Thursday, October 30, 2014

Pumpkin Spice Hot Cocoa Mix!

So I just have to share! I discovered this Pumpkin Spice Hot Cocoa Mix at Target the other day and love, love, LOVE it! 

This is made by Archer Farms and to make a cup you just mix 1 packet of this with 1 cup of hot milk. I like to heat up my milk in a small saucepan then add the packet and whisk together. So yummmy!

I decided to pick this up when I was craving a Pumpkin Spice Latte from Starbucks while doing some Target shopping. They know how to get me! When I saw this, I told myself that I would purchase it (I believe it was $3.99) and be able to have several treats for the price of a (as in UNO) PSL. Obviously this is a bit different being hot cocoa and all...but seriously it hits the spot.

Another fun fact: Each packet is 100 calories. Then add your milk calorie count depending on the type of milk you use. Say we used nonfat milk (1 cup because that is what it calls for) that is around 86 calories give or take brand etc. Total for this cup of Pumpkin Spice Hot Cocoa is 186 calories. We are still splurging here...I mean we could just have water but what fun is that. The calories are about the same for a Short (8 oz.) PSL with nonfat milk and no whipped cream. However I always get sucked in and order a Tall or Grande so that would just put me waaayy over. BUTTT...the great thing is...we aren't paying the price over and over.

Nonetheless, this stuff rocks my socks and it is perfect for that cooler day (those don't exist here in FL...but still).

Let me know if you try this OR if you have already discovered this wonder.

Cheers!

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Buying for Baby.

O Babies R Us... you are at the center of my point of contention. Am I the only pregnant lady out there that feels this way? I most certainly think NOT. I mean holy cowfree, I get crazy-eyed and overwhelmed walking into that store. And I like to shop mind you! Like, really like to shop.
The reality of it is, there is just so much out there for babies. My train of thought when it comes to buying for my baby girl has changed so much since finding out I was pregnant.

Here is how it went down when I first found out. All I did was think about the cute little outfits, the wonderful furniture I had picked out at Pottery Barn in like, high school, and day dream about the most beautiful nursery in the world that I WAS GOING TO HAVE.

Ha!

If only I could talk to myself a few months ago. I would have been like "Girl...get a grip. Your kid needs diapers!" Now, I don't want to say that thinking of all these nice baby things is a bad thing or that wanting them for your precious (will never destroy anything child) is a horrible waste of time. But! As I have floated around on the internet exploring what baby needs and making several trips to Babies R Us, Buy Buy Baby, and every other baby store I can manage to drag my husband into, I have become saturated with items that baby needs.

I swear. If I could add up everything that all these blogs and online websites say you need for your child combined...I could buy a house!

So I took a step back. I regrouped. Babies R Us was not going to get me ANYMORE. (I really do like Babies R Us...I'm not picking on them). I realized a few key points:

1. What Momma wants for baby, is not what always what baby needs: Duh! I can hear you saying that now. Mumbling it to your computer screen as you read. Yes...yes I know. But especially for me, in the beginning of my pregnancy I let that slide out the window (more like booted it out the window...). I think I was overcome with emotion and advertising that I just wanted everything out there and I lost focus on what the baby really needs. While there are so many fun toys out there...baby doesn't need it all.

2. Those blog posts with "What baby really needs" titles, aren't always true for you: I have to admit, as a blogger, I like to read blogs (shocker!). And when I started to realize I would have to take out a mortgage for all the baby items I wanted, I went online to the world of blogs. I have several mommy bloggers that I follow and they have wonderful posts on the "Top 10 Things Baby Really Needs" or "How to Really Know What to Buy for Baby". These were helpful, they really were. I was able to pick up several pointers from moms who have done this before. But the more I read, the more I found out that every list was different. Some items were mentioned numerous times so I immediately added those to my list; but it's not the same story for the majority of the other items. It was in that moment I realized that I'm not going to have this cookie cutter list that everyone agrees on. Moms and babies are all different. So I did my research and took everything mentioned with a grain of salt. Then, spoke directly with some moms that I trusted, filtered through it all and put together my list.

3. Stick to a Budget: This is huge! So huge that I will be doing an entire blog post on how we budgeted for our little one. Having a budget is key to not over buying items or spending wayyy to much on things that will be used once. I like the way we budgeted because it didn't prevent me from getting little things here and there, but it allowed me to focus on bigger picture items and the long term. More to come on this, but BUDGET, BUDGET, BUDGET!

So...hey, I'm not sure how many of you made it this far in my blog post, but if you did thanks for sticking with me. Being pregnant is such an exciting time and emotions can get me caught up in the material items that baby needs or I want. However, at the end of the day my little girl needs love. A loving home to feel safe in and loving parents to guide her. I just ask God to give me wisdom on what my little girl truly needs so that I may provide.


Thursday, October 16, 2014

25 Weeks *This Weekend* {Pregnancy Update}

How far along: 24 weeks and 5 days! I'll be 25 weeks this weekend :)

Baby size: 13 1/2 inches long and weighs a pound and a half. The size of a rutabaga.

Weight gain: Probably...

Belly button:In :)

Maternity clothes: Yes!

Gender: Baby Girl :)

Movement: She has been active, but I'm starting to notice more of a pattern with her movement.

Sleep: This gets old, but I'm still up 2-3 times a night. I either need the restroom, have heartburn, or my back hurts.

Food aversions: Chicken. I like chicken wings though, it's more like chicken dishes. Nope. Still can't do it!
 
Food cravings: Fruit and Milk (Whole Milk...which I never used to like or drink BTW)  :)

Labor signs: No!

Best moment this week: Getting her bookshelves hung in the nursery and picking up a few new outfits.

Non-baby-related favorite moment this week: Staying busy... it helps the time pass along :)

What I miss: Breathing out of my nose. I have had nothing but "stuff" stopping up my nose this whole week!

What I'm looking forward to: Holding my baby girl and seeing her smile :)

Bump Pictures:


Wednesday, October 1, 2014

22 Weeks! {Pregnancy Update}

How far along: 22 weeks and 3 days!

Baby size: 11 inches long and weighs 1 pound. The size of a spaghetti squash.

Weight gain: O yeaaa and I'm not telling :)

Belly button:In :)

Maternity clothes: Yes!

Gender: Baby Girl :)

Movement: She is SOOO active :) Her kicks get stronger daily!

Sleep: I'm up for about 2 hours every night :( I have really bad heartburn and I get really hot randomly. It's rough sleeping, but worth it for my baby girl :)

Food aversions: Chicken and I'm not really big on chocolate as of late.
 
Food cravings: Fruit. Mostly apples!

Labor signs: No!

Best moment this week: Starting to talk to her throughout the day :)

Non-baby-related favorite moment this week: Seeing my husband receive a very prestigious award with work!

What I miss: Sleep!

What I'm looking forward to: Meeting my little girl! Time is going so slow!

Bump Pictures: