Being a mommy is the most rewarding job around and most likely the the toughest job out there. I hope you will enjoy reading about my journey as a stay at home mom, wife, friend, Christ follower and fitness lover. Here's to play dates, DIY projects, walking faithful, living a healthy lifestyle, trying new recipes and "keeping it all together."
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St. Patty's Day Recap
St. Patrick's Day has come and gone. Our lives have evolved just a bit from the good ole' days when we would spend St. Patrick's Day drinking green beer and bar hoping downtown with friends. I am happy to say this year we spent St. Patty's Day on the couch relaxing. I am a bit disappointed I was unable to pull off my St. Patty's Day dinner though. I was going to make homemade Shepard's Pie, but that didn't happen. I DO have a great excuse for not making it... one of my best friends had her baby earlier then expected. So of course when I got the invite to visit at the hospital, I jumped at it. So there you have it, instead of making a tried and true St. Patty's day dinner, I went to the hospital to visit our new little friend and his mommy and daddy too! Don't ask what me ended up having for dinner because honestly I do not remember. Baby brain is in full swing people.
Patiently awaiting his snack.
O had fun playing with his cars in his new Rainbow Rice Sensory Box
I have recently become a big fan of pesto. Yum-O. I am going to be completely honest and tell you that this recipe was inspired by the "Chicken Pesto Toasted Flatbreads" at Tropical Smoothie. I ate there for the first time last Friday and was blown away by the deliciousness of this flat bread. I knew that I would have to replicate it very soon...and I did just that tonight.
What you'll need:
-Chicken: I used cutlets since they were thinner and smaller. I actually oven baked my cutlets in foil pockets at 400 degrees for 15 minutes.
-Flat bread: I found 5 Grain Foldit Artisan Flat bread in the deli section at Publix. It was delicious and the best part, only 90 calories!
-Pesto: I was originally going to make my pesto, but then stumbled upon Monterey's Basil with Almonds and Pine Nuts Pesto. It was in the refrigerated section near the eggs and refrigerated pastas (at least in my Publix).
- Mozzarella Cheese: I used Publix brand low fat.
- Optional: lettuce, tomato, cuc…
Here's another quick, easy and healthier meal option to try. This was my first time preparing and I have to say, it was pretty easy. I will definitely make again, but would make a homemade enchilada sauce instead of store bought. Time and preparation were not on my side when I was shopping for this meal. Like a lot of my recipes, I like to cheat to make things easier. In this case, it was buying a rotisserie chicken and store bought enchilada sauce from Fresh Market.
I found this recipe at There's Always Time 4 Fitness. It's a 21 Day Fix recipe. Mine is a slight variation. She does a great job of breaking down all the containers. I encourage you to check out her post if you are following the container portion of the 21 Day Fix.
Adapted from There's Always Time 4 Fitness
*I used all of the white meat from the rotisserie
**2 enchiladas is 1 serving
1 red container of shredded chicken (I used rotisserie chicken from Fresh Market).
1 tsp of Southwest seasoning …
So it turns out I am more of a sissy then I had originally thought. Sleep training is some serious stuff and this girl had no idea just what she was in for. So before I admit to you that we had the strategy all wrong and share our new strategy, I'll recap how nights 5 & 6 went down.
I was under the impression this would get easier as we went along...not the case. I think it's actually gotten worse. No wait, I know it has gotten worse. P was up at 1:00 a.m. like clockwork. We went through the soothe, put down, walk out routine 3 times, for a total of 39 minutes. On the fourth trip to his bedroom, the sissy (mommy) inside me gave in. I just couldn't take it anymore. I fed him. He slept till 6:30 a.m.
I started to give my strategy some thought. Since he seemed to be truly hungry at 1:00 a.m, maybe I should switch the feeding I was trying to eliminate. Feed at 1:00 and soothe at 4:00. Easy peasy, right? Wrong!
We were determined to win this little ea…