A Typical Day With an Eight Month Old

I’m blessed to be able to be a Stay at Home Mom right now, and I couldn’t be happier. I get to spend every minute with my daughter, and my job right now is her! We don’t have a set schedule, but we do have a pretty predictable routine.

She wakes up for the day between 8-10am (usually closer to 8-9), and we start the day with cuddles. We hang out in bed for a little while and I nurse her until she’s full. She’s almost always in a wonderful mood when she first wakes up.

We go downstairs and we take the dogs out. Since it’s getting colder our walks have turned into just going out briefly. Once we come back in, I change her diaper, wipe her down, change her clothes, brush her hair, clean out her ears, and get her ready for the day. (Sometimes she just gets new pajamas on!)

Then, I usually make coffee and have breakfast while she plays independently either in the playpen or her exersaucer (though she’s liking the exersaucer less and less these days!). This is usually the calmest part of the day, and she seems to enjoy her time alone to play.

After I finish eating, she usually is close to wanting a nap. She doesn’t last long in the mornings before being ready to go back to sleep. I’d say about an hour or so on average. We play until she starts to act tired.

Her first nap of the day is usually between 10-12 (depending on when she woke up that day), and she usually goes down very quickly (with me nursing her to sleep). She naps anywhere from 30 minutes to 1.5 hours. After she wakes, I nurse her again, and we take the dogs out once more.

This is the point in the day where we will go somewhere if we need to run any errands. If we are staying home (which is more common), we go into the playroom after her first nap and we play, sing songs, and explore everything. She practices pulling up, sitting down, crawling, clapping, and making noises. This is a fun time of the day, and she’s happiest when there is music on.

Her second nap of the day is usually between 1-2, and this nap is the most unpredictable! She sometimes sleeps for only 30 minutes but sometimes she sleeps for 3 hours. I never know what to expect from this nap. I’d say an average is probably about 2 hours.

Daddy gets home from work usually at the end of this nap, sometimes during, around 3pm. This is when I get most things done (cooking, cleaning, etc), and he spends some one-on-one time with her, playing.

She sometimes takes a third nap, but not always. I try to make sure she goes to sleep before 6:30 if she’s going to take this third nap, otherwise her bedtime is late. Between 6-8 is the roughest part of the day because she’s getting sleepy and starts to fight sleep. We usually try to start settling down and watch some tv while she plays. On bath times, this is around the time she gets a bath.

I know most babies go to bed early, but we learned that with Penelope, if she goes to sleep before 8 pm she treats it like a nap and will only sleep for about an hour. I try to keep her up until at least 9, and she sleeps all night!

So that’s our routine! It’s not an exact science, and it won’t work for everyone, but it’s what works for us.

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Kroger Clicklist Review

There are some people out there who love grocery shopping. I, however, am not one of those people. In fact, I basically hate grocery shopping. It takes up so much time, it’s stressful, annoying, and just generally not a fun time for me. One day I happened upon an article highlighting the new service Kroger was bringing to my city, and I was just delighted! It was called Clicklist.

What is Clicklist?

Basically, you go on their website, order your groceries for the following day, they shop for you and bring it to your car. What could be better than that? I had to try it out, and here’s my experience.

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Overall experience:

It’s amazing. Wonderful. Awesome, and possibly, the best thing ever. For starters, it is incredibly easy. You add stuff to your shopping cart just like you would any other online store. A really cool feature is that when you use your Kroger card, it saves your recent purchases and they come up first on your page. This was nice because I do buy the same things every week so it saved time. I ordered everything, confirmed, and scheduled my pickup time (which is the following day). Upon arrival, they were already in the parking lot so I didn’t have to call the number to let them know I was there. A lady took my order number, went in, and came back out pushing a cart with several crates full of groceries (bagged of course). I paid using the mobile pad, and off I went, car full of groceries! It was great!

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Positives:

You don’t have to go to the grocery store and shop! This is obviously the biggest pro to this service. It was simple, convenient, and easy to figure out. You can get everything with this service, including meats and vegetables. I felt like I wasn’t rushed, and I spent more time thinking about what I wanted to get, which prevented me from making impulse buys. This means that it’s perfect for meal planning! Also, it keeps track of the cost as you add items into the cart which really helps with budgeting. (Grocery budgeting is something I need to get much better at!).

Negatives:

There weren’t many negatives, but there were a few. First of all, you really have to pay attention to the sizes (weights, product count in the box, etc) because you don’t see the item. For example, I meant to get one pound of meat, but accidentally added a 3 pound packet of meat (I guess I briefly saw where it said $4.99/pound and didn’t realize it was 3 pounds!). Not a huge deal, though. Also, you don’t get to pick out your exact meats or vegetables. For some, this could be a big negative, but for me it wasn’t a deal breaker. One last negative is that they sometimes have to substitute an item (if it’s not in stock, etc), and they just pick the closest thing to whatever you ordered. I ended up getting a $3 bag of chips when the one I ordered was the Kroger brand and just $1. This, along with specific weights of meat and vegetables, brought my cost up about $10 more than my estimated cost. The service also costs $4.99 but they do waive this fee on certain days.

