My Thoughts on the Oprah Interview

March 8, 2021

 My lack of sleep is killing me right now! I stayed up too late, and then was up too early watching Australian and British morning show coverage. 


Honestly I'm finding that, as usual, the standard American doesn't get it at all. They're barking about American things and you have to look at this through the British lens. 

from the Associated Press


I honestly wanted to be excited about her, but totally saw the Duchess of Windsor writing on the wall. It wasn't going to work. Love can not overcome duty. No matter what, duty and service have to come first in that family. If you marry in you know what you signed up for. 


Take Harry's last two girlfriends, they dated for ages and ultimately decided they didn't want what came with these level of scrutiny. 


I love that he had a whirlwind romance with Meghan, I can relate on that level. But the difference is a regular Sally isn't on television during a Commonwealth service after their quick romance. 


She says she wasn't trained. Okay, many others haven't been either. William famously kept Catherine at a distance for 10 years of dating before they finally married. He was determined that she could withstand it better than his mother did. 


Harry - well he quick wed (and now we are finding out LIED about everything and married her 3 days earlier, making all that taxpayer money a sham) and her lack of preparedness blew up in their faces. 


They're saying they don't want to slander the Queen's name, but in dropping this baby skin color bombshell that they won't dive further into and talking about how his father cut off his money... is not helping anyone. 


More background - titles aren't usually given to great-grandchildren. William's children only got them because he WILL be king. Harry is the spare, a role that Andrew has suffered from. The slew of bad decisions that comes from these spares is shocking. 


They also can't very well make it sound like the Crown took away security, the MET police are in charge of security. If we can all recall from a year ago - they were getting pushback for the cost of keeping Met officers in Canada for that long. So it was tossed to Canada to cover it, and they said no. Trump even famously said they the US wouldn't pay for it either. 


People, people, the York sisters have private security. Why didn't they think that they would need private security if they "stepped back." It was coming at them full force. Harry's own father is who has pushed back at Andrew for trying to stay so senior royal and make his children who will never be on the throne senior royals. They know that to make the monarchy last they have to keep the British people happy. 


Where else do I want to go with this? 


The money. 


While I'm glad that his mother's money (and didn't the Queen Mother also leave them money?) helped in this time... he needs to not act like 20 million is chump change. Charles probably saw that they could stand on their own financially and set them free. The people of Wales already complain about Charles's Duchy of Cornwall, why on Earth would they want to foot the bill for two defunct royals as well. If the York girls were taking taxpayer money I assure you their would be anarchy. 


But, they're again they are saying this all on American news media and your standard American doesn't know a thing about any of this. They don't even know that Wales has been murmuring about independence again. 

If the allegations she's making a

bout racial things are true, then that is heartbreaking. Especially for a royal family that has worked so hard, or a Queen for that matter, to show that race and gender do not matter. She has famously danced with an African leader (the name leaves me now) when racial tensions were high. She drove the Saudi leader around, when he was still against letting women in that county drive. This woman has WORKED. FOR. EQUALITY. across the Commonwealth. They have high standards for countries that are involved in the Commonwealth. How does Meghan not know this? Why has Harry not informed her on this matters. 


Like honestly, one weekend on old BBC documentaries on Youtube could have solved a lot of problems for the woman. 


My mind is shot. 


For a royal interview - it was incredible. They talked about things we always wanted to hear. 


As an anglophile who was born in the wrong country -  this is devastating. Like send letter to the Queen sad. Phillip is in the hospital going on week 4, at age 99, and this can not be helping. Surely this is why our dear Queen got two new Corgi puppies this week. I'd need a new puppy to make it through this too.

 

Share your thoughts with me friends, I'd love to hear your take. 

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Simply Earth Essential Oil Recipe Box || March

March 1, 2021

 This month's box is themed BEAUTY! 


Check out the video where I run through this month's box, as well as discuss why I use Simply Earth




Now, here's the quick run down. 



This month's box comes with 6 recipes that are personal care products. You'll get a hair mask, serum, lip balm, facial essence, a beautiful skin roll-on, and a diffuser blend. 


The Oils::


Beauty Within - This is your blend, it smells incredible. This is used for improving skin appearance. 

