July Foodie Pen Pals Reveal

Ahh, July needs to rewind, I am not ready for August to be here tomorrow. August = school starting, which means I need to shift my focus from nursery/birth/newborn to classroom organization/lesson plans/first week of school/meet the teacher night. I’m not ready for that yet!

But as Tracy Lawrence says, time marches on.

wow, that brings back memories!

Thanks Linsdsay for hosting another round of Foodie Pen Pals – we’re up to over 1,000 participants!

The Lean Green Bean


This month Katy Beth of Curlyrunnerbug Move In was paired with me. Katy Beth sent me some scrumptious treats:

Mmm peppermint stick Luna bars are my favorite 🙂

And my oh my, this s’mores popcorn is insane! I told Katy Beth I’d love a local treat, but I am very disappointed that this is local to Las Vegas. I want it to be available everywhere! I need to keep it out of sight though, otherwise I’ll devour all of it in one sitting.

And I sent a box off to blog reader Jessica. Since she isn’t a blogger I took a picture of what I sent her:

Since Jessica doesn’t have a Trader Joe’s near her, I decided to pick up a reusable grocery bag full of goodies, including: corn chile salsa, jalapeno refried black beans, chile spiced mangos, dried seaweed, cinnamon sugar pita chips, jalapeno hot sauce, Middle Eastern flatbread, and some fleur de sel caramels.

Here is her guest post:

Hello my name is Jessica Sain and this was my first time joining in with foodie pen pal. I received some great items from my pen pal, Leila, which she found it very strange to shop for a person who did not like nuts or chocolate LOL. I really do wish I like those things because it would be a great healthy snack. I have been battling with my weight over the past few years and decided to join the pen pal for some motivation. I have always heard great things about Trader Joes and was excited when I opened my box and saw that all my food was from the store. I want to thank Lindsey for organizing this great program. Also, thanks Leila for sending me great healthy food!!!

Are you interested in joining Foodie Pen Pals for August? You don’t have to be a food blogger (or any kind of blogger) to participate, everyone is welcome! Please click here and fill out the form no later than Saturday, August 4th. Lindsay will send matches on Sunday, August 5th. The spending limit is $15, and boxes need to be mailed out by the 15th of the month.

What is your favorite way to eat popcorn?

30 Weeks

How Big is the Baby?

Approximately 18 inches and 3.2 pounds. She’s about the size of a head of lettuce.


How I’m Changing

Rilo always wants to join me in the bump shot.

My hips have widened a tad, and my ribs are expanding a bit again as my organs run out of room. Blarg, I could do without this side effect, it is making my cute tops not very comfortable.

How I’m Feeling

Eh, terrible. My back pain has gotten a lot worse, to the point where sleeping is a very uncomfortable endeavor. I spent the majority of Friday night/Sunday morning sitting in the glider trying to sleep because laying down wasn’t an option. I broke down and purchased a snoogle on Saturday. Luckily Babies R Us was having a 20% off sale on all pregnancy pillows. My sleep has improved with the pillow, but I don’t think it will really be better until Baby Spinach is 5.


While the snoogle helps during the night, my waking hours are spent in a great deal of pain. Like tears flowing quality pain. The hubs surprised me with a treat yesterday because I was so miserable.

Yoga, stretching, ice, and heat are not helping. I have a chiropractic appointment tomorrow morning, and a massage in the afternoon. Hopefully the two of them combined will get me some relief.


What I’m Eating

LOTS of veggies from the garden. The summer heat finally kicked in and our squash and zucchini are thriving!I’m also eating lots of fruit in the form of cherries, strawberries, and peaches. Yum!


Odds and Ends

After I realized my dream crib bedding would cost $312 pre-tax, I scoured the Internet for alternative options. I found one at Target that was pretty cute, and very reasonably priced, but it was out of stock. I called and was informed it would be in stock again, but they had no idea when. Not wanting to risk it not being available until after Baby Spinach arrives, I decided to tackle making my own bedding. Yikes! I really have no idea what I am doing, but I found a few easy enough looking tutorials on Pinterest, and my mother-in-law agreed to help me. Phew!


