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In My Journal on
July 3, 2016

What I Ate While Pregnant – Second Trimester Pregnancy Diet

Second Trimerester Pregnancy Diet

I can’t believe I’m seven months pregnant now, that’s insane! Jack will be here in two short months and we are only just now starting to prepare the house. Wish us luck! These next few weekends are packed with home projects.

As time has gone on, my pregnancy diet has really changed. I’ve filmed two What I Ate videos over the course of my pregnancy so far, one at five months pregnant and one at six months pregnant, and it’s fun to me to look back and see the differences in them. Now that I’m at seven months, I’m thinking about filming one again. What do you guys think? Should I film a video every month until I’m due?

What I Eat In a Day – 5 Months Pregnancy Diet

  1. Iced Vanilla Coffee (Mio Energy Iced Vanilla Java with Milk)
  2. Energy Bites (Peanut butter, rice crispies, dates, and maple syrup or honey)
  3. In my Honest Company lunchbox (eaten during work hours)
    1. Apple
    2. Peanut butter and jelly sandwich
    3. Vanilla Snackpack
    4. Brightside soft baked granola in cinnamon brown sugar
    5. Snapea Crisps in XO Eco by Blue Avocado container
    6. Cheese and crackers
    7. Orange juice
  4. Pastellitos
  5. Chicken and pasta
  6. Orange creamsicle push pop

What I Eat in a Day – 6 Months Pregnancy Diet

  1. Smoothie bowl (strawberries, bananas, Welch’s  white grape juice, homemade granola, kiwis) – I’ve been obsessed with these!
  2. French vanilla Folgers coffee with Dunkin Donuts vanilla creamer
  3. Hamburger with Cape Cod original chips
  4. Chips and cowboy caviar (made with mixed vegetables, beans, and homemade dressing)
  5. Caesar salad
  6. Pizza
  7. Coffee Cake

Thinking on it, I get a lot hungrier at work! I definitely snack more when I’m not at home.

Thankfully I haven’t craved weird things. Did you have any of those funny movie-worthy cravings, like pickles and chocolate, when you were pregnant?

Keep up with more day-to-day pregnancy updates on my snapchat (rebecca.kelsey) and on Instagram @rebeccakelsey.

In Review on
July 13, 2015

Late Night Cookie Delivery in Miami, FL – Night Owl Cookie Co. Review

Night Owl Cookie Co Review

One night about a year ago (possibly more, I can’t remember exactly) Chris and I were in the mood for cookies. The problem was, it was already 10 PM and we were pretty tired. A few Google searches later, we found the late night cookie delivery service Night Owl Cookie Co. I am not sure why it took me so long to create a  review for this wonderful company because I am such a frequent customer that the owner knows me by name. I feel both proud and horrified by my cookie loving reputation.

Night Owl Cookie Co. was founded by a local Florida International University student, Andrew Gonzalez, who couldn’t find anything to satisfy his sweet tooth one night when he was cramming for a test. Talk about a light bulb moment! A few months later he was delivering cookies around campus.  Andrew is a really sweet person, who has helped me celebrate some of my life’s big moments this past year. He is a really caring person and I’m happy to support his small business.

Miami, FL cookie delivery service

[Look at that fresh cookie steam, yum. Forgive the poor lighting, these photos were taken at 9:30 PM.]

But now onto the mouthwatering cookies. To make an order, you need to choose at least eight cookies at $1.75 a piece. Each cookie is fairly large (a little larger than my palm) and there are 25 flavors to choose from. My must-haves include Rainbow Over Bedrock, Cheesecake, and Birthday Cake. The majority of the cookies have a chocolate chip cookie base, with the additional flavors added to the top of the cookie before baking. They open for phone orders at 7 PM  and close at 2 AM, Tuesday – Sunday.

These cookies are definitely not suited for those that are on strict diets because these are really decadent treats. I can only eat two cookies at a time because they are incredibly filling. Without a doubt they are worth $1.75 a cookie. Honestly, I’d even pay $3 a cookie.

Night Owl Cookie Co

The cookies are packaged in one box with the cookies stacked in layers. If you get your cookie hot out of the oven, you may find some of the cookies are a little stuck together. I can’t really think of a way to fix that problem other than by individually wrapping each cookie in wax paper and that just seems wasteful so I don’t mind an occasionally sticky cookie.

