I’m linking up with Erika, Narci, andAndreatoday for my first Friday Favorites. Yay for the new year and new blog posts!
First off is these lettuce wraps from Damn Delicious. I pretty much love all of her recipes, but this one didn’t even make it into the lettuce wrap half the time since I was eating it by the spoonful. It’s so good and you should make them!
Next would have to be this..
My inlaws came for a visit this past weekend and helped me prep for Rhett’s first birthday. Sharon is a fantastic seamstress and was showing Rhett some tricks with the sewing machine. I could not have made all the stuff she helped me with on my own so I’m definitely grateful for her help. Now I just need to get to work cutting and crafting and painting some other things around here for the party.
We found this awesome light up ball in the Target dollar section. Technically, it was three dollars, but the entertainment value with these two was well worth the three bucks!
They have been playing so well together these days. It is really fun and almost like having another “person” around since Rhett loves Bear so much. I am so thankful that he is a gentle pup even when Rhett is “brushing” him aka hitting him with the dog hair brush. Bless Bear! He is the best!
Lastly, I might have found a couple things at the Dillard’s New Year sale including this ginormous pursethat I love! It’s perfect for stashing everything and lets me use my new Tote Savvy insert from my mom. Rhett asked for it for Christmas for his diaper bag you know 😉 I love it! I was amazed at how much fit in the mini insert. Plus, I just take that part out if I’m going somewhere without Rhett and don’t have to switch to a different purse if I don’t want to.
That’s it for this week! We’ve got a busy weekend planned with two birthday parties on Saturday and one of which I’m making the cake and smash cake so pray those turn out well 😉 Happy Friday everyone!
When Rhett was about 6 months, Brian and I were pretty tired parents. I was still nursing Rhett through the night whenever he woke up which was about 2-3 times a night. I know that’s not terrible compared to some babies, but I was just over it. So then I read some about sleep training and talked to some friends and tried to implement pieces of what they told me to do, but never quite had it all together.
Then I heard about a sleep trainer that some friends had used, and since we were desperate, Brian and I both agreed to give her a shot. I’ll be really honest here, after meeting with her I was disappointed. It seemed like we were doing everything wrong and that is sometimes hard to hear. I also didn’t want to hear about how I needed to get R on a consistent nap schedule so he would sleep better at night. I liked my freedom of doing what I wanted and pushing his naps to whenever was convenient for me. But I decided to take her advice and give it a shot.
We started out trying to stick to her schedule, but some things were just not going to work for us like a 7 pm bed time when Brian doesn’t get home until after 6 pm every night or a 6 am wake up when mama does not want to start her day that early. After getting Rhett on a schedule that works for us and sticking to it, I’m happy to say it works! He has been sleeping through the night, and I couldn’t be more proud of him and thankful for 8 hours of continuous sleep! He takes two naps a day and although he still cries some before going to sleep, it’s so much better than it used to be! I’ll outline his basic schedule below:
RBB’s Sleep Schedule
Wake up any time in between 6:45 am – 7:15 am Wake up and nurse Breakfast Go to the gym or play at the house
Go back down any time in between 9:30 am – 10:00 am Nurse Rhett with lights on while awake Read a book Put Rhett in his crib to put himself to sleep (usually still takes about 10 minutes to fall asleep)
Wake up any time between 11:00 am – 12:30 pm Wake up and eat a snack or lunch if it is after 12 depending on how long his nap went Run any errands or play around the house after lunch
Go back down any time between 2:30 pm – 3:00 pm Sometimes I’ll nurse him again before this nap if he didn’t eat very much for lunch, because he tends to sleep longer if he is more full. Read a book, change diaper, and put him in the crib awake
Wake up any time between 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm Eat a snack while mom preps dinner Play until Brian gets home around 6 pm, nurse, and then eat dinner
Bed time routine starts at 6:45 pm or 7:00 pm with bath time Nurse before bed with lights on and Rhett fully awake Pass off to Dad for Bible reading and prayer before putting Rhett in his crib fully awake. He will sometimes cry for a little bit and other times not even cry and put himself right to sleep. It’s amazing!
