Baby Dominguez: Weeks 33, 34 and 35

Hello! Hello! I hope that you have been enjoying my pregnancy posts. I look forward to posting about my baby shower, nursery and delivery very soon! As I type this my baby boy is sleeping in his bassinet. He was born on April 1, 2017 (which is why I haven’t posted in a while). I look forward to sharing my delivery story on the blog very soon!

Oscar and I were very busy getting our home prepared during these weeks. We had our baby shower and set up the nursery. Oscar rearranged the office to make it an office/guest room and cleaned out the garage so we could store all of the diapers and wipes we received at the shower. I cleared out the guest bathroom to make room for all of baby Dominguez’s medicine and bath time products and washed all of his newborn baby clothes. Whew! It was a lot of work but for a very exciting cause!

Baby’s Growth:

Week 33: Baby is about 4 pounds and is the size of a pineapple!

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This photo was taken at my baby shower while I was channeling my inner Beyonce 😀

Week 34: Baby is about 4.5 pounds and is the length of a butternut squash!

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That’s a HUGE belly!!

Week 35:  Baby is 5 pounds and is about the size of a coconut!

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How am I feeling?

I am feeling much better now that I’ve got my anemia under control. I haven’t had many other pregnancy symptoms and I feel pretty good. I am just very tired the bigger my belly gets and am easily out of breath.

Once in a while I do feel some tightness in my upper belly area. I am not sure if it’s from the baby moving, or if its gas, or if it’s my uterus contracting from Braxton Hicks. My Doctor said that it’s nothing to worry about. I am not a high risk pregnancy and as long as the tightening sensation doesn’t last over an hour, everything is fine. When that happens I just get up and walk around and it goes away.

Leaning and bending over really stinks so I squat when I have to pick something up off the floor. At least I am getting some kind of workout, right? I am also feeling some plantar fasciitis in my feet so I try not to put too much pressure on them.

Weight Gained:

23 pounds

Belly and Baby Movement:

My baby is kicking and rolling around like crazy and that’s good. I hope he is just as active outside the womb as he is on the inside. He is especially active at night when Momma is resting and during meetings at work.  My belly has become quite the spectacle during our staff meetings as my coworkers are getting a kick out of watching it move from side to side. It’s funny and kinda weird at the same time.

Belly Button – In or Out?

It’s popping out just a little bit 🙂 I guess that means he almost done! LOL!

Pregnancy Related Purchases?

I bought some nursing bras and tanks from Target along with some sandals and comfy PJ’s for my hospital bag. I also purchased the brest friend nursing pillow.  I was very impressed with Target’s selection of comfy lounge wear. If you need a place to shop for your hospital bag I would recommend Target. It was a one-stop shop for all of my hospital bag purchases.

Sleep:

I love how people tell me to get as much sleep as I can since I won’t be getting any when the baby arrives. I wish I could but it’s very hard when you have a big ole belly and can’t get comfy. It’s soooo not fair!! Oh well. I have no idea what my sleep schedule will be with a new baby in the house but I will be so relieved to have my body back and be able to sleep in a more comfortable position even if it’s only two to three hour stretches at a time.

Last visit to OB/GYN:

Everything looks good. I am very reassured that everything is coming along smoothly and on schedule.

Looking forward to:

  • Meeting my little man!!!
  • Having my body back
  • Enjoying a beer or a cocktail

Things I’m Loving This Week

Hello everyone! And hello spring!

I am so enjoying this gorgeous weather and feeling so grateful that I don’t have to spend the last weeks of my pregnancy in the hot summer heat.

I am also grateful that my baby boy is healthy and in his optimal fetal position (head-down) for birth! I am currently at 37.5 weeks and am feeling anxious, excited and nervous each passing day. In the meantime, I am practicing my calming and assuring labor mantras and enjoying the last days of work!

Speaking of gratitude, I wanted to take some time to list some of the wonderful things that I’ve encountered this week that have made me smile.

