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Drool Worthy Pins #12

Firstly, how in the world can it be the end of July already!?! Summer is going by so quickly; although, I’m not complaining because that brings us that much closer to meeting our new little ones! :-) And secondly, since it’s the end of the month it’s time for another edition of Drool Worthy Pins. There are so many recipes on my MUST Try Dishes board on Pinterest, it’s ridiculous, but yet I keep pinning anyway. I just can’t help myself! There are just way too many drool worthy dishes out there.

AND, with that being said feast your eyes on these beauties! Happy pinning!

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HONEY LIME PEACH SALSA

CLASSIC MARGHERITA PIZZA

QUINOA, KALE AND SUNDRIED TOMATO

VEGAN ROASTED RED PEPPER PASTA

HEALTHY CHOCOLATE PEANUT BUTTER FUDGE

COOKIE DOUGH FREEZER FUDGE

THE BEST COCONUT FLOUR CHOCOLATE CHUNK BARS

NO BAKE TRIPLE ALMOND BREAKFAST COOKIES

What are you pinning lately?
Do you pin more recipes than you’ll ever get to try?
Which of these recipes will you likely make first?

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Weeks 21 to 25 – Going Perfectly

Hi friends! As promised, I’m back today with a bumpdate! A lot has happened over the past 5 weeks and my belly has most definitely been growing like a weed, so lets just get right to it, shall we!?!

Yikes, what a difference from 24 to 25 weeks!!!

Weeks 21 to 25

Babies’ size? They’ve gone from a pomegranate (10.5 in. and 12 oz.) at week 21 to a cauliflower (13.6 to 14.8 in. and 1.5 to 2.5 lbs.) at week 25. No wonder my belly is so big!

Maternity clothes? A few weeks ago, I was in need of some workout wear, so I picked up a few tops and two pairs of leggings. While I was at the store, I also snagged a few dressier tops on the clearance rack and a cute black/white striped maxi skirt for work.

Stretch marks? No.

Sleep? No complaints in the sleep department! Despite the fact that I have to get up to go to the bathroom a few times a night, I’ve actually been sleeping fairly well!

Best moment this week? I had my 24 week doctor appointment last Monday and the doctor gave me and the babies a clean bill of health. Everything is going really, really well and all symptoms that I’m experiencing are normal. She said that everything is going “perfectly!” Given the fact that having twins constitutes a higher risk pregnancy in general, this was absolutely fantastic news! My next appointment is at 28 weeks when I’ll have my glucose test and another ultrasound to check the growth of the babies.

Miss anything? Being able to move around easily and do things like I used to. Daily tasks like bending over to pick something up, doing the dishes, cooking, shaving my legs and getting off a chair or out of bed has become exceedingly difficult over the past month for the shear reason that I tire easily and because my growing belly gets in the way and causes quite a bit of lower back pain when I stand a lot. I have to take more breaks and get more creative in getting things done. AND, thank goodness for Justin because he’s been helping me out tremendously these days!

Movement? Tons of movement! Around week 21, I really started to feel some kicks and bubbles. Everyday they’re getting stronger and stronger and now Justin is able to feel their kicks as well. Feeling movement is by far my favorite aspect of being pregnant. It really makes everything feel so real!

Food Cravings? Surprisingly, still nothing!

Anything making you queasy or sick? Not anything in particular, but sometimes out of the blue, I get super nauseous and then after a little while, it passes.

Genders? A BOY and a GIRL!

Labor Signs? No.

Symptoms? Over the past month or so, I’ve been experiencing quite an array of symptoms, some of which can be quite uncomfortable, but tolerable nonetheless.

  • Braxton hix contractions – I’m definitely not a fan of these, but I’m told by the doctor that they are perfectly normal. It’s just my body’s way of preparing for birth. The only time that it’s not normal is if I experience 4 or 5 of these within an hour, and after resting and drinking water, they don’t go away, I’d have to make a call to the doctor. Luckily, I haven’t experienced that many in one hour and resting does ease my tight, achy belly.
  • Tire easily – I find everyday tasks to be exhausting these days. Like I said, I need to take a lot more breaks and by the end of the work day, I’m wiped and end up going to bed fairly early.
  • Lower back pain – My growing belly is adding to some discomfort in my lower back (which can be fairly painful at times). Luckily, prenatal yoga and lots of daily stretching helps quite a bit.
  • Round ligament pain – I talked a little about this last week, but essentially it’s caused by everything moving, growing and stretching. The pain usually occurs around where the ovaries are. I’ve noticed it easing up over the past week or so. I just have to make sure I get up slowly and not make any jerky or sudden movements otherwise, it gets aggravated.
  • Pelvic pain – This just started in the past week or so. It’s a bruised feeling right on the pelvic bone. It’s due to the weight of my stomach compressing down on that area after sitting for too long. Basically, I have to make sure not to sit for long periods of time and move around a bit to loosen everything up.
  • Swelling – The heat certainly doesn’t help this issue, but I find my legs, ankles and feet swell quite a bit and sometimes by the end of the day, it feels like my entire body is swollen as well (even my face!).

Belly Button – in or out? Oh yeah, it’s definitely out! It popped out a few weeks ago, but I’ve read that it’ll go back to normal once the babies are born. Lets hope so!

Wedding Rings – on or off? On.

Happy or Moody? Mostly happy, but there are days when I’m not feeling all that great and that sometimes puts me in a sour mood.

Looking Forward To? Finishing up the nursery! Our nursery furniture finally arrived and we picked it up this past weekend. We haven’t finished putting it all together yet, but once we do, I can get to decorating and figuring out the organization for the diapers, clothes, etc. I can’t wait!

