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.


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.


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?


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!


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. 


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?


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.


Homemade baby food!  Banana, peaches, and avocado.


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


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


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.


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.


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.


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


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


Good & Bad News + Tuesday’s Eats

Do you want the good news or bad news first?  Let’s start with the good…  I had a MRI last Friday and I do not have a meniscal tear.  The bad news…  I have three cysts on my knee.  I went back to my chiropractor this morning and have an appointment with my orthopedic next week.

I’m not sure what the treatment options are, but I’m trying not to read about it online because everyone’s case is different.  I’ve been advised to continue with activity as normal, but stop as soon as I feel any pain.  I hope to have more answers next week.

Onto my eats from Tuesday.  As you’ll see from the pictures, I reintroduced dairy back into my diet {again} and I’m happy to report that it doesn’t seem to be causing Little Miss any discomfort.  Momma gets her yogurt {and cheese and ice cream and milk!}, while baby still has a happy tummy.  Win, win!


a hazelnut coffee while Little Miss was still asleep & I responded to a few emails


breakfast was an apple, apple pie Greek yogurt, & a Copycat Egg McMuffin that I prepped over the weekend


an over-easy egg + slice of cheese + jam sandwiched between an English muffin


a maple cappuccino for the car ride to Stroller Strides


after Stroller Strides I found a fun local coffee bar, Bean Bar & experienced my first pour over


while making lunch, I snacked on a few dates dipped in peanut butter


lunch was a pear, barbeque popchips, & a spinach salad with cucumber + Casual Gourmet Roasted Red Pepper & Spinach chicken sausage + sweet potato topped with tomato sauce


my lunch date loved her peaches + broccoli


Brown Bag Popcorn with a mist of olive oil & a sprinkle of salt + pepper


Ryan usually cooks the steaks in our house, but I did ok {it was a little overdone}… I served it with a side of sautéed spinach + mushrooms & spaghetti squash + tomato sauce


after the picture I added a spoonful of this new-to-me Everything Hummus by Tribe on top of the spaghetti squash – hummus + tomato sauce = delicious, try it!


another new-to-me product that didn’t disappoint – these Yasso Frozen Greek Yogurt bars are creamy & I love all of little chocolate shavings scattered throughout


…I put one of the bars on top of a bowl of piping hot oatmeal & added a spoonful of peanut butter!

Question:  How do you take your coffee?

Question:  What’s the best new-to-me product you’ve tried recently?

— Allison


Favorite Finds: Snow Day Fun for Everyone

As a first time parent I’ve found myself worrying about every little thing.  Literally, every{little}thing.  Soon after I became a momma someone told me that not only did I gain a child, but I also gained a whole lot of worry.  They were right.

When we first brought Little Miss home, I constantly worried about her body temperature because I read too many articles about how overheating can increase the risk of SIDS.  I asked the nurses before we left the hospital how I’d know if she was too hot or too cold…  They said to check the back of her neck or her belly, not her fingers or toes because those tend to run cold.


I checked the back of her neck every hour, if not sooner.  At her first doctor’s appointment I asked the same question to our lactation consultant and then proceeded to ask our pediatrician an hour later, just to confirm what the others said was correct.

The best tip {yet} from our pediatrician: throw out {donate} all of your books and stay away from the internet.  They will only feed your worries.

I’ve only been a momma for five months so I’ve still got a LOT to learn, but thinking back to the first few weeks gives me a good laugh.  I’m sure that I’ll worry just as much whenever Baby Szed 2.0 arrives, but a little worry is healthy.  Plus, it provides for good laughs in the future.

One thing that I’ll never worry about is what to do with my kids on snow days.  Thank you, Pinterest.  Snow days currently aren’t really different from any other day in our house since Ryan still has to work and although Little Miss is mesmerized by the snow, she’s still too small to truly enjoy it.  Next winter will be different though.

Snow Day Fun for Everyone

There are only so many books you can read and movies you can watch before cabin fever begins to sink in.  Here’s a collection of ideas for both indoor and outdoor snow day fun, as well as a few tasty recipes to keep everyone’s belly full!

Favorite Pinterest Finds

Snowman Pancakes by A Little Loveliness:  No cookie cutter needed and everyone can “dress up” their own snowman.  You could even jazz up the pancake batter with chocolate chips, blueberries, or a spoonful of cocoa.

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Olaf Waffles by Crafting in the Rain:  These are too cute and surely will put a smile on everyone’s face.  If you don’t have the ingredients {or time because the kids are nagging to get outside!}, these Olaf waffles are a quick alternative.


