Aug 17, 2018

32 // Happy Friday

1. I love the Great British Baking Show. It is so proper and polite. The American cooking shows like Cutthroat Kitchen stresses me out and upsets me, but I love how calmly sweet (pardon the pun) this show is. I watch it whenever I see it on PBS.

2. I hate long fingernails. I can tell the moment they start to get too long and if I can even barely see them over my finger then they have to be cut. I just can't stand them long.

3. I hate listening to books. I also hate reading books on a screen. I want the real deal.

4. I used to know how to read music. I played piano for a bit so I learned before I was old enough to be in band. Then I was in band for 8 years (I started on the baritone then was switched to the tuba in seventh grade.)


5. The first time AMC had the big tubs of popcorn at the movie theater (or at least the first time we got it), I was so excited. We didn't go to the movies a lot and I love movie popcorn. I was carrying the tub between both hands. We were about to walk into the actual theater when suddenly I fumble and lose some of the popcorn. I didn't trip. I wasn't carrying anything else. I just seemed to have lost complete control of my hands and fumbled. I was laughing really hard but I was also secretly sad to have lost some of the popcorn out the tub I knew was too big for me to actually eat it all.

6. I have been married for 7 years now and I have yet to figure out how to sign my last name in a way I like. I just don't like my signature and I haven't found a way I like yet. That v in the last name really messes up my groove. Maybe by 10 years I'll have it figured out.

7. I really like cream cheese. I seriously love the stuff. Unfortunately dairy can make my PCOS worse and even worse is that I really can't have too much bread (carbs makes my stomach hurt) so I can really eat bagels. I think about bagels and cream cheese way more than I should though.

8. I find action movies where the military or secret service or police or whoever is fighting a "bad guy" who is invading the USA really annoying. I know it's all for action-sake but I hate how they make the non-hero "good guys" completely incapable of defeating them and like they can't do anything right. It really bugs me.

9. I think my toes look weird without nail polish, but I rarely paint my fingernails because I always chip them so fast.

10. I can't drive at night without my glasses. I have pretty bad night vision.


11. I love getting mail. I think snail mail is just really fun.

12. Rob and I once watched The Adjustment Bureau. I didn't do anything else throughout the whole movie but actually watched it. But it wasn't until the end of the movie that I realized it was a sci-fi movie (spoiler alert). I don't know how I didn't know but somehow I made it all the way through and as the credit started I turned to Rob and asked him if this was a sci-fi movie.

13. I hate pruny hands.

14. I wear the top of my shoe through with a little hole with my toe because I kick my toes up. It's only on my left foot.

15. I hate going to the dentist because I become super aware of my tongue and feel like I have to swallow every second.

16. I have a pretty low resting heart rate. It is about 55 on average.

17. I hit my elbows an insane amount of times. Rob finds it hilarious at this point because I can find anything to hit my elbow on and it's always in the most painful spot that makes my whole arm go numb.

18. Babies are great (I have two already and one on the way) but I am completely and totally freaked out by the cord. It's so creepy when it falls off. But what really gets me is the soft spot. I am completely freaked out when you can see their heartbeat in their soft spot. It gives me shivers just thinking about it.

Hey that me and my soft spot.
19. I am often given compliments about my handwriting but about 90% of the time I don't love it. It's a mix of print and cursive and I have been writing like this since high school.

20. I have fought with acne for all of my teenage years. After meeting Rob my face started clearing up (perhaps because that man makes me happy) but with my pregnancy with Addison and now again with this pregnancy (girls are pesky) the acne is back. Although I know it's hormones it's makes me self-couscous. As if I wasn't already fighting a crazy battle against the scars and trying to repair my skin and this definitely doesn't help.

21. When Addison was younger than Connor now and we were at the old house, she freaked out in her crib in the middle of the night. We both shot out of bed and sprinted down the hallway. However I was half-asleep and smashed into the wall full speed into a wall. I knew it hurt but I didn't feel it. Once we knew she was fine, the pain started. I was seriously seeing stars and couldn't put weight on my foot. I thought I broke it. Turns out I didn't, but my toes actually have a weird split where I ran into the corner. They don't lay together like they used to. Literally the pain we go through for our kids...

