I can’t think of a better way to start the week than with some special news. Brett and I are thrilled to announce that we’re expecting our first child in December! It’s been so hard keeping this secret so I’m so excited to finally be able to spill the beans. Later this week I will be sharing our fertility journey, but today I wanted to answer some of the most common questions I’ve been getting when we tell people we’re expecting.How Far Along: 15 weeks
Due Date: Early December
How I’m Feeling: Overall pretty great. I haven’t had any morning sickness or weird food aversions. I did get very tired during my first trimester, especially between weeks 6-8. There were many days when I found myself on the couch at 2pm struggling to keep my eyes opened. Even now, a few weeks into my second trimester, I still find myself pretty exhausted by late afternoon/early evening.
What I’m Craving: Fresh fruit, especially fruit salad! I’m pretty sure I’ve had fruit salad every day since getting pregnant. I’ve always enjoyed fresh fruit, but this pregnancy has taken it to a whole new level. Every Sunday I make a big bowl of fruit salad with whatever fruit looks good at the store that week. I have fresh berries and cherries in my oatmeal every morning, fruit salad with lunch, an apple as an afternoon snack and sometimes a few cherries before or after dinner.
Exercise: Believe it or not I’m actually exercising more now than I was before. Even during the weeks where I was incredibly exhausted, I still went to Bar Method 4 times a week most weeks. Now that the weather is nice I’ve been running twice a week and going to Bar Method 2-3 times a week. We’ve also been taking Riggins out for longer walks, which is helping me reach my step goal of 12,000 steps/day. I plan to run for as long as it’s comfortable and hope to continue Bar Method throughout my entire pregnancy.
What I’m Wearing: Anything that fits! I’m in that weird stage where I don’t have a bump, but my middle has definitely gotten thicker. I’m still wearing my normal clothes, but my jeans have gotten tighter. The hair tie trick has been a lifesaver! I’ve also noticed that I don’t like the way a some of my clothes lay on me, but this could also just be me being self conscious of my changing body. Any other pregnant woman/mothers out there feel that way? I’m embracing all the loose, flowing dresses this summer (and elastic waistband shorts) and I’m hoping to hold off on ordering maternity clothes for a little while longer.
Hello Friday! For no reason in particular, this week has worn me out. We had friends over for dinner last night and if it wasn’t for the fact that we’ve had to reschedule two other times I probably would have bailed. I think I could have fallen asleep on the deck mid-sentence. For that reason, I’m looking forward to a weekend with relatively few plans.
I wanted to use today’s post to share some exciting news. My little sister is getting married! Her boyfriend proposed a few weeks ago and my mom and I planned a surprise engagement party with family and a few close friends for later that day. We had so much fun celebrating their engagement and I’m excited for all the wedding activities to come!
Ever since the engagement, my mom and I have gone into full wedding planning mode. What can I say? Like mother, like daughter! It’s so much more fun planning a wedding when you don’t have the stress of it being your own.
I feel like we really got a taste for summer this past weekend. I loved every minute of it. We ate outside, went to the farmer’s market and had a picnic. It has me so excited for the month’s to come so I’ve rounded up a few of the things I’m most excited for in today’s Summer Bucket List.
Summer Bucket List Go to Movies In The Park
I already have plans for a girl’s night in Millennium Park next week and then La La Land is playing at the park by our house in a few weeks.
Go On a Picnic
Like I mentioned we picnicked with friends this weekend in Oz Park and it was so fun. We spread out a bunch of blankets, brought a bunch of apps and drinks and just enjoyed the nice weather. We all left saying we want to do this more often this summer.
Visit A New-To-Me Farmer’s Market
We typically go to Green City farmer’s market on Saturday mornings, but with the Wrigley Park farmer’s market open next week, it will be nice to have a mid-week farmer’s market to go to.
Keep Our Hydrangeas Alive
Some day I hope to have a whole garden full of hydrangeas, but for now my one pot by our front door will have to do. I thought I had killed it the first week we got it, but it’s starting to look like it’s coming back to life.
Take Riggins To The Dog Beach
Brett is convinced that he’ll have to go in the water in him, but I think it will be worth it to watch him paddling around in the water.
When Brett and I were in DFW over Memorial Day, my friend Diana hosted a wine and cheese night at her townhouse. She invited all her Fort Worth friends and neighbors over (plus puppies!) and we ate cheese, drank wine and talked all night. Diana and I have been friends since high school, I’ve met her college friends in the past and this time it was so fun to get to meet her new “adult” friends. Today I’m sharing with you how to build the perfect charcuterie board for your next cocktail party. I can’t really take any credit for the charcuterie board because we modeled it cheese slice for cheese slice after a charcuterie board our friend Ruthie had made, but it was too good not to share and I know I’ll be using this as a guide in the future. You’ll want to start by gathering all your charcuterie accoutrements. The four main components of a good charcuterie board our cheese, meat, crackers/bread and fruit. To make your board a even more impressive in a good spread like Divinia Orange Fig Spread. This spread pairs so well with brie. Almost a little too well, I didn’t want to stop eating it!
Once you have all your accoutrements, start building your board. It’s easiest to start from the center and work your way out. Finish it off by layering in a few sprigs of rosemary in any holes you spot throughout the board.
Charcuterie Board Grocery List: Cheeses: Brie, Goat, Asiago, Cheddar (the sharper, the better in my opinion) Meats: Prosciutto, Salami or pepperoni (I really like the Tartufo brand truffle salami sticks) Fruit: Grapes, Dried fruit like cherries, peaches or dates Crackers and Bread: Crusty French bread, sliced thinly, Water crackers, Sweet & savory cracker like Trader Joe’s raisin rosemary crisps, flatbread crackers like Chicago Flat’s All Flavor Flatbreads
Do you have any tips for building the perfect charcuterie board?