How to Get Started Making Your Own Baby Food

Hello Monday!

First of all, I just wanted to say thank you for all of your supportive comments on my post on Friday about my current blog identity crisis. That is one thing that I truly love about this community – everyone is so supportive of each other. It always reminds me just why I love to blog. It’s not just about sharing my story, it’s about interacting with amazing people, most of whom I’ve never actually met. So thank you again, and I hope that you all will continue to bear with me as I work to figure out my new blog identity and make some potential changes around here.

One of those changes may be going down to just 3 posts a week. I have been having a really hard time blogging consistently with my crazy schedule this semester, so I think for the rest of this month I’m going to try a M-W-F schedule and see how that works for me.

Secondly, this weekend has been an absolute emotional roller coaster. In the span of 3 days we: saw a house we loved, visited said house, put in an offer on this house, got stuck in a bidding war, and ended up losing a house. Talk about emotional highs and lows! I am definitely a little bummed we didn’t get this house because it really seemed perfect for us, but I am just trying to remind myself that clearly this all happened for a reason and that there is a better house out there for us.

Phew! It’s been a crazy few days!

But today I wanted to start off this Monday talking about something that has been a big part of my life lately and that I have spent a TON of time researching: Baby Food Making (not to be confused with “baby making” as my MIL accidently called it. Not quite the same thing)

How to get started making your own baby food

Because I feel like there are a lot of misconceptions about homemade baby food, I thought I would take a few minutes to talk about why I decided to make my own baby food, and some of the resources that I have used in learning and planning.

Why I make my own baby food

It’s healthy

One thing I really liked about the idea of making my own baby food is that I can control what goes into it. While there are some good store-bought baby foods out there (and don’t get me wrong – we definitely use them from time to time), I love that when I make my own food I know exactly what is going into it and there aren’t any extra or unnecessary ingredients.

Plus, I can have a lot of fun mixing flavors and adding in spices!

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It’s cheap

Guys, babies are expensive. And baby food is no exception.

A lot of the good quality store bought baby foods can run you anywhere between $1-$2 a pouch/container. For ONE meal (or at least for Colton they usually are only 1 meal). Times 3 meals a day. Times 7 days. That has the potential to be upwards of $30-$40 a week! Ain’t nobody got the dollars for that!

I love being able to pick up a few different fresh or frozen produce items a week, spending 30 minutes making up a batch of several different foods, and tossing them in the freezer. Typically it costs me anywhere between $8-15 per week. That is a major savings (which we can put towards his daycare costs… ooph!)

It’s fun

Ok, maybe this one is just me, but I actually really enjoy making my own baby food! I love researching and coming up with my own combinations of foods, and seeing all of the fun colors and flavors that I can create. It’s almost like a challenge to me – what foods can I mix together to make a healthy and delicious meal? And how many different combos can I come up with this week!

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Where I have found good information on homemade baby food

I am one of those people who researches things to death, so before I really got started in making my own food I spent a lot of time on Pinterest and Google gathering information and getting ideas.

I have a whole Pinterest board devoted just to baby food if you are looking to get some inspiration.

If you are really ready to get started, there are two websites that I have considered my baby food bibles:

Wholesome Baby Food by Momtastic

This website seriously has everything that you need to know about making almost any kind of basic puree or meal. They have a page devoted to each different kind of food where they tell you all kinds of info about the nutrients found in the food, any potential allergies, whether they would recommend buying it organic, how to cook it, different recipes AND what other foods it pairs well with.

Seriously, it’s like the baby food bible.

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We actually received her book, Little Foode <—affiliate link, FYI) and LOVED it! I think we bookmarked about 30 pages of recipes to make. So when I found out that she has a website and blog that she updates frequently with different recipes and ideas, I was super excited. The website is a great extension of her blog, especially for older kids – although the book does have a lot more basic recipes, which is good for us right now. I love her creative flavor combos and mixes!

We also have a couple of other books that I have found especially helpful beyond the Little Foode book. My two other favorites are:

The Amazing Make-Ahead Baby Food Book: Make 3 Months of Homemade Purees in 3 Hours by Lisa Barrangou

201 Organic Baby Purees by Tamika L. Gardner

 

In the coming weeks I plan on sharing exactly how I go about planning our meals each week, especially since we’re still in the stage where we are introducing new foods to check for allergies. I’m a bit anal about tracking his food and creating a meal plan each week (mostly because it helps me know what foods to grab in the morning so he isn’t eating a diet consisting primarily of apples and peaches!), but hopefully you all will find it helpful too. I know that I love reading posts about how people plan out their baby’s meals!