Ok so this is what works for us. I really think you have to find what works for you, but I loved how the sleep lady gave us a full schedule of this is what you need to do and stick to. It was easy for me to read books and say “no, that doesn’t apply” or “I don’t like that,” but when someone comes to your home and tells you exactly what you need to do, it’s harder to say no to those suggestions.
Some other suggestions she had:
make the room pitch black
keep the air between 71 degrees and 73 degrees
3 hours wake time between naps (don’t go longer than 4 hours or risk over tiredness)
less than a 45 minute nap doesn’t count
do a dramatic wake up (lights on, windows open, sound machine off) after every nap/sleep
use a loud sound machine (Marpac) with a constant white noise
get an air purifier
Gotta tell you we didn’t do all of those. I try to stick to what we can, but I wasn’t buying more black out curtains to make the room pitch black during the day after spending too much money on the PBK ones I had to have. Also, after 5 consecutive days of him waking up after 35 minutes or so into his afternoon nap, I gave up on making him go back down to hit the 45 minute mark. It just wasn’t working. And once I stopped stressing that 45 minutes, he naturally fell into a routine of sleeping more in the afternoon so it all worked out anyways 🙂
Once again, this is what worked for us. I’m so glad I gave up my freedom of doing what I wanted and stuck to the schedule, because now I reap the benefits of sleeping through the night. It is life changing for me! I hope some of these tips might help you too.
So let me start this post by saying this is not part of my “No Sugar January” life right now. But I did make this pie quite a bit over the holidays, and it’s always a hit. This is my Aunt Leslie’s recipe that has been in our family for years. You know the old cook books that were typed by hand and sold at your church fundraisers with recipes from all the ladies at the church? This recipe is in that book and yes, I stole my grandma’s church cook book like that since no one sells them anymore 😉
And excuse my picture quality as I had to use a candid I snapped to send to the family, because I do not have the self control to make a chocolate pie and not eat it myself in No Sugar January.
1 nine inch unbaked pie shell
3.5 tbsp cocoa
2 eggs beaten
1 tsp vanilla
1.5 cups sugar
1/4 cup butter, melted
1 can evaporated milk
Melt butter in a large bowl and mix in sugar. Once it is thoroughly mixed, mix in the cocoa until the mixture is smooth.
Add eggs and vanilla and lastly the evaporated milk.
Pour into the unbaked pie shell and bake at 350 degrees for 35-45 minutes until the pies are mostly set. They will not completely set up, but you don’t want them to be sloshy
At my gym, they have a bomb shake called the Candy Bar Crunch (or something like that). Anyways, it costs like $6, and I can’t handle paying that for a protein shake knowing that I have good protein and a Vitamix at home. So I decided to make it myself and have pretty much come up with the perfect knock off recipe which is perfect for the days that you don’t really want to eat leftovers for lunch. Win-win for this mama!
1 tbsp peanut butter
1 scoop BSN Syntha-6 Chocolate Milkshake protein powder
1 cup milk (could sub coconut or almond milk)
1 tsp caramel ice cream topping (trust me you need this)
1/3 cup old fashioned oats
4 ice cups
Blend in your blender, Vitamix, Ninja, etc. until smooth
This shake is definitely a meal replacement shake coming in at 545 calories, so don’t drink it just as a snack unless you are trying for gains 🙂
Gap Pajamas. Does anyone else have this problem where they are too tall for normal pajama pants? Welcome to my world. I literally had my mother in law sew different fabric on the hem of a pair of Ralph Lauren jammies because I wanted to wear them so badly, but they were high waters on me. I bought these for myself this Christmas and they are so soft! They feel kind of like silk, and oh so soft! I might have bought another pair with some Christmas money, because I loved them so much!
Soma Nursing Bras. On my motherhood journey, I have tried a lot of different options for nursing bras. These are my all time favorite! They usually run a 2 for $60 deal and that is the time to buy! They have held up well and should last me through another kid for sure. The only bad thing is that they do not offer a black option. Come on Soma, step up your game here.
Jack Black Energizing Face Buff. I know this is a product for men, but I love it! Its a deep scrub that really seems to clean the pores out. I’m not a face expert by any means, but my face is so soft after a good scrub with this!
