My Favorite Things- The May Edition
How is May trying to turn into June already? It could be because I have two daughters now, and this news continues to blow my mind.
When thinking about this month’s favorite things, a handful of them center around food. This makes sense to me because food is comfort, and I need comfort in my life right now. Missing sleep like I missed Parenthood the first six months it was off the air? It’s okay, eat a snack. Feeling like my one and only success over the past few weeks has been keeping short people alive? Eat a snack. I wouldn’t say I’m an emotional eater, but I do tend to let my emotions lend a hand in my eating habits. (That’s a joke, y’all. Yes, I’m an emotional eater.) It’s one reason I try to keep healthy options nearby, or I’ll have days like yesterday when I didn’t eat enough during the day and ended up binging on cheese sticks and Girl Scout cookies—it happens. Whatever.
Here are this month’s favorites!
Siette Almond Flour Tortillas (sold online or at Whole Foods in the cold section)
When I want to make myself a hot, healthy meal but have maybe only one free hand and don’t want to wait more than three minutes to eat, I get one of these tortillas, scramble a couple of eggs, and top it off with some Kerrygold cheese. This is a win anytime of day.
Green Juice (a spin from Dr. Oz)
I tend to save my coffee for Collins’ nap time so I can enjoy it hot without ever reheating. Plus, too much caffeine can make me shaky fast. For some energy in the mornings, I lean towards this juice. It’s not a science—green juice is healthy no matter how you spin it. I just always include two apples to make sure it’s sweet enough for me. My go-to recipe is one bunch of kale, two cucumbers, five-six stalks of celery, two green apples, a chunk of fresh ginger (peeled), some cilantro, and the juice of a lemon and lime. This makes enough juice for four mornings. (Because nobody wants to clean a juicer more than they have to!) I store my juice in four small glass jars with lids in the fridge to keep it as fresh as possible. If you’re in the market for a juicer, this is the one I have.
Meal Delivery Services
I’ve been wanting to try one of these for a while now, and when Emma James was born, I decided it was as good of a time as any. We split three weeks between Blue Apron and Hello Fresh. They both have a similar feel in the way the recipe is laid out, but I feel like I would need to keep going with both to really say which one I like over the other. It was a fun way to change things up and try new recipes. I still got to cook, they were all relatively healthy meals, but it was so much easier than doing the planning/shopping myself. And we ate things like steak bibimbap on a random Monday night. One thing I will say: do any of you keep up with recommended prep times?? When I see a prep time of ten minutes for a recipe, I roll my eyes and know in the deepest part of my soul it will take me at least thirty. All in all, it was fun, and I’d definitely order these again.
I’ve had my eye on Freshly Picked moccasins for a long time, but I just couldn’t bring myself to spend that much on a pair of shoes for Collins when I knew that she’d grow out of them in months. (If you get these for your littles, that’s awesome—no guilt trips here. I’ll be the first one to say I’ll splurge on my girls in a heartbeat.) But then I found these on etsy. They’re the cutest things! She hand cuts the leather and customizes each pair for you. Shop on, moms, aunts, and grandmas!
After Collins was born, I needed some comic relief in my life to remember the world was still spinning outside of my newborn fog. So naturally, I read Tina Fey’s Bossypants and laughed my face off. When Emma was born, I knew I would need the same type of therapy and read Party Girl by Rachel Hollis. I don’t read much fiction (even though there is so much out there I want to read), but everything about this book was fun and did such a lovely job of transporting me to upbeat Los Angeles for a few minutes every day. Everyone needs a break! Might as well be with a book! The best part is this is a series, so I still have more living to do with these characters.
I’ve mentioned this wrap seventeen times to you guys, but I would be lying about May’s favorite things if I didn’t include this because it’s such an essential with a newborn for me! How do you think I made those meals from Hello Fresh? If there is a downside to wearing a wrap, it’s that you can’t really sit down while sporting it. So you’ll find yourself standing a lot to do things like eat lunch and type blog posts. But you guys, it’s so worth it. Baby feels safe, bonding is happening, and you still have two free hands– all at the same time. That’s called winning.
90% of Emma’s nursery furniture came from Amazon Prime. I’m so serious. Shopping from home!! Free shipping!!! Need I say more? Seriously.