Monthly Archives: November 2017

What I’ve Been Reading

So I’m not averaging the book per week that I was during my last maternity leave. That said the Ken Follett book was like a thousand pages so that has to count for something, right?I really liked reading all of these books for very different reasons so perhaps you’ll find one you like too!

Janesville: An American Story by Amy GoldsteinThe Weight of Ink by Rachel KadishA Column of Fire by Ken FollettThe Four Pillars of Investing by William Bernstein

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Stuff That Has Been Useful x2

Nina asked for a post on what has been useful with two babies. Obviously this will change over the year but here is what has been good for the first eight weeks. I didn’t take pictures, we all have to live with it. Sometimes this is just how it goes. Google what you need to.

The Chicco KeyFit Caddy Stroller Frame

It was great the first time because I never had to carry the infant carseat anywhere (I don’t care if I am That Person with a stroller). It is great now because I have my hands free to carry a recalcitrant toddler in the parking lot while I push said stroller!

Rock and Play

We don’t cosleep and both of my babies have gone straight into their cribs day one. However I have this on the main floor because Glitter sometimes will give us a nap in there. On the days I have both children at home and it is just a good all around place to set her when I need to give Critter all of my attention. This has definitely gotten more use the second go-round.

Standalone Freezer

We received this shortly before/after (?) Critter was born and it is a lifesaver. It is where I keep half of my frozen breastmilk. All of our frozen meals. An emergency stash of Critter’s favorite foods (nuggets, waffles, bread).

Stuff That Is Not Stuff

The “emergency” diaper bag I keep in my car with changes of clothes for both children, diapers and wipes, a water bottle and snacks for Critter so that I don’t have to take my whole diaper bag with me everywhere.

A basket of special toys for Critter in Glitter’s nursery. This usually buys me about 30 minutes in the morning when we go upstairs to get baby sister.

A Starbucks gift card so I can plop both kids in the car and get a latte at the drive through window and enjoy 15 minutes of peace sitting down knowing my children are contained.

Second time mamas, what things have been lifesavers for you?

Things I am Thankful For: Part II

Because you know, not everything is serious.

  • Hot yoga
  • Wine
  • All covfefes: lattes, iced, black
  • Sprinkle macarons from Bellecour
  • Sleep
  • Oversized long-sleeved shirts
  • Cuddles from Critter
  • My engagement and wedding rings which finally fit again
  • A full closet of not-maternity clothes, even if I refuse to wear them
  • The West Wing and The Real Housewives and Live PD
  • Reading books (sometimes)
  • All of my girlfriends. The ones without children who love me even through this chaotic stage of life I am in, the ones with children who know my story well, the ones I have only just met who are all in just the same.

Friday Food Round-Up!

This week we cooked! Like adults! Could I be prouder? No.

Also, last week I ordered a new Crockpot that browns meat (thank you Target 25% off on kitchen!) and the same day, our old stalwart broke.

Behold.

So we got to use it this week and it was AMAZING. We are living in a new world.

We also ate a fair number of leftovers and things from the freezer and that was pretty great too.

Sunday – Easy Crockpot Creamy Chicken Enchilada Chili, Salad

We love this soup. Next week, I’m going to make it for our neighbors who welcomed a new little one!

Monday – Beef Turkey Stroganoff from Skinny Taste Fast and Slow, Salad

This was a tasty one – we made it with ground turkey instead of beef. Will make it again for sure.

Tuesday – Slow Cooker Coconut Curry Lentils, Steamed Broccoli, Rice

THANK YOU PAST KAT. Another meal straight out of the freezer.

Thursday – Thanksgiving

God bless us everyone. And shoutout to Uncle Jeff for saving the day with a photo of Second Thanksgiving.

Miscellaneous – Chocolate Chip Banana Muffins

I am apparently on a muffin making kick. Last maternity leave it was Cadbury Mini Egg Blondies. I took half of these to a neighbor as a thank you for the wonderful hand-me-downs they have gifted us over the past four months.

