It has been so quiet here that I don’t know what to do with myself! I’m trying to work ahead as much as possible given that my workdays can start at 7 and end at 7, and my life is going to be turned upside down sometime this fall. (This is me speaking from experience!) I have a handful of sponsored posts scheduled for Nov + Dec that I’m trying to tackle now so that I can really embrace some maternity leave this go-around. (Side note: Does anyone know where I can buy eggnog in August?! I might have to just make it from scratch!)
I’ve been missing my West Coast boy so much and Facetiming with him when I can. Just a few more days until we fly out! I’ve been pulling on my invisible string and embracing our E.T. & Elliott connection while he’s gone. (His Abercrombie Kids shirt has me all excited for fall!)
One of the biggest differences I’ve noticed between life with and without having a child around is the time I’m spending in the kitchen. When it’s just me, cooking is something I love to do to relax and unwind. There’s no rush to get anything on the table because there is no looming bed/bath time routine and Thomas and I can easily wait until dinner is ready to eat.
Even though Mazen is very self-sufficient these days, I still find it overwhelming at times to cook dinner and have it perfectly timed for our family to eat. While I get him to help out sometimes, that in itself is an extra challenge. I think the bottom line is if you have anyone depending on you to eat at a certain time, you must do planning and prep in advance.
Smoothie bowl fun with bananas, yogurt, milk, Vega, and cinnamon topped with turmeric granola.
Sandwich dreams!! All that yellow is a fat heirloom tomato. Plus lots of Seaside cheddar, avocado, a tiny slice of ham, pickle on Cville Crunch bread from Great Harvest.
More of the same the next day plus chips + cherries + arugula.
T and I have kept dinners lighter the past few weeks and have been loving dinner salads. They are heartier than they seem. This one had rotisserie chicken, homemade croutons, goat cheese, green peppers, avocado, greens, and Whole Foods brand lemon basil dressing.
Virgin margarita for adult mocktail hour and dinner making time! I am all about limes right now and squeezed a TON of fresh lime juice into this!
I have also realized that before having a child around I used to spend more time on my house. I’ve been in nesting mode and totally organized the kids’ bathroom.
I bought this teal drawers piece when I moved in, and it provides wonderful bathroom accessory storage space. But the drawers have never been organized well by category. I would sometimes open 5 of them to find what I needed (Bandaids, soccer pre-wrap, washcloths.)
So I labeled each drawer (minus one that is TBD!) with letters. I thought about writing whole words, but the chalk pen I have is fat and I didn’t want it to look sloppy so I just simplified things with a letter. Here’s the easy-to-memorize guide:
i: iphone things (random, I know, but I needed an upstairs place for this with our office moving)
O: Outdoors (sunscreen, etc)
Everyday items are in the baskets. Also: Note my Birchbox collection. What should I do with them?!
Now: What to organize next?!