34 Weeks!!!…

Hey there!  Happy Friday!!  I had intentions of posting a few days ago but I was having some computer trouble so that is why I am posting my weekly update today.  My favorite day of the week!  I love Fridays especially in the summer because I only have to work a half day!  I’m looking forward to leaving early today.  I have some things planned for today which should be really nice.  I just have to get through a few hours of work.

Anyway, this week I turned 34 Weeks!  Let’s get started on my recap!

34 Weeks Pregnant

34 Weeks

Fun Facts About the Baby At 34 Weeks

  • The baby now weighs about 4 3/4 pounds and is almost 18 inches long.
  • Her fat layers — which will help regulate her body temperature once she’s born — are filling her out, making her rounder. Her skin is also smoother than ever.
  • Her central nervous system is maturing and her lungs are continuing to mature as well.
  • If you’ve been nervous about preterm labor, you’ll be happy to know that babies born between 34 and 37 weeks who have no other health problems generally do fine. They may need a short stay in the neonatal nursery and may have a few short-term health issues, but in the long run, they usually do as well as full-term babies.

How far along?  34 Weeks & 6 Days

Baby’s size? A cantaloupe

Stretch marks? No, knock on wood.

Sleep: Sleep is very hard in general.  I fall asleep for about 2-3 hours and then I start waking up every hour.  I’m either tossing and turning to get comfortable or I’m using the bathroom.  It’s just uncomfortable in general to sleep because it’s hard to sleep on your side with a growing belly.  I have my belly propped up on a pillow but every time I turn, I have to move the pillow.  It’s quite disruptive.

Best moment this week: Our baby shower!  It was the perfect day filled with great people and delicious food.

Miss Anything?  A glass of champagne, maybe?

Movement: Movement is incredible.  Her movements are very strong and they hurt sometimes.  Yesterday, she kicked or punched me so hard that I swear her foot or hand was going to go outside of my belly.  Her head is nestled down in my pelvis so I feel a lot of her legs and arms moving.  Her head presses down on my bladder a LOT which is a very strange and uncomfortable feeling.

Food cravings: Cheese, Decaf Iced Coffee, Outshine Fruit Ice Pops, Fresh Cherries, Peaches, Potato Chips, Nectarines, Ice Cream, Sprite Zero

Anything making you queasy or sick:  I have really bad heartburn and that can make me extremely nauseous and uncomfortable.

Gender: Girl!

Labor Signs: No, thank goodness!

Symptoms: tired, swollen feet, back pain, heavy stomach, pains in groin area (feels like I’ve gone horseback riding for hours upon hours), Braxton Hicks Contractions, severe heartburn, nausea, extremely uncomfortable, hot

Belly Button in or out? In.

Wedding rings on or off? On.

Happy or Moody most of the time: I’m happy.  I’m a little stressed because we still have a decent amount of things that we have to purchase for the baby.  I also have to purchase what we are going to hang up on the walls and start hanging them.

Looking forward to: My OB appointment next week and maternity leave!  Cannot happen soon enough!

So there you have my 34th week.  It’s getting more and more uncomfortable because of my growing stomach and because I’m getting closer to her arrival.  I still have a lot to get done but I am really thankful that I was able to take 2 weeks off before my maternity leave starts.  That should be really helpful and I’m looking forward the opportunity to rest a bit before becoming a mom.  It will give me time to prepare the house, her room and myself.  I need that.

Have a great Friday and a wonderful weekend!!

Our Winnie the Pooh Baby Shower!!…

Hey there!  Happy Wednesday to you!  I hope your week is going well and I hope you had a great weekend!  I have to say that this past weekend was one of my favorite weekends so far this summer!  I couldn’t have asked for a better weekend.  It was our baby shower on Saturday and this was something that we had been planning for a while now and everything turned out exactly the way that I imagined.

Our prep started on Friday once I got home from work.  Melissa, Mike and I were running around getting everything together.  We went out and got last-minute items that we needed.  Then Melissa and I got busy in the kitchen while Mike started decorating.  It really was a team effort and I have to say the three of us really work so well together.  It made me appreciate all of those moments when the three of us were together preparing for the shower and for this little person that is going to bring even more love into our family.  We did a lot in a short period of time and I was happy regarding the progress that we made.

