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My Whole30 Reintroduction Plan #SeptemberWhole30

My Whole30 Reintroduction Plan #SeptemberWhole30

I can’t believe it is day 25 of the September Whole30! Seriously, where the heck did September go? This round went pretty smoothly. I navigated through some family gatherings (shoutout to my uncle for grilling me up a compliant sausage alongside the hotdogs everyone else […]

Last Week of SeptemberWhole30 Prep

Last Week of SeptemberWhole30 Prep

Somehow it is the 24th of September. DAY 24 of Whole30?! Yay! Not that I want to just eat junk, but having a little flexibility will be a welcome change. Typically in the Whole30 timeline, Day 21 is regarded as the day of “I am […]

Sick Toddler, Guilty Feeling Mom.

Sick Toddler, Guilty Feeling Mom.

I’m not a perfect mom (please if you know one send them my way!), but I like to think I do a decent job. Yesterday though, I had an experience where I just felt awful and figured it was worth sharing. Our toddler (who will be two later this year) is a pretty well behaved girl, but she has just gotten into the phase of being fussy about some foods. My husband was out for work, and we went to meet my mother-in-law for dinner. We actually were bringing our own food with us and I stopped at Subway. Riley wasn’t super interested in what I was orderng her but I figured once we actually got to eating she’d be fine.

Well, I was wrong. She refused to eat for over an hour straight. I was pretty annoyed because we hardly ever eat out and in my mind this was a “treat” and she actively didn’t want any of it. Not only this but she was being very squirmy and we were out in public with my mother-in-law and her friend. I couldn’t help but worry that this lady was thinking my child is just always like this and naughty, but it was very out of character. We went home and I was pretty frustrated. The last times she hasn’t eaten enough before bed she woke up my husband and me at 1am wanting food (which we gave her). So I put her to bed, fully expecting her to wake up at some point.

Sure enough, about an hour and a half later she was fussing pretty loudly. I was annoyed because “just like I thought,” she was up and now probably hungry. So I let her cry a few more minutes. Then I went in to go grab her and give her a snack. When I opened the door, the smell immediately hit me. Then I turned the light on and poor Riley was completely covered in vomit. There was a big puddle on her bedding and she immediately screamed “mama, uck!” when she saw me.

I felt my stomach drop and tears well up immediately. I had assumed the worst in her earlier when really I just had a sick toddler and didn’t realize. Then I literally let her sit in her vomit for a few minutes because I was frustrated. Immediately, she got a shower (which did NOT make her happy at that moment), then into some cozy clean pajamas, and cuddling on the couch with a movie on.

Fast forward with a sick toddler…

Fast forward several more vomit sessions (thankfully I’d grabbed a bowl and no more showers were needed), some laundry, and lots of squirming…..and it was 4:30am and the sick toddler and I were up for the day. Did I mention she woke up every hour so I got no actual sleep? We took a quick trip to the local 24hr grocery store and I picked up some Pedialyte and crackers. I didn’t realize there weren’t any medicinces for infants vomiting/nausea (the youngest age I saw showed 6).

Thankfully, now in the afternoon she has kept down both the liquids and crackers and half a banana. I called the daycare and they said a few others in her classroom were out as well, and about an hour later they sent out an email that almost the whole class was out or had been sent home. Eventually she took a three hour nap. The whole time she’s been in pretty good spirits, except for the first big uck and shower.

And Finally

So there is my most recent mom fail. My sweet husband (who was gone overnight for work) said he understood being frustrated because he had also gotten up with Riley before when she fussed about food. We usually let her cry it out for a few minutes before checking on her, so I hadn’t done anything unusual. Riley just happened to be sick. We both were surprised that she hadn’t communicated that she felt sick, so throughout the evening and today I’ve been trying to get her to say her tummy felt ucky and things like this.

How have you handled little ones getting flu-like symptoms? What works to soothe your sick toddler? Let me know!

 

-Rachel

Whole30 Sesame Chicken

Whole30 Sesame Chicken

Today, my husband had a meal request. He told me he wanted “American style Chinese” for dinner. You see, I grew up in an area where authentic Chinese food was available, and when I moved to the Midwest was beyond horrified with what is considered […]

Spicy Bacon Wrapped Dates (Whole 30)

Spicy Bacon Wrapped Dates (Whole 30)

If you are looking for a super fast, super easy, and super delicious appetizer LOOK NO FURTHER. It was Labor Day weekend, and we were invited to a football game party. My sweet husband forgot to mention this to me until the morning of, leaving […]

Budget Fail and Budget Win

Budget Fail and Budget Win

This week I had a budget fail that really stuck out to me as a “stupid tax,” but then also a budget win that almost made up for it just a day later! These were both pretty unique things so I figured it might be an entertaining read. Because I want to end on a positive note, let’s start with the budget fail….

Budget Fail: Bacon

I have a really efficient habit that has worked really well for me until yesterday. Occasionally on my lunch breaks, I’ll do some grocery shopping. I work almost directly next to an Aldi, so if I’ve got my list I’m not even pressed for time. This is my working mom hack: using my lunch break to do the shopping means I can get home sooner! In wintertime this is even easier. I just leave everything in my car because it’s naturally in a freezer this way.  In August though? Well…I think you may see where this budget fail is going.