Cherry Blossom Trees

I had no idea that Palm Beach had Cherry Blossom trees!! I went to grab a bite to eat from the Island Bee and since it was a gorgeous day, I thought I would eat my lunch in the nearby park. Low and behold as I walked up to the park entrance, I noticed a gorgeous row of Cherry Blossom trees! I had never seen them before and have always wanted to. I thought I would have to go to Washington D.C or Japan to see them but nope they are here in the same Town where I work! Ahhh!! I snapped a bunch of photos and then sat down on a bench to eat my lunch while marveling at the spectacular trees. The weather was cool and breezy so there were some pollen and petals floating in the air around them. It was truly magical! 🙂

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Chai Moments Chai Tea Lattes

I haven’t had any desire for coffee but I do drink it from time to time out of necessity. My nights are pretty restless and uncomfortable with this big ole belly in addition to multiple trips to the bathroom. Plus allowing an overly affectionate doggy sleep next to you doesn’t help either. But I digress….

Lately I’ve been enjoying a warm cup of Masala Tea from Tea India Chai Moments. It’s got the perfect blend of cinnamon, cardamon, cloves and other spices. I picked up a few boxes at an Asian Festival that took place over the weekend. One in each flavor: Ginger, Masala and Milk Tea. Each box contains 10 packets so I bring an extra one to work with me when I need my tea fix.

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Baby/Doggy Wraps

MMmmpph…hahahaha! I couldn’t help myself and had to share this. My hubby and I were curious about how to use the baby wrap so we watched the video demo and decided to give it a try. As we were trying it on, a curious Guinness who was close by and whining for attention from his parents got placed in the wrap! Haha!! I just love my doggy’s expression. He looks so cute and funny being worn by his Dad.

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Power Pressure Cooker XL

My husband and I finally caved into that dang infomercial and bought a pressure cooker. We got the 8 qt power pressure cooker XL which came with the copper chef pan and a veggie slicer.  We thought it would come in very handy for us with the baby coming and working full time. So far we have only cooked 2 meals but we were not disappointed. We cooked a whole chicken with sliced veggies using the chicken/meat setting then walked away and 40 minutes later it was done. The smell was amazing and the chicken was moist and fell right off the bone! So our first dinner was a success! We also used it to cook moros y cristianos (rice cooked in black beans). Honestly, the dish came out a little mushy and a little bland. The blandness can be fixed but next time we may just have to cook the beans separately or use less water. Sometimes you just gotta learn by trial and error. We still love our power pressure cooker and will keep it on our counter top.

What I love is that we can use it to prepare Make-Ahead meals and that it’s a quick one-pot system where you can drop all of your ingredients in, walk away and then come back to a perfectly cooked meal with very little dishes to clean up. I also like that we don’t have to worry about thawing out our meats ahead of time. And you can make everything from soups, bread, casserole, meats, beans and lentils, steamed veggies and even breakfast bowls. It’s a huge help when you are busy and working full time. I can’t wait to use it more and will definitely share some recipes in the future!

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Baby Dominguez: Weeks 30, 31 and 32

Hello my friends! As I type this, I am in Week 35 of my pregnancy. Crazy, right? Well at least to me it is. It feels like it was just the other day that I was announcing my pregnancy to everyone. Now I’ve got about four weeks to go!

I feel great and am happy to be coming down the home stretch. I haven’t gotten HUGE but I am definitely uncomfortable. I am also very anxious to meet this little being that keeps moving around in my belly all the time!  🙂

Baby’s Growth:

Week 30: Baby is the length of a rutabaga!

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Week 31: Baby is the size of an eggplant!

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Week 32:  Baby is the length of an acorn squash!

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How am I feeling?

Hmmm…let’s see….during these weeks I’ve had to deal with iron-deficient anemia, constant heartburn, and restlessness. I can deal with the heartburn and sleep issues but the anemia is something I have never had to deal with and has caught me by surprise.

Anemia during pregnancy is common and it occurs when the body doesn’t have enough iron to produce adequate amounts of hemoglobin (the protein found in red blood cells). Hemoglobin is what carries oxygen from the lungs to the rest of the body. In iron-deficiency anemia, the blood cannot carry enough oxygen to the tissues throughout your body and it makes you feel weak and tired and low on oxygen.