Mike and I finished some details in our home before going to bed on Friday night.  I was so nervous and excited that I could barely sleep Friday night.  I woke up nice and early on Saturday and did more decorating and more food preparations.  Before I knew it, Melissa and my mom arrived and they took over the kitchen helping to prepare everything and make everything look so beautiful.  Melissa and I came up with the theme and worked so hard to make it something to remember and that our daughter could look back on and see how much all of us love her.

I wanted the theme to obviously be Disney related since we are Disney fanatics but I didn’t want to use the overdone Princess theme.  I wanted the theme to continue into the nursery and I started browsing ideas and fell in love with the idea of Winnie the Pooh.  So the baby shower was Winnie the Pooh themed and her nursery is also going to be Winnie the Pooh.  I have so many ideas for her nursery and I can’t wait for them to become a reality.  I will most definitely post pictures when it has been completed.

Anyway, let’s get back to the shower!  Everything looked beautiful and everyone enjoyed themselves!

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The happy parents to be!

The happy parents to be!

Our favors were Mickey mouse shaped soft pretzels!

Our favors were Mickey mouse shaped soft pretzels!

As you probably know, the Philadelphia area is known for our soft pretzels so what better way to tie in the area of where we live and our love for Disney than a Mickey mouse shaped soft pretzel!  I thought it was such a unique idea.  Melissa and I went back and forth trying to figure out ideas for the favors and Melissa suggested this and it was hit!  Everyone loved them and not to mention they taste great and looked so adorable!  I couldn’t have been happier with the way that they turned out.

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The cake also turned out great!  I was so impressed by our local bakery.  The baker drew the Winnie the Pooh free-hand and did an incredible job! The cake looked so pretty that I hated to cut it.  Speaking of which, we still have not eaten Pooh’s face.  It’s way too cute to cut!

Overall, I have to say that the best part of the shower was being surrounded by both of our families and friends.  Our daughter is going to come into the world with so much love and so many people who care about her and cannot wait to meet her.  The conversations were great and were filled with laughter and love.  I took in every single moment of that shower and had to stop myself at times to watch everyone and realize how blessed we are.  I couldn’t have dreamed a more perfect day!

So there you have our baby shower recap!  I will be back tomorrow with my 34 week recap.  Have a great day!

33 Weeks!!…

Hey there!  Happy Wednesday!  My blog posting has been completely off lately and I didn’t have the chance to tell you about my weekend.  It was quite hectic.  Mike and I were running around getting things together for the shower on Saturday.  Melissa and my mom came over on Saturday to help with shower things. We got a decent amount of things accomplished so I was really happy about that.  We also stopped by my friend, Courtney’s birthday party and had dinner and celebrated with her.  That was pretty much our weekend.  It was a lot crammed into a few days.  Now here we are in my 33rd week of pregnancy so let’s get started with the recap!

33 Weeks Pregnant

33 Weeks

Fun Facts About the Baby At 33 Weeks

  • This week the baby weighs a little over 4 pounds and has passed the 17-inch mark.
  • She’s rapidly losing that wrinkled, alien look and her skeleton is hardening. The bones in her skull aren’t fused together, which allows them to move and slightly overlap, thus making it easier for her to fit through the birth canal.
  • These bones don’t entirely fuse until early adulthood, so they can grow as her brain and other tissue expands during infancy and childhood.

How far along?  33 Weeks & 4 Days

Baby’s size? A pineapple

Stretch marks? No, knock on wood.

Sleep: Sleep for me is getting a lot worse. I toss and turn plenty of times throughout the night trying to get comfortable.  I’ve come to the conclusion that there is no getting comfortable now.  My belly is growing rapidly and it’s hard to get comfortable even with a pillow propping my belly up.  It’s okay though.  All of this is worth it.

Best moment this week: Our nursery furniture was delivered!!  Her room is finally starting to look like a nursery!

Miss Anything?  A fruity cocktail!

Movement: I feel a lot of movement all the time.  The other day I swear I felt her foot and toes!  It felt so weird but I loved that I had the chance to feel it.  I know the movement is going to dissipate a little because she is getting much bigger and is running out of room but for now I am enjoying every kick and punch.  She is quite the active girl.  I guess she takes after her daddy.