I went on a fabric search in town and couldn’t find grey chevron anywhere! The owner of my favorite fabric shop, Top Stitch, said it’s so popular she can’t keep it in stock. So I ordered the fabric online, which I really didn’t want to do for a few reasons. A) I like to support local business, B) I want to get started right away and it won’t arrive until Aug 2-Aug 7, and C) I want to see the fabric in person first. But, since I am neurotic and have a very specific idea in my head of what I want this was my only option. Here’s what I purchased:

The greys look different on screen, but they aren’t. They are both from the same coordinating group of fabric by Premier Fabrics, called Storm Grey. I want them to arrive NOW!

Things I can’t wait to eat again: does Advil count?

# of times I get up to pee each night: 1-2

Days until my next appointment: 2 weeks

Total weight gained: still at 15

Exercise: yoga, walking, stretching, and the elliptical…but at a much lower intensity

Cravings: sleep, I’m exhausted! What is this, the 1st tri all over again?

Aversions: handling raw meat, sitting on a cushy couch – because of where Baby Spinach’s bum and legs are positioned

What I miss feeling like myself & having energy to do, well, anything without feeling exhausted. I’m pretty nervous for the beginning of the school year when I need to be ON!


I am loving the Insta-Friday linky party, it gives a very real picture of a bloggers day. If you don’t already participate, check out Life Rearranged and join the fun!
life rearranged


Since my Insta-Road Trip I’ve spent a lot of time at home cleaning, organizing, and catching up on sleep. Until 5:30 this morning, that is, when the Ethel got the other ladies all riled up.

They just received a talking to about being respectful of our sleep. I suppose it is training for October, eh?

Other shenanigans included:

Purchasing a new duvet cover.

I didn’t want our beautiful wedding quilt (quilted by my mother-in-law) to be covered in baby spit up, vomit, and the like, so I really wanted something white that I could easily bleach. I fell in love with this West Elm set, but found the knock off version at Target for a fraction of the price.

Took my 3-hour glucose test

I fasted starting at 8 p.m. Sunday night and had my blood drawn at 8:30 a.m., drank that sickly sweet drink again and asked if I could hang out in an empty exam room for my wait. They happily obliged, and I was able to relax (as much as I could) on an exam room table. I watched 3 episodes of Vampire Diaries on my netflix app while I waited – Thanks Chels for the recommendation. If you haven’t watched Vampire Diaries, do yourself a favor and add it to your instant queue now!

On Wednesday I found out I passed and celebrated with a pumpkin bar!

I was told the results would be back on Tuesday, but I never received a call. So I called Wednesday morning and was told I’d receive a call back. By 2 I still hadn’t heard a word and after working myself up into a tizzy I called again and told the receptionist I was freaking out so I really needed a triage nurse to call me back with the results. A phone call came within the half hour 🙂

I’ve eaten a lot of par-baked organic ciabatta buns in the form of fauxbux sammies and caprese sammies. (don’t worry, I cooked them)

I’ll post the caprese sammie recipe soon, it is rediculously easy and absolutely delicious.

And last night the hubs and I attended the Six Foot Swing Concert Under The Pines.

Part of the reason, okay the main reason, we wanted to move to this neighborhood was because of the proximity to Audubon Park. It has a nice mile loop, which is perfect for walking Rilo, and is always filled with fun activities. Concerts are held in the park a few Thursday evenings during the summer and we were finally in town for one last night! I picked up chicken chipotle sandwiches from Rockwood Bakery and diced up some bell pepper and strawberries for the perfect picnic food. The music was great, and the temperature was perfect. They even had a swing instructor teaching lessons.

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Starvin’ marvin [WIAW]

I don’t think I ate enough yesterday because today I have been ravenous! I woke up with the hubs alarm and couldn’t fall back asleep because of my hunger. I attempted to satisfy it with a banana, but that didn’t work out. Enter endless eating for the remainder of the day!

So what did I eat that I need to beef up?


Fauxbux breakfast sandwich made with a parbaked ciabatta roll I found at Trader Joe’s. These bad boys are delicious, only take 5 minutes to heat, and make my sandwich even more like the Starbucks one I love. On the side I had a big bowl of cherries and some decaf with half & half.