I know it might seem a little daunting, but once you get the hang of it, making your own baby food really can be a fun, rewarding process. I know every baby is going to respond differently, but it has been such an adventure for both Colton and I, and I can’t wait for it to continue in the coming months!

So tell me: Have you ever tried or considered trying to make your own baby food? Any tips or tricks from other mamas out there? Any resources you highly recommend?

I Think I’m Having an Identity Crisis

To be honest with you, I feel like lately I’ve been caught in a serious identity crisis.

I don’t know if it is because of the fact that I just had my 4 year blogiversary and have been reflecting back on what this blog has meant to me over the past several years, or the fact that in the past year my life has changed so drastically and now I have all these new roles as mom, graduate student, and academic professional, or if it’s just one of those things that most late 20-somethings go through as they try and figure out to actually do this “adult” thing.

But for whatever reason, it’s been hitting me really hard lately. And I’m not going to lie, as a result it’s caused me a lot of stress and turmoil. Who am I?  What do I actually have to say?

I guess a lot of it really comes back to this blog. For 4 years I’ve shared my life with you all. I’ve talked about meals I’ve eaten, workouts I’ve done, and my ups and downs with running. I have also shared some of my big life events, like my wedding, 2 different moves, the changing of jobs, my pregnancy and the birth of my first child.

Basically I’ve dumped out my life on the internet, and have (for the most part) loved doing so.

But what does it all really amount to? What do I really have to say? What knowledge am I really imparting on you? Or do people just read for the sheer joy of getting a glimpse into someone else’s life without any major point or purpose?

So this is where I am now. And to be honest, I am just spilling my guts out here, and I don’t actually know if I’ll ever publish this post. But I am just trying to figure out what this blog really means and what it really SHOULD mean. Do I really have thoughts or ideas or stories worth sharing, or is this more of a glorified, technical journal?

My life has changed in so many ways since I started this blog, that I just don’t really know what my focus is about anymore. I used to just talk about food and fitness – two things I really love and am extremely passionate about. But I’m also not a fitness professional. I’m not a personal trainer. Half the time I go to the gym and just wing it. I’m just a regular person, a regular mom, trying to live a healthy life to the best of my ability.

The other obvious and major change in my life has been Colton. He has totally shifted my personal identity and given me the title of MOM, and all that that word brings with it. It means that my days no longer revolve around what workouts I’m going to get done, and what’s on my DVR, and what awesome meals I am going to make for dinner this week. It is now those things PLUS all of my responsibilities as a mom: what am I going to feed him this week, what activities can we do to help him learn, how am I going to get everything done while entertaining a squirmy, active kid?

Life is just different, and as a result I’ve had a really difficult time figuring out what this blog should be about.

I know I have had some loyal readers since the early days who have followed me through all of these transitions. And then I have some new readers who are interested in only certain parts of my life. And then, of course, there are close friends and family who want to keep up with what I’m doing now that I’ve moved away to Atlanta. But how do I go about smushing these identities into one blog? How do I define what this blog is? How do I figure out what to talk about?

I dont know that I have the answer right now, but it is something that I’ve really been struggling with. There is a part of me that wants to really narrow in my focus and talk about some of the things that are most important to me at this stage of my life. If you look at my google search  for the past several months, it’s mostly been about baby food, quick workouts, fast weeknight meals, and baby activities. There are some parts of me that really just want to hone in on one “identity” and stick with it.

But then there is a part of me that would miss sharing my life with you all. I would miss some of the random, rambly posts. I would miss telling you all about a gym class I just took or sharing the random foods that I ate in a day. I would miss just being able to TALK instead of feeling like I need to provide some serious, informative content all the time.

And I know that if I made that switch, I’d probably end of saying goodbye to a lot of you. Which makes me sad, because I feel like even though I don’t really know you, you’ve cared enough to read about my life, and that makes us friends.

So yea, that is where I am right now. And frankly, it’s a weird state of mind to be in.

This blog has meant so much to me, and I love (most) everything about blogging. But I am just really struggling to figure out what my voice is now. What my identity as a blogger should be, and whether I should make a change. 

 

Linking up with Amanda for Thinking Out Loud Thursday

Baby Colton – 8 Months

8 Months. 8 stinkin’ months! Holy cow.

Who took my baby and replaced him with a toddler?

