Holidays at the Rochester Public Market

One of my favorite places is the Rochester Public Market!  It is a unique place where you feel as if you stepped into another world.  I always find something new to experience when I’m there.  I avoid crowds like I avoid opening my son’s lacrosse bag after a weekend long tournament, but the market crowd is pleasant…does that make sense?!?  It has been exposure therapy for me and I have never had a negative encounter from the crowds of people who flock to the market.  It can be a bit challenging when taking pictures, but that should be expected.

The market has become a place my boyfriend and I visit early Saturday mornings even if we don’t need anything in particular—we just enjoy the atmosphere and energy there. (I wish I could insert a smell of the market here…it’s simply amazing)

Holidays at the Market includes vendors with holiday gift items, wreaths, trees, art, clothing, stocking stuffers, specialty treats, and tons more!  On our stroll through I snagged a few photos of our top 10 favorite finds.

 

  1. Pierogies:  This is always a must stop when I visit the market…I looovee pierogies and they make the best!
  2. The Florida Nut House: You will smell the amazingness of this place before you see it.  Not only are the nuts delicious, but the people are friendly and make you want to come back!  You will hear some hilarious nut jokes while you’re there, so bring one to share (a joke that is)!  My favs are the cinnamon pecan and cinnamon almond!
  3. Juan and Maria’s Empanadas:  They have the best empanadas…if you have never had one you must try them! 47
  4. Treemendousness:  There are trees everywhere and the prices are lower than I have seen anywhere!  The pine scent wafted throughout the market as we walked…we loved this!
  5. Wreaths, wreaths, and more wreaths:
  6. Dog Treats:  A variety of vendors offered items for pets.  This is one I thought was super adorable!17
  7. Fresh Fruits and Vegetables:  On Thursday and Saturday mornings the market is filled with vendors selling everything from fruits, vegetables, herbs, meats, fish/seafood, breads, condiments, and an assortment of other products.  We love buying our produce, cheeses, meats, and fish from the markets rather than the grocery store—so much more fresh and you can ask them questions about how to prepare, cook, and store your items.  The prices are much lower than the grocery store as well.  I’m always shocked at the amount I’m able to buy.
  8. Handmade items, crafts, gifts, and trinkets:  You will be able to find a perfect item for that person on your list who has everything or who is a difficult one to buy for.  Perfect place to find that white elephant gift or Secret Santa gift!  Everything from products made with essential oils, soaps, handmade furniture, wine, honey, bird houses, wind chimes, stocking stuffers, and tons more!
  9. Baked Goods:  If you enjoy breads, cookies, donuts, pastries, and other treats you will find a huge selection!
  10. FREE Carriage Rides with Santa:  Super cute watching the horse-drawn carriage pull children as Santa tells them to make sure they are cleaning up their toys!18

 

Tips:  Bring cash (small bills), bring your own bags or a cart/wagon (even if you don’t plan to use the wagon you can keep it in your car and use it to transport large items), leave large purses at home, there are bathrooms in the office if needed along with an ATM and pay phone

Holidays at the Market are Sundays throughout December:  from 9am-3pm

The market hosts additional themed days throughout the year such as Flower City Days, Garage Sale Days, Food Truck Rodeo, Bands on the Bricks, and more.

Click here for more information on the Rochester Public Market.

Have you been to the Rochester Public Market?  What is your favorite part of going?  Do you have a market in your area?  Share your thoughts!

Crystal

Ten People You will Experience at the Thanksgiving Dinner Table

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Thanksgiving is Thursday and what would it be without taking time to think about what we are thankful for.  I could write a never-ending list of all the wonderful things God has blessed me with, but instead…

I decided to write a list of people who will be sitting at the table…

which one are you?

