Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Chocolate Chip Cookie Perfection

Over last few weeks the hubby has asked me to make cookies a few times, ok maybe it was the baby. Either way, I finally caved. Saturday I tried out a new chocolate chip cookie recipe. They turned out amazing. Let's just say one batch made 3 dozen bite sized cookies (my favorite sized dessert) and as of this morning they are gone! Guess I'll just have to make another batch this weekend ;)

Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies
{via apple a day}

3/4 cup unsalted butter, softened
3/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1 egg
2 tsp vanilla extract
2 cup all-purpose flour
2 tsp cornstarch
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup milk chocolate chips chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Mix butter and sugars until fluffy and light in color. Add egg and vanilla and blend.

Using a tablespoon/ cookie scoop, drop dough onto a baking sheet.  Bake for 10 minutes, until the edges are barely golden brown.  (Note: The tops will not brown. Do not cook longer than ten minutes. Trust me.)

Let cool and enjoy!  Makes about 3 dozen.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Nursery Inspiration

I must confess, I can't wait to decorate the baby room! Although I'm waiting to find out whether our little peanut is a boy or girl one can still dream. Ideally we'll keep the room modern and somewhat gender netural -- clean simple lines with pops of color.  We actually have a mid-century modern Broyhill dresser similar to the one below that I would love to work into the design.

 I love this crib, but I'm not sure about the color. What do you think -- white or gray?

Baby Room

Friday, August 22, 2014

Bump Update: 17 Weeks

How far along: 
Exactly 17 weeks today! I'm definitely starting to show more, but this top was probably a poor choice. Note to self stripes don't work for bump photos

Baby's size:
Our peanut is the size of an onion. About 5.1 inches and 5.9 ounces.

Weight gain: 
Still only 5 pounds. We had an appointment Tuesday and the scale was exactly the same as it was 4 weeks ago. Maybe my weight is just shifting :)

Food cravings: 
Overall, I'm eating a ton of fruit, salad and the occasional sweet treat. I'm keeping my eating in check for the most part. I've been loving Kind Bars as a afternoon snack. I have noticed I'm eating more carbs -- probably because they leave me feeling more full. Portions are still the same size. 

Anything making you queasy or sick:
No. I'm only lucky girl.

Still sleeping like a champ. My nightly average is between 8-9 hours. Of course I'm waking up for a nightly bathroom break from all the water I drink..

Next month! It seriously can't happen soon enough. Don't forget to cast your vote --upper right of the blog if you're leaning one way or another.

Nothing yet. It's still too early.

Best moment this week:
  Completing Tough Mudder for the third time, but this year I was 16 weeks pregnant! Celebrating our two year anniversary.

Miss anything?
My flat abs. They will come back to me one day :)

I feel a pain here and there, but my body is changing which is to be expected.

CrossFit, spin and walking/running. It might be time to start yoga again. I'm still logging 6-8 workouts a week. No, I haven't missed a workout either.

Maternity Clothes?
 I purchased a few items during the Gap Friends & Family sale, but I'm still waiting to rock them. I would love to know what your favorite maternity jeans and legging are.

Overall happy. Oh, but I can cry almost at the drop of a hat. It's frustrating as a non-emotional person. I'm pretty sure it makes me cry more when it happens. Most breakdowns happen at work -- oops. In my defense I have a stressful job.

Looking forward to: 
  Getting my hair cut today!! Honestly, I can't wait for our trip to Portland. I'm also ready to start this new kitchen remodel if the permit would ever be approved. My patience is running out. We're getting close though!

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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Happy Two Year Anniversary!

Today marks our two year anniversary!

It's been a fun two years and with a baby on the way the best is yet to come!

The day we said I Do, August 19, 2012

First Anniversary - 2013

On our first anniversary, we enjoyed the weekend in Tahoe - hiking, biking, etc. For dinner we enjoyed the views at Edgewood Tahoe, the place we were married. 

We're keeping our second anniversary mellow with dinner at Edgewood Tahoe. It's almost turning into a tradition. :) 

Do you have any special anniversary traditions?

Happy anniversary to my one and only!

xo  Tiara

Monday, August 18, 2014

Fit, Pregnant & Tough

I competed in my third Tough Mudder (2012, 2013) Saturday and yes I'm four months pregnant! It wasn't easy, but I'm so happy and proud of myself for competing and finishing the race. This was hands down the hardest Tough Mudder I have competed in and it wasn't because I'm pregnant it was because there were crazy inclines -- try about 75% of the course!

Originally our team started out as six, but come race day we were a team of two. Even though we were only two strong we killed 10.25 miles, 22+ obstacles and an unruly amount of vertical feet! We continued the tradition and rocked tutu's. Once again they were a hit among other racers and spectators.

Team of two -- Erin and I pre-race. AKA nice and clean.

We made our way to the start line and managed to be right in the front! After getting hyped up it was time to start the race. The first half mile was down hill, but the next five were all up hill!

Credit: Tough Mudder
Butt shot. Yours truly going over the first wall.

Credit: Tough Mudder
Compared to previous years we definitely weren't as muddy, but we were ok with that. :)  When you cross the finish line you're handed a headband and beer. Erin didn't have a problem drinking two beers. She deserved it!

Fit, tough & four months pregnant!

What I wore:
After two other races I feel as though I have my attire dialed.

Tank: Old Navy
Sports Bra: C9 by Champion

Thoughts Racing Pregnant:

Everyone is different and you should always listen to your body. During my first doctor appointment we discussed my workout regimen, outdoor activities and Tough Mudder. She told me I could still race, but should skip certain obstacles (i.e., Arctic Enema, Electric Shock and anything I could potentially slam my body on).

Leading up to Tough Mudder I continued to crossfit, spin and run every week. Don't forget I went into my pregnancy very fit -- about 20% BMI (March fitness update).

My race partner was awesome. We kept a nice pace throughout the race, walked during the steep inclines and skipped any obstacles I  shouldn't do (four total). I pushed myself, but played it smart. It's amazing what your body can do.

Over the course of 10.25 miles there were five water stations. At each station I made sure to hydrate with a few cups of water. There were also energy gummies/bars and bananas at each station. These little snacks helped us go the distance. Of course I made sure the gummies/bars didn't contain any caffeine.

On another note, at 16 weeks I'm not really showing. This was also a huge factor. If I was any bigger I probably won't feel comfortable with an obstacle race. 

If you're pregnant and signed up for a race I would say go for it, but check with your doctor first. As I previously mentioned I'm happy with my decision and would participate in Tough Mudder again.  Now recruiting for 2015!

Post Race Recovery:

Oh, man I'm sore! Lot's of water, stretching and clean eating. Sunday I went for an hour walk with my hubby and pup. Walking it out helped. Today I walked again, but tomorrow I'll be right back at crossfit.

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