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Weekend Links / / Instagram + Carpool Karaoke

DSC07132 This week was a bit of a slog. Our weekend in Chicago was filled to the brim with events and visiting friends, but all the late nights left me exhausted! I have yet to experience the boost of energy everyone keeps telling me happens in the second trimester, but I haven't given up hope!

What are your plans for Valentine's Day? I'm hoping to enjoy a nice lunch out and take photos for some upcoming projects. Our weekends are often a mixture of work and play but as long as Jordan and I are doing it together, I am fine with it!

Onto the links!

The One New-Mom Expectation That Changed Everything | I plan on referencing what Brittany says in this post frequently as our days with a newborn draw nearer.

The 25 Best Instagram Spots in LA | Never mind Instagram! I just want to visit some fun spots! Haha. I'm excited to experience some of these while Jordan and I are in LA this spring! I do love a good wall mural.

Curried Red Lentil and Pumpkin Soup | After discovering a rogue can of pumpkin in my "pantry cabinet" this soup is now on my weekend agenda. In an effort to pare down a bit, I realized keeping a well-stocked pantry isn't necessary. I work across the street from Trader Joe's and we live around the corner from Kroger. If we run low on something all we have to do is take a short walk!

In Our Hospital Bags | While packing a hospital bag is several months away it's never too early to read what others consider essential. This list gives me some good ideas! Megan and Mike are bringing their own reading lamp to avoid using the harsh hospital light. Genius!

Carpool Karaoke | Please tell me you have watched at least one of James Corden's carpool karaoke segments. If not please do yourself a favor and start with Adele or Justin Bieber. They are simply a delight.

Happy Weekend, all!

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