Vlog

Blessings and a Sleepover

Jimmy and I have felt so cared for and blessed lately. Today marks the 19th week of this pregnancy, and we have been given some wonderful hand-me-downs that have our hearts so full! It’s also making things feel so real!

I saw my friend (and fellow blogger/vlogger), Kim on Saturday and she gifted me a huge box of baby clothes and a wrap from her kids, Annabelle and Jackson. I spent some time going through every item and was incredibly overwhelmed by her generosity.

Baby clothes and hat

I can’t even deal with that raccoon sleeper. So cute!

Also, a friend at church asked Jimmy and I if we wanted a used stroller. We were totally on board and offered to buy it, but she just gave it to us. We unpacked the stroller on Sunday afternoon and were super excited about it and all the features. What a blessing. Also, seeing my husband get excited over a stroller totally made my day πŸ™‚

These gifts have me wanting to give to others as much as we have been given to. It’s just amazing to see the ways in which God has provided for us lately (and always) and to reflect on that.

As for the sleepover, I spent the night at my parents’ house on Friday and had a blast hanging out with my mom and dad. Is that dorky to say? I don’t even care. I’m beyond thankful to have such a wonderful relationship with my parents.

Mother and daughter

My mom was able to feel baby kick on Friday night, which was surreal. Three generations just kicking back on the couch… literally, lol.

We hung out with our dogs (I brought Mavis along), went shopping for maternity clothes, my mom braided my hair, andΒ I made a pot of black bean soup for my parents to have on hand for the week as a little gift for having Mavis and I over. Of course I had to taste test a bowl to make sure it was good πŸ˜‰

Black bean soup with lime and cilantro and sandwich on the sideBlonde hair french braided into a ponytailBuff colored cocker spaniel and parti colored cocker spaniel puppy sitting together

Since I can’t stop with the vlogs lately, I filmed one while I was with my parents and I’m so glad I did. I love looking back on old vlogs because there are so many things I forget about. This one is already such a sweet memory to look back on.

Tell me a blessing in your life lately!

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Being A Foodie + Gifts For My Sister-In-Law

First of all, thank you so much if you commented on my last post! I am going to be replying to comments over the next few days, but I was just blown away by everyone’s advice and encouragement on sharing info about our pregnancy. I love blogging not only because it’s like a digital journal, but for the friendships I’ve made with blogging friends and readers over the years. It’s just very special, you know?

Okay, so I actually have pictures of food! I used to blog about food all. the. time., but I think I developed interests in other things over the years like dogs, gardening, photography, and …. dogs and started blogging about those things more than just food and cooking 24/7. Okay, I’m rambling. Here are some things I’ve cooked, ate, or drank lately.

Chettinad chicken masala

Chettinad chicken masala from this cookbook. I have to admit, I was so intimidated when I started looking through the cookbook since it’s really authentically Indian and kind of felt like reading a different language, but I’m glad I tried this recipe! Do you like Indian food?

Chocolate peanut butter oatmeal with banana

I’m totally cringing at the lighting of this picture, but it’s too delicious not to share. I cooked oatmeal with a banana (and saved a few slices for topping) and cocoa powder, then drizzled it with peanut butter and topped it with banana slices. Jimmy and I call it my gourmet oatmeal πŸ™‚

Iced vanilla latte from Sheetz

A decaf iced vanilla latte from Sheetz. I think Sheetz is only in a few states on the east coast, but it’s a gas station with pretty decent made-to-order food and drinks! My only gripe with Sheetz is that the above coffee is a medium and seemed so small compared to the medium Dunkin’ Donuts latte I shared in my last post, haha.

Stuffed Peppers

Alright, last food related thing! My sister texted me last night to tell me she made the stuffed pepper recipe from my blog and it made my day.

Now onto gifts for my sister-in-law! I think I mentioned I was on the hunt for gifts for her birthday a few posts back. Her birthday is now less than a week away, so I’m tying up loose ends and putting finishing touches on her gifts. I’m 99% sure she doesn’t read my blog, so I think it’s safe to share pictures πŸ˜‰

Cat necklace with initials in rose gold from Etsy

I bought her this personalized cat necklace on Etsy and think it’s absolutely adorable. It’s from the shop Lovassion and each cat has an initial on it that stands for each of her and my brother’s cats. The one on the left has an “S” for Simba and the one on the right has a “G” for Gemma.

I also ordered her this sign and bought her this body scrub from Bath and Body Works.

Coffee bean body scrub from Bath and Body Works and All you need is love and a golden retriever sign from Amazon Primitives By Kathy

As you can probably guess, she loves cats, dogs, and coffee! I’ll probably be on the lookout for a few other things this weekend. Maybe some good coffee or her favorite candy?

As if this post wasn’t long enough, I have one last thing to share. A vlog! I filmed it yesterday. I showed the cooking process for the Indian chicken, Jimmy and I met our birth doula (!), it snowed in Pittsburgh, and much more. I’m just having so much fun with these πŸ™‚

What are you doing this weekend?
What’s the best thing you’ve cooked or ate lately?