Sunday, March 31, 2013

Thank you

I wanted to tell everyone who donated to Evie's Fundraiser for the Ronald McDonald House of Seattle THANK YOU!

Tomorrow is the last day of the fundraiser, but today Evie cashed in her money maker jar and added $25 (well $23.14, I just rounded it up).

With her additional donation as of writing this post we were at $505! I am so proud of my little one!

If you want to make a donation Monday is the final day, just click on the  link in my side bar------->


Monday, March 25, 2013

Weekend Update

Saturday was a cold and sunny day in the Pacific Northwest. After lunch I decided to say screw you round ligament pain and go for a walk.  See round ligament pain sucks. According to webmd:
Round ligament pain is a sharp pain or jabbing feeling often felt in the lower belly or groin area on one or both sides. It is one of the most common complaints during pregnancy and is considered a normal part of pregnancy. It is most often felt during the second trimester.
That pretty  much explains how I feel after I workout. I was searching for causes and remedies this weekend and went full circle. Round ligament pain can be caused by exercises, sneezing, coughing, laughing, rolling over in bed and standing up to quickly. So basically everything you do in life. :)

I then found some tips that may help reduce your discomfort:
  • Pain relief. Take over-the-counter acetaminophen for pain, if necessary.  You can only take Tylenol when pregnant, it doesn't really do much for me.
  • Exercise. Get plenty of exercise to keep your stomach (core) muscles strong. Doing stretching exercises or prenatal yoga can be helpful. So above exercise can cause it, yet it can also help it...hmmmm  A helpful exercise involves putting your hands and knees on the floor, lowering your head, and pushing your backside into the air.
  • Avoid sudden movements. Change positions slowly (such as standing up or sitting down) to avoid sudden movements that may cause stretching and pain. For me even changing positions slowly is painful.
  • Flex your hips. Bend and flex your hips before you cough, sneeze, or laugh to avoid pulling on the ligaments.
  • Apply warmth. A heating pad or warm bath may be helpful. A warm bath is helpful, but I can only take so many baths a day. :)
Either way I said screw it and decided to go for a walk with my child. We headed out and stopped at the park, then went to our local consignment store before reaching the halfway point - Starbucks. 
At Starbucks she proceeded to tell me that when she grows up she is either going to work at Microsoft or Starbucks. Her reason for Starbucks was because they make really good Marshmallow bars. Which is just a fancy name for rice krispi treats. After our treat we headed for home to complete our two mile walk.
Sunday was a relaxing day for us, but while we were in Target we decided to take a photo and share with our Facebook friends. The question is will we be having a blue or pink life jacket join us this summer on our boat? We will find out tomorrow at our ultra sound.
How was your weekend? Take your best guess team blue or team pink?

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Happy Spring

Weather is pretty typical for Washington. The only difference between a Winter weather report and a Spring report is the temps are a little higher.

I hate to write it, but this year we went all winter with no snow accumulation on the ground at my house. We typically don't get a lot of snow, but this year we had

What does spring look like in your neck of the woods?

Monday, March 18, 2013

St. Patrick's Day Dash

After a week of being sick, one trip to urgent care to learn my cold crap had caused an inner ear issue that was extremely painfully.

I finally started to feel better.

Saturday I was at about 80% and by Sunday morning I was about 95% so I decided to go to the Seattle St. Patricks Day dash. It also, helped that when I woke up it was cold and sunny out.  I have a green shirt on as well, even with the sun shining it was just to cold to take my coat off.
I love this event. People really dress up and one of these years I will take pictures of all the awesome costumes. I saw a bunny, a rainbow and green eggs and spam. Yes, a group of people were dressed as giant eggs and one person was an over sized can of Spam. 

My husband and I decided to just walk it, making this event my personal worst in the past 6 years with a time of 1 hour and 4 minutes. That is okay, because we got to enjoy the event and get our monies worth. :) Hopefully, next year I will be back at it for a new PR.

Did you race in honor of St. Patricks day this weekend?

Friday, March 15, 2013

A little bit of green

With St. Patrick's Day taking place this weekend and everyone gearing up for a fun weekend of races I thought I would share with you more shoes! Since, I am not running when I was contacted by to review a pair of Keen Shoes I selected ones that I can enjoy the most.

I have never worn Keen's but I had heard great things about them. As I was searching looking at the
Women's Keens CNX style shoes I feel in love with these. Yes, the same style that I have worn a million times, but this time I went bold and ordered Green!

Detials from Women's Keen and Onlineshoes
Trip the light fantastic in the lightweight KEEN Mercer Ballerina CNX skimmer, part of the KEEN.Connect collection. Sporty and breathable, with a raised, padded back and 4mm midsole drop, this women's athletic-inspired slip-on shoe brings an element of fun to every wearing. KEEN.ZORB Strobel construction creates a streamlined interior for a smooth touch against the foot. KEEN.Connect technology encourages a natural foot motion, featuring a proprietary, lightweight polyurethane midsole compound, metatarsal ridge for enhanced toe grip, contoured arch and TPU shank for midfoot support. The sporty KEEN Mercer Ballerina CNX walking shoe is finished with a non-marking rubber sole that has multi-directional flex grooves to keep you on the move.
  • 4mm midsole drop
  • Breathable mesh and suede upper
  • Contoured arch support
  • KEEN.Connect (CNX)
  • KEEN.ZORB Strobel
  • Metatarsal ridgeNon-marking rubber outsole with multi-directional flex grooves
  • Polyurethane midsole
  • Raised, padded back
  • Stitching details
  • TPU stability shank
  • Weight: 7.6 oz.

The first thing I noticed about these shoes is they arc. For a flat, you can actually feel the arc in them which is great. The shoes are light and very breathable, which is something that I love.

