Pregnancy Update…

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Alright, I knew pregnancy would go by quickly….but HOW am I already at 29.5 weeks?!  It seems like the 2nd trimester went by faster than the first which makes me terrified for how quickly these last 10.5 weeks (assuming baby Rogers waits that long to make his/her entrance) will go by.  I find that as the due date (rapidly) approaches, a lot of feelings and emotions start popping up.  I find it’s a mix of excitement, anticipation, joy, fear, unpreparedness, anxiousness and sometimes panic.  When we first found out I was pregnant, I was like ‘ppshhhh 9 months???  I’ve got sooooo much time’ and now it’s more like Read More

Thoughts On Trading in Safety For Authenticity

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“Caution:  If you trade in your authenticity for safety, you may experience the following:  anxiety, depression, eating disorders, addiction, rage, blame, resentment, and inexplicable grief.” – Brene Brown.  Wow.  I don’t know about you, but that quote really hits home.  A couple of years ago I was sitting in at least 3-4 of those things listed and it was because I had no idea who my true self was, and that was eating away at my sense of worthiness as a person.   Read More

Meatless Monday Veggie Pesto Pasta (Gluten Free)

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Do you partake in Meatless Monday?  I usually don’t…but I do like the whole idea behind it and think it’s a GREAT way to focus on veggies and other sources of protein.  I titled this ‘Meatless Monday’ because it sounds good and it’s actually a thing, but this meal is a winner for any night you need a quick and easy dinner in under 30 minutes!  I shared a picture of this meal last week and I received some requests for the recipe – so today you’re going to get it! Read More

I Want To Hear From YOU!

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Hey Guys!  Happy Wednesday!  So this post is going to be short, sweet and to the point.  As I am approaching the 3 month countdown to Baby Rogers, I am beginning to work on content for my blog so that I can have the regular weekly posts go out while I’m adjusting to motherhood 🙂  With that being said, I’m curious which type of posts interest you all the most?   Read More

Real Talk On Self-Talk

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A little food for thought/tough love for you today.  Have you ever stopped to notice how you talk to yourself inside your head?  Now before you stop reading and count me off as crazy, just hear me out.  SO many of us (especially those of us who have ever or do struggle with food, diet, weight, body image, etc) have a constant negative, degrading and malicious conversation about ourselves happening in our minds throughout the day.  You know the voice; “UGH you look so fat, you can’t wear that.”, “Gosh, you’re such a failure, it’s no wonder no one wants to date you.”, “You overate again, I can’t believe it…you’ll never lose weight.”, “You still can’t find a better job?  You should probably just give up, you’re not good enough to get that job.”  That voice…that annoying voice that is always bringing you down. Read More

Bison & Avocado Stuffed Mushrooms

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Do you ever get sick of eating the same proteins?  I do.  I have to switch up my proteins throughout the week or else I will get bored with my meals.  Every once in awhile I put my adventurous pants on and get proteins that I am not comfortable cooking with….that’s how I initially got introduced to ground bison meat.  Thank God I was feeling adventurous enough to try bison because these stuffed mushrooms are now one of my FAVORITE meals!  And hey, if you can’t seem to get yourself to feel too excited or courageous enough to try out bison, just sub it for ground beef or turkey and it will still be delicious.  Not as exotic, but still delicious.  🙂   Read More

Winter Blues Survival Guide

depressedCold temperatures, short days, a higher than necessary cloudy to sunny day ratio, being cooped up indoors….it’s no surprise that so many people suffer from the winter time blues.  One important thing to keep in mind on days you’re feeling down – what you’re feeling is totally normal.  When you allow yourself to think “something is wrong with you” or start hounding yourself as to why you just can’t “snap out of it”, you’re creating a Read More

Snacks I Love!

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Snacks….I mean who doesn’t love snacks??  Snacks are great.  Now, truth being told, I may be a little bit more into them now that I’m preggo, but I’ve always loved snacks for two reasons.  1.  It gives me another excuse to eat delicious food and 2. It keeps me from being ravenous when meal times come = less over stuffing myself at meals.  Now when I say snack, I’m sure a lot of thoughts go straight to those vending machines, chips, candy bars, crackers….but nope!  That is not the type of snacks I’m going to be sharing with you today! Read More

At Home Body Weight Workout

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I don’t know where you live, but here in Chicago it has been straight up COLD the last few days.  And I don’t know about you, but shockingly frigid weather makes getting up and getting to the gym a lot tougher than it already is.  Knowing it’s -11 with the wind chill ON TOP OF the fact that the sun isn’t up and knowing there’s snow on the ground is rough.  So some days, I resort to working out in my basement to eliminate one trip out into the winter tundra. Read More

Preggo Diaries Of A First Time Mom – 20 weeks

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Pregnancy…such a weird and amazing thing all at the same time.  The amount of changes that hit your body all at once are astounding.  You are literally growing a living thing inside of you.  No matter how much I want kids or how much I love this little baby already, pregnancy will never NOT be weird to think about.  It’s creepy.  Creepy and awesome and a miracle and life changing and then creepy again.  When I feel the little peapod move around I can’t help but think of the movie Alien.  Hey!  I’m just speaking truth here.  🙂   Read More