Time for a little Pinterest love...

Recipes first:
Tuscan Garlic Chicken

The pasta in this was delish. The chicken was just so-so. This is a very easy recipe though, I will definitely make it again, but I think I will sub shrimp in there for the protein.
Quinoa and Ground Turkey Stuffed Peppers

I love love love this recipe. Way better then my previous stuffed pepper recipe. And you will look super cool when you eat leftover quinoa in the lunchroom the next day.
I think this is super cute. I mean I can probably never pull this off, or even figure out how to tie it correctly, but I can try...
Totally making these for our little girl!

And just for fun...
Happy Wednesday!
 
This weekend we got the answer to the question keeping us up all night: boy or girl? We had dinner with close friends and family (who showed what they guessed by wearing a pink or blue pin) and then we cut the reveal cake:
I was so nervous, crazy right...I mean this is no big deal right? And the result...
We are having a girl! I knew it, the hubby on the other hand was completely shocked. He had completely convinced himself we were having a boy. He could not stop smiling though, he is going to be such a sucker for a little girl.
We cannot wait to meet her! And now I can get my shop on for the nursery and clothes! We already made our first purchase this weekend:
How ridiculously cute are these bloomers? I was sold on the packaging! Obsessed.
 
But I have only recently heard about Groopdealz. It's this great website with discounts on the cutest stuff. I have purchased a bunch of jewelry and some cute baby accessories over the past couple of months. I'm thinking about buying my first article of clothing. I'm really liking this dress (I have a thing for elbow patches right now):
But in black or white. Or both. You have to check the site frequently because things are usually on sale for only a day or so, and some things sell out kinda quick.

It doesn't cost anything to join the site and you can pay with Paypal which makes it super easy (and dangerous) to buy things.

It's definitely worth taking a look.  You can find cute and inexpensive gifts here too!
 
This weekend has been a blur. We have been very busy with a bunch of house projects and then, not sure if you heard, but yesterday was St. Patrick's Day. Kind of a big deal around here since I married into an Irish family. Since I am out of commission in the drinking department, I thought I would make the food. We had:

Shepherds Pie (the recipe I showed you here)
Bangers & Mash (a recipe from Pinterest)
Irish Soda Bread (a la Wegmans-and it was seriously amazing)
This is the picture of the bangers and mash from the actual recipe-I served mine from a crockpot, so it made for a much less appealing photo. Oh well. My lack of profesh photo skills was outweighed by how ridiculously good this recipe was. I only want my mashed potatoes served with cabbage and bacon from now on. Period.
I hope you all had a great weekend!

This week is a big one for us. We have our 20 week ultrasound-fingers crossed we can find out the sex of the baby!
Girl or boy? We shall see...
 
Warning: this is all about maternity clothes and sizing. But, I thought I would share because it is pretty confusing figuring out what size to get and pretty much everything is online only. I just made a few purchases from Old Navy (everything was on sale + 30% off + free shipping = perfection).
I read the customer reviews to help with figuring out my sizing. Everything I ordered seems to fit totally different. The pants have 3 different waistbands-low rise, demi panel, and full panel and I think that affects the sizing.

I am 5'5" (and a half) and my pre-pregnancy size was a 4 or 6 (depending on the brand) and a small/medium. In Old Navy, I wore mostly size 4 and medium in tops. The most helpful customer reviews included these numbers because I could compare pre-pregnancy sizes.

To review what I purchased, I bought mediums in the dress, leggings, lounge pants, and shorts. The dress is the perfect length for my height, but the medium is kinda big (I'm hoping by summer and with my growing belly it will fit a little better). I'm overall the most disappointed with the dress-I probably should have exchanged for a size smaller. The leggings fit perfect and the low rise fit is super comfortable. The pants and shorts are a little big, but the lengths are great, and I am the master at shrinking things so I think they will fit great after one wash.

The capris fit the best and are pretty comfortable with the full panel. I read all the reviews and went with a size 6. These will get a lot of wear.

The Rockstar Jeggings are another fav. I got them in the light and dark blue colors. The first time I ordered I got way too big of a size (size 10) because I read all the reviews and everyone said they ran sooo small and to go 2 sizes up. I disagree. I went with a size 8 the second time around and they fit great. I can see why people recommended 2 sizes up, the demi band isn't very comfortable because of where it hits on your stomach, but as I get bigger, I can fold it over. And I would rather have the pants fit better in the legs and booty.

Sorry for those who are not purchasing maternity clothes right now. But, maybe save it for later or share with a friend who is because it is definitely tricky figuring it all out!
 
The weather this weekend was soooo nice. I am ready for Spring. Bring it. I made sure to take the dogs out to enjoy it too. We went on a 4.5 mile walk on Saturday that resulted in lazy afternoon lounging for these two:
Anyways...seeing as it is moving into Springtime, I treated myself to a new Spring polish. It's Essie's Avenue Maintain.
It's a really bright blue, but I definitely like it a lot. It's a lot less baby blue in comparison to Bikini So Teeny.
I also tried these new-to-me drying drops. I typically use Sally Hansen's Insta-Dri top coat, but lately it has been leaving a lot of tiny bubbles once dry. I like these drops, they dry the polish super quick and they condition your cuticles at the same time. My only recommendation so far is to wait about 3 minutes before applying to nails. The directions say 1 minute after your last coat, but when I only waited a minute I got some bubbles in my polish.
 
It's been so hard waiting to find out what we are having (maybe a velociraptor?). One of the reasons is because I am beyond excited to design the nursery! My mom saved all of my Dr. Seuss books from when I was little and that is what started the theme for the nursery: a vintage library. Here is my inspiration board so far (minus anything that leans towards boy or girl-except the owl pillow, but that comes in all different colors).
I love this Ralph Waldo Emerson quote and I want it on one of the walls. The crib is by Franklin & Ben and this is the furniture style we decided on. I have a thing for the drawer pulls on the bottom. I like the idea of owl accents throughout the nursery and I found this adorable pillow on Etsy. I also found some great owl mobiles on Etsy. Finally, I have kept this reclaimed wood ruler in my favorites on Etsy for years. I love the look of it, and it is functional (it's a growth chart) as well as a great decorative accent!
 
After a looong week, it was time for a "drink" this weekend. Way back when, my hubby was a bartender, so his goal during our first pregnancy was to make some delicious mocktails for me. I think it's so he doesn't feel guilty while drinking a beer in front of me, but I will take it. His mocktails are delish!
The Faux-hito

The hubby made himself a mojito Friday evening and he whipped up a strawberry faux-hito (he named it himself) for me. His recipe:

Muddle together about 8 mint leaves, half a strawberry, and the juice of half a lime. The muddling is very important because it releases all the strawberry deliciousness. Add ice to the mix and 1/2 tsp stevia, then fill the glass with seltzer (you can use a flavored seltzer, but we just used regular and it worked fine). Stir and enjoy!

Of course, if you want to make this alcoholic, add a shot or so of rum to the mix!
The Pimmish Cup

I decided to take some of his ingredients and make my own mocktail on Sunday afternoon. I wanted something really fresh tasting, and I love drinks with cucumber in them like Pimm's Cups. Here is what I did:

Muddle together 1 sliced strawberry, about 8 mint leaves, 3 slices of cucumber, and the juice of half a lemon. Add ice and then top with equal parts ginger ale and seltzer.

For more of a Pimm's like taste I would use all ginger ale, but I was trying to reduced the amount of sugar in the drink. It came out really light and refreshing and I could definitely taste the cucumber!