I L-O-V-E Full House

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I grew up watching Full House; heck, I’m still growing up, and I’m still watching it. Thanks to my brother, I have the full series on DVD, and I plan on forcing my children into watching it on cold, snowy days, where they can’t leave the house. Somehow though, I think it will still be in syndication on TV, and we will be able to watch it on ABC Family and Nick. Either way, we will be a Full House family, for life.

The Full House guys are working it hard on TV, this week, to promote their upcoming yogurt commercial that premieres during the Super Bowl. (Go Broncos!) Check out their appearance on Jimmy Fallon, below.

Uncle Jessie (John Stamos) is still looking hotter than ever, but Danny and Joey are looking kinda old. With that being said, the guys still have my heart and I love hearing their catchy one-liners that I grew up on. As for “The Teddy Bear Song,” oh, the sweet, sweet, memories.

And if that weren’t enough Full House fun, check out the guys singing Michelle the Teddy Bear Song back in their glory days:

The Fault in Our Stars Trailer

It’s almost February, which means it’s almost Valentine’s Day and my 3 year anniversary. Just in time for the month of love is the movie trailer for one of the most epic love stories ever written, The Fault of Our Stars by John Green.  The Fault in Our Stars was my favorite book in 2013. If you’d like, you can read my review here (I also suggest actually reading the book). After reading my review, you can cry your eyes out by watching the trailer, don’t say I didn’t warn you.

I can not wait until June, looks like Baby M is going to have a play-date with Daddy while Mommy goes to the movies, alone, and cries.

Sometimes you read a book and it fills you with this weird evangelical zeal, and you become convinced that the shattered world will never be put back together unless and until all living humans read the book. – Hazel, The Fault in Our Stars

Recipe: Individual Chocolate Chip Cookie in a Mug

cookieI was never a big believer in the whole, “You can make one chocolate chip cookie in the microwave in less than a minute.” I always thought, “Yea, okay, right.” But it’s true, you can, and I did!

I know I have been going on and on about how I haven’t had any real pregnancy cravings, but this week the cravings set in, and they hit hard. Everything I have been craving is sweet. (At least it’s not paint, right? They warn you about that!) This baby is going to like chocolate, that’s for sure.

Since it’s so cold out, I refuse to leave the house. Starbucks is obviously out of the question, since that would require me to step outside into the unforgiving winter. I decided to take matters in my own hands and give this “chocolate chip cookie in a mug craze” a fair shot. I could have just made a whole batch of cookies but A) I would have ate them ALL and B) I didn’t have enough chocolate chips. As I type this, I am fighting the urge to go make another cookie in a cup, because that’s only TWO cookies, right? And they are THAT good. Will power: you have the least amount when you need it most. Sure, you can give into your cravings, but eating a whole batch of cookies is most likely considered unacceptable. (But hey, it that’s your thing, I won’t judge you.)

Chocolate Chip Cookie in a Mug Recipe

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Serves 1 (don’t you dare share)

Ingredients: 

1 Tablespoon butter

1 Tablespoon white sugar

1 Tablespoon brown sugar (packed)

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/8 teaspoon salt

1 egg yolk

3 Tablespoons white flour

2 Tablespoons chocolate chips

Directions:

1. Melt butter in mug for 30 seconds in the microwave

2. Stir in white sugar, brown sugar, salt, and vanilla until blended

3. Add yolk and mix well

4. Toss in flour and stir it up (the consistency will start to look like regular cookie batter)

5. Finally, add the best part, the chocolate chips, and mix evenly

6. Cook in microwave for 50 seconds to a minute (checking after 50 seconds)

Note: I cooked mine a little longer since I’m pregnant and didn’t want to somehow get salmonella from uncooked egg. The edges started to brown which was after about a minute and a half. I also have a low wattage microwave.

I kept wondering as I was “cooking,” why isn’t there any baking soda/powder in this recipe? The answer is still unknown, but it works, I pink swear! Try it for yourself. (I did read that adding 1/6 teaspoon baking powder would make it fluffier, so I’ll try that tomorrow…I mean next time.) I may be making these a lot more often than not for the rest of this pregnancy. One cookie a day keeps the pregnancy cravings at bay!

Original recipe found at The Comfort of Cooking

I l-o-v-e The Pink Turnip on Etsy!

turnipA good friend of mine from South Korea, and fellow Army wife, owns her own business, The Pink Turnip. Liz, the creator of The Pink Turnip, sold her handmade items at local markets in South Korea, and now she is back up and running in Georgia, where she recently moved to while her husband is stationed there. If you are not in Georgia, you can find her beautiful creations on Etsy, The Pink Turnip.

