December 31, 2014

Bump Watch: Week 14

How Far Along:: 14 weeks

Size of Baby:: Baby Kemp is the size of a Lemon

Gender:: I predict "she"

Stretch Marks:: Last week, I shared that I had a recipe and that may have been an exaggeration. I do use a combination of lotion and oils; twice daily. The products I am currently using include: Earth Mama Angel Baby Stretch Oil, Burt's Bees Mama Bee Belly Butter, Weleda Wild Rose Body Oil, and Palmer's Cocoa Butter Formula Massage Lotion for Stretch Marks.

I too purchased, but have yet to use, the Mama Mio Omega Body Buff. We are quickly approaching week 15, and this belly is expanding so I will be adding it to my shower routine very shortly!

Have any other recommendations for lotions and/or oils?

Sleep:: I loved my sleep prior to pregnancy, and not sure that has really changed. I have been 'working' on decreasing my sleep to 7-8 hours/night just so I can be a little more productive.

Exercise:: CrossFit classes resumed this week and I was ever-so excited to recommence strength workouts. Also, during runs I take a few more restroom breaks than before and have been wearing my water backpack during long runs to ensure that I am not dehydrated.

Cravings:: Not one specifically. Now that the holidays are over, I am cleaning up my diet! Happy New Year's Eve!

Miss Anything:: Sushi

Symptoms:: Overly sensitive stomach. I can attest to a lactose sensitivity, but it now is on a whole different level. May consider removing all dairy from my diet, and I truly do not want to think about that reality.

Belly Button In or Out:: In

Movement:: Not yet :)

Looking Forward to:: My mother is coming for a visit next week!

Best Moment of the Week:: I am very blessed to feeling so great and very grateful!

On My Mind:: Narrowing down on the huge baby book list I have saved on Amazon. So far these are the books in my cart: Becoming a Calm Mom: How to Manage Stress and Enjoy the First Year of Motherhood; What to Expect the First Year, 2nd Edition; The Complete Breastfeeding Book: How To Make More Milk - Breastfeeding Diet, Pregnancy and Childbirth, Weaning - The Ultimate Guide For Nursing Mothers, Breast Feeding Made Simple - Limited Edition; Belly Laughs: The Naked Truth About Pregnancy and Childbirth; Belly Laughs: The Naked Truth About the First Year of Motherhood; The Diaper Diaries: The Real Poop on a New Mom's First Year; Bringing up Bebe, Bebe Day by Day; Secrets of the Baby Whisperer: How to Calm, Connect, and Communicate With Your Baby....

Ok, so that list is overly exhaustive, and I need to sit down and divide them into a few groups as I do not need them all at this moment. I have already read and/or have: What to Expect When You're Expecting and The Girlfriend's Guide to Pregnancy. I am thinking I now should purchase 2-3 books about the first year and breast feeding, but my list is pretty extensive.

Mommas - let me know what books you recommend!



December 30, 2014

Cats Do Hawaii

I know this post was intended to go 'live' on Sunday, but I have been consumed with the "Divergent" trilogy. I am currently enthralled in the second book, "Insurgent," and really cannot put my Nook down! So my non-stop reading on top of too many hours of slumber have me slightly behind schedule.

Has anyone read this trilogy? I am nearly finished with "Insurgent;" not sure if I will read, "Allegiant." I  went ahead and read the Wiki review of book #3 and not so sure I even want to go down that route. I have been enjoying the first two books, but not so sure of the route for the third book. I am considering just waiting for the release of the third movie, some time in 2016, and then reading the last book. Who is with me?

And then let's not even discuss the fact that this post was in 'draft' form for a few days, and now is blank! I am not sure what I am doing incorrectly when I write posts on my I-pad, but I am ready to throw it in the lake for now not saving two very thorough posts.

With that being said, this will be more of a photo dump than a true synopsis of each of the days in Hawaii. I must also confess that I did not do the best with photo-taking while in Hawaii, and I have no true excuse!

Friday was a travel day for the wives, who flew separately, and the team! As I mentioned in my 13 Week Bump Update, my flight went pretty smooth thanks to the oils that Jill Fuss shared. 

We arrived around 4:00pm! I had all intentions of taking a little cat nap, then heading down to the hotel gym to wait on the team's arrival around 10pm whilst accomplishing a little sweat session. Welp, this body had other plans. I have no idea how I am able to recall my numerous nightly bathroom breaks, but have no recollections of silencing my alarm or phone conversations! So instead of hitting the gym at 7:00pm, as planned, I did not wake up until Coach entered our room. I was in complete disarray and disappointed that I missed my workout session!

Ohio MBB arrival at Honolulu Airport
With the plethora of sleep between Friday late afternoon and Saturday morning, it was hard to stay asleep. Around 2:00am, I rose for a bathroom visit, and then tried to sneak back into the bed but was completely famished! Uhm... when was the last time I consumed food is all I could wonder?!?

