Christmas in July

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Merry Christmas!!!! In July that is!

Who doesn't love a gift exchange? I know I do. Last year's Blended Blog Christmas in July gift exchange went so well, we decided to do it again this year. And, when I say "we" I obviously mean other people kindly organized it (thanks Whitney) and I just hopped on the bandwagon (as per usual). 

My Secret Santa was Katie!!! 

I have to give it to Katie, she nailed it!!! Clearly she knows I love me some pretty accessories because she sent me this really pretty layered necklace that she discovered a local boutique in her area.
When I opened the package and pulled out the necklace, my 4 year old daughter was immediately eyeing it up (I don't know where she gets it). 

As if that wasn't enough, Katie also got me a beautiful beach towel. I'll tell you why I'm excited about this (besides the fact it's super pretty): my kids keep getting these super fun towels for when we go swimming and I'm always stuck using plain old bath towels. It's like Katie knew I needed my own special towel for our family swimming outings. :)

And here's a pic of my tired mug with my pretty new necklace because, well, why not?
Never mind the drops of water on my shirt... I just gave Ollie a bath and he decided that the water was better on me than in the tub... naturally.

Wanna see what everyone else got? (which, if you're curious like me, you do) head on over to Katie (who was my Santa) and Lana (who I shopped for). 

Happy Thursday (yay almost Friday!!)

Favorite Summer Food

Monday, July 10, 2017

Is it overly predictable that the resident pregnant lady signed up for the post talking about food? I mean, it was kind of a given, no?

Either way, here we are and this week the ladies of the Blended Blog and I are sharing our favorite summer eats! YUM!

I've decided the easiest way to do this (because I truly love ALL food) is to sum up my faves in a few random categories :)

Here are some of my favorite summer foods:


They say "you don't make friends with salad" ("they" being the Simpsons, more specifically Homer) but I tell you, I've had some good ones and there are days, especially hot and humid days, where a salad just seems like the most appropriate meal. Most people associate salads with uber-healthy eating, but let's be serious, I totally count pasta and potato salads in this category which are essential summer staples.

Interested in a delicious, easy and fairly healthy salad this summer?? Check out this one I shared not too long ago on the Blended Blog: tasty tomato, cucumber and basil salad. YUM!

tomato, cucumber and basil salad

Easy, fun to make (for the kids) food

The majority of the time it's me making dinner while the kids rummage the cupboards for crackers or something else to eat prior to dinner. That or they're terrorizing each other and I'm simultaneously referring and cooking. The easiest way to avoid the raiding of the cupboards and the fighting is to have the kids actually involved in the food prep. Pita pizzas are a go-to in our house for so many reasons: the kids get a snack during prep (read: eating all the cheese and pepperoni), they cook really quickly but primarily the fact that the kids are preoccupied WHILE dinner is being made takes the cake.

kids making pita pizzas


While we're being honest... there are some days in the summer where cooking just doesn't happen. This can be for any number of reasons: heat, fatigue, crazy schedule... or just because. Whatever the reason, takeout is a favorite summer treat. The kid's preference usually includes grilled cheese, apple slices and yogurt from Mc. D's but Mr. B and I love Chinese or Thai food every now and then. Who are we kidding? I'm happy with anything I don't have to cook after a long week (or, ya know, on Monday).

Corn on the cob

Yes, corn on the cob gets it's own category because it's a summer food through and through. Added bonus: the kids LOVE it!!!

toddler eating corn on the cob

toddler eating corn on the cob

Pick-your-own berries

Another food deserving of its own category. We love berries all year round from fresh to frozen but there truly isn't anything like berries you've picked yourself. Plus, the actual act of going out to pick the berries is the perfect family activity for the weekend. The kids have a blast (and get tuckered out) and we come home with some delicious eats! Win-win-win!

toddler tasty strawberry while berry picking

fresh picked strawberries


We pretty much BBQ as much of the year as possible... until the snow piles up high enough on the BBQ that it's no longer possible. If you're a BBQ-lover than I don't need to explain myself but in case you're wondering I've already shared the reasons why BBQ-ing is the BEST! Even though that post is two years old, my feelings remain the same :)

bbq meal

food on bbq


This requires no explanation. Summer is synonymous with ice cream and this pregnant lady will use just about any excuse to over indulge is this tasty summery treat. I also include popsicles and freezies in the category because I don't discriminate among cold, tasty goodness.

kids enjoying ice cream

Next up is is Christy, so hop on over to her blog to see what she's eating this summer.

Link up your summer food posts with the Blended Blog

Blogger Q&A - random things about me

Monday, July 3, 2017

Look ma, I'm participating!!!

Yes, we're all aware of slacker status in blog-land so because of that I decided to spontaneously hop aboard the Blended Blog's "Summer Love" series by taking part in today's post - go me!

If we're being honest, which I am, cause that's how I roll, my motivation for participation may or may not have to do with the fact it's pre-done questions that will guide my post and hopefully not require too much brain power from this utterly spent momma. Also, I do like things like this where simple questions elicit interesting answers and explanations allowing you to see a little more into someone's personality... or maybe I just read too much into things.

