Wednesday, September 16, 2015

a nursery for baby schaefer

At 20 weeks, Baby Schaefer seemed SO far away. Now entering week 24, the holidays creeping up, and my belly growing by the day I feel like time is of the essence. Luckily, we are almost settled in our new house and our hardwood floors are being restored (see ya, green carpet!) I can start shifting my focus to the baby!

Since I don't know the gender of the baby (it's KILLING me) we are mostly sticking to neutrals with pops of color. I am trying really hard to pick things that can grow with the baby so I am not stuck re doing a whole room down the road. All the furniture are shades of white or grey!

Pictured: Dwell Studio sheets/Dash and Albert rug/ ikea sheepskin

Pictured: Lullie Wallace Bee Print/ Rifle Paper Oyster Print/ Strawberry Moth Pennant

Pictured:Bright Lab Lights/ Serena and Lily Bookend/ Grimms Rainbow Stacker/Threshold Side Table.

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

a weekday dinner

We have taken so many trips this summer that it has been hard to keep a lot of food in the house. This week is no exception since we are leaving to go up to DC. I pulled together this meal from kitchen staples  in about 20 minutes. 

Trader Joes Saute: 
1 saute express square ( I used garlic and herb) 
1 onion 
 3 Trader Joes Chicken Sausages
1 can black beans drained
 1 bag frozen Trader Joes Quinoa Duo
Handful of  Spinach 
Salt, Pepper, Dried Basil 
Optional: 1/4 c.Shredded Mozzarella Cheese

1. In a large non stick skillet over medium heat, melt saute square. While square is melting, chop onion and slice sausage. 
2. Add onion to oil and let soften for 5-7 minutes. 
3. Add sausage and cook for an additional 5-7 or until warm. 
4. Add Quinoa Duo and black beans plus 3 tablespoons of water to sausage and onion. Cook uncovered for 8 minutes over medium high heat. Stir occasionally.
5. Add spinach and cheese (if desired) and stir until spinach has wilted. Remove from heat and add
salt, pepper, and basil. 
6 . serve with warm bread. 


where to save and where to spend (if you move a lot)

We are on our 4th house in four years.  I have started to get an idea about where to spend our money and where to save when it comes to house stuff. There is nothing more frustrating than moving into a house and realizing what you have doesn't work or  you don't have a place for it.

Where to save: 

 Curtains: My mom tried to talk me out of spending lots of money on curtains when we moved into our Washington house but I didn't listen. While I did get three years of good use out of them, I am left scratching my head with where to use them now since they don't fit.

Books: Hear me out. I LOVE books. We have quite the collection but aside from the books we love and my coffee table books we have tried to lighten the load. Books weigh a ton and really can make your bill for moving skyrocket.

Big Pieces of Furniture: My parents have a lot of big furniture. My mom bought a beautiful armoire for my brothers' bedroom that one time spent a year in our kitchen because the movers couldn't get it up the stairs. We bought a new couch because our very comfortable sectional literally went wall to wall in our townhouse. I am not saying to not get nice furniture, just don't buy anything for a particular space. ( I say this as I sit at our 8ft dining table...)

Picture Frames: Just don't do it. They get scratched, bent, and won't look like you spent 300 dollars on custom framing. The bigger the piece the more likely it is to break.

Where to spend: 

Art: I LOVE our art. I try to get it up within a week or two of moving in because it makes our house feel like home. I am not saying that we have expensive art but we have a lot of it. Nothing has a particular place so I can mix and match in every house. People also have some hilarious stories about their art. We had a friend in Washington that had us all crowd into her bathroom to tell a story about a piece of art she got in Japan.

Unique decor: I love when something has a story to tell. When we move we are also having to make new friends so it makes the first time you host a dinner party a little easier by having stories to tell. We have salt and pepper shakers from one of our favorite places in Washington which usually leads us into other stories.

Area Rugs: You never know the condition of floors when you move in (especially for a rental) so I like having rugs to add to floors to cover up any trouble spots. We currently have green carpet in our bedroom. Yuck! We have a 8x10 and 9x12 that has fit in every house. Our smaller ones look a little funky sometimes.

Where do you spend and where do you save on home goods? 

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

halfway to baby?!

Somehow,we are halfway to meeting our little one!  I felt that the 14 weeks or so dragged by. Now all of a sudden the doctor is telling me it is almost time to preregister at the hospital and we are thinking about carseats, strollers, and all the baby gear.

sonnet james

So here it goes: 

Emotions: I am so much calmer (which I am sure everyone around me is happy about). I was in constant panic mode about the baby for a long time which put a lot of stress on everyone, including the baby. The days I was stressed, by the time I went to bed I could feel how sore my belly was. We have finally hit a time where we can be proactive about our family member's new arrival which goes a long way to calm my nerves. 

Physically: Oh, so much better! I thought at 12 weeks, I would magically feel like myself again but it took until 15 weeks. I have all my energy back so I am back to getting up before 7 and not begging for a nap by 11 am. My back is starting to hurt, I have never gained more than 3/4 lbs since high school so the 10 I have put on is torture for my body. My body looks really different everyday which is also funny, some days I look pregnant and other days I don't! I still run 3-4 days a week, do a weight/cardio class twice a week, and walk Nimitz twice a day. I am also hot as hell ALL the time. 

Eating: I am confident that about 3 pounds of my 10 pounds is from unhealthy eating choices the last few weeks. I love my family but they need to stop visiting! My mother keeps sending oreos and happy hippos (which are the best candies ever) plus big meals at home and eating out. I still have no weird cravings but can eat ALL the sugar. We have a homemade popsicle store in Gainesville that is delicious and I am guessing a tiny bit healthier for me that sayyyyyyy the french bakery.  We are hopefully going to be back to healthy eating this week

Drinking: 100 ounces of water a day still,which is quite the chore. I also started drinking coffee again in the morning to help with my headaches and my general happiness. We found a bar in Gainesville that will make custom mocktails for me! I miss going to grab a drink with Craig so this makes for an extra special treat. Plus, the bartenders are hilarious and they always work hard on new creations. 

Wearing: I can wear most of my clothes still. My stomach is NOT the problem as much other parts of my body( looking at you boobs and butt). I haven't really added anything to my closet since I have gotten pregnant but I know I will have to pretty soon. I will probably be doing a french lady wardrobe for pregnancy. 

Gender: AH! Craig knows and it is killing me. They turned off the main screen and had me turn on my side while they showed Craig the gender. I am still waiting to meet our little one to find out BUT I have a feeling it is a girl. 

Baby: I have felt teeny tiny kicks but the ultrasound tech said it will be awhile before I feel them all the time with the way my body has set up baby. We are right on schedule for our due date and baby is hitting average on everything except for it's legs. Baby has super long legs that are resting on my bladder! It is funny because every time we go they can barely get a still pictures because it's moving so much. That was one of my mom's biggest "complaints" about me when she was pregnant. I hope this means we have a runner on our hands.

Best Moments: Moving into a house we will bring baby home to. Seeing the baby on ultrasound, there is NOTHING like it. laughing at the texts from my family about their plans to make Craig tell them the gender. Picking out names. Designing a nursery. Being surprised in the middle of our anniversary dinner with a diamond band from Craig for becoming a momma. 

Not so great: back aches. Missing certain foods. Having to take more breaks. Trying to figure out what to register for. Strangers soliciting advice about what our life will be like.