Friday Favorites

I’m not going to lie – I’m kind of a ball of anxiety right now.  This whole not knowing when you’re going into labor is freaking me out a little bit.  Mostly because I have this fear of not getting to the hospital in time.  But it’s all going to be okay.  Women have been giving birth for thousands of years – I’m not the first or the last.  Obviously we aren’t making lots of plans these days but we are hoping to go out to dinner tonight for one last night out before babe.  Big Guy has a few things to get done on Saturday and then hopefully Sunday will be spent relaxing.  We said that last weekend and well, it didn’t really happen.  Here are my favorites from the week:


Favorite Carbs and Cheese:  Creamy French Onion Soup Dip in a Bread Bowl.  This looks insane and perfect for Super Bowl Sunday.


Favorite Decadent:  Peppermint Brownies for Two.  This is the perfect dessert for February 14th.


Favorite Splurge:  The Felize.  These shoes aren’t cheap.  But I’ve heard over and over again that they are like butter on your feet.  I’m lusting over them in the “latte” color.


Favorite Read:  “The Last Days of Pregnancy:  A Place of In-Betweens.”  So many truths!  The last days of pregnancy — sometimes stretching to agonizing weeks — are a distinct place, time, event, stage. It is a time of in between. Neither here nor there. Your old self and your new self, balanced on the edge of a pregnancy. One foot in your old world, one foot in a new world.


Favorite Game Day:  Slow Cooker Chipotle BBQ Meatballs with Garlic Toast.  I’ve got meatballs on my mind.  (And tator tots, too.)  But these look yummy and one-bite snacks are perfect for Super Bowl Sunday.


Favorite Snack:  No-Bake Chocolate Coconut Energy Balls.  This past week I stocked the freezer with a few snacks for post-baby.  And now these are being added to list of snacks to have on hand.


Favorite Outfit:  Dressing for Comfort.  Loving this outfit.  Put together yet comfortable.  Though I can’t get on board with the shoes…but those driving shoes above would look fantastic with this.  (wink wink)


Favorite No Waste:  Whole Orange Bundt Cake.  This cake utilizes the entire orange – peel and all.  And it’s in these cold winter months that I crave the brightness of citrus.  Plus it’s in season and I love a good bundt cake.


Favorite Clean Living:  5 Things to Know About Cleaning with Vinegar.  It’s natural and cheap and a great way to “clean up” your house.


Favorite Mocktail:  Sparkling Orange, Strawberry and Ginger Juice.  I have a glass of real sparkling wine in my near future but this sipper looks incredibly refreshing and could be perfect to have on hand – to sip alone or with your poison of choice.




Friday Favorites

Only three weekends remain between now and BG’s due date.  So I’m trying to make the most of these quiet days.  Obviously we’re staying close to home because, well, babies do what they wanna do when it comes to their arrival.  The only real things I have on the agenda this weekend is good food, organizing the pantry and brunch after church on Sunday.  Other than that, there will be lots of relaxing with little spurts of productivity sprinkled in here and there.  I hope you survived yet another snow (woof) and I pray that’s the end of it until next winter.  Here are my favorites from the week!


Favorite Fun:  White Chocolate Funfetti Rice Krispie Treats.  I am instantly happier just looking at these pretty little bars of sweetness.


Favorite Spring:  Eliza J Flounce Hem Sweatshirt Dress.  I’m so over dressing the bump at this point.  And I’m so ready for spring.  This dress is adorable and can be dressed up or down.


Favorite Bucket List:  Easy Bagel Recipe.  I so want to make bagels at home.  And while I have several recipes saved this one looks to be the easiest (and healthiest).  When do you want bagels, Big Guy?


Favorite Sweet Treat:  Healthy Peanut Butter Cups.  I am totally making these for an after-dinner treat ASAP.


Favorite List:  14 Things to Make Your Life Easier in 2018. My favorites:  “wear looser pants” and “let go of expectations.”


Favorite Snack:  Actually Crispy Baked Chickpeas.  I adore crispy chickpeas.  But they can be hit or miss at actually being crispy.  And one of the tips, peeling the skins, is something I do for homemade hummus but haven’t tried for crispy chickpeas.


Favorite For Two:  Small Batch Meyer Lemon Scones.  There are few things I adore more than the flavor of lemon.  How delightful would these be with a mug of hot tea?  (I think I just aged myself 35 years.)

Favorite Necessary:  Women’s Bean Boots.  If it snows ONE more time, these are being ordered immediately.  But I also think they’d be great for rainy days.  Sometimes my Hunter boots can be a hassle to put on (and take off).


