Wednesday, February 27, 2013

21 Weeks

This has been a busy week at our house! We have had a lot of activities and projects going on, see the painted rug below!

How far along? 21 weeks

Total weight gain/loss: Up 5 pounds.

Maternity clothes? Yes

Stretch marks? No new ones yet.

Symptoms:  Feeling great.

Sleep:  Waking up and having a hard time going back to sleep every night now. Trying to remember it will only get more uncomfortable before it gets better.

Best moment this week: Hadley and I went out to lunch with Jim yesterday. It was fun :)

Have you told family and friends: Yes

Miss Anything? comfortable sleep

Movement: Lots of kicks/punches and some hiccups!

Food cravings: Chocolate milk, popcorn, tater tots :)

Anything making you queasy or sick: Raw meat (still)

Have you started to show yet: Yes

Baby is a: Girl

Belly Button in or out? In

Wedding rings on or off? On

Happy or Moody most of the time: Happy

Looking forward to: Tonight I get a mom's night out to go antiquing at The Rusty Truck occasional sale. This is the first time it's been open since our bathroom reno and I desperately need to find the finishing touches so that I can virtually "reveal" that space to everyone! I am searching for a mirror and art... wish me luck. ;)

Winter Pinterest Challenge: Painted Jute Rug

So I'm finally participating in a (completely unofficial) winter edition of a Pinterest Challenge! Here is the info in case you haven't heard of these challenges:
YoungHouseLove Pinterest Challenge Winter Edition Details

My Painted Jute Rug
There have been several of these Pinterest challenges in the past and I have never had something ready to share until today! I am hosting my friend's baby shower in a week and we really needed to update the rug in our kitchen nook so there was my project. Actually, this is actually Act II of this project (Act I can be seen here) since I had previously taken this same rug from drab (plain jute) to fab (green and white stripes). The reason for the re-do is that we now have a striped banquette instead of chairs and the stripes on stripes effect was so very uncool.
Here is what I did:
First, I taped all of the edges with Frog Tape. Then I took a pint of paint and section by section I poured a bit on and used a roller to get it into all of the bumpy crevices. I used a nappy roller to help the paint adhere better to the bumpy surface. After the whole thing was painted I just let it dry.
Now the paint "color" was created by your's truly by mixing existing colors together and praying that it didn't turn out puke colored. Surprisingly, it turned out being a nice dark teal which is fine with me since I just needed to get rid of the stripes. I will say that we agreed that the rug shouldn't be a neutral "boring" color since we really enjoyed the fun element that the stripes had brought to the space. Also, the adjoining room is super neutral so we like having something a little different in the kitchen nook area.
Green and white stripes (photo from Hadley's first birthday in March 2012)


Our kitchen nook has really evolved as we've lived in our house over the last 3 years. Here's a little look back at all of the changes.

This is from July 2009 when we were painting with the help of Jim's family before we moved in.

This next shot is from July 2011. See the top of sweet baby Hadley's head? My parents gave us the pedestal table and octagon rug we purchased the slip covered chairs at Ikea.

At the end of July 2011, we decided to paint the wall in the nook leading to our galley kitchen a warm grey color. Our plan was to add a backsplash right after painting so this is a progress shot.

Here is the completed backsplash in August 2011.

This was March 2012 during Hadley's first birthday party. The green and white striped rug was the star of the dining space.

Then in fall 2012 I decided that it was a great idea to dye the stained and now dingy looking white slipcovered chairs brown. It wasn't a perfect solution but it looked better in person than the white.

Then for Christmas 2012, my parents gifted us a Ballard Designs custom upholstered storage bench banquette. The striped banquette on the striped rug was a bit of a visual mess.

Again, here's the finished product with our newly solid colored jute rug. ;)

The Pinterest Challenge asks that you share a project that was inspired by Pins. You are asked to share the project inspirations so here they are:
Painted Rugs found via Pinterest

The "hosts" of this edition of the Pinterest Challenge have also done projects and participants are asked to link to them so here you go! :)

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Foodie Friday: Hawaiian Chicken

This week I decided to combine crock pot chicken with stir fry veggies and noodles. It turned out really well and was fairly easy. I definitely used the lazy approach to veggies (frozen mix from Costco!) but the important thing is getting your veggies right?!

Hawaiian Chicken with Stir Fry Noodles:
2 large chicken breasts
2 packets Ohana pre-boiled stir fry noodles (Costco fridge section)
1/2 bottle Hawaiian Soy Vey Teryaki
2 cups stir fry veggies (fresh or frozen)
2 tspns olive oil

1. In a small crock pot, cook 2 chicken breasts for 4 hours on low in 1/2 bottle of Hawaiian Soy Vey Teryaki.
2. Once cooked, remove chicken and cut in slices. Pour Teryaki sauce from slow cooker into a skillet and add the 2 packets of pre-boiled stir fry noodles. Let sit, no heat.
3. Heat 2 tspns olive oil into a large skillet and add veggies. Cook to desired done-ness.
4. Turn heat on for the noodles pan for about 3-4 minutes and stir as needed to distribute heat. Add to veggies.
5. Stir in chicken slices along with the noodles to the veggies. Make sure everything is well coated. Serve!
Enjoy :)

20 Weeks!

How far along? 20 weeks HALF WAY THERE!

