Friday Five

I literally up with that N'SYNC Friday night song stuck in my head. 


Let's get this party started.

[O N E]

I'm having more and more days where the indigestion doesn't nearly cripple me. HIGH FIVE! The downside is I keep seeing people posting about having their babies today... I want to have my baby and get rid of pregnancy symptoms. I'll love the baby dearly, but I got really excited that the moment Harrison evacuated I immediately felt human again. It was instant reflux relief. Come on November!

[T W O]

I don't know how this information hasn't been delivered to me before now, but A-Bears in New Iberia has the best burger and fries I've had since Fish Fry in Vidalia. I told Jeremy I wanted to get a hamburger again today. He doesn't think I'm serious. I'm serious. Meal plan for next week... all A-Bears burgers.

You Vidalia people know what I'm talking about, Fish Fry had the best burgers... this place actually lives up to Fish Fry. Mom, I'm taking you next time you're here.

[T H R E E]

We have a second house showing today, I'm so so so so so praying these people buy. Mainly because I don't want to be big pregnant when we sell or in the newborn stage either. That would be something less than exciting. They're coming back to discuss the living area. Y'all out living area is strange and I really feel like I need to be there and explain why the house is laid out that way. Would that be weird?

I adore our house, really I do. I'd take it with me elsewhere even. But, the odd thing about the living area is that in the original house design what we are using as an office/toy area was intended to be the kitchen. The space across from that would have been the dining area. Which means our kitchen that was built on is massive... and the pantry is in the hall by the living room. Strange, but an incredible amount of room. I might cry when I leave the kitchen and living room pantry.

[F O U R]

Grande Lash serum... it works. I need to take an after photo but it has done wonders for my lashes. I got mine from Influenster to test and I might be buying more.

[F I V E]

Red Stick Moms Blog Bloom event is tomorrow and I'm getting to hang with my bestie!! Yay for girl time.



What I've Watched Lately

We recently ditched cable, so most of these can be watched without it. In fact only one was on and not even really on cable... we had HBO for about 10 minutes before we divorced Cox. 


Great Canal Journeys

This show follows Timothy West and his wife down several canals in the UK as well as Europe. I put off watching it for weeks and it kept popping up in my recommended shows on YouTube. If you like BBC docs than look up the Allthemed Docs channel on YouTube, they post all the shows we can't get in the US. Well, that we are supposed to have access to in the US. Anyway, this show is so good. The series begins on their 50th wedding anniversary year and they travel several canals in the UK. They brings their kids on board once and basically talk about their life while giving history of where they are. They are incredibly sweet and seeing an 83 year old woman work locks is crazy interesting for some reason.



Call the Midwife

The new season recently came back on PBS. When we cancelled cable I made sure we purchased a subscription to PBS, there are too many shows I really love on there. I've watched this show from the beginning and honestly it's just as good, no matter who has left or been killed off. This season has me crying just as much as the others, and I'm A) not a crier and B) not into those kinds of shows.

Side note: I think the blonde was pregnant during filming + they just sent her away because of an alcohol issue. Also known as "you're showing too much" which makes me think she's pregnant.

Also, I feel like there was along pause before they got this season going, like they skipped a year or something.


The Jinx

This is the HBO documentary (hence watched it pre ditching cable) but if you can get your hands on it definitely watch. I love a good murder and this guy has seemingly gotten out of several by the skin of his teeth. Supposedly killed his wife. Supposedly killed a neighbor. HBO did a great job on this one, it's definitely worth the watch.


The Crown

This is a wildly popular Netflix series, almost a docu series. I've been meaning to look into some of the details they give because the books I've read over the years didn't go into detail about some of the things Phillip did.

Which, if you know anything about Charles you'd know that he was famous for telling Diana that he wouldn't be the first Prince of Wales to not have a mistress. Not that Phillip was a POW, but they aren't known for being that loyal. Except Albert, he might have been the last. But Albert was also a moral nut because his father was so awful... his actual father was supposedly his uncle. But that kind of leads me to the next show and possibly my favorite.


Victoria

PBS really filled the hole that was left when Downton ended with this series. If you like royalty, anything 1800s, or Masterpiece Classic in general you'll love this. It's so well made and covers topics about Victoria that you don't typically see in the run-of-the-mill BBC documentaries. I could watch and re-watch this because it's just that good. The way I would re-watch Downton before the new season started... this is exactly the same. This portrays Victoria and Albert's relationship so well, I wish it went more in depth with her as a mother because she historically hated babies, but it's still great.