To sum up:

I honestly think I will use this service every week. I believe it will help with meal planning and budgeting, and will save a ton of time and stress! I am so excited that they offer it just up the street from where I live. I highly suggest you try out this service (unless of course, you are one of those people who enjoys grocery shopping).

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Easy and Delicious Chicken Parmesan

This is one of my favorite go-to chicken meals. It’s incredibly easy, quick and even the pickiest of eaters seem to like it.

Ingredients:

  • Italian Style Panko Breadcrumbs
  • Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts
  • Jar of your Favorite Pasta Sauce (Or Marinara)
  • Angel Hair Pasta

What you do:

  1. Coat your chicken in the panko breadcrumbs. Heat up some olive oil and butter in a pan and sear chicken until golden brown on both sides and cooked through (about 5 minutes per side).
  2. Boil your pasta according to the instructions.
  3. Add your sauce to the pan of chicken.
  4. Serve and enjoy!
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Why I Bought a Traveler’s Notebook

I’m one of those people who needs a planner and some level of organization in order to keep my life together. That doesn’t mean I’m OCD or super organized. In fact, I’m quite the opposite. I’m more of an, everything-would-fall-apart-and-I’d-lose-my-own-hand type of person, so it’s very important for me to at least attempt to be organized. I’ve tried all kinds of planners, apps, post-it notes, everything and nothing was the perfect “fit”. It’s almost the new year, so it was time for me to start researching planners to, yet again, attempt to find the perfect one, and guess what, y’all. I think I found it!

It started off innocently enough. I was just looking up planners on Instagram and I found something both interesting and gorgeous. I watched a YouTube video about it, “setting up a one-book”, and I’m like what the heck is a “one book”. I googled it and didn’t find much, so I used a term that she girl used in her video “Mr. Darcy A6”. I had no idea what this meant, but I was excited to find out. Sure enough, this search yielded the results I was looking for.

Traveler’s Notebook. What an amazing concept! It’s basically a journal cover with elastic bands that can hold different little notebooks or inserts. This was it! This is perfect! I can customize it all I want, and I can reuse the gorgeous cover for years and years. You can find an insert for literally anything. Pocket folders, blank pages for drawing, lined notebooks for journals, meal plans, bullet lists, monthly calendars, weekly calendars, passwords, clear folders that can be used as wallets, the possibilities are endless! I don’t have to pick and choose what I want in a planner anymore, I can have my cake and eat it too. For someone who has lists upon lists, notes stuck everywhere, and loves writing stuff down, this is the best solution. I’m sure you can tell just how excited I am about this. I totally get the “one book” concept now. Stay tuned!

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Blue Apron: Seared Chicken & Caramelized Vegetables

For the original recipe from Blue Apron, click here

I wasn’t sure how I was going to like this recipe, it seemed a bit boring to be honest. Also, I was pretty sure I didn’t like fennel (heard that it tasted like licorice). Boy, was I wrong. Like all of the other Blue Apron meals I have tried, this one was unique and incredibly flavorful! The fennel added something special and I will be cooking with fennel from now on. (Yay for finding a new ingredient!)

What Blue Apron says about the recipe: “Caramelized onion—or onion cooked slowly to brown its natural sugars—adds incredible depth of flavor to countless dishes in French cuisine. Here, we’re adding another vegetable to the mix: anise-like fennel. Finished together in a rich pan sauce, the two make for a perfectly sweet counterpoint to our savory chicken. Cherry tomatoes roasted with sprigs of thyme complete the dish with refreshing pops of juiciness (and a subtly woodsy touch).”

Ingredients:

  • Boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • Cherry tomatoes
  • 1 Fennel bulb
  • 1 Yellow Onion
  • 2 Garlic Gloves
  • Gold Potatoes
  • 1 Bunch Thyme
  • 2 Tablespoons Butter
  • 2 Tablespoons Flour
  • 1 Tablespoon Sherry Vinegar

What you do:

  1. Wash and dice your vegetables.
  2. *The recipe calls for roasting your tomatoes with the thyme for about 6 minutes at 475 degrees but personally I didn’t like the idea of heating up my oven for a few tomatoes. Next time I may just sear them.
  3. Boil your potatoes for about 15 minutes. Once cooked, drain. Mash them up, adding butter and salt/pepper to taste.
  4. Flour your chicken, adding salt and pepper. Sear with olive oil in pan until golden brown (3-5 minutes per side)
  5. Using the same pan you cooked the chicken in, add the fennel and onion along with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring frequently about 15 minutes or until soft.
  6. Once cooked, add garlic and stir for about 1 minute. Add in your vinegar, cooked chicken, and thyme.

This recipe took a while, but reminded me of a jazzed up comfort food. I will definitely be making it again!

 

 

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