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I can hardly believe that my little man is already turning 8 months. I feel like we’ve now officially gone out of baby stage, and we’re quickly approaching “toddler” stage. WHOA. That just blow my mind.

Here is what month 8 looked like for us:

Stats:

Weight: About 17lbs

Height: Not sure, but he is definitely my long, lean little guy!

Eating: Currently we’re doing a mix of breastfeeding (both actual nursing and from a bottle) and solid foods. Because he is so active he is definitely a hungry man! Right now he takes about 6-7 nursing/bottle sessions a day and eats 3 meals. This month we added a bunch of new foods, including zucchini, butternut squash, apples, bananas and carrots! 

Sleeping: This month has been a little rougher on the sleep front. He had a nasty cold that lasted several weeks, so he either couldn’t breathe through his nose or would cough himself awake several times a night. There were definitely a few REALLY rough nights of sleep for us that involved us taking shifts in order to get any sleep at all. We’ve also popped through 4 more teeth (we’re up to 6 now!) which definitely made for bad nights. So we’re a bit all over the place – some nights he’ll get 11-12 hours, and others he’s up every few hours.

8 month update

Can you see those canines in there? He looks like a little vampire baby!

Mood: He’s such a happy, goofy little boy. Even when he starts crying, it’s usually really easy to distract him and make him laugh. He is super curious and loves to try and figure things out. Right now he is really in to strings of any kind. If he gets ahold of your shoelaces, you’d better watch out! He also loves making noise, and will talk/yell/sing up a storm as he bangs on things. Maybe he’s going to be my little drummer?

Clothes: We’re completely in 6-9 month clothes now. Except in socks. We wear 12-18 month socks. He apparently is destined for a career as a clown (or he’s going to be super tall).

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Likes: Making noise (banging on things, yelling, talking), big sister Laney, splashing in the bath/pool, strings, standing, being thrown up into the air or flipped upside down.

Dislikes: When the sun is in his eyes, bring hungry, moving backwards when he wants to go forwards, sudden loud noises, when mommy holds other babies

Nicknames: Bubbers, Bubs, Buddy/Buds, Stinky butt, snugglebubs.

I am: Really at this point where being a mom just feels normal. It doesn’t feel like this weird, surreal thing anymore. I guess that means that I’ve officially made it as a mom? I really feel like I’m solidly confident in my role as a mom now, which is an awesome feeling.

C is: The best dad ever. No one can make Colton laugh quite like daddy. No one can get the squirmy baby to fall asleep quite like daddy. No one can entertain a fussy baby quite like daddy. It melts my heart every time.

8 month update

This has been a really busy month for us! This month Colton:

– Traveled to Arizona and met his Great-grandmother and lots of cousins

– Learned how to crawl backwards (now if only he could figure out how to go forwards!)

– Fell off the bed and smashed his face. And gave mommy a heart attack in the process

 

It is really amazing just to watch his brain grow and discover new things. This month we’ve gone from being pretty content to lay around on our playmat and rolling to get what we want to wanting to MOVE. He is so incredibly close to crawling, but right now can only manage to scootch backwards or faceplant forwards. However, he is getting really good at standing up at things, and is working on pulling himself all the way up to standing.

We may get a walker before a crawler! (Don’t worry – developmental pscyhologist mommy will make him go back and learn to crawl. It’s good for the brain!) But seriously, he doesn’t have all that much interest in crawling because it just makes him mad. He would much rather be standing.

He is definitely a little charmer though. Everywhere we go he is talking up a storm to the people around him, and he loves to flirt with anyone and everyone. The ladies at daycare always joke because he is such a little snuggler that they fight over who gets to hold him. Until he gets hungry, and then he will absolutely let you know it. That boy has a serious set of lungs!

Overall this has been an awesome month for us, and I can’t wait to see what the next one brings! I can’t believe that the next time I write one of these he’ll be 3/4 of a year old. I suppose I should start thinking about that whole 1st birthday thing, shouldn’t I? EEK!

And just for fun, here is what happens when you try to have a photoshoot with an 8 month old. Chaos. Absolute chaos.

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Turning 4!

Guys, guess what happened this weekend???

My Freckled Life turned the big 0-4 on Saturday!!!

4 year blogiversary

Wooooooooooo!!!

It’s hard to believe that this blog has been a part of my life for 4 whole years!

Over the years, you all have seen me:

  • Get married
  • Change jobs
  • Move (twice)
  • Be pregnant
  • Have a baby
  • Move to a completely new state
  • Go back to school

That’s a lot of life documented on my little corner of the internet! 

