my whole day.

by Janetha on July 14, 2016

in fox,meals,moves,recipes

hi! i decided to get a little ambitious today and take photos of everything and post an old school type of meals & moves post. we shall see how long this takes me, and if i actually manage to get it published before i pass out hahaha. i just got the little dude to sleep, and marshall is at the store picking up necessities: my zantac prescription (because pregnancy heartburn is the worst) and some ice cream (because ice cream is the best) so we will see if i can knock this post out!

things started bright and early, as usual around our house. we have a tiny human alarm clock that wakes up anywhere from 5:30 AM to 6:30 AM, so when it’s 6:30 AM we feel super lucky about it. this time around, i heard a “mama! dada!” around 5 AM (not cool, dude) so that was marshall’s cue to go lay on the floor next to his crib and say “back to bed for a bit”… he made it until 6:15ish so that’s pretty good. i rolled out of bed myself around 6:39 and showered, got ready, and got this gave this cute guy some loves before taking off for work.

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i have been making iced coffee at work lately because there is not a super decent coffee shop between my house and my office. i loathe starbucks and all the good spots are somewhat out of the way. i did come across this cold brew coffee concentrate from trader joe’s, so i’ve been mixing that with 1 part coffee, 1 part water, 1 part milk and a splash of sweet cream. it’s actually pretty tasty.

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breakfast has been the same for weeks. i typically eat it shortly after i get to work, as long as i’m not too busy in the morning. today i managed to eat this around 8 AM.

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it’s boring, but satisfying. i have a couple of hard boiled eggs and some yogurt & granola. i recently discovered noosa yogurt is sold at costco, and it’s basically the best yogurt ever. if you haven’t tried it, you really must. it tastes like cheesecake. so i pair one of those yogurts with some granola.. today’s was this deliciousness thanks to a delivery from general mills.

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i have been SUCKING at water drinking lately. which, as a 7 months pregnant gal, is a bad thing. i am pretty sure my lack of hydration has been contributing to braxton hicks contractions.. so i made an effort to drink lots of water today. i feel lots better and can totally tell a difference. speaking of pregnancy stuff.. things are going great! i am 29 weeks along, have a checkup on monday (with my gestational diabetes test..yippee..), and this little lady never, ever stops moving! she’s so wiggly and i love it. i can’t wait for her to be on the outside, haha.

anyway, i worked the day away, it was unusually busy for a thursday, which is a bummer.. but at least it’s almost the weekend! i broke away to grab a sandwich around 12:30. 

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i don’t know why i am so late to the vietnamese food party, but i am. i hadn’t tried banh mi nor pho until this year! isn’t that weird? i mean.. they are both delicious things. and i love food. it’s weird to me that i took so long to try vietnamese food. anyway, this was a chicken banh mi and it was delicious. the bread was a little bit crunchy, which hurt my mouth… any other have-been-pregnant-ladies have sensitive gums while pregnant? mine are suuuuper sensitive and it’s annoying! i have a dental cleaning tomorrow and while i usually love those, i am kind of dreading it because my gums are so dang sensitive right now.

anyway! i left work about 10 minutes to 2 o’clock so i could go hang out with the boy. he was in the best spirits today, thanks to lots of fun with his sweet nanny and a nice, long nap (nearly 2 hours today, yay.) 

i think i remember why i don’t blog my whole day anymore. well, aside from the fact that i don’t have any time to do so… every post would just be filled with toddler photos! seriously all i do is work and then go home and play with toys or play outside or do whatever his little heart desires. it’s a fun gig, but not much in the way of blogging material, haha. 

but, i’ve committed to blogging my day today, so toddler photos it is. first things first, we opened a package and it came with a whole lot of bubble wrap. so we spent some time popping that with our feet and that got basically the best reaction.

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then fox wandered into the kitchen, got himself a popsicle thingie (it’s like these frozen juice pops from costco that are so dang good. lindsay told me about them) and opened it and went to town on it. so i guess he’s pretty self sufficient when it comes to snacks.