I love her pieces, especially the baby items she sews; she makes the cutest bibs for little boys and little girls. Not only does she make baby bibs, she also makes diaper/wipe clutches and changing pad clutches. Liz has an eye for cute fabrics; a lot of her current stock of fabric comes directly from Korea!

Besides baby items, Liz also makes aprons, fold-up shopping bags, e-reader cases, and purses (including the most convenient/cutest clutches). And if that weren’t enough, Liz crochets infinity scarfs (circle scarfs) and paints one-of-a-kind artwork (including baby subway art!) Check out Liz’s shop at Etsy to see all of the products I mentioned above, as well as, a few more. Her fabulous items would make a great gift for an upcoming baby shower, bridal shower, or any special occasion. While you’re there shopping for gifts, get yourself a little something too.

LIKE The Pink Turnip on Facebook!

These are 100% my opinions. I was not compensated for this post.

Starbucks Via Latte Review: Vanilla

If you read my blog, you know I’m a coffee snob. You probably won’t find me blogging about many other types of coffee (unless it’s a quaint little mom and pop shop.) When I heard about the new Starbucks VIA Latte, I was interested, but had low expectations. It isn’t that I don’t like VIA, I like it enough to bring it on vacations with me when I know there won’t be Starbucks. It’s just, I’d rather have my Starbucks coffee/latte made by a barista, piping hot with fresh espresso.

VIA

For those of you who don’t know what VIA is, it’s an instant coffee product made by Starbucks. Ask anyone I worked with about when the company came out with this concept and they would tell you I threw a FIT. I thought Starbucks was too classy of a brand to sell *GASP* instant coffee. As we, the company, rolled out VIA, I was pleasantly surprised by the taste. It wasn’t the best tasting coffee, but it was the best instant coffee. After that, I could take my Starbucks anywhere and have a cup (hot or cold) by just adding water.

Yesterday, I went to the Starbucks in the mall to get a latte (and a cake pop). I saw how they were selling one pack samples of the Starbucks VIA Vanilla Latte for $1. Now, back in my Starbucks heyday, we used to GIVE tons of samples away, but oh the recession (is that still happening?). Maybe they gave some away on the sampling days, but it was too cold to leave my house, and I hate my “new” local Starbucks (more on that another day, I’m sure…). Either way, I bought one because if something is a dollar, and I somewhat want it, I’ll most likely buy it (Hello! $1 dollar section in in Target).  There is also a $1 coupon on the back, so if you like it, you can use a  $1 off on a 4 (or more) pack, if you enjoy the new VIA product.

I decided to make the VIA Latte this morning to see how it ranked on my favorites list. After boiling my 8 oz of water and mixing it up in my favorite Valentine’s Day mug, I took a sip. I’m not going to say it was great, but I’m not going to say it was bad. It tastes a lot like Starbucks Flavored Vanilla Coffee, which Starbucks doesn’t make anymore; I used to buy that to have at home and add 8 oz of milk instead of water. I can’t tell you the last time I’ve had a Vanilla Latte at Starbucks, I’m more of a Skinny Vanilla Latte kind of girl, so I can’t say if it tasted like “the real thing,” but it was good enough for a cold winter morning.

I will go back to Starbucks and use my coupon, for $1 off $6.95, just to have it laying around when I want a sweet treat, but after that I probably won’t buy it again. There is too much sugar in it, 19g for only 8 oz of coffee. If Starbucks comes out with a skinny version, which I’m sure they will, I’ll give that a shot. If you’re looking to save money on your daily latte needs, buying one pack of 4 for $6.95 will give you the “latte” taste for only about $1.75 per cup (granted this is for a Short cup because it’s only 8 oz, not a Tall, which is 12 oz).

The NEW Starbucks VIA Latte is also available in Mocha, but I am allergic to the Starbuck’s Mocha, therefore I will not be reviewing it.

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Monday morning healthy breakfast (plus my unhealthy Starbucks VIA Vanilla Latte): Soynut butter on an English muffin, strawberry oatmeal, and a glass of milk.

