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March 11, 2012

I think the baby knows we jumped forward an hour because I was up at 6…or 7? And couldn’t go back to sleep.

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After an hour of lying in bed, reading blogs, emails and baby apps, I got up to make a family pot of oatmeal, “gently whipped” :mrgreen:

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And a steaming carafe of French press – half caf, half decaf.

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Oats went into a jar!

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I made the oats with Holly’s Oatmeal, banana, half milk/water, chia seeds, pinch salt and cottage cheese stirred in at end. Since I was using a plastic jar, I let the whole pot cool for about 5 minutes to warm instead of hot and then portioned them in.

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Some honey bunches on top and plenty of wild squirrel curious coconut on the bottom.

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1.5 of these woke me up along with a fabulous new episode of House Hunters set in renovated homes in LA.

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I am having a SERIOUS hormonal spring cleaning craving. I not only want to clean every square inch of this house, but I want to decorate, rearrange, declutter, sort, package and donate. This happens to me every spring [Home Neat Home went crazy last year!] and I’m excited when the urge hits!

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1 Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table March 11, 2012 at 8:27 am

I wish the urge would hit me! I’ve been putting off cleaning the floors for days… maybe today… or maybe not… :)

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2 Katie @ Talk Less, Say More March 11, 2012 at 8:29 am

If you want to come have that cleaning/de-cluttering/organizing urge at my apartment, I’d really appreciate it! ;)

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3 Joss March 11, 2012 at 8:32 am

yummm the gently whipped oats look great :D

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4 Kerry @ Totes My Oats March 11, 2012 at 8:46 am

I need to get the urge! Off to make breakfast/coffee… maybe it will give me some of that energy :)

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5 Gina @ Running to the Kitchen March 11, 2012 at 8:48 am

Can you come to my house after yours? ;) I’m actually sitting on the couch right now looking at the sun hit a chair and highlighting all the dust on it. It’s seriously making me not enjoy my cup of coffee b/c I just want to get up and dust it!

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6 Linds @ Linds Eats March 11, 2012 at 8:52 am

Haha, so funny that you said that. I woke up this morning way earlier than I usually would to and had an intense craving to start cleaning. So up I got and cleaned the kitchen from floor to ceiling. Feeling accomplished already!

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7 Lauren March 11, 2012 at 9:02 am

Your pot looks delicious! Made a “meal of oats” as my toddler calls them for the family this morning including the bonus of oatmeal stuck on the tip of Bean’s chin. LOVE it! Hope I can get motivated to get some Spring Cleaning done. Have a fantastic day!!!!!!!!

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8 Ashley @ My Food 'N' Fitness Diaries March 11, 2012 at 9:07 am

i may have said this before, but i absolutely love that coffee mug! the colors + the design is totally something i’d go after.

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9 katie @KatieDid March 11, 2012 at 9:10 am

I wish I could feel that same urge right now haha! Trying to ride off your motivation but its not working haha.

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10 Lindsey @ Lindsey Living March 11, 2012 at 9:12 am

YUM, that looks good. I’ve been thinking about a french press and that one’s so pretty! I love green:) What do you think of it vs. a regular coffee maker? Any more difficult to deal with in the morning?

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11 KathEats March 11, 2012 at 2:55 pm

If you make coffee every morning, I’d go with a coffee maker. We have one we love, but I only make coffee once a week or so so I leave it tucked away. But the french press is more of a pain to make and clean, so I prefer a hands-free coffeemaker.

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12 Emily @LivingLongfellow March 11, 2012 at 9:13 am

Good morning Kath, You got me thinking about whipping out our french press and drinking coffee on the back deck. Tempted. yesterday it was someone writing about cold pressed coffees outside, and today it’s the french press. I think these items symbolize Spring or something.

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13 kathleen @ the daily crumb March 11, 2012 at 9:15 am

i am having the same cleaning urge and that is extremely rare for me! i think it’s the sunny day and warm breeze. let’s see if i can actually buckle down and do it :)

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14 Kavi @ Lab to Fab! March 11, 2012 at 9:17 am

I woke up early today as well! But I still need to have some coffee ;)

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15 Antonia @ healthinspirations March 11, 2012 at 9:26 am

It’s funny that when spring rolls around I also always feel the need to declutter. I usually can’t get rid of anything (especially not my clothes) but last week I felt the urge to give away 2(!) boxes of clothes and household goods to charity. Definitely felt good afterwards :)

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16 Arispa March 11, 2012 at 9:27 am

May I just say that your child is going to be so well fed. Maybe I’m a little jealous.

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17 Kate @ get up and flow March 11, 2012 at 9:32 am

I hear you with the urge to clean. Spring is the time to do it — before the weather gets too nice to stay inside sweeping and mopping!

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18 Aylin @ Glow Kitchen March 11, 2012 at 9:43 am

I would eat the curious cocoa nut as if it were cereal itself.

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19 Allie@LiveLaughEat March 11, 2012 at 9:59 am

Please come bring your spring cleaning urge up here. I need some serious de-cluttering help.

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20 Kelly @ Vegolosophy March 11, 2012 at 10:00 am

Those whipped oats look super good! You always have the most fluffy oats, I definitely need to try some stove-top oats! Enjoy your sunday :)

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21 Lydia March 11, 2012 at 10:05 am

Feeling the spring cleaning urge here too. :)

My daughter, Maddie, loves the overnight oats that I have been making her. Is it ok if I post about it and link back to you?
Lydia :)
http://happyorganicfamily.blogspot.com/

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22 Björg March 11, 2012 at 10:08 am

I have that colorful cup too, just drinking from it makes me happy :)

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23 Olivia March 11, 2012 at 10:14 am

Ooh pretty mug! I love mugs.

