recipe

Kickin Chicken

I couldn’t decide what to call this chicken, and then kickin chicken came to mind! Chris wanted some chicken tenders on Sunday, but wanted to keep them low carb. Sometimes it is hard to find tasty low carb options, you know? I looked through several recipes but none really stuck out to me, so I decided to take a few things I liked from each and throw something together! Enter Kickin Chicken! This turned out awesome and will be entering regular rotation! Plus it’s easy and quick! Just the way I like cooking during the week.

What You Need

1 package skinless chicken tenders (about one pound)

1/2 stick butter

1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese

1 tablespoon paprika

1 tablespoon oregano

1 teaspoon garlic powder

1 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon pepper

1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper

What You Do

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Combine all your spices in one bowl.

Melt your butter in another bowl.

Dip the chicken tenders in the butter, then in the mix and place them on a tin foil covered baking sheet.

Cook for 30 minutest at 350 degrees.

 

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Empties

I have a bag of empties I have been adding to for several months now. I thought maybe I was going to do a video with them, but I need to figure out how and where I want to film and all that so for now I am just going to break them up into several posts. When I say a bag, I mean it! I randomly grabbed six items out of it, so here we go!

Simple Sensitive Skin Facial Wipes – Of all the facial wipes I have tried, and trust me when I say I have tried them all, I think these are my favorite. They are on the cheaper side of all the wipes, easy to find and they are paraben free with no harsh chemicals. They work just as good as any of the others out there and I have repurchased them several times.

Lush Imperials Facial Moisturizer -I have enjoyed all the Lush products I have tried and I would recommend them if you are looking for more natural, cruelty free items. This moisturizer wasn’t enough for me in the winter (I have combination skin), but was a great spring/summer option. It was really awesome during my pregnancy when I had to be careful what ingredients I was using. It has a heavy lavender scent, so as long as you are ok with lavender you should be good to go. It is a very spa/natural lavender scent. I would repurchase this, but it isn’t my absolute favorite. Clinique Moisture Surge Intense is my holy grail moisturizer. Unfortunately it is not natural or cruelty free, but it is just what works best for me and my face is feeling amazing right now.

Mumsie Natural Skin Care Daily Facial Moisturizer – This item Laura gave me to try because she had received it after she had her baby and didn’t need mom friendly stuff. I enjoyed using this, but again it wasn’t moisturizing enough in the winter time. I didn’t have any adverse reactions to it, it wasn’t really scented so it was awesome when I was staying away from anything with scents that bothered me. I dont have any negative opinions about it and I used it up, but I probably wouldn’t repurchase it again. There was nothing “wow” about it, you feel me? I will say if you are pregnant and need something unscented, it is fairly inexpensive as far as moisturizers go.

Aveeno Ultra-Calming Foaming Cleanser – This stuff I have been buying for years and years. Chris and I both use this in the shower. It is always what I turn to if I use a product that upsets my skin, or I need a reset. It is inexpensive, easy to find, doesn’t have much of a scent and has never had a negative impact on my skin. I bet this was my 50th bottle of this stuff.

Pantene Pro-V Moisture Mist Detangler – You guys, my hair is fine. Baby fine. You know what happens to fine hair in the shower? It tangles like crazy and is a real bitch to brush out. Before I got a wet brush, this stuff was in my daily rotation. It was cheap, easy to find, smells amazing and worked like a charm. I still keep a bottle on hand for when I am at the beach or have real tangles, but the wetbrush is pretty effective these days. I have repurchased this stuff several times and it lasts a good while. I recommend it to anyone needing a detangler.

Acure Facial Cleansing Gel – When I was pregnant, I was looking for natural items that didn’t have ingredients that were dangerous to my baby. I cant tell you how many hours I spent researching ingredients and looking at labels in stores. This brand showed up several times in my search so I thought, why not? You can find it at Target and it is cheap compared to some other stuff out there. But you guys?? The smell was just awful!!! I dont know if it was because I started using this early on in my pregnancy when I was overly sensitive to smells, but I cant even open the bottle now to tell you what it smells like because I will throw up from previous experience. I think the brand is great, and it didn’t have any adverse reactions on my skin but dont try it if you are sensitive to smells. Just no. I had gotten some shampoo by this brand it it was alright. Nothing special but good for natural ingredients if that is what you need. This was a did not finish for me.

