Dating in the White Space

Our calendars as parents in this day and age are already packed. 
Packed with activities. Packed with work. Just packed to the brim with daily life. 
That means adding in time for Mom and Dad to be, well, not Mom and Dad is difficult for most of us. How do you add a date night in when the kids have to be everywhere? Or even worse, feeling guilty for leaving the kids on a Friday night after spending so little time together during the week days? 
This was something I really wondered about how we’d do as a couple. Would we get lost in the kids and then 18 years later, not know the other person? I’ve seen so many divorces from just that. It isn’t how I wanted to see my marriage go.

I recently shared how we work in quality time together as a couple, over at the Lafayette Moms Blog. I've love for you to head over there and read more about taking advantage of the white space in terms of dating (and I'd love it if you left a comment). 

Chocolate Hummus, Flying, & Unpopular Opinions

The photo Harrison had me take of him on Friday during the storm perfectly depicts life with him these days. Now I'm not exactly thrilled at the jumping off the coffee table, and I often try to stop it. But in that moment it was pure Harrison and whatever he had just seen made him dart off to his bedroom and return with a cape announcing that "I needa fly!" 

You can't very well stop that from happening. 

Especially since his love for pictures has grown and he needed this documented. It'll be a photo for the wedding slideshow for sure. Holding his cape back to make sure it fluttered in the wind and all. 


Sunday was dedication for kid numero 2. As you can see from his face he is nosey rosie. After seeing photos he was very interested in Torie's camera and Bro. David's beard. The baby loves to pet a man's beard. 

Elliot is beyond curious about everything. This will be the child that will take apart the DVD player just to see what's inside. 


I'm calling that now. 


I'm also going to state a wildly unpopular opinion, I hate Mother's Day. I don't mind things being celebrated in the comfort of your own home, but public celebrations and attention stress me out. Plus there's the pressure to dress up, have the perfect picture, be showered in nonsense. Can't I just get a nap, have some ice cream, and someone else do the dishes? 


In other news... 
Getting a car adapter for the pump this go-round was the best idea ever. This saved me from bathroom pumping during a work meeting. Granted the supervisor about died when I walked out with my keys and my big ole bag... but my girl bits were kept private at least.

Also. Get your self a LaVie. (use EMILY10 for a discount)


Our little tub o' mayo finally figured out how to roll to his stomach and back... and now I'm pretty sure he has got to be dizzy from the spinning. 


Is school not out yet? No?

I honestly thought this week was the last full week. Jokes on me.


Dessert Hummus was finally spotted in our area, thank you Wal-Mart! It tasted divine. I actually served it with apples, graham crackers, and pretzels. The pretzels were probably the best with it though. If you're curious about the taste, it's exactly like brownie batter... just a hummus texture. 


Our summer camping trip was changed from Buffalo River to Broken Bend, OK due to the distance. Major points for my parents coming with us and bringing my nephew. Harrison will have a blast and it'll be nice to have more people to talk to while we drink coffee outside all morning. 

And in the event of a storm... the kids can sleep inside somewhere else lol. I'm seriously thinking my nephew needs to sleep in the tent with us one night just to do it. This will be his first camping trip. 

Until then I'll just be staring at this picture and pretending I'm drinking coffee in the woods with my Keens on. #campinglife 



How to Avoid Sabotaging Your Healthy Lifestyle

Living a healthy lifestyle is more easily obtained these days than it ever was before. 
Can’t get to the gym, no problem there are workouts you can stream to your TV instead of doing the same old boring DVD every day. No $$ for a streaming service, no problem … YouTube has a wealth of free workouts. 
Heck, I even know someone who just takes advantage of every free group workout that pops up in our area. 

I  recently shared tips to avoid sabotaging your healthy lifestyle, over on the Lafayette Mom’s Blog. I’d so love for you to head over there and read what I've learned about living a healthy life with long term goals in mind.  (and I'd love it if you left a comment).

Things I Bought & Liked | April

Wet & Wild Photofocus Setting Spray | This is a long time love product of mine. Tati Westbrook said on her Youtube channel ages ago that it was a decent dupe for Urban Decay Up All Night, and it really is. Make sure you get the white bottle though. The black is matte and the sprayer gets clogged immediately. The white though, it's sheer setting spray heaven.

