Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Woodland Shower | The cutest baby shower ever

This weekend my sister in laws threw me the most amazing baby shower ever. I can not even put into words how much it meant to me. They put their hearts into every decoration, every recipe, every game...I am so blessed.
The weather the day of my shower was absolutely perfect. My shower was at Drew's family cabin on the river which was the perfect setting since the theme was woodsy. My sister in law, Carly painted every adorable woodsy creature you can imagine to use not only as decoration, but also for me to use in my nursery. Win, win. Here are a few pictures from the cutest shower I ever did see...
Aiden has the best Aunts ever and is already so well loved!

Monday, August 18, 2014

Husband approved meal {Shepherd's Pie}

It has been 2 months since I posted a recipe, which gives you an idea of just how much cooking has been going on around here these days. I've cooked here and there, but lately I'd rather be lying on the couch reading a book about babies or doing a nursery project than spend my time on my feet sweating in the kitchen. #sorryhusband
 
Well I learned the other day that one of my husband's favorite meals is one I had never ever cooked him and I started feeling guilty. The night before my husband's first day back at school I decided to make it up to him and finally make him Shepherd's pie. I turned to PW for help because I thought surely she'd have a wonderful Shepherd's pie, but I couldn't find one so I turned to Paula Deen's and friends she did not let me down.

My mom never made Shepherd's Pie growing up so I didn't know what to look for in a recipe, but I just assumed Paula Deen would know. So here's her recipe and let me just say that this Shepherd's pie is husband approved and now in my meal planning binder to be made again.

Ingredients:
1 small onion chopped
1 1/2 pounds ground beef
2 (8-ounce) cans tomato sauce
1 1/2 cups mixed vegetables (I used frozen vegetables that I thawed in the refrigerator beforehand)
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
8 to 10 medium red new potatoes peeled and sliced
1 1/2 cups milk
12 tablespoons butter
1/2 cup sour cream
2 cups instant biscuit mix (I used Bisquick)


Instructions:
Beef Layer: Saute onions in 2 tablespoons butter. Add ground beef. After beef is browned, add tomato sauce; Mix in vegetables. Add salt and pepper, to taste.

Potato Layer: Peel and slice potatoes 1/4-inch thick. Cook in boiling water for approximately 15 minutes or until fork-tender. Whip potatoes with electric mixer; mix until moderately smooth. Don't over beat them; a few lumps are nice. Add 1/2 cup heated milk, 1/2 cup butter, and sour cream. Salt and pepper, to taste. Whip until mixed. Adjust thickness by adding more milk, if desired.

Biscuit Layer: Combine biscuit mix and 1 cup milk. The mix should be thinner than normal biscuit mix but not runny.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F

Spray a 9x13 or any similar casserole dish. Layer half way up with the mashed potatoes. Next, spread a layer of the meat and mixed vegetables. Pour biscuit mix over meat and veggies. Melt 4 tablespoons of butter and drizzle over top. Bake for approximately 35 to 45 minutes until top is golden brown.

Original recipe found here

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Pregnancy Files: {The Bump Week 29}

Best moment this week: This week Drew and I had one last day date before he went back to school. We picked up some handmade stuffed animals for Aiden from a shop you will soon hear about then went to Drew's favorite toy store, King Arthur's Toys then ended the day with ice cream. Drew is a big kid at heart. Long before we were pregnant we would make stops at this toy store just for fun. It was so cute hearing him talk about all the toys he can't wait to buy and play with Aiden someday. It made my heart happy.

Food cravings: Nothing stands out this week, but I am noticing that it is not taking as much to fill me up lately.

Movement: Lots of moving and hiccups! I have been waiting to feel hiccups and was so excited when I felt them. It is the cutest thing ever.

Symptoms: I'm definitely growing quickly and can feel my tendons streeettcchinng. My back is also achy making finding a comfortable position to sleep very difficult. I still feel good overall though.

Nursery: My changing pad cover from ModFox came in the mail and I love it. I've had a few friends stop by this week so I can show them the progress of the nursery and I can't wait to actually start hanging things up on the wall this week! I also found a steal of a deal on curtains at Target! $9.00 a panel on Clearance and they are exactly what I was looking for! I hope to finish up the nursery soon and finally share some pictures.

Prayer for Baby:
Dear Aiden,
I am getting more and more anxious to meet you. Your Dad has already bought you toys that you probably won't play with for years, but it is so cute watching him get ready for your arrival.  He is already your biggest fan. We can't wait to be parents and we already love you to pieces.