I’ve also had to chance to meet some amazing blog friends (both in real life and through social media), attend FitBloggin’, work with some amazing brands, and have a great time chatting about healthy living!

FitBloggin 2014

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This past year in particular has been full of giant life changes for me, so I know that in the future I’m going to be so thankful to be able to look back at 2015 and remember all of those crazy moments. Because when it all comes down to it, this blog is my outlet to be able to talk about my life and the things that matter most to me. 

I want to thank you all so much for taking the time out of your day to come hang out with me in this little corner of the internet. You all mean so much to me, and I’ve loved being able to get to know people through this blog. Whether we have met in person, chat frequently, or you’re a silent lurker – I consider you all to be friends!

That being said, I have a fun 4 year giveaway coming up later this week. I had hoped to get it up today to go along with this post but, alas, my weekend got away from me and I couldn’t get my act together in time. So instead you’re just going to have to live with the suspense for a few more days – but I promise it’ll be worth it. It’s going to be full of all of my favorite things from this past year!

I hope you all have a GREAT Monday (I know mine is starting off crazy – I got to school this morning only to find out that my classes are cancelled for the day. Whoops!)

So tell me: How did you find my blog in the first place? What are your favorite posts to read?

Five Favorites Friday – 1.29.16

EDIT: for all of my fitness apparel lovers, I just saw that Lorna Jane is on Zulily (<– referral link, FYI) today for some pretty awesome prices! I highly recommend you check it out – their stuff is insanely adorable and really great quality!

 

I’m not going to lie guys, it has been a tough week. 

I’m just beginning the process of choosing a topic for my master’s thesis, and it is proving to be a lot more stressful and nerve wracking than I ever thought it would be. I feel like my brain is working on overdrive trying to come up with project ideas and keep up with my regular school work and research duties. Add that to the fact that Colton just popped through 2 new teeth (we’re up to 6 now, eek!) and hasn’t been sleeping well, and you’ve got one sleep-deprived, stressed out mama. 

Thank goodness it is Friday!

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Since this week has been so stressful, I thought I would focus on some fun, happy things this morning. Maybe some positive thinking will bring me out of this funky mood that I’ve been in the past few days. 

So how about some random favorites from the past few weeks? 

Berries

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I am not sure why, but for some reason I had almost completely forgotten just how good berries are. Why haven’t I been buying them more often?? Since we started this 24 Day Challenge, I have been ALL about the berries. Not only are they super healthy, but they are also a great snack when you just can’t keep that sweet tooth at bay!

Bullet Journal

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You all know by now that I’m a super type-A planner, but recently I’ve gotten really into bullet journaling and it has made such a difference in my productivity! I’m not sure if you all are interested at all in these kinds of planner/organization ideas, but I’ve been debating a whole post on it, because it really has changed my life! 

Sabra Tuscan Herb Hummus

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I know I already talked about this on Wednesday, but I just can’t help myself. It is so good it deserves to be mentioned again! Seriously, you all should go out to your local grocery store and pick some of this up IMMEDIATELY. It is that amazing. Bonus points if you get the gigantic Costco tub like we did – you wont regret it. 

Chipotle

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I know, I know, some people are terrified to come within 100ft of a Chipotle after some of their health problems in Boston. But I’ve read some things about it, and from what I understand, the e.coli concerns are actually more likely to have been with their produce supplier for the area than with Chipotle itself. I know that some people still feel weird about eating there and I totally respect that – but that just means more Chipotle for me!

Chipotle salad for the win (even better because it’s 24DC friendly without cheese or sour cream!

Becky’s Arm Bootcamp

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I make no qualms about the fact that my arms/upper body are my absolute least favorite muscles to work out. Give me leg day over arm day any time. As a result, my arms are definitely my weakest area, and of course they also happen to be one of the places that my body decides to store extra weight. So when my good friend and fellow new mama Becky decided to test out an arm bootcamp, I jumped at the chance to try it. I mean, if you haven’t seen Becky’s guns already, you should go check her out. They are super impressive. 

For the past 2 weeks I’ve been really focused on my arms and pushing myself in a way that I rarely do when I workout arms on my own. And I have totally been love-hating every minute of it. I’ve never worked my arms this hard in my life! But maybe, just maybe, I’m starting to see a bit of a tricep muscle actually pop through. I can’t wait to share the results when I’m finally done, but I highly recommend Becky as an online personal trainer. I believe she’s coming out with some online training packages too – so yet another reason to check her out!

