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Where did I go?…. excuses & announcements!

Holy smokes! What a year it has been since my last post. It’s hard to believe it’s basically been that long.

So much has happened and changed since I last wrote anything I don’t know if I can update on everything or just start over and go from there.

I’ll try to give the cliff notes version of what has happened and updates on past year.Basically why I mainly disappeared is that both of our laptops took a crap about a week apart from each other. I tried using our iPad and iPhone but typing like that was just unbelievably difficult for me to do (I know the whole world uses them but I’m still an old-fashioned Windows kind of girl), I prefer typing on a keyboard. The other reason for not keeping up with things is because well my daughter keeps me busy and I got lazy (the MAIN reason). 1 nap a day is sometimes not enough time for me to take mommy time.

Who would have guess fixing 1 of our laptops was as easy as exchanging the batteries since one of them was junk. I, embarrassingly, thought about exchanging the batteries today for the first time…why are the simplest tasks somehow take the longest to complete or think of.

Anyways, here I am. I hope to do a better job finishing up 2016 into 2017 with writing more. I enjoy it. Even though I don’t think I have that much talent when writing or organizing my thoughts. I find my mind just bouncing around thoughts and ideas; my posts may be hard to follow or not flow from one to another.

Family Update #1: My Daughter

My last post I mentioned my daughter was around 12 months old and entering the ‘terrible two’ stage. Well,now she is almost 2 1/2 and even more sassy; except now she can use her words more which I’m not sure is better or worse than just fussing. I still try to pick my battles but I feel like she picks a battle with me about EVERYTHING! Mothers should be able to get an injection of patience because I need TONS more than what I have currently. She’s outspoken, full of energy, thinks she is so independent regarding everything…. and she’s absolutely beautiful and I couldn’t possibly love anyone more than I do her.

I wish I would have kept up with writing over the past year because she has grown so much and as I’m writing this I find myself disappointed that I let that time slip by without jotting down my thoughts and memories. Her 2nd birthday was such a great day; she LOVED her Minnie party. We took so many trips to our local zoo where she was able to do more and more with each visit. All the family visits we had… I wish I would have written about those to look back on later. Maybe I can write future posts allowing myself to reminisce about those events.

Family Update #2: We’re growing!

As much as I hope to do a better job with writing in 2017 I’m not sure I’ll be so great at it as we found out in late July that we are expecting our 2nd baby! We are beyond thrilled (and slightly terrified) about the news!

I think my husband and I figured it would take years to add to our family as it took 3+ years to have our daughter, but I guess once your body knows how to do it it’s a little more prepared! ha. We are due early April.

This pregnancy I think will FLY by as I’m already into my second trimester and sometimes I even have to remind myself I’m pregnant because this pregnancy is sooo different from my last. Morning sickness (which consisted of just nausea) only lasted a couple of weeks. Fatigue is a real thing but I think that is probably more from having a very active toddler and no coffee (I miss my coffee in the mornings and I look forward to a venti iced americano as soon as I can get one).

The only drawback so far is that I’ve been battling a cold (stuffy nose, clogged ears, frustrating cough) for almost 2 months now with little relief. I don’t know what it feels like to breath out of my nose it’s been so long. If anyone who may be reading this I’m open to anything that may help with it… I’m so over it!

I’m sure many of my upcoming posts will be about our upcoming arrival and how we are planning for him/her.

Health & Fitness Update:

I am still trying to make it to the gym as much as possible. I was going 5-6 days a week prior to getting pregnant but have backed down to 3-4 days a week. Being sick hasn’t helped and the morning sickness stopped me for a while. My focus this pregnancy is to go regularly as I just stopped going during my last pregnancy. My daughter actually goes to the kids room and enjoys it most days so that helps a lot with staying on a regular schedule.

With being pregnant I’m not trying to lose weight, max out new 1RM; but I’m focusing on maintaining the lifestyle and stay healthy throughout pregnancy so that hopefully after the baby is born it won’t be a hard transition back into like it was last time.

My workouts these days last about 45 minutes and I typically burn 250-400 calories per session. In comparison, before pregnancy my workouts took about an hour or so and was burning minimum of 500 calories per session.

