Thanksgiving in ‘Bama

We just had the best time spending an unplugged weekend with family in Alabama. We did a lot of eating, walking, porch-sittin’, cribbage playing, catfish catchin’, chopping down trees, bonfire making, laughing, beer drinking, and armadillo chasin’. The weather was absolutely perfect and in case you’re wondering, the pies turned out pretty great 🙂
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It’s the Holiday Season

Over the river and through the woods, to Alabama we go! We are currently en route to spend the long holiday weekend with Ryan’s family and I am so thankful to be able to spend Thanksgiving with a house full of people. We are about 2 hours into our drive and I’ve already eaten McDonalds, took a nap and we’ve started listening to the book Unbroken. (I accidentally slept through the first hour of the book much to Ryan’s dismay.)

It really started to feel like the holidays this morning while I watched the Today Show and baked 6 pies.

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In case you still need to make your pies for tomorrow, here are the recipes I used: Apple, Pecan, and Pumpkin. Fingers crossed they turned out okay!

Whatever you make, whatever you do tomorrow I hope you have a wonderful holiday with people you are thankful for. I know I have a lot to be thankful for this year.

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Happy Thanksgiving!

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Happy birthday to this stud who just needs Johnny Walker Black, key lime pie and foie gras to be happy (we crossed foie gras off of Ryan’s food bucket list tonight and it was pretty delicious).

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I’m so glad you were born on this day 31 years ago!

What to Watch This Weekend

Happy Friday! In case you are looking for some entertainment this weekend, I wanted to tell you about a really amazing documentary we watched last night. It’s called Alive Inside (click here to see the trailer) and it exposes the power that music has with dementia patients. Incredibly touching, thought-provoking, and sweet – and it’s streaming on Netflix! Makes you want to get out and start volunteering, or at least hug your grandparent!

And if you need something warm and comforting to eat while you watch, let me recommend this Pepperjack Potato Soup from Iowa Girl Eats. It’s got a little kick from the pepperjack cheese, but it is so so good. We were all licking our bowls last night and proclaimed this recipe to be “McCleary Approved”.

Have a great weekend!

#TBT Savannah Style

While my parents were visiting in October we took a day trip to Savannah which is conveniently less than 2 hours away from Charleston. Since we were just there for the day we jammed a lot of sightseeing in.
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Our day started with a trolley tour. Definitely recommended if you’ve never been to Savannah before – you get a layout of the city in a one hour tour so you know where you want to spend your time the rest of the day.

Of course no trip to Savannah would be complete without walking around with peach sangrias! This was a hard one to miss out on…

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We decided to eat at Paula Dean’s restaurant, The Lady and Sons, for lunch just to say we did it. The food wasn’t anything special and the wait was long but at least we got to meet the butter queen herself!

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The rest of our day was spent with lots of walking and visiting the beautiful Bonaventure Cemetery.

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My sister and I decided that we want to take a day trip to Savannah just to do some shopping next time! There are so many cute stores on the little side streets that I can’t wait to go in. Maybe we’ll go back after February when I can sip one of those peach sangrias while we shop. Savannah is just lovely.

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Giving Thanks

The air is colder, colorful leaves are now on the ground, and like my mantle reminds me every day, this is the season of giving thanks.

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Here are the things I am thankful for today:
1. That this is what cold weather looks like here.

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2. That I was able to dig my pea coat out of storage and it still looked cute with one of the buttons unbuttoned and my belly sticking out.
3. For this amazing bahn mi sandwich from Bon Bahn Mi that is not only the best bahn mi I’ve ever had, but the best sandwich in the world period.

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4. For this dog that loves nothing more than being snuggled up in a blanket.

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5. And for my sister for picking up hot chocolate and marshmallows for me to curb my chocolate craving.

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Promote What You Love: Pregnancy Edition

I’m officially 27 weeks pregnant and in case you’re wondering Mom, the baby is the size of a rutabaga! Anyone know what a rutabaga looks like? Nope, me either. But my weekly email from TheBump.com tells me that baby boy is 1.5-2.5 lbs and is between 13.6-14.8 inches long. He’s kick kick kickin’ me all the time and I can’t get enough of it.

At almost 7 month pregnant, there have been 5 things that have totally saved my life thus far so I thought I’d share them!

1. The Snoogle!

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A lot of people have asked me how I’ve been sleeping now that I’m getting bigger. Honestly, I was worried about this too because I’m a stomach sleeper and having a big belly is not very conducive to sleeping that way. I bought this Snoogle off Amazon and it is AMAZING. It is huge and takes up a lot of the bed, but it totally helps me sleep comfortably on my side. I’ve even caught Ryan taking a nap with this pillow. You look like a big nerdo, but it’s so great to sleep with whether you’re pregnant or not!

2. Pregtastic Podcast

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I can’t remember how I found this podcast, but I have learned so much from listening to this super entertaining and informative show about pregnancy and labor/delivery. While unfortunately I don’t think this podcast is still in production, you can still download all of their episodes from a couple years ago on iTunes. Each episode is centered on a specific topic or new moms tell their birth stories. I can’t recommend this podcast enough for new moms!

3. Prenatal Yoga at Holy Cow Yoga Center

The hour that I take prenatal yoga might be my absolute favorite time of the week. Calming, relaxing, strengthening, empowering – there’s nothing better. It’s amazing to see the moms in the class who are about to pop any second continuing to come to yoga each week. PS: This is what I wore to yoga yesterday – tank, capris, and flip flops with no jacket. I love living in Charleston 🙂

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4. The Maternity BeBand 

The BeBand is like a version of the BellaBand that you can buy from Target. It helps extend the life of your pre-pregnancy pants by allowing you to wear your pants totally unbuttoned (and unzipped in my case now) without them falling down.

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While the BeBand doesn’t work on all of my pants – the low rise pants won’t stay up – I am still able to wear a couple pairs of my pants from last year which is pretty great. Since most of the shirts I wear are long, you never even would know I’m wearing the band.

5. The TummyRub Butter

To hopefully prevent stretch marks, I started using Palmers Cocoa Butter right when I found out I was pregnant. However, I always kind of dreaded putting it on because the smell was so gross to me! I ordered some stretch mark preventative oil and it is just so sticky. Thankfully, I was gifted this awesome TubbyRub Butter and it is a zillion times better! It smells fresh and citrusy, it’s thick without being greasy, and so far it’s working great.

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Of course my stomach isn’t done stretching so check back with me in a couple months and I’ll let you know if it worked or not 🙂