My Wholesome Living https://mywholesomeliving.com Fri, 31 Jan 2020 21:48:31 +0000 en hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.4.2 68012428 Happy 1st birthday Grace and Leah https://mywholesomeliving.com/happy-1st-birthday-grace-and-leah/ https://mywholesomeliving.com/happy-1st-birthday-grace-and-leah/#respond Fri, 31 Jan 2020 21:48:27 +0000 https://mywholesomeliving.com/?p=689 Happy 1st birthday Grace and Leah Read More »

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Wow! I have so many emotions today it’s honestly hard to collect my thoughts. Last night I reminisced how a year ago I was sleepless (mostly because it was uncomfortable) but also because I couldn’t wait to meet these precious babies. We had a small list of names for them but agreed that we would make our final decisions once we met them. So they continued to be Baby A (Grace) and Baby B (Leah). 
We woke up early morning as our scheduled csection was for 8am. As per usual it was hard to find a access point for IV. It’s ok. Eventually it got figured out. 
The same OB doctor who delivered my 2nd child (Emily) was going to deliver the girls. That made me be at ease. He came over to my head once I had gotten the spinal and was laying down already, getting the last few preparations done before they would start the surgery. I’ll always remember; he asked if he can pray over me. It was a quick but powerful prayer asking God to bless his hand during the operation, protect me and the babies. I was calm before but this put me at an even calmer point. 
Surgery was normal, no complications for me. They got Baby A out at 8:46 and Baby B out at 8:48. Doctor brought over each one and showed her to us! They were perfect!
 As they were starting to work on closing me up I heard commotion and “CODE BLUE” being called. I couldn’t see anything from where I lay and didn’t know if it was one or both babies having trouble breathing. In that moment I KNEW there was absolutely nothing I could do except call out to God. I said “Lord they’re in your hands, I trust you” and a peace washed over me. 
Andrey went with the girls to a special baby unit where they got oxygen and were monitored until their breathing got stable. We thanked God they didn’t need NICU. As that would mean getting transferred to a different hospital apart from me. My sister came to visit and stayed with me while I waited to meet my babies. Everyone wanted to know their names. I repeated myself a bunch of times explaining I can’t name them without seeing them. 
A little over two hours later the nurses brought me Baby B ❤ Oh my goodness. She was so tiny.! She instantly latched on and was amazing at breastfeeding. I undressed her to a diaper and we did skin to skin for a good few hours. I still couldn’t move my legs from the anesthesia so nurses helped me place her in her basinet or hand her back to me. For the previous 2 kiddos Andrey did that but during this time he was still in the nursery with Baby A doing kangaroo care and waiting for her to stabilize. 
About six hours after delivery the nurses finally brought me Baby A! They said her sugar levels were constantly good so they didn’t give her formula. She was so excited to get some breast milk and enjoyed all the skin to skin on me as well! 
After seeing them we agreed that Baby B was Leah (from our list of names). Baby A was the one who had trouble breathing and so we decided to call her Grace. 
After 2 days there we were discharged. It was so crazy to be packing up 2 car seats with babies. 
We came home and the toddlers were so excited to meet 2 babies at once. Emily had a bit of adjusting to do; every time she heard one or both babies cry she would join in. 
Eventually we fell into our new normal with 4 kiddos. We’re fortunate that we live with parents and they’ve been a huge help during this first year of the twins lives. It’s made it possible for me to leave them during a nap and spend some quality time with the toddlers. 
There have been plenty of struggles as a twin mom. Sleepless nights. Worries about milestones and health. Struggles with trying to go anywhere. I’ve had to say no to so many invitations to go to bible study, girls/mom dates, birthday parties/events because it was either during the girls nap time or one/or both were sick. We’ve definitely lost some friends from saying no constantly but gained some new ones (the ones who understand, and still love us even though we only say yes 1/20 times). 
I want to thank each and every one of those who have reached out; either through text, phone calls, messages, visits. It means the world to us. And thank you for all the sweet people who have gifted/donated things for the girls. We truly appreciate each and every one of you. 
We want to say that these 2 miracles are a blessing from God. It’s not “wow you guys got lucky, random twins”. It’s not luck. God has blessed us and blessed up again by keeping them healthy throughout the pregnancy, delivery, and their first year of life. 
Happy Birthday our dear Grace And Leah ❤
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This is just a fair warning; if you’re a guy or a young girl you probably shouldn’t read this! There’s no secrets here but it might not be the best thing to read.

