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Kruger National Park

Kruger National Park is South Africa’s largest games reserve and is often an additional trip partnered with travelers holidays to Cape Town. I throughly enjoyed my time here at this National Park as it features the Big Five and hundreds of other mammals, wildlife, and plant species.

The best time to visit is during the beginning or end of the dry season of the region which is April – September. I went in January so it was not the most ideal time but I still thoroughly enjoyed myself nonetheless and did not get rained out. One of the things that people like about Kruger National Park is that it is self-drivable. I did not self drive because in my opinion you should not go all the way to South Africa to see one of the worlds biggest National Parks to be limited to what you can see on the roadways but it is an option. Featured below is what you can look forward to seeing on your trip to Kruger National Park and also a guide to where to stay as accommodations are extremely important and an integral part of a safari holiday!

Kruger National Park Open Safari Vehicle
Kruger National Park Open Safari Vehicle – Guided Drive
Antelope Family
Antelope Family

WHERE TO STAY?

Location, location, location! Searching for somewhere to stay on a safari holiday can be extremely difficult with all of the budget lodges, luxury lodges, and private game reserves. Then there is the question of whether to stay inside of the park or outside of the park. At private game reserves around Kruger such as Sabi Sands, Manyeleti, Balule, and Timbavati there are no other tourists so they offer a more intimate experience. There is a plentiful amount of luxury safaris lodges like Royal Malewane, Ngala, or Singita. I decided to stay a luxury boutique lodge outside of the park in Hoedspruit but still on a wildlife estate by the name of Unembeza Boutique Lodge and Spa.The reason I did this was it still allowed me to stay close but not in the park with luxury amenities for an affordable price. They can also book tours and excursions for you which makes your Kruger safari planning much easier and they offer a plethora of luxury amenities as aforementioned.

I thoroughly appreciated the attention to detail and service as being pregnant in the hot landscape of the Kruger and the surrounding area of Hoedspruit. They cater to special dietary restrictions and offer a 4 course dinner menu, fresh juices and lunch, breakfast included with stay, swimming pool, laundry services, complimentary wifi, bush spa, and more in the middle of a wildlife estate surrounding Kruger National Park. They scheduled my Kruger National Park tour as well and even though we didn’t get to see all of the Big Five, the open safari vehicle and guide were excellent!






http://unembeza.com
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Panorama Route

Planning a trip to the Panorama Route? Thinking about what else to add to your Kruger National Park Itinerary? The Panorama Route is a perfect addition to your safari holiday and South African getaway. You can self-drive the Panorama Route in your own vehicle from Johannesburg to Kruger National Park, which will take you a few days. However, I decided to add it to my Kruger National Park stay as a one day tour. The Route is incredibly breathtaking and I’m so glad I made it a priority of mine to see it! You get a true sense of the landscape which features the world’s third largest canyon, raging rivers, a plethora of waterfalls, and a dramatic terrain of mountains and cliffs. The most popular attractions to see on the route are God’s Window, Bourke’s Luck Potholes, Blyde River Canyon, Lisbon Falls, The Three Rondavels, The Pinnacle, Berlin Falls, and the Wonderview. Featured below are what you can look forward to on your Panorama Route trip.

BOURKE’S LUCK POTHOLES AT BLYDE RIVER CANYON RESERVE

Bourke’s Potholes Churning Whirlpools
Bourkes Luck Potholes
Bourkes Luck Potholes
Bourke’s Luck Potholes Waterfalls

Bourke’s Luck Potholes is a stunning geological formation in the Blyde River Canyon Reserve. Not only can you walk on bridges above the pools of water, you can also dip your feet in and take a seat in the whirlpools of this fascinating natural phenomenon.

LISBON FALLS

Lisbon Falls is the highest waterfall in the province and I was lucky enough to capture and see it with a beautiful rainbow.

Lisbon Falls
Lisbon Falls

BLYDE RIVER CANYON

The Blyde River Canyon is the third largest canyon in the world, offers lush scenery, is 16 miles in length, and known as the largest “green canyon” in the world.

