There was something about this week that made it seem a little crazy. Maybe it’s becuase most of Texas is now starting to open up from the coronavirus stay at home orders that were previously in place. Gyms and salons were able to open their doors this past Monday. And without much turn around time, bars are able to open today and restaurants can move up to 50% capacity. While some people are itching to get out of the house, my husband and I have decided that it’s better for us to stay home during this time. Especially with it being a long holiday weekend, which is likely to bring more people out to take advantage of some things they have not been able to in awhile.
I believe that with everything opening up, it is up to us to be responsible for our actions to determine what risks are appropriate for our family. And we are also the ones who need to still be practicing social distancing with everything beginning to open. With being almost 32 weeks pregnant, we decided being out near others is not worth the risk since we do not know the potential harm the virus could bring to our baby. We also do not want to take the chance of being exposed to the virus since it may drastically alter our labor and delivery experience.
And while some of this is not always easy to decide or deal with, it has given me a lot of time to enjoy the nesting process with my baby and to enjoy a few hobbies that I haven’t had time for in the near recent past. I wanted to share a few of the products that have made the nesting process a bit easier for me. And a thing or two that has made me love spending some quality time at home with my husband and dog.
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Blueland cleaning products
As a scientist, I am incredibly interested in all of the data that will result from the coronavirus. Not only in the modeling for how the virus is likely to spread and infect individuals, but also the data on how lockdowns across the world will impact the environment. I’ve already seen some data showing reduced carbon emissions, by fairly large percentages, and seeing improved air quality in cities all over the world.
While we may not know how long these effects will last, or what type of overall impact they will have on the environment, I still try to limit my impact. Enter Blueland cleaning products. What I love about this cleaning set is that you use only 1 set of bottles for all of their cleaners, and when it comes time to refill, all you need is water and one of their tablets. I love the thought that with this set, I will be throwing away far fewer plastic cleaning bottles.
After using my new set for a couple of weeks now, I can definitely say they get the job done. And as a bonus, the cleaners have a very light and pleasant set. The other reason that makes this cleaning set a clear winner for our house is that their formulas are designed in collaboration with environmental agencies. This means that not only are they good for the environment, but they are safe for the baby, our dog, and even me during pregnancy.
First off, let me just say that pregnancy brain is real. I’ve been fortunate to easily be able to interpret and remember any information that has been presented to me. I mean, I still remember my locker combination from high school. While that information is useless, I still was impressed that I could remember it.
But since I’ve been pregnant, it feels like information goes in one ear and out the other ear. I think of something that needs to be done for the day, and I’ll forget it a few moments later. To help me stay organized, I carry around a moleskin notebook. It’s the perfect size for being easily transported and is great for writing in quick reminders for anything that I want to get done for the day. I also like to bring it to any of my prenatal appointments to take some notes if the doctor has any suggestions for us.
It’s also been great for prepping for our baby. I love making lists, and when working on completing the nursery or other items that we need, it’s great to be able to research and make lists of what items still need to be ordered for our little one. There is something about crossing items off a list – whether its tasks to be done or things we need to buy – that makes me unbelievably happy 🙂
Clive Cussler’s Havana storm
I know it was only a couple of weeks ago that I posted about the previous book in the Dirk Pitt series, but I cannot get enough of them. It has been so great to have time to read again. I always loved reading when I was younger, and now that we’ve taken some time and slowed down with staying at home, I feel like I finally have the chance to really enjoy reading again.
After finishing the last book, I lasted about 2 days before I decided I needed to order the next book in the series. When Havana Storm arrived, I think I read about 150 pages in the first day and a half. This is what is so great about the series. You are immediately invested in the story and feel the need to keep reading to find out more. I’m really looking forward to spending some quality time outside over the long holiday weekend to continue reading my book.
Let me know some of your favorites from the week in the comments below!