I love to dance! Especially when I have the house to myself. I find a station on Pandora...anything from Black Eyed Peas to Kim Walker Jesus Culture....and I dance it up in the living room. I'll grab some weights and pretty much make up my own dance moves and aerobic routines...I know, are you imagining this crazy girl being silly shakin' it up...especially now that I'm pregnant. I can't do the same moves like I used to with my little bulging belly, but it's still a blast and I can get my heart rate going and even work up a little sweat. This is one of my favorte ways to keep in shape and build a little muscle. I combine stuff that I've learned over the years like yoga, pilates, max T3, ballet, and other stretches and just do what feels natural. It's totally fun and freeing! So far, my doggie Mahli has been the lucky one to admire my crazy dance moves. I think it's entertaining for her too. Sometimes she'll even join me and roll around and do her doggie stretches next to me! Although, she's not looking too thrilled in this photo. "Here she goes again", and "mommy sure is getting a belly"- she's probably thinking :D
What I think is so awesome about "dancng in the living room" is that my mom used to do this too, starting when she was a little girl. I think she made up dance routines to a lot of Broadway tunes. I didn't know this till recently! Like mother, like daughter!
After my dance and stretch session this morning, the only thing that sounded heavenly for breakfast was a smoothie. Guess what I had waiting for me in the fridge- a nice mango!! Here is my recipe for a healthy mango smoothie, something like this....I don't really measure much when making them....eventually you won't have to either, the more you make them, I promise :)
5-7 ice cubes
handful of blueberries
abut half banana (slice and freeze your banana's right before they get over-ripe, perfect for smoothie goodness
peel and slice up your mango. Save some for later or snack on while your making your smoothie!
almost 1 cup of almond milk, rice milk, water, or coconut milk
sprinkle of cinnamon
scoop of maca
scoop of protien powder or green powder ( I actually didn't have this today but it would be delicious)
you can also add a spoonful of plain greek yogurt if you have it for extra creaminess!
I almost forgot-- handful of spinach! If you can get past the color of your smoothie, you will fall in love too! And it will fill you up!
I recently located a sweet little baby boutique called Ellie Jaye's, in our very own Downtown Arts District here in Bakersfeld. Since I've moved back to town, I've been delighted to discover that "Downtown Bakersfield" is starting to slowly move up in the world...by offering some trendy boutiques and cool places to chill. Ellie Jaye's is geared toward the modern baby...Yay for modern in B-town. They offer lots of unique and modern nursery furniture and accessories, as well as baby clothing and funky, ultra chic "diaper" bags for mommies.
One of my favorite furniture lines that I discovered that day : Oeuf ...love :D
(pronounced UH-F, means egg in French)
Here is a peek....
One of the sturdiest and safest cribs available, made from wood panels on a solid wood base...clean and contemporary.
Very sturdy construction and easy-to-reach height.
Transform your crib into a stylish toddler bed with low overall height for easy access.
What I love and appreciate about this furniture line:
sustainably produced in Europe in an FSC ceritified facility
finishes are non toxic & free of VOC health hazards
made under European environmental standard
made of solid birch and eco-MDF
packaging made of recycled cardbard
conversion kits for toddler beds
easy to assemble!
Everything that Oeuf is about, is right up the alley of Earth Blossom's mission. Their motto is to "be good". Be good as designers, people, and good to the planet :)
"Simple, clean, intuitive products that are easy and safe to use; made with quality craftsmanship that will last from generation to generation; designed with a European sensibility that is fun and stylish reflecting the needs and lifestyle of today’s families"
"Use natural, renewable, recyclable materials that emphasize conservation and lead to environmentally sound products. Employ eco-conscious manufacturing processes that promote sustainability"
Stop by ELLIE JAYE'S boutique to check out Oeuf on display. Touch and feel and admire for yourself :)
What we know at his point : Baby bun is healthy! We went in for my 20 week fetal survey and thought we would find out the gender. Our little one was pretty comfortable and wouldn't get in a good enough position to "confirm". All we know is that it has a very healthy heart, brain, spine and other functioning organs. Brad and I were just overjoyed to see its little body moving all around. We could clearly see its hands and feet, the little one is quite flexible! It was sucking on its little fingers at one point and even turned to look at us :)