Once I can get back to the more intense workouts I will work back to my old 1RM with my bench (150#), squat(235#), and deadlift(225#). Looking forward to getting back.

I think all of the above updates on all the major aspects of what has been going on. I hope to dedicate at least 1 day a week to take the time to write and get back on track with things that I’ve been wanting to do/write.

 

 

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Nothing Fancy Here, just Realness

I love finding ways to save money. Not necessarily for any other reason than it feels good to get a bargain. When I decided to make my daughters food and researched about it all I saw were baby bullets, baby processors, steamers…. etc. All of these devices and storage containers for baby. I found myself thinking “what am I going to do with all this ‘baby’ stuff after I don’t have a baby?” So I decided to do it my own way; and I found other blogs, videos, articles of people who did the same thing. I mean I’m doing this to get a bargain not spend money on something I’ll use for a small amount of time.

What I did was designated a cutting board just for baby food, got a good sharp knife, freezer bags, ice cube trays (this was actually harder to find), Sharpie, steam basket, food processor. I had everything I needed except ice cube trays and a good processor. When I went to the store looking for ice cube trays I found ‘fancy’ ones for $9.99. I WAS NOT going to spending that much on ice cube trays; luckily the dollar store had 2 for a $1. Score! I tend to make big batches so I have about 20 trays. Do you have points on a credit card that you never use? Well, I did and so I used my points for a kitchenaid 3.5 cup food chopper…. YAY for FREE stuff!!!! I’ve also used my nutribullet for some but the food chopper works AMAZING!!!

YAY for free stuff! This works AMAZING! I haven't had an issue at all with this. I will however probably buy a bigger one as I start making bigger batches; but I'll use it for my own food as well.

YAY for free stuff! This works AMAZING! I haven’t had an issue at all with this. I will however probably buy a bigger one as I start making bigger batches; but I’ll use it for my own food as well.

Everything has worked out perfectly! I just have to be careful because I could just cook, cook, cook but I would have no where to keep it!! I just need a bigger freezer!!!

I almost need a separate freezer for baby food. But this has green beans, oatmeal, apples, peaches, sweet potatoes, kale, peas, and carrots! :)

I almost need a separate freezer for baby food. But this has green beans, oatmeal, apples, peaches, sweet potatoes, kale, peas, and carrots! 🙂

Ever do something and you just feel good about it! That warm feeling inside! Making her baby food does that to me!

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My daughter may turn orange

My daughter has loved all the foods I have made her so far but she really loves carrots and sweat potatoes. Let’s see if she turns orange! 🙂 I made carrots on Monday while my daughter had her bottle!

Just hanging out watching mommy make carrots!!

Just hanging out watching mommy make carrots!!

Here is how I make her carrot puree in a very simplistic way (which I don’t know if it can get simpler honestly)! In the time it will take me to put this post together I would have been almost done with making this puree! 🙂

I clean, peel,  and cut off ends! Step 1 complete

I clean, peel, and cut off ends! Step 1 complete

Once fork tender, blend/puree to the consistency you want for your baby. My daughter is starting to have her few a little chunkier so I didn't add water but you may need to if you need your baby's food smoother

Once fork tender, blend/puree to the consistency you want for your baby. My daughter is starting to have her few a little chunkier so I didn’t add water but you may need to if you need your baby’s food smoother! Step 2 complete

I cut into fairly small yet even pieces (this makes it simpler to puree and cook faster)

I cut into fairly small yet even pieces (this makes it simpler to puree and cook faster) Step 3 Complete

scoop into ice cue trays. I used to do this very neatly but now I just scoop with spoon and dump! :) Step 4 complete

scoop into ice cube trays. I used to do this very neatly but now I just scoop with spoon and dump! 🙂 Step 4 complete

wrap with foil, freeze overnight, transfer to freezer bag (date and label) step 5 complete

wrap with foil, freeze overnight, transfer to freezer bag (date and label) step 5 complete

A 2 lb bag of carrots made about 24-26tbsp. Did I mention that the carrots cost $1.96!!!! WHAAAAAT!! That’s a deal!!!