Then it dawned on me! Last night (Friday), the team received bagged dinners with two sandwiches, chips, cookies, and an apple. Ok, so maybe when the topic is about food, I too can remember this while sleeping, because I remembered there was a peanut butter & jelly sandwich that Coach Kemp had not eaten. He was going to throw it away, but I stopped him, mid sleep mind you, and stated that I would consume it the next day some time!


I crawl back out of bed, tip toe to his side of the bed where the plastic bag is and confiscate the PB&J sandwich. I sneak back over to my side, climb in, and enjoy the PB&J in bed with a huge smile on my face. I was about half-way finished with my prized sandwich when I hear Coach wrestle from his sleep.

Coach Kemp: "What are you doing?"

Me: "Eating the PB&J sandwich, duh!" (in a non-nonchalant tone)

Coach Kemp: "Go back to bed!"

Me: "I plan on it once this sandwich is in my B-E-L-L-Y!" (Smile!)

There you have it folks, my first glutenous, pregnant lady late night food story.... And the PB&J was scrumptious if I do not say so myself! And guess who dozed right back to sleep? You know it!

A few hours later, around 5:00am, I rose again, feeling quite rested and knowing no feast would lure me back to sleep so I decided to hit the hotel gym for a 3-hour gym session. Oh don't you fret, over an hour was spent riding the stationary bike reading "The Divergent."

After breakfast, the team headed to practice so I hit up the hotel pool so I could continue to be consumed by my book, "The Divergent."

Once the team returned, we headed to Hanauma Bay Beach Park for some snorkeling.

I really enjoy snorkeling even though I am not the biggest fan of the beach! Ha, I know that might sound peculiar given the fact that I grew up in Tampa, FL and frequented the beaches quite often. I don't know, maybe it is with age... I much prefer the pool over messing with sand!

This too was a different experience for Coach and I. In our two previous snorkeling experiences (Cayman Islands and Greece), we have been driven out to the middle of the sea and then "dropped off." It was quite convenient to be able to swim back to shore, rather than being in the middle of nowhere (sea)land.

After we returned from snorkeling, I took a little cat nap while Coach did some work. For dinner, myself and the other coaches wives dined at one of the hotel's restaurant's, Ocean House Restaurant.

Coach, myself and Annika Bailey, the team's Athletic Trainer, explored Diamond Head State Park before the team's breakfast! Absolutely breathtaking, and I am so glad we went early in the morning before it became too hot outside!

Upon return to the hotel, Annika and I realized that we still had quite a bit of time before breakfast so we trekked out for a nice walk along Waikiki Beach.

In all, we hiked and walked a little over 6 miles!

While the team practiced, I went to the pool and read... "The Divergent!" I know surprise, surprise (this will happen a few more times, lol!).

At night the team was invited to the ESPN Welcome Reception at Jimmy Buffet's.

The Wives
I seemed to have rose early almost every morning while in Hawaii. I was never able to adjust my internal clock, as I would be beyond exhausted by 9:00pm, and wide awake by 5:00am. Unfortunately, this did not allow me to really have much fun with Coach, and frequent any of the night life activities so that kind of stunk. I did, however, get in many early morning workouts in the hotel gym!

Monday was Game Day #1 verse George Washington University. This was our first loss of the Diamond Head Classic, but I can't be too disappointed given that GWU would later go on and win the tournament.

 What do you think of the guys shirts?

 Coach stayed after our game to watch some of the other teams play. Rather than stay in the frigid arena, I opted to return to our hotel and sit poolside and read my book!

Once he returned, he joined me poolside for a bit and then we headed our separate ways for dinner. On Monday, myself and some of the ladies made reservations at Roy's. We have a Roy's in Tampa that my parents dine at frequently, so I was assured that we would get good food! 

Game #2 was early Tuesday morning, but the outcome was much better than Game #1. I too came prepared with jeans rather than shorts, and all was well.

After the game I went for a glorious run (ok, jog these days) along Waikiki Beach while Coach got some more work done!
After that, we had a quick lunch at one of the pool side restaurants and just enjoyed the day.

Later that night, myself and some of the wives dined at Yard House. I had my first non-alcoholic beer which was ok. I did not even finish the whole thing. I am not a big beer drinker, so think I will simply stick to water.

Wednesday was a free day! Coach and I had high plans of visiting Pearl Harbor but to our dismay, tickets had been sold out for nearly two weeks! Instead we headed out to Monoa Falls Trail with Annika and Brian Seitz, the team's Strength & Conditioning Coach

Once we returned to the hotel, Coach set out on the beach to paddle board. I watched from afar and then drifted back into my book!