Have you tried any of these things? Is there anything you want me to change about my next empties post? Format or other information? I have several I will do over the next few months so let me know what you think. Happy Tuesday!

weekend shenanigans

Weekend Shenanigans

Another weekend in the books! I had a good combination of staying in and going out this weekend. On Friday my Sephora order came in the mail. Hello Peach Palette!!! I have only used it twice, but the colors are so gorgeous!!! And the palette smells amazing. I highly recommend it! They were doing a Glam Glow deluxe sample for VIB members and I was so excited for the extra bonus. I will let you know my thoughts on those when I get around to using them.

Friday afternoon my mom stopped by for awhile to see Zoe and hang out with me. She spoiled Zoe with alllllll the things. New clothes, six Dr Seuss books and a bunny! Between her and my sister, Zoe really racked up this week!

You guys, did you know they make baby rompers??? I cant even get over how cute these are! They are 6 and 9 month sizes so it will be awhile until she can wear them, but I cant wait to see her in them!!!

Speaking of seeing her in adorable things, she has moved up to 3 month sized items and she got to sport Andrea’s adorable outfit yesterday!

Saturday morning I got some cleaning in while Zoe napped. We pretty much hung around the house all day, and Saturday evening I ran to Dollar General to pick up some noodles for spaghetti and our favorite Sweet Red wine from Spring Creek. Seriously you guys, I know there are about 10 Dollar Generals within a 15 mile radius of your house….do yourself a favor and grab a bottle of this!

Sunday, Zoe and I met up with Laura at Nordstrom Rack. Can you believe she had never been?!?!  I think I converted her. I learned that Laura and I are basically the same shopper with the same shopping habits and tastes in clothes. Not that this should have come as a surprise. I scored a mega deal on a pair of Asics!!! They were on clearance and an additional 25% off the lowest price!!! Then when I was at Target I scored an additional 25% off clearance work out gear!! I really needed some new things. Honestly, I needed new workout gear before I got pregnant but I made that stuff last through my pregnancy and finally got a few replacement pieces now. Hopefully that is the final motivation I need to get my ass back in shape.

All of the items you see pictured here was less than $80 total. Two tops, a pair of capris, two sports bras, running socks and shoes. The bargain shopper in me rejoices!!!

Sunday evening I created a new chicken recipe inspired by Chris’s low carb diet. No bread crumbs were harmed in the making of these baked chicken fingers. They were pretty tasty!!! A side of Parmesan asparagus never hurt anyone either!

I will share the recipe on the blog soon! And now I leave you with how I feel in the form of a Zoe picture…

I hope you all had a wonderful weekend!!!

Linking up with Biana.

friday favorites

Friday Favorites

Just two more weekends left this February! Such a short month, right? This week was a whirlwind of getting work things done during Zoe naps and trying to stay afloat. My new same old same old I suppose.

Favorite Moments: Chris surprised me with all my favorites on Valentine’s Day.

Speaking of Valentine’s, did you see my cute Valentine this year?? Those are leg warmers she is wearing!!!

Aunt Tracy came by yesterday and spoiled Zoe with Valentine’s Day presents. Cant wait to see her in these shorts this summer! 6-9 month clothing looks so much bigger than her 0-3 that she is still sporting.

The little beanies are extra special because they are named Tracy and Zoe!!! (Well, with the wrong spellings but who cares.) How freaking sweet are these???

The “Tracey” one even says “I’ll always come by you when you call.” Just like Aunt Tracy will do for Zoe. Ugh I die of the sweetness. Zoe was super excited to see her yesterday.

While Tracy was here, I noticed that Z seaks me out in a room when other people are holding her. I love it!!! And the way she looks at me when I have her. I have two pictures of her from the side looking and I seriously cant handle the sweetness of her gazing at me. Oh the love!!!

Favorite Recipe: I have made buffalo chicken in the crock pot plenty of times, but this recipe is slightly different and looks amazing.

Healthy Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken Stuffed Sweet Potatoes. Our whole family loves this easy crock pot recipe! Perfect football food for game day and tailgates too. {whole 30, paleo} Recipe at http://wellplated.com | /wellplated/:

Favorite Beauty Find: I picked up a travel size of this on a whim awhile back at Target and am IN LOVE with it!!! First of all, it smells amazing. I was so not expecting that. Secondly? My face feels amazing after using it for two weeks. This will 100% be a repurchase staple for me. It has the tiniest amount of exfoliate in it without being harsh.

