Sunday, September 14, 2014

Mailbox Monday (91)

As my normal end of the weekend routine, I'm once again linking up with Mailbox Monday to share the books I've recently added to my shelves.
Mailbox Monday
From Paperback Swap
Husband-Coached Childbirth by Robert A. Bradley, M.D.
I recently read and enjoyed another book on the Bradley Method, Natural Childbirth the Bradley Way (Review to come!), and I decided one more book on the topic couldn't hurt. Especially knowing it's a book on the Bradley Method written by Dr. Bradley, well you know it has to be well-informed. Plus this updated version was published in 2008, so hopefully it feels updated, which actually was my biggest complaint with the last one.

What did you find in your mailbox this week?

Friday, September 12, 2014

Running Off to the Circus

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
Published
: July 3, 2012 by Anchor
First Published September 13, 2011
I've been wanting to read this book ever since I first read about it on Jessica Lawlor's blog. Funny enough that post wasn't even a review, but instead a commentary on the marketing pitch she received. Looking back now on her post I think pitch was perfect in setting the tone for the story, and definitely see how every aspect around this book had a touch of magic.

But even though I knew I wanted to read this, I wasn't quite sure what it was about. I guessed it was about two kids who ran off to the circus, and while one small plot line is similar in its story, that really isn't the point here. The summary mentions a love story, and while again it is somewhat there, halfway through the book I told my brother that I hadn't really found a love story.

This book does start off slow and it takes a while to figure out where things are going. Honestly even at its close it's hard to look back and reflect on what really happened. There's just such a magical world within these pages that you're transported to be part of. Even now looking back on it, I can taste the caramel popcorn and feel like I'm walking among the tents.

I feel almost conflicted about how much I want to write here, since reading this was such a special, magical experience and I want everyone else to have that same feeling. There are talks about a movie and while I can't wait to see everything come to life, I'm not quite sure it will live up to my imagination.

5/5

Today I'm linking up with Blonde Undercover Blonde for Book Club Friday!

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Show Us Your... Gallery Walls

I can't believe it's been over a year since I wrote a post for Kelly's Korner's Show Us Your Life Series. Especially knowing how much fun I have writing them, and reading through everyone else's posts. As for this week's theme, it's gallery walls.
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I do realize that ours is still very much a work in progress, but so far I'm happy with how it's coming together.
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It definitely needs another photo on the left, and then possibly smaller photos on the far left or above. I am pretty sure that I don't want to put anything lower, I guess I might change my mind there. Who knows! But for now, I thought it would be fun to take a closer look at the individual frames that make up the wall.
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The only wedding photo in the bunch, this is us with our wedding party. (Since the boy and I just celebrated our second anniversary this was just over two years ago.)
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This is what I call my LSU themed photo. The top and bottom photos were taken at Tiger Stadium, and I'm with my mom and a childhood friend respectively. The photo in the center is my and my BFF with a Mike the Tiger statue. Not that you can really tell, but we're actually standing just outside of Mike's cage where there's an actual tiger.
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Out of all the frames, this is actually the first one I hung which also means it has the oldest photos. First is a family photo with myself, my parents, and brother. The next is actually one of the first photos the boy and I took together taken on Bourbon Street. The third photo is the boy with our niece right after she was born. As for the last one, it's me, my brother, and a good family friend... or it just may be a photo we happened to take with Bon Jovi. But if his picture is up in our house, that means I must know him, right?
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While this isn't the oldest set of pictures, you can definitely tell that they're several years old by how young my niece and nephew look. They're 7 and almost 5 now, while in these photos they're probably 3 and almost 1. Which I guess means it might be time to update photos? Although I'm definitely of the mentality that you don't update photos, instead you just add new ones. As for the photos, the first is me and my niece, then me and the boy. The center photo is me and my BFF (yes, the same one from the Mike the Tiger photo) when we were both around 4. Then there's one of me and the boy at an LSU baseball game and finally one last photo of our niece and nephew.

Do you have a gallery wall in your house? Or how often, if ever, do you update your photos? Also, if you're stopping by from Kelly's Korner, be sure to say hello!

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

27 Weeks Bumpdate

27 Weeks
How Far Along: 27 Weeks

Size of the Baby: A head of cauliflower

Maternity Clothes: Yesterday I actually discovered that the seam on one of my new pairs of maternity pants is starting to pull out. Plus one pair of my maternity jeans has a small hole in the belly band. So I guess it will be interesting to see which clothing items actually make it through.

Nursery: We finally registered this weekend. I do still need to add a lot to it online, but it's at least been started. And if you have any suggestions for must-have registry items, please let me know.

Stretch Marks: Still none here!

Sleep: This past weekend both myself and the boy were wide awake a 3am due to the worst leg cramps I've had so far. Thankfully they haven't come back, and hopefully that stays that way.

Movement: It's getting the the point where several times a day I have pain in random parts of my stomach from the baby kicking or stretching or something. It's not the biggest of deals, but definitely is a pain to deal with.

