I’m in a rut….

Sigh.

It’s about to get real up in here.

I’m having one of those weeks (or month?). There really aren’t enough hours in a day, are there?

When I’m really productive in one area, the other things fall behind. Then the next week when I try to catch up, other things die off!

I’m having an amazing two weeks of super productivity when it comes to housework/projects! Checking things off the list! But I’ve been very lazy when it comes to blog-related stuff. I’m normally a “writing for next week!” blogger, but I’m either writing the day’s post on that day, OR seeing the day’s post and thinking “boring!”.

When I saw what was on the blogging calendar for today, I just felt bleh. Unmotivated. Uninterested.

So you just get to read me whine :)

This isn’t meant to be a “whoa is me, feel sorry for me” post.  It’s more of a “please tell me I’m not the only one that goes through days like this?” post.

I know I’m not!

It just feels good to vent sometimes.

And, now, when I feel like I’m having a “fail” week, it’s best to watch others fail:

 

 

Autumn Wish List


Autumn WishList

I’m just so giddy that we’re entering my favorite season!! If it wasn’t so hot here in NC right now (and if I didn’t want to look ridiculous), you’d already see me in scarves and boots. And a Pumpkin Spice Latte in my hand. (Can you believe they’re back already??)

I have my eye on a few things that will make Autumn be fabulous in the style department. When we move into the colder months, I tend to gravitate towards blacks, greys, and smokey purples. And this season it’s no exception.

Polka Dot Top | If it has polka dots or stripes, I’m hooked.  Cute little collar? Even better! (I avoided opening up the Fall Boden catalogue for weeks! I just want everything in there!)

Quilted Riding Boots | I would love a pair of two-toned riding boots, because there is so much versatility with them. I still regret not snagging these during the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale.  I love the quilted pattern! And Cole Hann is my favorite “quality vs. quantity” shoe brand. Their shoes are so comfortable and last for a long time!

Pretty Scarf | I have a million scarves already, but I should snag another one :)

Eye Shadow Pallet | I love pretty neutrals when it comes to eye shadows. When autumn arrives, my color choices swing from shimmery bronzes to purpley greys. This pallet would be perfect!

Clutch | While a clutch isn’t exactly the most functional bag in the world (can you fit diapers and wipes in one??), I like having pretty small clutches to stash my “mom gear” in to keep it all together in my diaper bag. That way I don’t accidentally smear Butt Paste all over my hands!

Quilted Vest | Every season, I see one.  I want one.  I just never purchase one. Maybe this will be the year?

Are you craving anything this Fall? Tell me all about it!

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Menu Monday!

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Happy Monday!  Did you have a nice weekend? We had a fairly quiet one, which was nice for a change! Plus, we had cool down with the weather.  It was actually decent enough to go on a hike yesterday afternoon! Rare!

If this is your first time visiting for Menu Monday, then welcome!  This is where I share my weekly dinner menu, along with recipes.  We are a vegetarian family, so if you are also meatless, or looking for ideas for a Meatless Monday, then you’re at the right place!

This week’s menu is on the short side! We’ll be visiting family for Labor Day weekend.  Yay us!  These are all “new to me” recipes down below, except for the burgers.  Fun!

Monday:
Enchilada Spaghetti
(Swapping chicken for can of black beans, and will add corn)

Tuesday:
Huevos Racheros
(Making a batch of black beans)

Wednesday:
Veggie Burgers with Carmelized Onions & Fotina

Thursday:
Indian Lentil Curry

Need ideas for dinner?  Follow my Pinterest board – it’s where I save all of my dinner ideas, not to mention add notes after I’ve made them with any subs or tweaks I did.

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Hey Hey! It’s Friday!

Friday Friday Friday!!  Love it.  This week has been a great one, but phew! I’m tired.  I don’t know why…

I’m clearly getting old.

1. We finished season 2 of The Killing.  I feel like we really accomplished something :)

2. We went out for breakfast to my favorite diner this week! It’s my favorite meal to go out to eat for. Plus, going out to eat on a week day is so nice and quiet.

3. Project Playroom is almost complete! Our IKEA shelves arrived this week, and I got them all set up. My arms hurt. A blog post is coming! We just need to hang up some pictures!

Project Playroom

4. This week has just flown by.  Has it for you?  I was also super productive with the housework!  But not so productive with blog stuff. It was pretty quiet, if you haven’t noticed…

5. We went to the pool yesterday with good friends.  Elizabeth was in heaven!  I had no idea she would like it so much.  Last week we were at a splash ground with similar surprising results. :)

Elizabeth at the Pool

Let me know what you’ve been up to in the comments below!  Have a great weekend!