There might be a common thread here. I'm clearly an 80 year old.

The Baby is the Size of a Fig and You Look Like a Potbelly Pig

Also known as 11 weeks.

Expect highly professional photos this pregnancy, I had our family photographer take the following. Don't ask me for her number, she's already booked through the year. Super busy woman.

In other news...



11 Week Pregnancy Update


Size: Baby B is the size of a fig or a gherkin pickle depending on what app you reference. 

Due Date: November 2 (measured for Nov 6 at the ultrasound, but they aren't changing it). I'm betting I have the baby in October. 

Symptoms: Indigestion for DAYS! Oh it's something else, I've hit 3rd trimester misery from Harrison right out the gate this time and let me tell you I can't wait for November. I think it gives me a false sense of nausea, either way it's restricted what I want to eat. Generally if it's cooked at my house I don't want to eat it. I'm also super exhausted, not because I'm chasing Harrison, he isn't that sort of kid. I'm just tired by the end of the day from teaching. I've been pretty useless. Smells are the devil and I'm breaking some sort of rule I'm sure, but I've got my Scentsy in my classroom to cancel out the awful cafeteria smell. That alone makes me want to die. Vick's Vapor Rub is basically my best friend & at night I've got a handful of pill... Prilosec at night and Zantac in the morning. 

Currently Missing: Mid-rare steak, that's a joke. I really think that if I buy quality meat I should be able to cook it how I want. I'm more likely to die of listeria from Blue Bell than a ribeye.

Cravings and Favorite Foods: Hint of Lime Tostitos are life giving. Not to mention when I couldn't sleep last night I grabbed a piece of provolone cheese (dairy is supposed to help with sleep) and it was also amazing.

Sleep: Pretty great. I'm generally getting 8 - 8 1/2 hours a night. Anything less than 8 and I feel awful the next day. I've been taking Melatonin and early in pregnancy to prevent morning sickness I started taking some sleep aid I can't remember the name of... oh well. It helps though. The indigestion keeps me up some, but it's manageable if I get enough sleep.

Food Aversions:
I really prepared myself this pregnancy that it would be worse than last time. My OB warned me that this could be an issue, surprisingly it isn't. I haven't had true aversions like last time. Mainly nothing sounds good, but not my basically chips only diet of Harrison's pregnancy. I've found that if I don't eat early enough in the evening that I can only stomach a baked potato. A few weeks ago it was probably more just crackers and such. But that's to be expected.

Exercise: I did my Faster Way to Fat Loss Fit Pregnancy sprints workout the day before I had the virus and it's been rare since then. At least a month right now of zero workouts. House cleaning has even been hard, thanks exhaustion. I feel worse in the evenings, and now it's more from exhaustion than just sick, but I just don't have it in me to workout right now.

Reading/Baby Related Classes and Prep:
Mama Natural Week by Week Guide to Pregnancy and Childbirth

I'm headed to the Baton Rouge Moms Blog Bloom event this weekend and am actually going to be a part of the Virtual Bloom for the Lafayette Moms Blog next week. I think my topics are nursing and bathing, but I'd have to look again to confirm it. If you're interested I think the virtual one is free.

Weight: Week 8 was the last time I touched the scale. I haven't followed the Fit Pregnancy stuff at all so I don't even want to see what it says.  I'm mainly trying to keep things under control enough this go around to not gain 60 lbs and end up with hypertension again. Speaking of which, the terrible edema and hypertension last time means that I had to start taking baby aspirin this week to try and prevent that from happening again.

Movement: nada

Maternity Clothing: All maternity pants all the time. I haven't broken out the maternity tops so much yet, but the pants. The pants are what keep me going. I wasted zero time getting maternity pants on my butt this time. After going to work one day last pregnancy and suddenly having way too tight pants... wasn't doing that again. I've basically got everything I need for this pregnancy except a pair of white jeans. I think I can get by with just a pair of khaki, regular, black, and white jeans. For work anyway. Then I have two pair of shorts and a variety of tops, kimonos, and dresses to stretch out over this pregnancy. It doesn't help that I am having a summer pregnancy this time and the last one was a winter pregnancy... there aren't many tops I can reuse right now.

By the way if you see a pair of white skinny maternity jeans, send me a link. Dang Old Navy hasn't restocked their maternity line and they don't have my size. 

