Health, Love & Fire: May 2015

Our Vegas Babymoon

Thursday, May 28, 2015

When Dan and I found out we were pregnant, I knew one of the things I wanted to do before our new baby came was to take a vacation with just the two of us. Our usual travel picks have something to do with warm weather, pool time and good food so when trying to decide where to go, Vegas seemed like as good a place as any. We would be able to lounge by the pool during the day and go out to a show or two and some nice dinners in the evening. It also didn't hurt that airline tickets and hotel reservations are usually on the cheaper side in Vegas so it made booking the trip that much easier! We  (and by we I mean I) booked the trip back in January, so by the time May rolled around we were more than ready for a break from work and a little getaway together!

We flew out Tuesday evening after I got off work, and of course a picture including the PDX carpet was a must. Not sure what it is about Portland, but we have some weird tendencies, including idolizing an airport carpet.
Our feet, the PDX carpet and of course my ever growing baby bump! 

We got in late Tuesday evening and headed straight to our hotel after getting our rental car, this gal was not going to have to hike all over Vegas the entire time we were there. We decided to try out two different hotels during out trip so we stayed at MGM for the first two nights and Mandalay Bay for our second two. We were shocked after checking in (right in front of Calvin Harris) at MGM and asking if they had any higher floor rooms with a view available or any complementary upgrades, we were upgraded to the most expensive suite in the hotel. We just walked around our room for about 20 minutes taking it all in and looking at each other in shock before finally settling down. Here are just a few photos of our 1300 square foot room and the amazing view and patio.
What we saw as soon as we opened the door to our room




 View from our patio the night we arrived

View from our patio during the day

We spent Wednesday getting breakfast at our favorite spot (the Creperie at The Paris), spending some time by the pool at MGM, taking a nice afternoon nap and then getting ready and heading out for the evening!
That night we had reservations at Olives which is a restaurant that overlooks the fountains at the Bellagio. The food was delicious, the restaurant was gorgeous and the view was beautiful! I would definitely recommend this to others and we will definitely go back on our next trip! After dinner we watched a fountain show, walked around the Bellagio and then headed to Cirque De Sole's O show. The show was absolutely amazing and aside from our little girl kicking and moving the entire time (clearly she liked the show too) and the fact that we got tickets to the late show so I was struggling to stay awake, we both had a fabulous night!





Thursday we had to switch hotels to Mandalay Bay, which we were honestly sort of regretting after getting such an amazing room at MGM. We were sure we would probably never stay in another room quite like that one, and we didn't really want to leave. So we enjoyed breakfast at the hotel, took our time getting ready and packing up and enjoyed the patio a bit more before checking out.

We checked in to Mandalay Bay around noon and headed to the pool for a while. Of course our afternoon also consisted of another nap before getting ready for dinner. Lately I've been taking all the naps I can! We had reservations at Mixx at the Delano which is part of Manadalay Bay. The restaurant is on the top floor of the building and has gorgeous views and beautiful decor. 
The view of the pools from our room at Mandalay Bay

View from the restaurant

After dinner we decided to head down the strip and check out the Wynn since we hadn't been to that hotel before. We walked around, checked out the hotel, enjoyed a drink (or Dan did) and then headed back to our hotel. 

Friday we spent the morning at the pool and then decided to walk around the strip a bit. We ate lunch (more than once on the trip) at the Shake Shack at NyNy. Anytime I can get some frozen custard that reminds me of growing up in Upstate New York I am all over it! We took the tram to a few different hotels and enjoyed a little sightseeing. For dinner that evening we ate at Kumi, a Japaneese restaurant at Mandalay Bay. After dinner we ventured down to the Welcome to Las Vegas sign and then to the Linq Premenade so I could check out the Sprinkles Cupcake ATM and we could take a look at the new shops and high roller ferris wheel.





Saturday it was time to head home. So after a second stop at the welcome sign, we were off to the airport and headed home to Portland and our pets. We had a great trip. Every time we travel together I'm always reminded of how much fun we have going on adventures together and how I couldn't ask for a better person to share all these memories with! I can't believe we are already over 26 weeks pregnant and how soon our little girl will be here. And while it will change our life, we both couldn't be more excited for the adventures and memories ahead!


Bumpdate Week 26

Wednesday, May 27, 2015


Since I didn't post a bump photo last week because we were on our baby moon, I decided to post them both this week!

