Throwing the clothes out

When baby E was a few weeks old my son knocked over a drink and managed to soak his clothes and get a large portion of our living room floor wet and sticky.  I quickly cleaned up the mess with hands towels and got my toddler in new clothes.  Later while picking up I realized I threw the dirty towels and clothes in the trash can instead of the dirty laundry.  I would have never believed that I had managed to do that if I hadn’t found the clothes in the trash myself!

Coping with morning sickness

Morning sickness SUCKS!  And it may last for well over the first trimester.  I had it terrible with my first pregnancy and even worse with the second one.  I blame her being a girl to the added sickness.  I never had to be hospitalized but I threw up on myself driving, commuting on the bus, it the Houston tunnel in from of lots of strangers, and so many more places.  I won’t promise you a cure but here are some ways to cope and be prepared for when you lose your lunch.

  1. Keep a plastic bag with you AT ALL TIMES and in quick reach.
  2. Keep hard candies on you at all times.  I found that if my mouth was too dry or if I had too much saliva it made me more sick.
  3. Invest in QueaseEase and take it with you EVERYWHERE.  It seriously helps with the nausea brought on by odors.  I could not go anywhere without it.
  4. Keep a spare change of clothes with you.  You don’t want to pick up your kid from daycare with vomit all over you. This is when I realized I needed to have bags with me at all times and close to me.  See #1.
  5. Eat in smaller portions and limit spicy foods.
  6. Never let your stomach be empty (if you can help it).
  7. Pray.  Pray.  Pray.
  8. Remind yourself of the sweet reward you will have at the end of your pregnancy.
  9. Let people help you.  I had a very kind co-worker who knew when I very desperately needed a glass of water and I let her get it for me.
  10. If you are having a really bad day, DO NOT try to power through (if you can call in sick), this prevented the number of times I threw up on my morning commute.
  11. Since morning sickness is usually bad in the mornings talk to your work if you can come in later.  I came in 30 minutes later than my normal schedule while pregnant.  This seriously made a HUGE difference.
  12. Morning showers made me get sick almost daily so I tried to take night showers but I pretty much passed out at night as soon as my husband and toddler would let me.  If I limited my showers time it seemed to be a little better as I didn’t get as hot.

That’s really all I got.  Good luck mamas!  I know it can be HELL.

Exploring Seattle

Recently we went to Seattle, WA to visit my twin sister and her hubby!  We had the best time.  Washington is a beautiful state and Seattle has a lot to offer.  Only negative was going from Texas where its warm to Seattle where its warm is not the same thing.  I froze half the time but hey it could have been worse right.  Also I did not realize that in Washington most houses to do not have air conditioning.  This was new to me as I have never lived in a house without it.  It was definitely something to get use to.

While we were there we visited and I recommend doing all these things:

  • A natural park that had a pebble beach and lots of trails to hike.
  • The Great Wolf Lodge (to celebrate my son’s birthday – his auntie really spoils him)
  • Pike’s Market
  • Ride the Ducks Land and Water Tour
  • The Space Needle

Some pictures I captured are below.

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At the airport. Note: check your tickets to see if you have been pre-TSA approved. We were for our flight to Seattle but didn’t even realize it!
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Toddler obsessed with airplanes at the airport = easy babysitting.
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My son’s first plane ride. He loved it! I was so worried for nothing!
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What will be waiting for you if you select the birthday package at Great Wolf Lodge.
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Birthday Wolf Ears at Great Wolf Lodge
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The birthday package comes with a cake and tokens loaded on a card to spend at the arcade.

 

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Great Wolf Lodge has a HUGE arcade. My son loved this ice cream truck!
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His favorite thing at the arcade and he was really really serious putting the tickets into the ticket counter. I have never seen him work so hard.
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The legendary Pike’s Market. I actually explored it but had a really hard time due to the fish and my morning sickness. The smell just didn’t quite work for me – pregnant.
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Probably the funnest way to explore Seattle and to learn about it’s history. Ride the Ducks Tour!
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L and Daddy with their Quackers!
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Me, my sis, and L
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The view from the Space Needle.












Can you hear me now?

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This embarrassing moment is pretty gross, so advert your eyes if you aren’t ready for what I am about to tell you.  This all started when my allergies went CRAZY leaving me with a sinus and ear infection.

For weeks, I have not been able to hear out of my left ear.  I have taken antibiotics TWICE (weeks apart) and my hearing hasn’t improved.  I finally went to an ENT specialist.  The conclusion: I had fluid in my ears that wouldn’t dry up.  (SUPER GROSS, I know!)  In order to hear, the fluid needed to be drained from my ear.  So I decided to have a minor in office surgery done, called a myringotomy.  A myringtomy is a medical procedure where they cut a small hole in the eardrum and use a vacuum to suck fluid out.  The procedure went great.  It was super weird and made me dizzy, but it worked.  I could instantly hear better.  I wasn’t back to 100% but it was better than it had been in weeks.

After the procedure, the doctor told me what medications I would need and wrote me some prescriptions.  He also put some drops in my ear and packed it with cotton.  After that I was off to fill my prescriptions.

When I was driving to get my medications my hearing was going in and out, so I decided to take the cotton out of my ear to fully test my hearing.  THIS WAS A MISTAKE.  When I took the cotton out it was saturated from the drops but I didn’t think much of it.  

