Nervous About Your Big Day? Tips to Help You Cope

Today's guest post is all about coping with your big day, but these tips are helpful leading up to any big event! 

Life in general can be very stressful, however, when there’s an important day looming on the horizon stress levels can go through the roof. For most couples, their wedding day is one of the most significant days in their lives. This means they’re stressing about all the little details, and possibly even getting anxious about whether it’s the right thing to do. If you’ve got such a life-changing day coming up in the near future, here are some tips to help you cope.

Stop and Take a Deep Breath

If you feel yourself getting anxious, stop and take time out. There are many things that can make you worried and it’s no surprise that for you it’s your impending wedding day. You can regain control by sitting down and taking a few deep breaths. This simple action restores your personal balance and brings you back down to earth. Take it one step further if you’ve got the time with breathing exercises and mantra.

Work Out What’s Making You Anxious

You may think it’s your wedding day, in general, that’s making you nervous but break it down into smaller portions and it might be something, in particular, that’s making you stressed. If your anxious thoughts are keeping you awake at night, write down what you’re thinking, and you might be able to pinpoint the problem.

A Healthy Lifestyle

Leading a healthy lifestyle can help you deal with stress and anxiety better. That means you need to limit your intake of caffeine and alcohol as both of these can aggravate anxiety and trigger panic attacks. You might not like the sound of replacing these with a glass of water, but you’ll be surprised how much it can help.
Eat well-balanced meals, don’t skip mealtimes, and keep a store of healthy, energy-boosting snacks close at hand. There are also certain foods that can ease anxiety.
Getting enough sleep is important if you want to remain calm. When you’re stressed, your body needs more of it than ever. Aim to get at least 8 hours of quality sleep every night,
Exercising regularly is another great stress buster. You might not feel like taking a run but make the effort, and your body and mind will thank you.

Natural Remedies

A natural remedy that’s becoming increasingly popular is CBD oil. CBD oil is a type of cannabinoid, a chemical found naturally in marijuana and hemp plants. It is thought to help people suffering from anxiety by working with a brain receptor called CB1 and altering serotonin signals. Serotonin plays an important role in your mental health and not having enough can cause anxiety in some people. There are several online sites where you’ll find CBD isolate for sale.   


Talk to Someone

Many people find that simply talking to someone about their problems can help with anxiety. Reach out to friends and family and explain how you’re feeling overwhelmed. How can they help if you don’t let them know? If you don’t have anyone close you can talk to, then seek professional help from a physician or therapist.

You really don’t need to be stressed and worried about your wedding day. Conquer your fears, enjoy the day and your new life together to the full. 

Meal Planning Monday

Week 2 of being back at work and sadly one of these days has been my most dreaded. Jeremy has an out of town meeting and I am in charge of taking the kids to the sitter. Womp! Whomp! He is typically in charge of such outings because his office is by our sitter (we use to live in the same neighborhood that she does). My job is well on the opposite side of America so now I'v got to figure out how to get to the sitter on time and work on time, feed the baby or pump, and not to be a broken record but NOT BE LATE. 

Monday - Beef Stir-fry (just a frozen bag of stir-fry veggie, ground beef, and seasoned with every Asian item I own)

Tuesday - Grilled Chicken Caesar Salad (bag salad for the win)

Wednesday - Chuck Roast, Green Beans, Rice

Thursday - leftovers

Friday - Chicken, Roasted Brussel Sprouts, and a Birds Eye Frozen Lentil Pasta

Saturday - Breakfast for dinner!

Sunday - Peppers and Onions, Sausage, Potatoes, and Zucchini

Breakfast - My favorite smoothie. 

Lunch - Grilled Chicken, Rice, Avocado, Peach Pineapple Salsa, and Sugar Snap Pea Bowl

Snacks - Pear or Protein Bar


I've essentially become the queen of being behind. 

Blog behind. 

To-do list behind. 

Grocery behind. 

So forgive me when I'm posting about what we've been up to, or Elliot's 2 month photos, when he's about 15. It'll get there one day. 

