Meal Planning Monday

A day late and a dollar short.

Considering I have hardly had the brain space to even text people back this weekend it's no wonder this is out a day behind.

In other news, this weekend I'm going to check out doing a full grocery haul at Aldi and see if that saves the money promised.

Monday | Low Carb Tortilla with goat cheese, turkey, Ambrosia apple slices, and spinach with Broccoli Slaw and Strawberries

Tuesday | Trader Joes Turkey Meatballs with Marinara and Sweet Potato Gnocchi

Wednesday | Mississippi Roast, Rice, & Roasted Broccoli (still haven't made it)

Thursday | leftovers

Friday | Breakfast for dinner - eggs, biscuits, breakfast potatoes, bacon, and fruit

Saturday | Eating Out

Sunday | Burgers & Fries


Breakfast | Acai Bowl (cashew milk, acai packet from TJs, berries, Brewer's Yeast, banana, and granola)

Lunch | Meal Prep Bowls with Grilled Chicken Tenders, Cauli Rice with Pesto, and Roasted Sweet Potatoes

Snack - Cheese, Turkey Meat Sticks, or Granola Bar

Elliot | 10 Months

Happiest Baby on the Block is really testing that title this month. Wonder Weeks Leap (what feels like 100) came in strong!

Elliot's Current Stats:

❊ Age – 10 months
❊ Weight & Height – Wearing size 4 diapers and 12-18 months clothing. 

❊ Eat – He will eat absolutely anything, but he won't feed himself. He's not about that life and has no time. Baby Led Weaning did not work for me (to the tune of Hooked On Phonics). I also think he is going to wean himself by the time he's a year old. He's too busy to nurse and would rather eat real food. We might nurse at night for a long time but day time nursing, no baby has time for that. 
❊ Sleep – To sleep per chance to dream? Shakespeare wrote that while one of his children were teething because we ain't sleeping folks. 5 teeth all at once. If karma were real I'd tell you we did something real wrong. Last night he finally only woke up once, probably because after a solid month of no sleep he was tired. Now, he wakes to nurse every single night and I don't see that vanishing anytime soon. 

❊ Recent Milestones – He waves bye, grunts and has a cow if you don't share with him, pulls up, and can push up to sitting. And let us not forget getting 4 teeth on the top at once. 

❊ Special Moments – He only woke up once last night. That's as special as this eshausted mama is getting right now. 

Mama’s Experience – Month 9 was for the birds. He hit a new Wonder Week Leap and got all the teeth. Little Crank Pop was fussy and didn't sleep. Sorry this isn't all warm and fuzzy folks, it's mainly so I can remember this years from now. 

❊ Comparison – These babies look nothing alike. Harrison seemed to be blowing kissing, pulling up, and mimicking up more. Elliot is just starting to pull up and giggles when you do stuff but isn't trying to mimics just yet. They're wearing the same size in diapers and clothing but Elliot definitely weighs more. 

Meal Planning Monday

Mama is breaking out of the routine and venturing to our now much closer Trader Joe's. So a few fun dinners are on the horizon.

Monday | Chicken with Roasted Sweet Potatoes & Cauliflower Rice (real rice for Jeremy) with Kale and Cashew Pesto (TJs)

Tuesday | Potstickers with Asian Veggies & whatever Asian sauce I find at TJs

Wednesday | Mississippi Roast, Rice, & Roasted Broccoli (still haven't made it)

Thursday | leftovers

Friday | Breakfast for dinner - eggs, biscuits, breakfast potatoes, bacon, and fruit

Saturday | Eating Out

Sunday | Burgers & Fries/ Cauliflower Gnocchi with Turkey Meatballs and whatever TJs sauce strikes my fancy.


