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A Seasons Weekend

Hey, Blog Friends. Happy Martin Luther King Jr. Day!


“The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.”
-Martin Luther King, Jr.

I hope you all had a great weekend! Mine was pretty good!

Friday night we ate at Seasons 52:

For anyone who isn’t familiar with the restaurant, they are a restaurant with seasonally inspired dishes. There are many local and organic choices on the menu. Also, every item  is under 475 calories! I was SO excited to finally eat here. They opened in my area a few months ago, and since we have not been able to get in. I called a week ahead of time for our 7:15 reservation on Friday. Michael was feeling a little sick Thursday night into Friday. Luckily, he was feeling better by the evening, because there was no way I wanted to cancel our reservation!

When we arrived, they were mobbed. The hostess handed me a buzzer and told me it would just be a few minutes until our table was ready. They were waiting for a couple tables with checks to get up and leave. Well, those people lingered and we did not get sat until 7:35. They apologized, and we did not complain. Although it was slightly annoying that you make a reservation, and do not get sat when you arrive, I was once a hostess and I understand “lingering” dining guests all too well. Once we sat down the waiter knew my name already (from the reservation), which I thought was very nice. He explained to us about the menu and gave us a few minutes to decide. Michael and I looked online before we went and pretty much knew what we wanted. I was super excited for this meal, there are definitely not enough restaurants like this around here.

We split the goats cheese ravioli for an appetizer:

This was delicious

I had the Organic Baby Spinach Salad with sliced Bosc Pears, Pine Nuts and I subbed the Gorgonzola (ick) for Goats Cheese:

Amazing!

Michael ordered the Kalymnos Greek Salad, with feta, onion and cucumber.

He was RAVING about this salad. I think he would go back for the salad alone.

After we were finished our appetizers, the manager came over to apologize to us about the wait. Again, we never complained so in my book, this was excellent service for him to acknowledge that. He told us that when we make a reservation we should be sat at that time, and it is unacceptable. So, they comped our ravioli AND our salads! Score!

For my entree I had the Cedar Plank Roasted Salmon with whole-roasted sweet carrots, fresh asparagus and red bliss potatoes:

Michael had the Oak-Grilled Filet Mignon, which I forgot to take a picture of. I was enjoying my dinner too much 🙂

We decided against dessert. I know. SHOCKER! I was pretty full, and the desserts were teeny tiny. Which is good for the waistline…but not worth it to a pregnant girl. It’s like a tease. So, why even torture myself with a 2 bite dessert. If I weren’t pregnant, I wouldn’t feel that way. And ordering like 5 of them would of made us look like piglets 😉

The after dinner entertainment was the train wreck that is Jersey Shore:

Ron and Sam NEED to GO! They are the most boring, annoying people to watch ever. I can’t take it much longer.

I got to the gym 4 times last week. Totaling 2 hours of cardio, 3 weights sessions and a lot of stretching. I even did my Kegals, as much as I hate doing them (awkward). So, when we decided to do another all day GLEE marathon on Saturday, causing my to skip the gym. I felt less guilty.

Loving it.

I set up some healthy snacks for us to munch on. Again, forgot to take pictures. Ugh. We had some spinach and artichoke hummus with pita chips, flax seed crackers and veggies. A veggie flat bread. Some brown rice sushi (California Rolls, no raw fish for me).  As well as a DELICIOUS bowl of pineapple and watermelon.

The girls and I decided it would take way too long to get through the season if we kept trying to meet. So, we decided to finish them on our own. I was lucky enough to get them first. I will not confirm nor deny how many hours I spent watching on Sunday. When I SHOULD have been either registering at Babies R’ Us or cleaning out my den. It’s all good though. I spent lots of time dancing around the bedroom with Munchkin and Ella to each musical number. Michael came in and as much as he wanted to call me a crazy person, he couldn’t help but laugh. I figured, if I was going to spend the day in front of the tube; I might as well get some type of exercise in 😉

I could not WAIT to get into the gym today. I am getting more winded each week in the gym. I will admit, it’s a little discouraging. However, I am doing my best to keep up, and listen to my body. If I do my cardio, and don’t have the energy to do all the strength training exercises I planned on doing…I stop. That’s all.

