Wednesday, April 12, 2017

{baby d 2.0}: week thirty and thirty one

30 weeks
Feeling: starting to feel really pregnant! Still getting braxton Hicks when I'm walking, which aren't fun. Finally filled my prescription for the heartburn medicine, so it's been getting better. This boy likes to move! 

Workouts: let's not even talk about this. Brian has started coaching rugby again, which means he doesn't get home until later. I find that I have zero energy by the time Amelia goes to bed, so I'm happy if I get a couple walks in per week with Harley. 

31 weeks
31 weeks 3 days
  • had a check up at the maternity clinic, which ended up being super short. Their computer system was down and I didn't have many questions. Heart rate was in the 150s and belly was growing on track.
  • zero progress made on the nursery or Amelia's big girl room (besides buying her a bed frame and some sheets)
  • not any closer to picking a name
  • nothing much else to report!

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Recent reads V2

A couple weeks ago I shared some of the books that I had recently read. I went through another reading frenzy and thought I would share some more with you. The theme this time is thrillers- not sure how that happened. 

No One Knows by J.T Ellison

In an obsessive mystery as thrilling as The Girl on the Train and The Husband’s SecretNew York Times bestselling author J.T. Ellison will make you question every twist in her page-turning novel—and wonder which of her vividly drawn characters you should trust.

The day Aubrey Hamilton’s husband is declared dead by the state of Tennessee should bring closure so she can move on with her life. But Aubrey doesn’t want to move on; she wants Josh back. It’s been five years since he disappeared, since their blissfully happy marriage—they were happy, weren’t they?—screeched to a halt and Aubrey became the prime suspect in his disappearance. Five years of emptiness, solitude, loneliness, questions. Why didn’t Josh show up at his friend’s bachelor party? Was he murdered? Did he run away? And now, all this time later, who is the mysterious yet strangely familiar figure suddenly haunting her new life?

In No One Knows, the New York Times bestselling coauthor of the Nicholas Drummond series expertly peels back the layers of a complex woman who is hiding dark secrets beneath her unassuming exterior. This masterful thriller for fans of Gillian Flynn, Liane Moriarty, and Paula Hawkins will pull readers into a you’ll-never-guess merry-go-round of danger and deception. Round and round and round it goes, where it stops…no one knows.

My rating: 3.5/5
Thoughts: I can't say too much about it, but it definitely had me turning the pages. I definitely did not see the ending coming!

He revved the engine and I held tight with both hands as the bike lurched forward, We zoomed down streets, leaning into the curves, wind whipping over me. I pressed into his back until all I could smell was the leather tang of his jacket, and all I could taste was the sweet thrill of flying away.

Keeping secrets is second nature to Nearly Boswell. Living in a trailer park outside Washington, DC, with a mom who works as an exotic dancer, she knows better than to share anything that would make her a target with her classmates. Only her best friends know about her obsession with the personal ads, and Nearly hasn't told anyone about the emotions she can taste when she brushes against someone's skin.

Then a serial killer goes on a murder spree and starts attacking students, leaving cryptic ads in the newspaper. Nearly might be the one person who can put all the clues together, and if she doesn't figure it out soon - she'll be next.

My rating: 3/5
Thoughts: Not entirely sure I was sold on the whole story line, but it's not bad for a young adult thriller. 

Zoe Whittaker is living a charmed life. She is the beautiful young wife to handsome, charming Wall Street tycoon Henry Whittaker. She is a member of Manhattan’s social elite. She is on the board of one of the city’s most prestigious philanthropic organizations. She has a perfect Tribeca penthouse in the city and a gorgeous lake house in the country. The finest wine, the most up-to-date fashion, and the most luxurious vacations are all at her fingertips.

What no one knows is that five years ago, Zoe’s life was in danger. Back then, Zoe wasn’t Zoe at all. Now her secrets are coming back to haunt her. As the past and present collide, Zoe must decide who she can trust before she—whoever she is—vanishes completely. 

My rating: 3.5/5
Thoughts: Another book where I didn't see the twists and turns, and ending coming! Really liked this one. 

Right Behind You by Lisa Gardner

Is he a hero?

Eight years ago, Sharlah May Nash’s older brother beat their drunken father to death with a baseball bat in order to save both of their lives. Now thirteen years old, Sharlah has finally moved on. About to be adopted by retired FBI profiler Pierce Quincy and his partner, Rainie Conner, Sharlah loves one thing best about her new family: They are all experts on monsters.

Is he a killer?

