Fun Finds Friday: New Breakfast Items!..

Hey there!  Happy Friday to you!  I don’t know about you but I am thrilled that it’s Friday.  I am absolutely exhausted.  I didn’t sleep very well last night.  I think I might have gotten 2 hours of sleep at most.  I sure could use a cup of decaf coffee.  I’m not sure it would do anything to wake me up but it might help.  What are you doing this weekend?  Happy Easter to those who celebrate!  I’m not sure what I’m doing.  All I know is that tomorrow morning, I have to bring my car in to be serviced.  I’m really hoping that it won’t take a long time.  I hate waiting for my car to be serviced.

Anyway, today I decided to do another Fun Finds Friday post.  I am featuring new breakfast items in this post.  I love breakfast and I could eat it anytime a day and love it.  So let’s get started!

Nature Valley K-Cup Oatmeal

nature valley keurig

General Mills is going to release Oatmeal K-cup packets that can be made using the Keurig machine.  The product contains a packet of oatmeal, fruit, nuts and flavoring in the right amounts to mix with a six-ounce water dose from the Keurig.  The flavoring cup is what gets plugged into the machine.  I think this is a unique idea and I really want to try it.  I usually use my Keurig machine for hot water so I think this a neat concept and am excited to see it in stores to try it.

Taco Bell Breakfast

Taco Bell introduced their breakfast line as you can see at the end of March.  They have quite the variety of items.  I’m not sure that I really think of Taco Bell as a breakfast choice but now they at least have options for those who might be interested.

Post Honeycomb Cereal with Twisted Marshmallows

Honeycomb has introduced a new limited edition of their cereal that contains twisted marshmallows.  To be honest, I don’t think I’ve ever tried honeycomb cereal.  I don’t even know what it is.  It doesn’t really appeal to me but this cereal might appeal to others so I’m posting cause I find it interesting.

iHop Cinnamon Roll Brioche French Toast

iHop has introduced a new edition to their brioche french toast, cinnamon roll.  I enjoy going to iHop for breakfast.  I think this looks delicious!  Mike has tried their brioche french toast before so I bet he would be interested in trying out this new one.

So there you have a few new breakfast items to try or think about.  Have you ever tried any of these?  Which would you most want to try?

Have a great Friday and a lovely weekend!

 

21 Weeks!…

Hey there!  Happy Wednesday to you!  We made it to the middle of the week already. We just have two more days to get through and then this week is done.  This week continues to be stressful for me and it’s only going to get worse as we get closer to the events next week.  I’m just hoping that I can survive all of this.  It’s a lot to handle for anyone but it’s multiplied when you are pregnant.  I’m trying to take it easy as much as I can but it’s hard when you are under a ton of pressure.

Anyway, last night when I got home from work, I started on Matzah Ball soup for Passover!  I ALWAYS make my mom’s recipe.  She really has the best recipe and it’s so simple and brings a lot of flavor.  Matzah ball soup is my favorite soup and I don’t know why I only make it on Jewish holidays.  I’m going to start making it throughout the year.  It’s that good.

A pool of matzah balls

A pool of matzah balls

A delicious bowl of Matzah Ball Soup

A delicious bowl of Matzah Ball Soup

I can’t wait to have the leftovers tonight!  I made sure to make a ton of soup because I know how much Mike and I enjoy eating it.  The soup really does bring me back to my childhood and I’ve had it every single year of my life.  I can’t wait to share this soup tradition with our daughter.  I think the most special moment will be when she can make the soup with me.  I really cannot wait for that.

Speaking of which, I am 21 Weeks this week.  Let’s get started with my recap!

21 Weeks Pregnant

21 Weeks

Fun Facts About the Baby At 21 Weeks

  • Baby now weighs about three-quarters of a pound and is approximately 10 1/2 inches long.
  • You may soon feel like she’s practicing martial arts as her initial fluttering movements turn into full-fledged kicks and nudges. You may also discover a pattern to her activity as you get to know her better.
  • In other developments, your baby’s eyebrows and lids are present now.
  • The baby swallows a bit of amniotic fluid each day (for nutrition, hydration, and to practice digesting), so she eats whatever’s on your menu — and gets to put those developing taste buds to good use.

How far along? 21 Weeks & 4 Days

Baby’s size? A pomegranate

Maternity clothes? Yes, please.  They are much more comfortable.  I bought a different dress to wear to my fancy work event and that was all the maternity clothes I bought this past week.  I really need to get a pair of jean capris and summer/spring clothes because I barely have any.

