Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Zucchini Pasta

I'm sure you've seen the Zucchini Pasta pins popping up all over Pinterest (like this one and this one).. and I've got to tell you - it's definitely worth trying! We've had a Mandolin for a few years (since my obsession with making sweet potato chips began). And now I have a new favorite thing to make with it - zucchini pasta. It's so easy and so good with some marina sauce. All we do is heat it up in the microwave to 30 seconds to a minute with some good marinara sauce. It's so easy and totally hits the spot without all the carbs of pasta! 

I've started buying a few zucchini's at a time and then slicing them up into noodles to eat throughout the week. It makes a super quick and healthy meal or snack. I'm so glad to have found another great use for our mandolin! If you're not familiar with this gadget, check this one out. 

Have a great Tuesday!

Friday, July 25, 2014

Two Months

Eden is two months old today! She is just under 14 lbs.. she is getting so big! This girl loves to eat and she does it well. She's mostly breastfed with some formula supplementation here and there. 

Her favorite activities are:
-sleeping on daddy's chest
-bouncing on the edge of the bed in someone's arms
-being rocked in the glider

She's getting so strong and loves to practice lifting up her head and pushing up with her arms. The pediatrician was impressed with how strong her little legs are already. She doesn't really seem to notice Harvey much but he loves to lick her little feet. She makes great eye contact and we love making her smile and laugh. Her laughs are more like little coos than actual laughs.. so adorable! 

Hope you have a great weekend! 

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Easy Baby Headband and Onesie DIY

A few weeks ago, I mentioned that I've been finding some great baby clothes while thrifting. During one of these trips, I found the cutest little Cleveland Browns bloomers. I didn't have any onesies or tops to go with them, however. I got to thinking about how easy it would be to make a customized onesie and headband set out of a thrifted t-shirt. I found a little white onesie for 90-cents and the perfect orange and white striped top with more than enough material for $3.00. 

I used a piece of white paper to draw a heart and then traced it onto the t-shirt material. After cutting it out, I hand sewed it onto the onesie. The headband was even easier! I cut a strip (about 2 inches wide) out of the t-shirt and then folded it in half and tied it in a double knot/bow - so simple! 

I also have a long sleeved white onesie and lots of leftover material from the t-shirt, so I can make her a fall version as well. Can't wait to make her more customized headband and onsie combos!

Friday, July 18, 2014

Exercising After Baby

I'm sure I've mentioned here before that exercise is a big part of my life. A few years ago, I had gotten really into running and other cardio workouts at the gym. When we started trying to get pregnant, I was advised to tone down the workouts to moderate intensity. During pregnancy, I was advised not to get my heart rate up too high and keep the workouts to low-moderate intensity.. oddly, high intensity exercise is one of the things I missed the most during pregnancy! I use exercise as a stress reliever and i really missed that release. I am happy to say that I've been cleared for high intensity exercise again and it feels amazing!

A few weeks ago I ordered the Polar FT4 Heart Rate Monitor, and I love it! (Unfortunately this is not a sponsored post, by the way. I paid full price for it, and it was worth it!). It monitors your heart rate during a workout and lets you know when you're in your target heart rate zone. It tracks the duration of the workout and the amount of calories burned, which is great. The heart rate monitor is actually a strap worn around your chest, and the watch displays the information. 

We have a great neighborhood for walks/jogs because there are sidewalks and hills. I love popping the baby into the stroller and trekking around, speed walking up hills and intermittently jogging to keep my heart rate up. If you've never pushed a 13 lb baby in a stroller with a diaper bag and junk you picked up from Walgreens up a hill.. well, it's a pretty good workout!

So, if you're into working out, I would certainly recommend getting a heart rate monitor. It helps you stay motivated and accountable during your workout, for me at least!

Hope you have a great weekend!

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Motherhood is...

  • Learning something new everyday.
  • Being completely entertained by watching your child.
  • Humming the same lullaby roughly 1,000 times in a row.
  • Being super excited to watch your baby learn to walk and talk while simultaneously wanting to bottle up the newborn stage.
  • Looking forward to morning smiles. 
  • Timing your beer around feeding time.
  • Being more concerned with another persons bathroom habits than you ever thought you would be.
  • Pure, no-strings-attached love and adoration.
  • Realizing that sometimes the only productive thing you'll do all day is keep a tiny human alive and well.
  • Praying for green lights when the baby is in the car (and only likes it when it's moving).
  • Something I am so grateful to have the opportunity to experience!

Happy Wednesday,

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Thrifted Baby Clothes

In all my years of thrifting, I never really noticed the baby section. After we found out that Eden was going to be a girl, however, it became the first aisle I checked out. There are so many cute things and they aren't too worn in because kids grow so fast. 

All of these I found before she was born. It's so much fun to dress in the little outfits I got for her when she was still growing in my belly. (You can see the red dress worn here and the little onesie with bows here).

Below are a few things I found during a recent thrift trip.. the watermelon bathing suit and the Vintage sailer outfit.. I mean, come on! 

The Sailer outfit was only 60-cents!

I'm sure the baby boy clothes are just as cute.. but I just love all the little girly things! 

Happy Sunday!

Friday, July 11, 2014

Three Things (Life Lately)

1. Baby smiles and giggles.. the absolute best! Trying to get her to smile is one of my favorite things. Her laugh isn't a real laugh yet, but it's still the cutest. She mostly laughs at mobile above her swing.. it must be hilarious!

2. Baby's first diner trip! One of our favorite thing to do is eat a late breakfast at one of Akron's great diners. The other day we decided it was time to introduce the baby to the tradition. She loved it.. before she fell asleep :)

3. It's been a really long time, but I've been running again! It feels amazing. During pregnancy I really missed exercising hard and getting my heart rate up. It's such a great stress reliever and release for me. I'm starting off slowly (heck, I just gave birth 6.5 weeks ago!) and it feels great to hit the pavement again.

Hope you have a great weekend!