How to Survive the Final Month of Pregnancy

FREE Hospital Bag Checklist! What my final month of pregnancy looks like. What I’m doing, how I’m coping. Preparing for baby, getting the house ready. Awaiting baby’s arrival. It’s the end of pregnancy and I’m full of energy. Find inspiration for your own final month of pregnancy here.

FREE Hospital Bag Checklist! What my final month of pregnancy looks like. What I’m doing, how I’m coping. Preparing for baby, getting the house ready. Awaiting baby’s arrival. It’s the end of pregnancy and I’m full of energy. Find inspiration for your own final month of pregnancy here. FREE Hospital Bag Checklist! What my final month of pregnancy looks like. What I’m doing, how I’m coping. Preparing for baby, getting the house ready. Awaiting baby’s arrival. It’s the end of pregnancy and I’m full of energy. Find inspiration for your own final month of pregnancy here. FREE Hospital Bag Checklist! What my final month of pregnancy looks like. What I’m doing, how I’m coping. Preparing for baby, getting the house ready. Awaiting baby’s arrival. It’s the end of pregnancy and I’m full of energy. Find inspiration for your own final month of pregnancy here.

Hey all!  This is an exciting post for me!  I'm writing it at 36+1 which means I'm about 4 weeks from the estimated due date of our second baby, and officially in the final month of pregnancy!  To say the time has flown by would be an understatement.  There was so much I wanted to have done before #2 comes along, and it doesn't seem like the To-Do list has gotten any shorter, even though I've been running around like a crazy person for the last 6 weeks.  In my final month of pregnancy I'm dedicated to tackling the list and getting everything ready for our sweet new arrival.

The final month of pregnancy is fraught with apprehension, curiosity, excitement, and an overwhelming need to get shit done!  Each day I'm hyper-aware of every little movement and feeling, wondering if it's time.  This excitement is immediately followed by slight panic when I realize I have virtually nothing ready for going to the hospital!

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So, instead of actually getting this stuff done, I'm writing about it – haha.  I'm bringing you into my home for a glimpse at what my final month of pregnancy is looking like in hopes that you can find some motivation and comfort in your own final month of pregnancy.

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The Most Delicious Holiday Leftovers Round Up in 2020

Holiday leftovers are the most wonderful thing. For one day. They get pretty boring pretty quick. Don’t get me wrong, a turkey sandwich still rocks my socks, but check out these 15 different recipes to have your leftovers tasting like a totally different dish each time. With minimal effort, you can transform those holiday leftovers into delicious meals everyone is sure to love. You won’t feel bad feeding your guests leftovers when they’ve been re-made into yummy snacks and dishes. The hardest part will be deciding which one to try first!

Holiday leftovers are the most wonderful thing. For one day. They get pretty boring pretty quick. Don’t get me wrong, a turkey sandwich still rocks my socks, but check out these 15 different recipes to have your leftovers tasting like a totally different dish each time. With minimal effort, you can transform those holiday leftovers into delicious meals everyone is sure to love. You won’t feel bad feeding your guests leftovers when they’ve been re-made into yummy snacks and dishes. The hardest part will be deciding which one to try first! Holiday leftovers are the most wonderful thing. For one day. They get pretty boring pretty quick. Don’t get me wrong, a turkey sandwich still rocks my socks, but check out these 15 different recipes to have your leftovers tasting like a totally different dish each time. With minimal effort, you can transform those holiday leftovers into delicious meals everyone is sure to love. You won’t feel bad feeding your guests leftovers when they’ve been re-made into yummy snacks and dishes. The hardest part will be deciding which one to try first! Holiday leftovers are the most wonderful thing. For one day. They get pretty boring pretty quick. Don’t get me wrong, a turkey sandwich still rocks my socks, but check out these 15 different recipes to have your leftovers tasting like a totally different dish each time. With minimal effort, you can transform those holiday leftovers into delicious meals everyone is sure to love. You won’t feel bad feeding your guests leftovers when they’ve been re-made into yummy snacks and dishes. The hardest part will be deciding which one to try first!

It's here already!  No, not my latest amazon parcel.  Although that was pretty exciting, too.  I'm talking about the final post of my September Christmas Series!!  Wow did that month go by fast.  Meaning, our new baby is due to arrive, like, any time.  EEK!  Okay, before I get sidetracked with onesies and little hats, let's talk about Holiday Leftovers.