Stretch marks? No, still using lotion.

Sleep: It’s hard to sleep.  I still get up numerous times a night.  I toss and turn a lot to get comfortable.  I might need to start putting a small pillow under my stomach so I can get a better nights sleep.

Best moment this week: Clearing out a lot of the baby’s room to make room for her items.  Also, feeling a lot of twitching this week that seems to be getting stronger each day.  I hope that means I will feel a strong kick soon!

Miss Anything?  No, not at all.

Movement: I feel a ton of twitching in my belly like I mentioned above.  I still don’t feel strong kicks but I hope they are coming.

Food cravings: Cheese, Decaf Coffee, Decaf Iced Coffee, Texas Toast Croutons, Pineapple, Salad, Matzah with butter on it

Anything making you queasy or sick:  The thought of Mexican food makes me not want to eat it for some reason and I love Mexican food.

Gender: Girl!

Labor Signs: No, thank goodness!

Symptoms: Round ligament pain, tired, breakouts on my face/body, headaches, heartburn, charlie horses in my legs/feet

Belly Button in or out? In.

Wedding rings on or off? On.

Happy or Moody most of the time: I can be quite moody this week.  I think it’s because of all of the stress I’m under.

Looking forward to: Feeling those kicks from the baby and surviving my work event next week.

So there you have my 21st Week recap!  I don’t have my next appointment until the end of the month.  I’m looking forward to that appointment only to hear the baby’s heartbeat again.  That sound never gets old.

Alright, well have a lovely day!

Calm Before The Storm…

Hey there!  Happy Tuesday!  I hope you had a great weekend.  Did you do anything fun this weekend?  I got quite a few things accomplished this weekend.  On Friday, I didn’t really do much.  The extent of my Friday night was getting a gelati for dessert from my favorite water ice shop.  After a really stressful week, I knew a gelati from my favorite place would cheer me up.  That it did.

On Saturday, I went out with Melissa and my mom.  We went to quite a few stores because I was unhappy with the dress that I purchased to wear to the main event from my work next week that I’ve been planning.  There are several events that lead up to a larger event and I was just not happy with the original dress that I picked out.  Luckily, we were able to find another dress which looks much more flattering and actually has something to it.  It actually ended up being on clearance so I got an even better deal!  I was very happy with my purchase.  This is the dress that I got:

Petite Sleeveless Empire Waist Maternity Dress

It’s very flattering and I got a pair of black peep toe sandal heels to wear with it and another dress I am wearing during the events.  I was worried about wearing any of the heels that I currently have since all of those shoes have at least a 4 inch heel or higher.  I didn’t think that was a smart idea being pregnant and working these events running around.  So the shoes I got, only have about a 1-2 inch heel and are comfortable to wear.  The shoe looks like this:

Metaphor Women's Dress Shoe Stori - Navy at Sears.com

I think that will look cute with the dress.  I actually have a shoe that looks like this one but has MUCH higher of a heel on it.  I also spent under $20 for these shoes from Sears.  So that was even better!

On Sunday, Mike and I went food shopping and stocked up for the week.  We also did a ton of organizing in the baby’s room.  We made SO much progress. All that’s really left in that room now is furniture that we need to move into the garage and our computer desk that needs to be moved into our bedroom.  I’m so happy with the progress we made.  It was a lot of work but it was definitely much-needed and worth it.  I started hanging a few of the baby’s clothes in the closest that I have and it’s all starting to become more real that instead of just a second bedroom it’s going to be a nursery and a baby’s actual room.  That is exciting and scary at the same time.

Yesterday, started a hectic week.  This the week before my work’s huge events and it’s very hectic.  I’ve been stressed and running around like a crazy person.  I think I will feel extremely relieved next Sunday once everything is over.  It’s been a long and stressful road and I can’t wait for this event to come together.  After work, we went to my in-laws house for the first night of Passover.  It was nice to get together with Mike’s family.  Tonight, I will be making my mom’s recipe for matzah ball soup that I always make.  I cannot wait!  I love my mom’s recipe and I will be counting down the hours until I can make that soup tonight.  Yum!  What is a favorite family recipe of yours?

Have a great Tuesday!