Tea Tree - Uplifting, cleans, and general skin care (TT is the OG of our household oils) (Medicinal and woody) 

Palmarosa - (this is a new to me oil) Calms, soothes pain, and skin care. (sharp and floral) 

Amyris - Calms, cleans, skin care (smells woody with a vanilla note) 


And incase you didn't know, Simply Earth devotes 13% of their profits to end human trafficking. I love a company that supports worthy causes. 


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

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Simple Ways to Improve Your Family's Finances

February 23, 2021

 Poor financial management can lead to debt and cause stress and arguments in your household. Fortunately, more and more families are taking steps to pay off debt and practice responsible spending. If you’d like to feel more in control of your money, then here are some simple ways to improve your family’s finances.



Establish a household budget


Establishing a household budget is essential if you want to feel in control of your finances. You must monitor what money is coming in and out each month and create a budget to guide your spending decisions. You can use an online budget calculator or download a template to help you calculate a budget for your household. According to thebalance.com, you should follow these steps to create an effective household budget:

 

1.     List your reliable income, e.g., your monthly salary.

2.     Calculate your monthly outgoings by combining all of your expenses.

3.     Work out your net income by subtracting your expenses from your income.

4.     If your net income is negative, then identify ways to reduce your expenses.

5.     If your net income is positive, then aim to save this money each month or use it to pay off debts.


Save 20% of your incomings


Experts recommend that you should save 20% of your income. If your monthly income is $3,000 after-tax, you should aim to put $600 of this towards savings. This money can be used to build an emergency fund, pay off debts, or put towards large purchases like a new car or a family vacation. If you are struggling to save 20% of your salary each month, then you should look for ways to reduce your expenses. Saving can be difficult, but there are likely to be plenty of ways to slash your costs. Start by tracking your spending and evaluating your purchases. Make a note of anything you spent money on that was not essential, e.g., your morning Starbucks. Make a plan to reduce your spending and increase your net income. This may involve being more frugal with your purchasing habits or switching to cheaper alternatives. For instance, you can save money by shopping on an e-commerce platform like DHgate that allows you to buy various items at wholesale prices. You can save even more money on your purchase by using a dhgate coupon.


Evaluate your debts


Talking about debts can cause anxiety, but it’s an important conversation to have. Discussing your debts and coming up with a financial plan will help you take control of your finances. It will also motivate you to deal with the issue of outstanding debt. Make sure that you track any debts and have an action plan in place to repay the debt as quickly as possible.


Final thoughts


Becoming more responsible with your spending will help you feel in control of your finances and avoid money worries. Taking steps to improve your financial position will mean that your family has more freedom and can enjoy a higher quality of life. Follow the above suggestions to boost your family’s finances, get out of debt faster, and increase your savings fund.

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Meal Planning Monday

February 22, 2021

Another week, another meal plan. 


Admittedly, after going to Atlanta I could not find it in me to meal prep yesterday... so hopefully today I will. Or I'll starve. 




Monday | Meatball Parmesan with a salad (just meatballs, marinara sauce, and shredded mozarella baked until it's bubbly) 


Tuesday | Leftovers

Wednesday | Sam's Chick-Fil-A Nuggets with Fries

Thursday | One Pot Spicy Alla Vodka Pizza Pasta

Friday | Leftovers

Saturday | Eating Out 

Sunday | Trader Joe's Meal

Breakfast - Orgain Shake or Atkins Bar
Lunch -Chicken Salad with Green Cabbage Cucumber Salad 
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Laissez le Snow Day Rouler

February 17, 2021

Yesterday we had the most fluffy powdery snow, and the kids loved it! The best part, this got us a two day Mardi Gras break! 


Here's a few pics from our morning.  



They were so proud of their snowballs! 

Elliot did great for his first time to see snow, he played for a long time and was super excited about it... until he wasn't. 













How do y'll like those homemade mittens, socks. They both had on pajamas and then real clothing. Two socks and then some of my fluffy socks. Two jackets and a hat. 

The upside of it all, it kept everything but their hands really dry. 







Snow angels and more snow tasting. 





Finally a family picture, by this point Elliot took off down the road as I was setting up my tripod. Long gone. Jeremy grabbed him and you can see his feelings about being stopped. 