22. I was really nervous when I opened Beautiful Mess Plans Co which is my planner sticker shop. I still had Our Beautiful Mess Shop at this point and although it did well it was a mega success. It also wasn't making me happy. So I was searching for something else and got myself into the planner community. Rob was on board and loved the idea from the start. It is doing really well and I am enjoying what I am doing now. I can stay home still and still make a little extra money for our family and that makes me feel good about finding that balance.


23. I don't listen to a lot of podcasts because I just lose interest and most of the time I would rather listen to music, but I am completely addicted to the podcast My Favorite Murder. Those women are funny and the stories are crazy. I love the long podcast with the featured murders but my favorite is the Monday Hometown Murders where they read letters from listeners and those stories are hilarious. I listen to it mostly while cooking or working on shop stuff (there is cussing so headphones only).

24. My favorite game is Clue and I can't wait until Addison is old enough to play because we just can't play with two.

25. I love DC TV shows (Arrow, The Flash, Legends of Tomorrow, Supergirl) but hate their movies. I'm not as big of a fan of Marvel shows (although I do watch Agents of Shield) but love their movies.

26. I love how my hair looks curled and I personally think it's the best for it because it gives body and life (I have really fine, thin hair), but I hate actually doing it. I haven't really found the quickest way I like that works the best. Plus in the summer it's just depressing to spend the time doing it since it just falls in the heat. Maybe that's why I like fall so much - because my hair always looks the best.


27. I love a clean house but hate cleaning.

28. I am more likely to turn off a movie if an animal dies than if a person dies. I struggle with animal movies quite a bit. I don't watch any animal-centric movie.

29. Sometimes I end up taking a nap in the afternoon when Connor is napping and I always feel so bummed when I do because although I needed the nap I don't like that I used that alone time to sleep instead of do something I wanted to do.

30. Buying new school supplies was my favorite part of the year. I liked the fresh start. Also it took a while to stop thinking of a year in terms of a school year, but now that Addison is back in school I'm back to thinking of years that way. It's kind of sad because Rob doesn't get summer break even if the "year is over."

31. I am addicted to Guy's Grocery Games. I like that it's a fun competition show and I like that they are often so generous. Plus it is pretty funny.

32. I find airplanes completely fascinating. They are so big yet they fly through the air. But I am also a nervous flyer. The landings and take-offs are the worst for me and also the whole being trapped thing but I will fly when I have to. I might also be a little more nervous because I have seem an insane amount of the show Air Disasters and often it is just a flunk thing or pilot error.


And that's it. 32 random facts and stories about me in honor of my 32nd birthday tomorrow.

Have a great weekend!
Happy Friday!

Aug 16, 2018

Bump to Baby: Eating for Two

This pregnancy in so many ways has been the hardest in terms of food. I expected the struggle during the first trimester because I have never had an easy first trimester, but I didn't exactly expect that struggle to continue into the second trimester.

I had a lot of aversions during my first trimester, but they weren't really so much aversions as food that just made me throw up, so I just didn't want it. Food was pretty much in two categories: makes me throw up and doesn't. I definitely couldn't seem to figure out what was setting me off though. What I was doing was throwing up almost every day, multiple times a days. It was really rough. If I got too hungry then I would get sick. If I ate too fast, I would get sick. If I had too many carbs, too much protein, too much sugar. It just didn't seem to matter. It made for a miserable first trimester.

My rare cravings were constantly changing. Sometimes I craved chips. Sometimes I craved pizza. Often I craved fresh foods. I would eat something one day then the next I couldn't stand it. Rob joked that it was a good thing he was willing to eat anything. But really mostly I just didn't want to eat. I didn't want to think about food. Which turned out to be an issue for the person who does the meal planning around the house.

By the time I got into the second trimester I was so tired of food. I didn't exactly expect it to instantly change once we got into the second trimester, but I guess I had hoped it would. It took a week or two but my hormones shifted and I started throwing up only every other day. Then another couple weeks later and I was only throwing up every three days. It felt like a miracle.

On top of that I was starting to get hungry. I was actually wanting to eat. Of course my problems continued because I just didn't crave things. Or at least rarely did. But I was definitely wanting to eat.


