Thursday Thoughts


{found image on Pinterest, but could not find a source to credit it. So pretty, reminds me of California}

Thankful For:

The beautiful weather we have been having here in Seattle. We were told the summers here are perfection. And so far, I couldn’t agree more. It is warm, but not sweltering, and the sun is bright with a slight cool breeze from time to time. I’m totally loving it.


On monday night I made one of the most delicious chicken dishes I have had in a long time. Recipe was from the cookbook Against All Grain. It consisted of chicken, mushroom and artichoke hearts cooked together in one pot for 40-minutes. It was incredibly comforting and delicious. So needless to say, I felt pretty accomplished after all was said and done. If you don’t have the cookbook, you should. There are so many new ways to cook the things you love, and Danielle Walker makes eating healthier very approachable.


As I’ve mentioned before, I’m a sucker for trashy TV. So with the return of Keeping Up With The Kardashian’s last Sunday, I watched it. I know by admitting this to you guys, I may lose some of you as readers, while others might share this little guilty pleasure of mine.


Emotional… But I guess that comes with the pregnancy territory. Overall my hormones haven’t been too bad in the second trimester, and for the most part I feel like myself. However, the other day my body did something that totally weirded me out on a different level. Brian had said something, and I just started laughing so hard—I mean big, hard belly laughing and my eyes started to water, then before I knew it I was sobbing, like not laughing anymore just straight up crying (the really ugly kind). And I felt like I could have cried for 20 minutes straight. To say I was completely weirded out is an understatement. I just took a few deep breaths, apologized to Brian for my confused emotional state, and moved on. I’ve realized I just have to shake this type of wacko stuff off and understand some of this is totally out of my control.

Listening to: 

My heart beating in my head/temples Another pregnancy thing I guess.  During pregnancy the volume of blood increases in a woman’s body by a whopping 50 percent!! Crazy, right?? So the amount of blood pumped by the heart increases as well. I guess meaning I get to hear it on the daily.

Thinking about: 

I can’t believe I am pretty much half way through my pregnancy. And the baby only weighs half a pound and is roughly a foot long. I had a little bit of a freak out moment when I started to think about how much more the baby has to grow, which means I have a lot more expanding still to do. It just blows my mind. And if I think about it too long, I get slightly overwhelmed. I mean this little babe could grow to be 7 or 8 pounds! I guess my saving grace is I don’t really have much to do other than let nature do its thing. And so far my body seems to know how to handle things, so I’m just going to trust it.


The last book in the Hunger Games trilogy, Mockingjay. I read the second book a while ago while on our honeymoon. I started this one there too, but now I think it is finally time to finish it! I think the movie is coming out soon, so I have a deadline to stick to. Hopefully I don’t get distracted and start to read a different book. This happens with me a lot. I am the queen of having a bunch of 25 percent read books laying around.


Vitamin E lotion. I don’t get anything fancy just the lotion from the drugstore. I like to put it all over, even on my eyes, and face. I try to buy the most pure vitamin E lotion I can find (Jason has a good one). But I’m loving the results; everything is smooth and soft and not tired looking. And so far so good, no stretch marks (fingers crossed).

Thanks for stopping by! Hope you’re doing well, what are you up to? xo Jen


  1. Nancy says

    Wow! You have some great tips . Definitely going to try the vitamin E lotion and see. Thanks for your insights.

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