January 2014 | Olive and Tate

Five on Friday

 It's Friday and ya'll know what that means…
let's get down to business.

1. 90 Day Fiancé

Um, is anyone else out there watching this? TLC's latest venture to steal away all of my free time has already proven to be a success. 90 Day Fiancé follows the lives of couples who share one thing in common: the guy is from the US and the girl is from another country. All of the women are in the United States through a K1 Visa which is more commonly referred to as a "fiancé visa". The couples have 90 days to get legally married in the US or see ya later females. I think the most interesting thing is that not one couple met via an online dating service. I assumed all of the brides would be of the mail order variety but nope, one of the couples met while the guy was on a mission, one met while the guy was on a work program as an engineer…the only couple who met online did so through a language program that matches up native speakers randomly. Of course, drama ensues as the brides assimilate to their new homes in exciting US locals (midwestern small towns prevail) and in new families who are suspicious of motives and true feelings. It's fascinating to watch.

2.  This Scarf from Old Navy

I love this snake print scarf from Old Navy. I picked mine up the other day for $10 but now I see that it's even more on sale and should only cost you $8 online! My scarf seems to be a bit more in the gray color family as opposed to the brown and I think it's the perfect neutral to get me through traveling and the transitioning seasons (ha, Maine doesn't really have transitions between seasons but it made me feel better to say that). Currently, I'm wearing this little gem with dark skinnies, a navy long sleeved top and my Bean boots…in just a few days, I plan to wear it in Mexico with white jeans and a tank and gladiator sandals! 

Um, screw What to Expect When You're Expecting. That book is a nightmare…like an encyclopedia of things that can go wrong while you're pregnant. 
Dude, You're Gonna Be A Dad! on the other hand is HIL-arious. I'm not sure that Justin has read it, but I sure have and it made me laugh out loud. 

4. Proud Moment

So, I spotted this photo in the most recent Land of Nod catalogue and couldn't help but notice how much their Bayside Rustic 7 Drawer Dresser looks like my Ikea Hemnes Master Bedroom hack!

Their dresser is styled considerably better than mine (which isn't styled at all in these photos) but their dresser will rob your bank account of a grand and ours only hurt us like $400 including the Hobby Lobby drawer pulls! Success! 

5. Cabo, Baby

Our Resort! If it's super great, I'll write a little review for ya'll when we get back! 

Tomorrow we hit the skies….Don't worry, I'll be blogging a bit from Mexico and I have a ton of posts already lined up for ya'll. We are in desperate need of sun and relaxation…and guacamole! 

I hope everyone has a fabulous weekend! 

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Superbowl Entertaining: Baby Wayne's Crock Pot BBQ Chicken Sliders

Hey ya'll!

With the Super Bowl right around the corner, I thought I'd pass along a recipe that my little brother taught me! I have no idea where he got it from (I'm guessing his girlfriend, Katie, or the back of the BBQ sauce bottle) but he shared it with me, promising a "super easy and good BBQ chicken dinner". I whipped it up the other night, served it slider style and he was so right!

Baby Wayne's Crock Pot BBQ Chicken Sliders


4-6 chicken breasts
(can still be frozen!)
1 bottle of Sweet Baby Ray's BBQ Sauce
(I used the Honey BBQ flavor because it's what I had on hand)
1/4 cup vinegar
1 tsp red pepper flakes
1/4 cup brown sugar
(note: I'll probably add a bit more brown sugar the next time around)
1 tsp garlic powder

Bonus: I had every single item in my pantry/freezer! I bet ya'll will have most if not all if you dig around!

(so, so easy)

Mix BBQ sauce with vinegar, red pepper flakes, brown sugar and garlic powder

Toss chicken into the crock pot…frozen chicken breasts are ok!!

Pour sauce mixture over chicken

cook on low for 4-6 hours
(if you added the chicken while it was still frozen, the sauce will have gotten a bit more watery and the BBQ mixture will have somewhat separated from the water…give it a good mix halfway through cooking and you should be all set!)

Once cooked, shred chicken

Serve on sliders buns with extra sauce for topping

For entertaining I would put out a toppings spread that included:

BBQ sauces in lots of flavors, cheese, chopped onions, sliced pickles, pickled okra, coleslaw and jalepenos. I also think the chicken can be served hot or room temp…depending on personal preference.

Because this gem is cooked in the crock pot, this is the perfect dish for a football game! Nothing to worry about, nothing to fuss over, hardly any clean up, it can serve as many people as you need and is a crowd pleaser…toss out some chips and dip and some veggies (request guests bring desert!) and you've got quite a spread!

Happy Super Bowl!

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Bumpdate: 15 Weeks

How Far Along: 15 weeks

Size of Babe: an orange
(that sounds huge to me!)

Gender: we will know for sure in exactly 10 days!

