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Baby Friday- Week 15

Sorry for the blurry pic...lots of excitement these days for photos.
Sorry for the blurry pic…lots of excitement these days for photos.


This week has definitely been a whirlwind, and I think everyone is adjusting to the idea of having a little girl around here. Well sort of, I bought tiny pink shoes but they’re still in the bag on the counter….so I’m not sure what that says about my level of acceptance. This week has mainly been focused on Mason’s first day of pre-school! Such a crazy day, that kid is having the time of his life, and I was of course a sobbing mess ( I did wait until the parking lot to lose it, so that’s a win in my book). We’re struggling a little bit with potty training, but I think there’s just a lot going on for him. Plus the force is strong with this one. When he decides he wants to play with his toys and pee on the floor, that’s what is going to happen. So lots of changes for everyone and overall we’re all managing them decently well. At least I think . 🙂

My mom has been in Phoenix for the last 10 days helping to take care of my newest nephew for my brother and sister while she transitions back to work, which has been awesome for them, and so wonderful for my mom to spend so much time with them,  as well as annoying for us. We need Mama Phelan here! Although it has given me a taste of what life would be like anytime I get sick of housing prices in San Diego and threaten to move to some godforsaken town where we could have two houses. Yeah, that’s not happening.  I might make my dad add on a second story to their house for us before its all said and done, not sure about those details yet, but we’ll have to work something out so we can stay close. 🙂

I can’t say enough about how obsessed I am with the Tracey Anderson preggo exercise DVD’s. Its definitely not cardio, but it’s been so awesome for my arms and legs and I don’t get dizzy and almost pass out when I do it, so that’s a major bonus. I have some low blood pressure issues not pregnant, and moving from floor to standing quickly is tough for me, and doing it pregnant is just a mess. So this video is great!!! I’m still just trying to fit it into our schedule, since Mason thinks I’m just a jungle gym for him if I’m exercising and he gets dangerously close to kicked in the face every time I try to do it with him awake. Work in progress.


Week: 15
Date: 8/22/14

How big is baby? A Hass avocado. Not one of those measly ones that goes on sale…the big mamas.

Pregnancy symptoms? Still hot. Still cranky.

Cravings? Giant hamburgers from Islands with those cheese fries. Which I haven’t gotten because Josh goes to Islands “all the time” because there is one right by his work and he is “over it”. Rude.

Aversions? I’ve been forcing myself to eat eggs this week. I just feel like I know they’re good for me and a good protein option and I need more variety first thing. Raw chicken is still a no-go, although I’ve been eyeballing some Asian style chicken marinades that I’m considering attempting next week. Maybe with my eyes closed? Or maybe Mase can just dump it all in the crockpot for me. 🙂

Best moment this week? Picking up Mase from pre-school and hearing “Mommy! You came back!!!”

What are you looking forward to next week? My mom being home. Also going to Phoenix for Labor Day weekend! It’s been 3 months and we have lots of family to see and a new baby cousin to kiss!

What emotions have you been experiencing this week? Thankfully less crying than last week. Only on the first day of school was it a problem.

Are you wearing maternity clothes?No but my favorite jeans officially need the rubber band on the button.

Any stretch marks? Not yet.

How much weight have you gained? Waiting for my next doctor’s appointment to find out. 🙂

Belly button in or out? In

Felt anything? Sometimes if I have pee really bad (so always) I feel some flutters. Maybe.

Know gender? Totally a girl.

Names? I like Scarlet, but Josh is on the fence because he “doesn’t know anyone named Scarlet”.  But he’s tricky, because if he does know someone with a name I like, its out too. For example, I suggested Georgia, and he refused because his Aunt is named Georgia May, and although I’ve only ever heard her called “Aunt May” in the 7 years I’ve known him, apparently that’s enough for a no. We’ll figure it out, I might just name her Knox since that was my boy name. 🙂

What baby project are you working on? Obsessed with getting a Silhouette Cameo so I can craft. For everything, but especially for the baby.