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i had plans to make taquitos for dinner, so i put a couple chicken breasts in the crock pot along with chicken broth and taco seasoning. it was a recipe i found online and i will share it below.

after that we played outside for awhile. it was 90 degrees, but we have a nice shady patio so that’s good. we drew with chalk and played with the dogs and i didn’t have my phone so no proof. but i think you probably will live without photos of all that.

we headed inside and played with toys for about an hour and a half. if you follow me on snapchat you saw some of that action. 

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marshall got home around 5 and so i did a few more dinner steps while he played with fox. i added cream cheese to the crock pot and once it was warmed, i shredded the chicken, added seasonings, and mixed it all together. i was supposed to roll the mixture up into taquitos and bake them… but i was having a tortilla crisis. i had the corn+wheat tortillas from trader joe’s, and they would NOT roll up. they kept crumbling. sooooo i made a layered casserole type thing instead. just layered the tortillas, then the chicken mixture, then some olives and salsa, then repeated.

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i finished off with a layer of tortillas and put them in the oven and headed to the basement to exercise. 

i skipped the past two days because my braxton hicks contractions have been ridiculous and my freaking stomach is stretching beyond belief and, truth be told, it really hurts! so i laid off any sudden movements, haha. or any movements at all, for that matter. but i felt pretty good today… so i popped in the 21 day fix DVD and decided to do lower body.

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fox came, because he loves to hang while i exercise. 

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the workouts are a half hour, and he usually gets bored about halfway through so i give him my phone to mess around with in order to get through the full workout. but today he was all about playing in his tunnel and with his toys, so that was good. i am not anti-technology and he’s no stranger to the iphone, but if i can avoid having him play with my phone, that’s a plus in my book.

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at one point he picked up his 3 LB weight and joined in with me on some squats. haha.. cutest kid.

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after my workout i realized that i didn’t set the timer for the taquitos-turned-casserole… oops. sooooo the top layer was nice and burnt. whoops. luckily we had some flour tortillas in the fridge, so we just took that top layer of the casserole off and scooped the insides into flour tortillas.

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the best part about this recipe was the avocado lime crema.. mmmmmmmmmm!

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ok so i will share the (loose) recipe i followed for this dinner. i will tell you how it’s SUPPOSED to be done.. not what happened tonight. ha. i got it off a message board, so nowhere to source.

ingredients: 

taquitos:

  • 1 lb boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth
  • 1 packet taco seasoning
  • 6 oz cream cheese
  • spices such as cumin, garlic powder, onion powder (i used about 1/2 tsp of each of these)
  • 1 cup shredded cheese
  • 10-12 tortillas that actually roll
  • other toppings such as sliced olives, green chiles, salsa, green onions (i only had olives and salsa on hand)

avocado lime crema:

  • 1-2 avocados (i used 1 1/2 and gave half of the second one to fox)
  • 1-2 cloves garlic (i used a tsp of jarred minced garlic)
  • juice of 1 lime
  • big handful of cilantro
  • 1/4-1/3 cup sour cream 
  • 1/4-1/3 cup salsa
  • salt & pepper, to taste
  • frank’s hot sauce, to taste

directions:

  1. cook chicken breasts, broth, and 1/2 of taco seasoning packet in crock pot on high for 3 hours or low for 5 hours (or until cooked through).
  2. once cooked, drain excess liquid and add cream cheese to crock pot. 
  3. once it softens, shred chicken breasts in the crock pot, add the rest of the taco seasoning and other seasonings, and the cheese, and stir to combine. 
  4. fill tortillas with mixture and roll up into taquitos. place in baking dish and bake for 15 minutes at 400 degrees.
  5. make the avocado lime crema: blend all ingredients until smooth.
  6. serve taquitos with the crema and other toppings of choice.

so, next time i will try it again with other tortillas and also will set the timer so they don’t burn! whoops. but this was still SO dang delicious! and i was surprised that fox tried the chicken and liked it. he’s not a huge fan of chicken usually. he also had avocado and grapes.