Favorite Dip It:  Wild Mushroom and Chorizo Queso Fundido.  Football season is slowly, but surely, coming to and end.  This would be a delicious way to eat your way through the Super Bowl.


Favorite Trending:  Salted Butter and Chocolate Chunk Shortbread Recipe.  These cookies seriously almost broke the internet last week.  I saw them posted on Instagram at least 20 times.  So that means, they definitely need to happen.  Perhaps tomorrow.




Baby Girl Watson {my maternity closet}

Let me first start by saying that my “maternity closet” doesn’t include a ton of new items. I was incredibly lucky in that I was able to wear all my “regular” clothes throughout my first trimester and most of my second trimester.  And even now, as I am about to enter into my third trimester, I’m still wearing mostly non-maternity tops that were already in my closet.  Thankfully I don’t wear super tight tops to begin with so many of my sweaters fit perfectly though some of my shirts are beginning to be a little too short.  I’m also incredibly lucky in that I don’t have to “get dressed” for work during the week.  I live in workout clothes and have one or two days during the week that I need clothes to wear out in public and then the weekends.  My goal is to purchase as few items as necessary because I won’t be wearing them for very long and while there are lots of options out there now, a lot of those options are very expensive considering I only have three more months of dressing this bump.  So yes, I am repeating outfits and I’m also using jewelry and shoes to change things up.  All that to say, here are some of my favorite items that I’ve purchased.


27 weeks wearing a non-maternity Lilly dress that I’ve had for several years.

The Bellaband.  This was the first item I purchased that was clothes-related after finding out I was pregnant.  This was a lifesaver when it came to making my summer wardrobe carry me through summer (and into fall).  I also have a feeling I’ll use this post-baby when I’m in between sizes.  I purchased the band in white and wore it with shorts and jeans and loved how it smoothed and allowed me to keep my pants unbuttoned.

Maternity Crossover Panel Active Capri (Ingrid and Isabel for Target).  I am the proud owner of four pairs of these workout pants.  Two weeks I officially retired my non-maternity workout pants that simply had too much compression for my growing belly.  These pants are perfect and I wear them daily.  They stay up and are incredibly comfortable.  The price tag is also much easier to digest than a lot of the other workout pants I looked at.  I wear a medium in these pants.

Almond-Neck T-Shirt (Ingrid and Isabel for Target).  I own this shirt in all three colors and it’s my go-to t-shirt to wear around the house with yoga pants.  This shirt is so soft and comfortable enough to sleep in.  A true maternity closet essential.  I wear a medium.

Maternity Belly Support Leggings.  My favorite leggings EVER.  I save these leggings for leaving the house and they are the most comfortable leggings I’ve ever worn.  I plan on ordering a pair of their non-maternity leggings post-baby.  They are a little high maintenance in that you’re encouraged to wash inside out on a delicate cycle which is why I don’t use them as my lounge pants.  They are thick enough to wear out in public and not feel like you’re showing too much.  They aren’t the cheapest leggings on the market but I can’t recommend them enough (and neither can a lot of celebrities which is how I found these gems).

Citizens of Humanity Secret Fit Belly Avedon Ankle Maternity Jeans.  My favorite non-maternity jeans are Citizens so it’s no surprise I wanted a pair of their maternity jeans.  These are the only pair of maternity jeans I’ve purchased and I don’t plan on purchasing any others.  Yes, these are a little pricy but I’d rather have one good pair of jeans than five mediocre pairs.  I’ve learned that I love pants with the over-the-belly panel but they make these in under-the-belly, too.

7 for All Mankind Secret Fit Belly Ponte Maternity Pants.  My third and final pair of “out of the house” maternity pants.  Between my jeans and these, I would say that these fit the best.  However, I had hoped these pants would have been a little looser in the legs so I could wear them the church but they actually fit more like a legging.  Regardless of whether I can wear them to church or not, they fit perfectly and I know I’ll be wearing them on repeat over the next three months.  My only complaint:  dry clean only.  Whomp whomp.

Simona Maternity Dress.  This is a recent purchase and it will be “the” dress for me over the holiday season  What does that mean?  You’re going to see it over and over again.  It’s incredibly comfortable and can be dressed up or dressed down.  It’s basically the maternity “little black dress.”

This past weekend I ordered a few long sleeve shirts from Old Navy and I picked up a few tank tops from Target to wear under my sweaters and cardigans.  But other than that, I’m hoping that the above items will help me mix and match my way through the next few months as I dress my bump.