So I arrive at my local grocery store and learn it will be 15 minutes to get my prescriptions filled.  I fill all my prescriptions there since I can grocery shop while I wait.  While I’m browsing the aisles, a moment of horror hits.  I can feel liquid dripping from my ear.  Gross, thick yellowy fluid is running out of my ear.  Of course the grocery store is packed and my stash of tissues in my purse is gone.  (Thanks to my lovely allergies).  I had nothing to wipe it away with.

I was mortified.  After having a small panic attack and what felt like several pain-stakingly long minutes I remembered that there were tissues at the pharmacy counter.  

This felt like the equivalent of having food in your teeth at a meeting.  Luckily (I think?) it was only strangers that saw me walking around looking like a mess.

Happy International Women’s Day

On this day I would like to throw a quote out into the world that I truly believe and that was spoken by a woman who is an inspiration.  You never see her unhappy and she enjoys her life and tries to do good in this crazy world.

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Second Honeymoon by James Patterson- Book Review

SoSecond_Honeymoon-400px I have recently been on a reading kick and I loved this book!  Second Honeymoon by James Patterson is suspenseful and keeps you on your toes.  There is so much action and adventure.  Plus you have a mystery to solve while reading it.  There are just enough plots going on to keep you entertained, while not so many that you can’t keep up with all the characters.  I highly suggest reading it.

If you don’t have time to sit down and read, use Audible!  It’s my go to when I can’t be posted up in my reading nook until my heart’s content!  I know audio books can be pricey but some of the memberships really aren’t bad if you would listen to books monthly.

Homemade Pumpkin Walnut Bread

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Ingredients

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 cup finely chopped walnuts
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1-1/2 sticks (3/4 cup) unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 15-ounce can 100% pure pumpkin (I use Libby’s)

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
  2. Lightly grease two 8 ½” x 4 ½” loaf pans.
  3. Combine ingredients: flour, salt, baking powder, baking soda, cloves, cinnamon, nutmeg, and walnuts in a bowl; use a whisk to mix well and set aside.
  4. In large bowl of an electric mixer, at medium speed, beat butter and sugar until just blended.
  5. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Continue beating until very light and fluffy, a few minutes. Beat in pumpkin.
  6. At a low-speed, beat in flour mixture until combined.
  7. Turn batter into prepared pans, dividing evenly, and bake for about 50 – 60 minutes, or until cake tester inserted in center comes out clean.
  8. Let loaves cool in pan about 10 minutes, then turn out on wire rack to cool completely.
  9. Enjoy!

Book Review: Whodunnit? Murder on Mystery Island

whodunnitI recently finished listening to Whodunnit? Murder or Mystery Island by Anthony E. Zuiker.  It was a book that I was able to download for free from Audible.  I don’t think it is available for free anymore.  The book is pretty suspenseful so I got through it pretty quickly.  The book is set on a beautiful island where guests are celebrating their hard work at a corporate retreat.  Pretty soon the tropical island turns sinister as one by one guests are killed off and each guest must participate in solving the murder in order to not be the killer’s next victim.  In the end the murderer is revealed.  The book is narrated by the butler who seems a little off and for a while I believed may be the murderer even though you are told he is not.

In general, this book was okay.  The mystery keeps you reading as you want to figure out how each person died and you want to know the answer to riddles the murderer leaves for the guest.  The downside of this book is it’s not very believable.  You kind of think, this would never happen is real-life, and for me that makes it a little less enjoyable.  Also, the characters are a little shallow.  All in all, I think it’s worth reading but I’m not sure how much I would pay for this book.  It’s not something you are going to find yourself rereading again and again.

What have you been reading?  I am thinking of starting a book club soon!

How to Make a Gift Extra Special

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I love giving gifts.  However, on occasion my gifts may get to their destination a little late.  I like to blame this delay on motherhood and the fact that even if you plan ahead, well, more than likely your plans will get scrapped.  Therefore, I like to make sure if my gift is going to be late that it has a little something special.

The gift above was for my twin sister and since I couldn’t be there for our birthday I wanted to make sure she at least had a chance to make a wish and treat herself to something sweet.  I made her a special cupcake topper for her cupcake.  That way when she Instagram’s her deliciously sweet treat it is Instagram-worthy.

This was my way to make her gift special.  Other ways to do this could be to add quotes or lyrics on slips of pretty paper to the packing material or to decorate your own wrapping paper (think white wrapping paper with your own art).  If you aren’t artsy, you could add the person’s favorite candies to the gift bag or throw in a $10 itunes card if they are into music.  It’s all about determining what will put a smile on his/her face.  You could even find a way to throw and inside joke inside of a card or a random fact that they would find interesting. I remember when I was pregnant someone left me a clipping that let me know that pregnant women could urinate in public without the fear of breaking the law.  Will I ever really need to know that?  Probably not but it made me smile.  At an old job, if someone shouted out ‘peanut butter’ then the whole section would burst out into giggles (don’t ask why, we were an interesting group).  This meant if someone was having a rough day it was not uncommon for them to receive and email with peanut butter pictures or a survey if crunchy or smooth peanut butter is better.

Anyway the bottom line is be creative.  Think about something unique to them and try it into your gift.  The little things sometime matter the most!

Happy gifting!

-P