Thinking Out Loud #19: Finding Balance

I have to be honest, past few days I have been feeling like crapola.

At least this little babe keeps me smiling. I’ve been nauseous, having massive migraines, very tired… I haven’t been sleeping the best either for obvious reasons.

Apparently there is such a thing as postpartum nauseau which can results from several things including dehydration, low iron, poor sleep and so forth.

Those three have just been horrible for me. I haven’t been taking my iron (and I’m slightly anemic) just because I simply forget and I remember as I am in bed and have no energy to take. Since my stomach has felt funny and the constant migraines, I tend to drink less water. I’m sure drinking water would help me much more but at this point, I am just so blah. I probably went back to work a week earlier then I should have, but I had all the energy and I was just ready for a routine change.

I hadn’t been working for almost 6 weeks and I wanted to get back into the grove. So now I am taking things down a notch and making some schedule changes. I am always a mom but I am a “full-time mom” 4-5 days a week. The 2 days that Pat is off, he takes care of her while I’ll work or study. Sometimes we split it if I am off that day. Most Sundays, my in-laws will watch Samantha while we both work.

Where is my off time? I need to really get into a groove of planning some time to myself to just veg on one of Pat’s days off. You definitely need the “you time” to keep yourself refreshed.

Even if you are not a mom, if you’re in school or working, you need to take a moment to yourself.

Me? I’m working on it. 😀

Sometimes just taking a few minutes to kick back, flip through Instagram and enjoy a cookie is all I need.Thanks Amanda for hosting Thinking out LOUD Thursdays. What’s on YOUR mind?

How do you take “me time?”

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MIMM #28: Birthday Love

This week was all about our marvelous new place. We officially moved in Thursday night. It’s been a busy and back and forth week moving our things.Here’s a better view of my favorite room.Bun-Bun likes it too. This weekend was also the fiancé’s birthday.He had to work most of the weekend, but I still managed to squeeze in some birthday love And a little marvelous BBQ-ish dinner. Of course, he still to surprises me with marvelous goodies too.That’s a wrap for this week’s MIMM. Thanks to the lovely Katie for hosting and I hope everyone has a marvelous Sunday/ Monday!

Question: Did you partake in any dessert eating this week?

I think it’s safe to say I had enough for a few weekends 😉

MIMM #27: Busy Bee!

I pretty much did post much last week.

This week seemed to fly by between work, projects, appointments and a million errands. On Thursday, Pat and I went to see an apartment (which was a fail) but at least lunch at Red Robin’s was marvelous.And dessert later was just as marvelous. Last week, I also participated in a marvelous photo shoot for one of the studios I work for.And had a delicious lunch after. So simple!This past weekend, my mother-in-law and I started prepping some goodies for the baby shower.Homemade lollies (also in dark and yellow-white chocolate) and bags with “It’s A Girl” Hershey kisses.Also a few personalized candy mason jars with custom M&Ms for a few special ladies in my life ❤And ended with marvelous DIY tinted eos lip balm making (check YouTube for vids).This week is not too busy, but the apartment search will continue. Hope everyone has a wonderful, happy MIMM and thanks Katie for hosting!

Question: Did you have a busy week?

Any favorite DIY projects you have?

Thinking Out Loud #2: Sweetie & Sweets

Ahh mornings.It’s my last work day Thursday; then I will be off Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.

I decided to give up another couple of classes because I am noticing that I am getting short of breath sooner. I’m not even pushing myself to 100% (maybe 85%) but with baby getting bigger and my small upper body frame where my ribs/ diaphragm are, it isn’t a good combo.

{19Weeks}

 Positive things on my mind?

This weather. I am able to do “porch” yoga again. This week is supposed to be all in the upper 40’s!Homemade Pancakes: Strawberry and Dark chocolate to be exact. My friend, Amy is just the best! Baby Stuff. I mean just how cute is this giraffe blanket? Macaroons. Patrick got me some French macaroons from Whole Foods and this raspberry one is delicious! I like vanilla ones but there is a pistachio one I really want to try, *hint hint Patrick.* Flowers ❤ He also got me some beautiful flowers that I woke up to Tuesday morning. My favorite colors; green and gold to represent UVM. However, I am sure they have something to do with St. Patrick’s Day.Lastly?

Protein Truffles. It’s so nice to crave these dark chocolate bad boys again! I’ve been making my protein truffles again and I even created a recipe (different from the ones I sell) for all of you to try so be sure to check it out. I am linking up with Amanda today over at Running With Spoons. Thanks for hosting Thinking out Loud!

Question: Regular macaroons or French? I like both 😉

“A Day In The Life Of” A Traveling Gnome

This traveling gnome has been out of the game for a couple of month.

To be honest, I have been wrapped up with work and Patrick and I are trying to save up for our little Vermont getaway as well as our trip to NYC in May. Today I share with you “a day in the life of” me traveling from Boston to NYC bright and early.

Difference is, I am taking the bus when normally I drive. I am just being safer since I am pregnant and get tired faster. Let’s get started shall we?