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after dinner, we played with toys for another hour or so. fox put on his snow boots that are two sizes too small (on the wrong feet, mind you) and got to work on bringing me every single stuffed animal from his room. so that was a good time. (also can be seen on my snapchat.) 

the UPS man came and delivered a bunch of my amazon prime day purchases! 

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i got a bunch of great deals, i was pretty excited about it. not everything came today, but some of it did. today i received diapers (they were SO cheap!) for both fox and the baby (stocked up on newborn and size 1 for her) and i also got fox this daniel tiger treehouse for his upcoming bday (shhhh, don’t tell him), a new diaper backpzack since we will have two kids soon and need something bigger (it’s super nice in person! and was so cheap!), and a reusable swim diaper for the pool. i also have a few other things on the way, including a toddler pillow & case, a doorknob safety cover thing because fox opens the front door now (yay), and the baby’s crib! my mom got a convertible carseat for a killer deal, too, because the one she has has expired. i love amazon prime day and this was the first time i actually paid close attention and got some sweet bargains.

after all that, it was tubby time. the kid loves water.

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and then we did our bedtime ritual… which is always so fun. after the bath, we all do “the baba dance” which is basically fox spinning around in a circle (naked, haha) and falling to the ground, then pointing to us and having us do the same (but we are clothed.. hahaha) a few times, and then he drinks his milk, gets his PJs on, and marsh reads him stories while i lay on the floor and listen. it’s the same every single night and when the new baby comes it’ll be interesting to see how that bedtime ritual changes. hopefully it’s a smooth transition. after all that, i lay on the floor next to his crib until he dozes off. i could probably leave the room if i wanted, before he falls asleep, but i like laying there with him. especially since i probably won’t be able to in a couple months!

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once he zonked out, i came out here and got to typing. it’s been 45 minutes and i still have to insert all the photos into this post. oh me, oh my. how funny that this was a daily routine for years and years. not sure how i did that. not sure how some bloggers used to post THREE TIMES a day! does anyone still do that, even? i don’t even get a chance to read blogs these days, so i actually have no clue. 

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well, i just took an ice cream break, then inserted all the photos into this bad boy, and now i am going to watch an episode of game of thrones. we are rewatching it for fun, and are on season 2 right now. it’s actually really great the second time around, because i understand things a lot more!

friday tomorrow.. hooray! aside from the dentist, nothing else is planned. i am excited for the weekend, though. it’s our sixth wedding anniversary, and i think we will go to the lake to celebrate. :)

i hope you have a great weekend! 

Qs~

1. did you score any deals on amazon prime day? if no.. what is the last thing you bought online, not necessarily on amazon?

2. have you tried/do you like vietnamese food?

xo. janetha g.

 

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life, lately.

by Janetha on July 1, 2016

in meals,moves,random rambles

hey! thought i would pop in and, you know, BLOG.

happy july 1st! is june legit over? i can’t believe it. that month zoomed by. which, for a pregnant gal, is great. i am basking in the beauty of the second trimester… which actually is over soon. or, wait, i dunno.. maybe it’s already over? i just looked and i am 27 weeks as of wednesday. i keep losing track. i think that technically puts me in the third trimester, right? or maybe not until next week? who knows. all i know is i am going to start feeling real, real, real pregnant soon. and since it’s been in the 90s here in utah, that’s really going to suck. good times.

here is a pregnant picture of me because i feel like i should document this a little bit? haha. i compared this photo to my last pregnancy at this time, and i’m about the same size belly-wise.

so, aside from growing a tiny human, i haven’t really been up to a whole lot. like i said, it’s been super hot, so we have been playing outside a lot. fox discovered a new love for the splash pad, and he is basically obsessed with anything that involves water, so we have been keeping cool with water fun lately. splash pads, pools, sprinklers, hoses.. whatever.

sooo.. anyway. i decided i should probably do something with myself in terms of exercise, so about a month ago i bought the 21 day fix. i know it is a diet and exercise program, but i can’t be bothered with a diet. i’m pregnant, for crying out loud. but i did like the idea of at home DVDs that require minimal equipment and only take a half hour. 
 

