Lazy Beach Days

Written by Elena @The Art of Making a Baby. Posted in Daily, EVERYTHING ELSE, FUN TIMES, PHOTO

I find days like these  the most magical.

We’re always in a rush, always working, never seem to have time to just relax and go somewhere. Plans to meet up with friends or go to the beach are always viewed as an inconvenience or obligation until we actually get there….ahhhh. And then we remember what life is about.

It’s so easy to get lost in the “work work work” mode, or the “baby” mode, or whatever currently occupies you. So hard to step back for a second and remember why we are here. And that is to enjoy life to the fullest. For some people that might mean food, or alcohol or smoking or fast cars. For me, it’s the easy laid back days at the beach like yesterday.

When people find out we’re vegan/vegetarian and we don’t eat most processed foods,they  say “You only live once! Enjoy it! Stop being so strict with food. Live a little!”

But for me THAT IS LIFE! I love being healthy and feeling healthy and I want to continue enjoying beach days like this well into the old age. I want to look good and feel good forever. That is why taking care of my body, being mindful of what I eat, how much  exercise  is not a chore for me. It honestly brings me joy. Joy that I am doing the absolute best for my health.

How did this post turn into a health post? I’m not sure, but what I do know is that moments like yesterday is what really makes me feel alive. And photography prolongs those feelings because I get to bask in those moments for a few more days while I edit the photos, and then a few more when I share them with you, guys. And then when I’m old and wrinkly, I will look at my young hot self and for a second remember what it felt like.

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Clothes

Written by Elena @The Art of Making a Baby. Posted in Daily

Do you know what sucks?

I’ve been pining over some new clothing stores I found online and have not been able to do anything about it?

What’s the point in buying new clothes when your closet is filled with old stuff and you’re about to grow a stomach the size of a watermelon?

Agh! So frustrating! Clothes is like therapy for us, women! I don’t need no Prozac, just give us some dough to buy something cute and we’ll be all right.

Just needed to get his out :)

Also, I haven’t been able to comment on anyone’s blog for a week or so, because of stupid MyOpenID that suddenly deleted my accounts.
They’re now re-opened and I am back in business!

A little bit of everything

Written by Elena @The Art of Making a Baby. Posted in Daily

Spring

  • I was out rollerblading today and for once my hubby came with me. He usually runs or bikes while I Rollerblade, but that’s never fun, because I can’t go at the speeds I want. So i was all happy and showing off my  awesome blading skills, doing figure eights when suddenly my rollerblades wavered…and BAM! I went flying onto the pavement. All those days of wearing knee and wrist and elow guards when i was first starting to rollerblade and not a single fall. And as I get confident enough, it has to shutter my spirit, damn it! My fault for trying to show off. But now my right knee is badly skinned, so is my right hand and wrist. I also really bruised my wrist bone on my left hand. Fun fun fun! I think I might have been in a little bit of a shock, because after we bandaged me up, I insisted we go back out because “I didn’t get my rollerblading done” hahaha
  • We’re officially a month from trying to conceive.
  • I met a neighbor who’s preggo right now. Our neighborhood is so quiet that sometimes you forget anyone lives here. I’ve seen this adorable looking couple walk by our street a couple of times with the girl being very pregnant,we always wave to each other…. I thought about introducing myself, but never really had a chance. So a few days ago, as they were passing by, I said hi and told them we’ll be pregnant soon, too, hopefully. We spent a lot time chatting. We are amazingly alike. It’ll be nice having another new mom right here on my street.
  • I’ve been sort of missing  from both my blogs, because it’s tax time and with us being the lousy procrastinators as we are, I am forced to catch up with all the inputting for the year for 2 different business and personal returns. Let me tell you that’s a lot of work
  • I decided to push myself harder on the exercise front, thanks to the inspiration that adorable 7x7xmommy gave me. Anyone who looks like that at 29 weeks deserves my respect. I want my pregnant belly to have the shape of a uterus and not a beach ball. My abs have always been very strong ( genetics?) but it won’t hurt to pump them up a bit before I get pregnant. Plus I resolved to do more stretching and flexibility exercises which will help too.
  • I discovered that sleep is everything for me ( ironic, right? Just as I am getting ready to put myself in a position of restless sleep and then no sleep at all). I have been feeling crappy and not up to my usual work outs lately, and it turns out I wasn’t getting enough sleep. I have been setting the alarm for 8 am, and trying to go to bed at 9, but really making it by 11 at the earliest, but mostly by 1. The last two days I’ve let myself sleep  in till 10 and, my, what a difference it makes. I am full of energy, happy, ready to work out and work.
  • Reading more about babies made me realize that I need to get some things done before I don’t have time: some video editing, major cleanings, painting ( our house has been  half painted for two years now)
  • I want to start a weekly pregnancy/motherhood question feature here just for myself. I have so many mom readers and blogger friends, it seems silly not to use their wisdom to my advantage. Weekly I will be posting a question that bothers me or that I want to hear your opinion/experience on. It’ll have something to do with pregnancy/motherhood and I would REALLY appreciate it if you all could participate and give me your opinions.

