A Life Update, Because I'm an Awful Blogger These days

December 4, 2020

One of the main reasons I enjoy writing for Birmingham Mom Collective, and Lafayette Mom (in the past) is working the events. It is like a little Junior League of sorts but all Mama Bloggers. 

We recently had a Christmas event at the drive-in theater here in Leeds and it was a blast. Granted Elliot was out of sorts (found out when I got to the van to watch the movie) but checking in cars was a blast. I've made so many life long friends doing this in Lafayette and anticipate the same here in Birmingham. 

There tree, a real tree, has been put up and decorated. 

This was just after getting the lights on and debating on more lights... I ended up not adding more. Mama ain't got time for all that nonsense. 

Our tree is a work in progress. Several years ago I threw away all of our ornaments, it wasn't the style I wanted... it was a style I picked out 10 years ago and was outdated. So now I've got red balls, I need to add some blue, salt dough ornaments, and every year we each pick out a new ornament at Hobby Lobby. Whatever everyone loves that year. I pick traditional... Harrison always picks some action figure... and Elliot 🤦‍♀️ he picked out two trucks and refused to let the second one go. So Jeremy "picked" a truck. 

Jeremy's picks tend to be whatever the youngest child won't let go of. 

On really special event years I buy an ornament that is personalized. Like new babies, marriage, buying houses, and last year was moving. 

But to get to the bottom of my tree lights situation...

I felt like I had the world's worst cold for three days after wrapping the lights by myself. (Jeremy usually helps me) I hugged that tree for 45 minutes and should have immediately showered, because that pine got the best of my awful allergies. 

Which leads me to now contemplating an flocked artificial tree next year. 


Nothing to see below except a few babies pretending to squirt stuff all over Lowe's and making poot sounds as they went. 

Changing topics again... which I'm good at. 

I've got to get back to legit meal prep for work and keeping up with My Fitness Pal. I was following Faster Way to Fat Loss (mostly, I bought the pregnancy program when I was expecting Elliot) and had great results after having Elliot. But after moving last year I have just continued to derail and now half of my pants don't fit. 

But I did it this week. I've logged into MFP twice and had my lunches and everything ready to go... with healthy things. I wasn't eating so much as super unhealthy for meals before, but snacking gets me when I'm like this. Under stress I find myself snacking on things I don't need or even really want. 

Last but not least, the busy baby. 

Y'all one day I'll post his 2nd birthday, but until then... 

He's all over the place, obsessed with cars, and refuses to take his shoes off because he is afraid he will miss a chance to escape outside. 

This particular photo is him playing/destroying our Little People Nativity that our friend Jackie bought Harrison on his 1st Christmas. It no longer lights up or plays music, but the boys still love it and so do I. 

Somehow, SOMEHOW, we've managed to keep all the pieces. Every year I fight to find the missing characters and some weeks Joseph is an absent father. One year Jesus was missing in action. But they always reappear when it's time to pack up the decorations and then out the come the next Christmas. 


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Turkeys & Chocolate Pie

November 24, 2020

I have got to become more mindful of taking photos again. With the move into our new house I have been awful at getting photos of the kids. Part of that is probably because I really only take out my big camera when the light is just right. 

Hence the following photo. 

I made my great grandmother's chocolate pie for a Friendsgiving Dinner, at the request of Jeremy. Harrison decided this was the year he loved it. (note the meringue in the blog recipe is the original, I am using a stabilized meringue now because a deflated meringue makes me insane... plus I like to make it taste more like marshmallow) 

I worked to make Harrison's disguise a turkey dreams come true... who do you think we made? 

The littlest boy in the house has hit the "pretending to read all the books by himself" age. It's far too adorable. This morning when I got him up he actually fussed at me because he needed "book mine" from his crib. He is sleeping with the Easter Little Blue Truck book. 

FINALLY! I got to dig out my plates and hang them this past weekend. This is my most beloved of all the plates. I happened to be in England during the week of the Queen Mother's 100th Birthday. I originally gave this to my grandmother but it came back into my possession when she passed away. 

Elliot. Being Elliot. I don't know who he has seen wear a hat like this to believe it should be done this way. 

In other cooking news, I've been so happy to be back in a full blown kitchen again. This weekend I whipped up that chocolate pie and some Rice Dressing... in the most clumsy of manners. I dropped eggs left and right. Busted many a yolk. Then I finally topped it off by getting excited by the fact that I had beef stock only to drop the jar, causing glass to go everywhere! Y'all know how that goes, it got caught in the top of my toe and I couldn't exactly feel it... until I was bleeding a trail through the kitchen. Good times friends. 

