Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Recipe: Thanksgiving Potluck

Let's have a Thanksgiving Recipe Potluck!
If you e-mailed me a recipe, you are featured on R&W below.
**A big thanks to everyone who participated.**

First and foremost, Happy, Healthy Thanksgiving to everyone and their families.
...and now for the good part, the food...


Garlic Brussell Sprouts
Submitted by Jax from Raviolis & Waterworks.

(1) Pkg Brussell Sprouts
(6) Cloves of Garlic – Minced
(1) Cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
(1) Tbsp Red Pepper Flakes

Bring a large pot of water to a rigorous boil.
Meanwhile, thoroughly clean the Brussell Sprouts.  Once cleaned and dried, cut them in halves.
The largest turn off from these yummy veggies is the consistency, cutting them in half helps.
Put the cut Brussell Sprouts in the water and boil for about 12-15 minutes.
The vegetable should turn to a very pretty light green color once it has been sufficiently boiled.
Strain and set aside.

In a large sauté pan, heat the olive oil.
Sauté the garlic and the red pepper flakes in the olive oil until it is a light brown color.
Add the Brussell Sprouts, stirring them into the garlic mixture until they are well coated.
Sauté for an additional 5 minutes.
Serve hot.
This is Mushy’s favorite.  In her words “yummy, yummy, yummy”.


Roasted Sliced Yams
Submitted by Linda from Woke Up Out of Bed

Olive Oil
Sea Salt
Fresh Ground Pepper

Preheat the oven to 350*.
Coat a roasting pan with olive oil.
Slice the yams in 2” thick rounds.
Sprinkle the yam rounds with more olive oil, sea salt, and freshly ground black pepper.
You may also add any additional herbs you like.
Bake for 20 minutes.  Turn.  Bake for an additional 20 minutes.


Spiced Pecans
Submitted by Betsy from My Five Men

(2) cup pecan halves
(1/4) cup brown sugar
(1/4) cup melted butter
(4) tsp hot sauce, like Cholula
(1) tsp salt
(1/2) tsp pepper

Spray cookie sheet with oil.  Mix all ingredients and spread in a single layer on sheet.
Bake 350* for 12 minutes, stirring once half way through.
Coating will harden as it cools.  
These are mildly hot and spicy but nicely balanced with the brown sugar.  Very addictive!


What are your Thanksgiving meal Plans?
Gobble, Gobble.

Monday, November 24, 2014

Recipe: Fresh Cranberry Sauce

Let's have a Thanksgiving Recipe Potluck!
If you e-mail me a recipe, I'll feature you on R&W this coming Wednesday.
**Please try to submit your recipes by 5pm, Tuesday night.**


In honor of Turkey day, let's share some recipes that are sure to impress your host.
I'm all for desserts from the bakery...
My growing waistline can attest to that!
...but, let's be a little more impressive and bring something simple for the main course.

Typically, we go to my grandmother's house for Thanksgiving.
We are Sicilian, so you can imagine the feast she prepares.
It's like a little piece of Sicilian heaven, plus a turkey.
I can't wait for that lasagna!

In attempt to Americanize our meals for the American holiday, I'll bring a few traditional dishes.
I'll make homemade cranberry sauce, garlic brussel sprouts and corn bread.
I won't share the cornbread recipe since I cheat and use Jiff box mix.  Shhh, don't tell!

Fresh Cranberry Sauce
I like it chunky, but feel free to change the consistency to how you like!

12oz Fresh Cranberries
1/4Cup Orange Juice
1Cup Sugar
1Cup Water

Mix the water, orange juice, and the sugar together in a pot.  Bring to a boil.  Add the cranberries and stir.  Bring the mixture back to a boil and cook for 15 minutes on medium heat.  Remove the pot from the stove.  With a potato masher, mash the mixture together.  Cover with saran wrap and refrigerate over night.
Madre used to strain the sauce to get all the clumps out.

What are your simple holiday recipes?

Friday, November 21, 2014

TV: Prison Break

MushyFace and I have gotten into this awful habit.
The “habit” can be a topic for a whole other post, so please temporarily refrain from reprimanding me!
The baby girl will not sleep in her own bed unless she falls asleep in mine first.
After the princess falls asleep, MyMan will transport her like a ninja into the crib.
If we don’t do this ritual, she ends up crammed in my tiny bed a l l  n i g h t  l o n g.

