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Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Tasty Tuesday: Cheesy Spinach and Bacon Dip

With the Super Bowl this weekend, (Go Giants!), I thought I would find something that could be used at a Super Bowl party.

I saw this dip on the front page of the Kraft Food website and immediately knew that I would share it.

Cheesy Spinach and Bacon Dip(image)

Prep Time: 10 mins.
Total Time: 10 mins.
Servings: 32 servings

Monday, January 30, 2012

Baby M Update- Week 22


How far along? 22 weeks
Total weight gain: Haven't weighed myself at home to know.
Maternity clothes? Still in my normal clothes besides the few shirts I got for Christmas that are maternity. Not sure when I will have to venture into maternity pants.
Stretch marks? nope :)
Sleep: Slept relatively well this past week, thank goodness!
Best moment this week: hmmm.... not too sure. We didn't do anything exciting this week.
Miss Anything? Still miss being pain free.
Movement: Yep! I feel a lot of movement on my lower left side and her kicks up high. Travis has even gotten to feel her! :)
Food cravings: Junk food. Nothing specific just have a sweet tooth.
Anything making you queasy or sick: not really
Gender: GIRL!!
Labor Signs: No
Belly Button: Still an innie but it isn't quite the innie it used to be!
Wedding Rings: On
Symptoms: Back pain, no surprise there!
Happy or Moody most of the time: Happy
Looking forward to: Ordering fabric for the nursery and starting projects with that.


Friday, January 27, 2012

{Feature Friday} #58

Happy Friday everyone!
Are you glad it is Friday?

I sure am because it means I can actually see Travis for a few days since he has been so busy training the past few weeks and has been gone LONG hours.

But anyways- here are some great ideas that were linked up this week.

Sara's Closet shared this fabulous DIY Herringbone Wall Treatment

Pelmet Box Tutorial created by No. 29 Design

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Catch a Glimpse Party #64


It's Party Day!
Catch a Glimpse Button

So what fabulous ideas do you have to share this week?

Rules:

1.) Link up any crafts, recipes, home decor, tips, etc.

2.) PLEASE be sure to link to your specific post not your general blog. (I will delete any posts that do not follow this criteria.)

3.) Add my button or a link to my blog in your post or somewhere on your blog so others can come party too. (You can find my button code by clicking on the button icon in the top, left column.)

4.) PLEASE visit and comment on the post before you and after you, on top of any others that catch your eye. Everyone loves comment love!

5.) And most importantly... HAVE FUN!!

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Tasty Tuesday: Triple-Layer Peanut Butter Brownies

It is apparently National Peanut Butter Day!!

I am not a peanut butter fan but I'm sure many of you are so I thought I would find a peanut butter recipe to share with you all today. I found this recipe on Kraft Food.

Triple-Layer Peanut Butter Brownies(image)

Prep Time: 40 mins
Total Time: 2 hr and 10 mins
Serves: 32 servings

Monday, January 23, 2012

Baby M Update: Week 21



How far along? 21 weeks
Total weight gain: I assume that after this week, I have finally reached and passed my pre-pregnancy weight. Haven't weighed myself at home at all.
Maternity clothes? Still in my normal clothes besides the few shirts I got for Christmas that are maternity. Not sure when I will have to venture into maternity pants.
Stretch marks? nope :)
Sleep: Had a few rough nights but a few really good nights as well. In fact, I slept in twice this week and it was fabulous!
Best moment this week: Finishing the walls of the nursery! It looks fabulous!
Miss Anything? Still miss being pain free.
Movement: Yep! I feel a lot of movement in on my lower left side.
Food cravings: not really craving anything this week
Anything making you queasy or sick: not really
Gender: GIRL!!
Labor Signs: No
Belly Button: I noticed a week or so ago that my belly button is starting to get pushed out. Isn't quite the innie it used to be!
Symptoms: Still my killer lower back pain and also killer hip pain, more congestion this week than I've had in the past.
Happy or Moody most of the time: Happy most of the time but have had some bitchy moments from not sleeping
Looking forward to: Ordering fabric for the nursery and starting projects with that.

Friday, January 20, 2012

{Feature Friday} #57

Is it really Friday already?!
I've been so busy around the house this week that I feel like this week flew by!

But since it really IS Friday, it is time for another fabulous Feature Friday post!