Breakfast | Acai Bowl (cashew milk, acai packet from TJs, berries, Brewer's Yeast, banana, and granola)

Lunch | Meal Prep Bowls with Quinoa, Ground Turkey, Broccoli, and Spicy Peanut Vinaigrette

Snack - Cheese, Turkey Meat Sticks, Plantain Chips and whatever dip I find at TJs

Pie, Pools, and Teething Babies

We are coming to a close on our first month in Alabama. I can't say I'm a resident yet... it took Jeremy roughly two tries before the DMV would take him. 

Make that 3 actually because I was on one of those attempts. 

He's good. But my lack of time in the day and a desperate need for a body double means I have got to get this done this week. 

I finally made the Atlantic Beach Pie from Food52 this week and it was TO. DIE. FOR.  I think I'll go less sweet on the whip cream and not add vanilla next time. It didn't call for it but I went standard on my whip and this did not need it. Seriously, it was so good and so easy that I immediately wrote it on a recipe card from memory. 

Anyone else? 

That IGK dry shampoo is life and has surpassed Dry Bar by leaps and bounds. 

There, I said it, I get one more hair day out of this stuff. 

Having a yard means sending Daddy to the dollar store for a pool. I thought this would perk up a sad kid that weekend but as it turned out I was trying to cheer up someone who had a stomach virus and had yet to express it to me. 

One bite of pizza late and my new rug screamed stomach virus. 

I've had puppies that got into less than Elliot. 

He's also cutting 5 teeth at once. There's a possible 6th that is budding but for a flat fact that are 5. The wind hurts me these days. 

Last but not least just a pic I took of Harrison while he was reading to me as I nursed Elliot the other night. 

How to Prepare Your Home for Life After the Wedding

Today's guest post is about life after the wedding. What tips would you add? 

Planning a wedding can be one of the most exciting and stressful things you do. You’re likely investing a great deal of time and money into your big day to ensure it ends up being everything you’ve dreamt about and more. However, you also want to think about life after your wedding day and how to make your transition into married life as stress-free as possible. One way would be to prepare the home that you and your partner are going to stay in beforehand. Here are a few ways that you can prepare your home for life after the wedding.

1.) Agree on Storage

Whether you’re moving into a new home or already have one, you should agree on storage. When moving in together, you’ll be merging your belongings, so you want to be sure that you have enough space to contain everything. Allocate specific storage space to you and your partner and if there isn’t enough, consider building more storage. A few ideas for creating storage include getting a storage bed, storage chess or building extra shelves on the wall.  

You may also want to go through your belongings and be sure you aren’t moving anything into the house that you don’t need. This will help you avoid starting your marital life with unnecessary clutter.

2.) Carry Out Maintenance

Maintenance is another good way to get your home ready for life as newlyweds. You don’t want to start the first few days or months having issues with maintenance. There is a number of items that you should add to your home maintenance list. Some would be to inspect electrical cords for wear or to check that indoor and outdoor vents aren’t blocked.

Also, check the roof to make sure there aren’t leaks or loose shingles and also inspect the shower and bath for caulking or deterioration. The goal should be to carefully look around the house and check for anything that needs fixing or upgrading.

3.) Improve the Outdoors

Think about what you’ll be doing as a family during your quality time. If you enjoy spending time in the garden, then you may want to invest in patio furniture and if you have a pool, get it cleaned. Another idea would be to get an outdoor grill installed for summer BBQs. Seeing as you’ll probably be busy with wedding planning, hire a handyman to help you successfully install the grill.

4.) Add Pictures

Look through your photo gallery and find any images of you and your spouse that you love. Consider getting them framed and arranged on the walls around the house. Some common places to put them are in the hallway, on the wall in the living room, or by the nightstand in your bedroom. This is a way of ensuring you evoke pleasant memories when you’re at home.

5.) Agree on Domestics

It would be helpful if you sit down and discuss household responsibilities with your partner before the big day. By doing so, it may be easier to manage your expectations, and you’ll have an idea regarding how your household is going to be run. To keep household chores from affecting your new marriage, split chores as equally as you can. You want to consider your work schedules as well as strengths and weaknesses so that it’s easier for each person to stick with.