Ok, as much as I WANT to write out every single detail I am aware that not only moms read this. And the ones that ARE moms don’t need huge explanations… they know EXACTLY what I’m talking about!
Some things I had no idea about until I experienced them myself after having my first baby

Swelling. Oh my goodness. I thought my feet were swollen while I was pregnant. Ha. After I had my baby my ankles were non existent. It was so painful to walk because that meant bending what felt like water balloons under my skin in my ankles. From the fluids I got and drugs before/during/after csection I was extremely swollen. Of course the simplest things helped; tons of water (preferably warm or hot), walks; yes it sucked, and time.

Contractions. Yep. Sorry ladies, I’m here to tell you they don’t stop after you’ve had your baby. You’ll have them for at least a day or two, up to a week after. Totally normal. I promise it ends eventually. It’s just everything going back down to normal.

Massage. That’s the last word I’d use to describe that lovely act the nurses do postpartum. Imagine someone kneading a huge ball of dough. Now picture that same action being done to your extremely sore abdomen/uterus. I had a clever nurse suggest I take my pain meds 10min before she was to do this that way I’d feel less pain.

Weakness. Wether you had a natural or csection birth you will be weak. Your legs will wobble. You’ll feel like an 80yo for a little bit. Eventually you’ll get your strength back, promise!

Shakes, sweating/cold. Add that to the list of normal postpartum. After your baby is out your body goes through a huge drop in hormones, liquids, blood…. so it’s not hard to understand that it’ll be a bit of a shock.

Restrictions: this one is specific to csection mamas. After the major abdominal surgery you will likely be told no heavy lifting for 6 weeks (to let your scar heal both internally and externally), no driving while taking your pain meds., same restrictions as natural birth (nothing inside for 6 weeks until cleared by OB).

PPD/PPA I’m grateful to not have experienced PPD but I’ve definitely experienced PPA (post partum anxiety). Another one in this category is something called baby blues. All I’m going to say is you don’t have to face it alone. If you feel like something’s wrong please reach out to family and medical professionals. They all want to help you and won’t judge you for admitting you need some help.


Thank you for reading through this! Comment down below some of your own post partum truths or things you didn’t know until you had your own first baby.

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Doing ALL the things https://mywholesomeliving.com/doing-all-the-things/ https://mywholesomeliving.com/doing-all-the-things/#comments Wed, 08 Jan 2020 06:04:16 +0000 https://mywholesomeliving.com/doing-all-the-things/ Doing ALL the things Read More »

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I’ve come across this topic plenty of times and I’m definitely NOT the first to share tips/ tricks / advice on this subject but I feel really strongly about this so why not?

Motherhood / homemaker • / the act of being a caregiver, chef, medic, planner, life coach, sleep aid, chauffeur, maid, decorator, event planner, risk manager, etc., responsible in keeping tiny humans alive….

The best advice I can give is to be organized with how you use your time and do your to-do list. I personally LOVE my daily Emily Ley Simplified Planner to keep my days running smooth. Let’s be real some days you can get every single thing done and even have weird slow time where you just chill while other days you barely get two things done from your list.

My priorities are listed below;

– Husband/ kids: food cooked, laundry done, house tidy

– Household: laundry, dishes (we don’t use a dishwasher), bills, fridge/freezer/pantry organized

– Work: posts, photos, marketing, etc. I do when all the other things are mostly done and babies nap, or at night.

– Errands: I like to run errands throughout the week instead of leaving everything for the last minute in one day.

– Me time: honestly it’s rare because the kiddos are so little but that’s ok. Also usually nap time or at night.

Homeschool: it’s usually everyone woke up and ate breakfast then while girls play Tim and Emily get their school work done. We finish before the girls need to go down for their first nap. Then during their 1st nap I can go do something with the older 2 kiddos or get some cooking/cleaning done if they are playing well by themselves.