Well that’s all I’ve got for you today guys. Now I’ve got to go buckle down and get some research done, and then I plan to PAR-TAY this weekend. 

And by par-tay, I mean go grocery shopping and clean out my DVR. #adulting

So tell me: What have you been loving this week? Any exciting weekend plans?

WIAW: 24 Day Challenge Edition

Coming at you a little later than usual today! This morning I decided to get up early to get a workout in, and although it’s thrown off my time a little, I feel awesome. Maybe there really is something to these early work outs!My Freckled Life

After almost a week of middle-of-the-night wake ups to eat, apparently the growth spurt has finally come to an end (*knock on wood*) and Colton slept all the way through the night again! Woohoo! I know we’re super lucky because he has always been such a good sleeper, but man does it really throw you off when you get used to one thing and then they change it up on you! My body had gotten used to sleeping all the way through the night, so those middle-of-the-night feedings really took a toll on me! 

So here we are, well rested and everything, so I thought I’d do something I haven’t done in FOREVER around here – a What I Ate Wednesday! It’s been so long since I’ve done one, I don’t even know if it is even a thing anymore. But I love to read them, so I’m going to do one anyway! 

** EDIT: Apparently WIAW is still a thing! Wooo! Linking up with Laura and Jenn.

Also, to note, Chris and I are currently on day 17 of the Advocare 24 Day Challenge, so we are focusing on clean eating (as much as possible). 

Breakfast

Advocare 24 Day Challenge Meal

We have been loving doing breakfast casseroles lately. Not only are they delicious, but they make early mornings so much easier, because all we have to do is cut them up into portions and heat. This one has a base layer of shredded potatoes, topped with eggs, chicken sausage (the cleanest one we could find), roasted peppers and onions, and topped with a tiny bit of sriracha. Because it’s my favorite. 

I paired this with a small side of mixed berries and my morning Spark!

Snack #1

I totally failed to get a picture, but after my morning workout I ate a handful of mixed nuts. I swear, this challenge has rekindled my love of nuts (<– yes, I know, so many jokes, so little time). 

Lunch

Advocare 24 Day Challenge Meal

Chris and I have been picking up rotisserie chickens from Costco each week to use as part of our lunches. Normally I’ve been eating salads, but this day I wanted to change it up and instead took half a breast and topped it with some buffalo sauce, paired with a half of a half of a giant sweet potato and some sliced cucumber. 

Snack #2

Advocare 24 Day Challenge Meal

This is another Costco find that we have become obsessed with. We are almost finished with our second GIANT tub in 2 weeks. It’s crazy. It may have even replaced my beloved Pine Nut hummus as my new favorite (yes, I went there!) I love pairing it with either carrots or sliced bell peppers for a nice crunch. 

Dinner

Advocare 24 Day Challenge Meal

While I know our weather is nothing compared to up  north, Georgia has been getting pretty cold lately so we have all about the warm comfort foods lately. This weekend I made up a big batch of venison chili, with tomatoes, corn, beans and topped with avocado. Not only was it SUPER filling, it also just made me feel all warm and cozy inside. 

Workout

Thankfully this semester has been much more conducive to working out, just based upon my class schedule, so I have been much better about getting to the gym first thing in the morning. Bonus? It is always super empty, because how many college kids really want to get up to go to the gym before 8am?

I have been working my way through Becky’s Arm Bootcamp and absolutely loving it. And by loving, I really mean hating in a good way. My arms and shoulders are my least favorite muscle groups to work out, and thus they are definitely my weakest, but these workouts are forcing me to get out of my comfort zone and push myself. Which is super awesome, even if it leaves me with jello arms every time!

So there you have it – my eats and workouts while on the 24 Day Challenge. Honestly, I have found it much easier this time around than expected to cut a lot of the crap out of my diet, and have been feeling really great! The only thing I really miss is hot coffee… mmmm… so warm and comforting. 

I hope you all have a great Wednesday!

So tell me: What have you been eating lately?

My First Stitch Fix

Hey guys!

So totally I’m stepping WAY outside of my normal food/fitness/daily life blogging and going a little crazy. I’m going to talk about fashion!

Yup, I went there. Like I said, so outside of my comfort zone. But this past month I finally bit the bullet and tried out Stitch Fix (<—referral link, FYI) for the first time, and of course I thought it would be fun to document my experience. I love reading these posts from other people, so I hope you all enjoy reading them too.