Total weight gain/loss: Up 4 pounds.

Maternity clothes? Yes

Stretch marks? No new ones yet.

Symptoms:  Feeling good.

Sleep:  Getting more and more uncomfortable unfortunately.

Best moment this week: Finding out with our families that Hadley is going to have a little sister.

Have you told family and friends: Yes

Miss Anything? not really this week

Movement: More and more each day; she's doing lots of stretching in there.

Food cravings: Chocolate milk, popcorn :)

Anything making you queasy or sick: Raw meat

Have you started to show yet: Yes

Baby is a: GIRL!

Belly Button in or out? In

Wedding rings on or off? On

Happy or Moody most of the time: Happy

Looking forward to: Getting my hair done tonight ;) since it's growing so fast this pregnancy I really look forward to getting it freshened up!

Monday, February 18, 2013

Sugar & Spice

And everything nice.
That's what little girls are made of.

Baby #2 is a sweet little girl. :)
We are so blessed and can't wait to meet our second daughter in July!!

Friday, February 15, 2013

Foodie Friday PANCAKES!

This week I have really been wanting pancakes. Random but yummy!!
I've been indulging in regular {delicious} pancakes but I really want to make these next week:
Anyone have special pancake recommendations? I'm interested! ;)

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

19 Weeks

How far along? 19 weeks

Total weight gain/loss: Up 4 pounds.

Maternity clothes? Yes

Stretch marks? No new ones yet.

Symptoms:  Feeling good. Some round ligament pain and backaches have begun but nothing too terrible.

Sleep: Love the wonderful Boppy pregnancy pillow.

Best moment this week: We had our anatomy scan yesterday and baby looks healthy!! Seriously-- a healthy baby is the most important thing!

Have you told family and friends: Yes

Miss Anything? Beer?

Movement: There is a tiny person doing the rumba in there!

Food cravings: Chocolate milk, fried fish (yay Lent!)

Anything making you queasy or sick: Raw meat

Have you started to show yet: Yes

Baby is a: Still a SURPRISE :) We will find out at our family reveal lunch on Saturday!

Belly Button in or out? In

Wedding rings on or off? On

Happy or Moody most of the time: Happy

Looking forward to: Finding out whether it's a brother or sister in there for Hadley. Come on Saturday!!

Friday, February 8, 2013

Foodie Friday Returns: Cranberry Almond Chicken Pasta Salad

So hallelujah I can finally cook again (most days the morning sickness is gone!) which means I can return to sharing favorite new recipes on Friday. Today I want to share my new favorite pasta salad. I know, it's the middle of winter(!) but I really needed a pick-me-up so I went with it.

Cranberry Almond Chicken Pasta Salad
2 cups Greek yogurt
1/4 cup confectioners sugar
2 tablespoons olive oil based mayo
2 tablespoons poppy seeds
2 tablespoons water
2 chicken breasts, boiled & cubed
1/2 sweet vidalia onion chopped finely
1 cup craisans (dried cranberries)
2/3 cup sliced almonds (from baking aisle)
2 teaspoons black pepper
1 pound box of rotini pasta, prepared & cooled
4 stalks celery, chopped
2 teaspoons salt

1) Prep dressing by mixing together the first 5 ingredients.
2) Once cooled, add dressing to prepped pasta and chicken.
3) Add onion, craisans, almonds and black pepper. Stir until everything is coated. Chill until serving in the fridge.

I'm off to a Kindermusik class with Hadley this morning then we're having lunch out with Jim so we've got to run. Have a great weekend everyone! :)

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

18 Weeks

How far along? 18 weeks

Total weight gain: 4 pounds

Maternity clothes? Yes

Stretch marks? No new ones yet.

Symptoms:  Feeling good but overall more easily worn out.

Sleep: Love to sleep but staying asleep is tough since I'm not very comfortable.

Best moment this week: Got to go out for dinner with Jim and some of his college friends(and their wives) which was a nice break from the typical. We also heard back about last week's glucose test and I passed with flying colors! No gestational diabetes for this momma!! :)

Have you told family and friends: Yes

Miss Anything? Warm weather!

Movement: Definitely feeling some continued gymnastics going on in there.

Food cravings: Chocolate milk

Anything making you queasy or sick: Raw meat is still killing me

Have you started to show yet: Yes

Baby is a: We will find out in less than 2 weeks!

Belly Button in or out? In

Wedding rings on or off? On

Happy or Moody most of the time: Happy

Looking forward to: We are getting our anatomy scan next Tuesday 2/12/13! I can't wait to see our tiny babykins again. ;)

Here's a picture Jim just sent me today from Christmas in Chicago. It was so fun to get to see everyone and have the kiddos together!!