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You’re probably getting tired me of talking about nesting, but my brain just can’t help it! I’ve been scurrying around the house sifting through things and sorting drawers and closets for weeks now, and I figured the best way to share what I’ve done would be a little video tour. Strike that – a super-long video tour! If you stick out all 15+ minutes, you’ll also get to see a live view of the office/family room swap we did. (But I’m saving the nursery reveal for another post!)
A few notes about the video
My home is not nearly as perfectly organized as Jen’s. #lifegoals But I’d rather show you around now than wait 10 years until everything is sparkly and perfectly labeled (which it never will be).
I didn’t tidy up at all prior to pushing record, so this is literally my home on a normal day. Read: not perfect.
I shot half of the video just before we switched our office and toy room, so I decided to do a little before and after. Hopefully that will be clear when you watch!
As we talk about homes in general, I wanted to share some of my favorite sources of inspiration!
I Heart Organizing // As mentioned above, Jen is the Q.U.E.E.N. of home organization on the internet. Everything she touches turns to rose gold and rainbows! She’s also the mom to three boys, so her sparkling, organized home is even more impressive.
Plank & Pillow // I just found this Tennessee-based home account on Instagram a few weeks ago and have heart eyes for every.single.photo they post of their stunning farmhouse. Thomas and I do want to build a house someday, and the P&P house is at the top of my list of inspo houses at the moment. I just love all the bright white and light and black contrast! Also: their pool!
The Nester // I have always found Myquillyn’s style to be so approachable and practical, and she has great tips! I own her book She also a new book coming out – The Cozy Minimalist – and corresponding courses. I’m interested! Does anything sound more warm and fuzzy than the words “cozy minimalist”?!
Young House Love // Obviously! My “Richmond friends” are always up to something DIY, and their site reads just like that – of friends you trust. If they recommend anything I need, I immediately go buy it. (Even when I have sworn off buying things!) I also love their podcast, think they are hilarious, and relate to both John and Sherry’s personalities in so many ways! (For example, Sherry and I both love the temperature “hot car”!)
I remember one of the hardest parts of having a newborn (lack of sleep will always be at the top) was not having a third hand to eat. I take for granted that Mazen and I can sit down and enjoy a meal together these days! I still have to jump up for more milk or an extra napkin nearly every meal, but for the most part we can eat together in peace. I remember the days of shoveling food in because I didn’t know how long he would be happy in his bouncy seat, how long the nap would last, or maybe just dropping crumbs all over his head while I was holding or wearing him. There are so many things that I’m super excited to experience again with a new baby and things that I’m already nervous about, knowing what’s ahead. It’s all the good old days though. (And I’m obsessed with this song! I’m always months behind the rest of the world.)
Playing with his train set for the first time in ages!
Daily Harvest sent me a sample set of their smoothies, and I’ve been loving them. I will definitely be ordering another batch near the time that the baby comes because these are the ultimate new mom breakfast! While I couldn’t justify the cost of one-a-day forever, during periods of stress or busy seasons, these would be a wonderful gift to yourself or a friend.
While obviously making an at-home smoothie doesn’t take that long, sometimes getting the ratios of fruit to milk right are hard. And sometimes you run out of frozen berries. And sometimes you literally don’t have 5 extra minutes in the morning to measure everything out. I love that the DH fruit, veggies, and flavors are pre-measured in the cup and you just add milk of your choice and blend – and then you can enjoy it right in the same cup and not have an extra dish to wash (except that ole blender!) They have a bunch of superfood ingredients too, so they’re different from my usual smoothie flavors. Cauliflower and zucchini are two things I have never added to a smoothie, but I couldn’t taste them at all!
So far I’ve tried and loved the chai and coconut and the dragon fruit + lychee. Both were great. Can’t wait to try the hot harvest bowl too – but I’m saving that for when the baby comes!
If you’d like three FREE smoothies for yourself, you can use my link or discount code: katheats.
We are eating all the caprese sandwiches before the tomatoes are gone! This was on this wonderful rosemary bread from Whole Foods.
