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{Perfect Every Time} Snickerdoodle Cookies

{Perfect Every Time} Snickerdoodle Cookies

Here I sit, like a ticking clock.

No baby yet. My body is allegedly prepared, my house is spick and span as clean as its going to get and my bag is packed, in the car all ready to go! I literally just need a baby :) My doctor was telling me that the odds are in my favor that I’ll be having this little dude by the weekend, but I’d rather just have him now, thanks. I’m sure my impatience isn’t helping the baby get here quicker by any means, but what else am I supposed to do? Bake?

Oh yes: BAKE!

And baking is what I’ve been doing….because I obviously refuse to give birth to a skinny baby. And my 6-month aversion to sweet things has slightly subsided. I’m not sure what that means, but I’m 94% sure it’s a sign that labor will begin in the next 24 hours, right? Riiiight?

Anyways, my husband is a chocoholic and typically if I’m going to make cookies, it’s chocolate chip. But when I call the shots slash when I get wicked cravings for things, husbands be damned. Snickerdoodle cookies it is. I love chocolate, but I love non-chocolate cookies more. It’s a problem?!

At some point during my sophomore year in college {when I gained a *leetle* more than the freshman 15} I found this recipe for Snickerdoodles. Mind you, this was 10-ish years ago so of course I have no idea where this recipe came from. My bad. But since I’ve been using it, I haven’t found a snickerdoodle cookie recipe I like more than this. I’m actually shocked that I haven’t posted this recipe before today. This honestly is a fool-proof recipe that you’ll continue to come back to again and again. Slightly crispy edges with big chewy centers, these cookies are the epitome of perfection.


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Hey guys!

I’m still in a bit of a babymoon slash walking-zombie-tired-daze since I had my sweet baby {eureka! he came out!!}, but wanted to post a quick and easy {and really really delicious} dinner recipe for you.

I’ve posted a lemon pasta recipe before with lots of veggies, but this time I made it more Blake friendly….read: less green things.

I also didn’t have everything I needed on hand for that recipe, so this one is a bit of a stretch/variation. It’s not too lemony, creamy with not a lot of calories {thanks to some evaporated milk} and ready in about 20 minutes. Winning!


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Hi everyone!

I’m so excited to announce the birth of our third child, Eddie!

This sweet boy was born Thursday, January 28th at 4:26am. He was 7 pounds 13 ounces and 20 3/4 inches long with a 13 1/2 inch head. Labor and delivery was a breeze compared to my last two pregnancies and believe it or not, the same doctor who delivered Blake {who I ADORE} was on call to deliver Edward. And we even delivered him in the same room as Blake too!
Here are more details of how things went down; feel free to just scroll through to see the pictures :)

So, Tuesday and Wednesday I was having contractions on and off that weren’t really getting anywhere; just more of an annoyance reminding me that I was still pregnant. I had a doctor’s appointment on Tuesday afternoon where I had my membranes stripped and then reassured that my baby would, in fact, come out soon. Tuesday night I started having contractions after my husband left to pick my Mom up from the airport. That was an interesting few hours! Nothing came of it, but it was fun trying to figure out who I could call just in case this baby decided to come early.


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Here I sit, like a ticking clock.

No baby yet. My body is allegedly prepared, my house is spick and span as clean as its going to get and my bag is packed, in the car all ready to go! I literally just need a baby :) My doctor was telling me that the odds are in my favor that I’ll be having this little dude by the weekend, but I’d rather just have him now, thanks. I’m sure my impatience isn’t helping the baby get here quicker by any means, but what else am I supposed to do? Bake?

Oh yes: BAKE!

And baking is what I’ve been doing….because I obviously refuse to give birth to a skinny baby. And my 6-month aversion to sweet things has slightly subsided. I’m not sure what that means, but I’m 94% sure it’s a sign that labor will begin in the next 24 hours, right? Riiiight?

Anyways, my husband is a chocoholic and typically if I’m going to make cookies, it’s chocolate chip. But when I call the shots slash when I get wicked cravings for things, husbands be damned. Snickerdoodle cookies it is. I love chocolate, but I love non-chocolate cookies more. It’s a problem?!

