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Last Friday was my 19 week ultrasound, also known as the “Big Ultrasound”.

On our way to the appointment I kept praying for a smooth ultrasound. I was filled with so much emotion.

The idea that hubby and I have created this miracle inside my belly gets me very emotional. Maybe it’s the hormones talking or maybe it’s just my pregnancies, but I’m very nervous while pregnant (something I don’t normally feel when not pregnant).

Hubby and I sat in the waiting room while they called my name.

Thanks to my silly hubby I wasn’t so nervous anymore.

After a few minutes we got to see our baby on the screen.

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I’m happy to report it’s a…

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….healthy baby!

We are so thankful and relived that everything looks good.

I bet you are wondering if the baby is a BOY or a GIRL?
That is a great question.
The answer is….
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We didn’t find out!

I know, I know.
Much to all our family & friends dismay, we are those “annoying” people who wait until the baby is born.

We didn’t find out with the first pregnancy and the surprise was SO fun.
People thought we would for sure find out with this one because we already have a child, but no we are waiting!

Not only was that moment when hubby announced the gender so special, but it’s also a Jewish tradition we have decided to follow.

So once again we are not going to find out, but instead we will bring two outfits to the hospital as we did previously.

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Throughout my last pregnancy I thought I was having a boy until the month before I gave birth. I had a dream I was having  a girl!

This time around I don’t have a feeling either way and it’s hard to compare pregnancies when things are completely different. So we shall see on April 30th when he or she is born.

We truly don’t care if it’s a boy or girl.

We both come from a family with two sisters so having another girl would be great. Since the kids will only be a few weeks apart the girls will be able to share clothes.

Plus I know girls, I love girly stuff.

But on the other hand, I would love to experience a boy. It will be uncharted territory for both hubby and I, but it will be fun having another little man in the house.

Sarah wants a sister one day and then a brother the next day, so she too doesn’t have an opinion.

So until April it’s a guessing game.

What do YOU think I’ll have? Comment below.

Thanksgiving {2014}

With a very small family in California and no one able to cook this year we decided to go to a restaurant for Thanksgiving.

Unfortunately the restaurant we picked didn’t turn out to be such a good place. The food was cold, sparse and not what they advertised :(

Thanks to Yelp I let the restaurant and their readers know about our unpleasant experience.

Luckily the company was good and we had a nice time being together.

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Sarah got cranky towards the end, so I took her out for some fresh air. While waiting for our family to join us, she decided to lay down and pretend to sleep.

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My silly Sarah!

Hope you had a nice Thanksgiving!

Monk Fruit In The Raw

Baking just got a little healthier! The Monk Fruit In The Raw Baker’s Bag measures cup for cup, just like sugar and can be used to replace all of the sugar in beverages, sauces, and dressings.

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For baked goods, it is recommended to only replace half of the amount of sugar with Monk Fruit In The Raw for best results. Try to substitute half of the sugar in your favorite baking recipes with Monk Fruit In The Raw or visit InTheRaw.com for recipe ideas. Be sure to sample your delicious baked goods and share your thoughts below.

Just the facts

  • Monk Fruit In The Raw is a wholesome, zero-calorie sweetener made from real monk fruit, a vine-ripened fruit that is native to Asia.
  • Monk fruit, known as luo han guo in Asia, was first harvested in the 13th century by Arhats, or “Enlightened Ones,” which translates to Monks in English.
  • The sweet and delicious extract from monk fruit is blended with other sweeteners to create the perfect balance of sweet.
  • Monk Fruit In The Raw is naturally vegan, kosher, and gluten-free, and does not contain any added table sugar, sugar alcohols, or molasses.
  • Conscious, rejoice! Monk Fruit In The Raw has the closest taste to sugar of any non-caloric sweetener, and has the least amount of aftertaste.
  • One pack of Monk Fruit In The Raw is about as sweet as two teaspoons of sugar.
  • One box of Monk Fruit In The Raw (40ct packets) retails for $3.49, and the Monk Fruit In The Raw Bakers Bag retails for $6.99. Price may vary based on the retailer.

It’s been really chilly the past few days here in So Cal. To stay warm I’ve been drinking a lot of tea.  I put a teaspoon of Monk Fruit In The Raw in my tea and topped it off with a splash of milk. Yum what a delicious treat!