Then the call comes in. A double murder at a local gas station, followed by reports of an armed suspect shooting his way through the wilds of Oregon. As Quincy and Rainie race to assist, they are forced to confront mounting evidence: The shooter may very well be Sharlah’s older brother, Telly Ray Nash, and it appears his killing spree has only just begun. 

All she knows for sure: He’s back.

As the clock winds down on a massive hunt for Telly, Quincy and Rainie must answer two critical questions: Why after eight years has this young man started killing again? And what does this mean for Sharlah? Once upon a time, Sharlah’s big brother saved her life. Now, she has two questions of her own: Is her brother a hero or a killer? And how much will it cost her new family before they learn the final, shattering truth? Because as Sharlah knows all too well, the biggest danger is the one standing right behind you.

My rating:3.5/5
My thoughts: I didn't realize this was a book in a series with the same characters, but it didn't affect me reading it and not understanding parts of it. I really enjoyed it though!

Tell me: what have you read lately?

Monday, April 3, 2017

From the week and weekend

I kind of got lazy about blogging last week, so I wanted to pick up where I left off in my weekend recap

On Monday, I took Amelia to the day home, so my mom and I could go to IKEA. We were on the hunt for a bedframe for Amelia's big girl bed, and ended up getting this one along with sheets and some other stuff. After IKEA, we went to Chinook mall and then headed home. 

On Tuesday, we went to a parent and tot drop in play time at the community centre in my neighbourhood. They had a bunch of riding toys, balls and blocks that the kids could play with. A stop at the play ground there was a must as well!

Wednesday was a trip to the zoo with Alison + kids and Brie + kids.  The weather was pretty chilly that morning and the zoo was crazy busy thanks to it being March break, but we still had a great time. I think my mom aka Grandma was adopted by the kids after she bought popcorn. 

Thursday was my mom's last fully day here, and I have no idea what we did. Haha I blame it on my terrible memory! I'm sure the day involved walks, playing outside and painting. 

My mom's flight on Friday was just after lunch, so we took her to the airport in the late morning. We were both sad to see her go :( After dropping her off, we stopped at Wal-mart and then headed to Bowness park as Amelia had been asking all morning to go to the park. 

The rest of the day was spent taking Harley for a walk, Amelia napping and another trip to the park near our house. 

Saturday was the day that Brian aka dadda was finally coming home! Amelia and I spent the morning going on an adventure. We went to check out a new park and maybe for the cool mural wall there ;) After the park, we stopped at the library and then headed home. 

We had gone a walk after dinner and Brian got home while we were gone, so Amelia was so excited to come into the house and see him! It was so cute. 

Sunday was a crappy day out (snowing on and off throughout the day), and of course Amelia wanted to go for a walk while it was snowing. We all came home pretty wet, but ah well. She loved it. 

The rest of the day was spent hanging out, doing a workout and sorting through some of Amelia's old clothes to sell.

Tell me: how was your week?

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

{baby D 2.0}: week twenty eight and twenty nine

Feeling: this is the first week in my pregnancy that I've felt very pregnant and uncomfortable. I went for a walk on Thursday during lunch, and my belly was sore for the next couple of days. I think it was a bit of a growth spurt combined with Braxton Hicks starting (my belly started getting super tight). Heartburn is still here, but I got a prescription last week for stronger medicine then Tums, but I need to fill it still.

Workouts: definitely slacking big time lately! Though I did find some new ones from a blogger called Nourish Move Love.  She has a some great at home strength and barre workouts.

  • had my next appointment at the maternity clinic last week, and all was good. Baby was head down and hopefully stays that way! I passed my glucose test which is good. I'm going every two weeks now (how did that happen already?!)
  •  received the sweetest package for baby boy and Amelia in the mail from Gabriella- thank you again friend!

Monday, March 27, 2017

Scenes from the weekend

Happy Monday everyone! I'm not too mad about it being Monday considering I'm off this week. Ask me again how I feel next Monday when I'm back at work ;)

{friday} Brian had left earlier in the day for his trip, so I left work a bit early so I could walk Harley to pick up Amelia. It was a nice day out, so she was more than happy to be going for a walk. My mom was flying in around 9pm, so one of Brian's co-workers who lives close by, came over to hang out while I picked up my mom. I was dead tired that night, so when we got home from the airport, I went straight to bed. Such a nice daughter ;)

{saturday} I didn't sleep well for some reason that night, so I was super tired in the morning which meant we had a slow day. Lots of playing with grandma, going for walks and hanging around the house.  It was a beautiful day out, so we played in the backyard and raked up some leaves the previous owners never cleaned up.

