New Year, New Blog

9 Jan

Friends,  I wanted to let everyone know that I have started a new blog that will follow Nathan and I on our journey as we become parents.  Please follow us at Mazerisms-Life As A Mazer

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Thanks for your support! Best, Tara

Non-Alcoholic Drink Ideas

4 Jan

Its Friday, happy weekend!  For those of you that can go unwind with a glass of wine, or beer-Enjoy!  For those of you that cannot drink alcohol at the moment, I thought I would share some fun drink ideas for the weekend.  Water tends to get boring when you are pregnant-so spice it up!

If you are in a hurry and heading out the door, you can check your local stores for any of the following:

  • VIGNETTE, it looks like wine but is really juice!  I have to thank my friend Alana for informing me about this gem.  If you still have not announced your pregnancy, and want to hang out with your boozy friends, this comes in a wine bottle aka they will never know the difference!
  • When I was a kid, my parents would let my brother and I drink Sparkling Cider at Christmas and Thanksgiving dinner.  Of course, we thought we were soooo grown up drinking out of fancy glasses .  This past year, mom made sure to have a bottle ready for me at dinner again :)
  • You could always go with a non-alcoholic beer such as O’Douls.  Just be aware, that while it is branded as non-alcoholic, it does have a small trace-.4% per volume.  As with any product, just check the label.

If you are hosting a party and need ideas, try some below:

  • The old-fashioned Shirley Temple is made with Ginger Ale, Splash of Grenadine, and garnished with a cherry.  You can order in any restaurant or bar.  I also like to order mine with Sprite as opposed to ginger ale.
  • Rasberry Spritzer  –2 cups of seltzer, 2/3 cup frozen raspberries, 2 springs of mint, 3 ounces of raspberry flavored syrup, and don’t forget the ice.

Get creative-mix your favorite juices with seltzer just don’t forget the garnishes:)  Cheers, Tara

Newlyweds Declare Their Love

2 Jan

I was reading  BuzzFeed, one of my favorite sites, and came across an article that asked to-be-wed couples their favorite attribute of their partner.  The couples were asked to say how long they had been together, then write down their favorite thing about their partner.  Lastly, the answers were revealed to the reporter and then each other.  The answers varied from sense of humor, shoes, eyes, dancing skills, to feeling safe with the person.  It is nice to see that some of the couples had been together for such a long period of time and yet still appreciate the things that they love about their partner.

Check it out: 18 Joyful Declarations Of Love From Newlyweds In Seattle

As we get caught up in the everyday hustle, it makes you think—-what do you love and admire about your spouse?

Cheers, T

 

New Year’s Eve Reflections

31 Dec

The time is here!  Yes, time for the big parties, gorgeous dresses, bubbling champagne, and that romantic kiss when the ball drops.  Wait, that is not my life but the movies sure do make it look good.

I have always had high expectations for New Year’s Eve because I have always compared life to the movies (I know it’s stupid but I am learning).  Anyways, I always felt a little let down when the ball dropped on #NYE because aside from the horn blowers and pots and pans, there are no fireworks-it’s really just another night.  People ask what your resolution will be and you say the same thing you said last year, knowing that you’re not going to stick with it–again.  My other favorite is when people say they are done with the drama of the previous year.  Hellooo, you don’t have to wait all year to change your life.  Wow-I am starting to sound like an old person!

Seriously–why not change your life on any day of the week?  In all honesty, January is a cold, miserable month and probably harder to stick to the positive lifestyle during that time.  Why not make a resolution when Spring rolls around?  It will probably be easier to stick with.

We build this one night up and many people feel let down when nothing happens. Well, unless your best friend vomits all over your floor, but that’s another posting all together :)

My point is-whether you head to Times Square, stay at your local watering hole, dine at a fancy restaurant, or order takeout in your sweatpants-spend it the way you want to spend it!  You will enjoy yourself so much more.  Hate to be cliché, but that really is what it is all about.

And as for those pesky resolutions-don’t even stress, they’re not all that they are cracked up to be.

Hope you have a Happy New Year and may your 2013 bring many new adventures!

