Life: busy week and low-key weekend

This past week was a busy but accomplished week. I finished the work I planned to do on  Thursday so Friday at work was pretty low key. I met with a friend for lunch and did some research on pension. I thought I was the only one among my friends who didn’t think about pension nor did any planning for that. It turned out that I was actually the first one who did research on that topic. All of them just put some extra $$ into the saving and called it pension planning. Sigh… I read a book, attended two seminars, read all the FAQ, materials about available options for us, a non-american non resident no-tax payer, a special group of people indeed.

Food-wise, I continued with macro dinners. My body enjoys simple food these days. Meat sounds gross to me so I didn’t force.


brown rice, tofu, cabbage-wakeme, seaweed salad, tahini-lemon sauce


lunch at Le Pain Quotidien: french lentil salad with chickpeas and avocado

Saturday: instead of pancake I made waffles


made with 1/4 cup buckwheat pancake mix, 1/4 cup pumpkin, 1 egg + 1 egg white, 1/4 cup almond milk. PB2 sauce and maple syrup.

Groceries haul from Tj’s and WF:



  • organic kale x2 (obsessed with kale!)
  • organic collard greens
  • banana
  • organic pear
  • melon
  • organic zucchini
  • organic cherry tomato
  • carrots


  • chickpeas
  • mushrooms
  • organic eggs
  • coconut creamer
  • soy yogurt
  • organic romaine
  • almond milk

New product: Whole Rye Bread. I haven’t bought bread for a long time. I saw this bread a while ago and really wanted to try it. It’s a rather dense, rich, chewy bread, very filling. 


We went shopping and got a swim suit for Sofia. I have an upcoming training and I will bring mom and Sofia with me. The hotel has a heated pool, so Sofia will be entertained. 😉



5:45 am 😯 Morning pumping session still in place. 😦 As much as I enjoy providing milk for Sofia, I don’t enjoy getting up so early EVERY SINGLE DAY!


maybe I should drop this pumping session because I’m still in surplus, at least 8 oz. per day. There’s not enough space in the mini freezers to store them anymore! Sigh… I should be grateful and not “complaining”. But you know… somedays you really want to sleep-in.

A savory breakfast: new bread toasted + poached egg + LC + mashed avocado


pilling up more avocado 😉


Made baby food #1: aduki bean + banana


#2: kabocha + avocado + baby oatmeal


Made a dessert for me: aduki coconut mousse


the usual suspect for lunch


followed by a decaf cappuchino with almond milk while someone was playing by her own


then I fed her with golden liquid 😉


no more milk-comma but still a bit sleepy


but wakes up right away when I put her down onto the new mat


I got her soft tiles to form this gigantic play mat


she’s really happy playing on it with all her toys! 🙂


A low-key weekend but enjoyable nonetheless. 🙂


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5 responses to “Life: busy week and low-key weekend

  1. Look at all the smiles! 🙂

  2. Laika

    Aww, so cute Coco! I want the recipe for aduki beans+banana. Also, what kind of mat did you end up getting? Please share 🙂

    • balancejoyanddelicias

      It’s extremely simple. Just blend cooked aduki bean with banana, add breast milk or water until desired consistency.

      I got the mat from They are a bit pricier than standard mats for babies, but they are great and it can be customized to any shape color you want. Mine is quite large, 8*6 foot. We love it.

  3. Aww, I love Sophia’s yellow and white-striped bathing suit! Adorable. I bet she’s going to love splashing around the hotel pool. 🙂

    All of your meals look absolutely delicious, Coco–especially the avocado and egg toast, which is one of my favorites. I’ve tried the German bread but wasn’t a huge fan…there were lots of varieties, though, so maybe I just bought the wrong one! Also, your salmon salad looks incredible!

    I’m so impressed by your dedication to milk-pumping; waking up at 5:00 must be exhausting! I think it’s totally worth it, though–Sophia is going to be stronger and healthier for it.

    Hope you had a wonderful Monday! ❤ xoxo

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