My mantra from now on

I stumbled across something A-M-A-Z-I-N-G. When I found it, I felt as if the clouds opened up and the light came shining down. It spoke to my obsession with passion for organizing, cleaning, and scheduling. It’s Alejandra.tv! Alejandra is this amazing gal who shares all of her organizing and cleaning tips and secrets on her website. I first found out about her at iheartorganizing.com, another website I love!

I have always had a thing for all things that have to do with organizing and creating systems that create a sense of order (or at least a less chaotic and cluttered space). My excitement is evident in my hoarding collection of post-its, office supplies, colored pens and other writing utensils, baskets/bins, and other storage/organization-type items. So you can imagine how happy I was to find a website that contained so many cool ideas, tricks, and tips in one place. I feel as if Alejandra puts my ideas and goals into tangible and effective steps that are easy (and fun! at least I think so) to follow. I signed up for her free three-video starter series and already felt good following the tip in video #1. I recommend checking it out, especially if you feel you could benefit from making your home or space more organized, cleaner, and less cluttered!

This finding is very timely for me, specifically because I want to take advantage of the few weeks I have left before the babies arrive to organize and clean as much as possible. I know life will be crazy once they’re here, but if I can just make some improvements and steps in the right direction before they get here, I will be a happy camper!

There are a ton of things I could share from Alejandra’s website, but the only one I will talk about here (at least for now =P) is this quote:

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I’ve decided that this will be my MANTRA from now until the rest of my pregnancy! I have a to-do list that seems endless, but in order to get anything done, I really just have to start knocking them out one by one! I am getting really anxious about the babies being here soon and it’s hard to remember I am human and can only do so much. On the contrary, I think I am a superhero who not only can do everything, but can do everything perfectly. The big problem with this thinking is that I am so wrong! I do not have superpowers, I cannot do everything, and I won’t be able to do everything perfectly. Something I have been told a long time ago is that we should always strive for greatness, not perfection. I can do this!!! 🙂 Just as we are taking each day at a time, I need to take each task one at a time and remember that no matter what, I will never be 100% prepared for parenthood anyway, so why put so much pressure on myself?!

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Can’t end this blog post w/o some cool pictures (mainly of food, what else?). Here’s our meal at Panera Bread after one of our appointments last week. I am so proud of myself for finishing the entire spinach “power” salad. The best part was that I didn’t have to ask them to hold anything – usually I am finding myself saying hold the tomatoes, or onions, or some other thing I am picky about. But everything on this salad was delicious! I believe if was onion strings, spinach, mushrooms, bacon, diced boiled eggs, and a very yummy onion honey mustard dressing of some sort. Anyway, the only other thing I really wanted was a frozen lemonade, but someone else (I won’t name names) had eyes bigger than his stomach and ordered not just a panini, but a big kids grilled sandwich! I have to admit though – three types of cheese + bacon on bread is an amazing combo! Glad I got to have a bite 🙂

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The parentals visited the other night and Dad brought these grapes that he grew himself! Yes, they are organic grapes from his own backyard! I remember the first time he told me that he had a vineyard and it was hard for me to believe. But I saw it for myself – he has three vines (his backyard isn’t the hugest) and here is the harvest! (Is it right to call that a harvest?) I am so proud of him and the grapes were really yummy. Might I mention they look really pretty, too?

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Lastly, I wanted to share my very chill Sunday… nails did (thanks to the hubs… again!), feet up, and watching Dreamgirls! Have you seen that movie? I never had and I was glad to finally see it (well, I still have the second half to watch. I didn’t realize how long it is!). I love J. Hud and Beyonce already. I can’t believe I’ve never seen this movie!

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Week 27 & a BUMPdate

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Whiteboard credit: The Hubs!!!

Another week! We are at week 27 and chuggin’ along! My belly is still growing, I’m (finally) putting on the right number of pounds, and through it all, I’m being pampered big time! The fam has been cooking for us and buying us take-out so often that I don’t even know what I want to eat any more. We’re so grateful for everything they have done and continue to do for us. The hubs continues to take on household chores and tasks in order to keep me off my feet and from exerting too much energy. He even gave me a much needed pedicure and picked out the color himself 🙂

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Some fun updates this far into the pregnancy…

Total weight gain: a whopping 21 lbs!
Maternity clothes? I can barely wear anything else. Maternity dresses=love
Stretch marks? none yet!
Best moment this week: feeling 8 kicks from Baby B this morning! Baby A kicks me all time time… we get it, Baby A, you’re a somersaulting rock star!
Movement: Baby B is kicking more and more, but mostly in the morning. Baby A is kicking all the time and sometimes tickles my ribs or moves my laptop if it happens to be nearby.
Food cravings: none, surprisingly. I actually just NEED iced water within an arm’s reach at all times.
Anything making you queasy or sick: a room temperature that is too hot
Labor Signs: I am thinking i maybe having those Braxton-Hicks contractions… I actually have been told that I’m having contractions I don’t feel… thankfully I still don’t feel them
Symptoms: achy back, tension in the shoulders, a face that looks like it didn’t get much sleep… it’s all worth it!
Belly Button in or out? officially out!
Wedding rings on or off? still on, but i’m starting to have trouble removing it. is it the heat or the pregnancy? both?
Looking forward to: Week 28!

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Just wanted to share the flowers from my mom for my birthday…

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& the lovely island in our kitchen… flowers from my friend Bernard, flowers from my mom, & gifts from friends for my birthday!

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Stay cool!