& Friday thoughts | 1.15.16

Ninja Coffee Bar – Best new parent Christmas gift EVER. You can brew a single cup, half a pot, or a full pot of coffee. Classic brew, over ice brew, or specialty (espresso strength) brew. No little pods or filters. MILK FROTHER. Perfection. We have big, exciting plans this weekend to pretend we’re baristas and whip up some of the “fancy” drinks from the included recipe book.

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Bridesmaiding – In 2011 we attended seven weddings, including our own. Between the two of us, we stood up in five of those weddings. It was a really fun, really expensive year. Since then we’ve had minimal weddings, but numerous baby showers. 2016 is shaping up to be another wedding-filled year for us. I am completely honored that a dear friend has asked me to be a part of her special day!

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Dove Dry Sprays – Influenster* sent us his and hers dry antiperspirants to try. We love them. Honestly. The men’s spray has a nice, fresh smell that is cologne-like but not in an offensive way. Justin is allergic to many deodorants but hasn’t had any reactions to this and has said multiple times that he intends to buy it on his own. Major bonus that I love the smell of it too! While I really like the women’s spray, I probably won’t buy it until summertime when I’m more concientious about underarm clumps. Also because I’m perfectly happy with the current deodorant I use. Coincidentally, that is also Dove and receiving these sprays made me realize how loyal I’ve been to Dove products, completely unintentionally. Works for me though, because I also love their mission!

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Making a Murderer – Whenever I watch I sort of get this this eerie feeling that I “know” these people, simply because it all takes place right here in Wisco. I do distinctly remember Teresa’s disappearance and subsequently, this trial, being all over the news. I can’t say that I think Steven Avery is an innocent man but I also cannot say that I would EVER trust the Manitowoc police force. Some seriously shady stuff went down there. I love to hate the phone calls in each episode. I literally cringe while listening. But you probably do too, right? Yeah? Yeah. Yeah. I laugh cry emojied at these tweets.

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Cauliflower “rice” – I finally jumped on the bandwagon and gave this a try! 101% did not miss real rice at all. I essentially followed this recipe for the rice itself, but swapped traditional fried rice ingredients like peas and carrots, with zucchini and mushrooms (aka what I had in the fridge that was going to go bad soon). So good! What it lacks in the photogenic department, it certainly makes up for in taste!

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And these two. My everyday favorites. Eating/wearing sweet potatoes.

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*Influenster provided these products at no cost, but I’m receiving no compensation for reviewing them. Opinions are all mine, per usual. 🙂

what’s really #behindtheglow

I recently received Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel, free of charge, courtesy of Influenster. I was immediately drawn to the clear blue packaging, no doubt partially due to the fact that everyone I know is currently on some tropical vacation, staring at water of the same color, while I sit here in the midst of winter in Wisconsin, no vacation in sight.

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Unfortunately, the positives stopped at the packaging of this product for me. Ingredients include fragrance and other drying ingredients and that’s exactly what it did for me. Dried out my skin. To be fair, I generally moisturize my oily skin with straight up coconut oil (fight oil with oil!!) so it’s no surprise that this ingredient-filled product wouldn’t really do it for me. Regardless, I’m always happy to try a new product at no cost to me, and I’m always happy to share my unfiltered opinions here.

But since I didn’t love this product, let’s not focus on the negative…

A few days ago my dear husband caught me in my daily morning ritual of inspecting my ever-changing body in the mirror, pre-shower (every pregnant woman does this, right?!), rubbing my growing belly, and stated, “You like being pregnant, don’t you?

And at that very moment, it hit me. I totally do.

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It took me a while but I think I’ve finally found my pregnancy “groove”. For awhile there the only evidence of my pregnancy was the constant feeling of being hungover despite not having a drop of alcohol. Since November 9th. But who’s keeping track?? Then I went through the well, I think I look pregnant but other people probably just want to tell me to lay off the cookies (I WILL NOT!) phase. But then one day… BAM! I’m a pregnant woman, suddenly showing evidence of the two beings growing inside of me. And it’s such an indescribable feeling. One that makes me have a bit of a glow, no doubt. I can’t say that I’ve noticed that ever coveted visible glow that people speak of, but I feel glowy inside, that’s for sure.

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In addition to the simple idea of growing these babies, knowing that one day in the not-too-distant future they’ll be in my arms, there are a few other factors lending to my inner glow these days:

my husband, who is far more observant than I ever realized. Case in point, the aforementioned noticing my affinity for being pregnant. Earlier this week at our 20-week ultrasound (a few days prior to the actual 20 week mark) he also noticed that the babies heartbeats looked slower than last time. He was exactly right. And I thought the ultrasound tech might give him a gold star for noticing. Not to worry, it’s perfectly normal for the heart rate to slow as the babies grow.

friends and family, who continuously ask how “their” babies are doing. These babies are already loved so much and it warms my heart to know how many people care about them!

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**I have a lot of pregnant friends right now. Not all pictured here. And since this photo was taken about a month ago, one of the babies has even joined the outside world!**

our ultrasound technician. This was my third ultrasound, but the first at the hospital where I’ll deliver. For insurance purposes, my first two were at my regular clinic, which has very minimal experience with multiples. I can’t tell you how much better it is to be seen by a true expert in the field. She and the doctor who read the ultrasound were both SO nice. They were super informative and both kept saying things like “oh, that’s beautiful!“, “gorgeous spine/heart/lungs“. It would seem we’ve created a couple of healthy babies, thanks goodness! Two babies means ultrasounds every four weeks  and they will be sooo much better with her than they were with the sorta-grumpy-not-very-informative tech we had before.

the sunshine. It’s been a brutal couple of months, weather-wise, so this sudden burst of sunshine is really lending to my glowiness.

 What’s #behindtheglow for you these days?