Sunday, October 19, 2014

Weekend Recap

Another weekend flew by!

Friday night my parents brought us dinner and came over to help with some nursery projects and to put together some baby gear. They also surprised us with our car seat! 

Saturday morning was spent sipping (decaf) coffee in Camden's room and pretending he was playing on his little football play mat :) Now that the glider is in and the room is almost finished, I just love spending my mornings in there.

Nursery update: One of the last items for the nursery (this grey pouf) is on back order! Once I get it and add the bedding, it will be complete and I will post the reveal!


Bill went down on campus on Saturday to tailgate with some friends for the game which gave me the opportunity to run some errands and clean the house a bit. The rest of the evening was spent very comfortably on the couch! I am realizing as I get closer to baby Camden arriving, my energy levels continue to drop. I have to force myself to relax and know that it's my body telling me to rest!

Sunday I attended my second baby shower that was hosted by my mom's best friend. A lot of my mom's side of the family was there along with Bill's mom, sister and sister in law. The theme was 'tea for two' and everything was so adorable!



{Bill's family: SIL, Mom, Bill, Me and Bill's sister}

{my grandma, me and my mom}

I am so lucky to have had FOUR (including the baby) generations attend the baby shower!

We are definitely feeling very loved after this weekend. I can't believe we have another shower in a few weeks! This child will be very spoiled with stuff and love for sure!!

Tonight we have part 2 of our childbirth class after work... Wish us luck! :)

I'm linking up with:
Biana for Weekending
&
Leeann and Kimberlee for Monday Morning Gossip

**This week I am the featured blogger on the Monday Morning Gossip link up, so make sure to hop on over and check out the other bloggers' posts!**


Friday, October 17, 2014

Friday Favorites

Well, we made it through another week!

Tonight we have plans to have dinner with my parents and put together some baby things. Sunday I have my family baby shower! I am so excited to celebrate this little guy once again!

Here's what I'm loving from this week:

1 | Pottery Barn Kids everything... This store is going to be the death of me! I ordered Camden's first pair of Christmas PJs! There's nothing that makes me more happy than thinking of snuggling him by the Christmas tree :)


2 | I also ordered a personalized boppy cover because, why not?!


3 | I am also loving the diaper bag I got at my first shower from PBK. It is the perfect size and has a lot of room for all the essentials. I can wear it over my shoulder or it has a longer shoulder strap to wear as a crossbody. It's also one that Bill could use without feeling too "girly." :)


4 | I have been craving everything salty + sweet. Thinking about making these tonight for dessert:


5 | It's also time to get some pumpkins! I'm not sure if I'm up for carving them this year... Maybe paint?


What are you loving this week?

I'm linking up with Amanda for Friday Favorites.

Happy Weekend!!

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Bumpdate | 32 weeks!


Sorry for the tired look...
Just keeping it real here folks! 
I have been living in my maternity leggings as of recent. 
Even my maternity jeans are starting to feel a little snug!
This shirt has been on repeat a lot too with a few other maternity t shirts and tanks.
I have a feeling this is going to be my daily attire from here on out!

Let's get to it...

Facts
  • I am currently 32 weeks and 4 days pregnant as of today (that's 8 months pregnant!)
  • Baby is between 15.2 - 16.7 inches and weighs 2.5 - 3.8 lbs!
  • He is getting ready for his descent... Although, I can't tell if he is in the head down position or not. Sometimes I feel kicks in my lower belly and sometimes I feel them up top? Hopefully, he is mostly head down!
Not so fun things
  • Sleeping is getting rough. I have to change positions every couple of hours. My hips start to ache after laying on one side for too long. Hence the bags under my eyes in the photo above!
  • Back and hips ache. Prenatal yoga does help this a bit. As well as random massages from Bill :)
  • Acid reflux is my new friend.
  • Feeling large and in charge! Just a lot more difficult getting around, carrying things, standing up, etc. 
  • Can't wear my wedding rings anymore :( :( This is really sad...
  • My boots from last year do not fit! I had to buy a couple pairs from Old Navy in a larger size to tide me over for a bit. 
Randomness
  • ICE! I want to crunch on ice all day. My doc says my iron levels are fine, so it's not anemia or anything... Just one of those weird pregnancy things! I have heard that it is a typical craving towards the end.
  • Overall, just hungry for comfort food all the time. Donuts, chocolate, french fries, pizza... you know... all the healthy stuff...
Really awesome things
  • The nursery is just about complete! I need to order one more small piece of furniture and add a few decor items. I'm really hoping to get it together by the end of the month.
  • Getting close! Less than 8 weeks to go!!
  • We had our first childbirth class this week and have another one next week. I love learning everything about the whole process. It definitely makes me more at ease to know at least mostly what to expect.
  • We found our pediatrician! This was a big check off the list of to dos. 
  • I still have 2 more showers to go! I can't believe there is still more stuff this little guy needs... I love putting everything together and organizing his little things :) 
  • Dr appointments are every other week now. I just love every chance I get to hear that little heart beat! 
That's it for this bumpdate!
Next one will be 34 weeks! Getting so close!

