Monday, July 20, 2015

Hello & Goodbye: 32 Week Bumpdate

Hi friends!  It's been a while, hasn't it?  I've been trying to get into the habit of unplugging from my computer & social media a lot more recently.  And you know what?  I get a lot more accomplished around here when I'm not wasting time online.  30 minutes reading other blogs, another 30 minutes of responding to blog comments & emails, an hour on Pinterest, 20 minutes of looking at someones pictures on instagram {read: creeping}, an hour of online shopping on various websites.  It all adds up to stolen moments throughout the day that I'll never get back.  The thought of stolen moments once Isla arrives makes my heart hurt.  I want to be present always, not zoned out staring at my phone or a computer screen.  And for this reason, I've made the decision to drastically cut back on the amount of time that I'll be posting on this space.  This pregnancy is flying by at an alarming speed, and I really want to savor the small amount of time that I still have her all to myself.  I plan on doing a bit of heavy reading {I have 6 books in rotation that I have yet to finish}, finishing up a few more projects in the nursery, cooking all those labor intensive recipes that have accumulated over the years that I've wanted to try but never quite found the time, and soaking up these last few weeks alone with Adam before our life is forever changed.

I'll still post on here sporadically from time to time {it's not like I cancelled our internet service}, I just want to reevaluate the amount of time that I dedicate to Typical Domestic Babe, especially in the first few months after she arrives.  So many of you have became familiar online friends over the years, so I felt it was necessary to give you a heads up rather than just go silent for weeks & weeks on end.

With all of that being said, I do have lots to update you guys about so my last pregnancy bumpdate is below.  







How Far Along?   32 weeks 
 


Total Weight Gain?  26 pounds.  Nearly 5 of that is baby already!  At our ultrasound last week, we learned that she's on track to be an estimated 8.5 pound healthy little baby.

 
Maternity Clothes?  Absolutely, although I'm really looking forward to wearing normal clothes again soon. 





Gender?   It's a sweet baby girl!







Cravings?   Anything chocolate peanut butter, and organic sour worms from Whole Foods :)


Miss Anything?   Sleep - although I guess this is prepping me for those sleepless nights in the beginning.



Exercise?   Up until last week I was still attending private Pilates sessions 3x per week.

 
 
Symptoms?  Ughhh, where to begin?  Heartburn - check.  Restless legs syndrome - check.  Carpel tunnel in my hands - check.  This pretty much sums up why I've been having such a hard time sleeping lately.  My nightly routine involves tums, breathe right strips {since I've had a stuffy nose since early on in my first trimester}, tiger balm patches placed on my calves for my restless legs, and ice packs for my legs and for my hands that I rotate throughout the night.  I am basically the epitome of sexiness at the moment ;)



Mood?   Emotional.  It must be the hormones because I've been crying so much lately {and I am not the crying type}.  Movies make me cry, sweet little text messages from my husband make me cry, conversations with friends & family members make me teary eyed, even just sitting in her nursery and thinking about all the memories that we'll create in that space makes me emotional.  Also, every time I take a few quiet moments to really connect with her and talk to her I end up crying.  It's impossible for me to have conversations with her, like so many books suggest that you do, because I end up a blubbering mess.



Baby Movement?   She loves her 4 am karate practice!  Feeling her move all throughout the day is one of my favorite parts of being pregnant and I know that I'm really going to miss feeling those rolls, jabs and kicks. 


 

Best Moment This Week?   After our ultrasound last week, Adam & I went shopping at Bonpoint in Bal Harbour Shops and he picked out the sweetest little outfits for her.  I loved watching him study all the tiny dresses and onesies and thoughtfully arranging them to see how they would look together.  Envisioning chubby baby legs filling out those rompers & dresses makes my heart swell with so much love & excitement.


 
 
Looking Forward To?   Seeing my mom at the end of next month.  I'm so grateful that she'll be coming down for a couple of months to help me with the baby.



