Month: November 2014

A Canadian Giving Thanks

Happy Thanksgiving to all my American friends! I hope you have an awesome day filled with love, family, good food, and thankfulness.

american thanksgiving

I think it is awesome how important Americans make Thanksgiving. It is so much more of a big deal than it is here in Canada. I never really understood Thanksgiving when I was little. Actually I kind of forgot about it. The holiday typically meant one day off school, and a family dinner with turkey. That was about it. It wasn’t Christmas with all the presents and Santa. It wasn’t Easter with a giant basket full of candy. It was a turkey dinner; which I didn’t fully appreciate at the time (I do now!)

The meaning of holidays have changed so much for me now that I am older, and have moved away from home. I only see my extended family; my grandparents, aunts and uncles, and cousins, on holidays. I live about an hour and a half drive from my family, which isn’t very far, but far enough that I don’t see them very often. Holidays are the perfect time to get together and enjoy each other’s company. There is something about family, that even if you don’t see them often, you know they will always be there. They can’t get away from being related!

grandma grandpa and baby

 

My in-laws; Jim and Shelley at Thanksgiving

I hope that Lochlyn learns what holidays are about from an early age. I hope she is beyond excited for the things kids get excited for, like a stocking full of presents, or an easter egg hunt, but I also hope that she enjoys the time with her whole family, and the togetherness of the season.

That was a bit of a ramble. I really want to talk about thankfulness in honor of American thanksgiving. I am sure there will be a lot of talk on thankfulness in the blog world today, and that is awesome.

I also want to link up with Running with Spoons for Thinking out Loud. It is Thursday after all, and I have already done quite a bit of rambling.

thursdays are for thinking out loud

Thankfulness is a beautiful thing. It can really affect our outlook on life. Thanksgiving is a good reminder to be thankful, but being thankful isn’t something that we should set aside for one day of the year. I find that if I shift my thinking towards a thankful attitude, it can completely change my day, which in turn, could actually change my world.

I am so blessed. I live a beautiful life. I have the best husband, and daughter I could ever ask for. My life has some harder areas too. For example, financially we are not so well off at the moment. Being on maternity leave, has left us a little short on cash. December is the last month that I get any maternity leave income and then I have to go back to work. Right now it looks like I am going to have to work full days on Saturdays and Sundays so that we don’t have to pay for childcare. I plan to eventually work evenings, probably 6:00 – 9:00, or maybe later. At the moment I can’t work evenings because I breastfeed Lochlyn and put her to bed around 7:30. My evening shift will be too short to take an hour to come home and get my little one to bed.

happy sleeper

At first I was pretty down about working weekends. I don’t want to sacrifice the time I get with my family. After letting it sink in, I realized that at least I have a job that has flexible hours. I have a husband who has weekends off, who is able and willing to babysit. Also, it is awesome that I am still nursing. I had a lot of issues with milk supply when I started breast feeding. I am so glad it worked out. If I work longer shifts on the weekend, I can take longer breaks to come home and nurse Lochlyn, and I will still get to see my family.

thanksgiving mom and baby

I really wanted to be a stay-at-home mom, but I actually don’t think working will be all that bad. It will be nice to get out of the house, and have a life outside of being a mom. Working only two days a week means we will be a little stretched financially, but I will still have the evenings to spend with Josh. Also, I know we will have enough, and I am thankful we have a family who supports us, and a God who always provides for us.

The power of being thankful… the negative thought of not having enough money can turn into positivity and thankfulness.

In Canada we already celebrated Thanksgiving. I had a big turkey dinner … okay, so I had two … and a brunch. I saw a lot of family, and had a really great time, but in the mad rush of the holiday, I didn’t put much emphasis on being thankful.

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I am going to celebrate American Thanksgiving too. Without the family, and without the food. Don’t get me wrong, family and food are two of the best parts about it, but today I just want to celebrate thankfulness, by being thankful.

I am going to turn my negative thoughts into positive. I am going to be happy with what I have, rather than wanting more. I will speak positivity and love, even when I don’t always feel like it. At least, that is my goal.

Happy Thanksgiving to my American friends! Thank you for the reminder to be thankful!

WIAW #1: Honoring My Hunger

Yesterday I talked about the second principle in the book Intuitive Eating; honoring your hunger. I mentioned that I was going to pay attention to my hunger levels when I ate this week and keep track of them. I thought sharing them with you today as part of What I Ate Wednesday would be a good way to keep myself accountable. So, without further ado, I am linking up with Peas and Crayons for WIAW. Thank you Jenn for hosting!

what i ate wednesday

I have mentioned before on the blog that I didn’t think that WIAW was the best thing for me to participate in. This is because I felt that I wouldn’t be “real” with what I was eating if I knew I was going to have to share it. I did find this was the case a little bit, so I want to come clean.

Taking pictures of what I was eating, and recording my hunger levels, did make me think twice about putting something in my mouth. This may be a good thing, or a bad thing, but I want my readers to be aware of it. Usually I am a lot more snacky than I was yesterday, and eat with a lot less thought. This is something that I do want to work on, so I think that recording my hunger levels is helping. My issue with recording anything is that I am such a perfectionist and I want to do everything perfect. If I mess up and forget to record a meal I often throw in the towel and eat whatever I want mindlessly. I am not recording my hunger levels so that I will eat perfectly. I am doing it to help myself pay more attention to my body and how it is feeling while I am eating.

Here is the hunger scale that I used. This is adapted from the book Intuitive Eating (p. 64).

0-1: Empty

2: Ravenous

3: Set

4: Pangs

5: Neutral

6-7: Satisfied

8: Full

9: Stuffed

10: Sick

Here is my day of eats from yesterday. Please excuse my food photography skills. I am still learning to take photos, and I don’t have a lot of time to snap them while I am running around with Lochlyn. I intend to get better at this!

I woke up yesterday morning at 6:15 am and immediately started writing this blog. I noticed right away that I was feeling hungry, but decided to put off eating for a bit so I could get yesterday’s post typed up. Usually when I first wake up I can hold off eating for a while, so I was a little bit annoyed. Yesterday’s post was about honoring my hunger, so eventually I knew I needed to give in and do just that. I wanted to have breakfast a little later when Lochlyn woke up, so I opted for a snack to tide me over

7:30 AM – hunger level 3

yogurt mess

Plain Greek yogurt, sprinkled with oats, almond flour and cinnamon, and drizzled with honey.

Lochlyn woke up around 8:00. I nursed her, got her ready for the day, and then made both of us some breakfast.

