Pregnancy Update: Weeks 20 & 21

Time is flying by! Can’t believe that only two weeks ago, Ryan and I were seeing our baby move on the monitor for the very first time. It’s been truly incredible and I feel like that was ages ago. Specially cause the little one has recently decided to keep moving all the time, which is actually very comforting for my piece of mind. Now that we finished our queen storage bed, we can finally start working on the nursery. Things are getting real!

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Baby Size

Baby’s growing and so is my belly! From the size of a banana on week 19 to the size of a carrot on week 20. I am up about 11.2 pounds since before being pregnant, kinda ramped up a little bit there. Belly is definitely getting bigger, but I don’t feel heavy yet. Honestly, I sometimes forget it’s there at all. The larger size is also noticeable when the baby decides to move to one side of the belly. This happened the other day when I was sleeping and by belly had shifted all the way to the left. Still kinda weird.

wk 20wk 21

Daily Activity

Keeping up with my 3-4 days a week workouts. Recently, I’ve taken Boone on more walks. Getting outside feels awesome. When I need to do strength, I’ve been working out in my backyard so Boone gets his workout in as well. Now that it’s not hot in the afternoon, he definitely enjoys his time outside much more. Haven’t felt super tired or exhausted this past two weeks, but it takes some motivation to get some housework done during the weekdays.

strength and fetch


I definitely feel like I have a jungle gym in there, plus Ryan has finally been able to feel it move more often now. It’s still pretty soft from the outside, but believe me, it’s moving.

Every so often I still get a back ache, but it’s mainly the days when I’m moving all over the place, cleaning the house, going up and down the stairs. Basically, anything that would make anybody sore otherwise.

I do feel bloated more often, so it’s been harder to chug down all the water I need to in a day. Definitely feeling fuller a lot easier, but still super hungry.


Got a whole bunch of stuff from Ryan’s parents, including this horse.

horsing around

We had family over and their kid was playing with one of the toys that had a set of five balls. Boone had a good old time fetching them and trying to steal them from the toy. We also think he kinda figured out how to work it. I’m seeing a lot of broken plastic balls in our future, plus a lot of replacements.

kid toy

My little sister sent me a certificate for a salon/spa and I can’t wait to use it! Will probably save it for a special event or when I can’t see my toes anymore. Love it!


Feeling the baby move so often and having Ryan be able to as well. I love getting him involved.

Also, plans are coming right along for family to come visit. My mom is coming for a work trip, then my sis/maid of honor is coming in November, then a whole bunch of family will be coming for Thanksgiving. It’s going to be awesome!

Hope you have a great weekend!

Roasted Squash Seeds

Hello! According to the calendar, it’s fall here. Even though the weather says otherwise, my mind is starting to drift towards warm meals, fall harvest, oranges and yellows and cozy weather. This weekend, I finally caved in and put up some of my fall decorations, which I’ll share at the end of this post. I’ve also been inclined to cook more soups and comforting meals, as well as buy some squash every single time I stop at the grocery store. It’s a problem.

I tend to buy a couple at a time, cut them up and freeze them for later use. It’s always nice to have squash handy. My favorite has to be butternut squash. It can go from the freezer straight to the pan without any defrosting or added cook time. Awesome!

Squash prep

If I have the time, I also like to save the seeds and roast them. They’re a great snack by themselves, but they also work as soup or salad garnishes. Apart from the extra time you need to prepare, they’re really simple to make.

Roasted Squash Seeds

First of all, you have to gather the seeds. Save them from any squash or pumpkin.

Roasted Squash Seeds pulp

Then, it’s time to get your hands a little dirty and separate the seeds from the pulp. It tends to be a bit messy, so I usually do it over the sink and with the garbage nearby. I place all the seeds in a colander and give it a couple of rinses once done.

Roasted Squash Seeds rinse

In batches, lay them our in paper towels to dry and remove any leftover pulp.

Roasted Squash Seeds clean

Rub with the paper towels to dry completely.

Roasted Squash Seeds dry

Place seeds in a prepared baking pan and season with spices of choice and a bit of olive oil, just enough to coat them. I usually do salt and pepper, but you can definitely get crazy with seasonings: seasoned salt, ranch, Italian, cayenne pepper and paprika, maybe even cinnamon and sugar.

