Low Key Weekend Recap

Morning my friends! I hope your weekends were fun. :) Ours was low key, which was nice!

We kicked Friday off with a pizza and Netflix night (loving the new season of Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt – so funny). We used a frozen organic pizza we bought for just this sort of “I don’t really feel like cooking” occasion, and added some extra pepperoni, fresh basil, and green pepper to the mix, plus extra sauce on the side for dipping! I threw together some salads for us to get in that veggie volume, too. Makes meals so much more filling when veggies are involved!

pizza night

On Saturday morning, I met my friend Lisa for an 8:30 yoga class. It felt good to stretch! Yoga has left me weirdly sore lately, though, even lower key classes. Any else have that happen when they were pregnant? I seriously feel like yoga makes me more sore now than boot camps do! Maybe because doing planks and stuff with extra weight is obviously a lot harder? Either way, it still felt good. :)

After yoga, I walked over to Northside Social coffee shop to meet Matt and Ashe for an outdoor brunch! I got an iced half caf latte with whole milk, plus the veggie quiche, which came with salad and fruit. I wasn’t feeling the salad but thankfully Matt was so he ate mine. :)


northside social brunch

Ashe was a little nervous when we first arrived but settled in well and watched the action from our feet! We got her a fun new leash and matching collar – cute, right? Working on breaking gender stereotypes with the blue. ;) Everyone thinks she’s a boy now, but whatever, we thought it was cute! I’m not a huge pink person anyway. :)


We took Ashe on a nice long walk after breakfast – it was super humid and warm out but cloudy, so of course I made the rookie mistake of not putting sunscreen on and ended up a bit burned. Oops!

The rest of Saturday was mellow – I was wiped after all that activity and heat so I spent a few hours napping and reading (I just finished reading “A Memory of Violets” and absolutely loved it, if you’re looking for a casual and addictive summer novel). We also had some easy lunch wraps and snacks throughout the day. For dinner, we went to a fun BBQ at a friend’s place – I don’t know them super well so I didn’t want to be weird and take photos, but I had a hot dog, some grilled shrimp, tomato mozzarella salad, potato salad, and watermelon. Plus really good brownies for dessert!

On Sunday, Matt and I got up and took Ashe for a short walk/jog. Thank you to those of you who recommended checking with our vet to see how far we should be running with her right now since she’s still a puppy! They said she is fine to do up to 2 or 3 miles of jogging with us, which is perfect since that’s the max we’ve been doing with her. And then once she’s a year old (in December) we can increase that slowly if we want to! It was really hot on Sunday so we only made it 1.5 or 2 miles – good enough! :)

Then, it was brunch time! We had my parents over for Father’s Day brunch. Matt was the grillmaster, as usual!


bacon on the grill

Meanwhile, Ashe supervised.


It was too hot for al fresco dining, unfortunately, but the dining room did the trick. We had one of our standard brunch feasts: sweet potatoes + scrambled eggs (I served mine over wilted spinach) + bacon + honey lime yogurt fruit salad.

healthy brunch


We spent the rest of the afternoon getting some things done – Matt caught up on work, and I spent a couple hours reorganizing my clothes/dresser. Most of the clothes in my dresser besides some of the looser tops don’t fit right now, plus all my winter stuff was still out, so I stored a lot of stuff and put some of the maternity clothing that I’ve been handed down from friends or purchased in the dresser instead. Next I need to tackle my closet… that will be a project for another day! Any tips on the best way to organize or store all my non-maternity clothing that I can’t wear right now would be helpful! I was thinking of getting one of those rolling hanging racks and putting it in the attic… any other ideas?

As for last night, Matt and I had a fun date night planned: a Dave Matthews and Tim Reynolds concert out at Merriweather Post Pavilion in MD!


