Friday, May 20, 2016

Friday Five

I hope everyone is having a wonderful Friday! This week has been quite a long one as Caroline has hit a major sleep regression. We had mastered 5 hour stretches of sleep at night until this week when Caroline has been waking every 2-3 hours and not wanting to settle back down. Sleep deprivation does a number on your emotions after a few days. Thankfully, the weekend means extra help and support with Joe home and my parents visiting. Anyway... since it is Friday, I am sharing five things I am loving this week.

{One} Stay At Home Mom. This week marks the end of my maternity leave and the time that I should be headed back to work. However, I will not be returning to work until August. The timing worked out perfectly with summer break so I will only be missing less than a month of work. I don't know what to expect over these next three months staying home. I hope to learn how to adapt to my new role as I stay home with Caroline. Any tips on how to make the most of my time at home these next three months?

{Two} Gym Time. I have been going to a new gym Burn Bootcamp for the past month. It is an all women gym featuring 45 minute intense workouts. I am loving the variety since the workouts are never the same. I have been taking classes 5 days a week and love having 45 minutes of "me time" each day. 

{Three} Currently Sipping. Caffeine please! I have become quite dependent on my morning coffee buzz. My go to is a basic iced vanilla latte. It is so simple to make at home if you have the ingredients. Starbucks iced vanilla latte: 3 - 4 pumps (teaspoons) vanilla syrup, 1 1/3 cup of milk, Coffee, 3 to 4 ice cubes. 

{Four} Currently Loving. Old Navy Sales. I have never been a huge Old Navy fan. Their clothes always seemed to fit a bit off. But these days, I am always looking for a good deal and could not pass trying them again when a sale popped up.  I snagged a few items for myself and mini me this past week during a 50% off sale. I truly hope they work out as you can't beat the prices! I mean how cute are these matching prints?

{Five} A Look Inside.   One of my favorite posts to write are personal ones that give a little insight into my life. This post last week was so much fun to write and document my daily life with sweet baby girl. You can always follow along with my daily ramblings and lots of baby pictures on Instagram (@ashley_carole) or Snapchat (anm0616).

What are your weekend plans? Any sleep training tips for a tired mom? 

Linking up with ClareKarliAmanda & April .
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Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Simple Egg White Salad

These days I am all about healthy, simple and quick recipes. I have been trying to incorporate more protein into my snacks to help ward off the 3pm or late night munchies. Egg salad has always been a recipe that I enjoy eating but never made myself. I have never been successful with hard boiling or peeling eggs. That is until I found out you could bake them in the oven! This trick takes the guesswork out of hard boiling eggs and makes peeling the shells off much more easier.

Here is my trick for the best hard boiled eggs in the oven. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Place one egg in each slot of a cupcake tin. Bake in the oven for 30 minutes. Place cooked eggs in a bowl of ice water to cool for 10 minutes. Drain the water and peel away.

Now that you have the easiest hard boiled eggs, it's time to make the egg salad. I used a dozen eggs which I removed the yolk. Then added 4 tablespoons of Miracle Whip Lite, 4 tablespoons sweet salad cube pickles and a dash of mustard powder, onion powder, salt and pepper and paprika. Chop everything together in a large bowl. This makes three hearty strings perfect for a quick snack or on a sandwich or wrap all under 200 calories.

Simple Egg White Salad
12 Hard boiled eggs, yolks removed
4 Tbls Miracle Whip Lite
4 Tbls Sweet salad cube pickles
2 Tsp Mustard powder
1 Tsp Onion powder
1 Tsp Paprika
Salt & Pepper

Add all ingredients into a large bowl. Combine together using a hand chopper. Enjoy!

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Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Caroline | Three Months

Here are a few little things about you from your third month:

Nicknames: Little Bit, Sweet Girl 

Weight: Around 12lbs. We will not know for sure until your 4 month appointment!  

Height: Checking next month at your 4 month appt. 

Looks: I cant place what feature it is but I see a bit of myself every morning in your smiling face. Your bright blue eyes stare intently at everything around you. 

Personality: You love to smile and laugh. During the night feedings, you give us he biggest smiles and coos while trying to fight getting put back to sleep. Blowing spit bubbles has become a new skill you love to practice. 

Eating: You eat 3- 3.5 oz of breastmilk every 3 hours  during the day. At night, you are back to waking up three times for a bottle before settling back down. 

Sleeping: You have hit a bit of sleep regression. You are now waking up hungry three times a night about every three hours. Hoping you start stretching your sleep again soon. 

Wearing: Solidly wearing 0-3 month clothes. You are in size two diapers. 

Favorite Things: Your have continued your love for being on the go- car rides, long walks, shopping trips. Being outside instantly calms you down. You have learned how to chew your fingers/hands and enjoy grabbing your blanket and pulling it toward your mouth. 

Least Favorite Things: Still fighting napping independently. You have learned to break free of the swaddle

Within your third month:
We celebrated our first Mothers Day together! 
                You officially sleep in your bassinet at night. 
                You started attending baby story time at the new library nearby. 

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