Any guesses on when you’ll go into labor? I had a dream last night I went into labor 4 weeks early and she was healthy and normal sized and I was happy. Hopefully that’s a prophetic dream.

Whole30 Day 17

Okay, so I’m so behind I don’t have time for rants, but Day 17 was nicer than Day 18. 🙂 Except that Mason stole my snack of raw cashews  in the afternoon and that was a low point of our day. Actually it wasn’t even the lowest point of the day. That comes during dinner. Read on to find out how awesome it was. 🙂


Here is what I ate

Breakfast: Veggie hash, and uncured preservative free sausage again 🙂

Lunch: My tuna/avocado mix on Costco Kale salad with balsamic vinegar

Dinner: Grilled Tilapia with lemon, Tony’s and garlic, grilled asparagus with olive oil and salt and pepper and a zucchini/carrot hash that was an accident. 🙂 My darling husband called to see if he could start dinner since I was running behind, and I asked him if he would julienne the two zucchini in the fridge and put it in a pan to stir fry it. I got home and bless his heart he used our cheese grater because he thought I just “wanted” a julienne peeler, he forgot I had one. 🙂 So as it was cooking, it got a little mushy so I threw in shredded carrots and turned into a hash of sorts. I thought it was pretty tasty, but when I forced my toddler to eat some of it (he has to eat a little bit of everything on his plate every night), he forced himself to gag and then proceeded to vomit the entire dinner he had previously eaten.  Pretty much summarizes my day in a nutshell.

Snack: I ate dates rolled in coconut and an apple with almond butter flavored with 100%cacao. This is definitely in the no SWYPO section of the Whole30 plan, and I immediately felt horribly guilty almost like I had committed some huge sin against humanity. Talk about issues with food! It was a rough hour or so but I decided that if cacao in the almond butter kept me clean for the rest of this thing….then so be it. Don’t get me started on the Instagram war on “cheating” on your Whole30. People are passionate about their rules for  food!

Making 2014 Count

martinez party of three

I’ve been on a kick lately to follow new people in Instagram. I’ve been finding this amazing group of women who are these strong, successful, creative and beautiful people who are moms and work and do everything in between. Recently, one of the lovely ladies I follow encouraged everyone to write a blog post on how you want to make 2014 count. You can read more about this kind of amazing lady on here blog at .

I have been struck these last few days by my feelings of excitement for the new year. This overwhelming sense of freshness and newness gets in my soul in this week between Christmas and New Years Day, and I make lists and goals and organize things and even get crazy and throw out the sugar leftover from Christmas. My main goal for this year is to keep this feeling inside all year long, and to translate it to every new day, every new week, every new hour. It’s so easy to get beat down as the year trods on and you’re not where you want to be, or things aren’t how you would like them, and life just seems hard and blah. (This is usually  my April and August….) I want to channel this energy to the reality that every new day is a gift, and worth being excited about.

I’m in love with the idea of a new year bringing new opportunities and the chance for new goals and aspirations for myself and for my family. I love the idea of a word for the year, a word to live by that would encourage me and keep me focused on what can often be a long 365 days.

My word for 2014 is HOPE.

Last year was a rough one, and I so often found myself with no hope. The words that would have described most of my 2013 were those of hopeLESSness, sadness, bitterness, anger and even a little hate sometimes. This year I want this truth to characterize my year,

“…We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure.”- Heb 6:19

I have a hope that reaches beyond my circumstances and beyond what my eyes can see, a hope that is the deepest and truest anchor while my soul is tossed around by all that life throws at me.

I’m learning a little bit at a time, day by day, that while God’s plan is a mysterious and painful one at times, we have been given the power to be “joyful in hope, patient in affliction, and faithful in prayer”. Joyful in hope, not anxious and worried and annoyed and angry. Joyful. I feel like I used to be a joyful person. Life kind of wears me out and I find myself sad, tired and empty. I think it all goes hand in hand. Hopelessness brings out so much sadness. But the good news is, I can choose to have hope, I can choose to be joyful, and I can choose to embrace my limitations and my situations and have hope that at the end of the day, its all working out for good.