You can also see his belly for that 10 second continuous capture because holding him down when he doesn't agree with you is like holding an angry alligator down. 

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King Cake Reviews || Murmurs of Ricotta

February 16, 2021

 This is the end of King Cake Review friends, Murmurs of Ricotta's take on the Dong Phong King Cake is the end all, be all, of perfection. 


She has techniques I've not seen on another king cake recipe. The dough stays so moist and soft throughout the entire process that you know it won't disappoint when you bake it. 


Baking. The bake time is spot on. Perfection. 


The icing is so good I forgot about Low Carb Monday and had King Cake Monday. I ate two pieces after I photographed this. Judge me. 


I'll be handwriting this recipe to add it to my recipe box. I'll probably also print this one out. When I die my grandchildren will have someone write this recipe in my handwriting and say that it reminds them of me, 


This is the king cake recipe to end all at home recipes, especially for the Louisiana expats. Make it, bake it, and don't step on the scale for a solid week after this cake. 



I even went so far as to make my own colored sugar when I saw how this was coming out. My initial thought to leave the sugar off or maybe use sprinkles was squelched when I noticed just how amazing this was going to be. This cake deserved colored sugar. 

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Meal Planning Moday

February 15, 2021

That's Mardi Gras break I've been begging for, well the Weather Channel granted it. 


Maybe I'll get lucky and they'll grant two days. 


In the meantime, and in very not-low-carb-day-fashion I'm working on the Murmurs of Ricotta Dong Phong king cake knock off recipe. I'll post a review this week and let y'all know how it is. I can already tell y'all this though, the dough is moist and the butter I just browned should be a candle scent right now. And I'm still in the proofing stage! 




Monday | Low Carb Enchilidas with Salad and Tomatillo Avocado Ranch (Ole tortillas, quesadilla cheese, trying the Gimme Some Oven sauce out, and ground beef) 


Tuesday | Leftovers

Wednesday | Sam's Chick-Fil-A Nuggets with Fries

Thursday | Cube Steak, Salad, Roasted Baby Potatoes

Friday | Issac Toups Hog Backbone Stew - round 2. I was missing two ingredients last time and want to make it exact this time. 

Saturday | eatin gout

Sunday | Trader Joe's Meal

Breakfast - Orgain Shake or Atkins Bar
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Simply Earth Essential Oil Recipe Box || February Mood Detox

February 13, 2021

 Simply Earth changed this packaging recently and I love it so much that I had to photograph the entire unboxing. 

You just have to see how great the new design is. 


Where in the past we were getting a box for the Big Box items separately from the monthly box, they are now combined. Everything nestles together. 


How much do you love that the roller bottles and blend bottles are hidden right until the monthly recipe box! 


You still get the same amazing carrier oils, almond, coconut, and a solid coconut. 


Now for this month's box! 

I feel like some weird broken record, but every single month the new blends just make me so happy! They're always exactly what I need that month. After a cold wet winter, bright and cheery is the house scent mood boosting I wanted and needed! 

Ours sense of smell is directly connected to our brain and can help support our emotion. This recipe box will do just that, help support a positive mood with scent. And from diffusing them in my own house, they are so uplifting. 

This month's oils are: 

Basil  - single oil, light and earthy - calms, soothes
Happy Joy (blend) - light, happy, smells like spring - uplifts
Lava (blend) - a little deeper of a smell than Happy Joy, but just as bright and spring scented - uplifts, energizes
Geranium - single oil, a light floral, not overpowering  - uplifts, skin care 


All the beautifully colored cards and stickers! 


The additional items (to the oils) this month were sea clay and a pretty roller bottle and spray perfume bottle.

These items go along with a mud mask recipe, a body spray, and two roller bottle recipes.  

I've never used sea clay, so I'm excited to break it out and have a special Valentine's Day mask. And the pretty bottles...


I had to do an up close pic of both of these. Isn't this the prettiest bottle?!



Here's a sneak peak for next month: You'll get a Beauty Within Blend, Tea Tree, Amyris, & Palmraosa! 



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

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More King Cake Reviews || The Southern Living Recipe

February 6, 2021

 Consider this the year of the recipes. 


