WIAW: All Caught Up

How is it already Wednesday night?  Probably because we’ve been going nonstop since last Friday.  Here’s what I’ve been up to…

Friday:  Ryan took Friday off after traveling for work all week so we ventured out to get me a new phone.  After spending nearly five hours between two different stores, plus grabbing lunch in-between, I walked out with a spiffy new iPhone 6.  Little Miss loves staring at herself on the bigger screen.

Saturday:  Saturday morning I ran the Lucky Leprechaun 5K.  It was my first race in the rain and surprisingly I loved it.  I had to take off layers throughout because they were drenched, but it was so invigorating!  The rest of the day Ryan and I shopped, cooked, and cleaned in preparation for our St. Patrick’s Day potluck.

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Sunday:  After a fun night with friends, we had a slow Sunday morning.  Mornings have always been my favorite, but I love them even more since having a baby who loves to cuddle.  Around noon we headed out for a drive through the mountains and picked up lunch at Wegmans.  On the way home we stopped by Ryan’s grandparents house for a quick visit.

Monday:  Monday I had an appointment downtown with my rheumatologist {aka my “lupus doc”} and I’m happy to report that everything checked out fine.  After the appointment I took Little Miss for her first run along the river.  When we got home we tagged along with Ryan and went to the park.

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Tuesday:  After breakfast Little Miss and I met a girlfriend and her new sweet baby girl for a walk along the river.  The weather this week has been so nice!  Let’s not talk about the snow in Friday’s forecast…  We didn’t get home until lunchtime and by the time we both were fed it was time for swim lessons.  After driving all over the place, it was nice to end the day with another walk with a girlfriend!

Today:  Last night Little Miss slept through the night and this morning I skipped my workout, so this momma is feeling refreshed.  I did some food prep, threw in laundry, and cleaned around the house before going to an appointment with my ortho and two tutoring sessions.

Now we’re all caught up…  What have y’all been up to?

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I typically prefer my coffee with a frothy, foamy layer, but this new creamer caught my eye.  I love the flavor and the fact that it’s made with real milk and cream!

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I’ve seen a few people post pictures of this seasonal flavor, but I wasn’t a fan.  I’m used to thick, rich Greek yogurt and this one was a bit too watery, thin, and artificial tasting. 

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Ants on a log never disappoint, neither do ants on a…  What should we call ants on a pear?  A peak?  A mound?  A mountain?

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By the time we got home from our walk, it was past noon which is past Little Miss’s lunchtime and she was getting hangry.  I grabbed whatever I could from the fridge and pantry and called it lunch.

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Homemade baby food!  Banana, peaches, and avocado.

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I narrowly survived her first hangry episode.  You should have seen her face if I waited too long between bites…

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Because lunch wasn’t enough and because it was St. Patty’s Day.

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Before we went to swim lessons I responded to a few emails and wolfed down an apple and a bowl of Brown Bag Popcorn while Little Miss napped in the carrier.

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For our potluck I made bangers in a blanket and they were a huge hit!  Who would have thought that a simple swap of crescent rolls for buns could make such a big difference?  All of bangers got eaten at the party, so I swapped turkey dogs for dinner.

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I heard all about this butter when people started drinking Bulletproof coffee.  I must confess, I only bought it for our party because it’s an Irish butter, but now I understand the hype.  It’s so rich and spreads so nicely on toast!  No more crumbly or ripped toast.

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Our version of bangers and mash, ha!  Red potatoes and pigs in a blanket, plus a bowl of steamed peas and carrots.

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And my nightly tradition…  A handful of raisins and oatmeal.  Last night I topped it with a scoop of mint cookie ice cream and peanut butter.  So sweet!

Question:  What did you make for St. Patty’s Day?

Question:  Do you have a dessert/bedtime snack?  The toppings change, but fruit and oatmeal have been my go-to for months.

— Allison

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10 Random Tidbits 2.17.15

Tidbit 1:  We were forecasted to receive 5 – 8 inches of snow overnight, but we woke up this morning to see no more than 4 inches.  Bummer.  If any of you New Englanders want to send us some of the 7+ feet y’all have received we’d gladly take it off your hands!

Tidbit 2:  We all watched Ryan shovel the front walk this morning before he went to work.  Little Miss is in awe of the snow – it’s precious.

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Tidbit 3:  Did you catch Sunday’s post?  It’s one that you don’t wanna miss – a tasty {no bake} recipe and a delicious giveaway.  The giveaway is open to US residents and the winner will be announced on Thursday.