Favorite Lust: I want a few easy pieces that could be for lounging but you would look put together if you needed to run a few errands. I love this whole look and the top is on sale!

Favorite Funnies:

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Peace and quiet are never overrated. | Bad Moms | In Theaters July 29:

 

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I hope you all have a wonderful weekend! Linking up with Amanda.

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Why I Quit Breastfeeding

You guys know that if anything, I am honest. This is a hard post to write because breastfeeding became such an emotional thing for me. And breastfeeding is one of those things that people are so damn judgy about. Here’s the thing, I agree that breastfeeding is best. So please don’t leave me ugly comments chastising me for quitting. Because at the end of the day a fed baby is what is best.

The first thing I did after I was wheeled back to the recovery room after my c section was breastfeed Zoe. She latched right on and all of these feelings came rushing to me. It was the most amazing, incredible thing I have ever felt. We instantly bonded and I thought that I was going to look forward to many months of this feeling. The thing was, her latch wasn’t the greatest. She was getting her milk, but she was destroying me in the process. On the second day of breastfeeding, I was so damaged that the lactation consultants had me pumping. They worked with me on her latch and she would do it right at first but always revert back to not opening wide enough.

I wasn’t producing enough milk in the beginning to feed her, so the supplementing started in the hospital. The nurse would bring down 20 ounces a few times a day and I started worrying about what would happen when I got home and didn’t have their supply. When I got home, I would give Zoe supplemental formula and she would eat on it for nearly an hour. Then I would have to wait until she fell asleep or someone would take her, and then go pump for 30 minutes or more. It was fine when other people were around, but during the day when I was alone it was really hard. I would sit down to pump and then 10 minutes in to it, Zoe would start screaming and need something and I would have to stop and take care of her.

I still wasn’t producing enough and having to use formula for at least 60-70% of her feedings. Then I would miss a pumping session on day because we were out grocery shopping when I needed to do it. Or I was really really really tired and not sleeping and after giving Zoe a bottle and she fell asleep, I needed to take a nap to be a functioning human. It is really hard to feed your baby a bottle and then pump because that is literally all you have time to do.

I started getting stressed out making sure to pump when I needed to. My supply still wasn’t great. I cant tell you how many times I sat there crying while hooked up to the pump. Stressed because I was so damn tired and I knew Zoe would wake up before I could take a nap because I was attached to that pump for the next 30-45 minutes. Crying because I sat back there for 45 minutes and only ten ounces came out and Zoe needed twenty to thirty at one time. It just got to be too much.

My mom, sister, SIL, MIL and best friend were all telling me it was ok to quit. To not stress out about it. After all, my sister and I are formula fed babies. All my nephews were formula fed. My best friend’s kid was formula fed. I have told several of my friends that it is ok that they aren’t breastfeeding. So why was I being so hard on myself???

I lasted three weeks. And one Saturday after I had sat back in the chair and barely got five ounces, I cried one last time and said this is it. I am done. It was like this huge weight was lifted off my shoulders. I knew it was the right decision, because I had no side effects from stopping. My boobs had been sore on and off since having Zoe, so the mild discomfort only lasted another day or two. I had zero leaking ever. It just confirmed my suspicions that my supply would have never built no matter how hard I tried.

Do I feel bad that I can’t have that feeling back that I had that very first feeding with Zoe? Yes. But you know what? I feel grateful I got to at least experience that feeling and I will always remember it. And I know that Zoe is getting fed and the nutrients she needs from the formula because she is growing and was perfect at her last doctor appointment. We still bond when I am giving her bottles because most times, we sit there and stare at each other as she eats. I can see her randomly smile as she is eating and she holds on to my fingers and it is the sweetest thing.

The whole purpose of this post? To those moms out there or soon to be moms…it is ok if you can’t breastfeed. Don’t be hard on yourself if your supply isn’t building up or you just don’t enjoy it. We all have to do what is right for us and as long as your baby is getting fed somehow, what does it matter? Don’t ever feel guilty or like you are less of a mother or woman because of it. That is just simply not true. I know it is hard to just quit. I have been there. But it is ok. Your baby is going to be just perfect regardless. Here is evidence…