I didn’t like Dave Matthews until I started dating Matt back in 2004; Matt was a huge fan and played me a bunch of his music, and I realized that he actually has a ton of really good, really beautifully written songs besides just the main hits you always heard on the radio. Now I love his music – especially because Matt always plays his stuff on guitar at home, so I know a lot of his songs really well!

dave matthews tim reynolds

We have seen Dave live a bunch of times now – mostly back when we were in our early 20’s with a huge group of friends for his big Dave Matthews Band concerts (this was just him and Tim Reynolds, so it was an acoustic show, which I like better anyway)!

It was an awesome show – probably the best set list of all of the shows of his that we’ve seen because he played all of our all time favorites! So fun to hear them live. My all-time faves are “Crush” (not his big hit Crash, but Crush – yet it out!), “Stay or Leave”, “So Damn Lucky”, and “Two Step”. It ended up being a nice night, too – it was supposed to storm but never did. Whew!

dave matthews tim reynolds merriweather

We brought a bunch of snacks and food with us to enjoy as dinner during the show: watermelon, sandwiches, crackers and hummus, some leftover string beans, and carrots. We were also able to bring in empty water bottles and fill them once inside. Yay for not wasting any money on overpriced stadium food/drinks!

healthy picnic snacks

The sandwiches were tuna salad – yep, still obsessed with tuna right now. (Don’t worry, when eating chunk light tuna I’d have to have 90 servings per week to have any adverse mercury affects.) I’ve been craving real mayo in my tuna sandwiches lately (normally I make my tuna salad with avocado and dijon mustard, which I love) – weird since I don’t normally like the taste of mayo that much, except in BLTs, but my taste buds are different now than they used to be, so this was organic mayo + dijon mustard and it was soooo good. I also mixed in some artichoke hearts, which are amazing in tuna salad – try it!

packed tuna salad sandwich

Matt had a tuna sandwich too – he’s been more lax on the gluten free thing lately and is going to check with his doctor to see if he needs to keep it up or not. Just in case you were wondering! :)

Such a fun weekend! We didn’t get home until well after 11 last night, though, so I was really wiped this morning… I definitely miss the days when I used to have energy in the morning! I feel better once I’m up and moving but especially when I am up late I am soooo exhausted in the morning. I’m looking forward to a really mellow lunchtime yoga class today… should feel good even if it makes me sore tomorrow. :)

What’s the last concert you went to? I can’t even remember the last one I went to before this… we haven’t gone to many lately!

What’s the very first concert you ever went to? Mine was Smashing Pumpkins and Garbage back in… 1995/6 I think! I was in 8th or 9th grade and my mom came with me, which I was originally super embarrassed by, but then when we got there and it was all scary big college kids I was totally glad she was there. ;) It was randomly at UNC Chapel Hill actually – we were living a couple hours away at the time – funny to think I’d be back there later for grad school!


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    You’re welcome! 😎

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    Make sure you watch her paws on the pavement in the summer. I always try to stand barefoot for a few minutes to make sure I can tolerate the heat. If I can’t then it’s too hot for my pupper :) My dog is also a lazy basset who just likes to stand around and eat grass, lol.

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    Tuna was my #1 craving during my first pregnancy!

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    Hi Anne! Congratulations on your pregnancy! I had a baby boy in January, and it’s been such an incredible experience. I had the same issue when I did yoga while pregnant, and I think it was because the hormone Relaxin can cause you to over-stretch during certain poses which obviously isn’t good for your muscles! But I ended up quitting yoga pretty early on in my pregnancy for that reason and because there is so much conflicting research out there regarding yoga and diastasis recti that it made me nervous, but I have tons of friends who practiced their entire pregnancies and were fine! It’s just different for everyone!

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      Megan B. says:

      Hi! I just wanted to second the DR concerns since you mentioned doing planks. I was really careful with my first pregnancy and had no issues (and still did planks and mountain climbers, etc), but with my second I think I thought I was stronger than I was or something (?!) and totally got DR. And now, 10 months later, I’m still trying to rebuild my core and close the gap. I’m sure you know all this, but just wanted to mention it in case you didn’t . . . .there’s so much pregnancy info out there!! Just take care of yourself. DR sucks. ;)

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        Yep, I ended up with mild DR too! I even avoided any sort of core work, but I think lifting heavy weights may have contributed to it. But then again, some people do that and are perfectly fine!! I just hate that there is so much conflicting info out there about what worsens it and what doesn’t!

