8.19.2014

les vingt

Saturday marked my 20 week milestone. That means we're now more than half way there to meeting our little bug. According to my dreams, this child is most likely not human, but an adorable animal, one of many options from dreamland. So far it's been a baby monkey, a chipmunk and a kitten. While I would probably be perfectly happy with any of those options, pregnancy sure does seem like a lot of work to produce something I could likely find in the "Free Stuff" section of Craigslist, so for the sake of Marcus and a lot of sick days, let's hope it is a Homosapien. 

We hit up adorable downtown Gilbert twice this weekend--Marcus has recently fallen in love with Joe's Real BBQ and since basically all I ever want lately is some form of potato, I was fine with going there both Friday and Saturday night for dinner. You guys, their jumbo potatoes are the bomb!

I hope you had a great weekend and thank you again for all your kindness! 

xo, Ash
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wearing:
sunnies//c.o. oasap (buy here)
lip color//covergirl (buy here)
dotted top//vintage (similar here and here)
tiny arrow necklace//stella & dot (buy here)
leather watch//skagen (buy here)
super stretchy skinny jeans//AG (similar here)
green heels//justfab (buy here or similar here)

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8.15.2014

{foodie} friday: chocolate ├ęclair sheet cake

I'm generally a huge sweets fan, but with this pregnancy, at least so far, I have craved deserts and candy a lot less than usual. But the one thing that sounds good just about any time are chocolate eclairs--particularly one's from Proof Bread, but since many of you don't have access to Proof, I won't taunt you with tales of it's goodness, and since I can't afford to get eclairs there everyday, I have to make do. And I must say, this is a pretty delicious option :)

Ingredients:
1 cup water
1 stick butter
1 cup flour
4 eggs
1 8 oz. package cream cheese
3 cups milk
1 large package vanilla instant pudding
Fresh whipped cream 
Chocolate syrup

Preparation instructions:
Crust//
Step 1: Boil 1 cup water and 1 stick butter, then pour mixture into 1 cup flour and slowly mix in 4 eggs, one at a time. It's a weird consistency so I use a whisk to get it to blend well.

Step 2: Spread mixture into a large, greased cookie sheet. Bake at 325 degrees for approximately 25 minutes, or until golden brown. (if you're planning on serving right away cook it to just barely golden, but I prefer to make it a day or at least several hours in advance and then let it sit in my fridge--this allows the crust to moisten a little, in which case you want the crust baked 'til a true golden brown color is achieved)

Step 3: Remove from oven and let cool completely.

Filling//
Step 1: Add package of cream cheese, 3 cups milk and package of vanilla instant pudding in a blender and blend until smooth (this ends up being more pudding than you need, so just put as much as you think you'll like, i ended up having at least a cup extra).

Step 2: Spread pudding mixture onto cooled crust and allow it to set up a little before spreading fresh whipped cream over the top.

Step 3: Drizzle chocolate syrup over the top and refrigerate for at least 1 hour.

Step 4: Cut into squares, garnish with a fresh strawberry or raspberry and enjoy!

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8.13.2014

a quick game of catch up


Everyone, thank you so much for all the love showed to our family! We were so excited to share the news with you. We made that little video for Marcus's parents who are on a mission in London until December. We hadn't told anyone on the Nielson side we were pregnant because we really wanted to surprise his parents with the {long awaited} news, as well as the gender all at once.

It was so fun to watch their faces (via facetime) as they watched the video and figured out what was being set up and then to find out we were far enough along to know the gender as well. We're so excited to have them back in time to meet the little one in and out of the cocoon he currently resides.

Anyways, since I haven't shared any belly shots, here are the few we've taken so far--it's taken me a long time to show, hence the lack of progression photos. I just felt weird taking pictures of a belly that didn't exist yet, so now that I'm finally showing some progress I think I'll try to be more on top of things ;)
{seven weeks}
 {fifteen weeks}
 {sixteen weeks}
{eighteen weeks}
dress//asos (similar here)
{nineteen weeks}
top//c.o. swell (similar here)
moon necklace//gift (similar here)
marcus' shirt//j.crew factory (buy here)
crib sheets//(buy here)

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