Mina Eyebrow Henna | After having my brows done for my birthday I decided I could do them myself for a fraction of the cost. I could. I did. They looked exactly the same and for 12 applications I paid about 14 dollars. Compare that to the 50 to have my brows over plucked and then dyed. Yeah, I'm growing out what threading did to me. Let me also add... I also dyed my eyelashes. This henna dye is a miracle product.

IWOLLENCE Loose Henley Blouse | Yes, I love it, you need one too, end of story. I'll be ordering every color.

Tosowoong Enzyme Powder Wash | Touted as a dupe for that 60 dollar Drunk Elephant Rice Enzyme Powder (maybe another brand, I need a nap) this is exactly that and at a fraction of the cost. It's a nice light exfoliating wash.

Olaplex 3 | I was a hair virgin until 2 Octobers ago. After two balayage treatments... I was about convinced that I was going to have to give it up. My hair was brittle and just not pretty anymore. THIS. ABSOLUTELY. SAVED. MY. HAIR.  One bottle will easily last me several treatments. Know that it isn't a conditioner though, this is a treatment to rebuild the hair structure.

Orgain Grass Fed Clean Whey Protein | I haven't broken into the powder protein yet, but I did try the premade shakes I bought Jeremy. It's really good and everything I was looking for, organic and clean with a healthier sugar. It doesn't contain aspartame or sucralose.

Blissford Satin Pillowcase | Possibly the ugliest thing ever, but it gets the job done. My hair had started knotting up at night with my regular pillowcase and messing with my desire to not wash my hair that often. A silk/satin pillowcase is actually supposed to help with breakage as well as wrinkles. So more good reasons to use one. It's just so dang ugly. I struggled to pick a color and the lavendar is awfully florescent.

Jumbo Smoothie Straws | If you love the Ikea straws but live too far from Ikea to drive just to get a straw... this is your straw.

Womice Stainless Steel French Press | After Jeremy dropped and broke our glass French Press I wanted something more sturdy. This double walled thing was the solution. It's basically made the same as a Yeti mug. My only complaint is that the strainer/press thing lets coffee grounds get through. I've had to resort to straining my coffee through a tea strainer, but whatever. No one can break it and prevent me from drinking coffee for 2 Prime shipping days again.



A few other non-Amazon items >>>


I've been wanting to get Harrison a gummy vitamin that has folate instead of folic acid. Folic acid isn't adsorbed by the body as well and can actually cause problems for some people. [Here's an article I found on the matter.] Anyway, I found one. Granted it isn't some sugar free picture of crunchy health, but it contains the vitamins I want for my 4 year old that can fill in the gaps that diet alone won't cover these days. I got a bottle of the Lil Critters Gummy Vites at Target and decided to find them at our local Walmart, just be careful and read what is in them. Some bottle sizes contain folate and others have folic acid.

I also almost bought the Waleda cream that I saw a dermatologist touting on Youtube, but realized it contained mineral oil. That's a big fat no for my skin and immediately causes breakouts. Instead I thought I'd use the Honest Company Balm that I use on the kids... on my face. I've actually been liking it. It's heavy. Like HEAVY. But at night that is what I want, as much moisture as I can slather on. I like the ingredients better than the Waleda, they're much more skin friendly is you have breakouts and still want a heavier night moisturizer.

While we were in Austin I saw one of the Lush next to the Amy's Ice Cream we were hitting up. I had to try something so I walked away with their FOMO Jelly Mask. The purpose of this mask is to reduce redness, and it actually works great. I was expecting more of my Korean jelly mask but what it turned out to be was a jelly mask texture that dried down like a regular mask. It's great and if you have redness I'd suggest it. But, BUT, what I'd really recommend and am kicking myself for not purchasing is their Charity Lotion/Balm Pots. It was the most amazing hand/body lotion I've used in ages and had zero fragrance. After we left and my hands still felt great I was pretty sad that I talked myself out of that $7 pot of lotion.


M O M S D A Y G I V E A W A Y || starbucks gift card

I haven't done a giveaway in ages, so let's have some fun since Mother's Day is coming up!


Follow the steps below to be entered::

1. Follow LABRIDE on Instagram! Comment on the post with the image you see below. 
2.  For an extra entry head over to my Facebook page, like it and comment on the same image there! 
3. For a 3rd chance to win share the giveaway on Insta & comment "shared" on my Instagram post. 
4. Share about the giveaway on Facebook for your 4th chance to win & comment "shared" on the Facebook giveaway post. 