Cheers, T

18 Weeks of Pregnancy

28 Dec
According to TheBump my child is now about 5.6 inches long and about 6.7 ounces or the size of a sweet potato!

Things that have come to light in the 18th week of my pregnancy:

  • Buying a Bella Band  is a must.  I recently purchased one and felt human again when I was able to wear my jeans.  Don’t get me wrong, I love leggings but let’s be honest-sometimes they make our butts look bigger.
  • The holidays are the best time to be pregnant! You can eat cookies with no guilt and everyone seems to make sure the pregnant person eats first and has dessert to take home. :)  This may be the first year that my New Year’s Resolution does not include dieting, #WINNING!
  •  I have finally learned to pace myself in the Pregnancy Bible, What to Expect When You’re Expecting.  Yes, reading the chapter for the month that actually pertains to you is not as overwhelming as reading multiple chapters ahead.
  • Registering for your baby is a lot more fun than the wedding registry-everything is so tiny and cute!  Mom and I spent 3 hours in one store and could have easily stayed longer but they were closing.  Well, to clarify I could have stayed longer, Mom had already found a rocker recliner to sit in. #TrueStory
  • Weird dreams do happen, don’t over analyze them.  For instance, the other night I dreamed we found out the gender during the sono and when I saw it was a boy,  I started crying my eyes out.  Up to interpretation if I cried because I found out the gender or because I thought I was having a boy.
  • And then there was heartburn, backaches, and a whole lot of excitement.  Just buy some Tums, turn on the heating pad and enjoy this exciting time!

Cheers, T

Save Time with Dinner

27 Dec

Wow, where did Christmas go?  I hope you and your family were able to relax and spend time together.  It seems like we spend the whole month shopping, baking, decorating, wrapping, visiting, and with the blink of an eye it’s over.  As we do every year, Nathan and I went to NJ to spend time with my family and it was wonderful to see everyone.  I have to admit I am like a child at the holidays and was excited that Santa was, as he is every year,  so good to us.

Now that Christmas is over, it’s back to the grind and back to the routine.  It occurred to me this morning, as I was getting ready for the first day back to work that I need to think of something to make for dinner.  Ugghh-I feel like that is a never ending saga: what are we going to eat?  I know, I know- #1stWorldProblems.  Seriously though, our work schedules and traffic filled commutes are so crazy that a lot of times we get home from an 11 or 12 hour work day and the last thing I want to think about is what am I going to make.  Of course with making the dinner comes the clean up, doing any other chores that have been neglected, get work bag re-packed, and of course try to spend some quality time together.  Before I know it, the evening news is long over and its 9:45pm.

Since this blog is about newlywed life and all that comes with it, I thought I would share some ways you can save time with dinner.

1. Make enough food for two meals.  This will allow you at least one night of leftovers, which means at least one night of not cooking!

2.  Take food out for dinner in the morning.   This morning I  took frozen Italian Sausage out for dinner, so when I walk in the door tonight and Nathan asks, “What’s for Dinner?” he knows and with any luck he has already started cooking the pasta to go with it. 

3. Cook Together.  Use this time to start talking about your day.

4. Clean as you cook.   If you clean the mess as you cook, you will have nothing to do after eating, except put your plates in the dishwasher and enjoy the rest of your night.

Cheers, Tara

Rolo Pretzels-Sweet and Salty

24 Dec

Yesterday I posted that I made Rolo Sugar Cookies for my Mom’s cookie swap.  What I did not mention was my Aunt Jan brought Rolos melted onto pretzels and I fell in love!  Sweet and salty in the same bite-you cannot go wrong.  Luckily,  I had so many Rolos left over from cookies, I also made “Button Noses” as my Aunt Jan calls them.  Nathan prefers to refer to them as Pretzel Droppings, but you can name them whatever you like.

These are one of the quickest. easiest recipes and are DELICIOUS!

Ingredients you will need: Rolo Candies, Pretzels, and M&Ms

To start, spread pretzels out on a baking sheet.

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Unwrap the Rolo Candies.

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Place a Rolo on each pretzel and bake at 350 degrees.  Bake for 4-5 minutes, or until the chocolate starts melting.  You do not want them to melt too much, or you will have quite the caramel, chocolate mess. 105_0393

After removing the Rolo pretzels from the oven, place an M&M on each Rolo.

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Let cool and enjoy!105_0398

Nathan and I hope you have a very Merry Christmas.   Cheers, T

 

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