Treating your Sick Baby

This morning I woke up an hour earlier than Marcos for a change 🙂 Oscar’s on-call work phone went off at 6am which woke us both up but I am glad for that because it gave me some time to myself before I had to go on Mom duty. So I brewed some coffee and drank it in bed with my 2 furry boys while Oscar handled the emergency situation at work and Marcos slept soundly in his crib.

Marcos has been sick all week. Last Friday, he came down with Croup. Croup is a viral infection that infects the voice box and the wind pipe. It causes your baby’s upper airways to swell and a cough that sounds like a barking seal. It came on suddenly on Friday night and it was very scary! My poor little man woke up in the middle of the night coughing and crying because his airways were inflamed and it was hard for him to breath. He also had a mild fever. It was 101 degrees which is mild according to the doctors but not to this Mom. I called the pediatrician immediately while my husband calmed him down. After verifying that Marcos did in fact have Croup, she called in a prescription for us at 11pm. It was an oral medication called prednisolone and she  recommended Tylenol to reduce his fever. She also recommended that we sit in the bathroom while running a hot steamy shower to help open up his airways and to use a cold air humidifier next to his crib which we did. We also calmed him by taking him outside so he could breath in the cold humid Florida winter air which so far has been all of our best friends.

The croup only lasted a few days but now its turned into a nasty cold with a wet cough, wheezing and a runny nose. Oscar and I have been taking turns staying home and treating his cold all week. We had a couple of visits to the pediatrician’s office to monitor his breathing and current condition. They couldn’t identify the illness as any specific virus but they prescribed an antibiotic based on his symptoms to alleviate the cough.  They also prescribed albuterol to be administered through a nebulizer for his wheezing which he hates! We had to use a nebulizer back in November when he had RSV and each time we use it he screams and writhes and rolls his body like an alligator which kills Oscar and I but it really improves his breathing and clears out the phlegm which causes the wheezing. We are also giving him benadryl for his runny nose at night as well as saline and suction through a nose frieda…fun!

We are starting to see improvements in his sleeping, eating and overall mood which is such a relief!! It’s hard to see your little baby so sick. Even though I have been told over and over again that this will help Marcos build his immunity, I can’t wait for this to be over and for my little man to get better. I know getting sick is inevitable, especially during the winter months and when your little one is in day care but it is still very stressful for everyone. I can’t even imagine how scared Marcos must be. And its not like he can tell us what is going on with him so its scary not knowing what else may be hurting him. 😟💔

I have been keeping a stress journal that keeps me grounded and sane throughout tough times like these. In my journal I write down what is worrying me, what I am thankful for, my saving grace, daily prayer and my to do list. This has really helped me keep things in perspective and prioritize. It has also reminded me to take care of myself and remember what’s truly important which is your family and health! I love this quote below by Iain Thomas.

For additional medical advice I turn to books like Baby 411, Dr. Sears Baby Book and What to Expect the First Year. They are very helpful and informative on how to treat Marcos at home for common illnesses while also informing me on other signs of infection to look out for like ear infections (while not scaring the crap out of me). Note to self ===> Stay away from the mom chat rooms!! It also helps to know what other developments and milestones are taking place at the same time so you can focus on that and not let a cold or virus hold you back (if possible).

My family is also very supportive and helpful. I am so thankful that they live 10 minutes away and can provide an extra hand and cuddles when needed.

I wish I had all kinds of brilliant and sage advice for first time parents on what to do in these situations. I am new parent and am always questioning myself. I guess the best advice I could give you is to stay calm and positive, listen to your doctor and also trust your instincts! I am a pretty laid back person but when it comes to my son,  I would much rather over react than under react.

I hope if you are reading this that your little one(s) are on the their way to feeling better and that you are comforted by reading about my experience. I know it helps when I read other mom blogs and know that they have gone through the same thing and kept their sanity.

Well I am going to sign off now . Have a wonderful weekend and remember to take care of yourselves!

Mrs. Nice




Morning Routine with Baby

Hello there!!! Happy New Year!

I hope you all had a fabulous holiday and that your 2018 is off to a good start. I love the start of a new year and the inspiration for positive change that comes with it.

