Friday, August 29, 2014

Back to School: Packing Lunches

School starts here on Tuesday and I am dreading packing lunches again.

I have a hard enough time making actual food for myself and dinner for everyone.

I wrote a post that is like my cheat sheet when I feel defeated.  Just a list of what my kids will eat and what I should have on hand each week.

Having it in writing always makes me feel less overwhelmed.  My list only includes one sandwich option for when my daughter is in the mood, so I strive for more creative choices.  There are also some make-ahead and breakfast in a pinch ideas!

You can find it over on Local Girl :)

Thursday, August 21, 2014

17 Weeks, 1 Day

I am a day late on this post because I should have done it yesterday, but things happen, so here is my 17 week post :)

I don't have a picture yet, I hope to get one done at some point today and I will post it when that happens, sorry!

I woke up yesterday feeling good.  I am now 3 days without my miracle Morning Sickness Cocktail.  I don't like taking anything I don't have to during pregnancy and I had been feeling pretty good so I decided it was time to see how I really feel without medicine.  Thank goodness I am feeling sooo much better!  Still waves of nausea here and there.  My appetite is completely at the whim of my hormones.  I can't plan anything to eat for myself because I will only know if I can stomach the idea of a certain food at the site or smell of it. But I'll take it over feeling like death 24/7.  It has also kept my weight in check.

Week 17 the baby is about he size of a turnip according to

I am not a small girl to begin with.  Even in my 20's when I was tied to the gym 2 hours a day I was muscular and never skinny.  Pregnancy is not kind in regard to my weight and getting it off is pretty tough afterwards. Every time, I tell myself that I am going to be very careful about what I eat and only gain the minimum, but this is the first time that looks like a possibility.  Having 3 other kids to chase after helps too ;)

Like I said, I woke up feeling good, but I did something really stupid early in the morning.  We traded in my minivan for a new one and I owed the dealership a seat that we had removed.  Instead of asking for help, I carried the stupid thing in myself and it was way heavier than I anticipated...

I am not supposed to lift things or be on my feet much at all so I can say I am an idiot and it is true.

Afterwards my belly was rock hard and my back felt battered.  I felt like I fast forwarded through 2-3 months of pregnancy.  I was waddling and chair ridden most of the day.  When I went to bed I had the awful acid reflux I said last week wasn't apparent yet and I had really bad dreams.   I feel ok this morning, but we'll see how the day goes.

I might just have been a coincidence because supposedly baby goes through a growth spurt weeks 16-17 or maybe I was just not smart.  Time will tell.

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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

A Few Good Things

I don't always like posts that tell you to travel all over the internet to find content, but I have a few things that I have written or collected recently and I think they are worth sharing, but without the redundancy of re- posting here. It's also not good for the content even though it seems counter intuitive. So...

August is Breastfeeding Awareness Month, so I shared a little about that, plus I wrote a whole breastfeeding series on my experiences and what worked for me here on WL.

And today is the first day that I am free from both nausea AND my miracle cocktail.

Plus, my 6 Tips for Selling on eBay!  This is what sparked my series on streams of income (that I will conclude soon...)

Also, I have been collecting some really good stuff on Pinterest for Back to School

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Friday, August 15, 2014

Veggie Meal Plan 8/18/2014

I just sat down with my calendar to add in all the school stuff and dance stuff and doctor stuff and baby stuff and all the other STUFF that I have dates and times for.  HOLY COW are we busy!  I'm booked through January and then I'm having a baby which throws everything out the window,

I love the fall and winter, I spend that time dreading spring and summer and then I spend spring and summer anticipating fall and winter.  While I am still sooo ready for the cooler months and all the holidays and the baby, I am dreading the crazy schedule.  I'm tired just thinking about it.  Eventually I will have 4 children with their own schedules that I will be in charge of.  I can't even wrap my mind around it.

I also realized that this is the first time that I will have to packing lunches for both of the older kids every day and I am BAD at lunches.  The only kind of sandwich my kids eat is PB&J and that's a no-go at school.  I feel like I just give them odds and ends and hope they eat it and that doesn't seem right.  I need to figure that out.

As I ponder the possibility of planning breakfasts and lunches on top of dinner, please enjoy this weeks menu :)

Crock Pot Minestrone Soup Skinny Taste with some of the crusty bread leftover from the Tartines.

Have a great weekend!

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Wednesday, August 13, 2014

16 Weeks!

I haven't posted any belly pics or many updates yet on this pregnancy.  I keep missing the boat and saying to myself "next week."  Well, THIS WEEK I am 16 weeks and I feel this is a mile stone.  I am almost half way there!

I was really, really sick weeks 7 - 14 but I was able to cut some of it with a magical cocktail of B6 and Unisom.  If you are suffering from morning sickness, I highly recommend that you speak with your doctor about this!

I still have some iffy days, but I am mostly functional at this point with limited pain and nausea.  I find that if I don't eat regularly (including at night before bed) I wake up very sick, dizzy and short of breath.

The pelvic/hip pain has started some, but nowhere near as bad as it could be.

Acid reflux has begun but I can still sleep laying down (most of the time...) which is awesome!

My feet and ankles are swelling like crazy, though, and it's getting uncomfortable.  It may be related to my blood pressure problems.  It's gotten high enough that I am on a low dose of medication with the plan to increase as necessary and I am seeing a specialist for the first time ever.

Baby is about the size of an avocado, according to Baby Center and is making him or herself known.  When I use my doppler at home they kick at it like crazy and I am feeling little acrobatics on occasion.

Feeling pretty good right now and super excited to see baby again soon and hopefully find out what we are having!

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Friday, August 8, 2014

Veggie Meal Plan Week of 8/11/14

Happy Friday, Friends!  So glad the week has come to an end.  That doesn't mean that the weekends are easy, breezy.  It just means that I would much rather be home with the kiddos, crazy busy than in an office not getting anything done around the house or spending time with  kiddos these last few weeks before school starts again.  One day...

We are trying to squeeze out the last of the summer produce and get in lots of veggies.  The kids love love love summer fruits and veggies and it's so hard in the winter when you can still get them, but they just aren't very good.  Such a bummer.

Our Veggie Meal Plan:

Easy Tomato Risotto with a sides of chicken and chopped veggies.

PLT Sandwhiches Ohh how I love Portobello sandwiches!  We'll probably do a side salad and chips of some sort with these.

Have a wonderful weekend everyone!

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Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Baby Freebies!

I like free stuff.  I think that goes for everyone, right?

I came across these offers from Mothers Lounge for FREE baby items and I don't know how I missed this the last 3 times I was pregnant!

This time around, I have ordered all my goodies and paid only shipping costs.

The only one of them that I have owned before is the nursing pillow.  I don't have this brand, but I love have more than one.  One for grandmas, one for the bedroom, one for the family room, lol.  I like to have stuff on hand and nursing can happen anywhere!

All of the other items are things that I have never owned because I didn't want to put the money out.  I am super excited!

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Do you know of any other baby freebies?  Please share!

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