At the end of Christmas break we took family photos... or attempted to. Harrison has no chill. 

It's become apparent that this child doesn't want to be held. He got irritated in church because he was awake and in the carrier. Plopped him on the floor and he smiled. Took his chunky self back into church and left him on the floor for the rest of service. It was basically a "you do you butterball" moment. 

In other news. If you haven't gotten a LaVie and you pump you need to locate one asap. I have consistently been two days ahead of what I needed for the week in bottles. 

With Harrison I was pumping 3 times to get 2 bottles and had zero extra. 

The barely documented butterball himself. In the only place I get 1) get consistent light no matter what time of day and 2) have the time to take his picture. In the past two weeks he's gained about 4 chins and a few more rolls. We've hit the "be sure to clean between the jelly rolls" stage of bathing.

Now that I'm looking back on this photo I'm noticing two things.

1. Harrison is really sweet with Elliot. I was shock, but not shocked. He's a naturally kind child, but he constantly pets and kisses his brother.

2. Potty training is for the birds. We were making leeway during the break and now that we are back at it he's regressed. He has to be naked or in underwear, and still has accidents in them, to use the potty. Having to send him out and about in a Pull Up has really slowed the process down. And with his stubborn attitude he isn't going to just sit, if it isn't his idea he is having a cow about it.

Hopefully this weekend I can get this poor second child's Christmas ornament made and his 2 month photos done... otherwise I should just cap it and start planning to get his graduation photos so those are done in time.

Meal Planning Monday

I'm super simplifying meal planning for the unforeseen future. After my first week back at work and trying to cook but being glued to the kitchen between bottles, prepping for the next day, and dinner my butt wasn't seeing a seat until I laid down to sleep. 

So to make life easier I'm doing a few things:
1) I ordered a George Foreman that has removable plates that are dishwasher safe. 
2) Simple meals of Protein, Veggie, Carb
3) Using frozen and prechopped veggies when possible. 

If it can't go on a sheet pan, steamed, in an Instant Pot, or on the George Foreman then I'm kissing it good bye until we are on vacation from work. 

Monday - Asian Beef and Snow Peas (just beef, steam pack snow peas, seasoned in an Asian way)

Tuesday - Grilled Chicken with Bacon Lima Beans and Cauliflower Rice

Wednesday - Trader Joe's Pot-stickers and Frozen Stir-fry Veggies (something easy peasy since I am working late and Jeremy has the kids alone. Double the Asian... but whatever)

Thursday - Ranch Roasted Potatoes, Brussel Sprouts & Grilled Chicken

Friday - Grilled Chicken with Birdseye Steamable Cheddar Lentil Pasta and Roasted Broccoli (pre chopped)

Saturday - Pioneer Woman's Pepperoni Chicken

Sunday - Potatoes O'brien, Sausage Gravy, Eggs, Biscuits - leftover Pepperoni Chicken for dinner

Breakfast - My favorite smoothie. 

Lunch - Trader Joe's Turkey Meatballs, Walmart Organic Garlic Pasta Sauce, Wild Rice with Kerry Gold Butter, and Roasted Green Beans

Snacks - Quest Protein Bar - Apple with PB and mini chocolate chips

2018 Year in Review


This month we played and celebrated a friend's birthday. If I'm remember correctly this nutty toddler blew out the candles before the birthday girl. (all the face palm emojis)


I turned 32 and Harry turned 3! We also found out I was pregnant with Elliot on my birthday. In case you're wondering, with out birthdays two days apart we get mama's favorite cake and I covered it in Harrison's favorite character. He wasn't mad about ice cream cake. 


It was Easter and the annual church picnic. Harrison clearly had enough chocolate to fuel a dozen small children. Looking back I can't believe how much he's slimmed up and turned into a little boy since then. 


We picked out first strawberries of the year. They were probably out last too. Pregnancy hit hard and that garden went to the birds. 


More birthday parties! This one ended in Harrison wanting to take home an alligator. That was a hot no. 


