7.29.2014

No Bake Energy Bites {Remix}


Remember when I posted this recipe for these amazing balls of goodness?

They've been eaten even more around these parts ever since becoming pregnant because they are such a yummy, easy snack to nibble on! Turns out, it isn't as easy as I thought to get extra calories everyday (I've been getting full so easily and my appetite is low, which is definitely not something you hear from me everyday...) so I decided to play with the ingredients in these to switch things up.

And oh my goodness....this new twist to the original recipe is heaven.

Sub out the coconut flakes and mini chocolate chips and add:

+1/4 cup mini marshmallows (halved)
+1/4 cup cranberries (halved)
+1/4 cup Hershey's HUGS (chopped)

Trust me and just try it! I'm not even a big marshmallow fan, but they work in this.

*Before I go, this beautiful coverup that I've seen everywhere is now half off and less than $40! I don't think it's practical for my bump right now, so someone please go snatch it up for me! It's adorable! 

7.28.2014

Weekend Recap...Somewhat.


I'm just going to go ahead and apologize now for the lack of an exciting weekend recap post today. Our weekend was actually exciting (aside from both of us battling terrible allergies right now and lots of rainy weather), but I just failed at documenting it! You all know how that goes, right?

Friday-this pregnant girl actually stayed out until 2 am hanging out with Billy and friends. Not only that, I managed to win every corn hole game I played in which was many hours worth. Picture me tapping myself on the back over here! I was so proud of myself....until the next day when I crashed hard for about 4 hours. It's a constant struggle in this head of mine...I want to be able to socialize with my friends and not be a party pooper, but it is just exhausting nowadays to stay out late (especially when you're the only sober one! luckily Billy only had a few drinks so I wasn't alone this night, but in general) 

Saturday-we got up semi early and made it out to our favorite bike trail where we did a few miles! Billy roller bladed with Rocky and I rode the bike... it's becoming one of my new favorite weekend morning things! Afterwards, we did a little baby shopping and got lunch afterwards. Sidenote-being able to eat at restaurants with Rocky is awesome...he just loves it. We are trying to find more and more places in Columbus that we can do this at and there's actually a lot of pet friendly restaurants here! We decided to stay in Saturday night and take it easy...we cooked out, watched a movie, and called it a night. 

Sunday-made a pit-stop for some donuts for breakfast (I got the new Oreo one from Tim Horton's...I expected it to be fantastic and it was just so so. The sprinkled one is better! ;)) and then we spent the day looking at cribs and things for the nursery!! We picked out our crib (from PB) and it's actually the first one I said I liked when glancing at them online. One of the perks about finding out the gender early is having more time to decorate the nursery and get started on it early! 

Speaking of finding out the gender...this time next week I'll {finally} be able to announce it and post all about our experience! Also, in big pregnancy news, we have decided on a name and will be announcing that next Monday as well!! :)

Again, sorry for my lack of pictures, I'll fix that this next weekend when we head back up to the cottage! Hope you all had a great weekend and aren't battling a stubborn dry cough like I am (miserable I tell you....) xo!

7.25.2014

Things That Make Me Do A Vicky "Woo-Hoo!"




Friday is here and all is right in the world!

Lots of updates today, but not many pictures. Fail, I know. They are also probably ones that I find way more exciting than you do, but hey you'll love me anyways right? And you're all like, "actually, no..."

+Let's start with the coolest of them all!

Rocky and Baby K made the The Columbus Dispatch and we were on the local news yesterday!

A few weeks ago, I was interviewed by a reporter from our newspaper who wanted to use our photos and the article was about creative ways to announce your pregnancy. It was so cool/hilarious to open up the paper and see Rocky right there front and center...I always knew he'd make it as a dog model! BOO, who?! ;) I actually didn't know we would be on the news, but a girlfriend (hi Ashley if you're reading!) texted me at 6:30am saying she saw our pictures on it. I'm mainly excited about all this just to keep the article and show our baby one day! Famous in the womb...or something like that.

+We bought a new four piece patio set! WAHOO! Another task accomplished off our list. It was 50% off so I couldn't say no. Once it's delivered and put together, I'm sure I'll post some pictures. I'm currently on the hunt for a cute, but inexpensive rug to go under it, so if any of you know of ones send them my way!

+Love my red Kate Spade crossbody bag that I always talk about?! I found this one (Rebecca Minkoff at that!) that I think you all need to buy. It's on sale for just over $100! 

+A little over a week until we announce Baby K's gender, and let me tell you...I.cannot.wait. I have had so many things I want to post about, but that will give it away so I'm just hoarding them all on my phone in the meantime. I did pick up this hat (can be for both gender's so don't get any ideas!) from my baby drug of choice, aka Baby Gap...

