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Aurorae Sling Yoga Backpack Review & Giveaway!

Disclaimer: I received product free of charge from Aurorae in exchange for an honest review. Opinions are 100% my own, and I would never recommend a product that I wouldn’t buy myself. This post may include affiliate links.

Summer is winding down and the new school year is right around the corner- literally. I start classes again next week, and I am NOWHERE near ready. Things have been pretty crazy around here the past few months, and there is no end in sight. Between working, chasing my 2 year old around, getting our basement finished, and trying to find time to write, overwhelmed is an understatement. It’s ok though, because every now and then I get to do something crazy fun like I am today.

It’s a big day for my sweet little blog, because I am holding my very first GIVEAWAY!! My blog has been around for less than two years, and I am very happy with where it is now. I do wish to write more often, because I have put it on the back burner for a while. Today I am so excited, because I get to share my most current obession: Aurorae.

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Aurorae was kind enough to send me this amazing sling yoga backpack, in exchange for an honest review. I pride myself in only accepting things that are a good fit for me and my readers, and this was perfect. I am always on the hunt for a perfect “gym” bag, but backpacks make me feel like a high school student again, and I have yet to find a cute duffle bag I can fit my yoga mat into.

My first impression with Aurorae is how personable they were. They were quick with communication and shipping, which is HUGE to me. I am always skeptical of pretty much anything unfamiliar to me, which can be a downfall. I try to hope for the best, but I can hear my inner voice telling me to expect the worst. When the package came, I didn’t know what to expect. I opened it, and the first thing I noticed was the quality. The material was thick and felt like it was durable.

Next, I noticed all of the compartments. Let me fill you in on a little secret about me: I love compartments. Zippers, flaps, pouches- it doesn’t matter, I want them. I like to feel organized, and when I have separate places to put everything, that helps. To be exact, this bag has 3 zipper compartments (including the large, main compartment), 1 mesh yoga mat sling with two buckles to secure it in, one mesh water bottle holder, and one mesh cell phone holder on the strap. I have an iPhone 6, and it fit in the pocket perfectly. Anything larger that that, and it might not fit.

For the past 3 years (give or take), I have been obsessed with cross-body bags. Every single purse I have owned has been a cross-body. I like them because you sling them over your shoulder, and they stay on without a problem. This has the same concept, since there is only one strap that you “sling” over your back. My son took an interest to it, too, and insisted on wearing it around the house all night.

This bag is perfect for what it is made for- grabbing your yoga mat & going to the park, gym, or wherever your little heart desires. You won’t be able to fit anything large in it- like a laptop, because of the shape. You don’t HAVE to bring your yoga mat, either. The pouch that holds your mat folds up and buckles to the side of the bag, so it looks perfectly normal without the mat (see below).

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I was so in love with the bag as soon as I got it, that I hopped on Amazon and ordered one of their yoga mats that second. I just got the mat today, and I’m even more obsessed. They have so many different colors and designs, and I went with the wooded pine option. Maybe it’s because I grew up in the middle of the woods, but I am obsessed with trees for some reason. If something has trees on it, I want it. This mat spoke to me, and I can’t wait to put it to good use. I unrolled it, and of course the first thing you have to do is step on it, and see how it feels. I was surprised, because it cost less than the cheapest one I could find at Target, yet it felt so much thicker and cushier. My knockoff brand from Target was chincy and fell apart right away, which is no bueno. I love this one from Aurorae so much, that I want one in each design.

wooded pine yoga mat

GIVEAWAY TIME

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So, like I mentioned above, this is my first giveaway, so bear with me. This is uncharted waters, so it may get a little messy. There are going to be multiple ways to get entered into the giveaway, so you can enter more than once. It will almost be completely on social media, so you can pick and choose how you enter the contest. Here are the details:

FACEBOOK:

Like my page, Writing on a Whim – This will give you one entry (If you already liked my page, unlike it and like it again so I get the notification, lol)

Share my post about the giveaway that I will be posting tomorrow morning on my page – This will give you another entry

Like & comment on my post about the entry – If you do both, you will get two more entries

INSTAGRAM

Follow me @gabrielles_losing_it – If you already follow me, see above and repeat what you did on Facebook – This will give you one entry

Repost my giveaway post (also going live in the morning on 8/18) using the hashtag #gabrielleslosingitgiveaway – That will earn you one entry

MY LIFE ON A WHIM

Lastly, earn one entry by commenting on this post! Tell me what you would do with your bag, or something like that :)

In ONE WEEK I will be scouring each and every one of your entries, adding them into a big database, and a winner will be chosen at random. The more entries you have, the higher your chances are at winning. Hopefully that isn’t too confusing, it is getting pretty late and my mind is almost asleep.