LAFMB :: Money Saving Meal Planning + a printable

I realize that meal planning is something I enjoy. I might be alone on this meal planning island, but out there I’m sure there is another mom looking for a way to make dinner an easier affair. 
Meal planning wasn’t always my thing; it came about in my college days when I was so broke that I only ate eggs, spinach, and feta cheese all sautéed together every night for dinner. The beginning of marriage wasn’t any easier; we were both in college and working at a restaurant, not the most lucrative job on the market. Fast forward a few more years and my husband and I were living off of our savings while he was in graduate school (for the first time). He’s now back at it again and working on a degree from the seminary in New Orleans. I like to say we are addicted to graduate school. 

Bubbles and Open Houses

I wish there was legit photo evidence that this weekend even happened, but alas, photo evidence isn't my M. O. lately.

Friday night we had dinner with friends and traipsed around town staying out way past Harrison's bedtime. Way past being 9pm. Surprisingly, or not so much, he did really well. I was telling Jeremy this, but being so nuts about routines and bed early on. Our once inflexible newborn who lost it 5 minutes before bedtime is now easy going and relaxed about things. Thank you Jesus for that!

Saturday we cleaned, and cleaned some more. I hadn't really deep cleaned the house in a few weeks, thanks pregnancy, and we had to prep for an open house. It was a blurry day of cleaning mixed with awful weather... I'm not even sure it really happened.

The only significant thing was Harrison taking his beloved super long bath. He's recently discovered bubbles won't kill you and asked for them that night. Before then there was a lot of yelling "Oh yuck!" Which is customary for anything Harrison isn't entirely fond of.


Which brings me to Sunday, church and open house. If we weren't regular church attendees then a Sunday open house would be a breeze. Heck if Jeremy didn't play music then prepping for the open house would be a breeze.

Instead Sunday morning goes like this: get ready, get house ready, put everything we own in the car that isn't nailed down, wake up child, put him in car and don't let him touch the ground, put dog up, leave.

Someone showed interest, but I won't believe a word of it until I see an offer. House selling isn't my cup of tea. When I want to do something I wanted it done yesterday, the wait for someone else to show up and buy something is just dreadful in my eyes.

Then there's the having a baby aspect which means I'd really love to sell and get settled into an apartment before the fall. The last thing I want is to be largely pregnant and moving, I did that once and it was more than enough for a lifetime.

I feel like I'm sounding like a Negative Nelly, but it's reality as far as the house goes. My cleaning schedule is always off because I 1) don't have the energy right now and 2) am cleaning based on when showings happen. Which speed cleaning on a Tuesday evening is not as enjoyable as cleaning on a Saturday morning when no one is awake yet.

Oh gosh, that brings me to this... I tried a Pinterest trick to remove dog urine smell. 12 year old dogs and bad weather aren't friends. It got the smell out, but it made such a mess. Anything that starts with baking soda should just set off the mess alarms in my head... but no, I continue to find the messiest Pinterest cures known to America.

It worked and I'm never doing it again.

Speaking of which, what's a good way to clean up dog pee that doesn't leave the floor slippery. I've been using our counter spray... but it's slippery. If I take the mop out too many times in a week I start rage mopping and that's not good for anyone.

In other new... who would like a nearly 12 year old dachshund with all her shots and a years worth of Heart Guard? She comes with a kennel and is great with families... just too old to tell you she needs in or out of the house most days. Kidding, but not entirely.

LAFMB :: Five Healthy Tips for Holiday Survival

Here's another oldie but goodie, and sorta fitting for Easter.


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Meal Planning Tuesday... because life

This week is insanely easy and definitely leftover oriented.


Monday - Wednesday - Euna Mae's Cream Cheese Enchiladas

Thursday - Friday - Sesame Noodles with Mongolian Beef

Saturday - Sunday - Chicken Bacon Ranch Skillet with Roasted Potatoes

Like I said, super easy week. I'm starting to feel like I can tolerate food being cooked in the house and the enchiladas were a hit for me last night.

For breakfast I'm having Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Muffins. Lunch is just a bagged chopped salad and some yogurt. Trying to veer towards healthy again, I can't stand the idea of another 60 lb weight gain pregnancy.

The muffins are super easy:

2.5 cups old fashioned oats
1 cup plain greek yogurt
2 bananas
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
vanilla
1/2 cup honey (I used 1/4 yesterday)
2 eggs
2 tbsp flax meal

Blend the oats in a food processor until a powder. Add in other ingredients until smooth. Toss in whatever additional items you'd like, I used dark chocolate chips. Scoop into a 12 muffin tin and bake at 350 for 20 minutes. 