Roasted Squash Seeds season

Roast for 10 minutes in a 375 degree oven. Watch closely as you don’t want them to overcook. Remove once seeds are a little toasted and gold.

Roasted Squash Seeds bake

Let cool completely before enjoying. Seriously, they’ll be really really hot straight out of the oven.

As promised, here’s some of the fall décor I took out of storage as long with the links to some of the how-to tutorials.

Fall Decorations RoundUp

  1. Fall Wreath
  2. Fall Centerpiece
  3. Autumn Rustic Signs
  4. Halloween Bat Candy Jar

Have a great day!

Trying to Embrace Fall

Good morning! Another great weekend is in the books. Ryan’s parents came over for a visit, so Friday was spent taking care of some things around the house. We wrapped up some projects Saturday morning and by the time we were done, my back was getting kinda sore. So Ryan hooked me up to his electric pulse massager for 15 minutes and everything was all better. He got it for $30 at Walgreens and it had been amazing.


For lunch, we had some butternut squash soup. The recipe can be found on my Pinterest Boards. It involved roasting some veggies and it was quite delicious.

Squash Soup Base

Ryan’s parents came in with another big haul for Baby Ayers, which included this awesome bouncy horse. Pretty soon my belly won’t fit in it…

horsing around

We spent the rest of the day watching college football and hanging out with Ryan’s cousin, wife and kid. We went out for dinner and by the time we got back it was time to rest.

at the orchard

Sunday morning we headed bright and early to a local orchard. I’ve been wanting to go for a while and we finally made it in. The first thing we did was try their apple cider donuts and they were so so good. I might need to make it back up there for more.

apple cider donuts

Allen’s Orchard is pretty small, but definitely big enough for what we needed. We got apples from about 6 different varieties, plus some to make an apple pie later. Yes!


After cleaning the batch, we had quite a few apples to choose from for snacks during the week. Sweet!

Our batch

Then, it was time for some more football. Although the Cowboys didn’t win, it was still fun watching the games with the parents, since Ryan’s love for them came from his dad.

Sunday Football

They left to go back home and we pretty much hung around relaxing until it was time to head outside to watch the lunar eclipse. It was pretty spectacular if you ask me. I love watching the night sky and getting lost in thoughts of how tiny we truly are. Plus, my family was watching it at the same time too, which is a pretty cool thought as well.

Super Blood Moon Eclipse

Here’s to a good week and end of September!

Storage Queen Bed Frame Progress

The weekend is upon us! Before we get too excited, I want to remind you to look up at the sky this Sunday evening. There’ll be a total lunar eclipse and blood moon going on. Ryan and I saw a blood moon last month, which was pretty impressive. This one is supposed to be the best of all the best because it’ll happen when the Moon is closest to Earth, making it a super moon. So, here’s to clear skies and an awesome show!

Anyways, we are almost finished with our new storage bed. I didn’t take a ton of progress pictures because Ryan worked on it mainly after work while I took care of the house and our stomachs. He’s not mad about it. All we have left to do is staining and sealing it, which I can’t help with at all. Gotta keep the fumes away from the baby.

It all started when we upgraded from a full bed to a queen mattress. Well, we obviously needed a new bed frame, but we’re ever really impressed with the quality or prices of ready-made ones. Ryan is always looking for a new project, so we decided to make our own. Was it cheap? No, but way less than a solid oak one would’ve cost at the furniture store. Was it easy? Yes and no. We complicated it a bit by adding storage drawers on either side, but that’s when Ryan and his design skills come in. It definitely was a lot of work.

We got all of our materials from Menards. They had an awesome Labor Day sale and we got all the oak we needed for 40% off. Can’t beat that. As far as tools go, we had most of them already and just borrowed what we needed from his dad.

Menards sales

With a design and measurements in mind, we got to working. First we had to prepare some of the wood to fit our needs. We glue lamed three pieces of 1×3 oak for our posts.

Storage Queen Bed Frame oak

First, spread wood glue generously on one side. Nothing like some Gorilla glue.

Storage Queen Bed Frame glue lam

Sandwich together and secure with a brad nailer and dry completely before sanding and cutting.

Storage Queen Bed Frame brad nails

Then, we cut all the pieces we needed for the frame and used a kreg jig where screws were going to be needed.

Storage Queen Bed Frame pieces ready

Off to assembly. every connecting piece got some glue and was attached with the kreg jig. Finally we had the frame for the storage sides.