Blyde River Canyon
Blyde River Canyon

THREE RONDAVELS

You might be thinking, what is a Rondavel? A Rondavel is actually a house or hut of the indigenous people and the three round rocks sitting on top together are reminiscent of such. The view here is absolutely stunning, a must see!! In my opinion it offers the best view on the entire Panorama Route.

Three Rondavels
Emirates Business Class

Review: Emirates Business Class ORD–>JNB

Chicago —> Johannesburg, South Africa

THE LOUNGE: The Business Class Lounge in Dubai during our layover was incredible. It is truly one of the most luxurious flight experiences you can experience. Not only does it take up an entire floor but there is more to do than you would even have time for during your layover. It is truly a great way to begin your journey or relax during your layover.

There are quiet lounges, a plethora of gourmet restaurants, a kids club/daycare, multiple showers, nap chairs, bars, personalized barista experience, an ice cream cart and more. With partnerships with Moet & Chandon and Voss Water, I had our waiter bring as much Voss water as my heart desired and canapés crafted by Michelin starred chefs from the Moet & Chandon lounge. The service was great and so was the food from the buffets stations. I had teriyaki chicken, lamb, and rice. I relaxed and ate all of it while my husband took a shower and brought me tea and dessert. Safe to say the business class lounge was what Emirates calls a “seamless journey”.

Emirates Business Lounge Lobby
Emirates Business Lounge Dessert

THE FLIGHT: As if it could even get better than the lounge!!?? It does! We flew on one of their all new 777’s.

It has a 2-3-2 cabin layout, which the older one had before, it’s incredibly spacious. The interior is aesthetically amazing and the plush beige leather seats reminiscent of a Bentley Bentayga. The seat also features a privacy screen and the largest entertainment screen offered on any plane operating commercially. I absolutely loved the water and pellegrino in a glass storage box in front of me below the tv (super convenient). Also, the reading lights, storage space, fully flat bed, and Emirates classic woodgrain seat finishing was nice too. The seat was incredibly comfortable, I got a great sleep and the seat cushion (similar to a padded mattress cover, they lay on top of your seat for increased comfort) and blanket were big, plush, and thick. I could not have asked for a nicer seat besides not having a bar like on the A380 but besides that and the 2-3-2 configuration (configuration didn’t bother me as I sat beside my husband, so couples win!) the new 777 is a better product and I don’t drink alcohol anyway!

Additionally, the food and service was top notch! The food options were great and delicious and there were many times I was offered beverages or snacks that I declined because I was too full. I seriously got to the point of “jeez are people really still eating more food!” Needless to say you won’t go even a bit hungry.

Emirates Business Food

Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed my business class experience on Emirates new 777 and can’t wait to fly aboard again!

Muizenberg Beach Huts

Cape Town Chronicles

Need a Cape Town Itinerary? Let me help you plan your trip to Cape with some inspiration and ideas from my trip detailed below! Cape Town was a whirlwind and was so much fun. There is so much to do, see, and explore. Your adventure awaits…….

The Hotel

The Westin

Our stay at The Westin in Cape Town was absolutely incredible! I plan on staying there again and would recommend it to everyone. The hospitality at this location was amazing and Jason (the manager) made us feel so welcome. Not only did he give us a tour of the whole property upon checking in but he also followed up numerous times to make sure we were enjoying ourselves. All of the staff, including the valet were so friendly and kind. One of the valet staff by the name of Michael was so friendly and engaging that even when our car pulled up we still wanted to continue conversation. The food in their Executive Lounge on the 19th floor was also a great delight. They offer free breakfast, hor d’oeuvres, and drinks during happy hour for Marriott Platinum Members and for guests who book privileges with room rate. The lounge features 360 views of Cape Town and was a great start to our day. The hotel also features a sauna, steam room, and infinity pool on the 19th floor as well that gives you access to impeccable views as well.

The hotel is in a good location and also apart of the Convention Center. I think it is an extremely ideal location for all of the activities and excursions you might do in Cape Town and the surrounding areas. 

The room itself was an Executive Level suite with waterfront views. It was large and completely updated. It had an incredible view of the waterfront and was extremely comfortable, including the bed. As a pregnant woman, I give this room ultimate comfort level points. I am incredibly picky about hotel rooms, how updated they are, how nice the shower is, comfortability of bed, space, heat and water pressure of the shower, so this mean ALOT! Again, I say this room had my seal of ultimate approval! 

