Saturday, April 19, 2014

A Dozen Weeks to Go

I went and did my gestational diabetes test this week. I have never felt the intensity of how much sugar messes with your body. I could feel the sugar rushing through my body. After about 40 minutes of waiting, I felt like I could fall asleep. Talk about a crash!

Baby went crazy. Constant movement for about 10 minutes while I was sitting there. 

Does anyone want to say that sugar doesn't affect our bodies at all?

How far along? 28 Weeks

Total weight gain/loss: 20 pounds

Sleep: I have slept great. Never enough, but I could always say that. Not a new pregnancy thing.

Best moment this week: 

Miss Anything? Energy

Movement: I feel like this little one is trying to get out sometimes. I can't imagine how much more I am going to feel in the next 12 weeks. Thankfully, the movement is not keeping me awake. 

Symptoms: A teen guy at church told me Sunday that I was getting the pregnancy walk. Oh the joys of getting to work with teen guys.

Food cravings: Chocolate. I need to get rid of the chocolate from our house

Wedding rings on or off? on 

Looking forward to: Finding out the results of my diabetes testing

Appointments: I go back on Tuesday. This last week was my break week. 

In case you missed my last post, you can see my 27 week update

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Free Snickers Brand Bites at Kroger

$0.50 off ONE (1) SNICKERS Brand bites

Print this coupon and take it to Kroger and you will be able to get some free Snickers Brand bites. If your Kroger still doubles. 

I have to admit, my husband opened a pack of these today and I finished them. Just little Snickers. Yummy!

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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Rumble! Zap! Pow! by Diane Stortz {Book Review}

My nephew and I the other day were reading the book, Rumble! Zap! Pow!: Mighty Stories of God. He was excited to read some of the stories that he has been hearing at school. Most of the stories are about three pages long. We read through a few and he wanted to keep going. I didn't have much of a voice, and so I was done after a few stories. The true test of a children's book is if a child wants to keep reading, and my six year old nephew did!

This book contains short Bible stories, and every story is followed up by some mighty action that you can do. This allows the book to be used as just a read along or would lend itself nicely to a devotion time with the child.

I am looking forward to having this book on my shelf. More so now for the nieces and nephew, but in a little while for our little one. By the way, isn't my nephew adorable?!

Thanks to Tyndale for allowing me to review this book.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Goals: Week of April 14th

I hope that none of you have put off doing your taxes until this point. I remember one year sitting with a friend at a restaurant on the 15h. She admitted to me that she hadn't done her taxes yet and it was probably 9:30 at night. I was done hanging out with her, she made me super nervous for her!

I am adding a few goals this week. My curtains are getting closer to being done. I have been putting off making the skirt. I need to get on those things here soon. I have a little calmer week here this week, so I need to push myself.

Last weeks goals 

1. Ride bike for 10 minutes a day for 3 days

2. Make curtains for our living room.

3. Make a twirl skirt for 5T that my niece can try on for me. 

This weeks goals 

1. Ride bike for 10 minutes a day for 3 days

2. Finish curtains for our living room.

3. Make a twirl skirt for 5T that my niece can try on for me. 

4. Finish baby registries

5. Plan garden

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I now only have 13 weeks left until baby comes.

Also, if you are interested in checking out some ways to save money by eating at home

Hope you all have a great week looking forward to Easter!

Thursday, April 10, 2014

27 Week Bump Update

Today was beautiful! Windy, but oh so nice. We were trying to get a decent picture. Part way through, my husband looked at me and said, the wind has slowed down, let's hurry. Still my hair looks crazy, but this was one of the best!

If our little one was born this week, the baby would have an 85% chance of surviving. Wow! 

The baby also is able to start telling voices apart. One of my friends keeps telling me that I need to read my baby a book. I should probably get on that one of these days. 

How far along? 27 Weeks, 13 more weeks to go!

Total weight gain/loss: 18 pounds

Sleep: Our dog Scarlet has been sleeping through the night this week which has been a blessing. Needless to say, sleep has been pretty good!

Best moment this week: Getting to sleep in on Tuesday with my husband. However, he decided not to sleep in for very long, so then I felt kinda lazy.

