Second Trimester Essentials

I’ve made it through the second trimester! Only 3 months to go now so I thought I’d share some of the things that made life a little more comfortable for me lately. Overall, the second trimester was a breeze compared to the first. I pretty much feel like a normal human, I’ve just added a bump into the mix!

1. 2 for $10 H&M tanks are one of my everyday essentials. Perfect for layering and comfortable with a stretchy material these are win-win!



2. Quick chopped salads have been a great go to meal as it’s been a struggle to get all my daily veggies in!



3. A new water bottle that’s easy to sip with one hand has been great when I’m out of the house. I’ve been using the Waterlogged app as a way to track my water intake as well. Helps keep me motivated when I’m tired of so much water!



4. With much to my dismay and dedication I have started to get a few stretch marks on my chest, but the belly is still mark free. I’ve been using this oil and love that it’s all natural and leaves my skin feeling moisturized even after 12 hours. They say it’s genetics, not lotions or oils that determine whether you’ll get stretch marks so I have my mother to thank for my new beauty marks!



5. Prunes my friends! The fate of not going as frequently as I should has doomed my bowels. Just eating 2 a day has helped and when I still needed a little something extra, there’s always Metamucil. One of the less fun sides to being pregnant but it could be worse!



All that’s left is to try and enjoy my last few months with my little coconut inside before his big debut in March. I have two wonderful baby showers to look forward to this next month and I can’t wait to see all my friends and family very soon. Happy new year, cheers to an amazing year of memories and looking forward to what 2015 has to offer!



Quick Craft… Give Thanks Banner

The other night I was browsing Pinterest, as I do often when I get bored and I came across this simple banner perfect for spicing up my mantle for November. It literally cost me only $1! It was as easy as printing a large font, cutting letters out, tracing them to glitter paper from Michael’s (buy one get one free sale right now!), cutting those letters out, and taping them to bakers twine. Voila!

Click here for step by step instructions.

This is what the example looked like:

thanksgiving craft banner

And here’s how mine turned out:




A Day in Julian

I started to get a travel itch the other weekend, but since we are trying to budget for baby we didn’t want to go too far. The quaint town of Julian caught my eye online as they advertise u-pick apples and some of the best pie around. Just under an hour an a half drive to get there seemed like the perfect day trip. We took the back roads and tried to stay off the highways as much as possible. The scenery changed from desert and ranches into pine trees and rolling hills, and just when you least expect it, the tiny town of Julian, CA pops into view.

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We planned to pick our own apples at the an orchard but they were charging $10 a bag! I wasn’t willing to pay so much for the experience so we just walked around and tasted a few varieties. Many of the orchards were already out of apples for the season so we luckily stumbled upon Volcom Valley Apple Farm which seemed to have plenty left. There was a surprising number of families there to pick apples as well. The parking lot was full!

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After our orchard walk we decided to have lunch in town and walk the 3 block loop that makes up downtown. Full of historic looking shops and the smell of fresh baked apple pies, it was the perfect place to get lost for a few hours. I ended up purchasing a bag of apples that actually looked a little nicer than the ones that remained on the trees for only $5, a much more reasonable price.

Our time in Julian was quick, but fun which was just what we needed before our busy October began. I think we’ll definitely be back next Fall for another day trip to the country.


First Trimester Essentials

I’ve officially entered my second trimester and with that brings some sweet relief! Chances of having a miscarriage are significantly lower, nausea has reduced, and food actually tastes good again! Here are some of the things that helped get me through those first 3 months:


