Following your Gut and Menu Planning

Following your Gut and Menu Planning

Y’all…. it’s been a while. I keep thinking every Sunday “this is the week I’m going to get it all together.” I think it’s finally sinking it that I may not ever get it together. I’m always feeling a day late and a dollar short. This morning, I’m sitting down with my trusty Emily Ley planner and trying to do a better job of scheduling my life… work, blog posts, etc. We’ll see how that goes. Do you have any tips on getting it “all” done? If so, throw them my way. I need them!

Also, just a reminder – follow your gut. Even on the small things. We had friends stay the night on Friday night. I had an idea to do the lavash flat bread pizzas… everyone could make their pizza how they wanted. It’s an easy and quick recipe. But, after talking with someone else in my household (ha!), we decided on baked fish and chips. I had to double the recipe and it turned out awful. Soggy fish and chips. Gross. I should have just gone with the make your own pizzas. They would have been better and I would have spent less time in the kitchen and more time hanging out. So… follow your gut. Even on the small things.

Ok,  it’s very late, but here is our menu for this week. These are all meals you can make under 30 minutes.

Sunday: Mini Bell Pepper Loaded Nachos
I plan on being super lazy today and watching football so these easy nachos are a good fit. I’ll get tortilla chips for the kids. And use the leftover tortilla chips for….

Monday: Tortilla Crusted Chicken Tenders with Southwest Black Bean Salad
This is new for us. I’ll let you know how it is.

Tuesday: Chicken Salad. I have frozen shredded chicken that I plan to thaw and use for chicken salad. I’m literally just throwing in whatever we have in it – celery, grapes, walnuts. Who knows!? I also will sub plain fat-free greek yogurt for mayo. I promise you can’t tell the difference!

Wednesday: Instant Pot Chicken Soup for My Soul 
I’m pretending it actually feels like fall so we are eating soup!

Thursday: Our standard go-to Turkey Burgers with Zucchini
The kids don’t have school on Friday and J is off so Thursday night is the kick-off to our weekend! I’m hoping the weather will cooperate and the mosquitoes somehow magically die so we can enjoy an evening outside grilling.

Friday: J and I are getting fancy and going out to celebrate the Alley Theatre. You can find out more about the event here!

Ok, more content coming this week! And…. just a reminder use SOS20 to get 20% off your purchase at virturejewelry.com This is your last week to be able to use that code so don’t miss out!

Happy Sunday, friends!
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Long Lost Pinterest Recipe to the Rescue!

Long Lost Pinterest Recipe to the Rescue!

My kids go through phases with their fruit. It sounds weird, but they do. They will eat bananas for weeks and then all of the sudden stop and decide strawberries are now their chosen fruit. I wish I could predict these changes, but I can’t which is how I ended up with 6 large bananas that were super ripe.

When we got home from the lake I saw the bananas and thought about tossing them, but I heard the voice in the back of my head  say “don’t be so wasteful.” Then I thought about making banana bread. I pulled out my cookbook, read over the recipe and decided that was too much effort for a drizzly Labor Day Monday. Plus, I’d eat half the loaf within two hours of making it and I’m fairly certain that would have put me over on my carbs for the day. I was about to go back to tossing them out, when I remembered a recipe that was all the rage on Pinterest about five years ago. Do you remember it? It’s the three ingredient banana oatmeal cookie. If not, below are the very loose directions.

  1. Mash up your bananas
  2. Mix in your oats. My ratio is about 1.5 cups quick oats to 2 large bananas
  3. Include “mixings” – chocolate chips (my personal favorite), nuts, cranberries, or whatever else you can think of!
  4. Bake at 350 for 15 minutes

I’m using these for everything! Sending them to school with H for his afternoon snack. Letting L think she is having a cookie for breakfast. A quick pre-workout meal. Or dessert! It’s the most versatile and easy cookie ever!

They were fans! It’s probably the healthiest cookie they will ever eat!

Have you made these before? What do you do with your over ripe bananas?