On My Mind?   For the past 6 weeks or so I've had a suspicion that Isla was breech because I've never felt her kicks up by my rips, they've always been down really low.  Our last two ultrasounds have confirmed that she's in the Frank Breech position, and unfortunately it looks like she's going to stay in that position.  We learned last week that her umbilical cord is wrapped around her neck and that is most likely the reason that she's not able to turn into the typical head down position as her cord is keeping her strapped in up there.  My doctor said that at this point the cord is still loose so it's not affecting her health in any way, but if I was to force her to turn by doing yoga moves or seeking out chiropractic that encourages breech babies to turn, it could potentially be very dangerous.  For now I have to cut back on any yoga & pilates and just take it easy.  I'll also start going for regular ultrasounds to monitor her situation in there, and at this point it looks as if I'll be having a scheduled c-section.  Obviously I'm extremely thankful that we were able to catch this now rather than have it crop up at the time of delivery when it could be a real emergency.  I'm also feeling slightly disappointed that I won't be able to experience the natural birth that I had envisioned {for my own selfish reasons}, but I know that it's not just about me anymore, as her health & safety are 100% top priority.  At the end of the day, as long as she arrives healthy and is safely in my arms it's not going to matter how I gave birth.      



You can check out any of my past bumpdates by clicking here. 



Stay well, friends.  See you around! xx

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Skinny Chocolate Chip Zucchini Muffins

Since summer produce is readily available right now, I thought this would be the perfect opportunity to share my delicious skinny chocolate chip zucchini muffin recipe with you all.  I've lightened up an old traditional zucchini bread recipe that I had sitting in my recipe index file, replacing the refined sugar, butter, and processed flour with honey, applesauce, coconut oil, and hearty whole wheat pastry flour.  The result is moist, delicious muffins with just the perfect amount of sweetness and chocolate to curb those sweet cravings, without wrecking your summer diet.

Hope you enjoy! xx








Ingredients


1 1/2 cups whole wheat pastry flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp salt
1 cup shredded zucchini, set on paper towels to absorb excess moisture
1/2 cup honey
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 tbsp coconut oil
1/3 cup unsweetened applesauce
1 egg
1/4 cup milk {I used 1%, but any variety of milk will work - even almond or soy}
1/2 cup chocolate chips



Directions


Make sure to place your shredded zucchini on layers of paper towels to absorb some of the excess moisture.  Set aside and allow to sit for 15 minutes.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.  Spray a muffin tin with non stick cooking spray.

In a large bowl, combine flour, baking soda, cinnamon and salt.  Set aside.

In a medium sized bowl, stir together zucchini, honey, vanilla, coconut oil and applesauce.  Next add in your egg and milk and whisk together to combine.

Incorporate the wet ingredients into your large bowl of flour mixture, and gently stir until combined, taking care not to over stir {this eliminates any excess air into your batter}.  Fold in the chocolate chips.

Spoon batter into muffin tins, and fill about 2/3 of the way up.  Bake for 20 minutes, or until the muffins are golden brown & gently spring back when touched.  Cool on a wire rack.













Thanks for reading!

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Five Easy 4th Of July Desserts

Hi friends!  Whose getting excited for the holiday weekend?  Personally I'm not a big 4th of July person for the simple fact that the fireworks always scare our dogs :(  They get so stressed out from the noises, and Adam & I always, always stay home with them every year.  So needless to say no big plans over here for us.

Even though it's not my favorite day of the year doesn't mean that I don't like whipping up a patriotic recipe!  Today I thought I'd share 5 easy 4th of July desserts that don't require hours in the kitchen.  Whether you're headed to a bbq with family & friends, or just hanging around the house with your hubby/boyfie, these simple desserts will be sure to impress!

Enjoy!






^^  How easy is this?  Simply assemble any red fruit of your choice with yogurt dipped pretzels, blueberries, and serve on a decorative tray!






