Audiobooks
5th October 2017

homelife, life, reading, thoughts | 0 comments

My last post on being excited about reading seems to not have changed.  I have been even more obsessed about books and reading and trying to figure out what my niche is in my tastes.  I am drawn to many different styles and stories and have yet to figure out what I really love.

What I have grown to have a liking for though are audiobooks.  Considering my lack of time to read books for a long period of time, I was looking at other options.  I really considered Audible because it was a decent price and I liked the idea of getting free audiobooks every month but I have decided to go with Kobo’s subscription service!  I am a big Kobo fan (partially because I am Canadian and well it being a Canadian company, I wanted to support so I’m biased in that sense) and I figured why not continue with them even in audiobooks?  Plus it was cheaper than Audible so that’s always a plus.

So I listen to my book on the way to and from work and it’s definitely making my commute more enjoyable since I drive about 45 minutes each way.  The downfall though?  I go through the book so quickly because of my long commutes.  I’m pretty much almost done my book and my next round of “free” audiobook doesn’t rest for another 3 weeks and I don’t really want to buy an audiobook because they are ridiculously expensive.  So that’s the only thing that sucks about this subscription.  For my next book, I pretty much have to find a book that’s quite long but hopefully good so I don’t regret my choice.  I have a couple of choices lined up so we’ll see when the 26th comes rolling around.

I still try to read when I can though.  I have a lot of books on my Kobo ereader and I made a deal with myself that I want to finish at least another 3 books before the end of the year.  I eventually want to be able to read at least 50 books a year, maybe even 100!  I think it’s a good goal.

 




Parent Life
12th June 2017

Baby, family, homelife, life, SO, thoughts, Uncategorized | 0 comments

It has been a while.  It truly has.  I can’t say for all the moms out there but for me, it IS a thing … MOM life.  I admit, I don’t have as much of a social life as I would like to have but I don’t care.  It’s been worth it.  I have learned over the past year the importance of having as much time with your child as much as you can.  Now that I am back at work, I miss being near my son and just seeing him laugh and smile which makes the end of the work day all the better.  I have something to look forward to.  I get to go home to my family.

I was pretty excited to go back to work though.  As much as I LOVE being around my son all the time, I still needed my “ME” time.  It’s very important that each mother gets it.  For me, I still needed that sense of identity outside of being a mother.  My job is that because I really do genuinely enjoy my work and the company I work for.  It’s “my thing” I guess.  I really don’t have much time for my hobbies and other interests anymore so having to be able to go to work and do my own thing is great.  I enjoy having my drive to work with a nice cup of coffee and listening to my music during my commute in the mornings.

My husband and I are quite lucky that we are able to both work and provide for our family as sometimes, thinking of childcare can be quite daunting for some.  We are soooo fortunate that our schedules work out and that we have Grandma to help out as well.  My husband now works evening shifts while I work mornings. There’s a good and bad but it works.  The good is that my husband gets to have his bonding times with baby G in the mornings since he works later in the day.  He feeds him, changes and clothes him, they have walks in the morning and sometimes he’ll bring Baby G to our complex gym so he gets a workout while my son plays.  He’s always sending me sweet funny videos of our son and what he’s up to or learning everyday just so I don’t miss out.  He drops off our son to Grandma before he heads to work and in a couple of hours later, I am off work so I get to pick him up and we have our bonding times together in the evenings and have our bedtime routines together.  So we each get to have our time with him.  The downfall is that my husband and I don’t really get to see each other much during the week since he gets home late and I am already so tired that I’m passed out before he gets home.  At least we get weekends though.  Weekends are our FAMILY DAYS.  It could something as simple as spending the day doing groceries but it’s still FAMILY DAY.  It’s so special to us because it’s our time together to make up for a whole work week of not being able to spend any time together.  It’s these little things that matter so much and we love it so so much.

We don’t forget our families and friends though.  We are so lucky to have such great family and friends.  We live farther away now but we still all see each other all the time.  Our bestfriends visit us almost every weekend because we always like to hold UFC nights at our place.  A night of fun eats and drinks, they usually end up sleeping over so it’s always so much fun.  I can’t express enough how much I love those two.  No matter what, they are always there for us even though we live farther away now.  They are pretty much family.  My husband and my best friend, Miss K, are pretty much brother and sister.  Her boyfriend is our son’s Godfather.  We have stuck around for years and years and I can’t even begin to tell you how much they have been there for us and we have been there for them.  They are family.  Some people think friends are something else but for me .. NOPE.  THEY ARE MY FAMILY.  Love you guys!

I really do want to blog more.  I find myself always wanting to share tid bits of my mom life but nowhere or no one to share them to.  So I figured, why not use my blog?

 




Baking Adventure: Whoopie Pies
8th May 2017

Baking, food, homelife, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Since my current passion is baking, I have decided to start a recurring segment called “Baking Adventures”. I am by all means only an amateur baker still learning how to bake goodies and treats that’s why I’m calling it “adventures”.  I’m hoping to grow as a baker and be able to create tasty treats for my family and who knows, maybe in the future for other people who’s willing to eat them!

For my first “adventure”, I have tried Chocolate Peanut Butter Whoopie Pies! As much as I wanted to make actual whoopie pies from scratch, I was a little press for time and ingredients. First of all, it’s hard to really get all the time I want with a 9-month old around. Second, it was a pretty hardcore snow day so we were pretty snowed in to go out and buy ingredients. So… I used a chocolate cake mix that I had in the pantry.

I did buy an actual whoopie pie pan though beforehand from Michael’s. Not the cheapest thing but I was still super excited nonetheless since it’s not an item I could find in regular stores like Walmart.

I actually made a mistake too when baking the pies. I accidentally added an extra half cup of butter that’s why they are a bit dense with the wrinkles all over but it’s okay. They were still delicious!! I also normally am NOT a peanut butter fan. I’ll eat it once in a while but not my preferred type of dessert. My husband,  however, will die for peanut butter. He LOVES it. So he was pretty happy that I was giving a peanut butter filling a go. You know what  though? This peanut butter buttercream was actually pretty delicious! It wasn’t an overwhelming taste of peanut butter (which is probably why I liked it) and it wasn’t too sweet either. It was a nice ratio of the two. Since the cakes itself wasn’t too sweet as well, the total sweetness of the whole sandwich put together was just enough.

So I considered this a success.  A success for me is when my husband is happy and that I actually like it (especially in this case since I’m not a peanut butter fan).  I can’t wait to try these again with different fillings!

 




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