Lately this little boy is making me laugh more than ever before. The things that come out of his mouth, the games he invents in his head…3 years old is too much fun!

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Time and place: 11:02am, sitting at my kitchen counter. Although you wouldn’t know it from his demeanor, Lincoln came down with a cold + fluid in his ears after his first full week of school last week (’tis the season!) so I’m getting in a little extra work while he’s snoozing upstairs. That said, how in the world do kids still have so much energy when they’re sick?!

Celebrating: IGE Shop launch! A couple weeks ago I launched an IGE Shop on the site with links to all my favorite products in one spot. Right now there’s four categories – Cookbooks, Kids, Kitchen, and Lifestyle – which you can narrow down using the “Categories” checkboxes in the left hand column. I really hope this is helpful. So far it has been for me in recommending specific products to those who email or comment to ask – I can just go right to the shop vs hunting down old posts or digging around online. Let me know if you have any specific product questions and I’ll get my go-tos up there!

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Loving: Birkenstocks. Ben got me a pair of Birkenstocks for my birthday and I’ve been living in them lately. I never got a pair in high school during the height of their 90s heyday and always felt a little left out – sweet, sweet footwear redemption! Ahem. Anyway, they’re perfect for my expanding feet, especially when I’m on them cooking/toddler wrangling all day. It’s all about the soft footbed, man.

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Hating: colds. I can’t believe it only took Lincoln one week to catch a bug at school, but last time he was sick my SIL introduced us to Zarbee’s Children’s Nighttime Cough Syrup (found at HyVee, Target, etc.) and it’s…magical. 😆 I’ve been pairing it with lavender essential oil diffusing via humidifier in his room, plus rubbing a coconut oil + eucalyptus oil + lavender oil balm on his chest and back. Join me and my Birkenstocks on the crunchy side, won’t you? 😂

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Drinking: Golden Milk. Within hours of Lincoln showing his first cold symptoms I started sneezing too, so I’ve been sipping hot water + lemon juice + local honey to soothe my throat and nose the past couple of nights. It works SO well! Prior to that though, I’d been drinking hot Golden Milk on repeat. This delicious drink recipe is like an easy, homemade chai and I love that it not only tastes good, but it’s doing good too. I use unsweetened almond milk, because that’s what we have in the house for Lincoln, but think unsweetened vanilla almond milk would really send this recipe over the top.

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Craving: New York City. Lately I haven’t been able to get a trip to New York City out of my head – I’m itching to get back! It’s been over a year since I last set foot in the big apple and nothing sounds better than a dose of that one of a kind energy right now. Where are you dying to go at the moment?

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Awaiting: Baby. We officially scheduled baby boy’s c-section and it’s very cool/strange to say he’ll be here “next month” (I feel like I’ve been pregnant for 10 years!) Going from 0-1 baby was more difficult than we could have ever imagined and I’m hoping going from 1-2 isn’t such an enormous shock. It probably will be, but at least I know what to expect in terms of taking care of an infant. Regardless, it’s happening…bring it on!

Wearing: Leggings. Having said the above, I’ve officially moved onto the leggings and mumus-only portion of my pregnancy. No restrictive waistbands, no jeans – the comfier the clothing, the better. I only had to buy two new pieces of maternity wear this time around, and am currently trying really hard to resist buying these adorable leggings!

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Using: Rebecca Bloom Arts Growth Ruler. I bought this growth ruler last month, just before Lincoln’s birthday, and can totally picture myself looking back at how tiny my children once were and sobbing when I’m 80…or you know, five minutes from now. #trainwreck FYI I got the “dark” colored ruler, and it’s really beautiful + hung very easily. Adorable toddler not included! 😉

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Snacking: Cheese + Mushrooms. Is there a better combo than herby sauteed mushrooms and creamy garlic & herb cheese topping a crunchy cracker? This savory snack is the most recent I made in partnership with The Laughing Cow, and it is ridiiiiiiclously yummy.

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Anticipating: HyVee Twitter Chat. Don’t forget to join me and Hy-Vee on Twitter tomorrow, Thursday, 9/15 from 3-4pm CT for our Family Meal Time Twitter Chat! Use #HyVeeFamilyMeals for a chance to win a $250 Hy-Vee gift card. Cha. Ching!

Watching: Crock Pot White Chicken Chili. I’m not sure if it’s the dip in temperature or the fact that it’s perfect game-day food, but my Crock Pot White Chicken Chili has been going gangbusters on Pinterest lately. We love this easy and delicious recipe at our house!

Crock Pot White Chicken Chili is hearty and filling yet low-fat, gluten and dairy-free! | iowagirleats.com

Craving: Death by Chocolate Cake. CAN YOU EVEN with this masterpiece from Crumb Kitchen? Ridiculous!

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