#goldnugget Round 2

Week 16: Fairly Routine week… nothing too terribly crazy happened. EXCEPT! Baby child got to go to the lake and experience sunshine. This was the second time I dared wear a bathing suit in public since finding out the news. I felt a bit giant… but floating! Ahhhh floating in water is bliss.2014-09-03 20.16.21 Week 17: We finally got to tell all of our friends that we’re having a little boy-child! J is suuuuper relieved to not be expected to keep that secret anymore. He’s not much of a secret-keeper. And he totally spilled the beans a couple of times. 2014-09-12 19.36.50Week 18: Baby kicks! On precisely the 18th week, I think I have progressed from “that kinda feels like a lot of gas bubbles” to “I’m pretty sure that’s my boy-child kicking the junk out of my innards right now.” And it’s awesome. It still feels a bit like bubble guts mixed with a muscle twitch, but it feels a little different than it did before. So I’m going with it. Yay!2014-09-20 20.08.47

Week 19: I had the thought earlier this week… If this is what pregnancy feels like, let’s always be pregnant (ish)! I think I have completely forgotten about the first trimester, and am in the honeymoon phase of it all. I feel great, I can still move around, and I’m enjoying foods again. Also, fetuschild is having dance parties in there. At least, there are lots of “muscle twitchiness” feelings that make me believe it’s fetuschild.2014-09-16 09.38.20Week 20: HALFWAY THERE! We had our ultrasound yesterday, and that was super-fun. It’s just always so reassuring to see the little nugget in there, kicking around, moving, breathing, and watch his little heart beating. I think any parent-to-be experiences the whole “freak out what if everything isn’t okay in there” moments, so getting to see the little man doin his thing is just so calming. Also, I learned the child enjoys laying his head on my bladder. Which explains the whole “going to the bathroom every 20 minutes” thing. Thanks, little buddy.2014-09-30 17.41.58Week 21: This was the week that #goldnugget decided to start kicking in earnest. And also, he doesn’t sleep very much. It’s so strange to feel a tiny human inside you moving, swimming, kicking, etc. What a strange, fun, interesting, and complex time in my life!2014-10-06 17.46.48Week 22: More of the kicking! Tiny Human seems to appreciate snack time, based on the amounts of kicks I receive after I finish eating. Also, he’s still not a fan of overly-sweet things. In fact, my body tends to revolt after I eat a super-sugary snack. Back pains have started as well… which means prenatal yoga is in full swing, so that helps out quite a bit. It doesn’t exactly “solve” the back pain, but it certainly helps. I HAVE DISCOVERED THE GLORY OF A HEATING PAD. This basically solves all my back pains. I mean, this and yoga. LIFE IS GOOD.2014-10-14 17.31.22Week 23: Chocolate is very, very bad. And results in heartburn for hours. I don’t know how I’m going to survive. But! In other [weird] news, glutens no longer bother me. SERIOUSLY. I can eat gluten again! This is cause for much rejoicing and celebrating! I don’t know if this is temporary, or a permanent thing, but for now, I will enjoy a sandwich, a burrito, and tons of other foods I have missed terribly.2014-10-22 10.00.03Week 24: More of the same! Stretching, yoga, heating pad. You know.2014-10-28 20.26.33Week 25: WE WENT TO MEXICO. AND AUSTIN. Tiny Human loved it. Which basically means: I loved it and Tiny Human enjoyed the fact that he got to eat every 2-3 hours.  2014-10-31 12.18.21

Week 26: I survived the glucose test. I think I passed it? Maybe? Honestly, it wasn’t that bad. You just drink a sugary-sweet drink and get poked three times to have your blood drawn. Tiny Human is starting to seriously dance in there. Like… roll around and move and it looks suuuuper-weird from the outside.    2014-11-17 17.41.55Third Trimester, Commence!

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Hush, little baby.

If you haven’t noticed, the blog has been a teeeeny bit quiet for the past two weeks. And that’s because J and I took a trip… and then I took another week break after that, because, duh. Breaks are nice. Back before J and I started working on producing an heir, we had a small list of things we wanted to accomplish before a tiny human graces us with its presence.

First, we wanted to at the very least pay off his student loan and car. (We’re just going to pretend my student loan doesn’t exist. Except it does. Every month, it reminds us of that.) Regardless, CHECK! Big big relief to have those gone. Second? We tossed out the idea of a Babymoon. We were highly encouraged by Mother to head out and have a final hurrah before tiny human makes traveling a bit more complicated. But the idea of a trip quickly morphed into a multi-stop trip. We really liked our honeymoon and the simplicity of going to an all-inclusive [warm & sunny] spot, but I also really wanted to get down to Austin to visit my bff, who just produced a tiny human of her own.

So, that is what we did. We spent a couple days in Austin (mostly testing out delicious foods and such), got to see some old college buddies, and spent some time exploring the city. We tried some burgers at Hopdoddy, which was great. I mean, hamburgers. But what really changed my life at this place? The Salted Caramel Vanilla Milkshake. Really. 2014-11-02 13.20.12

This is famous for something, but I wasn’t listening when bff was explaining why. But I still like it. So there.



