PREGNANT! 33 weeks pregnant to be exact.
I’m definitely one of those people who likes to hold my information close to myself. I barely even wanted to tell family … not because I was ashamed but because it was my business to tell. But anyone who has had their parents’ first grandchild knows that the news seems to find its way out anyway.
This was me trying to be in control of loose lips 😂
After telling family, there was the whole debacle of when to share the news on social networks. A part of me wanted to post weekly updates because they were cute and pregnant women received a lot of love from their online friends. But there was another part of me that didn’t really care about that. Again, I’m a private person. So I settled on a compromise! I decided that I would finally make my mother to be status public when I completed my maternity photo shoot. And I stuck to that.
The amount of love and support I received was overwhelming, in a good way! I’m sure there’s plenty of moms to be who wonder if they should share their pregnancy with the public and honestly it’s a personal choice! Do whatever makes you comfortable.
I’m not sure how much I’ll share with the world after giving birth – who knows, this blog could easily turn into a mommy blog. I guess we’ll just wait and see!
During the past two years I have really grown to know myself. Being away from close friends and family who are my anchors has forced me to rely on myself for solice.
I’m not going to lie, some days I get so overwhelmed and I stay in bed from dawn to dusk. But other days I’m committed to finding joy even in the darkest of times. When my anxiety isn’t overwhelming, I can muster up the energy to get out and explore.
My peace of choice is the outdoors; I love to be surrounded by nature, whether in a park, roaming through a forest or relaxing on a beach. Something about fresh air and greenery brings my soul true peace.
Lately I’ve been struggling with my emotions and balancing a lot of major life changes. All of it began to wear me down and I let it. But this past weekend was different. I woke up at 7 am on a mission to find peace! Without much thought, or hesitation, I drove to the Couturie Forest in New Orleans’ City Park. I had been here once before, and somehow my soul just knew it was what I needed. I walked around for about 30 minutes and allowed nature to clear my mind. I left feeling 100x lighter and knew I’d be back tomorrow.
Here is where I’ve found a little peace in this robust city! Check out some nice pictures from my excursion below:
Trying times are just that – trying. When you finally have the desire to do something… go for it! Go out and find a piece of peace.
– 2 slices of garlic Texas Toast
– 1/4 cup of shredded cheddar cheese
– 2 tbsp of Prego Traditional Sauce
First I preheated the oven to 425 degrees. While the oven was warming up I began to prep my veggies. I cut 3 small mushrooms into slices and cut two thin slices of tomatoes. I also rinsed off a handful of fresh spinach.
Then I took the Texas a Toast out of the freezer and placed them each down on a metal pan lined with aluminum foil. Once the oven reached the desired temperature, I cooked the Texas Toast for 2 minutes on each side.
After 4 collective minutes I took the toast out of the oven to begin making the pizza. First I put 1 tablespoon of tomato sauce on each piece of toast. Then I sprinkled on the shredded cheese just like you would when making a real pizza. (You can definitely use mozzarella instead, I’m just a sharp cheddar kind of girl.)
Once the basics were done I began to add my toppings. Feel free to go overboard on the veggies. After all of the toppings were down I returned the pizza to the oven for 3-5 minutes. At this point the cheese was nicely melted!
I removed the pizzas from the oven and let them sit for about 2 minutes. During this time I whipped together a spinach and tomato Caesar salad. Before plating the pizza I cut each Texas Toast in half to make it easier to devour.
This was super easy to do and freaking delicious. Enjoy!