^^  Dip pretzel sticks in melted candy melts {found at most grocery stores}, and sprinkle on the red, white & blue!






^^  Use a star cookie cutter for watermelon, and add in red & blue berries for a healthy fruit salad.  Easy peasey!






^^  Fruit & brownie skewers using small brownie chunks, strawberries, blueberries, and marshmallows {could also replace marshmallows with banana slices}.  Quick to assemble and who doesn't love dessert on a stick!?







^^  And duhhhh obviously I had to pimp my own recipe from last year lol!  This summer berry cake is super easy to assemble, and is always a huge hit when you arrange the berries into the American flag!  View my recipe here.





I hope you all have a safe & happy holiday!  And don't forget about pup safety on the 4th.  Here's a link to 9 tips for keeping your dog safe during the festivities. xx

Monday, June 29, 2015

Purchases For Baby Girl

I hope you all had a great weekend!  We had a pretty low key weekend over here; worked around the house, ran errands, went to our first hypnobirthing class, took the pups on a long walk around one of our favorite jogging trails, and had the absolute laziest Sunday on record.  Seriously, Adam & I were total bums yesterday, migrating back and forth from the couch to the bed all day.  He was completely engrossed in a book, while I was the online shopping queen ordering all things baby related.  I've been on an online ordering rampage lately {shopping for babies is so much more fun than shopping for myself I've decided!}, and thought I'd share a few of the items that I've purchased for baby girl.

Full deets are below, including links to a few of my favorite new Etsy shops that I've recently discovered :)








Shop These Items:


The cuuuutest little bow pleated dress and kitty cat sweater from Jacadi.  They're definitely on the pricier side for baby clothing, but are having a great summer sale right now which definitely makes things easier on the wallet. {Dress found here / Gray sweater here} //  I absolutely love this Etsy shop, and have purchased a few of their headbands including {this white one} //  A super soft little lamb that doubles as a rattle {available here} //  These simple BPA free pacifiers had great reviews on every website that I could find them on.  Worth a shot! {here} //  The Sleep Sheep is another product that I had to try out.  Amaaazing reviews everywhere you read for helping soothe your little to sleep! {found here} //  This diaper pail is supposed to be the holy grail of all pails!  It is made of solid steel, looks chic in my nursery, and doesn't require special bags! {available here, also in multiple other colors here} //  The softest baby blanket which I may or may not have purchased in 2 colors ;) {found here} //  Handmade baby shoes that are all made to order {here} //  An adorable fuzzy rabbit rattle {here} //  A personalized handmade wooden teether toy shaped like a bunny.  I love this company as they plant one tree for every product sold! {found here}





There's lots more that I've purchased but I'm trying not to go too baby crazy on the blog.  If any mamas out there have any recommendations, I'd love to hear what your baby loved!  xx

Thursday, June 25, 2015

St. Barths Vacation Diary

Hi chicas!  Sorry for the sporadic posting schedule lately.  I've been extremely preoccupied with all the projects we have going on around the house, and the blog has kind of taken a back seat.  #Bloggerfail.  I'm sure things will be back to normal in the next couple of weeks, but until then I'm like a full throttle mad woman over here.  Must complete project.  Must complete project.  Must complete project. ;)  Please tell me I'm not the only one who gets like this....

Anyhoo, today I thought I'd finally get around to posting a few of our babymoon pictures.  We spent 6 nights in paradise {St. Barths} and did a whole lot of nothing while we were there.  It was probably one of the most relaxing vacations we've ever taken.  We got massages, layed on the beach, did a little snorkeling, went to lunches, took long walks on the beach {oh so romantico lol}, napped, went to dinners, talked about the baby nonstop, napped some more.....you get the idea.  It was seriously so peaceful and relaxing.  Exactly what a babymoon should be like!