Next Thursday I'll total the entries and draw a winner. 

*If the winner doesn't claim his/her prize within 24 hours I'll be drawing a new one. 

Currently | May

It's that time of the month again, May 1st means the link up with In Residence


ADMIRING | Any and all photos of bright, airy, spacious living areas. I'm over this apartment in every part of the word. It's closing in on me and I swear the breaking point was finding mold in the humidifier this morning. I've never had that issue before, but I suspect between the nasty orange hard water sludge and the mold in the toilets and bath... there is more to annoy me. I admit it, moving into this apartment was an awful idea and heavily pregnant Emily should not be allowed to make decisions past what's for dinner.

PLAYING | We sold Harrison's balance bike that he never figured out for a regular bike. He hasn't exactly figured it out just yet either. Then again, he isn't the epitome of athletic so... there's that. 

BORROWING | At the moment... time. I'm just borrowing time until I am out of this retched apartment. (prepare to ignore all apartment rants until I move out, sorry in advance)

REMEMBERING | I'm currently trying to remember how we did Baby Led Weaning with Harrison. I am not good at second times at all. Maybe I just put in less effort for repeat events. Either way, I have got to get some meal ideas in my brain soon. 
FINISHING | I've been listening to The Gown: A Novel of the Royal Wedding audio book at night for a few weeks now, it's really good if you like anything British. The book is about the women who made Queen Elizabeth's wedding dress. 

Meal Planning Monday

Anyone else hit a funk at the end of the school year? Suddenly I don't know what I want to eat, cook, think about, nada. Nothing! I need more time in the evening (I'm looking at you 6 month old) and some inspiration. Oh... and my old kitchen back. I get zero joy cooking in this squished up apartment.


Monday | Quesadillas with goat cheese, chicken, gala apple, spinach, and avocado with berries

Tuesday | Grilled Chicken and Zucchini

Wednesday | My favorite spaghetti recipe ever! 

Thursday | leftovers

Friday | Round Steak, Asparagus, Roasted Potatoes

Saturday | Country Ribs, Potato Salad, BBQ Beans

Sunday | leftovers

Breakfast | Macro Bar

Lunch | A Big Salad of Sorts of rotisserie chicken mixed with greek yogurt and hot sauce, spinach, pickles, carrots, celery, avocado, gluten free pretzels, and ranch

Snacks | Apple with Peanut Butter and Mini Dark Chocolate Chips

Chocolate Peanut Butter Macro Protein Bar

Macro bars that are essentially meal replacements are all the rage this year. The only issue... the cost. I can not for the life of me stomach paying 2 bucks per bar. 

I needed something easy and on the go though. I just can't stand dragging a protein shake to church or on the go. Plus, my shake isn't quite as amazing once it's sat in my fridge at work all morning long. 


I recently got my hands on a Kize bar and after seeing the super simple ingredients thought that I could easily recreate it, and I did. 

Same texture. 
Same taste. 
Same calories and macros. 

You're welcome. 

Chocolate Peanut Butter Macro Protein Bar


Serves 1
Ingredients:
1 tbsp raw honey 
1 tbsp natural peanut butter (or other nut butter)
2 tbsp rolled oats
1/2 scoop Chocolate Vega One Protein & Greens
2 tbsp water

Directions:
Combine peanut butter and honey. Once mixed well, add oats, stir to combine again. Mix in protein powder. Stir well. Add in water, stir to form a dough like mixture. Pour the mixture out onto a piece of plastic wrap, form into a bar shape, and refrigerate until you're ready to eat it. 

Macro Breakdown: Carbs 29 | Fat 9 | Protein 15 | Fiber 3 | Total Calories 244
My Fitness Pal Macro Wheel Breakdown: Carbs 45% | Fat 31% | Protein 24 %

Notes: Depending on the protein powder you use, you might have to adjust the amount to get the right protein/macro breakdown. This could change the amount of water you need. Start with 1 tbsp of water and gradually add more until you get the desired consistency. Also, my macro goals are 45% Carb, 30% Fat, and 25% Protein. If yours are different then play around in MFP and customize this to meet your macros. 