But hey, a nice kitchen again. So shove all the glass you'd like in my foot if it means I get have two oven racks. 

Now for some memes that have made me happy this week! 


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Meal Planning Monday

November 23, 2020

I'm finally at this on a Monday, but it's a short cooking week! Go figure. 

Monday | Keto Chicken Cheese Bake 

Tuesday | leftovers 

Wednesday | Mom is cooking 

Thursday | Thanksgiving 

Friday | Leftovers 

Saturday | Eating Out

Sunday | Trader Joe's Meal

Breakfast - Atkins Bar or Orgain Shake
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Meal Planning Wednesday

November 11, 2020

I'm getting better... slowly. Next week I'm going back to a Faster Way menu. Too many weeks living my best life in food land. 

Monday | Grilled Black Bean & Chicken Burritos with Chips & Salsa

Tuesday | leftovers 

Wednesday | Sam's Club Knock off Chick-Fil-A Nuggets & fries

Thursday | Red Beans & Rice (leftovers from the freezer) 

Friday | Leftovers 

Saturday | Eating Out

Sunday | Trader Joe's Meal

Meal options outside of dinner for myself...

Orgain Protein Shake
Atkins Granola Protein Bar
Sam's Club Chicken Salad Cup w/ Mary's Gone Crackers & Apple
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Where ya been?

November 6, 2020

 I've been missing in action lately on here and every other social media platform... buying a house will do that to a person. So here's a little recap of what we've been up to. 

I'm not sure how it happened but Elliot turned two last week. 

I'm so far behind on time that I haven't even uploaded the photos that I took on his birthday. But anyhoo, here is our resident always the baby at age 1 and this year at age 2. 

Elliot at his usual. Either ecstatically happy or more miserable than you can imagine. 

It's funny which kids do what and hang onto who. Harrison stayed attached to Jeremy, now he pays attention to my mom more. 

Elliot latches onto Grandaddy and wants to rough house. He's always as close as he can get and constantly bringing him books to read. 

Halloween. A time to refuse your costume because you are two and haven't trick-r-treated before. Or for others you are living your best kindergarten community helper learning life and being a police officer. 

After a year of trying to sell and two years of renting... we are finally in a house of our own again and living our best life. Y'all. Having space again is just insane. Like bananas. 

No more cramped up rental life. Plus... Mama done exited the county and is back in the land of concrete neighborhoods with little to no snake friends siting around all willy nilly. 

I haven't worn perfume in at least 10 years. Once we moved to South Louisiana my allergies got so funky that I couldn't even bare a candle or cleaning supplies. It seems heightened mold really effects me. 

Lately I've been on the search for a perfume made of essential oils, since they don't bother me. (I even clean and use them to scent our home because it's all I can stand.) After contemplating making a dozen Pinterest recipes I came across this Good Chemistry site. Then they popped up in Grove Collaborative. So I bit the bullet and ordered Queen Bee. 

It's heavenly, made of only essential oils, inexpensive, and didn't but me one bit. 

Go get your one. 

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3 Reasons to Have Art in Your Home

November 1, 2020

 Art – no matter how ‘good’ it is (which is subjective anyway), or how much it costs or who enjoys it; is something of a miracle. It starts off as nothing at all and goes on to become something that makes people smile, enhances their mood, and can earn the artist money in many cases. Art has everything, and there is enough variety to ensure that everyone, whatever their tastes happen to be, will love at least one type. 

It makes sense to have something this special in our homes, and many people do. It could be a painting hung on a wall, a photograph framed, a sculpture that sits on a shelf or a table, and so on. Yet although many of us will have this kind of thing in our homes, do we really know why this is such a good idea? There are many reasons, and here are just some of them. 

Make Your House a Home 

When you live somewhere, you will want to make that space as comfortable, unique, and fitting to your personality as you can. Even if you can’t decorate an entire house or apartment in the way you truly want to because you live with other people who have different tastes to you, you can still find at least one room – a bedroom, perhaps – where you can style it in any way you want. 

