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Monday, May 9, 2016

Monday Mantra: Happy Mother's Day!

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Yesterday was Mother's Day, and while baby hasn't yet arrived, Husband and I celebrated the holiday just the same. 

I don't feel like a mother yet, and I'm not sure at what point I'll feel like a mother after the baby arrives, but I do know that being a mom will be the greatest accomplishment I will ever achieve in life. 

This Mother's Day was a reminder for me to reflect upon my upcoming motherhood, and to remember that there are many ways to raise a child. 

The quote by Jill Churchill summarizes this sentiment perfectly. There is no such thing as a perfect mother, and there are many ways to raise your children. Trying to attain a level of perfection is unrealistic. One way of raising a child is not the only way of raising a child. So long as you give your child all of the love in your heart and provide for your child to the best of your ability, you're doing a good job. 

Be sure to thank your mother for all of the love that she has given you and for all of the hard work she has done to raise you. She's the only mother you'll ever have in life.

And for all of those new moms, don't be too hard on yourself if you think you're not doing the best job at this thing called motherhood. I'm sure you're doing just fine, and just remember to do everything with love in your heart. 

Life is short, share in the adventure!

Sunday, May 8, 2016

My Whole30: Round 2

After completing three full weeks on the Whole30, and then spending a week trying to eat Whole30 about 80% of the time while indulging occasionally on non-Whole30 foods, I can honestly say that I'm glad to be starting a full Whole30 again. And this time, I'm going to do it properly.

Over the last week, I've eaten pretty healthy but I've also indulged in some meals that were definitely not Whole30 compliant. It is incredible how my body has reacted, and how unpleasant I've felt after some of the indulgent foods I've eaten. 

For example, yesterday I ate scrambled egg whites and drank a banana and almond milk smoothie for breakfast, and I ate a salad with some steak for lunch. I felt great and had tons of energy. In the afternoon, I went to the Dubai Mall with my husband. He decided to have some TCBY frozen yogurt, and I couldn't resist having a few bites of his snack. Within an hour or so of having just a few bites, I felt a twinge of stomach cramps and I felt lethargic. I was surprised how just a few spoonfuls of some frozen yogurt could affect my body so strongly.

So this time around I'm going to complete the Whole30 entirely, and reintroduce the inflammatory foods one at a time in order to figure out what foods are causing my body some distress and discomfort.

Since I've already tackled three full weeks of Whole30, I'm better prepared to complete an entire month. Being prepared is the key to success for the Whole30, and that means preparing food ahead of time, making sure any restaurants I may go to have Whole30 compliant meals, and resisting the urge to share my husband's treats. 

Here's to Round 2 of my Whole30 Journey!

Life is short, share in the adventure!

Friday, May 6, 2016

Perfecting My Crafts: Intro to Sewing Lesson Part 1

With a baby on the way and only 11 more weeks until she is due to arrive, I figured it would be a great time to start picking up a fun hobby or two before life gets real... baby real.

Last week I took my first sewing class, and oh boy was it an adventure. I've always had a slight interest in the idea of sewing, but I never took the interest "seriously" until about a year ago when I ran across an inexpensive sewing machine at the Ikea near our home in Switzerland. On a whim, I bought it.

Venture & Roam: My Ikea Sewing Machine
My Ikea Sewing Machine

The sewing machine sat in our home relatively untouched for months (I did attempt to sew a patch onto Husband's work pants) until we moved to Dubai, where it sat some more (about a year). It wasn't until I found a class through a little craft & sewing shop near the Burj Khalifa that I decided I better make some use out of my impulse buy.

I arrived at my class a few minutes late thanks to the notoriously bad rush hour traffic in Dubai and my horrendous parallel parking skills. Frazzled, I began to set up my little machine and all of my class materials. The class had already started and the three other women were busy learning how to thread a bobbin on their high-tech Brother sewing machines. I started to add my thread to the bobbin on my little Ikea machine, and surprisingly it was much easier than I thought it would be.

In the first class, we learned how the sewing machine works and how to do basic stitches. We learned how to make a French seam, which looks pretty clean and tidy, and we learned how to sew different shapes. Two and a half hours whizzed by so quickly! I couldn't wait for the next session.

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French Seam

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My French Seam and Some Other Fabrics

During the second session this week, we learned how to gather fabric, serge seams, and sew basic rolled hems. I discovered that I really enjoyed making button holes. I hadn't thought that I would like sewing as much as I did, and even though my little Ikea sewing machine didn't have all of the bells and whistles as the Brother sewing machines, it proved to be a trusty little companion. Another two and a half hours flew by, and now I cannot wait for the third and final session.

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Stitch Samples from Class

Venture & Roam: Gathering Fabric, Sewing Gathered Fabric, Rolled Hem Seams
Gathering Fabric, Sewing Gathered Fabric, Rolled Hem Seams

Next week, we'll be putting all of the skills together that we've learned in order to make a zippered bag. I cannot wait to see how my final project turns out, and I've already started to look at the other sewing classes available through Craftland. I can't wait to make so many things with my Ikea sewing machine!

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Craftland Workshop Inspiration Board

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Craftland Project Samples

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Craftland Quilting and Applique Samples

Check back next week to see my final project!

Are you an avid sewing enthusiast, or a beginner just like me? Share your stories below!

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Monday, May 2, 2016

Monday Mantra: Kurt Vonnegut Jr and Optimism

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Sometimes in life we come across people who bring us down. Whether they intentionally do it or are completely oblivious to the negativity they spread, their words and actions can harden us to the world around us. Negativity can spread like wildfire, and it can affect even the most optimistic of us. 

We must always remember to find beauty in everyday things, to be thankful for life, and to never take anything for granted. Staying positive in a world where there is so much pain, hate, judgment, and negative intention isn't easy. But this adversity is what makes staying positive so important. 

We cannot change what others have done or said to us. But we can always do our best to find the silver lining in any situation. Positivity goes hand in hand with love, peace, and happiness. Be kind towards others, be caring towards the environment, and always treat people with respect. 

What do you do to stay positive? Share below!

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