Also if anyone has suggestions I want to hear them. I've been having trouble drinking enough, really bad indigestion this time. More than a few sips of water makes me feel sick. I'm thinking of making sugar free jello as a way to get more water in.

Also. Also. (otherwise known as P.S.S.) I'm starting baby aspirin soon to try and prevent having hypertension again this pregnancy... has anyone done this and had success? Tips and tricks are more than welcome. This mama has zero desire to swell up like a whale again from water edema.

So, There's This Thing...

This is going to make my lack of blogging make a lot more sense... but we're pregnant!


Not gonna lie, I've been planning the photo I wanted to take... but due to sheer exhaustion and flat out sickness I haven't found it in me to get it done. So instead I made a graphic... second child problems right?

Currently 9 weeks and a few days, feeling like I've been run over by a truck, and indigestion out the wazoo. So until further notice there won't be a Meal Planning Monday post.

Y'all probably don't care about my iceberg salad with ranch dressing and lemon pepper. Or the pickles, because vinegar makes everything better.

I haven't worked out in two weeks, hello exhaustion. I probably won't see the gym again until the second trimester is this runs anything like my exhaustion with Harrison.

I also haven't cooked in two weeks. Food is just gross, luckily not as gross as last time, but I have no desire to cook anything or smell anything. It's gone so far as having to open windows when Harrison eats chicken nuggets.

Pregnancy just isn't my friend.

Something else about this pregnancy that I'm doing differently... we aren't finding out the sex of the baby.

Yes, I know there is no way you could do that. There's basically no way I could do that either. It's not my personality.

However, being so hard nosed about wanting everything a certain way with Harrison meant I enjoyed it less. So in an attempt to enjoy things more I'm letting go of it.

We have everything we need, all gender neutral. The only thing I'm adding in is a Moby wrap and a Milk Snob cover. If it's a girl we will just have to buy girl clothing.

Doesn't get much easier than that.

So yes, my practical self would like another boy because I have 3 years worth of clothing saved in tubs. But if not, we will deal with that when we come home from the hospital.

Also different this time... blog different. I'll be posting on the even weeks. I might start this week at 10 weeks, but I might wait and start at 12, it all depends on how I'm feeling come Friday.

Either way, there's going to be another baby around here come November... but if I have to guess I'd say the end of October.

One day I'll find the energy to take photos and be my normal self... today just isn't the day.

LAFMB :: 5 Family New Year Resolutions You Can Keep

Another Wednesday, another LAFMB post share. 

Here's something I wrote earlier in the year about our family resolutions. 


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LAFMB :: The Gift of Hand-Me-Down Clothing

Have you ever wondered what to do with all of the clothing your child has grown out of? 

Here is what someone did for us and I'll be passing it along. 


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Meal Pinning Monday

Hi, I'm Emily and I should have posted this Monday... with links. 

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The Monday before Easter break... see also survival. 


Monday - Pesto Chicken with Pasta or Zucchini noodles

Tuesday - leftovers

Wednesday - Roasted Chicken with Tomatoes and Lemons with Rice

Thursday - Mississippi Roast with Roasted Potatoes

Friday - leftovers

Saturday - Eat out

Sunday - Church Picnic

LAFMB :: 10 Tips for Going Back to Work While Breastfeeding

The post I'm re-sharing this week is one that is near and dear to me, especially since I pumped for a year and nursed for 18 months total.


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LAFMB :: Sometimes I Need to Give My Husband a Break

You might have guessed it, I decided to start sharing what I write for Lafayette Moms Blog over here as well. 

Click the link at the bottom to read my post about how even though I might not say things to my husband I am still thinking them... and it's just as bad. 


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Meal Planning Monday

I know I'm late, it's been a weird week already.

Better now than never... because a few weeks from now I'll be wondering what on earth I want to make and will be scouring my previous meal plans.