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  1. The host:  Are you the one who hosts dinner?  Does all the planning, preparation, cooking, decorating, table setting, and often times, the one who cleans up as well.
  2. The cleaner: This one is not found at all tables, but when they are the host is much appreciative!  They insist on helping to clear, rinse, pack up leftovers, and even wash and/or load the dish washer!  They also usually offer to help set the table and lend a hand with anything else needed.
  3. The eater: This one does not just eat, but they are the first to mound the plate of food, and begin seconds before grace is even said.  They are often the first one to pass out on the couch after too!
  4. The photographer:  This one needs photos of everything…selfies with the food, the table setting, group shots, desserts…oh…just one more!
  5. The story teller:  There is always one person who has a story ready to share with everyone…sometimes its of a memory of a past family gathering, embarrassing moment, or just some off topic tale of their adventure hiking over the summer.
  6. The gossiper:  This one has the latest news about everyone in the family and is eager to share it with everyone.  Usually this person is the social media junkie who repeats everything…”Did you see what Bob posted yesterday about Veronica?”
  7. The one with the wild child:  There is always one person with the small child who is in that stage where they are just plain irritating…we’ve all been there, so which one of you have the honor this year?
  8. The eat and runner:  This isn’t one who exercises after eating, but one who will eat dinner and then leave because they are avoiding any clean-up or interaction with others…I mean…leave because they have to stop at another family member’s home.
  9. The aspiring politician:  The one who is ready to stir up conversation on a controversial topic just to hear everyone debate.  They are ready with several hooks to throw out for anyone willing to take the bait.
  10. The sulky teen:  We have all been that teenager at the Thanksgiving Day table at some point in our life…who is it this year?

With all the personality types Thanksgiving dinner usually comes together without any major issues, love is felt, laughter is heard, and memories are made ❤

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Share in a comment:  Which one are you sitting at the table or which one do you love most?

 

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Post inspired by The Daily Post One Word Prompt: Nest

Lesson Learned: Pack a Hospital Bag!

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Wednesday we had a little scare…I thought I might be in labor…

Craig had his basketball game, and when he left, he gave me a kiss goodbye.  My stomach began feeling very tight, hard, and I kept feeling a sharp pain.  I thought maybe I needed to use the bathroom, so tried that with no luck.  I washed my face, brushed my teeth, and changed into my comfy bed clothes and that is when the pains started to really intensify.

I could barely search google to see if this was normal or what was going on…yes, I google just about everything before calling my doctor.  The pain hurt so bad I started to sweat and couldn’t even look at my phone.  I didn’t want to interrupt Craig’s game because it’s his one time a week he has to enjoy himself, so I decided I would wait.  I knew even if I did call he wouldn’t be able to hear it because he was running down the court…I did send a text for him to call me when he finished.

Maybe the baby is just in a certain position that is causing the pain?

I tried moving around to see if that would alleviate the pain, but that didn’t work.

My daughter looked concerned and asked what she could do…

“Mom, call the doctor or something”

My son began to google reasons for sharp pains, but I eventually told him put the phone down….

“Mom, it might be your cervix” is not something you expect to hear from your fifteen year old.

“Mom, I can drive you to the hospital…”

“Mom, call the doctor, I can talk to him”

Hahaha…what parent thinks they will hear their child say that?

I waited, and my stomach remained rock hard and the pains came and went.  I’ve felt contractions before and these were not what I experienced before.  I gave Craig a call, but knew he wouldn’t hear the ring.  I could wait a little longer!

I don’t even have a bag packed!  This was supposed to be the one time I had a bag ready to go!  I just washed my face and have comfy clothes on!  I don’t want to go to the hospital like this!  Noooo…I don’t want him to be born in November!  This just can’t be!

Fast forward an hour…

…the pains went away and I was able to move around without any discomfort.

Craig called in frantic mode because I sent him a text and called him which is out of the ordinary while he is playing basketball.  When I told him what was going on he said he would be home as fast as he could.

Lesson learned:  we need to write thank you cards, finish up the nursery, pack a hospital bag, and pick a baby name!

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❤ Crystal

Seven Habits for a More Productive Commute

How many of us commute to work and don’t use that time productively?  It is so easy to begin the day by complaining about the weather, the traffic, the line at the coffee shop, or countless other trivial distractions.

It’s time to change!  To begin to train your mind to start the day off strong, be mindful when that negative thought creeps in when you realize way too many people missed the lesson on how to merge in traffic, use a signal, or that the left lane is for the speedier drivers…no need to honk every time someone upsets you on the road!  When you begin to have those thoughts tell yourself “nope, not today” and refocus on a positive thought.

There are more productive ways to spend your time on that commute which will benefit you and those around you.