Art will play an important part in this. The instant you put art in a space, that space becomes more comfortable and homely. It immediately shows an element to your own personality that otherwise might not have shone through. This is what makes a house into a home, and if you want to enjoy living somewhere it’s something you’ll need to consider doing. Don’t be nervous about letting other people see the kinds of things you enjoy; it’s good to share your personality. Don’t hide the art away because you think it might be damaged either; arts insurance will protect it, so you can show it off as much as you like. 

It’s Affordable 

Some art is extremely expensive. It will depend on the artist and how famous or highly regarded they are, and in some cases it will depend on the subject matter and the materials used. Some materials are more expensive than others, so the overall piece of art is sure to cost that much more. 

Yet even if you don’t have millions to spend on art, there will be something that suits your budget. This is the great thing about art; there really is something for everyone, and there is something for everyone’s bank balance too. Even if you love a piece that is expensive, you might be able to find much cheaper prints of it to hang in your home instead. Art is accessible and available to everyone if you look around. 

Art Is Inspiration 

Art can be inspirational for any number of reasons. The most obvious is that, when you look at a piece of art you will be inspired to make art yourself. Even if you don’t think you are good at art, you can still enjoy the process. Remember, you don’t have to monetize everything you do, and you can do something for the fun of it and not have to try to sell that thing on Etsy or eBay if you don’t want to. 

Art can be inspiring in other ways too. If you don’t want to make art yourself, you will still be able to see what the artist was thinking and be inspired by their ideas and imagination. You might be inspired by the subject matter itself, or even by the person who originally bought the art for you. Art makes people feel all kinds of emotions, so just let it happen and don’t question it and you’ll love it so much more. 

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The First 7 Steps to Planning a Wedding

October 22, 2020

 People spend much of their life dreaming about the perfect wedding. Whether it’s your first or your third, planning a wedding is both exciting and stressful. The average time to plan a wedding often depends on how complex your wedding is to be.

A simple wedding can as little as six months, but an extravagant wedding can take over a year. Regardless of the type of wedding, there are steps to planning a wedding that you need to tackle first.

We’ll examine these first seven steps, so you can correctly plan your wedding with as stress-free an environment as possible.

Celebrate Your Engagement

Your soon-to-be spouse just popped the question, and you’re newly engaged. It’s time to celebrate. Before you begin the wedding planning, plan a quick engagement party. It serves to celebrate your pending nuptials and get the most important players in the room.

You’re inviting friends and family, so you’ll have them all available, and they’re likely all excited about wedding planning. The event should take place about 45- to 60-days after the engagement and be both fun and recruit people to help plan.

You’re engaged, so enjoy it, and don’t forget to gush over the engagement ring and how amazing your fiancé is to everyone.

What’s Your Budget?

Everyone dreams of a fairy tale wedding with horse-drawn carriages and doves released as you leave the church. Sadly, this is possible for many people. Before you invite guests or start looking at dresses, you need to set your wedding budget.

You need to research the average costs of everything from the wedding venue to photographers. When you set your budget, don’t forget to add 10 to 20 percent for surprises. The cost of your wedding has many factors, from extravagance to where you live, but you can expect a minimum of $20,000 to $50,000.

There are ways to save money, such as having friends or family make decorations or do the wedding party hair, but some costs are inevitable. The budget is the most important step in planning a wedding because it impacts everything you do from there on out.

Set Up Your Guest Lists

The number of people coming to your wedding impacts the catering and costs of the wedding venue. The more people you have, the more expensive it’s going to be. The impact of your guest list also impacts the type of wedding you’re going to have.

simple church wedding is one thing, but a destination wedding in the tropics likely has close friends and family only. Don’t be afraid to not invite your second cousin that you haven’t spoken to in six years.

It’s your wedding, and you should invite who you want. Don’t be afraid to ruffle a few feathers. Close friends and family want to see you walk down the aisle, but extended family can live without it.

Create Your Bridal Party

They’re your closest friends and family, and you can’t wait to ask them to be a part of your wedding party. Often, the wedding party members help you plan the wedding and stand with you at the altar.

It’s a great honor to be a part of the wedding party, so ask them all to dinner or talk to each one individually to see if they’re able to join. Be careful of hurt feelings and unstable financial situations because, in addition to being a part of your party, they’re taking on a financial commitment as well.

The most important is your maid of honor, so choose wisely whether it’s your best friend of 20 years or your sister.

Steps to Planning a Wedding Include the Venue

Two places are important to choose for the wedding, the venue, and the reception hall. It could be as simple as your local church or a fantastical place that everyone loves to have their wedding.