This was a big month! We had our annual family camping trip. The original location was rained out but we headed out to Arkansas again and had a blast. 

I got to do my first Pure Barre class with the LAFMB ladies and won a free month! 

LAFMB also had an event at The Little Gym and Harrison loved every minute of it! 


We went on a two week expedition to visit all the family before I could no longer travel. I deemed this the "tour de families" and Harrison was so sick of being on the road that I caught him praying that he could watch TV. 

Visiting Jeremy's Dad. We also saw Harrison's Great-Grandparents on Jeremy's side and Jeremy's mother. I don't know where those photos are. 

The baby bump had morphed from squishy and big while camping to much larger and in charge. But hey, it was the end of my second trimester.

We also went with my family to Great Wolf Lodge. Don't ask me where those photos are either. He loved the sparkle tattoo though. 


We got super lucky with the timing and our sitter offered a Friday night date night so we headed off to Doe's Eat Place while the kiddos played that evening! 

That was also the month we went back to work and let me tell you... 3rd trimester and being back at work is no fun after a summer off. 


We spent Labor Day in Thibodaux with friends and went on a family day date to find a Halloween costume before October hit. He spent the entire day in that sucker and luckily the public found this funny. 


We made it to the pumpkin patch for our annual photo and had a baby!

Mama missed Halloween but Daddy and Harrison still had a blast. 


We busted free from the hospital, Elliot had his first doctor appointment and was snuggled half to death. We took our first family photos too! 


We watched this little butterball round out on month 2!

Santa brought Daddy the guitar he's been wanting. Harrison officially got my childhood experience of hanging out at the music store. 

Sunday School Tacky Sweater Party means yearly family tacky sweater photo... not the best but whatever. 

LAFMB Team Dinner at Blue Dog Cafe, why I don't have a group photo I'll never know. 

Pretty Louisiana Saturday's mean wandering the zoo. 

We attempted a Christmas countdown... and failed miserably. 

 Lots of baby-wearing at church. I gave into that light denim trend and am certain I wore this in something like 1998.

Last but not least... our top 9 according to the Gram >>>

Chorizo and Mahon Menorca Cheese Risotto

This risotto has been a long time favorite at our house, so when I got my hands on a hard cheese that was similar to Parmesan I had to test this out.

Since Mahon cheese is a Spanish cheese I used chorizo in place of my usual Italian flavors. It came out great, and my taste testers were happy to eat this for lunch Sunday.

Chorizo and Mahon Menorca Cheese Risotto

serves 4
28 oz can diced tomatoes in juice
3 cup of water
1 tbsp olive oil
9 oz beef chorizo sausage
1 small onion, chopped
1 cup Arborio rice
1/2 cup dry white wine
10 oz package of baby spinach
1/2 cup grated Mahon Menorca Hard Cheese
2 tbsp butter

In a small sauce pan combine the tomatoes with their juice and 3 cups of water. Bring to a simmer and keep warm on the stove. In a larger pot heat olive oil over medium heat. Add chorizo and onion, cook, breaking up the chorizo until the chorizo is cooked and onion is softened about 5 minutes. Add rice and cook for 2 minutes, stirring. Add wine and cook for about 1 minute until it is absorbed. Add two cups of hot tomato mixture to the rice, simmer over medium low heat, stirring occasionally until the liquid is absorbed, about 5 minutes. Continue adding tomato mixture one cup at a time, waiting for each cup to be absorbed before adding the next, until rice is creamy and tender for about 25 minutes. You may not use all of the liquid. Remove rice from the heat and add in butter, spinach, and grated cheese. Serve immediately and top with extra cheese.

Mahón-Menorca Cheese can be purchased nationwide at Whole Foods, and
at other fine retailers such as Fairway Markets, Harris Teeter, Saveway, Kroger, Murray’s, Central
Markets, Costco, Gourmet Garage, West Side Markets, Zabar’s, Central and Town & Country Markets in Seattle and at the best specialty stores all over the country.