Happy Monday, everyone!
I wanted to get on here and write earlier, but I’ve been struggling with some crazy migraines lately. Luckily, they only last a few hours. I find that once I get over a few pregnancy obstacles, new ones form. That’s the beauty of it, I guess! I am still in a better place than I was the past few months, though! I get sick less often, and I’m actually able to get out of the house without the fear of not being able to find a trash can.
I am so excited that Thanksgiving is this week. Now that my food aversions are gone, I can enjoy plates on plates of my mom’s cooking! Kyle’s mom is coming to stay with us, and that makes it even more exciting! I will take charge of the desserts (yay! I’m finally baking again!), the cranberry sauce, and green bean casserole. I’m making the non-mushroom version from a recipe I found online. I’ll share it if it turns out. I would love to hear all about your Thanksgiving plans in the comments below!
It has been the most beautiful fall season I’ve seen down here since moving here in 2013. Every single tree in my backyard is bright yellow, orange, and red. I love sitting out on the porch watching the leaves fall. It’s also been pretty chilly around here lately! We have some 70-degree days, but also mixed with low 30’s and 50’s! I have a feeling we’ll see some snow this year!
Speaking of snow and all things Christmas. I have yet to decorate at all. I’ve always been pretty adamant about decorating after Thanksgiving. I’m the type of person that gets sick of all my Christmas decorations cluttering my spaces by the time Christmas even arrives. I feel like social media puts the pressure to have all the Christmas decorations up and on display. But if putting your Christmas decorations up early makes you happy, then go right ahead! Life is too short to worry about what others think.
Update on my future of blogging and social media:
I’ve been getting a lot of questions lately about my blog, my social media presence, and my videos. I know it may seem like I have thrown in the towel, but I haven’t. I’ve been blogging for over twelve years, and I don’t plan to give it up. I am currently giving myself a break from scheduling, sponsorships, writing recipes, hitting goals, social media, creating content, and so on. That stuff runs in people’s blood sometimes, and people are very money-motivated. I’ve been using the word “no” a lot lately. Right now, I’m motivated to take care of my health, my happiness, and my home. I will be back in full force when I feel ready. I’m just on the casual route right now. I do appreciate all of you who have stuck around all these years, especially during times like these! ♥️
One of the most asked questions I get is “how is Tux?!” and I wanted to update you! I love how many people are invested in his recovery.
We have had so many impressive strides with Tux. He’s not the same dog that we rescued back in July! He’s incredibly playful (even more than Leo!), loves food, gets excited about morning walks, has built trust with us, gives us his paw when we rub his belly, and comes sprinting to us when we get home. He’s officially become our sweet dog, and he knows it! One problem we’ve had with him that we are currently working on is his extreme anxiety when new people come around him. Since July, we have had only a handful of people come to visit us because we are very protective of him, and we want to give him time to heal in his home. We don’t want him to feel like this isn’t permanent for him. Sometimes, we’ll have issues with him coming inside because something gives him anxiety, and then other times, he sprints in like he’s been doing it for years. Sometimes he loses control of his bladder/bowels when meeting a new person. He shuts down so hard that he pees himself from shaking so badly. It’s so sad to watch, and we wanted to see if we could do anything to help him with anxiety when a new person came into the house.
We made a vet appointment (we had to get a new vet since his old vet left) to chat with the doctor about getting him some calming chews for him to take before meeting new people. From the moment we got there, it was one of the worst experiences I’ve ever had in my life. The vet didn’t listen to much of what we were saying about him and went straight to “well he’s probably a lost cause,” and I’m sorry he doesn’t “fit your lifestyle,” and then proceeded to tell us that we were not qualified to rescue him in the first place. Even her vet tech looked at me with the “omg, I’m so sorry she is saying this look.” This was after we spent over $1400 at her clinic the past few months getting Tux into perfect health. I was so ready to walk out of there, but I kept my cool. We are the type of people that would do ANYTHING for him. There’s nothing he could do to make us love him less; we just want to help him feel his best. The lifestyle comment made me laugh. I can admit I’m such a boring person who says no to almost every social event, and my kind of entertainment is watching Hallmark movies in my pajamas. I’m sorry, my lifestyle? I talk to my dogs more than actual people. The misjudgment was terrible and incredibly rude. She also kept asking us about his aggression, and we had to remind her about 100 times that Tux has ZERO aggressive traits. He’s the type of dog that cowers and shuts down if he feels like he’s in harm. He wouldn’t hurt a bug, and even when you give him treats, he’s so incredibly gentle (unlike Leo, who will bite your hand off.) I was on the verge of tears in that room, listening to her rip him apart. I’m just going to go out on a limb and assume she was having a bad day.