In order for this ritual to happen, we will watch a few TV episodes until she FINALLY passes out.
We have already watched all of Dexter, Oz, Lost, and American Horror Story.
All of these shows were amazing with the exception of Oz.
Mushy loved Dexter!  She still dances when she hears the theme song!

The most recent show that we watched was Prison Break.

Prison Break was a great show.
…and, no, not just because of that hunky Wentworth Miller shown above…
It had the action and intensity that makes MyMan sit at the edge of his seat.
It also had the dramatic story line, mystery factors, and romance that keeps me intrigued.

**Some things mentioned here may been thought of as spoilers.**

The story is based around two brothers that were pretty much all each other ever had.
The older brother, Lincoln, was framed for a high-profile murder that he didn’t commit.
Since Lincoln couldn’t prove his innocence to anyone that mattered, he was sentenced to death.
His younger brother, Michael, could not live with that decision and decided to handle it himself.
You learn all of this fairly quickly, then the real JUICE begins.

Michael tattooed a map of the prison his brother was incarcerated in on his entire body.
…and, omg, was that yummy to see on his bare skin…
He then planned a master escape from beginning to end in order to save his brother.
An armed bank robbery and a confession later, Michael and Lincoln's adventure will begin.

They meet several fun characters along the way that you will grow to love.
Every twist and turn brings forth an event you can never predict.
I mean, they may have to break out of more than one prison.  Shh, I didn't tell you that!

Jax Rating

I give this show a rating of 4 out of 5 stars.
It lost a star because the 3rd season wasn't up to par with the rest, but it was still enjoyable.

Have you ever or will you ever see Prison Break? What's your review?

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

List: How to live on a budget.

Are you all ready to realize Jax is a freak?  No, not that kind of freak...
Hi.  My name is Jax and I'm living on a budget.
Being on a budget is a common thing, but it has turned into an obsession for me.
What, you don't think that makes me a freak?  Keep reading...

Sunday, I go through the Target Ad and pick the "good deals" that apply to me.
Wednesday, I fill in an Excel spreadsheet with what I'm buying from Target and its price.
Then I print out an obnoxious amount of coupons from the internet.
I note the spreadsheet with what items I have coupons for and adjust the price.
I also utilize the Target Cartwheel, and you should too.  It's extra savings on everything!
Thursday, I go through the Best Market Ad and pick the "good deals" that apply to me.
I then add my selections to the second half of my excel spreadsheet along with the prices.
Then I create a total.  I make it bold and put a double underline underneath it.
As the last step, I edit the list to ensure I'm not exceeding my $130 weekly grocery budget.
Friday, I go shopping and will not buy anything if it is not on my list.
The check out line is a game.  I watch every item and coupon get scanned to see if my total matches.
Now do you believe I'm a freak?  Yea, that's what I thought...

I'm not saying go to this extreme to save money, but here are some pointers from an freak expert.

How to live on a budget.

1.  Make a budget.
Before you can actually live on a budget, you need to know what it is.  Create an excel sheet and add up all of your monthly bills including groceries and gas.  Then add up all your income.  Next subtract your expenses from your income and see what is left.  Your goal is to save at least 25% of your income in a savings account and to be able to spend 10% of your income on weekly fun.  Tweak the numbers until you are satisfied with where you stand.  If your expenses aren't matching your income, it's time to cut back on something.
This is the hardest part, but trust me it works!  Besides, Excel is almost a holy lifesaver!

2.  Find your go to stores.
I am in love with Target.  I could probably write a whole article on how Target makes me feel.  Although I'm having an affair with this store, I know it's best to shop their for groceries, and not actual food.  For that I go to my local Best Yest because it has quality meats at a very low price.
Writing this actually made me fantasize about that red bulls eye...  Shopping anyone?

3.  Coupons, Coupons, Coupons!
Sundays I hunt through Newsday and clip as many coupons as I can.  On Wednesdays, I'm rocking,, and then  By the time I'm done, there are very few things I'm buying at full price.  That $1.50 may seem like nothing, but get a bunch of coupons, and you just saved $20 of your hard-earned cash!
Hellloooo Shellac manicure!