6.) Update the Interior

If your interior needs to be updated, consider doing this before you move in. This is an opportunity to create the home of your dreams to start your new life in. Try and make sure that both you and your partner have an input so that it feels like a home for the both of you. You could work together to choose things like the color palette, furniture, or overall design concept.

7.) Spring Clean

The last tip for preparing your home is to spring clean. You want your home to be as fresh as possible, so make sure it’s cleaned from the inside out. You could decide to do it on your own or find a professional cleaner who can do it instead. Make sure you focus on getting rid of dust, giving the windows an extra sparkle and also creating a pleasant smell through diffusers for air fresheners.

Getting married is the start to an exciting journey, so you want to set off on the right foot. Seeing as your home is somewhere that you’re going to bond and build your relationship, prioritize making it as comfortable as possible.

Things I Bought & Liked | August

This wasn't a big purchase month, actually it was more of a restocking of sorts. Most purchases were mattresses from At Home and a rug from Target... but don't even ask me which one. I bought what was on sale and big enough.

Hanhoo Blemish Patch | The fact that these are readily available in the US now gives me all the praise hand emojis! This is yet another K-Beauty concept that works wonders. The little patches don't contain medicine but are a material that will soak up the oil in a zit. Think nasty cystic zits, not black heads. It might take a few nights, and if I'm not going anywhere I'll wear one during the day as well. Either way, this was a repurchase from Amazon but Walmart carries them as well.

Anastasia Beverly Hills - Brow Definer | I started out using their other brow pencil and accidentally bought this one only to fall in love. So this is roughly Brow Definer number 3. I go between Taupe and Soft Brown, I think Soft Brown is probably more my shade.

Joovy Spoon Walker | Finally a new purchase. I got rid of a lot of our baby play items when we moved into the apartment and am finally able to buy things I'd really like to have now that we have space. I love this walker because it doesn't have toys attached to it and the tray can be removed and cleaned. Currently our little crawfish only goes backwards in it but it does contain his mischief for a moment.

GVIEWIN iPad Cover | I've been happy with this really cute floral iPad cover... don't even ask why I had to buy a new iPad and cover. (Forgot them at a hotel who wanted to act like I was out of my mind.) FYI if you need a new iPad check out Groupon, found one for the price of a Kindle.

Natural Vitality Calm | I BUY THIS ON REPEAT! I'm by no means a calm person and at night it's the worst. My mind will race and keep me awake. Between this and melatonin I can sleep at night and not be quite as high strung. Bonus points is that it's just magnesium and keeps things working... if you get my gist.

Earth Mama Milk Maid Tea | My supply still hasn't gotten back to normal between the stress of moving, a new job, and mother nature messing with things. I drink this daily and also take the UpSpring fenugreek supplement. If any other mamas have experience with this and have a good solid solution send it my way. I'm at a loss. I've never had a problem nursing wise that Blue Bell Ice Cream couldn't fix and this one isn't fixing easy. Two weeks and I'm lucky to get 4 ounces and have been known to get only one. My freezer stash isn't going to hold for long.

Meal Planning Monday

Thanks to Labor Day sales this mama has a grill again and it's on like Donkey Kong!

Monday | Grilled Chicken & a bag chopped salad

Tuesday | Spicy BBQ Chicken (cooking in the Instant Pot) Stuffed Baked Sweet Potato with Cheese and Sour Cream

Wednesday | Mississippi Roast, Rice, & Roasted Broccoli

Thursday | leftovers

Friday | Pork Chops with Pea and Potato Salad

Saturday | Eating Out

Sunday | Grilled Chicken, Rice with Kerry Gold Butter, and a chopped Kale Salad (I LOVE the macro accounts on IG)


Breastfast | Macro Bar or a Lactation Smoothie

Lunch | Turkey Hash

Snack - Lactation Mug Cookie because the girls ain't behaving these days.