We’ve been cooking!

Hey friends!! Two blog posts in one week… who am I? I am trying to get better organized over here and part of that is planning more time for blogging because I sure do love it.

Here is last week’s bump update! Last Thursday was 32 weeks and today marks 33!! Under the 50 day mark now!!! EEEEEK!

I should also mention that we are now at the point in pregnancy where I literally cry at everything and I mean everything. The other day my MIL sent us the sweetest letter just talking about how much love we will have for our baby and how are lives are about to change for the better and I sobbed so hard. But, I also cried the other day thinking about how much I love my dogs. Pregnancy hormones are intense yall! LOL

Jonny made my first mother’s day really special by surprising me with some beautiful flowers, a really sweet card and some antacids… LOL. πŸ™‚

Everyone always asks what my pregnancy cravings are and I still haven’t had any like really weird cravings or something I crave every day. But I will say, I have been craving cereal and I haven’t eaten cereal since I was a little girl. I am loving honey nut cheerios with sliced bananas so I guess that is a strange craving for me!

I bought these frozen acai packets so we could make smoothie bowls so I have been loving those lately. I typically add the frozen acai packet, frozen mixed berries, peanut butter, vanilla protein powder and almond milk. I will top the bowl with unsweetened coconut, peanut butter and granola. Someone is always watching me when there is food involved..

Speaking of granola… I found this at Target the other day and I really like it. I’m not grain free, but I also don’t love granola that has tons of oats so this one was right up my alley.

Jon and I made homemade summer/garden rolls with veggies and shrimp the other night and they were a big hit. We used rice paper, cucumbers, fresh basil, lettuce, carrots, rice noodles and shrimp!

We used a store bought peanut sauce.. it wasn’t my favorite. I am still on the hunt for a good store bought peanut sauce or a good recipe that doesn’t require a million ingredients. Let me know if you have one you like!

I have been making a lot of wraps/lettuce wraps with cooked veggie burgers chopped up, lettuce, tomato and dijon mustard. This makes for an easy lunch or quick dinner. And I am still using my air fryer frequently for sweet potato fries.. my fave!

My husband and I love fish tacos and we have been trying to perfect ours at home and have realized that less is more with all the toppings. Our favorites of the moment are: corn tortillas, blackened fish (typically cod), lettuce, fresh cilantro, sliced avocado, and this Diablo Verde (creamy cilantro sauce) that we get from our local HEB grocery store. They are sooo good. We usually make enough to have them for multiple meals because we love them so much.

My husband has a big sweet tooth and loves brownies and ice cream so I have been making a batch every week or two. My trick is to top with chocolate chips straight out of the oven and then spread the melted chocolate all over the brownies after a few minutes. It hardens up and makes the brownies extra decadent. Yum!

Well that is what we have been eating around here lately!! Tell me what meals you are loving/are on repeat in your household!! I could always use some extra inspiration for new meals!!! Hope you all have a great rest of your week!!

8 Months Pregnant with Baby P

Hey friends!! How are you? Happy Mother’s Day to all the Mothers out there! I can’t believe next year I will have an almost 1 year old on Mother’s Day… so crazy to think about!

I spent the weekend in Dallas with my sister and her boyfriend and took like zero pictures. I made it back Saturday evening and have been relaxing and getting things done around the house since then.

Since we had a big ultrasound last week (32 weeks) I thought I would provide a pregnancy/baby update today!

The most common question I have gotten is: can we see a picture of the nursery? LOL yall.. We have a crib, bassinet, dressers, but no decor and baby things are everywhere in the nursery. I thought I would care more about decorating a nursery than I actually do. My thought is that the baby is going to be in a bassinet in our room for at least a few months so I just don’t have a sense of urgency to get the nursery completed. πŸ™‚

As always, a week behind on pictures. :). Last Thursday marked 32 weeks so I need to get up to date on my bump pics! lol… Can you tell I am putting in less and less effort with each bump pic? They started out cute with hair and makeup done and a cute outfit and now I am in workout clothes with no makeup and hair in a bun. πŸ˜‰

Last week at our ultrasound we got to see baby P, but he/she kinda hid from the camera so no great pictures. We were able to see a LOT of hair…which is no surprise because my husband and I both have a ton of thick hair.