Monday - Eggs, Sausage, Berries

Tuesday - Spinach Salad with Grilled Chicken, Salami, Goat Cheese, Walnuts, and Cranberries

Wednesday - Beef & Broccoli with Rice <link>

Thursday - leftovers

Friday - Chicken Nuggets with Oven Fries & Salad <link>

Saturday - eating out

Sunday - Wraps with Chips 

Back in college I used to work at the best little breakfast and deli dive. This wrap is inspired from one of the wraps we sold there and it’s SO GOOD. It’s not “clean” as it has some not so healthy pretzel bits in it but let me tell you, it’s 100% worth it. Scroll to see the ingredients I love for these. The none GF members in our fam just eat regular soft tortillas! All you need it a wrap of your choice, honey mustard dressing, honey mustard pretzel bits, provolone cheese, shredded grilled chicken, super thin sliced cucumbers, lettuce, and tomato. Layer it all, wrap it up, and enjoy! Happy Friday Eve, friends! For GF you will need to leave out the pretzel bits. Glutino brand does make a GF honey mustard pretzel stick though! #atableforseven #glutenfreedinner #chickenwraps #snyderpretzels #deliciousdinner

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Breakfast - Premier Protein Shake/Collagen Peptides in Tea
Lunch - Green Monster Smoothie <link>

#OnMyDeathBed

I somehow contracted the virus from my child.

I say somehow, but I know clearly how. The how is that I always catch this mess 3 fold and Jeremy runs off unscathed by the diseases passed in this house.

So there was no meal planning post this week.

In fact scrolling social media posed a problem because it appeared at the exact moment my life began to end everyone took a hiatus from posting about their kids and uploaded a shot of their dinner.

Gag.

So what has my week looked like outside of the bathroom?


Yesterday I couldn't bare the idea of leaving bed so I actually looked for sub. Today I couldn't bare the idea of looking for a sub so I took my stomach cramps to work.

In case you were wondering... this is where teaching sucks. Finding a replacement is impossible. All the planning that goes into not being at work isn't worth it. I'd almost assume die in that classroom than attempt to find a sub most times.

So yeah, I haven't cooked dinner. I haven't posted about cooking dinner. I haven't even thought about what I want to cook next week for dinner.

All that to say... I didn't vanish this week. I'm just in the bathroom eating rice and trying to not die immediately.

LAFMB - Bombas :: The Socks Your Family Needs

I recently wrote a review for Bombas socks over at Lafayette Moms Blog, head on over there and read it!! 

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Friday Five

It's Friday and all I can think is TGIF, who's with me?

[ O N E ]


Last night we were talking and I noticed Harrison had pulled the quilt down from the chair and was using it as hills and holes while he played with this characters... it was just really cute. 

I don't think I've said this 30 plus times but... I like this stage. 


[ T W O ] 


We got a family set of Bombas socks in the mail this week... I'm finding my feet hurt less when I workout with these on. If you want to snag a pair for yourself use code NOLAMOM for 20% off your order. 


 [ T H R E E ] 


Somehow my mother has never managed to go on the Avery Island tour of the Tabasco plant that's in town. This time I grabbed a bag of the Tabasco Chez-Its, heavenly y'all. They are 100 times more amazing then the regular flavor. 


[ F O U R ]


I broke down and got a gym membership again. I mainly did it because with the Faster Way workouts and the running that's involved I "needed" it. See also... I can't stand running outside. 

What I've been doing everyday is the weight part of the FWTFL workouts at home and then heading to the gym after bedtime for any cardio that's involved. Last night was Hill Intervals, also known as I almost died. 

Planet Fitness is my new jam though, it might be the farthest gym from my house but for 20 bucks I can get on a Hydro Massage bed after every workout. So that is worth the money alone. 


[ F I V E ] 


I made this non-recipe-recipe this week for dinner and am absolutely obsessed. If y'all want an actual recipe posted just let me know and I'll cook it up again, it won't hurt my feelings one bit to eat this for every meal. 



The One Where the Kid Turned 3

The price you pay when your birthday is two days away from your mother's birthday is that she gets to pick the cake and then attempts to put a Ninja Turtle edible wrap on your cake. 

Lucky for Harrison, ice cream is his love language so there was no disappointment over my traditional Dairy Queen ice cream cake request. 


This poor kid is going to think his birthday last for a literal week.

We started off Saturday by eating cake for my birthday... and he blew out the candles. Afterwards we ordered Johnny's Pizza for his birthday.

Sunday we went to Cracker Barrel for my birthday dinner.

Then Wednesday we blew out candles again and ate the remaining cake for Harrison's birthday.

Hence a birthday cake that saw two sets of candles, twice the singing, and a kid that thought he was the sole person being celebrated.


Now what's new for Harry at 3?

He's finally started speaking more since New Year's. He'll be starting speech this year for his delay, but the kid has really starting jabbering more.

Yay for longer sentences! 


