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Supper Time!

I’m taking out a little time to discuss food today (Yum!)

The Trim Healthy Mama way of eating has a learning curve a mile long, but another adjustment for me (our whole household actually) is the food budget curve!

When you set your mind bring foods with no added sugar (so hard to find! WHY?!) and adding protein and vegetables (along with a lot of other perishable goods) to your grocery list, your weekly costs can skyrocket pretty easily.

As such, I’ve had to really rework and think over some types of meals I wouldn’t have thought of doing before.

The recipe I’m going to share with you has (ironically) become one Nettles just adores. It is the first (and only so far…) home cooked meal she has ever requested.

I’m not going to complain about that, because it is so affordable and EASY 😍

CROCKPOT BEANS AND RICE

I take no responsibility for the creation of this recipe (I linked to where I found it above! Thank you Humorous Homemaking!), I just use it… often. This is a solid (E) meal in THM land, and a filling one to boot! 👌

  • 3 cups cooked beans, total (I use 2 standard size cans of either Dark or Light red Kidneys)
  • 1 cup brown rice
  • 1 can of diced tomatoes or 1 ½ cups fresh diced tomatoes (I use the ones with green chilis, to save dicing them and adding them separately later)
  • 1 tablespoon butter, melted
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • 2 cups water
  • Diced green chilies, if desired
  • Hot sauce or cayenne pepper, if desired
  1. Combine rice and butter in the crock pot
  2. Rinse and drain beans.
  3. Put remaining ingredients and beans into crock. Stir well.
  4. Cover and cook on high for 2-3 hours. Begin checking at 2 to 2 ½ hours to see if your rice is done.

Easiest recipe ever right?

No, this isn’t a drop dead, drool-worthy meal, but it fills your family, leaves leftovers for lunch the next day, and is probably the most budget friendly meal I’ve ever made 😍

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A Postpartum Convo

Well hello 🙂

As I’m pretty sure everyone out there knows, our family has grown and changed since I started this little blog after having our sweet Nettles.

Now, we are a family of four (2 girls, Nettles and ‘Osie).

Adjusting to 2 kids has been hard…

Getting back on the horse after my unexpected c-section has been hard.

I have Diastasis Recti as well as pelvic floor issues, and am looking at physical therapy to help get these problems corrected.

Mentally, these physical issues along with the normal post baby hormone fluctuations have left me an emotional doofus. (Yes, I am a grown woman who used the word doofus 🤣.)

Postpartum has been so much harder on me (and by extension my poor husband) this time around. Maybe it is the effect of the weather and other seasonal surroundings, maybe it was/is hardships within our extended family that we are trying to walk through all together, or maybe a hundred other things.

Maybe it is all of these things piled on top of each other, all rolling in at once like waves crashing onto shore.

There are no cut and dry answers to what to do in order to conquer the “baby blues” so many moms face. I am thankful for my faith in God, because it is what kept me going during the darkest times this winter.

I am so thankful for the family and friends around us who have helped (and are continuing to help) through this season of life. You know who you are.

You listened to me cry on the phone when I was tired and overwhelmed and just needed grown up ears to let it out to.

You call me, without fail, every week.

You text me to check on me.

You encourage me to go to the doctor, to get up, and get moving.

To soak in my babies.

To trust in my husband.

To lean even farther into God’s arms.

You gave me other people to help, love and focus on to get my mind focused outward toward those who need me.

You are all amazing, and I’m crying just thinking about you while I type this.

Mamas, I know not everyone is blessed with the support that I have, but I do encourage you to try to find it. Put in the work to find a local church for the community and fellowship that is there.

Go to your doctor, and tell them you feel crappy. My doctor is amazing, and checked me over: low vitamin D levels are no joke.

Needless to say, my body isn’t bouncing back as quickly as one could hope, and I definitely can’t get away with just eating whatever I want anymore.