Food cravings: Cheese, Decaf Iced Coffee, Outshine Fruit Ice Pops, Fresh Cherries, Peaches, Potato Chips

Anything making you queasy or sick:  My heartburn makes me feel really queasy all the time.  I try to drink a lot of water and take tums when necessary.

Gender: Girl!

Labor Signs: No, thank goodness!

Symptoms: tired, breakouts on my face/body, charlie horses in my legs/feet, indigestion, swollen feet, back pain, pains in my leg, breast leakage (using nursing pads), itchy skin, greasy hair, heavy stomach, pains in groin area (feels like I’ve gone horseback riding for hours upon hours), stretching in my belly, Braxton Hicks Contractions, severe heartburn, nausea, extremely hot

Belly Button in or out? In.

Wedding rings on or off? On.

Happy or Moody most of the time: I’m mostly happy but I’m nervous and stressed.  I just really want it to be time for her to be here already.  I want to hold her in my arms.

Looking forward to: My OB appointment today, meeting the pediatrician tomorrow, and the baby shower on Saturday!

We have quite a few exciting things to do this week!  I’m looking forward to my OB appointment after work today.  I am meeting the last mid-wife who I haven’t met in the practice.  After her, I would have met every midwife which makes me feel comfortable knowing that I have met everyone who might deliver the baby.  I can’t wait to meet the pediatrician tomorrow either.  This office has come highly recommended so I’m sure it will be a great experience.  I also can’t wait to post about our baby shower!  It’s going to turn out wonderfully!

Have a great Wednesday!

 

32 Weeks!!!….

Hi there!  Happy 4th of July!  I apologize for not posting earlier.  It’s been a really hard and stressful week this week.  On Sunday, Mike’s grandmother passed away while we were at her house.  She was very sick and was put on hospice but did not expect her to pass while all of us were at the house.  It was one of the most intense and hard moments I think I have ever witnessed in my life.  His grandmother was partially my grandmother too because I have known her for as long as Mike and I have been together (almost 9 years).  I don’t have any living grandparents so part of me felt like she was a makeshift grandmother to me.  It was very hard and I know she was extremely excited to become a great-grandmother.  I am just so thankful that she had the chance to feel the baby kick.  Mike’s grandfather told me that was the highlight of her last few weeks was feeling her great-granddaughter kick.

For the past few days/nights, we have been going to his grandfather’s house to pay our respects and be with his family.  It’s hard but I feel comfortable knowing that she is not suffering in pain anymore.  In an effort to pick up this somber mood on my blog, I’m going to talk about this week of my pregnancy.

32 Weeks Pregnant

32 Weeks

Fun Facts About the Baby At 32 Weeks

  • By now, the baby weighs 3 3/4 pounds and is about 16.7 inches long, taking up a lot of space in your uterus.
  • You’re gaining about a pound a week and roughly half of that goes right to the baby.  In fact, she’ll gain a third to half of her birth weight during the next 7 weeks as she fattens up for survival outside the womb.
  • She now has toenails, fingernails, and real hair (or at least respectable peach fuzz).  Her skin is becoming soft and smooth as she plumps up in preparation for birth.

How far along?  32 Weeks & 6 Days

Baby’s size? A large jicama

Stretch marks? No, knock on wood.

Sleep: I’ve found that I can sleep for a few hours when I first fall asleep and then everything goes downhill.  I keep a bottle of tums and a bottle of water on my nightstand every night since I’ve been getting severe heartburn.  I toss and turn a lot and stomach has grown drastically over the past week so it’s making it harder and harder to get comfortable.

Best moment this week: Scheduling the delivery of our nursery furniture.

Miss Anything?  An ice-cold alcoholic drink might taste good in this heat wave we are having.

Movement: I feel a ton of movement and it’s very strong.  Sometimes the movement can be painful depending on how hard she kicks or punches me or how she is moving.  She tends to lay completely on my right side so that side of my belly tends to be quit hard.

Food cravings: Cheese, Decaf Iced Coffee, Fruit Ice Pops, Fresh Cherries, Peaches

Anything making you queasy or sick:  I actually got quite sick and threw up Saturday night.  It was from REALLY bad heartburn.  I’ve never felt heartburn so bad in my life.  It literally made me nauseous and throw up.  I’ve been trying to take tums to prevent this.

Gender: Girl!