You should contact them and see what dates are available. Don’t set a date before contacting the venue. The date may already be taken, so find out what dates are available and choose the one you like the most.

The venue should be a beautiful place that you can have your wedding as well as take pictures. Once you find the venue, the stress of wedding planning truly begins.

Time to Set the Date

The venue determines the date of your wedding, and everything after this revolves around that date. If your reception hall isn’t available on that date, then you need to find a new reception hall. The same goes for photographers, caterers, etc.

Some parts of the year are more popular than others, so keep in mind this could impact pricing. Expect to pay a premium for these popular times.

While you may need flexibility for your wedding date, don’t be forced into taking a date you don’t want. Don’t take a destination wedding during hurricane season because that’s the only date available for the venue.

Find Your Photographer

Your wedding day is a once-in-a-lifetime occurrence, so it needs to be documented properly. You’ll choose many vendors for your wedding, but none are more important than the photographer.

This person needs to document the day not only functionally but also artistically. They need to be creative and not miss anything. Extensively research your photographers and check their reviews.

You need to have a good relationship with your photographer, so if it doesn’t feel right, don’t choose that person. Don’t feel pressured into choosing a photographer because they make you feel like you must choose them.

Your Wedding Planning Has Begun

The steps to planning a wedding are complex, but these first seven can get your started. You still must find your dress, get the caterer and decide a million other decisions before the big day…no pressure.

If you want to learn more about the wedding planning process or more tips for planning a wedding, then please explore our site.

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The Ultimate Wedding Beauty Routine

October 17, 2020

 Every bride wants to look and feel fabulous at their wedding. Many brides start their pre-wedding beauty routine months before the big day. This can involve anything from advanced skincare treatments like chemical peels to teeth whitening sessions. Here is the ultimate wedding beauty routine to get you ready for your special day. 

Invest in teeth whitening treatments 

Yellow or stained teeth are a common issue caused by various substances including coffee, wine, or smoking tobacco products. Being unhappy with the appearance of your smile can have a huge impact on your self-image. It is important that you feel confident while smiling at your wedding, particularly when you will be having hundreds of wedding photographs taken on the day. Your wedding is the ideal time to brighten your smile with teeth whitening treatments. Most dental surgeries offering cosmetic teeth whitening that can lighten your teeth several shades in a single treatment. You can also find a huge selection of home whitening kits that are more affordable. However, you must follow the instructions closely and be aware of the potential risks of home whitening kits such as tooth sensitivity or discoloration. 

Address any skin issues 

All brides want to show off a radiant, glowing complexion on their wedding day. If you have any skin concerns, then you should address these and seek treatment as early as possible. There is now an impressive variety of treatments that can improve or resolve skin issues like acne, redness, or fine lines. Some of the most popular pre-wedding skin treatments include chemical peels, microdermabrasion, and derma fillers. These treatments can help you achieve a fresher and more youthful complexion. Don’t forget that following a good skincare routine will also help to improve the appearance of your skin before your big day. This should include cleansing, toning, and moisturizing your face twice a day. You should also enhance your skincare routine with additional products like serums and a quality eye cream. 

Find your wedding fragrance 

Wearing perfume can improve your mood and instantly make you feel more confident. If you don’t already have a signature perfume, then you can experiment with different scents and find the perfect wedding fragrance. Buying a perfume subscription box from Scent Magic is an excellent way to explore different fragrances and find a perfume that suits you. You can wear your wedding fragrance on special occasions to remind you and your husband of your special day. 

Nourish your locks  

Achieving beautiful luscious locks takes time, but there are dozens of ways to nourish your hair. Start doing a weekly hair mask to hydrate your hair and repair any damage. You can also visit your hairdresser and request nourishing treatments that will boost shine and reverse signs of heat damage. Keep in mind that your diet will also play a role in the appearance of your hair. Some of the best foods for healthy hair include berries, avocados, oily fish, and nuts. You can also take a daily supplement to ensure that you are getting all of the nutrients you need to support healthy hair, skin, and nails. 

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Meal Planning Monday

October 12, 2020

Another week, another menu. 

Stop in the comments below and tell me what you're cooking this week! I need some ideas. 

