Meal Planning Thursday

September 22, 2022

I don't know what has gotten into me, but I've had two awful weeks of meals. Like burning food and have never cooked a day in my life awful. 

Hopefully this week shows improvement. 

Thursday | Blacked Snapper with Rice & Sautéed Green Beans 

Friday |   Crockpot Tortellini Soup

Saturday | leftovers 

Sunday | Snack Night 

Monday | Eating Well Chicken Cutlets with Sun Dried Tomato Cream Sauce & a salad

Tuesday | Pesto Chicken Salad with Avocado 

Wednesday | Sam's Chick-fil-a knock off nuggets and fries (the kids fav and my fav on single mom night) 

Lunch - Beef Bulgogi with shredded carrots, cucumber, and red cabbage 

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Elliot Fell Asleep Again!

September 13, 2022

 Nothing I'm about to tell you relates to any of these photos. 

This is just a series of Elliot falling asleep randomly yet again. Put him down for a nap you say? Oh no, he won't do that. He hit "old man nap" this past year and likes to rest his eyes while sitting on the recliner. 

Harry on the other hand, wraps up in blankets like we keep the house at a steady 55 degrees. 

Now for some Elliot stories. 

First up, he was very "upset" last night after church because apparently some big "friends" (as he calls people he doesn't know the name of) we "being mad for me" (not mad at me). He gave Harrison this long drawn out story about people being mean to him, probably not true at all, and it ended with Harrison saying, "Elliot, you now I'll beat up a big kid right?" 

During dinner yesterday evening before our church revival Elliot demanded Sprite, which wasn't an option. He snuck off from the table, and rather than stop him, I sat back and died laughing at his nonsense. 

He covertly snuck towards the drink table, hid behind a chair, and waited for the elderly man at the table turn around and not pay attention. When it was his chance he darted over and grabbed a drink. 

Poor mischievous child picked up water and not lemonade, took a sip, realized what he did, and had to start all over to return the drink. 

Again he hid behind the chair, and when the man turned around he returned the drink. 

I guess that's all for now. I really need to write these down. He is up to so much that I quickly forget what he's done. 

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Simply Earth Essential Oil Recipe Box || September 2022

September 1, 2022

This month's Simply Earth Essential Oil Recipe Box theme is Everyday Essentials. 

You'll definitely see that played out in the recipes that are included with this box. 

This month's blend is a restock of a favorite. Everyone seems to love Defender, no matter the name, every brand carries it. 

It's perfect for this back-to-school sickness time of year. 

Here's a bit more about each oil that is included in the September box: 

Defender || blend || supports immune system, cleans (kid safe 10+)

Bay || single || centers, supports respirations (kid safe 10+)

Eucalyptus || single || Boosts immunity, supports respiration (kid safe 10+, pregnancy safe)

Cedarwood (Himalayan) || single || calms, supports respiration (kid safe 2+, dog, cat, pregnancy safe) 

This month's extras include a cleaning tablet, homemade paper board tube, weighted eye pillow case, and lavender buds. You will need to have Epsom salt at home. 

As someone with a heavy commitment to an eye mask and a big need to destress, the weighted lavender eye mask is going to be a favorite this month. 

This month's recipe include: 

Breath of Fresh Air (facial steam)
Breathe Deep Roll On
Sleepy Bug Chest Rub
Home Defender Cleaning Spray
Beauty Rest Weighted Eye Pillow 

I love the idea of the chest rub being in the paper tube. Typically they're sold in jars. I just imagine the application with this being less messy. (And let me I tell y'all I'm still in love with the homemade deodorant... it was so good!)


A few things before I wrap this up - 

Every month Simply Earth donates 13% of their profits to end human trafficking. With an estimated 4 million victims globally, human trafficking is among one of the worst atrocities. No one deserves to be exploited, which is why Simply Earth donates to organization on the front lines. This month Simply Earth is donating to Rescue Freedom.  They are focused on preventing and end human trafficking through community awareness, anti-trafficking policies, law enforcement, culture change, rescue, aftercare, and more! 

As always head over to Simply Earth to order your SEPTEBMER box and use the code LABRIDEFREE to get a $40 gift card/credit towards your next order when you get your Bonus Box! 

Also -- here are a few things you can do with your box every month! 

1. Add items to your box to get free shipping. 
2. Exchange oils. 
3. Gift a month to a friend. 
4. Get 50% off your next box by sharing your unique voucher code with friends, they'll also get $10 off their first 5 months -  you'll get 50% off for every friend that subscribes! 

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