The last blog post I wrote was when I introduced Marcos and described his birth story. Now here we are, nine months later and I am posting about our morning routine. Time sure has been flyyying!!!

I have always been a morning person. And that’s a good thing because Marcos is an early riser too. Sometimes he wakes up before me and sometimes I get up earlier and enjoy a cup of coffee before everyone wakes up. Either way, I’m always so excited when Marcos wakes up because he makes me so darn happy happy happy!!!

Marcos 6 days old

Marcos 2.5 months

Marcos 6 months

Marcos 6.3 months

The morning time is my favorite part of the day. I love walking into my son’s room and seeing him smile at me in his crib. It makes my heart soar.

Marcos 3 months

As soon as Marcos is awake, I pick him up, change him, sing to him and we cuddle before he has his bottle. We say good morning to the dogs (the bubs) and Dada and then I open up the curtains to see the sunshine. After Marcos has his bottle we go for a nice long walk in the neighborhood.

Marcos 7 months

Most of the time, I bring the dogs or we stop by the park. I like to wear Marcos in my infantino baby carrier and go for a swing which he loves too.

Marcos 8 months

After the morning walk its time for some breakfast. I usually make organic oatmeal or organic yogurt with banana and cinnamon. Sometimes I substitute the banana with some creamy cashew butter. He loves it!

Marcos 8 months

After breakfast, Marcos and I or Dada will play in his playpen until naptime which is between 10 till noon. That’s when Mommy gets a nap or cleans around the house or writes in the blog.

The afternoon is usually spent doing errands with Marcos, finishing up any laundry, visits with the grandparents or friends, another walk in the afternoon, more playing and another nap.

So that pretty much sums up our morning and afternoon. Bedtime is a whole other fun story which I will post later.

Routines are so important when you have a baby. I think it helps them settle and provides some predictability. I am big fan of it too. I am a planner and I like to be productive but to have fun too. I am trying not to worry so much about chores and multitasking so I can be more present with my son. I think his Dad and I are doing so well with balancing our jobs, baby, dogs and house and each other. I feel so blessed and happy to have this little person in my life and to be his Mom.

Its nice to find your groove but you have to be flexible because your baby’s patterns will change.

I look forward to Marcos’s changes and growth. I embrace each developmental leap as it comes and adjust my schedule accordingly.

Marcos is 9 months old, weighs 22 pounds and is 29 inches long. He has mastered crawling, pulls himself up and is starting to cruise. Its so fun to watch him explore in his playpen. He likes to play peek-a-boo and snuggle. He just seems like the happiest baby in the world which makes me a happy Mama 😊

I could go on and on but I will stop here. I look forward to introducing some new activities into our daily routine as Marcos gets older. And I welcome any suggestions too 😊

Marcos’s Birth Story

Marcos Andres Dominguez arrived on April 1, 2017 at 10:22 p.m. weighing 7 pounds and 14 ounces. These past eight months have been the most exciting, blissful, exhausting and stressful months of my life but I wouldn’t go back and change a thing.

Each time I look or think of my my son I feel so much joy and love and a desire to be the best Mother and person that I can be.As I type this, he is sleeping peacefully in his crib. As I watch him on his monitor, I feel so blessed to have such a sweet, handsome and healthy baby boy who smiles, giggles, waves, babbles, and completely melts my heart every day.

Marcos’s Birth Story

On Friday evening, Oscar and I went to go see the movie “Logan”. We knew it would be a long time before we could go to the movie theater together so we went out for a date night. I had just finished my last day at work because I was 39 weeks and knew that Marcos could come any day now.  We got home late and I had trouble falling asleep. I think I finally fell asleep around 1:30 a.m. only to be woken up a few hours later feeling some light cramping and pressure in my lower abdomen. I remember thinking to myself “Could this be it?” Could this be the day? Or is this just Braxton Hicks?” I went to the bathroom a few times but nothing was happening so I figured that I should probably get back into bed and get some rest.

