Thursday, March 12, 2015

THURSDAY'S THOUGHTS

FEELING: For the past three weeks, I've been hesitant to say anything because I was afraid I might jinx myself, but I think Max's colicky shenanigans are a thing of the past. Phew, what a relief! After Flyboy returned, I was hopeful this phase was behind us; however, the teething episode made things a bit confusing and it was hard to tell if it was REALLY over. Feeling confident about our content baby, we ditched the Miracle Blanket last week. Woo Hoo! We survived the first few months, we're smiling, and we love this nugget more than ever. Now where's our shiny trophy? I think I'll take my reward in the form of retail therapy at J.Crew with my mom.

THANKFUL FOR: Last night I got a text from my sister that said she would get to join us in D.C. for a few days. You guys, I'm over the moon! The emoji action that went on in response to her message was out of control. I can't believe that we'll all be together to celebrate Easter and my parents' 30th anniversary. It's going to be amaze balls!

THINKING ABOUT
In an effort to prepare for our visit east, I ordered a bunch of baby necessities from Amazon to have on hand while we stay at my parents' house. With my in-laws arriving next week, it just made sense to get as many items checked off the ol' to-do list as possible. This will be our first time flying with Max, so the idea of lugging everything to D.C. felt a little overwhelming. For the sake of convenience, it will be nice to have odds and ends already setup at our end destination. And while I'm rambling about traveling with tots, do any of you pros have advice to offer this newbie? We'll take all the help we can get.

EATING: This week I tried two new recipes I thought I'd share with you. Flyboy could eat pasta every day, so I made Cooking Classy's Roasted Cauliflower Fettuccine Alfredo. Like most of her dishes, it was a BIG hit! I loved the added flavor and texture the cauliflower gave to the pasta. The second recipe I tested was Pinch of Yum's Caramelized Salmon. Ever since I got pregnant with Max, I've made a conscious effort to eat salmon at least once a week. Because we eat it frequently (sometimes twice a week), I'm always looking for new ways to prepare our go-to fish. This particular recipe required just five ingredients, most of which you'll have in your pantry, and took twenty minutes. The simplicity and sweet flavor are just a few of the reasons I'll be making it this way again.

LISTENING TO: My dad got a karaoke machine for Christmas, and I think Flyboy is eager to use it. Lately he's been singing Toto's Africa to Max at night—it's a real treat! I can only imagine how he'll nail those high notes under pressure, but I imagine a few beers and a hot mic ought to do the trick! Also, can anyone tell me what that song is even about?

WATCHING: Please tell me you're binge watching The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt on Netflix. The series was created by Tina Fey (bow down) and stars Ellie Kemper from The Office. This just seems like a no-brainer, doesn't it?! Kemper plays the role of Kimmy, a plucky and naive survivor of an underground apocalypse cult. The sunny and sweet show debuted last Friday, March 6th, and has already been dubbed the second coming of Liz Lemon (blerg!). I can't help but agree—it's blissfully absurd! I've quickly become obsessed with the characters and the opening theme song, which I can't seem to get out of my head.

READING: I'm in the process of reading Bringing Up Bebe, and I really don't want to bore you. How about a little link love instead?

The Apple Slice and Social Media Envy via Design For Mankind — Days later and I'm still digesting Erin's words.
24 Drugstore Products Hollywood's Top Makeup Artists Swear By via Refinery 29 — I'm a sucker for articles like this!
Jenna Lyons via La Figaro Madame — I have absolutely no clue what's being said, but our girl looks stunning!
The "Best Of" Issue via Matchbook Magazine — I was so sad to hear this would be the last issue. Sigh.

LOVING: Just a day shy of giving up "treat yo self" online shopping for Lent, I ordered a bottle of Jo Malone Wile Bluebell Cologne. I'd heard a lot of great things about the line and this specific scent, but I was hesitant to order a fragrance having never actually smelled it. Yeah, probably not my brightest move, I know. All of the rave reviews swayed me into purchasing a small bottle, and I'm so glad I did. It's very subtle and fresh. The best part? I don't get a headache when I wear it. Oh, and I've even been stopped by a few strangers who have asked what perfume I'm wearing. I'd chalk this up as a risky but sweet success!

Enough about me. How are you feeling today? What are you up to? Thanks for stopping by!!
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