Friday Favorites (A Very Special Addition!)


(I know, I know – “edition” is spelled wrong – just hear me out!)

Favorite statement: We’re Hungry T-shirt. ‘nuf said. ;)


Favorite tip: 10 Pictures to Take on Baby’s First Day. Beautiful snapshots of an incredibly special day. I especially love the black and white treatment – so classic!


Favorite find: Metallic Suede Booties. If these mini booties don’t make you squeal, I don’t know WHAT will!


Favorite craving: Salmon Nigiri. A big platter of these. In my face. August 1, 2013. Mark my words!


Favorite fashion: Floral Maxi Tube Dress. Usually clothes from Old Navy don’t fit me very well but I ordered this a few weeks ago and it fits perfectly! Can’t wait to live in it (and the other three colors it comes in) all summer long.


Favorite funny: Belly Laughs: The Naked Truth about Pregnancy & Childbirth. I’ve had no less than 5 women recommend this book to me. Can’t wait to crack it open and have a giggle. ;)


Favorite memory keeper. Frame out a huge white board then place baby on top and create a cute caption for when they reach big milestones. Prop against the wall for when they’re old enough to sit up!


Favorite decor: Yellow & Grey Nursery. I am in LOVE with these whimsical drapes, and soothing grey color scheme. Definitely girly, but you could find a way to make it work for a boy, too.


Favorite news: In case this week’s Friday Favorites selections haven’t given it away, I have some big news to share with you today. I’m pregnant! :D


Ben and I are thrilled to share the best news of our lives with you today, as we reach the halfway mark of my pregnancy – 20 weeks! I can’t believe it’s already been 4-1/2 months, but what I really can’t get over is the fact that I made it this entire time without spilling the beans (though many of you have guessed correctly over the past couple of months. I suppose the absence of yummy beer and sushi weekends probably gave it away!)

I’ve been feeling great – no morning sickness nor food aversions, or cravings really, except for warm carbs and sushi (obviously). Although Ben did have a dream the other night that he had to drive all the way to New Orleans to get me hot, powdered sugar-covered beignets from Cafe Du Monde. You know I’d do it! he exclaimed while telling me about his dream the next morning. The sweet thing is, he would, though I’m not so sure I’d be craving 2-day old stale beignets by the time he got back. ;)

At any rate, we couldn’t be more excited to become parents, and cannot wait to welcome our new addition (there it is) into the world at the end of July. At times I think, sheesh could 40 weeks go any slower?! Then other times I think, dear God is 40 weeks enough time to prepare us for the life changing event that’s about to take place?! The answer is no, and yes. We have an amazing support system of family and friends nearby, and I couldn’t have asked for a better partner to enter into parenthood with. Ben is as patient and steady as they come, and he will make an incredible Dad.

In even more exciting news, we are finding out the gender TODAY – SQUEE! I have been obnoxiously giddy all week waiting for this day, randomly yelling out to Ben, three more days ’til we find out!, or you’ll braid the best pigtails if we have a girl! every time I think about our appointment. (For the record I will be equally as ecstatic for a boy OR a girl, and just want a healthy babe. Ben too, although he is wearing a blue tie today for “good luck.” ;) )

Regardless of the gender, our baby will be rocking this hip-hop onesie at some point, which I got for Ben when I found out we were expecting. I highly recommend the company New Skool for the hip-hop enthusiast and their children in your life. I ordered this onesie and they ended up sending an additional one plus a couple of adorable bibs for free. Nice!


As excited as I am about having a baby, I do want to note that the tone of this blog will not change moving forward. It will still revolve 99% around family-friendly meals and recipes, as well as workout ideas. The frequency of blog posts might change in the future, but we’ll cross that bridge when we get there, ok? In the meantime, I just wanted to share this piece of good news with you!

Have a GREAT weekend!

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  1. Allison S. 03.08.2013

    Ahhh congratulations! My sister-in-law is pregnant so I’ve had (other people’s) babies on the brain! How exciting!