This is heartbreaking for a girl that used to love a good bowl of cookie dough, and a classic movie on a rainy day 😭

A dear friend (you can find her at Humble Motherhood!) introduced me to Trim Healthy Mama last year.

(Let me add a disclaimer here: teaching my tastebuds to like healthy food has been a battle for me. It is hard and slow work, but it is working. I think I will always enjoy unhealthy food, but as I am starting to enjoy healthy foods too, I certainly don’t need it.)

The healthy foods are the ones I am choosing to fill my body, my fridge, and my families tummy’s with.

I have worked really hard this week to stay “on plan”, and I can feel it. Along with a prescription from my doctor for vitamin D, and taking a handful of moments out of my day during nap time to do MUTU System workouts, I feel better. Any noticeable visual changes are a long way away (maybe they won’t ever come) I know, but I feel better. I am more alert, and can focus a little easier. I have more energy to play with Nettles (and ‘Osie) and I’m so thankful for that.

Expect to see more posts here, about life, laughter, and yes: FOOD! The first THM Approved recipe review will be up next week! Some other posts will be revealed soon as well, including ‘Osie’s birth story.

Thank you for listening to the ramble…

Disclaimer: this is a very brief overview of what’s been happening for us. It is not super in depth, but I don’t want anyone to think that means I’m trying to gloss anything over. If you are reading this and are dealing with severe “baby blues” or “postpartum depression” please talk to someone. Your hormones are all over the place, and there is no shame in needing someone to help you walk through these things. Do life together 💕

*This post does include an affiliate link :)*

All pictures included in this post are courtesy of the talented Sabrina over at Herbert Photography

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Learn The Language

Rosie and I have really had a battle of it learning to speak each other’s language…which is funny considering my mom says her disposition/personality is exactly like mine at this age. I don’t remember the learning curve being so steep in this way with Nettles (I was totally lost is so many other areas 🤣), but Nettles personality pulls from her daddy’s side more, and therefore is naturally more laid back than I (and Rosie it seems) am inclined to be. There have been times during her short time here on earth thus far, amidst an extensive bout of screaming and crying (as babies do) that I’ve turned to Luke and asked: why does she hate me? Here is a Wisdom Wednesday Newsflash: She doesn’t! All relationships, including mom/dad and newborn ones take a tremendous amount of investment and work. You are literally learning and creating a new language with your little one from scratch! We are finally starting to understand each other consistently, and let me tell you, moments like this are worth every second of work. Speaking a language all our own 😍

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What Does it Mean to be a Stay-At-Home Mom?

Working. We live in a world where a lot of Mom’s work.
I love being at home. I don’t know how women who work outside of the home when they have babies of their own do it.

I consider myself a Stay-at-Home Mom, but being a SAHM I think looks different to different people.

For me, being at home means that the bulk of my time is spent at home with my baby, but in my opinion, a SAHM isn’t limited to just being in her home.

When we look at the Proverbs 31 woman, what do we find?
We find a woman who is not only active in keeping and improving her home, she also actively participates in improving their situation. She pursues growing her sphere in every way, including doing what she can to benefit her family’s financial situation. She is an asset to her family.

The beauty of the world we live in, is that this can look like so many different things. There is no one cookie cutter way to be an asset. Every person, family unit, and situation is dynamically different, and so the solutions to those problems will be different too. I am so thankful for the world we live in that allows for so many unique opportunities for this. For some this may look like working in a traditional sense outside of the home on a part-time basis, others might work from the home as a remote professional, or marketing their specific skills (crafting, marketing, or even furniture refurbishment and repair to think of a few!), and even bulk/sale shopping or couponing. All of these options (and so many more, as there are too many to list!) benefit a family and their situation, but they are completely different.

I was recently told that a “real” stay at home mom did not contribute in any way to the financial aspect of a family situation.