I challenge you to try at least one of these for a week and see how your day improves!

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What are you listening to?: Is it adding anything beneficial to your life?  Gossip radio?  What type of music?  Be mindful of what you put on—in what way is it helping you be a better person?  Try motivational speeches, sermons, TED Talks, educational podcasts, or music that is going to place you in the right mindset for the day.

Conversations with God: On my way to work is when I have some of the best conversations with God.  If I need to vent, ask for advice, pray, or just say thank you I use this time to do that.  Give it a try!  I was struggling with a choice I made that was not popular among others, so I asked God to take it and show me if I needed to approach the situation a different way—he was loud and clear that the choice I made was the right one.  It’s amazing when God speaks to you!

Think up blog topics: For us bloggers there are times when we go through a bit of bloggers block…this time spent in our car driving while our mind wanders is a great way to think up possible topic ideas to write about.  I came up with this topic while on my drive to work.

Pray: On your way to work pray for God to use you that day.  Pray for your family, friends, co-workers, students, patients…

Eat a healthy snack: Pack some grapes, carrots, celery, almonds, or healthy snack of your choice to munch on while driving…an easy way to start making sure you are eating right!

Think of something kind to do for someone that day:  Do you know who has a birthday coming up?  Who might need some encouragement?  Everyone can use kindness, so take that commuting time to think of someone and what is something special you can do for that person.  Maybe it’s sending them a card, bringing them in a plant to work to say welcome to the company, paying for the person behind you at coffee shop, or just simply think of a compliment you can give someone that day!

Affirmations:  What do you tell yourself before you even arrive to work?  It can have a huge impact on your day?  Are you already complaining that today is Monday and thinking about that annoying co-worker?  Stop that immediately and change what you say to yourself!  Try saying to yourself that you are excited for this Monday, excited for what the day will bring!  Never say negative things about yourself!  Tell yourself, “I am talented”, “I am creative”, “I am successful”, “I am positive”…

Share in a comment:  Like I mentioned above, I challenge you to try at least one of these for a week while on your commute to work.  I guarantee that you will notice a difference.  What one will you try?  What other habits are we able to do while on our commute to work? 

Crystal

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When in Rome…Have a Baby Shower!

This past Saturday we were thrown a baby shower by Craig’s family in Rome, New York.  It could not have been more perfect!  A huge thank you to his cousin, Kayla for organizing and planning it all with the help from his Aunt Mary, Uncle Curtis, and cousin Jaimie!  Without a doubt I am a lucky woman to have such an amazing man, and with the added bonus of his wonderful family it just makes everything so much more of a blessing!

Rome Baby Shower

 ❤ Our Favorite Moments ❤

  1. Craig’s Grandmother gave us baby pictures of Craig and photos of his mother and father.  Seeing the photos along with the candle set up to honor them immediately made the tears begin to flow.

 

2. How beautifully everything was set up…the photos do not do them any justice!  The basketball to have guests sign, the candle to light as an honor to Craig’s parents, the mimosa bar, balloons, beer mugs for the men to take as favors, and the candles the ladies received to burn when baby arrives were all just incredible!

 

3. The food!  The food was never ending and delicious—it was brought out in waves starting with breakfast which included eggs, breakfast potatoes, and french toast.  Then salad, along with chicken French, alfredo pasta, and grilled veggies.  Delta Lake Inn definitely has amazing food!

 

4. The games…everyone enjoyed the games and I was able to be the one to de-whistle Uncle Curtis because he said the word “baby”…love that shower game!

 

5. The desserts!!!  Creampuffs, cupcakes, and cannolis, Ohhh…My!  even though I couldn’t technically enjoy them as much as I would have liked they are delicious (I’ve had one here and there for a treat as I closely monitor my sugar).  The best part was the blue faces if they ate one of the blue frosted cupcakes!

 

6. The thoughtful gifts!  From the little red wagon, the sporty bathrobe, the basketball hoop, the million different balls in a box, the adorable suits, the tiny little outfits, and the dresser to put them all in we truely loved everything!  Driving home was quite eventful…haha!

 

7. The people!  It’s always a fun time when we are able to travel to Rome and spend time with Craig’s family, but this time was a little more special because he was able to see some people he hadn’t seen in a long time.  His aunt even drove from Michigan to be there!