I couldn’t believe what she was saying to us. We went in there looking to get him some anxiety relief with a freaking calming chew, and she started saying some of the most horrendous things. And I know she’s wrong. I think Tux is in the BEST CARE with Kyle and me. The amount of progress he has shown is unbelievable, and we will continue to build with him. We created a stable schedule for him, we give him so much love and attention, and we would never give up on him. It’s safe to say that we will never go back to that vet again. He’s our forever dog, but unfortunately for her, she’s not our forever vet.
As the weeks went on after that appointment, Kyle and I did some research and found some calming chews that had GREAT reviews. Tux hates the flavor of them but will eat them if we mix them with peanut butter. He is like night and day on those chews, and I’m happy to say that my mom came over to stay while Kyle was out of town for a few days, and he had absolutely no breakdowns with her. He took treats from her, played in front of her, even laid near her, and it was an amazing breakthrough. As for the backyard, we now keep his collar with a short leash attached to him. We’ve been training him to stop and let us grab the leash when we approach him, and it’s working! It has made everything much more manageable.
We knew adopting an older rescue with a traumatic past would be a challenge, but that’s what we committed to and will always put him as a priority! We love our boy. ♥️
A few other things we’ve been up to lately!
It’s crazy even to say this, but our nursery is almost done. I didn’t want to stress about getting everything put together later in my pregnancy, so Kyle and I made a list and started knocking it all out. We only have a few little things to get! I will do a nursery tour very soon with all the details on where everything is from.
We have basically been living at BuyBuyBaby lately. That store has EVERYTHING you need and more. I never thought I’d enjoy it more than Target, but I do. I love going in there. We are almost halfway there (which is crazy!), and I cannot wait. They always have the best discounts going on.
My cravings are all over the place. One of my favorites is pancakes with butter and syrup. Kyle and I made some last Sunday morning, and they were delicious!
It’s been so cold out on our morning walks, but now that I’m feeling better, I’ve been adding more mileage each time. Leo loves it!
The homemade ranch battle! A few weeks ago, I pinned two top internet recipes for ranch together. The winner was Chef John’s Ranch from All Recipes. The only thing I added was a pinch of lemon juice and more buttercream to make it creamier. It was delicious. And talk about wild cravings; last week, all I wanted was hot wings and Caesar salad from Killington’s.
More baking is happening over here! My blueberry muffins are always a hit. I made them without the streusel on top this time.
One thing that hasn’t changed is my cravings for cereal every morning! I had to stop adding fruit to it because fruit tends to make me nauseous, but I love frosted mini shredded wheat and the oat crunch cheerios!
Look at the Fall we’re having in our neighborhood! I can’t remember if I ever showed off what Kyle did to our office/piano room! I’ll do a post on it soon with more photos. He did a fantastic job with the built-ins!
I purchased a pedicure and foot bath on Amazon a few weeks ago because I have such a hard time keeping my feet warm, and it feels so good! I bought it on amazon, but I kind of wish it had actual food massagers. It has ones you have to do manually.
I also spent all last weekend power cleaning the house to make up for all the months where I did absolutely nothing. I went through so many things and had a huge carload to drop off at Goodwill. It always feels good to get rid of things! I managed to find a cute little minimal tree at Hobby Lobby to put in our guest room. It makes it so cozy in there.
My mom and I drove up to York a few weeks ago to walk the town and stop at their Christmas festival. I have been craving a funnel cake for this entire pregnancy. When I saw the flashing lights that said “funnel cakes,” I almost cried. It was worth every single bite! Sugar has made me pretty nauseous during this pregnancy, so I saved myself by only eating half, but I could have scarfed down ten of these babies! It was the perfect way to end our afternoon of shopping. York SC has some charming local boutiques that I love supporting. I bought more doggy books for the nursery and a few bump-friendly sweaters.
