Fragrances and this gal’s pregnant nose

Hi friends!

This week has very spring-like, with a couple sunny days in the 70’s! There’s nothing like an early spring to put a pep in your step. We did have some rain today but I am hanging onto the hope that spring has come early since it is actually warm enough to rain instead of snow. One of my friends is certain that we are due for another big snow storm before it officially warms up, but let’s hope she is wrong about that. :)

I recently started using this Shea hand cream from The Body Shop. I got it a while ago in an airport — I was traveling to a conference. I had some time to kill before my flight, so did some browsing in the airport Body Shop. After I bought this lotion, I threw it into my bag and completely forgotten about it until a couple days ago when I was rummaging around in my bag and found it again. I’m so glad I did! I never go a single day without putting on some kind of lotion on my hands (no idea when that habit started), and my hands love this stuff! It feels really moisturizing, and the bonus is it smells lovely. I would describe the scent as warm, gourmand, and not too overpowering. :)


Speaking of scents, I haven’t had the urge to wear any perfumes or strongly-fragranced products since being preggo. Non-pregnant Dawn likes perfume on occasion but pregnant Dawn has yet to touch the stuff. My nose is normally quite sensitive even when I’m not pregnant, and pregnancy has certainly heightened that sensitivity. For a few weeks there in the first trimester I had to stay far away from anything scented… I even used fragrance-free body-wash to wash my hands because the smell of our regular hand soap was way too overpowering for my poor nose! Thankfully the hyper-sensitivity to scents has started to simmer down now that I’m out of the first trimester. It’s nice to not feel like I’m choking every time I am near anything even remotely fragranced :)

These green grapes have become something of a staple around here. Right now they are $2.50 per lb at our grocery store. In my opinion that is somewhere between a great price and a meh price. At least they taste amazing –> perfectly ripe, sweet, and juicy! I have found that fresh produce in New England tends to be more expensive compared to the south (and sometimes not as good). I remember paying $0.99 per lb for grapes during the summer at our local grocery store in Houston. I miss those prices!


Speaking of fruit, here is another staple of the week: fresh peaches! These aren’t super “hairy” on the outside, which I like. The skins aren’t quite as smooth as nectarines, but they are not as hairy as some peaches I have had in the past. Ya know, I can deal with the hairy peach skins (they taste too good not to!), but not having all those tiny little hairs on my tastebuds is great too. We bought extra peaches because this week is our turn to provide snacks for our small group. We plan to do a yoghurt and granola bar, with Greek yoghurt, peaches, cantaloupe, banana, and other “fixins” to add on top. Should be yummy :)


Joel felt like lasagna for dinner a couple nights ago, so we got takeout from a nearby Italian restaurant. I wasn’t super hungry so I opted for what I THOUGHT was going to be something small (ziti and meatball from the kids menu)… I was wrong. The kids portion was enormous! And you know somethin else? Boy did my eyes bug out of my head when I saw Joel’s meal… his lasagna could have fed a family of 4! But of course it was all very tasty and the abundant leftovers made for some stellar leftovers, so zero complaints here. Side note: I always say Italian is not my go-to cuisine, but then I end up enjoying it when I have it, so not sure what that is about :)


Breakfast this morning consisted of a smoothie! I haven’t made smoothies in a long time –> we actually got rid of our big blender a while ago (I can’t remember why but I think it was old and falling apart). My older brother David gave us his mini blender when he moved to South Africa, and this was the first time we put it to use. It was a lot easier to use compared to our old clunky one, and made the perfect amount for a single smoothie. I added fresh cantaloupe, a bit of orange juice, and then added some frozen raspberries, blackberries, blueberries, and mango. It was pretty delicious! Next time I will also add bananas, peaches, and maybe also some Greek yoghurt for protein. What is your favorite way to amp up the protein in your smoothies? Do you put veggies in your smoothies?


I found these mini ginger cookies in the bakery section of the store and scooped some up. I fully intended for these to accompany the smallgroup granola/yoghurt bar, but we ended up cracking into them yesterday (oops). They are so darn good! The perfect amount of gingery crunch –> It takes some pretty major restraint to not eat 30 in a row. They remind me of the crunchy ginger cookies we used to eat as kids. When it comes to ginger cookies or gingerbread I prefer crunchy over soft. Although let’s face it, soft gingerbread is pretty good too :)


Pad Woon Sen noodles for dinner last night :) –> bean thread noodles with onions, scallions, egg, carrots, and baby corn. So incredibly good. I could eat Thai (or any Asian) food every single day. Wouldn’t it be amazing to have a personal chef who whipped up whatever you wanted that day? That would be the dream.


What are your weekend plans? I keep checking my weather app because the forecast is going back and forth between rain and no rain for Saturday. It would be nice to spend some time outside so I am really hoping the rain holds off. At some point we are going to try and see Black Panther with some friends –> we have been wanting to see it since it came out but everywhere near us is sold out (we have MoviePass so we haven’t bought tickets in advance like everyone else).

What’s your favorite way to add protein to your smoothies? What are you up to this weekend? If you had to pick one type of cuisine to have for the rest of your life, what would it be?   

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9 thoughts on “Fragrances and this gal’s pregnant nose

  1. I’m convinced there’s another snowstorm that will hit the Northeast. There’s no way we get multiple 70 degree days in February without another storm. I just don’t believe it!

    To amp up protein in my smoothie, I like to add in some peanut butter and chia seeds. It helps fill me up more from it!

    1. You aren’t the only one to say that we’re due for another snow storm before winter officially closes up shop! You might be right — all this warmth might be a little TOO good to be true! haha :) I like the idea of adding peanut butter and chia seeds to smoothies — not sure why this didn’t occur to me sooner! thanks for the suggestions! :)

  2. It got cold again in Houston so it will probably hit up there soon, sorry!
    Grapes aren’t that cheap here anymore unless you know of a place (HEB and Kroger are like $1.99 a pound in summer).
    I don’t do smoothies but I agree with Maureen about the peanut butter!

    1. Oh man, I guess prices are going up everywhere! :/ We used to shop at the HEB in Clear Lake and boy to I miss those amazing prices! I will definitely be hopping on that peanut butter bandwagon in the very near future, thanks for the suggestion! :)

  3. I try to buy focus on eating fruits that are in season locally because then the price is cheaper. Right now citrus is in season that’s why it’s on sale. I love summer when soooo many fruits are in season. They tend to taste better then too. I’ve added peanut butter to some of my smoothies to get flavor and protein.

    1. I agree, it’s so nice having so many fruits in season during the summer! I love the peanut butter suggestion (thanks!) and will have to start adding it to my future smoothies! :)

  4. Your food all sounds so good! I love the idea of a yogurt and granola bar:)
    I thought we had made it through winter, but we’ve Benin having snow since 8am this morning:(

    1. Oh man, hopefully winter is on its way out and things will officially warm up! I am certainly ready for some spring weather! I hope you enjoy the rest of your weekend! 😊

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