Dinner salad with leftover chicken and a pre-made kale mix. We had toast on the side! My wood looks like a leopard because it had just started to rain when I took this pic : )
Two jokes to end the day because Mazen loves jokes these days!
On Sunday a handful of my girlfriends threw us a co-ed baby sprinkle aka a party to get together to enjoy lunch and cake. The original location at a vineyard was rained out, but Castle Hill Cider was so very kind to let us use their big event barn. The barn turned out to be such a perfect venue sheltered from the rain but with plenty of space for our large group and a dozen or so kids to run around.
Sarah gave the shower a woodlands theme, which also turned out to be perfect for our barn setting. I loved her veggie tray owl!
We had meatballs, veggie and cheese plates, pesto kale salad, mini sandwiches, a lovely barley and peach salad made by my friend Emily, and fruit.
Plus chocolate lollipops my mom brought from Matthew’s Chocolates in Hillsborough.
And the MOST delicious cake!!
Locals if you’re wondering, the cake was from Foods Of All Nations, and they are my new favorite spot for party sheet cakes! We’ve used them for events a few times, and the cream cheese frosting is a unique style. I’d call it a cross between traditional cream cheese and buttercream. It’s not too sweet, but also not too cream cheesey either. Everyone raved about it, myself and end piece included : )
We also bought lots of cider, and had lavender lemonade for the kids and pregnant ladies : )
Mazen had a great time running around. I think that cheese slice and cracker were all he had for lunch before he ate cake! :wide eye emoji:
There were a host of men/husbands/dads and kids, but they weren’t camera friendly : ) We didn’t want an emphasis on games or gifts – just time with our dearest friends.
My friend Carly is due 3 weeks ahead of me! “We are the women in black” (sung to the Men In Black theme song!)
We opened some gifts at the end, and Baby B got some super cozy sweet outfits, swaddle blankets (because Mazen isn’t sharing his!) and practical items that I needed after being out of babyland for five years.
Photo credit: Mr. Patrick Collins, baby shower photographer extraordinaire
We were so lucky to have Hurricane Florence miss us in Charlottesville. At one point they had her path heading here but then everything shifted south. It just so happened that my parents had plans to come up for a visit for Mazen’s birthday party and our baby shower, so they escaped some gross weather in North Carolina as well. We have yet to hear a report from Bald Head Island on the status of our house there, and it might be some time before anyone is back on the island to check on things. We had the weather news on all weekend following the storm, and the footage has been so heartbreaking to see.
We were glad to have Grammie + Pea here though, and we packed a lot into our weekend together. They arrived late on Thursday, and since Mazen was with Matt, we all went out to dinner at Oakhart Social for a rare double date. Dressed up to go out!
We had a great tapas meals ending with this epic s’mores bread pudding. One of the best desserts I’ve had in a while! Towers of chocolate bread, chocolate puppy chow, and toasted marshmallow fluff!
On Friday we surprised Mazen with a visit to his cafeteria for lunch! Somehow he knew we were coming though, but he was still glad to see us!
Since Mazen’s lunch is at 10:20 am, mom and I went out for real lunch closer to noon. We ran a few errands and dined at Burton’s Grill where we had some delicious lunch salads on the covered patio while rain misted around us.
We met Mazey at the bus and the playing began! An animal feast!
For dinner I thawed out a four pack of Butcher Box steaks! I ordered my first box when they had a free ground beef for life promotion. (They may actually still be running it!) If you’re not familiar, Butcher Box ships humanely raised, high quality grass-fed and finished beef and chicken to your doorstep. It’s super convenient, and I love having meat to thaw out when needed instead of always having to run to the store.
Note the giraffe that joined us for dinner!
My dad spent an hour (literally!) making this epic salad from all of the veggies in his fridge he brought up. It was a great diverse selection of healthy produce, including turnips, pea shoots, and tomatoes.
We had baked potatoes to finished off the meal.