There are random times when I can feel my heart racing like I’ve had way too much caffeine. I also feel out of breathe, light-headed and fatigued.  I tried different Iron supplements that were prescribed by my OB/GYN and even a gentle over the counter one but they all made me nauseous so I would recommend that you be careful with iron supplements if you are  expecting. They can be very hard to digest.

I informed my Dr. about the issues I was having with the supplements and they found a good one called VitaFOL Fe+ which is an all-in-one iron and pre-natal supplement that did not make me throw-up and I started feeling better within the week after taking them.

 Weight Gained:

I have kept my weight gain pretty steady at 20 lbs. Every one tells me that I am tiny and that I am all belly which is good but I feel huge! I eat little meals and snack all the time so I know my lil baby should be gaining a half pound to a pound a week right now and is well fed 🙂

Workouts:

I am no longer able to do yoga so I just continue with my walks and do some light stretching during the day. I also got a pre-natal massage. Man was that a treat!

I miss working out but I feel so big and my balance is off. I also have no desire to hit the gym when I know that I can just go for a walk outside. The weather is gorgeous right now so I am taking full advantage.

After the baby is born and my Dr. gives me the green light, my plan is to workout a couple times a week in the gym and work out at home. I also can’t wait to go for walks with my son in the stroller or in my baby wraps and the hubs and the dogs 🙂

I don’t want to put any pressure on myself to get back into shape immediately. I want to bond with my son and enjoy my maternity leave. I am a healthy eater and I enjoy exercise but now I’ll just have a different reason and motivation for staying in shape. So I can raise a healthy and active boy 👦⚽⚾🏀🏈🏄🎣
Belly and Baby Movement:

Baby D is always on the move! Especially at night. He must be having a dance party in there or something.

Belly Button In or Out?

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Top concerns:

Finding a good day care and a pediatrician.

Sleep:

Hahahaha!! What is that??

Thoughts about my son:

I keep fantasizing about my son being this perfect little being who sleeps through the night and doesn’t get too fussy and is happy all the time. I hope that is his temperament most of the time but you never know so we will just have to wait and see.

Looking forward to:

Taking my maternity leave for 12 weeks!! 🙌👶🍼☕👍😄

Baby Dominguez: Weeks 27, 28 and 29

Baby’s Growth:

Week 27: Baby is the length of a rutabaga

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Week 28: Baby is the size of an eggplant!

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Week 29:  Baby is the length of an acorn squash!

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How am I feeling emotionally?

Week 27: Relaxed and Happy 🙂

Week 28: Relaxed and Happy 🙂

Week 29: Relaxed and Happy 🙂

These past few weeks have been very pleasant. The weather has been gorgeous so I’ve been doing a lot of walking outside during work and with my pooches at home. I feel so fortunate that I haven’t had any major complications with my pregnancy and that my baby is healthy. I am also grateful that I have a supportive husband and family. My friends are amazing and so is my job! I think all of these things are so important for a healthy pregnancy.

Thoughts about Labor and Delivery:

I am trying to ready myself mentally for labor and delivery. I’ve been watching YouTube videos about the stages of labor so I know what’s going on inside my body.

I took a Breastfeeding and Newborn Care Combo class at the hospital where I will be delivering. I also took a tour of our hospital’s birthing suite.

I also found some great content on Lucie’s List about natural birth and infant care.

Over the past seven months I’ve been focusing on keeping my baby healthy in the womb. I still am of course, but now I’ve got to educate myself on how to take the best possible care of my little man once he arrives into this world. Fortunately, I have experience as a nanny to a 3 month-old. Her name was Juliet and I took care of her from 3 months to a year. I learned about swaddling, feeding, tummy time, the importance of a routine and a sleep schedule. She was a great baby and I took care of her like she was my own.

I know all babies are different and have different needs but I know that I will be able to apply the things I’ve learned from my nanny experience to my baby.

