Five for Friday 5.22.15

by Danica on May 22, 2015

Happy Friday!

I’m excited about this long weekend ahead of us.  We have some fun things planned, plus it’s my golden birthday on Monday!

things on my mind today…

1.  I’m no longer wearing my wedding ring :(  I don’t have any big swelling issues or anything right now, but my ring has always been difficult to take off and I’m just worried that if my hands did swell up a bit, it could get seriously stuck.  I’m wearing another ring on that finger, but I still don’t like not having my wedding ring on.

2.  I can’t remember who shared this online a few weeks ago, but I’ve looked at each week since.  It’s a graphic about pregnancy weeks/months/trimesters and it’s organized in such an easy way.


3.  I mentioned yesterday that we’re apartment/house hunting again.  We need more space and want to move before baby comes rather than the alternative (a month or less after he’s born. how awful does that sound?)…Real talk: it’s making me very emotional and quite stressed.  California is a fun place and all, but I want so badly to move back to Minnesota.  I’d move back tomorrow if that were actually a possibility.  It’s just not that simple though, and I think we’ll live here for at least another year.  Looking for another place to move to is just making me emotional because it’s not what I really want to be doing, and it’s difficult for me to think about a whole year (or more) of living so far away from family and friends yet.  Here’s to hoping (and praying hard) that some good option will pop up for us.

4.  On a much lighter note, last night I wanted nothing to do with cooking dinner and all I wanted was dessert.  A very specific dessert, and so I figured, what the heck, we’re having dessert for dinner.  Or at least I was and Jesse could fend for himself ;)

these pumpkin bars + So Delicious coconut milk ice cream (specifically this kind) + “m&m”s from the Whole Foods bulk bins = craving cured

ice cream, pumpkin bars, peanut butter, m&ms dessert for dinner

Sometimes it’s good to just treat yourself and go with the flow.
(and maybe sometimes your emotions override your better judgment…-ahem- see #3 above)

5.  I’m a reading machine this year – for me at least, someday I hope to be able to read at lightning speed like this girl.  My goal for 2015 was to read 20 books and I just finished my 20th yesterday!  At this rate I’ll have my goal more than doubled, and I’m a-okay with that.  If anyone is looking for birthday gift ideas, I’ll take a gift card to Barnes & Noble any day ;)


Do you ever have dessert for dinner?

What do you like about where you live?  What do you not like so much?

What’s on your agenda for Memorial Day weekend?



Link Love #14

by Danica on May 21, 2015

How’s your week going so far?!  Mine is flying by – catching up from being away for 10 days is making my days jam-packed.  All good things though, or mostly at least…apartment/house hunting in this part of the country is pretty stressful, but we’re really hoping to move (we need more space) before the baby comes this summer, and that means we need to find a new place ASAP.

Though most of my time spent on the computer this week has been related to searching for a new place to live, I’ve also come across some really great reads, which you’ll find below…enjoy!

Link Love -


–> 4 Big Myths About Organic Food  (from Eating Made Easy)

–> Almond Butter STUFFED Brownie Bites  (from Barr & Table)

–> 10 Banned Foods Americans Should Stop Eating  (from

–> Chia Seed Fruit Salad  (from the Food Babe)

–> 6 Delicious Gluten Free and Dairy Free Bread Recipes  (from Cotter Crunch)

General Health

–> Face Mapping: What Your Pimples Are Trying to Tell You  (from Food Matters)

–> 7 Health Benefits of Sex and Intimacy  (from the IIN blog)

–> The Most Important Thing I’ve Ever Done for my Health  (from A Healthy Slice of Life)
I could not agree more with this!

Pregnancy & Childbirth

–> Gentle Cesarean: How to have a more Natural C-Section  (from Mama Natural)
our plans are to prepare all we can for a non-medicated, natural birth, and part of that is educating ourselves on all the possibilities, including far-from-ideal ones like an emergency c-section…our hospital is now doing “family-centered cesareans” which has many of the aspects this article discusses (we’re thankful for that!)

–> C-Section Recovery – Natural Tips for Healing  (from Mama Natural)
a great follow-up to the post above.

–> No One Talks about the Darkness: A Postpartum Discussion  (from The Lunchbox Diaries)
as I will be literally across the country from my family and friends when our baby is born, I worry a bit about how that postpartum time might be for me…hopefully having family around for a little while will help, and Jesse gets a good amount of time off of work too…I really appreciated Colleen’s honesty in this post!


–> When All is Said and Done, This is Our Hope  (from Holley Gerth)

–> Dare to be Simply, Wonderfully You  (from Holley Gerth again – I just love her writing)



on naming our son…

May 20, 2015

Shortly after we found out we had a baby on the way, Jesse and I started brainstorming names. We made 4 lists: Girl first names Girl middle names Boy first names Boy middle names There were A LOT of girl names we loved and the girl first names list was a long one.  There were also […]

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Scott’s Graduation {weekend 5.18.15}

May 18, 2015

Over the weekend we celebrated the high school graduation of Jesse’s youngest brother, Scott. The graduation ceremony was on Friday evening, and his reception was held on Saturday afternoon. It was really fun to just spend time with family, and we’re obviously very excited for Scotty – can’t wait to see where life takes him! […]

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Link Love #13

May 15, 2015

Happy Friday!  We have just a few days left here in MN and we’re going to soak in all the family time that we can.  Have I mentioned that it’s been raining here?!  I’m LOVING it.  California really needs to hop on the rain train. I wanted to share a few link-ups before the week […]

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My Baby Shower

May 13, 2015

On Sunday afternoon, my mom and sister threw me a baby shower.  I can’t put into words how much I appreciate all that they did to make it such a wonderful day.  I had a great time, and the best part was being surrounding by so many loved ones – women and mothers I admire (and will be calling […]

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Ethan & Hannah’s Wedding

May 11, 2015

Our short time in MN is already flying by – there’s been very little downtime! It’s rained quite a bit in the last few days and I’m loving it.  In case you haven’t heard, California is in its fourth year of severe drought, and minus a few sprinkles on Easter morning, it hasn’t really rained on […]

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3 new Book Reviews: One Thousand Gifts Devotional, The Lovely Bones, and Love & Respect

May 8, 2015

One Thousand Gifts Devotional by Ann Voskamp synopsis: Following the New York Times Bestseller, One Thousand Gifts — a guide to giving thanks and finding joy in all aspects of life — Ann Voskamp returns with this companion One Thousand Gifts Devotional. How in the world do we find real joy and experience grace in […]

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Link Love #12

May 7, 2015

Hello from Minnesota!  While I spend my day at my great-grandma’s house getting my dress tailored for this weekend’s wedding, I wanted to share with you today some awesome links to read up on.  There’s even one about Mother’s Day gift ideas in case you’re still deciding on a gift for your mom.  Enjoy! –> […]

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Second Trimester Recap

May 6, 2015

I’m currently over 6 months pregnant and in the third trimester.  Holy buckets.  But have I mentioned yet that I’m insanely excited to experience labor/birth and begin parenthood?!  Don’t get me wrong, baby needs to stay cooking for several months yet, I’m just over-the-moon excited to become a mom. I also feel overwhelmingly grateful to […]

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