9 Month Old Baby Bites

We have a big 10-month old on our hands now! I say this ALL the time, but come on– she changes so much every day! I got her up from a nap today and she was sitting- SITTING- in her crib. First time she has gotten herself upright from laying down. We are in trouble! No crawling yet, just lots of scooting backwards and rolling where she wants to go.  If we put her standing up she will turn from...

“Healthy” Words I Wish We Would All Stop Using

It seems that you cannot flip on the TV, open a magazine, or scroll through facebook without someone blasting the latest greatest nutrition information. If you believed everything you heard or read, the only way you could possibly lead a healthy life is if you: Go on a week long detox to cleanse your system of toxins built up over your lifetime that would otherwise sit and rot in your insides. Introduce only all organic, non-GMO foods. Make sure your...

FRIDAY FINDS: A FEW OF MY FAVORITE THINGS 2

HAPPY FRIDAY! Here is a new edition of what I am loving at the moment! Disclosure:This post contains affiliate links, which means I receive a commission if you make a purchase using said link. If you are uncomfortable using the affiliate link, but wish to make a purchase, I encourage you to visit the site without using my link! As always, opinions of products are my own, and I only promote what I would/do use myself and for my family! New...

Pressure Cooker Venison Stew

Pressure Cooker Venison Stew

We had an AMAZING time up north with the family for the fourth weekend! There is something so relaxing about being at a cabin with nothing in particular to do. I was asked several times, “aren’t you going to take a picture of that before you eat it?”  Unfortunately for all of you I decided to just enjoy all of my indulgences and delicious meals instead of documenting them. Lots of watermelon, chicken salad, BBQ chicken, salmon, and ice cream...

15 Protein Packed Plant Based Dishes

I feel like I could go ON and ON about protein and how important it is for us to eat enough of it and making sure we have some at each meal and snack, Why is protein so important you might ask???? To reminisce and go back to Sophomore year BIO 101: Protein is the building block of life. Which means that to build muscle, make skin and blood cells, maintain bone strength and all things renewing in our bodies we...

Meal Prep Edition:1

Taking a personal day off from work on Friday was seriously the BEST decision. Three whole days spent with family and purging the house of all of our clutter (impending garage sale coming up!) was just what I needed to recharge. Jeff, Harper and I went grocery shopping on Friday, then today I got to work prepping meals for the week. A cup of coffee in hand and a preoccupied baby, I was able to make some breakfast, snacks, lunches...

Blueberry Banana Oat Cakes

Blueberry Banana Oat Cakes

Most days of the week I want to begin my day with a sweet meal: oatmeal, peanut butter & jelly toast, yogurt and fruit, you get the idea. Don’t get me wrong, I love a good omelet or breakfast scramble, but something about a carb heavy morning meal always hits the spot. While I LOVE pancakes, I hate feeling hungry an hour or two after eating them. The “simple carb” breakfasts like pancakes and waffles do not have enough fiber,...

8 Month Old Baby Bites

I absolutely cannot believe that Harper is now as old as I was (meant to be ) pregnant! We celebrated the 9 month milestone on Saturday, complete with the monthly picture and enjoying her favorite foods! From the day Harper was born, it became almost an obsession for me to get her to eat and gain weight. I had to be induced 3 weeks early due to several ultrasounds in a row of her measuring the same. So at 37...

Avocado Tuna Salad

No Cook Meals for the Heat of Summer: Avocado Tuna Salad

Welcome to Summer in Michigan! Last week: 70s and oh-so-comfortable. This week: 95 and “can’t walk from the car to the house without my hair growing 5 inches” humid. With no Central air, Jeff put the window air units in this weekend so thankfully we can at least sleep at night. Monday night after we put the little one to bed, we were searching around for something to make for dinner. Anything that required the stove or oven was OUT....

Money Saving Cookbook Giveaway

Money Talks: Eating Well on a Budget + a GIVEAWAY!!!

Talking about money and saving is not necessarily the most exciting subject and it can seem impossible at times to actually save money.  I have the opportunity at work to cut down on my hours in order to spend a WHOLE extra day at home with my little one, and despite the anxiety I have of making less money, I am taking it.  Less money coming in + goals the husband and I have = less money better be going...