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Down to the Wire

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So the baby’s due in exactly one week and I have a feeling he’ll be late.  Reason being there are a set of things that have to happen before (real) labor which haven’t happened, yet (the “bloody show” being one of them).  Plus, there have been decreased movement from him for the past couple days which has me worried.  That plus the impending move (again) has me stressed out.  I’ve been told, time after time, to stay as active as possible (in other words, walk lots) to encourage the baby to arrive on time but it’s easier said than done (with my cankles, swollen balloon-like feet, and fatigue).

Thankfully, all of my holiday shopping is done.  As far as shopping goes, the only things I’ve been getting now have been baby stuff and things for the house.  Our Turkish towels from Bed, Bath, & Beyond have not lasted well and I discovered the other day that Nordstrom’s hydrocotton towels are actually less expensive, softer, and (supposedly) last longer (in terms of fluffiness and shape).  I placed my order for the new towels a couple days ago and will let you all know how they hold up.  So given the fact that Bed, Bath, & Beyond has an amazing return policy (not as great as Nordstrom’s but pretty close), I took the Turkish towels back and exchanged them for other things that we can use in the new house.  Another discovery for the home has been Archipelago scents.  So far, my favorites are Agave Sage, Bamboo Teak, and Verbena Basil.  In addition to the diffusers, the brand also has a great line of candles.

As for the new house, I’ve been tasked with selecting the design, colors, appliances, etc.  Although I enjoy doing it, it’s also a huge undertaking, especially with the baby on the way.  Architectural Digest has been a fantastic resource for interior design and decorating ideas.  More details to come.

Scent of a Woman

Many friends and family members know that I’ve been having trouble sleeping for the past few months.  With that said, aromatherapy has helped tremendously (in terms of calming nerves and just promoting a more relaxing atmosphere).  I find myself using more perfume than I used to and candles have been indispensable.  From last fall through the holidays, I’ve been a fan of the delicious “Fireside” Woodwick candle.   Now that the holidays are over, I have a new obsession:  the very soothing “Lavender Spa” Woodwick candle.  There’s something so fresh, calming, and spring-y about it.  Plus, for those of us living in the city, the crackle of the wood wick mimics the sound of a fireplace.  One of my favorite things to do is to cuddle up in a throw blanket on the couch with a good book–all while sitting next to a couple Woodwick candles atop a coffee table.  (Optional:  bowl of vanilla ice cream)