At some point during my sophomore year in college {when I gained a *leetle* more than the freshman 15} I found this recipe for Snickerdoodles. Mind you, this was 10-ish years ago so of course I have no idea where this recipe came from. My bad. But since I’ve been using it, I haven’t found a snickerdoodle cookie recipe I like more than this. I’m actually shocked that I haven’t posted this recipe before today. This honestly is a fool-proof recipe that you’ll continue to come back to again and again. Slightly crispy edges with big chewy centers, these cookies are the epitome of perfection.


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Baby’s Nursery

Baby’s Nursery
Finally, I have a finished nursery! Boy oh boy was this a long time coming. We had a wall to take down, a closet to expand, walls to paint and babies to grow, but by george we got there! Hallelujah. Here’s a quick peek into the baby’s nursery. I’ll try to explain where I got what, but a lot of this was already in our house from when Blake was a baby Emerson Crib in navy from Pottery Barn. We bought this last year or maybe even the year before when Blake was still in a crib. We ended up switching him to a big boy bed sooner than we had expected though, so we stored this little gem in our garage hoping that mayyyybe there would be another baby in our future. And lo and behold, we were blessed with another Read about that story here. Our crib sheets are just from Target. I really like the jersey sheets because they just seem so cozy! Best $9 I ever spent. Changing table is from Wayfair.com. I love this table because the top part is totally removable so I can use this as a regular dresser down the road. It’s not
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Sooooo, no baby yet {but to be fair my due date isn’t for another 5 days} SO we truck along, conquer the day and forge ahead.

This time with ENCHILADAS! Yum :)

I am slowly turning into the queen of homemade-super-fast-easy-dinners-that-my-kids-will-actually-eat-because-ain’t-nobody-got-time-for-slow-cooking-anything-or-spending-longer-than-15-minutes-in-the-kitchen.

Ahh, third trimester. We meet again.

My patience and exhaustion level for cooking, cleaning and dealing with cranky children who don’t want to eat their dinner is at an all time low {….or would that be high?} and lemme tell you, I am an absolute delight to be around. Ask my poor, sick husband who had to deal with his inconsolable, large, sobbing-for-no-good-reason wife last night.

That’s the hormone level I’m at folks. A REAL treat. Logically, I know I’m being literally ridiculous. Mentally and emotionally: things cannot be controlled.

DAMN YOU HORMONES.


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Baby Must-Have’s

Baby Must-Have’s

Today marks 39 weeks pregnant *exactly* for me! YIKES.

I think I’m ready?! Haha!

I have a long list of to do’s to really feel like I have things under control, so hopefully by Friday, it’ll be complete and I can focus on getting this little boy out of my belly and into my arms. Hopefully, I only have 7 days left {or less!!}

Since I’ve been talking and posting all about this pregnancy, lots of you have emailed me, asking for recommendations of baby products I use and love. Well, ever since Blake has been getting older and older {and I’ve been out of the baby loop for a while now} I’ve been doing my research and compiling a list of new baby products I would be excited about trying. Since I have no idea how much time I’ll have AFTER baby is born, I figured I’d post about all these items now. Here is my list! Keep in mind all the links are NOT affiliate links and these companies aren’t paying me to say nice things about them. I just genuinely like their stuff…time will tell if baby likes their products too 😉


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Well, shalom friends.

I think it’s safe to say that this will be the last Pregnancy Update I do before I switch over to doing baby updates!! At least, I really really hope this is the last pregnancy update I will have to do before the baby comes. I keep wishing and hoping that this baby will be early, but the first two weren’t so why would this one be any different? I’m not counting on it. Here’s the latest and greatest.


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I’m kind of in love with these Acai Bowls you guys. It’s a problem?! Ok, not really. But based on how boiling hot I’ve been with this little furnace of a baby growing burning inside of me, I’m guzzling all sorts of liquids and eating all the cold things. Smoothie bowl? Right up my alley. Considering it’s getting harder and harder for me to eat sugar, this frozen-fruit-turned-into-soft-serve-thing has become all the more appealing.

Before I ever really knew about Acai {pronounced ah-sigh-ee} Bowls, I kept seeing pictures of these gorgeous fruit filled smoothie bowls on Instagram. After a little more digging, I was able to find out WHERE to buy what I needed to make these, HOW to make them good {ie how I like them} and WHAT I needed to add to make them completely child-friendly so my kids would willingly gobble these up for breakfast or lunch.

Turns out you don’t need very much stuff to make these amazing bowls AND there are lots of options and variations so you can make them how you like.


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