Ribbon and Lace Mason Jar Cups from I Heart Naptime

The Hobby Room shared these Quilted Glasses Cases.

Quick Quilted Pillow (say that 5x's fast!) created by Little Becky Homecky

Homemade Chalk Paint Table Makeover from Elizabeth & Co.

Bliss Images and Beyond created this cute Love Birds Valentine's Day Art.

DIY Fabric Bucket created by Michael Ann Made. Find the tutorial at Inspired by Family Magazine

Valentine's Day Printable created by Yankee Doodle Designs

Double Bubble Tulle Skirt shared by Babblings and More

Bead Board Snowman created by Adventures of a DIY Mom

Fabulous Headboard Makeover from Too Much Time on My Hands

Thanks so much for linking up your awesome ideas everyone!
Feel Free to grab a Featured Button!


I hope you all have a great weekend!
Hopefully, it won't be too cold in your neck of the woods!

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Catch a Glimpse Party #63

It's Party Day!
Catch a Glimpse Button

This week I am sharing the decorations I made for our gender reveal.
To see what all I made and how we did the reveal, check out my Gender Reveal Decorations post.

So what fabulous ideas do you have to share this week?


Rules:

1.) Link up any crafts, recipes, home decor, tips, etc.

2.) PLEASE be sure to link to your specific post not your general blog. (I will delete any posts that do not follow this criteria.)

3.) Add my button or a link to my blog in your post or somewhere on your blog so others can come party too. (You can find my button code by clicking on the button icon in the top, left column.)

4.) PLEASE visit and comment on the post before you and after you, on top of any others that catch your eye. Everyone loves comment love!

5.) And most importantly... HAVE FUN!!







Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Gender Reveal Decorations

You may recall from my latest Baby M Update post that I said we had a small mini gender reveal party through webcam for our families. Google Hangout is awesome if you've never tried it before!
Well, even though we were just doing it through a computer instead of in person, I wanted to make it fun and still have decorations.

So here is what I made:
I made the banner with my Cricut machine and the bee balloons to hang behind us during the reveal.

Here is how I made the little bee balloons:

I had left over pink and blue balloons from when I told Travis we were pregnant so I pulled out one of each color.

I then just blew up the balloons with one good breath each.
I didn't need them to be large.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

The Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day

I wrote this after finding out some bad news on Jan. 3rd. so this is me venting.

It's days like today that I hate being a military wife.

Days when you officially get the news of something that you don't want to hear but it has been lurking in the background for some time.

Days when all you want to do is stay strong for the one you love but tears keep coming out of your eyes uncontrollably.

Days when your spouse comes home with the news that they are deploying. Soon.
And to top it all off, they will more than likely be missing the birth of your first child together.


I knew what I was getting myself into when I started dating and then married a man that was entering the military but it is still so hard to accept the challenges that his job entails.

We waited 3 years for this baby and when we moved to CO for this new assignment, his unit was not scheduled to deploy.
Suddenly, everyone is pulled out of Iraq and within a week talk began to throw tons of men into Afghanistan. We knew there was a very good chance of deployment before Christmas but it has now become very real that it is happening and of course Travis' unit would be one of the units to get thrown into the mix. Which SUCKS!

He leaves the beginning of February for training and will be gone for a month.
He will then be home for about a week or so before officially deploying to Afghanistan in March.
As of right now, they are scheduled to return home early December so we'll see if that happens. I have learned quickly not to trust the military and their word.

After making it through a 15 month deployment right after we got married, I know 9 months will be nothing but I absolutely can't stop thinking about having our first child without him by my side. Not having him there to experience all the emotions of having our first baby, encouraging me, and then seeing him hold our newborn baby for the first time. And this may be selfish but I hate that there won't be a first family picture with our new baby right after it is born.
Since it is such a short deployment, he won't get R&R to try to come home for the birth. There is a small chance he can come home on emergency family leave for the birth but we won't know if that will be possible until he get there and they start their mission.

I was already nervous about having our first child with Travis here but now I am even more scared. I will be all alone in a new state very far away from family and friends where I barely know anyone. What if something bad happens? What if my parents don't make it to CO in time for the birth? Who will I now have by my side as our baby enters the world? How will it be once my family goes home and I become a single parent until he comes home?

