Odds and Ends

Hola my friends! How was your weekend?

Mine was really truly great however as always went by way too fast.

Our basement is almost finished and it is so exciting to see how it has all come together. We (okay, mostly Dana) spent a good chunk of the weekend continuing to work on the basement and move furniture downstairs. Our guest bedroom is officially moved downstairs which means that we can start working on the nursery upstairs now!

We also teamed up and tackled the weeds in the garden. That was a much-needed job and I am happy to report that all of our plants are doing well! We even had two sugar snap peas; one for each of us. They were crunchy and perfect.

Some other odds and ends…

I caved and bought some more maternity clothes. I tried to go with the basics this time around: dark jeans, shorts, black tee, white tee, long-sleeved grey tee, and I got a few other tops as well! Old Navy and Gap have great maternity wear!


Healing my gut is an ongoing journey, so I made myself another batch of bone broth soup to help soothe and heal. Making bone broth is quite the process in case you didn’t know! I made chicken bone broth but someday I want to make beef bone broth because i think I would enjoy it more (more flavor).

bone broth

I’ve been trying to be creative with foods again now that I am really into all foods again (no real aversions any more that I can think of). I threw together an old salad staple of mine with some minor adjustments based on what I had in the kitchen: spinach, strawberries, chicken, red onion, parmesan cheese, sliced almonds, and poppy seed dressing. I would have preferred feta cheese but we didn’t have any. And I should have added black beans and avocado. But it was still good.

strawberry salad

Dana and I made Saturday night date night and went to Punch pizza for my first time. They serve Neapolitan style pizza and eating their pizza seriously brought me back to our honeymoon in Italy. We got the margherita pizza with olives and mushrooms. We also split a really delicious salad.

pizza date night

The last odd and end:

About the same time I found out I was pregnant, I received a wonderful package from a company called Puro Fairtrade Coffee. As soon as I found out I was pregnant, I stopped drinking caffeine. Not to mention, the thought of coffee made me queasy in the first trimester.

So there I was with three delicious bags of coffee beans along with a sweet little mug sitting in my home to review. I felt so bad I wouldn’t be able to review it myself but asked if it were okay that my husband review it instead, and they agreed that would be absolutely a-okay!

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Puro coffee

About Puro Fairtrade Coffee 

Puro Fairtrade Coffee comes from a company Miko, they are based in Belgium and are one of the oldest coffee roasters in the world (since 1801!). All coffee from Puro is Fairtrade, but uniquely, Puro works in partnership with a rainforest charity called World Land Trust and money from each bag of their coffee is used to buy and protect areas of rainforest in coffee producing countries.

Puro coffee sales to date, have funded the protection of more than 10,000 acres of rainforest across 6 countries.

Although I personally wasn’t able to taste-test the coffee as I gave up caffeine when I became pregnant, Dana, my husband was able to taste and review it for me. He just finished up the last of it a week ago. He really enjoyed the earthiness (but not TOO earthy), bold and rich flavor of the coffee. We both love that the company is fairtrade and feel great about supporting a company with so much compassion and heart.


Their roasting plant in Belgium was placed near to Antwerp, the world’s second largest coffee port and its roof is covered with solar panels providing for all electricity needs. Residual heat from the roasting process is re-directed to power underfloor heating throughout the factory and offices. Coffee chaff generated through roasting is given to local organic farmers for fertilizing their fields.

I love this!

Another partnership in the UK combines used coffee grounds from filter and espresso generated at key client sites with food waste, creating compost. Also….Puro’s coffee foils are even upcycled into bags, flower pots and dresses!


Now you can see why this company is so great! To learn more about their story watch their video: http://vimeo.com/fairtradecoffee/our-story 

Online Shop

They have an online shop if you are interested in purchasing:  https://www.puroathome.com/

Okay, that’s enough randomness for one day. Have a good one! xoxo

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    1. Melanie

      Thanks! They are insanely comfortable.

  1. Alisa Fairbanks

    I think making bone broth is really easy, especially if you do it in the slow cooker. You don’t have to roast the bones first and actually, I never do. When I make it, everything gets thrown into one pot and then it simmers until it’s time to filter it…that’s it! I often make chicken, beef or a combo of the two. I add my bones (about 2 or 2.5 lbs) to my slow cooker with 4 quarts filtered water, 2 Tbsp ACV, generous amount of sea salt, about 6 or so smashed garlic cloves, about 20 peppercorns, and veggie or herb scraps if I have any (onion tops, carrot peels, celery ends, etc.). I let mine cook a minimum of 24 hours, but up to 48. Then, I filter it and put it into to jars for the fridge and/or freezer. The process is pretty fast and not much work! http://balancedbites.com/2011/04/easy-recipe-mineral-rich-bone-broth.html
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    1. Melanie

      Mmm that sounds delicious! Thanks for the tips!

  2. Punch Pizza is one of my favs from Minneapolis! I’m so glad you went 🙂 And you’re so cute in your maternity clothes – can’t wait for that baby to arrive in a few months!
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    1. Melanie

      I can’t believe I’ve been deprived for so long! I’m glad I went too; just wish we had one a bit closer to our house! Or maybe it’s a good thing we don’t have one closer to our house? What I love about it, is it’s not so cheesy or greasy so it doesn’t give me an upset stomach!

    1. Melanie

      I know—whenever I see that photo I want that pizza again. Like now.

    1. Melanie

      Some of their maternity clothes could pass for non-maternity! I say go for it! 🙂

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