Monday, September 26, 2016

The Perfect Fall Flannel


You know we love our flannels! We've talked about them before and shared two of our favorite ways to wear them HERE, but we're back with another post on this wardrobe staple because…FALL! What better time to bust out a flannel than the season of crisp air, colorful leaves, and PUMPKIN everything?? Plus, we just found the perfect one that's a new MUST-have in our opinion, and wanted to share it with our readers :)


The flannel we're both wearing in this post is a new one from BP that we're so in love with. It easily rivals the expensive Rails and other to die for name brand flannels out right now, but is only a fraction of the price! 


This flannel fits great (not too boxy), is super soft and comfy, and is such a great price you don't even have to limit yourself to one color… it comes in 6! (We may end up with them all)


Thanks for reading, and if you take the advice and purchase one or two (or five) of these babies we hope you love it as much as we do! Flannels and full outfits linked below :)  

Paige: Flannel | Denim | Top | Shoes (similar) | Necklace | Watch

Regan: Flannel | Denim | Shoes | Bag | SunglassesWatch | Bracelets (here, here)



Saturday, September 10, 2016

Regan's Journey Continued...

Today I finished my first half marathon AND my first half of pregnancy!  Yes friends, I've got a little baby BOY on the way!


My husband, Daniel, and I were overwhelmed with feelings of excitement, joy, shock, and gratitude when we found out I was pregnant this past May.   Those of you who have been following Salty Blondes since the beginning of the year know about mine and my husband's struggle with infertility and miscarriage over the last 3 years.  If you're new, you can read our story HERE

This is my fourth pregnancy, and I'm currently 20 weeks along (halfway! and almost twice as far as I've ever made it).  As you may have read on my last post, our plan was to try IVF this fall.  After suffering three miscarriages, then finally figuring out what the problem was, we found out doing IVF would be our best change at carrying a healthy baby to term.  

I hadn't ever been able to get pregnant on my own, without taking clomid, so we were completely surprised when it happened the one month we decided to take a break and wait to do IVF in the fall.  I guess all it took was a relaxing, stress-free vacation to Hawaii! ;)

When I found out I was pregnant, I was of course excited, but worried because of my history.  We really tried to keep it between us and our immediate family this time around, because I knew my chances of another miscarriage were high. 

My doctors monitored me closely this time around, and at nine weeks I "graduated" from the infertility center I had been going to and started seeing my regular OBGYN.  I started to relax a little bit more, and it began to seem real and that this might actually be the one! Our miracle baby. 

At 10 weeks I started meeting with a genetic counselor, who advised me to do a cell-free DNA test called MaterniT Genome, where they are able to look at the baby's DNA by taking a sample of my blood.  

At 11 weeks I got the news that the test results came back abnormal.  The results showed a partial duplication of chromosome 15.  This made sense because of my balanced translocation (read about what balanced translocation is here if you're interested - I found out I have it after my last miscarriage).  I was told I would probably miscarry again in the coming weeks. 

We were devastated and honestly couldn't believe it. 

A couple of weeks went by and no miscarriage yet!  We decided we would do a CVS test on the baby, which is a more invasive test, to confirm the results and get more information.  When we went in for the test, the maternal fetal medicine doctor looked at the baby, and pretty much talked us out of doing it.  She said the baby looks great, and that's all we know for sure right now.  She said that the cell-free DNA test I did is such a new test and there isn't very much information on it, and no data validating the laboratory that performed the test.  She basically told us the test could have been wrong and given us a false positive!

We left that appointment confused and I honestly didn't know what to think.  I didn't want to give myself any hope.  I felt like I needed to protect my heart.

Since then we've taken things week by week, and have just tried to trust in the Lord and have peace, knowing this is out of our hands.  We found out we're having a boy, and so far nothing abnormal has shown on an ultrasound. 

We know this baby could be born with abnormalities, and that there's even still a chance I could miscarry, but we also know we'll love him, and no matter what, he's still our little baby sent from heaven. 

I've had a difficult time knowing how to tell people we're pregnant, or if I was going to tell people at all!  It's been hard not knowing what will happen, but as I've gotten further along I've been able to relax a little bit more and just trust God and have faith.  Plus I've got a little bump now that's getting harder and harder to hide :)


THANK YOU from the bottom of my heart to those who have been keeping my husband and I in your thoughts and prayers since my last update.  The love and support we've felt from our family and friends has really helped us stay positive throughout this journey. 

I will keep you all updated in the coming weeks and months!  Oh, and I'll also be sharing my half marathon training guide soon for how I went from hating running to being able to run 13 miles...while pregnant! Stay tuned :)




Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Sheet Pan Fajitas and Simple Guacamole

Well, hello! Regan here :) It's been a while since we've posted a recipe (or anything for that matter...whoops!).  Please forgive us!  

Today I'm sharing our sheet pan fajita recipe.  It's one of my favorite recipes because it's quick, easy, delicious and healthy!  My four favorite things in a recipe!  These fajitas are made in the oven and everything cooks together in one pan...genius!

Here are the simple step by step directions.  Scroll to the bottom for the full printable recipe!



Start by cutting up your peppers and onion.  Then thinly slice some chicken breasts. 



Then in a small bowl, stir together some olive oil and your spices!



Add your chicken and veggies to a bowl, then toss all together with the oil and spices mixture. 



Spread out evenly on a sheet pan, and throw it in the oven. 



While it's cooking, make your guacamole and prepare your toppings for the fajitas.  

This guacamole recipe (if you'd even call it that) is mine and my husband's go-to whenever we have company over (because who doesn't love quac, right??).  We always get compliments and it's literally the easiest to make.  



All you do is mash up your avocados, add a few spoonfuls of your favorite salsa, sprinkle over some garlic salt and a little pepper, and squeeze in a little lemon juice.  There aren't any measurements, so you kind of just have to keep tasting it until it's right.  

We recently discovered this salsa from Costco...and it's a game changer.  We've been using this as the salsa for the guacamole, and it's seriously SO good.  My brothers were over the other day and said it was the best guac they've ever had.  Exaggeration?  I don't think so ;)




After about 25 minutes, your chicken and veggies should be cooked through and smelling delicious.  



Serve with guacamole, sour cream, cilantro, cheese, and whatever other toppings you want.



And indulge...without feeling guilty because it's heathy!



Side note...I found these whole wheat tortillas at the store, and they were perfect for these fajitas!  Full recipe below.  Enjoy!