Getting sick these days are a pretty rare occurrence that usually only happens when it's been awhile since I've eaten or those rare moments that I just struggle with too much sugar, carbs, or whatever else. My biggest struggle now is definitely trying to figure out what to eat. I feel like I'm wanting to eat all the time. I have definitely become a small meals all day long kind of eater. I don't know what to eat just about ever.

I go between a very fresh lunch that I meal prep at the beginning of the week to frozen lunches. Sometimes I snack on chips and I'm fine and other times I can't stand them and they give me really bad stomachaches. I usually eat an orange at night before bed. I eat cereal in the mornings - eggs actually make me throw up no matter how I cook them.

This pregnancy has definitely been a lot like my pregnancy with Addison. I remember struggling with morning sickness throughout my entire pregnancy with her, and never really getting the food thing down. I also haven't gained a lot of weight with this pregnancy either. Actually I think I have only gained about a two pounds total so far. But not from a lack of trying. I'm just struggling with food.

I have definitely wondered if I am getting enough to provide for Emma. And I'm doing the best I can trying to find healthy meals that I can actually eat and don't make me sick. I can't even remember a time when I didn't struggle with food, although Rob promises me that there was. Maybe before this pregnancy is over I will get a handle on food in some way and find something I actually enjoy eating.

Aug 15, 2018

First Day of Kindergarten 2018-2019

Today is the big day. My little girl is starting kindergarten. And she is seriously so excited. We have been talking about this since the end of last year. She knew she would be going to a new school and would have to make all new friends, and I worried how she would feel about that.

But of course I never really have to worry about her. She is my superstar. She reassured me that she would make new friends and she was just excited. There was never nerves from her. I think I was more nervous than her. Of course I never really worried about her but just the change to the new school and the new way of doing things. She loves school and has been ready to go for awhile now.

So the day we have been counting to for awhile now is finally here. My little girl is a kindergartner.


I can't believe how big she is. She hardly seems like the same girl who I have been taking first day of school pictures of the last three years. She has changed so much and grown so much. And she has come such a long way. She's my girl who fought so hard to get to where she is and you would now never even know that she was on an IEP with several different issues. I am just so proud of her.

I know she is going to rock kindergarten and I can't wait to see what all she learns and how much farther she can go from here. She will do amazing at school and truthfully I can't believe that I have a kindergartner. How did that happen?!

Aug 13, 2018

Bump to Baby: 20 Weeks

Halfway there baby! You are now weighing about 10 ounces and about 6 and a half inches long from crown to rump. You are about the size of an artichoke. You are definitely growing like crazy in there. We already know this but definitely by this point you know boy or girl, but we already know the answer to that. You are working on your taste buds by swallowing amniotic fluid every day which is more than you have been doing before. It's basically just more growing.

This has been a rough week. I have learned that I don't bounce back as quickly as I once did from a vacation especially while pregnant. My pregnancy cranky has been a little crazy this week, although your brother and sister isn't helping with all the fighting. My belly is getting so much bigger (because you are so much bigger!) and definitely making it less look like chubby and definitely that there's a baby in there. And you are getting so strong. You are pretty active at night mostly kicking me on my light side. You are strong enough that your dad can even feel you sometimes which he definitely loves feeling you in there. I think the best has definitely been feeling you but otherwise it was another tough week. Hormones are seriously tough.

Pregnancy brain is a serious thing. If you have ever scoffed at someone who said they had pregnancy brain, don't. It's serious. I have done some weird things since being pregnant. It is definitely something I have struggled with each pregnancy which just continues to get worse because I think it is coupled with mom brain. I definitely have done some weird things like preheat the oven then put something in then turn off the oven and set the timer. Needless to say our food was not ready when I thought it would be. But mostly what I struggle with is finding the right words. Most of the words I struggle with even are simple words that I just plain forget. Sometimes I can fumbled my way around the word and other times I basically got nothing. The hubs finds me very entertaining and luckily mostly knows what I'm talking about. Personally the worst for me is when I'm talking to someone else and I fumble through my words. But at least my belly getting bigger is kind of my explanation all to itself.