Yep, this week we're talkin' food.  And oh. em. gee. let me tell ya, I had a helluva time staying on task when I was doing this round up.  Do you know how freakin' awesome food bloggers are at photography?!  Seriously.  If the recipe is good, there's no need to torture us with the tantalizing pictures.  Not to mention the drool on my laptop.  Oops.

Lucky for you, I'm sharing all those photos here!  Don't worry, I won't judge if your tongue hangs out the whole time and your phone screen ends up soaking wet.

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The Best Ways to Keep Up On Holiday Mess in 2020

Deal with Christmas Mess. Follow these tips and pointers to keep up with your clutter, gifts, and guests. When you find yourself zapped from running here, there and everywhere, you'll be glad you've implemented these quick and easy ideas to keep your house tidy, mind sane, and family happy. Let me know how they worked for you. Got any more to add? I'd love to hear them!
Deal with Christmas Mess. Follow these tips and pointers to keep up with your clutter, gifts, and guests. When you find yourself zapped from running here, there and everywhere, you'll be glad you've implemented these quick and easy ideas to keep your house tidy, mind sane, and family happy. Let me know how they worked for you. Got any more to add? I'd love to hear them! Deal with Christmas Mess. Follow these tips and pointers to keep up with your clutter, gifts, and guests. When you find yourself zapped from running here, there and everywhere, you'll be glad you've implemented these quick and easy ideas to keep your house tidy, mind sane, and family happy. Let me know how they worked for you. Got any more to add? I'd love to hear them! Deal with Christmas Mess. Follow these tips and pointers to keep up with your clutter, gifts, and guests. When you find yourself zapped from running here, there and everywhere, you'll be glad you've implemented these quick and easy ideas to keep your house tidy, mind sane, and family happy. Let me know how they worked for you. Got any more to add? I'd love to hear them!

Here we are at week 2 of my September Christmas series.  In case you missed it, last week I posted a quick roundup of some adorable Christmas Treats.  Today we're going to tackle the dreaded Christmas Mess.

Arguably the busiest time of year for a lot of families, it seems like the Christmas season has become synonymous with clutter, mess, and havoc.  Because we're running here, there and everywhere, we have little time and energy to clean up around us.  Not to mention all the new items coming into our homes.

If this isn't you and your family, please, tell us your secrets!  The rest of us struggle year after year with energy-zapping Christmas mess.  I'm going to help you by outlining a few strategies to implement in attempt to keep the clutter and mess to a minimum.

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The Absolute Cutest Christmas Treats

Adorable Christmas Treat ideas. Fun for any gathering this holiday season. Simple and more labour intense projects for every skill set. Get your kids and husband involved for some great family memories. Maybe you'll even start a new tradition! Fun Christmas gifts for anyone on your list. Send them to any party for easy guest favourites. Christmas is coming so start thinking about what you want to make this holiday season for your friends and family.
Adorable Christmas Treat ideas. Fun for any gathering this holiday season. Simple and more labour intense projects for every skill set. Get your kids and husband involved for some great family memories. Maybe you'll even start a new tradition! Fun Christmas gifts for anyone on your list. Send them to any party for easy guest favourites. Christmas is coming so start thinking about what you want to make this holiday season for your friends and family. Adorable Christmas Treat ideas. Fun for any gathering this holiday season. Simple and more labour intense projects for every skill set. Get your kids and husband involved for some great family memories. Maybe you'll even start a new tradition! Fun Christmas gifts for anyone on your list. Send them to any party for easy guest favourites. Christmas is coming so start thinking about what you want to make this holiday season for your friends and family. Adorable Christmas Treat ideas. Fun for any gathering this holiday season. Simple and more labour intense projects for every skill set. Get your kids and husband involved for some great family memories. Maybe you'll even start a new tradition! Fun Christmas gifts for anyone on your list. Send them to any party for easy guest favourites. Christmas is coming so start thinking about what you want to make this holiday season for your friends and family. Adorable Christmas Treat ideas. Fun for any gathering this holiday season. Simple and more labour intense projects for every skill set. Get your kids and husband involved for some great family memories. Maybe you'll even start a new tradition! Fun Christmas gifts for anyone on your list. Send them to any party for easy guest favourites. Christmas is coming so start thinking about what you want to make this holiday season for your friends and family.