Baby P is measuring a week ahead and in the 59 percentile weighing 4.7lbs. I’ve officially gained 22 pounds and I am feeling it. I thankfully still feel really good and my biggest complaint is still my acid reflux/heartburn after eating. The only thing that is helping is walking a lot after meals. I have been hitting my 10,000 step goal every day pretty easily because moving just feels better than sitting still these days.

The baby is head down, which is great news and hoping it stays that way. Hoping to avoid a c-section especially since I have had two past abdominal surgeries so my doctor would like to avoid creating any additional scar tissue. But, obviously we will just do what is best for me and the baby. My birth plan is just to do whatever is necessary to keep me and the baby healthy. I think this approach will be best for me so that if my birth requires an emergency c-section, I am prepared for it.

My husband is convinced the baby is a girl and until last week I thought the baby was for sure a boy. But, I have kinda felt like the baby is a girl the last few days… not sure why. We are very excited to meet the baby and find out the sex!! eeeek! We are at the point now where we get to go every 2 weeks to check on the baby, which is starting to make it all feel very real!!

A few pictures of my fur babies. πŸ™‚

Riley and Tito sitting next to me while I do my nightly walk on the treadmill after dinner. πŸ˜‰

My sunshine loving boy!

Sometimes these two like to snuggle.. it is rare, but it sure is cute!

My sister and her fiance are fostering this little pup and she is the sweetest thing ever. She and Tito played nonstop and it was the cutest thing ever. I told Jon that Tito needed a puppy… he disagreed. πŸ™‚

That is all for today! I’ll be back later this week to share a few meals I am loving lately!! I hope you all had the best weekend and have a great week ahead!!

Getaway to South Padre

Hi friends!! Wow, it has been a week! How are you all? Between my work picking up and being in the third trimester, I am just beyond exhausted all the time now. It doesn’t help that I haven’t been sleeping well either, but what can you do. I had plans to type this up last weekend, but just got around to it last night since this week has been soo busy. But hey, it is Friday!! And I am ready for the weekend!!

Let’s rewind to last week when Jon and I got to sneak away for a little babymoon/birthday trip for him. When we booked the trip we both were still not comfortable flying so we just decided on South Padre since it is a quick 4 hour drive from San Antonio and I love any destination with a beach!! Since then, we have both been vaccinated so we definitely felt very comfortable traveling and the resort had a mask mandate so it felt pretty safe. I will say that a lot of the amenities at the resort were closed or modified due to covid (like the gym and certain restaurants), but overall we still had a great time relaxing before the baby comes. 62 more days… eeek!

We spent most of our time hanging by the pool reading our books, which was so nice.

I was a really nice wife on Friday morning and went to play golf with Jon.

I walked the course while he played. And you guys I slipped in a huge mud pile and my poor white shoes were covered. πŸ™‚

We took a lot of long walks on the beach and I even tricked Jon into walking 2 miles to brunch one day. ;). We had a lot of really yummy seafood while we were there.

Most nights we opted to sit outside by the water which was so fun. We never had to wait long for a table… probably because I made us go to dinner at 5pm… between my heartburn and constant hunger, I have to eat dinner really early these days. We joked that we were always at dinner with the older folks and people with kids, but it was nice because we could be back in our PJs by 7pm. πŸ™‚

Still rocking all non maternity, but very flow-y clothes. πŸ™‚

Yesterday marked 31 weeks!

My brother in law and his girlfriend watched our 3 pups while we were away… no easy task!! We are so thankful for their help and to have family nearby. πŸ™‚

Jon installed this new net in our car so the dogs would stay in the back and Tito was not having it… πŸ˜‰

Riley got to lay in the sun while we were away so I am not sure he missed us all that much! πŸ™‚

I am off to get some work done and then go enjoy a relaxing and lazy weekend at home! What are your weekend plans? Anything fun?

