May Faves

I can’t believe May is almost over. This month may have been so overwhelming due to the baby prep, but we are officially ready to go. The car seat is in, the nursery is set up, and I have our dog’s specific daily schedule on the fridge. My mind is constantly going with different ways I can help prepare everything and ease the transition into parenthood. Here are a few things that have eased the tension or aided in the preparation process this past month.

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Microfiber cleaning cloths

Microfiber cleaning cloths – These things are amazing. Our dog doesn’t shed a lot, but a weekly vacuum also doesn’t cut it in our household. I bought a pack of these microfiber cloths to use in place of disposable Swiffer cloths. Wash them in cold water before use and I create a little pile of the used ones and wash them separately or with rags to ensure clothes don’t get covered in the process.

 

Nursery Items

Mist and Gray Owls crib blanket

Mist and Gray Owls musical mobile

Mist and Gray Owl blanket and musical mobile – I ordered both of these and the anticipated delivery date was mid June. In the happy news department, they arrived today and I love them both. The blanket will go with us to the hospital to keep the baby warm on the way home, and the mobile is adorable.

Simply Love crib sheet

Simply Love crib sheet – We’re trying to go gender neutral on a lot of items, saves money for future children and not everything needs to be cars and manly items. I got our crib sheets from Target, they’re lightweight and perfect for warm summer weather. This sheet in particular is my favorite, it’s just too sweet.

SnackChile Spiced Mango

Trader Joe’s chile spiced mango – I haven’t had many cravings. There was one night I was beyond obsessed with getting my hands on KFC, but outside of that my indulgences haven’t been abnormal. The exception may be TJ’s chile spiced mango. To say I could go through an entire package in one sitting is an understatement. The longest one of these packages has lasted is three days, and that’s only because I forgot I had it! The dried mango is chewy, somewhat sweet, and not overly spicy. Delicious.

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Motherhood-Maternity-Black-Maxi-Dress

Motherhood Maternity Maxi Dress – The weather here is either rainy, cold, or unbearably hot. It’s remarkable how I can never seem to be comfortable. This dress looks fancy enough for a dinner out and it’s comfortable enough to wear to the dog park on an oppressively hot day. Trust me, I’ve done it.

Way to Pass the Day

Agatha Christie’s Poirot on Audible – I spend a lot of time organizing, cleaning, and walking the dog. Sometimes it’s nice to put a good book and zone out. I love Christie’s Hercule Poirot, I’ve seen nearly every episode on Netflix, but I can’t Netflix and walk so Audible is a great substitute. Most of them are narrated by none other than Hugh Fraser, aka Captain Hastings in the television series. You’re welcome in advance!

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Springtime Seltzers

I am so over water. It sounds bizarre, but since becoming pregnant I get sick of water pretty easily. Ironically one of the times you need to stay the most hydrated and I’m suffering through it. Enter sparkling water. Liters from Trader Joe’s and cans of La Croix to the rescue. The fizz also helps when you’re craving soda, sans sugar and chemicals. I like to add different fruit and flavors to switch it up. Here are my favorites:

Grapefruit & Mint

  • Unflavored sparkling water – Perrier and San Pelligrino are at every grocery store, but Trader Joe’s has sparkling water liters for just 79 cents!
  • Grapefruit wedge
  • 3-4 mint leaves

Ingredients

First up: juice the grapefruit. Squeeze it by hand, use a juicer or strainer, however works best for you.

Juicing

Pour the juice in an empty glass, add the (washed) mint leaves, top with sparkling water and enjoy!

Grapefruit Mint Spritzer

Raspberry & Lime

Probably my favorite Trader Joe’s flavored water, it’s even better when you make it fresh.

  • Unflavored sparkling water
  • Handful raspberries
  • 1/4 lime

Muddle raspberries at the bottom of the glass, squeeze lime wedge, top with sparkling water.

Mixed Berry “Lemonade”

This one is probably my favorite for a hot day. Refreshing frozen berries and lemon? Winning combination.

  • Unflavored sparkling water
  • Handful frozen mixed berries
  • 1/4 lemon

Combine berries and fresh squeezed lemon wedge, top with sparkling water. The berries will thaw by the time you’re done and they make a nice treat. These are all, obviously alcohol free. However, if you want to spice it up add a shot of vodka, flavored or unflavored. Cheers!