Norwex Kitchen Cloths. Disclaimer, I do not sell these, but I sure love them! I have black quartz counter tops that I used to clean with Method spray cleaner and then go back over with a shiner coat to prevent streaks. I dreaded cleaning my counters and was kind of a grinch on what or who I let eat on them. My friend started selling these cloths, and I was skeptical. She let me try them on my counters, and I was sold! It cuts my time in half since I don’t have to go over the counters twice! And these cloths do a great job on my stovetop, cabinets, stainless steel fridge, etc. I really do love them!
Bath and Body Candles. I know this is a no brainer.. these candles have been around forever, but I’ve always been a Yankee Candle girl. Until lately that is. I stocked up on a good sale at Bath and Body and now love them! I’m particularly all about the Winter scent (soaps, wallflowers, candles) and Sweater Weather and Flannel and I could go on and on. Plus they are always on sale and you can use coupons! win win
Sigma Flat Kabuki Brush. Ok technically I didn’t buy this one. I received this brush from my girlfriend for my birthday. I’m not sure I would have forked over the money to buy it myself, but it is so nice! I love how evenly it applies my foundation and how easy it was to use. I’m not super great at makeup, but this was an easy trick for me to get smooth coverage every day.
Walmart Pick Up. Not technically a product, but have you tried this?? It’s amazing! I discovered it when Rhett was young, and it was so clutch for me since Rhett hated (ok still hates) his car seat. I didn’t even have to take him out of the seat! I order my groceries on my app and then choose when I want to pick them up and they bring them to me. I don’t even have to leave my vehicle. You feel like you should be paying extra for this service, but it’s free and they don’t accept tips. I know it’s not available in all areas yet, but hopefully it will be soon.
Mrs. Meyer’s Iowa Pine Scent. My sister introduced me to Iowa Pine soap when I was visiting her back in October and I am obsessed. I normally am not a huge pine scent person, but this one is so light and crisp. It doesn’t overwhelm you and it makes washing dishes so much more delightful (ok bearable). Unfortunately, this is like egg nog and only available for a limited time in stores, but I stocked up so I can use this dish soap year round at my house.
Well it’s been way, way, way too long since I’ve been here. So what have we been up to?
a trip to Dallas to visit my sister
sickness (seriously for 2 months)
a bomb falloween party
sleep training with a professional
pies, pies, and more chocolate pies (recipe soon)
baby’s first Christmas in Texas
Christmas pt 2 with the other side of the family
New Years goals (one of which is blogging)
So here I am! back on the blogwagon.. get it? 🙂 I may try to back track and post about my Dallas trip (so much fun) and about my falloween party because I made the cutest spider taco ring, but we shall see.
Rhett is finally over the sickness aside from a runny nose, but goodness knows he could catch something again next time we are at the gym. We’ve been sleep training him and that has been so nice to get to sleep through (some) nights. He doesn’t have it down pat, but I’m actually loving the schedule and routine that it gives our days.
I can’t believe I’m going to have a one year old next month!! This past year flew by! Cheers to a new year! Happy 2017!
Have you ever heard of the peri pepper? Well I hadn’t until a friend introduced me to Nando’s Peri-Peri Sauce. The African Bird’s Eye Chilli, aka the peri pepper, is native to South Africa and packs quite a punch for being a smaller pepper. Nando’s Peri-Peri sauce combines the flavors of lemon, garlic, spices, and of course the peri pepper to create a sauce that is anything but basic. I made a couple recipes using Nando’s Peri-Peri sauce and was pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed it.
For the first recipe, I just added some of the hot Peri-Peri sauce as an afterthought to my sausage rice skillet. It definitely gave a more normal recipe some pizazz.
The second recipe I decided to try was found on the Nando’s website: beef strips with noodles. It called for the entire bottle of Peri-Peri sauce. Ok, as a newbie with this sauce, I should have limited the sauce to perhaps 1/2 a bottle. It was so incredibly hot with the whole bottle in the recipe. I had my younger brother over for dinner, since he is a big fan of all kind of hot sauces, but he could barely eat the meal too. Eyes were watering after this recipe.