Later that night we headed to dinner at Hula Grill inside the Outrigger Reef on Waikiki. By this time on our trip, my stomach was beyond full with food consumption and not my regular workouts that I opted for a salad for dinner. Coach enjoyed his food and drinks!

Our final game was held on Thursday late morning. We played Nebraska which was an interesting match-up given that Saul & Tim are former NDSU head coaches. Coach Kemp and Coach Phillips too worked with Coach Miles while he was the head coach at NDSU, so there are many ties.

It was a good game, but our guys were unable to pull out a win!

After the game, Coach and I had lunch, walked around the various shops in the area and then sat by the pool before it was time for the team dinner and our final departure.

We took a red eye flight back to Phoenix so we arrived around 6:00am on Friday morning. We then returned to Columbus at around 4:00pm - safe and sound!


December 29, 2014

MAC Mania Monday Week 8

Happy Monday MAC fans! I hope each of you had a delightful Christmas and holiday season spent with family and loved ones. We are now settled in Athens, and I believe my internal clock and routine is set back to EST after our trip to Hawaii!

The new year is quickly approaching which also means MAC conference play is right around the corner as well. But, we still have a few more games for many of our teams, so let's see how the MAC teams are faring thus far.

Ball State
Central Michigan
Bowling Green
Eastern Michigan
Northern Illinois
Kent State
Western Michigan

* Includes Exhibition game

Watch-Worthy Games of the Week 
  • Toledo faces #2 Ranked Duke on 12/29
  • Kent State faces #10 Ranked Kansas on 12/30
MAC Schools in the News
Former NDSU basketball coaches Tim Miles and Saul Phillips to coach against each other Thursday
How Eastern Michigan's Rob Murphy used lessons learned from Syracuse to beat Michigan
Top 10 area college and pro sports stories of 2014
Northern Illinois’ Jon Borovich – It’s a Boy!

 Previous MAC Mania Updates
Week 1     Week 5
Week 2     Week 6
Week 3     Week 7
Week 4


December 27, 2014

A-Game Attire with Ashley

My name is Ashley Pittman. I’m married to Josh Pittman, a men’s basketball coach at Trevecca Nazarene University in Nashville, TN. It’s a NCAA Division II Christian university just miles from downtown Nashville.

Josh began his coaching career at the University of Louisville as a student assistant. Since his start, he has coached at New Mexico State University, Grand View University, and Indiana University Southeast. Trevecca just made the transition from NAIA Division I to NCAA Division II. It’s challenging making the transition, but it’s worth it! Being in the center of Nashville attracts several students and provides many opportunities. TNU’s choir sang with Carrie Underwood at the CMA Awards and Sarah Evans at the CMA Christmas Concert. The basketball team played against Vanderbilt University and Belmont University. Nashville is one of America’s best kept secrets, and we hope it stays that way! It’s normal to see people from the ABC’s show, Nashville, or others in the music/entertainment business.

My business brought us to Nashville. I have a financial services practice in Nashville, TN. You can learn more about that at my Northwestern Mutual webpage! Or, I’d love to connect with you professionally on LinkedIn. You can fine my LinkedIn Profile, here.

I love what I do because I get to build relationships with my clients and help them think through and create a road-map to reach their financial goals.

How did you and Coach meet?

I was 18. He was 19. My best friends in college were his best friends in high school. I wrote him off when I saw his backwards hat and his obsession with sports (not to mention the 4.5 hours between us). Then our best friends, who had dated since 8th grade, got married…so we were both in their wedding. For years, we attended several more of our friend’s weddings. Still nothing. A few years after college, I received a Facebook message asking what I was doing in France. He then used a southern pick up line, asking me out for some sweet tea (which he hates). And we’ve been together ever since. We got married less than 2 years later in Maui.

Explain your general game-day attire.

My game-day attire is really pretty simple. 90% of the time I wear jeans and my booties with a simple top. I had to admit to Michelyn that I do not typically wear our team’s colors. That sounds terrible, and honestly I’m not really sure why I don’t. Trevecca’s colors are purple and white. Those are great colors, so I need to go buy more purple! Trevecca is unique in that it has a retirement home on campus, which is awesome because several of the fans walk over from there. Those ladies wear purple head to toe, so maybe I just feel like they have that covered (or I just can’t compete with their style).

Where do you typically purchase your game-day attire?

BCBG- it’s so bad that they sent me a Christmas Card. They have BCBG in Dillards, Nordstrom, Macy’s, and Outlet Stores. I purchase most of mine from Dillard’s because it’s quick and easy.

The white shirt, black shirt, fur vest, tan and black coat, and pink coat pictured are all BCBG. Yes, BCBG prices can start high. The secret here is to buy them once they are 50% off. This weekend, they have 60% off with an extra 20% off. That happens all of the time, so NEVER buy it full price. Wait a month, and get it half off (Sorry BCBG…the secret’s out).