Surprise Baby Shower for Baby P

Good morning!!! Another weekend gone by way too fast! But yall, this one was one for the books.

My sister had planned to come into town on Friday evening for one of her friend’s birthday’s on Saturday – well that is what she told me. She arrived late Friday night and we chatted until 1am. :). Saturday morning my sister left to go have brunch for her friend’s birthday and I got ready to go help my friend take some pictures for her business.

Well .. I arrived at my friend’s house and all the girls surprised me with a little baby shower for Baby P!! I was sooo surprised and had no idea.

They had a whole spread, the cutest decor, and fun games! Baby P was very spoiled by these ladies this weekend.

Cannot believe this girl drove all the way to SA for less than 24 hours… she had to leave Saturday night because her fiance was competing in his first triathalon on Sunday morning!!! (He did great!!)

We opened presents and played some fun games. The girls collected baby pictures of everyone and it was fun guessing who was who.

The boys showed up after their golf game to celebrate with us.

This guy is going to be the first daddy of the group and I can’t wait! We are getting soo soo excited!

We spent the rest of the day just hanging outside and enjoying the weather. It was the best surprise ever and I am just so so so grateful to my friends and sister for making me feel so special.

I spent Sunday rearranging the nursery (my sister has a good eye and told me where to move all the furniture so that it makes more sense) and organizing all of Baby P’s new gifts.

This past year has been a tough one and it’s days like these that make me realize how truly fortunate and blessed I am. Baby P, we are ready for you!! The countdown is on… 73 days left… but who’s counting? πŸ™‚

28 weeks, Doggie Door, and Pregnancy Side Effects

Hey friends!! How are you? How was your weekend and week? Ours was great, but went by way too fast. We spent Saturday working around the house – bagging leaves outside, giving the dogs haircuts, power washing our sidewalks, and my husband installed this doggie door in our living room.

Riley (our senior doggie) has been wanting to go outside then 2 minutes later he is scratching on the door wanting to come back in. And repeat. All.day.long.

So we decided enough is enough and he needs a dog door so he can come and go as he pleases. My husband started researching some dog doors but since our back door is glass, it was going to be pretty expensive to add a dog door or we would have to replace the whole door.

So we ended up just ordering a dog door from PetSmart and installing it ourselves (ok my husband did it all). It took him a couple hours.

All week we have been letting them out the door and trying to teach them to come back in when they want through the doggie door.Β  Callie figured it out the fastest and Riley and Tito are still learning… so Jon and I have spent a lot of time hanging out by the dog door with treats trying to teach the puppies. πŸ™‚

Yesterday marked 29 weeks (the blog is always a week behind…) and yall, I am feeling it. I am still feeling good overall…still exercising and not having any real pain, but I have been hit with extreme exhaustion like the first trimester again. My work has really picked up so I think it could be that too. Other than exhaustion, the heartburn the last couple weeks has been horrible. I am having a hard time keeping food down especially after lunch and dinner and have been avoiding greasy and spicy foods. It is honestly just all food at this point. The only relief I get is walking after meals so I have been walking at least a mile after lunch and a couple miles after dinner outside with the pups or on my treadmill while I work. It seems to help quite a bit, but now my legs are exhausted after a few days of all that extra walking. LOL… it is always something.

My husband and I joked that I am going to end up losing/not gaining weight this trimester because of all the walking I am doing because of the heartburn. I am up about 18 lbs right now and my doctor said I am measuring on track so that is a relief!!

I didn’t tell yall, but I actually failed the 1 hour glucose test. UGH. So my doctor scheduled me for the 3 hour glucose test this week and thankfully I found out that I passed it so no worries about gestational diabetes. For the 3 hour test, you have to drink the same sugary drink again (which I didn’t mind), but you have to sit at the doctor’s office for 3 hours and get your blood drawn 4 times. I don’t mind blood draws, but 3 hours of not being able to drink water or eat anything after that extremely sugar drink on an empty stomach was ROUGH. I had to go lay down in my car a few times to avoid puking. The nurse said that a lot of women don’t finish the test because they get so nauseous and throw up and end up having to go back and do it again. I told her don’t worry, I will be finishing this test because I am absolutely not doing this again. Thankfully, I made it. Ha!! πŸ™‚

We are starting to get ready for the baby to actually be here by organizing the nursery, ordering post partum supplies, and this week we got to do an interview with a pediatrician. My husband and I both really liked him and his office is really close to our house so another thing we got to check off the list!!

