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WIAW: new foods

Wow, so apparently most of you are Mac fans.  I should have guessed Winking smile  I think it’s been my stubbornness that has prevented me from going the Mac route, but I’m feeling daring so I think I’ll be making a purchase this weekend!

This past week I’ve consumed quite a few new eats.  And I’m dedicating this What I Ate Wednesday to just that! 

I have been seeing the Simply bars everywhere!  (Not to be confused with Zone Perfect’s Perfectly Simple bar).  Both companies were kind enough to send me samples to try.

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The stats are really amazing – 16g of protein in only 160 cals or less!  And they offer a ton of flavors.  I’ve tried the PB-chocolate and cinn-pecan so far.  The verdict? Good (not outstanding).  If it wasn’t for the fabulous protein-to-calorie ratio, I would not be that impressed.  If they were $1.50 or less and I could buy them locally, I would definitely keep them as snack/small meal on the go, but they aren’t sold in northern CA yet.  I will keep my eyes peeled.

Another bar floating around the internet?  Gnu fiber bars.  Several bloggers highlighted their fabulous deal of $7.95 for a 5-bar sampler pack with free shipping.  For that steal, I had to get some.  Besides, I couldn’t pass up trying their tasty-sounding flavors:

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I’ve tried the blueberry cobbler and blondie and really enjoyed both.  They taste very natural, are pretty chewy, and all that fiber has some staying power.  I’d highly recommend.

So last weekend, I mentioned Zach and I went on date night (woohoo!).  We wanted to go to Palo Alto and were in the mood for some spice, so we tried a new (to us) restaurant, Thaiphoon, where we were able to snag a table outdoors. 

Both our meals and the app were good but…

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… we left hungry!  Seriously, are we that big of piggies?  We ordered the vegetarian spring rolls, kung pao chicken, and thai basil tofu.  We easily finished our plates with no leftovers – which is a rarity for eating Thai food. 

Soooo, we did what any normal couple does and walked across the street to a new(er) wine bar called Gravity, where I promptly had a flight of sparkling wines.

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I absolutely want to come back to this place – faboosh!

No date night is complete without froyo:

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I’m pretty sure Zach tilted his cup that way so you wouldn’t realize he got the LARGE cup.  We both agreed that this was one of the more mediocre froyo experiences.  We’ve been here several times before and this time the froyo tasted really icy and the toppings were lacking.  Sigh.  Oh well.

What’s your favorite Thai food dish?

Have you tried Gnu or Simply bars?  Thoughts?

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Running through the weekend

…no, not the real kind of running.  Who do you think I am? Winking smile 

Here’s my weekend in review…

Friday:

Right now, I’m not working Fridays.  It’s rather glorious.  Instead I catch up on all the chores I neglect in the week, spend quality time with the bean, and meet up with my mommy friends so our boys can ‘play’ together:

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Friday evening I met Zach and his coworkers for a drink.  And rather than make dinner, we hit up Yoppi.  Again.  And, yes, I had the cake batter froyo.  Again.  It was everything I wanted and more.  Who needs dinner when you can have dessert?

Saturday:

I woke up ‘early’ ( as in 8am) to get in 40 minutes of cardio and about 10 minutes of weights/abs before Zach and bean got out of bed.  I wanted to check it off my list before I met up with my fab friend Miss Shayla for lunch in Palo Alto.  She introduced me to a new restaurant by Top Chef Art Smith (love), called Lyfe.  Because great minds think alike, we both ordered the Napa cabbage salad and split the side of butternut squash and brussel sprouts.  Delish and healthy too.

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We putzed around PA for a bit, and clearly had to make a pit stop for froyo at Yogurtland.  Oh, what, you don’t have froyo twice in less than 24 hours?  Pssht.  Yoppi won the battle between the two.

Saturday afternoon Zach and I hit up Trader Joe’s for a massive grocery shopping trip.  Unfortunately we never meal plan all that well, so let’s hope we aren’t stocked up on snacks only.

That evening we did a spaghetti meatball dinner followed with the Easter egg dying:

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Sunday (Easter):

Ahh, Easter.  Sadly we didn’t have any grand plans with extended family or friends, so we created our own little holiday, which started out with opening our family Easter basket and a gift from his Obbie:

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What a lucky little boy Winking smile

For our activity, we went for a hike at Quicksilver canyon in San Jose with the dog in tow.  Our time was somewhat limited as Zach had grand plans of watching The Masters finale (yawn).  So while he did that, I prepped a Greek quinoa salad for the week, bathed bean, did massive amounts of laundry, and planned this week’s outfits.  Productivity at its finest.