Symptoms: super crazy hormones coupled with a touch of anxiety (fun!), nesting, major headaches, "growing pains", some food aversions - raw meat still makes me run from the kitchen, still having super weird and vivid dreams 

Loving: an occasional non-alcoholic beer! I've had two in the last few weeks and having a beer in a bottle makes me feel a bit like my old self when we're out with friends. Also loving that the sun has been out a bit this week in Maine and going to bed early to watch reality tv

Loathing: cleaning my house. It just never ends thanks to the black dog and the 100 year old vents.

Husband: oh man, does my husband need this trip coming up! He is definitely in need of a true break from work…he's been working so hard since we moved here and it just seems to never end with this particular job. I can't wait to have him trapped in Mexico without his work phone. Some days I dream of throwing that work phone into the Penobscott River.
On the baby front, he's doing a great job dealing with my weird pregnancy emotions…and was surprised the other day when he hugged me and my belly bumped him. He said, "oh! there's a baby in there!"

Wedding Rings: On

Belly Button: I noticed yesterday that my belly button is starting to look like a fat man cave 
style belly button through thinner fabric. I always layer with a tank top as a tall girl but it is mandatory now. gross.

Maternity Clothes: nope but I did purchase a belly band and maternity tights at Target yesterday in preparation for our Charleston wedding next week. Some of my higher waisted jeans are out these days but my favorite Hudson skinnies and my old faithful Citizens of Humanity jeggings are still holding strong.

Best Part of the Week: trying on all of my summer sun dresses and cover ups to find that they all still fit and will accommodate my bump! Frankly, that will make a girl feel good! Packing up and organizing for Mexico forced me to have a try on session and I still haven't been brave enough to try on bikinis….I'll just have to pack them all and wing it when I get there!

Worst Part of the Week: my "growing pains" happened to start with a vengeance in conjuction with my first set of flights with the babe on board. I panicked a bit but luckily had my doppler and was able to check on baby W immediately. Everything was fine, just weird timing, but I was a hot mess. Thank god for that doppler.

Missing Most: wine…and in anticipation for next week, Corona Light with lime

Can't Wait: to blow this popsicle stand! As of Saturday at the crack of dawn, we'll be headed way south and I honestly can't wait…warm weather, constant sun, sunset after 4pm and a work free husband. Yes please! 

So, my bump is def not as obvious in these pics as it is in real life. These days, it's all about what I wear…perfect example: the pics below were taken about 20 mins after the pics above…different outfit, bigger bump…

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Book Report: The Husband's Secret

Happy Monday Ya'll!
I hope everyone had a great weekend. We laid around and we're lazy so of course, I was happy as a clam. We also managed to squeeze in two date nights which I happily soaked up knowing we won't have alone time much longer.

While I spent time in the skies last week I finally got around to reading a book that was on my Must Read List:

I highly recommend The Husband's Secret as a perfect travel read. It's quick but keeps you wanting to know the end of the story.... Perfect for passing time trapped on a plane or while lying on the beach. I'll admit that the first few chapters had me a little apathetic to the story and the characters but I was completely hooked before I knew it.
The story asks the reader to wonder just how much truth is too much....what happens when you finally know the truth and wish you didn't...how would it change your life?
I downloaded my edition onto my iPad for a super reasonable price and now that the FAA has loosened the restrictions on tablets during take off and landing, you don't have to put your book down!

What are y'all's suggestions for my next travel read? We hit this skies this Saturday and I need to restock my library!

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Five on Friday

Hey ya'll! Happy Friday!
I finally made it back to Maine after 13 hours of traveling, lots of waiting around, a little sprinting and a lost-ish bag. I have to admit that by the time I pulled into my driveway I was so happy to be home that I couldn't stand it. And then I was locked out. By my family. Who was sitting at the kitchen table having dinner. I honestly cried when they opened the door. Traveling while pregnant will apparently make you so happy to be home that you will actually cry real and dramatic tears. In front of boys.

Anyways, for today's 5 on Friday with April and Co. I'm going to tell you the 5 Things I Do In Public While Traveling That I Should Never Do In Public.

1. Openly Judge Others.
Typically, I try to hide my judgement behind my really big sunglasses, but while traveling, I just can't seem to control my disgust for other travelers. Here is a perfect example:
in the Richmond airport, which is teeny tiny and never full of people, a woman sat a few seats down from me. Keep in mind that there were a million empty seats all around us but she chose two seats down from me. I was quietly Facebook stalking and not bothering anyone when she pulled out her cell phone. And ya'll, she started talking about her recent stomach bug. In detail. I literally turned, mouth open, and stared at her.
She may have gotten the hint because she changed the topic to the current family rivalry amongst her sister and brother in law. In detail. Again, I give her the wide eyed, open mouth stare but she wasn't phased. She was on a roll and it was a loud one.
Honest to God, I shot her one last look of disgust and got up and moved to another area.
She spent the next two hours on the phone.