Enjoy the short work week!
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Who’s excited about a new menu?

Who’s excited about a new menu?

Well, it’s a three-day weekend, so it’s OK this menu is a day late, right? Sorry about that! We are at the lake and after the first week of school we are all exhausted and needed some down time. Can you relate? I’m glad to report that H loves school (really LOVES it!) and we are settling in to a week-day routine. Hopefully that means more consistent blog posts from me.

Ok, without further delay – this weeks menu!

Monday: Grilled Cumin Pork Tenderloin with Summer, Corn,  Tomato & Avocado Salad
It’s our last meal of the summer! Who am I kidding? We will be feeling the summer heat for another month, but we love this pork tenderloin. The salad is new to me, but I’m excited to try it out. Let me know if you try it and what you think.

Tuesday: Indian Shrimp Curry with Brown Rice
Tuesday mornings are busy so there isn’t much time to prep dinner early in the day. This dish comes together really quickly and the kids love it! I am doubling the recipe this time though, because we didn’t have any leftovers for J to take to lunch since H ate three servings last time! The kid digs Indian food.

Wednesday: Skillet Caprese Chicken with a big salad
I’ve made this before and it was good! Plus, I love that you just use one skillet. A big salad for me means whatever veggies I have on hand – probably bell peppers, tomatoes, celery and carrots. If I have some kalamata olives I’ll throw those in, too.

Thursday: Skinnytaste Slow Cooker Meatloaf
We have a parent orientation at H’s school on Thursday evening, so we need something easy. This Skinnytaste slow cooker meatloaf from her cookbook, Fast and Slow, is great! It’s one of H’s favorite. I have her other cookbook, Skinnytaste, and she has another book, One and Done, out in October. It would make a great gift for busy moms.

Friday: Annie’s Mac & Cheese and something easy for me!
HA! Jordan has to go to Louisiana this weekend to take care of some things at our house there (it still hasn’t sold!), so it’s just me and the kids Friday night. Anyone else phone it in occasionally when their husbands aren’t around?

Saturday: Winging It
We are going to visit my grandfather for the day and I have no idea when we will be back. I have a feeling the options will be Catfish King, Lufkin BBQ or the Mexican restaurant my Papa loves. It’s going to be interesting figuring out how those options fit in my macros!

Hope you are having a wonderful Labor Day weekend!

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Menu Planning Week 2: Back to School and Birthday Dinners!

Menu Planning Week 2: Back to School and Birthday Dinners!

Another week, another menu! Same picture. I’ll get a new one by next week!

Saturday: Lavash Flatbread Pizza
I’ve posted this recipe before, but we are having family movie night and these are perfect for it! Kids love making their own pizzas and I can stay on track with my nutrition goals. I’ll pile mine up with lots of veggies, and the kids (and J) will load up some pepperoni.

Sunday: Turkey Burgers and Sweet Potato Fries
I mentioned I like to keep Sunday easy. If I was an overachiever I’d make my own sweet potato fries, but I’ll buy the Alexia ones and call it a night. Also, these are my favorite turkey burgers to make because they don’t dry out and my kids are eating zucchini without realizing it.

Monday: Turkey Meatball Tortellini Soup
I know what you’re thinking… soup in August? This is my son’s favorite meal. He LOVES it. On special occasions I’ll ask him what he wants for dinner and he always replies with this meal. Monday is his first day of first grade at a new school and he got to choose the meal for this day. So, soup in August!

Tuesday: Pork Roast with Sweet Potatoes and Apples
I found this recipe when we were doing the Whole30. It makes a TON and everyone enjoys it. It’s a sheet pan meal so it’s easy. I dig easy.

Wednesday: Filet Mignon For Two / Cauliflower Mash / Salad / Carrot Cake
J got to pick out the meal tonight since it’s his birthday! I’ll be honest, I’m not serving the kids filet mignon! Ha… they will most likely have chicken nuggets and be fine with that. We really enjoy this cauliflower mash instead of potatoes. It’s just GOOD. And I haven’t made this carrot cake before, but I’ll let y’all know how it is. I like that it is not huge. There are just four of us so we don’t need a ton of cake to celebrate.