Last year I purchased cakes. This year I'm burning up the kitchen with recipes. 


This friends, was a fail. 




it looks pretty, and I finally nailed down my icing recipe thanks to a million conversations with my baking buddy Caroline... but it's s funky king cake. 

Caroline actually asked me to make it, she had tried it and had problems with the bake times.

People. There are problems with the bake times.

And the dough, the dough was tough. Like, make sure you have fresh denture glue tough. I was worried about my personal teeth with this cake. 

In case you're curious, I'm not linking it, but it's the Southern Living Pecan Cream Cheese King Cake recipe. 



Man did it have a great color and pretty icing before it disappointed me so badly. I threw it in the trash as soon as our company left, it was that bad. 

Here's my list of complaints::


1. The dough is super tough, yes I didn't knead by hand and it's probably my fault for kneading with my Kitchen Aid mixer, but I am not sitting there for 10 minutes giving myself carpel tunnel like a wanna be Paul Hollywood. No. 

2. The bake time was bad. 350 for 25 minutes. Still a raw center. I went back and put it back in the oven, cooked but yuck. 

3. The dough itself isn't sweet enough and doesn't have enough butter. You're getting all your sweet from the icing and that isn't what this party is about. 

4. I didn't roll this monster of a chunk of dough thin enough. There needed to be better instructions for the filling too. I filled thin like a cinnamon king cake, that was wrong. This puppy grew SO MUCH during rises. Then it grew again during the bake to the point that the ends separated big time. 

5. The filling almost came out curdled, it tasted fine, but was strange. 


It didn't end there. This makes two king cakes. 

I had saved the second dough and filling for a retry, just in case. 

I grated in a whole stick of butter, rolled it super thin, kept the filling in one tube shape down the middle, and baked in a bundt pan (Nola Bake House style). Changed the bake time to 350, 20 covered and 25 uncovered. 

This kept the butter from leaching out, but it was still tough and not up to par. 

Zero stars. 

Zero stars people. Do not make. It's a waste of bread flour. 


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JANUARY || Things I Bought & Liked

February 5, 2021

*Post contains Amazon Affiliate links.  

It's been a minutes since I wrote one of these posts. 

But here we go, some of my faves from the past month. 


1. SPORTS RESEARCH COLLAGEN PEPTIDES || It's been a second since I used collagen. I ended up on a brand last year that I wasn't the biggest of fans of in the end, it had too much taste in coffee. But I decided (after major skin issues on the old face) that it was time to get back to it. I can 100% say this has zero taste in your coffee and tea and I've seen such an improvement in my face. So much so that Jeremy even commented the other night that my skin looks really clear. 

2. LIBEREX FACIAL CLEANSING BRUSH || Count this as #2 is what is changing my skin. I hyped up the Retin-A (and am still bitter than I can't get this doctor to give me a topics antibiotic so here we are trying other things), am taking collagen daily, and use this brush every morning. It comes with 3 heads and I tend to use the soft daily and the rougher brush once a week for a deep exfoliation. This is my reasonably priced dupe for the higher end facial brushes that I could never bring myself to spend the cash on. 

3. DRMTLGY ACNE SPOT TREATMENT || This is #3 in the acne solutions to clear skin that has been going down! Since I again, can't get my hands on a topical antibiotic that I know works great for me, I've resorted to this. Here's a tip, only apply it where you need it. Don't all over face it if you don't have to, it's strong. To not interact too badly with the Retin-A I use this in the morning on my chin, nose, and forehead (my problem areas). Just a dab too! If I have breakouts I will slap some on that area as well. 


4. EverTrim FITNESS RESISTANCE BANDS || My favorite plastic-ish bands molded in the rental (y'all it was a situation) so I needed a replacement when I got back on my health game in January. I've been seeing a lot of people using this style of fabric bands and I have not been disappointed. Not only are they tougher to stretch, I've been super sore! 

5. MONIN COFFEE SYRUPS (SF VANILLA/CINNAMON BUN) || After ages upon ages of not being able to find the syrup I want consistently here (why on earth does BHAM have stocking issues ole po-dunk New Iberia never had) I broke down and ordered the same syrup a local coffee shop uses. It was worth it. Now I just need to get the birthday fairy to drop me a Nespresso and all will be right in the world. The cinnamon bun is their version of the Starbucks Cinnamon Dolce. The SF Vanilla... well that is just what I usually order. 