Weight Gained:

I’ve gained another 3 pounds over the past few weeks so that means I’ve gained a total of 20 lbs! I should be gaining a pound a week until the baby comes.

Milestones:

I hit the third trimester mark!! Woot woot!!!

Thoughts about my baby:

I think about him all the time! What’s he going to look like. What is he going to be like as  a baby? Will he like the sleepers and the pack n’ play that I picked out for him? Will I be able to breast feed him or will he need formula?  Will he be a good sleeper like his Daddy or a fussy and stubborn sleeper like his Mom?

Top concerns:

Balancing work, motherhood and marriage. Obviously Motherhood is my top priority. My work day ends at 5 so I am going to dedicate the time afterwards to bond with my son on the days I have to work until he goes to sleep and then catch up with the hubs afterwards. Some days or weeks are very stressful at work but I have to mentally leave work at work and when I am home be home with my husband and baby.

Joys:

Hearing his heartbeat during my doctor visits, feeling him move inside my tummy, and rubbing my belly as I sing him a lullaby. I also get excited when I visit his nursery. I’ve purchased a glider and a changing table so I love to visually imagine what it’s going to like in there once I get more stuff for the baby and my shower gifts.

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Last visit to OB/GYN:

I had a great visit at my last check-up and I got a negative test result for gestational diabetes. Woo hoo!

Looking forward to:

My baby shower!

 

 

 

 

Second Trimester Weeks 21-23

Hey everyone! I am way overdue on posting in my weekly prego journal updates. I wrote this this post in real time during weeks 21-23 of my pregnancy even though at the time of posting I am currently 28 weeks pregolicious (more on that to come). In this post, I talk about sleeping issues and what to do if you are in a car accident while pregnant.

Baby Dominguez: Weeks 21, 22 and 23

Baby’s Growth:

Week 21: Baby is the size of a pomegranate!

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My doggies have to be in every photo! 😀

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Week 22: Baby is the length of a papaya!

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Hi everyone!! I’m 21.5 weeks old today! 😀

Week 23:  Baby is the size of grapefruit!

No photo for week 23….I’m sorry 😦

How am I feeling emotionally?

Sleep is still a challenge for me. I am having a hard time getting comfortable at night. My body feels like a furnace and I can’t find a comfortable position. I finally bought myself a snoogle and let me tell you that is the best thing in the world!! I should’ve picked one up before I knew I needed it. It supports my back, belly, hips, neck, head and legs and I’ve been able to sleep so much better since. It truly is a lifesaver. I bought one for $40 at Bed, Bath and Beyond and I sleep with it every night. Although there are other people in my house who think that I bought it for them 😉

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Sometimes I take a half a Unisom sleeping pill each night so I can get a full night’s sleep. It’s an OTC and the doctor said it was OK but it makes me feel groggy the next day so I only take it when I’m feeling very sleep deprived and need a full night’s sleep.

I still get a little nauseous sometimes but only throw up once a week which is pretty good.

Other than the occasional nausea and sleep depravity (which are normal), I feel pretty good overall.

Weight Gained:

I’ve finally put on some weight and my pregnancy is very obvious. So far I have gained 13 pounds. However, we just got through Thanksgiving and a road trip (where I indulged in some fast food while traveling) so I haven’t been eating the way I normally do.

Food Aversions and Cravings:

I think my diet is back to normal except I can’t eat pork or meat. It just doesn’t digest well with me and I immediately have to throw up when I eat it. I wasn’t a big meat eater to begin with so that is fine with me. I am trying to eat one salad a day and get lots of protein through yogurt, hemp and chia seeds, eggs, peanut butter, spinach and any other plant based protein.

Milestones:

Hitting the 20 week mark and receiving my first anatomy scan!!

Thoughts about my baby:

So far I think of him as a little being that’s growing inside my belly. I daydream about what he will look like and what kind of person he will grow up to be.