4.  Utilize websites like Groupon and Amazon Social.
Everybody wants a nice night out, but on a budget that could get difficult.  Instead of spending the typical $200 on a date night of sushi and a movie, utilize Groupon and get discount movie tickets and then Amazon social to get 50% off your meal.  If these savings aren't enough, get creative!  Make your own sushi with friends and buy a bottle of Saki-Champagne.  You'll probably have more fun trying to roll sushi with friends, than sitting there being catered to anyway!
Luckily all my friends are on a budget as well, so they totally get it!

5.  Plan for budget killers.
Christmas or your baby girl's birthday month are perfect examples of budget killers!  There are ways around this.  Start a month (or two) before the holiday and start saving.  Increase your weekly grocery budget by $20 and buy a gift a week.  You won't even notice that hole in your pocket, and you're more likely to spend less on one gift when it's planned than when it's an emergency purchase.
I have been doing this for a few weeks now, and Mushy has a whole Santa stock already!

What are your money saving tips?

Monday, November 17, 2014

Employment: Hiring Discrimination

As you all know, I’m on the job hunt.
The interview went real well and I’m very hopeful.  Thank you to everyone who asked!
That got me thinking about all the interviews I’ve been on, and why I haven’t gotten many offers.
What changed about Jax over the less 2 years that made her less attractive to the job market?

Employers discriminate against hiring mothers, especially with young children.
People find out you have a kid, and suddenly you’re taboo.

I know that is a harsh and general statement, but I stick to it for the average company.
I mean, let’s think about it.
1. It’s almost guaranteed that a mother would require a family plan.
2. A mother may require extra time off of work to tend to their child.
3. A mother’s first priority isn’t their job, it’s their child.
4. There is a decent possibility that the mother may want to have more children.
All of this is valid, but does any of it really effect an individual's job performance?
I mean, give me a break!  A father has the same responsibilities as a mother!

I have interviewed to countless places.
Every company that learned I had a young child, never called back.
The two companies that did give me an offer, had no idea that I was a mommy.
Coincidence?  Maybe, but let’s be realistic…

Do you believe employers exercise discrimination (of any kind) while hiring?

Friday, November 14, 2014

List: How to know you are getting old.

I know what you are all thinking.
“You are only 26 years old.  How can you call that old?”
Well, let me tell you about my epiphany.

I find the song “Jealous” by Nick Jonas extremely s e x y.
He is also pretty yummy himself…
After admitting this to myself, I felt a little bit like a cougar.
There is something about being attracted to a Jonas Brother that feels very wrong.

Source - For the love of god, he's beautiful.

Other epiphanies that make you feel o l d.

1.  The songs you listened to as a child are now “oldies”.
Since when have the Spice Girls been classified as an oldie?  Ug!

2.  You can no longer lose 5 pounds in one week.
I know the not eating diet is very unhealthy, but at least it used to worked in emergency situations!

3.  You develop a sudden appreciation for real lipstick.
Goodbye clear lip gloss!  I’m not sure when you became tacky, but you did!

4.  You host dinner parties.
...and you actually cooked…and bought a bottle of wine…and put out real dishes…

5.  Brand name china actually impresses  you.
I mean, I love my Dooney & Burke bag, but is that tea cup Royal Albert?

6.  You actually care about politics a little bit.
Who do I need to vote for for the taxes coming out of my pay check to decrease?

7.  You have a favorite brand of everything.
Dove sensitive skin bar soap and Clinique foundation make for a zit free Jax!

8.  …and you get really pissed when they discontinue or change your favorite product.
Why did Neutrogena add sunscreen to my favorite facial moisturizer?  Ug!

9.  You are suddenly really aware of your breath.
I’ll save the Cheetos for when I’m walking distance from mouthwash.

10.  Being tired now always wins.
One more episode of Prison Break?  Um, no, unless you want to be to be real cranky tomorrow.

What made you realize that you’re slowly aging?

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Employment: When is it time to move on?

When we first met in 2011, I was a staff accountant for a Japanese company.
Come on, I know you all remember those stories.  Does Russian Hat Man ring a bell?  Haha
It was a great work environment and I was very well liked and respected.

While I loved my job, after 5 years of accumulating more tasks, I felt overworked and under paid.
Then I got  p r e g n a n t
From a mental standpoint, they were super supportive.
From a business standpoint, they saw a young girl in a rough situation and tried to take advantage.
Instead of fighting for a job I loved, I packed up and left.
Talk about a Sicilian temper, huh?