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          I know, it seems like the jury is totally out on everything DR related… I’ve mostly heard that continuing working out and strengthening your core mostly will help, but others seem to think that’s not the case?! Argh!

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        Thanks Megan, I appreciate that! :)

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      Interesting, thank you for sharing this! I feel like I’m just as tight as ever so I didn’t think Relaxin had kicked in yet, but maybe it has! It’s mostly my hamstrings that are sore, and my arms from holding up more weight than usual :)

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    What a lovely weekend! I hope Matt can do away with the gluten free and that he is doing well! That’s really funny about your mom, but it sure makes for some good memories, huh? I hope you have a great day!

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    I’d love to read a post about that wonderful quilt you guys are sitting on! I bet it’s a good read ;)

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      Matt’s mom made it for us using a bunch of our old race t-shirts! She’s really good at making them – she made us a beautiful one for our wedding, too, that is on our guest bed!

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    Alisha Ness says:

    Did you grill that bacon? I didn’t realize that was possible!

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      Well, it started in the oven but then one of the trays was too small and grease was dripping down so we transferred everything to the grill. Still working on perfectly the technique – I’ll keep you guys updated! :)

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    I stored most of my non-maternity clothes in vacuum-sealed bags (separated by work vs. casual, then by season). On the yoga front, I started going to prenatal yoga pretty early in my pregnancy (due to sacroiliac joint pain). It seemed too easy at first, but closer to my due date, it felt more and more difficult!

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    Oh my gosh I love concerts in the park like that!! What a wonderful weekend. IT was HOT here too!

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    What a fun weekend. Trying to remember what my first concert was has been a fun trip down memory lane.

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    Melissa says:

    One of our girl pups has always had a blue leash (and she will be 12 this week)! She’s a “sporty” pup and Matt usually walks her (and I walk the one with the pink leash, LOL)—I couldn’t imagine him walking her with some super girly leash though!

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    Sounds like a perfect weekend! I’m not a huge hot dog person regularly, but leave it to the summer BBQs and being pregnant now I crave one! What brand have you found to be pregnancy safe?

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      I always love hot dogs in summer, pregnant or not! :) I have no idea what brand they were serving at the BBQ – I’m assuming just one of the mainstream/cheap ones. If I were to buy any myself I’d buy organic ones, though. As long as the hot dogs you eat are fully cooked, there’s no reason to be worried about them pregnancy-wise – I don’t think brand makes a difference in terms of that besides quality!

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    Kristen says:

    I went to my first Dave Matthews Band concert last summer, and it was such a blast! “Crush” is one of my favorites too, but sadly they didn’t play it at the show I was at. Also, I’m LOVING the fact that your first concert was Garbage/Smashing Pumpkins – I think we’re around the same age, and my first concert was Lilith Fair 1997, also with my mom. :D I still love ’90s music!

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      It’s so good!! SP and Garbage were my all time favorites at the time, and I remember being thrilled they were touring together! So perfect! I still know basically all of their early CDs by heart… sometimes I still bust them out in the car ;)

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    I would have loved to see Smashing Pumpkins are Garbage together live! My first concert was Bush back in 1995 or 1996. I was so excited to see my favorite band live. The last concert I went to was Adele last summer in Vancouver.

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    Roadrunner says:

    Awesome weekend. Great to see you still out and about even though well into pregnancy. Well done!

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    After thinking about your concert questions…I think my first and last concert are the same! My mom took us to see Trisha Yearwood when we were pretty young at a local fair, and last year my husband and I saw Garth and Trisha together in concert. I loved it just as much as I did when I was a little girl. :)

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