I’m big into saying “thank-you.” It’s so easy to let someone know that you appreciate the effort they’ve put out and it literally takes a second to say the words. I mean when the act of something is being done right in front of you, it’s one thing to express your gratitude right then and there, but when someone sends you or gives you a gift be it for your birthday, engagement, baby etc. I’m a huge believer in sending a note of thanks. I think this goes a long way and shows the person you truly cared about the time and effort it took to go to a store, pick out a gift, pay for it and get it to you. The time it takes to write and mail a card takes way less time and is just as personal as the gift that you received. Plus like I’ve mentioned in my previous post, fun mail is the best mail. But that said you don’t always have to send a card, an email or a call will go a long way too! And if you need more convincing, you should watch this TED talk – it’s a nice little reminder in a deeper way of the simple words “thank-you.”
Archives for January 2016
Ahhhhhh I’m so excited..not Jessie Spanos version, but excited! Is there anything better than fun mail??? Bills are so boring (and annoying). I always look forward to special occasions with the anticipation of a card in the mail, and if I’m lucky a parcel! And lets face it when you purchase something online it’s essentially a bill, but tracking it and seeing it’s in transit and arrival makes me get home and rip over to the mailbox in warp speed.
So imagine my excitement when this package arrived yesterday! I tore open the box and couldn’t wait to try out my new skin products! I stumbled across NuCerity via an old connection on Instagram. When I kept on seeing it in my feed and the positive comments on the effect it’s had on people, I bit. Plus I’m a bit skin obsessed. I have psoriasis and it’s kind of a touchy subject for me because I HATE having it and will try anything that will get rid of it. So time will tell and this will be the start of a new skin regime for me. When we finally got pregnant after a lengthy period of trying I stopped using anything on my skin because I was so freaked out and didn’t want anything to effect the pregnancy. My skin got so bad and now I’m on a road to recovery – I’m hoping NuCerity helps me immensely. I’ll post some before after pics to see if there’s a difference – now only time will tell!
Who’s with me when you feel like you are CONSTANTLY cleaning? Picking up toys, straightening out shoes in the back entrance, dusting down the shelves for the 2nd time during the week…blah, blah, wipe, sweep etc. I feel like it never ends! I’m also a bit OCD in the tidiness factor, although lately you wouldn’t be able to tell with the current state of our basement and office – whoops!
I remember during my first mat leave I had a little schedule I liked to keep to. Monday: bathrooms, Tuesday: mopping, Wednesday: dusting, Thursday: vacuum, Friday: laundry – aaaand repeat as needed. Then I went back to work and I’d try to cram a few chores in the evenings or on the weekend. Now that schedule doesn’t exist and I feel like I’m all over the place with when to do what on which day. I mean daily I sweep and do a general tidying up, I’ll wipe things down etc, but I have no set schedule. And helllllooooo, I missed the memo of when you go from one child to two, you’re literally doing laundry every other day!
One late night nursing I stumbled across this on my iPhone and thought it was a great way to kickstart a routine of clean around here! The headline says it’s extreme, but I like the way this guy thinks!
I love the way a clean house smells, or freshly dried sheets. It makes me feel all sorts of happy. I’ve already started following that schedule this week and am feeling more organized. I’m all ears for tips and suggestions if you’ve got them. Now excuse me while I sweep up some cheerios and goldfish crackers from my kitchen floor.
So a few things to celebrate here: I’m actually awake past 7:30 p.m, I’m watching the Golden Globes (my all time favourite award show, ps. Ricky Gervais is my hollywood hero), my newest little raisin has made this world a better place for the last 12 weeks AND I’m writing an actual blog post. Say whaaaaaa!? I think this calls for some champagne! The previous post about podcasts I was literally feeling contractions and pretty much in denial that things were happening. Long story short I had a sweep done and all the advice I had been given said I probably wouldn’t be having the baby just yet. Little did they know he’d arrive a few hours later!
I’m still in awe we’re a family of four. I have the best time saying “my boys,” and since our newest addition things have been mighty busy! Demands are round the clock, every moment of my day is allotted with errands, feeds, diaper changes, you name it! So hence the 7:30 bedtime for mama. It’s not like I plan to go to bed then, but I inevitably fall asleep nursing and cradling the sweetest smelling baby in my arms. Seriously look at these 2.
Lately I’ve been on a health train. I’m ready to get in “shape” and nourish my body in a way that will get me there in a healthy way. I had a GREAT week, but kinda indulged a bit over the weekend with some sweets. It’s amazing how my body notices when I stray from good clean foods to processed ones…wafer cookies I’m lookin’ at you. I’m excited to start my detox tomorrow after a few cookies and more sugar then I’m used to.
This quinoa banana bowl is my go to breakfast choice lately – it’s so filling, tasty and keeps me energized all morning. Something not only mama’s need, but anyone who wants a great way to kickstart their day and keep their sugar levels in check.
Quinoa is such a great grain, it’s packed with protein, fiber, vitamins, minerals and it’s a totally one of those foods that fall in the low glycemic index category. For this particular breakfast I like to cook my quinoa in a mixture of almond milk and water for added flavour. When I say this keeps you full I’m not kidding – it’s a huge portion and I find that I can’t finish it in one sitting. That said check out the recipe below and ENJOY!
(Sorry for lack of photos, but one is all I’ve got time for these days! You know, the wee one and the bigger one get most of my time now.)
Quinoa Banana Bowl (serves 1)
1⁄2 cup of quinoa (uncooked)
1/2 cup of unsweetened vanilla almond milk
1/2 cup of water
1 tsp vanilla
1 tbsp of LSA (click here for info)
1 small banana
1 pinch of cinnamon (as much as you like as a garnish)
1 – Thoroughly wash the quinoa in water.
2 – Place 1/2 cup of water + 1/2 cup of almond milk + 1 tsp vanilla in a saucepan and bring to the boil.
3 – Add the quinoa to the water. Cover with a lid and reduce the heat to allow the quinoa to simmer for 10-20 mins.
4 – Turn off the heat and allow the quinoa to sit for a further 10 mins.
5 – Scoop the quinoa into a bowl and chop up the banana and place it on top of the quinoa along with the LSA.
6 – Sprinkle cinnamon on top if desired. Serve.