  2. CONGRATULATIONS! That is SO exciting!!

  3. Allyson 03.08.2013

    CONGRATS!!! IGE + IBE = I[babe]E

  4. Allison 03.08.2013

    Oh my goodness! Congratulations!! I’m getting married on August 3rd. Should be a great time of year for big life changes ;) I will be anxiously checking you’re blog for the update!

  5. Kerry 03.08.2013

    CONGRATULATIONS!!!! Long time reader but I have not ever commented. I could not resist this time. :) Such an exciting time for you both!

  6. Linda 03.08.2013

    Congratulations!!! So happy to hear the news and that the pregnancy is going so well for you. Have fun today – I know you are so excited!!!

  7. Lori H 03.08.2013

    So excited for you! Will you share the baby’s sex with us?

  8. Valerie 03.08.2013

    CONGRATULATIONS!!! So happy for you both!

  9. Jeff 03.08.2013

    Congratulations Kristin and Ben! That’s fantastic news! Enjoy every bit of the journey, as it’s the BEST. ONE. EVER!

  10. Karen 03.08.2013

    Congratulations!!!! Welcome to mommyhood!!!!

  11. Molly 03.08.2013

    Congratulations!!! That is wonderful news! I love your blog…I have made many of your recipes and they are always delicious! I am a fellow Iowa girl and also pregnant, 30 weeks today! Enjoy your ultrasound appointment today, they are so fun!!

  12. Congratulations! This is so exciting! You’ll be such a great mommy :) Can’t wait to find out the gender, PLEASE share as soon as you find out. Oh, and the yellow nursery? ADORBS.

  13. Kerry 03.08.2013

    Congratulations!!! I was wondering!! :) and I’m only 5 weeks ahead of you with twins so we’ll both have summer babies!! I’m so happy for you and Ben!!

  14. Peyton 03.08.2013

    Great news this Friday morning!!!!!! Congratualtions!!!!!

  15. Lindsey 03.08.2013

    Congrats!! Too cute :)

  16. WOOOHOOO!!! I’m due at the SAME TIME!! Oh my word I can’t wait – but I’m so “scared” too!! Craziness! I love that now I can make your recipes and think about you in the same stages of pregnancy as me :) BTW – totally checking out that maxi dress because I’m not looking forward to being a whale in the middle of the summer!! ;)

  17. Congratulations!!! So happy for you. And that’s awesome you’ve been feeling so great!!

  18. Kristin 03.08.2013

    Congratulations!! How very exciting for you and your family!!

  19. Jenny 03.08.2013

    I’m due at the end of July too!!! You, me, Kate, Kim!

  20. Savannah 03.08.2013

    SO exciting!! Congrats!!!!

  21. Congrats!!!! How did you keep this secret from everyone for so long?! :) Good luck at your appointment.

  22. Brittany 03.08.2013

    YAY!!! I bet you are tickled pink!! or blue…?? hehe Congrats to you :) and I totally knew with the first picture…I was like ummm is she preggo?? :) Cant wait to hear all about the little blessing and whether Baby IGE is a girl or boy :)…either way that kid is gonna be stinkin’ adorable! :D

  23. Christie 03.08.2013

    Congratulations!!!!!!! I’ll have a few beergaritas for you to celebrate :-)

  24. Kel 03.08.2013

    Congrats! I was suspecting it soon — happy for you both! And no matter what your blog evolves into – it will be fun to read.

  25. Jodi 03.08.2013

    Congratulations!! I wish for you a safe delivery. I figured that you were pregnant when I saw the segment you did on your local TV station and I noticed that your blouse was bigger than usual. Congrats again!

  26. Dawn Mather 03.08.2013

    Congratulation! So excited for you guys! Can’t wait to read all about life with baby on the blog!

  27. Sarah 03.08.2013

    Congrats! I am so happy for you guys!