Meal planning: this also saves a lot of time/energy. I don’t plan a weeks worth of meals in advance. I buy enough groceries for about 10 different meals and know roughly what I can make. One big tip is plan the night before and take out whatever meat you need so it’ll be defrosted by morning. I thoroughly enjoy long elaborate recipes but let’s be real you have to chose what’s more important; spending hours cooking or your kids. So on weekdays I stick to either quick and easy or dump and go (instapot) recipes. I HIGHLY recommend using an Instapot . It’s a game changer honestly.

Another big tip is form habits; such as throw in a load of laundry every morning (unless your bin is empty…. haha best mom joke, it’s never empty; only in your dreams). Leave the sink empty and clean in the evening. Put away leftovers and clean the pots/pans in the evening. This saves your food from going bad and gives you a simple easy start in your morning.

Lists: I’m a big believer that lists help you focus, plan, remember and organize your day.

Brain dump: I don’t use a journal/diary…. but a brain dump is an amazing concept. You basically write out (or type in your notes on your phone) everything that’s on your mind; big and little. No order or special way of doing it. Just write it however it pops into your brain. Most often, seeing it on paper is less daunting than how big your brain makes it seem to be.

What other tips/tricks do you have for having a successful household? Please share in the comments below.

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Tuscan chicken Recipe https://mywholesomeliving.com/tuscan-chicken-recipe/ https://mywholesomeliving.com/tuscan-chicken-recipe/#comments Mon, 06 Jan 2020 21:57:28 +0000 https://mywholesomeliving.com/?p=668 Tuscan chicken Recipe Read More »

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This is one of those quick and easy recipes with a good dose of flavor!

I tend to throw half my fridge contents into a dish and hope for the best. This one I finally wrote down exactly how much of everything I used and the steps. The end result was juicy flavorful chicken. I hope you try it and enjoy it as much as we did!

* side note: a few ingredients are missing from the picture because I decided last minute to add them in. Reference the ingredients list for accurate information. This is real life with 4 littles and homeschool, it’s crazy.

Ingredients:

Marinade

– 6 chicken tenders (or breasts cut thin) about 1.5lbs

– 1 Tbsp whole grain mustard

– 1 Tbsp sun-dried tomatoes with herbs (in oil)

– 1 Tsp crushed garlic

– 1 Tbsp melted butter

– 1 Tbsp Grape seed (or EVOO or avocado) oil

– 1 Tsp smoked paprika

– 1 Tsp pink salt (or regular if you don’t have pink)

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Sauce:

– 1 Tbsp butter

– 2 Tbsp chopped Dill

– 3 Tbsp crumbled bacon

– 1 cup heavy cream

– cooked pasta or whatever side dish you want with this

Directions:

1. In a bowl whisk whole grain mustard, sun dried tomatoes, garlic, butter, oil, salt and smoked paprika

2. To a large zip lock bag add chicken and pour mixed marinade on top. Close and shake to coat. Let it marinade for 1 hr or overnight if possible.

3. To a large pan add a drizzle of oil and heat up to med/high heat. Add chicken and grill until just cooked through, about 2-3 min per side.

4. Remove chicken from the pan and to the same pan add; butter, dill and bacon. Stir to combine.

5. Add heavy cream and let it warm up for a few minutes.

6. Add in the chicken and let it simmer on low for about 5 minutes.

Serve by plating your side (pasta, rice, potatoes, etc.,) then a piece or two of chicken and drizzle with the sauce from the chicken.

Hope you enjoy this recipe. Comment down below if you’ve tried it.

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Instapot chicken with potatoes – RECIPE https://mywholesomeliving.com/instapot-chicken-with-potatoes-recipe/ https://mywholesomeliving.com/instapot-chicken-with-potatoes-recipe/#comments Thu, 12 Dec 2019 03:18:59 +0000 https://mywholesomeliving.com/?p=640 Instapot chicken with potatoes – RECIPE Read More »

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If you have an instapot but are a little nervous to use it I’m here to tell you it’s easier than you think! I absolutely LOVE the fact that unlike a crockpot, in the instapot I can sauté and pressure cook and even slow cook all in one pot. The MAIN thing to remember is not to forget to turn the valve to sealing or else the pot can’t ever come to pressure and start cooking.