I managed to get another hour or two of sleep then a little after 7:30 a.m., I started to feel uncomfortable. I got out of bed and googled “the first signs of labor” into my phone.  Then I sat and rocked on my exercise ball for some relief, played some Hall and Oates and started timing and logging my contractions. I woke Oscar up around 9:30 a.m. and told him that I was having contractions since they were really starting to hurt and I didn’t want to be alone anymore.

Oscar and I hung out in the living room together to try and relax while I timed my contractions. They were about 10 minutes apart. I remember thinking to myself that this better be the real deal because I was very uncomfortable. My contractions were getting pretty intense and I was also getting some sharp pains in my back which were alarming and there was nothing I could do to cope with the back pain. Luckily they only lasted for about 45 seconds but they were coming every four to eight minutes and they HURT!

Oscar called my OB/GYN because we were unsure as to why the back pain was happening. I remember being instructed to call only when I experienced contractions that came every five minutes and lasted for a minute for more than one hour but the back pain had intensified so we called the doctor just to be safe.

The doctor told us to head to the hospital with our bags so she could check me out. I showered before we left while Oscar packed up the car with our hospital bags. A warm shower felt good, but by the time I got out and started to get dressed, my contractions significantly intensified. I found myself folding over and holding onto the dresser and the wall as I tried to deal with the pain. I remember throwing up a few times before we left and thinking to myself…”this is gonna be a looong day!” We headed out the door to the hospital around 2 p.m. By then my contractions were eight minutes apart.

When we got to the hospital, we were sent to the triage room while I was hooked up to a monitor and asked a bunch of questions by the nurses. I can’t remember everything, just that I was in a lot of pain and I did not want to be sent back home. They left Oscar and I to wait in the triage room for an hour to see if I dilated. I remember the pain getting really intense and crying out “I can’t do this!” My wonderful husband took my hand, reminded me that I can do this and continued to comfort and encourage me while we waited for the nurse to come back.

After an hour, the nurse came back with my OB/GYN to check on me and told me that I had dilated three centimeters and we would be welcoming our baby today!! Hoorayy!! That was music to my ears!! 🙂

Oscar and I spent the next 60 minutes getting registered and prepping for the epidural. Oscar had to do all the talking because I was in so much pain I couldn’t speak. I had to motion my social security number with my fingers as the pain of my contractions and back labor was just excruciating.

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After the epidural, the pain was more manageable but the back pain started to creep back. Also, the epidural seemed to work better on one side than the other so Oscar and my Mom took turns giving me back rubs to help me with the pain. Its hard for me to remember all the events that took place between the time I received the epidural and the delivery but here are some key details:

  • The epidural definitely helped with the contraction pain as monitors showed when they were happening but they barely registered with me.
  • Eventually, the external baby heart monitor was not working and they had to insert an internal heart monitor to better monitor the baby’s heart rate.
  • The external heart monitor could be heard in the room and we started noticing the heart rate slowing with some of the contractions. At first we didn’t know that the sound was the baby’s heart rate.
  • During one contraction that was paired with a shot of back pain, our doctor came in, looked at the monitor strip, and spoke with the head nurse off to the side of the room.
  • After the doctor left, Oscar asked if there was something wrong and that was when we were told that the sound we heard slowing down was the baby’s heart rate.
  • The next contraction saw another drop in heart rate, which is when the doctor came in and called a need for the emergency c-section.

The C-section operation did not take long and Oscar remained by my side holding my hand the whole time. I laid very still, went into my “zone” and prayed for my baby. I couldn’t feel a thing but I was awake and I heard the doctors talking while they were operating. And I heard them say that my baby’s neck was wrapped around my umbilical cord! Poor thing. I was scared but I had a feeling it was going to be OK. And then…I heard him. I heard my son crying.  Oscar and I watched the nurses clean him, test his vitals and wrap him up in a blanket. I remember Oscar and I saying to each other….”there he is, that’s our son” and we were both crying while we watched him taking his first breaths. I am crying now as I type this.

The nurse brought my bundled up baby to me while I was lying on the delivery table. I wasn’t able to hold him yet since I was still strapped on to the table so I rubbed my cheek against his little face so he could feel me and smell me. That was not what I wanted for us but I was so relieved that he was delivered safely and I knew that we would have plenty of time to bond. I was taken to another room to recover while Oscar and my parents got acquainted with our boy. I will never forget Oscar’s face and reaction to the birth of our son. It was a wondrous moment and he was practically skipping and prancing into the nursery.

