Baby Walter Duke

May 11, 2015

baby3Well, it’s been 5 weeks since our baby Walter joined the world, and a lot longer since I blogged. Turns out, I’m really bad at blogging. Ha.

On April 7th 2015 at 10:44 in the morning, Walter Duke was born!

6 lbs 5 oz // 18 inches

Healthy. Happy. Well.

On Monday April 6th, while out for my nightly walk with Bauer, our black lab, I was having some pretty intense back pain. Not thinking it was labor pains, I kept walking. Then my water broke. So I walked faster. Made it home and made some quick arrangements for a babysitter to come be with Miles, grabbed the bag (that had been packed for 2 months…just in case) and 14 relatively quiet hours later, Walter arrived.

I feel spoiled and almost unworthy to have the blessing of experiencing 2 smooth deliveries of 2 healthy baby boys in my life. I have no words to express the relief and gratitude I feel. Other than some intense labor pain and nausea on the way to the hospital, everything went swimmingly. (I may or may not have barfed outside the window of our moving car a couple times)

Sorry, Seattle drivers.

I know a lot of women who have the strength and all mighty super power to have babies all naturally, at home, with out medicine or doctors. Good for them…

YOU GO GIRLS.

I however, am NOT one of those. And I don’t feel bad about it.

I am so grateful to live in a time with such amazing technology and experienced doctors, whom I fully put my trust in to help bring this little squirt into the world. The nurses and doctors at Swedish Medical Center in Seattle were truly fantastic, and they deserve lots of praise, treats and presents.

Adjusting to life with 2 kids has been a blur. We are tired, there’s always a pile of laundry in the corner, dishes in the sink, and always something wet on my shirt, the origin of which is anyone’s guess. Big brother Miles had a really hard time the first week. There was a lot of acting out, and he called us “Bwittany” and “Bwandon” in an angry tone instead of “Mom and Dad” for a while, but, he’s calmed down now and we’ve gained our parental titles back. We’ve all survived the first 5 weeks and things are moving right along. I have majorly slacked on taking photos. (Something I’m sure to regret in a few months when I am sad that he is big and I wish I had 500 pictures on my iPhone to cry over.) But here are a few blurry, dark ones from the hospital and from our first week at home…

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SAUTÉED VEGGIE & EGG SALAD

March 12, 2015

I’ve been trying really hard to eat more healthy lately. The first 6 months of this pregnancy was fueled by a lot of really bad greasy, salty, cheap fast food. For some reason the only thing that I ever had an appetite for were accompanied by fries and smothered in cheese. And then there were the donuts…

While weight gain is not a huge concern for me while pregnant (after all…that is what you are supposed to do) health, especially of the baby, is a concern, and I decided it was time to start eating healthy near the beginning of my third trimester. Better late than never?

Last summer I gave the old WHOLE 30 plan a try. I actually did it 2 times completely with no cheating. I fell in love with the changes it made in my body and mind. I found I had a surplus of energy, focus, and motivation. My skin cleared and my hair looked shinier and healthier than it had in years. I did not lose tons of pounds. This is not a “crash diet” or “cleanse” that’s going to make you drop a bunch of weight. The WHOLE 30 lifestyle is not about losing weight, but it’s about gaining health. For me, it gave me a sense of control which I don’t always have over my appetite.

So, at the beginning of my third trimester I started cutting out the crap and filling in the goods. Using the “WHOLE 30 PLAN” as a guideline, but not doing it 100% right now. I do take in some grains a few times a week. My meals mainly consist of veggies (mainly greens), proteins, and fruits. Of course I do have an occasional treat/splurge…after-all it is Cadbury Egg season…but my cravings for sweets and carbs have lessened noticeably. I eat plenty of calories and fats, but most of them are coming from clean sources. I don’t even want know how many avocados I consume in a week…

I can’t believe what a difference the last several weeks has made. I feel SO MUCH BETTER than when I was having a daily serving of Taco Bell. My energy is bursting through the roof (which for  a naturally lazy person who is 35 weeks pregnant, is amazing!) I sleep better and more solid at night, I hardly ever crave sugar. I find that I crave strawberries, oranges, and bananas above all else. It’s like a switch was flipped in my body and instead of processed sugars, it just wants natural sugars. It really is amazing. I make sure to eat a lot of fruits and vegetables, eggs, avocados, nuts, and almond butter. I eat snacks throughout the day to make sure I’m getting enough food for the baby. I drink tons of water and no soda.

Here is an example of a common lunch I eat. It’s so easy, and full of healthy things. It’s fresh and light, but leaves me feeling full and satisfied.