Friday Favorites

And here we are, the last day of March.  This past week one of my sister-in-laws popped into town for the night to go to my barre class as well as go to my morning class the next day.  It was such a treat to have her in town and I loved catching up with her on all the happenings in her much-more-exciting-than-mine 20-something life.  I hope to see more of her (plus the other three sisters) soon!  The rest of the week was pretty uneventful minus the fact that I found myself in the middle of a police chase on Wednesday afternoon.  True story.  It was incredibly scary but I drove away unharmed.  I have a full morning of teaching before getting myself ready for a whirlwind weekend in Charlotte.  I hope you all have a fantastic last day of March/first weekend of April and I’ll be back Monday with #WGCcookbookclub – woot woot!


Favorite Inspiration :  11 Outdoor Spaces to Inspire You This Spring.  Lately I find myself daydreaming about our next house (ignore this, Big Guy) and I’m currently obsessed with porches and patios.


Favorite Spring:  Strawberry Salsa.  Spring = Strawberries and I’m really hoping that I can get my hands on a few really juicy ones to make this delightful salsa.


Favorite Flavors:  Caramelized Wild Mushroom Pizza.  Pizza Sundays at home are my favorite,


Favorite Fashion:  Shoulder & Squares.  Love this look from a gal I went to school with growing up.  I’m so ready to pull out my white pants in a couple of weeks.


Favorite Procrastinating:  Do a Supermarket Shop and We’ll Reveal Your Deepest Desire. Apparently I want to be rich.


Favorite Tips:  Anatomy of a Well-Styled Bookshelf.  Once again, daydreaming of my next house.


Favorite Rich and Buttery:  Puff Pastry Donuts.  I workout and eat well during the week so I can splurge on the weekend.


Favorite Life Hack:  How to Get the Lingering Smell of Fried Food Out of Your Kitchen.  You can always tell when we’ve been home all weekend cooking…


Favorite Layers:  Mint Coconut Chocolate Cake.  Quite possibly the best flavor combination ever for a cake.


Favorite Cocktail:  The Ginger Rogers.  Grapefruit + Ginger + Gin.  Super refreshing and super spring-y.



Friday Favorites

**My thoughts and prayers are with everyone recovering from the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew.  While we were in the midst of the mess, we remained unharmed by the damaging winds and high water.  Our small town of Rocky Mount is a mess, our family in Lumberton remains under water and it’s going to be quite a while until our college town of Greenville is back to normal.**

It feels like fall!  And we have a fun filled fall weekend on tap with friends.  I can’t wait to recap our shenanigans but until then I leave you with some of my favorites (fall inspired) from the week!


Favorite Tailgate:  Game Day Beer Chili.  I’m crossing my fingers it gets cool enough for Big Guy to agree to chili sometime over the next month.  I have so many chili recipes I want to try and this one is high on the list.


Favorite Idea:  Cookbook Club.  Since this is virtual, I am totally going to participate.  Here’s how it works:  “Each month [Gaby will] announce the cookbook of the month and then we can buy it, borrow it, check it out from the library and cook! Cook by yourself, invite your friends over, host your own cookbook club with the assigned book, whatever floats your boat. The idea is for us all to cook recipes from the same book in the same month.”   This month:  Alton Brown – EveryDayCook.


Favorite Crock Pot Meal:  Slow Cooker Chicken Taco Chili.   SkinnyTaste just came out with a new cookbook and I can’t wait to get my hands on it!  This taco chili looks totally comforting while also being healthy.  The perfect weeknight dinner.


Favorite Transition:  Fall Candles.    It’s time for me to switch out my candles.  Bring on the apples, pumpkins and all things fall smelling.


Favorite Date Night:  Creamy Goat Cheese and Sun-Dried Tomato Pasta with Roasted Garlic and Mushrooms.  Creamy, tangy, salty, rich.  Evvvvvverything.


Favorite Comfy:  Signature Cotton Fisherman Tunic Sweater.    Not going to lie, I’d love to be wearing this sweater with leggings curled up on the couch eating the above carb-filled plate along with a glass of wine.


Favorite Sunday:  Roasted Butternut Squash Apple Burrata Pizza.    I can’t find anything wrong with this pizza.


Favorite Chewy:  Never Fail Blondie Bars.  I think I a platter of these sweet treats needs to happen next weekend.


Favorite Trend:  The Striped Turtleneck.  Except it’s not really a trend to me – it’s a fall staple.  And I’m in need of an updated version.


Favorite Cocktail:  Fall All Over.  This drink reminds me of a moscow mule but with gin instead of vodka.  Let’s give it a try!


