Friday Favorites: August

standard August 25, 2017 Leave a response

I never really thought about meal planning before having a baby. I just did it. I enjoyed it, I got lost in however long it took to find recipes, write down ingredients, shop, prep, cook. Nowadays, I only cook on Hello Fresh nights. Unless its pasta or salad. My time is way too precious now, especially with running a small business. But my freezer stash is almost gone, I’m getting bored with my staple meals, and trying to slowly regain a piece of my old self in this new season.

Meal planning is meant to make our lives easier, not harder. Prepping on the weekend should make weeknights less stressful. Having a game plan should make the weekend planning less of a chore and more of an adventure. So where the heck to we start? I’m going back to the beginning and following these easy tips. And then starting with these fun, flavorful recipes.

Neat:

  1. Favorite Meal Prep Recipes: Summer 2017 // Three easy, repeatable options for busy summer days.
  2. 10 Ways to Make Healthy Eating Easier and More Fun // Eating well should be a lifestyle, not a chore.
  3. The Case for Meal Planning // It is possible to follow your body’s hunger cues and still prep and plan ahead.
  4. 5 Things I Wish Someone Had Told Me 5 Years Ago About Meal Planning // It can be quick, manageable, and even fun.
  5. Meal Planning Tips for a Healthy Vegan Diet // Ready, GO!

Nutritious:

  1. Corn and Green Bean Tomatillo Tacos // I cannot think of a better way to end summer.
  2. Cashew Coffee // WHY haven’t I thought of this before???? Amazing!
  3. Thai Quinoa Salad with Sesame Peanut Sauce // All the best things in one bowl.
  4. Hummus Heaped with Tomatoes and Cucumbers // Refreshing and filling.
  5. Autumn Glow Milkshake // Embracing the fall season in these 100 degree days.

 

Be Present: August

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We’re two weeks into August, and I’m just posting these. But done is better than perfect, right? Last week was full of traveling, immunizations, jet lag, sleep training, and settling back into a new home routine. I really love doing these, because I felt like July was a lost month of baby madness. Work got pushed aside. Routines went out the window. But then sitting down to work on this, I realized the three big things I set aside for July actually got (mostly) done. All the more reason to write it down. You realize there’s progress even when you don’t feel like you’re getting anywhere.

July in Review:

1. Single task everything. Focus on each thing as it comes.

This was actually easy to do, thanks to a baby who insisted on being held and worn for all naps most of the month. I’ve learned to do quite a few things with a baby attached to me, but slowing down and just doing one thing at a time is much easier. And baby snuggles do not last for long.

2. Outline two new work projects.

One project is about 50% worked out, the other 25%. Now that we’re back home, and my sweet child is taking naps on her own again (hallelujah!) more progress is being made on these this month.

3. Get out and explore.

Yes! Being in a new city, without the creature comforts of home every day, kind of forces you to get out and try something new. Even just a naptime walk was usually to a new part of town. And weekends were spent on longer outings, driving around town, checking out new restaurants, wandering through parks. Forcing myself to get out at least once a week made daily life coming back home so much easier.

August Goals:

  1. Clear out clutter.
  2. Start marathon training plan.
  3. Batch cook meals.

Here’s to a productive and fun last month of Summer! 

What goals or bucket list items are you working on before back-to-school and Fall madness begins?

 

Be Present: July

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If I accomplish nothing else this summer, I’m already calling it a success for making it through a 3 hour plane ride with a 3 month old without mess or fuss. Hallelujah! But honestly, June was a big month of milestones, and as much as I was nervous about everything that happened, I am so proud to have accomplished them. And so thankful that they happened. I am stronger, better, and more wise because of them.

July is going to be about settling in, taking adventures, and yet also, sitting back, letting my brain wander and dream, and truly relaxing and being present. My baby is already growing up so fast, and as much as there are some phases that I wish would be over already, I want to truly enjoy each and every moment before it disappears.

June in Review:

1. Enjoy the Summer.

This summer has been all about transition, and I’m thankful for a background in working from all sorts of places, which has made it much easier to keep my business thriving while navigating this season. So far, this has been a challenging yet rewarding month. More of the same is coming up in July, so I’ve got even more time to keep enjoying this season as much as possible.

2. Take one morning a week out of the house for self-care time.

This worked great when we were home, but traveling makes things harder. Especially when the point of this goal was some baby-free time. The beach does wonders for the soul, even with a tiny human attached to you, though. When in doubt, go smell the ocean air and dig your toes into the sand.

3. Stick to office hours with Celebration Nutrition work.

This has been going really well, though is still a work in progress. Trello, PowerSheets, and my go-to Simplified Planner have helped a TON.

4. Complete couch to 10k training 3 times/week + yoga every day. 

Running took a break since stress/hormones was impacting my milk supply. But yoga is my daily afternoon nap reprieve to get me through our current whining/clingy phase.

July Goals:

  1. Single task everything. Focus on each thing as it comes.
  2. Outline two new work projects.
  3. Get out and explore.

Wishing you a beautiful month of simple joys and lasting memories. Happy Summertime!

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