Tuesday, September 23, 2014

10 Weeks & Counting

Ah finally! I hit my 30 week mark and I am so glad to be counting down from here. The past 10 weeks have gone by so fast and I'm hoping that these last 10 go just as fast. I've begun to start to feel out of breath because she is getting up into my lungs. Although I'm feeling more energetic than I did with my first daughter, I am feeling really tired. If I get 10 hours of sleep at night, I still feel like it's not enough and that I just want to stay in bed and keep sleeping. 

The closer I get to having her here with us, the more I start thinking back to what it was like with our first and I imagine what it will be like with two little girls in the house and not just one. Our first daughter was so easy to take care of; she wasn't colicky or anything. Just an easy child and I feel as though we may have been spoiled.

On top of being tired, I'm also craving the foods that I really shouldn't be eating now that I'm on the verge of being a diabetic. Last night I did splurge and have ice cream though. Besides craving sweets, I'm craving apples and anything sour. 

My husband is starting to get a kick out of me because I'm at the point that I can barely even put my socks on. And at school when one of the little kids ask for me to tie their shoes, I have them put it on my knee because I can't always fully bend over like I used to be able to do so.

I'm not going to lie, being pregnant isn't my most favorite. I enjoy having my daughter, but I don't miss being pregnant with her. It's exciting at first but then I'm just like, "can I be done already?". Growing up with one older sister, I'm happy with two daughters that mean the world to my husband and I. 

I can't wait to see my dad's face when his second granddaughter arrives. I see how much he loves his first and can't imagine how much he will love his second as well. On a side note, my husband's father has no idea that I'm pregnant again. We've kept it a secret :) Is it mean? No. It's a surprise for them because I'm due on him and his wife's wedding anniversary (December 1st). 

We've been preparing our daughter for a little sister for so time now but still wonder how she will react when she is finally here. She is so used to being the only child and having all her toys to herself. So we will see how she does. 

Until next time, thanks for ready and don't forget to SUBSCRIBE!

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Caramel Apple Cheesecake Bars

I found this recipe on Facebook and I couldn't help but sharing it with you. My husband and I have already decided that I will be baking this for Christmas get togethers. I'm a huge fan of cheesecake and apples, so anytime that they are combined I'm beyond thrilled. And I'm sure that you could easily make this in a pie pan but you would probably need at least two (2) pie pans to do so. 

2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened

Cheesecake Filling
3 (8 ounce) packages cream cheese, softened
3/4 cup sugar, plus 2 tablespoons, divided
3 Large eggs
1-1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract

3 Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored and finely chopped
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg

Streusel Topping
1 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 cup quick cooking oats
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, softened
{Directions for topping: In a small bowl, combine ingredients. I like to really combine it by using clean hands to thoroughly combine the butter into the mixture}

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. 
2. In a medium bowl, combine flour and brown sugar. Cut in butter with a pastry blender (or fork like I usually use) until mixture is crumbly. Press evenly into a 9 x 13 baking pan lined with heavy duty aluminum foil. Bake for 15 minutes or until lightly browned. 
3. In a large bowl, beat cream cheese with 3/4 cup sugar in an electric mixer at medium speed until smooth. Then add eggs, 1 at a time, and vanilla. Stir to combine. Pour over warm crust. 
4. In a small bowl, stir together chopped apples, remaining 2 tablespoons sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Spoon evenly over cream cheese mixture. Sprinkle evenly with Streusel topping. 
5. Bake 40-45 minutes or until filling is set. Drizzle with caramel topping and let cool. Serve cold and enjoy!

Sunday Favorites

Happy Sunday Everyone! As a teenager during the fall months, Sunday was one of my favorite days of the week for a couple of reasons. First, we typically would spend Sunday afternoon watching football; whether or not we liked the teams that were playing. Second, Sunday Advertisements; any Sunday that I spent at my parent's house usually includes going to Grandma and Grandpa's to look that this week's advertisements. And finally, Sunday was usually family day where we really don't go anywhere beside church in the morning. My Sunday routine has changed some since I got married and started a family, but these Sunday 'traditions' will someday make a return to my household. 

1. Applesauce {photo via: target.com}: This has become a favorite of mine this fall for snacking on at school when I'm in a hurry on my breaks. On the weekend, I portion it out into sealable cups so that during the week I can just grab and go. 

2. Wet n' Wild Gloss in Bronze Berry {photo via: cvs.com}: This gloss isn't super sticky, it looks more like a lipstick color than anything else, and I love the Bronze Berry color for autumn. 

3. Vitamin C tablets {photo via: target.com}: I started taking Vitamin C tablets when I started working for a school district and didn't want to constantly be getting sick my last couple months of pregnancy. They have worked amazing so far.

4. Hush Puppies Shoes {photo via: macys.com}: I fell in love with these shoes through a friend of mine that still works at Macy's. Since I'm on my feet and need the extra support, she recommended this brand and I have never been so happy to not have sore feet. 

5. Aquaphor Healing Ointment {photo via: target.com}: I have been using this for years but only really need it when the weather starts to change in September. It has multiple purposes including use on baby rash, dry feet, healing tattoos, lip moisturizer, and dry hand healer. 

Well that just about wraps it up for my Sunday favorites! I hope that you got some good ideas and until next time, thanks for reading! 