{sunday} we started the day off with pancakes (even though they weren't as good as the ones Brian normally makes) before heading to Wal-Mart. Amelia somehow got chalk, bubbles, a new baby and a ball out of that trip ;) Of course as soon as we got home, the chalk and bubbles were broken out.

When Amelia had her nap (3 hours!), I took Harley for a walk and laid in bed reading. The rest of the day was spent making a delicious dinner (made the crock pot whole chicken I've seen others post about) and going for another walk. 

Tell me: how was your weekend?

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Maternity wear: Pinkblush

When I was pregnant with Amelia, I found a company called Pinkblush that had fantastic maternity clothing. Not only do they have maternity clothes (that also work for post pregnancy), but they also have a normal line of clothes. Can't go wrong with that! A couple weeks ago I was offered the chance to pick an item of my choice, and I had such a hard time choosing! Ask Alison as I even emailed her to help me :)

I finally narrowed it down and choose this navy floral chiffon dress. I knew that it would work for our current weather (with tights and boots) and into the spring with some sandals. I've worn it into the office already and got so many compliments on it!

What I love most about the dress is that I feel pretty in it and not just a frumpy pregnant lady :) Plus I know that I can easily wear this after baby boy is born and still look put together.

If I had to choose more items to order from Pinkblush, I would definitely choose this short sleeve fitted dress in magenta, this navy scoop fitted dress,  or this floral dress

Now, the best part- Pinkblush is offering one of my lucky readers a $75 gift card to choose something for yourself! Please note that if you have won a giveaway from Pinkblush in the last six months, you unfortunately are unable to win this one. Enter below!

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Monday, March 20, 2017

Scenes from the weekend

I'm sad the weekend is over, but only five more days of work and then I'm off for a week!

{friday} for the life of me, I can't remember what we did. Obviously nothing exciting!

{saturday} it was a beautiful morning out, so we took Harley and Amelia for a long walk. When we got back home, Amelia didn't want to go inside so we did multiple laps around our cul de sac on her trike. The rest of the morning was spent cleaning and doing some laundry. Amelia finally went down for her nap, so I had one too before Brian's friend and his girlfriend came to our house. They were in town visiting and were staying with us for the night. 

In the late afternoon, Alison and family came over and we ordered some pizza for dinner. It was a super casual meal, but still lots of fun as the kids played so well! Amelia and Ryder even shared a hug or two! :)

{sunday} Brian's friends left in the morning, and Amelia was asking to go for a walk, so we headed out with Harley. Brian stayed behind to change the oil in the car. We somehow managed to find lots of rocks on our walk, so when we got home, Amelia got to work on painting them and herself ;)

She ended up having a monster nap (3.5 hours!) so of course I had one too and then laid in bed reading. The rest of the day was spent making dinner, and getting ready for the week ahead.

Tell me: how was your weekend?

Friday, March 17, 2017

Five on Friday

This has been a doozy of a week! So glad it's Friday and the weekend.

{one} it all started last weekend when we drove up to Edmonton. We were in Edmonton for a couple of hours before Amelia puked all over me, the bed, bathroom at my in-laws house. We got everything cleaned up and she was so unhappy and kept going to the door. We decided to skip my nieces my birthday party and head straight back home. She puked one more time that night at home, and luckily not again. She was miserable on Sunday, and was up for half of the night, so I stayed home with her on Monday. She was better on Tuesday so she went to the day home and has gotten better over the week. The only issue now is that she hasn't pooped since last Thursday! We think it's uncomfortable for her as she's been up throughout the night rolling around and not able to get comfortable. Poor girl :( We saw the doctor yesterday, so fingers crossed for a poop soon!

{two} since she's been up so much lately, I've been laying with her in the spare bed (which will become hers once we move her out of her room). She's actually been sleeping really good in it. We need to get some rails so she doesn't fall out and I need to find a bed frame. Right now, we just have a cheap metal one. I'm looking at this one or this one. What do you have for your kids? The bed is a double bed, and we just don't see the point in buying a twin for her when we already have a good bed that she can use, and that we would have to upgrade the twin at some point anyways. Anyone want to pick out bedding and a paint colour for me? :)

{three} even though she wasn't been feeling great at the beginning of the week, Amelia never fails to make me laugh. Yesterday when we were waiting for the doctor, she decided to do some downward dogs in the room. Better than crying her head off like she normally does though ;) She also said thank you to the doctor as they were walking out of the room. Oh man, I love her. Our day home lady taught them monster sounds the other day, and it's so cute. You just ask her what a monster says, and she'll stick her hands up like claws and make the sound. 

