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Hi.

Welcome! I’m Catherine. For me, it's important to stretch my mind, travel far, and always have a stash of dark chocolate.

Weekend Links / / Traveling Oatmeal

Seventeen Week Baby Bump Time is a fickle thing. As of Wednesday, I am 18 weeks pregnant and so far this pregnancy is moving far quicker than I expected. Four months during our infertility season seemed to drag on and on (and on and on) and yet here I am researching strollers, baby monitors, and breast pumps. I'm trying my best to savor this brief season of life as July will be here before I know it.

My weekend day off has been Sundays lately, which is also when Jordan and I snap a bump photo. It's funny to share this picture of me all bundled up on Valentine's Day while today (Friday) it's sunny and 66° F. Please let spring be here to stay!

Before sharing my links from this week I wanted to let you all know I began a partnership with Rocksbox last week and will be sharing more looks with you in the coming weeks. In the meantime use my code,"ashortblondexoxo," to get your first month FREE!

Onto the links!

Blueberry Baked Oatmeal | Eating breakfast has always been a necessity for me. I can't skip it! I prefer to have eggs for the protein, but unless I remembered to make hardboiled eggs, cooking them just isn't possible when I have to be at work by 4:00 am. Baked oatmeal has been on my to-make list and finally this week I did it! I take a scoop and top it with yogurt for a quick breakfast on the go.

The Great Maternity Jean Hunt | Last Wednesday was the official end of me wearing non-maternity jeans. I went to get dressed for a birthday party we were attending at Dave & Busters (which was a blast BTW) and while slipping into the one pair of jeans I thought still fit, I realized it was time to embrace maternity pants. I immediately ordered this pair. Merrick's guide to maternity denim was really helpful in my selection!

Top Tips for Traveling with Kids (article 1 & 2) | I read two great blog posts (from expats) on traveling with kids and it gave me a lot of hope! Jordan and I enjoy traveling and wish to instill a curious spirit in our child(ren). We don't plan on traveling less once this little baby arrives, but we do plan on having a series of tiring travel experiences before our vacations begin to feel like vacations again.

(I feel as though international families are forced to travel more to visit family members and thus their kids get used to it.)

Digital Detox: An Introduction | "Technology is an incredible tool for something. But, if we don’t know what that something is, then having the tool isn’t helpful."

I'm very excited for Lane's new series. My relationship with technology, I believe, is healthy but I still find myself utilizing small increments of wait time (doctors visits, breaks at work etc) to mindlessly scroll. At the beginning of the year I resolved to always have a book with me. If I bring a book I'll reach for it first but if I don't my phone becomes my crutch.

Happy Weekend, all!

Retracing Steps in Chicago

Valentine's Bagels