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Baby Led Weaning | Modified for Everyday



Baby Led Weaning Modified for Everyday | Cup of Tea

Like all things baby related, when you hit a new milestone, you research like crazy to figure out what’s best, what to do, what’s recommended…. it’s exhausting and intimidating.  Feeding and solid foods are no exception!

When we hit Solid Food time with our daughter at 6 months, I came across Baby Led Weaning and thought it sounded like fun, but I wanted to modify the concept to fit our everyday lives.

I’ve mentioned a few times on the blog that we’re doing this, and received some questions. So, for all you new moms out there, doing the same research I did about 4 months ago, let me walk you through what we did.  It may work for your baby when the time comes, or it may not.

Aren’t babies fun and fickle?

This isn’t meant to explain what BLW is!  I’m no expert.  If you need more information on that, check out the official website or the Wikipedia page.

There are also SO MANY blog posts and YouTube videos that help explain this.  I spent a lot of time reading, and here’s what I found helpful:

So why did we choose BLW instead of starting with traditional pureed foods? 

The first and biggest reason was I was lazy.  I figured if I had to prepare the food to either steam or roast, I didn’t want to go to the extra step of pureeing.  Totally lazy.

Second, if my daughter had to get used to eating texture at some point, I figured we should start from the beginning. (Of course, this only works in theory if your baby doesn’t mind texture!)

And finally, our daughter just seemed to have the personality for it.  She was independent and curious.  I knew neither of us would have much patience with spoon feeding.

But, like most things with a baby, babies learn to eat differently.  Some are picky eaters, others aren’t.  Some have a hard time with texture, others don’t!  While you may think BLW is the best thing ever for your baby, your baby may not think so.  Just experiment and see what works best for you and your baby!  Purees or BLW, it’s all good!

What were some of your daughter’s first foods?

Here is where I feel like we started to drift away from BLW.  Instead of just diving in with any ol’ food, I followed the more traditional philosophy of feeding vegetables first and then fruits, but it was just a more accelerated timeline.  Instead of trying one new food for a week, we just did it for a few days.  And instead of sticking to only one food at a time, we tried several things at once (like sweet potatoes and carrot one day, avocado and blueberries the next).

To prepare the foods, I just cut the veggies into sticks and roasted them in the oven with a little olive oil, instead of steaming/pureeing.  I also wanted her to experience the spoon at least once a day and know how to eat off of it. BLW is messy, and if we’re out to eat or at someone’s house, it’s easier to clean up after spoon feeding than BLW.

Some of my daughter’s favorite first foods for the first month were:

  • Avocado
  • Sweet Potato
  • Carrot
  • Corn
  • Strawberry
  • Blueberry
  • Oatmeal with applesauce

Once we hit about 7 months, and her grasp started getting better, I started introducing other foods, like full fat yogurt, scrambled egg, shredded cheese, canned or cooked dried beans and other grains.  This is where the “eat what we eat” style of BLW came in.  If I was making us something for dinner, I’d either feed her the dinner as is (like pasta with a simple sauce and veggies) or pull out the ingredients for her to eat separately (like black bean enchiladas – I would set aside plain black beans for her to eat, along with avocado).

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What’s a typical food day?

Now that my daughter is 10 months old, she eats 3 meals a day, and one snack.  Some days she wolfs down the food; other days she just picks at it.  Doesn’t really matter!  “Food before one is just for fun!”

Here is an example of a typical day of food for her:

  • Breakfast: 6 oz formula in bottle (what isn’t finished goes in her sippy cup for the meal); 1 egg, scrambled; handful blueberries or other fruit; shredded cheddar cheese
  • Lunch: 4 oz formula in sippy cup; Hummus (spoon fed) and pita bread (torn up into small bites); Roasted sweet potatoes
  • Snack: 4 oz formula in sippy cup; full fat yogurt (spoon fed); fruit of some sort
  • Dinner: 4 oz formula in sippy cup; canned black beans; avocado; bits of tortilla
  • Bedtime: 6 oz formula in bottle (normally eats 4ish)

I was surprised that I actually STILL have a hard time thinking of things for her to eat.  I thought the advantage to BLW was that they ate what you ate, so easy!  But thinking of things that aren’t too spicy, or too salty, or too sweet can be a challenge.  And things that are soft and toothless baby friendly!

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Any favorite feeding gear you recommend?

Feeding gear was one category I completely overlooked when preparing our baby registry.  Here are some of the things that have made our lives easier when we moved to solids:

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Are you in the throws of solid feeding yet? Any tips for new moms out there, whether you’re doing BLW or purees??  Share them!

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