Week: 26 - She's the size of a butternut squash this week

Total Weight Gain: right around 13 pounds

Symptoms: Continuing to feel more tired and like a need a nap most days. I'm definitely starting to learn how much I can push myself and when I need to listen and take a rest or at least a break every now and then. Traveling definitely made my exhaustion level much higher & I found it a lot more difficult to get comfortable every night in a hotel bed.

Cravings: Nothing specific, although I'm still loving fresh fruit and can always be talked in to some ice cream after dinner!

Sleep: getting much better. I think I'm just starting to learn to sleep on my side so I'm waking up less to roll off of my stomach. I'm also thinking that I'm sleeping a bit better just cause I've been so much more tired lately.

Clothes: All maternity. Been trying to hunt for something to wear for maternity photos in a few weeks and my upcoming showers. Online shopping and maternity clothes just aren't always a girls best friend so I've been ordering a few things and hoping some of them will work when they get here.

Workout: My workouts this week mostly consisted of the miles we put in walking around vegas. I tried to keep my fuel band on every day, except for when we were headed to the pool so I could track my fuel points.

Nursery: It's slowly coming together! Our glider came this week and we got all the major pieces put in place in the room (after an hour or so of me sitting in the room completely undecided on where I wanted everything). Dan says he's waiting a while longer before hanging any decor so I have time to change my mind if I want (smart man).

Movement: She's moving all over all the time! It's so fun now that Dan is able to feel her and see her move around.

Best Moment This Week: Getting away for our baby moon. It was so nice to have the time together and be able to relax away from work for a few days!

Missing: a drink every now and then. Being in vegas around everyone who was drinking made it rough, but I'd order my Shirley Temple and pretend I was having a tasty cocktail!


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A Welcome To Our Home - Front Porch Decor

Friday, May 22, 2015

It has literally been months since I did my last house reveal. After spending months last summer and fall updating you all on our home buying and building process, I sort of slacked off once we finally got the keys and moved in. So little by little over the next few weeks, I hope to show off some more finished spaces in our home. It's taking my longer than I initially thought it would to feel like any of the spaces are really finished, but a few are getting close to being blog ready. So to start off, I decided what better place than to start with our front porch and entrance to our home.

When our home was getting close to complete and my daily drive bys became multiple daily drive bys, there was only one home decision I immediately regretted, the front door. Picking out paint colors for the exterior had been a decision I had gone back and fourth on over and over again. It's easy to like a paint swatch that's 2in by 2in, but an entirely different story when that paint color is going to cover an entire 2300 square foot home. So when I drove by to check out the color for the first time, I was surprised to find that I loved every color choice except for the front door. I should have taken a photo of it before we had the color tinted a couple shades darker and had the door repainted, but I didn't want photo evidence of my barbie light blue door. Once it was repainted and tinted darker, I couldn't be happier with the accent and pop of color it adds to the front of the house! My goal was to have a home that looked cheerful and inviting, and I think that's just what our porch says!

One of my favorite parts about the porch is the wood paneling and decent sized covered area that allows us to sit outside and read or relax even if it's raining. We had the choice of a few different front facades but choose this one because of the larger covered porch it provided and I'm so happy with our decision. 


With my love for baseball and all things rustic and antique, I tried to bring a little bit of our home decor style to our front porch. I just had to have the home place welcome mat when I found it on uncommon goods and I've slowly added to my wooden crate collection over time and love the addition they make to the porch. 

Last weekend I added a couple ceramic pots and some plants to add a bit of color and springy feel and I have to say, it makes me smile every time I pull in the driveway! 
 I just couldn't turn down this wooden crate when I found it at a local hardware store having a closing sale! Anything with my name on it has to come home with me, even if I don't like corned beef!

Well there's our little entry way and one of the first spots in our new home that we absolutely love. What have you added to your entry or porch to make it feel like home? 


Week 25 Bumpdate

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

I promise to update you all with a 25 week photo when I get back from our baby moon, but wanted to make sure I got my 25 week bumpdate posted before I left! 

Week: 25 - She's the size of a head of cauliflower this week!