So I’m pretty sure I’m one of the last people to jump on the Stitch Fix train, but just in case you’re not familiar with the service, Stitch Fix is an awesome clothing styling and delivery service that personalizes clothing and accessories based upon your style, budget and needs. After filling out an extensive style profile, you can sign up to receive a fix and pay a $20 styling fee. A personal stylist then chooses 5 items based upon your style and your personal requests to be delivered to your front door to try on. You can then take your time trying everything on (and pairing it with your own stuff) before sending back what you don’t want in the prepaid envelope. You then let them know what you’re keeping and they charge you for it, minus the $20 styling fee. If you decide to keep all 5 items, you get a 25% discount on everything!

Basically it’s a great way to have a personal stylist pick out 5 high-quality items that you might never have picked out for yourself, with no pressure to buy them if you don’t like them!

So here is what I got in my first fix:

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I love that they include a little card with each item, with ideas of how to style them!

Please pardon my late night, post-gym crazy hair! Clearly fashion blogger I am not!

Papermoon Fausta Elbow Patch Raglan Knit Top – $54.00

Papermoon Fausta Elbow Patch Raglan Knit Top

I loved the style of this top – so casual – and it was SUPER soft. However, it was also a lot thinner than I was expecting, and just felt a lot cheaper than I would have liked. Since my philosophy on Stitch Fix is only keeping the pieces I absolutely LOVE, I wasn’t convinced on this one.

Verdict: RETURN

41Hawthorn Colibri Solid Tab Sleeve Blouse – $48.00

41Hawthorn Colibri Solid Tab Sleeve Blouse

This emerald green color is seriously MY color. Hands down my favorite color of all time, especially to wear. However, as much as I adored the color, I just didn’t love this top on me. It was a teeny bit too tight in the bust area (#breastfeedingmamaproblems), and it was awkwardly long. But then it had slits on the side, so it felt like it would be weird to tuck in. Maybe it I was wearing a pencil skirt or something?

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It did look a lot better on me when I folded it up, but again, if I don’t love it I’m not going to keep it.

Verdict: RETURN

41Hawthorn Shara Herringbone Vest – $68.00

41Hawthorn Shara Herringbone Vest

My stylist actually found this on my Pinterest Stich Fix board, so obviously I knew I was going to love it. And seriously guys, I’m kind of obsessed with this vest. It was nice thick knit and super comfy. Perfect for this Georgia “cold” weather. However, I literally just got 2 different vests, and so I was having a really hard time swallowing the price and justifying another one just because I liked it better than the 2 I just got. But I just couldn’t justify it, so I had to say goodbye.

Verdict: RETURN Booooooooo! :(

Lila Ryan Skinny Jean – $88

I am wearing these jeans in all of the pictures above, but it’s a little hard to see. Honestly, they were kind of just your basic dark denim skinny jeans. They were really soft and had a nice stretch to them, but they were just a touch too tight at the waist, so I had to go with the “do I LOVE them” question. And sadly the answer was no.

Verdict: RETURN

Bancroft Kaitland Spade Charm Long Necklace – $36

Bancroft Kaitland Spade Charm Long Necklace

Honestly, this is the one part of my fix that I wasn’t expecting to love at all, until I put it on. Then I basically fell in love. It is so simple yet adorable, and I have been in the market for some new long necklaces. While $36 is a little steep in my opinion, since I already had my $20 styling fee, it actually only ended up being $16. Much more reasonable!

Verdict: KEEP!

Overall, I was actually really happy with my fix. Even though I only kept 1 item, everything I received was very much my style. Had the fit or price been just slightly different on any of the other items, I probably would have ended up keeping them too! I thought my stylist, Kelly, did a great job and I am definitely looking forward to scheduling another fix in the future.

Now I just have to figure out how long I’m willing to wait to try it out again – because I’m kind of hooked!

So tell me: Have you ever tried Stitch Fix? How did it work out for you?

The Georgia “Blizzard” of 2016

Happy Monday!

I have to admit, I’m a little bit jealous of all of my VA, DC and MD friends back home right now who got a GIANT blizzard this weekend! Georgia got snow too. 

Well, sort of…

Georgia snow 2016

We barely got a dusting, and yet you’d have thought that we were expecting 2+ feet. Everything here completely shut down – Chris got off work at noon on Friday, everything on Saturday was completely cancelled, and the roads were an absolute mess. Seriously, people here in the south really do not know how to handle any kind of weather that isn’t hot and muggy!