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The following day I tested Monk Fruit In The Raw in a Pumpkin Cake recipe.

Mama Chit Chat: Monk Pumpkin Cake

It was so moist and delicious I just had to share the recipe. Enjoy!

Monk Pumpkin Cake
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Ingredients
  1. 15 oz can 100% pumpkin
  2. 1 1/2 cups Monk Fruit In The Raw (or 3 cups white sugar)
  3. 1 cup water
  4. 1 cup vegetable oil
  5. 4 eggs
  6. 3 1/3 cup flour
  7. 1 tsp baking powder
  8. 2 tsp baking soda
  9. 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  10. 2 tsp cinnamon
  11. 3/4 tsp ground cloves
  12. 1 tsp salt
Instructions
  1. Mix ingredients together with a mixer.
  2. Bake 350 for 45-55 minutes.
Adapted from Mel Larson
Adapted from Mel Larson
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This post was written as part of my participation in the Moms Meet program. While Monk Fruit In The Raw provided me materials and necessary resources to complete various activities, the thoughts and statements in this post are my own.

2nd Trimester

I am now in my 2nd trimester. It’s been known as the easy trimester, but it’s been anything but easy for me.

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How far along: Week 18 (half way mark for me if I go by Sarah’s arrival!)

Baby is as big as a: Sweet Potato (5.5 in, 5 oz)

Movement: I can now feel baby kick and roll.  Baby got the hiccups for the first time during my 16 week ultrasound appointment.

What I miss: Wine

Cravings: Cesar salads and Talenti ice cream

Aversions: Fish

Symptoms: After being nauseous for a solid 3 months, I am now either dizzy or light headed. I get the occasional killer headache (possible migraine) and I am extremely tired! Fun times! I’ve also lost weight and haven’t gained any weight since becoming pregnant.

Countdown: 22 weeks

Gender: Not finding out!

Happy Thanksgiving from my sweet potato to yours!

Family Photo Session {2014}

Every year our family gets our pictures taken. Check out last years photos here.

I like taking these photos for two reasons. One, I love family pictures. Capturing how we look and the changes within our family, it’s so special. Second, I love getting and giving holiday cards. Something about seeing all my family and friends happy faces brings me so much joy.

 

For the past two years our sweet friend, Erin has taken our pictures.

Here are some of our favorite shots.

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And because I like comparison pictures here is our traditional family pose from the past 3 years. comparissonDSC02516

Happy holidays!

Snow Day

To experience winter as a Southern California resident we drive to a park were truckloads of ice will then be shaven in to tiny pieces so my kid can play in the “snow”. 

And all of this was free!

A park near our home was offering their annual Snow Day program.

There were vendors, food trucks and snow! 

Before heading to the snow area Sarah spotted her favorite princesses, Anna and Elsa!

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After some fun in the snow we checked out the slides.

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I wanted to join them, but slippery ice and being pregnant is not such a good match. However seeing her smile was pure happiness!

We walked around some more, made an iceman and played with the snow.

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It got too hot at one point so we left early and went home.

It was a fun morning! Hoping to play with real snow after the holidays.

Camping

Sarah and I went camping with our mommy group for the first time this weekend.

I wont lie. I was super nervous about camping in the winter. I wasn’t worried about camping itself, I was worried about it being really cold while sleeping. The weather forecast showed it would be in the low 50’s at night. That’s cold!!

Luckily my friend, Jen, shared the same nervousness with me so we stayed in constant communication while searching the internet for numerous tips.

Thanks to many conversations with Jen, research online and multiple Wal-Mart shopping trips, Sarah and I were very prepared for our first camping experience.

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It’s funny to think I would ever spend so much time in the camping aisle.

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I literary spent a half an hour just choosing a chair!

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I ended up borrowing a tent and an air bed from friends, but bought the rest of the camp gear.

Our comfy bed!

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We had such a good time!!

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The kids made lanterns, we roasted marshmallows and most of all we hung out with some of our favorite people.

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The next morning was rough. My air bed had a leak which made Sarah and I slide to the middle and woke up with a back ache. Luckily all my planning kept us warm throughout the night. All in all our first camping experience was a great success!

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10404858_10204800048497704_1803219725747953009_nThanks to our hosts, Holly and Brent for the wonderful time!

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