Happy Fall Y'all!  Here we are in September and all I can think about is Christmas.  Yes, you read that right.  I'm dreaming of sugar plumbs and pretty wrapping paper.  Today, specifically, I'm thinking about Cute Christmas Treats!  All the yummy goodies we get to indulge in during the holiday season.

And it's totally acceptable because it's the holidays!  And that New Year's Resolution is right around the corner.

This month I'm taking a break from the regular fall work to post solely about the Christmas season.  Yep, September is Christmas month over here at Hampers&Hiccups.  Imagine garland and tinsel strewn about my office, Christmas carols blasting from my speakers, and bells a jinglin' as I dance around my sewing studio.

Hey, I need to do something to get me in the spirit of things!

To kick off this month-long series, I've rounded up some adorable ideas for Christmas Treats.  They're so cute you'll be dying to try them all.

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How To Make Cloth Napkins

Learn how to make cloth napkins. Easy diy sewing photo tutorial for making cloth napkins. Replace all your paper products with easy to make alternatives. Easy to wash. Fun and elegant to use. Be environmentally friendly with these cloth napkins. How to make your own cloth napkins. Get rid of all the yucky disposables!
Learn how to make cloth napkins. Easy diy sewing photo tutorial for making cloth napkins. Replace all your paper products with easy to make alternatives. Easy to wash. Fun and elegant to use. Be environmentally friendly with these cloth napkins. How to make your own cloth napkins. Get rid of all the yucky disposables! Learn how to make cloth napkins. Easy diy sewing photo tutorial for making cloth napkins. Replace all your paper products with easy to make alternatives. Easy to wash. Fun and elegant to use. Be environmentally friendly with these cloth napkins. How to make your own cloth napkins. Get rid of all the yucky disposables! Learn how to make cloth napkins. Easy diy sewing photo tutorial for making cloth napkins. Replace all your paper products with easy to make alternatives. Easy to wash. Fun and elegant to use. Be environmentally friendly with these cloth napkins. How to make your own cloth napkins. Get rid of all the yucky disposables!

Learn how to make cloth napkins. Easy diy sewing photo tutorial for making cloth napkins. Replace all your paper products with easy to make alternatives. Easy to wash. Fun and elegant to use. Be environmentally friendly with these cloth napkins. How to make your own cloth napkins. Get rid of all the yucky disposables!If you've been keeping up with Hampers&Hiccups, you'll know that we try not to use disposable products in our home.  One of the first items to go was paper napkins.  Come to think of it, I don't know that I ever really bought them to begin with.  My first cloth napkins were inherited hand-me-downs.  I loved using them so much that I vowed to keep up with it.

Cloth napkins are so much more fun and enjoyable to use than the paper alternative.  Yes, you can get the ‘sposies in all sorts of colours, shapes, and designs, but they're still not very nice to use.  A cloth napkin is much softer and pliable.  Plus, often times they're larger and obviously more durable.

If you're into giving homemade gifts, these make a great one!  Try selling them to pick up some extra cash.  I've done both!

A couple of years ago I made my first set.  They're a Christmas/winter set and I love them!  They are a little on the smaller side, 8″ or so, but they get the job done and look beautiful and elegant on the table.

LAST spring I bought some material to make a spring/summer set.  Over a year ago!  I finally got around to whipping them up specially for this post.  Nothing like blogging to motivate a mama.  I decided to make them larger than the previous set, but the same style.

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How to Have a Stress-free Holiday

Start your Thanksgiving Preparations now. Whether you're hosting for the first time, do it every other year, have to travel, or have a family to lug around, I've got some tips for you! Maybe you're a new mama and this is your first holiday with that sweet baby tagging along. You'll find some simple tips here to make your holiday go more smoothly and be less stressful. You'll be so prepared! It will feel like an ACTUAL holiday! Happy Thanksgiving!
Start your Thanksgiving Preparations now. Whether you're hosting for the first time, do it every other year, have to travel, or have a family to lug around, I've got some tips for you! Maybe you're a new mama and this is your first holiday with that sweet baby tagging along. You'll find some simple tips here to make your holiday go more smoothly and be less stressful. You'll be so prepared! It will feel like an ACTUAL holiday! Happy Thanksgiving! Start your Thanksgiving Preparations now. Whether you're hosting for the first time, do it every other year, have to travel, or have a family to lug around, I've got some tips for you! Maybe you're a new mama and this is your first holiday with that sweet baby tagging along. You'll find some simple tips here to make your holiday go more smoothly and be less stressful. You'll be so prepared! It will feel like an ACTUAL holiday! Happy Thanksgiving!

