Meal Planning Monday

It's another one of those weeks. Mama has had a virus and been sick forever and I am finally just not eating real food today. So the delay is strictly based on the fact that thinking of food wasn't my jam over the weekend. 

I probably need to either quit being sick or change our meals a bit. We had our health screening and my HCL was low. I've eaten saltines or rice for days now. My blood pressure was also low, but I was programmed to do deep breathing every time I saw a nurse while I was pregnant with Harry and my BP was insane... now I can drop that puppy real easy. Oops! Next time I won't deep breathe like I'm trying to knock it down from 149 again... it was only 100 today. Anyway... more walnuts and fish (but I don't like much fish). 

Monday | Chicken Picatta

Tuesday | Taco Tuesday with the youth group

Wednesday leftovers

Thursday | Marry Me Chicken with Mashed Sweet Potatoes and Brussel Sprouts

Friday | Leftovers

Saturday Creamy Bowtie Pasta with Onions, Spinach, and Mushrooms

Sunday 45 Minute Coq Au Vin 

Elliot | 1 Year Old

Elliot's Current Stats:

❊ Age – 1 year old! 
❊ Weight & Height – 24 lbs and 28 inches long. He's wearing a size 5 diapers and 12/18 month clothing. Mainly for width... the legs have to be rolled. 

❊ Eat – Elliot is showing his picky side. He prefers carbs. Rice. Grits. Potatoes. Maybe it's because this mama was dead to the world and didn't go full blown baby led weaning on him like I did with Harrison. He has many more preferences than his brother did. 

❊ Sleep – Sleeping through the night! 

❊ Recent Milestones – Cruising all over the place. He says bye bye and waves, Elliot will also say mama but only when he's upset and trying to get my attention. Sadly the little crawfish baby still hasn't figured out forward in his walker lol! 

❊ Special Moments – He is obsessed with Harrison and follows him everywhere. He watches Harrison when he's eating and tries to go behind him and take any spoon left behind and use it the same way Harrison did. We had a good laugh recently too, if you haven't heard Elliot's laugh you are missing out. I was smacking Harry with a pillow and he was dramatically falling over, Elliot was absolutely dying laughing at Harrison. 

❊ Mama’s Experience – Slowly but surely right? I'm much more for the ease of the newborn phase or anything after 18 months. This clingy one year old baby is rough on a mama who likes to go and do. He has demands and makes them very clear. 

❊ Comparison - You aren't getting the fully edited Elliot photo but here is a look at just how different they truly are. Same shirt and photo backdrop, but totally different faces, skin tones, and hair. Lucky for me Elliot also got the pretty baby curls like his brother had. 

Life Lately

Elliot's one year post will be up soon, I've just been editing  photos here and there as I get a chance.

Bare with me, I've been sick as a dog since Sunday afternoon. The kids at school think I'm nuts because I also haven't worn makeup... but why where it when you're about to blow your nose constantly.

Harrison had a blast on Halloween as per his usual. This child loves a holiday and one that allows you to gather candy is even better. We just went to the Trunk r Treat at church and that was plenty of tricking and treating for this mama. 

Elliot meanwhile, he isn't allowed to laugh in photos anymore. The child does not have a pretty laugh. He's a full on tossing your head back, turning beet red, and ceasing to breathe kind of laugher. 

Jeremy had the idea that we should all dress up this year... I doubt this becomes a yearly thing. Mama is apparently not a medium in an adult onesie. Found that out the hard way. 

The birthday cake, it was great and quickly turned into mom's daily treat after work. If you haven't made this layer cake... you need to. 

It's officially been cold enough that frost has hit. It was so cold the first of November that my car actually still had frozen spots when I got to work. Not to mention Jeremy's trunk wouldn't even open for me. 

Heaven for this winter lover! 

It's been staying chilly and that is something we don't see on the regular in South Louisiana. 

Plus... hello open doors! 

Oh, and with the coming of November has also come the end of nursing our youngest baby. I was ready for it to end this time. I think had we not moved I wouldn't have felt this way, but this new phase of life has thrown me off enough that I didn't enjoy stressing over milk. If anything I've learned a few things I'll do different when and if I have another. When I took a break from pumping this summer my supply tanked and it was a hot mess from then off and I never recovered. 

But with that I am able to get back to using Retinol. Just so happens that back when I was pregnant I ordered a bottle of Buffet serum from The Ordinary and they accidentally sent me their Retinol 1%, I was told to keep it and I've hoarded it away in my beauty drawer. This week I busted it out and am using it nearly like I did RetinA. 

Granted RetinA was twice a week, but I am using this every other day... washing my face, waiting about 10 minutes, putting Retinol on, waiting 20, putting on my moisturizer and then going to bed. I can't find a good post anywhere about how to use The Ordinary Retinol so I thought the safest way would be to mirror my use with RetinA. The squalene in this is supposed to make it much more gentle on your skin and you won't see the RetinA peeling. 

As soon as I'm done with this bottle I'm ordering tried and true RetinA though. 

Fall Picture Outtakes

I wanted to do our yearly pumpkin patch photo but it was an absolute bust this year. With the patches being open on the weekends here it limited the time we could go. 

It only took me looking outside and seeing the orange glow in the trees in front of our house to stop stressing and just plop the kids outside our front door. They turned out so good it might actually become our Christmas card this year. 

Elliot can't just laugh. He belly laughs and throws his head back, making him particularly awkward to photograph. I thought this turned out cute though, everyone was copying Jeremy. 

Elliot was done, and leaving. Harrison had a cute face.

They need to coordinate this better. 

Elliot looked adorable. Harrison was mad that I even suggested we take photos. 

Teary eyed but cute. 

And last but not least of the outtakes... Harrison picked up the blanket and said "That was 3 minutes Mama, you said 3 minutes."

And we were done.

Meal Planning Tuesday

Y'all these fall temps just make me want to skip work, open the doors, drink coffee, and cook all the soup. 

I've got some disagreement about the "all the soup" portion, but in the course of 50 years I should get soup once in a blue moon... needless to say that moon is happening twice this week. 

Monday | Bacon Cheeseburger Skillet with a Caesar Salad

Tuesday | Keto Sausage Balls with Omelettes

Wednesday | Beef & Vegetable Soup

Thursday | Ordering a Pumpkin Pizza from Papa John's!

Friday | leftovers

Saturday | Chicken Scampi with Garlic Parmesan Rice

Sunday | Creamy Mushroom & Chicken Wild Rice Soup

Lunch this week is Buffalo Dill Chicken Salad with Mary's Gone Crackers. These crackers are seriously so yummy! I've wanted to try them for ages but our grocery didn't carry them, but they have them here. Breakfast (which isn't actually breakfast because I do intermittent fasting and I eat this in the afternoon is a Orgain Protein Shake. Just realized I could get them cheaper at Sam's Club... so there ya go.

Simply Earth | The Monthly Essential Oil Recipe Box

I recently got in my Simply Earth Essential Oil Recipe Box as well as their Bonus Box that includes all the goodies I'd need to mix up any essential oil recipe they send. 

Needless to say it's been a gloomy week in Birmingham so excuse the photo quality. But with that said nothing makes me want to run my diffusers like overcast cold weather. They've really taken the place of candles in my home. 

Let's get to the bottom of the November Simply Earth Box - I received 4 essential oils, 3 of which I've never used before. Recipe cards. A linen bag for one of the recipes. Powdered milk. Lavender buds. And finally labels for any recipes I made.

My Bonus Box included beeswax, solid and liquid coconut oil, almond oil, as well as roller and blend bottles for any recipes I made.

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