Overall, this stay at The Westin was a 10/10. I would like to give a special thanks to Jason for making it such a memorable experience for us. 

Executive Lounge Breakfast
Gorgeous pool with views on all side of the Mother City

 

The Food! 

Test Kitchen: Noted as one of the best restaurants in Cape Town and the world. I would advise booking months ahead of time as reservations fill quickly.

FoxCroft: Dinner at the FoxCroft was the best meal we had in Cape Town. Cape Town is truly a culinary destination so that is saying quite a bit. From the food to the service it was a great experience. 

Had antelope for the first time!

Kloof Street House: This restaurant is highly rated and while the design and aesthetics are incredibly inviting, the food left something to be desired in comparison to all of our other meals in Cape Town.

Kloof Street Outside Entrance – May sit indoors or outdoors

High tea at the Belmond Mount Nelson hotel: Afternoon tea at the Mount Belmont Hotel is the best high tea experience the Mother City has! The service, the tea, the food, and the live piano music were a perfect treat!

Azure Restaurant: Azure is a contemporary restaurant inside of the famous Twelve Apostles Hotels that sits atop a cliff and overlooks the ocean. The location and experience was incredible.

 

The Action! 

Table Mountain

V&A Water Front, Robben Island tour

Old Biscuit Mill Market on a Saturday

Other Must Do Excursions and Activities:

  • Helicopter Tour
  • Boulder Beach Penguin Colony
  • Signal Hill Sunset
  • Beaches! Go take the infamous Musizenberg a Beach Hut Photo
  • Shark Diving

Review: The Spa at Inn Walden

Spa Walden is a world class spa oasis in the least place you’d expect!

SPA WALDEN

1119 Aurora Hudson Rd., Aurora, (330) 995-9SPA

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Let’s talk about the ultimate pampering experience! If you’re looking for a top notch spa weekend that features relaxation, privacy, and ultimate ambiance; Spa Walden is where you should plan to go! When planning a spa getaway at Spa Walden I would consider the Spa and Stay package which allows you one signature spa treatment per person for 2 people and a night in one of their spacious and luxurious guest rooms that feature huge luxurious Kohler massage bath tubs and massive Kohler showers. The rooms and Inn in general are incredibly designed and are truly a reward for any guest.

Spa Walden Guest Rooms and Suites
Huge Guest Rooms at the Inn Walden
Huge Kohler Massage Showers in Guest Suites bigger than some peoples apartments

The service at the Inn and the spa was impeccable. The staff caters to your every need to make sure your stay is beyond unique and special. Not only that, but the spa tailors treatments to fit your individual needs so you experience the ultimate pampering.

Each Spa suites has its own Kohler bubble massage tub and a personal steam room and a Swiss shower for full-body shower massages. If booking a couples treatment, couples can enjoy in their spa treatment room an additional fireplace, extra-large hot tub, and a light lunch.

Overall, this is one of the best spas I’ve ever been to and I’ve been to first class spas around the world. This is truly a hidden gem on the outskirts of Cleveland, OH and I definitely recommend it for the ultimate Spa experience.

http://yourwalden.com

 

Home Makeover: The Kitchen

Hey guys! The Johnson-Karim (JK) crew have a new home and I am so excited to take you guys on our home makeover. I have owned my share of condos in Chicago for real estate investment but this is our first FAMILY HOME that we own as a family and we want to create a stylish, cozy, and family friendly home for Amirah (our crazy daughter). Our first week has been exciting and productive in my opinion but I know you guys will be honest and tell me what you truly think.

Kitchen Organization

So the first week of moving in a new home is usually unpacking and organizing for most people. I have been doing both but I really wanted to get a head start on the interior design. I put a lot on my plate but my goal is to give design of each room in 2 weeks. So this week my task was the kitchen. The most important rooms in my mind when shopping for or designing a room is the kitchen and the bathroom. They both can take quite a bit of time, they are the most important rooms to me, and the design of both can be quite expensive.