Labor Signs: No, thank goodness!

Symptoms: tired, breakouts on my face/body, charlie horses in my legs/feet, indigestion, swollen feet, back pain, pains in my leg, breast leakage (using nursing pads), itchy skin, greasy hair, heavy stomach, pains in groin area (feels like I’ve gone horseback riding for hours upon hours), stretching in my belly, Braxton Hicks Contractions, severe heartburn, nausea, extremely hot

Belly Button in or out? In.

Wedding rings on or off? On.  I’m now at the point where my rings are completely stuck on my finger because of the heat.  I don’t think I can manage to take them off at all at this point.

Happy or Moody most of the time: I’m getting really stressed now as we are getting closer and closer.  I think once her nursery is set up, I might feel a little less stress.  I’m nervous and very excited about becoming a mother.  I just hope that I can be the best mommy to her.

Looking forward to: The nursery furniture arriving tomorrow, my baby shower next week, and finally deciding on the baby’s first name and middle name.

So there you have my 32nd week.  My belly is growing constantly now and I find myself looking down and watching it grow bigger and bigger.  To me that means it’s getting closer and closer to the baby getting here.  I can’t wait but I’m nervous.  I know that Mike and I are going to strive to be the best parents that we can be and make sure this baby gets everything that she needs and deserves.

I think the one moment that I am looking forward to the most is staring into her eyes for the first time and telling her how much I love her and how I’ve waited my whole life to meet her and become her mommy.  I get teary eyed just thinking about it.  That is what makes every single moment worth it.  I am going to leave you with that.

I hope you have a wonderful 4th of July holiday weekend!  Keep cool!

Ology Well-Being Products from Walgreens…

Hey there!  Happy Monday!  I hope you had a great weekend!  I will do a weekend recap tomorrow.  Today, I have a post that I am pretty excited to blog about.  I was given the opportunity from Mom’s Meet to try Ology products from Walgreens.

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Ology is a brand from Walgreens that contain household cleaners, paper products, personal care and baby products.  All of these products contain no harmful chemicals, and are 100% tree-free.  Ology works to avoid using toxic chemicals, and they are actively seeking sustainable raw materials and natural ingredients to use in their production process.

I was sent the paper towels, laundry detergent and household cleaner spray to try out.

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It was perfect timing for this because with a baby on the way, I am looking for ways to use more environmentally friendly products and especially products that do not contain chemicals on anything that will be in her room or that she will wear.

I think the most important item that I was sent was the laundry detergent.

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It is imperative that you do not wash newborn babies clothing in detergents that contain harsh chemicals are scents.  So when I was sent Ology laundry detergent to try out, I was really excited.  As we are still waiting for our baby furniture to arrive, I didn’t want to wash all of her clothing or blankets but I did want to try out the detergent to see how it works.  I washed a few of her blankets and towels with Ology and I found that they looked and smelled clean.  It didn’t ruin the materials of the blankets or towels.  The detergent did a great job of making her blankets and towels look nice and clean for her use.  I’m looking forward to using the detergent to wash all of her clothes once we have a place to store them in her room.

Ology 2x Laundry Liquid Detergent is available in a free and clear scent as well as a spring lavender vanilla scent.  Both of these scents are made with only natural ingredients—nothing artificial.  The detergent contains no dyes, artificial fragrances or phosphates.  The following chemicals are NEVER found in any of Ology’s products: ammonia, chlorine bleach, DEA (diethanolamine), TEA (triethanolamine), parabens, phthalates, formaldehyde, nonylphenol ethoxylates, triclosan, and SLS/SLES.  Ology products are never tested on animals.

I also tried out the paper towels that I received.  I wasn’t sure that they would be as absorbent as other paper towels that I use because the fact that they are environmentally friendly but I was highly surprised.  They held up just as well if not better than regular towels that I use.  They held their shape and absorbed any spills that I had to wipe up.  I was very impressed.

The towels are 100% tree-free and are whitened with H2O2, a non-chlorine based bleach.  The towels are made from readily renewable sugar cane husk and quick-growing bamboo that regenerates in as little as six months.  They are available in packs of 2 and sell for $3.99.  They are a little on the pricy side but you are paying for the quality and the fact that they are 100% tree free and do not contain chlorine.  I think I would use these the most in wiping down the furniture and items in the babies room.  I don’t necessarily think I would need to use it in my own home, although I would if I had coupons as it is a little on the pricy side.