Recently he has started combining our names... granted I'm still Tete against my will. Now he yells out "Tete Daddy" then if he actually wants Jeremy he follows that up with 3 more Daddy's.

I think of it like an old grandmother that calls everyone's name before she lands on the right one.


His favorite foods are ice cream and pizza. He will eat other things, and many other things when he's at the sitter... but all in all he does give a big cheer when pizza shows up. 

Harrison is a die hard water drinker. He absolutely refuses flavored drinks, and I couldn't be happier about that. 


On top of that his got a funny little sense of humor and is constantly pretending. He is usually a cat, dog, or turtle, but his ability to stay in character is hilarious. 

Meal Planning Monday

It's starting to feel like spring outside, the garden is growing, it's only a few more weeks until I start pulling carrots. Life couldn't be better. 

Now here's this week's meal plan. 



Monday - Breakfast - sausage, eggs, blueberries (repeat because I like it)

Tuesday - Grilled Chicken with Green Beans

Wednesday - Chicken with Cilantro Lime Rice with Snap Peas and Salsa (here's in inspo)

Thursday - leftovers

Friday - Beef and Veggie Soup 



Saturday - eating out

Sunday - leftover soup

Breakfast - protein shakes
Lunch - rotisserie chicken, roasted broccoli, and sweet potatos

6 Cooking Hacks to Spend Less Time in the Kitchen

Back in the child free days of life I could take ages in the kitchen. This day in age, not so much. I'm constantly having my feet stepped on, being hit with some stick he thinks is a sword, or dishing out snacks for the ever hungry toddler.

No time for long recipes.


In that I've started taking more short cuts, not full Sandra Dee (I'm not making cocktails for everything dish I come up with) and not full on Paula Dean... just somewhere in between.

1. Buy a rotisserie chicken. 


I took this shortcut recently with my lunches and it saved SO MUCH TIME. I'm even adding it into dinner instead of roasting a chicken myself.

2. Those Minute rice cups are revolutionary. 


Back in the day when the rice bags came out I was obsessed. I fell off the rice wagon and started eating more riced veggies. Somehow I came across the Minute rice cups and let me tell you, it's great if only one or two people are eating rice at a meal. I can quickly make rice for Jeremy without having to go through the hassle of pulling out the rice cooker or even more fun... burning it on the stove.

3. Cook in a wide shallow pan. 


I use my big ole flat pan for everything. It cut down the time I would normally use for most sauces and brings smaller quantities of things to a boil much faster.

4. Frozen meatballs are your friend. 


I once handmade all of my meatballs, no so much anymore. Now I generally toss my meatballs in a crock-pot with whatever sauce and can save at least 30 minutes of making meatballs in the evening.


5. Buy prechopped veggies


Down here we use a lot of onion and bell pepper in recipes, I keep a bag of frozen seasoning blend on hand and skip chopping onions and peppers most of the time.

6. If you do chop, chop small. 


Small diced veggies cook up much faster.

So that's it! 6 of my personal tips for speeding up life in the kitchen.

Tell me, what are some of your personal ways to cut time down in the kitchen? 

Meal Planning Monday


Monday - Breakfast - sausage, eggs, blueberries

Tuesday - Grilled Chicken with a premade chopped salad (gotta make like easy)

Wednesday - Beef Tips with Rice & Roasted Broccoli
I'm making this the Mississippi Roast way. Putting the beef tips in the crockpot, topping with a packed of Au Jus Gravy Mix & Ranch Mix with a stick of butter. I'll probably add about a cup or two or beef stock so there's more gravy

Thursday - leftovers

Friday - Roast Chicken with Potatoes and Green Beans (cheating and using a rotisserie from the store)

Saturday - eating out

Sunday - leftover chicken

Finally a Home Whitening System I Love!

This post is part of the #SmileFearlessly campaign with Smile Brilliant. I was given their product in exchange for my review. All thoughts and opinions are my own. #WhileIWhiten #SmileFearlessly

I'm not newbie when it comes to teeth whitening. 


In college my dentist actually told me to slow my roll if I wanted to still have enamel one day.

Thank you cheapo whitening trays from the early 2000's!

Since I'm immediately drawn to people's teeth I put a ton of stock in my own. A pretty smile makes a world of difference, the only problem is trying to figure out how to enjoy your favorites drinks (I'm talking coffee and tea over here!) and not look like you have George Washington's smile.




Meal Planning Monday

I'm making it another simple week at our house. Which is made even better by the Mardi Gras break. 