Friday evening we watched the Minimalism documentary. I really enjoyed it, and I was thrilled that Thomas’s comment after turning it off was “I’m inspired!”
Saturday morning T made us veggie omelets and toast.
After digesting I did a prenatal workout DVD in the basement. It was the first time I’ve done a prenatal workout this pregnancy, and it was fun! I really need to embrace at-home workouts more when it’s hard to get to the gym. I was quite sweaty when I finished! Mazen even did some of it with me!
At noon we went to ACAC for his birthday party! It was originally scheduled for a few weeks ago, but due to many of his friends being out of town we postponed it a few weeks. It was also supposed to be a pool party, but since the weather was cold and rainy, we moved it inside to the Big Room. Totally glad this happened because it ended up being such a great party spot! Much easier to keep an eye on all the kids in one big room.
They had a great time running around!
We broke for pizza and cupcakes in the classroom halfway through. One happy boy!
We were all totally exhausted when we got home, and I was able to take a little nap while Mazen watched his new Lego Batman movie.
We had plans to take Mazen out to dinner with us, but ACAC was having a neon glow dance party that the neighbors were attending (it’s free!) and Mazen begged us to join them. We figured another double date sounded fun to us so long as he was happy, so I took a car full of kids up to the party and then we went to Maya for dinner. The neighbors picked up the kids, so the carpooling bought us each 30 minutes on either end of the night.
Pimento cheese fritters!!
And pork tenderloin with grits and squash. So delish!
Mazen came home past bedtime with the news that his group had won the dance off competition! I went to bed right after he did.
Sunday morning Thomas made us breakfast sandwiches with bacon, egg, and cheese on whole wheat english muffins, plus grapes and OJ.
We took Gussie for a walk and got ready for our baby shower! I’m going to save that recap for tomorrow’s post because it deserves its own post. See you then!
^^Fun at the bus stop. To all of our neighbors: we are really working on keeping the children’s voices down at 7am. I apologize for all the shrieking! Whisper voices are hard to enforce.
Our week started off with a taco bar! I made a taco salad with a little bit of everything. We had Nonna over for dinner to enjoy with us.
The next day I had all the leftovers in a bowl for lunch!
Early in the week I had the last of our harissa chicken over a salad for lunch. With tomatoes and seaside cheddar.
Breakfast cravings this week have included a berry smoothie:
And then the next day, Mazen’s leftover smoothie turned into a bowl! Moms, eating kids leftovers since the beginning of time. Mine was a lot fancier than his with granola, Dang coconut chips, and coconut butter magic shell!
Another day I had a STRONG peanut butter craving and just decided to center breakfast around it. Toast + banana, smothered.
One of Mazen’s chores is to set the table. He made place cards!! (Actually before you think his handwriting is that good, he asked me to write my name myself but then he distributed them along with the plates : ) )
We had to make a lot of tweaks to our meal plan this week, which included using some of the meat I had thawed for tacos for burgers the next night. (T said I thawed way too much. He was right!) So we used bread as the buns and made burgers the next night. Plus a big salad!
Per usual, I had the leftovers for lunch. Also: those smoked chips are SO GOOD!
Afternoon Bat City playing.
Which was all the more lovely with the wafts of Cider candle floating through the house! LOVE Rewined candles!
Guess what else fall has arrived?! I had to pick up a sixer of Schlafly for after the baby comes juuuust in case it’s all sold out by then!
Our meal plan had another hiccup when I got home from yoga and found out Thomas had cooked Wednesday’s dinner on Tuesday! That’s a good problem to have, right? I had planned dinner salads for Tuesday and had all but decided to have cereal for dinner when I walked in to baked chicken, potatoes, and peppers. It was on the simple side, but tasted great!
I went to two cycle classes, one strength class, and did some cardio this week. Cycle is one of the best way for me to break a sweat, but it’s getting so hard to reach the knob!
I’ve been spending a lot of evenings like this, sitting in one of the few positions that is comfortable these days. It’s so weird how all the relaxing positions are my most uncomfortable. I’m actually happiest standing up but I can only do that for so long! 6ish weeks to go!