But in the end, it was OK with me. Because it meant that I got to spend extra time on Friday with this face.

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We actually took it pretty easy this weekend. We originally had some fun plans for Saturday morning, but thanks to the “snow” everything was cancelled so we spent most of the morning in our PJs instead. Colton is really into strings right now for some reason, so he spent a good 20+ minutes playing with one of my Sweat Pink shoelaces.

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Who knew shoelaces could be so cool?

Saturday afternoon we ended up driving around to a few more neighborhoods to look at houses. Slowly but surely we’re narrowing down our house search to a few specific neighborhoods and school distracts. It gets so much more complicated when you have to think about where you’re going to send your kid to school! Especially in the city, where schools are not exactly known for being high quality.

Sunday was mostly about grocery shopping and cleaning. After church we hit up Trader Joes and Target, and then I spent some quality time deep cleaning our bathrooms. Definitely not one of my favorite chores, but obviously a necessary one!

I was also feeling a bit blah since I was sick most of last week with mastitis and was too weak to make it to the gym, so I hit up our small apartment gym for a 30 minute cardio session. Nothing crazy, but it just felt good to sweat.

All-in-all, it was a pretty chill one around these parts (<—get it? It was CHILL because it snowed. HA! I crack myself up), but sometimes that is what you need after a week of sickness.

Meals and Moves for 1/24 – 1/30

Here is what we’ve got coming up this week:

Meals

– Buffalo chicken and veggie quinoa bake (we’re still on the 24 Day Challenge, meaning that we’re eating super clean, so I am just adjusting my usual recipe)

– Chicken stir-fry with cauliflower rice

– Turkey tacos

– Zoodles with meat sauce

Moves

Sunday – 30 minutes interval cardio

Monday – 20 minutes cardio + Becky’s arm bootcamp

Tuesday – TBD – maybe legs or cardio?

Wednesday – 20 minutes cardio + Becky’s arm bootcamp

Thursday – Rest

Friday – 20 minutes cardio + Becky’s arm bootcamp

Saturday – 45 minutes cardio + abs

 

I hope you all have an awesome Monday! I can hardly believe it’s already the last week of January!

So tell me: What did you do this weekend? Any fun meals on the schedule for this week? What is one thing you’re looking forward to?

Peek Inside My Fridge (24 Day Challenge edition)

This post was totally supposed to go up yesterday, but thanks to some technical difficulties (aka technology hates me) it unfortunately decided it didn’t want to. So instead, you all get this post today!

I hope you all have a great Friday, and enjoy the snowy weather if you’re on the East Coast. A special shout-out to all of my DC friends who are getting hammered with snow right now. Atlanta is so afraid of snow that everything is closing down today at noon in preparation for possible freezing rain and an inch of snow. Seriously. Yay Southern Living!

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So I don’t know about you guys, but I am super nosy. I absolutely love it when people post pictures of their meals or meal prep on instagram, or share “day-in-the-life” posts.

Even better? I love it when people show their grocery hauls or what is inside their fridge.

I don’t know why, really. Maybe because I get ideas or inspiration from what other people are doing or eating? I’m not really sure, but for whatever reason, I just love to read about it.

So I hope you do too, because that is what we are talking about today!

Peek in my fridge - 24 day challenge

I thought I would show you a break down of my grocery haul from this week, which came from both Aldi and Costco.

Now, I also need to say that we are currently in the middle of a 24 Day Challenge (click here if you have no idea what I’m talking about!), so we are really trying to eat cleanly for the month of January – meaning no dairy, sugar or processed foods.

It has been tough, but it has also been kind of fun to try out new ingredients or figure out how to revamp old favorites into cleaner, healthier versions.

So here is what our grocery haul looked like this week:

Veggies

Peek Inside My Fridge - Advocare 24 Day Challenge

We still had a fair amount of veggies left over from last week (green beans, more zucchini and squash), so we went a little light on the veggies this week. I got a giant bag of romaine lettuce for salads, a pack of zucchini, and an avocado.

Fruits

Peek Inside My Fridge - Advocare 24 Day Challenge

#alltheberries

We definitely stocked up on berries, including blackberries, raspberries and strawberries. We also got a bunch of bananas and a GIANT pack of pink lady apples. I’m not going to lie, we have a slight apple problem at our house.

I also got cherry tomatoes, which I wasn’t sure whether to put in the fruit or veggie picture. Whoops!