The End of A Long Week!…

Hey there!  I hope you had a good week and have something fun planned for the weekend.  What are you doing this weekend?  I’m planning on cleaning out more of our second bedroom.  I’d like to tackle the shoe problem we have in our closet and transfer Mike’s sneakers into our bedroom from the second bedroom.  That means I need to get myself in gear and organize my shoes in our closet.  I don’t think it will be a problem.  I just need to do it.  I want to get as much done now while I still can lift some things and move things.  I have a feeling in a few more weeks I won’t be able to do as much.  I’m also hanging out with Melissa and my mom tomorrow.  I need to find a dress for my work event because I’m not sure I really like the one I bought to wear.  I also need a pair of comfortable yet stylish shoes to wear because all of my heels are VERY high and that is not conducive when running around like a crazy person in charge of a huge event.  So we shall see what we can find.

I know on Fridays I usually do Fun Finds Friday but today I am just not feeling it.  So I’m going to skip it for this week.  I would like to share a recipe that I tried earlier this week.  On Monday, I made this recipe for dinner.  It was for Crunchy Taco Hamburger Helper.  Now, I’ve never had Hamburger Helper in my life so I wasn’t sure what to expect but this dinner was fantastic!  Mike and I couldn’t stop saying how good it was.  The only change I made from the recipe was using ground turkey instead of ground beef.  We’ve already decided that we will be making that for dinner again next week.  It actually covered two days of meals which is great.

I made Eggplant Parmesan on Wednesday so we had leftovers last night and I am bringing the rest for lunch today. I’m excited.  I love good leftovers for lunch.

I also have to mention yesterday I had to travel for work and I had the most delicious lunch!  I got lunch from Au Bon Pain which I had never been before.

I tried a Chicken Caprese Sandwich which looked similar to this one:

It was fantastic!  One of the best sandwiches I’ve gotten from a cafe like that.  It had fresh homemade pesto, arugula, grilled chicken breast, tomatoes and mozzarella cheese on ciabatta bread.  It was DELICIOUS!  Of course I couldn’t leave the train station empty-handed when I saw a Crumb’s!  I got a cupcake I never tried before.

That’s right, a carrot cake cupcake!  It was delicious!  Although the weirdest part of my trip was on the train ride home, a man sat literally on top me squashing me into the train.  My boss was sitting across from me and the entire ride, this man proceeded to drink about 4 mini bottles of alcohol.  At one point he turned to me and said, “Being around a pregnant woman makes me drink for two.”  Um, I didn’t even know how to respond to that!  I was just nervous for him to get into a car and drive home.  Hopefully he wasn’t driving!  Scary!

Anyway, on that note.  I hope you have a lovely Friday and an even better weekend!  Enjoy the beautiful weather!

20 Weeks & Baby’s Gender!!…

Hey there!  Happy Wednesday!  Wednesday is becoming my favorite day of the week on here because I have been doing my baby week recap’s on Wednesday!  I love that.  I did that with Wedding posts as well.  I have a lot to share in this post so I might as well get started!

20 Weeks Pregnant

20 Weeks

Fun Facts About the Baby At 20 Weeks

  • Baby weighs about 10 1/2 ounces now.  The baby is also around 6 1/2 inches long from head to bottom and about 10 inches from head to heel.  (**our baby was actually weighing 11 ounces last week so I’m guessing it is above the average right now).
  • The baby is swallowing more these days, which is good practice for its digestive system.  Baby is also producing meconium, a black, sticky by-product of digestion. This gooey substance will accumulate in its bowels, and you’ll see it in the baby’s first soiled diaper (some babies pass meconium in the womb or during delivery).

How far along? 20 Weeks & 4 Days

Baby’s size? A banana

Maternity clothes? Absolutely!  I bought the shirt you see above on the clearance rack at Old Navy, along with a short sleeve shirt on the clearance rack and a maxi dress.  All of the items were 20% off.  You can’t beat that!  I still need quite a few spring/summer clothes in order to make it through and feel comfortable.

Stretch marks? No, using lotion daily.

Sleep: It seems like my sleep is getting worse.  I wake up several times to use the bathroom.  I toss and turn trying to get comfortable.  My nose has been getting stuffy while I sleep.  It’s rough but it’s all worth it.

Best moment this week: Feeling more twitching from the baby especially during moments when I’m really stressed.  It’s almost like the baby is saying, “it’s okay mom, I’m here.”  It makes me feel better.  Also, purchasing some baby clothes for the little one and cleaning out more of the baby’s room.

Miss Anything?  No, not that I can think of.

Movement: I feel a lot of twitching in my belly.  It feels like it’s slowly starting to become stronger.  I’m praying that I feel really strong kicks soon.  I have no patience.