Miss Anything? I roll a lot in my sleep. Knowing that I can't sleep on my stomach and that I shouldn't sleep on my back has been so hard. I just want to sleep wherever I land.

Movement: Oh my yes. I have been feeling movement on both sides of my belly at the same time. Baby is stubborn though and won't move for their aunt. One of these days. 

Symptoms: Just feeling fat :)

Food cravings: My dad always has Frito's at his house. I don't buy them cause I would always eat them all. Well, my dad has been missing a lot recently. He asked me the other day if I ate his whole bag or if I just put them in the cupboard. I think I might owe him some Frito's! 

Wedding rings on or off? on 

Looking forward to: Getting to finally celebrate my birthday with my family!

Appointments: This week was my last four week appointment. Boring! I guess that is good though! I now get to start going every two weeks. I also need to go do my glucose test next week. My midwife told me about a lady who ate a whole box of doughnuts right before her test. Wow! Talk about setting yourself up for failure! 

In case you missed my last post, you can see my 26 week update

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

How to Save Money By Eating at Home

My husband and I have been talking recently about how much food can cost in a restaurant and how much it costs to make the same thing at home. The difference can be crazy. Katie from Hefty has agreed to write this post for you about how you can save money by eating at home. 



Restaurants are fun to frequent, but they also cost a lot if you go to them often.  Why can’t you have restaurant-like food at home, though?  There are plenty of dishes that are easy to make but can cost $10 at a restaurant.  Here are some ideas that can help you cut spending on going out without having to give up the delicious meals:

  • Italian—Italian food can be very costly, but you can also make great Italian dishes in your own home.  Try making your own sauce by throwing in some diced tomatoes, tomato paste, browned ground beef, olive oil, and salt.  Spinach and mushrooms also taste good in a red sauce like this.  If you want a heavier red sauce, add more tomato paste.  If you want a lighter red sauce, then more olive oil should be added instead.  You can also always buy a premade sauce and add some of the previously mentioned ingredients (except for the tomato paste).  Just make your favorite dried pasta, and you’re ready to go.  Freshly grated parmesan always tastes really great with this dish.
  • French—A simple French lunch would be brie cheese and good French bread.  Though these ingredients are not cheap when compared to other items in a grocery store, they make for a much cheaper lunch than going to a restaurant.  This lunch idea would go perfectly with a fresh pear to round out the meal.  You will most likely have leftover bread after having this for one meal, so make sure to put the rest in storage bags to keep the bread from becoming stale.
  • Mexican—Quesadillas are so easy to make at home.  All you really need is corn or flour tortillas and shredded cheese.  You can always add black beans, salsa, and guacamole, too.  Fish tacos are also very simple to prepare at home.  Just cook your favorite fish and add tomatoes, salsa, lettuce, and cheese, and wrap it all up in a tortilla.
  • Salads—There are many different types of salads that you can make.  Choose your favorite lettuce; whether it’s Iceberg, Bibb, or spinach, you can’t go wrong.  Chicken, turkey, hard boiled eggs, and cheese are all good choices for adding protein to your salad.  Walnuts, avocados, and hearts of artichoke add flavor and texture to this dish.  Top it off with your preferred salad dressing, and you’re good to go.  You could even just use olive oil and vinegar if you don’t have any salad dressing on hand.

Having meals at home can be even more fun than going to a restaurant sometimes.  It’s also often healthier, because you know what’s going into your food.  Light some candles for ambiance to make your house even more like a restaurant!

Author Bio: This is a guest post by Katie F. on behalf of Hefty®. Visit to find products like trash bags and disposable tableware that can help you out with your busy life.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Tide and Tempest by Elizabeth Ludwig {Book Review}

Some things that make a book good to me is that the book has a plot that isn't like every other book you read. Also, that there is some mystery and action in the book. Tide and Tempest  fills both of those requirements for me.

I have also been enjoying spending time reading some historical books. This book isn't based on any specific event, bu the historical aspect is there. Why can't all history books be made this interesting?

I would not have wanted to live during this time period. We think it is bad today with the need to defend ourselves, these people really had to defend themselves. I know our police aren't everywhere, but their presence is more felt than in this book.

Thanks to Bethany House for allowing me to read this book.

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