Monday, October 31, 2022

What's In My Fridge? A Healthy Snack Haul to Setup for a Healthy Week (Or At Least An Attempt at One)

 Hello friends and happy Halloween! We are all buzzing with energy over here today planning to soak up all the Halloween fun! Today is going to be a GREAT day! Lily Grace gets to wear her costume to school for a Halloween parade, then her class party is later in the day. After school, my parents will stop by to see the kiddos and have dinner with us before we head out to trick or treat! It will be a very busy, but wonderful day. Needless to say, I am happy we all have off school on Tuesday. 😅


Well now we are officially in the heat of the unhealthy food/overindulging season and since I know we will be gobbling up all the tasty but unhealthy foods that seem to surround us, I am trying to offset that by loading up our fridge with healthy snacks. I don't know about you, but I seem to struggle with grabbing whatever is easiest when I'm hungry or in a rush. Whatever is easiest isn't usually the most nourishing food for my body, and I almost always end up feeling sluggish/junky afterwards. I am trying to prevent that as much as possible as we move forward. It's all a balance right? It's totally fine to hack into your kids' Halloween candy if you're having some veggies throughout the day too. 😉

In an effort to plan ahead, I have been trying to wash/prep all our snacks for the week on Sundays. I've been doing this for the past month now and it has honestly been a huge time saver. This new habit was born out of necessity since Devin had been traveling a lot and I needed to make it as easy as possible to prep meals while single-momming it. It's easier to throw some fajitas together if your veggies are already sliced, ya know? This also makes it easier to grab a snack on the go, or to pack lunches when I am tired or trying to multitask. Here's a look at our fridge this week:

Friday, October 28, 2022

Prime Purchases: October

 Hello Hello friends! I hope you've all had a good week and are ready to head into a fun weekend of Halloween celebrations! 

Today I am sharing my Amazon purchases for the month of October, and holy guacamole... let's just say the title of this post could've been "October 2022, The Month I Spent All of Our Money." I don't know what it was, but apparently October was the month I needed to buy 100 things. 

Wednesday, October 26, 2022

What's Up Wednesday

 Hello hello and happy almost November! I am happy to be blogging along with Sheaffer and Shay for What's Up Wednesday today. Let's get to it!

Friday, October 21, 2022

Getting the Groove Back

 Hello friends and happy Friday! I hope you've all had a nice week and a nice taste of fall wherever you are! Today's post is coming to you from a mom who saw the meme below this week and felt seen 😆:

Friday, October 14, 2022

A Day in the Life of Us-- Back to Work!

 Good morning friends and happy Friday!! Today I am sharing our first "Day in the Life" since the school year has begun. Life has been BUSY around here, but in a good way! We have finally settled into our new routine and things are working out very nicely. The day I chose to document for you was less busy than typical because we didn't have anything going on after school. Those days are the best! Without further ado, here's a look at this past Tuesday:

My alarm went off bright and early at 4:30. I wanted to get a little exercise in on this day, and 4:30 is the only time I have been able to find on weekdays. So I woke up, rolled out of bed, made a to-go cup of coffee and headed to the gym. 

The beauty of going to the gym right when it opens at 5 is that I pretty much have the place to myself. No competing for space on the track!

A successful run in the books, now time to go home and shower!

I was able to get showered and dressed before the kids woke up. Then, like I'm sure it is at your house, it's all hands on deck to get everyone fed, dressed, teeth brushed, hair brushed, backpacks packed and out the door! I won't lie to you, there have been some mornings I've broken an actual sweat trying to get it all done in a timely manner. 😅

Then, Devin took both kids to go drop Lily Grace off at school. Even though Liam doesn't go to the same school as her, we let him go along for the car ride while I try to get some stuff done around the house. I was able to unload the dishwasher, throw in a load of laundry, make everyone's bed and get dinner in the crockpot:


Then I went out to check on the skeletons:

We put them out at night for the following day and sometimes it's hard to see in the dark. I wanted to make sure everything looked as it should, and it did! It was basketball day. 😊

Then Devin and Liam came home from carpool, and Liam had a little snack before school:

While he snacked, I got our things packed up and then he and I headed out the back door, opened up our back gate...

...took 30 or so steps, rounded the corner, and we arrived in the school parking lot. Not a bad commute, huh? 

I didn't take any pictures during the school day, but Liam and I were there from roughly 8:15-1:00. Then Liam went to soccer after school. I picked him up from the field behind the school at 1:30.

Then we grabbed an afternoon snack, loaded up in the car, and headed to go pick up Lily Grace at school:
We grabbed our girlie and headed back home to play!
We played outside for a bit:

Then we checked on the chili, and made some cornbread:

While the cornbread was baking, Lily Grace started on her homework...
...while Liam played with his HexBugs. Do you know what HexBugs are? Liam is obsessed with them!

Then Devin came home, we had dinner, and went for a family bike/scooter ride.

After that it was a whirlwind of bath time, pajamas on, teeth brushed, stories read, and bedtime. Both kids were out cold by 6:45 (the beauty of long days and no naps!), so I went out to run a few errands.
I needed a few fall candles for gifts and some dry shampoo from Ulta. Then I headed to the grocery store to pick up a few items, including these pretzels:
Have you had these? Our family LOVES them! Liam calls them "spicy pretzels" and while I can't say they are spicy, they definitely have a strong seasoning flavor to them. We can demolish a bag in 24 hours. 😆

Then I came home and started making lunches for the following day.
While Devin set out the skeletons for the following day. Then we reconvened with some "spicy" pretzels and wine to watch a little tv. 
It was a day well spent and it's safe to say we all slept like rocks at the end of it! 

Today I am linking up with Andrea and Erika for Friday Favorites. Have a great weekend!

Monday, October 10, 2022

Not Just a Mom October: How We Host

 Hi there everybody! I hope you had a nice weekend. Our weekend was a good mix of busy and relaxing, it was perfect! 

Today the Not Just a Mom crew are linking up to share how we host. I am very excited about this theme as we are finally getting back into the swing of hosting parties again post-COVID (not that Covid is over, but you know what I mean). 

Friday, October 7, 2022

Books I Read in August and September

Hi there friends! I hope you've had a nice week! We are finally getting settled into our new routine and it feels nice to have a sense of calm. I started documenting "a day in the life" today and at 4 pm realized I hadn't taken a single picture since 7:30 am. Hahaha oops! 😂 I'll try again next week! The past two months I was able to read 6 books. Most of them were good, one was great, and one was unfortunately not good. Let's have a look:

Monday, October 3, 2022

What I'm Priming: September

Hello there! Sorry I was MIA on Friday, my computer needed some repairs at the Apple Store and they took longer than expected to repair it. I was not about to type a full blog post on my phone! Today I am sharing my Prime Purchases and tomorrow I will be linking up with Tanya. Let's have a look: