You don’t realize how much stuff you have until you have to pack and move. The good thing is that moving kind of forces you to do a little bit of “cleaning”.
On Saturday I spent about three hours just cleaning out our pantry, getting rid of the foods and products we no longer eat or that had expired. Fortunately, most of the sauces and canned goods I got rid of (those which had animal-derived or unhealthy ingredients) I was able to donate, but still, the number of unopened, expired products we had in our pantry was shameful and embarrassing. I hate out throwing food—I hate it.
This past weekend was a lot of fun. Since a good friend is in town for a few days, we joined him and his girlfriend for a day well spent in Antigua. We walked around, visited Caoba Farms (where we ran into Machteld, from our Inspired Elements segment), shopped at the market and a couple of stores, and—of course—ate extremely well. I love the vibe Antigua has; we can visit a million times and never grow tired of it.
The weekends always come and go so quickly, don’t they? However, now that we can order most of our groceries through Caoba Farms, I’ve noticed that we have a lot more free time to do more of the things we love. Grocery shopping used to take us an entire afternoon to do (we used to stop at 3, sometimes 4, different stores), and now it only takes us a couple of hours- at the most.
I love a weekend that has the perfect balance of productivity and tranquility. When you get to spend time with friends and family, forget all your troubles, get things done around the house and still have some quiet time left just for yourself, “to recharge the batteries” so to speak. This past weekend was exactly like that for me…perfect.
My husband and I have never been big on celebrating Valentine’s Day. We don’t buy each other expensive gifts or make really elaborate plans. Instead, we normally choose to have a quiet evening, cook a delicious meal and indulge in a good bottle of wine. For me, that’s perfect. Quality time is all I really need.
I want to start by thanking each and every single one of you who submitted comments, messages and emails in response to last week’s ‘Simple Things’. The fact that you took time from your regular lives to write me, showing your support and giving me advice, is something I appreciate deeply. So, thank you!
Sharing the Disney Marathon Weekend in the company of my in-laws was something truly special. I’m grateful for all the support they’ve given us throughout this crazy journey, and for waking up super early on marathon day to cheer for us along the way AND see us run through the finish line.
Hello, everyone! Gosh, it seems like such a long time has passed since I last updated the blog, doesn’t it? I certainly hope you had a lovely Holiday Season and a very happy NYE celebration! Let me tell you, it was so nice to take a small vacation with my close friends and welcome the New Year from Mexico City- a city which I love and, if all goes well, I’ll be making frequent visits to this year. After the Holiday Madness (and Holiday Blues), disconnecting from the world and just enjoying myself was all I really needed to reboot and start fresh.
I’m so sorry today’s post is a little late. As you can imagine, being the day before Christmas Eve, my husband and I have been running all over town trying to finish our Christmas shopping and get everything we need for tomorrow’s dinner. Even though it will be just the two of us, I still want to decorate the table and make it a really special evening.
Today’s post is going to be very brief. Being the first day of detox week (after Thanksgiving and this past weekend, it’s very much needed), I’ll likely spend most of my day in the kitchen, planning the menu and preparing the bases of our meals.
Planning a detox week does take a little bit of work, but, I promise you, it’s so worth it! You feel like a brand new person once it’s over.