Thursday: Slow Cooker Broccoli and Beef
This is an easy slow cooker recipe because there is no prep before hand.You just put it in the crock pot and leave. My favorite kind of slow cooker recipes! I’ll probably make some brown rice with this as well.

Friday: Headed to the Lake for Labor Day Weekend

I just realized this is a really heavy meat menu. I usually try to include a couple of vegetarian meals in our week, but that didn’t happen this week! I’ll be more balanced next week!

Happy Menu Planning/Grocery Shopping/Cooking!

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Friday Finds: Mid-Life, H&M Dresses and Freezer Meals!

Friday Finds: Mid-Life, H&M Dresses and Freezer Meals!

This week I took advantage of just having H home on Monday and Wednesday. We tried to go to the movies (the movie didn’t work!) and did go to the Art Museum. Today, J and I are taking him to a water park for his “last day of summer.” Lazy summer mornings are nice, but I am so looking forward to getting into a routine when “big kid” school starts on Monday.

Below are my Friday Finds!

Mid-Life Wellness Tune-Up Guide
I really enjoyed this New York Times article about a mid-life wellness tune-up. Am I middle-aged? I guess so. That thought was a little depressing, but then I realized… “Wow, I, hopefully, have a lot of years ahead of me. Let’s make the most out of it.”  I really liked the part about creating a mid-life mission statement. It seemed cheesy when I first read it, but you’re only going to live the kind of life you want by being intentional so you might as well it down and get to living.

Liz & Honey Top
I love this top. I’m a sucker for ribbons and bows. Wear it with black jeans and look instantly put together.

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H&M Dress
Remember, when I made my fall wardrobe list? I had something floral on there, and this H&M dress fits the bill! It’s under $30 and I can easily wear this through our Houston fall to church, PTO meetings, lunch, dinner… it’s a good buy!

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Healthy Homemade Snacks & Breakfasts
Next week marks the beginning of the school year for H! I’m excited for him (and who’s kidding… me, too), but the only thing I don’t love is that he has lunch at 10:30! That’s so early! He does have a snack later in the day though. Since it’s the beginning of the year and I think I can be super mom I plan on making his snack so he has something nutritious and filling. I’m making  Hidden Veggie Muffins and Homemade Granola Bars from the cookbook Against All Grain. I’ll probably throw a cheese stick in there, too. Ask me what I’m sending for his snack in April and my answer might be a bag of baked Cheetos. But hey… beginning of the school year mom is on top of it. I am also planning on making these scrambled egg muffins with cheese and bacon for a filling, fast breakfast. We are going to be struggling on Monday morning to get to school by 7:30!

Freezer Meals.
I am going to post my menu plan for the week tomorrow, but this weekend I’m also going to be making some freezer meals. These are the two recipes I’m making:
Cilantro Lime Grilled Chicken and One Pan Tuscan Chicken Pasta Bake. I’ve made the grilled cilantro lime chicken before, but the pasta bake will be new for me. I’m going to have to double the pasta bake since J likes to take leftovers for lunch.  It’s nice to have a couple of freezer meals on hand for when life gets busy or you don’t feel like cooking.

Just a reminder that the Theater District’s Open House is on Sunday. You should check it out if you are free!

Have a wonderful weekend!

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Beyond the Princess: Books for Little Girls

Beyond the Princess: Books for Little Girls

“… And they lived happily ever after.” Every time I read this to my daughter I think to myself, except that’s not really how it happens. I mean, maybe if you’re a princess it does, but then again I can think of several real life princesses things didn’t work out all that well for so, maybe not.