9:15 AM – hunger level 4.5

banana eggwhite oatmeal

My favorite oatmeal. 1/4 cup of quick oats, 1/4 cup of oat bran, 1/4 cup of egg whites, 1 cup of almond milk, 1 really ripe banana. Topped with lots of cinnamon and peanut butter and another splash of almond milk. Yummy.

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After breakfast and cleaning up my little one, I let Lochlyn play on the floor for a while I did some laundry and started to get ready for the day. Then I put Lochlyn down for her nap, and listened to her play and whine in her crib while I finished getting ready. I checked on her every 10 minutes or so to make sure she was ok. She never ended up falling asleep. Crazy girl.

While Lochlyn was not napping in her crib, I cleaned the bathroom and assembled cloth diapers. At around 11:30 I decided she probably wasn’t going to sleep. I microwaved some leftovers for lunch so I could eat while I nursed her. I was planning on being at the gym around 1:00, and I wanted time to digest my food a bit before I made it there.

11:45 AM – hunger level 4.5

leftover basil pasta

Leftover Vegetable and edamame pasta with basil cream sauce from Oh She Glows.

Lochlyn ended up falling asleep on my boob, and I let her nap in my arms for about half an hour. Then I got her up, got her ready for the gym, and fed her lunch. I was still feeling a bit hungry, and I didn’t want to run out of energy at the gym, so I helped myself to another serving of leftover pasta that went unpictured.

1:00 PM – hunger level 4.5

More leftover pasta.

We finished eating, and I realized we were running really late. It was already almost 1:30 and I wanted to be at the gym at 1. I bundled Lochlyn up in her jacket, toque and mitts, and then realized that Josh took my truck to work and I forgot to take the car seat out of it. I really wanted to get out of the house, so I decided to walk to the gym instead.

cold hands

I was in such a rush to get out of the door I forgot to grab a jacket or gloves, and it was cold! At least Lochlyn was really bundled up in her stroller.

stroller bundle

cold walk

I worked out at the gym from 2-3 and then Lochlyn and I walked home. At home, I tucked her in for her second nap of the day, and then made a delicious smoothie to tide me over until dinner. I find that I need to eat something after working out or I get really shaky. My go-to is almost always a smoothie, even when it is freezing outside.

3:30 PM – hunger level 4

smoothie girl

Banana smoothie – inspired by Running with Spoons Oatmeal cookie dough smoothie. Please excuse my blurry, sweaty picture and bad nails!

While I waited for Lochlyn to fall asleep, I watched Suits on Netflix, drank my smoothie and stretched. I have been really neglecting stretching lately, and my body is sure feeling it. I also checked in on Lochlyn every 10 minutes or so until she fell asleep at around 4:00.

Once I finished my smoothie I hopped in the shower. More Suits was watched while I dusted my basement and waited for Lochlyn to wake up.

After her nap, I breast fed Lochlyn, then made dinner for both of us. Josh had to make a trip to Calgary and he left right after work, so he wouldn’t be home until later. We were on our own for dinner, which usually means something easy and fast. Lochlyn had leftover noodles and peas. She also had some grated apple and coconut butter for desert, which tasted amazing (I stole a bite). Her dinner most definitely looked better than mine.

6:00 PM – hunger level 4

avocado toast with egg

Toast with mashed avocado, garlic powder, salt and pepper topped with easy-over eggs. I also had a side of cucumbers and tzatziki dip to get some veggies in.

That was it for my eats for the day. After dinner I gave Lochlyn a bath. Then we played together while I put some laundry away and dusted her room. Before I knew it, it was time for Lochlyn to go to bed. I fed her and put her down for the night. Josh got home shortly after and he helped me clean up the kitchen a bit, then we headed to bed too.

bath babe

That was my day! What was supposed to be a WIAW post, is looking a lot like a day in the life post!

I really enjoyed keeping track of my hunger levels yesterday. It is interesting to see that I rarely let myself get very hungry. I think that this is because I usually eat with Lochlyn, rather than waiting until I am really hungry to eat. I enjoy eating with her, and it is time-efficient, since I am sitting down to feed her anyways. Also, I want to set a good example for her at meal times, and eating in front of her helps keep me accountable with establishing healthy eating habits.

What I could possibly do to help ensure that I am eating when I am hungry is cut down my serving sizes a little. I may do this, but I am not too worried about it. Yesterday I didn’t overeat, or end up eating when I was already full.

Like I mentioned above. I don’t think this reflects a typical eating day for me. Usually I am a lot more snacky in-between meals. I have a habit of just grabbing whatever is easy out of the kitchen when I am bored and not very hungry. I do plan to record my hunger levels for the rest of the week. Hopefully this will help me get into the habit of checking with my body more before I grab something from the kitchen!

Have a great Wednesday!

 

Have you ever recorded a full day of food? If so, do you find that it affects the way that you eat?

What is your go-to, easy dinner, when you are only cooking for yourself? If you didn’t already guess, mine is eggs!

 

 

Intuitive Tuesday: Honoring your Hunger

It’s time for …

intuitive tuesday

This week I want to talk about the second principle in the book Intuitive Eating.

Honoring your Hunger.

Feel free to check out my post on the first principle; Rejecting Dieting

Also, please note that I am not a doctor, or a certified nutritionist. This post simply reflects my own personal experience with learning to eat intuitively. 

Honoring your hunger isn’t about what I thought it would be. Before I read the book, I was scared there was going to be this rule that said you can only eat when you are hungry, and you have to stop eating when you start to get full. This isn’t the case. In fact, Intuitive Eating doesn’t involve any rules at all. This principle isn’t about when to stop eating, and doesn’t require you to only eat when you are hungry. It simply means that when you are hungry, you need to eat.

Easy right? Actually … not always. I thought that I always ate when I was hungry. I mean I eat a lot. I am an active, breast-feeding mama. That takes a lot of calories. I thought I had this principle in the bag, but when I started paying more attention to my body, I realized that I was wrong. Sometimes when I am hungry, I find myself ignoring my hunger cues. There are a few reasons for this.

My first reason for not honoring my hunger is that sometimes I don’t want to take the time to eat. For example, right now, I just rolled out of bed, it is 6:30 in the morning, and I am trying to type up this blog post before my baby girl wakes up. I am starting to feel pretty hungry, and I should probably go get something to eat. At the same time, I know that if I eat something, I will have less time to finish this post before my little one wakes up. I really like to eat my breakfast with her, but that may not be until 9:00 if she sleeps in. If I am feeling hungry now, but wait until 9:00, that isn’t honoring my hunger signals. Yesterday, I didn’t get hungry until 9:00 so I was hoping that would be the case today, but it looks like I am going to have to eat sooner.

crock pot oatmeal

Another reason that I don’t eat when I am hungry, is because I am just straight-up busy. Mamas know that sometimes it is hard to take time out of your day to eat. It is so helpful to have some grab and go meals, so you can snack on something when you start to feel hungry. I need to get better at this too. I didn’t take the time to prep snacks this week, and I have a pretty limited selection in the house at the moment. Yesterday I found myself grabbing handfuls of dry cereal, which I don’t even really like. Oops.

lochlyn winter outfit

You don’t have to be a mama to be too busy to eat. The last job that I had didn’t allow me to eat while I was working. I only got one break a day to eat. I had to eat enough before my shift to last me until my lunch break. I wasn’t able to eat the moment that hunger hit, so I had to eat enough to last me. Honoring your hunger can actually take some planning, and may require you to eat before you are really hungry, so that you don’t get too hungry later.

Another reason why I don’t always honor my hunger goes back to all the food rules that I picked up through dieting. For example, I may be hungry at 10:30, but I don’t want to eat yet because I just ate 2 hours ago. I shouldn’t need to eat for another hour. I don’t want to have a snack, because then I won’t be hungry at 11:30 for the lunch I was planning to eat. Guys – if you are hungry, just eat! You can always have a late lunch, or no lunch, or better yet, why not just eat your lunch when you are hungry, who cares if it is 10:30? I am still working on this too.

An area that is difficult for me is eating around workouts. I like to eat about an hour before I workout, so that my food is digested a bit, but I still have lots of energy and won’t get hungry and shaking while lifting weights. Lately I have been hungry earlier in the day, and have been eating more like 2 hours before my workouts. If I waited until just an hour before my workout, I would get too hungry and eat too much, and then be sluggish at the gym.I am learning that my body knows what it needs better than I do. Learning to listen to it, has actually helped me fuel it better, and led to having more energy at the gym.

gym shoes

So, why is it so important to honor your hunger anyways? A starving body is not a healthy body. Being too hungry leads to a decreased metabolic rate, food obsession, eating disorders, excessive exercise, and changes in mood such as apathy, irritability, moodiness and depression (p. 60, Intuitive Eating). Being hangry is a real thing! Your body tells you that you are hungry for a reason. It needs to eat to survive. I used to think that eating when I was hungry if it didn’t fit into my “diet” or food food rules meant that I didn’t have any willpower. This is ridiculous. Giving into hunger isn’t a loss of willpower, but listening to your body’s biological drive to eat (Intuitive eating, p. 62).

I know that I have tried to ignore my hunger cues in the past when I thought I shouldn’t be eating, or I didn’t make the time to. In the end, it almost always resulted in eating way too much when I finally allowed myself to eat. Fasting and/or restricting food actually makes us eat more when we do eat (Intuitive Eating p. 62). This makes perfect sense, as your body enters starvation mode. It wasn’t fed when it told you it was hungry, so it doesn’t trust you to feed it again the next time it is hungry. Because of this, when it has to opportunity to eat, it needs to eat everything, while it has the chance. It doesn’t know when it will get to eat again, since you aren’t listening to its cues. It is crazy because despite the fact that fasting and restricting causes us to eat more, we keep looking to dieting to help us eat less. Messed up.

A problem that many of us face, is not being able to tell when we are truly hungry. We have been ignoring our body’s hunger signals for so long, and we don’t know what hunger even feels like. When I started Intuitive Eating, and even now, I find that sometimes it is hard to tell when I am a little bit hungry. I find it easy to tell when I am starving, but the feelings of hunger just starting are sometimes hard for me to read.

Intuitive Eating has a chart, that is designed to help you stay in tune with your hunger. It is called “The Hunger Discovery Scale” (p. 64). The book recommends that every time before you eat, you record the time of day, and you rate your hunger on the chart on a scale of 0-10. Each number corresponds to a level of hunger. For example, 0 is empty (beyond ravenous), 5 is neutral, and 10 is sick (beyond stuffed). You should typically eat when you are around a level 3-4. You don’t want to get hungrier than about a level 3. This doesn’t mean that if you are less hungry than a level 4 you shouldn’t eat. You just need to make sure that you eat if you are hungry.

I haven’t used this sale to record every single meal, but I do find it helpful to think about it when I start to feel hungry, or think I may need to eat.

Another guideline that the book uses that I find useful, is to not go longer than four hours without eating (except for at night). I think that using this guideline makes planning a little bit easier. If you know that you are not going to be able to eat for awhile, you should eat while you have the opportunity, even if you aren’t hungry. If you start work at 9:00 am, and you don’t take a break until 1:00 pm, and you don’t have the opportunity to eat while you work, than you know you need to eat right before you start work, even if it is just a little snack to tide you over. This will ensure that you don’t go too long between meals, and end up starving by the time your break rolls around.

When I first brought Lochlyn home, I found myself forgetting to eat all of the time. I would wait until I was really really hungry, and then I would find myself shoving handfuls of trail mix down my throat while nursing her at 2 AM. I wasn’t thinking about my own hunger because I was so busy tending to hers. Having this four hour guideline in mind would have helped me make sure that I was eating before I got to the point of being way too hungry. I need to remember this for when I have another little one.

Honoring your hunger is a pretty awesome Intuitive Eating principle in my opinion. Eating when you are hungry is pretty great. It is crazy how many of us don’t actually do it.

This week, I am challenging myself to pay extra attention to my hunger signals. To do this I am going to use the Intuitive Eating chart, and record my hunger levels each time that I eat. This will help show me if I am truly listening to my hunger, or if there are times during the day that I need to eat sooner. For me personally, recording my hunger levels isn’t something that I plan to do long term. I want to try it out for a week to help me pay more attention to my body and how it is feeling.

Speaking of hunger signals, I am still feeling pretty hunger. I better go and feed this body. Have a great day!

 

Are you good at honoring your hunger?

What are some tips and tricks that you use to help ensure you eat when you are hungry?

Manly Stocking Stuffers

My family loves stockings. They are one of my personal favorite Christmas traditions. I don’t love them just because I love getting presents, or even because I love giving presents to other people. It is the opening process that is so much fun.

