Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Take Care

It's the most wonderful time of the year!!  Well, except for the itchiness and runny nose from blooming things, but hey I'm still pleased that the earth is warming up.  Not that it was a long winter, but I've been dealing with a major life change and kinda lost sight of myself for awhile while adjusting.

But no more! I am not one of those women who are happy just because everyone else is, or takes comfort in other people's opinions.  *Gag*  In my house, if momma ain't happy, nobody is....

Here are a few things that I'm doing to take care of myself:

1.  Getting outside to jog.  I'm working up to actually running, and conveniently there is a school next door where I can run laps around.  Just being outside without the stroller, sweating to make myself healthier is working wonders on how I feel.  I don't feel strong in my body these days, and my shape and the shape I'm in, are not the best me.  I also don't feel strong and this is no bueno.

2. On the subject of health, we, or rather I, ordered an ab roller.  It smacks of infomercial but a good friend of ours uses one and he is a great testament to its effectiveness.  At this point in my life I can't spare money for the gym, but having equipment at home, or using the outdoors, will give me the same results.  I just need to be consistent.  A little checkmark in my planner is a good mental strategy.

3. Skincare.  Holy moly.  Having a baby and breastfeeding has kept a lot of previous skin issues at bay for the most part, but it still has changed.  Okay, age and the environment are also factors.  Anyhow, I have always been one to invest money in a few but good products but now I think I need a change.  Luckily a friend has started an online shop, Soko Shop, which features Korean skincare products.  At the moment I am on the hunt for a super moisturizer and I think there is one for me there.  Still testing.  I've also jumped on the face mask bandwagon.  Let me clarify, there was a charcoal one from Origins I was using but now I'm testing out actually putting on a moisturizing paper mask, and wow, a totally different experience!!

4. Working.  I found a small part time gig that I can execute from home.  Now I don't feel like I'm not doing anything when I'm not doing anything because sometimes I AM working.  It's not a lot of money, but again the psychological factor makes me feel like I am contributing more.  Does it sound like I don't think mothering is enough...

5. Lastly craft.  Making beautiful, useful things with my own two little hands is so fulfilling.  Creating feeds the soul!

Summer soundtrack from way back when...

Friday, April 22, 2016

A Purple Sunset

I feel old.  Prince was my Bowie, part of the soundtrack of my life.  The Purple Rain soundtrack is in constant rotation.  I naively thought the man could never be silenced.  Well, he won't be in my house...

Thursday, April 7, 2016

Just All Over the Place!

1. Recently I have found myself actively working at expanding my home cooking repertoire. I figure with our little family I need more options in regards to taste, interest, and ease in preparation so on Friday I sent my husband a grocery list of items to be picked up on the way home.

Barbacoa in progress.  Take THAT Chipotle!! And yes, we're a big carrot eating family.  And yes, we love shredded meat. 

After eating this way for the first night, the next day I made a mega pasta enchilada casserole. I so want to be a casserole mama. ;0)

2. Handed the taxes over to the accountant.  As a freelancer, getting an accountant was one of the best investments I ever made, and a service I will continue to use as long as possible.

3. I volunteered husband and myself to do a cooking demonstration in a few weeks for the American Diabetes Association.  It seems like more and more people that we know are coming down with this disease because even when the warning signs are there, some people choose to stubbornly ignore the healthy advice and guidelines until they can't.

4. I also made the baby some little felted shoes out of Noro Kureyon yarn.  Felt like a good time to support the LYS, Downtown Yarns, he "needed" shoes because his socks keep slipping off, and I needed a quick something something to feel creative and productive.  Because I'm not busy enough?

Here's something a little light and frothy for yet another rainy day.  OST from the Taiwanese Drama, Just You...