Spring

A week in Cell Photos

Written by Elena @The Art of Making a Baby. Posted in Daily, PHOTO

Starting with most recent events:
Below: pool time with friends and their babies.

Our seasonal neighbors left this week. I am going to miss them a lot. I had the kid’s climb into my fort. They were so amazed! I see them begging their parents to build them one.
Two photos below: time out with some internet friends from Flickr. I LOVE LOVE LOVE meeting long time internet friends in real life.

St Patty’s day: Green overload.

Beautiful Third Street South on St Patty’s Day. That’s why I love Naples…. There is so much beauty to be found any time of the day and night.

Awesome epiphany that my hubby’s clothes doesn’t fit any more. He has lost 30 pounds in the last 4 months and we’re “forced” to buy him all new clothes.

Super cute sunset on the beach in Naples


And that’s my week in photos. For once it was exciting enough! We gotta get out more :) lol

Workin’ it!

Written by Elena @The Art of Making a Baby. Posted in Daily, PHOTO

Naples Winters

How are you guys doing on your fitness/food goals this week?

I am happy to be doing much better. The weather is gorgeous, sun gives me a TON of energy!

I am getting ready to go do pilates and I jsut thought I’d check in and see how you all are doing.

On a different note, my new policy with maternity coverage should be arriving in the mail in a few days. I cannot wait to read it ( yeah I am a nerd that way) and make sure everything is in order and what it all covers.

Naples Winters
I’ve been busy this whole week studying for my {re-}licensing classes and exams we are being forced to take again along with new CE credit in the future because the state decided to switch to a new system, thus making us re-do all the work we did when we first got licensed 6 years ago.
Yesterday I passed one of the classroom exams, have 2 more online ones, and another classroom one. Don’t need to wish me luck, cuz honestly this is bullshit that they’re making us retake it all. We’ve been in the business for too long to need luck or to worry about the outcome.

I am so busy but my heart aches to go to the beach. I am hoping I can get hubby to go hang out at the Third Street South, which is covered with blooms right now…listen to live bands, and watch the sunset on the beach…. Would be nice, wouldn’t it?

Naples Winters

This week’s update and A Princess Castle

Written by Elena @The Art of Making a Baby. Posted in Daily, PHOTO

So I have to say this week kicked my butt, time-wise. I didn’t have time for ANYTHING. How do you people with kids do it, I still have no idea!
I had to study for an exam and take some continuing education classes for our licenses.

NO biggie, usually. But when you also have to work and blog, and cook and work out and clean and rest…. well let’s just say you always end up skipping one of those activities.
And all I really wanted to do this week is play drums. I am finally well enough to drum away to super loud music and I can’t find the time to do, besides 10 pm when I am honestly collapsing.
I do have to say my routine isn’t that perfect nowadays. And I crumble without a routine – get nothing done.