Monday | BBQ Turkey Hash

Tuesday | Bacon Cheese & Cauliflower Casserole with Grilled Chicken

Wednesday | Sam's Club Knock off Chick-Fil-A Nuggets & fries

Thursday | South of the Border Chicken Casserole 

Friday | leftovers

Saturday | Eating Out

Sunday | Trader Joe's Meal

Meal options outside of dinner for myself...

Orgain Protein Shake
Atkins Granola Protein Bar
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5 Tips for Planning a Family Day Out

October 6, 2020

It’s important to spend time together as a family, whether it’s designating every Thursday night as a family movie night or having a Saturday morning brunch together. Another great way to spend quality time with your nearest and dearest is packing up the car and heading out for the day. There are numerous day excursions you can do together as a family, from theme parks to hiking trails, but whatever you decide it’s important to prepare so you can all enjoy the day with minimal stress. Here are 5 useful tips to help you plan your next family day out. 

1. Distance 

A day out shouldn’t require a 4-hour drive to reach your destination, so be reasonable when selecting what you do together as a family. Not only is a long drive hard on the driver, but kids can get restless, especially if they are young. The last thing you want is being repeatedly asked ‘are we there yet?’ and moans of boredom or asking to stop for a break every 30 minutes. Limit your travel time to no more than a 2-hour drive to make the most of your day and keep everyone happy. 

2.  Make Sure There’s Something for Everyone 

Another challenge when planning a family day out is to make sure that everyone will enjoy themselves. For example, if you have teenagers and younger children with you, is there enough to keep both entertained? Perhaps a theme park would be a good idea in this scenario? If you’re taking grandparents or elderly relatives with you on your trip, make sure your destination can cater to any mobility restrictions or other potential issues that might arise with caring for senior citizens. 

3.  Keeping Your Belongings Safe 

No one wants to go on a lovely day out only to find their wallets or phones have been lost or stolen. To keep your belongings safe, make sure you’re keeping any valuables out of sight, and if you have phones with you, make sure you have bought a phone case to protect it. You can find a wonderful range of phone cases at Keebos.com; some are designed to be worn across your body which is ideal for hiking trips or other activities where you might want to travel light. 

4.  Take a Picnic 

Eating out with the family is always a nice treat, but it can get expensive. If the weather is nice, or there is sheltered seating somewhere at your destination, consider taking a picnic with you to enjoy for lunch. You could pack up all your favorite treats and snacks and perhaps even enjoy some baking together before you go on your trip. It’s a great way to reduce costs and get rid of any leftover food that might be sitting in your fridge. 

5. Entertainment for the Journey 

As mentioned above, younger children can get restless on journeys, so help keep them entertained by playing games like I Spy or the License Plate Game when you travel. Alternatively, consider downloading an audiobook you can all listen to together in the car or creating a fun family playlist for the occasion. Spending time with your family is important. Make sure you’re getting the most out of your next family day out by following these useful tips.
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The End of the Baby Gear Phase

October 2, 2020

 When the baby gear phase is coming to a close, what do you do? 

Save it just in case? Keep only your favorite items? Or do you toss it all? 

I've really struggled with what to do with our gear. For the longest time we planned to have a third child, but with the unexpected business of this new phase of life I just can't imagine toting a 3rd person around. So we've called it quits, two kids it is. Now... how, when, who, and where do I get rid of these baby items. 

Tell me in the comments:: How did you know you were at the end of the baby gear phase of life? 

I decided we had to find a person to donate the clothing to, and I sold our more expensive gear. 

After being giving so much clothing by friends, I just can't phantom donating to Goodwill. I want one single mother to get all of these stuff and for free. There is only one issue... all of my friends have been having girls. 

Many of you know I've been writing for City Moms since I was in Louisiana, so I took to the Birmingham site to ask if any mamas needed clothing. That managed to off load all of my 12-18 month clothing. 

But I still had newborn to 9 months looming around the house. (FYI that is what is in the bags in the photo above. 😲)

Many areas have a local moms Facebook group, Birmingham and Lafayette certainly do. So I hopped on there to offer up my remaining items. Lucky for me I had a taker in no time and found a new mom who would appreciate the multiple bags of baby clothing coming her way. 

Success! I got rid of it all without ever having to worry about it going out into the vortex of donation centers. 

Oh, those big items? I sold them for about half of what I paid for them on Facebook Marketplace. I find Marketplace sells quick if something is priced right, and I feel more comfortable there than on Craigslist. 

Funny story though...