I know people do this all the time, especially military wives, but I was truly hoping I would never have to go through it. I hate he will miss the birth. I hate he will not see his first child in real life until the baby is almost 6 mths old. I hate that he won't get to hold the baby until he comes home. I hate that he will miss some of the fun, early milestones. I hate that he will have to try to get to know our baby and watch it grow through pictures or hopefully, on a computer screen through video chat. I hate everything about this!

I know I will shed many more tears all the while trying to stay strong and just focus on bringing this baby into the world safely when it is suppose to arrive in May. Wish me luck!

So, if I disappear every so often in the next coming months, you know why.
I would greatly appreciate any prayers you are willing to give for Travis' safe return and for me as I will now be embarking into parenthood alone until he comes home.
Also, say a little prayer that he will be able to come home for the birth of Baby M!

Monday, January 16, 2012

Week 20 Update: Baby M's BIG Reveal

Week 20!
YAHOOOOOOO!!!
I am halfway through this pregnancy!
I really can't believe it but I am thrilled about it.

Here is my 20 week picture.
I have quite the bump now and obviously still growing.

Of course this week, we got to see our sweet Baby M again!
AND perhaps found out the gender.

Here are some new ultrasound pictures.
Cute profile with mouth open a little.

Hand up over eyes and forehead.

So do you want to know if Baby M is a boy or a girl?
Well... do ya?!
I guess I'll tell ya! ;)

Baby M is a......


GIRL!!!! :)
I used this picture to announce the gender on FB.
I put it as my profile picture instead of saying the gender in my status so people had to pay attention! ;)

And you guys are good!
Girl got the most votes in the poll.

After we got home from our ultrasound, we had a mini gender reveal party for our families over webcam (yeah for Google Hangouts!).

I made some decorations and props to reveal the gender.
Here we are holding our little"girl" bee props to show we are having a girl.
I will be back this week with a post all about what I made and to explain more about the gender reveal.

I just had to get a belly picture with the ultrasound pic of our baby girl and the pink bee.

Now, onto the facts of the week:

How far along? 20 weeks
Total weight gain: I have finally gained some weight back after being so sick in the beginning but I actually am about 1 or 2 lbs. less than my pre pregnancy weight still.
Maternity clothes? Still in my normal clothes besides the few shirts I got for Christmas that are maternity. Not sure when I will have to venture into maternity pants.
Stretch marks? nope :)
Sleep: Man... sleep? Do people need sleep? Apparently this week I did not because I have only slept well for 2 nights. BLAH!
Best moment this week: Finding out the gender of course!! And now being able to call Baby M by her name.
Miss Anything? hmmmm.... do I miss anything this week? I'm sure I do but can't think of something right now.
Movement: YES!! After talking to my doctor, she was positive the feelings that I have been having for weeks now has been the baby but Friday night after the ultrasound, Baby M was moving non stop!
Food cravings: Cookie dough, Watermelon Cream Slush from Sonic
Anything making you queasy or sick: not really
Gender: GIRL!!
Labor Signs: No
Symptoms: Still my killer lower back pain and also killer hip pain
Happy or Moody most of the time: Happy most of the time but was have had some bitchy moments from not sleeping
Looking forward to: Finishing up the nursery walls. Board and batten is up on the wall, just needs the final coat(s) of paint.

Friday, January 13, 2012

{Feature Friday} #56

Happy Friday everyone!!
Did you get some snow in your area and possibly get a 4 day weekend?

Here are some fun features from this week's party:

Happy Go Lucky shared this great idea for a DIY Fabric and Vinyl Rug

Homemade Patio Furniture from Natural Nester

Home Grown Beanes shared this Lemonade Cake Recipe

Winter Tree Jars created by Homespun with Love

Cute Little Love Birds from Happy Hour Projects
Craft Whatever shared how to create your own Facebook Landing Page


Thanks for linking up everyone!
Feel free to grab a Featured Button!!


We find out the gender of Baby M this evening and I can't wait!
Our weekend will be full of working on the nursery, registering for the baby, and doing other small projects around the house.

I hope you all have a great weekend!

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Catch a Glimpse Party #62

It's Party Day!
Catch a Glimpse Button

So what fabulous ideas do you have to share this week?


Rules:

1.) Link up any crafts, recipes, home decor, tips, etc.

2.) PLEASE be sure to link to your specific post not your general blog. (I will delete any posts that do not follow this criteria.)