Right, moving along...

heads-up, the questions are mostly yes/no or one-word answer but if you've been here before, you already know that's not my jam lol

Here goes:

  1. Favorite animal?
    This is one of those questions you would think that everyone has a quick and easy answer too, but I've never really had a definitive favorite. I wish my answer was more exotic but if I had to pick, I'd say dogs but not all dogs. I'll clarify that more in the dog vs. cat answer later. My reason for picking dogs? I guess we can attribute that to my furry friend, Lilo. That dog, though drives me crazy, is the sweetest thing and such a gentle, albeit sometimes crazy, soul.
  2. Wine or Beer?
    Have you met me? Red wine wins EVERY time! Speaking of red wine, I miss it so.
  3. Socks on or off while sleeping?
    OFF. Always off. Unless I'm camping or something.
  4. One piece or two piece bathing suit?
    I've always been a two-piece kinda gal but as I've dropped a few kids now I'm gravitating more towards tankinis (still technically two pieces) or a classy one piece. Truthfully, I don't adore wearing bathing suits to begin with but I'd rather not be playing in the pool with my kids in a scuba suit so there's that.
  5. Cooking at home or eating out?
    I'll take eating out for 1000 Alex. Yes, I like to cook, but as a busy mom, nothing beats a delicisious meal cooked by someone else and, better yet, CLEANED by someone else. Clearly I need to win the lottery so I can just have someone cook me all kinds of moderately healthy meals and then do all the dishes... unless I have any volunteers??? Bueller?
  6. Pepsi or Coke?
    Diet Coke. I know aspartame is the devil's spawn but there's nothing like a fountain Diet Coke. So. Good.
  7. Regular or electric toothbrush?
    Electric and I'd highly recommend switching if you haven't (cue toothbrush plug) - the amount of scaling I have done at the dentist was drastically reduced when I bought an electric toothbrush. I'm a true believer!
  8. Candy or chocolate?
    Totally unfair question to ask a nearly 7-months-pregnant woman. I love all the sugary things. If I must pick, I shall choose chocolate but don't think I wouldn't demo an entire bag of sour patch kids or cherry blasters if given the chance.
  9. Coffee or tea?
    Coffee... coffee and more coffee. Give me ALL the coffee. FYI: I think as the number of children in your life increases, so too does the number of coffees you require to function. No, that's not backed by scientific research but I feel I'm credible enough to make that statement.
  10. Music or talk radio?
    I used to LOVE driving in the car and blasting the tunes. Now, when I'm in the car sans-children, I like to listen to audio-books. Yup, yup I feel really old right now.
  11. Chick Flick. action movie, or documentary?
    Chick flicks for sure!
  12. Regular pencil or mechanical pencil?
    Mechanical because no sharpening... but you do have to insert those stupid sticks and they always seem to break. Then again, who uses pencils anymore?
  13. Swimming or laying out?
    Given my pregnant, beached-whale-status, I'd have to say laying out... at least I think that, until I lay for 5 minutes and get hot and sweating and can't stand feeling like I'm cooking. So maybe swimming? How about laying on a tube-y thing IN the pool. Ya. That sounds nice.
  14. Dog or cat?
    Dog, always dog. I'm allergic to cats anyways. I do have to say, in my mind not all dogs are created equal. I'm not too keen on little dogs. Give me a golden retriever, a mastiff, great dane or lab any day. There's just something so cuddly and almost human-like about them.
  15. What do you drive? Car, van, suv?
    I currently drive an SUV but since baby #3 decided she was joining our fam-jam, we'll be in the market for a mini-van. Oh ya, you read that right my friends, this little lady is going to officially graduate to mini-van driving, soccer-mom status.
  16. Early bird or night owl?
    These days I'm an early bird, mostly out of necessity. I get up at 5:40am 6 days a week to hit the gym. On my "sleep-in" days, I sleep until my kids wake me up (6:30/7). Early mornings usually earlier nights. Some nights I'm sure I could easily go to bed before my kids but apparently they need supervised and stuff.
  17. If you could eat only one food for the rest of your life, what would it be?
    This is the hardest question of all. For real. I love all food and I'm pregnant. I can't possibly pick one thing. Steak dinner from the Keg maybe... with a three cheese twice-baked potato... obviously, low in calories and full of nutrition.
  18. While sleeping: phone in room by your side or phone in another room?
    Beside my bed but on silent.
  19. Singing in the shower, yes or no?
    No. Is that weird? If music was playing maybe.
  20. Oreo Cookies: Eat whole or take apart or dunk in milk?
    I literally cannot remember the last time I had an oreo cookie... definitely the whole thing though. Ugh, now I'm hungry.
Now hop on over to Sarah's blog to see her answers!

I hope you'll head over to the Blended Blog to see how the other ladies answered AND feel free to grab our pic and answer the questions yourselves and linkup with us (I love knowing random details about people). 

Happy Monday!!!