A few things I loved this week…
Food, obviously. I’m trying so hard to eat healthy during my pregnancy. And I’m mostly succeeding… but, Will took me on a surprise donut date last Saturday at this new donut shop in Austin called Bougies…
and it was epic. Aren’t they beautiful?? We got the trifecta to share: strawberry sprinkle, blueberry fritter, and traditional glazed.
I recently told Will that spaghetti was a meal that I could happily live my life and never eat again. Then, pregnancy craving, strong one: Spaghetti and Meatballs. I scoured Pinterest for as healthy a recipe as possible, and Pinch of Yum came to my rescue with this turkey and veggie meatball recipe that I paired with spaghetti squash and store bought spaghetti sauce.
The turkey meatballs were super moist and flavorful, and the spaghetti squash pairing was fine. I mean, noodles are always better, but vegetables don’t expand in my stomach and make me hate life later like noodles do. This meal was so good I kept congratulating myself on it (considering my super weak meal planning repertoire of 8 rotating meals, I see no place for humility at a time like this) and it provided two meals and a lunch for us.
I like to rewatch my favorite TV shows while I cook or do chores around the house, and Gilmore Girls is always a go to. I just made it to the end of Season 4, and the Luke + Lorelai romance gets me every time.
Luke can waltz.
I don’t know about you, but I usually stop watching after Season 4. I really struggled with the Dean/Rory cheating storyline, and felt like this was the start of Rory’s slow descent into being kind of a crappy character who makes weird and bad decisions. I also wasn’t a fan of April, or of Luke and Lorelai breaking up, or of Lorelai marrying Christopher. The main redeeming storyline in the next three seasons is Lane’s, and though I am happy for her that she finds love and babies with Zack, I miss Dave. So, when I say I’m rewatching Gilmore Girls, I am mostly rewatching Seasons 2-4, on repeat. And I feel GREAT about it.
Emily Ley’s Facebook live this week with Kate from the Small Things Blog, talking about simplifying your beauty routine!
I have really loved the Facebook lives by Emily Ley (you should check out her recent meal planning one, it’s excellent), and this one was a particular favorite because I have followed Kate’s blog for years, and she accounts for most of my knowledge about makeup and hair styling. I sometimes feel self conscious about the fact that I don’t like to play with makeup or change up my makeup (or really play with my hair or change up my hair). In an ideal world, I would find all the best makeup that works for me and the 2-3 hairstyles that make me look good and wear that forever. That was basically the thesis statement of this discussion, so I felt validated in my choices. And it was just full of good information about products and morning routines, and honestly, I could use all the help I can get!
While we’re on the subject of makeup, I’ve had a hard time finding a foundation/tinted moisturizer that I like and will stay put all day. I started using this Tarte powder foundation last month and it’s wonderful. I was always adverse to powder foundations because they seemed messy and cakey and I tend to get really dry skin in the winter …. but so far this foundation has been like magic. It’s super easy to apply, lightweight, very natural looking, and in some weird way looks better the longer you wear it. It’s probably because of the “light reflecting gemstones,” whatever those are. It does not highlight my dry skin, and keeps me looking dewey and fresh faced (ish) all day. Also, I love that Tarte makeup is better for your skin and has less nasty stuff in it than other brands. ALSO I love that it takes half the time to apply that my liquid foundation did. So essentially, I am ready to be in a committed relationship with this foundation. Until they discontinue it. Or the gemstones run out. Whichever comes first.
Weird Christmas decor.
I was in Home Goods last week to pick up wrapping paper (they have the best, cheapest wrapping FYI), and saw this lovely:
Now, I hate mannequins. They completely terrify me and have from a young age. I blame the 1950’s movie House of Wax, which I somehow watched as a 6 year old and have been traumatized ever since. But this headless half fancy lady half traditional Christmas tree? I’m down. And such a steal at only $300!
Hope you all have a wonderful weekend before Thanksgiving! We will be here in Austin for Turkey Day, celebrating with Will’s family. I’m especially excited for this year, as I’ve been on special diets for my health the last two years (no gluten, eggs or dairy last Thanksgiving, and paleo the year before), so you better believe I am pumped to eat normal, bad for you food! I haven’t tasted a green bean casserole in two years. It’s gonna get real. For me, and for the baby in my belly.