Snowy days like today ( thanks Winter Storm Hercules) make me want to hunker down, stay indoors and eat warm comforting food. It is freezing cold outside and with a baby at home there is really no where worth trekking to. I got my workout in this morning and plan on spending the rest of the day cuddling my small person and cooking food for the weekend. These days I try and prepare recipes that all of us can enjoy. Hermione has started eating lunch everyday and loves to experiment with a variety of vegetables. So far her favorites include root vegetable “fries”, green smoothies and kale pesto. She really is my daughter!
December 31st, 2013
At 22 weeks pregnant you are still feeling pretty good. It’s bitter cold out but tonight you will go out with your husband for a romantic dinner and randomly wander into a raging party where you are the only sober (and preggers) person. Try to have a good time. Dance a little. Doug really wants to dance.
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As a mom, toys now play a huge part of my life. A good chunk of my day is spent on the floor with Hermione playing with the various dolls, blocks, books or musical instruments that live in her toy bin. I am very selective about what I will let her play with. At this age almost everything she touches ends up in her mouth so I have a very firm no plastic toys rule. I also want to inspire her to be creative with her play so none of her toys light up, use batteries, or play fake music. We are a mostly wooden toys and handmade dolls family.
I am all about beauty foods that make you both feel and look good! Last winter, I was thrilled to be asked to appear on Nikita Chopra’s new show, Naturally Beautiful on Veria Living and share some of my favorite beautifying recipes. I was quite pregnant at the time and vividly remember scrambling to find a dress that both fit over my belly AND was TV worthy!
As Hermione approaches seven months my pregnancy is starting to feel like a distant memory. What I do remember ( besides the swollen feet!) is that nothing felt better on my body than exercise. Being able to spin or do yoga everyday really helped keep me strong, flexible and in shape for her birth. While I was mostly able to keep up my normal routine, towards the end I did switch my regular yoga practice for pre-natal yoga. When you can no longer invert, twist or lay on your belly regular yoga becomes difficult!
On Tuesday I co- hosted another Beauty Food Supper Club with Rebecca Casciano and Jolene Hart at Sun In Bloom. Our guests were treated to four delicious courses of beautifying foods that left them all glowing by the evening’s end. This was the first Beauty Food Supper Club we have done since I was pregnant and it felt so great to be back at it with these wonderful ladies! You might note that my baby bump from the last two dinners has now shifted onto Jolene!
Babies are easily amused. At least mine is. I don’t really know much about anyone else’s. It amazes me how a simple game of “Photobomb” (our version of Peek-A-Boo) can keep Hermione laughing! Recently she is also very into the swings at the playground, reading stories, and lots and lots of naked time!