Dallas Weekend for the Books!

Good morning!!! How are you? How was your weekend? We were in Dallas for a long weekend with family and it was just the getaway I needed. We did a lot of shopping, walking the dogs (between my sister and I we have 5!!), playing cornhole, bought my sisters wedding dress (!!!) and had a family dinner with my husband’s family on Sunday night. It was a full, but very fun weekend!!

Per the usual, here is where we found Riley lounging on Saturday. πŸ™‚

You guys, I am getting so big. LOL. 26 weeks last week so we made sure to snap a pic this weekend!

I got this cute dress at Target along with 6 others. Ha! We stopped in and couldn’t resist buying some new pieces. They are all non maternity, but loose so I can wear with the bump too!

I tried to get Jon to kiss my bump – he was not having it. Needless to say, I don’t think we will be getting professional maternity pictures done! LOL!

Aunt Morgie!!!!! She’s going to be the best aunt to baby P!!!

My mom and mother-in-law! I’m so lucky to have these mommas in my life.

My two favorite girlies – my mom and my sister. πŸ™‚

Me, Jonny, Morgan and her fiance, Max.

We went to Jon’s aunt and Uncle’s house for an early Easter dinner on Sunday night. Jon’s family was in town too, for a charity gold tournament the boys played in. We had a big dinner of lamb chops, carrots, asparagus, artichoke rissotto, braised tomatoes, quinoa salad and a strawberry fields salad. It was a feast!

We had coconut cake and chocolate pie for dessert. I think I may be full for the next week. πŸ˜‰

Back to San Antonio we go. It’s always hard to leave family, but it was so nice seeing the, after not going home for the holidays. Tell me what your favorite part of the weekend was!! Any fun plans coming up?

Off For a Little Getaway

Hey friends! Happy Friday!! This week has been a doozy and I’m thankful it is finally Friday! After work we are heading to Dallas for the weekend and we will get to see some of my family and some of my husband’s family which will be nice!! It has been a LONG time since we have seen family so we are really looking forward to it. My husband is playing in a charity golf tournament so that inspired this trip. πŸ™‚

Yall, we had to pull the trigger and get rid of our sad, dead lemon tree. I am so sad. We actually are going to have to replace all of our plants in the backyard so we are trying to decide what to get. We shall see!

My dad is the cutest and sent me this bump box in the mail. I’ve been using the scrub and lotion and peppermint oil (for my headaches) daily. Such a sweet and fun surprise!! I just love getting mail!!

Yesterday actually marks 26 weeks – this picture was from last week – I am always a week behind on here. :). I am starting to really feel pregnant. Thankfully I still am not feeling swollen, I just feel like I have a basketball in my tummy. Ha! I am still feeling good, but sleep has become pretty hard to come by these days, between the dogs (all 3 like to sleep on my side), my huge pregnancy pillow, storms, getting up to pee every hour, and then trying to readjust… it is a workout. LOL. But all in all, I feel good and feel so lucky I have made it this far and have remained healthy. I think I am up about 16 pounds now, but I have still been able to maintain my exercising and daily walks so I’m just super grateful. I don’t think I ever told y’all but I finally got to feel baby P move at around 24-25 weeks (my placenta is in front so my doctor told me it would be later than usual before I could feel the baby move). Last week Jon finally got to feel the baby move too!! It is a weird but super sweet feeling. The baby is very active at night and even kept me up almost all night moving one night. LOL!!

I just finished two really good books – Heart Bones by Colleen Hoover (probably my favorite of hers) and a short one called The Beach House by Rachel Hanna.

I have a few more of Colleen Hoover’s in the lineup so I’m sure I will make some progress on those this weekend! I’m off to finish up work and finish packing. I hope you all have a great rest of your Friday and a wonderful weekend!!

Coffee Nook Project, 24 weeks and Pad Thai

Happy Wednesday friends!!! How is your week going? Did you have a nice weekend? We didn’t have too much on the agenda last weekend, but we were able to sneak out for a quick date night – the first in what feels like forever. We got a quick dinner outside and then went to a show at the comedy club to see Heather McDonald – she is my favorite. It was nice to go out and then only had your party (me and my husband) at your table so I would say it was at about half capacity. I am off for a quick checkup for Baby P this morning so let’s get to it!

I found the below wood coffee cup holder on Amazon and asked my husband if he could just make it for me if he had enough wood leftover from the whole table and he said yes.

He built it really quickly then I got to painting and decided my aqua/teal could be the accent color for this piece. πŸ™‚

Then we got it moved into the house and all put together! We just attached the coffee sign to the back of the top of the table to secure it – super easy.

Then we waited for the hooks to arrive to complete the project! I really like how it turned out. I just have to figure out what else I will put on the table to complete the look.

I also ordered these little drawer organizers to organize the coffee pods and tea bags/sugar packets. This freed up a bunch of room in my kitchen drawers, which was a big added bonus!

Last week marked 24 weeks! We are slowly, but surely getting there! My belly feels huge already. I am at the point where I have to roll to my side when I am in bed to push myself up. LOL.