I was shocked when Harrison and I piled into the car after school one day with the mission of delivering all of this clothing... he was furious that I was getting rid of it. 

When he realized what was happening the complaint out of his mouth was, "But what is my baby going to where? Where is my baby going to sleep?" 

Umm... I honestly never thought I'd have to prep him and say we weren't having any more kids. So we had a talk, and he still isn't all that happy with me. He wanted a third, mainly to replace Elliot and hope for a nicer baby. 🤦‍♀️

Tell me friends, who or where did you donate your clothing to? Friends? Or did you brave a consignment shop and sell it all? 

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Meal Planning... Wednesday

September 30, 2020

Clearly some week's I'm on and other's I'm very off. 

Monday | Meatball Parmesan & Salad (just meatballs, pasta sauce, & cheese - baked) 

Tuesday | Taco Salad

Wednesday | Sam's Club Knock off Chick-Fil-A Nuggets & fries

Thursday | Polenta Bowl

Friday | BBQ Turkey Hash

Saturday | Eating Out

Sunday | Trader Joe's Meal

Meal options outside of dinner for myself...

Orgain Protein Shake
Atkins Granola Protein Bar
Salad for Low Carb Days & Sandwich on Dave's Killer Bread with carrots and an apple for regular macro days
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Meal Planning Monday

September 20, 2020

Lookie here, Emily is getting her blog life in order before the middle of the week. 

Don't get too excited though, until we move into the house I don't think I'll muster up the excitement for cooking that I once had. Hence the sheer lack of recipes over the past two years. Honestly I just need a good kitchen for inspiration and half of buying a house for me is the kitchen. 

Now... new house doesn't have a gas stove like I like but it'll work until it dies and I can replace it. 

Monday | Eggs, Sausage, Strawberries 

Tuesday | Taco Salad

Wednesday | Sam's Club Knock off Chick-Fil-A Nuggets & fries

Thursday | Chili

Friday | Leftovers

Saturday | Eating Out

Sunday | Trader Joe's Meal

Meal options outside of dinner for myself...

Orgain Protein Shake
Atkins Granola Protein Bar
Salad for Low Carb Days & Sandwich on Dave's Killer Bread with carrots and an apple for regular macro days
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Ice Cream Friday, Egg Substitutes, & the Terrifying Life of a Cricket

September 18, 2020

 When school started I decided it was high time to start a tradition with just Mom. Every Friday we stop somewhere and get ice cream on the way home, and eventually when Elliot is riding with us we will let him participate too lol. 

Daddy doesn't get to be apart of this. 

It's an exclusive club. 

Today I laughed harder in that classroom than I think I ever have, you see we are in the process of studying ecosystems and putting our terrariums together. 

You'd think "no big" but I'm here to inform you that crickets and pill bugs are a big. 

I got my too boys from today's class and thought they would do the dirty work and I could avoid the crickets. I'm not a fan of touching crickets. Well, they were spastic while I picked out pill bugs for the terrarium. So I had a feeling crickets were going to go south. 

Was I ever right. 

Screaming ensued. The girls came running... I have no idea why because they also screamed and jumped around. 

Then... one brave girl accidentally got one cricket into the box without touching it. 

It was so bad one of my students was crying out of fear... she was afraid they would get her. 

Lucky for them it was then recess and we took a cricket break, lucky for me I knew who I would enlist from the other class to save the day. 

My next student came in and scooped out the crickets for our tubs, kid #1 showed back up to conquer his fear... in the most hilarious manner. He was still yelping and jumping, but constantly telling himself the crickets wouldn't bite. 

Who knew a bunch of big tough boys would lose it over a jar of crickets 😂. 

I've been sore as heck lately and it caused me to drag out my beloved yoga mat and bust out the Travis Elliot workout. I made it 22 minutes into Flexibility before I was needed elsewhere... and after that I might take out the entire 108 Days DVD set and start doing it again after we move. I needed it, and after not doing yoga for two years since we have been renting and in smaller spaces I have missed it. 

I've never been one to plan elaborate parties for the kids, but closing on a house next month is getting me excited to do something fun. So I think I'll pull from my favorite movie and have a tiny family party for Elliot. How cute is all of this!? Plus, I think I'll make that cake with the Pioneer Woman Chocolate Sheet Cake that is so divine... just make sure you accidentally use half salted butter because it actually made it so super good. 

Friends, it was 78 outside this afternoon when we got home and I spy leaves. I think my favorite time of year is finally here!! 

