Hi, friends! Happy Friday! How was your week? Mine was pretty good. I’ve got a few fun favorites and a giveaway coming at you today, but before we get to that …
A quick story about pregnancy brain
Can we talk about pregnancy brain? I wasn’t sure it would happen to me, but it’s been happening, and I had one bout of it this week that scared me. And let me try to explain it, although I’m sure it won’t come out as dramatic as I would hope …
On Wednesday night, I preheated the oven for Dave to make himself fish (I was having lentil pasta, of course, so didn’t need the oven for my own meal). About 10 minutes later, when he went to put his fish into the oven, he pulled out a baking sheet with two extremely burnt veggie burgers on there. He asked me what they were, and I had no idea, like I had never seen them before in my entire life. Then, a minute later, I realized, those were mine. I cooked them earlier in the day and meant to eat them for lunch. But clearly, I had not eaten them for lunch — I had left them in there and even turned off the oven, without realizing what I was doing. So what did I have for lunch that day? I know I made scrambled eggs with spinach on the stove and had an avocado, but that wouldn’t have been enough food for me and my ravenous pregnant appetite, and I meant to have the two veggie burgers with it to round out the meal. How could I have possibly NOT realized I left the cooked veggie burgers in the oven and didn’t eat them for lunch as I had planned to do? I guess I was preoccupied? This may seem silly, but I was totally concerned about this lapse in memory, as well as the lapse in my lunch, which must have been very small and clearly unmemorable.
The whole issue made me weirded out all night — especially because then we had to throw out the burnt veggie burgers, and I hate wasting food! Needless to say, I’m planning to be extra aware of all things I do in the kitchen from here on out. Seriously, my friends, is this just the beginning of what’s to come for me? 🙂
Okay, why don’t we move on to some better stuff …
Favorite eco-friendly fashion: Doshi backpack
Supporting a good company alert! You guys have probably heard me say before that I love the look of leather backpacks and have always wanted one. Well, lucky me, I now have a leather-looking backpack, but it’s way better than regular leather. It’s vegan leather, made from microfiber and nylon and absolutely no animal products. The folks at the Southern California-based Doshi Shop reached out to me a few weeks ago asking if I wanted to test out one of their Lux Ribbed Backpacks, and I said, “yes, yes, yes.”
I used this backpack as my carry-on on my trip to Florida, and I’ve also been using it for all of my trips to the City lately. It’s got a convenient laptop sleeve inside, plenty of space for a change of clothes, and a front pocket perfect for my wallet, shades and keys — basically all I could ask for. Oh and the interior is red, which is super fun.
So in addition to the fact that this backpack is vegan leather (i.e. not actually leather) and looks good with those cool ribbed details, the Doshi company also gives back five percent of proceeds to organizations that help animals and the environment and is PETA approved. Love it! Check them out, if you’re in need of some vegan leather accessories.
Favorite reading: “Blogger to Author” book
Let’s keep talking about supporting people who are doing good things! For instance, my blogging buddy, Dr. Beth Brombosz, recently published a print and digital book, called “Blogger to Author,” and she was kind enough to send me a copy for review. You may remember that I mentioned Beth before, because she hosted me on her podcast of the same name, Blogger to Author, and you can listen to my episode here.
Well, Beth’s book is exactly like it sounds. It’s a step-by-step guide offering insight on how a blogger can turn content that they’ve already developed into a book — either a digital book or a hard-copy book. I wish Beth’s book had been available when I was working on writing my first ebook, “Fit and Fertile,” because it would have been super helpful to guide me along. But even though my book has been released (did you buy it yet? I hope you will!), I still got a lot out of Beth’s tutorial.
She breaks down how to find the right topics to write about based on what you’ve been covering on your blog, how to test the idea with your audience, how to market your idea and also how to actually get the words to turn into a book, which you can sell yourself or sell on other sites for more exposure, like Amazon. (By the way, Beth recently helped me get my book for sale on Amazon, woohoo!). She also talks about the growing popularity of self-publishing and its pros and cons compared to working with a traditional publisher. It’s a quick read, broken into chapters, so you can go back and find exactly what you need as you move along in the development and writing process.
Giveaway for copies of “Blogger to Author”
If you’re a blogger or someone who is interested in writing a book one day, I would highly recommend “Blogger to Author,” so check it out here. And Beth was so kind as to offer TWO hard copies for giving away on the blog today. To enter, all you have to do is leave a comment on this blog post, and I’ll choose two winners on Wednesday of next week. Thanks, Dr. Beth!
Favorite dark chocolate: Alter Eco Foods
Dark chocolate is life! I like it way better than milk chocolate or white chocolate, that’s for sure. And I recently got a shipment of Alter Eco Foods dark chocolate bars and truffles, and they are just so darn delicious. (Special thanks to the Alter Eco Foods folks for sending me the free goodies.)
In addition to the taste, Alter Eco Foods is another eco-friendly company (I’m on a roll today with supporting awesome companies and people), and these chocolates are fair-trade, non-GMO and organic and sourced from cacao beans in Ecuador and Peru, then finished off at a chocolatier in Switzerland. Yes!
INSTAGRAM GIVEAWAY: In case you missed it, I’m hosting a giveaway for a sampling of Alter Eco bars and truffles over on Instagram, which will close tonight, so check it out! You can also find a store near you that sells the bars or shop online here, if you don’t win, or if you don’t have Instagram.
My stash of truffles is gone, but I have been trying to savor the bars as much as I can. That’s one good thing about dark chocolate — it’s so rich, you really can’t eat too much at once — which is completely unlike how I behave around other desserts …
Favorite links of the week
A few good things to read …
- There are always a few gems on MBG, and this one about boosting your metabolism is a good read for everybody.
- We all love to talk about Trader Joe’s. I’ve given you a list of what I love to buy there, and here’s a registered dietitian’s take on the best food to buy.
From A Lady Goes West this week …
- Weekend at home and my weekly workouts from 30 and 31 weeks pregnant
- How to create a great sleep environment
Let’s close this long favorites post off with one more picture. And this one is of sweet little Rudy with a delicious kombucha …
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Questions of the day
What’s something you’ve been loving lately?
Have you ever had a pregnancy brain moment? Whether you are pregnant or not?
GIVEAWAY REMINDER: If you want to win a copy of “Blogger to Author,” leave a comment on this post, and I’ll choose two winners next week.