Meal Planning [Tuesday] & Our Easter Menu

I'm back after our little Easter camping getaway to Austin! Here's what's on the menu for the next few days...


Monday | Poppy Seed Chicken, Roasted Broccoli, Rice

Tuesday | leftovers

Wednesday | Breakfast Burritos (low carb tortilla, breakfast sausage, eggs, cheese)

Thursday | The Grillades I thought I had already used the meat for and found in the deep freezer. Go figure.

Friday | leftovers

Saturday | Smoked Sausage Skillet with Salad

Sunday | leftovers

Breakfast | I'll post it tomorrow... but I figured out how to make one of those perfect macro bars.

Lunch | Hawaiian BBQ Chicken Bowls (week 3 in a row of this. I'm in love)

Snacks | Tea, whatever is in my LAFMB swag bag. I'm not all that planned out this week

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Now for the best part, I cooked lunch for us on Easter this year. It's just hard to get out of town for every holiday. And honestly, with all of our Spring Break week's not matching up it was a better idea to go camping than to travel with everyone else not off work.

So here's what I made:

THE. BLACK. HAM. - it's heaven and the only ham I love people!
Fresh Green Bean Casserole - I am never looking back, this was a new recipe and is now the official holiday green bean recipe.  I can't stand a mush soup GB casserole, but this was a from scratch sauce that was super easy and the green beans weren't cooked to slime.
Rosemary Rolls - I started making these when we were first married and it's still our favorite dinner roll
Carrot Souffle - Not the exact recipe, I used one from my hometown's magazine. I made a few mistakes on this though and need a redo.
Nanny's Banana Pudding
Deviled Eggs - just traditional Southern like Jeremy likes them.
Mashed Potatoes with Gravy - Again, nothing special. I'm not a gravy person so I cheated and used the Louisiana brown gravy. 

How a Hair Tie Saved My Sanity

I generally can’t remember anything. 
Especially something in the mundane task department. 
So you can probably imagine that motherhood is going great for me. 
Where did I put that? What time? Oh crap we forgot an appointment? How many ounces do you give a 4 month old baby? What’s for dinner? Where are his shoes? How much sleep did I actually get? 
Nothing, I maintain nothing. 

I recently shared how I broke up with my breastfeeding app, over on the Lafayette Mom’s Blog. I’d so love for you to head over there and read all about how I'm using a simple hair tie to remember things (and I'd love it if you left a comment) .

Things I Bought & Liked | March

Here's another month of what I've been up to per Amazon. There are a few items that haven't been used yet... impending camping trip. But let's get into it anyway >>>

Revlon Teasing Brush | I've been needing an update and this looks like what my hairstylist uses... so I ordered one. I'm liking it for a less harsh tease. For a full on tease you'll need the old fashion comb for sure.

Molina Mexican Vanilla | This is my hands down favorite vanilla, only reason it is showing up here is that our store never has it in stock these days. After a few months of needing to replace it I just Primed that sucker. I even tried using a different brand, it just was not the same.

Kidco Go Pod Activity Station | One of the items we ditched in the downsize was our activity station. I got this for a three fold reason 1) perfect for camping 2) easily folds up and can be used around the house 3) since it's so portable we can take it to the park.

CampBro Sleeping Pad | Item #2 for camping is this lovely little camp pad. We aired it up and it really distributes weight well. This + a sleeping bag is what Harrison will be sleeping on now that Elliot is taking over the Pack n' Play when we go campaing.

Yogalicious High Waist Ultra Soft Leggings | I'm all bout a great review and the Yogalicious leggings have nearly 900 great reviews and touted at being a dupe for Lululemon... get you a pair. The MSRP on the tag said $88 and I paid $18. I'm dead serious when I say BEST. LEGGINGS. EVER.

La Pure Snail Regeneration Korean Face Mask |

Vital Protein Collagen Peptides | An oldie but goodie, I decided to order this again after just being sick of the lower quality brands. I use it to get a touch of protein in with my afternoon tea and cross all my fingers that the collagen is doing me some good. It has zero taste so it doesn't matter what you mix it with, and bonus points for dissolving with with little effort on my part.