2. House Food Like I Live in a Cave
Something about traveling makes me lose track of real time. You can start your day at 5am and by the time 10am rolls around you're ready for a beer and a burger. Yesterday was a real show as far as food went. I landed in the Philly airport after my flight had been canceled and rescheduled twice only to find that I was in F Terminal and needed to get to B Terminal in a matter of minutes to catch my connection.  F Terminal is under construction and isn't connected to the other terminals so you have to take a bus that rolls slowly around the airport while you count the minutes and estimate how fast you can sprint with a little bump and a rolley bag.
Anyways, I was starv-ING when I landed in Philly. Connecting flight or not, I was pregnant hungry and that had to be handled. Luckily, there is a Chipotle in F Terminal and I new I could grab a salad on the way to wait for the bus. Chipotle tossed my salad in a bag and off I went to race for my flight.
20 mins or so later, I make it on my plane…and wait until we are in the air to pull out my salad. So, maybe 40 minutes later I grab my brown paper Chipotle bag, ready to chow down. Sadly, we don't have a Chipotle so it slipped my mind that while the Chipotle bowls look like they could withstand a little traveling, they in fact are made out of organic recyclables and cannot withstand their own content. The salad had leaked clear through the container and straight through the bag causing the bottom of the bag to bust open.
I had to kindly ask the flight attendant for  a plastic trash bag…and then I ate my salad right out of said trash bag.
Later, I found diced tomatoes in my scarf.

3. Read Trashy Things
(and I mean really trashy)
Anytime I fly I find great satisfaction in taking as long as possible to select the perfect mags to get me through my travel day. I also enjoy over paying for them because I never purchase them at Target ahead of time. Yesterday I proceeded to read an article in Cosmo about the best vibrators for beginners, adventurers and pros in clear sight of the guy in the seat next to me. He didn't even bother to hide the fact that he was reading over my shoulder and I didn't bother to hide the fact that I was clearly knocked up and reading about the best vibrators to take under water (?!). Hopefully, he learned something.

4. Not Give One Single Damn About My Appearance
I looked in the mirror sometime around hour 4 in the Richmond airport yesterday and realized that my hair looked greasy (despite the fact that I washed and blow-dried it that morning), my lips were so chapped the skin was chunky and the tiny bit of eye make I attempted to apply earlier that morning was smeared onto my cheek.
And what did I do about it?
Not one thing.

5. Watch Jersey Shore
(a lot)
Thank goodness for my MTV app on my iPad.
Did ya'll know you can watch super old episodes of Jersey Shore anytime you want? (If your cable provider says it's cool). I think it's super fun to see what the cast looked like before they got super skinny and tons of work done (Snookie, is that you!?). It never ceases to amaze me how many hours I can mindlessly spend watching Jersery Shore. I would never admit this in my real life but when I'm stuck in an airport waiting for my third plane, I honestly don't care who knows it.

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Bumpdate: Week 14

How Far Along: 14 weeks

Size of Baby: a lemon

Gender: I couldn't sleep last night thinking about this. In Maine, my doctor won't confirm until 20 weeks, which is a millennium from now. And sadly, there is not one single place in the entire state that does drop in ultrasounds. Gender can usually be guaranteed by 16 weeks and I can't imagine waiting longer than that. Interestingly enough, we will be in Charleston around 16 1/2 weeks and as luck would have it, they have a million ultrasound offices that will reveal the gender of your darling fetus......

Symptoms: crazy pains in my left lower back down through my butt cheek, especially if I walk too much, acid reflux, stuffy nose, chunkiness.

Loving: all of the time I've been able to spend with my family, my friends, little babies and at fried food establishments...also super in love with my new Kate Spade diaper bag and the perfect little sweetness that is the coming home outfit I bought at a well known children's boutique here in Williamsburg....hope it's a boy!

Loathing: being snowed in...in Virginia!

Husband: I haven't seen my Husband in 8 days or so but he tells me that he misses me, especially when he had to go to the grocery store and wash our sheets. 

Wedding Rings: on

Belly Button: in

Maternity Clothes: still not needed buuuut my matron of honor Ashley did give me the best pair of full panel H&M maternity leggings and I tried them on for fun....and haven't taken them off...also still rocking my maternity tank from Target (prob outta invest in another one of those, this one is getting a workout)

Best Part of The Week: dinner with my family and two of my bridesmaids, their husbands and a little babe.....and the fact that I've had Chick Fil A every single day that I've been home, except Sunday, because, you know, Jesus and stuff.

Worst Part of the Week: my flights to Maine being canceled at the threat of snow! and also, starting the research process for strollers....good gracious there are a million out there

Missing Most: wine.

Can't Wait: to take this bump to Mexico...and to scare other travelers with my bikini wearing self...to find out for sure that this kid is a boy...to put together a nursery design board...to see our Clemson friends in Charleston

(If you recognized the importance of the landmark in the background of the very first pic in this post, then you are blog reader of the year.)

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Colonial Williamsburg: A Day in Photos

I was lucky enough to grow up here...and even more lucky to spend a day with my brother wandering around our favorite places...a perfect last day in Virginia.

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