This is a simple and quick but hearty family friendly recipe to make in the instapot. Also possible to make in a slow cooker just adjust cooking time to about 4hrs on high.

  • Ingredients:
  • 1.5 lbs chicken breast
  • Salt, black pepper, smoked paprika
  • 1/2 stick of butter
  • 1 Tbsp presses garlic
  • 1 Tbsp tomato paste
  • 1 can cream of bacon
  • 1/2 same can above with water
  • 2lbs yellow potatoes large cubes
  • 1 cup baby carrots
    1 Tbsp Parsley chopped

Directions:

season both sides of chicken with the dry spices

-add oil to the instapot and select sauté -high and add chicken. Sear on both sides until golden.

-add butter, garlic and tomato paste, sauté for another 1-2 minutes

-stir in cream of bacon and water

-select cancel

-add potatoes, carrots, and parsley. And stir to combine

-select pressure cook- set to 30 minutes

-once the 30 minutes are up let it naturally release for 10 minutes

Enjoy! Comment how you liked this recipe!

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Twin gear review- Black Friday Deals https://mywholesomeliving.com/twin-gear-review-black-friday-deals/ https://mywholesomeliving.com/twin-gear-review-black-friday-deals/#respond Fri, 29 Nov 2019 04:01:19 +0000 https://wholesomeliving19.wordpress.com/?p=494 Twin gear review- Black Friday Deals Read More »

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I’m a huge planner, researcher, list writing type of person. So as soon as I found out it was twins I went into major google mode. What double stroller should we get? We would have to buy not one but two new infant carseats…yeah that’s not cheap. How many diapers would we go through with twins? It was so much to plan and consider. Once we started telling people that we were expecting twins the instant response from most was “I wish I had twins…”. I think its easy to say when it’s not you, yourself, expecting them in your life.

After many hours of reading reviews on strollers and car seats I finally picked what we wanted to purchase. To my surprise there’s not many posts with twin gear products reviewed. Honest moms explaining what they like, not paid reviews. So after using these products for more than just a week or two, more like months, I’m excited to write my honest thoughts and opinions about the big ticket items I purchased last year on or around Black Friday. Most things mentioned are at their best/lowest price on Black Friday/cyber Monday so keep an eye out if you need any baby items.

Stroller: my choice was between the uppababy Vista or the baby jogger city select. We went with the Baby Jogger . Buybuy baby often has a coupon for 20% off one item (including that stroller) so I used that on top of their Black Friday huge sale and purchased it for around $400 (originally around $700) WITH the accessories to make it a double (another $150).

Car seats: knowing we’d have to sometimes carry two car seats my goal when picking them was #1 light weight. Nuna Pipa Lite Lx is the lightest on the market. We also scored a good deal each was around $100 off on the Nordstrom website on Black Friday.

Diaper bag: I ABSOLUTELY love the diaper backpack I got for twins. I got the Skip Hop backpack diaper bag and it’s been amazing since they were newborns. Enough room for everything for twins so I’m sure anyone with 1 baby will find it extra spacious and organized. Skip hop has sales often so keep and eye out.

Swing: We purchased our first one before Emily was born and got the second one to borrow from our sister but I still highly recommend the 4moms 4moms mamaroo. It reclines so a baby can safely nap there during the day and has seatbelts to keep the baby secure.

Convertible Car seats: Thanks to my tall husband our babies have always grown (by height) out of their infant car seats well before they reached the max weight allowed. So we purchase the convertible ones as soon as they need them. The girls were reaching the top of theirs at 4ish months old. So we got 2 of the Graco4Ever convertible car seats. Albee baby has amazing deals often and especially on Black Friday/cyber Monday. Target also has the Graco slim fit for 50% off this Black Friday so hurry to not miss those amazing deals.

Carrier: I use my Ergo360 so often. Usually only one of the twins is cranky and needs me while the other is content playing by herself so I make good use of the carrier if I need to get things done around the house.