Kitchen Organization

Kitchen containers

Our kitchen was already my favorite part of the house. My kitchen style is white, bright, and minimalistic. I took this week to unpack kitchenware, organize, and do a bit of sprucing up. I want to involve green and white florals, aluminum or steel as you can in the photos for that modern and industrial loft feel. You can also see we have exposed brick in the kitchen, which is definitely one of my favorite features. This exposed brick really puts together the modern, Italian bistro, trendy unfinished look I’m going for.

Exposed Brick Kitchen Makeover

The rest of the kitchen is white and bright as aforementioned with light sleek granite countertops. The hardwood floors in the whole home of our a light maple brown and I have considered refinishing them with a different stain. However, I think that in this kitchen the light maple brown works well and there is no better pairing that hardwood floors and exposed brick.

Kitchen fireplace

You tell me, but I think I have been pretty productive in Week 1. Some additions I would like to make in the next week are the design of the breakfast nook and coffee bar. I would also like to add some green and white florals as well as some blue hydrangeas for a pop of color. You will see in the following weeks I am very neutral in terms of interior design but I love a pop of color.

Kitchen Makeover Week 1

I want you to comment and share what you would change or some ideas that you have as well. I can definitely use your help in making my home the most stylish, sophisticated, cozy, and family friendly home for the Johnson-Karim (JK) crew that one could imagine!

New Home

How to Maximize a Weekend in NYC

Have A Free Weekend And Want To See The Big Apple?

What to Eat | What to do | How to Enjoy

The crew and I ( Adham, baby Amirah, and I ) decided to take a family weekend trip to New York City and it was awesome! Of course the travel planner and Virgo (like Beyoncé) in me wanted everything to go by the itinerary, however, with a baby its just not that easy. I’ve been to NYC plenty of times but never had I been traveling with an infant and she showed me that I had been doing NYC wrong the whole time anyway! She has taught me that if you truly want to enjoy NYC have a light itinerary, I now believe it is incredibly advantageous to leave quite a bit of room in your itinerary to go with the flow. There are so many things to do in New York City and you can make yourself feel like you have to do everything in one weekend or even in a week. However, YOU WON’T and you shouldn’t.

 

For example, normally when I am in NYC I have so much that I want to do and see (so I can tell you all what to do when you get there), but also because people tend to make you feel like if you don’t do “this or that” in NYC then you missed out on something. However, we went to go have a picnic in Central Park, which I recommend you all do and baby Amirah just didn’t want to leave. I had a Michelin star restaurant I wanted to try for lunch but Amirah had her bottle, a blanket, the shade under the sun and she just wasn’t in the mood to leave. So of course, we stayed, Her and my husband both fell asleep and I ended up reading a book and people watching. When both of them woke up, I wasn’t disappointed at all that we skipped the restaurant! It was relaxing, it was peaceful, and even though it wasn’t a museum or a must-eat restaurant, it was still a very New York City thing to do.

Picnic in Central ParK

Adham and Amirah Asleep in Central Park

Later that night, we ended up going to a Midtown Michelin star restaurant, Cafe China, that was incredibly delicious and surpassed our expectations. Midtown’s Cafe China is unassuming, traditionally Sichuan, delicious and its the only Michelin star Chinese restaurant in NYC. The 1930’s Shanghai decor is sure to make you feel like you’ve taken a short journey to China. Our favorite dish their was the Chungking chicken which is only for someone with an appetite for spice, and by spice I mean an abundance of dried chilies.

At around midnight, while many people are out clubbing (I used to do this well) or grabbing drinks with friends. The foodie, parents, and Muslim in us decided to grab desserts instead. We continued to stay with our various Asian cuisine palette for the day and go to Grace Street Coffee and Desserts. Everything we ordered was nothing short of amazing so we ordered our first order twice. I recommend the Ho-Dduck Korean Donut (vegan option available), Apple Cider, Hong Kong French Toast, and he Mango Madness Shaved Snow.

The next day, the crew still wanted to take it easy, I obviously ignored their request because we ended up in Times Square. Walking around with a stroller and a baby in Times Square was not fun to me but my husband thought it was and seemed to think navigating with the baby in Times Square was a fun challenge as if he was in a video game. They ended up loving their navigation adventure and I throughly enjoyed taking pictures and people watching. Sponge-bob Squarepants on Broadway was showing at the Palace Theatre, if you are a Sponge-bob fan I would definitely see this. I preferred Aladdin, which was showing at the New Amsterdam Theatre.