 

I had a really short list today of what I’d be purchasing. In fact, I only had one refrigerated item. Bacon. My husband needed it for a recipe he was making that night. While at Aldi I picked up everything I needed. I put the bacon and some cherries I planned to eat at work on the front seat of my car. This was so I wouldn’t forget it. About two hours later, I’m sitting at my desk munching on cherries when I think, “wait, did I grab that bacon?!” So I run to the fridge and it’s not there. I practically run to my car and sure enough there was the bacon. I grab it out and the package is literally hot. So I bring it inside, and straight into the trash it goes. Talk about wasteful. I was pretty bummed about that, and I may need to rethink my strategy of lunchtime shopping if cold items are involved.

 

Budget Win: the Headshot

This actually started off being a potential budget fail. I got into work yesterday morning and in my inbox was an email from the VP at our company. He sent it late in the evening the day before and apologized for the late notice. It was a notice that we were having professional headshots taken on Thursday and that we were required a dress code of a white or oxford blue button up. No exceptions. Mind you, I received this the day before our headshots! I didn’t own either required color button up mentioned which meant last minute shopping.  At lunch, I decided to head to a thrift store just to check. I found a lovely white button down in perfect condition. I looked at the tag after trying it on and realized it was Brooks Brothers! And it only cost me $2.99! Just a quick reference, Brooks Brothers has a very similar top on their website currently listed for $98!!  So I am now calling this annoyance a big budget win! A white button down is a classic piece that will be good to have for my professional future. It’s a super high quality shirt, and I’m getting a free professional headshot courtesy of my company. Yay!

 

What are YOUR budget wins? Any stupid taxes? Let me know!

 

-Rachel

Working 9-5 Feels Impossible After College

Working 9-5 Feels Impossible After College

I’ve been working at my full time job for a bit over year (I was promoted so really it’s only been six months in my current position). I’ve sometimes felt like I can’t stay focused at work all the time. Or more accurately, like there […]

My Grocery List August 2017

My Grocery List August 2017

This week has been another good one budget-wise and food wise! Onions Diced tomatoes Coconut cream Bacon Arrowroot Chicken tenderloins Mushrooms Aidell’s Chicken and Apple Sausage Aidell’s Ginger and Scallion Sausage  these sausages are my lifesavers and thankfully were on sale! Bell peppers coleslaw Meals […]

Decluttering While Zero Waste: Yes it IS Possible

Decluttering While Zero Waste: Yes it IS Possible

If you get nothing else out of this article, decluttering while zero waste IS possible. I’m a work in progress on both minimalism and zero waste. Some things I’ve noticed while working on both is that often, when in a big declutter phase, people often resort to “just get rid of it!” This mentality leads to throwing away perfectly good items in the name of becoming a minimalist. From there it might be zero waste, but a process which includes throwing out perfectly usable items is not zero waste! On the other hand, I’ve noticed many in the zero waste community say to “just hang onto” something in case a good use comes along for the item. Sure, a t shirt you don’t wear could become a dish rag, but when you’ve already got plenty of dish rags, what do you do? Wait two years until you might turn it into a rag? No because then you have items to store that you don’t actually want or need at that time. So how do you balance decluttering while zero waste?

Five Tips for Decluttering While Zero Waste

  1. STOP BUYING – This theme rings true in minimalism and zero waste living. Stop buying new things until you have a need. The “declutter” process will likely show you things you didn’t realize you had, or way to repurpose old items to fill a new role. I see a lot of deciding to live “zero waste” then immediately purchase produce bags. That isn’t zero waste! Zero waste is going through what you have to see if there is something that would work for this purpose that you’d otherwise not want. Zero waste is NOT buying more.
  2. Donate or sell – For items in good condition donate them! You don’t have to keep items you don’t like just because you might use them someday. Especially if these items could go to use now! Another avenue of this is selling items. Apps like ThredUp and Poshmark make it easy to sell items quickly for a profit. I also cannot stress enough to only donate items in GOOD condition. If you aren’t sure what to do with items in poor condition, see item 4.
  3. Give – some items, like open makeup, you could give to a friend or family member. Don’t force it on them if they don’t want it, but you never know! Be very cautious of what items you do this with, and sanitize!
  4. List for FreeCraigslist and Freecycle are awesome websites to list items for free. Those items you have but are broken, ripped, stained etc and you aren’t sure what to do? List them for Free. One man’s trash is another man’s treasure. You never know what people’s hobbies are. Someone may be working on a project and be able to use whatever you want to get rid of.
  5. Repurpose – I kind of said otherwise, but sometimes it is a great idea to repurpose old stained clothes as cleaning rags. Old totes or bags make great shopping or produce bags. Glass jars can be cups etc. There are many different ways to use items if you just think outside the box.

Ultimately, I want to own all items that bring me joy (yes I do love Marie Kondo) but are sustainable. That means it will take years of using our current items and replacing with better options. But this is a process. Slow and steady wins the race when it comes to decluttering while zero waste!

Let me know if you have some tips too! I’m always wanting to learn more:)

 

-Rachel

Our Emergency Fund: How Much to Save

Our Emergency Fund: How Much to Save

We were so excited to get to building our emergency fund to our “fully funded emergency fund.” This is also known as Baby Step 3 of Dave Ramsey’s Financial plan. After we became debt free, it was time to begin saving up. But how did […]