We are keeping all of the Carolinas in our thoughts this weekend. We’re worried about our marsh house, Bald Head Island, and pretty much all of NC. Really crossing my fingers this storm backs down at the last minute.
When Mazen was born I never took much of a break from blogging. I went from three posts a day to one and since I was writing mostly about life as a new mom, my content was easily generated and recapped. I was also writing both KERF and BERF along with a few ongoing freelance gigs. I’m glad I just have one blog to focus on this time! (Plus sharing on Instagram, obvi). While I don’t remember feeling too overwhelmed with my work time after Mazen was born, I do remember being so tired at the end of the day and feeling obligated to update the blog each evening. After a few months of that I switched over to mostly topic-based posts so that I could batch write during nap times and not have to work in the evenings so much. I wrote this post about work-life balance when Mazen was nearing a year old, and it’s interesting for me to go back and re-read now. (I also stole the same pics for this post!)
So what’s the plan when baby #2 comes?
From when the baby arrives to New Year’s Day, I’m planning to go into low-power mode. I recently started listening to Gretchen Rubin’s Happier podcast, and I enjoyed this episode describing low-power mode as a computer functioning on the bare minimum of resources. I don’t intend to disappear entirely for 10-ish weeks. I’m just going to publish posts maybe once or twice a week about what’s going on in our lives with a few sponsored and topical posts scattered in. I want there to be zero pressure on myself to sit down to my computer if I’m feeling overwhelmed, exhausted, etc. But I also know that over the course of a week I should have enough time to check in with you guys at least once with some pictures and updates.
What I don’t intend to do is pre-write 10 weeks worth of posts and/or have 10 weeks worth of guest posts. I don’t think that’s worth the effort. I think quality over quantity is my goal. The fear of any blogger taking a hiatus is that readers, income, and momentum will all disappear forever in a matter of days. While I am a little worried about that, I am fairly confident that most of you won’t forget about me
I really want to spend as much time with both of my children as possible. I remember from last time: the first six weeks are simply about survival! I do want to share a birth announcement and birth story as soon as I can. The blog might be quite baby heavy in the early days, but since it’s always been about my life, I’m sure that will come as no surprise.
I also am very grateful that we’re a two-income household and if my contribution shrinks for a while, we’ll be totally fine. I also ask for your grace that if my ratio of personal to sponsored posts seems a bit jarring that it’s for the livelihood of our family and not because I am lazy or selling myself out. I always try to infuse as much personality into my sponsored posts as I can. I have a few posts already in the queue that I’ve worked on this summer and am really excited to share but they had to wait for the correct timeline!
I think the timing of a late October to New Year’s break works well since most blogs see a big traffic dip over the holidays anyways, and then come New Years, I’ll be about (hopefully) 2.5 months postpartum and (hopefully) feeling ready to get back into a healthy routine. I’ll be right in step with the New Years resolution crew! I really have no idea if by New Year’s I’ll be ready to get back into five posts a week, but that’s my hope and plan for now.
And long term?
I know from the past that I’ll get back into it when Baby B is taking longer naps, in preschool, and eventually in elementary school. I know I’ll get back to traveling and will eventually have the time to produce longer-form posts again, but I also know that it’s the family and real life posts that you guys love the most!
When Mazen was younger and taking super long afternoon naps, I was able to use the afternoon hours to work. But with two kids on different schedules, I might have to hire childcare a little more than I did with Mazen. I have always tried to use the least amount of paid help possible, which has been a good cost savings, buts at times has meant a distracted mom or higher stress. I’m not sure what my plan will be, but we’ll cross that bridge when we get there.
As I’m sure all of you would agree, family is the most important thing. They are only babies once! I hope to update the blog when I go into labor like I did last time instead of just disappearing, but if he comes fast, that might be the case. So if the blog goes dark sometime in the next 5ish weeks, check Instagram!