Who watched????

Now that I’m a Gleek and and all, I was super excited to see the GLEE wins! Chris Cofler got me a little choked up. His reaction and his speech, it was adorable. The other teary eyes moment of the night was Michael Douglas presenting the last award. And I feel like an idiot admitting this, but I got choked up when Toy Story 3 won. The clip they showed was the scene that had me crying my eyes out. Oye.

The fashion was great! I thought preggo Natalie Portman looked adorable. It was making me a little depressed over my prenatal wardrobe

Laury’s Non-Golden Globe Pregnancy Fashion:

Yup, aside from the dress I wore on Christmas my old baby doll black dresses from Forever 21,  this is what my wardrobe consists of. Long H&M tanks, one pair of maternity jeans, wraps sweaters and black stretch pants. If Pea in the Pod wanted me to be a blog model, I would be happy to get paid in clothing 😉

For not being maternity, the H & M tanks do my bump some justice:

Eh, if I had the gowns and fancy dresses, I wouldn’t have anywhere to wear them anyway.

Favorite snack of the week:

All natural peanut butter (I get mine from our local peanut factory, it’s delish) and banana.

That I also enjoy in my favorite frozen dessert version:

Peanut Butter Banana Soft Serve

1 frozen banana, frozen in chunks

2 TBSP All Natural Peanut Butter

1/2 T Vanilla Extract

a squirt of Agave

Few Splashes of Almond Milk

All ingredients in the Vitamix, except the almond milk. Turn on high and blend. Quickly add a tiny splash of almond milk, stick in the agitator and stir while it’s blending. Add more splashes of milk as needed. Be careful not to turn it into a milk shake.

No matter how many ways I enjoy my banana soft serve. I always go back to the peanut butter version. It’s just too good!

The above batch was not as firm as my usual batches. Michael was watching TV, so I had to wait to blend. The segment he was watching was SO long. I finally told him to pause it….didn’t want my bananas to melt 😉

I just got back from a morning of clients and a gym session. 30 minutes cardio and a few back exercises/ stretching. Man, I can not BELIEVE how beat I am getting again. I feel the second trimester slipping away as I approach entering the 3rd. Hello again,  constant tiredness. UGH.

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Questions

What did you do all weekend??

Favorite thing you ate?

Mommies…any tips on doing my baby registry? We have a small space, I need to know WHAT I need. What hot items to buy? What I should be spending the most on (quality, etc)?

xxoo

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33 Comments

  • Reply melissa @ the delicate place

    wow that dinner looks great! i’m glad you got the chance to go out! my weekend included a night out as well but i ended up getting a fancy cobb salad and side of roasted winter veg. yum! we got dessert at the store a gluten free vegan brownie by cookies for me. so fudgy! you look amazing in your preg fashion! nat has not looked cute IMHO up to this point. last night was the exception though!

    January 17, 2011 at 1:13 pm
  • Reply Charlie

    This dinner looks sooo good! I had dinner with a friend and dessert was chocolate fondue (with 85% lindt dark chocolate!). Definitely the favorite thing I ate ;).
    I made peanut butter banana soft serve a coupe times this summer. Yummy :).

    January 17, 2011 at 1:16 pm
  • Reply christina

    you are seriously one of the most beautiful pregnant women i have ever seen!! you are glowing! and i must make banana soft serve tonight! i haven’t done it with peanut butter.