Times Square

After a great show, you must eat and we decided to go to Miss Lily’s. Miss Lily’s is one of my favorite places to eat in NYC. The food is incredible and I have never had a bad experience food or service wise. Everyone there is extremely sweet and accommodating and they want you to have a good meal. I actually found out about Miss Lily’s a couple of years ago while watching Chef Andre Fowler’s of Miss Lily’s win ’Chopped’ on the Food Network. He brings authentic, and vibrant Jamaican flavor to Manhattan and crowds do indeed flock to experience it.

Miss Lily’s Restaurant

The weekend wasn’t over yet and even though there are so many incredible museums to see and many people purchase the New York City Pass, which includes admission into NYC’s top attractions, if you are only there for a weekend all of the attractions can be a bit overwhelming and it might not be worth the money. One of the museums that the New York City Pass includes is the Guggenheim museum which is a must see but due to my tight schedule this time we went to the Brooklyn Museum as I like the Brooklyn museum a bit more. It is NYC’s second largest museum and it features electrifying art, inspiring and educational exhibitions, and right now a David Bowie tribute display.

Brooklyn Museum

Every time I come to NYC I find so much more do and so much more to eat and I recommend that you visit the following on your next visit:
* You can find many discounts to attractions on Groupon as well

Central Park
Such a great time as aforementioned with bike and pedestrian paths, jungle gyms, ball fields, a zoo, picnic areas, carousel, and awesome city views,

Times Square
In the heart of the Theatre district where you should find a good show, do some shopping, and people watch .

The Empire State Building
Sweeping city views, museum, and history.

Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island
National Monument, museum, history, and guided tours.

Brooklyn. Museum (my favorite)
Incredible large art museum as aforementioned above

Grand Central Terminal
Iconic train station, shopping, dining, and feeling like you’re on the set of NYC romantic comedy as you can’t watch one that doesn’t feature a scene in this station.

Brooklyn Bridge
Picturesque bridge that connects Brooklyn and Manhattan

One Week Maui | Hawaii Itinerary

Your 7 Day Guide to Maui

There are so many different types of travelers and vacation styles and everyone knows someone who they “just can’t vacation with”. This could be because they don’t like the person entirely or they just don’t have the same travel style. The below itinerary is for someone like myself with an adventurous personality with a luxury budget who still needs R&R (rest and relaxation). If you don’t have a luxury budget, I have included alternative options as well. Therefore, it doesn’t matter what your budget is if you have an adventurous personality but still love to just lay out and soak up some sun at the beach (it is Maui after all)….this 1 week Maui Guide is for you!

I understand how overwhelming planning a vacation to Maui can be and each link provides additional information to help you further plan and experience all that Maui has to offer.

I recommend 2 weeks in Maui, however I understand most people don’t have 2 weeks time to take off. Check out Maui Must Do’s for more to add to your schedule for a 2 week Maui Vacation.

First Day: ARRIVAL
I recommend staying at the Grand Wailea, a Waldorf Astoria Resort. If you don’t have a luxury budget, check out “How to go to Maui for free”. Upon arrival, check in and enjoy all this massive resort has in store and if you get in early, hang out at the beach.

What to eat: Mama’s Fish House Restaurant and Inn

Second Day: HALEAKALĀ CRATER
Hiking Haleakalā Crater is one of my top things to do in Maui. If you aren’t a hiker you still must go and at least see the incredible views. Not only that but, if you arrive at Haleakalā Visitor center 30-45 mins before sunrise, you can watch the beautiful colors of the sunrise and then follow the Hosmer Trail. You will not take a more scenic photo in Maui than on top of Haleakala Crater.

What to eat: Paia Fish Market

Take the rest of the day to enjoy the amenities of the Grand Wailea resort and lay out at the beach or one of the Grand Wailea’s 7 pools. I prefer the adult only Hibiscus pool, I have a small child and when my husband and I are on vacation together by ourselves we truly want it to be adults only. All of the pools either have a restaurant or bar right next to or inside the pool that you can swim up to or order from your pool lounge chair.