Below are a few of my favorite pictures from our trip, with details to what I wore while we were there {basically a bikini the whole time!}, and where we stayed.  Hope you enjoy! xx






That water!  We flew around 3 hours from Miami to St. Maarten and then took a small commuter plane for the 10 minute journey from St. Maarten to St. Barths.  Funny story: When I was boarding the teeny little commuter plane an airline attendant stopped me and informed me that I needed to fill out a waiver because I was pregnant.  I played totally dumb and said "Ummmm I'm not pregnant".  The look on his face was priceless!  Of course I immediately told him that I was just joking and we all had a good laugh, but it was pretty hilarious!





Checking in at our chic hotel, Cheval Blanc.





Adam surprised me and upgraded us to a beach front suite for our stay.  It was so beautiful, and I loved the French Provence style of decor; think white linen everything, distressed whitewashed woods, and shabby chic accents.





We also had a private infinity pool on our balcony, which is where we spent the majority of our time.





But first, let me take a bumpie ;)  Wearing a sarong from Ondademar that's sadly sold out everywhere.  Last seen here.





Our hotel was located on beautiful Flamands Bay which was really quiet and low key, but also  extremely centralized.  It was a quick 10 minute drive to get to the hot spots like Eden Rock & Nikki Beach, and about a 15 minute drive to do some shopping in Gustavia.





Cheval Blanc also had beautiful garden bungalows where these guys roamed around freely!





This is what we did basically all day!  Adam in the shade reading a book, me sunning it up {not pictured: my word search book that I always travel with.  It's a vacay obsession of mine!}





Headed out to dinner on our first night.  Dress / Clutch / Sandals





Dinner at Bonito was amazing.  Highly recommend!





The entrance to the hotels pool.







Ice cream in Gustavia after a bit of shopping.  I'm wearing Essie 'Cajun Shrimp' on my nails {it's a great summer color and is perfect with a tan!}.





Lunchin' at Eden Rock.  Clutch / Sunglasses {my new fave!}









Ok, so I debated whether I should upload this picture or not since my belly looks huuuuuuuge in this pic {I swear it's not this big, I think it's a combo of all the water I drank to stay hydrated and the angle lol!}, but I love this comfy maxi dress and have to share!  Dress / Hat / Necklace {on sale!}





Keeping it clean with egg whites, oatmeal, and an iced coffee at breakfast.





Wind swept.





This bathtub was to die for!  





We went snorkeling on this particular day and had so much fun!  Wearing: Cover up / Hat {linked above} / Sunglasses / Beach tote









I absolutely love this picture and want to have it framed!  Wearing: Bikini / Sunglasses





This one also deserves a frame :)





I told you guys in a previous post how much I loved this dress.  It's so effortless, and the perfect maternity maxi for summer!  Get it here.





Lunch on the sand {oh hi Adam!}.





Not a bad view ;)





Sorry for all the bump pics, but I'm obsessed!









Last day in paradise wearing: Dress / Sandals / Hat & Necklace {linked above}





Sad to say goodbye to this view, but it's always so nice to go home to our little muffins {who give us the best hello kisses when we walk through the door!}.




Where We Stayed:

Cheval Blanc St-Barth




Have a great day!  Thanks for reading :)










Monday, June 22, 2015

Get Your Quench On

Morning dolls!  Hope everyone had a great weekend!  I am in serious project house mode over here, and was literally working around the house non stop last week and over the weekend.  I'm not really sure what nesting is, but I think maybe I've come down with a case of it.  The nursery is starting to come together, and I can't wait to share pictures of it with you guys later.  We also moved around our guest bedroom, office, and master bedroom {all to accommodate the nursery} so it was a week full of furniture moving, ordering new furniture, endless UPS deliveries, and swollen feet from being on the go all day long.

At the end of every evening, when I kick my feet up and finally get a chance to slow down, all I can think about is how I wishhhhhh I could have a nice, refreshing cocktail - especially since it is so dang hot + humid outside lately.  