Start your Thanksgiving Preparations now. Whether you're hosting for the first time, do it every other year, have to travel, or have a family to lug around, I've got some tips for you! Maybe you're a new mama and this is your first holiday with that sweet baby tagging along. You'll find some simple tips here to make your holiday go more smoothly and be less stressful. You'll be so prepared! It will feel like an ACTUAL holiday! Happy Thanksgiving!With fall upon us, my thoughts are gravitating towards Thanksgiving and Thanksgiving Tips.  This year is going to be a little different for us since New Baby's due date is on Canadian Thanksgiving!  While I'm super excited that it is approaching quickly, it also means we may miss out on all the awesome grub family gatherings.  Either way, it's going to be hectic 'round here.

The holidays are a busy time for many of us, especially with the discovery of “Friendsgiving”.  Our family, in particular, usually has roughly 4 gatherings to attend.  Neither of our parents are divorced.  If you think that's a lot you should hear our Christmas plans.  Phew!

Any way you can get ahead or make life easier you should, so listen up!  I'm here to help.  I'll be offering up some Thanksgiving tips for you to follow if you don't know where to start, are hosting for the first time, or are feeling overwhelmed at the thought of running here, there & everywhere.  Maybe it's your first holiday with a new baby.  Maybe you have to travel this year.  I'll provide some ideas that can hopefully let you enjoy your holiday and not be stressed out.

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A Pregnant Mom’s Guide to Freezer Meals in 2020

In my constant battle to get ahead for the arrival of our new baby, I've put together a list of easy freezer meals to prepare while nesting. Stock your freezer so you don't have to cook or grocery shop when that new baby comes home! Get ahead for the next busy time in your life. Or just have some meals in the freezer for those evenings when you really don't feel like cooking. Working mom? Even better reason to make a day of prepping some meals. Here's a nice list of some freezer meal ideas, as well as a few tips to make everything go smoothly for you. Enjoy your supper even more when you don't have to slave away all day to eat it! One afternoon can yield over 20 meals! Make extra when you're cooking up your favourites to throw in the freezer for an effortless meal prep. hampersandhiccups.com. homemaking. food. lifestyle. cooking. freezer meals. meal prep. meal planning In my constant battle to get ahead for the arrival of our new baby, I've put together a list of easy freezer meals to prepare while nesting. Stock your freezer so you don't have to cook or grocery shop when that new baby comes home! Get ahead for the next busy time in your life. Or just have some meals in the freezer for those evenings when you really don't feel like cooking. Working mom? Even better reason to make a day of prepping some meals. Here's a nice list of some freezer meal ideas, as well as a few tips to make everything go smoothly for you. Enjoy your supper even more when you don't have to slave away all day to eat it! One afternoon can yield over 20 meals! Make extra when you're cooking up your favourites to throw in the freezer for an effortless meal prep. hampersandhiccups.com. homemaking. food. lifestyle. cooking. freezer meals. meal prep. meal planning In my constant battle to get ahead for the arrival of our new baby, I've put together a list of easy freezer meals to prepare while nesting. Stock your freezer so you don't have to cook or grocery shop when that new baby comes home! Get ahead for the next busy time in your life. Or just have some meals in the freezer for those evenings when you really don't feel like cooking. Working mom? Even better reason to make a day of prepping some meals. Here's a nice list of some freezer meal ideas, as well as a few tips to make everything go smoothly for you. Enjoy your supper even more when you don't have to slave away all day to eat it! One afternoon can yield over 20 meals! Make extra when you're cooking up your favourites to throw in the freezer for an effortless meal prep. hampersandhiccups.com. homemaking. food. lifestyle. cooking. freezer meals. meal prep. meal planning

As you know, we're expecting our second baby in 6 (and a half) short weeks.  I've also mentioned that I'm doing as much as I can to get ahead, prepare for the holidays, and be organized.  Part of this is freezer meals!  Bonus if they're Crock Pot meals!

While I love having freezer meals stocked at all times, it is even more important now with a baby on the way.  Not to mention I'll have a 17 month old to chase after.

Hubby doesn't mind cooking, but I'd rather have the time he's home spent with our family than in the kitchen.  So, this weekend marked my first round of freezer meals.

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