Meal Plan Monday #14

Happy Monday! Oh, who am I kidding. Friggin’ Monday…

At least many of us are looking at a long weekend coming up, right? That’s exciting! Kevin and I didn’t have the most exciting weekend this weekend, but it was still a good one. Hopefully next weekend is just as good with an extra pinch of woohoo!

pizzI’m back with another Meal Plan Monday; I think we’re on #14 by now…? I’m also throwing in a tidbit from the last couple days. (like that amazing pizza from Saturday night)

sbuxOur double-dinner dates canceled on us Friday, so we stayed home with homemade meatball subs and baked jalapeno poppers. Yum!

Saturday started with a family walk followed by a hair appointment. Boy, did I need it!! To make it a little more luxurious, I threw in a little Starbucks. Ethan got his hair cut later that afternoon. Just look at us – all fixed up and matchy-matchy.

hairSunday was busy! I baked muffins before my boys woke, and then there was a nice 3-mile family walk. More food preppin’, grocery shoppin’, and pool swimmin’ ensued. By 8:15 I was exhausted and ready to prop up my feet with some ice cream in my hands!

poolSo here’s the meal plan for the week:

  • Sunday: spicy yellow curry with chicken, bell pepper, jalapeno, and peas
  • Monday: Cuban style lean beef picadillo
  • Tuesday: salsa chicken in the crock pot with a side of black beans
  • Wednesday: pasta alfredo with peas, broccoli, and maybe some spinach
  • Thursday: “fried” rice with egg and mixed veggies
  • Friday: bbq pork in slow cooker with corn and green beans or out (TBD)

I also plan to have parfaits or protein oats for breakfast followed by bacon-lettuce-avocado or tuna-lettuce-avocado wraps for lunch with a side of pear. Snacks, ice cream, and more snacks are included too.

  • What were you up to this weekend?
  • Do you have a long weekend coming up?
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Thinking Out Loud About Ethan

As you all have probably noticed, the blog has been overtaken with baby. (Sadly, so has my credit card!) Sorry about that. But Ethan is still getting a lot of love and attention behind the scenes.  Trust me, you can’t not notice the kid!

toddlerHe’s 19 months old. Do you believe it?!?


  • He’s always moving! His naps have gotten better (knock on wood), which might have something to do with the fact that he’s always on the go.
  • Little buddy is getting faster too. He’s kind of like a fainting goat when it comes to running though. His little legs get going a bit too fast, so he falls after just taking 5 steps. He keeps trying though!


  • Ethan said “Mama” back in November, or something like that, and he said “Dada” not much later. Other words were a long time coming.
  • A couple weeks ago he said his first word, aside from the aforementioned mama/dada. He started with “bubbles,” and in that week alone he added three others to his vocabulary as well. Some of his regulars as of late include car, go, Elmo, and apple (<– he says that one like “aabaaaa” though).


  • He’s a pretty good eater… most of the time. He’s starting to snub some things and assert his independence, but I don’t let it bother me. If he’s hungry, he’ll eat.
  • He isn’t into breakfast these days, but that’s okay. I try to make something I know he’ll like. He also gets yummy stuff for lunch since it’s almost always leftovers from dinner the night before.
  • Ethan has some trouble with dinner, but I refuse to be a short-order cook and make him something separate. I cook things he is likely to enjoy, and if on that particular night he doesn’t want it, that’s okay. Ketchup often helps!


  • He loves the Barney song (“I love you, you love me, we’re a happy family…”).
  • Although Ethan rarely watches tv, his favorite shows are Curious George and Sesame Street. Watching him dance to the into of Sesame Street is quite entertaining!
  • Ethan also still loves blueberries. They’re his favorite food, though other winners include bananas, strawberries, cheese, jelly, and corn on the cob.
  • His favorite toys are the pots and pans in the kitchen, especially if I put a little extra chopped veggies in there for him to stir while I’m cooking dinner.
  • He enjoys walking around with my phone to his ear as if he’s talking. In the photo below, he pulled apart his pb&j sandwich and decided to talk on that like a phone too.

toddlerThanks Amanda for hosting another Thinking Out Loud linkup!

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What I Worked Wednesday

Hi Friends! I know that I’m often into the #WIAW party, but rather than talking about what I ate, today I’m talking about what I worked.

While recent weeks had my workouts looking a bit more like this during the Tone It Up Bikini Series, things are shifting a bit.

tone it upThat darn pelvic pain is starting to flare up, and if it’s the same as last pregnancy, I want to do all I can to keep it from getting worse. Near the end, I remember it being so painful just walking in from parking lots or going to the grocery store, so I’ve got to put my pride aside and take care of myself now.

