March Faves

So much for winning the lottery.  I think we “won” $2 because we hit the power ball.  Ha!

Hope everyone is doing well today!  Hopefully no one got fooled too bad yesterday.  There were a couple moments yesterday where I read stuff online, thought it was totally true, only to find out it was an April Fools joke.  I am THE most gullible person plus I’m an AWFUL liar (therefore I can never successfully prank anyone), so naturally I’m not a huge fan of April Fools.  I do laugh at those who get fooled worst than I do though.  I know it’s mean.

My March Faves isn’t really anything I purchased (other than food).  Like I’ve mentioned before, I don’t like clothes shopping right now plus everything I do want to buy is for babygirl.  This month’s faves are simple ones.  Food and just appreciation of life or anything around me.  I’m going to get religious and spiritual for a moment.  As the lenten season comes to its end this week, I’ve tried to make myself a better person this season.  Both for myself, my husband, and my baby.  Patience, compassion, positivity, and appreciation of the simple things are what I’ve been trying to focus on.  I definitely have to remind myself to relax and just BREATHE sometimes.  Some days I’m more successful than others.  Sometimes its easier to see the bad instead of the good especially when life’s obstacles gets in the way.  But you’ve just got to take that moment to breathe and appreciate what you do have instead of what you don’t have.  Simple words but so hard to do sometimes in this fast pace world.

Anyhow – here are my March favorites.

Working outside on beautifully warm sunny days.  I found that working outside on a beautiful day completely changed my mood.  Especially when I work at home all day.  Sometimes a change in scenery is exactly what’s needed for that boost of productivity and elevate your mood.

Love a good greek appetizer platter for a meal, especially when it’s all meat free and a Friday during lent!  My kind of meal!  Hummus!  Falafel!  Tabbouleh!  Dolmas!  YUMMY!

When the red hot light is on at Krispy Kreme.  Do you have the Red Hot Light app on your phone installed?!?  I do!  ha!  Man I sound like a fatty right now.

Drives through rural California.  Amazingly picturesque.  Driving down 101 or even 880 reminds me of my childhood and going on road trips with my family.  Something I’ll hold near and dear to my heart always because my dad would always take us on road trips.  The hubs and I are trying to start our own traditions and see more of California.  This past weekend we went to Monterey.  In a couple weeks we’re making our way down the coast to LA.  When the little one is born and we’re able to, we’ll hike at the Muir Woods or see the Redwood Trees.  When she gets older, maybe 3, perhaps go camping at Yosemite.  California is such a beautiful state and there’s just so much to explore.

Being back home in the DC metro area.  This is my artsy fartsy attempt to take a snapshot of the roof of the Woodley Park metro.

Spending time with my family and relatives.  My mom, sister, mother in law, and sister in law are the BEST!  They threw me a surprise “not baby shower” party.  Why wasn’t it a baby shower?  Because it’s bad luck to buy anything for the baby until after I’ve reached my 7 month of pregnancy.  Haven’t heard it before, but I figured I’d follow the superstition.  I was just happy to see everyone and have them see me and my preggo belly until we come back home in December for the holidays.

Cherry blossoms.  Both in DC and in the Bay area!  Like I mentioned before, something about cherry blossoms that puts me in a good spirit and again remind me of my childhood.

Sweets!  And finding new cupcake/pastry shops in DC other than Sprinkles and Georgetown cupcakes.  This place was featured on Food Network’s Cupcake Wars and serves macarons, cupcakes, and madelines.  NOMNOMNOM!  Totally indulged with my pregnancy sweet tooth.  Stay tuned for a food post about my recent DC eats adventure!

Coastal Flats.  LOVE Coastal Flats and hate that there’s not one here in California.  It’s a seafood bar and grill chain.  They have the BEST bread!  My mom had the waiter refill our bread basket just so I could eat this awesome dough balls!  LOL!

Long showers!  I know it’s not eco friendly but along long with my baths, I totally indulge in long showers.  The warm water against my achy pregnant body is so necessary.  Thank goodness we don’t have to worry about a water bill.

Movie nights in with the hubs.  We have a long list of movies we haven’t watched, so we’ve been trying to catch up.  Almost every night last week, we watched a different movie.  It’s nice to cozy up next to him on the couch and indulge in a movie.

Baby registry shopping.  This is actually a love hate thing.  I get super excited picking things out for baby girl, but it’s just frustrating trying to find things that are safe, reasonably priced, and ensuring they’re practical for our lifestyle.

So those are my March faves.  Like I said, I haven’t been shopping much.  Just trying to indulge in the simple things that are relatively affordable, except my food indulgences.  😛

My not so favorite thing about March.  Pregnancy induced carpal tunnel.  😦  It’s not bad yet, but the doctor says it may get worse through the rest of my pregnancy.  I definitely need to buy a splint but I’ve been procrastinating.

What were your favorite things about March?

Day off



I’m taking the day off from a normal post since its my mom and sister’s last day in the bay.  Plus its my wonderful moms birthday.  So I’ve been taking them around and eating our way around south bay.  Here are a couple pictures from Santa Cruz since we went there earlier today.