6. COOP HOME GOODS PILLOW || This is the holy grail of pillows! We've had My Pillow for ages and they started going flat, like waking up on your death bed flat. I've been hearing a podcast I like talk about this pillow, so I bit the bullet and got two king size. It is heaven. HEAVEN! They send an extra bag of fill and you can increase the amount you have or remove some. It'll take your pillow game to the next level! 


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Meal Planning Monday

February 1, 2021

Let's see if we can get our macro life together this week. 

I'll probably destroy it in my attempt to salvage a giant hunk of dough though. I finally made the Southern Living king cake and it was tragic. But! I've got an idea! I'm going to grate frozen butter into the dough, roll that mess back, and light some prayer candles in hopes it works. 

Surely a celebrity prayer candle is being sold with the likes of Paul Hollywood on it by this point? Surely. (I'm clearly joking and am not actually lighting celebrity prayer candles with any real meaning folks) 




Monday | Crack Chicken, Roasted Zucchini, Tortilla Chips


Tuesday | Leftovers

Wednesday | Sam's Chick-Fil-A Nuggets with Fries

Thursday | Brined Pork chops (Issac Toups Cookbook), Baked Sweet Potatoes, and Green Beans

Friday | Trying another Issac Toups stew recipe from Chasing the Gator

Saturday | Eating Out

Sunday | Trader Joe's Meal

Breakfast - Orgain Shake or Atkins Bar
Lunch - A low or regular carb wrap with caramelized onion, roasted deli turkey, blue cheese aioli, and arugula with either Zapp's chips or raw broccoli with ranch. 
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The Days I Don't Want to Forget

January 29, 2021

 If you like funny stories about the kids, this post is for you. I find myself trying to put things into Instagram posts so they show up in our Chatbooks for fear of forgetting the quirky things the children do. 

But hey, that's also what the blog is for. 



Nothing too interesting here, but Jeremy finally finished the play house yesterday and the kids were beside themselves with excitement. Harrison was chattering on about it on the way out to the car this morning again. 


Elliot is back in another "6 month mood swing," which is how we basically describe his growth spurts. He will hit a phase where he can't communicate as well as he would like or can't do something... and then has a fit constantly until he reaches his goal. 

This week though, he had two quite funny moments.

 1) I told him to stop dumping water out of the tub, and pulled the stopper. As I was bent over pulling the stopper he dumped a cup of water on me! I couldn't quit laughing at it.

 2) He's been having a fit if you won't brush his teeth three times. I appreciate his commitment to clean teeth, but we all know he really just wants to taste the "paste," as he calls it. 

Now that I'm typing, there was a 3rd moment this week. I've had to periodically lock the water feature on the fridge. Elliot, fully believing he is on par with Harrison, grabbed a step stool and attempted to fill up his own cup. He filled up the floor instead. 

He is really benefiting from a tired mid-30's mother who just can't fight every battle these days. Don't even ask how many oranges he bit into before I noticed yesterday evening. 


Harry insisted we go on a "fitness walk" the other day. His main concern for our neighborhood being that no one else celebrates Mardi Gras. 

This boy would like to celebrate all holidays, decorate for all holidays, have a playlist for all holidays. You think I'm kidding... I'm not. It's never been me to get into things, but now I'm getting into them for Harrison. 


Last but not least, the kids have discovered that I am my father's daughter. If you can make me laugh you generally stay out of trouble. 

Two things happened during our virtual day on Wednesday. 

Harrison was supposed to be watching a phonics video while I was still writing lesson plans. I got to the end of a section and turned around to check on him... I saw only his tail end crawling out of my door. So I said, "Boy, where are you going?" And I kid you not, he gets on his knees, hands clasped, and I hear this come from his mouth, "Dear Jesus, please protect me." 

Y'all I howled! 

I can't deal with this level of nonsense. It seems the nonsense gene in this family only heightens as it passes further down the line. 

Then later that same day I made him swear on his life that he wouldn't show up in my class wet. Stay away from puddles! Come back dry. 

