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Monday, May 23, 2016

Meal Pinning Monday

Hello first full week of summer, it is so nice to finally see you. 

Too bad you didn't come with an over abundance of sleep. However, you did come with a baby who shakes his head yes while saying "yeah." I'm blaming that mainly on the fact that he is copying us and I tend to shake my head while saying yeah in conversations.

It's cute though. 



[What is Meal Pinning Monday?]
MPM is how I meal plan for our little family. I once spent a lot of time searching the web and my recipe books hunting for new recipes and ideas for what to cook every week. Then, Pinterest came along and made meal planning much easier for me. Every weekend I look over what I have pinned the prior week and decide what I would like to cook and make my grocery list from these recipes. MPM came about as a way to share what I am cooking, and to also see what others are cooking every week to hopefully get even more dinner ideas from other bloggers. If you don't pin your recipes feel free to just share what you are cooking.

Monday - Chicken Bacon Ranch Skillet with Roasted Sprouts & Potatoes for the men folk

Tuesday - Shrimp Malacca (paleo by coincidence)

Wednesday - Paleo Meatballs with Zoodles (probably tossing in a mashed tater for the guys)

Thursday - Caramelized Onion Spaghetti Squash Casserole with Sausage (meatless is a sin around here)

Friday - leftovers

Saturday - Paleo Pizza Soup

Sunday - leftovers

Breakfast - Oatless Oatmeal (more like a porridge, but it was good)

Lunch - Bowl of Doom

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Grout Cleaning Made Easy

I have a little cleaning secret I'm sharing today.

It's especially useful for those of you who have a home that the grout isn't sealed.


Clorox Toilet  Bowl Cling Bleach Gel

That's it.

All I do is cover the grout lines with the cling bleach and let it sit about 2 hours, then I mop it up with hot water and scrub it really good with the mop.

>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

The previous owners had large dogs and I don't think the grout was ever sealed, as soon as we moved in my overly pregnant self wanted to do this but Jeremy continued to put me off of it.

Now that it's finally summer break I had the chance to do it and it looks amazing.

Just a warning though, do this when small children and animals aren't around, the smell is pretty harsh and it will burn your eyes. This isn't exactly a green cleaning method (like I prefer to use), but it worked really well on this tough job.

For someone who's lived in several houses and had several houses of nasty grout, this is the way to go.

I promise! 

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Meal Pinning Monday

Alright y'all, I'm going to be honest about the Tone It Up meal plan. 

I love the layout of when to eat what, but the amount of sugar consumed on that diet is out of this world insane for myself. 

Like week one was great, added some quinoa to my diet which I hadn't had in years. 
Week two was teacher appreciation week and I struggled. 
Week three I essentially planned all healthy meals and then woke up for an apparent food blackout covered in Oreo's and bloated as all get-out. 

It was so bad that I'm starting another Whole30 Monday to reset myself. Like seriously, I was drinking hot tea without any sweetener and after a few weeks of TIU I'm basically huffing stevia packets. 



[What is Meal Pinning Monday?]
MPM is how I meal plan for our little family. I once spent a lot of time searching the web and my recipe books hunting for new recipes and ideas for what to cook every week. Then, Pinterest came along and made meal planning much easier for me. Every weekend I look over what I have pinned the prior week and decide what I would like to cook and make my grocery list from these recipes. MPM came about as a way to share what I am cooking, and to also see what others are cooking every week to hopefully get even more dinner ideas from other bloggers. If you don't pin your recipes feel free to just share what you are cooking.