  •  Tajin: this salty, sour, spicy seasoning is my addiction! Just thinking about it makes my mouth waters. Adding this to any fresh fruit was always a nice snack for me.
  • Fresh Fruit: one of the only constants through the first trimester that always sounded appetizing. Oranges, apples, mango, pineapple, etc. were a great go to snack when I needed to eat constantly to help keep the nausea at bay.
  • Saltines: when morning sickness was at it’s worst and nothing could make it go away, stuffing in a few crackers always seemed to ease my discomfort a little. I have a pack of these in the car, my purse, and next to the bed for those mornings when you’re stomach is angry before you’re even fully awake.
  • H2O: I’ve never been much of a water drinker, I always found I’d get enough fluids through coffee, tea, juice or whatever else I was drinking that day. It was always such a chore for me to drink enough water. But now, that I’m pregnant I find I’m constantly thirsty and have to carry my water with me wherever I go. Guess baby knows best in this case, and he/she is one thirsty kid! However, the constant bathroom stops are pretty annoying!
  • Netflix: Since we don’t have our TV connected to a cable service yet after moving, Apple TV and Netflix have been my distraction from those times I feel at my worst. I’m not kidding, there were moments when I couldn’t muster the will to move off the couch for hours at times because the slightest movement made me want to hurl.
  • Babywise: I recommend this book to any parents who wish to sleep train their children with ease. I personally enjoy having a set schedule and knowing how to plan for the day ahead. With this book, they explain how to make this possible and to have a happy, healthy baby that will feed and rest well.
  • Prenatal Vitamins: I take one each night before bed. Gotta stock up on all those nutrients! I’ve been taking them for the past year in preparation to get pregnant, so it’s just routine for me know.
  • ASOS Maternity Leggings: if you haven’t caught on, the first trimester isn’t always pretty. Every night I’d get super bloated and swear I looked 6 months pregnant. The last thing I wanted to do was wear anything restricting, so these legging have been my comfort and joy. I’m not against buying maternity items now, comfort is key people!

And there you have it! For those mom’s out there, what were some of your first trimester survival items?



Some News!

It’s finally time we can share our news… we’re expecting a new addition to our family, due March 27, 2015! It’s been so hard keeping our secret for the past 13 weeks but we are beyond excited for what the future brings. I found out I was pregnant after being a day late, and just had a hunch to take a test… and to my surprise it said positive!

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The Mr. and I were in shock and disbelief until I went to the doctor around week 8 when he confirmed it. Even after that, it still seemed so surreal. It wasn’t until our first ultrasound at week 9 when we heard that quick little heartbeat and saw a real live gummy bear that it really set in. We are parents and are going to have our own little child in only 6 months!

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I’ll share more first trimester details soon, but for now hope this brightened your Friday!


Filipino Sinigang Soup

The other day I discovered this sour and savory soup out of curiosity at our local Filipino restaurant. How have I been missing out on this my entire life is beyond me! As a lover of Thai Tom Yum Gai soup and Chinese sweet and sour soup, Sinigang belongs in my repertoire! I adapted a recipe from here and made a successful first attempt! My Filipino Mr. gave the approval and requests it often now, saying that was one of the best meals I’ve made.


Total Time: 1 hour, 30 minutes

Ingredients: 3 lbs pork ribs (chopped into 1 in pieces), instead of chopping the ribs before cooking, I cooked ribs whole and chopped after meat fell off the bone – 2 tblsp minced garlic – 1 medium onion, chopped – 1 packet Sinigang tamarind soup mix (found at any Asian market), be sure to read the water to mix ratio on the packet. I had to use 2 packets for the amount of water called in this recipe. – 16 cups water – 1 bok choy, chopped into 1-2 inch slices – 1 daikon radish, chopped into thin round slices (optional garnish) – 1 small tomato, chopped fine. I used 2 small tomatoes because I like the acidity tomatoes provide. – 2 small potatoes, chopped in large chunks – Salt to taste

Directions: 1) Saute ribs, garlic, onions, and salt to taste until brown 2) In a separate large pot, add water, Sinigang soup mix, I like the whole packet but less in more in this case if you don’t want it to be too sour 3) Add tomato, pork, potatoes, and cook for 40 minutes. Add the Bok Choy and radish and cook an additional 10 minutes 4) If you left the pork on the bone like I did, remove the meat and chop now, return to soup and cook 10 more minutes 5) Enjoy! You can eat this straight or over white rice.