I am sure that the first Christmas morning that Josh spent at my parent’s house, he thought we were all crazy. Josh’s family all opens their stockings like normal people; all at the same time and in a mad rush to see what everything is. My family is a little … unique. We each takes turns opening one item at a time and everyone watches to see what the item is. It doesn’t matter if it is a box of tic tacs, or a pair of socks – every item is wrapped. The stocking opening process takes forever. We have a lot in our stockings. In fact, most of our presents don’t even fit in the actual stockings, so they are laid out all around them. This is the perfect test of willpower for excited kids on Christmas morning, but also the funnest family time and some of my best memories.

This year, my family decided that we were only going to open stockings, and not get each other big gifts (besides for lochlyn of course). Josh and I are short on funds this year, since I am not working, and my parents are in the middle of a big move. Also, my parents are giving us money to help with repairs for our truck, so we won’t have a big gift to open.

I have been trying to brainstorm a ton of fun stocking ideas, and guys it is really hard. I can think of a lot of stocking gifts for my mom, but the guys are not so easy to buy for! Another challenge with stockings is not spending ALL the Christmas money and more. Stockings can really add up.

I thought I would put together a list of manly stocking stuffer ideas, since it is getting to be Christmas shopping time. Here are a few stocking stuffer ideas for the men in your life… happy shopping!

Also, please note, none of the link in this post are affiliate links. I just wanted to give you guys some examples :)

man;y stocking stuffers

black maple tea

  • Local honey
  • Homemade treats like jam, beef jerky, or other canned or baked goods
  • A bottle of his favorite beer
  • Protein bars

protein bars

pez candy

  • Trail mix
  • Mini cereal boxes
  • Grill seasonings
  • Flavored olive oil and/or vinegar
  • Scotch rocks

scotch rocks

nalgene bottlestarbucks urban street tumbler

orange peelers       garlic press

starbucks gift card

  • Favorite lunch-spot gift card
  • Movie theatre passes
  • Amusement park passes, white water rafting gift cards – think of things that he loves to do!
  • Tickets to watch his favorite team – hockey, football … whatever
  • Lift tickets for snowboarding/skiing
  • Hotel gift card – for a trip away
  • Gloves – I like the ones he can use with his cell phone

etip north face gloves

saxx quest boxers

  • Socks – gym socks, hiking socks, hockey socks, work socks, whatever kind of socks he rocks
  • Beanies/toques
  • Scarves
  • A tie
  • Sunglasses
  • A hat
  • Rolled up t-shirt
  • Work gloves

work gloves

bacon car air freshener          armor all wipes

  • Favorite toy from childhood, like parachute men, balsa planes, mini lego packs
  • Chap stick
  • Wall or desk calendar
  • Framed picture
  • Book or magazine
  • Bathroom reader

bathroom reader

beard oilmoustache wax

  • Hair products like wax or gel
  • A fancy beard/moustache comb
  • USB sticks
  • Headphones
  • New phone case/tablet case
  • Swiss Army Knife or Leathermen

swiss army knife

outdoor survival kit

  • Fishing lures
  • Golf balls and tees
  • Hockey pucks, tennis balls, snowboard wax kit – think about his hobbies
  • A joke or gag gift – for example, something that you know he hates. My husband hates when animals wear clothes – so maybe a dress for our cat!

cat in a dress

  • Something that only the two of you would understand – for example, something that is part of an inside joke

 

Does your family open stockings together? Are you as crazy about it as my family?

What are your creative ideas for men’s stocking stuffers?

 

Meal Plan for November 23rd

It’s time for another weekly meal plan. Our freezer is getting pretty empty. Usually I keep a stash of chicken, fish, ground turkey, sausages, or whatever, in our deep freeze. This week we have pretty much scraped the bottom. I am hoping that we will get a chance to go to Costco soon and stock up. For some reason, I never buy meat or fish from the regular grocery store. I buy a lot of groceries at Walmart, and I don’t think the prices at Costco are THAT much better, but I just like Costco.

Costco trips are my favorite, but since we have had Lochlyn I have only been a couple of times. I know that now they will have all of their Christmas stuff out and I really want to go. Lochlyn’s naps, plus breast feeding make it really hard to get out for trips into Red Deer. We are teaching her how to fall asleep by herself right now, so I don’t want to skip out on her naps until she gets them down better. I am hoping she will wake up a bit early one day this week and we can do a Costco trip, but if not, I guess I will be sending Josh!

having fun eating

Anyways – this week’s meal plan has some staple meals (tacos) and some new-to-me recipes (vegan pasta). Hopefully it will help inspire some of your meals for the week!

 

Dinner Ideas

 

Lochlyn’s New Foods

  • Egg yolks
  • Wheat germ (I have heard that this can be used to coat foods that are difficult to pick up, making it easier for babies to feed themselves. We will give it a go).

 

Food Prep

  • Baby food – steam and mash peaches, and peas. Hard boil eggs.
  • Wash and chop veggies
  • Make granola bars

Any ideas for what I should pick up from Costco? I need some cost-effective protein ideas. We usually always buy chicken breasts, ground turkey, turkey sausages, salmon, and tilapia, but I would love to try something new. I would love your suggestions (just no red meat or pork – I’m kind of picky).

 

What is your favorite Costco find?

What are some of your ideas for protein on a budget?

 

Thinking out Loud: High School Reunion

It’s Thursday, and time for another round of Thinking Out Loud. Be sure to head over to Amanda’s blog to check out this link-up!

thursdays are for thinking out loud

1. My 10 year High School reunion is coming up. I feel old! I can’t believe I have been out of high school for 10 years. I wasn’t sure that I was going to go to the reunion, but my best friend from High School pretty much begged me to go with her. We will be each other’s dates, our husbands are going to stay home  (I am sure they are only too happy about this arrangement!).

pic of old friendsSteph is the one next to me in the middle

i am a little bit nervous about the reunion. High School reunions have the reputation of everyone showing up just to try and impress each other and make theselves look as good as possible (think Romy and Michelle’s High School Reunion – love that movie!). I have no interest participating in this. I am hoping that my reunion really fun and doesn’t involve a whole bunch of people showing off.

Another one of my hesitations is that it may be a huge drunk-fest, and as you guys may know, I don’t drink anymore. In high school I drank A LOT, and a lot of my old friends knew me as the drunk party girl that always skipped school. I have really changed, and hanging out with a whole bunch of drunk people I went to high school with doesn’t sound like the funnest thing ever.

Another reason why I am nervous about going is that high school was hard for me. I used to be really shy and quiet. I guess that was why I liked drinking so much – it made me louder. I am nervous that my shy, quiet side will come back and I will just hang in the background until it is time to go. I want to be okay with being quiet if that is what I feel like doing. I am not going to try to impress people, and the high school popularity contest is over, so who cares!