Build a Frosty Snowman Kit by Growing a Jeweled Rose:  I can see Little Miss loving this craft next winter.  Not to mention, it’s virtually mess free since no glue is needed.  All you need are scissors, craft foam, and water.

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The Snow Day 20 Minute Tabata Workout by Divas Run for Bling:  I’m not the most motivated when it comes to home workouts.  I get bored and distracted easily, but this quick tabata workout might hold even my short attention span.


DIY Snow Paint by The SITS Girls:  I can’t believe I never thought of this idea as a kid!  Unlike building a snowman which requires a hefty amount of snow, snow paint could make for some fun with even the littlest amount of snow.  The kids could paint their own pictures or start a friendly game of tic-tac-toe.


Vanilla Bean White Hot Chocolate by Salt Tree:  I wish I had a cup of this in my hands during the storm we got this week.  We don’t typically have white chocolate chips or vanilla bean pods on hand at our house, but I’d make a special trip out before the snow just to make this drink.  A touch of Bailey’s {for the adults!} wouldn’t hurt either.


Hot Chocolate Spoons by A Beautiful Mess:  These homemade treats would be a great gift for friends or neighbors during the holidays!  Or for yourself on a snow day *wink, wink.*  The children can dip them into a cup of hot chocolate, while mom and dad enjoy theirs swirled into coffee.


Snow Day Sparkle Slime by Teach Mama:  I have no clue what borax is, but evidently it’s a natural laundry booster and multipurpose household cleaner.  I’d advise against doing this craft with young kids since borax can irritate the eyes and should not be ingested…  And young kids like to put everything in their mouth.  But isn’t it pretty?!


White Snow Play Dough by The Imagination Tree:  Now this is a craft that I could do with Little Miss in the near future considering if she eats it no harm will be done.  I see us making many snowflakes and snowmen next winter!  I wonder if you could bake this dough like other recipes that use flour to make ornaments?


Frozen Inspired Snow Globes by A Million Moments:  I have a special place in my heart for snow globes because my mom has given me one every Christmas since I can remember and I hope to pass the tradition onto my daughters.  That said, I’ve never made my own snow globe.  The Frozen theme is adorable, but I imagine half the fun is picking out the figurine.


The Perfect Pizza Dough by Chef in Training:  Pizza is one of life’s tastiest comfort foods.  Ryan prefers his pizza to be meaty, while I prefer mine to be heavy on the veggies.  Make the dough ahead of time and set out bowls with various toppings to give everyone the opportunity to personalize their pizza.


Shivery Snow Paint by Growing a Jeweled Rose:  I think the coolest part about this craft is that it dries puffy!  Think of it as 3D paint.  Plus, we always have shaving cream and glue in the house {the glitter and extract are just added bonuses} so we can make this on a whim.  I assume you could add food coloring to make a variety of colors, too.

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Recycled Paint Stick Snow Man Ruler by Pink and Green Mama:  One of my favorite things to do when I was younger was measure the snow with my dad.  These snowman rulers would be a fun way to keep track of the different snow storms.  You could use the same ruler all winter and mark each snowfall by writing the date next to the amount, or use a different ruler for each storm.


Holiday Jump & Jack Circuit Workout by Life in Leggings:  While the kids are unwinding from a fun-filled day, parents deserve to sneak away for a little “me” time.  I like that this workout requires minimal space, dumbbells, and a jump rope…  And if you don’t have dumbbells, use cans!


77 Healthy Crock-Pot Recipes by Greatist:  Crock-Pots were made for snow days.  Set it and forget it!  Spend the day with your family outside or crafting and enjoy a healthy, hearty meal in front of the fire or around the table sharing your favorite moment of the day.


Individual Cranberry Apple Crisp with Snow Ice Cream by Back to the Cutting Board:  Every day should end on a sweet note.  This dessert can be customized using your favorite fruit {or whatever is in your fridge} and topped with ice cream and/or whipped cream.  There are only a couple of times each year the kids can make ice cream using snow!


Snow Ice Cream with Silk Soy Milk by The Nerd’s Wife:  And because no one should miss out on snow ice cream…


How to Remove Ice from Steps and Walkways Without Using Salt by Harris Sisters Girl Talk:  Our walkway and steps have been covered with ice for the past two weeks.  We’ve meant to pick up ice melt at the store, but always forget.  Thank goodness the sun melted most of it yesterday, otherwise I would have been making a bowl of this today.


Question:  What’s your favorite snow day activity?

Question:  Hot chocolate – yay or nay?  Yay!  But preferably made with a rich dark chocolate.

— Allison