Sunday, April 13, 2014

Time for Tea












One of my goals after Emerson was born was to make sure that Penelope didn't feel left out. Newborns can be so time consuming and need so much attention I didn't want Penelope to feel like we felt differently towards her. Right after he was born Josh made sure he gave Penelope extra attention because I was healing from surgery and adjusting to new sleeping patterns and nursing. Now that I'm healing nicely and adjusting to that three hour newborn feeding pattern it was time to shower Penelope with some extra love and attention. She had been begging me all week to have a tea party since she came back from Texas with an awesome tea pot set from her Grammy. We talked about her tea party all week and how she wanted me to prepare for it. Now, I may have not made it out of my pajamas by 3 p.m. last friday but I sure as heck had a tea party ready and waiting for her when she got out of school that day. I made cupcakes and ants on a log and even Daddy joined in because it was his day off. She walked in the door from school, saw her tea party and exclaimed 'Mommy I LOVE it!!' all with extra squeals. She wanted to serve us herself and we had to follow proper tea party etiquette. She was certain of herself. Seriously so much fun to have this little treat for her. Even Emerson decided to wake up from his nap to join in. Being a mom is way more fun than I ever thought it would be.

Love,
   Erin

Saturday, April 12, 2014

30 Before 30



Okay so I turn 30 in just a handful of weeks and if you would have asked me three or four years ago how I felt about turning 30 I would have told you I was dreading it. Now that the big day is nearing I'm actually really excited about it. I feel like 30 these days is like just really really starting your life and the beginning of a really good time for following your dreams. After everything we've been through the last five years with infertility, then having a baby (finally…yay!), moving across the country (twice), traveling and buying a house…30 is a celebration for sure. I feel accomplished and happy and ready for the next chapter. I've really been thinking about this for the last few weeks and I wanted to do a fun little '30 before 30' project where I just do 30 fun and happy things before turning 30 years old. Just a little goal list to help me get back to normal living (post delivery) and just for fun things. Here's my list:

1. Get a Pedicure (or two)
2. Lose 5 more pounds
3. Bake myself a birthday cake
4. Throw three more tea parties for Penelope
5. Paint watercolor paintings with Penelope
6. Go on a two mile walk with Emerson in my new jogging stroller
7. Get my hair cut and dyed
8. Get my nose pierced
9. Find a new shade of lipstick that's out of my comfort zone
10. Buy some new work out clothing
11. Set up my new studio and decorate to my hearts content
12. Try 5 new recipes
13. Work up to power walking three-four mile walks with Emerson (post surgery work outs)
14. Have a fingernail painting party with Penelope
15. Date night with Josh
16. Take beautiful food photos to enlarge for kitchen decorating
17. Take a walk on a nature trail and take photos
18. Take a new family photo
19. Take sibling photos
20. Have a couple brunch dates with Josh
21. Have a 'bubbles and side walk chalk' afternoon with Penelope
22. Refinish/refurbish a piece of furniture for our new house
23. Paint a piece of art for our new house
24. Go through closet and get ride of all the clothes that are too big for me
25. Have a dance party with the fan
26. Try three new hair styles and wear them out in public
27. Buy some new smaller clothes in styles and cuts that are out of my norm
28. Buy new shoes because my feet shrunk! Yeah boyyyy.
29. Explore some new small towns in my area
30. Work on making our patio at our new house cute and inviting for the summer

I think we're going to take a trip to Springfield Missouri (where we went to college…one of my favorite towns) for my Birthday weekend so these are just some fun things to do leading up to the trip. I just want to make the best of these next four weeks leading up to the big day. I think it'll be really fun. I'm going to instagram all of my 30 before 30 goals using #30before30 if you want to follow along I'm @carosellofete on instagram.

Love,
  Erin

Fresh Eats












The other day I shared a photo of a smoothie I had for breakfast on instagram and I had someone ask me if it was 'Eat to Live' and what was in it. I even have several friends that I talk to about how I've lost so much weight and they ask me what I eat exactly because they love the idea of eating that way but can't think of what to eat. This got me thinking about sharing actual meals that I'm eating right now while I try to get back down to my lowest pregnancy weight and lower and closer to my healthy weight range.

Now right now, because I'm nursing, I'm not following 'Eat to Live' 100% because I need so many grams of protein and calories. What I do instead of follow the plan about 75% and add in meat for one meal a day, a little dairy and the occasional extra carb here or there. A days worth of meals might be a smoothie, a salad, a bowl of granola and a protein with a large side of veggies. My smoothies are made of almond milk, fresh/frozen fruit, spinach, ice, flax seed and a tiny splash of agave nectar if I put a lot of spinach in. A salad might have fruit, nuts a tiny bit of feta or goat cheese and so on. Sometimes I'll have an early lunch of salad and a mid-afternoon small meal of tortilla soup. I steam most veggies and sometimes sauté them with cooking spray or simply balance butter. Here's some meals from last week listed by picture order:

Salad - spring lettuce mix, re-hydrated dried cherries, apple slices, goat cheese, toasted pecans with raspberry vinaigrette.

Green Smoothie - spinach, peaches, strawberries, almond milk, agave and flax seed

Steak and Asparagus - asparagus splashed with olive oil, lemon juice, balsamic vinegar, paprika, salt and pepper with sautéed mushrooms and a lean sirloin steak

Smoothie - Blueberries, spinach, strawberries, almond milk, agave, flax seed

Granola - Nature Valley Oats and Dark Chocolate with protein

Smoothie - Mango, pineapple, strawberry, spinach, almond milk, flax seed, agave

Teriyaki Green Beans - Recipe to come later

Asian Salad - Teriyaki green beans, spring lettuce mix, chicken, toasted sesame salad dressing

Baked Tilapia and Broccoli - Steamed broccoli with a little salt and pepper, garlic and lemon baked tilapia

Tortilla Soup - Recipe to come later


So speaking of getting down to lowest pregnancy weight…I'm already there! In just a week I dropped all the way back to my lowest early pregnancy weight (losing 4 more pounds) which means I'm back down to losing 45 pounds in the last 11 months. I'm so excited! I don't have a specific end goal as far as numbers. I just want to get to a point where I love the way I feel, have tons of energy and feel good in my own skin. The point is just to maintain a healthy lifestyle and to the best to keep my PCOS and it's symptoms at bay. I love that my friends and blog readers are into 'Eat to Live.' It really changed the way I look at food and makes my main goal to seek foods with the most nutrients for me (and my family).

Love,
   Erin

Friday, April 11, 2014

Coffee Shop Singing









The other day Josh had a little gig singing with our friend Tessa at our local coffee shop. It was one of the first times I've really been out of the house besides softball/soccer games and running errands since Emerson was born. I'm trying to get back to some sort of normalcy over here. Josh played for a couple of hours and his Pappa even showed up (he's over 80 and he's adorable and just loves to hear Josh sing and play).  Penelope sat towards the back of the coffee shop and sang along with her dad to all the songs she knew, which were most of them. It was so cute to hear her singing The Avett Brothers and all sorts of songs along with her dad. I think these will be some of the most precious memories one day and I'm so glad I remembered to take some photos, especially of Josh's Pappa. I love that we live near family now and that we get to have these sweet moments.

We even have fun Easter family plans next weekend and it's the first time we've done anything with family for Easter since Josh and I have been married. I'm so looking forward to it. Living the good life.

Love,
   Erin