24 Weeks Pregnant

100_6168How far along: 24 weeks
Gender: “Popsicle kisses and big bear hugs, little red wagons and jars full of bugs, grass stains, football games, lots of toys, oh the joys [of little boys]”
Weight gain: 15ish pounds. Feeling bigger than ever (which is because I am bigger than ever…) Jillian Michaels will be my BFF again when I’m cleared to workout.
Maternity clothes: Still mixing, but I’m finding less and less of my old stuff that still fits.
Stretch marks: nada…I don’t think?
Belly button in or out: Jim thinks it will pop, but it hasn’t.
Sleep: Sleeping is not going well again.
Best moment this week: Getting my Sun Baby diapers in the mail. I love, love, love them! Can’t wait to use them on Baby M! Now I have to figure out how to pre-wash them before using them.
Worst moment this week: SNOW! I hate snow. It’s so unbearably cold. I’m about to hibernate; if only I could sleep better.
Miss anything: Shopping in the normal size clothing section. I walk in and look at the pretty things that I can’t wear right now.
Movement: Moving around at certain times of the day. I even saw my belly move earlier this week. Crazy!
Cravings: Ice cream. But it’s too cold. Last night I thought about skittles, I think I need some skittles.
Queasy or sick: I thought I was down to one tissue a day, and then last night happened. I feel like I have my cold all over again. Not cool.
Looking forward to: Temperatures above 40 degrees! Heck, I’d take above freezing. WHY is it snowing AGAIN!?

Baby Blogs I L-O-V-E

baby blogsBefore I found out I was pregnant with Baby M, I discovered my favorite baby blog Little Baby Garvin. This blogger is currently pregnant with her second baby girl. Her first girl, Harper, is OH SO cute and wears the cutest clothes! Jessica has great style and loves to craft! I enjoy her weekly chalkboard updates and her daily posts about babies, her family, and her life in general. If you only want to check out one baby blog before, during, and after you’re pregnant, this is the one to follow!

Since discovering my first favorite baby blog, my list of baby blogs has expanded. This month 4moms, a growing baby product company, is featuring a ton of baby blogs in honor of their daily, month-long giveaway of my newest baby product obsession the rockaRoo, which is a followup to their fantastic product the mamaRoo. I have yet to play with the rockaRoo, since A) I haven’t won one yet, and B) Baby M isn’t born yet, but I’m not going to lie, I’m doing everything I can to win one. I did have the opportunity to try out the mamaRoo at Babies R’ Us and was impressed. This product has five different motion settings that simulate natural rocking of a momma and her baby. Not only are there different motions, there are different speeds too. Want music? There is an Ipod dock!

The NEW rockaRoo has only one motion setting, with multiple speeds; it is lighter and smaller than the mamaRoo; and has an Ipod dock for your baby to bust a move. The rockaRoo also simulates the way you would rock your baby, as opposed to the traditional swing. (Oh, and it’s cheaper too!) Both products are awesome, and seems to help many parents keep their babies entertained, especially if all they want to do is be held. (Who am I kidding? All I’m going to want to do is hold Baby M, but someone has to clean the house and do laundry/dishes.) I love 4moms for not only their cool products but also introducing me to some fun new blogs on their blog tour! (These are my opinions. I was not asked by 4moms to advertise their products. I just love their products that much, and I don’t even own any yet!)

Mommy Loves Coffee had me at hello. Hello! I love coffee ❤ This momma blogs about baby products, baby style, DIY projects, and other coo worthy subjects. She even blogs about being a healthy momma! I am so happy to add her blog to my daily blog visits list.

The Wise Baby is another blog I just discovered. This mom writes a lot of product reviews (I love reading reviews) and registry lists. (I think everyone could use a little extra registry help!) Check out this blog before you make a trip to your chosen store to register, you won’t regret it.

If you want a good laugh, check out Pregnant Chicken. This witty lady tells it like it is. You can sign up for a weekly baby bump email update that will have you rolling on the floor and thinking, “Why isn’t everyone this honest, and candid, about being pregnant?” She also blogs about a wide variety of baby related topics that are interesting and informative. On the Pregnant Chicken Facebook page, you can find out when Zulily (an awesome daily deals site for moms, babies, kids, and home decor!) has a sale on maternity/nursing apparel, so you will never miss a great deal!

Baby Rabies is another laugh out loud kind of momma blog. This blogger shares a lot of personal stories about being a mom. She has a whole section on being pregnant, cloth diapers (<333), and other categories that will help any soon-to-be mom or long-time mom. Very useful blog with tons of information!

Feel free to comment with your favorite baby blogs!