i have been doing them pretty consistently for the month of june, and i have to say i really enjoy the workouts. they are easily modifiable for my pregnant self, and they are quick enough for me to do with fox hanging out and he doesn’t get too incredibly antsy while i am working out. i hand over my phone near the end of them (if marshall isn’t around) to keep him occupied, so if you are one of the lucky facetime recipients of his, i apologize. haha.

i actually didn’t sign up for beachbody and am not drinking their shakes or anything like that. i bought the dvds from amazon because i didn’t want to mess with dealing with a “coach” and have anyone pressure me to sign up to be a coach and all that jazz. since i am already involved with advocare, i know what goes into the MLM stuff and i don’t want to join another one. ha. plus shipping was faster with amazon (i love prime! i swear i order something every other day.) so it seemed easier and quicker to just buy the 21 day fix from there.

so anyway, i will keep on keeping on with these workouts. i know they are supposed to get easier as you go, but with my pregnant belly, they are actually getting harder! haha. but i do feel more energized when i actually get up and get the workout done, and it’s manageable for my lifestyle, so that’s good. if i miss a day, i just pick up where i left off. i would say i average 5 workouts a week right now.. which is pretty fantastic, considering i have taken a couple years off consistent exercise. oops!

i wouldn’t recommend the workouts for anyone that is already super fit. they are very basic and challenging for me (aka someone who is out of shape) but if you are real fit and looking for something challenging.. maybe go with something else.

on the food front, i haven’t cooked much. truth be told, marshall does most of the cooking in our house. he’s a keeper. i have been craving tomato-based italian dishes this pregnancy (last time it was all about the mexican food) so we have lots of italian each week. there is always a day we order pizza, and marshall makes a killer mushroom bolognese sauce, so we always have that as well.

i have found a quick and lazy way to get my marinara fix through the frozen section at trader joe’s:

i pair a rotini with 4 of the turkey meatballs and call it lunch. it’s not pretty, but it’s tasty and satisfying!

 

i have been eating lots of hard boiled eggs, too. mainly because they are quick and convenient, and sold in handy two-packs in bulk at costco!
 

i eat a pack every morning. this week i got a super special delivery from a dear reader, so i’ve been pairing my eggs with this tasty danish kringle!

have you heard of these? it came from the danish bakery in racine, wisconsin. it’s a raspberry kringle and it is soooo dang good.

i have been enjoying a slice the past couple mornings along with my much-needed daily iced coffee. 
 

in other food news, i got a fun delivery from general mills with some new-to-me cereals.

 

i haven’t tried the oat bites nor the strawberry cheerios yet, but i am IN LOVE WITH the tiny toasts! seriously, might be a new favorite for me.

you have to run to the store and get a box or two. trust me, you will be so happy.

let’s see, what else? oh, i had book club this week! it’s the first time that i actually didn’t finish the book. we were reading “me talk pretty one day” and i just could. not. get. into. it. so i gave up. some people liked it, others not so much, but most didn’t read/finish this one. it was interesting to hear what everyone else had to say about the book, and we always manage to have a great discussion whether everyone read the book or not!

plus.. the food. the food at book club is always top notch. this was the savory portion, which i had to go back for seconds on.. and then went back for the sweet portion. yum.

next month we are reading “is everyone hanging out without me?” by mindy kaling, which i have heard great things about, so i am looking forward to reading it! she’s super funny, so i am sure i’ll dig it.

well, nothing more comes to mind to ramble about, so i will call it quits on this post! i will leave you with some random snapshots from june, it was a fun month full of festivities and i am sad to see it go.. it’s one of my faves, for sure!

ice cream at this is the place park..

haircut before & after, so grown up!

popsicles with cousins..

fun (hot) time at the zoo..

father’s day artwork and marsh getting a garden statue of pan for father’s day :)

food truck fun.. monday nights there are a bunch of food trucks near us, so we have been going for dinner sometimes.

and that’s that!

hope you had a great month of june yourself, and are gearing up for an exciting july! have a safe and fun holiday weekend!

Qs~

1. what was one of your highlights from june?

2. what was the last book you read?

xo. janetha g.

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