Recipe: 5 Simple Steps to a Perfect Green Smoothie

Green smoothies are where it’s at right now. I’ve been loving them so much and they are so easy! I remember trying to make one a long time ago and I somehow managed to complicate it. It pretty much tasted like drinking baby spinach through a straw and I decided that these smoothies were not for me. Well I finally figured out the correct measurements! It has proven to be a completely fool proof method so far.

5 Simple Steps to a Perfect Green Smoothie:
1) Fill your blender to the 1 cup line with orange juice.
2) Drop in half of a banana.
3) Throw in around 7-10 pieces of frozen fruit. I buy a medley bag of frozen peaches, cherries, pineapples, and strawberries. I put in a few of each. SO YUM.
4) Grab about a handful of baby spinach and push down on top.
5) BLEND and pour into your favorite cup!

I will give you ONE small tip though – drink that baby in a cup with a lid and a straw! I recently drank it out of a regular glass and it definitely had a smell that I did not enjoy. Not sure if this is a pregnant thing, but it is much yummier when I can’t smell it!


Pieces of The Days: A Good Weekend

This weekend was so good. I actually felt like getting out of bed early and getting ready – a rarity these days! On Saturday I had plans to go grab some lunch with Brittany and Kristie at a Thai place that I’ve been wanting to try. They were planning to have lunch to talk about the baby shower that they’re throwing together at Kristie’s house this coming Saturday and they invited me to come along. It was delicious and I’m a little bit sad that it’s located a town over from me – though if it was in Lexington I would be eating there WAY too often. We decided to stop by a store called Bargain Hunt before heading back. We have one in Lexington but it is not nearly as big or well stocked! I found an extra base for my car seat for half off, two bar stools for $21 a piece, and a cute little floating shelf for the nursery. In total I spent around $80. The two bar stools alone should have cost me around $100 – I’ve been looking at these exact bar stools in several stores and they’re never under $50-70 a piece, even in a set. I could have bought hundreds of dollars worth of stuff in there. It’s definitely one of those stores where you have to DIG to find the good stuff but it’s so worth it. Kristie found a ridiculously awesome modern chair that was marked $54 and it rang up $10!!! It was pretty hilarious trying to fit all of the stuff we bought in to her car.. but somehow we made it work!Later that evening we all met up again at Country Boy to watch the basketball tournament. Kentucky won but it was definitely a nail biter of a game! I had a photo in my Timehop earlier that day from exactly one year earlier when we were all at Country Boy watching the tournament so we made sure to recreate the photo! I love our group of friends and our little traditions!

On Sunday Nate and I got up early and went out for a little brunch date at First Watch. It’s so simple but this is one of my favorite things to do with him. It makes a weekend day feel so much longer and I always love our random conversations. Plus we really love breakfast food – especially right now! We split an order of Cinnabon pancakes and I swear I died of pregnant lady happiness. After brunch we ran over to Target with all of our gift cards from the baby shower and did a little shopping for baby boy!! We got our crib mattress, a changing pad, a cute cover for the changing pad, and the little plush blooming bath tub I’ve been wanting. The crib mattress was really the last BIG item that we needed! We got it all set up in the nursery when we got home and I felt the instant relief of having another item checked off the list. Not too long after we got home my parents stopped by to bring us another gift! My Step-Dad’s parents bought us the bedside bassinet we registered for! I had originally planned to just use the pack n play in our room for a while but this little bassinet is going to make things so much easier. We’ll be able to leave the pack n play downstairs permanently and the bassinet can stay by the bed! Ahh, I can’t believe how everything is coming together. It’s very surreal!!

We went to our third natural birth class yesterday evening. We went over the different types of interventions that there are – basically all of the things I’m trying to avoid by having a natural birth. But I love that we’re going over all of the possibilities because you just never know what will happen! I feel confident that if things did go differently than what I “planned” that I would understand exactly what my options were and exactly what was happening based on my decisions. I think honestly the scariest part of giving birth is the unknown, right? Or the idea that things are going to be done TO you vs. knowing that you actually have options.

I’m so excited for next weekend! Baby shower #2 with all of our friends, UK plays in the Final 4, and we’ll have another birth class!

Scenes From: Chicago 2014

Scenes from Chicago 2014

I am a self proclaimed photo hoarder. I have hard drives full of photos that have never seen the light of day. I ran across these photos on my older laptop this morning and realized how much I love them. I remember looking at them right after I took them and criticizing the lighting, the weather, my frizzy hair, etc. But months later they remind me of such a sweet and perfect trip to Chicago. They remind me of feeling newly pregnant and thinking that EVERYONE could tell – can’t everyone see my BUMP? LOLOLOL No. They remind me of the comfiest bed at the nicest hotel I think I’ve ever stayed in. And of the best food. It’s unbelievably crazy to think I was about 9 weeks here and I am about 9 weeks away from meeting our son now! Probably less! I remember thinking that 9 weeks felt like an eternity as we waited patiently to feel ready to tell everyone that I was pregnant.
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Thoughts on Pregnancy: 31 Weeks

31 Weeks Pregnant

My hair was a hot mess when I took these pictures but oh well, I don’t care. I felt so accomplished because I managed to squeeze into this pre-pregancy dress from Eshakti. It was fun to snap a few photos in it. I wore this dress for photos right after I announced I was pregnant and I remember thinking I had a tiny bump in the photos. No, I did not. Haha. I’m sure I will look back on these pictures in just a few weeks and laugh at how big I felt here! So funny how perspective changes!
31 Weeks Pregnant
31 Weeks Pregnant

Nate and I have been enjoying attending natural child birth classes so far. I will probably do a bit of a recap on what we like the most in a separate blog post. But I definitely think it has been well worth taking them. It’s definitely putting me a bit more at ease – even if I already know some of the information. And I love that Nate is there with me and that we are both learning together.
31 Weeks Pregnant

How Far Along Are You: 31 Weeks and 1 Day
How Big Is The Baby?: About 3.5 lbs
How Much Weight Have You Gained?: Around 25 lbs
Maternity Clothes: I’ve found a few pre-pregnancy dresses in my closet that kind of, sort of fit! The one I’m wearing in these pictures fit when I put it on but by the time I got to work and sat down for a bit – NOPE. I had to unzip it on the side to make it through the day!
Stretch Marks: My boobs are starting to get a few. They just don’t know how to deal with being stretched out this much. ;]
Sleep: I bought a pregnancy pillow a few weeks back and it has helped tremendously with my sleep. I still wake up a lot to alternate which side I’m sleeping on though because my hips still hurt quite a bit after I’ve been in one position for too long.
Best Moment This Week: My appointment on Tuesday! My midwife was able to feel and tell me that baby is head down and she even showed me where his back was and where his feet and hands were at the time. It was really fun to be able to envision exactly how he was chilling out in there!
Movement: Pretty constantly. I almost don’t notice it at times!
Food Cravings: Nothing in particular!
Food Aversions: None.
Labor Signs: Nothing. I am apparently having Braxton Hicks contractions but I haven’t been able to tell/feel them – so, that’s nice!
Belly Button In or Out: Poking out a little bit!
What I Miss: Everything. I love being pregnant but I do miss being in shape, walking normally, being less anxious, feeling like a normal human being… haha.
What I’m Looking Forward To: Our third child birth class and getting the nursery even closer to being complete!

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