Wednesday, March 1, 2017

currently // march

Warm weather means playground time!

watching: The Crown on Netflix and This is Us on NBC - both are SO GOOD.

eating: naan pizzas, BBQ chicken salads, and Mexican takeout that my mom brought over... yum!

saying: I wish we had gotten a bit more winter weather! Seems like spring is here to stay already, which is definitely good because outside time is awesome - we are loving spending time at the playground already! But I'm a winter baby and I do love my snow days, so I'm bummed that we got so little snow this year. Fingers crossed March brings one last blast of cold, but it doesn't look likely.

wearing: a new sweatshirt from Under Armour and my favorite Victoria Secret leggings, most of the time. Comfy clothes for life, y'all.

posting: lots on Instagram Stories and regular Instagram - it's definitely my favorite social media platform!

linking up with Anne at In Residence & her co-host!

Thursday, February 16, 2017

A Day in the Life

I always think that "day in the life" posts are really fun to read - it's probably my super-nosy nature, but I just like to see glimpses of other peoples' "normal" ("crazy"?) and how they spend / manage / balance their time.

Last Thursday, I remembered to make some notes during the day, so I thought I'd share a current Day in the Life at our house. I'm sure this will be fun to look back on down the road!

For background, I work from an office in DC a few days a week, and from home a few days a week. This day was an office day, so there is a little more crazy to it than if it was one of my telework days. Maybe I'll share one of those some days for comparison's sake.

Here we go...

A Day in the Life: February 9, 2017

5:00 AM: wake up a few minutes before my alarm - the worst! Wind and rain is howling outside, and has been all night. 

5:20 AM: alarm goes off, so C and I both get up. Connor stays asleep generally while we get ready. I put in my contacts and go downstairs to do the normal morning stuff - make oatmeal, coffee, pack lunches, feed the cats, make bottles, etc.

5:50 AM: C leaves for work and I sit down to watch the news and eat breakfast. The news is all bad - both the weather and the information. Womp, womp.

6:00 AM: I go upstairs to do my hair and make up and pick out my clothes

6:16 AM: go downstairs to warm up Connor's bottle and put our bags in the car

6:19 AM: I realize the bottle warmer is on but not plugged in. Damn. Lose any spare minutes I may have had that morning!

6:23 AM: wake up Connor and feed him his bottle, then change his diaper and get him dressed

6:35 AM: I get dressed while chasing Connor around our bathroom. Save him from the ironing board. Search for black tights; none to be found. Save him from toilet lid x 4. Settle for regular nylons. Try to distract him with book and socks while I finish getting dressed. No luck.

6:48 AM: grab our coats and out the door - two minutes to spare before the school bus enters our neighborhood and we'd be stuck, so we win!

6:55 AM: daycare drop off on the way to the train. I spend a few minutes talking to the teachers about yesterday, because Connor had a fussy day - molars are the worst! I make googley-eyes at a new, tiny baby that just enrolled. She is precious!

7:25 AM: board my train for the city. I make some notes for this post, read blogs on my Feedly app, and watch an episode of The Crown on Netflix (it's so good!!)

8:40 AM: off the train and into my building - I have just enough time to get organized before the start of an all-day meeting with my team and our clients

9:00 AM: our meeting starts

9:50 AM: a coworker offers to make a Starbucks run. I love this person! 

10:00 AM: we have a meeting within our meeting, so do the conference room shuffle

11:05 AM: back to our regular meeting

11:45 AM: we decide on a working lunch, so I grab mine from upstairs while others go to get food to bring back. I have leftover crockpot baked potato soup - it's delicious!

12:45 PM: run up and down two flights of stairs about five times trying to print a document - who says you can't fit cardio into your day?? Ugh.

1:00 PM: another meeting within our meeting, more room shuffling

1:45 PM: back to our regular meeting for the rest of the afternoon

3:00 PM: meeting wraps up, so I say goodbye to our clients, debrief with my team, and help clean up the conference room

3:30 PM: I'm on the train home - made it on an earlier one than I expected, so that's awesome!

5:05 PM: get off the train and realize that all the car windshields are covered in ice - apparently the rain became snow at some point! I scrape ice off my windshield and the car of the girl parked next to me before heading home.

5:30 PM: walk through the door at home! C has picked Connor up from daycare so all my boys are waiting for my arrival. Best part of the day!

5:45 PM: we feed the baby dinner, play in the basement for a while, and then give him a bath before getting his jammies on

6:35 PM: C goes upstairs to do Connor's bedtime story and give him his bottle, and I unpack lunchboxes and do a quick sweep of the main floor to put things away

6:59 PM: the baby is asleep, C orders Chinese food, wine is poured, and we settle in to watch the Capitals game - they are playing the Red Wings in DC tonight, and have really been on a roll lately, so it should be a good game!

7:15 PM: dinner arrives, so I load a plate with fried rice, beef & broccoli, and General Tso's chicken. We don't have Chinese very often but it sounded really good tonight.

9:40 PM: Caps win! 6-3, good guys. Wahoo! We switch to Food Network for a bit.

10:15 PM: I head upstairs to get ready for bed, then it's lights out!

And that's that! Whew. Makes me tired just to think about it :) Luckily, nothing too crazy or out of the ordinary happened... just our "usual," for right now! Any similarities to your own day?