Swaddles: I think I’ll never stop promoting Copper Pearl swaddles since I’ve discovered them.! They are so amazing. It’s one of the few things we’ve used constantly since they were born and still do to this day , 10 months later.

Planner: I personally have the Simplified Planner and love it. Something similar is the Erin Condren life planner. Anything with detailed pages (hourly) and plenty of note taking space. If you’ve had a baby before you know how those first few weeks it’s important to keep track of feeds, diapers, naps, etc., with twins and sleep deprivation that gets double confusing. Having it all in a planner has been so helpful.

High chairs: I’ll be honest I so badly wanted the Stokke Tripp Trapp high chair but buying 2 for twins was insane to me price wise. So after searching for something that would work for us I finally found one we could get 2 of and it hit all my must haves. We got 2 Baby Trend high chairs. They recline back so it’s easy to use for a bottle feeding, all the material comes off for easy cleaning, it’s height adjustable, and so many other benefits.

Comment down below what must have baby items you have and why you love them!

I hope this list gave you some insight into what baby items I love using and why. Don’t miss out on Black Friday/cyber Monday deals this year.

As always; the links included are affiliate links meaning I make a small commission if you purchase through those links. Your purchase helps support the blog and our family so thank you!

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Update on homeschool https://mywholesomeliving.com/update-on-homeschool/ https://mywholesomeliving.com/update-on-homeschool/#respond Thu, 07 Nov 2019 05:42:35 +0000 https://mywholesomeliving.com/?p=612 Update on homeschool Read More »

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So it’s been almost 3 months since we started the school year. I don’t know if you’re like me but apart from first impression reviews I like updated reviews (when the item has been well tried out and thoughts on it). We’ve been using all the curriculum I first posted about since the beginning and I can honestly say we are loving it.!

Going from a boxed curriculum to a “pick and choose” everything yourself can definitely seem overwhelming at first… especially once you discover just how many options there really are. Just remember, you know your child better than anyone. That means you surely know their strengths and weaknesses when it comes to learning. This is a good thing. Knowing that information makes it so much easier to pick what types of curriculum your child will learn best from.

I know my son is a visual learner and that he hates repetition. With that in mind I made sure to pick curriculum that was simple for him to understand with lots of visuals and kid friendly.

As beautiful as his LA book is he still hates reading and prefers to do his math instead. He has leaped through his math curriculum in 2 months what was supposed to be for half a year!

Younger sister was so intrigued by the contents of his math books that we had to get her some of her own.: we got her the same ones just for pre-K level and she’s doing really well with them (she just turned 3 in September). Since he finished with his math we did get a different brand of math just to try out until the year is over then we will be ordering the second half of his normal math books from Singapore math.

I won’t sugarcoat it, homeschool is hard! It takes so much patience, care, planning, timing, repetition, and grace that you feel like you’re giving your whole soul in the process. Let me tell you though…. hard as it is… it’s all worth it when you see your child’s brain start to remember, learn, absorb, make connections and discover so much through the lessons.

I am so thrilled with the curriculum we chose this year and have zero regrets deciding to try something new instead of sticking with a popular brand that just didn’t work for us.

Comment down below: do you homeschool? What curriculums do you use and what grades are your children in? Thank you for reading ❤

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Buckwheat Cabbage Rolls – Vegetarian https://mywholesomeliving.com/buckwheat-cabbage-rolls-vegetarian/ https://mywholesomeliving.com/buckwheat-cabbage-rolls-vegetarian/#respond Sat, 02 Nov 2019 23:22:21 +0000 https://mywholesomeliving.com/?p=598 Buckwheat Cabbage Rolls – Vegetarian Read More »

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Who has tried the traditional cabbage rolls? The ones with rice/meat mixture rolled into boiled cabbage leaves? Well when my sister and I were little we hated basically any dish with meat in it so my mom came up with this lovely alternative. There’s no meat at all and by switching out the heavy cream for coconut milk it becomes 100% vegetarian! I’m hoping to soon film more of my recipes and share on our YouTube channel but for now some pictures will just have to do. So without further ado here’s the recipe.