This post isn’t to trash the traditional princess stories. That has been done. We all know that women aren’t sitting around waiting to be saved from a sleeping spell by a prince and if you are, good luck to you. Also, we are planning to take the kids to Disney (shhh it’s a secret) and you will most definitely see L dressed up like a princess, meeting princesses and enjoying every minute of it! This post is more to share the books that L enjoys that have female characters in much broader roles than that of princess. These books don’t limit her in her perception of what women can do and accomplish.

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A candid of L looking at her books! I think she will enjoy reading… if she ever learns her letters!

Ada Twist, Scientist
This is part of a series of books that highlight careers that are not particularly female-driven. Ada Marie Twist is named for Marie Curie, who discovered radium, and Ada Lovelace, who was a mathematician and the very first computer programmer. This book, which I find really fun to read out loud, explains how Ada Marie’s mind was scientific from the start. I love it. There are other books in the series – Iggy Peck, Architect and Rosie Revere, Engineer.

Ordinary, Extraordinary Jane Austen
This is new to our collection, but since I love reading and writing, I’m so thankful I can expose L to female classic authors early in her childhood. Jane’s persistence and perception are highlighted in this wonderfully illustrated book.

Princesses Wear Pants
This is another one I love to read because the cadence is so fun. I particularly like how the author, Savannah Guthrie from The Today Show, talks about how Princess Penelope has dresses and loves them, but how some jobs call for pants. This has been one of L’s favorites recently.

Isabella, Girl in Charge
Isabella is a little girl ready to see a big morning event in Washington, D.C. As she gets ready, she pretends she is Susanna Salter, the first female mayor or Nellie Ross, the first female governor. As the book progresses, she continues to mention the first female who held political offices including Sandra Day O’Connor and others. This book is part of a larger series and I’m looking forward to adding the other books to L’s collection.

Fancy Nancy
When I was growing up, I was girly. I still am. I love the color pink. I love make up, jewelry, clothes, shoes… you get the idea. What I found difficult as I got older was that being girly, or feminine, seems at odds with being a leader. I felt like I had to dull my femininity in order to be taken seriously. It was confusing. It is confusing. I still don’t really know how to navigate it all, but what I love about Fancy Nancy is that she is unapologetically fancy. She is who she is. And she has a precocious vocabulary. L adores these books and she learns all sorts of “fancy” words.

The Most Magnificent Thing
This book is dedicated to all the little perfectionists of the world! How great is that? I wish I had this book when I was younger! The main character, a girl, sets out to create something magnificent, but gets frustrated along the way that her “magnificent thing” isn’t turning out exactly how she wants. Then she looks back and see how all of her “failures” along the way actually led her to her wonderful creation.

This Little Trailblazer:  A Girl Power Primer
We don’t own this book, but I’m putting it on L’s wish list for her birthday and Christmas!

Goodnight Stories for Rebel Girls
I bought this for L when she was really young. It has 100 stories about women, past and present, who were seen as rebels in their day. The illustrations are done by 60 female artists. L always ask to read about the doctor and the ballerina.

There are a plethora of wonderful children’s books! These are only a few that have been in the top of our rotation at the moment that I wanted to share if you have a little girl or are buying gifts for little girls.

What other books would you add to this list? I’d love to add them to Lucy’s wishlist!

Happy Reading!
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Menu Planning 101

Menu Planning 101

Do you menu plan? I do. I don’t really know how to manage if I don’t. I feel like I’m trying to keep up with so many other things (kids, activities, cleaning, working out) that if I had to figure out dinner in the middle of a crazy day… well, we would end up eating frozen pizza every night. Here are some things I look for when menu planning:

1. Will my kids eat it?
2. Should my kids try it? (We like exposing them to different cuisines)
3. Is it easy?
4. Is it healthy?

