Meal Ideas to Deliver in a Crisis

Things in life happen, but the good thing about living in the South is that everyone will quickly rally around you. 
The best, no one ever shows up empty handed. 

I recently shared my favorite meals to drop off to a friend in need, over on the Lafayette Mom’s Blog. I’d so love for you to head over there and read meals myself our entire team love to send to friends in a crisis  (and I'd love it if you left a comment).

Meal Planning Monday

If we survive this week it will be by sheer miracle. The smallest person is proving to be much more diva than the oldest. When Harrison would get sick he'd just sleep through it, he still does. Elliot on the other hand, screamed every 30 minutes from 11:55 until he got in the car to leave the house and fell asleep on the way to the sitter... all because he is congested.

Jesus please send more coffee. Like, literally rain down coffee into my poor empty mug.

Monday | Chicken Caesar Salad (bag salad for the win)

Tuesday | Mozzarella Chicken Sausage, Tomatoes, Peppers & Onions, Spinach in a skillet concoction

Wednesday | Kodiak Cake Pancakes & Bacon

Thursday | Attempting to make Grillades in the Instant Pot

Friday | leftovers

Saturday | Chicken, Brussel Sprouts, & Lentil Pasta

Sunday | Jambalaya Girl Gumbo with Potato Salad

Breakfast | My favorite smoothie. 

Lunch | Korean Chicken, Jasamine Rice, & Asian Slaw

Snacks | turkey sticks & cheese or Lara Bar

An Ode to the Top Knot, the New Beehive

Motherhood has done strange things to me. I was once the girl that washed her hair daily, but after having my first baby, I realized I could skip a day. 
Then I dyed my hair for the first time and started skipping two days. 
Next thing you know, I had figured out the top knot and learned how to stretch that hair-do. I went from every other day washing to washing only twice a week! 
Which, after looking in the mirror one morning at what was clearly more Dry Bar dry shampoo and hair spray than actual hair, I realized that I had turned into all our grandmothers circa 1965. 
I recently shared how I love a good top knot, over on the Lafayette Mom’s Blog. I’d so love for you to head over there and read all about my hair obsession and how it saves me time (and I'd love it if you left a comment) .

I Use to Obsess over What My Kid Ate, and Then I Gave Up

Don’t let the title of this post make you think I don’t try to feed him anything I consider healthy. 
No, I have found alternatives that I sneak in. 
But let’s start at the beginning. 
When I was pregnant with my first, I read that they could taste certain flavors in your amniotic fluid … so I ate a variety of things to expose the baby to flavor. 

I recently shared how I let go of the food obsession with a toddler, over on the Lafayette Mom’s Blog. I’d so love for you to head over there and read all about how I've given it my best and realize he won't eat like this forever (and I'd love it if you left a comment) .
** Side note: he recently started eating more foods. I presented him with yogurt one day... ate it. Apples, cheese sticks, the lot. It's not a ton but it is something different (or back to what he use to eat) and that's what matters. 

Currently | March

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Scheming | A little bit of everything. I'm still thinking about what we want to do in Austin. There is also the upcoming summer camping trip to the Buffalo River... I've got to book that and decide on a campsite. There's also the fact that Jeremy will be gone to Brazil on a mission trip in the beginning of July, so I'll probably take the kids to my parents and visit friends and what not for a few days. But let's be really real, I'm mainly just planning how to use a Starbucks gift card a student gave me. Follow Macro Barista on IG, it's where your coffee macro dreams come true.

Reading | I haven't been so great at reading lately. I've got a huge queue in my library account though. Right now I'm finishing up The Inspector and Mrs. Jeffries book 1, and I'm waiting to finish Ninety-Nine Glimpses of Princess Margaret when I get it back from the holds. If you were to know anything about me it is that I love a good British murder mystery that is narrated in a British accent when I'm falling asleep at night. I also just checked out Magnolia Table, I'm by no means a Fixer Upper fan but I am up for a good recipe.

Buying | In in the market for a new protein powder. I ditched my beloved Paleo Double Chocolate Protein because of the $$$ and opted for Garden of Life Spot Chocolate. The only issue is the digestive effect. It's bad y'all.  I want a good chocolate with green type of protein and might try Vega Protein & Greens this month. Send suggestions please!

Making | I haven't cooked in my traditional Meal Planning Monday fashion in some time but Mardi Gras break is where it is at. Meatballs, enchiladas, pancakes, and I'll probably toss in a dessert or cinnamon rolls or something just for good measure. I haven't had the extra time to cook in months. And I don't mean old George grilling. Now I feel like I should also make some bread too.

Accomplishing | I've changed my workouts to doing Pure Barre On Demand recently and am really loving it. I seriously was beyond excited to workout every time I went this past summer (that month I had won a free month of Pure Barre). There are just two issues with going in-studio for me 1) the $$$ and 2) the time. So On Demand is giving me a workout I enjoy (classes) in a time frame I can do (classes from 5-45 minutes each). This way I can do at the very least SOMETHING every night. I'm still following the Faster Way to Fat Loss eating plan but just needed a new workout.