Monday - Crockpot Balsamic Chicken with Green Beans and Sauteed Kale
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Tuesday - Honey Mustard Chicken Wings, minus the honey with whatever veggie laying around the fridge

Wednesday - Puerto Rican Pork (Chicken) with Mojo Sauce & Avocado Salad

Thursday - Leftovers with Cauliflower Rice

Friday - Shakshuka

Saturday - Tuscan Pork Chops with Zoodles for me and Roasted Potatoes for the guys

Sunday - Lunch - Buffalo Chicken Casserole

Sunday Dinner - Chicken Bacon Ranch Skillet with Roasted Brussel Sprouts

Breakfast - Small Sweet Potato with Salt & Pepper with 3 Eggs cooked in 1 tsp Ghee

Lunch - Curried Chicken Tenderloins over Rainbow Kale with Bottom of the Jar dressing & veggies

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

10 Things I'm Loving

It's been a long time since I did a products I'm obsessed with post, so it's high time to do another one. Below you'll find what I'm currently using and why I love it.

Be sure to let me know what you're loving in the comments section!



1. Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Concealer - super easy to apply and stays on great. I've been using this for about 5 years without any desire to try a different brand. It's great for highlighting and contouring as well.

2. Not Your Mother's Way to Grow Shampoo & Conditioner - I tried previously to get rid of sulfates and parabens in my shampoo and my hair just felt weird, not with this one.


3. La Croix -  I discovered this a few years ago and when I realized it was Whole30 approved I was even more in love. Aside from the occasional coffee and tea I only drink water. That obviously gets boring at times so this sparkling water is heavenly.

4. Bare Minerals Lasting Line Eyeliner - here's another long time love of mine, again I've tried other brands but keep coming back to this one.

5. Mueller Spiralizer - zoodles, enough said. It makes my veggies other shapes than my regular chop and I often use it in place of pasta.

6. Tone It Up Workouts  - I get on kicks, that are more like ruts, with workouts. Up until the first week of January 2015 I was a die hard gym rat. I worked out daily, minus a year or so without a gym membership, since I was either 16 or 17. TIU workouts actually make me sore enough to rival being at the gym and their app offers a great weekly schedule that changes all the time, hence no more rut. Now to see if over the summer I can work away the breastfeeding weight that crept in.

7. True North Fitness Headbands - I bought these for 2 reasons 1) I need a hair fix for the 4:45 AM field trip tomorrow and 2) my baby bangs are crazy when I workout. Plus these are insanely cute and make you look a lot more put together than a regular headband or just a pony tail.

8. Fitbit Flex - I had an Ultra for several years before it broke and Jeremy got me a Flex for our anniversary about 3 years ago. I wear it All. The. Time. If you don't wear a fitness tracker I suggest you look into one, Fitbit has great lower cost items as well as some higher end trackers, as far as price goes. It's a good indicator of how much I've moved around vs. how much I thought I moved around.

9. GT Synergy Kombucha - I guess I started drinking Kombucha right after we got married and I've been obsessed ever since. Mainly due to the probiotic cultures, I'm a die hard probiotic person. That and Bullet Proof Bone broth are my top 2 gut drinks of all time. Especially if you're lactose intolerant and still want the benefits of yogurt cultures.

10. Maybelline The Blushed Nudes Palette - After using their Nudes for a year I found the Blushed, y'all, put down the expensive eye shadow and get this stuff. I wish there were more matte colors, but for the price it's perfect.

Alright, it's officially baby bedtime so I'm out for the day. He's currently melting down next to me! 

Sunday, May 08, 2016

Weekend Recap

The week got away from me, or more like the lack of sleep got the best of my free time. 

This non-napping mama took two naps this week. I'm pretty positive this has been the worst sleep regression to date. Or I'm so exhausted I can't remember the others. 


One day this week I took a banana and my beloved Maranatha Maple Almond Butter as a snack, holy smokes it was amazing. Like I questioned why any meal included any other food. 


Harrison has been sleeping so poorly at night that he (after also refusing to nap after we got off work) fell asleep in the stroller. This also hasn't happened since the unable to roll over days. 

Since he started walking already, I'm thinking this regression has to do with 1 year molars and vocabulary acquisition. I told Jeremy last night though that as bad as it's been surely he will be fluent in French and have all his teeth by this Friday. 