    January 17, 2011 at 1:34 pm
    • Reply laury

      awww, thanks so much 🙂

      January 17, 2011 at 4:12 pm
  • Reply erica @ fashionmeetsfood

    Your baby bump is the cutest ever you look gorgeous and you’re definitely glowing. I hate Jersey Shore but my hubby watches it, and hes constantly bitching about Sam & Ron. Your banana soft serve looks heavenly!

    xo

    January 17, 2011 at 1:37 pm
    • Reply laury

      thanks so much 🙂

      January 17, 2011 at 4:13 pm
  • Reply Leashieloo

    You’re so lucky! I’ve always wanted to eat at Seasons 52, but they only have so many locations. Boo! Anyhow, it’s been a super relaxing weekend for me. I’m trying to get off my butt today and actually do something productive!

    January 17, 2011 at 1:49 pm
    • Reply laury

      You will just have to vacation somewhere that has one!

      January 17, 2011 at 4:13 pm
  • Reply TheHealthyApron

    I have the day off today and lots of things to get done but just thought I would pop on and say hello!! Your weekend looks fun and that restaurant sounds fabulous! I wish we had one around here!! We always opt out of dessert at restaurants (mostly bc I feel like they can be SO over priced) so just think of it as saving money (even though you got a few things comped…AWESOME!)

    Ps. you look SUPER cute! You are so tiny…even with the bump!

    January 17, 2011 at 2:06 pm
    • Reply laury

      Thanks!!! Have a great day off!

      January 17, 2011 at 4:13 pm
  • Reply Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat

    Laury you look gorgeous! Sounds like you had a great weekend. That salmon from Seasons 52 is making me drool hardcore.. if I’m ever in the area I am totally going and ordering that! The best thing I ate all weekend was probably my breakfast at Cora’s (a breakfast chain here that serves up mountains of fruit with pretty much every dish!) and the enormous salad monster I had last night. Hope you’re having a great day! 🙂

    January 17, 2011 at 2:18 pm
    • Reply laury

      Sounds good!!! Thanks so much 🙂

      January 17, 2011 at 4:14 pm
  • Reply susan

    Yeah for the peanut butter snack, one can never have enough peanut butter!!

    Glad you liked your meals in Seasons 52, I checked it out, the meals look yummy. Love going out for dinner. Was in work for the weekend so didn’t get up to too much but we did eat out with work in this sweet little cafe in the countryside, it was nice.

    I’ll have to check out Jersey Shore, they show some of the episodes here, I hear it’s traincrash tv.

    January 17, 2011 at 3:04 pm
    • Reply laury

      Total Train wreck!!!! Have a great day!!!

      January 17, 2011 at 4:14 pm
  • Reply Caree @ Fit-Mama

    On the baby registry, I don’t even know where to start!!! So much that you will absolutely NEED! Are you planning on breastfeeding or bottle feeding? That will determine what you need in that area. But these are musts:

    -swing
    -bouncy chair
    -med kit with things like nail filer, little nail clippers, thermometer, etc.
    -I suggest getting the head thermometer, so much easier than any other themometer out there
    -lots of burp clothes
    -swaddlers (I highly recommend the woombie. http://www.woombie.com)
    -nursing bras (if you plan to nurse)
    -lanolin cream (again if you plan to nurse)
    -a pump (if you plan to nurse, you can rent this too if you aren’t sure)
    babies like white noise, so you can get a noise maker which I highly recommend! Graco makes one…

    oh my goodness, I probably could go on an on… feel free to email me with any questions!

    January 17, 2011 at 3:45 pm
    • Reply laury

      Wow, thanks SO MUCH!!! I may be emailing you soon if I have more questions!! I do plan to breastfeed….

