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Homemade kale chips!

I really, really love kale, so I wanted to try to make homemade kale chips. It turns out it’s super easy (just don’t put in as much salt as I accidentally did. Blergh, I blame my pregnancy brain.)

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Turns out, it’s super easy to make. I tossed some kale and a tablespoon of olive oil in a bowl. At this point, the recipe says to also add a tablespoon of salt, but apparently the recipe was expecting me to have a much higher kale ratio on hand. Next time, I’ll just put a sprinkle of salt on before hand, and add on as I go.

Then you bake for 30-35 minutes after pre-heating your oven to 300 degrees! Halfway through, you stir the food so it doesn’t burn to the pan, I guess. Super yummy. You can see the final product above. I can’t say it’s a quick snack, since you have to wait over 30 minutes for it to finish baking, but it was delicious. I will definitely make it again, but add less salt, haha.

 

 

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Organizing for dummies

Phew. I’ve found that organizing the bedroom drawers can be quite the arduous task. It’s nice to have it out of the way, though. I had my husband sort through the junk drawer, and he put everything in shoeboxes for me. I decided to decorate them, but the first one was so difficult and didn’t turn out as well as I’d hoped, so I only did one. *Sigh.*

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Shoeboxes make very handy drawer organizers when you’re on a budget.

 

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I also separated all the t-shirts, gym clothes, and p.j.’s as well. 

 

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*Phew!*

Since I’m relatively new to the blogosphere, most people probably don’t know I’ve struggled with organization my whole life. It just doesn’t come naturally to me, and I’m really using my pregnancy to try and get myself organized, so it’ll be easier for me once the baby gets here. Or so is the plan. One thing I bought was this gem on Amazon:

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I really love how it can keep all your small trinkets/toiletries together in clear, see-through pockets so if you’re a frequent flyer you can just open it up and security can see everything.

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And, behind that layer, there’s another layer, where you could probably fit all your travel sized shampoos, conditioners, and body wash.

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We travel a great deal, so right now the plan is to pack this sucker for my upcoming trip to the hospital (to deliver the baby) and just keep it packed with travel-sized toiletries for when we go somewhere. 

Oh, bonus — it has a hook!

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That’ll be super nice to keep it out of the way if I have to stay at the hospital for a longer period of time for any reason.

 

 

 

 

 

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My baby is stealing all my nutrients!

This third trimester is hitting me hard. Between baby flip-flopping all over the side I’m trying to sleep on, to horrible leg cramps, to nausea whenever I’m sitting in the passenger side of the car… I’m longing to return to the energy I had in the second trimester, but I still want to be this far along. It’s like a different feeling to the first trimester, but I’m still miserable.

The only solution I’ve found is Gatorade!

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Yes, the only thing I can find to keep the leg cramps/Charlie Horses away is Gatorade. A little bit keeps them far, far away so I can get a bit more sleep.

I also took a childbirth class. They covered everything in one day — like signs you’re going into labor, signs you need to call your doctor, and all the steps of labor. We didn’t go through Lamaze techniques as much as I would have liked, though. But I feel more comfortable now that I’ve seen the L & D ward at the hospital. They also went through all the pain relief techniques — both medicated and natural. I picked up some free stuff with the Parenting magazine they gave out:

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In case you can’t tell, there’s some coupons, Aquaphor, and nursing pads in there. Hey, every bit helps, right?

Oh, and as an added bonus, here’s a picture of me standing by the Winnie-the-pooh display at Downtown Disney, looking very pregnant and hot, haha. Hot as in it’s 92 degrees at 9 o’clock at night, not sexy. 😉

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