3.) Add my button or a link to my blog in your post or somewhere on your blog so others can come party too. (You can find my button code by clicking on the button icon in the top, left column.)

4.) PLEASE visit and comment on the post before you and after you, on top of any others that catch your eye. Everyone loves comment love!

5.) And most importantly... HAVE FUN!!






Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Shaklee Basic H2 Giveaway Winners!

Oooops!
I was suppose to announce the 5 winners of the Basic H2 Giveaway yesterday and totally forgot!
I'm sorry!!

Here are the 5 Winners:

1. Colleen

2.) Ashleigh

3.) Ashley Williams

4.) Lindsay @ Artsy-Fartsy Mama

5.) Sherry L.


Congratulations everyone!!
You need to comment here or send me an email (allison.michelena@gmail.com) with YOUR email address.
I will then pass your information onto Andrea so she can contact you to get your mailing address.

You have 3 days to contact me or I will have to choose a new winner!

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Tasty Tuesday: Chocolate-Caramel CremePie

Received this recipe in an email from Kraft Food.

Chocolate-Caramel Creme Pie

(image)

Prep Time: 30 mins
Total Time: 3 hr. 30 mins
Servings: 8 servings

What You Need:
-18 OREO Cookies, finely crushed (about 1-1/2 cups)
-3 Tbsp. butter, melted
-4 oz. (1/2 of 8-oz. pkg.) PHILADELPHIA Cream Cheese, softened
-2 Tbsp. caramel ice cream topping
-1 cup thawed COOL WHIP Whipped Topping
-1 pkg. (3.9 oz.) JELL-O Chocolate Instant Pudding
-1-1/2 cups cold milk

Make It:

-COMBINE cookie crumbs and butter; press onto bottom and up side of 9-inch pie plate sprayed with cooking spray. Refrigerate until ready to use.

-MIX cream cheese and caramel topping in medium bowl until well blended. Gently stir in COOL WHIP; spread onto bottom of crust.

-BEAT pudding mix and milk with whisk 2 min.; pour over cream cheese layer. Refrigerate 3 hours.

ENJOY!!


Monday, January 9, 2012

Baby M Update: Week 19

** Before I get into my update post for this week, I just want to remind you all about the Giveaway for a free sample of Basic H2 Cleaner. 5 Winners will be chosen and the entries are VERY LOW! **

Holy Moly!
Tomorrow I will be 20 wks along in this pregnancy! Halfway through!!
I can't believe it! I feel like this pregnancy is going by so fast. Let's see if I still think that when I get bigger and am miserable! lol

Here is my 19 week picture and update:

How far along? 19 weeks
Total weight gain: still no idea! Going to the doctor on Weds. so I will have a better idea then.
Maternity clothes? Still in my normal clothes besides the few shirts I got for Christmas that are maternity. Not sure when I will have to venture into maternity pants.
Stretch marks? nope :)
Sleep: I had more good nights than bad this week but still waking up often and tossing and turning.
Best moment this week: We got the nursery painted and bought the wood for the board and batten treatment and got those primed. So the nursery is on it's way!
Miss Anything? I'm going to stick with being pain free although I didn't hurt too bad this week.
Movement: Man... I have no clue! There are times I think I feel movement but then am like "Was that really the baby?" So no idea!
Food cravings: Still no cravings for the most part. Is something wrong with me? lol
Anything making you queasy or sick: Huh, I had a few nights this week that dinner or lunch didn't agree with me very well but I can't think what it was at this point.
Gender: FIND OUT FRIDAY!!!!! YEAH!!!
Labor Signs: No
Symptoms: Still my killer lower back pain and also killer hip pain. A little indigestion.
Happy or Moody most of the time: Happy most of the time but was sad in the beginning of the week.
Looking forward to: My doctor's appt. on Weds. and obviously Friday, Jan. 13 to find out the gender! Just hate that my appt. is at 5 pm!! Gonna be a LONG day!!

Don't forget to cast your votes for whether you think Baby M will be a Boy or a Girl!

Friday, January 6, 2012

5 Years

5 years ago today, I married my best friend!


The day was perfect!
Warm day, tons of family and friends surrounding us, and lots of love to go around.

I can't wait to finally bring our first child into the world in May and see who they become.
I know you will be a fabulous father!
I am so happy to be your wife and can't wait for the many, many, more years to come!
I LOVE YOU!!!