I should have fought for a secure job I loved instead of just up and quitting.
I totally could have spoken to my manager and pleaded my case.

That’s how I ended up where I am today.
I’m a biller for a very large company.
…and by biller I mean a glorified paper scanner…
For the first few months, I hated this job.  Then as time went on, I made friends and became comfortable.
…and by comfortable I mean I hung up pictures of Mushy Face in my cubicle…
Then I hit my o n e  y e a r  m a r k and found out my job was being centralized.
Management assured me that I still had job security, but I would be doing admin work. Bleh
The double slap in the face was when they made the SME in charge of centralizing my own job!

Good thing I learned from my mistakes…
Every muscle in my body is itching to say “I quit” and walk out.
Instead I’m taking my time to find a company I can grow with.
I need a job that makes me happy, is secure, and can still support my little Mushyface.

What do you think is a valid reason to move on to a new job?

**I have a big interview for a supervisor position (doing what I used to) today.  Wish me luck!**

Monday, November 10, 2014

List: How to know he/she is the one to marry.

I met with Sis and her mother for lunch last week.
She looked me straight in the eye, and gave me a very clear, stern warning.
"Darling, if you don't start seriously planning your wedding, there will not be one."
...then she arranged for the bridal party to go dress shopping.  That's why she's my BFF...

A gigantic salad and a slice of pizza later, we got on the topic of l o v e.
Remember when Jax was afraid of that word?  Oh, how we change...
Sis, too, is smitten and thinking of taking the next step with her man.
That's when we started reminiscing and thinking about how we know they are "the one" for us.

How to know he/she is "the one".
Am I as red as I was in the pizzeria?  I mean, I'm not really the "romantic" type!

1.  Always willing to lend a helping hand.
After working a 12 hour shift, do you come home to another mini-shift, or does your significant other pick up the slack?  "The One" will want to help you and will want to take on some of your burdens.  If you feel like you are always giving and never getting , your partner isn't really a partner.  You need to ask yourself if you really want to spend the rest of your life slaving over someone that can't even lift a finger for you. 
Teamwork and equality is the motto in my home.  I cooked, then you clean!  Fair is fair.

2.  Financially stable and willing to help support you.
I hear about way too many people rushing into relationships when they can't even support themselves.  Rule #1 is, make sure you are able to put a roof over your own head and food on your own table.  After you accomplish that, ask yourself if your partner can do the same.  If so, then the next question to ask is, is he/she willing to sacrifice so you both can afford a life together?  If they are able to support themselves and willing to support a family with you, then they might be "the one".
My worst fear is being left to fend for myself and to have nothing.  Financial independence eases that fear...

3.  You are with them because you want to, not because you need to.
I can walk away from MyMan at any time and be alright.  I have a decent job, a loving family,  and I know I can handle being a single mommy.  That being said, I am with my man simply because I want to be.
...and what a great feeling that is...

4.  They are always there.
If no matter what time of day or what the situation, you can pick up the phone and have someone answer, they might be "the one".  One co-worker of mine swears her man is "the one", but he's married and every night he goes home to his wife.  If my co-worker gets robbed at midnight, there is no way her man will be available to her.  If you are in a relationship and still feel alone, maybe that person is not "the one" for you.
Also, please note... for the love of God, leave the married ones alone.  Respect them, marriage, and yourself.

5.  They become part of your family and you become part of theirs.
If they treat your mom as well as they treat their own, they may be the right match for you.  It takes a lot for a person to go out of their way for someone who isn't their own blood.  They are most likely doing that for you, not for your family.  That type of respect is very hard to come by.  Hopefully their family accepts you as their own, and you eventually find time with them as enjoyable as you do with your own family.
I always loved the idea of marrying one, big family.

6.  Trust in all aspects of life.
If your partner was accidentally locked in a dark room with an unbelievably sexy person of the opposite sex, would you be able to trust them that they remained true to you?  If you are able to say yes without a doubt in your mind, they could be "the one".  Trust doesn't just mean commitment.  You also need to trust this person to be a decent parent, to be stable, to take care of you, and to be truthful in all situations.
I struggle with this one.  I'm naturally jealous without a reason to be.  Insecure much?

7.  Do they respect you in all situations?
Either they respect you or they don't.  If not, then run because you can do so much better than that.
You really can.  I promise!

