Friday, April 18, 2014

Five on Friday!

Good Friday to you! 
- ONE - I am so excited for Easter weekend even though it's going to be so different from any other Easter we've ever celebrated. This is our first (and last) Easter holiday staying home as just the two of us. I'm a little excited and also a little sad all at the same time. It's hard to believe this time next year little Caroline will be running around the house in her Easter dress, tearing through her Easter basket, hunting for eggs and learning the meaning behind this glorious holiday!
  - TWO - On the baking agenda for this weekend...Fresh Strawberry Yogurt Cake. Same cake I made last Easter.
- THREE - I owe you all an update on my Tanwise experiment. For starters, this is not a project anyone should take on at 9 months pregnant. Navigating around a massive belly to evenly cover my legs was pretty much impossible, leaving me with terrible dark patches and streaks. The mouse definitely works...if you have the patience to slooooowly and carefully apply it. Poor Matt had to help me apply it and after all that work it still looked awful and I ran to the shower and washed it all off. If you use too much it just makes you look really dirty (see left leg below), and if you use too little you get streaks. Oh, and you must use a glove otherwise you'll wind up with super dark hands. I think I'll give this product another shot post-baby. 
 - FOUR - Last weekend I got some serious spring fever and begged Matt to spruce up our front porch a bit. Off we went to Home Depot where we purchased some ferns and flowers to replace our dead mums. Yes, we still had dead mums in our front porch planters.
These pre-made "drop-in planters" are totally the way to go!
  - FIVE - If you haven't already seen the "Worlds Toughest Job" interview, you have to watch this. Then grab some Kleenex and give your mom a hug.
  Wanna join  Darci, April, Natasha and I on the Friday fun? You can link-up on any of our four blogs every Friday! All you have to do is...
  1.)  Write  your post about five things you're lovin' this week (or any five things you want to share!). 2.)  Share the logo on your blog and link back. 3.)  Link-up at the bottom of the post so some new readers can check out your five things and say hello!

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Red Velvet Cupcakes with Whipped Cream Cheese Frosting

  Last night we celebrated Kristen's birthday. She loves red velvet cake so I offered to whip up some cupcakes for her birthday dinner. While I was at it, I decided to experiment a little bit with my standard cream cheese frosting recipe and wound up with an award-winning frosting. It hasn't technically won an award yet, but I can assure you that it could!
Whipped Cream Cheese Frosting
2 8oz. packages cream cheese, room temperature
2 sticks unsalted butter, room temperature
1 tsp vanilla extract
4 cups powdered sugar
2 tbsp heavy cream
pinch of salt

In a mixer, combine your cream cheese and butter. Sift in the sugar, and continue mixing. Stir in vanilla and mix until smooth. Pour in your whipping cream, add salt and mix on high until fluffy. 

Yields: 4 cups (easily halved or quartered)


Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Week 37 Bumpdate

How far along: 37 weeks {FULL TERM}

Baby Size: A watermelon {19 inches, 6.5 lbs}!

Weight gain: 30 lbs, could be more. I'll find out today at our doc appointment.

Maternity clothes: Over the weekend I packed up all of my winter clothes and brought down all of my spring and summer clothes from the attic. I know I won't fit in most of them for awhile but it was nice to see brighter colors and I welcomed all of my maxi dresses back into my closet!

Stretch marks: I would be shocked if I don't have any of these.
Sleep: Pretty good this week - counting my blessings!
Gender: Caroline Grace Marcellino!

Movement: She's a busy girl in there and I love it. When she doesn't move for a bit I get nervous so I am super thankful for her jabs and kicks.

Best moment this week: A spa day and getting last minute baby things done! The car seats are installed, the rock n' sleeper is next to our bed and our hospital bags are packed!
Looking forward to: My last hair cut before baby and Easter weekend!

Food cravings: Pineapple frozen yogurt, dried pineapple, fresh slices of pineapple, pineapple smoothies, pineapple popsicles...
  Anything making you queasy or sick: No.
Labor Signs: We have our first internal exam today to find out if we've made any progress.
What I miss: Not feeling fat and my legs 5 sizes smaller. I don't even recognize my legs anymore. But it's worth it for our little babe.
Symptoms: New symptom this week, and oh, it's so terrible...the top of my belly, right under my bra line, constantly aches and I have shooting pains anytime I lean forward. It feels like a terrible bruise and is extremely uncomfortable. Going to ask the doc about this today...
Nursery: Complete! Final nursery tour post coming soon!
Belly Button in or out? 1/3 of my belly button is out?

Wedding rings on or off? On.

Mood: Ready.

Workouts: Walking around the neighborhood when I can.
Prayer for Caroline: 
  Lord, I pray for Caroline this week. You are Almighty and know everything that is going on with my body and my baby. You know the exact minute that Caroline will come.  I know I can do all things You require of me, with Your help. You are here with me now, every minute of every day and night. I know You will take care of us. I place myself and my baby in Your hands and trust in You.
Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you. - 1 Peter 5:7
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