Cravings: We did make it to Which Wich this weekend to meet that craving again, so hopefully I'm good with any Which Wich craving for the next few weeks.

Symptoms: One of the weirdest things is that some of the moles on my stomach are stretching out. Yet they aren't really getting bigger, instead they're getting lighter as the pigment gets spread out. Definitely not something I was really expecting.

What I Miss: Again, not too much I can think of here.

Looking Forward To: I'm not quite sure I can say I'm looking forward to it, but my glucose screening is next week, so hopefully I'm able to pass which means I won't have to worry about changing my eating habits at all.
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Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Graze-ilicious

The first month I received a Graze box I was absolutely in love with it. After all perfectly-sized, delicious snacks delivered right to my doorstep, what's there not to like? Except while the first box was amazing the other two boxes, while still good, were a bit of a disappointment. Which is why I'm so excited that this month's box was finally back up to what I first encountered with them.
My August Graze Box
It's honestly hard to pick a favorite, but I think the Beach Bum mix might have been it.
Beach Bum
Beach Bum is made up of pineapple, coconut flakes, and chewy banana coins.
Beach Bum
Honestly, it's a pretty simple mix but they all went together perfectly. Plus each item was pretty delicious on its own.
Salsa Corn Chips
Up next is the Salsa and Corn Chips, or for a full description cilantro & lime salsa with flax corn chips.
Salsa Corn Chips
The chips were really only ok, but the salsa was pretty awesome. I just wish there had been more of it!
Lightly Salted Popcorn
Next was their Lightly Salted Popcorn. To be honest, I can't remember the last time we actually went out and bought popcorn. Not that we never eat it since every once in a while we split some at the movies, but I just never think of making it at home. And whenever I do, the boy doesn't have any, which basically leaves me eating an entire bag, which I don't need to do.
Graze's Lightly Salted Popcorn
Which is basically why the graze size was perfect for me! I won't say it was out of this world popcorn, but it was pretty enjoyable and I'd love to have it again.
Hot Cross Yum
Finally for the last, and actually my least favorite of the box Hot Cross Yum made up of orange raisins, sponge pieces, and cinnamon honey almonds.
Hot Cross Yum
The sponges and almonds were actually pretty good, it was the raisins that didn't quite do it for me. Although not too surprising since in general I'm not a huge fan of them, but I did still eat the entire box so they couldn't have been that bad.

Definitely a box that overall renewed my fandom for graze. Now I'm just hoping that each box can be as good.

For more on my graze boxes read about my first box, second box, and third box.

If you want to try out graze you can sign up here to get your 1st and 5th box free! This post is not sponsored by Graze, however if you sign up using my referral link I'll receive $1 off my next box. All opinions expressed are my own.

Monday, September 8, 2014

Twice as Nice

Last week the boy and I celebrated our second anniversary, and with what we've decided to make a bit of a tradition we back to Flemings for dinner. I tried my best to change my choice up from last year, but it's hard to not go with some of my favorites. Of course last year I did have a cocktail to drink, and that definitely didn't happen this year. Also last year we split an appetizer and had our own sides, whereas this time we split a side and had our own appetizers.
Duck Special
The boy started with their duck special of the night, which was good, but not amazing. (Especially nowhere near the duck we had at our wedding.)
French Onion Soup
I went with one of my normal favorites, French onion soup. But while the soup itself was really flavorful, it looked like it had been waiting for a while to get to the table and the bread was almost disintegrated.
Petite Fillet Mignon
Of course being at a steak restaurant we both had a steak. I went with the petite fillet, the same as last year, while the boy went with one of their aged steaks.
Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes
For a side, since you can't quite have steak without it, we did split their mashed potatoes with roasted garlic.
Creme Brulee
Since I'm a bit obsessed with it, I of course had to go with the creme brulee for dessert. But while it's the same as last year, I do think the photo is better, so that's something right?

As for a photo of us, well, as longtime readers know the boy isn't a fan of photos. I've basically learned that if I'm taking a photo with him, I need to have the camera timmer take four at once, especially since I'll have my eyes closed in at least one, and he won't let me retake them. That was definitely the case this year since my eyes were closed in one of them, and we didn't take a second round of photos.
2nd Anniversary
Although the boy at least in a fan of this shot since he's able to keep his anonymity quite well!

This is the post from our first anniversary for comparison!

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Mailbox Monday (90)

Another weekend ending, another edition of Mailbox Monday. Also another week of just a single book, but given that I've cut back on reviews in the months before the baby arrives this is probably going to be the norm for now, at least unless I'm without any books. But for this week, there's at least one to share.
Mailbox Monday
Borrowed from a Friend
Panic by Lauren Oliver
I really enjoyed Oliver's Dellirium series (and I'm still upset that it isn't going to be a tv show), and I'm excited to read more from her. This one is a bit of a change of pace since it takes place in the modern day instead of a dystopian society, but I'm can't wait to dive into it.

What did you find in your mailbox this week?