Hugh Jass salad with spinach, romaine, tomato, bell pepper, grapes, goat cheese, Costco rotisserie chicken, and homemade dressing. Another ciabatta roll and a big bowl of cherries were consumed as well.


Cottage cheese with cinnamon and a nanner.


Iced grande soy chai consumed while I met with a potential maternity, birth, and newborn photog 🙂


My first Chipotle bowl! Spokane welcomed its first Chipotle a month or so ago, but I avoided it because I’m not a fan of crowds. But now I see what all the fuss is about. Yes, I could totally make this at home (and often do), but the convenience factor of something yummy and fairly nutritious is very nice. My bowl included brown cilantro rice, black beans, chicken, cheese, mild salsa, corn salsa, and lettuce. I wish they had more fresh chopped veggies to add, however.


a few squares of Lindt milk chocolate

No workout yesterday, unless you count the 6+ hours I spent cleaning/organizing my house. I am VERY stressed out about the state of my house right now. Between refinishing the floors upstairs, and the hubs renovating our 4th bedroom, nothing is where it belongs! I start the new school year in 5ish weeks and am running out of time to make everything “perfect” before I don’t have time during the day. Stress counts as fitness, right?

29 weeks

How Big is the Baby?

Around the size of a butternut squash (my favorite squash!) – Approximately 17 inches and around 3 pounds…but I think Baby Spinach is on the smaller side because I haven’t gained much in the last few weeks.


How I’m Changing

Just getting bigger, haha. My belly is now large enough to be a shelf, which is convenient for food, but not as convenient as I thought it would be for reading in bed. Resting a book on my belly isn’t very comfortable. I have an awesome pyramid shaped pillow my mom got me for Christmas that is specifically for reading, but it doesn’t fit on the belly easily.


How I’m Feeling

Eh, I’ve been better. Her bum and legs are wedged up right under my ribs and bending over, even slightly, is really uncomfortable. Even sitting isn’t very easy. It’s crazy! And it is only going to get more uncomfortable.


I’ve also had some pretty bad heartburn since Monday’s glucose test. I was so sick after the test/not eating for 15.5 hours, that all I wanted to do was lie down, but lying down made the heartburn worse. I’m trying to avoid taking meds for it, but I might not be able to hold out much longer.


What I’m Eating

Pretty much the same as before. Lots of salads, fruits and veggies, iced decaf coffee, trail mix, Greek yogurt, and cottage cheese. My fruit of choice: cherries. I’m putting my new cherry pitter to great use!


Odds & Ends

My glider arrived! It wasn’t supposed to be ready until the end of August, so I was very happy to receive a call yesterday saying it was ready. I wanted a glider that didn’t look like a nursery glider. The hubs and I designed it at The Tin Roof, a local furniture store. I am so happy with how it turned out. The grey color is perfect against the Robin’s Nest blue walls!

The not so fun part of yesterday was that I took my 3-hour glucose test and was told the results would be back today. I didn’t receive a call today, and I’m hoping no news is good news. I’m going to call tomorrow to check, but I would assume they would call me right away if I have gestational diabetes because I’d need to drastically change my eating habits, see a nutritionist, and start monitoring my blood sugar right away. Right?


She is having the hiccups ALL.THE.TIME. Right now, actually. She also thrashes around like an alien on a daily basis. Here’s a video clip of her moving around the other day.


This is actually pretty calm. She moves much more in the early morning and at night, but it is difficult to capture during those times of the day.


And at my last prenatal appointment I captured her heartbeat for the hubs since he couldn’t attend. She was moving around a ton, of course, so it was hard to capture. I’ve listened to this many, many times 🙂


Please ingnore my super pale belly. I’ve never been this pale during the summer!  Sunbathing is no longer on my agenda. Thank goodness for maxi skirts and dresses, haha.