The other morning, we were getting ready to leave the house so she was sitting on the bottom step of our stairs so I could put her boots on. I noticed all of the Harley hair on the floor and said "oh man, look at all that hair Amelia". She then looks at me, then rubs her hair and then rubs mine and says pretty hair. It was so cute!

{four} my energy is severely lacking this week. I told myself I would workout last night, but instead I fell asleep on the couch after Amelia went to bed. At least I had taken Harley for a walk before dinner, so I did something. Almost makes me wish that I drank coffee!

{five} my mom comes in a week today! She's staying for a week and looking forward to it. I also booked Amelia and I to go back to Ontario in April. Time was getting short before I couldn't fly, and I knew I wanted to go back home once before this baby is born. I can't quite imagine flying with two kids alone yet.

Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

{baby d 2.0}: week twenty six and twenty seven

Twenty six weeks
Feeling: still pretty good overall. Minus heart burn that is still sticking around. Starting to get the linea nigra again, but it's still pretty faint. Belly button is threatening to never go back in, but not fully out. 

Workouts: the last couple of weeks haven't been super great workout wise, but still walking Harley and doing at home workouts.

Twenty seven weeks
  • went for my glucose screening test last week and baby barely moved at all during it. When I did it with Amelia, she moved and kicked like crazy. I'll find out the results next week at my next appointment
  • still not coming up with very many names. We have a super short list, but no names that either of us absolutely love or are set on. Can we just call him baby? ;)

Friday, March 10, 2017

Five on Friday

Happy Friday everyone!

{one} in my post the other day about our barre experience, I totally forgot to mention that if you are wanting to try it out, you can use the code LOVE10 for $10 off either the 10 card pass or 1 month new client intro. I wish I lived closer so I could take advantage!

{two} has anyone started watching Big Little Lies? I just watched the first episode last night, but totally forget what all happens in the book.  

{three} speaking of books, I posted some of my recent reads yesterday. I have a couple more books on hold at the library, but I need some more suggestions. What have you been reading lately?

{four} I have the day off today and have zero plans. Well, I do need to wash the floors and pick up a birthday gift for our niece. Otherwise, I plan on taking a nap and hanging out :)

{five} have a great weekend everyone!

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Recent Reads

I've actually been reading quite a bit lately, so I thought I would share a couple books that I've read with you. You can find all of the books I've read on my Goodreads account. 

Not If I See You First by Eric Lindstrom

The Rules:

Don’t deceive me. Ever. Especially using my blindness. Especially in public.

Don’t help me unless I ask. Otherwise you're just getting in my way or bothering me.

Don’t be weird. Seriously, other than having my eyes closed all the time, I’m just like you only smarter. 

Parker Grant doesn’t need 20/20 vision to see right through you. That’s why she created the Rules: Don’t treat her any differently just because she’s blind, and never take advantage. There will be no second chances. Just ask Scott Kilpatrick, the boy who broke her heart.

When Scott suddenly reappears in her life after being gone for years, Parker knows there’s only one way to react—shun him so hard it hurts. She has enough on her mind already, like trying out for the track team (that’s right, her eyes don’t work but her legs still do), doling out tough-love advice to her painfully naive classmates, and giving herself gold stars for every day she hasn’t cried since her dad’s death three months ago. But avoiding her past quickly proves impossible, and the more Parker learns about what really happened—both with Scott, and her dad—the more she starts to question if things are always as they seem. Maybe, just maybe, some Rules are meant to be broken.

Combining a fiercely engaging voice with true heart, debut author Eric Lindstrom’s Not If I See You First illuminates those blind spots that we all have in life, whether visually impaired or not.

My rating: 3/5
Thoughts: It was a cute, young adult book about Parker who recently lost her father and became blind after a car accident. It was a cute and easy read, but I know some of the other reviewers thought she was selfish and stuck up.

All the Ugly and Wonderful Things by Bryn Greenwood

As the daughter of a meth dealer, Wavy knows not to trust people, not even her own parents. Struggling to raise her little brother, eight-year-old Wavy is the only responsible "adult" around. She finds peace in the starry Midwestern night sky above the fields behind her house. One night everything changes when she witnesses one of her father's thugs, Kellen, a tattooed ex-con with a heart of gold, wreck his motorcycle. What follows is a powerful and shocking love story between two unlikely people that asks tough questions, reminding us of all the ugly and wonderful things that life has to offer.

My rating: 5/5
Thoughts: To be honest, I don't know how to put my feelings into words about this book. There are some things that made me feel icky (can't say or else it will give the book away), but I also really enjoyed it. I tried to describe my thoughts and feelings to a co-worker and ended up just saying read it!