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Monday 2/23, 4:25am: Alarm clock goes off!

4:45am: I packed everything the night before, so all I had to do was brush my teeth, get dressed, gather my stuff, wake up Patrick and head out the door. I took a few sips of this Vitamin-C deliciousness as I got ready and saved the rest for later.5:00am: Begin the journey to Boston. I seriously need to thank Patrick for waking up before the roosters to take me to the train station. Love you.

5:45am: Arrive at the station, wait for my bus and munch on my breakfast: Questie bar and a banana.6:00am: Bus takes off! This bus was express and it went pretty quick until we got to Manhattan (we even passed by Yankee Stadium). There was tons of traffic in the city but we got there safe and sound at 10:45am.

11:00am: I was hungry but it was so cold, so I decided to get on the train to get home to the boogie down Bronx.

11:45am: Get home, make some lunch, relax and chat with my brother. 

1:00pm: I waited ’til my mom came home so we could head to BuyBuy Baby for the baby registry and other errands. I know, the baby shower is in May but I like to plan and have things taking care of. And now it’s done! In April we’ll announce the registry and send the invites. 

7:00pm: Arrive home, eat dinner and relax ’til bed.

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2/24, 9:00am: Tuesday was mostly a relaxing day. I slept in and when I woke up I made some oats, digested and did a little yoga. I made some cupcakes for my dad and waited for my mom to come home.

Baby Gendron even turned 17 Weeks! ❤

1:00pm: Went to grab lunch with my brother. I really wanted some New York pizza and that’s what we ate!3:00pm: We went to the 92 Street Y to see a music appreciation performance that was for my mom’s school. It was about music mixed with silent films. I definitely felt baby move during the mini orchestra performance.6:00pm: Came home, ate dinner and relaxed again. Cutthroat Kitchen time!

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2/25, 8:00am: Woke up a little earlier, cleaned up, made some oats, did a little yoga and relaxed.

1:00pm: Wednesday was another low key day. My dad and I went to lunch at Olive Garden and enjoyed some conversation about baby and the future. I got a flatbread and a side of chicken and gnocchi soup.For the rest of my time in New York, my mom and I did a little shopping and I did some more relaxing. It’s always get to get some R&R every once in a while.

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2/26, 7:00am: On Thursday, I woke up a bit earlier to say bye to my mom and pop since they went to work early. I got ready for my bus trip back to Boston and ate some delicious oats for breakfast.10:00am: I took a quick stroll to the bakery up the block to get this delicious coconut and cinnamon sticky bun type thing. I haven’t had one of these since high school. 10:45am: I walked to the train station with my brother, got some goodies at the store and bid him goodbye.

12:10pm: I literally made it right on the dot to MegaBus. It was not in the place I though it was but thank goodness I made it, I was so frozen!

1:00pm: Definitely needed a sugar rush 😉5:10pm: I finally made it to Beantown (with a 15minute stop along the way).

I grabbed my things, then headed to the train to teach Spin. Only I would teach spin class after being on train/ bus from 11:00am to 5:30pm. That’s just me 🙂 All in all, it was a nice/ productive trip to NYC.

Baby registry and baby shower decorations are done. Cake is mostly figured out too!

And, I got a new phone too! Early birthday gift from my dad. Now pictures should be clearer.

Hope everyone has a lovely weekend! 🙂

MIMM #13: Super Bowl Weekend!

Happy [Snow Day] Marvelous in My Monday and as always, thanks Katie for hosting!It’s another snow day here in New England and a lot of places are closed yet again. I am snowed in with the fiancé since we both have the day off. I haven’t been feeling too great and took the weekend off from my workouts.

Today I plan to do some shoulders/ chest at home with the kettlebells and 10lbs weights I have after this breakfast. But let’s get back to this Marvelous weekend.

Boy was it filled with food galore and the Super Bowl. Friday night, Patrick and I went randomly to “dinner” and ended up at Denny’s. I was craving a giant plate of delicious egg whites. I doubt there are four here, so I logged in five.Some Marvelous turtle cheesecake for dessert. Mmmm ❤Now I am not a fan of football, I am more of a baseball chick. But Patrick really wanted me to watch the game with him (at least part of it), so I agreed to watch a bit. That’s love right? Sunday morning, he woke up to get me some donuts. I heard of this place called Ziggy’s in Salem, MA and wanted to try them. The sprinkles and apple cinnamon glazed were my favorite. As if we didn’t have enough sweets, I wanted to make some brownies with a vanilla buttercream frosting. Was just in the mood and they came out Marvelously delicious.‘P’ was supposed to be for Patrick, but he kept say it’s for Patriots. What ever floats his boat!I tried this Power Crunch bar and I just did NOT like it. Maybe it was the white coating? Maybe the chocolate one would have been better to try? I don’t know, but I just couldn’t stomach it.Highlight of the weekend? Spending time with Patrick and these beautiful flowers he got me. Love him ❤Question: Have you tried Power Crunch bars? What’s your favorite flavor?

Were you watching the Super Bowl and happy with the results?!

Are you snowed in too?