Total Weight Gain: hovering around 13 pounds

Symptoms: This week I feel like I got hit early with all the third trimester symptoms I'd been hearing about. I went from feeling pretty much normal, except for feeling bigger to definitely feeling more tired and achey. My parents both suggested that part of my problem could be that I haven't slowed down too much, and I'm sure they're right. Saturday I took advantage of a slower day and took a nap which I haven't done in months! I think it's going to be good for my and for my body to have a slower week this next week and vacation to help me relax and take some me time!

Cravings: Nothing really this week. I find myself hungry off and on but I can never really decide what I'm hungry for. These last couple weeks every time I eat chicken it tastes like some of the best food ever, so maybe our little girl is wanting some more protein!

Sleep: Some nights are great and others I toss and turn a lot. I'm still trying to keep myself from rolling over on to my stomach in the middle of the night out of habit. And when I do find myself sleeping on my stomach, our little girl is usually kicking me to wake me up, probably to let me know she'd like me to roll back on my side. I'm interested to see how sleeping while I'm traveling and pregnant goes.

Clothes: All maternity all the time!

Workout: This week I kept up our walks and logged about 20 miles. I'm trying to keep up with our nightly walks after work if the weather is nice and do longer walks on the weekends when we have the day off. On days I'm able to get out and log some miles I find myself less tired and achey.

Nursery: Adding a little here and there every week. This week we finally found the perfect night stand and light to add to the room and got the glider ordered (thanks to my amazing parents). We also purchased the paint we are going to use for the mural on her wall that my Dad will paint so it's slowly all coming together!

Movement: All the time! Dan is definitely starting to feel her even more which he's loving! On Saturday he was feeling her kick and he was able to feel her basically do a 180 in my belly. Her kicks are getting stronger and she seems to be practicing her acrobatics lately, which always make me smile.

Best Moment This Week: Heading out on our baby moon. We have both been busy between work and trying to get lots accomplished around the house so we are more than ready and excited for some time away! And some pool time and sunshine don't sound to bad either!

Missing: Being able to sleep on my stomach! And being able to enjoy a mimosa on our baby moon :)


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I love change & vacations!

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Are you new around here? Oh wait, it must be my gorgeous new design that has me all confused, and with my current pregnant state that doesn't seem too difficult for me to be lately. I'm seriously in love with my new layout and design that Ashley so amazingly put together, and at the same time that she herself was creating a new design for her blog & my pregnant bff too! That girl does it all! If you're in need of a new design, you won't find anyone better!

So other than drooling over my new design, I'm getting ready to head out on our baby moon, so make sure you follow along on Instagram to see what we're up to! Hope everyone has a fabulous rest of the week & can't wait to tell you all how our trip goes!

Vegas Countdown

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Its been a while since Dan or I have had time off of work to really get away. Besides short three day weekends or an overnight at the beach, we haven't had a real vacation in over a year. With work being really busy for both of us, him more than me, and the weather here in Oregon still unsure of whether or not it wants to be winter or spring, we are both ready for a break.
After we found out we were pregnant, my mind quickly turned to baby moon ideas. While we are always up for a reason to take a trip, I knew I wanted to go somewhere before this party of 2 turns into a party of 3. After lots of research, we decided on Vegas. And though we've been there together before, sometimes you just can't beat the cheap airfare and inexpensive hotels. Plus add in the awesome pools, sunshine, fabulous restaurants and shows and you basically have us sold!

So next week after a couple days of work, we will be headed to sunny warm Las Vegas for a few days to bask in the sun and enjoy some time together. We are splitting our time between MGM Grand and Mandalay Bay for our hotel stays and pool hopping and hope to hit at least one show and couple nice dinners while we're there. And believe me, I'll have reviews on all of it when I return (as long as I can kick this photo taking slump I've been in the last few months). But if you see lots of photos that look like this one below on my Instagram next week, sorry (sort of).
But where are your must sees or must eats in Vegas? We've been there a few times before but I want to do something fun and different so I am open to lots of suggestions!



Bumpdate - Week 24

Wednesday, May 13, 2015


Week: 24

Total Weight Gain: About 12 pounds

Symptoms: Still feeling bigger and noticing a bit more discomfort in my back and sometimes in my stomach from round ligament pain, but overall feeling pretty good. I keep telling people that I feel fairly normal, only bigger. I'm definitely starting to notice my energy level dropping a bit and could definitely nap every day if I had the opportunity, although I have yet to actually nap.