I’m not in the stage of my life where I can make a fancy gourmet meal every night. I look forward to when I can do that, but with small children… it’s not happening. Maybe on the weekends, but even then it’s more like “Let’s grab a beer and see what can we throw on the grill.” Here’s what I do when I sit down and menu plan:

  1. Look at the week. I use my trusty Emily Ley planner I mentioned in the Friday Finds and see what the week holds for us. Do we have any activities in the evenings? Are those activities going to cut in to time preparing for dinner? If so, I’ll prep the meal earlier in the day or plan to use a slow cooker or instant pot recipe.
  2. Plan variety. My husband usually takes our leftovers to work for lunch, so I try to make sure that we aren’t having the same kind of food, say Mexican, two nights in a row as that would be four meals of Mexican food in two days for him. Eh, maybe Mexican food is a bad example. I could eat it every day!
  3. Write down the menu. Sounds easy, but I can’t tell you how many times I haven’t written it down and then I’m staring in my pantry trying to figure out what I had planned. Sometimes I just write it in my planner. Sometimes I put it on our family Google calendar. Sometimes I get fancy and put it on the chalkboard. Other times it’s on the back of an envelope. It doesn’t matter where… just write it down.
  4. Make my shopping list based off my menu. I know there are more economical ways to grocery shop, but right now this works for us. I also get super OCD and rewrite my shopping list grouping all produce together, all meat together, all canned good together. It saves me time at the grocery store.
  5. Go shopping.  I usually go early (really early) Friday or Saturday morning. HEB plays great music on Saturday mornings and I dance up and down the aisles. I look ridiculous, but it makes grocery shopping so much more fun. One day I had the kids with me and the Spice Girls “Wannabe” started playing and I was pumped. For the first time, I saw pure horror and embarrassment from children. I know it won’t be the last time.

Other things to note:

Sometimes I find slow cooker recipes add to my already busy morning so when I plan I take a look at what our mornings, too. If there is a particularly busy day – morning and afternoon, I’ll prepare a slow cooker meal the night before. This one is a family favorite – Skinnytaste Slow Cooker Pernil!

Sheet Pan meals have become a go-to in our household. They are easy to prep, easy to clean and delicious. You’ll see a lot of them pop up in my menus.

I usually plan a super easy night, like frozen pizza and salad – SkinnyPizza is my favorite brand – if we don’t have any plans to eat out during the week.

I like to keep a jar of pasta sauce and pasta on-hand, for those days when things just don’t go as planned.

So, here is our menu for this week. I’ll start posting our menus on Saturday mornings so you can follow along and get ideas. You’ll see most of these come from SkinnyTaste. She is my favorite!!

Saturday: Creme de la Crumb’s Jambalaya with salad
Sunday: Skinnytaste Turkey Club Lettuce Wraps with Kettle Chips (the kids had bread)
Monday: Cheeseburger Casserole
Tuesday: H’s Meet The Teacher; Food Trucks will be out at the school so we will eat there
Wednesday: Grilled Chicken Shawarma with Cous Cous and Cucumbers
Thursday: Skillet Sweet Potato Chicken Hash with Eggs (kids will have pancakes, too!)
Friday: Out with friends

Any other Menu Planning questions?

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Friday Finds

Friday Finds

Friday Finds! I don’t feel like I found much this week, so I may be digging pretty far back to share some “old,” but good, stuff I’ve found in the past.

The Skimm – I love to read the news. I actually wrote for my college paper for a while. I read The Washington Post and The New York Times mostly, but for mornings when I’m rushed I love The Skimm. They email me highlights of the biggest (and not so big) news stories straight to my inbox. This is my code if you to check it out. I’ve been reading it for about 2 1/2 years and don’t plan to stop anytime soon.

Emily Ley Planner – I’ve used this planner for going on four years now. It’s a paper and pen planner that I leave on my desk. It makes me feel like I have it together when I sit down at the beginning of each week and look at what we are doing. Ha, if only I could carry that feeling throughout the week. One thing I particularly love is that at the end of each week there is a space for a “happy memory.” I have found that these planners are almost like diaries or mini-histories of my family life and to have these happy memories sprinkled in is such a treat! Anyway, I think they make great gifts, too! It’s never too early to start thinking about holiday presents. Orders for the 2019 planner go on sale September 5. If you spend over $100 you get free shipping. So get one for yourself and one for your organized friend. Or not so organized friend.