I call bull! As a SAHM, my home and my family are prioritized over a career. If/when we fall on hard times, and I pick up some contract work on the side from my computer or babysit a couple of nights a week (or more!) that doesn’t strip me of my title. To take this a step further, if you are a Mom who has to work full-time outside of your home, you are no less a Mom!

In fact, let’s ditch the titles altogether. Working Mom, Stay at Home Mom or anything else you can come up with… just forget it. You are Mom. You have babies that you love and care for. Live out a Biblical example for those babies (no matter their actual age), and show them what the Proverbs 31 Woman looks like in our day. In your family. Lead by example the grace, humility and selflessness you want them to live out as they grow. Be an asset, not a hinderance or liability to your family because you want to fit some preconceived mold.

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Reflecting on Humble Pie

I’ve alluded to the fact that 2016 was a difficult year for me (and by extension my husband).
There was a lot of change, and even more revelation…
Much of the stress of last year came from the surprise of expecting our baby, but it wasn’t the only cause or factor.

Particular situations are not my story to tell, but while sparing some details, I can certainly share how God has used them to scrape away and renew my faith and way of thinking.

If you asked people who knew me before last year, especially during my high school(ish) years, I think they would probably describe me as self-righteous and harsh (and maybe enthusiastic). They might add well-intentioned, but I’m honestly not so sure about that.

Through God’s leading and the growth coming from our marriage, my heart was being worked in about some things starting around January last year. I wasn’t prepared to deal with these little pricks of conscience I was beginning to experience, but as we all know: God insists upon being heard.

My stubbornness to cling to my old patterns of thinking on *everything* was causing a strain. Luke had always been patient, but the emotional rifts it was causing between me and other people was wearing him thin. He was exhausted from always bearing the brunt of my frustrations and corrections, which were most often aimed at anyone BUT him.

God used some very rough goings-on in 2016 to finally get through to me. I was finally forced to face the question: Was I holding these opinions because they were true and based on my understanding of Biblical principles, or because it was what I had always been taught or thought?

I am ashamed to say that I came to the conclusion that not only was it just because it was what I had always been ‘taught’, but also due to an internal fear of dealing with others reactions or displeasure if I were to change my way of thinking.

After last year, that fear of others opinions that I held over my own head is gone. I am so incredibly thankful that God has removed that shadow from over me, as the freedom that I have felt in Christ has been incredible.
I know I still have a long way to go, as old habits die very… very. Hard.
However, I feel like I already understand God’s grace and mercy better than ever in my life before, because I have a better understanding of what His true forgiveness is.

Luke and I are in love with our church. I am ashamed to say that before allowing God to work in my heart in a particular area, it was one that I railed against wholeheartedly.
I am ashamed of the attitude and opinions I held of it this time 2 years ago. Much to Luke’s credit, he handled me with grace, always being an example of Christ even when I was failing to be one myself. The fact that we are there now, is a visible testament to the work God has chosen to do in my life.

The first Sunday we attended our church body was after we came to the conclusion that where were attending would not be the best location to raise the baby we knew was coming.
We decided that since Luke’s family attended there, we would go one Sunday. Just one, so we(I) could confirm that it was all wrong in every way.
Imagine my surprise when after the service was over and we were on our way home, we turned to each other in the car and said “I loved it.”
It was one of the first times Luke physically saw the change God had been working in me… and I think it almost brought him to tears.

I was worried about how some people would feel about my being there… having known them during younger years, I was worried about having left a bad taste in their mouths.
I am so blessed and thankful by the welcome they gave to us as we began attending, and then pursued church membership.

I treasure the freedom I feel to make decisions with Luke now, as our own individual family unit. Not worrying about the world or anyone else’s opinion, as long as we know we are following the path the Lord is guiding us down.
Sometimes it takes a very hard thing, to break you of habits that need to be broken. Sometimes your heart needs to be broken in order for it to be put back together again.

To me, 2016 is a reminder that God will use even the most difficult situations to make your soul more beautiful. I still have so far to go on this journey… but I am so thankful for the path I am on.