Top concerns:

I worry sometimes that I am not doing enough for my growing baby and hope that I am not eating or drinking anything that could hurt him. Should I be drinking coffee? Am I indulging in too many sweets? Am I getting enough sleep and exercise? Should I not be taking antacids?  (I think I know the answer to those questions but I will post more on that later).

My husband I decided to drive up to Frederick, Maryland for Thanksgiving to be with our best friends, Mikey and Annie. The trip went well except we got into a minor accident on the way up while we were driving through Jacksonville. Someone rear-ended us while we were stopped in traffic. The impact caused me to tense up and it pushed me forward against my seat belt. It was a minor event really (although a PITA to deal with). I felt fine so we decided to keep going and not delay our trip any further. We had a long way to go to in order to reach our first over-night stop in North Carolina. But on the way, I felt some light cramping and wondered if it had to with the accident and started to worry about my baby. What if he’s hurt? Should I have gone to the hospital? I called my OB/GYN the next morning and they told me that I should go the ER. But I couldn’t go because we were on the road and we had our dogs with us. So we decided to wait until we got to Maryland.

Thankfully it was only a five-hour drive from the place we stayed the night before but it was nerve wracking to be on the road and not have any peace of mind. Fortunately, I could feel baby moving so I decided to wait. However, as soon as we arrived in Maryland, we dropped off our dogs with our friends and visited the ER immediately to make sure that baby was OK. They did an ultrasound and a blood test and everything was A-OK. Phew!

While I was in the ER, I kept thinking to myself…This is me doing my best. I am doing everything I can to ensure the health and safety of my baby. I really shouldn’t get too down on myself or fall down the path of thinking that I’m not doing enough.

We were very fortunate that the accident wasn’t worse. We were not moving when we were hit and the car that hit us couldn’t have been going faster than 10 mph. Otherwise, I would have went to the hospital immediately. I learned that a baby has so much cushioning that early on in pregnancy but you just never know and I would rather be safe than sorry!

From that experience, I decided to change my thinking around. I am going to be more positive and continue to take the best possible care of myself, to be safe, and make this period of my life the most healthiest I have ever been mentally and physically!

Joys:

Hearing my son’s heartbeat! And feeling him move!! It feels like little flutters inside my tummy.

Last visit to OB/GYN:

When we got back from our Maryland trip, I visited my OB for my 20 week check-up and full anatomy scan. It was really cool seeing all the growth and development my son went through and to see more of his features like his hands, fingers, legs, feet, toes and head. I saw his little legs kicking away!! It was incredible and made my eyes water.

Looking forward to:

I am looking forward to the holidays and visiting with friends and family and them seeing me pregnant for the first time. I am going to relax and stay home and have a low-key Christmas this year but I know that next year will be VERY different 🙂

That’s all folks! Hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving and Happy Holidays 🙂

 

 

 

 

Baby Dominguez: Weeks 6,7 and 8

And so the fun begins!!! I’m pregnant! Oscar and I are over the moon excited!!!

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I discovered that I was pregnant back in early August and have been writing weekly updates to post on my blog once I was ready to tell the world.  I consolidated my post for each week into groups of three and am beginning with weeks 6-8.

Baby’s Growth:

Week 6: Baby is the size of a lentil!

Week 7: Baby is the size of a blueberry!

Week 8:  Baby is the size of a kidney bean!

During these weeks, baby is growing limbs, eyes and ears, fingers and toes!! Your baby is an embryo and although he/she be little there is some fierce growing and hormonal changes that are happening in your body.

Symptoms:
I’m tired, nauseous and always have to pee! I am also dealt with interrupted sleep from having to go to the bathroom multiple times per night and would often have trouble falling back asleep. There are some other bathroom issues that I won’t mention here 😦

Food Aversions:
Cold chicken, cooked vegetables, hot coffee and anything sweet. (I had a major sweet tooth pre-pregnancy so I welcomed the break from sweets).

Milestones:
I had my first ultrasound at Week 7 and heard my baby’s heartbeat! It was surreal!! We also broke the news to our parents. I know this photo looks like grainy ultrasound but this is my first photo of my developing baby and it is absolutely priceless to me!