8.  You can enjoy time with them even doing simple things.
Everybody loves a nice night out, a fancy dinner, and a few drinks.  "The one" won't need to do that every weekend just to enjoy life with you.  Chinese food and a corny movie on the couch would be enough to have an enjoyable evening with the right person for you.  Chores can even be fun when you are doing it next to someone you love.  "The one" makes almost everything enjoyable.
MyMan puts towels on the bottom of his bare feet and shimmies across the kitchen floor.  See, it can be fun!

9.  You and your partner have a good physical connection.
Obviously sex is important, but a physical connection is so much more than that.  The right person will want to touch you for any reason they can muster up.  Holding hands while grocery shopping, a quick shoulder rub while doing your hair, and locking your feet together at night while falling asleep all count as physical connections.
You'll be surprised how these simple touches really put extra confidence in your relationship.

10.  They are willing to do almost anything to make you happy.
In the words of my uncle "A happy wife, makes a happy life".
...besides, who doesn't want to see someone they love smile?

How do you know they are "the one"?

Friday, November 7, 2014

List: Short People Problems

For as long as I could remember, I wished that my torso was stretched out and my legs were longer.
Unfortunately, I currently stand at the very low height of 5 foot and half an inch tall.
I mean, for the love of God, 4” inch heels only make me average height!!
I never thought that my opinion would change, until last week.

When walking in a store with MushyFace, I hold her hand firmly and lead her where we need to go.
When MyMan walks with Mushyface, his 6’4 body has to hunch down to a very uncomfortable position.
By the time he walks down one aisle, he’s already complaining about the back pain.
Insert evil snicker here.

That’s when I realized that being short isn’t all that bad.
Well, at least until I remembered all of these awful things…

1.       Can you get that down for me?
Oh, how I despise saying those words to all of you who tower over me.

2.       Where did Jax go?
I’m here!!  Here lost in the mob of people that are forcing me to walk in the wrong direction!!

3.       Can you hem that pair of pants 2 feet and the sleeves of that shirt 6 inches?
Tailors should pay me with all the fabric I involuntarily donate.

4.       Remember, little things come in small packages.
Say it to me one more time, and the next time you’re down here, I will smack you in the face.

5.       You hit the curb again?
You drive in my world of invisible curbs that you can’t see and tell me how many YOU hit!!

6.       Heyy shorty, how YOU doin?!
Um, forget you and you’re prejudice lingo. I do take offense to that, jerk.

7.       Can you help me down?
I’m stuck on the countertop because I couldn’t find my step stool and I needed the bread crumbs.

8.       But the pool is only 5’ deep!
I’m only 5’ deep. My swimming stamina is zero, and If I stand, I’ll drown!

9.       You’re so small that I swear I can just pick you up, see.
Put. Me. Down. Right. Now.

10.  Wow, you’re short.

Do you have tall/short people problems?

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Recipe: Minestrone Soup With Sausage

As you all know, I'm really, extra, super busy.
That is totally not a complaint.  I love being busy.
I also dislike eating out for health reasons and to save money.
In order to make this possible with my ridiculous work schedule, I cook in advance.
On a Sunday, you will find me in the kitchen cooking massive amounts of something.
This Sunday I happened to make MyMan's favorite, homemade Minestrone Soup.
I used to make this vegan style, but that did not fill up my Cuban.

Easy Minestrone Soup With Sausage
This makes for a very large pot of soup.  I freeze the leftover soup (less pasta) for later.

2lbs Cheese and Parsley Sausage Ring
1/2 Cup Olive Oil
(1) 16oz Can Diced Tomatoes
(2) 8oz Cans Kidney Beans
(1) 8oz Can Cannellini Beans
(1/2) Cup Parmesan Cheese
2.5lbs Potatoes
1 Bag Baby Carrots
2 LARGE boxes of Chicken Broth
2-3 Cups Water
1.5 Tsp Dried Oregano
2 Heavy Shakes of Red Pepper Flakes
1Tbsp Dried Parsley
1 Tbsp Dried Basil
Salt (I use Lawry's Seasoned Salt for extra flavor)

Cut the casing off of all the sausage.  Brown the sausage and separate it until it crumbles.  Drain and put in a large pot.  Peel and dice your potatoes and put in the pot.  Cut your carrots and place in pot along with all the other listed ingredients.  Make sure that all the ingredients are covered with chicken broth, if not, add 2-3 cups of water.  Stir and bring to a boil.  Lower the heat and cook for 2 hours.
In the words of MushyFace, Yummy Yummy Yummy!

