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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Favorite Finds 1.18.15

rGood morning and happy Sunday, y’all!  It’s a deary day here, but we’re planning to make the most of it and have a lot on the agenda.  One of which is running five miles.  I have my sights on a 10 mile race in early March so I’m slowly trying to increase my mileage.  So far, so good.  Although, my knee gets a little wonky when I do speed work.

This is my first Favorite Finds post of 2015 – woo hoo!  I’m in the midst of reorganizing my Pinterest boards so they’ll be a little more straightforward.  I apologize in advance if some boards are empty or pins aren’t in the correct category.  I hope to finish soon.

Favorite Pinterest Finds

Home CrossFit WOD: 600 Reps by Blonde Ponytail:  I’ve never done a CrossFit workout, but this one looks easy enough…  The exercises that is, not the 600 reps {ha!}.  It would be great if I could get my workout done while Evie naps and not have to wait until Ryan gets home from work.  I don’t have kettlebells at home, but dumbbells should work fine.

Oreo Peanut Butter Popcorn by Crazy for Crust:  When I started breastfeeding I got a hankering for cookies, particularly {chewy} M&M sugar cookies and Oreos.  At the time, Pumpkin Spice Oreos flooded the supermarket shelves, but when we went back for more they were out of season so we moved onto Cake Batter.  Don’t buy them, they’re addicting and you won’t wanna share with anyone.  This popcorn incorporates three of my favorite foods so I have no doubt I’d love it.

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Organic and Original Clothes and Shoes for Baby by Growing Up Wild:  Cute onesies and booties are stapes in Evie’s wardrobe – the easier to take off for a diaper change, the better.  These {organic} onesies and coordinating booties are both adorable and environmentally friendly.  Plus, I’m a sucker for bows and headbands.

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Quote:  With all of the changes that are going on in our lives, it’s easy to get caught-up in things that are out of our control.  This quote is a great reminder that we can’t control everything.

Spaghizza by Money Saving Mom:  I’ve seen a few pictures of spaghetti pie on Instagram lately, so I had to do some research.  It’s essentially a baked pasta dish {think lasagna, minus the ricotta} with all of the classic pizza ingredients.  What’s not to like?

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Frozen Olaf Valentines {Free Printable} by One Creative Mommy:  It’s no secret that kids {and some adults} these days are completely obsessed with the movie Frozen.  These Valentine’s Day cards are sure to be a hit.

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Top 27 Places In The US That Foreigners Are Craziest About Visiting by Rosey News:  Before looking at this, I thought I was pretty well-traveled.  I’ve been to all of the states on the east coast, down south, a few out on the west coast, and a couple in the middle of the country…  But after looking at this list, I’ve realized that I have a lot more traveling to do.  There are so many beautiful places that I have yet to see!

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White Kitchen by little house BIG PLANS:  My mom designed the kitchen in my childhood home and it was simply gorgeous.  Floor to ceiling white cabinets, white/wood paneled appliances, white granite counters, white and blue wall paper and accents.  The kitchen in our current house has white cabinets, but black granite and dark gray floors, so it’s not very bright.  Oh, what I would give to have a custom-built kitchen.

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— Allison

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Touring the National Harbor

Hello Monday, we meet again.  The holidays passed by quickly, but don’t they always?  It was nice spending time with family and friends, plus having Ryan home was a treat.  If only we could have a 4-day weekend every weekend…

Last night I didn’t get much sleep, but I did make a batch of what I call my “Everyday Pancakes” before our chiropractor appointment this morning.  They were vegan-ized using a flax egg because we were out of traditional eggs and I added a little brown sugar to the batter so there were pockets of melty sugar.  Delicious!

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Friday night friends came over for a game night.  We ordered take-out from Cafesano which is a local Mediterranean restaurant.  The menu had a great selection of soups, salads, paninis, wraps, kabob platters, pizzas, and pastas so no one had trouble finding something appealing.  A few people got pizza {myself included, I love brick oven pizza crust!}, salads, kebabs, and one person tried the lasagna.

Once our bellies were full, we played Cards Against Humanity and Catch Phrase!  Everyone laughed hysterically late into the night.  I don’t remember the last time I was awake until midnight…  It definitely was before Evie’s arrival.

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Saturday morning we took our time and did a few things around the house before heading to the National Harbor.  I signed up for a race at the National Harbor a couple of years ago, but nothing was open that early in the morning and I haven’t been back since.

For the past few years and this year included, the Gaylord National Resort puts up beautiful holiday decorations and hosts ICE!  ICE! is essentially a large ice house that contains more than two million pounds of hand-carved ice sculptures, four ice slides, and numerous rooms depicting the chosen story.  The story this year was Frosty the Snowman.

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We didn’t see ICE! since it would have been a bit too cold for Evie {it’s a chilly 9*F}, but maybe next year.  It would be a fun tradition to start!  After touring the resort we walked around the shops and sat down for a drink before heading home.

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Sunday started similarly to Saturday, relaxing and slow.  Evie has been having trouble falling back asleep after her middle of the night feeding for the past week, so I’ve been taking her downstairs to lay on the couch and hope there’s something other than infomercials on TV.  She eventually falls back asleep on my chest/lap and will wake up once for a feeding but then will sleep until anywhere between 9 and 11AM.

After lunch we went to my momma’s house to help her set up her new digital picture frame.  We thought it was the perfect Christmas gift for a new grandmomma {we gave one to Ryan’s mom, too} and since we can email pictures directly to the frame, we hopefully won’t be getting too many “How do I…” calls.

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On the way home Ryan dropped me off at the gym for a quick workout.  I walked a mile, ran a mile, walked a mile, and ran another mile.  The last mile I sprinted which felt amazing for the first few minutes, but then my knee started aching.  I tweaked it when I ran the Rock ‘n’ Roll USA Half Marathon last March.  Hopefully some strengthening exercises is all it needs.

P.S.  I just signed up for Bloglovin.  Anyone else use it?  Follow my blog with Bloglovin!

— Allison

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