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Start with a pile of fresh spring mix greens on a plate.

Toss some broccoli, onion, asparagus (or carrots, peppers etc…whatever you have on hand will do!) in a pan with some olive oil or coconut oil. Add salt, pepper, and fresh garlic. Stir fry them around to your liking. Then, add a fresh chopped tomato into the hot pain. (this will add a natural sweetness) Just toss all the veggies around for about 40 seconds with the tomatoes, then dump the hot veggies onto the spring mix lettuce on your plate.

While the pan is still hot and lightly coated with the oil, crack an egg in and cook it to over-easy (I prefer over-medium) Then slide the egg off the pan onto the warm veggies.

Drizzle olive oil over the top, add salt & pepper to taste, and garnish with 1/2 an avocado.

The olive oil, hot veggies and egg yolk come together and wilt the greens a little. It Makes a yummy, easy, healthy, and “WHOLE 30 compliant” meal. It’s loaded with good fats and proteins good for baby growing, or just for you!

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ENJOY!

CLOSET SALE!

March 2, 2015

Nesting is in full bloom around here. The 6 week count down till baby has begun, and suddenly all I want to do is clean every closet, drawer, cupboard, and corner of the house. I am purging. I cleaned my closet and am having in Instagram closet sale on Monday March 2nd. @gypsyclosetsale

Here’s a mini glance at a few things that will be available. Everything is in excellent or brand new condition. First person to leave email in comments will receive a PayPal invoice within 24 hours. Invoice must be paid with 24 hours or item will go to 2nd person to leave email.

$3 shipping applied to every order + $1 per additional item.

(USA ONLY)

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XOXO

JUST GOOD COOKIES

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Sometimes you just need a good old fashioned cookie. No bells, whistles, special tricks or complicated 17 step recipes. Just cookies.
Here’s a classic Oatmeal Cookie recipe that never fails me. (The raisons, coconut and nuts are all optional…but you should opt for yes. It’s delicious.)
WHAT YOU NEED:
 
2 STICKS OF BUTTER SOFTENED
3/4 CUP BROWN SUGAR (PACKED)
1/2 CUP GRANULATED SUGAR
2 EGGS
1 TEASPOON VANILLA
1 1/2 CUPS FLOUR
1 TEASPOON BAKING SODA (I ADD A DASH EXTRA)
1 TEASPOON CINNAMON
1/2 TEASPOON SALT
3 CUPS ROLLED OATS
1 CUP RAISONS (OPTIONAL)
1/2 CUP SHREDDED COCONUT (OPTIONAL)
1/2 CUP CHOPPED PECANS (OPTIONAL)
 
WHAT YOU DO:
 
(Heat oven to 350)
Mix butter, and sugars with a mixer until creamy. Then add the eggs and vanilla.
Add the flour, baking soda, cinnamon and salt. Mix well.
Add oats, raisons, coconut, nuts. (This will be thick. Your arms will have a nice work out)
Drop cookie dough (ooooh oatmeal cookie dough is the BEST) in rounded spoonfuls, or use a cookie scoop. Bake 7-10 minutes and remove from heat quickly after you pull them out.
Your house will smell amazing.
(Should make about 4 dozen cookies)
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Enjoy!
XOXO
Brittany

A FRESH START

February 27, 2015

OK!

Well, things are wrapping up nicely over at Gypsy Threads, which is sad and satisfying all at once. I do love my little online shoppe, but I’m excited for the opportunity to focus on my little family.

I am excited to launch this new blog, mostly for the sake of my own sanity. I am a person who needs a creative outlet all the time. I go crayyyzee if I don’t have some kind of project or activity of my own. When my first baby (Miles) was born 3 years ago, I had just sold my store in SLC, and we moved to Washington. I took about a year off to focus on being a mom and adjusting to life in a new place. That time was so good for me. It was a chance to breath, and take in the fact that life as a non-parent was over. After about a year, I was craving for the creative outlet. That’s when I started Gypsy Threads.

For me, running the online retail business is a bit overwhelming with 2 kids. So, this blog will hopefully tide me over till the time comes when I am ready and able to restart the business, or maybe jump into something new.

I know…who needs another blog to read? Who the hell cares?  I get it. Even I find it slightly annoying. But, I’m gonna give it a go. I’m not selling anything, I’m not pushing a brand or agenda. I’m sarcastic and messy. This is just a little space to doodle some nonsense.

I hope you’ll give it a chance!

Thanks for all your support over the last 2 years…I really do appreciate all the customers, followers and friends I’ve made along the way.

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XOXO

Brittany