I totally forgot about this breakfast, it use to be a favorite of mine, so I thought I'd share it just to make sure I remembered it. It's just a container of plain Greek yogurt, 1/2 cup frozen mixed berries, 2 tbsp of chopped nuts, and a drizzle of honey. 


Little Mister thinks he is so grown now that he can walk. While I brushed my teeth the past two days I've held him and handed him an extra tooth brush, he just scrubs away like he knows what he's doing. It's about the cutest thing ever. 


You could possibly peg me as one of two types of people based on this picture. 1. being that I could totally care less about Mother's Day and think people make too big of a deal out of that sort of thing. And 2. is that I'll use any excuse to grill a ribeye. 

If you guessed both, then you're right. I told Jeremy to skip the card and any present and just get steaks. 


I finally got some new shoes, probably long overdue since the other pair was about 3 years old. It's my first time with Under Armour and I have to say that so far they are pretty comfy. 

That's all folks, half because I've run out of things to say and half because I can hear that Harrison woke up. 

Sunday, May 01, 2016

Meal Pinning Monday

There aren't a lot of pins this week since most of them are Tone It Up recipes, but I still put a pretty good idea of what the meals are on the list. 



[What is Meal Pinning Monday?]
MPM is how I meal plan for our little family. I once spent a lot of time searching the web and my recipe books hunting for new recipes and ideas for what to cook every week. Then, Pinterest came along and made meal planning much easier for me. Every weekend I look over what I have pinned the prior week and decide what I would like to cook and make my grocery list from these recipes. MPM came about as a way to share what I am cooking, and to also see what others are cooking every week to hopefully get even more dinner ideas from other bloggers. If you don't pin your recipes feel free to just share what you are cooking.

Monday - Honey Lime Chicken with Quinoa Stir Fry and Cabbage (all links)

Tuesday - Grilled Chicken with Roasted Broccoli, Slivered Almonds, and Dresssing

Wednesday - leftovers

Thursday - Stuffed Bell Peppers

Friday - leftovers

Saturday - Grilled Chicken with Cauliflower Poppers


Sunday - So it's Mother's Day and I just remembered because a friend told me... Jeremy will likely grill steaks. 

Saturday, April 30, 2016

High Five For... Saturday?

I've been on my own case to share more of our daily lives on here lately. My time slot to blog has just slowly be dwindling down with the active kiddo cruising around.

Last night I made my favorite pressure cooker meal, it's on MPM for this week, and it makes me want to make everything in their.

As in, I need the slow cooker for bone broth and for tonights dinner and I'm wondering if I can get away with putting dinner in here tonight.

I think I will.


Little dude has been crashing in the evenings after we nurse before bed. It's clearly because napping was against his constitution this week and then having a flaming fit for a solid hour + every night wasn't helping. 

Luckily last night he took a break from the nonsense and I got to sleep until 5. (all the praise hands)


With that said...

Y'all. State testing week is already a big UGH, so top that off with zero sleep and no chance of going to the bathroom after having coffee and you've got a pretty cranky Emily on your hands. 

What's sad is that I only drink decaf, it just brightens my mood to have a hot drink in the AM. 

Subsequent bad hair days due to humidity didn't help the situation either. 


If you haven't tried Skinny Taste's Eggs Pizzaiola you're doing yourself a disservice. I added zucchini noodles to it this week for everyone (not just mama) and I stand by this being one of my favorite cheap and quick meals. 


In other news, baby be touching evvv-re-thang. Everything! 

So therefore all books we like were moved out of reach and all the "go ahead and destroy that" was moved down. 

The down side are all the displaced photos that are now in this house and are on the verge of being sent to a photo refugee camp in the guest room. 


Now I'm going to peace out of here and go workout and mop before the child appears to be moving on the monitor. 

Bleach mopping to be specific because our 1000 year old dachshund has taken it upon herself to pee or poop every blooming day in the kitchen by the door. 

It's just lovely. 
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