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

currently // february

packing: baby clothes and gear! Here's how it goes: baby clothes / things that are outgrown or no longer used get piled up in our spare bedroom until they form a mountain higher than I am tall, and then when I can barely stand it any more, we take a weekend to pack it all away in plastic bins and put it up in the attic. This past weekend, my mom came to help with the current mountain, and we got a really good chunk of it packed up and stored. Whenever it comes time for baby #2, I'm pretty sure we won't need a THING. Yikes.

jonesing: truthfully, I've really wanted ice cream lately! Can't seem to pull the trigger at the grocery store, though, because none of the flavors seem juuuust right when I'm looking. I'm weird. It's fine.

texting: everyone, all the time. duh. Does anyone use their phone for phone calls anymore? I really don't!

reading: I have The Rosie Effect on my Overdrive app right now, and I'm reading The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto in paperback. Frankie Presto was one my mom passed on to me, and it's definitely outside my "norm," but I like it so far. It's narrated by "Music," which is weird and cool.

hearting: these banana mini-muffins from Siriously Delicious that I made last weekend - so yummy and the perfect little snack! (Until you eat like 12 of them... oops.)

linking up with Anne at In Residence & her co-host!

Thursday, January 26, 2017

What I'm actually cooking these days

I read a lot of cooking blogs and follow many chefs on social media. It is helpful and inspiring as far as meal times, but can also be a bit overwhelming - sometimes I feel like I just see too many recipes to handle.

I like to know what people are actually cooking, which recipes work out well for the "regular at-home chef," and which ones turn out too complicated or not that great. I thought I'd share a few recipes that have made it past the internet and onto our plates lately. Maybe you will find a new idea for dinner this week!

Tater Tot Chicken Pot Pie
recipe from TODAY Show

This recipe is so good that it's actually been made twice at our house already! It's comfort food to the max, and even better as leftovers a day or two later. That's my kind of meal!

Modifications: cook the chicken in a skillet prior to mixing it in with everything else - the directions in the recipe say to add it raw to veggies & such that are already cooked, and that idea makes me gag a bit. Also, get the "Extra Crispy" tater tots if possible (they hold up better when you're eating the leftovers).

Triple-Hitter Toddler Muffins 
recipe from

I've been looking for a way to get more vegetables into the baby's diet, and this one a good one! These are toddler and mom-approved - I've eaten as many as he has!

Modifications: I used what I had and shredded three carrots and one small zucchini to get about two cups total of vegetables. I used unsweetened applesauce, and added 1/2 a cup of raisins. My mom suggested making mini muffins, and I think I may try that next time.

Baked Oatmeal
recipe from SkinnyTaste and recipe from Once Upon a Chef

Oatmeal is a galactagogue, which was my initial reasoning for eating a ton of it over the course of the last year, The fact that it's easily and hearty is a bonus. I combined two recipes to create one that works for me, and have basically lived off this baked oatmeal since going back to work last April. I make a batch of it on Sunday and portion it out into containers for the week ahead. Then in the morning, all I have to do is grab one and microwave to have a hot breakfast that holds me over for several hours.

I do the banana / blueberry step from this recipe and the oatmeal / custard portion from this recipe (minus the melted butter; just leave it out and never miss it) and it is SO delicious. The baby loves it, too!

Feel free to share some recipes or meal ideas that you actually make that work for you and your family - we are always looking for fresh ideas! Let me know if you try any of these... I promise they are delicious!

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Celebrations on celebrations (I'm old and so is my baby)

Hello from the other side.

Of what? Everything, it feels like. Let's see...
  • Christmas (3x)
  • Baby's first stomach bug (projectile vomiting [also 3x] his way into Christmas Day, awesome!)
  • New Year's
  • Baby's first birthday (hold me)
  • Baby's first birthday party
  • My 30th birthday (actually, prop me up, because I'm old!)
And probably a whole host of other things I can't remember because the last few weeks have been rather circus-like! I have a feeling this is what mid-December to mid-January will always look like for us. Why celebrate once when you can celebrate over, and over, and over...!

Really, we've had an amazing month or two. Christmas was so sweet and special, and our little guy was so loved on. We celebrated New Year's in Richmond with friends of ours, which was low-key and fun, and then continued the party by taking the day off to celebrate CCW's first birthday. We had a family lunch date and a library trip since it was rainy and gross outside, and he played his little heart out. So much so that he went to bed early and slept 14 hours straight! Happy birthday, indeed. 

We had a little family party for him, and had crockpot pulled pork sandwiches followed by birthday cake. He was surrounded by the people who love him and have watched him grow this year, which was just what I wanted! The day after his birthday, C & I celebrated MY birthday the next day with a day-date out to lunch and winery we used to frequent pre-baby. It was awesome to get to spend a few hours being adults, enjoying ourselves and each other. While we were out bopping around, my mom fixed my favorite dinner - homemade tacos - which we followed with ice cream cake (and wine). Not a bad way to kick off my newest decade, if you ask me!
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In the spirit of keeping it real, in case projectile vomiting was not enough, I'll disclose the fact that we also celebrated the holidays by replacing our furnace and our water heater within 10 days of one another. That was awesome. Home-ownership at it's finest. Bright side: we have a "rainy day" fund just for times like this. Less bright side: when you use your "rainy day" fund, it's gone in the event you need it again 10 days later. Womp, womp.

So now that we're done with all the partying, it seems like we will get back to life as we know it (whatever that means). I am looking forward to a long weekend at home with my little family - a few days of quiet-ish time sounds like it will be good for all of us! C & I have been re-watching Band of Brothers at night when the Capitals aren't playing, and I think we will finish that up and maybe start The Pacific again. We can't seem to find something new to commit to, so we're going back to the old favorites. What are you watching?