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Wife. Mother. Blogger. Food eater. Thunder thigh haver. Baby maker. Carb lover. Travel goer. Exclamation point user.

Portland Guides

Portland Guide: NW 23rd

Portland Guide: NW 23rd Here lies my 2nd installment of my Portland Guide video series! {See first video here.} This time, I decided to include Gordon because heaven knows I love that man. And also, he loves food just about as much as I do. Anyways, I decided to feature a different part of Portland where I go pretty frequently: NW 23rd. It doesn’t take forever to get there from my house, I’ve figured out my favorite spots and I even have found a certain parking lot that ALWAYS has spots available. It’s one of my favorite little nooks of this beloved city, so I decided to feature it. Some fun facts about this video: we filmed on a Saturday, so it was busier than normal but I’m not sure you can even tell. Also, I was 8 weeks pregnant and feeling completely awful! Again, not sure you could tell {hope not!} The only thing I actually liked eating were the truffle fries from Little Big Burger. I had to force everything else down. All in the name of love…..or is it food?! Either way, here are the details on all the spots we visited: 1. Sammy’s Flowers. I love that you can create your
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I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, I attend Super Bowl parties for the food, not the football. I know there are football fans out there in the interwebs that read my blog {hello, friends!} that would be considered experts compared to my sports ‘expertise’ but I’ve got the food part covered.

Cheddar Bacon Ranch Dip? Check.

9 Layer Dip? Done.
Roasted Jalapeno Queso? Already in the crockpot.
Enchilada Stuffed Mushrooms? Ready to bake.
With the Super Bowl this weekend, I thought I would throw together a speedy appetizer that would blow your minds! Cream cheese logs are all the rage you guys…at least in my opinion. And I’ve been seeing them pop up on Pinterest all the time?! Not quite sure what that is about. Conspiracy? Sure.


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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.


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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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