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Hi friends!

Guess what…

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…That’s right, we’ve got a cute little bun in the oven! πŸ™‚

Some of my favorite things about pregnancy so far include:

  1. Developing a deep and meaningful bond with cantaloupe
  2. Joel saying “group hug” when he hugs me πŸ™‚
  3. Talking about names that we like… quite the task!
  4. Joel talking to the baby every day (“hey, this is your dad”) <– aww
  5. Seeing all the adorable stretches, wiggles, and flips during ultrasounds
  6. Joel playing guitar and singing for the baby… it is just so sweet
  7. Getting to tell our friends and family the exciting news and feeling so loved by their happiness and support πŸ™‚

While pregnancy has mostly been a breeze, I’ve definitely also had some of the less desirable effects… like first-trimester fatigue, heartburn at night, headaches in the evenings, weird/vivid dreams, and plenty of going to the bathroom in the middle of the night.Β Thankfully I have not experienced much in the way of nausea or food/scent aversions, so that has been nice.

As far as cravings, I have only ONE to speak of, and you guys already know this one –> cantaloupe! πŸ™‚ Yep, I am always down for some of that sweet orangey good stuff.

We are so super excited!Β It’s going to be quite the summer — CAN’T WAIT! πŸ™‚

Any guesses as far as boy or girl?Β 

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Saving money on our heat (gas) bill!

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Hi friends!

We have come to the end of another week! With the holiday at the beginning of the week, this has been a short week for many. But for some reason, it didn’t feel any shorter than usual to me. I have no idea why. It just felt like a regular week. However, I’m pretty thrilled about the weekend being around the corner! πŸ™‚

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I’m sure it will come to no surprise that the famous cantaloupe craze continues over here! I like to cut it up and stick it in the fridge the day before so that in the morning it is perfectly chilled. I’m telling you: biting into cold, sweet cantaloupe has got to be one of the most delicious and refreshing moments of my morning! Breakfasts have never been so satisfying!

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Lunch from earlier in the week involved a sweet potato. I usually sprinkle a little kosher salt on my sweet potatoes, but lately I have been skipping the salt. Maybe it’s the cold dry air, but I have been way more parched than usual. So I am finding that salty foods just don’t sound super appealing to me at the moment. Oh, and added after the photo was a big salad — speaking of salad, I just realized I haven’t mentioned my beloved vinaigrette in quite a while, have I? As you probably have guessed, I am still rather addicted to it (find it HERE!).

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GUYS. I looked at our gas bill and BOY OH BOY was it a doozy! -_-Β  Like many houses here in Connecticut, our house uses gas as the heat source. You remember the stretch of about 3 weeks where it was bitterly cold, right? Our heater had to work extra hard to keep our house nice and warm through that frigid time. As a result, our gas bill was crazy high! I am so very thankful to have a warm house, but maaaan I can’t say I was a happy camper about that bill. :/

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In efforts to save a few bucks here and there on heat, we have made some changes around here. Firstly, the thermostat. We dropped the temperature by a few degrees. This will help us to conserve energy right off the bat. It will probably also mean that we have to wear an extra layer or two, but that is TOTALLY fine!

We also closed off the vents in rooms that we aren’t using — like our guest room. My brother and sis-in-law were here for my birthday and stayed in the guest room, and when they headed back to NYC, we closed off the vent in the guest room and shut the door. This way, we aren’t wasting energy by heating up parts of the house that aren’t being used. The next time we have overnight guests, we’ll just open up the vent. Easy! Oh, and since there’s a sizeable gap at the bottom of the door, we also put towels down to prevent air from escaping.

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Let’s hope all these changes combined will translate to a significantly reduced heating bill next month! Mother Nature could also help us out by giving us some milder temps, just sayin πŸ™‚

I just have to laugh because years ago when we lived in Texas, heat was never the issue. We RARELY had to turn the heat on at home. In fact, we had the complete opposite concern… how the heck to reduce that A.C. bill! πŸ™‚

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A couple days ago I was waiting for some documents to be printed, and spied this huge glass bowl filled with JOLLY RANCHERS! I haven’t had one of these candies in years! I’m not sure why but I don’t tend to gravitate towards hard candies (or candies of any kind, really). I like me some chocolate (THIS is my absolute favorite chocolate of all time), but truth be told, I have more of a “salt” tooth than a sweet tooth lol! However I can still enjoy me some candy every now and then! Out of all the Jolly Rancher flavors, my favorite flavor has always been watermelon. I just realized that it is possible to buy JUST the watermelon flavor (here!) and might just have to do it!

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Joel went to Delaware for the day as part of a work thing. Fun fact: we almost moved to Delaware several years ago! I sometimes wonder what that life would have been like. My older brother Ken and his wife Ruth used to live in Delaware back when I was in college. I’m sure it would have been fun to live there too, but I gotta say, I’m glad we ended up in Connecticut! πŸ™‚ Anyway, Joel was headed back home on the Amtrak and snapped this blurry one of NYC.

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Meanwhile, I was in the midst of a very emotionally involving episode of This is Us. What can I say, I love a show that properly tugs at the heart strings. If you enjoy This is Us, you should really consider checking out Parenthood — all 6 seasons are currently on Netflix! I watched every single episode this time last year πŸ™‚ It’s really really good!

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We got an inch of snow and this guy made quick work of the shoveling. Every time I look at the patio I am excited for the weather to warm up so that we can eat lunches and dinners out there.

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Joel decided to stop at McDonalds on his way home and pick up burgers. I got the quarter pounder (no pickles, no mustard, add lettuce, cheese, onion, and tomato). It was pretty good! But the fries were a bit of a miss for me — I usually like McD fries but I found them a little too salty this time around. This is probably because I have been feeling quite parched recently and as a result, I’m not feeling particularly enticed by salty foods.

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But hey, you know what I absolutely DID find enticing?… this Chocolate Orange cake from my birthday celebrations! I still have a couple pieces leftover πŸ™‚ I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: Sonia did an amazing job with this cake!

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What temperature do you keep your house in the winter? Any tips for saving on the heat bill? What’s your fave Jolly Rancher flavor?Β 

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