This is everything you’re going to need for the recipe (I ended up needing 2 cans of coconut milk instead of 1)

Ingredients;

– 1 large cabbage

-2 large carrots

-1 celery stalk

-1 large white onion

-3 cups dry buckwheat

-6 cups water

-ground black pepper

-garlic salt

– 2 cans coconut milk

-teriyaki sauce

Directions:

1. Cut out the core from the cabbage as pictured above and place in a large pot of boiling water. As the outer leaves cook and loosen away from the head remove them carefully to a platter to cool. Keep doing that until all the leaves are done.

2. Chop onions and celery and grate the carrots for the zazharka.

3. To a large pan on medium heat, add a big splash of olive oil and add your carrots, celery, onion. Season with garlic salt and black pepper. I used about 1.5 Tbsp of garlic salt and 1.5 Tsp of black pepper. Don’t keep adding oil, it will become too greasy. If your pan/veggies become dry or start burning either turn down your heat or add 1/3 cup of water. I cover the pan and let it simmer on low for about 10 min.

*during this time remember to keep checking the cabbage leaves and removing as needed

4. Once the carrot mixture is soft and translucent add in 1 can of coconut milk and 1/3 cup teriyaki sauce. Let it simmer for a few minutes then remove from heat.

5. In a separate pot add in 3 cups buckwheat and 6 cups water. Bring to a boil, reduce to a simmer, cover and let it simmer for 10 min on low heat. Then remove from heat but keep it covered for it to fluff up. (Basically cooks the same as rice).

6. In a small pot make the extra sauce: add in the remaining can of coconut milk and 1/3 cup of teriyaki sauce. Simmer until it comes together.

7. In a large bowl put in your cooked (cooled) buckwheat, 1 1/2 cups of the cooked zazharka, and all of the sauce mix made in step 6. Season with more salt and pepper if needed. Mix to combine.

8. Fill each cabbage leaf with the mixture and roll (like an egg roll) to close. I lay them down in a glass baking dish. It’s ok if you need to layer them. Cover with the remaining zazharka.

9. Bake at 350•F for 15 minutes and it’s done.! Enjoy with some sour cream or whatever you usually take on cabbage rolls.

Hope you enjoy our spin on this Slavic dish. Comment below if you try it out and how you liked it! Thanks for stopping by our family blog.

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Self-Care for your well being https://mywholesomeliving.com/self-care-for-your-well-being/ https://mywholesomeliving.com/self-care-for-your-well-being/#respond Wed, 30 Oct 2019 23:59:49 +0000 https://mywholesomeliving.com/?p=582 Self-Care for your well being Read More »

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Self- care is all the hype these days on social media. Especially moms of young children boast that without it they would lose their minds. Others feel that it’s selfish to do any acts of self-care. I personally believe it’s not a bad thing… all within reason of course.

Self-care can be something as simple as 5 minutes of alone time or (if possible) up to a whole day doing something for yourself.

take bubble bath: I personally love adding a nice bath bomb, tons of bubbles, and lighting some candles. Music optional!

-get some coffee/bubble tea: coffee doesn’t really entice me. Bubble tea on the other hand… I’m always up for that. There’s so many different options with either boba or popping bubble jellies. These are the ones I’ve previously ordered from amazon. It’s so much cheaper to order the big container and make it yourself at home instead of paying around $5 for a cup and only having about 2Tbsp of the bubbles in there.

go to your favorite store: depending on how much time you have and if you are going completely alone to the store or not. Target is forever the top of my list. Thrift stores are like a treasure hunt. If I have my older kids with me I avoid target and just head straight to a thrift store. They know they can each pick a toy or something little and then are happy to follow me around while I stroll and search for something unique.

get some Chocolate : do I even have to write a explanation? Always have chocolate in the house.

