Archives for September 2011

Oh hey, hot bar

Hi friends 😀 How was your Friday? Hope you had a wonderful day.

After my doc appointment this morning, I stopped at Whole Paycheck to get supplies for tomorrow night and to my shock and amazement, we have a FULL UP hot bar now! It was a very exciting moment. Before, all we had was a cold bar and soups, and now… we have all of my favorites. I may have to head back sometime soon to make a lunchtime treat, but for today, I already had this on my mind:


A beet beast!

This salad is very similar to one in Natalia Rose’s books, and includes a mix of greens, spiralized beet [I use *this spiralizer*], basil, tomatoes (which I forgot to add to mine) and goat cheese (I rolled with goat gouda). I also added a hefty sprinkle of oregano, sea salt, and drizzled with balsamic vinegar and walnut oil.


I have to say, even better than hot bar salad.

Also while I was at Whole Paycheck –still seeing falafel and miso salad dancing in my brain- a crazy thing happened: I ran into my best friend from elementary school, whom I haven’t seen since high school, with her baby. We’ve always had a ridiculous amount of things in common: same birthday month of the same year (we always had joint parties growing up), our brothers are the same age and their birthdays are days apart, and her baby is exactly the same amount of weeks old as I am pregnant. Weird, huh?

I came back to the casa to get the marinara simmering away:


[No real recipe to share, I just throw things in and it tastes the same every time- whole tomatoes, tomato paste, diced tomatoes, onion, shallot, garlic, balsamic, basil, oregano, parsley, salt, pepper]

and am about to make the lasagna so all I have to do it put it in the oven tomorrow.

Here’s what the feast will look like:

-Hummus, carrots, baby heirloom tomatoes

-Artichoke dip, Mary’s crack and pita chips

-Cheese plate with fig paste, bleu cheese, herbed goat cheese, cheddar

-Autumn salad with: arugula and spinach, green apples, toasted rosemary pecans, dried cranberries, goat cheese and balsamic

-Lasagna: butternut squash and goat cheese [GF], meat



-Sparkling lemon water with cucumber (for the preggies), beer and vino

Time to start lasagna-making!

See ya in the morning.



Something to talk about:When was the last time you saw someone for the first time in years? Yes, it happens on Facebook every day, but real life > Facebook.

Something to do: How about a Friday night Leg Burner?

[Always check with a doc before making any fitness changes]

-Jog in place 1 minute

-Booty kicks 30 seconds

-High knees 30 seconds

-Plie squat- 1 minute

-Pulse plie squat- 25 reps

-Lift right heel off the floor and stay in the plie squat, Pulse- 25 reps

-Lift left heel off the floor and stay in the plie squat. Pulse- 25 reps

-[If you can] lift both heels off the floor and stay in the plie squat. Pulse- 25 reps

-Squats- 30 seconds

-Jump squats- 1 minute

-Calf raises: 25 slow, 25 fast

If you try it, please let me know what you [and your legs] think 🙂

A mozzie’s cozzie?

Today I had my last “monthly” midwife appointment- from here on out, they’re every two weeks. My appointment was with the first midwife I met at the practice, and I adore her. She walks into the room, sits in her chair and looks at me, ready to answer questions and takes all the sweet time […]

Checking out September

Hi friends 🙂 It’s Friday! Thank goodness. What are you up to this weekend? On Thursdays, since it’s my long day at work, we usually have 3 choices for dinner: 1) Take-out 2) Slow cooker 3) Scrounge for something random. [Soup = the world’s least photogenic food] Last night was #3- some Amy’s soup and […]

Fun and Blahs of Pregnancy

Online, I’ve read a lot of pregnancy gripes. I’m also guilty of occasionally complaining about the not-so-fun parts of pregnancy, but 99.9% of the time I love it. I can already tell that I’ll be kind of sad when I’m not pregnant anymore, but [god-willing], I’ll have a happy, healthy little baby girl instead 🙂 […]

Snake Fears and Fit Pics

Hey hey! Happy Thursday. So glad the weekend is almost here. Hope you have something fun planned. We’re having friends over for dinner Saturday night and plan to do a Sabino Canyon hike sometime this weekend, too- now that the weather is cooling down a little, we’ll be able to get outside more often. Bella […]

Good as new

Hey! How was your day? Thank you so much for the awesome feedback on the stretch post- I’m so glad to hear that some of you have tried the video already and enjoyed it. Also, thank you so much for sending good vibes to Bella for her dental cleaning today <3 Her chompers are good […]

New Nutrition Focus

We’ve only taken two classes so far, and I’m really enjoying the Bradley Method classes. Not only does it gives me two dedicated hours of weeknight quality time with Tom [his schedule is so frantic during the week- mine is still busy, but more flexible], time to focus on the baby, a bonus massage at […]

{Video} Focus On: Stretching

Hey friends! Happy Humpday 🙂 Hope your morning has been lovely. For today’s Focus On post, I thought it would be fun to talk about something that we could all do a little more of: stretching. Source I think we all know the benefits of stretching, but for whatever reason, it’s easy skip out on […]

Hungry Eyes

Hiiii 😀 Hope you’re having a great night <3 We just got back from birth class and now I’m finally getting to blog, with a wild and angry maltipoo clanking her bowl around and shrieking at me. That’s the face you get when you take Bella’s food away. She’s not allowed to eat after 7pm […]

26 weeks

and feeling nesty. 24 weeks: 26 weeks: The belly continues to grow and the baby continues to dance and kick away. It’s crazy because now I can tell how long she is in my belly. Last night, she was kicking on my right side and doing something on my left side at the same time. […]

Little goes a long way

Hi 🙂 How are ya? Hope your morning is going well. Our house smells like a nori nacho paradise, so things are good over here. Quite a few of you were wondering how those Alexia sweet potato puffs were… the verdict? They were fantastic, but the chipotle fries will always be #1. The bottoms were […]

Sympathy Cravings

Ok, let me go ahead and describe what that was in detail: 6 layers of chocolate cake with fudge and caramel Dark chocolate frosting A layer of chocolate chips pressed into the frosting. The craziest part? It wasn’t even my idea. The other night, Tom was like, “I really need some chocolate cake. Do you […]