Life Lately: Third Trimester

life lately - third trimester

Hi, friends! What’s new with you? I’m roughly 10 weeks away from my due date…eek! Of course we have all sorts of things to do before the baby comes, but I’m not terribly stressed since we already have most of the essentials and Amazon Prime can deliver diapers in two days ;)

One of the more critical things we need to do is move Monica into the other bedroom and eventually move her to a big girl bed. I’m a little intimidated by the whole process since she isn’t crawling out of her crib right now. At least we know the new baby will sleep in our bedroom in a pack and play for the first three or four months! If nothing else, we’ll move Monica into her new room in her crib and then transition to a big girl bed before the baby needs the crib. Any words of advice for a successful transition?

I also had the one hour glucose screening, which I passed! Thank goodness! I’m not sure if I could handle a summer without ice cream!

On the flip side, the doctor told me during my 28 week appointment I’m slightly anemic. I checked the symptoms with Dr. Google and it makes more sense that I was feeling extra tired. Sure chasing a toddler while pregnant will do that, but it seemed worse than expected. So now I’m taking iron supplements in addition to my prenatal vitamins. And you know what? It might just be the placebo effect, but I feel a bit less tired these past few days.

I would also like to send a “thank you” note to Sephora for selling $12 eye shadow (Romantic Comedy is my current color of choice)! This is quite possibly the fastest I’ve ever replaced an eye shadow as I’m “sharing” mine with a certain toddler.

In business-y news, Brightwater Financial is up and running and the first newsletter went out yesterday! Here’s the link if you’re interested in subscribing.

Finally, I recently completed Hilary Rushford’s Instagram with Intention course. So informative! Sure, Instagram is a slightly guilty pleasure and beautiful escape from reality, but it’s also a great way to grow a business. Are you on Instagram? You can find me @FiscallyChic and @BrightwaterFin.

Other than that, we have some friends visiting from St. Louis this weekend and we’ll probably be spending an excessive amount of time outside. I may or may not be camped out by the baby pool with a faux-jito (mojito sans rum) or La Croix in hand :)

Launching Brightwater Financial

Hi, friends! I hope you weren’t hit too hard by the post-holiday weekend slump. At least now that we made it to Wednesday, we’re that much closer to the weekend! Woo!

As for me, this is an exciting week since I finally launched my fee-only financial planning firm Brightwater Financial! I started hinting at this new venture maybe 6 months ago, but it’s been on my mind for a bit longer than that considering I started Fiscally Chic in 2010 (what?!!).

Brightwater Financial website launch

So if you’re interested in planning for a brighter financial future, I’d love to work with you! And whether you have a baby on the way or are thinking about growing your family, here’s where to get my guide to preparing financially for a baby.

Thanks so much for your support over the years and I’d love for you to check out the site and blog! You can also find Brightwater Financial on Twitter and Instagram @BrightwaterFin. See you there!

Carne Asada Quinoa Bowl

Carne Asada Quinoa Bowl

Dinnertime (ok, most meals) with a toddler can be a crap shoot, hence the introduction of toddler tapas. The meal they devoured this week might be thrown on the floor when it’s offered again two weeks later. And of course some meals are better than others depending on how other meals went during the day, how active we were before dinner, how many snacks were eaten, etc.

And let’s not forget that getting dinner ready with a toddler presents its own unique challenges. If we’re cooking dinner during the week, it better take less than 30 minutes to cook and it most likely includes an ingredient Monica will usually eat (pasta, chicken, salmon, rice, quinoa). Preparations and seasonings will vary, but we can at least point out the familiar ingredient. And yes, sometimes we add extra cheese. And yes, sometimes we sneak in a few veggies. Fruit is usually a no-brainer success, so we save that towards the end of the meal to help round out dinner.

Carne Asada Bowl

One meal that has been a surprising hit is this carne asada quinoa bowl. This dish was created to get us out of a pasta rut and I’ve cooked it a slightly different way and with a few different ingredients each time. It uses premarinated carne asada beef from Trader Joe’s (this recipe also sounds tasty if you don’t have a TJ’s nearby). And the quinoa is usually ready to go in 15 minutes. So while the quinoa is cooking, you can cook the beef and chop up the other ingredients.

Yes, the quinoa can be a bit messy, but it’s totally worth it considering it’s a complete protein. That also means this dish is vegetarian-friendly if you serve the beef separately and use water or vegetable stock in place of the chicken stock.

¡Olé!

Vegetarian Mexican Quinoa Bowl

Carne Asada Quinoa Bowls
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Serves: 4
 
Ingredients
  • 1 cup quinoa
  • 1.5 cups chicken broth or water
  • 1 tomato
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • ¼ onion (red, yellow, or white)
  • Handful of cilantro
  • Salt and pepper
  • Juice of 1 or 2 limes
  • Olive oil
  • 1 package of Trader Joe's carne asada beef (approx. 1 - 1.5 pounds)
  • 1 avocado
  • Extra chopped cilantro to garnish
Instructions
  1. Rinse 1 cup quinoa with water. Combine quinoa and chicken broth in medium saucepan.
  2. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer, covered, 10 to 15 minutes until water is absorbed and quinoa is tender.
  3. Remove from heat. Let stand 5 minutes.
  4. While quinoa is cooking, chop tomato, garlic, onion, and cilantro. Put in bowl, mix, and season with salt and pepper. Squeeze in the lime juice, mix, and refrigerate.
  5. Pour some olive oil in a pan and heat to medium-high
  6. Cook the beef all the way through, a few minutes on each side.
  7. One the quinoa is cooked, add to the tomato mixture.
  8. Slice carne asada and serve over quinoa
  9. Top with sliced or diced avocado
  10. Garnish with additional cilantro and a squeeze of lime juice
Notes
The raw garlic contributes some heat, but feel free to add chopped jalepeno or serrano peppers if you prefer something spicier.
If you want to sneak in some extra veggies, I once used kale in place of the cilantro. Nobody could tell the difference!
The dish can be made vegetarian-friendly by cooking the quinoa with water or vegetable stock.

Carne Asada Quinoa Bowl Collage

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