And just for fun...


What a difference 20 weeks makes!!

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Tasty Tuesday | Apple Pie Pork Chops

I don't really consider myself a very adventurous chef in the kitchen. I tend to stick with what I know and am comfortable with. 

However, every now and then I do like to try out new recipes.
I especially love crock pot recipes, because they are easy!

I was looking for a recipe for my Fall Inspired Dinner Party when I stumbled accross the recipe for Apple Pie Pork Chops on Pinterest. I wanted to try out a pork recipe and thought this would be the easiest way to try it out. Plus, what can go wrong? Apple Pie + Pork Chops has to = delicious right? Yes!


It literally is apple pie filling dumped on top of pork chops in the crock pot. Doesn't get much easier than that! The hardest part is peeling and chopping the apples.

Ingredients

+ 8 cups peeled and chopped apples (I used red and golden delcious apples. Honey crisp would be good too. Any sweeter type of apples will do)

+ 3/4 cup sugar

+ 2 Tbsps all purpose flour

+ 1 tsp ground cinnamon

+ 1/2 tsp ground clovers

+ 1/2 tsp ground all spice

+ 1.5 lbs of pork chops

Directions

Dump apples and all ingredients except pork chops into a large zip lock bag. Mush around with your hands on the outside of the bag until the mixture covers all the apple pieces. Place pork chops in large crock pot. Dump apple mixture on top of pork chops (cover evenly). Turn crock pot on low for 6 - 8 hours.

That's it!

It will start out looking like this:


And end looking like this:


Serve each pork chop on a plate and top with the apple mixture.


This recipe is so easy and delicious. And it will leave your house smelling like baked apple pie!

Enjoy!

I'm linking up with Emily and Kate for Tuesday's recipe swap.

Monday, October 13, 2014

Fall Inspired Dinner Party

Normally on Mondays, I post a weekend recap. Considering this past weekend wasn't very eventful (besides attending a good friend's baby shower), I thought I would go ahead and post a recap of the dinner party I hosted last week. 

I wanted to host a dinner party ever since we purchased our new dining room table earlier this year. I knew I needed to have one before the baby arrives and things got a little hectic. My best friend's birthday was the perfect excuse to host a fall inspired dinner party. 

Here are some photos of the table I put together:







I used gourds and mini pumpkins that were given to us by Bill's parents from their garden. I was thinking about painting them, but decided to use their natural colors instead. The flowers were from a fall inspired bouquet from the grocery store believe it or not. I just divided it up into 3 Ball jars. My place mats and napkins are from World Market. Plates and wine glasses are from Crate & Barrel.

On the menu:

Apps
Cheese Platter
Pumpkin Dip

Main Course
Apple Pie Pork Chops (recipe will be posted tomorrow)
Green Bean Casserole
Mashed Potatoes
Croissant Rolls
Salad

Dessert
Pumpkin Cupcakes
Kelly's Famous Cake!

My friend Kelly makes the best cakes (she made our gender reveal cake). I sent her a photo of what I wanted on Melissa's birthday cake...


It's a bridesmaids quote! Melissa was my Matron of Honor and it's one of our favorite movies.

The night was filled with girl chatting and laughter. Our girl dinners are some of my favorite times together! I'm hoping we start to have dinner parties on the regular.