In High School, I was the girl that wanted to be popular so bad, but didn’t quite make it. I dated the popular guys, partied witih the popular crowd, but I actually had very few girlfriends. I mostly only hung out with my best friend Steph. I actually hated lunch hour when Steph wasn’t around because I didn’t know who to hang out with. I usually ended up hanging out in the art room pretending I had some artwork to catch up on. If I didn’t spend it in the art room, I would just go home and skip the rest of the day of school.

I am also nervous about going to the reunion because my ex-boyfriend of six years may be there, and I haven’t seen him since we broke up. Not only have I not seen him, I blocked him on Facebook, changed my phone number, and moved away. I am hoping that he isn’t there, but if he is I am thinking I will just avoid him. I had a really big graduating class, so there should be enough people there that we won’t have to talk to each other.

I hope that the reunion goes awesome, that I actually recognize the people I went to school with, and that we have a great time. I have already started thinking about what I am going to wear. I found a dress at The Gap that I really liked, but it just disappeared off of their website. It was a basic “fit n flare” style and I was thinking of ordering it in black. I want something that I can wear again a lot, including to Christmas parties this year. The reunion is at a German pub, so I don’t want anything too fancy. I also don’t want something that looks like I am trying really hard. I guess it is time to start shopping! I like the one in the picture below, possibly with a lower neckline, and definitely with a lower price tag! Also, I love her shoes!

fit n flare dressSource

2. Naptime. Yes this subject is wearing itself out, but it is such a big part of my day, that I just have to talk to you guys about it! This week I have fully commited to only putting Lochlyn down in her crib. No more car seat rides for this baby. She has to sleep in her crib or else she isn’t going to sleep.  I know that if I bring the car seat back out, I will end up carrying her around again, and I need to put a stop to this bad habit sooner rather than later. I have heard that the longer you wait to teach your little one to nap by themselves, the harder it can be.

lochlyn in crib

This week I have been putting her down awake in her crib after a quick little “nap time routine. Monday was a rough day. I sat in Lochlyn’s room with her for her first nap, while she cried for an hour. I did everything I could to comfort her witihout actually holding her. She didn’t fall asleep. The second nap of the day Lochlyn cried for an hour while I sat with her again. I left the room after the hour mark to grab my water, and when I left she fell asleep. She slept for 20 minutes.

For Tuesday’s first nap, I put Lochlyn down awake, and she fell asleep almost instantly without crying, and slept for 2 hours. It was a miracle! She has never done this before. I was one happy mama. For Tuesday’s second nap, she cried for an hour before falling asleep and sleeping 20 minutes.

Yesterday seemed to show some progress. For Lochlyn’s first nap she fell asleep after crying for 40 minutes. For her second nap it only took her 25 minutes of crying to fall asleep. I don’t leave her crying by herself for the whole time. I go into her room about every 10 minutes to check on her and try to calm her down. I don’t pick her up, but I rub her back and make “shushing” noises. It helps, but she starts crying again the moment I leave the room. I think my 10 minute check ups are more for me then her. It is hard leaving her alone to cry for too long.

Listening to my baby cry has to be the hardest thing ever. Yesterday I was really doubting whether I was doing the right thing. I have read so many things saying that letting your baby cry is harmful, but I have also read a lot of positive things about it too. It comes down to just figuring out what is right for you and your family. This seems right for us, but it also really sucks. I can’t wait until she starts falling asleep without crying so much. I can see that parenting is going to involve a ton of choices like this. There is no right or wrong way, just the way that works for you. I think the most important thing is showing love to your child.

Guys my life is going to change once this girl can sleep by herself. I can’t wait. I am so excited, for both Lochlyn and I. It will mean that Lochlyn will be more well-rested, and I will feel better about getting a babysitter for her if I need one. Also no more carrying around a 40+ pound car seat while listening to the vacuum going for hours a day. Yes!

3. I think Lochlyn is going to crawl soon. I know I have mentioned on the blog that I didn’t think she would learn to crawl at all, but now she is trying so hard. She pushes herself backwards until she hits a corner or a wall, and then she uses the momentum from the wall to push herself up and rocks back and forth. Every time I put her down she can be found rocking back and forth wihtin a few minutes. This is pretty much all that she wants to do. When I put her down in her crib at nap time she even rocks back and forth while she cries. I am so proud of her, she is learning so fast and getting so strong.

learn to crawl crib

4. I mentioned in yesterday’s post, but I haven’t been able to go to the gym much in the last three weeks because Lochlyn is sick. It has been really hard for me, I love working out. I feel so much better physically and emotionally when I get some good exercise into my day. I think not going to the gym has been been good for me too. As you may know, I have struggled with working out excessively in the past, so it is nice to know I can take a break from exercise and not get upset about it. Still, I can’t wait to get back to the gym regularly, I miss it so much!

I am a little bit frustrated because I started Hal Higdon’s novice 5 K training plan to get myself back into running (thanks Kay for the recommendation!). I have been loving it, but I haven’t been able to do it consistently because my little one is ill. I am pretty sure I am going to sign up for a half marathon in May or June and I want to make sure that I start getting used to running regularly now. Having this sick baby shows that training can get interrupted – so I hope that it works out!

It has been hard watching Lochlyn be sick for so long and not be able to do very much to help her feel better. She seemed to be doing better yesterday so I am hoping she is getting better. She sure is coughing a lot this morning.

5. While I type this post up I am enjoying a delicious bowl of oatmeal and oat bran. Have you ever tried this combination? I was inspired to try to from Arman’s blog. He has a lot of oatmeal recipes using oat bran. I love the texture. I have been mixing 1/4 cup of quick oats, 1/4 cup of oat bran, 1/2 cup almond milk, 1/4 cup of egg whites, and a really ripe banana together. After microwaving it, I top if off with a big scoop of nut butter and it is good to go. I should have taken a picture for you guys but I pretty much already licked the bowl clean. Yes I make my oatmeal in a super-sized bowl.

devoured oatmeal

Well, my baby girl is waking up, and having a pretty big cough attack. I better go see her. Have a great day!

Feeling Lonely

I love being a mom. It is the best thing ever. I also love staying home with my baby girl and spending the days with her. Being a stay-at-home mom has been the absolute best and I wouldn’t have it any other way.

happy angela and lochlyn

That being said, lately, it has been a little bit lonely.