Bucky 40 Blinks Sleep Mask | I have been using this mask for probably 8+ years now. It's a definite keeper if you are sensitive to light at night. Make sure it's the 40 Blinks though, I bought a different one at TJ Maxx and regretted the heck out of it, and was insanely happy when it finally fell apart and I could replace it. I tend to get a new one every 6 or so months. By then the lining is separating and the elastic has stretched out too much.

Comotomo Silicone Baby Teether | Elliot loves this. The shape is better than every other baby teether we own, it allows him to hold it easily while still getting the nubs to his little gums.

Varied Shoes Ankle Strap Chunky Clog | We shall see how amazing they are when they show up... but until then I (uncharacteristically) jumped on this deal that I saw on IG. I've been looking for a pair of clogs like this and you can't beat paying $23.

New Balance Fresh Foam Cruz | Size up if you have a half size foot like myself. I could probably even wear a 10.5 instead of a 10 but I just can't bring myself to wear larger than a 10. The Rain color is a really nice light grey. They're honestly so comfy and cute that I wish I had an excuse to own multiple pairs of tennis shoes.

Monogrammed Jersey Lined Pullover | Back in the high school days the water girl crowd had the best wind-breaker material pullover. I wore that puppy to death and nearly into my 30s. Luckily this popped up on Jane and I couldn't be happier. If they sell out just request to be notified when it's back in stock, took about two weeks. I initially wanted it in Feb but had to wait. Then it took nearly a month for it to ship.


Meal Planning Monday

Honestly, I thought I wrote this post already.

Blame Wonder Week 5 - I've been "mom sleeping" lately.


Monday | Ground Beef Stir Fry Skillet

Tuesday | Grilled Chicken and Roasted Cauliflower

Wednesday | Mississippi Roast & Carrots, Rice, Roasted Broccoli

Thursday | leftovers

Friday | Breakfast - Biscuits & Sausage Gravy, Eggs, Hash-browns

Saturday | Eating Out

Sunday | No idea lol

Breakfast | My favorite smoothie. 

Lunch | Hawaiian BBQ Chicken Bowls

Snacks | Banana Shake or Avocado Pudding

Elliot | Month 5

This month's theme... rolls. We've got more rolls than a sushi restaurant.

Month 5 has brought hair growth, a resolution to the cradle cap, and lots of giggles.

Elliot's Current Stats:


❊ Age – 5 months old
❊ Weight & Height – I'll weigh him this weekend. 


❊ Eat – Nurses well but is easily distracted these days. What's on TV? Is that Harrison? Is Mama playing on her phone? So many things to look at while he eats... do doesn't eat. 
❊ Sleep – Thanks to a cold last month he has been in the Rock n' Play again. I think he is about to cut a tooth as well because he wakes up cranky around midnight. We are working to get back to just that 3am feed... but who am I kidding, that get's messed up every time it's perfect. 

❊ Recent Milestones – Rolling from front to back when his chubby body and mood allows. Can't no baby be rolling around in a funky mood. 
❊ Special Moments – Mama got 8 hours of sleep one night. This past 3 weeks have been a doozy. 

CHEWING ON HIS LIPS THESE DAYS

❊ 
Mama’s Experience – I got a solid hour and a half entirely alone with no other humans in the house yesterday. Ya'll just don't even know (unless you have a kid and then you do.). I just needed a moment entirely alone. I've been threatening to sleep in the car lately. WW Leap 4 mixed with sick kid was going to be the death of me. 
❊ Comparison – Round is a shape. 

Currently April

Today I'm linking up with Ann over at In Residence for her monthly Currently series!


Experiencing || Right now we are clearly in the parental experience of what on earth does one do about PreK. I honestly always saw these parents crying over entering Kindergarten, but instead me (and many a friend folk) seem to be lamenting the struggle to place your kiddo into PreK. The main issue being that we are teachers, who teach out of our school zone. Most of us need a hardship to allow our kids to attend where we teach, but they supposedly aren't given for PreK. We need our kids to attend where we go simply because school lets in after we are at work and let's out before we are able to leave. You might suggest Student Care? Well, the school we are zone for doesn't have it. I started to leave H at the sitter for another year, but hearing that his friends are leaving means that he would be miserable as the absolute oldest. We might try this daycare in town that does a PreK class and see how it works out. In the event of openings I could possibly get him in where I teach, but we wouldn't know anything until closer to Labor Day and I can't risk not having a spot anywhere.