Simplifying and organizing are two themes on KERF that keep coming up over and over again. As a mama bird trying to build a very organized nest, simplification is all my brain wants to think about these days! I feel comfortable saying that my house is as organized as it’s ever been because the space-to-stuff ratio is as high (high right?) as it has ever been. I think back to my very first apartment out of college and the number of items I owned that fit into 800 square feet. The apartment was spacious and not cluttered, but I owned so little. That was the start. When Matt and I bought our first house, more stuff came along. I think my third house was the most cluttered until I gave away half of everything before moving into this house. I hadn’t quite embraced having only one of everything, and trips to Target included a lot more “had to have” home decor purchases. These days my shopping habits have slowed down a lot from where they once were, especially in the home decor and clothing areas.
My personality is a strange split one:
On the one hand, I crave minimalism. My brain feels anxious when I have too much clutter or feel unorganized. I have to unpack my suitcase the minute I walk in the door from a trip, and I have a hard time focusing on any task if my home is messy.
But on the other hand, I like to be prepared, so I have a tendency to hold onto things “just in case I need them.” An extra comforter for that once-a-year occasion that we have an extra guest? The platter I never use but *might* need in the future. The junk towels that we reach for twice a year when a big mess occurs? I have always leaned towards keeping things over giving them away “just in case.”
This year, however, I’ve really worked to reverse my thinking from “Will I need this someday?” to “Do use this regularly and love it?” I have several resources to thank for pushing me into this more minimalistic mindset! I am a total podcast junkie, and it’s the number one way I like to consume information, especially in the self help genre. So here are a bunch of resources that put me on the right track to simplifying:
Brooke Castillo’s episode on Organization with Shira Gill. I love ALL things Brooke Castillo. Her podcast is like a religion to me. Every episode I have lightbulbs going off, and she has really changed my thinking on so many topics. The organization episode was a good one! (You can also read the transcript through the above link if you are not a podcast person.)
I’ve also been listening to The Minimalists podcast. (Although I have yet to watch their documentary!) While extreme minimalism does not appeal to me (for example, wearing the same “uniform” outfit every single day), there are elements of it that I love. I hand-pick the episodes of theirs to listen to (warning: Josh and Ryan are quite chatty!) and my gateway episodes had to do with managing money (they are buddies with the Dave Ramsey crew). I’ve also listened to the episodes about decluttering and stuff and found their perspective to be very refreshing. I love how they divide everything we own into three categories 1. essentials 2. nonessentials and 3. junk. (My mom would not like me calling anything in my home junk, so maybe for me #3 should just be “the rest” or “the leftovers.”)
I’d been wanting to read Emily Ley’s book A Simplified Life and one day decided to buy the audiobook instead. I listened to it over the course of two days (when I decluttered Mazen’s toys right before school started!) and nodded along. Some chapters I felt like I could have written and others had some great new points, so it’s worth a read or listen!
And finally, someone recommended Simplicity Parenting (the book) and I was happy to find they have a podcast! The episodes are short and there are not a million of them (unlike the Minimalists – how ironic!!!) so it’s worth a listen! The information in the podcast has been so, so, so helpful to me – I can’t recommend it enough! I love what Payne says about children needing rhythm, consistency, and downtime because those are all things that I need as a grown up too. We tend to fill up their days with “fun activities” (like playdates and pool trips after school) because why wouldn’t they want to have FUN FUN FUN all the time, but sometimes they just need time to turn their brains off. We’ve been working hard on a good routine now that Mazen is in school, and I’m focusing on the four pillars Payne recommends in the first episode. Payne’s concept of “your world, my world, our world” has also been such a game changer (so far, at least). And episode #12 made all the gears in my head come to a screeching stop and reverse direction.
More posts I’ve written on simplifying and decluttering:
When I was in New York City a few weeks ago, our event was held at the top of the 4 World Trade Center building. The whole day my mind kept drifting to what it must have been like to be in the Twin Towers when the planes hit. It is almost unbearable to think about it brings me such sadness. My sister said it well when she wrote “the air just feels heavy there.”