Questions, comments? Leave it below! Remember, comments earn you entries, so go for it! Thanks for reading!

 

Reasons Why You Might Not Be Losing Weight

One of the most frustrating things when you are trying to lose weight is when you see the scale remain dormant. You watch what you eat and bust your butt every day, only to see the same number week after week. I’ve been there, I know how discouraging it can be, and it makes you just want to quit it all and go back to your old ways.

If you are being honest with yourself and know that you are truly giving it your all, there might be another reason why you are not losing any weight. You might be eating all wrong for your body, gaining muscle, or you may even have an underlying medical condition. There are many possibilities that would explain why you are hitting a plateau, and each one can be overcome. You just have to narrow it down to a reason, solve the issue, and keep pushing on.

You Might Be Eating Too Many Calories

This is the first possibility you need to address. Are you eating too much, maybe? Weight loss comes down to a simple science: you need to have a calorie deficit. This means you have to burn more calories than you consume. If you lead a fairly sedentary life, you may not be burning as many calories as you are eating.

It’s true that not all calories are treated equal, but in a way they are. It doesn’t matter if you are eating 2,000 calories of healthy food, but only burning 1500 calories a day, you are not going to lose any weight. One simple way to determine if you are eating too many calories is to keep a food journal. Write down what you eat every day, or download any free food tracking apps and after a few days you will know your answer.

You Might Be Eating Too Few Calories

On the other end of the spectrum, you might not be eating enough calories. It might surprise you, but if you eat too few calories you might not lose any weight; in fact, you might even gain weight. This is because your body will essentially go into “starvation mode,” and store whatever food you do eat. You want to make sure that you are eating enough calories to sustain your body- this is necessary for your health as well as losing weight.

It is easy to determine if you are eating enough calories or not. All you have to do is track your food, just like you did to see if you were eating too many calories. You should never eat less than 1200 calories a day if you are a female, and 1800 if you are a male. If you are eating close to that amount or less, that is probably why you are hitting a plateau.

You Might Be Gaining Muscle

This is a very common illusion with the scale when you are working out consistently. You are hitting it hard at the gym every day, your nutrition is on point, but the scale is not moving- why? Well, you are doing so great that you are gaining muscle. Everyone has heard that muscle weighs more than fat, and it’s true! Ok, muscle doesn’t technically “weigh” more than fat, one pound is one pound, but muscle is denser.

This is one of the main reasons you should not rely on the scale. When you are gaining muscle you are still losing fat, but the scale does not reflect those changes. You should instead take your measurements each week, and that will tell you the true changes in your body.

You Might Have an Underlying Medical Condition

Believe it or not, but there may be a medical reason you are not losing weight. There are a number of conditions that can prevent weight loss, or even make you gain weight. Without a diagnosis, there is no real way to tell. Your best bet is to have your doctor run some tests and determine whether or not you have a medical condition that is preventing you from losing weight.

One of the most common conditions that hinders weight loss is hypothyroidism. This basically means you have an underactive thyroid, and your metabolism isn’t working as well as it should be. Once your doctor confirms that you have hypothyroidism, you can come up with a plan to treat it and lose weight. It’s not impossible to lose weight with hypothyroidism, it’s just a little more complicated than normal. There are many different food plans and supplements out there that can help you lose the pounds.

You Might Not Be Drinking Enough Water

Water is the most important thing for your body aside from Oxygen, hands down. Your body needs water to survive, and there are a number of different ailments you can experience if you don’t drink enough water. When you are not getting enough water, your body will hold on to any water that it has, to try and avoid dehydration. This water retention prevents weight loss, and you may even see the scale go up. It is important to drink water throughout the day to keep your body hydrated. How much is enough water? The rule of thumb is to take your body weight and divide it by two, and drink that many ounces of water each day. For example, if you weigh 160 pounds, you should be drinking 80 ounces of water every day.