Past and currently pregnant mamas, what part of your pregnancy did you enjoy the most?

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A Long Overdue Update

Hi friends!!! Sorry I’ve been gone for so long! A lot has happened in the past few weeks and I felt it was time to give you all an update. Firstly, I want to thank you for all your kind comments and prayers on my last post. They were much appreciated. Unfortunately, my grandmother did pass away shortly after my grandfather did. It was quite a rough couple of weeks and definitely something I’ve never experienced and hope to never experience again. Two funerals for two close family members within in two weeks was not easy emotionally and took a physical toll on me as well given the pregnancy. In fact, after my grandfather’s funeral, I was experiencing some crazy pains in my lower abdomen that warranted a call to the doctor on the Fourth of July. Luckily, she didn’t feeling it was anything serious and that I had just overdone it, but it was scary nonetheless and I was told to rest and take it easy as much as possible over the next few days. It took me days to recover from this and thank goodness, the pains subsided and all turned out okay. This was certainly a rude awakening for the need to listen to my body and rest, rest, rest – even if this means say no to attending certain events or cutting those visits short. Since that time, that’s what I’ve been doing. It’s not about me anymore – I have two little ones that I am responsible for and I certainly do NOT want to do anything to jeopardize that.

So since the beginning of the month started off on the crazy side, all baby related things got put on hold.  Now that the funerals are over and my family and myself have begun to recover from the difficulty of those few weeks, we’ve started to focus on all things baby again! We finished our registry, we bought a new car big enough for twins and all the baby items we’ll be carting around, we purchased the nursery furniture (we’re still waiting for that to arrive), the carpet in the nursery has been shampooed, I made some important baby related phone calls, I purchased a few more maternity clothes, I had my 24 week check-up and I know there’s more, but I can’t remember everything at the moment. Needless to say, this month has been quite the whirlwind and I can’t believe it’s almost over!

Check out my 23 week bump!

23 weeksThat being said, I’ve been so busy that blogging took a seat on the back burner and quite honestly, in the coming weeks, I’m not sure how regularly I’ll be blogging. My mind has been elsewhere these days and it’s hard to keep my focus on posting new content 5 days a week. Other than the occasional post here and there, I’m not exactly sure what my plan is. I’ll try to keep you posted with my progress as much as possible and I’ll certainly be checking in on social media when I can. My focus now lies with the wonderful things coming in our future, BUT just know that all is well. AND, seeing as my last bumpdate was at 20 weeks, I have 5 weeks of bump news to update you on, so I will; however, be posting a 25 week bumpdate next week! :-)

Have a great rest of your week and I’ll see you then!

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Family

Amid the wonderful things happening in our lives right now, over the past week our family has also experienced a rash of sadness.I am saddened to say that my grandfather passed away on Saturday. This past week has been a whirlwind as I made numerous trips to go see him, but am extremely grateful to have been able to spend time with him prior to those few final hours. He was 98 years old and led a wonderful and fulfilling life, and although, his passing was not unexpected, it’s not easy nonetheless. He was a very special person to me, my entire family and everyone he met.

In addition to my grandfather’s passing, my grandmother is currently in a very ill state as well. She too is in her 90s. I was able to spend some time with her yesterday and at this point, all we can do is hope, pray and keep her as comfortable as possible as her fate is out of our hands.

Family is everything to me. I pride myself in saying that I am a family oriented person. I am close to my family, and each and everyone of them means a great deal to me. I enjoy their company and we try to get together as often as possible. Those my favorite way to spend my weekends as many wonderful memories are made during those times – memories that will last a lifetime. Therefore, to say that this has been a difficult time in our lives is an understatement. I never would have thought that two of my grandparents would be so gravely ill at the same time. My thoughts and emotions on this situation go deep, but it’s not something I wish to convey at this time (and probably never will). I’ll just close in saying that my family needs me right now and I need time to grieve, so EGBG is going to be silent for a time until will get through this rough patch.

Thanks for taking the time to read this and I’ll see you soon.

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Drool Worthy Pins #11

Happy Monday friends!

Firstly, I want to thank everyone for all your congratulatory wishes and kind words on last week’s post! It’s so great to share our excitement with all of you! And secondly, can you believe that it’s already the end of June!?! Yikes! I just can’t get over how fast these months are flying by! With that being said, the end of the month also means it’s time for Drool Worthy Pins. Enjoy!

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VEGGIE HAM EGG AND CHEESE BAKE

COOKIE DOUGH OATMEAL WITH PURE VIA

CINNAMON APPLESAUCE MUFFINS

MIX AND MATCH BREAKFAST COOKIES

HEALTHY NO BAKE SALTED CARAMAL SLICE

PEANUT BUTTER AND JELLY SMOOTHIE

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Have you tried any new recipes recently?
Name three things you did over the weekend.

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WIAW #45 – Simple Green Protein Smoothie

Happy Wednesday and Happy WIAW!! Thanks to Jenn for hosting!


It’s been hot, hot, hot these past few weeks, so my typical breakfast these days has consisted of smoothies, smoothies and more smoothies, but since I don’t have all that much time in the morning before work to prepare my breakfast, I like to make a smoothie that doesn’t take a lot of ingredients and that I can whip up in just a few minutes. Well, that’s where my Simple Green Protein Smoothie was born. It’s a simple, delicious and a healthy way to start off the day!

To get the recipe, head on over to Jessie Loves 2 Run where I’m guest posting today and sharing all the details on how to make this yummy smoothie!!!

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