Things You Won't Say by Sarah Pekkanen

In this timely and provocative novel, internationally bestselling author Sarah Pekkanen takes us inside a family in crisis and a marriage on the brink after a tragic shooting.

How far would you go to save your family?

Every morning, as her husband Mike straps on his SIG Sauer and pulls on his heavy Magnum boots, Jamie Anderson tenses up. Then comes the call she has always dreaded: There's been a shooting at police headquarters. Mike isn't hurt, but his long-time partner is grievously injured. As weeks pass and her husband's insomnia and disconnectedness mount, Jamie realizes he is an invisible casualty of the attack. Then the phone rings again. Another shooting but this time Mike has pulled the trigger.

But the shooting does more than just alter Jamie's world. It's about to change everything for two other women. Christie Simmons, Mike's flamboyant ex, sees the tragedy as an opportunity for a second chance with Mike. And Jamie's younger sister, Lou, must face her own losses to help the big sister who raised her. As the press descends and public cries of police brutality swell, Jamie tries desperately to hold together her family, no matter what it takes.

In her characteristic exploration of true-to-life relationships, Sarah Pekkanen has written a complex, compelling, and openhearted novel her best yet.

My rating: 3/5
Thoughts: this book could have taken any recent headline from the news lately. It was an okay book, but not my favourite. The author was similar to a Jodi Picoult book, but not quite there. 

Before I Go by Colleen Oakley

A heart-wrenching debut novel in the bestselling tradition of P.S. I Love You about a young woman with breast cancer who undertakes a mission to find a new wife for her husband before she passes away.

Twenty-seven-year-old Daisy already beat breast cancer three years ago. How can this be happening to her again?

On the eve of what was supposed to be a triumphant “Cancerversary” with her husband Jack to celebrate three years of being cancer-free, Daisy suffers a devastating blow: her doctor tells her that the cancer is back, but this time it’s an aggressive stage four diagnosis. She may have as few as four months left to live. Death is a frightening prospect—but not because she’s afraid for herself. She’s terrified of what will happen to her brilliant but otherwise charmingly helpless husband when she’s no longer there to take care of him. It’s this fear that keeps her up at night, until she stumbles on the solution: she has to find him another wife.

With a singular determination, Daisy scouts local parks and coffee shops and online dating sites looking for Jack’s perfect match. But the further she gets on her quest, the more she questions the sanity of her plan. As the thought of her husband with another woman becomes all too real, Daisy’s forced to decide what’s more important in the short amount of time she has left: her husband’s happiness—or her own?

My rating: 3/5
Thoughts: this book had potential, but I just wanted to hit the main character throughout the whole book to wake up and realize she's dying! Stop focusing on these things that don't matter and spend time with your husband, family and friends. 

Tell me: what books have you read lately? Any recommendations?

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Blog squad workouts: Barre body studio

Exciting news in regards to the blog squad- Ange, Brie and Becky have launched the Alberta Blog Squad on Instagram. Make sure you follow along!

Ange, myself, Jen, Kaella, Brie, Alison, Becky and Laura
Picture thanks to Ange!

Last Sunday, the #ABBlogsquad got the chance to check out Barre Body Studio, which is a barre studio. Walking into the studio, we were greeted by our instructor Lanette who gave us each a bag with a water bottle, and passes for two free classes in the future. The studio features two different barre rooms and an unisex locker room that features lockers, private restrooms and private showers. It was a gorgeous space!

Pic: Laura

Before we knew it, it was time to get started! Lanette had us grab all of the equipment that we would need for class, which included: two sets of weights, ball, band, and a disk.

I had never tried a barre class before and being 26 weeks pregnant, I knew that I would have to modify some of the moves. Lanette was great to ensure that I knew what modifications that I could make. I was so focused on not dying during the class, that I can't remember what we all did. There was an arm, cardio, and leg section that left each of those body parts burning! You wouldn't think that using 5lb weights would be hard, but my arms were definitely feeling it. 

 Pic: Laura
Pic: Laura

What to know:
  • you will need grip socks for the class. You can either bring your own, or rent a pair from the studio. They also sell them there
  • there are two studio locations: Ramsay at 1202 20th Avenue SE or Bow Trail at 4251 Bow Trail SW
  • it's more than okay to take breaks during the class! 
  • A single class drop in is $25 or they offer different class passes on their website. Prices can be found here.  
Overall, I really enjoyed the class! Thanks again for Barre Body Studio for having the blog squad!


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