Food cravings: Cheese, Pink Lady Apples, Decaf Coffee, Texas Toast Croutons, Pineapple, Salad

Anything making you queasy or sick:  The thought of guacamole completely turns me off for some reason.  I’m not sure why.

Gender: We know and you will know in a few moments!

Labor Signs: No, thank goodness!

Symptoms: Round ligament pain, tired, breakouts on my face/body, headaches

Belly Button in or out? In.

Wedding rings on or off? On.

Happy or Moody most of the time: Happy but very stressed.  I have a lot of pressure on my shoulders with work and it’s a lot to handle especially when pregnant.

Looking forward to: Feeling stronger movements from our little one, buying items for the nursery and for the baby to use.

Well, let’s get to the moment that you’ve been wanting to find out!  The GENDER!  Our baby is a…..

 

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GIRL!!!!!

That’s right!  My feelings and symptoms all along were correct.  I still find that weird that I was right but we are both very happy.  We would have been happy either way as long as the baby is healthy.  It’s fun to shop for girl clothes though and I’m already planning cute outfits in my head and can’t wait to put bows in her hair and little fake uggs on her feet.  I can’t wait.

That little outfit that you see above is something that I got at the consignment sale.  I believe that sleeper was only 50 cents!  You can’t beat that.  The thing that got me are the little bunnies on the feet!  Too cute!

I feel so much better now that I have told you so I can refer to the baby as “her or she” instead of “it.”  I almost blew it the other day when I was typing that I bought her a pair of leggings and then I quickly deleted it!  Now I don’t need to worry about that.  I’m glad I was able to share with all of you.

On that note, have a lovely Wednesday!

The First Weekend Of April!…

Hey there!  Happy Monday!  I hope you had a great weekend!  What did you do this weekend?  The weather this weekend was interesting.  On Friday, it rained the entire day and night.  Then on Saturday it was supposed to be warm and sunny but it was very breezy so it made it quite chilly.  Then yesterday it was sunny but again it was quite chilly.  I was glad that we had sunny, somewhat warmer days because it made moving items from our house into the garage much easier.  We are supposed to have rain again today which is why they postponed the Phillies home opener game.  It is now scheduled for tomorrow.

Anyway, let’s recap the weekend.  So on Friday after work, I picked Melissa up and we went to a huge children’s consignment sale.  This was one of the best sales that we have been to and since we now know the gender it made selecting items much easier.  Melissa helped me pick out some great items for the baby.  I got so many onsies, and a few other items, almost gave the gender away there for a second!  I got a variety of newborn and 3 month clothes because I don’t know how big the baby will be.  I had a trash bag filled with items and I only spent $13.

We went back to their house and had dinner together and watched Shark Tank.  I don’t know why I don’t watch that show more often.  It is actually a good show.  Do you watch Shark Tank?  I thought it was interesting to see the company Kodiak Cakes on there since I have their pancake mix occasionally.  Some of those people have great ideas, and others not so much.

On Saturday, I relaxed around the house for a bit and Mike and I went out for a little to run some errands.  We decided to go out to dinner since I had a coupon left from my birthday.  It made for a reasonably priced dinner.  I wasn’t a huge fan of what I ordered but you live and you learn.  Mike and I were so exhausted.  We had plans to watch a bunch of shows on the dvr but we barely made it through two because of how tired we were.

On Sunday, we woke up quite early because we had things we needed to get done.  I went back to the consignment sale that I went to with Melissa on Friday since on Sunday everything was 50% off.  You can’t beat that!  I thought things were going to be picked over but boy was I wrong!  We ended up getting an even larger bag filled with more items and I only spent $14 this time.  We got onsies and other items for as low as 50 cents for 3 items!  All of the items that we purchased from both days look BRAND new!  I am very careful when purchasing used clothes.  Everything looked to be in great condition and some items even had tags on them!  I was very pleased.

We got our usual grocery store items and then I went over to Melissa and my mom’s house.  My mom knew of someone who wanted to give away some baby items.  We ended up getting what looks like a brand new crib mattress which will save us quite a bit of money.  I was pleased about that.  I need to do research on crib mattresses since I don’t know too much about it just to make sure the brand and firmness is safe but other than that, I am glad that we have a large item down and more to come!

After that, Mike and I did more cleaning and moving of items in the baby room.  All of my boxes, which there were a TON are moved from the closet and now in our garage.  One side of the closest is empty and now we just need to empty the bottom of the other side.  We are moving things along nicely.  I think in just a few more weeks, we will be able to move the furniture out of that room and it will be empty.  We are making a ton of progress which definitely eases my anxiety level quite a bit.