Night Owl Cookie Co Review

These cookies are great for when you are having guests over as well, although they do take awhile to deliver so I try to call the moment they open. Most of the wait periods I’ve experienced have been 1 to 2 hours but the time can increase during finals season (they really have an in with the college crowd) and during high peak party seasons like holidays. Night Owl Cookie Co. is upfront about the wait times, giving an estimate after your order and calling to let you know if a driver is running late from other deliveries.

Overall, I’m a very happy cookie muncher. With their upcoming physical location and rewards program (still in the works, launch TBA) I can only imagine I’ll be an even more frequent buyer.

If you live in Miami, FL, check out Night Owl Cookie Co. for your late night sweet desires.

In My Journal on
April 29, 2015

Hello May

Hello May - Goals for the month.

April is over. Totally over. Now we are in the season of May flowers and hotter days. It feels like Summer here already in Miami so I’m planning on dusting off my swim suit.

In April I made a few promises to myself, some I kept while others I completely dropped. The first two weeks of the month I dry brushed every day to help improve my blood circulation and tone up my skin. I loved the way dry brushing made me feel but it oddly also completely dehydrated me. I had to stop using it to get my body back into shape.

I’d like to try dry brushing again this month but with a little more caution and a water bottle next to me at all times.

I did not spend any time in the pool in April but I know I can make it happen this May. I’ve already set the date with my MIL for a pool session.

My creative writing #CampNaNo goal? That did not happen at all. My writing has taken a bit of a rest because of all of the job applications I’ve been sending out and my big blog reorganization project. On the bright side, all of the changes I wanted to make to the blog are now done. What do you think?! I’m so in love with my little space on the internet.

As for finishing my wedding album, I made one big push and finished it yesterday. Phew! I was already losing a lot of the little details so I’m so happy I got it done this month. This little album is like a big wedding diary that I’ll be able to look back on and read for years to come.

This May I have a few things in mind.

May goals:

  1. Ease back into dry brushing, following my routine every other night before bed instead of twice daily.
  2. Write down all of my saved recipes and add them to my new recipe box.
  3. Decide on a business name for my blog and start the process of making it legal.

That’s right, I want to start a legal business for my blog. More on that to come in the coming months.

Graphique recipe box

As for the recipe box, I bought this beautiful one for only $14.99 at Target yesterday. I find myself often googling my favorite recipes and then going back and forth from my computer to the kitchen. It isn’t an ideal situation. I also have a notebook with dozens of recipe cutouts from magazines that I never look at. This recipe box is meant to fix both problems. I can’t wait to get started on this mini project.

Graphique recipe box

The recipe box is not available on Target’s online store but the brand is called Graphique. You may be able to find a similar one on other online locations.

What are you currently planning for May? Any fun plans? 

Let’s share our goals to give ourselves a better chance at making them come true.

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In Tips on
September 2, 2014

Blog O’ Yum: Easy Crockpot Cheese Fondue

Hi Kind Friends!

Fondue is probably one of my favorite meals. It’s such a simple meal yet it pleases me so much! When I got my Crockpot (slow cooker) during our wedding shower (Thanks Henry and Lina!) Chris and I immediately thought about making fondue. It’s not something you would traditionally think of with a Crockpot, but we just aren’t normal.

On several occasions we’ve attempted fondue in a pot over our stove but the clean up just isn’t easy. The cheese always sticks and hardens at the bottom, making cleaning really difficult and time consuming. This does not happen with a Crockpot!

cheese fondue

Check out the simple directions below.  I recommend starting this before you get hungry because it does take an hour for the cheese to get to the right temperature.

Supplies (serves 4):

  1. 12 ounces of sharp cheddar cheese
  2. Flour
  3. Beer can (we used Coors Light but Chris recommends using a lager instead)
  4. Seasonings (we used salt, pepper, and garlic powder)
  5. Things for dipping (we used apples, tortilla chips, and bread)
  6. Crockpot or other slow cooker
  7. Bowl
  8. Stirring instrument

Instructions:

  1. Turn your slow cooker onto high
  2. Add a quarter can of beer as a base
  3. In a separate bowl, mix the cheese with a handful of flour. Flour helps the cheese mix with the beer base. We got this tip from The Melting Pot!
  4. Add the cheese and flour mixture into the slow cooker and mix
  5. Add in any seasonings
  6. Mix again
  7. Let the Crockpot cook for one hour
  8. While it’s cooking, prepare your dippers. I am obsessed with apples and cheese, it’s delicious.
  9. Enjoy!

This recipe is also posted on my food Tumblr! Check out and reblog the post here.