My husband and I both love thai food and we have quite a few favorite thai restaurants we order from frequently, but I decided last week we should just make our own. I made mine with tofu and his with chicken. It was really good, but honestly for all the effort, I would rather just pay for takeout. Ha! I am all about easy, simple meals with few ingredients.

Yall, this is my view every single time I walk to the bathroom. There is literally a line of doggies following my every move. I mean, it really is very cute, but can a girl get some privacy?? πŸ™‚

I hope you all have the best day!!! I will be back soon!!!! XOXOXO

Yummy Food, Blonde, Books, BNA, and 23 weeks

Hey friends!! Happy hump day! I feel like this week has already been a doozy and is moving so slowly. We have some fun plans this weekend so I am really looking forward to Friday. We also just booked a little babymoon for next month, which is fun to have something to look forward too! We still both aren’t comfortable flying just yet so we will be driving. πŸ™‚ I’ll share more about our trip later.

We got to see our aunt that was in town last week and have a little family dinner at Paloma Blanca. It is an upscale mexican restaurant in town and it never disappoints. I got the shrimp tacos. πŸ™‚

23 weeks last Thursday! I know I still have a long ways to go, but I am starting to see the finish line, which feels good, because I feel huge! LOL.

The 4th out of 5 Colleen Hoover books I have read recently. I finished this one in two days. It was so so so good. My favorite so far.

Did I ever show yall this? If you have been to the Nashville airport, you would recognize this carpet. They did a big renovation at the Nashville airport a couple years ago and tore up this iconic carpet. They made it into floor mats and my dad got us each one. πŸ™‚

Last weekend we explored a new-to-us park, Medina River Natural Area. It has miles of paved and unpaved travels along a river so we hiked a few miles with the pups and ofcourse, we let Riley fetch some sticks in the river. He’s our water-loving doggie. Tito and Callie prefer land. πŸ™‚

I am still obsessed with potatoes/homemade fries right now and eat them a few times a week for dinner. I accidentally made the yummiest salad the other night for dinner, which consisted of: arugula, strawberries, pumpkin seeds, pecans, herbed-goat cheese and a champagne vinaigrette. It was soo tasty.

My husband and I have both been loving tuna salad lately. He loves a tuna melt on an english muffin and I have been making these tuna salad lettuce wraps for a quick and easy week day lunch (I add avocado, tomato and provolone cheese). I don’t measure ingredients or follow a specific recipe for the tuna salad, but just eye ball everything: 3-4 cans of tuna (packed in water), avocado oil mayo, dijon mustard, celery, onion, garlic, lemon juice, salt and pepper. This lasts us like 3 or 4 days.

If you have been around for awhile, you know that I like to highlight my own hair a few times each year. Well, it was time. I usually just buy a highlighting kit from the drugstore, but I saw someone use the below two products and decided to give it a try. It makes a lot so you just use what you need and then I have more for next time when I am ready to do it again. It’s just 1 part quick blue to 2 parts developer. Mix, apply and leave on for about 45 minutes. Easy peasy. I just got these both off of Amazon.

A little blonde refresh always feels good!!

I hope you all are having a fantastic week!! I’ll be back soon to share the finished coffee station/table/nook project… it is almost done!! xoxoxo

Coffee Station Project

Good morning!!! I hope you week is going well. I’m just cruising along and looking forward to another productive and relaxing weekend. :). After this coming weekend we have something on the calendar each weekend for a while so I’m hoping to just slow down this week and catch up on a few books!!

These two… always up to something. πŸ˜‰

I think I told yall we got a new Nespresso machine a few weeks ago and in our current house in San Antonio, we are lacking kitchen counter space. Well, maybe not lacking, but between the toaster, toaster oven, blender, air fryer and waffle maker that seem to be staples on our counters, there is not much room left! LOL. So I started looking into making a little coffee station and between the crazy prices online and my husband’s constant need for a new project, I decided to find a design I like and send it on over to my husband to construct. πŸ™‚ I promise, he really does love a good project. So the below picture is what I found online and told my husband I either wanted doors on top or a drawer (so I could have a place to hide all the coffee pods).

Last Saturday we did some measuring and headed to Home Depot for the supplies. My husband loves a good excuse to use his tools. Boys and their tools…. LOL.

By Sunday we were in business!!

So far I have done two coats of primer and that took quite some time… this thing is rather large. I’m hoping to find some cute knobs for the drawer and the big question is what color should I paint it? It is going to go next to a big black shelving unit thing we use for storage and our bar area in our dining room and my dining room table is like a medium/dark grey wash. So at first I thought white or more of a distressed white/wood look, but then my mind just instantly went to a pop of color. I am thinking almost a teal/aqua then I would do a white wash over it so it was more muted. What do yall think? Is that too crazy and will I regret it?

I just had to show yall that Tito loves my pregnancy pillow just as much as me so I have to share every night. πŸ™‚

I just finished this book! It was good, but not my favorite of hers. I am about halfway through Colleen Hoover’s “Someday Maybe” and really like it so far.