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Diabetic or Close to it

Being less than 11 weeks from my due date, there are plenty of concerns going through my mind already without having to add one more. Last week I took my normal 28 week 1 hour glucose test in which with my first daughter I was just fine. This time the results came back somewhat different; with the answer of having gestational diabetes. 

As it is to most people, a shock with some tears. Give me a break, I'm pregnant. We cry. So of course I had to do the 3 hour glucose test to find out how bad my diabetes actually were in retrospect. After four days of waiting for the results, they are finally in; not diabetic, but sure darn close to it. Which means I have to treat the rest of my pregnancy and possibly the rest of my life as if I am a diabetic. 

After some research, I have found my solution to my low carb diet that I will follow for the rest of my pregnancy and long afterwards. The solution: Clean Eating. I'm sure that you've heard about it because it is the latest way to maintain a healthy weight and help people to lose weight. I found that this would be an excellent option since I want to quickly and safely lose my baby weight after my second (and last) daughter arrives. Besides, I want to keep her healthy in the process. 

What is clean eating?
Is a deceptively simple concept. Rather than revolving around the idea of ingesting more or less of specific things (for instance, fewer calories or more protein), the idea is more about being mindful of the food's pathway between its origin and your plate

Remember the food pyramid? 

Does clean eating mean giving up the foods that I want?

No. It means to eat them in moderation and to consider what you are putting into your body before you put it into your mouth. For example, for lunch will you choose orange slices to curb that sweet tooth or will you choose a candy bar? It's just like I tell my students, the choice is yours. You can't blame anyone else but yourself. 

Is it difficult to switch over to clean eating? 

Yes, only at first though. I discussed my situation with my mother and she said that what I'm going through isn't much different than when she found out that she was lactose intolerant. You learn how to live and deal with the situation. If you fight it, there will be consequences that could be even far great detrimental to your health.

Clean Eating. A healthier solution to a healthier you. 

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

I'm odd.

I only watch Comedy television shows and movies. 

On a typical night, I will go to bed and listen to the television show Cheers, Andy Griffith, The Dick Van Dyke Show, or a show similar to those. Usually when I go to bed, my husband will stay in the living room and watch his tv shows that he likes so much. These shows usually are gory, includes shooting people, or zombies (nothing I'd watch). 

Well last night when I went to bed, he was watching something that I wouldn't mind watching but had switched tv shows later on. Last night was the first night that I hadn't gone to bed with the tablet and listened to one of my shows. Needless to say, I could hear the show he was watching while I was sleeping and I ended up having a dream about what was going on on the tv. This is something that has never happened to me, but I have to toss it up to my third trimester pregnancy (I hope). 

Since I hate nightmares, I somehow found the strength to wake myself up out of this nightmare that I was taking place in. After waking up, I grabbed my tablet and immediately put it on something happy go lucky. For the rest of the night that nightmare didn't come back. 

Has ever happened to you?

After last night, I know for sure that I will stick with my happy shows and leave the gory ones to the hubby. 

10 Reasons to Love Autumn

1. Fashion- Autumn brings out the best in fashion with its scarves, vests, cardigans (sweaters too) and almost knee high boots. As much as people say that brown boots and black don't go together, I'm one that will test that theory. I believe that if you play it right, those two colors can make a cute outfit and officially go together. 

2. Hot Apple Cider- Awww hot apple cider... I love a nice hot steamy cup to end a perfect autumn evening. It doesn't matter if it's homemade, bought, or from a packet. Not only is hot apple cider something to get excited about, but how about warm apple pie and ice cream? 

3. Colors- Rustic colors are beginning to surround us during the autumn months. I can get my best photography during these months as well because it's a blast to take family/ nature photos of the leaves falling. 

4. Back to School- Who doesn't love back to school time? Besides the aspect that it can be expensive to buy all of yours or your children's school clothes and supplies. Since I have just started working for a school district, I get to enjoy being in school nine months out the year all over again. 

5. Breath of Fresh Air- Like most people, I too, sleep better in cooler air but curled underneath a warm comforter and cuddling up next to the hubby. Plus, there is no air conditioner that can give you the fresh air that opening up the windows can give a person. On a positive side, it's harvest time and the scent of freshly cut wheat wafts through the air. 

6. Hunting- This is not only on my top list, but this is my husband's number one reason to love autumn. Our family hunts everything from goose to deer to pheasant. Whatever we can shoot, we eat or store in the freezer for the winter months. 

7. Pumpkin Spice Everything- I'm sure that you're tired of hearing about pumpkin pie and pumpkin spiced lattes. I'm not. Not possible for me and I actually look forward to the day when Caribou Coffee (or Starbucks) begins serving their pumpkin spiced lattes. 

8. Family- Autumn is the season for laughter and family get togethers. This year we will be adding a new addition to the family before Christmas and I'm looking forward to the introductions. For my immediate family, this is one of the only times that we get to see our extended family since we live so far away from them. 

9. Football Season- I don't know about you, but I love football and the memories that it brings back when I hear the theme song. 

10. Vampy Lips- This has been a trend for many years now but I find that Autumn is one of the only chances that a woman can get to wear a darker lip. 

What is your favorite part of autumn? Please leave a comment below. Thanks and until next time, thanks for reading!