My Favorite Things + Life Update

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Busy weekend! The husband spent the day/most of the night in Oakland at the Social Distortion concert with the boys and my mom and I had a splurge day eating Chinese food and Cold Stone (their warm creations were disappointing). Sunday will be pent going to church then off to visit friends for their daughter’s 1-year birthday party!

I’m also 27 weeks along today! Just one more week and I will be into the third-trimester. It still seems so surreal, despite the fact that our little guy reminds me of his presence by wiggling and kicking (recently under my right ribs) quite often.

We are a few weeks into our Bradley classes and they are going well so far. I may forget some of the stretches/exercises that are assigned as homework, but I don’t forget the relaxation techniques that involve getting a massage before bed!

We are still waiting on the short-sale house we made an offer for (which was accepted by the seller, just waiting on the bank), so hopefully that goes through within the next few weeks. Having the house ready before the baby comes would be more than ideal.

For fun, here is a list of my favorite things / items that get me through the week!

Things that get me through the week

Cocoon sweater
$23 – target.com – I have the darker red/long sleeve version of this sweater and it has been a main staple in my wardrobe this winter – so comfortable!

Orange Essence Facial Cleanser- Burt’s Bees
$8 – burtsbees.com – The smell of this is divine! I mix it with some baking soda for a gentle exfoliation

Physicians Formula
$14 – physiciansformula.com – LOVE this powder! It is also a great concealer as well.

Buy GNC Pro Performance 100% Whey Protein, Banana Cream & More |…
$23 – drugstore.com – I don’t normally support protein powders, but I need to get more protein in my diet and this powder with milk is so tasty – just like a banana now’n’later (sp?). It’s also good blended with 1-2 servings peanut butter and frozen milk and ice cubes.

Hanes Womens Stretch Bikini 3 pair ET42LC at hosieryandmore.com
$11 – hosieryandmore.com – So what if they aren’t fancy underwear. These are super comfortable and don’t fall down my nearly non-existent rear when wearing maternity jeans.

Oh Baby by Motherhood Secret Fit Belly Bootcut Jeans
$64 – kohls.com – These jeans fit great. They are a little stretchy and still look good when I turn up the cuff (because I’m short)

Iron Fist All Hope Abandoned Flats – Black (Vegan) – Punk.com
$30 – punk.com – I love these shoes. Not much support, but they match 95% of my wardrobe and I think they are awesome
You can see the rest of the items by visiting the set.
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Major Savings Challenge Commences!

Marc and I are in the process of buying a home. We just had an offer accepted on a short-sale house, so we have anywhere from 6 weeks to several months (and please God, not longer than several months!) before we make our down-payment, closing costs, and sign the papers for our new home (and then spend money on small upgrades/needs, like paint and such).

Currently, we are pretty much able to spend whatever on groceries, eat out when we want (a little too often), and put some money away in savings too. But in a few months, things are going to get tighter:

A new home also means higher monthly living costs for us (because where we live, housing is not cheap, and the housing market here is not cheaper than renting, plus all those extra utility costs).

We have a baby on the way (due mid-May!).

My mother is living with us (and has not been able to find a job yet, especially since the county we live in, and all the surrounding counties are on the top 10 list of places with the highest unemployment in the country).

I would like to continue to not work, and stay home with our child and future children and on top of all that, I still have the joy of paying student loans.

We already do not pay for cable, just $8 for Netflix. Our internet and phone bill are also non-negotiable. Marc and I don’t regularly go shopping or buy things we don’t need. I don’t buy paper towels or napkins, and I wash my hair 2x a week, so there are mainly two places where we can save:

Grocery Shopping

Eating Out

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Coasting along and some link love

Seems like I haven’t been too productive these last couple of weeks. I pick up the house, I babysit my Godchild (who just turned 1!), make dinner (nothing new or exciting) and chill with the husband.

My pregnancy at this stage is super easy; feeling pretty normal except my stomach is growing and I still can’t stomach steak or bacon. Our little guy is moving around lots lately, which is always neat (except when he kicks in certain places that shouldn’t be kicked!).

We have started looking into purchasing our first home. We just started viewing potential properties this last Saturday. It’s interesting to see other people’s style and preference. House hunting also reaffirms that fact that I don’t really care to spend a lot of money. Our rental lease is up at the end of April and I am due mid-May, so it will all be very interesting to see how the last months of my pregnancy look like. I am generally a pretty laid back person but I wonder if I will be feeling rushed and overwhelmed; hopefully not.

Sunday we start our Bradley birthing classes, in the evening, much to the chagrin of my SF 49er football fan husband. He keeps asking me if the class will happen during the Super Bowl as well.

I have library books I need to read and three quilts that need to be completed; all of which are in different stages of completion.

Since I’ve been pretty boring, here are some great sites I have been frequenting lately:

Better After blog - an easy to read site filled with Before and After shots of homes, rooms, and furniture - most that the average Jane can replicate

 

The Gawkerverse – Craftgawker, foodgawker, etc.  Easy to view pictures and projects and lots of great blogs.

Also enjoying the blog and Facebook updates of Whole New Mom and Prudent Baby

Thinking Back and Looking Ahead: 2011

As we end 2011 I can’t help but think back on how much has changed in just a year’s time. Here are just same big things of this last year:

  • Marc got a new job
  • I quit my job
  • We moved back to our home town
  • We felt the heartache of infertility
  • Our diet significantly changed (get out processed grains!)
  • And because of it, we both lost weight and became healthier
  • We experienced the joy of conceiving (and found out it’s a boy!)
  • We became Godparents to my cousin’s adorable little girl who was born in January

And what will 2012 bring us? 2011 was filled with lots of personal growth and learning experiences and I am sure 2012 will be just the same, if not, more so.

So far, we are looking forward to the birth of our son, becoming parents, and purchasing our own home; you know, big grown-up things! While I generally forget big New Year’s Goals and Resolutions a few weeks in, these are some hopes for the New Year:

  • Continue cooking and enjoying real, whole food
  • Living life with as little toxins as possible (green cleaners, natural products, etc)
  • Purchasing a house and making it a home
  • Continuing to improve our marriage and grow closer
  • Giving birth to our son (hopefully naturally, without medications)
  • Enjoying becoming a parent and nurturing our child
  • Living life with less emphasis on material items
  • Try to be more generous and caring to others around me
  • Documenting more family gatherings with pictures
  • Finishing up a few quilts and make more handmade gifts

I’m looking forward to what 2012 will bring, what about you?