Tidbit 4:  The flowers Ryan gave me for Valentine’s Day are blooming beautifully.  I especially love lilies.  And peonies.  And tulips.

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Tidbit 5:  Saturday morning Ryan and I went to a Stroller Strides partners class in honor of Valentine’s Day.  It was a lot of fun having all of the spouses join and complete the exercises with us!  By the end of the day Ryan felt the burn from all of the squats and asked me why we still have a gym membership, ha!

Tidbit 6:  I may not be the best baker, but I can read directions on the side of a box.  This devil’s food cake with whipped vanilla frosting and dark chocolate hearts didn’t disappoint.

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Tidbit 7:  My goal this week is to get Little Miss to nap in her bassinet.  She loves movement so she naps great in her car seat and carrier, but getting her to nap at home {without wearing her} has been a challenge.  She’s a deep sleeper at night, but a light napper during the day.

Tidbit 8:  On Sunday we took a drive through the mountains and followed the Potomac River into Maryland.  Ryan and I started taking day trips when he visited me at school in Boston and I’m glad we’ve kept them going.  We’ve mapped out a handful of trips we hope to take this spring!

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Tidbit 9:  Every time I import pictures into iPhoto I end up with duplicates.  I’ve read online that it could have to do with my iCloud settings, but I have iCloud turned off.  Help?!

Tidbit 10:  I planned to share how I’ve been making the greatest boiled eggs the past few weeks, but it appears that my tricks aren’t so original.  How to Make the Perfect Boiled Egg, Every Time, Every Way by Greatest sums it up perfectly.

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Question:  Did you celebrate Valentine’s Day?  We celebrated, but kept it low-key.  We exchanged gifts Friday night {because it’s hard to hide a cake} and Saturday we went to the Stroller Strides partners class and dinner + a movie at home.

Question:  Do you have any secret tips to make the greatest boiled eggs?

— Allison

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10 Random Tidbits 1.15.15

Tidbit 1:  I can’t believe we’re already two weeks into 2015.

Tidbit 2:  This morning one of my daily emails featured an article about fresh baby food delivery services, “Yummy in the Tummy: The District’s Freshest Baby Food Delivery Services.”  This would be awesome for parents who want make their own baby food, but are too busy to make it themselves.  The food is pricy, but it’s farm fresh and delivered directly to your house or office.

Tidbit 3:  Aren’t they precious?  Since the day we brought her home, Charlie has adored his little sister.  He always greets her when we come home, has to know where she is, and loves to give her kisses.

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Tidbit 4:  Have you heard of the app Sit or Squat?  I laughed at my mom when I saw it on her phone, but now that we have a baby I don’t think it’s so silly…  Sit or Squat uses your location to find the closest, cleanest public restroom and allows users to view, rate, review, and add bathrooms.  Public restrooms can be absolutely disgusting – there’s toilet paper all over the floor, the sinks are continuously running, there are no paper towels – but desperate times call for desperate measures!

Tidbit 5:  I’ve been watching Ellen most afternoons because it’s Evie’s feeding and nap time.  I laugh throughout almost all episodes!  One day I will be in the audience – preferably one of the 12 Days of Christmas episodes.

Tidbit 6:  The Crock-Pot has become my favorite kitchen gadget lately.  Last week it was Southwestern Bean & Rice Stew and yesterday it was Chunky Crock-Pot Chicken Noodle Soup.  I’m all about wicked easy, one pot, hearty dishes during winter.

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Tidbit 7:  After a week of debate, I’ve decided to purchase a race pass through our local running store instead of running the R’nR USA Half Marathon.  R’n’R USA will always hold a special place in my heart since it was the weekend we found out that we were expecting, but we’re trying to be a bit more frugal with our money since the baby was born.  Plus, the race pass will allow me to run four local races rather than just one.

Tidbit 8:  Yesterday we were out of coffee.  Thank goodness for an awesome friend who saw my desperate plea on Facebook.  She delivered and saved the day!  Coffee is necessary when your baby is going through a growth spurt and in the early stages of teething – she’s drooling like crazy!

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Tidbit 9:  Running out of coffee made me think…  Why are there no coffee delivery businesses?  There’s a pizza shop on nearly every corner.  I’m sure I’m not the only parent who would appreciate it.

Tidbit 10:  Our family is going through a lot of changes.  Fortunately, they’re all positive but it’s still overwhelming.

— Allison

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