As you know, since I have complained about it a ton, Lochlyn is sick. She has had a cough for over 3 weeks now. Poor baby. She has gone to the gym childcare a bit in those three weeks but not a whole lot -I don’t want her to make the other kids sick. Mostly we have just been laying low and trying to get my baby girl better. 3 weeks is a long time to “lay low” you guys. I am getting bored and wanting out!

happy eating baby

Not being able to go to the gym has made me realize how much I rely on that part of my day. It gets me out of the house, and it gets me around other people. I’m not a big fan of socializing during my workout, but it is nice to see familiar faces and chat for a couple minutes before and after. I didn’t realize how important this part of my day was until I couldn’t do it.

Another thing that I have found really challenging lately is that Josh has been going out quite a bit in the evenings. Last night he went to a movie with friends, and I really wanted to go too. There was no way I could because the movie started at 7:15 and that is when I start feeding Lochlyn and getting her ready for bed. She usually goes down around 8:15, so it is an hour long process. I am still breastfeeding, and I haven’t been able to pump lately. This means that I have to be the one to put Lochlyn to bed. I love this quiet time with Lochlyn, it is the best, and I’m not quite ready to give it up. At the same time, it has been hard missing out on a lot because I have to put her down.

learn to crawl crib

Most of my friends work during the day, and tend to hang out in the evenings around 7, which means I can never be included. I am not trying to whine – okay, maybe I am whining a little, but I also just want to talk about what being a mom is really like.

It is great, amazing, and so full of love. It is also selfless, hard to maintain relationships with people, and it gets really lonely at times!

I am such a homebody. I love being at home, and I love being alone. I am introverted to the core, but sometimes even the biggest introvert needs to spend time with other people, and get out of the house.

It wouldn’t be so hard if Lochlyn wasn’t sick. I want to take her outside to play in the snow, take her to our mom and baby group, or stop by a mom-friend’s place for a visit. I can’t do any of these things with a sick baby!

People always ask me how I am doing as a stay-at-home mom. I think a lot of people assume that it is really boring, and there is nothing to do. I think another reason that they ask is because post-partum depression is very common and very real, and they care. Up until this point, I have been doing great, and loving staying at home. I think that one of the things that kept me really sane was going to the gym everyday.

Being active is a great mood-booster, and it gives me tons of energy. More than my workout though, I think that going to the gym has gotten me out of the house and around people. I would seriously recommend to any new moms that by the time your little one is around 6 weeks old, you find something to do to get you out of the house! I know that this doesn’t cure depression, but I personally believe that it can help, and that it can help with the loneliness.

cute eater

I need to take my own advice and find something to do today. I am going to make a point to get out. I am really hoping Lochlyn is well enough to go to the gym today, but if not, maybe we will make a quick trip to the grocery store, or get all bundled up and take a walk around the block. I may have a sick baby, but for sanity’s sake I can’t stay home all day today!

 

How do you get out of the rut when you start feeling lonely?

 

 

Intuitive Tuesday: Reject Dieting

I hate self help books. You know, the type that tell you how you should live your life. “These 12 steps will make you successful, rich, thin, happy, or whatever”.

I don’t like them for a few reasons. One being that I don’t believe that there is a set of steps that can be applied to everyone’s life, that will make everyone complete. People are all so different. What helps one person may not help the next. Another reason that I don’t like them is because I am the type that reads them, vows to follow everything perfectly by the book, fails in one small area, and feels awful. My life isn’t right because I can’t follow these steps. I end up feeling so bad about myself that I scrap the book completely and am worse off for reading it.

Self help books and me, are kind of like dieting. I want to follow the diet perfectly, and Ido really well for awhile, but eventually I mess up and eat something I shouldn’t. Then I decide that I have ruined everything because I messed up so I might as well throw in the towel and eat EVERYTHING to make up for it.

A third reason why I don’t like self-help books is because I find them a little bit boring. I am totally a fiction lover at heart.

I bet you thought I was going to say I don’t like being bossed around or told what to do right? Well, actually sometimes I kind of wish I could just find a book that would tell me how to live my life and then I could stop trying to figure it out for myself!

I want to talk to you about the “self-help” type book that I have been reading lately, and how I feel about it. You guys probably already know I have been reading Intuitive Eating, By Evelyn Tribole, and Elyse Resch. I haven’t actually finished reading it, but I have read the majority of it and have a pretty good idea of what it is about.

intuitive eating book

 

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The book includes 10 guiding principles for how you should govern your relationship with food. I want to go into these principles in a little more detail and talk about what each one means to me. Before I do though, I want to stress that these principles aren’t about things that you have to do in order to have a good relationship with food. To me, these principles are more about shifting your mind and your actions will mostly follow. They aren’t a list of rules, but a set of ideas to help you learn to eat according to what your body needs and wants. If you don’t follow them 100% of the time that is okay. Actually, you shouldn’t follow them 100% of the time.

I was originally going to talk about all of the principles in one post, but then I realized that would be crazy long because I have a lot to say. Instead, I will talk about one or maybe a few per post, a start a series instead …

intuitive tuesday

In this series I will start by discussing the 10 principles of Intuitive Eating, but I may go on from there and talk about intuitive exercise, intuitive living, or whatever I feel like! So, let’s start with the first principle…

Also, please not that I am not a registered dietician or nutritionist. These are just my thoughts about my personal experience. If you are struggling with an eating disorder, or require professional help, please seek the care and advice of a doctor. Thank you.

Principle 1: Reject the Diet Mentality

This involves recognizing that diets are harmful to you and decide to let go of dieting once and for all. “If you allow even one small hope to linger that a new and better diet might be lurking around the corner, it will prevent you from being free to rediscover Intuitive Eating” (p. 40).

Pretty much – let go. Completely give up, give in. Whatever it takes. Dieting is not the answer, it isn’t, I promise you. You can’t stop dieting “for now” and expect the process to work. I personally have vowed to never diet again. It feels great. Now when I see a new diet that promises I will lose xx amount of weight in xx amount of time, I can laugh. It isn’t the secret answer I have been looking for. It is the opposite. The way to harm my body and my life.

Take a look at your life personally. What have diets done for you. In my life, they have done nothing good. Sure I have lost weight while dieting, but I have gained it all back and then some. I have developed a binge eating disorder, and a ridiculous set of rules that restricted me from eating a ton of delicious foods. I took on a lot of guilt for eating things I felt that I shouldn’t.