I was also looking forward to trying out the All-Purpose Cleaner.  I have always been big on using cleaners that do not contain harsh chemicals or have strong smells.  I have bad allergies and asthma so using harmful products to clean in my home is not something that I like to do.  I try to use all natural cleaning products as much as possible.  I’m going to do so even more when cleaning in the baby’s room.

The Ology All-Purpose Cleaner can be used on kitchen counters, stove tops, and most household surfaces.  The cleaner is free of harmful chemicals.  It does not contain any harsh solvents, dyes, ammonia, or artificial fragrances.  It sells for $3.99 per bottle.  I totally think it’s worth it because of the fact that it does not contain harsh chemicals.  I was impressed when I tried this cleaner out.  It made my kitchen look beautiful and the counter tops were clean.  It did not give off a bad smell and it didn’t leave the surfaces with any residue.  It made the counters look very clean.  I’m looking forward to using this in the baby’s room to clean her furniture and any other items in her room that need to be cleaned.

Overall, I will most likely continue using the All-Purpose Cleaner and the Laundry Detergent in my home.  I personally found that they are most beneficial in my home.  I would highly recommend trying them out in your home.

Have you ever tried Ology products?  What is your opinion on using all-natural products in your home?

I received this product for free from the sponsor of the Moms MeetSM program, May Media Group LLC, who received it directly from the manufacturer. As a Moms MeetsSM blogger, I agreed to use this product and post my opinion on my blog. My opinions do not necessarily reflect the opinions of May Media Group LLC or the manufacturer of the product.

31 Weeks!!…

Hey there!  Happy Thursday to you!  I am so nervous for today.  Today the first event at work that I have pretty much planned myself.  So I’m praying, hoping and wishing that everything goes as planned and it turns out great.  Of course random pop up problems are enviable but I hope those are minimal and turn easily resolvable.  It’s going to be a very long day for me and I probably won’t get home until later tonight.  I just want everything to go well.  I’ve worked very hard on this event.

Anyway, this week I turned 31 Weeks!  So let’s get started on my recap!

31 Weeks Pregnant

31 Weeks

Fun Facts About the Baby At 31 Weeks

  • Baby measures over 16 inches long.  She weighs about 3 1/3 pounds and is heading into a growth spurt.
  • She can turn her head from side to side, and her arms, legs, and body are beginning to plump out as needed fat accumulates underneath her skin.
  • She’s probably moving a lot, too, so you may have trouble sleeping because your baby’s kicks and somersaults keep you up. Take comfort: All this moving is a sign that your baby is active and healthy.

How far along?  31Weeks & 5 Days

Baby’s size? A large coconut

Stretch marks? No, knock on wood.

Sleep: It’s difficult to sleep.  She is active when I’m sleeping now as well as during the day as mentioned above.  I’ve wedged a small pillow underneath my belly hoping that it will make things more comfortable.  I toss and turn a lot during the night though so I am constantly moving the pillow.  I also find that I wake up every couple of hours with a stuffy or runny nose.  That is the worst part of all.

Best moment this week: Feeling even more movement than I’ve been feeling.  The movements are so much stronger and sometimes I think I can feel certain body parts but I am unable to make out what they are just yet.

Miss Anything?  Sleeping on my belly or back.

Movement: As I mentioned, I feel a ton of movement.  She is extremely active and anytime I get nervous when she stops moving, I know how to get her to move again.  It’s truly amazing to watch this baby grow throughout these past months.  It’s a miracle what our bodies are capable of.

Food cravings: Cheese, Decaf Iced Coffee, Fruit Ice Pops, Fried Chicken, Sushi

Anything making you queasy or sick:  I’ve been feeling a little nauseous especially when I get Braxton Hicks contractions.

Gender: Girl!

Labor Signs: No, thank goodness!

Symptoms: tired, breakouts on my face/body, heartburn, charlie horses in my legs/feet, indigestion, swollen feet, back pain, pains in my leg, breast leakage (using nursing pads), itchy skin, greasy hair, heavy stomach, pains in groin area (feels like I’ve gone horseback riding for hours upon hours), stretching in my belly, Braxton Hicks Contractions

Belly Button in or out? In.