Appreciating || Jeremy - this guy never stops these days. He teaches Sunday School, spends most of the night working on seminary classes, has recently started working on his resume to submit to churches, and has worked his butt off on a sermon he is preaching the 7th. He doesn't get in bed until super late, and every time I look around he is reading yet another book for class. The past week he has even stayed up practicing his sermon. Not to mention he works full time as a school psych and that doesn't allow for any daytime moments to get these things done. I don't know how he does it all.

Wish-listing || I found a protein powder/shake that might finally work for me. People can say all they want but I swear the pea protein based shakes aren't my friend. I'm actually dreaming of running out of this tub of crap (Vega One at the moment, but Garden of Life caused the same problems) so I can move back to a grass-fed whey or beef protein. So the protein shake I'm wishlisting... Orgain Clean Protein. 

Posting || If you were to look at my IG you'd see a series of posts that run something like: baby, baby, coffee, baby, big kid, coffee, baby, baby. Lost of Elliot and coffee at the moment, but that's what the first year is for apparently.

Considering || With the camping trip to Austin about to happen I'm ironing out what we will eat. It's what I live for honestly. If you know of anything fun to do with kids in town drop it in the comments. I would love to take our double stroller but I'm afraid that once the car is packed with camping gear and that extra person we acquired in the fall I might not be able to take it. All the fingers crossed I can squeeze it in somehow.

Meal Planning Monday

This week is a hard core clean out the pantry plan.

Rouses just opened in town (it's a South LA grocery chain) and they mailed out $10 coupons for $50 or more spent... so we are shopping there. To keep it cheap I am planning the meat/veg/side game and not planning elaborate meals. Less ingredients = cheaper meals.

With that said, I shopped the pantry this morning and noticed 2 packs of low carb tortillas, a steam pack of sweet potatoes, pasta salad, and we have a bunch of frozen green beans and a few pasta sides left.


Monday | Breakfast Tacos (low carb tortilla, egg, cheese, sausage, onions & peppers)

Tuesday | Quesadillas (low carb tortillas, rotisserie chicken, rotel, cheese)

Wednesday | BBQ Chicken, Birdseye Cheddar Lentil Pasta, Green Beans

Thursday | Whatever meat is a good price, Alfredo Lentil Pasta, Brussel Sprouts

Friday | Another meat option, whatever veggie makes me happy, and the steam pack of sweet potatoes

Saturday | Country Pork Ribs, Potato Salad, BBQ Beans

Sunday | leftovers/eating out

Breakfast | My favorite smoothie. 

Lunch | Hawaiian BBQ Chicken Bowls

Snacks | Banana Shake or Avocado Pudding

This Week - Necessity is the Mother of Creativity

Week two of the pollen-apocalypse and if it is possible to die from lack of sleep I am near it. Not from the sleep part, but simply from the dumb stuff I keep doing because I haven't slept. 

Monday I tried to make coffee (this is running the risk of sounding like a kids book about this cat that Harrison loves) and it didn't work out. Turns out the press for the French press much be near the coffee. 

On the upside, I'm still loving life with that 14oz Yeti Rambler. If you 1) love a coffee mug with a hande 2) need to make that mess way in advance 3) have children... this is your coffee mug. 


I ventured out Tuesday to get my hair cut with both kids, this is only a feat worth recognizing because I haven't been anywhere single handed that required me to be sitting down and unable to really patrol. To my surprise they did great. Harrison ate snacks, read books, and convinced a younger stylist to spins him around on a chair. Elliot was great until it hit is usual cat nap time and then he wasn't great! (lol) 


The issue I find with "constantly entertained baby number two" is that if someone isn't looking at him or he has a lot to look at he feels mistreated. He loves nothing more than to be in one of those baby seats at the sitter straight in the line of danger. 

Who cares that some clumsy toddler might stomp you silly, at least there are things to look at and little girls to coo over you. 


Fast forward to Thursday and the lack of sleep (Elliot isn't a fan of congestion.) is really getting to me. I forgot my pump bottles entirely. I could have begged Jeremy to bring them, but I've done that so many times in the past 3 months that I really am trying to avoid it. Kid 2 is doing a doozie on my brain. 

Pregnancy brain was rough. 
Postnatal brain is tough. 
Mom brain is tough. 