And now it’s Monday.  Let the fun begin.

How did you spend your Easter holiday?

 

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Let’s catch up, shall we?

I think the one week hiatus was one of the longest I’ve gone since starting my blog (in May 2010 <—wow!).  Like I said, I just wasn’t feelin’ it.  I’ve gone back and forth recently on whether I want to keep it up as much as I have.  I’ve enjoyed blogging to record what’s gone on in my pregnancy and now with my lil’ Soybean here, but other than that, I’m not extremely motivated in the HLB  community as of late.  Perhaps that’s because my blog really doesn’t fit in the “healthy living blog” genre.  Ultimately my blog is just a diary of my life…

Anyway…

Let’s catch up.

Valentine’s Day was spent with little hoopla and fanfare.  Instead we opted for some vino, spaghetti and meatballs at home with the bean.  He splurged on some formula.  What a wild man. 

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Wednesday I went to a Mommy and Me class that was fabulous.  I am loving bonding with new mommies and spending the day talking about all the craziness we’re experiencing.

Thursday 2 of my new mommy friends came over for a lunch date and more gossip.  We tried convincing the lil ones to pose for a pic, but Sawyer was not having it.  Poor guy!

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Friday Zach’s brother arrived along with his fiancé to meet the soybean!  He’s so lucky to be so loved by all his family Smile  Despite having a 7 week old, we were able to do quite a bit in the short time they were here:

Saturday: Coffee shop in the AM, SF in the afternoon – Pier 39, Ghirardelli Square and drinks at McCormicks, then Little Italy for an early dinner.

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Sunday: AM walk to the coffee shop, excursion to Nebbia Winery in Half Moon Bay, followed by lunch at Moss Beach Distillery, and a stroll and sparkling wine at Ritz Carlton.  

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We capped off the visit with some Cali staples: In & Out and Pinkberry.  Btw, the salted caramel froyo is ah-maz-ing!

So there ya go.  That’s what’s been happening in a nutshell.  And while you’re reading this, I’m at at follow up doctor’s appointment with the OB.  Wish me luck!

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Sometimes photos have more to say

Why hello there! 

Guess who is visiting today?  My Dad and his gf – yay!  They are here to meet the lil soybean and I think we’re all pretty excited.

Since Monday I’ve had a fabulous friend date with Miss Shayla (amazing time as always!!!)  and also went to a mommy/baby meet up with some other ladies – all our babies are under 3.5 months.  It was too cute.  Sadly no photos, but I’ll remember to take some next time.

And in case you didn’t know the lovely Kjirsten had her baby girl yesterday Open-mouthed smile  Congrats!

As for reining in the eats and getting moving, I’m doing a good job so far!  I’m not strictly counting calories, but am doing mental tallies throughout the day to ensure I’m on track.  So far, so good!  I’ll do a weigh in next Wednesday (4 weeks postpartum).

And since sometimes photos are more interesting than words, here ya go:

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Naava has a close up encounter

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Neci strikes a stoic pose

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Shayla is a natural with the Bjorn and soybean

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Life is better with froyo  (choc milkshake, yo frappe, and cookies and cream with oodles of toppings)

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Outings with our new addition are the best

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I love my mornings with my baby boy

Oh and our newborn photo session photos are up.  If you’re interested in seeing them, let me know in the comments and I will send you a link with the password.  They’re pretty darn adorable Winking smile

If you’re week was summed up in a photo, what would it be of or look like?

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Weekend of Gifts

Good morning my friends!

If you haven’t already, check out my giveaway.  You can enter to win a pretty great necklace that may be perfect for you or as a lovely gift for someone else!

Speaking of giving, let’s talk about gifts.

Gifts aren’t always the tangible, the physical, or of huge monetary value.  In fact, the best gifts, tend to be those that fall outside of the categories above. 

Maybe it’s the time of the year, or maybe it’s this beautiful gift growing in my belly, but I was reflective over the weekend Smile with tongue out

First is the gift of time.  I sort of love having my off-Fridays actually off.  It’s amazing to have that one extra day over the weekend to have a little ‘me’ time, to sleep in, to get all those things done that pile up over the busy work week. 

Another gift, is that of making new friends.  It’s not always easy making new girlfriends, particularly when you work in a predominantly male field and live in a high-tech area.  So I’m pretty grateful for becoming friends with an amazing blogger Shayla.  I feel like we’ve known each other for years and hanging out on Friday just solidified how awesome of a connection we have. 