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Favorite Exercise and Activities:
Walking our dogs, yoga twice a week, Leah’s Fit & Sleek Prenatal Physique and Tracy Anderson’s: The Pregnancy Project.

Diet:
Breakfast: Boiled eggs, Greek yogurt, smoothies, oatmeal, and cottage cheese with fruit.

Snacks:  Multi-grain crackers, ginger snaps, nuts, cheese sticks and dried apricots. These snacks were perfect for keeping my nausea at bay.

Lunch: Soup, salad, and Amy’s frozen meals.

Dinner: Stir-fries with some veggies, chicken and brown rice, multi-grain pasta, sweet potatoes and crunchy beef tacos!!

(Tip:  I honored my body’s cravings for carbs but I would also try to include protein and veggies and ate small meals.)

Drinks:  lemon and ginger tea, peppermint tea, lots and lots of water, ginger ale, chocolate milk, and Perrier water.  I noticed the Perrier water and ginger ale made me gassy so I drank it sparingly.

(Note: I avoided coffee until week 8 since the doctor said that one cup a day is fine. It really helped me with my sleepiness during the day but it gave me awful heartburn….wahhh!!)

Advice from the Doctor: Drink lots of fluids, get plenty of rest, exercise is safe but don’t do anything new or too extreme, listen to your body, and stick to small frequent meals as you do not need to eat for two at this point in your pregnancy! And take your pre-natal vitamins!!

Healthy Rewards

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Hello there! I hope you are doing well  and that you have some fun and relaxing items on your agenda for this weekend. My husband and I are going out on the town for a friend’s birthday party and then I’m sure the rest of it will be spent doing work around the yard and house, grocery shopping, school work and hanging out with our fur children 🙂

I’m sure that many of you may have heard of Gretchen Rubin. She is the author of the very popular and best-selling book entitled The Happiness Project. I read her book back in 2014 and I loved it! Throughout her book, she shares her scientific research on happiness and her experiments with incorporating ways to be happier into her lifestyle. What I liked most about it was that it didn’t feel too self-helpie (even though I enjoy some self-help books) and that she already was a happy person to begin with. Her main goal was just to find ways to be happier and enjoy life more which is something we could all benefit from. If you have any interest in learning about ways to increase happiness in your life, then I would definitely pick up her book or listen to her Happier podcasts.

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I was very excited when I learned about Gretchin’s Happier podcasts that she hosts with her sister, Elizabeth. I’ve been listening to her podcasts on YouTube<=== (quick access) during my morning commutes and they are very enlightening and entertaining.  Earlier this week, I listened to one of her podcasts about the strategy of rewards. It got me thinking about the ways I tend to reward myself for getting though a stressful work week and how those rewards can undermine my good healthy habits.

I have found that during busy, frustrating and hectic work weeks, I tend to reward myself with chocolate treats, visits to Starbucks and takeout food for dinner. Although takeout can be very convenient in an emergency, my priorities are to eat clean and avoid high sodium comfort food so rewarding myself with treats and takeout isn’t healthy and often continues into a normal week.

I need to start treating myself with healthy rewards like taking yoga, going to my favorite exercise class, visiting my parent’s pool, taking a warm soothing bath, getting a mani/pedi or a massage, or a new book. Rewards don’t have to be something that I have to eat. As long as I know I have something to look forward to either right after work or that weekend then I will save my money and time for the healthy reward 🙂

Healthy rewards don’t always have to be something that you buy also. Here are some other ways to treat yourself without spending money:

1) Go for a walk. Take your favorite tunes or your spouse, family member, friend or dog.

2)  Practice peaceful meditation and calm breathing.

3) Go to YouTube and find an exercise or yoga video.

4) Visit your local library and check out a book you’ve always wanted to read.

5) Give yourself a mani/pedi.

6) Listen to an awesome  podcast.

7) Write in your journal or blog.

8) Go for a bike ride.

9) Take a day off work for a wellness day.

10) Go for a drive or walk by the beach.

These are my suggestions. What are your healthy rewards?

be happy