5 On Friday

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Family Pictures – For the first time since our wedding day we took professional family pictures last night! It’s always something I think “hey we should do that!” and never something that makes my short list of things to do. But Mike’s new practice in Chicago asked that he get professional family pictures taken before we move and before baby comes, for their website. So we finally did it! I spent Wednesday going through the clothes that remained unpacked for the three of us and realizing some shopping would be required. So off to the mall on a rainy day I went – 2.5 year old in tow.

I wandered aimlessly through Motherhood Maternity, Younkers and Banana Republic before finding a cute non-maternity dress in Francesca’s Closet that fit over the belly. Then I actually found Leah’s cute dress on clearance at Target and Mike was able to wear pink shorts and a white button down that he had. I was so proud of myself as this is generally not my forte! Last night we had a great time taking pictures outside on a beautiful night and I’m excited to see if we got any good ones in a couple weeks!

Two.

Birth Stories – It was so fun receiving the birth stories that I posted over the past two weeks. It’s been a while since I’ve had any to post and reading those just made me remember by I love hearing about each baby’s entry into the world – they’re all so unique! So if you have wondered if I’m still looking for stories to share I am! And if you’ve had a baby and would be willing to share your story I’d be thrilled to learn about that amazing (or terrifying) moment in your life that left you forever changed, so send it my way!

Three.

Packing in the calories everywhere

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5 on Friday

One of my favorite blogs, Carolina Charm always does a 5 on Friday. It’s just a quick list of 5 fun things each Friday. I can’t promise that I’ll do it every Friday, but I thought I’d do it today with my favorite easy breakfasts.

One. This morning I’m enjoying for the second day in a row a yummy fruit smoothie. Leah loves these too and on mornings when a heavy breakfast doesn’t sound great, smoothies (protein shakes as Leah calls them) are an easy breakfast.

Smoothie, coffee and a very unstaged glimpse at our morning…Leah’s watching her episode of Daniel Tiger and drinking her milk while I get some stuff done.

Strawberry Banana Smoothie: Blend together 1 banana, 1 cup strawberries (frozen work great!), 1/2 cup spinach or kale, 1/2 scoop vanilla protein powder and 1 -2 cups unsweetened almond milk. You can also squeeze in a teaspoon of honey if you’d like. Continue reading

Best Recipe Pinterest Board

My friend is always making the best recipes. Every time we have “Family Dinners” with our friends she makes something healthy and delicious and most of the time it’s simple. So now when I need some meal inspiration I check out her Pinterest board of recipes that she’s made and loved. So I asked her permission and so I’m letting you in on my secret…Claire’s Pinterest recipe board. You’re welcome. Continue reading

Cilantro Lime Quinoa Salad

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Is it just me or is it really hard figuring out what to feed yourself for lunch? Since I stopped going to an office all day I noticed that lunch has become a challenge, and I often end up eating random (usually unhealthy) snacks or a my go-to: a quesadilla. Leftovers are usually sent with Mike to work, but sometimes there’s a little stray quinoa in the fridge and recently I’ve been mixing in whatever veggies are in the fridge to make a healthy and tasty lunch. Continue reading