Saturday, June 1, 2013


When I first met my husband, there was more of me to love. Like 30 pounds more. He met me while I was in the midst of my weight loss journey and didn't mind the extra curvature. :) One thing he was worried about was my sweet tooth. Even though I was losing weight and working at making healthier choices, I still LOVED me some sugar. Ken never needled me about my sugar intake, but as I started to cut back on the sweets (sodas and other items with high fructose corn syrup), he expressed his relief.  He was worried that I would become diabetic.  

I still have a sweet tooth, but the monster is in check, especially since we are pregnant. I'm reading labels more closely and really trying to make the best choices when it comes to what I put into my body. No more Dr. Pepper, no more white chocolate soy mocha's from Starbucks, but somehow it doesn't seem like a sacrifice. Life is sweet enough as it is.  My day was made even sweeter by Em at Teach me to Braid, when she nominated me for the Super Sweet Blogger Award! I found Em's blog during National Infertility Awareness Week and began following her. She has a remarkable story and shares it with a tender transparency. Beyond that, she is one of the most encouraging people I have never met in real life. ;-) 

Here's how this works, I need to do the following:

  • Thank Em for her sweet nomination (check!)
  • Answer 5 super sweet questions (see below)
  • Include the Super Sweet Blogging award image in my post (check)
  • Nominate other bloggers

Super Sweet Questions:

1) Cookies or Cake? This one is a tough call, but I'll go with cake and a specific one, my family has a favorite cake for all special occasions and it's super easy to make:

Peanut Butter Cake:
1 Super Moist Yellow Cake Mix
1 Cup of Peanut Butter
1 Cup of Sugar
1/2 Cup of Milk
  • Bake the cake mix according to the box instructions, I think the best is when I do it in a bundt cake pan, but sheet cake or cupcakes will work just as well. 
  • For the Icing: In a sauce pan on Medium/High heat mix peanut butter, sugar and milk until it comes to a slow boil and the sugar smooths out.  Pour the icing over the cake....enjoy the deliciousness!

2) Chocolate or Vanilla? If we're talking ice cream, I always vote vanilla and Blue Bell Homemade Vanilla is where it's at. Trust me.  Hands-down, the best ice cream you can buy in a store.

3) Favorite Sweet Treat? Anything including Oreos.  Plain cookies out of the sleeve, delish! Oreo cookie shake from Chick-fil-A, divine.

4) When do you crave sweet things the most? Usually around 2 - 3 in the afternoon while I'm at work. Lunch has faded and few things sound better than a bite of chocolate or a cookie!

5) Sweet Nickname? I have several thanks to my husband. The first was "sweet-pea" which has evolved into a plethora of versions which are too silly to list and quite frankly, embarrassing to admit that I answer to!

Blog Roll of Super Sweet Bloggers
I'm relatively new to the blogosphere since I just started OBG in March of this year, but I have been so touched by the outpouring of blogger love from the IF community. I don't have a full dozen to list, but these three women have been a tremendous source of information and support!

My Path to MommyhoodI know it sounds creepy to develop an attachment to someone you only know through the written word, but Jess is my donor egg soul sister! She and her husband are embarking on IVF with egg donation and her blogs have given me such comfort knowing that I'm not the only one out there with these thoughts and emotions.  

Dreaming of Dimples: Jessah is embarking on a new treatment journey right here in Colorado and I couldn't be more excited  and hopeful for her! Show her some love and wish her the best!

Genuine Greavu: Amanda is transparent and tenacious. I look forward to her posts every time I log-on. She is kicking off an IUI cycle and I have my fingers and toes crossed for success!  



  1. I used to love making cakes from cake mixes! So easy and so delish!

  2. Aw, thanks Lindsey! It is not creepy at all--I am so glad I found you in NIAW! You are MY DE IVF soul sister and I hope that to join you in the realm of happy news soon. Sadly, I don't think I have 12 blogs to share this with either (some of the ones I was thinking of were hit already and I am actually a terrible blogger when it comes to being out there in the community a lot...), but I definitely have a short list! :) Thanks for thinking of me. Oh, and all my cakes come from cake mixes because there are delicious ways to doctor GF cake mix. Yours made my mouth water!

  3. That cake sounds so yummy! I'll have to try that sometime. I have a yellow cake mix in my cupboard right fact, I have all of those ingredients. Hmmm...I guess I know what I'm doing this afternoon! (-:

    Thanks so much for your sweet words about my blog...tender transparency. I love that. What a wonderful compliment.

    And I love these other bloggers you mentioned too. What amazing ladies.