I know a lot of people are remembering September 11, 2001 today.
You can tell fall is on the way in Cville because we’ve had some really cool, misty mornings.
Sure they turn into hot and steamy days, but cooler mornings are a welcome start after the heat we had in August. This breakfast bowl was a mix of Siggi’s plain yogurt, nectarine, Dang toasted coconut chips and a magical drizzle of honey.
Nesting continues: I washed all of the newborn clothes, swaddles, and my nursing tanks and bras. TBD: How to split them up between the upstairs dresser (nighttime) and the nursery (daytime). For now, they’re all upstairs.
Thomas comes home for lunch maybe 1/3 of the time and often makes sandwiches. He’ll double up and make me one too if the timing is right. We’ve been loving the combo of Seaside cheddar and garden heirlooms with some [steamed] deli turkey and pickles. I was on a mission to eat all of our super-ripe nectarines in one day!
Efficient afternoon snack: Barney Butter and a date on a spoon!
Thomas and I had a casual date night in with salads and The Crown! (That was kombucha I was drinking, not wine!)
We made our salads with greens, cucumber, hard boiled egg, leftover chicken, olives, and burrata cheese.
I had two Dove Chocolate Dark Promises for dessert!
We had a fun birthday weekend for Mr. Mazen who turned six on Friday.
Matt and I met him at his school for lunch in the cafeteria and recess. I walked to the school (about a mile) and got there just in time to see him get to stand on his chair while the class sang!
Lunch was at 10:20 am (!) so the grown ups didn’t eat, but it was fun to have the cafeteria experience with Mazen and his classmates. They were all so cute.
We received the playground tour afterwards and got to see all the activity in action.
After school M wanted to do the new tie-dye kit KK gave him. (This one!)
It was all fun and games until we got to the “let sit for 6-8 hours” step. But the next morning the shirt was a beautiful rainbow!
We opened presents before dinner. Mazen’s main gift from us from the Garmin Vivofit 2, which is a watch, timer, stopwatch, activity tracker, and chore manager via the parent app (!) all in one. It’s also waterproof. A few of his friends have various versions of step trackers, and he’s already into step challenges (against Thomas and me with our Apple Watches too!) so I’m glad he likes it already.
We asked him what he wanted for his birthday dinner – a favorite restaurant or a cozy meal at home and you can guess what he requested!
Grilled pizza and Sweet Haus cupcakes! (We always use the Whole Foods refrigerated dough and it’s great!) I used to always make a side salad on pizza night, but to keep things super simple, we just try to always put veggies ON the pizza and I make sure to have a big salad for lunch that day. No one really seems to miss it and we eat the same amount of pizza as always (I usually have two slices.) No forks required!
He wanted all six candles on one cupcake : )
On Saturday morning we made a special breakfast – bacon, cinnamon chip french toast, peaches.
Mazen and I played animal games for the better part of the morning. Photo credit goes to him! Don’t I look lovely hahaha.
This game morphed into “caution zone” game where we blocked the deck off due to unsafe conditions. Animal control had to be called for a rubber snake invasion.
I couldn’t convince him to join me on a walk, so Gus and I went solo on the greenway for ~2 miles. I took my basketball with me
I had a very late, light lunch before I headed out for a baby shower! Leftover lentil salad : )
I was saving room for snacks and cake!
My friend Carly is due ~3 weeks before I am and we showered her with gifts for her baby girl. THAT CAKE was so good!! Strawberries n cream.
T and I had a date night planned, and I spoiled any appetite for dinner by eating cake at 3pm. We braved the rain and went to Tavern & Grocery for the first time.
Got so many compliments on my blue Rothy’s yesterday!
I loved the cozy atmosphere inside and sort of felt like we were in a big city!
Neither one of us was too hungry, so we will have to come back to do their Saturday night three-course menu, but we chose a few apps and a burger and fries to share.
Succotash with a romesco sauce – very delicious! I ate a little more of the apps and T ate most of the burger.
Tomato & melon panzanella with burrata and savory granola. Both of these dishes were excellent!