Jeans pictured are AG. I buy a lot of my jeans from OFF 5th Saks Ave.

Jessica Simpson is my “go to” for shoes. The boots and heels are both Jessica Simpson. I work all day every day in those heels (which is why I wear them to some games after work). Most ladies eyes get huge when they see how tall they are, but the fashion secret is in the platform. So comfortable! And I could probably run a mile in those booties. I don’t do flats…unless they are Nike’s! Heels available at Dillard’s, Macy’s, Nordstrom Rack. Booties at

What is your most memorable basketball experience to date? 

My most memorable basketball experience was at the NCAA National Championship game when Louisville played Michigan. One of Josh’s former players (a middle school team in KY), Tim Henderson, played a huge role in leading them to that game and winning the National Championship. We are obviously huge fans since Josh started at Louisville, so it was cool to see them be there and win. Go Cards!

What do you enjoy most about Josh's job?

This is Josh’s second season at TNU, so he played a major part in recruiting the current team. Recruiting is one of my favorite parts of his job. We take them out and really get to know them through that process. We also spend a lot of time with them before the season starts. I love getting to know the guys and watching them grow throughout the season, both as people and basketball players.

What tips can you provide to other coaches wives?

Support. Support. Support. If it’s what they are called to do, it’s what you’re called to do too. Marriage is a team sport (pun intended). Know when to talk and when to listen. I really just play off of him. If he wants to discuss the X’s and O’s (he knows I don’t really get that, just like he doesn’t get some financial strategies), I play along. We talk through the problems with the defense, etc. If he doesn’t want to discuss it, we talk about something else…like food. That’s always important.

Encourage. Encourage. Encourage. Tell him he’s awesome! Works every time. I joke with him saying that I tell him he’s really good at something so he’ll do it (especially when it comes to chores). It really works though. You should try it!

Ashley Pittman
Northwestern Mutual Financial Representative

 Thank you so much to Ashley Pittman! If you, or anyone you know, is interested in learning more about organizing your finances; I highly recommend that you contact her. And, let's not even discuss her super cute style! I would personally wear each of the three outfits she showcased! Oh, and I too love some BCBG and Jessica Simpson attire.

If you or are a friend is interested in being featured, please Contact Me for additional information!


December 24, 2014

Bump Watch: Week 13

Aloha from Hawaii! And, wishing you and your family a very blessed and joyful Christmas Eve!

If you missed the news... Coach Kemp and I are EXPECTING!!! Please read my Pregnancy Announcement Post!

My first bump update is going to be a little short, and to the point. I had originally written this post while traveling to Hawaii. Unfortunately, that draft did not save and now I am sitting here on Wednesday morning, Hawaii time, trying to put it together! So let's dive in, shall we.

13 Weeks on Diamond Head

How Far Along:: 13 weeks

Gender:: Unknown, although I lovingly say 'she'

Stretch Marks:: Not one! I will share my 'recipe' next week!

Sleep:: 8-10 Hours still. The time change has me all altered, and I can't seem to shake it. By 8:30-9:00pm, I am completely exhausted, and then arise around 4:00am. Luckily/unluckily, I am able to get a few more hours of Zzzs, but have been going to the gym early in the morning to give myself something to do!

Exercise::Going strong! Went on a glorious 4 mile run along Waikiki Beach, and then some cardio sessions in the hotel gym, as well. I miss my CrossFit WODs, and am looking forward to Monday, when the box re-opens!

Craving:: None really

Miss Anything:: On this trip being able to enjoy some libations, and my inability to eat seafood without reservation. I just have been avoiding it altogether, although Coach Kemp and I are frequenting a restaurant tonight, and I will have my weekly allotment of seafood!

Last night I had my first non-alcoholic beer... I have never been a beer connoisseur, so think I will just stick with water! I have not had any frilly fruity drinks either... I am not sure if I want the extra calories. I would rather has some ice cream and/or cookie!

Symptoms:: Prior to being pregnant, plane rides, especially the decent made me nauseous. Well, the decent into Hawaii was pretty brutal, but Jill Fuss, wife to one of the assistant's, made me a concoction of oils which helped me out a lot. I am glad I did a test-run to Madison last week to know that the flight would make me even more queasy, so I was prepared. But, other than that, feeling really good! Thank goodness!

Belly button in or out:: In

Movement:: Not yet, but looking forward to it.

Looking forward to:: Gender reveal on February 2nd!

On My Mind:: What on earth will I discuss during these frequent OB appointments!

Message to Baby:: Mommy and Daddy love you!

* I will not be posting and/or sharing my weight gain, Honestly, it is not something I can, nor want to, fret about at this point in my life. I am certain I will share my post-baby weight loss journey with my blog followers, but don't feel the weight gain is important.