Mismash of Thoughts

Hello hello hello! No baby yet. The last few weeks have been a mixture of trying to get everything done while simultaneously being a complete couch potato. It’s been a mixed bag so far. ANYWAY!

Tomorrow is Halloween, and we’ve got enough candy stocked for any trick-or-treaters who may stop by. We didn’t get any last year that I know of, so we’ll see. Although, now that I’m thinking about it, I don’t think we were home last year. So that would explain the absence of candy-grabbers.

The fall leaves have been changing here, and I am LOVING it. It’s even gotten cold enough for a fire! in our fireplace, the first fire of the season! We lit it up last night while we started watching Stranger Things 2. We’ve only just finished episode two, but I personally think it’s going a little slowly. I’m not going to give up on it. But I think it should’ve picked up by the second episode. The audience is getting slowly back into everyday life in Hawkins. Maybe that’s what they’re trying to say–everyday life in Hawkins IS slow. POINT PROVEN. Will watch more and report back.

Hope you are enjoying the seasons changing… & before you know it, pretty soon it will be time to put my Christmas tree up (mid-November HEHE). Happy Halloween!

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Run to your kitchen right now

and make these Levain Bakery copycat cookies by A Bountiful Kitchen.

My husband absolutely loves these cookies. Like, he requests me to make them every week. And so, like the good wife that I am, I oblige (for the most part).

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Beau & me after I make these cookies. (Source.)

I’m torn because they are obviously not healthy. But they are so! chocolatey! And I loooove chocolate.

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Me. Always.

My modifications:

  1. Beau has a nut allergy, so I do not use peanut butter chips. I use dark chocolate chips. I know, I know. So! Chocolatey!
  2. I don’t use the two 10 ounce bags of chips. I just use one 10 ounce bag. I like to think that this makes them a little healthier.
  3. I also make the cookies a lot smaller–about the size of my palm. This yields about 26 total cookies.
  4. Beau likes to put these cookies in the fridge? I have not tried this, but if you do please tell me the appeal. I don’t get it. I like my cookies warm & fresh out the oven.

Let me know how you like them and if they become a staple dessert in your kitchen.

 

Kelsey’s Unofficial Fall Holiday

Hello friends! Today is September 1st, and while it’s not technically the beginning of fall, it’s beginning for me. Today we had perfect cooler weather so I pulled out a sweater and my bean boots. Also, pumpkin spice lattes came out today! *insert gleeful dancing here*

This weekend I’ll be putting up my fall decorations and start getting into the spirit of fall. Our baby is due on Halloween, so I’m going to try to soak up as much autumn flavor before I am busy learning how to be a mom.

I sent my husband a list of things I want to do this fall, and hopefully between his surgery rotations and my work schedule we can fit some fun things in.

Fall Bucket List – 2017

  • Go to a pumpkin patch
  • Carve pumpkins
  • Have a campfire & make s’mores
  • Game night
  • Watch Gilmore girls
  • Make pumpkin bread
  • Drink a pumpkin spice latte
  • Drink apple cider
  • Bake a pie

It’s simple, but we’re busy, y’all! What are your favorite fall traditions or what’s on your bucket list?Image result for small pumpkin illustration

 

Life update

Hello friends. It’s been awhile! So sorry for the extended hiatus. As I’m sure you have been busy, so have I!

I know you are all hanging on the edges of your seats to hear about me & my life. NOT. Haha. Sorry for being so self-absorbed. But I’m going to tell you anyway. I’m expecting a baby with my husband. So that’s the real reason for my long break. I’ve got about 10 weeks to go. The first trimester completely zapped me of my energy and desire to do ANYTHING. It’s crazy how a little teeny tiny baby can wreak havoc on you body.

It was about the middle of the second trimester when I started to feel like my old self again, but tempered with a little extra concern. The great news is that I really started feeling like I could work out regularly was right before my third trimester. I had been running sporadically, but it just a) was too painful for my back after my run and b) I kept having to stop to use the restroom. So, I started my weekly spin class again which has been great. I can feel it in my back afterwards, but it’s nothing like my runs were.

As far as eating has gone, during the first trimester I actually lost a few pounds because I felt so nauseated and had an aversion to most foods. Don’t worry, my appetite is back! LOL. In my second trimester, I gained about 10 pounds from one month visit to another. Since then, I’ve tried to reign it in and really make healthy choices instead of eating everything in sight (since I felt as though I would never eat again from the first trimester–not dramatic or anything, I know).

