Busy Being A Mom
26th August 2016

Baby, family, homelife, life, thoughts | 1 comment

When I thought that being on maternity leave meant that I could have lots of time to blog and update … boy I was wrong (It took about 10 minutes just to type out that sentence by the way).

It’s been 5 months since my little guy was born. March 12, 2016 was the start of a brand new journey for me and my husband because of our little Gray Gray. It’s had its ups and downs but I have to nothing beats being a mom. Being able to see and hold this child every day and knowing that he is MY son, my flesh and blood, a boy who inherited my fingers/toes, has his father’s eyes and cheeky smile, makes me so happy that there is no word to even describe it.

Baby Gray Gray and Me

Baby Gray Gray and Me

So I don’t know what it means about my blogging. I still really want to blog but time really is restricted. I have little windows here and there like nap times or when those times where he is happily content playing in his exersaucer and doesn’t mind me sitting doing my own thing for a little while. Mind you his naps sometimes only last 15 minutes (if he sleeps for an hour, OMG, I am so happy). I guess there’s the late nights where he’s down for bedtime but I really try to get as much sleep as I can unless I get a round of insomnia. Plus I lost my photoshop since my old laptop crapped out on me and I have one of those small notebooks now. So I guess if I update my layout, it would have to be minimal and simple and one day I’ll have some time to figure it all out.

 




Holiday Spirit
10th December 2015

art, holidays, homelife, life, memories, thoughts, work | 2 comments

Can you believe it’s already practically the middle of December? Christmas is in 15 days! Yikes! I haven’t even started Christmas shopping yet! To be honest I haven’t even put up my tree yet, which is very surprising as I usually ALWAYS have my tree up first! This time around, my husband was obsessed with finding the perfect real tree and so far we haven’t had any success so I think … FINALLY … he decided to just use our fake tree and put it up this weekend which I am soooo excited for!

At work, however, the spirit is pretty high! Our new controller wanted to reward us with some fun and relaxation for having such a busy quarter by doing a day of arts & crafts AND … having an early day to wear Jeans! (We normally only wear Jeans on Friday but this particular day she made an exception). She gave each department a little fishbowl with a little ceramic platform and provided us with all the artsy materials, glue, etc and we can create whatever the hell we want! This is what we came up with!

We had quite a lot of fun with it and we each had our input on it. It was a great way to spend our morning as it was a nice break from our work. We have been working our butts off so it was nice for management to recognize that and give us a little break. Even better? Each department also filled up that fish bowl with candies and chocolates YAY!!!

This is not really Christmas/Holiday related but I have to mention that I have been having this obsession about nails. Well, I have always loved doing my nails. I even tried doing the whole acrylic nails thing and bought everything from the fake tips to the acrylic powders, brushes, glitter, electric nail grinders, EVERYTHING!! Of course, I got pregnant and couldn’t really use it anymore because of the fumes and stuff. But now … I have found a love for simple GEL nail polish! I ordered myself the gel base coat and top coat and I can do this thing called “GELLY SANDWICH” where I can incorporate the gel nailpolish with regular nailpolish as long as I have that LED/UV light thing (I have the LED which is safer for me I guess). So now I’m obsessed with looking for nail polish and nail polish designs. My fave thing right now is the ombre style nails. I haven’t gone too crazy with it yet but I’m working on it. Below I tried doing a starter, very simple faded tip using the sponge method. It’s not as obvious that I did the whole ombre thing since I only used one color but I just wanted to test out the whole sponge thing.

I love the color! I have never worn a green like this before! Next time I want to try a red/black ombre with a matte finish! That’ll be a nice little project! I want to find the perfect red shade though hee hee. I even ordered some clear fake tips since I know it’s usually hard for me to keep longer nails. I don’t want them too long though as I know it’ll be hard to have long nails when the baby comes but it’ll be nice to just have since they only costed $1.75 from Ebay. I ordered my gel base coat and top coat from ebay too and I think it only costed me $5.00 for both. Wayyyyy cheaper than buying it from the drugstore as they were asking about $15.00 for a set.

I figured this would be one of my nice projects or things to keep me occupied once in a while during my maternity leave. I’m still trying to make a list of what else I can do during my maternity leave. Any suggestions?

 




COOKING MAMA
2nd December 2015

family, food, homelife, life, preggers, SO, thoughts, Uncategorized, weight | 1 comment

Chubby Peggy Me

There I am! As of current … I have definitely gained some weight (boo). My nose has gotten bigger. I was assured that this “big nose syndrome” (AS I WOULD LIKE TO CALL IT), is a normal thing and will return back to normal once I give birth (IT BETTER *shakes fist*). I feel like a whale but I make do with what I have LOL. I have actually been putting makeup on again to feel slightly decent HAHAHA. Just figured I’d put this up here as a little thing for me to look back on in the future. Or if/when I decide to have another child, I can look at this picture and prepare myself mentally that I would look like this again. LMAO.

So I have been trying to keep myself busy to stray away from being super lazy. Let’s face it, once I get lazy and set my ass on the couch, that’s it. I’m done. I ain’t doing shit all. It’s not a good thing since I already am having bad tailbone pain from the pressure of the growing baby and the weight gain. Plus, any type of moving around is a form of exercise for me which I really need. Since it’s winter, it’s hard to go out for a nice walk around the park and get my 30 minute exercise with all the icy pavements. Don’t want to have a spill now do we? Especially being almost 7 months pregnant. I’m already clumsy enough as it is.

So what have I been doing? Been doing a lot of cooking and preparing. I’m trying to make some easy meals here and there so that I don’t overwork myself and also at the same time preparing meals that can be frozen so that I’m prepared for when the baby comes. I’m sure in the first couple or so months, I’m not going to have much time OR energy to cook elaborate meals for my husband and I. Nor do I want to spend so much money on take-out food so I prepared freezable meals! So far I’ve made shepherd’s pie, pancake stacks, pancake muffins, baked macaroni, tuna casserole, chicken pot pie muffins and breakfast burritos! Of course, my husband still likes to eat everything so I have to make more LOL.

Sweet Chili Spinach Chicken QuesadillaChicken Pot Pie Muffins

My favourite quick meal is the Sweet Chili Spinach Chicken Quesadilla. I just premake everything, keep it in a Tupperware and bake it anytime I want in a tortilla!! I have this obsession with chicken and cheese right now so it’s a good combo for me. Plus, I’m really really trying hard to eat veggies to keep baby boy healthy, so I add the spinach in there and I actually like it!

One of my husband’s favourite is the Chicken Pot Pie Muffins! It’s exactly like how it’s called (you can see from the pics). He loves them because I made about 24 of them so far and it’s frozen in the freezer but everytime he wants one, he just pops it in the microwave and … VOILA! Nice and soft and moist.

My favourite frozen snack is the Pancake Muffins (with chocolate chips!). These go really really fast. I have to make more actually. I make them in different sizes too. The mini muffins and regular sized muffins. I freeze these as well and just pop them in the microwave everytime I want to eat one. They pretty much taste like pancakes but in muffin form! So it’s actually kinda nice when you dip them in syrup!

So I’m always willing to try more recipes. All trial and error really but my husband is absolutely LOVING it. He says I’ll be the best mom ever or our kid will get really fat because of all the good food. I’m glad he loves my cooking. Makes me feel special because I’ve always been fond of cooking and I love the idea of being able to feed my family good tasting food just like my mom did with us. I still miss my mom’s cooking from time to time. I might have to do a couple of requests soon just so I can feel the love again LOL.

I miss my mom.

 




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