The Friday Before a Holiday is Always the Longest

In true Harrison fashion, he continues to keep me on my toes. Jeremy thought I was crazy when I said I was making cube steaks again this week, but low and behold Harrison swooped in and stole his Daddy's plate as I suspected. 

Mom win. 

Little Cajun baby likes anything seasoned with Tony's or served with rice and gravy. 



I've been weary of saying anything because I have friends who have gone through SO MUCH MORE to get pregnant. But, I broke down and ordered an Ava bracelet since we are on month 6 of trying to get pregnant. 

I realized after reading a few articles that I'm awful at taking my basal. I wake up a ton during the night so when I've actually had a 3 hours stretch of sleep it's the dead of night and I don't think of temping. Instead I take it at 6 AM after I've been up at 5 to go to the bathroom. 

So  I am spending too much money and solving those problems once and for all. 

Also, after I've got a bit more data and a solid review idea I'm going to be sharing my thoughts about this product and hopefully a discount code for anyone interested. 


Has anyone read The Princess and the Pea recently? I had a literal moment of "why is this dang bed so awful" only to realize it was more of a toddler mom problem. 


My grandfather recently read this book and suggested it to my mother. Hence I'm now reading it. In short summary it's a brief history of the insanity that went down in our area during the civil rights movement. You know things were bad then, but good grief the FBI labeled the area the equivalent of the Wild West and advised people to leave town. 

It's a great read.

But one that leaves you with your mouth open for much of it.

Honestly, if you've read Greg Iles Pen Cage series, this is the true story of that.

On the flip side, it's lovely to read the book and our family names aren't listed.

During that time though it's thought that my grandmother (Aida, in case you're wondering), who happened to be the Justice of the Peace at the time, left town to escape Noah Cross. The town's worst and one of the longest reigning sheriffs. She supposedly tried to go against him and his well known prostitution and gambling situation out at Deer Park and she left town afterwards. If you match the dates back up to this book, she didn't return to town until after he was put in federal prison.

It's seriously the most insane thing I've ever read. I knew many stories, but THIS takes it to a new level.
In other news, I tried a new banana bread recipe from Taste of Home. It's gluten free. It didn't rise that well. Which could partially be my fault seeing as I didn't realize it made two loaves and had to pull it out of the oven and scoop half the mixture out of the pan. 

Fun time. 

I teach reading comprehension by the way. As you can see I currently have none. 

It doesn't taste as good as my recipe though, just saying. 



Meal Pinning Monday

It's hard to believe this is the last week before Mardi Gras break. However, what's going to be harder to believe is the stretch without a break after that. 

In other news, the virus has left the building. I couldn't have washed another thing, we had no choice but to get over it. Literally, had I washed one more load of puke junk I would have exploded and died. 

True story. 

Now, dinner plans, because if I don't write it down I'll forget it and then who knows how the groceries in the fridge will pan out. 


The Virus, and Other Reasons to Burn Your House Down

When I said I had taken off work Friday because Harrison had the virus... I'm still off work. I'm not even entirely sure what day it is anymore. 

The other kids at the sitter either had this for a hot minute, got the throw up side and later developed the diarrhea situation... but Harrison. Oh Harrison. He had to out do them all. He has had both for 6 days. Is it 6? 

I can't even count anymore. 

He started this mess Friday and it's now Wednesday. I'm assuming it's Wednesday at least. 

Meal Pinning Monday

I'm a little late getting this up, but out of fear for forgetting what I planned to cook this week I had to get after it.

By the way if you've followed along with our stomach virus drama on Instagram... we tested H yesterday and it's definitely just the virus. I was so scared they'd say it was that N3 strain of the flu because of how it progressed Sunday.

Then even better than that, after throwing up like crazy Sunday night, he woke up today asking to eat and watch Turtles. Thank you Jesus!



Also, as far as Meal Planning is going on the blog... until Pinterest gets their act together I won't be posting their widgets for recipes. I'll still link to Pinterest, but they've made using their html codes a pain in the butt.

So this week the menu is...

Monday - Breakfast Taquitos (I used a low carb wrap for mine)
Tuesday - Grilled Chicken with Caesar Salad
Wednesday - Cube Steak, Roasted Potatoes, Sauteed Purple Cabbage and Onions
Thursday - leftovers
Friday - Stuffed Peppers
Saturday - Eating Out
Sunday  - leftovers from Friday

My breakfast this week is hard boiled eggs with homemade Everything Seasoning & lunch is Willow Tree Chicken Salad. 

