#thankfultuesday - Choose to be Grateful

Choose to be grateful no matter what. - Dieter F. Uchtdorf

It is easy to get caught up in wanting/expecting the perfect Christmas gift. But how about we get caught up in being grateful, no matter what? 

1. The wonderful Christmas season.
2. Believe it or not, the cold weather. Now it just needs to snow!
3. For the #LightTheWorld campaign that is helping me be more service-focused this year. See here.
4. For the little kicks, I've been feeling from my baby boy. 
5. For Blake and his never-ending love and understanding.
6. For Hallmark Christmas movies. THE BEST!
7. For my family. All over the country and I love every little bit of interaction I get with them.
8. For a tight budget during the Christmas season (Sounds crazy but I'm a little grateful for it. It is really helping us pay attention to the reason for the season.)
9. For warm blankets.
10. For Christmas lights. 

What are you grateful for this Christmas season?

Oh Christmas Tree!

 Last week we got our Christmas tree! Growing up we always went to this wonderful little place called Tom's but last year they got new owners and totally killed the Christmas spirit by upping the prices a ridiculous amount! 

So this year for the first time we went to a place called Hunter's Family Farm down in Lacey. You can either cut down your own or they have some pre-cut you can choose from. For the first time in my life, we didn't cut it ourselves but that is okay because we still had a good time and got the perfect little tree for our tiny apartment!

I absolutely love getting the Christmas tree though. It has to be one of my favorite traditions. I don't know if I can even say why. Maybe because it is usually the kick-off of all the Christmas traditions, it is an excuse to have a tree in your home, they look so magical all lit up. I'll stop there before I get too crazy! 

Blake has this thing for goats. Don't ask me why.

Blake holding our Christmas tree.
What is your favorite part of getting a Christmas tree??

Triple Berry Pie

Blake and I decided to test out our Thanksgiving pie recipe out the week at our Friendsgiving. SO glad that we did because we ended up changing up the recipe we had found and it was 100% better! 

My favorite thing about this recipe is that it is extremely easy to make. The filling literally took me 20 minutes top! Thank you to Made to Be Momma for inspiring us. Your recipe was delicious, just not the exact flavor we were going for!

Triple Berry Pie Recipe

Triple Berry Pie

Ingredients


  • Double crusts for one 9'' pie pan
  • 7 cups frozen berry mix
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 2 Tbsp lemon juice (full lemon)
  • Lemon zest
  • 4 Tbsp cornstarch - may need a touch more
  • 2 Tbsp butter
  • 1 egg white, beaten with a fork

Instructions

  1. Add the berries, sugars, lemon zest and lemon juice to a large saucepan over medium heat. Simmer, until warm and juicy, about 8-10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  2. Mix in cornstarch and stir into berries and allow to simmer until thickened, about 4-5 minutes. You want the berry mixture to be thick and not runny.
  3. Remove from heat and stir in the butter. Pour the berry mixture into unbaked pie shell. Add lattice top (or whatever kind of top you'd like). Brush a thin layer of beaten egg white over the top of the pie and sprinkle lightly with sugar.
  4. Bake at 400 degrees F for 45 minutes. Check it after about 25 minutes and place a piece of tinfoil over the pie to prevent the crust from burning.
  5. Remove to a wire cooling rack and allow to cool. You can serve it immediately but I wouldn't recommend it. Much better when it has been allowed to really set. 
Serving Tip: Let cool overnight and then heat up previous to serving! Makes it taste so much better :)

Enjoy!

#thankfultuesday - Healing Balm

Things of things we are grateful for is a healing balm

"It helps us get outside ourselves. It changes our focus from our pains and our trials to the abundance of this beautiful world we live in." 

1. That this week is Thanksgiving!
2. For the TWO Friendsgivings I had this weekend and got to spend time with some great friends!
3. For the deep sleep I've been experiencing for the first time in forever!
4. As always, for this little baby boy growing in my belly.
5. For the sunny days we had over the weekend.
6. For the space heater at my desk.
7. For sweats.
8. For friends who give more than they need to!
9. For my awesome family!
10. For my hard working husband. 

What are you grateful for this week?

Life Lately - Fall

Man what do I even say about life lately. It has been hard, great, different, slow, fast, and so much more! And how is next week Thanksgiving?!

We haven't been up to much because #nursingschool and #pregnant, but we both are still incredibly happy. 

Life isn't as simple as it use to be. Our weekends are no longer filled with #BSadventures or the great outdoors. In fact that usually are filled with Sierra sleeping in, Blake studying in between errands, and a Netflix episode in between all of that as a break for Blake's busy brain. But we're okay with all of this. 