      January 17, 2011 at 4:15 pm
  • Reply Mary @ Bites and Bliss

    Your bump is even more precious!! And dinner looks fabulous. At least the wait was worth it. I had cedar plank smoked salmon once before and it was the BEST salmon I had ever had. Absolutely amazing. 🙂

    January 17, 2011 at 4:09 pm
  • Reply Jess@atasteofconfidence

    I’m sooo glad Toy Story 3 won!
    My favorite thing I ate this weekend was probably dinner from Wegmans’ hot food bar:)

    January 17, 2011 at 9:17 pm
  • Reply Sophia @ Raven Waves

    I definitely would have ordered that spinach salad. Looks delicious! They opened up one of these about 30 miles away from my house. I wish it wasn’t so far! Totally agree about Ron and Sam. I used to feel bad for her since he pretty much verbally and emotionally abused her all last season, but now she’s just become pathetic! Aw your baby bump!! 🙂 The best thing I ate/drank this weekend was my first ever Green Monster!

    January 17, 2011 at 9:35 pm
  • Reply Shanna, Like Banana

    You look great! Classic fashion, gorg face — you don’t need any Golden Globes dresses!

    Not a mommy (yet) so no advice to lend =(

    January 17, 2011 at 10:21 pm
  • Reply Lauren @ Hungry Dancer

    You’re so luck you got to try Seasons 52!! I wish they had one in LA!! You are such a cute pregnant woman!! A pea in the pod should totally let you blog model!!

    January 17, 2011 at 10:36 pm
  • Reply Maryann

    Aw the baby bump is soo cute!

    I have heard so many great things about Seasons 52 and I wish there was one near me, it sounds so good!

    January 17, 2011 at 11:35 pm
  • Reply Stefanie

    Oh my gosh–you are the cutest! Pregnancy absolutely agrees with you! 🙂

    I would give you some tips for your registry, BUT it’s been 8 years since I did one and I’m pretty sure everything is way better now!

    January 18, 2011 at 1:56 am
    • Reply laury

      I can’t believe how things have changed in a YEAR! I can’t even use some of my sister in laws stuff because of recalls or rule changes 🙁

      January 18, 2011 at 9:34 am
  • Reply Angie

    You are absolutely glowing in your picture, you could be IN the golden globe awards! 🙂 honestly thought your gorgeous! the soft serve looks delicious, I love how quick and easy it is to make. I think I will be making this for lunch this week sometime… it’s my first week back in school and I’m going to need to pack my lunch, What do you recommend I pack for a lunch at school? Also, How do you get your skin to glow like that!? 🙂 Keep the blogs posts coming, can’t wait to hear about your next restaurant trip at seasons 52. I wonder if they have one in Chicago, I must check that out!

    January 18, 2011 at 2:20 am
    • Reply laury

      Thank you 🙂

      I would not pack the sot serve though. It will melt by the time you eat it! Save it for a treat when you are home. Oh, so many things you can do with a packed lunch! Healthy sandwiches, hummus and veggies, healthy grains and salad! Oh, and the “glow” I think it all comes from the baby…that and bronzer 😉

      January 18, 2011 at 9:36 am
  • Reply Kristina @ Life as Kristina

    Love Seasons 52! You are the hottest preggers woman ever-love the mini baby bump!
    I ate so much this wknd:( Not ALL horrible, but i’m def still feeling the side effects!

    January 18, 2011 at 8:13 am
  • Reply Kathleen @ Kat's Health Corner

    One of my favorite eats is nut butter paired with any kind of fruit. 🙂

    January 18, 2011 at 10:34 am
  • Reply Soup & Giveaways

    […] for the sweetest comments about my pregnancy fashion, […]

    January 18, 2011 at 11:36 am
  • Reply Eschelle

    those salads look AMAZING!! Super lovely little bump!

    January 18, 2011 at 1:16 pm
  • Reply Angie

    Even though I’ve already commented on this post I’m doing so again to find out what bronzer you use haha! 🙂

    January 19, 2011 at 10:29 am
    • Reply laury

      haha…it’s Physician Formula Sunset Strip Bronzer 🙂

      January 19, 2011 at 3:42 pm
  • Reply Meg

    You and your baby bump are too beautiful for words! I love love love dessert concoctions that involve bananas and peanut butter…oh and Jersey Shore reruns of course 😉

    January 19, 2011 at 8:44 pm
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