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I will never forget our very first night as parents. We were so exhausted from the entire day and couldn’t wait to go to sleep and get some rest but wait….we are parents now. We have to take care of our newborn baby! The nurses brought Marcos into my room and bathed him and then gave him to for skin-to-skin contact and to start breastfeeding. After that, he woke up about every two hours to feed. Oscar changed his diapers and brought him to me each time he woke up because of the surgery.


The next morning with my son was absolutely surreal! I just couldn’t believe that he was sleeping next to me and no longer in my belly. When I held him in my arms the next morning I sang to him “You are my sunshine” and I cried happy joyful tears.

We had to stay in the hospital for a few days so I could recover from the surgery. Marcos stayed in the room with us the entire time. The recovery was hard but the more I walked around and moved my legs the better. During my second night in the hospital I was suffering from post-surgery gas and bloating from the air that got sucked into my abdomen during the surgery. It was very painful but I still had to get up out of bed to breastfeed my son. Despite the pain, I got myself up and breastfed my son without my husband’s help.  Afterwards, Marcos looked at me with this happy and appreciative look in his eyes like he recognized me and knew I was his Mom. It was the best feeling in the world. That was when I officially felt our bond and I knew I was gonna rock at being a Mom!!

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With each day I got better and Marcos was healthy. We took him home on a Tuesday and celebrated with a homemade quiche, salad from my Mom and strawberry shortcake for dessert. Then we celebrated our Anniversary a couple days later as a family of five 🙂

This is the end of the birth story but the Mommy and Daddy adventures continue. I plan to document my journey into Motherhood so stay tuned for more Marcos blog posts in the future!



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Baby Dominguez: Weeks 36, 37 and 38

My baby is here so this is my last pregnancy post! He is healthy and arrived just as I was about to start week 39 which is considered full term. I can’t wait to give you all the details about my beautiful boy. He is already one month old and so darn precious! Time sure does fly by super fast when you are a Mom!

Baby’s Growth:

Week 36: Lil honey is about 5.5 pounds and is the size of a honey dew melon!


Week 37: Baby boy is about 6 pounds and is the size of a winter melon!


Week 38:  My lil pumpkin is about 6.5 pounds and is the size of a pumpkin!


How am I feeling?

Tired, out of breath, anxious and very irritable. Lack of sleep will do that to you. My work load hasn’t slowed down either and at the same time I have been working on a list of recurring tasks and instructions in order to prepare my team mates for my maternity leave. They have all been so helpful and supportive to me and I feel like we really bonded in the end. I bought them some parting gifts (wine and champagne) to show my appreciation for all of their help during and before my leave.

My brain also feels foggy at times and its becoming hard to think and focus. And did I mention how tired I am??? My feet are also very swollen. None of my shoes fit and I have sciatica in my upper right leg. Fun! These are the last few weeks of my pregnancy so all this discomfort is just par for the course and will be over very soon! Yippeee!

Weight Gained:

20 pounds (I actually lost a few pounds) I read that it’s normal to drop a few pounds right before you give birth so I am taking that as a good sign. I am relieved that I only gained twenty pounds! That shouldn’t be hard to lose. My doctor told me that I would gain 35 pounds so I thought I would be bigger and weigh more. I can’t imagine carrying all that extra weight.

Belly and Baby Movement:

My baby is kicking and rolling around like crazy but that’s good. I managed to capture some cool videos of my belly rolls.

Belly Button – In or Out?

It’s out!

Pregnancy/Delivery Concerns?

I had another ultrasound at week 36 and my doctor told me that my boy was measuring bigger than average by just a pound. According to their calculations, he should weigh 9 pounds by the time he is born and I am still set to deliver naturally. Mama was a little scared. I just can’t imagine popping out a nine pound baby! I’m afraid that it is going to be painful and am also fearful of complications.