Storage Queen Bed Frame storage frame

Then we assembled the footboard and headboards together. All the framing, except the posts, was done with dimensional lumber. We wanted the bed to look good, but not break out backs. It’s still incredibly heavy and I can’t even slide it across the floor. Which I should note, we put blankets on the floor to protect them from any scratching… All the pieces join together at horizontal support beams and then screwed into place. This way, we can move the bed in the future.

Storage Queen Bed Frame foot and head boards

Time for some oak trimming! Every single inch of bed that would be exposed got a piece of trim.

Storage Queen Bed Frame oak trim

We also put together the pieces for the foot rest and back rest.

Storage Queen Bed Frame oak decorations

Boone and I helped Ryan with everything up to this point. This was two days work and I was beat. Yes, we had to put Boone’s bed in the closet so he could be in the same room with us and be at peace.

Storage Queen Bed Frame supervising

Ryan made the drawers with some pine plywood for the supports and base, and with oak plywood on the face. We also got the slides on sale at Menards.

Storage Queen Bed Frame drawers

The first drawer took him a bit to make, but he was a pro by the end.

Storage Queen Bed Frame drawer

Finally, it was time for me to sand everything down.

Storage Queen Bed Frame

In a few more days, we should have a whole new bed!!!

The final dimension are:

  • 65” wide x 84” long
  • 40” tall backrest, short enough to go under our windows
  • 24”x24”x7” drawers

Peanut Butter Blossoms

Hello! Hope you’re having a good week so far. The weather is starting to turn here, so Boone is definitely enjoying his walks a little more. I can’t complain either, it always feels good to get outside for a little bit. Right now I’m just fighting trying to stay healthy since it feels like I always get some sort of cold this time of year. So, lots of rest for me.

Fall also calls for some baking. I mean, I bake year round, but there’s something about baking in the fall that makes it extra special. The other day, I made some peanut butter blossoms. Usually I make this once a year, during Christmas, but I had a craving and went with it. Now, if you know anything about me is that I don’t love peanut butter. In fact, I can’t stand it, but it’s just subtle enough in these cookies that I actually really like them.

Peanut Butter Blossoms

I’ve tried a few recipes over the years, but this one seems to be the one that works perfectly for me. It all starts with some butter, brown sugar and peanut butter. I’ve also made these with almond butter with similar results.

Peanut Butter Blossoms butter and sugar

Then, the white sugar and the eggs get added, one at a time. Mix in the milk and vanilla extract.

Peanut Butter Blossoms eggs and milk

Next up, the final dry ingredients: flour, baking soda and salt.

Peanut Butter Blossoms with flour

Prepare two baking sheets with parchment paper and preheat oven to 375 degrees. Shape dough into 1-inch balls and roll in white sugar before placing on prepared baking sheet.

Peanut Butter Blossoms rolled in sugar

Bake for  10-12 minutes, not more or cookies will be too hard once it cools.

Peanut Butter Blossoms out of the oven

While the cookies bake, I spend my time unwrapping a ton of kisses.

Peanut Butter Blossoms kisses

Once cookies are out of the oven, place a kiss candy in the middle of each one, gently pressing down to flatten cookie. The heat from the cookie will melt the bottom of the chocolate and once it cools it’ll stay fused to the cookie. Magic!

Peanut Butter Blossoms recipe

Peanut Butter Blossoms

makes 44-48, but recipe can definitely be doubled


  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 2 Tbsp. milk
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 3/4 cup flour
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 cup white sugar, for rolling
  • 1 bag of chocolate kisses


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees and prepare baking sheets with parchment paper.
  2. In a large bowl, mix softened butter, peanut butter and brown sugar until fully combined.
  3. Combine the white sugar and the eggs (one at a time if doubling recipe).
  4. Mix in the milk and vanilla extract.
  5. Add the flour, baking soda and salt, stir until fully incorporated.
  6. Shape dough into 1-inch balls and roll in white sugar before placing on prepared baking sheet, about 1.5 inches apart.
  7. Bake for 10-12 minutes.
  8. Place an unwrapped kiss candy in the middle of each cookie as soon as they’re out of the oven, gently pressing down to flatten cookie.
  9. Let cool completely, until chocolate hardens.  Store in an airtight container.