finger painting

After a week of being sick and pretty much cooped up in the house, I was feeling desperate for an activity to do with L other than, “let’s play with toys & read books”. I found this recipe online for easy finger paints with ingredients I already had in the pantry.

So, I stripped L of his shirt, and plopped him in the highchair to give it a go. I think he got the general idea, other than taste-testing the paint and licking the paper. I hung the card stock to dry, and hope to use them to create cards for family or perhaps this to frame in his bedroom.

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36 / 37 weeks

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37 weeks


These last few weeks have flown by! I’m now seeing the Midwife every week in anticipation of this little dude’s impending arrival. Overall, I’m still feeling good – though he has definitely dropped his little head into my pelvis thus making walking much more uncomfortable. I’ve got the waddle-walk down.

Two weekends ago I had a family baby shower which was so fun! It was great to see both sides of our family – Hubby’s and mine together. It meant so much to me that Hubby’s sister and our adorable niece Stella flew in from Denver, people traveled from Michigan for the day, and one of my oldest friends traveled from St. Louis.

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This past week my co-workers threw a baby shower for me which was fun – we got even more stuff: adorable clothes, swaddles, and an itty bitty bathtub to name a few items. It’s still so overwhelming to me how generous people are when there’s a baby on the way. This little dude has more clothes than I do. Now, if I can just get all the clothes washed and put away, we’ll be set.

I’ve scheduled my last prenatal massage for this week, and am looking forward to some pampering for my tired muscles!




My life has been a bit crazy these past few weeks. The hospital I work at moved across town and I’ve been adjusting to a new commute downtown among other things {like figuring out where in the world I’m going once I’m in the new 20-plus story building}. To top it off, I had a really traumatic past few weeks dealing with oral surgery go awry. I finally feel like I’m crawling out of this funk and am starting to get my routine down. Finally!

These are some photos of the hospital closing celebration that included champagne flavored cupcakes and a fly-over above the old hospital. It was hard to say goodbye to the old building and neighborhood. I almost feel like I grew up there: I interned during grad school, started working weekends when I graduated, and now I’m a full time employee.

Cheers to the old hospital, cheers to the future.



lululemon warehouse sale 2012

This weekend, lululemon hosted the 2012 warehouse sale in Chicago {well, technically it was at a convention center in Rosemont, IL}. As the first one of its kind in the US – I was prepared for long lines, little variety, and mobs of people fighting for the coveted product. I’m happy to report that I was proved wrong. On Sunday, a new co-worker friend and I ventured out via the blue line to be dropped off just a few blocks from the convention center. There was no line {I repeat … no line} to enter the warehouse. I checked my coat {mandatory}, and took only my wristlet complete with my iPhone, identification, lip balm, and debit card.

All of the items were organized by size, which proved to be very effective.  The longest line that I stood in was for the fitting room – which was basically a room with 30 women all disrobing to try on their ginormous piles of clothes. It was hilarious. Though I had a pile of 10 things, I narrowed it down to my two favorite items: the Scuba Hoodie, and a pair of the Groove Pants. I could have easily purchased more items, but stuck to my budget {if you’ve ever been to one of these sales you know how incredibly hard this is!}. Here are the items that I purchased as well as a few photos of the warehouse.

{Groove Pant // Regularly $98, Warehouse Price $39}

{Fur Scuba Hoodie w/ removable fur // Regularly $148, Warehouse Price $39}

{organized racks of lululemon gear}

{posted prices on the way to the fitting rooms}

{my bag of goodies}

Overall, I had a blast – it was a great experience and I’m so glad that I went to check it out. Do you go to warehouse or sample sales? Did any of you go to the lululemon warehouse sale this weekend? What was your experience?