Elliot at 4 Months

I've come to realize I take more photos of this child in the bathtub than anywhere else. So instead of pretty posed photos until he is old enough to sit up... I'm not fighting it anymore. This kid is going to have a monthly Puj Tub photo.

Plus it's an easier way to watch his neck disappear.

Elliot's Current Stats:

❊ Age – 4 months old
❊ Weight & Height – 14.4 lbs and no clue on the height. He goes to the doctor this month for his baby well visit. 

❊ Eat – He is still nursing well. My supply has been much better with this second baby. I've been putting back about two days worth of milk per week... which I don't know what to do with because I have very little need for a freezer stash. Anyone want a ton of breast-milk? 
❊ Sleep – He's been doing well. I finally moved him back to the Pack n' Play after a few weeks of being congested. That dumb Rock n' Play is the devil, I can't stand breaking babies of that habit... but it works so well for a baby that spits up or is congested. Dang it! Anyway, we are on the verge of the 4 month regression so I know this waking once at night (actually mama waking him once at night) to eat is going to end soon. I had to change when he was eating at night (30 minutes earlier) because the baby who rarely cries decided to scream bloody murder for 30 minutes two days in a row. It made bedtime a nightmare... luckily I think changing the feed time has fixed the bedtime problem. 

❊ Recent Milestones – He is laughing more, smiling more, and holds his head up better in tummy time. Elliot has started getting distracted during a nursing session or two and wants to chat with me about everything. Mainly he thinks Harrison is funny and giggles while nursing whenever something is happening in the room. 
❊ Special Moments – This month seemed kinda mundane. I can't think of something that really stood out. 

❊ Mama’s Experience – The Wonder Weeks Leap 3 is going to be the death of us. I don't have to baby free time I had previously because he is much more fussy in the evenings. He also wants to be held more where before he wanted to play on his mat. It'll pass though, all nutty Wonder Weeks eventually pass. 
❊ Comparison – Chunky chunk. 

And a Harry/Elliot comparison, because they look nothing alike. 

And big brother because it was his birthday & he brought me the camera :)

Meal Planning Monday

It's Mardi Gras break and that mean I have time to actually cook! 

All the praise hands people. All. Of. Them. 

Monday | Zucchini with Peppers, Sausage, and Goat Cheese

Tuesday | Breakfast - Making Kodiak Pancakes

Wednesday | Homemade Meatballs with Sunday Sauce and Salad

Thursday | leftovers

Friday | Grilled Round Steak with Roasted Brussel Sprouts and Birds Eye Veggie Pasta

Saturday | Eating out

Sunday | Enchiladas with Chuy's Jalapeno Ranch Dip (enchiladas are filled with cheese, topped with [this] sauce and topped with ground beef as per the husband's liking)

Breakfast | My favorite smoothie. 

Lunch | Low Carb Wraps with turkey, ham, mayo, lettuce, tomato, avocado, and bacon with Kettle Salt & Vinegar Chips

Snacks | turkey sticks & cheese or veggies and ranch

Things I Bought & Liked | Feb

It's been another month and I've done my best to keep Amazon Prime in business.

Here's what I've bought::

Now Essential Oils Peaceful Sleep | I've been using this for quite some time and just bought another bottle. I swear to you diffusing this in our rooms has helped with calming everyone for sleep. The aromatherapy makes a difference with Harrison, he falls asleep much faster now. Bonus points, it smells amazing.

Glass Meal Prep Containers | I've been over my old plastic containers for quite some time. These are a great size for lunch, sturdy, and heat up without burning your hands when you take them from the microwave.

Amazon Basics Stylus | This. Because everyone needs a good stylus for writing on your Insta Stories.

Bamboobies Yoga Nursing Bra | Regular sports bras are out of the question right now, the boobies need to be a tad free for milk production. This one is really comfy and did not disappoint. But it's a yoga bra so don't expect super constriction.

Revly Digestive Enzyme Complex | Postpartum mixed with a protein powder I was really liking is what I've discovered to be the root cause of some digestive issues. This makes a big difference. A friend said that her nutritionist suggested she take a digestive enzyme, and y'all know I'm always up for a good supplement.

Amazon Essentials Packable Puffer Jacket Womens & Mens | Get. You. One. This was a nice, inexpensive replacement to our old winter coats and they're super warm. Not Colorado warm, but freezing cold Louisiana warm.

Vanicream | One of my Insta mom friends suggested this for Elliot's dry skin. This cured his dry red patchy spots in two days flat. Plus it doesn't contain lanolin, parabens, fragrance, and all the bad junk.

Medela Nursing Comfort Bra | I needed to replace my bras from when I nursed Harry and this is a great, well made option. Bonus points, it's made by a brand that makes a 50 dollar bra and it's the same exact bra people. Save your money and buy this dupe.


Essential Oil Roller Bottles | I was sent these twice with missing parts, avoid them at all cost.

Zammex Collagen Peptides | The flavor of this has just gotten worse, I use to be able to mask it with coffee or a smoothie. Not anymore, now it is all beef Ramen all the time.

icyzone Workout Tanks | They ran small and the fabric wasn't my favorite. It showed every flaw you ever thought you had.