Friday Favorites

Happy Friday, y’all!  Big plans for the weekend ahead?  We’re actually spending the weekend hanging out with my family to celebrate my grandmother’s (Mimi) 80th birthday.  Hopefully we’ll squeeze in a pool day with the coolest kids around on Sunday.  I’m trying to take advantage of any and all days filled with splashing in the pool and out in the sunshine because fall will be here before we know it (nooooooooo, I’m not ready).

Here are my favorites from the week:


Favorite Intrigued:  Bacon Wrapped Hot Dogs with Avocado Pickles.  The bacon is great and all but avocado pickles?!?  Say whaaaaaattttt?!?  This is a thing and I need to try it.


Favorite Break the Fast:  Cashew Ginger Granola with Dates and Sesame.  I rarely go a day or two without a Greek yogurt bowl.  And this granola would be the perfect yogurt topper.


Favorite Comfy:  Deck-Striped T-Shirt.  So I’m officially crazy.  I’m trying to figure out what to wear on our looooong flight to Greece and I’m thinking black leggings with tennis shoes (because have you tried keeping up with a 6 foot 4 man and also so I don’t have to pack the shoes) and a loose yet cute t-shirt.  Thoughts?


Favorite Entertaining:  Mix & Match Summer Crostini Bar.   This is such a fun appetizer idea.  Everyone can create their own flavor combo.


Favorite Craving:  Chicken Tinga Tacos with Grilled Corn Guacamole.  I haven’t had Mexican food in quite a while and these tacos (plus a watermelon marg) are calling my name.


Favorite Twist on a Classic:  Greek Wedge Salad.  Big Guy loves a wedge.  And I adore a Greek salad.  This is the best of both worlds – in my opinion.


Favorite Frozen:  Painkiller Cocktail Popsicles.   After a painfully hot week, I would love to have a (spiked) popsicle to cool off with.


Favorite Bite:  Crab Dip with Garlicky Gourgères.  Cheesy, crabby deliciousness.


Favorite Gentle:  Nourishing Cream Exfoliator.  I love to use an exfoliator in the shower on my face.  But some can be super harsh and full of not so friendly ingredients.  I’ve been using this for a couple of years now and it’s still my favorite face wash.  (p.s. it smells amazing, too)


Favorite In-Season:  Fresh Peach Daiquiri.  The ingredient list is simple but if you use high quality, in-season fruit this cocktail becomes something special.


Friday Favorites

Hey, hey!  We made it to Friday.  The beginning of the week was like a turtle but the end of the week was super busy and went by in a flash.  We have a busy weekend but I have a feeling that’s going to be the trend throughout the Spring and Summer.  Speaking of which, where in the world is my warm weather?!?!  I wanted to cry yesterday morning when I was waiting outside the gym.  So over the 40 degree weather.  So over it. (p.s. I just saw the weather and next week is looking niiiiiice!)

I hope you have a lovely weekend full of all things amazing.  Here are my favorites from the week:


Favorite From Scratch:  Homemade Corn Tortillas. Big Guy mentioned margaritas the other night and now I’m craving a Mexican-inspired Saturday.  Salt on the rim, please.


Favorite Upgrade: Folding Fans Pillow. I most certainly don’t need new pillows but these would be perfect for our living room.


Favorite Wake Up:  Cheddar Bacon Scones.  Sweet and salty.  Bacon.  That crispy cheddar outside.


Favorite Quest for the Best:  Chocolate Chip Cookies.  This journey to find the best chocolate chip cookie is amazing.  And I kind of want to try them all.  But first:  the 72-hour chocolate chip cookie.


Favorite Date Night:  Greek Marinated Flank Steak and Hummus Plate.  The next time I’m in control of date night, this is totally going down.  So many of my favorite things are happening.


Favorite Fashion:  Candy Stripe Romper.  I have a thing for rompers.


Favorite Weeknight:  Skillet Chicken in Tomato-Chipotle Sauce with Avocado Crema.  Just because this dinner is fast doesn’t mean it isn’t full of flavor.


Favorite Add an Egg:  Shaved Asparagus and Prosciutto Pizza.  Totally Springy.


Favorite Unexpected:  Lobster Bisque Fondue.  My favorite way to eat.  Lots of flavors and different bites.


Favorite Tropical:  Pineapple-Vanilla Breeze.  This cocktails takes me back to our honeymoon.  But since I won’t be on an Island far away any time soon, I’d settle for a warm day and sunshine with this in my hand.