Wednesday, March 25, 2020

What's Up, Wednesday- March 20

Who would have ever fathomed that for a little while (hopefully, only a little while), this is our new normal... Here's what's up on this bizarro last Wednesday of March 2020. 

, What’s Up Wednesday {12.18.19}

What we're eating this week?

Comfort food while trying to get fruits and veggies in. 

Monday: Mixed bean soup. 
Tuesday: a Mexican Casserole with turkey, beans and load of veggies.
Wednesday: fish, cauliflower, broccoli and potatoes.
Thursday: some sort of asian inspired quinoa. 
Friday: nachos? I'm also thinking about trying some sweet potato nachos. 

What I'm reminiscing about
Last month when we there was school, work and the gym, ha!!

What I'm loving
The kids set up a family game night on Sunday complete with snacks, a score board and pizza. It was so cute and so fun.

Every night also, we hunker down as a family, make fresh popcorn and watch either Little House on The Prairie, American Idol or the Masked Singer

What we've been up to…

Using up pantry items, cleaning up different random things, checking the WHO numbers daily and a whole lot of other COVID related stuff.

But also baking :-)

What I'm working on

Lots of exercise and fresh air as much as we can.

What I'm excited about…
I'll be honest, I'm not getting excited about much these days.

My girls still get excited about random fun stuff though. Today, they are having a doll party and C made a fun day out of St Patty's last week.

What I'm watching/reading…
 I'm into This is Us, A Million Little Things, Grey's Anatomy, Station 19, The Masked Singer and Little House on the Prairie 

What I'm listening to..

Right now, the kids are watching a show. 

What I'm wearing…
All the comfortable clothes!! I was just wearing baggy sweats but upped my game to include my leggings and oversized tops. Casual and awesome... and NO makeup!! I do a quick style and dry of my hair though when I wash it. I feel better when my hair is okay

What I'm doing this weekend…
There will be  wine, food, family, books and TV. Rinse, repeat.

What I'm looking forward to next month? 

A little lovely lady turns 11. There will be no party this year just yet but we intend to make it as special as we can for her.

What else is new?

I decorated for Easter to bring some more cheer into the house. Here's a peek...

So that's what's been going on. Hope you have a wonderful day, lovelies. 

 Linking up with  Shay and Shaeffer


Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Our #stayhome lists

Good day, friends! How are you all? I mean really, how are you? I go from being worried, to being prayful, to getting antsy,  to being appreciative, to enjoying all this family time, to being overwhelmed. Basically, we are hanging in there but trying to make the most of it. 

Last week, I made the girls made lists of what they think they need to do in this uncertain time. A bit of fun, a bit of necessary stuff for their learning, more downtime than usual and stuff they need to do around the house as well. It made them pause for a moment, really reflect on the upcoming weeks and build a bit of anticipation. 

We are following a bit of a routine but not totally so. There is some learning, some reading, some math  and  instruments being practiced. However, bedtimes are later, mornings are sleepier, screens are out more and lots of baking going on. Lots of family time and fresh air too! It's not the norm for my routine following self but it works for now.  I want my kids to look back at this time many years from now with some fond memories. 

So since I made my kids make their list, I also compiled a bit of a list for me as well. Thankfully, work is a little slower these days for me which isn't the case for so many of us. Here's what I hope to do in the days that follow:

1- Facetime or chat with someone outside the house everyday. It's all about continuing to build those social connections.

2- Clean a little bit most days. We are tackling little projects for chunks of time that have been on my mind for months. 

3- Home cooking fun. So many delicious homecooked meals to experiment with and baking to be done. I'm also teaching C some basic recipes and kitchen skills. And we make popcorn most nights :-).

These peanut butter ones are super easy and you can even cut the sugar a bit. 

4- Text friends and family who need it most.

5- Check out Youtube videos on self massage - my neck, shoulders and face are getting some relief. Who knew my jaw bone held tension? I'm also doing tons of lower back yoga and stretches I've found online. 

6- We go for a walk every day. Somedays are longer than others but boy does the fresh air help. 

7- Read-- With work being so busy, I've had a couple on my list for a while. Kindle Unlimited is getting some use this month.

8- Focusing on gratitude and quiet meditation. 

9- We have been watching Little House and The Prairie most nights. It's really taking us back to a simpler time. 

What about you? What are you doing to bring you joy? Any tips and tricks to share?

Monday, March 16, 2020

One Day At A Time

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As a kid, this hymn played every morning on the radio when I was on my way to school. It  has been running through my head on repeat  through these past few days. At at time where there has been so much fear, paranoia and panic, we need to take things one day at a time. 