I blame hormones and breastfeeding at this point, yes lack of sleep adds to it, but I can't find or remember anything. That's with 14 lists instructing me what to do when!!


So I had to improvise. 

After saying "crap" for about 5 miles, out loud, repeatedly; I remembered seeing someone catch their milk in cups. 

Ding. Ding. Ding! 

I'll write a post about it on Laffy Moms Blog, but let me tell you with a little yarn and some solo cups you can do anything. 

It also doesn't hurt to forget to drink your smoothie the day before and have a Ninja cup with a lid laying around your classroom. God must have known I wouldn't remember anything. I spent Wednesday night kicking myself for leaving that cup behind and in the end that mishap saved me big time. 

Because don't doubt for a second that I wouldn't have wandered with an open Solo cup of milk. I totally would. 

How's everyone else this week? Alive? Well? Yellow from the pollen? 

The 4th Trimester – 5 Things I’m Doing Different

During my last postpartum period, also called the 4th trimester, I did everything wrong. At least I did it wrong for me. 

I recently shared how I vowed to do things differently during my postpartum period with Elliot, over on the Lafayette Mom’s Blog. I’d so love for you to head over there and read what rules I set for myself that helped me have a recovery that was 1000 times better than my first postpartum period  (and I'd love it if you left a comment).

Meal Planning Monday

To continue the "pollen season is going to kill me because the baby is miserable" I woke up this morning and attempted to French press my Yeti mug.

At least I get my long awaited hair cut tomorrow.


Monday | Leftover gumbo (somehow I managed to fit this into my low carb day macros)

Tuesday | Eating out due to the hair cuttings - Chicken Salad Chick for low carb win

Wednesday | Attempting to make Grillades in the Instant Pot, never made it last week.

Thursday | leftovers

Friday | Grilled Chicken, Birdseye Lentil Pasta, Roasted Brussel Sprouts

Saturday | French Onion Beef Sliders with Easy Tomato Soup

Sunday | leftovers

Breakfast | My favorite smoothie. 

Lunch | Kale Salad with Chicken

Snacks | turkey sticks & cheese or Lara Bar

Life Lately. Really Lately.

It's been a minute since I did a little life recap, so here goes...

Over the Mardi Gras break I got the chance to donate my milk to a mother who had just adopted. If you're nursing, on FB, and have a stash that will go bad before you get to it... consider getting in the Human Milk 4 Human Babies group. I honestly can't remember if I said this here or just on Insta. So if it's a repeat... sorry about that. 

Mom brain has been awful lately. 


Stickers to your infant brother's head are essential the same as all of us writing "X was here" every random place as kids right?

"For a turtle sticker call Harrison at 555-5555"


While roughly 900 years old, barely hearing, blind as a bat, and her teeth falling out left and right Ellie can still spot potential food from a mile away. 

I've started setting Elliot up in the high chair (depending on his mood) when we are eating dinner. He gets practice sitting, playing, and hopefully is entertained enough to let m eat peacefully. Ellie on the other hand see that elevated white chair and is praying something good falls. Cheerios aren't good by the way. Chicken nuggets are preferred. 

The list of things this snotty dachshund won't eat are ridiculous. I tried giving her gummy melatonin the other night. She snubbed it. Wrapped it in turkey, she nearly took my finger off. 

That's the other issue. In her old age her ability to "nicely" or "gently" take items from you has vanished. 


Jeremy goes to breakfast on Thursdays with some guys from church. This past week I made him bring me a coffee, so I could have two coffees. This might have to be a regular thing. 

Year one with a kid is just flat exhausting. 


Anyone else use laundry baskets full of clothing as a momentary baby drop spot? 

I should probably reconsider this though, when Harrison was this age I left my phone in the basket (his room was upstairs and I was toting everything down stairs) and ended up washing the phone. The baby managed to survive. Just not the phone. 


There are also momentary bursts of sibling jealousy. 

Like the laundry basket. 

After I snapped a pic of giggling Elliot I heard someone saying "Mama cheese" to find this >>>


He also only says "dada dada" at random.

I'm assuming it's when he feels I've given too much attention to the small fry and needs mama.