So this year, 2014, with all of your bright and shiny new beginnings, I am going to make you count by having HOPE. Every day, even the hard ones, every hour, especially the hard ones. Obviously I can’t do it alone, but here’s my rough plan

But this I call to mind, and therefore I have hope. The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. “The Lord is my portion”, says my soul, “therefore I will hope in him.” – Lam 3:21-24

I’m sure I’ll be chanting this verse a lot the coming year, so if you see and/or hear me, don’t be jealous of how cool I look.

Here’s to making 2014 count, one hopeful day at a time.



Fall fashion wishes

Today brought us crisp, cool weather here in southern California, made us want hot coffee and booties! Time to start our fall shopping/wish list! Check out these cute booties, by one of our faves, Mr Sam Edelman! They can be purchased at your local Nordstrom (or They are called, the Lucca bootie.

And if you want to pair the booties with a cute outfit for a last minute date night, I thought this would be fab! (also can be found at Nordstrom! By RobinK , in BP department)
Happy Fall!!



DIY Gel Manicure Attempt 1

Good Morning and Happy Tuesday!

I am constantly on the quest for the perfect manicure. I am OCD about a few things in my life, and my nails are definitely one of them. Since we abandoned the acrylics (SUCH a love-hate relationship), and moved on to simply manicures, we still have issues. Before baby, I had time & money to get my weekly mani, and I usually had decently good luck with it looking nice until my next appointment. Fast forward to now….and we have the perfect storm of problems. No time and definitely no extra money (I mean, for $12 I could get 3 coffees….which I feel like I need more these days). So we introduce the home manicure. Which I love, don’t get me wrong. But now with baby and hand washing and **why in the heck are there so many more dishes?!?**, we have trouble with them lasting. So our next option is gel polish. Looks like regular polish, but stays super shiny and lasts for up to 3 weeks. Or at least when you get them done at the salon. I am officially on a quest for achieving these same results at home, and for less money. I began my quest with Pinterest, like all normal people, and I found a few good options. My starting place was from here , a really fantastic blog I found called Hairspray & HIghheels. Love it!!! She suggests a product from Sally’s Beauty called Gelous Advanced Nail Gel Coat, and layers it with her existing polish. I ran out to Sally’s yesterday, grabbed the Gelous, and searched through my collection of polish for something I could commit to for at least a week. I settled on OPIs Skyfall from their Bond collection last year. Its a great dark plummy purple, very close to my absolute favorite, We’ll Always Have Paris, which I couldn’t find. : ) She has great instructions on her blog post, and I followed them exactly for my experiment.

I had only one problem.

We should rename this manicure to the “Ain’t Nobody Got Time For That” Mani. I mean seriously, there are 6 coats of polish involved. I can barely survive the two plus top coat regimen without smudges on my best day! But the baby was asleep, and I powered through, and worked on this manicure in between budget reports at my home office. (having to work while manicuring keeps me focused and from totally forgetting what I was doing and ruining my nails. Just a little trick I picked up in my stay at home working mom life).

I got all the coats on, and my nails really did look fabulous. Super shiny, perfect hue of polish, and I had the highest of hopes!

photo 4(1)

Fast forward to 35 minutes later, the baby wakes up. I’m still nervous because I KNOW my polish isn’t totally dry yet, so I make the baby shimmy up my arms without touching my nails. (Jump baby! Jump to mama!), then I manage to grab his sippy and some fruit without a scratch and I am overjoyed. Until I look at the clock and realize its time to get dinner going and move on with my life, so I’ve got to take a chance. That’s when it happened. Two fingers totally ruined! (Sorry for the blurry photo, my iPhone photo skills need work)

Ruined Gel Fingers

At this point I questioned my commitment because I totally knew I wasn’t going to redo them. I decided to continue my experiment with the other 8 fingers. Don’t judge me, we all have to pick our battles. I’ll post every day on my progress!! Here’s to fake gel mani’s!!!!