I had a bite of the burger, which was fantastic (a mix of short rib, brisket, and ribeye with a great crispy crust) and the fries were really good too – very crispy.
Sunday we woke up to temps in the 50s and lots of rain. It’s sort of a cozy, welcome change to the extreme heat we’ve been having though!
Happy 6th birthday to Mazen! He’s so big he can pick me up and hold me like a baby in pool water. I can’t believe he was once only 8 pounds and kicking me from the inside!
Summer is lingering hard here in Cville, and we’ve had a super hot and steamy week. We spent some time on Sunday floating around in the pool with our giant shark, and on Labor Day, we had a lazy breakfast and then went to ACAC for a special strength workout class. Afterwards they had Great Harvest sandwiches on the rooftop!
Later that afternoon (after literally chilling in the basement), we went to Lynsie’s for a get together. Mazen and Sylvia disappeared, and I found them around the corner on the deck “having a date” with cans of seltzer, a plate of apps, and Mazen’s Georgie Dog as their pet. LOL!
With an effort to cut back on screen time and with our neighbors out of town, Mazen decided he wanted to wrap gifts for an activity. So I gave him a roll of paper, some tape, and some kid-safe scissors and he spent about an hour wrapping three gifts from my home gift shop. Now they are ready to go to the next birthday party! Creative play FTW.
In the meantime, I’ve been nesting like crazy. I polished silver and cleaned out our silverware drawer, which was full of crumbs and overflowing with flatware. I stored some of the silver pieces away and just kept our everyday flatware in the drawer. This silver dip I used is AMAZING! Melts tarnish right off. (Note my serious face in the knife! )
I was about to buy a caddy to store my gold flatware until I realized I had all the pieces to make nearly an identical one myself! Three jars and a wooden box later, I had what I needed.
We’ve been eating a lot of smoothies for breakfast because they’re so quick and easy to do before school. Vega Chocolate protein powder + frozen banana + milk + peanut butter is the combo of the week! Look at that milkshake texture:
I often make an extra large batch of smoothie and then save the leftovers for Mazen the next day in a straw cup. (This is our favorite kid smoothie cup.) I just give it a good shake and everything mixes back together. While he had smoothie day #2, I made french toast with cinnamon chip after the bus left for school.
Lunches have been leftovers – my pasta from date night with caprese salad on Tuesday. Gazpacho, lentil salad, and chicken over a salad the rest of the week.
I used my old KERF recipe and mindlessly added a WHOLE FREAKING CAN of adobo chilis. (Pregnancy brain has been real lately.) It was so spicy Thomas and I couldn’t finish it! We even added some cream and milk and more tomatoes to try to dilute it, but there was no hiding the spice. I was a little worried about the baby getting some of this taste somehow or putting myself into preterm labor – it was that spicy. This is a mistake I will not make again.
Rosemary bread on the side.
Meal planning is going well, and we made Ayesha Curry’s Harissa-Spiced Chicken. I prepped it the same day I made the gazpacho so it was ready for baking on Wednesday late afternoon with some green beans and leftover grits. I’m going to share the tweaks I’ve made to my meal planning system and recipe collecting in a month or so. But thus far, a little effort has gone a long way (as it always does.)
This recipe was so easy and delicious that it’s going in my re-make category right away!
I made this lentil salad with some lentils I found cleaning out the pantry. I added some bell pepper, raisins, balsamic dressing, and herbs from the garden to turn them into a little lunch salad to use up this week.
#50shadesofblue. I ordered this king sham to coordinate with my new MagicLinen duvet cover. It matches better with the shades of blue than the multi-colored floral one, which I’ll save for winter when we put our thicker duvet cover on. I had a gift card to West Elm and used their Buy More Save More sale to score this for just $8! MagicLinen also offered to share a discount code with you guys for 10% off anything on their site: KATHEATS10.
In other bedding news, our crib is back!! (I had loaned it to a friend for the past two years-ish.) The nursery is getting close to being done.