So cute! I'm actually excited to be delivering in the winter here because of all the cute hat and baby layer options (oh and that I can just curl up at home for the first few months with baby!) 
Hoodies, leggings, animal hats...yes please.

+Our stroller is currently en route to our house...I plan to share all about it in a future post!

+Billy and his two guy friends (bless their hearts) started working in the nursery on the board and batten last night. We bought all the supplies last weekend and then last night they got ALL the wood pieces cut for it and placed, so now they just need to nail it all up!

+These amazing workout capris are on sale! They call them live-in for a reason...


+I've cut back dramatically on my coffee drinking since being pregnant, but am allowing myself one per week. My doctor says a cup a day is fine, but I've also read differing opinions on it, so this is just the balance that I've found that has worked. I recently started asking the lovely ladies at Starbucks to make my drinks half decaf and you can't notice a difference at all! Give it a try fellow mom's to be!


+There is a new restaurant that I'm in love with. It's called Tom + Chee (it was actually on Shark Tank!) and they have every different type of grilled cheese sandwich you could ever want and tomato soup. They also have what they call "grilled cheese donuts", that they are supposedly famous for. Everyone says they are delicious, but I've yet to try one. I told Billy to not be surprised if I'm living at this place in the fall because this girl loves her some grilled cheese + tomato soup. Especially if said grilled cheese has macaroni and cheese on it...

get in my belly...

+At this time in exactly 2 weeks we will be on our way to Charleston to cross another city off our travel list!

+This phone case is calling my name. 

There is nothing to hate about any of this, and for that I'm thankful.

Make sure you enter the two giveaway's I've got going on right now: here and here

7.24.2014

Swanson Health Products {Giveaway!}

We've made it to Thursday everyone! And a happy day it is over here!

Since starting this blog, I've had the opportunity to work with some amazing companies and brands. It's honestly one of my favorite parts about blogging. Some brands I knew about prior to blog life, and others I would've never know about if it wasn't for this space I've created...


Today, I've teamed up with one of my favorite companies, Swanson Health Products to celebrate their 45th anniversary week! They were kind enough to send me a whole assortment of baby supplies, including some mama-to-be necessities (one word: breastfeeding!) the other day, and now they are offering YOU a chance to win a $45 Gift Certificate!

That's $45 to spend any way you'd like.

Don't have kids and not pregnant? No worries, you can spend it on anything. Stock up on vitamins, Quest bars that I'm always mentioning, or baking essentials-they have it all! Or maybe you are newly pregnant like me and are wanting to stock up on some products you've heard about? Now is the time, ladies!

And trust me, I'm sure you'll find plenty of ways to spend it (speaking from experience here-my cart was overflowing...)

This giveaway will be open until Sunday evening and the winner will be notified via email. GOOD LUCK!!


*Also, check out Swanson’s Sweepstakes page for a chance to win 45 Healthy Foods and $500!

7.22.2014

Six Beauty Products You Can't Live Without

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Exciting things to report today, friends! 

Let's chat about my new favorite beauty products. I've finally found a routine that I love (spilling all of my secrets!) and therefore I must share them with you. It's my duty really. 

All of these products are fantastic...so just try them. Do it.

1//Tarte Amazonian Clay Airbrush Foundation: Kick your Bare Minerals powder to the curb (or closest trashcan) and treat yourself to this. More coverage than BM, goes on smooth, lasts all day...I could go on and on. My favorite. (I wear medium beige and use this brush with it)

2//Mario Badescu Glycolic Acid Toner: I could never find a toner I 100% loved up until this guy. Everyone raves about this toner, and for good reason. It helps to reduce discoloration as well as build-up that can make skin look dull or tired. It exfoliates and refreshes skin. Fabulous!

3//Neutrogena Oil-Free Acne Stress Control Cream: Gone are the days that I'll spend $25-$30 on a good face wash. This stuff is the BEST of the best. I don't say that often-promise. It is known to treat acne before it even emerges.

4// Tarte Pure Maracuja Oil: This oil absorbs into your skin for firmer, brighter, smoother skin without leaving any greasy feel. Pure maracuja oil is rich in vitamin C, so skin appears instantly brighter and more radiant. I use this at night before bed. Highly recommend!

5//L'OREAL Collagen Moisture Filler Day/Night Cream: It's special because it restores skin's cushion and smooths wrinkles. Collagen is the essential natural protein that keeps skin looking young and youthful. You can use this cream day or night, but it is on the heavier side so I almost always just use it at night. LOVE this stuff!

6//L'OREAL Voluminous Miss Manga Mascara: A new favorite! It gives a lot of volume and hits all of my lashes. The wand does take some getting used to, though!

There ya go...a complete run down on six truly awesome skincare and beauty products. Share with me your recent favorites!!

And of course, if you try any of these (which you should, duh!), report back to me after to let me know what you think!

Happy Tuesday!
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