Currently, I’m at the doctor’s office for my 3 hours glucose testing. I took the one hour test and it came back at 134 rather than 130. So I’ll be patiently awaiting those results. For those who have to take it, here’s how my doctor’s office did it: I fasted for twelve hours (12 am–8 am). The nurse took my fasting blood sample, which came back fine at 91. This meant that it was okay for them to administer the dreaded glucose solution (the like 8-10 ounce bottle of straight up sugar). I drank this within 5 minutes, which was trying, but baby and I made it through. Then I had to wait an hour, then they tested my blood again (this time leaving a bruise, WHOMP). Then, waited another hour and tested it again. Then, waited another hour and tested it again. This brings me to a total of FOUR blood draws.

Hopefully I don’t have gestational diabetes, but my doctor reassured me that typically with people like me, it’s easily managed by checking sugars. All the prayers appreciated for this, and for a safe and healthy delivery.

Hope you all are doing well, I’ll try to keep you updated more frequently.

Sometimes we need to be THAT guy

How many of you use Snapchat? I use it all the time to send pictures to my family in Florida of my everyday life. I have a love/hate relationship with it. I love seeing my family easily throughout the day, but don’t get me started on their featured stories, which I HATE. (Okay, you got me started–they’re wildly inappropriate for young kids who have snapchat, and there’s no way to filter them.) Anyway, I use the “memories” feature quite a lot because I like taking pictures of my food and taking pictures of myself working out and being generally “THAT guy” on the regular.

The Snapchat memories feature allows me to do that without being THAT guy. I have a record of my workouts and can look at my accomplishments and feel good WITHOUT annoying everyone. Win/win. It also helps to motivate me to keep up my goals. No, seriously, I use it all the time:

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It’s nice to go back over the past week and give myself a pat on the back. “Hey, you did that. You can do it this week too.”

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Good Morning, Girls

GOOD MORNING GIRLS! You may have clicked on the “Blogs I Follow” links right over to the right. Good Morning Girls is an account on Instagram that I started following last year. They have daily Bible readings using the “SOAK” method (Scripture, Observation, Application, Kneel [in prayer]). I usually don’t do my reading in the morning as the name suggests, however, at night after dinner is when I get my “quiet time” in with God. I make a nice cup of tea, take out my contacts, and read my Bible. The reason I enjoy following the Good Morning Girls account is because the woman who created it makes time with God a priority. Seeing it on my Instagram timeline is just a helpful reminder of something I need to do every day.

In Acts, Paul visits the brethren in Berea, and Acts says of them: “Now these were more noble-minded than those in Thessalonica, for they received the word with great eagerness, examining the Scriptures daily to see whether these things were so. Therefore many of them believed” Acts 17:11-12a (NASB)

I’ve grown up reading the Bible, so I’m not intimidated by it. I can totally understand if someone had not had that experience, it would seem like a LOT to get ahold of. So if you have the question, “Where do I start?” I would recommend starting in the New Testament book of John. If it’s your first time through, I would read that all the way through. I would probably keep a notebook with me, writing down all of my questions as I went through it.

If this is NOT your first time reading the Bible, what do you do during quiet time?

If you follow the model above, you can read the scriptures, write down the observations, and how you need to apply the lesson in your life today. Then say a prayer.

“Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice! Let your gentle spirit be known to all men. The Lord is near. Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things.  The things you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you.” Philippians 4:4-8 (NASB)

Focus on the good! And God is GOOD.

Kroger Clicklist

GUYS HAVE YOU TRIED KROGER CLICKLIST?!?!?!?!

It. Is. A. Game. Changer.

Basically the premise is that you load an online shopping cart with all your groceries. You drive to the store. They load it into your car. You drive home.

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YOU NEVER LEAVE YOUR CAR. AHHHH. I cannot tell you how much time and money I’ve saved by using their service. For one, you can plan out your meals, and not have to try to hunt down every single item in the store which saves me time and frustration. Next, you can budget out your purchase so you don’t buy any extemporaneous items in store (LIKE I ALWAYS DO). Thirdly, this service only costs 4.95. I’m sure they’re trying to get you hooked, and they’ll jack up the price once they’ve got you, but until then, this service is cheaper than a venti latte at Starbucks. And it saves SO. MUCH. TIME. My time is definitely worth more than $5/hour. If you’re really disciplined, or enjoy going to the store, you’re not going to like the service. I don’t possess either of those qualities.

What’s more, is that KROGER DID NOT PAY ME TO SAY ANY OF THIS. This review is just based on personal experience. So, try it! It’s only five bucks.

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