Wedding rings on or off? On.

Happy or Moody most of the time: I’m happy most of the time.  I have the normal stress.  I’m getting nervous about her furniture not coming in.  I don’t know what is taking the crib so long to come in.  I’m hoping and wishing that it will come in very soon!

Looking forward to: Getting things together for the baby shower, having the furniture come in for the nursery, my OB appointment tomorrow.

So there you have my 31 Week Recap!  It’s hard to believe that on Saturday I will be officially 8 months!  That is just crazy to me.  I feel like this has gone by so slow but fast at the same time.  I’m anxiously awaiting everything that comes with being a mom.  I just want to make sure we have her nursery together first which we don’t.  I have a feeling that is going to be a last-minute thing.  I am an excessive planner so it’s driving me crazy.  All I can do is wait.

Have a great Thursday!

A Craving Filled Weekend!..

Hey there!  Happy Monday to you!  I hope you had a lovely weekend! What did you do this weekend? I had a good weekend despite the fact that I haven’t been feeling that great.  I’m getting a lot of pains and I think it’s because of the baby getting bigger and my body stretching to accommodate her.  I’ve also read that the baby is starting to get into position for childbirth so that might be contributing to my pains too.  I’m glad that I have an OB appointment on Friday.  I already have a ton of questions that I want to ask.

Anyway, let’s move on to this weekend!  I had my last Friday off this past Friday.  I will start doing summer hours this week meaning that I get to leave on Fridays around 1pm.  So that should make the week go by quickly.  I also have off next Monday and that will be last official day off until I go on maternity leave.  I will savor every moment of that day off.

On Friday, Melissa and I got lunch together.  We both didn’t really enjoy where we went for lunch.  It was disappointing and I thought it would have been better.  Oh well.  We live and learn and will not go back.  Afterwards, we went over to Party City to order the decorations for the baby shower.  I am super excited about the decorations!  They are adorable and I will be able to use parts of them for the baby’s room when the shower is over.  We also went to the Dollar store to pick up a few other supplemental items that were cheaper there.  We are going to have to go back to the Dollar store and Party City to get our catering needs once we finalize what we will be making and serving.  We have a preliminary list but we are waiting to see how many people will actually be attending first.  Then we will go shopping for the food items.  I know that is going to be a big couponing trip that I will be looking forward to!

On Friday night, I finally satisfied one of my cravings!  Mike and I decided to go to a new sushi place that we kept driving past but never went to.  They offer 50% off sushi all the time.  I was expecting the place to be not so great but much to our surprise the food was fantastic and it had a really nice atmosphere!  We will be going back for sure.

My sushi!

My sushi!

I went a little overboard in my sushi ordering but they made for great leftovers!!  I got a chicken tempura roll, California roll, avocado roll, and sweet potato roll.  The sweet potato roll and chicken tempura roll were my favorite!  I am craving them again.  You can really load up on sushi when 6 rolls cost $2.00!  I thought that was an amazing deal.  I am counting the moments and days until I go back there.  Yum!

On Saturday, I was actually able to sleep in a little bit.  I slept in later than I have in months.  It felt great.  I went over to Melissa and my mom’s house and we went out to run errands.  I kept getting $10 coupons from Kohl’s so I decided to pick up a few things for the baby of course.  I got quite the cute outfits and I will post one of them this week that Melissa picked out.  The outfit is for the fall and it is super cute!!  I already have an idea of putting a headband on her with fake baby ugg boots with the outfit.  It’s so adorable and I can’t wait for her to wear it.

On Sunday, Mike and I did our usual shopping trip.  We were out of the house for several hours and I think it was a bit too much for me because my feet were killing me.  I learned my lesson.  I fulfilled one of my other cravings yesterday.  I wanted a decaf iced coffee from Dunkin Donuts and I also picked up one of their newest donuts which is now a new favorite of mine!  It’s a blueberry crumb donut and if you are a blueberry fan as much as I am then you NEED to try this!

Blueberry Crumb Donut

Blueberry Crumb Donut

It has blueberry filling in the center and the top has crumb that tastes like pie!!  I was in heaven with this donut and I know that I will need to get it again at some point.  So delicious!!  What is your favorite kind of donut?

Alright, well that was my weekend.  Have a great Monday!

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