Friday, March 27, 2015

friday update

This week's update is in (short) list form because that's about all I have time for at the moment. 

- Hubs finally got his orders! This means that the out-processing for our move could finally get started. HALLELUJAH. We decided to hire PCS cleaners even though I was originally hesitant (read: cheap). Then I realized that it's hard enough doing the day to day stuff with my crazy little babe, so cleaning the whole house top to bottom on top of purging/organizing? Just not going to happen--at least not without me stressing myself like crazy. It's actually a pretty reasonable price, especially because it's a guaranteed pass to get out of housing, and it means we get to spend more quality time together. Double win.

- We are leaving in just over two weeks! We were not planning to get on a plane until the end of June but the military had other plans for us (surprise, surprise). Currently, our focus is figuring out how to get everything done for the move, squeeze in the last of our favorite Japanese things, and plan out our itinerary for the bit of leave Hubs is taking once we get to the States. There will be a lot of ramen in our future. 

- Planning a super long trip with a big kid and a baby is much harder than with just a big kid (duh, right?). I have no idea how to pack for a little person who gets bored every 5 minutes, is too young for movies, and wants to be moving constantly. We're going to try to break up our trip over two days so hopefully it isn't terrible. Anyone have tips on flying with an infant?

- The 21 Day Fix is complete! Hubs and I did it together and I'm so glad we did. There were some days I didn't feel like working out but I knew I had to since we were counting on each other. It was a great system! I wasn't doing it for weight loss (since I was lucky enough to return to pre-pregnancy weight from breastfeeding) but I lost about 3 pounds and am down 5.25 inches! I learned that my hips are indeed permanently a little wider but my waist is back to normal and I'm definitely more toned.  Hubs ended up losing 6.5 inches and 9.6 pounds! It was a game changer for him as far as kicking his sweet tooth habit, making sure he eats enough during the day, and getting in the right amount of nutrients each day. We've started our second round and will be doing 21 Day Fix Extreme once we get to the States. Let me know if you want to learn more or get in on this!

Monday, March 23, 2015

change of plans

Our big news of the weekend is that we are moving several months earlier than we were told--as in 3 weeks from today! Things are going to be a bit of a whirlwind between now and then, and of course we still don't have the paperwork we need to officially get out-processing completed, but here's to a smooth (international) PCS.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

what i'm loving | women's history month edition

Keeping with this month's celebration of Women's History Month, this edition of What I'm Loving Wednesday is chock full of inspiring things!

Finally, a company taking a step in the right direction to support new parents who still want to work

Great metaphor for getting consent--would you like a cup of tea?

I took a philosophy course in college and didn't learn about one female philosopher!

I'm not into basketball, but I am super into Becky Hammon breaking glass ceilings in the NBA

We need more girls and women to be interested in science--here are 15 women who've won Nobel Prizes in science

Something I've thought about with my own sweet littlest girl--My Daughter is Not a Doll

I consider myself relatively knowledgeable about women's health, but I didn't know all 10 of these facts about vaginas 

10 TED talks by women that everyone should watch

Monday, March 16, 2015

meal plan monday

One of the things that keeps me sane every week, as well as keeping our grocery bill under control, is meal planning. I've been doing it as long as we've been married and it's a relaxing habit for me at this point. Since I've been making a lot of new things to expand my repertoire, I've decided to share our meals a couple of times a month in the hopes of inspiring others to try new things as well. I plan for 6 nights a week and on the 7th we either eat leftovers, have a "fend for yourself" night, or eat out.

For anything not linked, feel free to comment or email for the recipe. You are welcome (and encouraged!) to share your favorite recipes in the comments.


Tangy flank steak with homemade mashed potatoes and salad

Vegetarian "meatloaf" with corn and buttered whole wheat bread

Pigs in a blanket with green beans and fruit

Bowties alfredo with broccoli

Salmon with chili-lime spice rub with wild rice and cauliflower

Turkey sloppy joes with fries and mixed vegetables


Split pea soup with salad (spinach, mandarin oranges, dried cranberries, feta cheese)

Chicken diablo with couscous and lemon pepper asparagus

Wild rice and corn casserole with salsa and kiwi

Lemon ricotta pancakes with bacon, eggs, and fruit

Cobb salad with oranges and french bread

Hubs cooked this night so I didn't have to plan anything :)

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

new blogs?

I am really trying to (for real) get back on the blogging bandwagon, but I need inspiration! My formerly incredibly active Bloglovin feed is now rather slow on updates. I can journal on my own, but blogging is all about building community. I know that it can't be completely dead, so tell me some of your current favorites! 
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