Low behold the child comes down the hall with wet shoes not an hour later, and a handful of flowers. "Mama, will you ever forgive me?" 

Of course I laughed again, he giggled because he knows he's crazy, and I made him spend the rest of the day without shoes... he wasn't mad about it either. 

Boy, am I going to have some gray hair and stories by the time these two run off and get married. 

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How to Incorporate Wedding Traditions into the Modern Wedding

January 25, 2021

 Congratulations: you’re getting married! This celebration of your love for your partner is a chance to start your journey together with family close and luxuries all around. 

Weddings are made up of traditions, although they go over most people’s heads. If you’re planning a 21st-century wedding but want to incorporate some old traditions into your marriage, try the list below and put your own spin on these old wives’ tales!





Mother of the Bride

Traditionally, the mother of the bride would have had the majority share of responsibility when it came to planning her daughter’s big day. Keeping this tradition alive may be ancient and unnecessary, but it will give the mother of the bride a chance to remain involved in the plans if that’s something you both want.

Some great tasks to delegate to your mother are things that only she can do – and she can do them perfectly just by being your mother. If you feel a sense of disagreement on wedding decisions, explain that you’d prefer warm support: a consistent cheerleader and compliment-queen to help ease the pressure.

When it comes to the big day, it’s customary for the mother of the bride to greet guests and ensure their comfort at the ceremony and reception. Regarding attire, the mother of the bride is traditionally dressed in a color scheme that compliments the after-party and avoids matching her daughter. Smart, fitted dresses from boutiques, such as Froxx.co.uk, who specializes in comfortable, elegant solutions for plus size ladies, are a great place to look!


The Bridal Bouquet

Traditionally, you wouldn’t have taken that all-important walk down the aisle with roses in hand. Instead, it would’ve been a mix of herbs, including garlic and dill. Although you probably don’t want to carry garlic on the way to meet your new husband, you can keep this tradition alive by including these herbs, once considered luxurious, in your meal plan.

Check out this article to see the meaning behind the herb and how to incorporate it into your big day!


Rice tossing at the Bride and Groom

Customarily, guests would throw rice at the bride and groom after their ceremony to symbolize a wish of good luck, which included healthy offspring, profitable harvests, and general happiness for the couple. This is a great ritual that’s fun for everyone and provides a great photo opportunity for the newlyweds, too. 

To carry forward this tradition without polluting or harming wildlife, ask guests to use a replacement, such as biodegradable confetti or bubbles. They will carry the same good luck and make for beautiful photos – without all the mess!

To decide exactly how you’d like your guests to celebrate this with you, see why not consider these seven awesome alternatives?


The Wedding Cake

The wedding cake is a staple of tradition, unchanged for centuries. The tiered structure represents the pile of hot scones that newly-weds would be challenged to kiss over in Medieval England many years ago. If they could successfully smooch without knocking down the tower, it was said that their future would be happy with one another.

It was also a widely practiced tradition to save and freeze the top tier of the cake in order to reinvent it at the first child’s Christening. These days, getting married and having children don’t go hand in hand, as they used to.

To incorporate this long-standing tradition into your marriage, you could have the top tier remade on special occasions, such as anniversaries.


In conclusion…

Your wedding will be made up of many traditions. Choosing the ones that hold the most meaning in your relationship can be a great way to start your life together!


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Meal Planning Monday

January 18, 2021

Here's a little FWTFL update for y'all, since I said I was doing that here. 


Eating/workouts/Fitbit steps all went great on Week 1. Week 2 we had dinner with friends and I ordered well. My only hiccup was Wednesday when I ate what school graciously provided us. I nearly met my steps twice (9,800 both times) but have met my goal all other days. I skipped one workout, but only because I basically accidentally food poisoned myself Saturday night. Sunday was a bucket of fun. 


So don't buy raw Poke at lunch and eat it for dinner. It didn't go over well but tasted amazing. 


Lucky for me there is nothing on the books this week that will interrupt my regularly scheduled fitness goals. 