(Sunday, August 5 - Saturday, August 11)

Aug 10, 2018

Blue Apron #17 // Happy Friday

Chrissy Teigen's Chipotle-Lime Chicken Fajitas with Sauteed Mushrooms & Onion



These were pretty easy to put together this was great and pretty good. I think the only thing I didn't like about this meal was my own fault which was that I ran out of olive oil and had to use vegetable oil, so I could taste the vegetable oil which I wasn't such a fan of. But this was definitely worth making again because these were good.

Fresh Fusilli & Broccoli with Tomato Sauce and Pecorino Cheese



You just can't go wrong with pasta! The only problem with this one was that there just wasn't enough of it. It was really good and super easy. It was definitely worth making again.

Chicken Ragu & Fusilli Pasta with Oregano & Kale



This meal was good but a bit of a let down after having such a good surprise meal the day before. I probably liked it least because I have been a little turned off of chicken lately but it wasn't bad as long as I picked around the ground chicken I had put it. I think ultimately the chicken was a bit dry which meant I overcooked it and that was also a turn off for me and also the fact that I don't like kale. My favorite thing about this dish was hunting down the capers that were in it because for whatever pregnant reason they were deliciously salty. Overall it was okay but definitely not as good as some of the ones we have had lately.

Chrissy Teigen's Pork Bahn Mi with Quick Pickles & Roasted Broccoli



This one was actually a surprise. When I picked it, it looked really good but once I started cooking it I started to doubt that we would like it. But once we sat down to start eating it turned out to be really delicious. I'm not normally a fan of pork but this turned out to be really really delicious. This was definitely so much better than I expected.

Cavatelli Shrimp with Summer Vegetables



Well I overcooked the shrimp so they definitely didn't taste their best but otherwise this was a pretty good meal. The flavors were delicious and even Rob who doesn't like shrimp liked this meal. I just wish I hadn't overcooked the shrimp!

Fresh Basil Fettuccine with Zucchini, Tomatoes & Goat Cheese



This one was really good. But then again you can't go wrong with fresh pasta. This was super easy and took about 15 minutes to make which I love those quick meals and pasta. Everyone really enjoyed this meal. This would definitely be one I would do again because seriously delicious!

Have a great weekend!
Happy Friday!

Aug 6, 2018

Bump to Baby: 19 Weeks

You are about six inches long now and weigh just over a half pound. You are really growing now at about the size of a mango. You now have a protective layer called vernix caseosa which protects your skin from the amniotic fluid. Although it looks like a waxy cheese substance, you need it to keep you from being all wrinkling when you are born and you will shed it before delivery.

This week has definitely gone better than the last couple. First of all I didn't throw up to start the new week. Also I was on vacation all week. It was hard at times not to feel self-couscous about my belly which is definitely growing but at times to me still just feels like I'm chubby. I could definitely tell a difference in my belly throughout the week though so that by the end of the week I just felt like it was a bump and not chub. Although I started out my week positive without throwing up, it didn't exactly last. I got sick once while sitting on the beach and another time in the car. But overall it was a good week. I definitely feel like I'm getting over the hump and definitely starting to feel better even if I still throw up sometimes.

I have had motion sickness my entire life. When I was a little kid I would get into a car and we could go two minutes down the road and I would get sick. It was a constant struggle. As I have gotten older my motion sickness is better. I have learned that I can't really sit in the backseat and I struggle more with hills and curves and stop and go traffic. I use seabands often and always have bags in the car just in case. But most of the time I can handle a car ride without getting sick. But when I'm pregnant all the progress I have made towards not throwing up in the car has been thrown out the window. This pregnancy has been no difference than the ones with both Addison and Connor, I am much more likely to get sick in the car. I keep even more bags in the car now and no amount of breathing techniques make a difference when my stomach starts turning. It's definitely been a struggle with car rides and this time driving doesn't necessarily mean I'm safe from throwing up. I had a crazy experience once where I came to a slow stop and didn't even have time to put my car in park before I started throwing up. I was able to pull off the road at least but it was pretty miserable. Truthfully I dread getting into the car because that seems like the most likely place for me to get sick these days no matter how good I'm feeling otherwise. I definitely look forward to the morning sickness going away and the motion sickness easing away completely.

(Sunday, July 29 - Saturday, August 4)

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