It is scary to stop dieting if you have relied on them for so long. You may realize that you don’t know how or what to eat without a set of rules to govern you, and you may be afraid that you will start eating everything in front of you, with little to no self-control. I am not going to lie and tell you that you won’t, because you probably will … for awhile, but not forever. Eventually you will become less obsessed with food, because you can have it all the time. It starts to become a lot less exciting when it isn’t forbidden.

Dieting actually causes us to overeat – pretty counter-productive if you ask me. When you don’t eat enough and restrict food, you feel hungry and deprived. The second that you let go, or mess up, suddenly you eat everything in sight. Since I have let go of dieting and allowed myself to eat what my body wants when it wants it, I haven’t binge ate. Sure I have still overate. I am still learning to listen to my body. I haven’t eaten without losing all control. There is less of a drive to keep eating when I know I can eat what I want whenever I want to.

Isabel Foxen Duke describes dieting as “a way of eating that you are emotionally attached to”. Dieting isn’t just following the low-carb craze, counting calories, or going paleo. It could be not eating after 6 pm. It could be adding an egg to your oatmeal because you feel like you should eat some protein with it even if you don’t want to. (If you like an egg in your oatmeal that is fine! Just don’t do it because you feel like you need to!). We have so many dieting tendencies that we don’t even realize. The dieting mentality isn’t just about “going on” a diet. It is about all those little rules and ideas that govern how we eat as a whole.

Intuitive Eating includes a list of all the reasons why you shouldn’t diet, and the harm it can cause you. Some of these include slowing down your metabolism and causing your body to retain more fat; having more cravings and binge eating; increasing the “risk of premature death and heart disease”; losing touch with your bodies ability to recognize hunger and fullness cues; and changing your body shape and storing more fat in your belly (!!) (p. 48-49). Dieting also is linked to an increase in eating disorders, low self-esteem, and social anxiety (p. 49).

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So, you may be asking how to overcome the dieting mentality if it is something that you have been doing for years and possibly the majority of your life. Intuitive Eating offers some tips for how to do this, but if you want to read their ideas, I suggest you go and pick up the book! Here is what worked and is working for me personally.

1. Recognize that dieting is harmful to your body. If you need to, make a list of all the damage it has already done to you. This damage can be physical, emotional, spiritual, social, or whatever. A statistic that I keep in the back of my mind if I am ever tempted to start a diet is that 90-95% percent of diets fail (Intuitive Eating, p.x).

2. Stop reading anything that will encourage you to start dieting again. If you follow blogs about dieting, stop reading them! If you like to look up the newest dieting trends – stop! Any newsletters that you get in your inbox, any magazine subscriptions – cancel them! If you are reading something and you recognize that it may be triggering you to start thinking about dieting again, stop immediately.

What helped me, was to start reading blogs about intuitive eating, having a positive body image, and rejecting dieting.

A few blogs that I found particularly helpful are:

Also, try not spend time with people that will encourage you to diet. If you need/want to spend time with them. Try to steer the conversation away from dieting, or ask them to stop talking about it. I find I overhear a lot of talk about dieting at the gym. If I can’t get away from it, I remind myself how dieting can be harmful, and the negative effects it can have. For example, if I hear people talking about the newest dieting trend, I will remind myself that dieting causes me to binge eat, which makes me unhappy and uncomfortable. I no longer see that diet as a promising solution, but as something I need to steer clear of.

3. Ditch the scale. This is something I have been hearing a lot lately, and I have finally done it. I never thought I had a problem with the scale. I have never got into the habit of weighing myself crazy often. I know that the number on the scale can be influenced by so many things like how much water I have drink, or my muscle mass. I didn’t think I let if affect my mood too much, but I realized that wasn’t true.

Weighing yourself can trigger the diet mentality. If you get on that scale, and the number is higher than you expect, it is easy to think that maybe you should go on one last diet to get down a few pounds before you start trying to eat intuitively.  I say get rid of the scale once and for all. It will be a lot easier to quit dieting if you do.

4. Commit to stop dieting forever. Not for a month. Not until you see if intuitive eating will help you lose weight. (Don’t start intuitive eating to lose weight! Start it to get healthy!). Not until a new and better diet comes along. Quit for good, and don’t look back!

I committed to quit dieting about four months ago, and I am doing so much better with my relationship with food. Quitting dieting has meant that I can’t rely on a set of rules to control the way that I eat. I actually find intuitive eating harder than dieting because you have to rely on your mind rather than someone else’s rules.

I have to admit that every diet I ever started, I started with the hopes that I wouldn’t have to diet forever. I wanted to lose xx number of pounds and be done with dieting forever. I wanted to eat like a normal person and not obsess about food, but I thought that I had to be “skinny” in order to do that. This is such backwards thinking. We need to reject dieting and learn to eat properly in order to find our body’s ideal weight. That may mean that you are skinny, and it may mean that you aren’t. You know what? I am okay with that.

 

Have you guys ever tried intuitive eating?

What are some of your tips for getting out and staying out of the diet mentality?

 

Family Time and Moving Furniture

I had mentioned last week that we were heading down to Calgary this weekend. That didn’t end up happening for Lochlyn and I. We were going to go down and load up a moving truck with some things that my parents were giving us. My parents are moving in a few weeks. Since they are downsizing, they can’t keep all their stuff and they are super generous and are giving us a ton. Josh ended up driving to Calgary on Saturday morning and loading up the truck with my dad. Then they drove back up here with my Mom instead.

It was such a big relief to not have to go to Calgary. As you know, Lochlyn has been sick. We would have been so busy loading everything up and I think we would have been in the way more than anything. Also, Lochlyn wouldn’t have gotten much sleep and  I didn’t want her cough getting any worse. We stayed home and tried to get the house as tidy as possible before everything got moved in.

Before I tell you about our day on Saturday, I’m going to backtrack a little bit to Thursday night. Does anyone else start their weekends with Thursday? I’m not sure why I do, but I often think of Thursday night as the start of my weekend. Maybe it is because i look forward to Friday as the last day of the week, and Thursday night is what comes right before it? On Thursday, Lochlyn and I drove out to Red Deer to meet Josh after work. He got invited to a trial run at a new Boston Pizza that opened up by his office. We joined him for free food! We got to choose an appetizer, entree, and dessert to share and everything was free!

I am not a huge Boston Pizza fan, but it was pretty good, and the service was amazing. I ordered a chicken club for my entree, and Josh had baked fettuccine Alfredo. I really wanted to order the jambalaya, but it was quite a bit more expensive and I felt guilty. I now regret that decision. They said that we could order anything on the menu for free, I should have gone for it!

