The past few days have been full of happiness for me. Work has ended for the summer, the weather has been beautiful, I had another great check-up at the doctor, and overall I’ve been feeling great!
Additionally, I feel like myself again! There is a foggy-headed feeling that came with my first trimester. It’s hard to explain, but I know it’s something to do with dealing with all of the hormonal changes. Lately, I can just think clearer and I feel sharper.
I think my happiness has also been increased by a few things that I’ve brought into my life. So without further ado, here are some things that I’ve been loving lately!
Sunny, Happy, Sunflowers!
I picked up this bunch yesterday at Trader Joe’s (only $3.99 for a large bunch). They just make me so happy! Truth be told, I only like the ones with the yellow center (the black center creeps me out, like there are bugs in it). Fortunately these sunny guys were big, bright, and beautiful! I cut them really short and display them in an old pitcher.
Yankee Candle Fall Scented Tarts
For those of you that have never heard of wax tarts, you need to get on board! Basically it is a wax disc that goes in a tart burner (shown below), and a tealight warms the wax and it melts in the top of the burner. It can be used over and over and when you want to change it, just pop the burner in a freezer for a few min, and the disc will pop right out. The best part? The tarts are only $1.99 (You can get a cheap burner too). And if you don’t like the scent, it’s not like you committed to a whole candle. My current favorite scents are pumpkin pie, harvest, and cranberry chutney.
At Home Workouts
Recently I quit my gym. I wasn’t using it that much and I noticed that when I was in the mood to workout, I wanted to be outside. To add some variety, I’ve been using on-demand workouts and P-90X kickboxing videos. I just bought those little purple weights the other day too and found a great video on demand to use them. I’ve been getting a great sweaty workout and it doesn’t matter that I don’t have cute maternity workout gear. As you can see, it is getting harder to see my feet!
Healthy and Balanced Meals
During my first trimester, my food was all over the place. And I didn’t really care because I didn’t have control over when and what I wanted to eat. My body made some strange requests, but I honored them and hoped that normal eating would resume. It has. My meals have become much more balanced, and are including more protein. I’m also digging whole grains again (phew!) because for a while there, the thought of any bread with more than 0.5 grams of fiber made me ill. (weird). Oh and for the record, I always eat the yolks in my hard boiled eggs. DELISH!
Snacks are essential. And I knew I needed to come up with some much better ideas for healthy snacking- especially since I eat every few hours. Now that I’m not at camp all day, I have a lot more flexibility as well. Yesterday I organized my pantry and put a lot of the first trimester junk in the basement or threw it out. Honestly, most of it makes me nauseous at this point, but I heard the 3rd trimester can bring on some weird cravings- so I kept some of the stuff.
I also headed to Trader Joe’s to pick up some of their great snacks. Here is what I plan to be munching on now-a-days
Pre-portioned trail mix (perfect for keeping in my purse)
White Bean Hummus (A few weeks ago I thought I’d never eat hummus again. Well, it’s back! I’ve been loving this on toast, or with sugar snap peas and carrots for dipping).
Peanut Butter (I’ve been loving this on cold sliced granny smith apples or smeared on a banana)
Bars and Quick snacks (these are good on-the-go snacks to keep with me, and the fiberful bars help with another not-so-fun pregnancy side effect)
Greek Yogurt (with some granola and raisins on top- it makes a filling and high protein snack. I used to eat the plain flavor mostly, but these days it’s fruit flavored all the way!)
It’s amazing how some of the most simple things can bring the most joy! I hope you are all having a great Tuesday!
What are your favorite go-to snacks?
What is making you happy right now?
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