J Crew Factory Short Sleeve Popover Shirt – I want this shirt. I think I would get so much use out of it! It’s just an easy-to-wear everyday shirt. And it’s under $30! I’d wear it with my burnt orange jeans for game day, wear it with my regular jeans… every other day of the week! Ha! I’m a sucker for a white shirt and it would be a great addition to your wardrobe considering our Houston “fall.” You can throw your denim or moto jacket over it on those cool mornings. I’m looking forward to that first cool morning… any bets on when it happens?

Hamilton Mixtape – Ok, those of you who really know me know that I have a borderline unhealthy obsession with Hamilton.  The musical, the book – all of it. My children are obsessed, too. Seriously, I can sing every word from the beginning to the end. The Mixtape isn’t new, but I’ve recently started listening to it again. I’m just blown away by how talented these musicians are. You might not want to listen to it with your kids in the car though. It’s not too bad, but when it is…. it is. It’ll be on my Mon/Wed/Fri 8:30-2:30 rotation when both kids are in school.

And here’s a photo since I don’t have any in this post! H went to another golf camp this week. He is really enjoying it. Isn’t it fun to watch your kids find the activities they like to do? Plus, he just looks really cute with that golf bag on!

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We are taking advantage of Houston Restaurant Week (month?) tonight! Houston has amazing restaurants and I love that we can try them out at a pre-fixed price while helping the Houston Food Bank, too. What are you doing this weekend?

 

 

 

Monday Musings on Motherhood

Monday Musings on Motherhood

I use alliteration too much. I can’t stop though. My maiden name was Shipley. Sarah Shipley. I loved my alliterated name. My son’s name starts with an H and I would have given my daughter an H name if husband would have let me. Anyway, Monday Musings on Motherhood. Here we go…

I was well into my thirties when I realized that being an introvert or extrovert is defined by how you “re-charge.” I never considered myself an introvert. I have friends. I’m considered a social person. I like going out and trying new things and meeting new people. I plan happy hours. Introverts don’t plan happy hours, do they? But all of those activities drain me in a way. To recharge I like to be alone. I like to read. I like to put on music and day dream. I like to sit at a computer and type. Alone. Enter two tiny humans who I am responsible for and uninterrupted alone time is hard to come by.

Uninterrupted alone wasn’t always hard to come by. When I just had H, who was the easiest baby on the planet, he would nap. It would be quiet. I would get a little recharge and then we’d have a great afternoon together. I was pretty smug about motherhood then. I was all of sixteen months in and I couldn’t figure out why people would say being a mom was hard. I was pretty proud of myself that I had it all figured out when others were struggling so much.

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Back when I thought I had it all figured out.

Pride cometh before the fall, right? Then I had L. And I fell. Hard. Poor girl was not an easy baby. She had terrible reflux from the start. She would scream. For a really long time. I couldn’t calm her or comfort her. We joke that we have PTSD from those first few months with her, but I’m not entirely sure that is a joke. The kids weren’t on the same nap schedule so one child was always up needing me in some way. H was only 2 1/2 so his needs were still pretty high. There was a period of three months when they napped at the same time and I gained some semblance of sanity back, but then H decided to give up his nap entirely. Uninterrupted alone time was non-existent. A year into having two children and I was strung out and exhausted. I got it. Motherhood wasn’t always easy. I recognize this is not a unique story. A lot of moms I talk to feel like this. The part I get hung up on is that we just accept this is how it is. Don’t misunderstand me. Motherhood in and of itself is self-sacrificing. Daily. Their needs come before mine. However, in order to fulfill their needs I have to be in a place where I have something to give.

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This photo makes me laugh. We had no idea what the next few months would hold!