If you do one thing this week, please pick from this list of seriously refreshing summer cocktails below and have one for me!  In the meantime, I'll just be sitting over here sipping on Pellegrino, and fruit infused water   ;)

Have a great week! xx
























Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Favorite Outfits In St. Barths

We're back from our ahhhhhhhmazing babymoon in St. Barths.  It was such a relaxing escape, and I truly did not want to leave.  I'll post more detailed vacay pics later on this week, but first I wanted to share with you guys a few of my favorite outfits that I wore while we were there.

Lately, you may have noticed that I've been forcing enlisting the help of my husband to take some outfit pictures of me.  I asked you guys back in this post if you liked seeing more fashion based posts like this, and the majority response that I received was pretty positive.  While I'm unclear on so many areas concerning the direction my blog will take after I have my baby {such as whether or not I'll choose to share her on here, and how much time I'll want to devote to Typical Domestic Babe},  I promise that this will never turn into a "fashion blog".  I'll continue to keep posting my recipes, home decor, and general lifestyle posts, because that's what I'm most passionate about!  

For now, however, these fashion posts kind of serve as a fun way to document my pregnancy, and I get some pretty pictures out of the deal :)  Win/win in my book!

Now, onto the outfits.....








^^  Wearing:  Asos dress {non maternity I just sized up 1 size to accommodate my belly, get it here } //  Halogen wedges {here} //  Star Mela clutch {found here}


Why I loved this outfit:  This dress was my absolute favorite that I wore while we were on holiday.  It really is such a basic black dress, but the off the shoulder sleeves, and flirty hemline really spice it up!  Plus, it's super lightweight, making it the perfect dress for hot summer nights.  I love how the neon pink ethnic clutch pulls this whole outfit together.






^^  Wearing:  Belabumbum nursing cami & pajama bottom c/o {here} & Belabumbum robe c/o {here} //  Sleep Mask {old}


Why I loved this outfit:  Pj's are totally an outfit, right?  ;)  When Belabumbum approached me to do a collaboration, I had never heard of them before so naturally a little research was in order {I am really selective about who I choose to feature on my blog, and only accept items that I would purchase myself and whole heartedly recommend to my friends}.  I found that their products are sold in Nordstroms, they have GREAT online reviews, and I just loved what they were all about in general! After they sent me these pj's + robe, I honest to goodness wanted to live in them 24/7.  They are made from the absolute softest pima cotton, and all of their pajamas are made with nursing in mind {it's all about the easy access ladies!}.  They are perfect to wear in the hospital after you've delivered, when you want to look cute for visitors but without looking overdone, and also perfect for just lounging around the house!  I'm planning on purchasing another set like this cute heart print, or this fun pink number!








^^  Wearing:  Wendy Bellissimo maternity maxi dress {currently 25% off here} //  Steve Madden sandals {here} //  Flora Bella raffia clutch {here} //  Louis Vuitton sunglasses {available here}


Why I loved this outfit:  First off, let me say that this dress looked wayyyyyy better on in person than it photographed.  I felt so beautiful in this dress as it really emphasized my baby bump, but without being too clingy....even Adam kept complimenting me all night how gorgeous I was in this dress!  Ladies, you know when your guy keeps bringing it up, it's a real winner!  I loved the tie-dye print in creamy navy & teal tones and it really was the perfect effortless maxi to wear while on vacation.  It would also be great for a baby shower or any other occasion where you needed to get a little fancy this summer!




I have such a busy week ahead of me.  Our nursery furniture is being delivered today wooohoooo, and we've been literally rearranging every single room in our house ever since we got back.  Our guest bedroom is now the nursery room, the office is now the guest bedroom, maids quarters {older homes in Miami almost always have small shoebox sized "maids quarters" rooms} is now a small office and I even rearranged our bedroom and ordered new furniture because I was on a roll!  Can't wait to show you guys how everything turns out!  Hope you all have a great week, thanks for reading! xx
 

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