School's out for us, they say until April 5th but I'm really not sure. T his is such a busy time with work for me. D's at work in the hospital still and that's a constant source of worry for me because of how contagious this disease is. My parents are here but they need to go back to NYC soon, a hotbed for Covid 19. My mom also works in healthcare. Again, more worry! 

However, I'm realising the need to do more and more is be positive.What I'm teaching my girls though is to appreciate these moments. Use this time to go back to basics and be more mindful. Appreciate those little loves we live with and all that family time. Read a book or play a game. Appreciate the quiet time and get a little fresh air. Take some time to purge those drawers and closets. Watch your kid dance like no one is watching. 

And maybe, just maybe, we will emerge from this stronger, wiser, more appreciative and just a little bit more content. 

Count those rainbows instead of the storms, friends... One day at a time...

Love to you all.

Monday, March 9, 2020

Not Just a Mom- Self Care

Yay for this March Monday! There is something about a Monday that's new and fresh... it gets old right around 2pm but for now we will hang on to it ';-)

Now onto today's link up....

Today it's all about the self care, a topic near and dear to my heart. I truly try to teach my girls how important it is, not only for me to take care of myself but also how important it is for them to love themselves and take some time to refresh. I think that as moms we don't do that nearly enough. I think we lose it a bit as we get older... my kids do a great job at it themselves :-).

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These are the things I do to nourish my mind, body, spirit and soul.

1- Exercise. I think the biggest thing I do for myself is my workout regime. I feel so much better when I work out and I've been doing it very consistently for many, many years. The endorphin rush is a real thing. Right now, after many years at the gym, spin and cardio classes. I've doing the F45 workouts, a combination of  resistance, HIIT and functional training. I'm a fan.... at least when I'm done, ha! But even when I can't get to the gym, I do Youtube workouts or go for a walk by myself or with my family. I think it's also important for my kids to see exercise as an essential part of life.

2- Meditation. In the past six months after taking an extended break for many years, I've started back meditating on many mornings. I face outside and use the Headspace app for a guided meditation. It's a nice few minutes of calm before my tea, vitamins and reading and the mayhem that is  oft' my morning.

3- Talk with friends and family. I don't take the time to chat with friends and family very often but when I do, I feel so much better.

4- I like a well manicured hand. Chipped nail polish really bugs me so I'm a huge shellac fan. Every couple weeks, I get a shellac polish change with either a very neutral shade or an in season colour.

5- Love me a good show and I put a series, podcast  or a movie in the background on whilst I'm working, in the kitchen, organising or doing laundry. Makes the task at hand way more enjoyable.

6- I love a hot beverage even in the summer months. Even if it's hot water and lemon, it's so good for my soul.

7- Doing laundry on a weekend is my self care as well as weird as it seems. That way, all the clothes are washed, cleaned and put away and I don't have to scramble mid week. Also, the kitchen being clean at night is a huge deal for me so I don't have to stress about it in the am.

8- I'm very olfatory. A  diffuser or candle is always welcome.

9- A night out either with D, another couple or some girlfriends is always great for the soul. And then every couple years, we also try to sneak off somewhere on our own!

10- I feel so much better when nourishing food is in my body. Smoothies, salads, lean protein and soups are my jam. I love chips and candy but as I'm getting older I'm finding my body is not loving it, ha!

11- A nice hot shower with one of my favourite shower gels (as I said, olfactory!) and putting some very emollient lotion. My winter skin has never felt better.

12- Sleep is so crucial. I'm a gal who needs between 7-8 hours.
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What self care tips do you do?

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Friday, February 28, 2020

Houston #4

Happy Friday, friends! First off, thank you so much for your kind words, well wishes and prayers for my cousin who is sick. We appreciate all of it. His progress has been slow and steady and even though there are significant effects we are so thankful that he is still with us. Again, lots of gratitude.

It's been a bit since Houston but here's the final installment of our Houston pics. First stop, by popular demand (my girls), we headed back to Tacodeli for some deliciousness.

Can you see the happy faces and the queso between them... they are clearly my offspring. 

Next stop, the Houston Museum of Natural Science. The Christmas trees were still up, decorated by different charities and they were so beautiful.

There was such a majesty in this museum. There was wildlife, space, a gem fault, a faberge collection and so, so much more. We were enthralled!

Isn't this ceiling beautiful.

My kids were captivated by the marine exhibit and kept choosing their favourite mollusks. 

The first Faberge egg I've ever seen in real life. 

