Monday, February 1, 2016

Mt. Diablo

Mount Diablo Summit
San Francisco Bay Area - Northern California

Jason, Joker, *Phoenix (5.5 weeks!), and I drove up to Mount Diablo's summit. All the sudden it started snowing, so we decided to jump out of the car and play around in it for a bit. It's little moments like this that I will treasure forever: the unexpected memories made simply by spending quality time together. For all the long talks, beautiful views, and cups of coffee that are now smaller and fewer - I am so happy to be doing this with my best friend.

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

A New Beginning

This week has been about: reflection. I am 27 years old, married to my best friend, living out my passion of painting, traveling, and becoming a mother. I have made a lot of positive changes in my life, especially over the last five or six years, and now it is time for a new beginning: motherhood. I am excited, nervous, and every other emotion in between. As of right now Phoenix's due date is a little over six weeks away, and I have to say this entire pregnancy has flown by. Everyone said that the third trimester would drag on, but that just isn't the case for me. I am extremely lucky because my pregnancy has been the most beautiful experience of my life. Yes, sometimes I'm tired, cranky, or feel unattractive, but it never lasts because when he kicks and swims all around in my tummy I know that this moment is the most special I will ever undergo, and it will only be for another six weeks or so. Just like my favorite hand cream, it has an expiration date. There will be a time that I am no longer pregnant and this adventure I'm currently on will end, but a new one will begin. That's the wonderful thing about life, that there is always something new around the corner, so enjoy the moment you are in because it won't last forever.

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Fort Standard Crest Bottle Opener

As a minimalist, there are few things that enter our home that are not perishable or a replacement for something that is old and worn out. I have coveted this Fort Standard bottle opener for over a year now, so I decided that it was something that could add value to my life. Last night Jason and I made root beer floats with Boylan's Root Beer and So Delicious Vanilla Almond Milk Ice Cream while catching up on The Tonight Show.

Also, today marks 50 days left until Phoenix's due date! YAY!

Monday, January 18, 2016

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Me, Today

This star projector was a gift from a good friend Sara, from Sincerely, Sara. It was such a lovely surprise to get this in the mail! Our friendship makes me smile and feel all of the warm and fuzzies.

1. I cooked myself breakfast and ate it about an hour before the sun came up. Also, I always start my day with a cup of hot lemon water.

2. Drinking an americano reminds me our honeymoon. We travelled to England, France, and Belgium. Most of our time in Europe was spent in Northern France, and for a good portion of it we stayed with a family friend in a little town called Chaumont-en-Vexin. With our friend, Christelle, we would sip our black coffee from bowls and eat fresh croissants from the local patisserie.

3. I refer to these books regularly:

Absolute Beauty by Pratima Raichur, for reminders on different Ayurvedic principles on diet, breathing techniques, and yoga.

Ancient Secrets of Facial Rejuvenation: A Holistic, Nonsurgical Approach to Youth & Well-Being by Victoria J. Mogilner, for daily facial acupressure.

Coffee Gives Me Superpowers: An Illustrated Book about the Most Awesome Beverage on Earth by Ryoko Iwata, because I can never remember the best time to drink coffee according to our circadian clock. It's 9:30 am -11:30 am, and 1:30 pm - 5:00 pm.

My trigger point therapy textbook with my notes and other scribbles included from my days at Arizona School of Massage Therapy. Even though I no longer practice massage therapy as my occupation, I still use what I learned on a daily basis.

4. I don't use many beauty products, but two things that I swear by are Peter Thomas Roth's Cucumber Gel Mask, and OPI's Tiramisu For Two nail polish.

5.  I have listened to each of the two podcasts from The Minimalists twice now.

6. Superstore is my new favorite show, and I'm embarrassed to admit how many times I've watched each episode. It's from the same people that wrote The Office, so if you liked that show that you won't be disappointed.

7. I want to get this bonnet for Phoenix from Briar Handmade.

8. It's really hard to believe that today it is less than two months away until my due date. Every little kick and squirm reminds me of how truly lucky I am to be his mom. I can't wait until I get to hold him in my arms.

9. Message To Bears, EP 1 has been playing on repeat for days now.