Like this morning, I kept telling him to go to the bathroom. (while holding the baby) Once I put the baby down and went with him he was fine. He tinkled. Life was good. I even trimmed his bangs while he was sitting and then combed his hair. But while a baby is in tow... not so much. He isn't mean to the baby or does any big jealous moves you see kids do. It's just the "dada" comments that make me think that's his way of expressing that he needs some mama attention.

Sans baby.

All the Trashy Celebrity News You Don't Actually Need.

Y'all.

Life these days. I think I say it often but, who all is finding themselves paying more attention to parody news accounts and celebrity news?


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My husband doesn't care to hear about this, so prepare your heart.

I'm a day late and a dollar short... but this college admissions scandal is hilarious to me. You know you're dumb as a sack of rocks if your mama is paying major money to Photoshop your cute little face on some athlete's body.



But while this appears to be an option, why not? Maybe I would have walked out of college with less student loans.

I heard one podcaster, wait that was on Wait, Wait, Don't Tell me from NPR this weekend, mention that his mama could have been asked for $48 dollars to get into Yale and she would have turned that mess down.

Same. Same.

Lisa wouldn't be doing the college scam for me either buddy.

Then...

THEN.

Wendy Williams comes out that she's living in a sober house and basically only allowed to leave with her 24 hour coach for Pilates and to tape her live show?!?!?


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Possibly the saddest news of the week.

But at least they're letting her workout. I feel ya Wendy. I'm kinda needing a Pure Barre moment and haven't had one all week.

UPDATE: Supposedly her husband is behind this and made her go. But he also has a long standing girlfriend that he knocked up and bought a house for. Some insider from the show said she seems frail and under his control. #ShockedNotShocked

There's also a podcast that recaps all the Bravo shows that is basically the most hilarious thing ever.

I won't link to it [language riddled] and I won't technically admit that I listen. But it's hilarious and you need to check it out.

**If you're looking for inspiration, how to be a good mother, a bible study... this is not your podcast. This is simply some trash that makes you spit your coffee laughing on the way to work while there are zero children present and no husbands around because you are just trying to make it to Spring Break alive.


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Now for Meghan Markle. I won't refer to her as a Duchess... because girlfriend is not on par with Kate.

Did y'all see that her maternity wardrobe is worth half a million bucks?

Prince Charles has been making it rain cash on that girl. She would have blown basically 1/3 of her personal net worth with that and Harry didn't get that much cash from the Queen Mother.

Speaking of Charles... he's pretty ticked off at the moment that photos were released of him and Camilla headed to the beach in Barbados. They're worth a look though. I say he's kept pretty fit for his age. But he has also been super strict with his diet/lifestyle for ages. Camilla, looking good for a long time smoker.

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Let me also say I admire Kate's ability to rewear outfits and mix in cheaper items... no one can compete with custom Gucci Markle. I would just like to see her tone it down a touch.

Also... who is betting she delivers in London vs. the rumor she does some water birth at Frogmore House?

My money is on the Lindo Wing. Not because they won't allow for some hippie birth, but for security reasons. The Queen delivered at B-Palace, and Ann was really the first one (maybe Margaret) to have a hospital birth in the family. So that's not a big deal.

But the media would descend on them wherever they are. # SafetyConcerns

Now for the every forgotten true princess in the family...


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Princess Eugenie is rumored to be pregnant because she posted to IG that it has been a whirlwind of a year. Let's be honest though, she's not super young and they've dated 7 years. If she is pregnant then
it's about time.

 
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By the way...

Did y'all see that there is a tell-all style book coming out about The View?

Jenny McCarthy was quoted this week bashing Barbara and Whoopie for how they treated her on the show. Apparently the ladies are pretty nasty backstage. But let's be honest, no one believes that they are super sweet off air after seeing how they ripe each other to shreds on air every day. I personally wouldn't be your bestie after you yelled at me for a whole 30 minute Hot Topics segment.

The best part of it is when she mentioned hearing Walter's feet shuffling down the hall to come after her.

All I can picture is some gremlins running down the hall.


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Honestly, I can't say I watch the show. It isn't even in my YouTube suggestions these days. They've just gotten so political that I could care less. But a tell-all about how nasty they all are? That could be some good car listening.

Thoughts? Feelings? What do y'all think about what's been going on lately?

And thanks for hanging around, if you made it this far, through my scattered brain celebrity gossip ramblings. 👏

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.