I talked to some of my co-workers whom I am close with and my friends about it and they have all been very encouraging. I also keep telling myself that the doctor’s measurements could possibly be off by a pound or two so not to sweat it. Just go with the flow. I gave myself some mantras to follow so I could prepare myself mentally. That really helped.


Final Preparations

I took some time off one day a week to rest and prepare for my baby’s arrival. I found a great day care center and a good pediatrician that are both close to home. I got my free breast pump from my insurance company and all of my breast feeding supplies ready. I packed mine and my baby’s hospital bag. Oscar and I did a big grocery shopping at Costco and stocked the fridge and we also prepared some delicious food to store in the freezer. We made sauces, soups, muffins, frittatas and casseroles.

Oh and I also prepared a really cute gift basket for the labor and delivery nurses. I filled it with chocolates, breakfast bars, oatmeal cookies, and coffee and tea. I didn’t get to take a photo of it but I was very pleased with the presentation and it was definitely a big hit with the hospital staff! I would recommend that if you have the time to do so. There are some adorable ideas that you can snag from pinterest. Here are some links:

We also relaxed and had some fun. We went to some festivals, attended our good friend’s wedding and went to see a movie. Looking back, I think I was able to balance out the relaxation and last minute prep work during my final weeks while we waited for our son’s arrival.  

I tried to get my house cleaned professionally one last time, the dog’s groomed, and to meet with a photographer for a newborn photo shoot but it didn’t happen beforehand. My lil guy came a week earlier than expected and that was OK with me! Fortunately, we were able to catch up with all that stuff when we returned from the hospital. Well at least Oscar did while I recovered and I am so thankful. You can never be prepared enough for a newborn and sometimes you just have to go with the flow and re-prioritize. 

That’s all folks! Stay tuned for my delivery story and 3 week check-in 🙂


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!

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!

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.


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

Morning Glory Muffins

Hello! Hello! And Happy Saturday! As I type up this post, I am wishing you all a happy and glorious weekend ahead full of fun and some relaxation 🙂

My morning started at 4am thanks to some very excitable and protective doggies 😦 They like to bark at things in the night. It could be a cat, a lizard, a shady looking leaf…whatever. If it comes too close to the house they will sing you the song of their people. Usually we close the living room blinds before bed but someone forgot (not gonna name names here…..Oscar!). Oh well. I go to bed super early these days so I don’t mind getting up early on the weekends.

Today marks week 38 of my pregnancy!! Gaahhh! My doctor said that our little bub could arrive anytime. That’s exciting news to this Mama to be’s ears. I’ve got my bags packed, car seat installed, bassinet and nursery room set up. Now all I have to do is be patient. In the meantime, I am going to keep myself busy this weekend by preparing some freezer-friendly meals to have on hand when our little bundle arrives and Mom and Dad are too tired to cook.

This morning I made some morning glory muffins for the first time and they came out pretty good. I adapted the recipe from my No Excuses Detox Cookbook by one of my favorite food bloggers the Detoxinista. I love her recipes and meals! She uses minimal simple ingredients and her recipes are easy to follow and healthy.


As soon as they cool off I am putting them in the freezer (before I eat them all) for breakfast or a quick snack in between breast feedings.


Makes 18 muffins


  • 2 large ripe bananas (mashed)
  • 3/4 cups of coconut flour
  • 6 eggs
  • 1/2 cup of organic sugar
  • 1/4 cup of melted coconut oil
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract 
  • 1/2 cup of apple sauce
  • 1 tsp of cinnamon
  • 1 tsp of baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp of fine sea salt
  • 1/2 cup shredded unsweetened coconut
  • 1/2 cup raisins (I used dates)
  • 1 1/2 cups matchstick carrots
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line a muffin tin with baking cups.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the mashed bananas, coconut flour, eggs, sugar, coconut oil, vanilla, apple sauce, cinnamon, baking soda, sea salt, and shredded coconut.
  3. Stir well and then fold in the carrots, raisins (or dates), and walnuts until combined.
  4. Scoop into a muffin tin sprayed with cooking spray or lined with liners and sprinkle top of muffins with extra granulated sugar.
  5. Bake until toothpick or butter knife comes out clean for approximately 22-25 minutes.


    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! 🙂


    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.


    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.


    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!