What are y'all doing for dinner this week?

Friday Five

Product received from Montiel were complimentary in return for a review with Lafayette Moms Blog. 

It's Friday and let's kick off the weekend with an awesome active wear deal! 

I got this awesome tear drop sports bra from Montiel in the mail yesterday and immediately fell in love. All my usual complaints about a sports bra were out of the window. No strap pain. No band rolling. It's a little slice of heaven. 

So with that... Lafayette Moms Blog got us a discount code to share. Use LOUISIANAMOM at checkout for 20% off your purchase. 

I know I will be using it very soon to snag another one of these! 


Meal Plans, Ice Days, and Life

I'm behind. It's Tuesday and I have yet to post our menu. I skipped Friday's post.

Honestly I think I could use a nap right now.

There's just nothing like a week off for ice. I love nothing more than being trapped inside for days with the chance to not drive farther than the sitter's house in our own neighborhood.

Yes, yes we did take Harrison to the sitter last week during the ice storm. I look at it this way though 1) he has people to play with instead of just looking at us all week and 2) it gave us a chance to chill out on Jeremy's last week before seminary classes started back up.

It was glorious.

We watched Friend's all week. Drank espresso, which translates into experimenting with with coffee recipes. I personally want to get the Pioneer Woman Coffee Subscription, but that's a ridiculous budget line to add.

I didn't even take that many photos.

Except at a friend's child's birthday party and when I ventured out for the Lafayette Moms Blog night at Board and Brush in Youngsville... but I'll post about that on it's own later.

Y'all it was just glorious being stuck inside.

In other news... I'll share our meal plan for this week.


Monday - Breakfast Burritos (low carb whole wheat tortillas, eggs, bacon, cheese, spinach)
Tuesday - Chicken with Roasted Broccoli
Wednesday - Enchiladas - Gracious Pantry is my favorite enchilada sauce recipe on earth.
Thursday - leftovers
Friday - Balsamic Roast with Green Beans
Saturday - eating out
Sunday - leftover roast

Yeah, skipping Pinterest this time. Their widgets have been making me bonkers lately. I can't just type anymore, you have to do it in html mode and that's a royal pain.

In other news I'll be back later this week with a review of our experience at Board and Brush!

Favorite Products of 2017


I know this thing says Top 8 and Favorite... but hear me out... these are just the top 8 of what I loved from the past year. It's what get's the most use. 

So click the links to find the products, and rest assured they are just links... no rStyle or affiliate. Just products I've loved. 


1. Top of the year is definitely the It Illumination CC. I tried their regular one this last time and as soon as it runs out I'm back to this one. Great coverage and makes you look amazing without looking like makeup.

2. Collagen Peptides. I think I started using them in 2016, but I've been pretty consistent the latter half of 2017. I don't love it just for the gut benefits, but it makes my hair and nail grow quicker and my skin looks better. Side note: the photo is of the wrong brand... oops... but I linked to what I've been using.

3. The holy grail of mascara... Urban Decay Perversion. Don't let people lie to you. Other mascara does not compare, although a great dupe is the Full 'n Soft mascara by Maybelline.

4. I ran out of my beloved Anastasia of Beverly Hills Brow Wiz a month ago and had to buy what I could find in town. The Wunder2 brow pencil did not disappoint.

5. Teddie Organics Rose Hip is the best thing to ever exist. How moisturized my face feels is drastic with and without this oil. I skipped one day and felt dry and tight all day. It's taken how moisturized my skin looks to a new level, no more dry dull skin.

6. Milk Piggy is basically heaven. I bought their Hell Pore and the gold mask this year and love them both. Just don't put the Hell Pore all over your face or expect to cry a lot when you peel it off. Nose and chin only people, nose and chin only.

7. Last year I dipped into the Naked Palette pool and this year it was all in. I'm still using my small basics palette every day for work but also got the Naked3 and for Christmas my mother got me the Smokey Palette. I'll never use another eye shadow.

8. I love the Big Boo Podcast and my mother reads both of their blogs, Big Mama and Boo Mama. Needless to say Big Mama raved about this and I wasn't mad that they were a Christmas present. Gap was on point with pajama pants this year. They are the softest leggings every.

Meal Pinning Monday

Nothing like a long weekend to start the week off, right? 

It's not a big Pinterest pinned week, but there are meal ideas none the less.