Next stop, meeting our friends at the Children's museum of Houston, arguably the best children's museum we've ever been to. 

Notice the irony?

The veterinary clinic. 

Isn't this huge exhibit absolutely cool?

We went out to a wonderful last night dinner at Eddie V's. Such good food. 

And that my friends, is a wrap on Houston 2019/2020. We really enjoyed the city and all of our adventures there.... oh and the tacos... definitely the tacos!

Have a wonderful weekend! 

Linking up with Andrea.

Wednesday, February 26, 2020

What’s up, Wednesday?!

What's up, friends and family. Seems like I haven't blogged for a hot minute. So much has been going on... not all of it good... But chug along we must, and that's what we've been doing bit by bit, day by day but really sometimes this is what I really feel.... ha!!

, What’s Up Wednesday {12.18.19}

What we're eating this week?
Lots of veggies, greens, lean protein and grains. 
Monday: Mixed bean soup. 
Tuesday: a fundraiser for swimming-- we went to a local soup/salad joint for dinner.
Wednesday: fish and cauliflower salad.
Thursday: falafel salad
Friday: some sort of takeout is calling our name
What I'm reminiscing about
This lovely little lady

What I'm loving
These little visitors in our back yard.

And this lovely edible arrangement we gave my mom for her birthday. Doesn't it look yum? Happy Birthday, mama!!

What we've been up to…
Skiing, swimming and lots of time home with these kiddos as there teachers go on strike. I feel like I am on constant snack duty...
We also had a swim meet this past weekend... This gal crushed it.

 Four improved times, yo!

What I'm reminiscing about:
This lovely little lady

How time flies!!

What I'm working on
I started F45 training at lunchtimes close to my house. So I guess stamina and strength! A couple resistance workouts and a few hiit workouts thrown in. It is insane! 

What I'm excited about…
The summer!
What I'm watching/reading…
 I'm into This is Us, A Million Little Things, Grey's Anatomy and The Bachelor--- oh the suspense! I'm also watching The Crown and the Marvellous Mrs. Maisel at times.

What I'm listening to..
Right now, jazz is playing in the background. 
What I'm wearing…
I sprained my toe a couple weeks ago. It was so painful, even socks were hard to put on.. It's a bit better now but still not 100% so I guess lots of Uggs. And the usual sweaters, jeans, workout gear, rinse, repeat. 

What I'm doing this weekend…
We have a date night with friends we haven't seen in 9 months, the last weekend of skiing and lots and lots of prep for the next week ahead. 

What I'm looking forward to next month? 
My parents try to squeeze in a visit whenever they can and I'm always so happy to see them. 

What else is new?
The not so good stuff I mentioned earlier. My very close cousin, the live wire of our family who is like a brother to me ( he calls me big sister actually) contracted bacterial meningitis. He was critically ill and on life support for a little less than a week. To say we were distraught and so, so worried is an understatement. Brain function and organ failure were also huge concerns of ours. I do not know if I've ever prayed so hard for anything before. Thankfully by God's glorious Grace, he regained consciousness and the vital organs seem to be functioning okay. We are still very concerned about other things, he is in a lot of pain and there are a lot of complications so many prayers are coming his way for healing. It really does make you realise how temporal things can be and how very grateful we need to be for health and family

So that's what's been going on. Hope you have a wonderful day, lovelies. Hug those ones near and dear to you especially tight!

 Linking up with  Shay and Shaeffer

Monday, February 10, 2020

Not Just A Mom - Date night

Happy Monday friends! Today on our Not Just A Mom linkup, we're talking date nights!! So important in a relationship--- especially after those kids come along!

Here's how we make it happen....

- We do exactly that-- make it happen. We have a couple good babysitters and our niece in town thankfully. When my parents come to visit, they also love to get solo time with the kids so we make it happen then as well. 

- Little impromptu trips are fun as well. When we drop the kiddos to skiing, we sneak off for quick lunch and a grocery trip... without kids, grocery shopping is a whole 'nother experience, ha!!

- We do solo couple time but we also do double and triple dates with friends... that's also fun and mixes it up a bit!

- We are foodies, so trying out different restaurants is always a good idea... 

- But then we also switch it up and head to experiences and shows sometimes. 

- When date nights out aren't happening, date nights in are also fun. A good movie, popcorn and wine is always a good idea!!!

Speaking of date night, here's our most recent date night this past Saturday.

Aperitif- check

Yummy food (but exceptionally dark photo) check

A show after... check 

Here's to a lifetime of dates with this special love of mine ;-)

What are your favourite date night tips?

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