I then boil a half pound of ditalini pasta and serve it with the soup.
Do not add the pasta to the large pot of soup because you will need to freeze the leftovers less the pasta.
This should make for 2-3 full meals depending on how many people you are filling up.
Feel free to add a dollop of ricotta.  Ohh how I love ricotta on everything.

Do you cook in bulk to freeze for later?  If so, what?
If you give me a recipe, I'll try it and post how it came out later.  I'm always up for something new!

Monday, November 3, 2014

List: Wedding Planning at Month Nine

On July 26, 2013 MyMan and I got engaged.
Did I tell you how he proposed at Central Park AT NIGHT in front of 6 hobos?  Yea, about that...  lol

I love my ring!  He totally got my taste with the radiant cut diamond and the diamond halo.
Our wedding date is July 26, 2015.
Yes, it's only a whopping nine months away.

What has Jax done for the wedding short of booking the church and the catering hall?
Booking the catering hall and the church does count as something, right?  RIGHT?
Other than those 2 things, the only other thing she has done is LOOK at invitations.
That means she still needs to pick out a wedding dress, the bridal party clothes, flowers, a baker, a photographer, a limo company, a DJ, wedding rings, favors...
...and all the other obnoxious million things that come with planning an event.
For the love of God, I do not have the time, energy, or money for all of this.

Since I officially hit the 9 month marker, I figured it's time to get organized.

How to have a wedding on a budget:  Month Nine

1.  Pick your colors.
I've decided to go with a ballerina pink and light gold theme.
Now I have a basis on what to look for when shopping around.
Something pretty, yet unique.

2.  Pick your bridal party and let them know.
As your bridal party, they should help you and be there to guide you.
I know mine have been behind me to get started in this process, but I'm a procrastinator!

3.  Book the place you will be having the wedding.
I've booked the church and MyMan is currently in RCIA to become a Catholic. Love him for that!
I've also booked the catering hall and put down the deposit to make sure they keep the date.
After this step, you're about to lose me.  This is my last check mark on my own list.  Sigh!

4.  Make a Budget
Now that you know where you are having the wedding, you can make a budget.  
Set up an amount you are willing to spend and then divide it between sub categories.
For example, I'm willing to spend $15,000 on the big day, but only can put $1000 for the flowers.
Make sure you leave extra room, because everything will cost more than you think.  I promise!

5.  Guest List
Get an idea in mind of how many people your budget can afford.
Then make a guest list that fits in your budget.
After you have a final list, start getting all of your addresses together and keep it in a safe place.
I'm totally dreading this process.  "Hi cousin I haven't spoke to in 5 years, where do you live?"

6.  Dress Shopping
Set a date aside where your bridal party and yourself can get together and try on dresses.
I would assume this is a lengthy process and may take more than one day.
Make sure your dress is in your budget and their dresses are in theirs!
Ordering a dress and tailoring can take lots of!

7.  Shop Around
Start shopping around for all of the things you need to lay out cash for.
Interview DJs and look around for a photographer.
This is a time consuming process, especially when money is a factor.
How about one of my blogging buddies doing this for me?  I totally dread dealing with sales people...

8.  Invitations
Start looking around for invitations.
Believe it or not, these are very expensive and very detailed!
They also take time to get ordered, be printed, and then have addresses marked on.
Not to mention, they need to be ready to go 2 months BEFORE the wedding.
It surprised me that I need to design them myself.  You want a dot?  You need to pick the TYPE of dot.  Sigh...

9.  Honeymoon
For those of you planning to take a honeymoon, now would be a good time to start looking.
This is something that would need to be included in your budget.
Lucky for me, we are planning a romantic get away to somewhere low key.  No planning, thank God!

This should get you in a good place for getting everything done in time for your wedding.
At least, I'm hoping it will.
Last thing I want is a low budget wedding that everyone talks bad about later...

What else needs to be done at the 9 month marker?
Please share as you may save me embarrassment on my big day!

**Please note it just killed my OCD to make a list with (9) things, but, I was able to justify it since we are at the 9-month marker.  My apologies if it made you cringe too. **


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