Harrison has been asking me every morning if we were going to listen to the bible, Morning Word recently started a podcast that is about 5 minutes long each day. It reads through the email they send... which is great because I honestly find myself searching for free time to read through it daily. 

After a few days he started asking about different bible stories and I came across this By Kids For Kids Bible Stories and he loves it. They tell bible stories in a way that reminds me of the old radio stories. 

I've made some further updates to my beloved chocolate chip cookie recipe and I finally got it perfectly chewy and yet crunchy on the sides and bottom. 

But this week I ran into an snag when we were out of eggs. Pinterest to the rescue. Turns out 2 tbsp water + 2 tsp baking powder + 1 tsp vegetable oil is equal to 1 large egg and you'd never know you were missing that egg one bit. 

A house full of college kids can attest to this. 

What do y'all have planned for this weekend? 

I think it's high time I make another Trader Joe's run, there's only one freezer meal left. 

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Meal Planning... Wednesday?

September 16, 2020

Hi, my name's Emily and I can't get it together around here. 

Things here, there, and everywhere messed up my meal plan this week... so I pushed it back... and then the food pushed back because I ran out of eggs and some zucchini went south. Eek! 

Monday | Breakfast Tacos (eggs, seasoning blend, leftover hash brown potatoes, sausage, bacon, cheese in a low carb wrap) 

Tuesday | Cheesy Kielbasa, Rice, and Broccoli Skillet (I shortened the time by using leftover rice) 

Wednesday | School Chick-Fil-A Fundraiser night! 

Thursday | Chicken, Roasted Potatoes, with Lima Beans & Bacon

Friday | Grilled Chicken, Mac & Cheese (I'll throw something together) and who knows what because I used the broccoli on Tuesday. 

Saturday | Eating Out

Sunday | Trader Joe's Meal

Meal options outside of dinner for myself...

Orgain Protein Shake
Atkins Granola Protein Bar
Chicken Salad, Crackers, Fruit
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The Amazon Sweater, Dinner, and a Failed Juice Cleanse

September 10, 2020

I joined together with a few blog friends on Instagram to do a little fashion carosal - go check out @blessedhautemess @organized_chaosblog @bringingupbeary and @rebeccaautin on IG to see what colors they got and how they styled it. 

Above is THE sweater with my favorite high waisted white jeans from J. Crew Mercantile, Leopard Rothy's, and the ever present jewelry from Mimosa Handcrafted (Mama bar necklace and Acadian Flag Cuff) 

 For this look I went with my favorite black Super Skinny Black Jeans from Old Navy, last years shoes from Target, and a vest from absolutely ages ago. 

"Hashtag" worst fashion blogger ever with that second look! 

I'm fairly excited about dinner tonight. 

I have a ton of veggies leftover from the failed juice cleanse and that lead to this French Cucumber Salad recipe. 

Then there's the short ribs from Meal Planning Monday. Yum! 

So funny story...

Elliot was sitting at the book shelf reading the other night, nothing unusual. Suddenly I noticed he was throwing away paper. 

Again, nothing unusual. He likes to clean and he tends to pick up behind Harrison. 

So I checked to see what he tossed. 

The boy threw away a page HE ripped out of the children's bible and then ACTUALLY put the bible back on the bookshelf. Which he never does. 

I don't know if I should be irritated or impressed that a nearly two year old thought this out so far. 

About that failed juice cleanse...

The long time readers around here will know I use to ride or die on juicing. Loved it. My most viewed and pinned post for years was a green juice. 

I'm not that person anymore. 

Let me break down the juice cleanse for you. 

1. Jeremy wanted to do 5 days. I talked him off that cliff and got him to three. 

2. Juice cleanse begins. 

8am - first juice - tolerable but not my favorite thing on this planet. (we were copying a local juice place to save money) 

10 am - better but still, it wasn't coffee and I had given up coffee if it had to be black. 


12:15 - I'm just looking at this green juice. It's mocking me. It looks like it's gonna taste like something you have to choke down. 

12:30 - still looking at it. 

1:30 - Jeremy shows up and takes a sip of his, half gags. 

1:31 - everyone agrees we are stupid and this is ending now. We got BBQ for dinner. 

Clearly I could juice through my 20's, but mid 30's Emily has more to live for than a missed meal. 

And that friends is why I now own a nice juicer that will never be used again. 
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