Now that they are both in school, there is time for me to be alone and get a little recharge. But then… summer hits. By the end of the summer I feel like I did when L was six months and H was three – drained. I have little patience. I get snappy with them. I sigh a lot. I don’t enjoy them like I should and that makes me feel guilty. Even if someone watches them so I can go have lunch with friends… I’m still with people. It’s hard to ask someone to watch your kids so you can basically go do nothing. Then I had an idea… what if I asked someone to watch my kids while I basically left and did nothing? What if once a year, at the end of the summer I went away, by myself, for an entire weekend? No girlfriends. No expectations of me to get anything accomplished. Just go have a weekend alone. I talked to J and he agreed. So last year I did it for the first time. I left my house on a Friday, went to my parents’ lakehouse, and came back on Sunday. I slept in. Started the Hamilton biography. Watched Bad Boys 2 (it’s in my top 3 of all time favorite movies). When I came home I felt like I had been on a week-long vacation. It was awesome.

This past weekend I did it again. I wrote blog posts. Read my book. Watched 3/4 of the Netflix original “The Week Of” (don’t bother… it’s awful!). And by Sunday at lunch time, I was ready to go home and love on my babies. I feel full. Grateful for my kids and their unique, wonderful personalities. Grateful I have a husband who is willing to watch them all weekend. Grateful I finally had the confidence to ask for what I needed. This one weekend away makes me a better mom.

My point is… don’t feel ashamed to ask for what you need. Don’t believe the lie that you aren’t supposed to take care of yourself while you also take care of your children. I felt ashamed for a long time that I wanted time away. I’m sure there are some people who roll their eyes and think “You need a whole weekend away once a year?” My answer is “Yeah, I do. It puts me in a position to be the kind of mother I want to be and isn’t that a good thing?”

Here are Lucy and me having fun at dinner! Excited to be home!

What’s the one thing you need or do for yourself so you can be in the position to be the kind of mother/father/friend you want to be? And have you asked for it lately?

Friday Finds

Friday Finds

I meant to write another blog post this week, but the kids and I went to Leander to spend time with my good friend and her kids. Aren’t they cute?

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Also, I’ll be honest and say that I haven’t hit my groove with the blog yet. The kids haven’t started school and we have been in and out of town. Plus, L is still getting up before 6 and that’s when I plan to write so finding uninterrupted time this past week has been difficult.

I have a lot of things I want to share with y’all (how many readers are there now? Five? Ha!). L starts pre-school on Wednesday so next week should be a little more consistent. Step 3 of your Fall Wardrobe will be posted tomorrow. I have a Back to School post and a reader question regarding trends I’ll be posting soon. So, all five of you stick with me! I’ll hit my groove eventually. Until then… here are my Friday Finds!

Burnt Orange Jeans – I’ve had a pair of these for the past 3 years. They are great! And a bonus – this color is everywhere this fall so I won’t just be wearing them on game days!

Lavash Flatbread Pizzas – This pizza is delicious. I also like that we can make dinner a fun family event. The kids pick out their toppings and “decorate” their pizza. Each pizza only takes five minutes in the oven! The kids begged to have the “thin pizza” the next day for lunch. Have you noticed my formula for what I consider a great recipe? Delicious, easy, and healthy!

The O-Venture Key Ring – Ok, this isn’t really a new find as I’ve had mine for a year and a half, but as I’ve been traveling with the kids I keep thinking how I’m glad I have this key ring. How many times has a mom thought to herself – I wish I had another hand! Well, the O key ring gives you one of your hands back! I love mine. And I think they make great gifts for girlfriends or teachers.

Theater District Open House – One of the reasons I love Houston so much is the abundance of arts you can find in the city. Did you know Houston is one of only five cities in the U.S. that have permanent and professional resident companies in all of the major performing arts disciplines? I feel fortunate that my parents took me as a young child to the Houston Ballet, Alley Theater and other performing arts around the city. The Theater District Open House, held on Sunday, August 26, is a chance for you to check out all of what the Theater District has to offer for – for free! I’ll be at the Houston Ballet from 2-5 so come check it out and say hi!

Have a wonderful weekend!

xoxo –

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