Third Day: ALI’I KULA LAVENDER FARM
Don’t let the name “lavender farm” fool you into thinking this farm is all about lavender. It is true there is a gorgeous lavender field with views out of this world overlooking mountains and sea cliffs. However, this farm also has many other species of plants as well. Forget the nurseries you’re used to, this lavender farm makes you feel as if you are Alice in Wonderland and all you are missing is a friendly rabbit.

If you have a green thumb and are really interested in gardening and different species of plants then you can take a guided tour. If you are like me and just want to enjoy the scenic views of Maui from the lavender field and surround yourself with the aromatic smells of plumeria and lavender then you can self-tour and leisurely enjoy the atmosphere.

What to eat: Monkeypod Kitchen by Merriman

Fourth Day: SUNRISE and SNORKELING/BEACH HOP

What to eat: Plantation House

Fifth Day: ROAD TO HANA
For my adventurers and photographers, the Road To Hana is a long but incredibly fun and sometimes scary drive filled with stops that feature Maui’s most picturesque waterfalls, gorges, streams, caves, fresh fruit stops and cool food stops.

Major Highlights:
Twin Falls
, Bamboo Forest, 
Waikamoi Falls, 
Keanae
, Three Bears Falls
, Beaches (Black sand, red sand, Koki)
, Seven Sacred Pools, 
Pipiwai Trail, 
Alelele Falls

Bamboo Forest

What to eat: Bruddah Hutts BBQ truck or Huli Huli Chicken, and Auntie Sandy’s Banana Bread.

Sixth Day: SPA DAY at the Grand Wailea or BEACH/POOL DAY
The Grand Wailea is home to Spa Grande, one of the best spas in the U.S. and once you experience it for yourself there is no doubt about it. We did the “Tropical Paradise For Two” which includes the “healing waters”, sauna, steam room, exfoliation, scrub, lunch, 50 minute massage, and pedicure. This treatment lasts 4 hours and will run you $$$$ (699). However, afterwards my husband and I looked at each other and he said it was “worth every penny” and I concur! If you are not on a luxury budget then I would enjoy some more of Maui’s beaches or have a pool day at the Grand Wailea. One of the things about being an adventurous traveler is sometimes you forget to rest on your vacations but you are in Maui for heaven’s sake, get to a beach or enjoy what the Grand Wailea Waldorf Astoria Luxury Oceanfront Resort has to offer!

http://grandwailea.com

What to eat: Try Kimo’s

Seventh Day: HELICOPTER TOUR
A helicopter tour is a great way to close out your time in beautiful Maui, Hawaii. Honestly, words cannot describe how incredible the experience is, the lush 3000 ft sea cliffs (highest sea cliffs in US according to our guide) and the many, many waterfalls cascading down the mountains are some of the most beautiful things you will ever see your life.  Sunshine, Air Maui, and Maverick are some of the most common and trusted helicopter tour companies in Maui. My favorite route was the West Maui/Molokai tour. In all of my travels I haven’t seen anything like it, if you love Jurassic Park this is your chance to see it. Feels like a dinosaur could start swinging at your helicopter at any moment.

If you do not have a luxury budget,  parasailing will also give you an opportunity to see Maui from a completely different perspective, flying above the sea and by the mountains.

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Pumpkin Patch

Fall Bucket List

Fall is my favorite time of the year! My mood in Autumn could not be better and I think it’s also a very fun and festive time to be pregnant! A lot of things I love to do during fall are things that I can’t wait to do with my new baby as well next year! Here are my top 5 bucket list fall activities, I’ve already checked off #1.

1. Orchard
I have gone either apple, pumpkin, corn, or peach picking since I was a kid every fall and I wasn’t going to miss out just because I moved to a different city and am expecting this year. I found Patterson’s Fruit Farm in Chesterfield, OH that has some of the best apple cider I’ve ever tasted and desserts galore just 30 minutes outside of Cleveland, OH. During the fall season they have Fun Fest and they offer hay rides, nature hikes, corn mazes, and more! Kids will have a great time and adult kids like me can enjoy picking fresh fruits and vegetables and eating their heart out!!

