Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Links, Links, Links!

Thrift store fabric finds… $.50, can’t beat that! The snowman pillowcase is going to become a family advent calendar! // Lots of Yogi Mother To Be tea. First because it was fall, now because I’m sick! It has become nearly imperative to start my mornings and end my evenings with a cup o tea. A spot o tea? // The book I started reading last week, Husband Coached Childbirth. I’m not very far into it but so far I’m a fan // Naptime crafting… lots of quilting for the boy! // 22 week baby belly in Spokane, Washington. Fun fact: the locals pronounce it “Spoke-ann.”
I’m always on the lookout for good picnic/road trip foods. We do a lot of both, often together, so sometimes the same old things get old. Our favorites these days are PB&J, summer sausage (preferably deer or elk) with cracker and cheese, salads, hardboiled/deviled eggs, potato salad… and now, I’m pretty sure, these antipasto salad skewers. I also suggested a caprese skewer and Jessica said she’s made those before too! (Disclaimer… I know you aren’t supposed to eat cold cuts while pregnant!)

Also on the travel section of my brain… Why You Should Experience Alaska, a Puerta Vallarta babymoon, and a little glimpse at Spokane, Washington from one of my old favorite travel blogs.

Have you ever heard of “groaning cake,” a traditional postpartum cake? I had not… but I am always down for cake. In fact, I’ve decided to start working right now on a recipe for “traditional pregnancy cake.” After that I will start working on a “traditional menopause cake” and thank myself later. You’re welcome, future self.

Crafting links… velcro wallet tutorial, a great Instagram account full of Dollar Tree crafts, and my Pinterest board of sewing/craft ideas found almost exclusively while hotel lounging.

A Money Saving Mom guest post with a few tips for everyday savings, a motherhood post on enjoying the present, and a few ways to simplify school lunches. (I’m always interested in these even though we don’t have a school-goer because the tips do work well at home too, but also for travel days, picnics/road trips, Ryan’s work lunches, etc.)

A few special causes… please consider donating to our Christmas Cause, and also to help this couple out with their adoption costs!
In fact... please consider sharing this photo on your blog/Facebook/Twitter/Instagram to help us spread the word. Every single person counts in a movement like this!

*I used affiliate links for some of these links. I’ll be using affiliates links often here because eventually the some-odd cents I make from a “sale” adds up to be enough for a gallon of gas. Every penny counts, right?


  1. It's so good to have your new blog! I remember being so shocked to learn how Spokane is pronounced (and thanks for the link back to our travel blog!). For our birth we also read and followed the ideas in Husband Coached Childbirth. We read the book as part of our Bradley Method birth classes and we were so happy with the results. Congrats on expecting number two!

    1. That's great news... I think you're the first person I know of who did the Bradley Method! Most of my friends and family have done epidurals, and I had one the first time even though I had planned not to. I went into it with absolutely zero knowledge about natural childbirth though so I'm just trying to really educate myself this time around!