How do you fondue? 
In Review on
June 26, 2014

Bulu Box June 2014 Review

bulu box discover healty review

Hi girls! Today I have my last Bulu Box for the brand ambassador program. Do not worry though, being a brand ambassador does not change my opinion on these products. As you know from my last Bulu Box post, I did not like the May box.

If you like what I have to say in this post and want to give Bulu Box a try, get it for 50% off with this link and the code BULUGAN659. For a limited time you also get a 1 year subscription to my favorite magazine, Women’s Health Mag!

Let’s see how well the June box did! I’ll talk about my final thoughts on the program at the end of this post.

 

In the above video I go over the items received in this month’s box (and show my new kitty!):

  1. $100 code (off of $160 purchase) to NakedWines.com
  2. Bach Rescue Pearls natural stress relief dissolvable capsules
  3. Nature’s Bakery Raspberry Fig Bar
  4. Stevia
  5. Uplift Pre-Workout Energy Raspberry Lemonade
  6. Purus Labs Aminod Strawberry Limeade Repletion Drink
  7. Pur-Absorb iron rich water

All of the above are linked to Amazon but can also be purchased on Bulu Box’s store.

I haven’t been stressed enough to try the Bach Rescue Pearls yet but I did try the Pur-Absorb iron rich water. I’m definitely not a fan. If you can ignore the taste I’m sure it’s very beneficial but it’s just disgusting to me. It tastes very similarly to that copper taste you get in your mouth when you have a nose bleed, yuck.

bulu box june review

For my final thoughts on Bulu Box: I think it’s a great idea behind a subscription box. Based on the three boxes I received – I loved the April box the most, followed closely by June, but I didn’t enjoy May’s box at all. Two out of three isn’t too bad. I think the price is reasonable but I do wish there was more full sized products or larger samples. I also wasn’t a fan of how often the boxes contained powdered drink samples, those just aren’t my cup of tea.

Try Bulu Box for 50% meaning get a full year for only the price of 6 months!) with the code BULUGAN659 and my link.

In Review on
May 30, 2014

May Bulu Box 2014 – Health and Fitness Subscription Box Review

bulu box health review

Two weeks ago (sorry for the delayed post!) I received my second Bulu Box as part of the Bulu Box Brand Ambassador Program. Even though I’m part of the program, my boxes are exactly what other subscribers would get. I just happened to have got it for free. This in no way changes my opinions of the product and I am always completely honest with my readers.

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Bulu Box is a health and fitness box for $10 a month where you get samples and occasional full sized products aimed at helping you look and feel your best. They have their traditional box and a weight loss aimed box. I’m happy to report that for a limited time you can get a full one year subscription to my favorite magazine, Women’s Health Magazine, when you buy a subscription to Bulu Box. Get 50% off your Bulu Boxes with my special referral link and code BULUGAN659.

My first Bulu Box was a complete hit. I loved all of the items and found it to be worth the $10 price tag. This month I am not as fond of what I received. Take a look at the pictures below.

unbiased bulu box review

fitness subscription bulu box

Included in this month’s box:

  1. Vivioptal Multivitamin and Multisupplement Co Q10 and Omega 3
  2. Youtheory Collagen Type 1, 2, and 3
  3. Ridgecrest Herbals Migrane Relief homeopathic remedy
  4. Scratch Exercise Hydration Mix with Lemons and Limes
  5. Smarty Pants Gummy Vitamins
  6. BioXGenic Nature’s Desire for Women

Everything above is linked to the products on Amazon for your convenience (except the last one, a Bulu Box exclusive) but you can also purchase all of these products on the Bulu Box store.

Also in the box came a 30 day free trial to BooyaFitness.com and some coupons for Simple Being Nutrition.

Coupons for Simple Nutrition products on BuluBox.com:

  • Save 10% with code BESIMPLE
  • $5 off any Slimming Smoothie product with code SMOOTH15
  • 2 for $30 on Daily Personal Vitamin Gummies with code GUMMY30
  • $12.50 for Daily Probiotic with code SIMPLEPRO

I can see the value in the samples to all of these products, especially in getting a free month of a fitness website, but I was still disappointed. When I think of health, I don’t think about supplements. So it was surprising to me to havea  box filled with 5 types of pills, 1 energy powder, and a fitness website trial. I think if I had gotten this box as my first box I would have been worried but thankfully the April Box was really good.

What kinds of items would you expect in a healthy living box?

 

Don’t forget if you want to try Bulu Box, use my referral link and the code BULUGAN659 to get 50% off any of the subscription options.

It looks like my third (I believe also my final in the ambassador program) will have to be the deciding factor.