Another long day of work today, but TGIF!! My sister is actually coming into town tonight for one of her friend’s birthday’s tomorrow so that will be fun to see her. I have plans with a friend tomorrow then plan on just relaxing this weekend and probably walking a lot too. ;).

I hope you all have a great weekend with beautiful weather!! Tell me what your plans are!! XOXO

Thirsty Thursday, Updates, March Madness and Doggies

Hey friends!! Happy Thursday! Woah… it has been a week already! How are you all? How is your week going? I’m just chugging along over here ready for another relaxing weekend!

I have lots of really random updates for you today so here we go.

I read two more of Colleen Hoover’s books that were both really good. Confess was wonderful and Maybe Not is just a short little easy read that you should read BEFORE Maybe Someday. Please send in book recs before I read all million of hers. LOL.

Let’s back up to last Friday. You guys… it was a doozy. I started not feeling well after dinner on Friday night, but just chalked it up to general nausea/pregnancy indigestion. Until 10pm hit and I couldn’t stop throwing up until 7am (TMI, I know!). UGH!! It was sooo awful. I was worried it could be the start of another bowel blockage, but thankfully after an IV and some anti-nausea meds on Saturday I was back to feeling brand new and have felt fine ever since.

I had a doctor’s appointment yesterday and told my doctor who didn’t seem to be too concerned and agreed that it was probably a stomach bug (ruled out food poisoning because we cooked at home and my husband was fine). Who knows, but I am just glad I am feeling better. Speaking of the doctor, today marks 28 weeks and I had my glucose test yesterday to test for gestational diabetes. I will find out later today or tomorrow. Also, I thought the glucose drink was good. LOL. Everyone always complains about how bad it is, but I just thought it tasted like sprite and had no problem downing it. I did have a headache yesterday, which I attribute to all the extra sugar.

The most common pregnancy question I get is am I having any weird cravings? And my answer is still no. I still crave a good cold diet coke with lemon, but that is about it. I will say that another aversion I am having is chili powder. Before I was pregnant, I put chili powder on everything… salmon, eggs, etc. But now, it’s not that I just don’t like it… it tastes completely different to me. My husband put it on salmon a week or two ago and I was like WHAT DID YOU PUT ON THIS?!?! He said chili powder. I was like ARE YOU SURE?!?!? LOL. It tastes soo weird/off to me right now.

Did you all do a bracket for March Madness? I am not one to normally join in, but I did this year and I ended up winning. Maybe I should play more often. πŸ˜‰

Still keeping up with my exercising and daily walks while I can! I have to say I still don’t really have much to complain about with pregnancy and for that, I am grateful!! Still feeling really good. Fingers crossed it stays that way now that I am entering the 3rd trimester!!

Lots of work to do today and I am getting a prenatal massage, which I am pretty pumped about!! The massage academy here was offering a free massage to pregnant people this week so I jumped on that bandwagon!

I’ll leave yall with a few cute pics of my crazy pups. :). These are the rare occasions they are sitting on/by my husband and not me. πŸ™‚

Tito has absolutely no awareness of my bump and frequently thinks the bump makes a great pillow. πŸ™‚

The baby has been moving A LOT the last week, which is super fun!! We have been busy getting the nursery together (I’ll show once we finally have it all together, which will probably be the day before the baby arrives) and trying to find a pediatrician (we meet one for an interview next week). Lots going on over here, but we have minimal plans for the weekend, which will be nice. What is going on in your world?? Tell me some fun things you have planned!! I hope you have a great rest of your week and a great weekend!!

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