And finally, tonight I met with a potential maternity, birth, and newborn photographer! I have one more to meet with, but am feeling very positive about the photog I met tonight. As soon as I book one I’ll post the photogs blog for all you lookie-loos 🙂

Things I can’t wait to eat again: sushi sounds lovely

# of times I get up to pee each night:  1-2

Days until my next appointment: 2. I’m at appointments every 2 weeks now…ahh, it is getting so close!

Total weight gained: 15 pounds

Exercise: I missed going to prenatal yoga AGAIN this week because of my 3 hour glucose test. The times they have prenatal yoga don’t really flow with my schedule 😦 I’m aiming for next Monday. Until then I’ve been getting some quality time with my elliptical.

Cravings: cherries! I’m a Yakima girl at heart

Aversions: the smell of chicken cooking is getting to me again. Am I back in the first trimester?

What I miss nothing right now

I have 4 pounds of cherries, well probably down to 3 pounds now…what is your favorite dish with cherries?

Insta-road trip

Man, this week has been a whirlwind. Thank you for all your kind words of reassurance on Monday’s post. I’ve been on the road every day, but yesterday, since Sunday and am just now sitting down to catch up.
life rearranged

Since last insta-Friday I’ve driven to: Yakima, Longview, Portland, Albany, back to Yakima, and finally today I drove back home. Phew!

Before heading off, my mom and I picked up some cherries, plouts, blueberries, and caramels at Johnson Orchards.

Over the river (Yakima River), and through the woods (Snoqualmie National Forrest), to Grandmother’s house we go (by way of Longview and Portland).

We stopped in Longview for lunch with Trudy, my mom’s best friend of 30+ years (she photographed my birth!).

And then we drove to Portland where we had dinner with Jessica, (my best friend of 24 years!), and her mom. We had TERRIBLE service, (we didn’t get our dinner until 2 HOURS after our reservation time), but at least we had lots of catching up to do to pass the time.

The next morning Jessica joined us again for a fabulous breakfast at Tasty n Sons. I ate here for the first time last summer (holy cow my hair was blonde!) and was still dreaming about Erin’s Sweet Biscuits a year later. They are every bit as amazing as I remember.

Outside the restaurant we stumbled upon an urban bike riding lesson, which was pretty much the cutest thing I’ve ever seen. And it sums up the city of Portlandia quite nicely.

Then we hit the road with full bellies and spent the night in Albany visiting my Grandma.

We spent a few hours reminiscing and looking at old family photos. This photograph is the epitome of the 60’s. I LOVE my mom’s style!

After brunch the next day we had to hit the road for Yakima again, after a brief stop at the Woodburn Outlets to pick up some yoga pants tax free of course.

Today I said goodbye to Ribbon and Ginger. They were pretty bummed I didn’t have any carrots.

And the I had the scariest driving experience I think I’ve ever had! First it was very windy, and then I ran across a fire. I was heading East on I-90, and was only affected by this huge cloud of smoke.

The poor people heading West were backed up for miles because of flames that were licking the highway. I wanted to take a closer picture, but thought it unsafe to pull over when I could barely see the road through the smoke. I kept driving and about an hour later I was slammed with rain so hard I had to slow down to 35 and drive with my hazard lights on. I would have pulled over to wait it out, but it was so windy that the semi’s were swerving all over the road, and I saw many people who were pulled over almost get hit! Between the lightning flashing rapidly across the sky, the sheets of rain, and the wind, I was driving white knuckled (not hard to do in my current state of paleness), and tense!

After my much needed pre-natal massage, that I barely made due to the extra hour my drive took, I came home to discover the most adorable hat in my mailbox knitted for Baby Spinach by my lovely friend Veronika.

And then the hubs and I started putting our house back together. We’ve been out all week because our hardwoods in the nursery and our bedroom were being refinished. Operation Nursery can finally begin!

What have you been up to this week?

28 Weeks

How Big is the Baby?

She is approximately 17 inches long and 2.9 pounds; this is roughly the size of a small cabbage.


How I’m Changing

My belly button is getting shallower and shallower. Pretty soon it will be an outie. And, because of how much it is now stretching, my belly itches all.the.time.


How I’m Feeling

Meh, not so awesome. My sciatic nerve pain has gotten a whole lot worse. My midwife showed me a stretch, and told me to use an ice pack. Both help, but I can’t sit on an ice pack all day, even though I’d really like to.