Lastly, I tried using the Lemon & Herb Peri-Peri sauce as a marinade for chicken. Having learned my lesson with the beef strips, I did not use the whole bottle for my two pieces of chicken 😉 I marinated the chicken in half the bottle of Peri-Peri sauce and some Italian dressing for a couple hours before grilling. I felt like the Lemon & Herb was not nearly as spicy so I ended up using it as a dipping sauce for my chicken and even spread it on the quinoa too!
Overall, I liked Nando’s Peri-Peri sauce. It has a good zesty, citrus flavor which is refreshing compared to your basic hot sauce. I also liked that it was more versatile being that you could use it as a marinade or a dipping sauce.
These sauces were generously provided by Nando’s, but the opinions are all my own.
We had a super week this week as RBB was finally feeling better, yay! And it was finally cold!! I loved it!! Unfortunately, it’s supposed to be in the nineties this week again 🙁 ugh.. Please be cold for real and stop teasing me, weather!
Ok well clearly I have not been keeping up with this here blog. Shame on me! It’s not even the holidays yet, and I’m falling so far behind. I have still been cooking and working out, but documenting has been few and far between. Yikes!
I’ve tried a couple good recipes lately and need to share them. The one I have already made twice, at my husband’s request, is these turkey sliders from Taste of Home. Of course I adapted them to fit what I had in the pantry so my recipe looks a little different.
1 lb ground turkey meat
6 slices bacon
2 large eggs
1 tsp dried basil
1/2 tsp cumin
3 tsp soy sauce
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
2 large sweet potatoes
Colby jack cheese (to top the burgers)
Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Cut sweet potatoes into about 20 rounds that are about 1/2 inch thick. Place sweet potatoes on an ungreased baking sheet and bake for 30 minutes until cooked, but not mushy.
While those are cooking, fry bacon in a large skillet until crisp. Remove from skillet and blot the grease off, but leave the remaining grease in the skillet. Chop bacon into small pieces and combine with turkey meat, eggs, basil, cumin, soy sauce, and Parmesan cheese.
Form the meat into small slider patties and place in hot skillet. Cook about 3 minutes on each side until no longer pink in the middle. While the sliders are still hot, place colby jack cheese on top of each slider to melt.
Top with mustard and serve between two sweet potato buns. Seriously, you guys want to make these! They are that good.
Guys.. I’ve been so bad about posting lately. I’m pretty much giving up on meal planning Monday. Not that I’m not cooking still, but so many times my recipes are just normal. I’ve decided to only post recipes that I really love and will definitely make again.
This weekend we did a whole lotta nothing, and I loved it! Brian asked me what I wanted to do, and I suggested a family walk, but it rained so default next activity was a family nap. Rhett even went with the plan and mama got an hour nap! woohoo!
Thursday night we went to Oliveto with Todd & Scarlett. We were so that table with two babies out past their bed times and making a hot mess with their food. It was great fun though just being together.
Also, public service announcement about the pumpkin spice lattes: Starbucks sells the pumpkin syrup!! I’ve tried other pumpkin syrup and have not been impressed, but this will be epic! I “might” have purchased some and will let you know if it is as wonderful as it sounds to make PSLs at home and save my money.
My sweet friend Karis made my day on Friday by sending me this adorable mom shirt! “Surviving motherhood on grace & coffee,” perfect for me! and it’s oh so soft too.
Friday night I made Southwestern stuffed sweet potatoes, and RBB gobbled them up. Just this week he has started to eat more “real food” which equals more laundry for this mama. Whew that boy can make a mess!
Saturday, we had Chloe’s birthday party, and I forgot to take pictures! Rhett loves Chloe because we see her at the gym a couple times a week. Both her and Taylor are so sweet to Rhett 🙂 We ended the night watching the Hogs game, and let’s not talk about that one.. It was a rough night for Brian.
Sunday was church and the arrival of cooler temps! Praise the Lord, it felt like fall. Ok well maybe I was dreaming it felt cooler than it really did. But I did make white bean chicken chili since we had cooler temps!
Rhett’s latest thing that is so fun is when Bear or Brian comes in the room, he gets so excited and squeals and tries to fast crawl to me before they get him. It’s so cute and funny at the same time. I’m loving this age right now. He has so much personality, and I love watching him grow into such a big boy.