So today is Friday and I have the following that I HAVE to do:
1. work
2. finish two units of the classes and 2 exams for both me and hubby
3. work out (pilates)
4. Post 2 blog posts from
GET FIT and Selfie Saturdays and actually make them educational.
5. Go to the mall to buy hubby a suit or at least dress pants, because his old suits are about 4 sizes too big, now that he lost 30 pounds (YAY to that!)
6. Go to the private symphony performance ( hence the suit) at 6 pm
7. Cook breakfast, lunch and dinner, because mostly likely the symphony dinner isn’t going to be vegetarian (for me) or vegan ( for hubby)
8. Wash hair/style hair, find a dress, shave my legs (TMI) and look presentable.

yeah, so how about that, bitches?

I am only now realizing that I  am going to have to MOVE to get all that accomplished.

On a more positive note, we made me a “princess castle“. That’s what we call a fort! I totally got the inspiration from shutter{mama}. I hadn’t done one in years and I definitely never had an idea of lights.
But I love it….sitting in it as I type this post. I feel so safe!
{disclaimer: not a selfie. Had the hubby take these pics}

And then when it gets dark!
I am wondering if I should cover the top too.

A week in phone camera photos

Written by Elena @The Art of Making a Baby. Posted in Daily, PHOTO

A WEEK IN IPHONE PHOTOS

I’ve been meaning to participate in this for a while now, but had nothing to show unless you count pictures of my swollen cheeks and my bed.
Well, upon close inspection, it turns out I have over 3000 iphone photos (woops)

So here is the latest stuff:

 

1. My cat loves towels. He loves them so much he will sit on a towel regardless of where it’s located. Even if it’s on my head
2. Swollen from wisdom teeth surgery ( i can’t believe i posted this monstrosity)
5. I got flowers from hubby out of the blue. The training has been paying off.
6. Cats attacking me for my oatmeal. You’d think I don’t feed them.

3. Going for a rollerblading run in the neighborhood
4. Our community is blooming like crazy. Mental note to self: love February and March
7. Cool Floridian shadows on our driveway
8. Gorgeous tropical flowers bought from a local farmer’s market.

9. My typical afternoon: sitting by the fire reading a book
10. First time out after the surgery. As you can see, NOT HAPPY about being out.
11. Rollerblading again
12. I got my Apron Queen apron from taking 4th place in this contest. YAY to that.

Stepping out Saturday

Written by Elena @The Art of Making a Baby. Posted in Daily

STEPPING OUT SATUDAYS

I have to make a confession. I have WAY too many clothes. I have a huge walk in closet stuff with tees and dresses, and polos, and tank tops and jeans. I rarely get to wear even 1/10 of the outfits. To be honest, I don’t like most of my clothes. I like buying new, until that new is not new anymore, and then I don’t like it anymore. So this year I set a goal for myself not to buy any more clothes. First of all, there’s no point in buying something now if I am planning on getting pregnant. Secondly, I need to learn to use the clothes I already have. Mix and match it, layer it, wear it!
So rather than throwing a tee and a pair of jeans this morning, I decided to finally do something with the least worn pieces that have been gathering dust on my shelves.
Today  I wore

  • high wasted shorts
  • short sleeved off white jacket
  • glittery tank underneath
  • colorful bangles
  • elephant necklace
  • stupid shoes I don’t even like

    So there you go, I am done stepping out.

Glee Drinking Game

Written by Elena @The Art of Making a Baby. Posted in Daily

I read about this really really awesome Glee drinking game.

And it so happens that we got 4 disks of Glee via Netflix in the mail, so I am going to definitely try this out, with something other than drinking…

GLEE DRINKING GAME

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The rules of the game are simple:

1. Drink whenever Sue says something that would create a lawsuit in a real workplace
2. Drink whenever Sue makes a comment about Will’s hair
3. Drink whenever Rachel wears Argyle
4. Drink whenever Puck says anything sexual
5. Drink at your desecration whenever something happens that’s drink worthy, such as Blaine & Rachel’s duet of “Don’t You Want Me” in last week’s episode and all the times you want to beat Emma in the face for marrying John Stamos’ character instead of sleeping with Will, because even though John Stamos is hot and Will has gotten kind of sad and pathetic, you’re still rooting for them to bone because come on.