  28. gabby 03.08.2013

    HUGE congratulations! so exciting!!!! xo.

  29. Katie 03.08.2013

    Congratulations! I read every day, but rarely comment. I must admit though, I’ve been wondering … just because you haven’t really had wine/beer in your pictures lately.

  30. Bethany 03.08.2013

    CONGRATULATIONS!!! Becoming a parent is the most amazing gift that life can possibly offer :) Best wishes to both of you as you embark on this new journey!

  31. YAYYYY!!! Congrats Kristin and Ben, SO EXCITING. :)

  32. AHHH ZOOOOOMG! Congrats!!! Weee this news was the best bday present a blogger (stalker? ha!) could receive.

  33. Ari 03.08.2013

    Congrats!!! That is so exciting!! I was wondering why there were so many baby themed favorites today :) haha

  34. Bonnie 03.08.2013

    Congratulations! I’m so happy for you and Ben, you’ll make great parents!

  35. Laura 03.08.2013

    Congratulations to you and Ben!! Such great news!! I am sooo EXCITED for you guys…hoping for updates on the reg!

  36. Kris N 03.08.2013

    That is awesome! Congratulations! I am aure that a UNI onesie will be in your future. (I am pretty sure you could even get Gamma Phi letters put on one too….) :)

  37. Jacki Noel 03.08.2013

    Congrats and hopefully it is not as hot this summer as last! My daughter was born on 7/31 and I remember laying spreadeagled on the floor on the 4th of July and my husband asked if I wanted to go to the 4th picnic….my answer..”No, I just want to lay here and try and stay cool!”

  38. Shandy 03.08.2013

    Congratulations!! What a great way to announce it on here. :)

  39. Jen A 03.08.2013

    Congratulations!! I am 22 weeks pregnant today!

  40. April 03.08.2013

    Best wishes for a smooth pregnancy, easy delivery and a great epidural (should you want one)! Sounds like you are blessed with a wonderful partner.

  41. Amber 03.08.2013

    SO fun! I’m 21 weeks now and a big fan of your site so this is exciting for me! I’m an Iowegin by brith, lived there till 19 and am now a transplant to MN. Hubby and I love every recipe of yours we tried and so far it seems we have similer baby taste!

    Can’t wait to see more.


  42. Such exciting news!! Congratulations!

  43. Anne [A Squared] 03.08.2013

    What great news– congratulations! Can’t wait to follow along! :)

  44. VABelle 03.08.2013

    Congratulations! I am so happy for you guys :) I am 20 weeks as of yesterday too and I am so so happy to finally reach the 1/2 way point. We found out the gender last week so I can imagine how excited you guys are today. I hope the soon goes well!

  45. Laura Stano 03.08.2013

    CONGRATULATIONS!!! This is such an exciting time for you! I’m so glad it has been an easy pregnancy so far and I hope that continues. I can’t wait to hear the gender! I have 2 boys and I must admit that boys are awesome. They love their mama like nobody’s business!

  46. Connie Conlon 03.08.2013

    I was wondering if you would make this wonderful news public soon. Hard to believe I watched Ben grow up to the handsome man he is today and now he is going to be a father! FANTASTIC NEWS and CONGRATULATIONS TO THE BOTH OF YOU !!

  47. Anne Weber-Falk 03.08.2013

    You’re having a baby!!!! Oh my gosh!! Hurrah for you and Ben! Hurrah for your parents! They’re gonna be grandmas and grandpas!! Wow! I’m so happy for you. Life will be so different from now on…and it’s going to be wonderful.

  48. Rachel 03.08.2013

    What wonderful news! Congratulations to you both!

  49. EEEEK congrats!!! What an awesome announcement :)

  50. jad18 03.08.2013

    Congratulations, that is exciting news! I hope the rest of your pregnancy is as smooth as the first part has been for you. You can tell from the pictures you post of your niece and nephew with you and Ben that you will make great parents.

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