I'm linking up with Biana and Leeann.

Friday, October 10, 2014

Friday Favorites

Friday already?! I'm not complaining!

This week went by pretty quickly. I've been busy with work and also with getting ready for the dinner party I hosted last night (pics to come). With that said, I was not a good blogger this week. My pregnancy brain and fatigue are definitely getting to me! I will try to be better next week!

Let's get right to it...

Here's what I'm loving from this week (aka my instagram photo dump):

1 | Boots and blanket scarf weather! I got to break them both out this week because our temps dropped to the 40s/50s! Boy does that scarf bring the heat! Perfect for chilly days!

{boots | leggings (maternity) | tank (maternity) | cardigan | blanket scarf (similar)}

2 | My favorite fall polish at the moment: essie's after school boy blazer. I got this one last year (I believe) and remember loving it! It is a really dark navy blue that almost looks black. Perfect for October and right before Halloween! I am also a sucker for those mini pumpkin candies, candy corn and seasonal Pottery Barn catalogues!



3 | Amazon Prime is my new best friend. I originally joined so I could get all the benefits from the Amazon instant videos (like Netflix), but now I'm realizing that I get free 2 day shipping on a lot of items and other great perks! I ordered these Wubbanubs on Tuesday of this week and they were on my doorstep on Thursday afternoon. The membership is $99/year, but I definitely think it is worth it and I will be saving money in the long run. Free diaper delivery? Yes please!



4 | Hosting my first dinner party and using all our goodies from our wedding (yes, we've been married almost a year...) was definitely the highlight of the week! I figured I had better host one now before baby comes... Hopefully, there will be more in the future! More pics and a recap post to come!


That's all I have for this week's favorites!

Happy weekend!!

I'm linking up with Amanda for Friday Favorites.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Wednesday Wishlist | Gifts for Me!

Totally meant to post the recipe for the Apple Pie Pork Chops yesterday and time just escaped me! I will post it next week for sure! I am hosting a dinner party tomorrow night for my friend's birthday and planning to make them again. They are so good!

Today, I wanted to share with you what's on my wishlist.
Next month will be busy with our 1st wedding anniversary on the 9th and my birthday on the 11th. Bill has promised that we are going to celebrate them separately, so I will take his word for now...

We have plans to have dinner at M for our anniversary. It is the restuarant that is in the same building where we had our reception (and the same caterer). 

We have talked about exchanging gifts, so I need to find out if there is a price limit. I think there definitely will be since baby is just around the corner! Oh, and that means push present time, right? :)

Here are some ideas in case anyone in particular is reading :)

1 | I am in desparate need of a new handbag. I have been carrying the little kate spade crossbody around everywhere and although I love how compact it is, I'm going to need something a little more substantial. I have had my eye on this Marc Jacobs navy leather hobo for a while now... Would love to call it mine!

2 | Of course, something more personal for our anniversary (or my birthday... or push present) would be nice too. I am loving the gold bar necklace trend and would love one with "Camden" stamped on it. Esty seems to be the place to find these and this shop has a lot of options!

3 | I have been wanting a new gold watch for a while. I'm starting to lean towards the leather bands. I am loving this kate spade gold leather band watch

4 | Confession: I can't fit into any of my boots from last year... My feet have grown (swollen) to a new size! I had to run out and get this pair from Old Navy to tide me over! It was raining the other day and I realized the only pair of weather resistant boots I have are snow boots that are years old. I have been wanting a pair of Hunter boots for while and these red ones would be perfect for rainy days, snowy days and tailgating!

5 | Of course, I will need the Hunter socks to wear with my new boots :)

6 | Knowing that the next few months will be a lot of lounging and feeding baby, I am going to need a good pair of PJs. A comfy set like this would be perfect for feeding time and even to wear in the hospital when we are there. 

7 | What's a mama bear without her big fluffy robe? Girls, I know you want one! It would be perfect to lounge around in this fluffy robe in the winter months cuddling with our little bundle of joy!

There you have it. My current wishlist.

Hoping I get at least one of these items in the next month or so :) 

What are you currently wishing for?

I'm linking up with Morgan for Mid Week Muse.
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