Here’s the soup next to my Panang Curry.


Craving a Bit of Bali

I had an intense craving for this Balinese side dish we made during our cooking class in Munduk while we were there for our honeymoon. It’s a spicy, sweet, and sour combo of mixed vegetables that’s mouthwatering good. So… I decided to make it! It turned out delish even though we don’t have all the exact ingredients here in the US. It’s kind of amazing so I thought I’d share the recipe.

Here’s what it looked like when we made it in Bali….

And here’s what mine looked like….

How to make Balinese Jukut Urab at home… 1) Cut long beans in to small pieces, 2) add 1 cup blanched snake beans, 1 cup blanched bean sprouts, 1 cup roughly chopped blanched spinach, 1/2 cup chopped sauteed onions, 1/4 cup sauteed fresh red chile, 2/3 cup grated roasted coconut. 3)Blend 1 large red chile, de seeded and finely chopped, 3 wedges of kaffir lime, 1/4 tsp white pepper, 1/4 tsp sugar, salt to taste, and 1 tablespoon oil for dressing. 4) Mix dressing into the salad and plate. 5) Garnish with  roasted peanuts, crispy fried ginger and garlic.

Tip: It’s best after a few hours so it has time to soak in all the flavors. I used chinese long beans instead of snake beans, kale instead of spinach, green chile instead of red, and regular sweetened coconut from the baking aisle. It was still just as good as I’d remembered!

Recipe adapted from here.

Enjoy! XOXO, MT

The Next Chapter

Our time in Hawaii is coming to an end. So far it’s been the perfect getaway (minus the fact I’ve had to work a few hours each day). Be sure to check out all our photos on Instagram #trekwiththeTs. We’ve had a blast exploring hidden beaches and discovering new places all to ourselves, eating a little of everything, fooling around on the family farms, and finding ourselves at the beach at least once a day. One day I will live here and the Mr. will be able to call it home once more.

The next chapter of our lives is starting! This weekend is the first wedding of the season for me and we drive to San Diego on Monday to start setting up our home. I can’t wait to do so many things and explore a whole new area of California. Life can’t get much better right now and I’m damn thankful for all the things we’ve been blessed with. Bring it on!


Oh Happy Day!



(Amber Interiors pretty much summed up EXACTLY what we’re planning for the newly decorated Mr. & Mrs. T residence to look like… how perfect! )


Cue the happy dance… we found a home in San Diego! We decided to go the safer route and rent at first. This place is seriously perfect for our needs and great as a place to make our home for the first year. Just 15 minutes from downtown San Diego, and 20 minutes to the beach, it was a major score! It’s a single story 2 bedrooms, 2 baths, 1 loft/office, laundry room, 2 car detached garage, enclosed patio, private front yard, newly updated kitchen with stainless steel appliances, and all new engineered maple hardwood floors!

A girl can dream while house hunting and this dream came true! Seriously, based on what’s available, pet friendly, and in budget? Slim pickings my friends. We jumped on this home as soon as we toured it. So now the countdown to moving in begins!

2 weeks left of working at the bakery – 3 weeks until we say goodbye to the Bay Area and vacation in AZ – 4 weeks until we spend 10 days in Hawaii – 5 weeks until the first wedding of our season – 6 weeks until we get the keys and move in to our new abode!

So much to look forward to in the next few weeks! Happy Friday!



Cali Turns 1!




I can’t believe she’s a year old! How time flies. We had a small celebration for her, a fancy new shark chew toy, cherry cow ear, doggie donut, and her favorite peanut butter honey icecream for her cake. Spoiled much? We rarely treat her besides a milk bone here and there so she was surely in doggie heaven! Hopefully, we’ll be able to gift her with a priceless present this summer… a yard! Stay tuned for more details on the house hunt!