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Oh and yes froyo is also a gift.  We headed to ULove and their flavors are pretty damn faboosh.  I went with the peanut butter (to die for), the english toffee, and topped it with Kit-Kat, Snickers, Nilla wafers, peanut butter chips, Butterfinger, and…hmmm…that may have been it Winking smile

She also bought this adorable knit monkey cap and booties for Sawyer (and maple cookies for me!):

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Being able to nurture others through baking is a gift.  There are few things that bring me as much joy as baking something scrumptious and sharing it with loved ones.  Shayla and I tackled Pumpkin Cinnamon Raisin Bread Pudding on Friday as well.  It smelled and tasted amazing.  I’m going to make it again on Saturday with a number of tweaks and will post the recipe then (such a tease!).

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Saturday Zach and I were met with yet another gift.  The gift of good friends and coworkers who hosted a joint celebration of newly purchased homes and also baby Sawyer.  I hadn’t anticipated the baby shower so didn’t bring my shower to take photos, but Zach managed to snap an iphone pic of the delicious cupcakes they had: lemon (with lemon crème filling) and mocha cappuccino.  Usually I’m a lemon person, but the mocha was out of this world good!  Thank you so much to Zach’s coworkers for hosting a fun day and all the adorable gifts! Open-mouthed smile

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The gift of seasons, and the gift of change keeps me awestruck.  I don’t know how many times this weekend I commented on just how breathtaking the trees looked.  I can easily say this time of year makes me the happiest – I’m very much like my Dad that way Winking smile

What gifts are you celebrating?

Are you in love with Fall as much as I am?

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Friday fun and some maternity fashion

This is going to be a short post friends.  I have other things to do with my day, like hanging out with this girl Open-mouthed smile  So excited.  On deck we have froyo, pedis, Starbucks, and baking planned.  Jam-packed goodness!

As for what I’ve been wearing – all the photos below are from this past week (my 33rd week or pregnancy).  Someone said in the comments the other day that being pregnant isn’t opposite of being fashionable.  I agree!  I may not be rocking anything super edgy or haute couture, but I’m workin’ with what I got Winking smile

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Gap maternity black pants, Anne Klein blush pumps, light pink tank, and Forever 21 lacy light cream sweater (the lovely
Sara and I bough the same one last week in SF Smile )

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Motherhood maternity skinny jeans, Alfani camel boots, Gap peach maternity sweater, cream woven belt (from boutique in FL)

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Motherhood maternity grey jersey dress, Steve Madden Girl foldover boots, Forever 21 pink cardi

What do you think?  Are fashion and pregnancy mutually exclusive?

Tell me what Friday Fun you are having or plan to have!

 PS Any interest in hearing about the breastfeeding class we went to last night?

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Growth

Happiest Monday to you!

Thanks for all the happy tweets and messages for this past weekend’s baby shower.  It was wonderful and I feel so blessed to have my awesome bestie Andrea make it happen Open-mouthed smile  Hugs to you A!!! Right hug

The last few days have been a whirlwind of activity, but yesterday we were able to spend a little time indulging and relaxing which meant a trip to Chevy’s (A’s fave Mexi restaurant) and then to Yoppi for some froyo.  Mexi and froyo in one day?  Talk about winning!  I didn’t take pictures – lame, but I was so over it.  However, this is what I ordered:

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Hot damn, these were good.  Apparently I need to go to Chevy’s more often!

Froyo was also lovely.  I almost went back for seconds.  You see, I did my normal taste test and they just happened to have pumpkin pie flavor.  It was tasty.  But then that need for chocolate toppings took over (Shayla knows what I’m taking about) and I went with cookies and cream topped with cookie dough, butterfinger, reeses pieces, and oreos…and some caramel sauce Winking smile  Well then after I was done, I was thinking of an awesome combo:

  • Pumpkin pie froyo topped with cinnamon life crunch, granola, and graham crackers crumbs, drizzled with caramel sauce—>  Tell me that doesn’t sound like perfection?!?!  Sigh.  Next time.

Okay so yeah, yesterday alone could cause any waistline some growth, but I’m talking about some other kind of growth.  You know – that baby kind? 

Last week I snapped a picture (30.5 weeks) and recalled a picture I took in July when I was about 17 weeks, wearing the exact same jeans.  Check out how much GROWTH I’ve had …  MEEEP! Surprised smile

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Yowsa right?  I have to say, I sort of love the belly.  Maybe not the bigger arms or thighs, but I do love the belly Smile

Alright, tell me what maybe made your pants stretch a little this weekend?

What part of your body do you love?

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