Every time I wear them out I get compliments on the color, at the doctors office the other day I wore them with jeans and a black top and ever person I talked to commented on them. They have many different color options and here in Washington, people are excited to see something bright in our dreary grey winter.

Check out the other Keen options available: -
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Women's KEEN Shoes -
Women's KEEN Sandals -,br38,tt2

*Disclaimer: These shoes were sent to me by and Keen free of charge, however the opinions expressed are my own.

Thursday, March 14, 2013

19 weeks

Still pretty sick, I have never had a cold that has knocked me down so much.  Yesterday, was my 19 week check up and even with being sick it went really well.  Blood pressure was right on track, the doctor even said my weight looked good. Which is always a good thing.

Craving: Ice cold drinks - especially soda. Bad, but the caffeine helps with headaches.

Aversion: any meat that I cook. I made bacon last night and didn't eat a piece, even when the family was saying how good it was.
Annoyance: Besides this could cold, the way maternity pants fit. I am so over them always falling down.
Next big moment: 20 week ultrasound is scheduled for March 25th

Hope everyone is having a wonderful week.


Tuesday, March 12, 2013

I am sick

I woke up at 2AM Monday morning with a migraine.  I suffered for a few hours before I woke up my husband to get me some Tylenol. What sucks about being pregnant and getting a migraine is Tyleonal is the  strongest thing you can take.  Once migraine starts it just gets worse without the proper drugs, on top of everything overnight I developed that horrific head and chest cold that is combined with the migraine shut me down.

Monday, I worked from home in order to but it was a rough day. At least if I put my head down on my desk I didn't have to worry about anyone getting on my case. :)  Late in the day I was still feeling terrible, so we went to get my blood pressure and it was 150/78 a lot higher then it should be. At that point I called my OB just to check in. I knew there wasn't much she could do but I was concerned since I was pre-e at the end of my last pregnancy.  The explained that the high blood pressure was probably due to the pain I from the migraine.  Monday, night I tried to get some sleep but it was hopeless. How can  you be so exhausted and yet not sleep?

I woke up Tuesday and knew that there was no way I could work, even with the ability to work from home. Tuesday, was spent in bed grateful for the rest. However, I still could not sleep. This meant I watched a lot of shows on the iPad.  I will say that Justin Timberlake should host SNL more often. I cracked up at most of his skits!  This bad youtube version of his Vegan singing was especially funny.

Anyone have this dang chest/head cold crap, all I want to do is take a bunch of NyQuil and go to bed, but that is a big no no being pregnant. I did talk to my regular doctor today and she said it will take about 7-10 days until I feel better. Booo hooo, I am seriously not happy about that as this will mean I need to miss my annual St. Patrick's Day run this weekend.

Friday, March 8, 2013

Slight shoe addiction

I have a slight shoe addiction, yes I am sure most women do, but I like a certain style.  I am lucky enough that I work in a pretty relaxed work enviorment and I wear all of these shoes to work on a regular basis. Does 8 pairs, does that really qualify as an additction?

  • Timberlands - Red,  I have had these for years
  • Gray/Pink Merrell - love these
  • Toms - I am late to joining the bandwagon but these are great shoes
  • Cream Puma  - I just got these for Christmas, but if you look at the 2nd row I have them in black already.
  • Black on the end - These are Champion cheapies from Payless
  • Black Puma - I went to buy Toms and walked out with these. Love them
  • Brown Nike's - these are great, another shoe I have had for several years
  • Green Keens - my first pair of Keens and love'n the color for spring, review on these to come soon
I have mentioned before that if I am not running I don't like to wear tennis shoes. I find that most of these shoes are great for days when you are going to be on your feet all day without the need for a full tennis shoes. I also love this style of shoe because I hate wearing socks.
Do you have a favorite type of shoe? Tell me about your shoe addiction.

Thursday, March 7, 2013


1. Monday, I went on a lunch time walk at work! It felt great to walk out in the sunshine even if it was cold outside.

2. Tuesday, I went on  a lunch time walk on the treadmill. One advantage of working from home its easier to fit in a lunch time workout.

3. Wednesday, I rested! It was raining so there was not change I was heading out for a lunch time walk. 

I call that a successful start to a workout week. Sometimes its the little things.

Friday, March 1, 2013

I love my kid

There are days when we look at our children and think that they can be so selfish - then the surprise us with generosity.  When I picked my daughter up from school yesterday she promptly told me that she had signed up to donate $2 to a classmates fundraiser. I asked her what it was for and she said the Ronald McDonald House.

As I kept my emotions from taking over, I asked her why? She told me that she wanted to make sure everyone had a place to stay.  We had talked about it this past fall when we stayed 2 days at the Children's Hospital when she broke her arm.  Not all parents are close enough to stay in the hospital and go home to get a change of clothing or take a shower.

Later in the evening she came down stairs with $1.25 in change and asked me to mail it to them.  I told her that we would put it in a bag and try to gather more donations and send them all at once. She agreed that was a good idea.  This morning I set up a website for her at Crowdrise. The fundraiser will be open for 1 month and our goal is to raise $100. Evie will also be taking donations in person and we will add that in at the end.
Evie's Fundraiser -

How can you say no to this face.
I made a suggestion on Facebook to donate $5 for this very wise 5 year old, however I can't figure out how to get crowdwise to accept donations under $10. I have an email out to support and hope to resolve that problem soon.
ETA - I have spoken with Crowdwise and they have it set to $10 min donation, that is just the way their site works. If you would like to make a smaller donation please let me know and we can work something out.  Thank you!
If you could consider making a donation this month that would be awesome!