Small WholeFoods Haul

I have been very serious since E.K. was born about only cooking/serving real food (read: organic). WholeFoods is so expensive, but I adore their fresh fruits, veggies, and speciality items you rarely find in other markets.

E.K. had his 18 month wellness visit with his Pediatrician today. Since WholeFoods is located down the street from the doctor’s office, I decided to make a pit stop on our way home from the appt. Needless to say… what was supposed to be a quick in and out for some milk turned into a almost $75 purchase.

So what did I get for just under $75?

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Let’s just say that I didn’t get a lot, lol! But everything I purchased we will eat up over the weekend. It’s almost as if I need a part time job just to support my WholeFoods addiction. I don’t make a habit of shopping there often, but I do try to get in there at least once per month. I typically shop at our local Wegmans market and Trader Joes; however, WholeFoods is my guilty pleasure when I want to feel high class sidity and get great tasting overpriced fruits and organic goodies.

Side Note: It's flu season. WholeFoods sells the absolute BEST fresh squeezed OJ ever!!! Do you and your family a favor and grab some.    You're welcome!

I’m going to attempt to meal plan this weekend and stick to the menu. I am a planning freak, but never really got into the meal planning habit. Since we began our debt free journey, I decided that meal planning could be beneficial in helping us not overspend on eating out and so forth. Let me know if you’d be interested in seeing what I make for the family throughout the work week.

Until next time wonderful people…

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Changes.

There have been many changes since the new year. Let’s start with the fact that the husband and I decided to transition E.K. from his crib to a toddler bed.

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E.K. is 17 months old and would be considered “too young” for a toddler bed by many judgmental moms and self proclaimed expert standards, lol. There were some key factors that encouraged us to make this change:

  1. E.K. has NEVER slept well in his crib. We didn’t let E.K. sleep with us as a infant (he slept in a bassinet/co-sleeper next to our bed until he was approx. 2.5 months old, then we transitioned him to his crib in his own room). We even bought him a new mattress assuming the original one wasn’t comfy enough for him.
  2. He does excellent napping on a cot at daycare. So much so that he walks right up to his cot during nap time and puts himself to sleep for 2.5 to 3 hrs. {Who the hell is this child and why doesn’t he do this for us at home}!
  3. He’s wild sleeper and would bang himself against his crib constantly, causing his limbs to get caught between the bars on the crib and on occasion waking himself up.

This was not an easy transition for us (read: me). E.K. loved his new found freedom of being able to crawl out of his bed at his leisure and come to us if he wants too. The first night went “okay”. He fell out of the bed at least 2 times — luckily I padded the floor with stuffed animals and pillows. The second night was a nightmare. I almost had the husband put the crib back together again, lol. E.K. woke up every hour it felt like and kept screaming for us to come rock him back to sleep. Aye yi yi.

We have now gotten into this routine where E.K. will fall asleep via the rocking chair in our lap or when he’s super heavy eyed and we sit next to him as he dozes off in his bed. He will typically wake up about midnight for something to drink (usually milk) and then go back to sleep. Around 3am we have learned to expect to hear little feet running across the floor and into our room. E.K. then climbs into our bed and cuddles up to his dad or myself to go back to sleep. As sweet as it is… I NEED MY REST! I’m hoping it’s just a phase and he will soon sleep through the night. Have I mentioned my child hasn’t slept through the night since he was born??? Pray for me.

In other news, I’ve been a busy mama. When the opportunity presented itself I enjoyed a brunch or two, happy hour, grocery shopping, and just binge watching YouTube vlogs.

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Until next time…

What’s for Dinner tonight?

In an effort to be more budget focused, I’ve been trying my hand at meal planning. I found a recipe on Pinterest that looked easy, healthy, and yummy so I figured I’d give it a try…

The recipe called for italian sausage, bell peppers, onions, and a mix of vegetables. On a scale of 1 to 10, I’d give this a rating of 8. It’s a simple recipe and filling without being too heavy on the stomach or budget. I paired it with garlic & herb rice pilaf and I must say it was a winner with the husband.

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I purchased the Happy Planner home planner from Michael’s the other day. It has a meal planning section… I guess that’s my way of psyching myself into taking the time to meal plan each week. Tomorrow nights dinner will be citrus marinated chicken breast and fresh vegetables.

What are you having for dinner tonight?

Until next time…