Thursday, 26 February 2015

Breakfast

Andino and I have been on a bit of a health kick lately. Not a big overhaul, but just trying to make more of an effort. I've always been a health conscious, active person, but during the dead of winter my motivation fades. Now, I'm trying to get back into the habit of making healthy choices and exercising regularly.

We eat vegetarian 90% of the time and almost always choose homemade, unprocessed food. We have our organic/local/fair-trade groceries delivered weekly and overall I'm happy with our eating habits. Except for one thing. We eat a lot of cold cereal. It's not a healthy breakfast, it's highly processed and full of sugar and chemicals. I want to start eating a healthy, wholesome breakfast every day, but I'm a hungry girl in the morning and the fruit smoothie Andino has just won't cut it. I'm going to start making oatmeal, but does anyone have any other suggestions? Healthy breakfast recipes? What do you have for breakfast?

Monday, 23 February 2015

#Microblog Monday Winter Vacation

Paloma is not even 9 months old and has already been on 3 vacations! (2 to visit family on the East Coast and 1 to Mexico).  She's a great little traveller and aside from minor complaints/cries here and there, she's always been an easy baby to fly with. On this last vacation, we lucked out and the seat next to us was empty for one of the flights (3 hours). It was so great to have some extra room. If I were rich, I'd definitely pay for her to have her own seat...but since I'm not, she'll be stuck travelling (for free) on my lap until she's 2. I brought some new toys to keep her busy, but her favourite thing to play with was an empty water bottle. Of course.




I'm trying to convince Andino that our next vacation should be somewhere we've never been before. I'm thinking outside the Caribbean. I suggested Greece, but Andino wants to travel during the winter to somewhere hot, so I guess that limits us to the southern hemisphere.

Does anyone have any suggestions on affordable winter vacations (family friendly of course)?  

Friday, 13 February 2015

On Balance

I've been thinking about the direction this blog is headed in. I started blogging in 2011 when we started out on our adoption journey and for the most part, I think I've blogged a few times a week (give or take) ever since then. I won't be able to keep up that pace anymore, but I'm not ready to say goodbye just yet. I've been working hard on my non-profit and also trying to learn French, so I don't have the time to devote to blogging like I did in the past. I do want to find the time to fit it in though and I thought about setting aside one day a week to write, but I just hate the thought of my whole day/week being planned like that... not to mention, I can only write when I have something worth saying! Unfortunately it's becoming obvious that if I want to get anything done, I need to plan. I can't tell you how many times I've put Paloma in her crib, made a cup of tea and browsed for a recipe to make, only deciding on what to do with my free time moments before she wakes up. I'm just not an organized person by nature and it's been a really hard adjustment for me to start planning - even loosely - my time.

It's only been 3 weeks since I last wrote, but it feels like it's been so much longer. There were a few nights when I lied in bed and composed eloquent posts in my mind, but then I never found the time to sit down and write them. Or, maybe I never wrote them because sleepless nights are so long and by the time I woke up the following morning, the words were gone. I've often thought of keeping a little journal by my bed to record my dreams and those little inspirations that only seem to come during half-awake states, but I love those foggy moments and I'm not sure I want to disturb them by getting up and writing. Maybe they aren't meant to be kept anyway... It reminds me of when I'm constantly second guessing myself whenever I take out my camera while having a moment with my family or to capture a beautiful scene while travelling - should I just be in the moment without trying to immortalize it by taking a photo or writing it down? Usually, I try to strike a balance between capturing the moments in a tangible way and saving them in my memories. Andino is a better photographer than me, but he never takes a photo unless I ask him to. He definitely prefers to just be in the moment without having photographic evidence, but he was all too happy that I captured this sweet father-daughter music moment the other day.


The main way I balance photo taking is by setting aside time every month or two to take photos instead of taking photos every single day. Recently, we did a little winter photo shoot:




Aside from balancing my time, I've also been struggling with balancing my mind. Since Christmas, Paloma's been having a lot of sleepless nights due to teething, milestones/growth spurts and sickness. My stress and preoccupation about her sleep and eating habits have been through the roof and although I want more than anything to be the relaxed, calm and confident Mom that I feel like I was (for the most part) in the past, I've definitely not been accomplishing it. I find myself looking at other Moms and wondering why they seem to be able to go with the flow and I can't. I'm the one who is supposed to a hippy/gypsy Mama. Well at least that's what I strive to be, but the truth is that there have been many days where it seems like I've replaced stressing over becoming a Mom to stressing over being the kind of Mom I want to be... instead of just doing it! I don't want to be a stressed out person because I don't want Paloma to feel that energy in the house all the time. Plus, it's not beneficial to my own health or my marriage. Sure, I know there will be days and weeks where the family goes through stressful times, but I need to develop the tools to bring my mind and energy back to balance. I wish I was into Yoga/meditation but it's just not my cup of tea. 

Does anyone have any tips for planning and balancing? I'd love to hear them! 


 
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