 

8. The unplanned balloon release!  Craig wrote a little note on one of the balloons and we decided to release them…emotional moment to end it all, and another way to include his parents into the celebration.

 

As you can see from this post our little MVP is loved so much already!  We are blessed to be surrounded by such supportive, wonderful people.  Thank you all who came to shower us with love!

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❤ Crystal

Photo Credit to Cole and McKinley
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A Peek into Our Family Fall Pictures

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The one must every year for me is to take fall family pictures! The fall is my favorite season.  I started years ago with just taking a few photos of the kids raking leaves, jumping in the pile we created, and going pumpkin picking.

It evolved into an event where more family members came and we took pictures of everyone.  Due to schedule constraints the past few years we have decided to just keep it small with just us–it’s difficult as it is to plan to take them with keeping in mind the peak foliage time, work schedules, and the unpredictable Rochester weather.

We had to do them at 8:30am this year (I was worried we wouldn’t have enough sunlight), and the temperature was about 35°-40°, so we were all freeeeezing!  There were even times where you could see our breath from talking and laughing that I thought it might ruin the shots.  Even though we didn’t take as many as we usually do I’m thankful we were able to take the ones we did ❤

Our sneak peek collage from this year

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Other Family Favorite Group Shots

 

Belly worshipping Favs ❤

 

We ended our hour session with McKinley in a tree as usual…

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Last year & this year (2016 & 2017)

Random Facts About Fall Family Picture Day

  1. There is much arguing and bickering prior to many of the shots
  2. Cole must flip and fluff his hair for every photo
  3. McKinley wore a pair of my shoes, and was not happy about it (she wanted to wear her Nike sneakers)
  4. A spare, handy towel was used for Craig’s runny nose
  5. This was the first year EVERYONE wore the same color (gray)…with the planned exception of me which we decided on purpose
  6. Autumn arrived on time which just doesn’t usually happen
  7. It was so cold that I didn’t switch my lens or settings like I should have
  8. We were unsure if we would have enough sunlight because Autumn had to be at work, so we had to work around her schedule
  9. It was about 35° out…burrrrrrrr
  10. Autumn and I wore the exact same nail polish (unintentional)
  11. Cole’s famous line, “I’m so cold my nipples are as hard as rocks” made us laugh so hard I thought our breath was going to ruin the pics (from the cold)

thankful-and-gratefulShare in a comment:  What does your family do for photos?  Do you take a yearly picture?  I’d love to hear what others do.

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Post inspired by the Daily Post Weekly Photo Challenge Prompt:  Peek

 

 

 

 

 

I Have Been Diagnosed With…

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After taking my one hour glucose test and my number coming back slightly high (147) I was sent for the three hour test.  This past Saturday I went in to take my three hour glucose test and received the results Monday…

20171029_223341I have gestational diabetes!  Ugggg…months prior to beginning to try and conceive we stepped up our healthy eating, meal planning, started taking vitamins, and being mindful of the foods we eat.  I am beyond disappointed, but know God is trying to teach me something from it all.  Only two of my numbers were slightly high, so that makes me feel better than if they were off the charts.

Next step is to go to the Endocrinologist to see what they say.

I have read just about every article online to gather more information and I just don’t understand why this happened.  I don’t have any of the symptoms.  I want a natural birth…no induction, no cesarean section…I just want to go in labor, without any complications and have a healthy baby!

Is it because I ate too many sweets?  The cupcakes?  The Andy’s Candies?  Chico-Sticks?  I’m not obese!  It’s all a mystery!  Maybe because I have been skipping out on the gym?  I am on my feet most of the day though…that has to count for something?  Does this mean I’ll have diabetes later in life?  What about my son?  Are my other children at risk?  Is it hereditary?  Why have I never been diagnosed with it before?  I worked at a candy store with my first pregnancy and ate pounds of chocolate, but managed to be fine!  So many questions…

I know this is just a small obstacle compared to some that could be thrown my way, so I’m grateful that at least we can make a few more changes to our lifestyle and hopefully finish this pregnancy with everyone in good health!

Comment:  Do you or have you had gestational diabetes?  Any advice you have for me?  Snack ideas? 

Crystal

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