Happy Tuesday! I’ve been feeling like I need to do something new around here for a while now, and last week I decided I would start sharing what healthy living means to me in my actual life.
I mean, the life behind the clean, pretty pictures of recipes. Life with kids gets messy after all, haha!
I’ve been feeling like I’m being called to do more with my blog than create an online recipe magazine. I’m so passionate about families eating well, living a healthy lifestyle without going crazy – and especially us moms who so often forget to take care of ourselves.
I’ll still share plenty of recipes (because I love it!), but you’ll see some new things popping up around here, starting with me sharing from time to time what a healthy lifestyle looks like in a real stay-at-home/work-at-home mom’s (hey, that would be me!) life.
So, here we are. Actually, this week-in-my-life thing doesn’t start on Monday last week, but on Sunday.
Sunday morning my husband woke me up and told me I had to call my mom. If you knew my mom in real life, you’d be well aware of the fact that she is not to be disturbed before 10am on a weekend morning. 🤷🏻♀️😉 So… I immediately knew something was not OK.
And I was right. She quickly told me that one of my siblings had been in a road accident the night before and was in emergency surgery on their head.
It was very scary and upsetting, and all I did that morning was anxiously wait for her next call. We were SO lucky. My sibling survived the skull fracture and internal bleeding and is doing SO well considering the circumstances. We got to visit yesterday and I had to hold back my tears the entire time 😭💗
I was a hot mess the entire last week because of this, so bear with me as I scramble this post together, ha!
On Monday we had great weather, so we worked in the garden for a while. I discovered our ivy fence is covered in lice 😫 if you know a great organic remedy, please let me know ASAP! So far I’m hoping the ants will do the job for me.
For dinner we had open-faced sandwiches with homemade wholemeal bread, cottage cheese, smoked salmon (my kids LOVE it!) and homegrown chives. We also had a side of homegrown radishes.
On Tuesday I made us oatmeal for breakfast. My kids are a little picky with their toppings (raspberries and chocolate chips are a favorite 🙄), but I usually add Greek yogurt and fruit to mine. if I feel like I need an extra energy boost, I also add some chopped walnuts or a spoonful of nut butter.
The weather was pretty bad, so we stayed in and worked on Em’s tot school. She LOVES school and is always excited about our lesson days.
I made a comforting bowl of chili for dinner. My husband had some bread on the side, the little one mostly ate avocado, and Em, my almost-4-year-old kept begging for more cheese.
Just another regular dinner 🤷🏻♀️😂
On Wednesday I tried to get some work done, but to be honest – it was hard. I was still upset about my sibling’s accident and didn’t feel like myself. I made the Sweet Potato Noodles Turkey Taco Pasta I shared on the blog last week and we had that for lunch.
I also made the Berries and Cream French Toast Bake I also shared on the blog already, and we had that for dinner. Luckily we had heat and sunshine again, so we could have dinner out in the backyard. One of my favorite things about spring and summer!
Thursday morning we had the leftover half of the French toast bake. My kids are as obsessed with French toast as I am, so they were super happy.
They were not on their best behavior so I was glad I had a meal prep lunch with sweet potato noodles and ground turkey ready in the fridge! We don’t usually let them eat lunch by themselves, but that day I really needed to have a meal in peace once they were in their rooms for quiet time.
In the afternoon we tried baking some healthy cinnamon rolls, but they were a miserable fail. So I turned them into waffles… 🙈
On Friday my kids only came inside for 1 hour of quiet time, and spent the rest of the day outside. I had my coffee out in the backyard with them and being in the sun was the best feeling.
I had a leftover waffle as my snack, while I cooked and photographed another recipe for the blog. It’s a mediterranean “couscous” salad (made with one of my favorite gluten free grains, millet!) and I’ll be sharing it on the blog soon.
We had that for lunch and then we had a playdate in our backyard.
On Saturday, my husband took us out for a celebratory brunch. We mainly celebrated getting to the end of that week, to be honest.
We had a small deli-style brunch and cappuccino at our favorite ~artsy~ spot and then we went to the farmer’s market to pick up some produce.
P.S: I’m not afraid of gluten, white bread or anything. To me, it’s all about balance and listening to my body. We eat a clean, real food, wholesome diet pretty much always when we’re at home – because it leaves us full of energy, happy thoughts and looking like the sexy beasts we are. Oh, did I just say that out loud? 😂 Kidding!
Either way, eating this brunch every day would make me feel really awful, but enjoying it (guilt-free!) with my family every now and then makes me feel AMAZING And that’s what counts.
I got some pretty peonies at the farmer’s market and had to snap a quick picture of them in my bag 💗 Don’t be fooled, my husband is standing inches from the frame, holding back the kids from hugging my knees, haha!
I wanted to work during quiet time, but… It was not quiet at all, so I ended up working with both kids climbing around on me. It’s exhausting, but I wouldn’t have it any other way!
We had a barbecue in the evening. I have super low iron levels right now (hello long-term nursing! I’m grateful for this time, but it’s no walk in the park) and I’ve been craving steak, so my husband grilled up some meat along some corn and pineapple (which didn’t make the picture), and then we also had a salad and some strawberries.
P.S: I’m obsessed with my outdoor tablecloth. Is that weird? 🤷🏻♀️
Unfortunately all the fruit didn’t agree with one of my kids, so she wasn’t feeling too well. We played it safe on Sunday and stayed in until she was feeling fine again.
Then we had some good, old-fashioned family outdoor fun.
As in, I went up and down that slide a million times and probably had more fun than my kids.
If you’re wondering why this is the only thing I’ve done all week remotely resembling a workout, it’s because I’ve been so exhausted I just… Couldn’t. Trying to get better about this so much. I usually exercise a lot and am always active with the kids, but the last couple of months have been struggle with very low energy due to my iron. I’m supplementing now and seeing my doctor again next week, hopefully it will be better soon.
Going wild on the playground IS a great activity though, so if you’re feeling stuck with not wanting to move – go to the playground with the kids and have fun with them. I promise you’ll break a sweat if you do it right 😉
Also, it’s super hard to take a nice family photo when you have two crazy wild childs. Plus, the trees cast a really weird shadow on my face? 🤷🏻♀️ I still love this photo, captures us perfectly!
Then we went home and I made some more waffles… As I said, it was a tough week both emotionally and physically.
I decided to be more serious with meal prep in the future and having a kind of emergency plan for when unexpected things come up, like my sibling’s accident last week. Things were kind of crazy, I was having a hard time focussing on pretty much anything, and our eating was… A bit all over the place? I guess that would be a nice way to put it 😅
It’s also one of my #1 goals to get my energy back and be active with my little buglets – it’s way more fun than being exhausted from morning to night!
Also, this guy. ❤❤ That is all.
Questions for you!
- What’s your favorite easy and healthy meals for when you’re in a situation where you don’t have time/energy/focus to cook?
- What’s your favorite way to be active with your kids?
- Do you treat yourself to any special foods/meals out?