That’s all I’ve got for today!!!! Tell me in the comments what color/design I should do to this coffee station.. I need your help!!! πŸ™‚

Updates and Ramblings :)

Hey friends!!! Happy Tuesday to you!! I hope you all had a wonderful weekend!! Ours was so busy, but in a good way. We got about 4 projects started/finished around the house which is always a good feeling. We need to better secure our kitchen runner and we found some better tape that is working just great, I worked to fix my “gym” floor. We use those cushion-y floor mats and overtime they come apart so we duck tape the bottom so they stay together better. I also sanded and repainted our master bathroom cabinets that got warped in the snowstorm two weeks ago. I was able to just touch up the places I had sanded and didn’t end up having to paint the entire vanity again. We got started on another fun project for the house and I will share more of that later this week. I need some help picking a color to paint it!!

Last week marked 22 weeks for Baby P and yesterday marked 4 months until my due date!! It still feels like a long ways away, but I know these next few months will go by quickly.

Cravings – yall, my one and only craving right now is a diet coke on ice with half of a freshly squeezed lemon. I go through phases where I drink diet coke a lot and then kinda forget about it, but I never drink it with lemon. Well, now I can’t drink it without lemon. Isn’t that strange?!

Preparations – I officially got all my paperwork completed and signed by my doctor for my maternity leave (I get 12 weeks), applied for and got insurance to approve my breast pump (I used Aeroflow and the process was super easy; I had a ton of different options to choose from so just looked at a lot of reviews and picked one; if I don’t like it, I will just end up buying one, but thought I would give the free one a try first :)), started researching pediatricians in our area, and got on a waiting list for a nearby daycare. There is a daycare literally 200 yards from our house so we decided as a backup plan to just get on the waiting list, but I think our plan right now is to have an in-home nanny – at least for the first few months I am back at work (I work from home) especially if I am breastfeeding, but who knows!! We shall see what happens. We are just trying to be extra prepared with all the options, but probably won’t make a final decision until after the baby is born. πŸ™‚

Weight Gain/Exercise – As of yesterday I have gained about 10 pounds so far. I have been able to eat and exercise normally, which I think has kept off excessive weight gain and helped me to remain really mobile. I haven’t dealt with any swelling or back problems yet so for that I am very thankful!! I am still exercising about 6 days a week – typically a 15-25 minute strength training session and at least one walk with my dogs. A few days a week I also do a long few mile walk with my pups.

Sleep – Honestly this is my only complaint right now. The actually sleep isn’t really the issue – the issue is my bladder. πŸ˜‰ I have to get up to pee at least 2-3 times before I can even fall asleep and then a couple times in the middle of the night. Sometimes I can go right back to sleep, but other times I just toss and turn all night. The last two weeks I have woken up extremely thirsty too, which clearly doesn’t help my situation when I chug water in the middle of the night. LOL.

Nursery – You guys, I have done nothing with the room that will be the nursery. I mean we painted it in December, but I have done nothing more to that room since then. :). I am such a planner by nature, but something about pregnancy just makes me relaxed and more laid back than usual. I know we will get it done and I’m just not really worried about it right now. We are meeting my mom in Dallas in a few weeks and she is bringing down a dresser that will go in the nursery (it matches our furniture and my dad has been storing it for us) so I think once we have that in the room, we will start to organize everything and decide what we want to add.

While we were lucky with just a few water damaged bathroom cabinets from the Texas snowstorm, the bigger devastation is our plants – our beloved lemon tree. Most of our plants are looking really sad, but we are hopeful some of them will come back to life. :). And yall, this freaking lemon tree only gave me 2 stinkin’ lemons!!! LOL.

I tried the feta/tomato tiktok pasta a couple weeks ago and I will say my husband and I both loved it. You just bake a block of feta cheese with cherry tomatoes at like 400 for 30 minutes with olive oil and italian seasonings. Once baked, you mix it all together with cooked pasta (I added spinach and fresh basil). Super yummy and easy. (I used chickpea gluten free pasta, but any kind will work!)

The doggies really wanted a taste. πŸ˜‰

I am really obsessed with potatoes lately. I have been making fries from regular and sweet potatoes and air frying them to go with just about every dinner we eat. I used to be a honey mustard girl, but pregnancy has converted me into a ketchup girl.

This dog would lay outside in the sun all day every day if he could. He is about 12 or 13 now and still doing great. He really is the king of our household and we wouldn’t have it any other way.

And little Tito is my little shadow. He is always laying on me or right by my feet. But I think it is just because Callie is always next to me and Tito is obsessed with Callie – like will not leave her alone, ever. She’s really glad we got him. πŸ˜‰

Sweet Callie exhausted from playing with Tito all day. πŸ™‚

Oh I just had to show you the sweetest gifts my mother-in-law sent us for the baby. These were given to my husband when he was born/baptized by both his grandmas. My MIL is so sentimental and it is so fun to get these precious family treasures to pass down to Baby P!! Now I just have to remember to hold on to things like this for our future grand and great grand children. πŸ™‚

That is all for today!! I will be back later this week to show you our latest home project!!! I hope you guys had a great weekend and have a great week ahead!!!! XOXOXO