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24 Megan @ Megan's Munchies March 11, 2012 at 10:15 am

I have been having some serious Spring cleaning urges myself!

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25 Tiffany March 11, 2012 at 10:25 am

Yay for Oats in a jar! You’ve made my morning breakfast decision so hard lol I’m deciding between pancakes or oatmeal.

Have a wonderful sunday! :)

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26 Michelle @ Esculent Dreams March 11, 2012 at 10:41 am

your french press is adorable!! can i ask where you got it from? it’ll make the perfect bday present for my sister!

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27 KathEats March 11, 2012 at 2:55 pm

Amazon!

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28 Michelle @ Esculent Dreams March 11, 2012 at 5:38 pm

Ah! Perfect! :) Thank youu

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29 Stacy @ Say It With Sprinkles March 11, 2012 at 10:42 am

I’m starting to get that itch to clean & rearrange, too! Funny how we’re so programmed to want to do that in the springtime and not so much any other season, haha! =) I’ll definitely go with it while the motivation to do so is there!

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30 Caitlin Zellers March 11, 2012 at 10:43 am

Have you tried Farm to Table oatmeal? I bought it on Open Sky and it is fabulous! I love the ancient grains one but the ultimate organic oatmeal is great too. It is a mix of steel cut with sliced almonds and other yummys. I think you would really like it. Oh, and the coconut wild squirrel is one of my absolute favs!

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31 KathEats March 11, 2012 at 2:55 pm

I haven’t! I will look for it!

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32 Angel7 March 11, 2012 at 10:57 am

I need to spring clean as well! I cannot wait until it is warm enough to open all the windows!

A walk is on the agenda today, since it is going to be in the 60’s–YAY!!!

http://faithfulsolutions.blogspot.com/

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33 Caitlin March 11, 2012 at 11:09 am

love your addition of “gently whipped” this morning!

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34 Liz @ Tip Top Shape March 11, 2012 at 11:14 am

I wish I could get bitten by the spring cleaning bug. I hate cleaning :(

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35 Becca March 11, 2012 at 11:22 am

Love the matching kettle and French Press. Just bought a bright reddish/orange kettle myself. Yeah for bright, happy kettles!

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36 Khushboo March 11, 2012 at 11:23 am

Pass on some of that cleaning energy this way please!!

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37 J3nn(Jenn's Menu and Lifestyle Blog) March 11, 2012 at 11:28 am

I think you’re nesting, Kath!

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38 Jessica @ The Process of Healing March 11, 2012 at 11:54 am

Maybe it’s also the “nesting” urge!

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39 megan March 11, 2012 at 12:09 pm

Kath, I was wondering what your thoughts are about caffeine during pregnancy. I’ve gotta admit, the thought of giving up coffee is one of the least attractive aspects of pregnancy to me!

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40 JessicaE March 11, 2012 at 1:22 pm

I’m not Kath, but especially if you have no history of miscarriages, doctors say up to 250 mg of caffeine is usually safe, especially after the first trimester. I have had one cup of coffee a day for nearly my entire pregnancy. And when I was nauseous in the first trimester, a fizzy coca cola helped so much :)

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41 KathEats March 11, 2012 at 2:56 pm

I have little bits of caffeine here and there, but since decaf is so easily replaced, I’ve just been using that. But I’ve had a few mugs of regular throughout and agree with Jessica that 1 cup a day is said to be OK

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42 Klar March 12, 2012 at 1:50 pm

I am pregnant and I just cut it down to about 3/4 of a tumbler per day. If I can get 250 mg, I’m taking them!

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43 Averie @ Averie Cooks March 11, 2012 at 12:42 pm

Perfect looking breakfast and way to make good use of the last bits of chocolate nut butter…YUM!

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44 Kristen @ Change of Pace March 11, 2012 at 12:52 pm

I cleaned my whole house today from top to bottom. I’ve definitely got the spring cleaning bug.

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45 callie March 11, 2012 at 12:54 pm

I’ve hit the spring cleaning phase – but, I haven’t hit the point where I freak out and actually do it! ha… Need to work more on the actual ‘doing’ and less of the ‘thinking’!

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46 Erin Motz March 11, 2012 at 1:33 pm

That coffee… It always looks so thick! Mine only looks like that when I add steamed milk, and even then it’s thicker but not syrupy like yours. I’m having serious coffee envy right now, haha. Enjoy your Sunday!

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47 KathEats March 11, 2012 at 2:56 pm

I brew it strong :)

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48 Jeannie March 11, 2012 at 2:30 pm

I hope you do some spring cleaning posts. Home Neat Home are my Dave posts. So much inspiration.

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49 KathEats March 11, 2012 at 2:57 pm
50 Katie @ Peace Love & Oats March 11, 2012 at 3:13 pm

Hahaha, that makes me laugh thinking of Matt’s video. Lightly stirred oats.

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51 Elisabeth March 11, 2012 at 11:50 pm

Well, I’m not pregnant, but I’m definitely craving some Spring Cleaning myself. I’ll have to do a little looking over your home neat home again :)

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52 Paige @ Healthy Hits the Spot March 12, 2012 at 9:47 am

I LOVE that urge! In fact, I seriously thing you may have just sprung it upon me ;) I loveeee when things feel FRESH!

Do you like that french press from Ikea? I am moving out soon and would like to get one :)

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53 KathEats March 12, 2012 at 10:12 am

It’s not IKEA – it’s Bodum. But I like it!

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54 Fran@ Broken Cookies Don't Count March 12, 2012 at 11:39 am

I have one of those pots. Need to drag it out and use it!

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