Love,
Your Mama

Dear Lord,
Thank you for all the joy that Aiden has already brought me. Help him continue to form perfectly inside me. As I read books and pray about being his mama give me wisdom and peace. I know I have things to work on in myself to be a better wife and mother, help me see the specific areas that I need work and give me the strength to fix them with your power. I can't wait to be a mom.
Amen. 

1 John 4:13
"This is how we know that we live in him and he in us: he has given us of his Spirit."
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Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Drew + Sawyer naptime diaries

My husband has worked so incredibly hard this summer. When you think about teachers having their summers "off" you probably don't picture that meaning they are working a second job, but that's my husband. He has worked his tail off to help us cut down on some of our college debt before Aiden makes his grand entrance in October. So on a few rare days when he would get home from work he would just pass out with exhaustion...and Sawyer was there to take full advantage.

Thank you sweet husband for working so hard for our little family, cats included...Sawyer obviously appreciates all you do.

Monday, August 11, 2014

Tips for dressing your bump on a dime

One thing I did not want to do when I got pregnant was spend all my money on maternity clothes. I wanted to dress cute and show off my growing bump, but without breaking the bank. Here are a few tips for you soon to be mama's out there that have helped me save tons of money on my clothes...

1. Borrow clothes from your friends who have recently had babies! My friend Andrea gave me a whole tub of maternity clothes and I mixed and matched the heck out of those clothes. A maxi dress can be turned into a skirt with ease like I did in the middle picture above.
2. Find an outlet store that carries maternity clothes, make a trip there and stock up. If you can't find an outlet store near you shop at Old Navy! They are always having a sale and their maternity clothes are comfortable and affordable.
3. Wear as many non-maternity clothes as possible and just buy a size up.  The first picture above is a skirt I bought from Anthropology. I bought it a size up and tied a long tank top just under my bust.
4. Simple, cotton dresses are your friend. Stock up now and accent them with a cute belt or long statement necklace.
5. When I first found out I was pregnant I went ahead and bought some cute drawstring pants and shorts that were on sale. I wore them at 12 weeks and I can wear them now at 29 weeks. Win, win!

I would love to hear other tips if you have any of your own!

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Pregnancy Files {The Bump Week 28}

Best moment this week: My favorite moment this week was lying in bed one night with Drew. I was reading and he was on his computer and Aiden decided to put on a show. Seeing and feeling lots of kicks from our son will never get old. It's these sweet moments that make life so wonderful.

Food cravings: I can't tell you the last time I had Chinese take-out, but this week I wanted it badly. Panda Express and my sweet husband to the rescue...

Movement:At 28 weeks my little man is starting to feel a little cramped in there so he's definitely moving up a storm. I'm still waiting to feel little hiccups.

Symptoms: A little bit of trouble sleeping especially when I have to get up and go to bathroom constantly. Bending down to pick thing up is becoming less and less appealing also, but overall I still feel really good.

Nursery: I finally had a little bit of time this week to do a few DIY projects. I made some closet organizers and a mobile for above the crib. The mobile involves feathers and our kitties think it is their new toy. Hopefully their interest in it wears off before October.

Prayer for Baby:
Dear Aiden,
We made it to the third trimester, which means you are coming so soon. We took a tour of the hospital where you will be born and things got very real for me. Seeing other mom's with their new baby in their arms made me want you to be here so badly. I can't wait to hold you.
Love,
Your Mama

Dear Lord,
This pregnancy has been so wonderful. I know everyone says the third trimester is really hard physically, help me continue to see the joy in it and soak in every second of growing a baby. I have had such mixed feelings of joy and sorrow these last few days after Terry's passing help me sort out these feelings and continue to seek your comfort and peace.
Amen. 

Jeremiah 31:31 
"I will turn their mourning into gladness. I will give them comfort and joy instead of sorrow."
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Thursday, August 7, 2014

3 books to read before the movie in 2014

I've been reading up a storm in my new reading nook (aka Aiden's nursery) and I am pretty darn excited about the books that are being turned into movies this year. I really enjoyed all three of the books below and can't wait to see them in movie form! {Click links below to watch the Trailer}

1. Gone Girl
The cast for this movie looks great: Ben Affleck, Tyler Perry, Neil Patrick Harris. This book was one of the craziest books I've ever read and I am tempted to read it again before seeing the movie in October! If you want a quick read that will keep you engaged at every page turn, this is it!

2. Before I Go To Sleep
I read this book right after finishing Gone Girl because I needed another thriller. This was another book I couldn't put down and again the cast looks perfect! Yay Nicole Kidman.

3. The Giver
I read this book back in high school and then read it again recently with my book club. I love the idea behind this book and am excited to see how they make it on the big screen.

Are there any other books turning into movies this year I need to start reading?!