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Weekend Favorites: Things We Loved in August

Happy weekend from Portland, Oregon! Tony and I are here on our babymoon and we couldn’t be more in love with this quirky city. We’ve spent the past few days eating incredible food, hiking through the mountains and soaking up the end of summer sunshine.

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They say you’re supposed to go on a babymoon sometime in the second trimester to spend quality alone time with your partner before all things baby happen. I say it’s just another excuse to take a vacation, right?!

In fact, Tony and I really haven’t been on a vacation for quite some time. The last time we were supposed to go on vacation (in Turkey!), we ended up cutting it short because I was very, very sick. This time I’m hoping for a different outcome. 🙂

egg skillet and donuts on a table
Broder Cafe in Portland

August was a busy month for us both personally and professionally.

Tony and I have had a ton of baby appointments, weddings, friends and family in town and of course, our kitchen remodel! I still have yet to start my baby registry but I do know that I want to keep it minimal to the things we’ll actually USE and NEED once baby arrives. I don’t want to get too caught up in getting outfits, toys or stuffed animals; we live in the city and don’t have a ton of extra storage for all things baby.

So, I must ask: What are your TOP 3 recommendations for a baby registry?! Also, where did you register? Leave them in the comments below. I’m all ears!

On the work front, I have some very exciting news: we are TRULY almost ready to launch the brand new Ambitious Kitchen website (this has been a year and a half in the making!). Features will include an enhanced search, searching by specific ingredients, the ability to search by multiple ingredients or dietary need, dietary categories, a shop full of all of my favorite product recommendations and SO MUCH MORE!

Overall, we’ve really spent time focusing on making the website incredibly user friendly on both mobile and desktop, and making the website less like a blog and more like a true way to discover delicious, healthy recipes to fuel your health journey.

I have to say, even talking about it gets me all jazzed up.

monique sitting at a table with a drink

What I’m looking forward to in September

Besides the new site launch, I’m looking forward to quite a few things: registering for baby stuff, getting the nursery ready, my best friend’s wedding in Detroit, a family wedding in Charleston, SC (whew tons of travel!), and finally buying some maternity jeans from Madewell since I can’t fit into any of mine.

As far as recipes goes, you can look forward to recipes that focus on meal prep, weeknight dinners, healthy snacks and a few VERY delicious treats (including a pumpkin bread!). If you have any specific requests, I’d love to hear from you. Please leave a comment below!

Recipes from August

In case you missed it, here are all of the recipes published in August:

Peach, Tomato & Corn Arugula Pasta Salad

Summer Garden Crustless Zucchini Pie

Peanut Butter Zucchini Bread Baked Oatmeal

Zucchini Mac and Cheese

The Best Zucchini Brownies You’ll Ever Eat

One Pan Enchilada Zucchini Turkey Meatballs and Rice

Healthy Marbled Chocolate Zucchini Banana Bread

Spiced Zucchini Sweet Potato Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

The Best Healthy Zucchini Recipes

3-Ingredient Pineapple Mango Smoothie (with a fun boozy option!)

Easy, Healthy Smoothie Recipes

No Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Bars

One Pan Green Chicken & Rice (Green Arroz Con Pollo)

Homemade Tzatziki Sauce Recipe (yogurt cucumber sauce!)

Thick and Creamy Vegan Corn Chowder

Greek Chicken Kabobs

Personal posts from August

I mentioned that I would be going back to more personal storytelling in my blog posts and am loving it. Here are some personal posts you may have missed:

We’re Expecting!

The First Trimester

My Thoughts on Pregnancy & Weight Gain

monique in front of a rose bush

Things we loved in August:

This sale at Soludos is unreal. Adorable platform sandals, wedges and more!

Sandals from revolve: I got these gorgeous yellow sandals and they’re so comfy!

PF candle co incense: my absolute favorite incense!

Binto vitamins and prenatals (use the code ‘ambitiouskitchen’ for 20% off your first order!)

Babo botanicals tinted moisturizer: obsessed with this tinted SPF moisturizer for under makeup!

Columbia hiking boots: wearing these my entire Portland trip!

Compression socks: because a preggo lady needs them.

Babo moisturizing stick: perfect for dry skin or to use as a chapstick. Love it!

Headband from Anthro because who doesn’t love a good 90’s throwback?

Mineral fusion lipstick in alluring: I got a ton of questions on which lipstick I’ve been wearing lately so I’ve included it here!

Babo lipgloss kit: absolutely obsessed with this natural lipgloss kit. The most gorgeous colors!!

These sunglasses are my ride or die.

Hope you have the best weekend! xo.

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