I've had more time to start journaling our life together, learn how to better document it, prepare to become a mom, and learning to run my own side business (if you have any tips for me send them my way because this is all so new for me!). 

Blake is so busy with school but is rocking it. This quarter he has been learning all about what is going on in my body during this pregnancy and also has had the opportunity to do a few clinicals in the hospital in Labor and Delivery, Maternal Care and NICU. He absolutely loved NICU, he couldn't stop talking about it. He is going to make the greatest Dad :). 

And the biggest news of all if you didn't already hear.....WE ARE HAVING A BOY!!!! We really shouldn't be surprised though. My family makes boys like you wouldn't believe. My baby is number 19 for grand children for my parents and mine will be grandson number 13. But we are so excited. Today I was taking a walk during my break at work and I couldn't help but be thrilled that I was getting another Blake in my life. 

Neither of us wanted to do a reveal so here is our quick version of our announcement. 



10 Things Every Pregnant Women Needs

10 Things Every Pregnant Women Needs

After sharing all about what I needed to survive my morning sickness I decided it was time to find out and share what I was going to need to make it through the next half of this pregnancy. I did some research, I asked around and I adding things that I've found that I need. So here you go!

 The top things you'll need to survive your pregnancy. 

1. Maternity Clothes: I haven't started wearing anything but maternity pants yet so I'm definitely not the authority on this but I do know you won't make it far in your regular pants. I live in my maternity pants, leggings and/or sweats. I think I gave up on my regular pants at about 12 weeks or so believe it or not and I'm a pretty small person.  Here are some I like and some that have been recommended to me: H&M, Old Navy and Motherhood Maternity.

2. Belly Wrap: I haven't tried this yet but I've heard some mom's swear by it to help with the back pain. So try it out!

3. Prenatals:  Of course these are a must have. Probably the only thing on this list that is required! But it is up to you what kind you use. The nice thing was that my current vitamin regimen had everything that I needed for my prenatals so I could just keep on taking what I was taking. These are from DoTerra and you can get them cheaper if you order them through a rep so let me know and I'll hook you up with mine. She is fantastic, she is my mom so I'm biased, but still pretty much the best!

4. Pregnancy Pillow: I inherited this one from my sister and I have a feeling I'm going to have to start using it soon. I've had a lot of mom's swear by this as well and from a lot of my reading it really helps you get through the night more comfortable. And as a pillow lover I'll take any excuse to use another pillow!

 5. Shoes Without Laces: So for my birthday this year I got myself this pair of vans I was dying to have. Who knew I was being so intuitive. Luckily I'm not at the point where I can't reach my toes yet but make sure when you do hit that you're not miserable! And I've also heard Hickies are great too (don't go off the name, you should actually check these out)!

6. TUMS: Again, I haven't used these yet but I hear I'm going to need them soon. So get yourself ready and stock up!

7. Heating Pad: Ah this has been a lifesaver. The aches have started already so this has been really needed! Luckily I already had one lying around. 

8. Water Bottle: Ah yes, water bottle. I can't stress how important it is to be drinking water during your pregnancy, no matter how gross it tastes (symptoms of 1st trimester). I found myself crazy busy one day at work and didn't drink any water. You do the math. Stress + dehydration = ER visit. You can bet I didn't make that mistake again. I don't go anywhere without my Hydroflask. 

9. Lotion: If you're already pregnant you might notice your belly starting to itch. I'm not a science guru but I think that is from your skin stretching. So I make sure to rub lotion on my belly whenever I get out of the shower and it really helps! I hear it helps with stretch marks also. I'll let you know in 20 weeks if that is true. 

10. Snack Boxes: And you've already heard my lecture on this. Especially during your 2nd and 3rd trimester. I've already started feeling myself get dizzy if I'm not keeping up with small snacks in between the main meals. So I'll say it again, always have snacks on you! You're growing a baby, no more diet eating!

If you're pregnant or have been pregnant what was a must have for you??


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#thankfultuesday - Be Kind and Be Grateful

So be kind and be grateful that God is kind. It is a happy way to live!

#truth - if we all were just more kind and more grateful the world would be a happier place. That is all. 

1. Buy One Get One Free holiday drinks at Starbucks
2. Baby ultrasounds and our baby BOY!!! (More coming soon)
3. Talking to family
4. A sister who puts up with my millions of blogging questions
5. Going to bed at 8:30 pm
6. My journal
7. Pie
8. Blessings from my Heavenly Father
9. Warm blankets
10. Happy people. 

What are you grateful for this week?

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