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We also happened to randomly drive by this place. If you have ever watched Friday Night Lights, you’d recognize it… If not, don’t worry about it. 2014-11-03 08.52.18

Then one day, we drove up to Waco to visit my Alma Mater (Baylor… sic ‘em!) for a day. Yes, there are two real live bears that live on campus. They remind me of Lennon…? 2014-11-03 11.18.31We had lunch at Vitek’s, which is a BBQ/ Frito Pie place, and they added on this whole back area to the shop. Which included this shell of an RV that you can eat in. 2014-11-03 12.38.14AND WE STOPPED BY MAGNOLIA. You know, of HGTV Fixer-Upper fame? Guys. This store was super-fun. The girls in the store were incredibly nice and helpful and friendly, and just overall people you’d want to drink an Imperial Sugar Dr. Pepper with. I totally nerd-ed out. Evidenced by the picture below: 2014-11-03 13.46.44

And then! We flew outta there and headed to Mexico. Cancun, to be exact. Now Sapphire Riviera Cancun Resort, to be exact. We scheduled a car to come pick us up, and they encouraged us (read: Jonathan) to grab a drink for the road. Duh, he obliged. And then we spent approximately 3.5 days laying on beach chairs, sunning ourselves. Really, we just ate, sat, sunned, sat, and ate. It was awesome. Oh, and we took a picture of a Donkey with a mustache. So there’s that. 2014-11-07 09.45.11

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Don’t worry. I’ll get it together and get back with some project updates for you (hopefully this week)… We’ve made some serious progress in the nursery, are still working on the hall closet, and have a good bit of other projects to share. Until then, my friends!

We like to wear clothes.

Back when I lived in Texas, I had a friend that (for whatever reason) looooooved this cartoon that was around for approximately one (maybe two) season(s). But it [obviously] stuck with him from childhood well into adulthood.

So now that we’ve discussed the power of Hawk, Wolf, Puma, and Bear, let’s talk about clever advertising and promos that stick with you (which includes jingles). I’m a BIG FAN. Chick-Fil-A and their cows? I still remember driving (many many many years ago) on the highway with Mom and we literally stopped on the shoulder so we could take a picture of one of their billboards. That kind of advertising is good. You remember it. And it makes you laugh.

Here’s another one: Duluth Trading Company. You’ve probably seen their commercials… like this?

But then they also release things like this that are incredible. Flannual_Report_2014

AMAZING. But what’s even better than clever advertising is products that actually deliver. Again, like Chick-Fil-A. And Duluth. They promise to be basically indestructible, well-made, and kind of amazing. Lucky for us, they sent us some of their clothes to test out. They offered me some pants, but, well… pants that are not stretchy pants are not friends with me right now. Their flannels, though? AMAZING. Even when stretched to the limit. Bump Hiding Duluth_HouseofGold(This is the Women’s Crosscut Performance Flannel Shirt and I’m going to be super-sad when it no longer buttons.)

Every time J puts his Duluth outfit on, he goes bananas. “THESE PANTS ARE AMAZING.” (He received a pair of the Fire Hose Work Pants. They’re life-changing for him.) Or when I pointed out that his flannel shirt has these little expando vents on the back, allowing for airflow? “OMG NO WAY”. (He’s wearing the Men’s Crosscut Performance Flannel Shirt. *Twinsies*) I mean, he kind of basically said that. So, in case you were wondering… here’s what we think they’re good for:

Driving a truck?

Driving Truck Duluth_HouseofGoldYep.

Shopping for lumber (for your hallway closet reno project that is taking entirely too long) at The Big Orange?  Home Depot Duluth_HouseofGoldYep.

Hauling (and spreading) grass seed?

Seeding Yard Duluth_HouseofGoldObvs.

Stacking an entire cord of Firewood?

Stacking Wood Duluth_HouseofGoldC’mon. Of course.

He wears these when he goes hunting for Trouts (some might call this “fishing”), when he’s at a couple of properties he’s been working on flipping, and basically when he’s busy being all kinds of manly. The pants aren’t exactly lounge pants, so it’s not quite recommended to wear them whilst watching football. Unless, of course, you’re smoking meat on the Big Green Egg and watching the game on the back deck. And in that case, yes. Absolutely. Wear the pants.

So go check out some more of Duluth’s awesome gear! They have some incredible bags, and tons of other wearables. We’re big fans.


Remember when I promised a giveaway? And then it took me months to get around to actually doing it? Well. Today is your lucky day. But first, we rewind. The porch. The Halloween porch, to be specific.  Porch Stencil_HouseofGold

Did you see this one smallish detail? Ball Jar Porch_HouseofGoldThe mason jars. They get used for quite a bit around our house. Drinking beverages, organizing miscellaneous things in the garage, and decorations, to name a few. But today, I’m going to show you the easiest craft project ever in the history of ever.

Amass your jars into one spot, along with some moss (purchased at Michaels), and Battery Operated LED Tealight Candles. (Purchased on Amazon; affiliate link.) Canning Jar Decoration_HouseofGoldStuff moss into jars.Moss Jar_HouseofGoldPlace light atop the moss. Ball Jar Lights_HouseofGoldDONE!

And now, you can win a whole slew of these bad boys for your very own self!

To be specific, you will receive:

  • 2 cases of canning jars
  • 1 case of drinking jars
  • A mason jar infuser
  • And a sip and straw lid! Woot.

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