Monday | Chili (combining my recipe with Euna Mae's Brown Sugar Chili) 


Tuesday | Leftovers

Wednesday | Sam's Chick-Fil-A Nuggets with Fries

Thursday | Brined Pork chops (Issac Toups Cookbook), Baked Sweet Potatoes, and Green Beans

Friday | Braised Chicken (Issac Toups again), Potato and Pea Salad with Salad

Saturday | Eating Out

Sunday | Trader Joe's Meal

Breakfast - Orgain Shake or Atkins Bar
Lunch - (Low Carb) Cranberry Almond Chicken Salad, Raw Broccoli with Ranch (Reg Macro) with Gluten Free Crackers
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Yardi Gras - Brotherly Love - & Blood Tests Don't Lie

January 16, 2021

 I find the funniest thing about brothers is their undying love for each other and then the complete opposite feelings the next minute. 


Last night was a "People Let Me Tell Ya Bout My Best Friend" night. You could all but hear Harry Nilsson singing it in the background. 



I don't say this because they were the easiest going of people I've ever taken to Hobby Lobby. In fact they were rowdy, loud, and driving me insane with their need to sit in the buggie and giggle it around while I tried to shop. 

Just FYI - embroidery floss and gel food dye are not the items to delicately toss into a wild buggie of boys. 

While I was trying to unlock the car I snapped the pic above, they were treating the hood of my car like a drum and cackling away. 


I'm also in the phase of trying to slowly gather decor again. Next year I'll a touch more (gotta go easy on that $$) to my Mardi Gras decor. I've got a few things in my Amazon cart, but after getting Jeremy to agree to let me buy a NolaBee door hanger for every holiday that will happen this year... I gotta go easy on the requests. 


It's funny how when you're in Louisiana you don't need to make it feel like Louisiana. However, when you leave Louisiana you have to go out of your way to add some Louisiana to everything. 


Trust me, if I was made of money we would be full blown Yardi Gras this year. 


I was asked a question the other day and thought I'd clarify some Mardi Gras for my nonLouisiana people that visit me here. Mardi Gras goes a little like this...


Feast of the Epiphany (Jan 6) >>> parades ensue and are a weekly occurrence (we even had to reschedule church in Thibodaux because the route came in front of us - this is considered Carnival Season >>> Lundi Gras (Shrove Monday) - Zulu and Rex parades happen on this day but it is just one of the final two days of parades and king cake purchasing >> Mardi Gras (Fat Tuesday/Shrove Tuesday) - this is the last day of parades and you are supposed to eat rich fatty foods before Lent begins. >>> Ash Wednesday - This marks the first day of Lent and you will see all of your Catholic friends with Ashes on their foreheads as a sign of mourning and repentance to God. 


Looking up the specifics I was actually wrong in my thoughts the other day - turns out Mardi Gras depends on the date of Easter. I knew it was 40 days before Easter, but was thinking at the time it was effected by Epiphany Day. Mardi Gras can run from as early as Feb. 4 to as late as March 17. I honestly prefer a mid to late Mardi Gras because my birthday is Feb. 25. 

FYI  for the non resident folk - it's unlucky to eat King Cake outside of Mardi Gras season. And the baby... if you get that you have to buy the next cake. 



Now on to more pressing matters. 


The impending 35 is not treating me well. 


If I'm being transparent, I feel homely and old. My skin shows it. The masks just make my acne worse and is so blah. I've gained 10 lbs during quarantine and nothing, not even underwear fits right. 


The icing on the cake was getting my yearly health screening at work for our insurance. It showed right in my face my weight gain, my cholesterol being all out of wack due to the weight gain, and even my blood glucose being 10 points higher. 


So yes, I'm still back to working out and on week 2 of it. Wed - Friday wasn't the best of eating. I did my best Thursday and Friday but didn't track macros. At work I ate the lunch that was graciously provided instead of my old self denying eating fun food for the sake of the scale. It was insanely yummy and one of my favorite meals - bbq. 


But if I'm being totally transparent, I know it takes time to get back down, especially when you are not getting the added benefit of nursing a baby. Gosh that sheds weight for me. I just wish one week would get me back to where I previously was. 


But those numbers from the blood test, they don't lie. I can't very well see those same numbers next year. 


Has anyone else struggled with this? Share with me in the comments how you've been dealing with quarantine weight gain. 

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