the burgundy tank, I have one of these in non maternity and like it. It fits well and holds the "girls" in place, if this is the safe type of tank I am sure it would be great.

maternity workout 2


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I found Walmart's active section last year and like their shirts and their shorts -- I also really liked the price :) I decided to see what they had for Maternity Active clothes.  They also have a limited selection and you cannot find these things in store (at least I have not been able to even find a maternity section in their store.) I ordered these mesh shorts and the two pack tanks. I also ordered an active short sleeve shirt. The price was right for something I am going to sweat in. Don't discount Walmart ladies - they have some good products and workout clothes are worn to get all sweaty in so who cares where they came from.

Walmart Shorts / Tank


When I was pregnant for Mason I still had a lot of my clothes from my heaviest weight. I ended wearing those clothes to workout in and in everyday life when my belly was expanding. This time around I have only a couple extra large shirts left that I use for pajamas.

What are your favorite maternity workout clothes? Do/Would you spend lots of money for a few months of wear? 



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