Patterson Fruit Farm

Pumpkin Patch

Fall Orchard Food

Apple Picking

Fall Pumpkin Patch Farm

2. Haunted House

3. Escape Room

Escape Room Puzzle

4. Cedar Point

Roller coasters

5. Bonfire
I did this right after apple picking with a few of my friends and it was a great time at Chesterfield County park in OH. It’s a great place to have a bonfire and go stargazing by the large ponds.

Bonfire

6. Scary Movie Night

Honestly, I hate scary movies. So this is more like a “close my eyes while we cuddle for 2 hours watching a movie” night.

Scary Movie Night

7. Hiking at a Forest Preserve

Brandywine Falls

8. Attend a Fall Harvest Festival

9. Learn how to cook a new stew or chili

Chili Stew

10. Bake a pie (apple or sweet potato is my favorite).
Or discover a new kind that you like if you’re not the cooking type.

 

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The Best & Worst of My Pregnancy

| The Best and Worst of My Pregnancy|

Favorites

Feeling the baby’s small kicks

The SMALL ones! Not the big ones, those are painful and could be added to least favorite things during my pregnancy. When I felt the first kicks is when it truly hit me I was going to be a mama bear and boy am I in love already. Even more exciting, is getting to see my friends and familys’ reactions and expressions to seeing the baby move from the outside.

Baby Kicks

The Anticipation 

I can’t wait to meet our little bundle of joy and I can’t wait to be called mama. Imagine every holiday wrapped into one? That’s still not as exciting as my baby coming!

Baby anticipation

Getting to do mom stuff with my momma

I am incredibly close with my parents and my mom is one of those “I’m your mom, not your little friend” type mommas. To be able to relate to her in a way that truly defines who she is and be able to do “mommy” stuff together has been so much fun. I already did call her everyday (I’m a clingy daughter) and now I call her about three times a day just for advice and to vent about my pregnancy. I already thought she was a superhero but now being a soon to be momma myself, she’s more than a superhero, there is no word for it! Her baby is having a baby and seeing how excited she is and how much she loves US makes me even more excited that I get to experience that one day too!

Gilmore girls

No waiting in line or for ANYTHING

Once your bump gets bigger, people offer you everything from taken seats, spots to skip, and food. VIP all the time.

Beyonce

Bigger assets

As an extremely petite woman, I appreciate a little bit of “extra extra” in some places (mainly my boobs). I love these things!

Bigger boobs

No Period

I mean do I have to say more…..

Least Favorites

Sleeping

Basically, I can’t sleep. Any position I sleep in is extremely uncomfortable and I need to sleep all the time. I legitimately feel narcoleptic but I just can’t fall asleep properly and I end up keeping my husband up. If you haven’t experienced this yet, just wait until your bump gets bigger.  I’m completely exhausted and my baby seems to be most active at night which unfortunately means that is likely to be the babies sleeping pattern in a few months. Great, not!

Can't sleep

Hormones

If you thought you were moody while on your period, pregnancy hormones are 100X worse. I am already a crazy individual and can literally hear myself acting a fool and being a meanie face to my husband but I still can’t stop. One minute your angry, the next you’re sad, then extremely happy, ups and downs all around!

Hormones

Having to Pee and Puke at Work

All of the symptoms are rough while at work but who wants to puke at work? No Bueno. I transferred locations due to my aforementioned move to another state so I have a brand new boss, and as much as I want to be extremely productive and show him I’m the best, because I am, it can be rough.

Working while pregnant

Feeling Incompetent and Lazy

Pregnancy brain is a real thing and exhaustion, stress, and building a baby is taxing on your brain on top of the fact that’s it’s rewiring itself for motherhood. Also, washing dishes, laundry, etc…..what is that? Just kidding! I keep up, but the last thing my new waddling self wants to do after coming home from a full day of work is cook, wash dishes, and do laundry. Sometimes I avoid going in my bedroom so I don’t pass out.  It’s safe assume that has already happened more than a few times in the first trimester.

Lazy

Looking Like A Bum

I’ve been looking as comfortable as can be in terms of clothing during my pregnancy. A Kim K pregnancy, heels, etc just isn’t me but I must admit I hate that I feel like it’s not me because I used to dress up regularly. The second trimester has been much better but the first trimester.

Maternity and Pregnancy clothes

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