I ended my Friday night on the couch with my hot wings and salad. Kyle and I caught up on our shows! My parents came over last Saturday to help us pick up our order from BuyBuyBaby. That’s the beauty of your dad owning a truck 😆 We all headed out to Olive Garden for lunch afterward. Can you guess who chose Olive Garden? Yup, I don’t know what it is, but I’m currently obsessed with it all. It’s been years since eating there, but I love it the same. Something about the crunchy salad and garlic breadsticks keep me coming back for more!
One food I’ve been loving is my chicken salad wraps! 😋 I make a huge batch of them and keep them in the refrigerator. Sunday mornings are my time out of the house because it’s when Kyle does his meal prepping. I WANT ZERO PART in the smell of it. I usually go to Target or get the weekly grocery shopping done.
While I was out, Kyle asked if I could make banana pudding! It’s so easy to make, so I picked up all the ingredients and made it when I got home. He loves banana pudding, and I love the oreo version of this.
You stack banana pudding, whipped topping, bananas, and wafers in layers! Such a quick and easy dish to take to a potluck. For the Oreo version, you make it the same but use Oreos instead of wafers, and the cookies n cream pudding instead of banana.
Before Kyle left for out of town, we ordered sushi and fried rice for dinner. Our local sushi spot has pregnancy-safe sushi on the menu, so I ordered the vegetable tempura and the crab tempura. It’s so good!
My mom and I spent our time together watching the two seasons of Dead to Me and making peanut brittle for her winter orders! She sells so much of it during the holidays. We also headed out to breakfast at First Watch. I had been craving bacon with maple syrup all morning, and it was so good! I also helped her finish that mean-looking pancake on her plate 😋
The weather was so perfect last week, so we headed out on a long trail walk! It was the longest walk I’ve done in a few months, and it felt so good to get out there. On Friday night, Kyle surprised me with tickets to see my favorite Christmas Musical, The Grinch! This was the first time we went out in months, and luckily, I was feeling good enough to stay awake and not nauseated at all. It’s CRAZY how much my bump has popped in the past few weeks. I love it, and I’m officially wearing maternity leggings, and they are a game-changer. I’m going to post a blog about the purchases I’ve made for myself so far!
The show was amazing! Every actor did an incredible job, and the singing was out of this world! If you live in Charlotte, definitely get tickets to go! You won’t regret it.
Leo has become a fan of my pregnancy pillow 😆 I may have to get him his own! This was my third pillow purchase until I found the perfect one. I’m a back and stomach sleeper, so the doctor recommended that I purchase one sooner to train myself to sleep on my left side. It has helped me so much!
On Saturday afternoon, I made a childhood favorite stir fry. It has peppers, carrots, onions, steak, stir fry sauce, black pepper, classic stir fry sauce, rice, and topped with sweet red chili sauce. It tasted amazing! It was one of the first meals I’ve cooked since my food aversions went away!
Saturday night was cut short because after going weeks without getting sick, I decided I’d stop taking my Unisom and B6 (which has saved me from throwing up), but unfortunately, it seems my body still needs it. I’m back on it now and feeling much better again. The doctor told me it’s safe, so I could if it’s something I need to rely on during my pregnancy. I may try to stop it in a few weeks to see how my body responds. And after a night of getting sick, I needed a hefty dose of carbs to make me feel better. I picked up Olive Garden for dinner and started watching Love Life on HBO. It’s such a good show! If you’re wondering what I ordered, it’s on the brilliant side. The fettuccine is kind of bland at Olive Garden, but the noodles are so good. I get the fettuccine and a bowl of chicken and gnocchi soup and mix them. It’s the best combo ever, and you have to try it! Pregnancy has brought out my creative side 😉 It’s been fun navigating each day as they come.
I know this blog is long and all over the place, but what’s new? 😉 I hope you all have the best Thanksgiving Holiday, and I hope to get on here before Thursday with some of my favorite recipes I made last year for Thanksgiving! xo
Questions for you!
- Are you traveling anywhere for Thanksgiving?
- What is your favorite part about Thanksgiving?
- What is your favorite Thanksgiving dish?