-brisk walk to nearby coffee shop: I love this idea. You’re doing two in one. A walk and coffee.

do a Puzzle: If you have toddlers like us, I suggest not doing a physical puzzle you can finish in one sitting. It’s so sad when you half finish and come back to find the kiddos decided to destroy all your hard work. There’s so many puzzle apps.

drive alone: blast your favorite music. Go to Starbucks drive through.

play piano (or any instrument)

listen to a podcast: some of my favorites are now that we’re a family, marriage after God, cultivating the lovely

read a book: my most recent reads have been ” The Orphan Train” “Redeeming Love ” and “Rooms

listen to audible: this is an amazing program if you (like most moms) don’t have the time to sit down and read a physical book. Audible is a subscription audio book program through amazon. You pay a monthly subscription fee and get 1 book “credit” to get any audible book from amazon (any price) to add to your collection. If for any reason you decide you don’t want that book you can easily return it and the credit is issued back to your account for a new book. Audible has the same feature as Netflix/Hulu that it saves the spot where you left off automatically. The cool thing is that you get to keep your collection forever, even if you decide to stop your subscription, all the ones you’ve purchased or gotten with the monthly credit are yours. Click on the banner under the search box to try it out for free. I started with a free trial and my first (free book) was Unveiled Wife by Jennifer Smith.

-self-manicure + facemask + show (bonus points for doing it while the kiddos nap): I have no patience to do my own nails (just being honest) but I would definitely do the facemask, show and maybe a hot cup of tea!

coloring book: have you seen the new Color by numbers books? Or the Stickers by numbers ? If you’re an overthink kind of person like me and just need something to help your brain relax this is a great (quiet nap time) idea.

craft something: I’m sure I’m not the only one with dozens of Pinterest boards filled with craft ideas I just never do. So pick one, something that you have all the supplies for. And just do it!

write a letter to someone: the art of physically writing is something so special. These days it’s all texts and emails. Almost no one writes actual letters. When we get the mail it’s ads and bills… exciting stuff really.! Getting a letter from a friend just makes my day.! I like to include some card, a uplifting bible verse, maybe a coloring page and decorate the envelope so it looks nice.

declutter (only 1) space. The important thing is not to lose focus and start doing the whole house because that can get overwhelming really quickly! Sometimes just tidying up your desk or kitchen counter and seeing it clear makes you feel on top of your day.!

I do want to mention; mom guilt is so very real. We feel that if we do one (or more) of these things it’s a act of selfishness. I think we need to realize that in order to care for our children and spouses it’s very important that we aren’t running on empty because then we have nothing to give them. Of course, I’m not suggesting you do all these things everyday either.! And there are days when even all this isn’t enough. Moms can just have a bad/hard day… we are human. Sometimes all you need is a listening friend to hear you out. Through the hardest days I know God can always lift us up and help us through the hardships.

What things do you like to do for self-care? Do you have mom guilt when you do something for yourself? Comment down below!

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Potato and fish Bake ~recipe~ https://mywholesomeliving.com/potato-and-fish-bake-recipe/ https://mywholesomeliving.com/potato-and-fish-bake-recipe/#comments Thu, 24 Oct 2019 02:07:17 +0000 https://mywholesomeliving.com/?p=569 Potato and fish Bake ~recipe~ Read More »

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This is one of those simple 1 dish recipes. You can customize it to your liking: use any fish you like (preferably a white fish). I hope this gives you a easy weeknight dinner option.

Tip: as a general rule 2/3 of your baking dish should be the potatoes/carrots mixture and fish should be on top in a single layer.

Use a deep oval Casserole dish like this one

Ingredients:

  • 5 medium potatoes peeled
  • 1 large carrot peeled (or more if you like them)
  • 1/2 cup of heavy cream
  • 1/2 cup of ranch
  • 1/2 Tbsp salt
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp garlic salt
  • 6 fish fillets (I use tilapia)
  • 1 tsp salt (or more to taste)
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • Colby jack cheese shredded
  • -Dice potatoes and carrots into large pieces
  • -In the casserole dish mix the ingredients ( heavy cream, ranch, salt, black pepper, garlic salt).
  • -Add potatoes and carrots and mix all together
  • -Lay in a single layer the fish on top of the potato mixture. Season with the salt and black pepper
  • -Bake at 425 for 40 min (covered with foil)
  • -After the 40 min of baking uncover, top with cheese so it’s all covered well, and broil for 1-2 minutes.
  • Enjoy hot or warmed up the next day. It keeps well in the fridge for a few days and is a great meal to take to lunch for work or school.

    Comment below if you try this recipe or if you made a variation.

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