Meats

Peek Inside My Fridge - Advocare 24 Day Challenge

Eggs!! We have been going through eggs like crazy, so we got a giant 18 pack, to go along with the other dozen that we already have in our fridge. Sadly, we will probably eat through these all this week! We also picked up some chicken breakfast sausage (the cleanest one we could find) for an egg casserole I’m making to eat for breakfasts this week, along with some chicken breasts and a rotisserie chicken for Chris’ lunches.

Other

Peek Inside My Fridge - Advocare 24 Day Challenge

We also picked up some more of this tuscan herb hummus that we have become OBSESSED with over the past week. We’ve already eaten through one container, and have started to dig into the second. It’s a problem.

Also on the list were beans for chili, salsa, and peanut butter, along with some rice cakes for snacks. Usually I prefer the unsalted, but sadly Aldi was out so we had to go with the lightly salted instead. Oh well!

The Big Picture

Peek Inside My Fridge - Advocare 24 Day Challenge

My fridge is definitely looking nice and full, which is just how I like it. I am excited to do some meal prep with all of this and prepare for the week ahead. Since our mornings have gotten to be super early thanks to morning classes and carpooling this semester, I am really relying on having my meals for the day already prepared to help get me out the door on time.

Well I hope you enjoyed this little peek into my fridge!

So tell me: What is in your fridge right now? Where is your favorite place to shop for groceries?

Well at least they had paper to play with…

Hi all!

Sorry I didn’t get around to post yesterday. Unfortunately Colton has been sick for most of the weekend, and instead of writing a post yesterday morning like planned, we ended up at an unexpected visit to the doctor’s office. Booo! Thankfully it just seems to be a nasty cold, but another kid in his class was recently diagnosed with a more severe respiratory thing (bronchiolitis, in case you are dying to know the real medical term) so we wanted to make sure that we weren’t looking at something more serious.

I tell you, while I love daycare, I do not love all the germs! Although I know I will probably be thanking my lucky stars by the time we reach kindergarten and Colton has an immune system of steal. At least that’s what I keep telling myself.

Doctor's visit

At least Colton enjoyed the doctor’s office. Or, the fact that they had fun paper to play with, at least.

ANYWAY, this weekend started off with something fun and exciting: The Virginia Tech v. Georgia Tech basketball game! We figured we pretty much had to attend since it was basically in our backyard, and we were able to get seats with a bunch of other Hokies.

Virginia Tech versus Georgia Tech basketball

We weren’t quite sure how Colton would do with the loud noises and cheering, since he tends to get scared when people yell, but after a brief moment of panic when he started to scream after everyone cheered for the National Anthem, we put on his headphones and he was good to go.

I swear, those things are miraculous!

Virginia Tech versus Georgia Tech basketball

He had a great time during the first half watching everything that was going on, and then proceeded to pass out and nap pretty much through the entire second half of the game. He woke up for the last few minutes, just in time to watch us come from behind and beat Georgia Tech by 1 point. Wooooo! It was quite the crazy game, and now I remember why I hate basketball. Way too stressful for me!

Unfortunately by Saturday evening, little man wasn’t feeling so well and his mild sniffles had grown into a full blown cough and runny nose. Blech.

The rest of the weekend was pretty chill since the little man was not up for a whole lot of exciting activity. In fact, we used the fact that he has not been sleeping very well to our advantage (when life gives you lemons, right?) and took long drives both Sunday and today to look at potential houses/neighborhoods. Colton got some solid naps in since he could breathe easier while sitting up in the car seat, and Chris and I got to go exploring!

We are still super early in the house-buying stage, but it was nice to get to look at some different areas and get a sense of what might fit us. Atlanta is really known for its neighborhoods, which often have very different vibes. So we definitely want to make sure we find a place where we feel we can fit in with our young family.

Otherwise, we did a lot of grocery shopping and meal prep, which is a great way to start off week 2 of the 24 Day Challenge.

fridge 24 Day Challenge

I also prepped a bunch of baby food for the week. I’m not sure if you all are interested at all in the baby food process and how I’m (slowly) figuring my way through it, but I’d be happy to share if people are interested!

When we weren’t cooking or out driving, we pretty much were home napping and watching movies. Poor Colton is having a really hard time sleeping with this cough, which means that we are up numerous times a night to calm him down when he wakes up screaming from a coughing fit. No good :(

Thank goodness for Spark and a 3 day weekend!

Well I will be back tomorrow with some of my 24 Day Challenge clean eating meals from the week. I hope you all have a great day!

So tell me: How did you spend your 3-day weekend?