Alright, well that is my update from this weekend.  I hope you have a great day!  Happy Monday!

19 Weeks…

Hey there!  I hope you are having a good week!  Thank goodness it’s almost over.  This has been a very hectic and stressful one.  I think it’s going to stay that way at least for me.  My huge work event that I’ve been planning for months since I’ve started is this month and there is so much planning and last-minute details that go into making everything perfect.  It’s stressful but I’m looking forward to how it’s going to turn out.  I can’t believe it’s almost here.

I had all intentions of posting my 19 Week Recap yesterday and was ready to post however I was having internet issues in my house.  I didn’t have time to start playing around with the router so I opted to fix it when I got home and post my recap today.  I’m actually almost 20 Weeks already but I want to post my 19 Week Recap since I didn’t get a chance to.  Let’s get started!

19 Weeks Pregnant

19 Weeks

Fun Facts About the Baby At 19 Weeks

  • The baby’s brain is designating specialized areas for smell, taste, hearing, vision, and touch. Some research suggests that the baby may be able to hear your voice now, so don’t be shy about reading aloud, talking to it, or singing a happy tune if the mood strikes you.
  • The baby weighs about 8 1/2 ounces and measures 6 inches, head to bottom. (**We were told our baby is actually weighing 11 ounces so I guess our baby is bigger than they say at this point).
  • The baby’s arms and legs are in the right proportions to each other and the rest of its body now.
  • Baby’s kidneys continue to make urine and the hair on its scalp is sprouting.  A waxy protective coating called the vernix caseosa is forming on baby’s skin to prevent it from pickling in the amniotic fluid.

How far along? 19 Weeks & 5 Days

Baby’s size? An heirloom tomato

Maternity clothes? Yes, definitely.  I am still wearing a few pre-pregnancy tops but only if they are on the big side.  I don’t want to stretch all of my clothes out.  I still need to buy some more tank tops and short-sleeve shirts.  I really want to buy some maxi dresses because I think they are going to be the most comfortable once I am a lot bigger and it’s hot out.  I also want to get a pair of jean capri’s and a jean jacket.  So I have quite a few things that I need to get me through the spring/summer.  Bring on the sales and clearance racks!

Stretch marks? No.  I use lotion every day to prevent it.

Sleep: Still having issues sleeping.  I get up multiple times a night to use the bathroom.  I toss and turn a lot.  Sometimes I wake up extremely thirsty and can drink almost an entire bottle of water in one gulp.

Best moment this week: Seeing the baby on the ultrasound screen, hearing it’s heartbeat and finding out the GENDER!!!

Miss Anything?  I find myself occasionally wanting a glass of wine but I am absolutely fine without it.

Movement: I still feel a lot of butterflies and flutters.  I now also feel twitching.  I asked the midwife about the twitching and she said that means the kicks are getting stronger.  So I’m hoping I feel kicks soon!  Our baby was VERY active in the ultrasound so I know it’s moving around a lot in my belly.

Food cravings: Cheese, Pink Lady Apples, Decaf Coffee, Fried Chicken (weird, because I NEVER eat fried chicken), Crunchwrap Supreme from Taco Bell (might need to get this sometime this weekend), French Fries, Eggs, Pineapple, Salad, Croutons, Pasta

Anything making you queasy or sick:  No, not really.  I’m very sensitive to smells though so if I smell something bad it will make me feel queasy.

Gender: I am happy to say that we know but I will not spill yet!  We still have to tell a few more people and then I will be sure to let all of you know!  Hopefully by next week!  I can’t wait to share!!

Labor Signs: No, thank goodness!

Symptoms: Round ligament pain, tired, breakouts on my face/body, getting hot/cold, linea niagara on my stomach, occasional headaches, frequent urination (tmi, sorry).

Belly Button in or out? In.

Wedding rings on or off? On.

Happy or Moody most of the time: Happy/Nervous. I’m also quite emotional and can cry at a moments notice.

Looking forward to: Buying baby clothes for our baby since we know the gender now and buying things for the nursery!  I’m also looking forward to feeling kicks and punches.

So there you have my 19 Week Recap!  It’s been quite the week especially since we now know the baby’s gender and that will make buying things for it much easier.  I’m hoping to go to a few consignment sales this weekend and see what I can find.  You never know what you will find at these sales.  I figure as long as something is in good condition, I can wash it and it will be as good as new.  So we will see.  I really cannot wait to share the gender with all of you!  I promise I will very soon.

Alright, well have a lovely Thursday!

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