Something amazing that happened on Thursday night. Lochlyn fell asleep in the car on the drive in to Red Deer. That never ever happens! She hasn’t fallen asleep by herself in the car in probably 6 months. I am hoping that that she keeps this up, it would make my life a lot easier.

Friday night was really low-key for us.  We had originally planned to have dinner with my parents so I had nothing on the agenda. We ended up picking up sushi to share. It was delicious! (Except for those weird egg things – I am too scared to try those!)

sushi platter

Josh was getting up early the next morning to drive to Calgary, so we had an early bed time. I love going to bed early. I could go to bed at 9:00 every night and be happy. It was good we went to bed early because Lochlyn woke us both up at 5:00 the next morning with a coughing fit. I got up to feed her, and Josh ended up getting up to get ready to go.

I spent the day on Saturday getting the house ready. Our house was really messy (and is now messy again) so I wanted to get stuff put away to make room. My parents ended up bringing us so much stuff. We got two leather couches, a TV stand, a twin bed for when Lochlyn gets older, a dresser, two bedside tables, a barbecue, deck furniture, pillows, couch cushions, towels, a whole bunch of landscaping stuff, some of my old things that I still had left at their house, and a ton of other stuff that I can’t think of right now. We have a lot of work ahead of us to get everything put away.

unnamed-21Here is our nice clean living room

unnamed-22And here is our messy living room full of new stuff. This doesn’t include two other rooms full of new things, and the shed and outside stuff that the guys didn’t need to bring inside.

moving couch downstairs

Now that we have gotten all of these new things, Josh and I have been inspired to go through what we have and get rid of what we don’t need. I am really sentimental and have a hard time getting rid of anything. I can always come up with a reason for why we need to keep something. I have three garbage bags full of old clothes that I haven’t worn in years in our closet that I just can’t get rid of. Josh is so good at getting rid of anything, so I am hoping with his help we can get our place cleaned out a bit.

Both of my parents came up to help us unload stuff, and to see Lochlyn. They also brought us homemade soup and buns that a friend of theirs made for us for lunch. I wish I took a picture because it was delicious. I guess I was too busy gobbling it up. My parents also brought us homemade jambalaya for dinner. I am spoiled.

On Saturday evening Josh and I hung out on our new couches and talked. I don’t remember if we did much else besides that. We were both pretty tired, it was a busy day.

josh and lochlyn on old futon

(This photo is actually on our old futon – and it’s blurry! I forgot to take a picture on our new couches.)

Sunday morning I decided to call a nurse to talk to them about Lochlyn’s cough, since it didn’t seem to be getting any better. She has had this cough for 3 weeks now and I feel so  bad for her. The nurse recommended we take her in to get it checked out. We went to a walk-in clinic in Red Deer and ended up waiting about an hour to get in, which is pretty good for a Sunday afternoon. Looks like she is just a bit congested, but the doctor recommended we try saline nasal spray. So far that seems to be helping a little bit. I am just happy that there is something I can do to help.

playing in crib

After the Dr.’s appointment we made a pit stop at Starbucks, so I could feed Lochlyn and Josh and I could grab a snack, we were starving. I breastfed Lochlyn while sipping on a latte and enjoying a scone. I was going to try one of their holiday drinks, but I couldn’t bring myself to do it. I am normally not a huge fan of sweet coffee, and every time I order something with a lot of syrup I end up regretting it. A plain old soy decaf latte for me.

starbucks holiday latte

 

josh and lochlyn at starbucks

I am getting pretty comfortable with nursing Lochlyn in public. I used to be anxious doing it, and tried to avoid it whenever possible. My reasoning for not wanting to was because I didn’t want to offend others. I have read breastfeeding stories where people get really offended at women for nursing in public. For me, it wasn’t about being embarassed or shy about it myself, but I was scared to do it because I thought other people would get upset. I feel like some of the things that are trying to promote breastfeeding in public can actually do the opposite. They highlight the fact that some people take offense to it and can make nursing mothers feel uncomfortable. I read those articles and all I saw was the fact that some people might get offended if I do it and I was nervous to offend people, regardless of whether I thought it was okay or not.

Anyways, now that I have done it quite a few times, I am perfectly comfortable nursing in public. If anyone has a problem with it, they can go somewhere else, or at least not look. I always use a cover for modesty’s sake, but I really could care less if other mothers don’t use a cover, as long as they are still discreet.

josh and lochlyn at starbucks

 

Sorry for the bad quality photo. I just wanted to show off Lochlyn’s cute little hat.

The rest of our Sunday consisted of groceries, dinner, and putting Lochlyn to bed. I went to bed not too long after Lochlyn (I told you, I could go to bed early every night!).

This week I want to start teaching Lochlyn to nap by herself. I know I have said that I was going to start this before, and I have attempted it, but I really want to make more of an effort. I was holding off because Lochlyn was sick, but it seems like she is a lot better, and the doctor confirmed that it was nothing serious.

Wish me luck that the napping goes okay! I am expecting quite a few tears from both Lochlyn and myself today. I think I am going to go with a more gradual approach to naps instead of letting her cry it out and see how that goes. Happy Monday!

 

How do you like your coffee? Are you on board with the Starbucks holiday drinks?

Breastfeeding in public … How do you feel about doing it yourself, or about other mothers doing it?

 

Meal Plan for November 16th

This post is a little late – this weekend has been flying by. I find that weekends always go by so much faster than weekdays. They also seem busier, than weekdays, especially with a little one.

lochlyn on floor in basement

Here is a quick recap of what our meals are looking like this week:

Dinner Ideas

Asian Peanut Noodles with Chicken (Josh has requested I make this again)

Shepherd’s Pie 

Salmon, Creamy Parmesan Garlic Quinoa, green beans

Barbecued steak/tilapia, stir fry veggies, leftover quinoa

Homemade pizza

 

Food Prep – I don’t have much to do this week (on purpose)!

  • Make baby food for Lochlyn (green beans, peas, potatoes, quinoa)
  • Peel potatoes for shepherd’s pie and Lochlyn’s food (I dread this job)
  • Make Japanese salad to bring to church on Friday night

 

Lochlyn’s New Foods

  • White potatoes
  • Quinoa

 

You can bet there will be some baking done this week too. I feel like making something delicious.

Enjoy the last few hours of your weekend!

 

What is your least favorite kitchen chore? Mine is cleaning out the fridge, but peeling potatoes is a close second!

Any ideas for something delicious I can bake this week? It needs to involve milk chocolate chips to keep Josh happy!