I also received my Obus Forme for my seat and back. I bought the ones with the highest rating for the lowest price point, (seat, back). Why there isn’t a one piece contraption is beyond me, I had to purchase the seat and back rest separately. Last time I drove to/from Yakima I was in a lot of pain, like an 8 on a scale of 1-10. On this weeks trip my level of discomfort was more at a 3. Not totally gone, but much more manageable.


What I’m Eating

I am almost out of my About Time protein powder, which after drinking nearly the entire container I’ve decided I don’t like all that much. I picked up a different brand – Designer Whey – from Trader Joe’s and I like it a lot better. So I’m having one shake a day, more bacon gouda fauxbux sandwiches, lots of salads, fruit galore, and homemade ice cream.


Odds and Ends/Ups and Downs

Zoey wanted to be in the picture


I had a pretty devastating blow on Friday. I failed the 1-hour glucose test I took Thursday morning. I was completely shocked! The level-headed/intelligent person in me knows that my pregnancy hormones are preventing my body from processing sugars the way that it normally does, and that I have a family history of diabetes, (not sure if regular diabetes and gestational diabetes can be genetically linked).

But the irrational person in me was pissed. I know I am not the healthiest pregnant woman out there, but I’m pretty damn healthy! I haven’t gained an excessive amount of weight, I exercise 4-5 times a week, eat more than 75 grams of protein a day, hit at least 10 servings of fruits/veggies a day, etc. etc. And while I know there is nothing I could have done differently, I still feel like an absolute failure.

There is a ray of sunshine, however. I might not have gestational diabetes. Next week I’ll take a 3-hour glucose test, which I am not looking forward to at all. I have to fast starting at 8 p.m. and then have my blood drawn at 8:30 a.m. the following day, drink that awesome sugary drink again, and have my blood drawn at one, two, and three hour increments. Oh, and I can’t eat anything during that time. That would be 15.5 hours without food. For a pregnant lady, this is cruel and unusual punishment. And there aren’t any benches that I can lie down on in the waiting room. Awesome.


Wah, wah, wah, whine, whine, whine. Putting on my big girl panties now.



Now that I’ve got my bummer out of the way, I have an up! Remember that bookcase that I was going to try to save with fabric? Turns out the hubs and I had a miscommunication about what needed to happen in order to get the paint to stick to the laminate covered particleboard. I spent Tuesday night sanding (with an electric sander – my new favorite toy), Wednesday priming (with a mask/ventilation!), and Thursday/Friday painting (again, with a mask/ventilation!). And guess what? Success! I haven’t taken pictures of the final product yet, but I am very pleased. I’ll do a full post on how I accomplished this once I get back to Spokane. It will look very nice against our newly refinished hardwoods (which are being done today/tomorrow – now they’ll match the living/dining room!).

Then old man Bachelor got jealous, and he wanted to be in the picture.

Things I can’t wait to eat again: Nothing, but if I do have GD I will have a long list of things!

# of times I get up to pee each night:  1-2

Days until my next appointment: 1 week (3-hour test), and a massage on Friday that I hope helps my sciatic nerve!

Total weight gained: 14.5 pounds – see, not bad at all! That is an average of slightly over a half a pound a week.

Exercise: lots of elliptical action. It finally cooled down a bit, but I left town. Once I get back I’ll be enjoying walks again. I’m also going to start my pre-natal yoga on Monday, as I was feeling too sick after the glucose test to attempt it on Thursday.

Cravings: espresso over ice with some half and half

Sorry I’m so complicated. #formerbarista

Aversions: glucose test drinks

What I miss feeling on top of things – our stuff has been all over the house as we’ve moved things around to get the hardwoods refinished in stages. The hubs is also finishing a room in the basement, so our storage space is being relocated. I’m totally overwhelmed and don’t know where to start.

 If you failed the 1-hour glucose test, but passed the 3-hour glucose test, do you have any advice? And if you wound up with gestational diabetes will you please tell me it isn’t the end of the world and my baby will be okay? That is how I feel right now 😦