Cravings: Haven't had many cravings this week. The last week or so I haven't had much of an appetite and when I am hungry, nothing specific really sounds good. That being said, I have been craving fountain diet coke from time to time.

Sleep: I've been sleeping a little better the last week or so, finally feel like I am finding comfortable sleeping positions and staying there most of the night. I'm needing to get up at least once a night to use the restroom again, but usually try to hold off on that for as long as possible.

Clothes: All maternity all the time, with the excepting of a few shirts and dresses. Every morning I swear it gets more and more difficult to decide what to wear, especially when it comes to dressy work attire.

Workout: Still getting my walks in on clear days and trying to get my steps in as much as I can. This week I've started to notice myself getting a bit more tired, but hoping those walks continue to help.

Nursery: We finished the dresser and moved it into her room this week! I'm in love with how it turned out! Now I'm working on deciding on a glider and finding a few more decor pieces for her walls.

Movement: She likes to move around a lot, but I notice it most right before meals or throughout the day at work usually when I'm sitting and probably squishing her a bit more than if I was standing. Dan finally felt a few more kicks this week which was really fun!

Best Moment This Week: hearing that my glucose test and blood work all came back normal! I couldn't be happier that I don't have to go back for the 3 hour test!

Missing: fitting in to all of my normal clothes. It's getting more and more difficult to find options to wear in the morning, and even at night trying to find lounge wear. I now understand why women end up wearing their husbands clothes around the house as they get bigger.

Questions For other Mommas & Moms To Be: Where did you find your glider and what do you love or hate about it?


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Worries and My Journey

Monday, May 11, 2015


From even before I saw that window change from blank to pregnant, I worried about what my pregnancy might be like. I wondered if I'd gain a lot of weight,  if my blood pressure would cause complications and just how my overall pregnancy would go. I guess you could say I'm a worrier. But you probably wouldn't know that unless I told you, because I tend to keep it bottled up.

I've struggled with blood pressure issues for the past few years. When we first noticed it was high, I had every test you can think of done to pinpoint the cause. And after each and every test came back normal, I resorted to finding a low dose medication that would help keep it at a normal level and tried to remain as active and healthy as possible. At every doctors appointment, I'm always nervous to check my blood pressure, and can feel myself getting more and more anxious until I hear what it's at that day. And with every test or appointment, I leave feeling so relieved knowing everything is going well.

I've appreciated how forthcoming and informative my doctor has been throughout my pregnancy, letting me know of the risk factors associated with my blood pressure and taking extra precautions and performing extra tests to keep a close eye on everything. Obviously the health and wellbeing of my little girl and myself are the top priority, and its so reassuring to know the doctor feels the same way. I know that all I can do is try to be as healthy as possible throughout this pregnancy, but the worrier in me sometimes takes over. You hear over and over that becoming a parent is the most amazing experience because you never realized how much you can love someone else, and I think I'm really starting to understand what they mean. Getting the call that my glucose and blood tests all came back normal after my Friday appointment made tears come to my eyes. I sit and worry about things that could possibly go wrong, when I should really just be focused on what's in my control.

One of the things I decided early on in my pregnancy is that I wanted to be as active and healthy as possible. While I'm not out running any half marathons, or even 5ks for that matter, I try to go for walks at least 4-5 times a week logging a minimum of 12 extra miles a week. I've increased my water a ton, and have tried to watch the food and drinks I consume. But overall, the thing that has helped the most has really been just my awareness of my health. I'm thankful that everything has been going so well, that my blood pressure and weight are doing great and that our little girl is healthy at every check up. I will start having ultrasounds to check her growth every 4 weeks until she's born due to risks associated with my blood pressure, and I can't say I mind getting to see her more often!

Each and every pregnancy is different, and while people comment to me all the time on how great I look, unless they know me well they don't know about my blood pressure or other high risk conditions I may be dealing with. I'm thankful it has all been going so well up until this point, and hoping that if I keep monitoring everything and continuing to be as healthy as possible it will continue until our little girl is here. This experience has taught me a lot about my health, what other women might go through and the stresses and emotions you can deal with even before your child is here. I'm thankful for this experience and for the support and care I've gotten from my doctor, friends, family and most importantly from Dan.

Have you had to deal with any risks during pregnancy? Do you find yourself nervous before appointments? How have you dealt with those nerves or worries?

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