Things I am Thankful For: Part I

My house is full.

I have spent the last eight weeks with a happy heart because my house is full. Which is not to say there isn’t at least one point each day where both children are crying, because there is. On one recent day, both of them pooped within five minutes of one another and then Critter sacrificed a Tupperware bowl to the sink, which he Mourned Intensely for 10 minutes.

But Glitter is here. Critter is here. Marcus is here. I am here.

We are all here.

When people ask me how I am doing it with two I usually give some sort of bland answer about just putting one foot in front of the other which is partially true and the other half is that I just have no idea how we survive each day but somehow we do.

This is the hardest it will ever be, I continue to tell myself.

They are days full of More Crying Than I Would Prefer (from my children) but they are also days of wrestling and roaring like lions and running from the hugglesaurus, reading books, singing songs, a newborn who naps on me.

They are days when my husband and I sometimes spend one hour together at the end of the day, but usually not. It is exciting if we get to eat a reheated dinner together. We are tired. We are happy. We are sometimes frustrated. We are always surprised that we have two children now because how on Earth did that happen.

We are glad.

Happy Thanksgiving.

Friday Food Round-Up!

The transition to cooking continues, albeit gently.  And, I forgot to snap a photo of the beautiful quinoa salad made by Emily. THANK YOU EMILY. 

Friday – Chicken Noodle Soup, Kale Salad, Brownies


THANK YOU SARAH. 

Sunday – Slow Cooker Turkey, White Bean, and Pumpkin Chili from Skinny Taste Fast and Slow, Cheesy Jalapeno Bacon Cornbread from Cravings


Not as good as our favorite chili recipe but we liked it and would make it again. And, I made a cornbread! I rock!

Monday – Slow Cooker Indian Chicken and Peas from Skinny Taste Fast and Slow, Rice, Steamed Broccoli


I think it is generous to call this “Indian” and honestly I don’t think it needed to be in the crockpot but it was tasty and the house smelled nice. 

Tuesday – Chipotle


I have been craving this for like a week and a half now. THANK YOU STEPH. 

Wednesday – Mexican Quinoa Bake with Avocado and Salad


THANK YOU JAMIE!

Thursday – Slow Cooker Mongolian Beef, Rice, Steamed Asparagus


THANK YOU PAST KAT. I have really appreciated the ability to thaw these meals and dump them in one fell swoop into the crockpot. 

Miscellaneous – Chocolate Chip Banana Muffins


It was my week to bring treats to ECFE. 

Stuff I Am All About Right Now

I went to the dermatologist for my post-partum skin check last Thursday. They removed one mole, it is benign. PARTY TIME. This is your regular reminder to wear sunscreen and to never ever go into tanning beds ever.  Also if you have never been, visit a dermatologist for a skin check.  

Anyway here is a bunch of stuff I want you all to know about because, well, it’s Tuesday and I feel like sharing. 

Maple Leaf Cream Cookies. 


I grabbed two boxes of these at ALDI but you can find them at Trader Joe’s too. They’re by far my favorite seasonal treat. 

Tall Starbucks Chestnut Praline Latte with an extra shot of Espresso. 


This is a delicious, delicious thing. 

Trader Joe’s Raises the Bar Granola Bars. 


These are just tasty. I think they taste like pancakes and syrup. 

Trader Joe’s Maple Pecan Shortbread Bar Mix. 


This box mix is overly complex but it is tasty and easier than baking from scratch. 100% will be bringing these bars to both Thanksgivings. 

Trader Joe’s Coconut Cold Brew Coffee Concentrate. 


It’s like $5 for 16 oz (v. $7-8 for 32 oz). The coconut flavor is strong enough you can mix half of the coconut cold brew with some of the regular stuff and it is still very tropical. 

Simpler Wines White Italian Sparkling Wine. 


$4 for 4. They make it in rosé. They sell it at Trader Joe’s. It’s cheaper than the Sofia Coppola canned champagne. I want an advent calendar of only this Amen.