So what’s the new routine? I’ve listed it out below, but it includes more pool time, arms, and yoga. It also has less balance poses and inner-thigh toning (popular with Tone It Up routines) and sadly less walking. I like walking!

prenatal workoutBut you’ve got to take care of yourself, pregnant or not. Sometimes we’re nursing an injury and need to take time off, or sometimes your body is being a bit too sensitive to your training and you need to back down. I guess this is just one of those times.

poolThe pic above is an early morning swim. After Kevin finished his degree, he joined my gym and decided to start working out in the mornings. It sounds good and all, except he didn’t ask for my opinion on the matter. The fact is, I love working out in the morning. I did it for years before having a baby. I was a 5am regular at the gym, and I miss seeing the other regulars, sweating before dawn, and starting my day off on the right foot. I haven’t been able to get there since having Ethan because I’m always on baby-duty.

Well I told him that wasn’t the least bit fair and we’d at least have to take turns. So now I get to hit the pool Tues and Thurs while he goes Mon, Wed, Fri. Yaaaaay for morning gym time!!!!!

  • How have you been keeping fit lately?
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22 Weeks!!

Here were are with another update on baby #2! Time is flying by, but somehow September still feels so far away. Funny how that happens, eh?

22weeksHow far along? 22 weeks

Baby’s size? about 11 inches in length and weights about a pound

Total weight gain/loss: About 13 lbs, and I think some of that went to my boobs this week – wahoo!

Stretch marks? Nope

Sleep: Not too bad this week

Best moment this week: The shower on Saturday, pedicure on Sunday, or watching Ethan spin around to music and then try to walk like a little drunk man (hilarious)

Miss Anything? A bigger wardrobe

Movement: Yup! His movements are getting on more of a schedule, which is pretty cool. He’s breech at the moment, though dr says he has time to turn, but it means I feel lots of kicks to my bladder.

Food cravings: sweets, sweets, n’ more sweets

Anything making you queasy or sick: Nope

Gender: boy

Symptoms: These aches and pains are no joke. I’m trying to let that spot on my inner thigh heal, so I’m taking it easy on workouts. But I think it may be shifting into that pelvic pain I had last time. Fingers crossed that isn’t it!!

Belly Button in or out? In but funny lookin’

Wedding rings on or off? On.

Happy or moody most of the time: Happy!

Looking forward to: Getting the nursery in order, or at least starting to get there. I’ve got plenty of time, but it’s fun to decorate!

That about sums up this bumpdate. I’ve ditched the Tone It Up #BikiniSeries for now. My body just isn’t loving it, but I’ve created a new routine that I’m trying out this week. It should be easier on that pelvic pain, and it includes some swimming. I’m actually off to hit the pool now! I’ll be sure to share that later this week.

  • What are you most looking forward to these days?
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Mother’s Day Fun & Meal Plan Monday

Hi Friends! How was your weekend? Mine was pretty good. I don’t even think I could pick a highlight, but there was lots of fun to be had.

On Friday, I enjoyed breakfast with Ethan at his school. It was nice to spend a little extra time with him and meet a couple of other mommies. I had been looking forward to it all week.

showerThen on Saturday, Kevin watched E while I attended a friend’s bridal shower. I had a great time, and I even wore a new Lily Pulitzer for Target dress that I got from Theodora. It isn’t maternity, but it’s bump-friendly, at least for now. (Yup, I definitely wore it again Sunday.) Kevin and I later met his colleagues for dinner that evening.

showerOn Sunday, we met my parents for brunch. We expected a long wait, but an hour and a half later, we were finally seated. Geeeeze! Don’t they know preggo’s gotta’ eat?! My mom and I agreed that just cooking at home would have been less stressful.

mothers' dayBut we made it better by knocking off most of my Babies R’ Us registry (thanks mom!!) and getting pedicures while Kevin and my dad watched Ethan.

brunchThat was a lot of dining out for me. I’m looking forward to getting in my veggies this week. Here’s the meal plan:

  • Sunday: steak, roast broccoli, sweet potato
  • Monday: honey salmon in foil with frozen veggie blend
  • Tuesday: cobb salad
  • Wednesday: turkey shepherd’s pie
  • Thursday: pasta n’ red sauce (with ground turkey, zucchini, & bell pepper)
  • Friday: out with friends
  • Saturday: TBD

I will probably stick with eggs and toast for breakfast and a green smoothie for lunch, along with plenty of snacks and ice cream, of course.

  • How was your Mother’s Day?
  • Got anything good on your menu this week?
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