There are so many different reasons why you might not be losing weight, and it might be a combination of a few. You need to make sure you are not eating too many calories, but also that you are eating enough calories. You may want to have your doctor check you for any underlying conditions that may be causing you to gain weight, and as always, make sure you are drinking enough water.

Firmoo Glasses

Firmoo Glasses- an Honest Review

***Disclaimer: Affiliate links have been used in this post. If you make a purchase I may or may not receive a commission for referring you. I was gifted these glasses for free in return of my honest review. I believe in transparency, and I wouldn’t recommend something I didn’t like myself.

 

I haven’t been wearing glasses very long. In fact, I only wear glasses about 50% of each day. It started about a year ago when I was getting constant headaches every day after an hour or two at work. I noticed I was needing to squint my eyes every time I was looking at the computer, because it was very blurry.

I finally bit the bullet and took a trip to the eye doctor (for the first time in my adult life).

My new Doctor concluded that one of my eyes was slightly near sighted, and the other eye was slightly far sighted. It  was not enough to need glasses all the time, but he told me my eyes were straining hard when I was working on the computer or reading, so that was likely the cause of my headaches.

I left the eye doctor with a new pair of glasses on the way, and when I saw the price tag I cringed a little. Thank God for vision insurance, because I definitely would not be able to pay for them out of pocket. I cherish my glasses, so much that I keep them at work so I don’t lose them. That’s fine and dandy, but when I am at home writing, I am running into the same problem again.

Then Firmoo came along.

About a month ago, I was contacted by a company I have never heard of, Firmoo. They wanted to gift me a pair of glasses in order for an honest review. When I said honest, I mean honest. I’m not the kind of person who would sell my soul for free things.

I agreed, and went through the ordering process. I was amazed by all of the different options! When I saw the price tag on these, I realized that I would have bought them even if I wasn’t getting them for free. Most glasses on their website range from $20-$50 from what I could see.

The customer service reps were great, emailing me throughout the whole process and making sure I was satisfied. Make sure that you have your prescription handy, because you will have to enter that if you are ordering a pair of prescription glasses. If you are wanting a pair but you don’t need prescription glasses, don’t worry! They have non-prescription glasses too, and they are so cute.

About 2 weeks later I got my glasses in the mail, in the cutest case! It was a hard, sturdy case with a design that looked like a map on it. The glasses looked exactly how they did on the website, so it was a good first impression. I tried them on and they fit perfectly! I was really happy with how they fit and looked.

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I think I am slightly obsessed with the case they came in

They are a lot flimsier than my expensive pair, but that is to be expected. You get what you pay for. These glasses are perfect for when I am working on my computer at home, and that is exactly what I am going to be using them for! I don’t know what it is about glasses, but they make me feel like my creative juices are really flowing, and I seem to get so much more work done!

If I had one complaint, it would be that they are kind of hard to clean with anything aside from the cloth that comes with the glasses. That seems to be a common complaint. If you use the cloth they clean fine but you can’t use your shirt, for example, it will just smear. Another blogger here thinks it may because of the special coatings on the glasses, like the anti scratch coatings.

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Awkward Glasses Selfie 

All in all, I am very happy with these glasses. The shipping took around 2 weeks, so don’t expect to get them right away. I think they are perfect for the price you pay. Thumbs up from this girl.

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Me trying to get work done with a toddler- impossible

If you want a pair, go to this link and use this coupon code: 94153628ba

This special offer is for my readers: The first 5 people to use this code get their glasses for free– all you have to do is pay for shipping. This offer is good through May 27th, and like I said, it is only for the first 5 people to claim the offer.

Let me know what you think!

5 Ingredient Slow Cooker Chicken Vegetable Soup

5 Ingredient Slow-Cooker Chicken Vegetable Soup

Last week I had a fridge full of veggies and chicken that I was dying to use. There was a problem, though. I was sick and tired of eating it the same way I have been for months. I was sick of plain chicken and raw veggies.

When you eat the same thing day after day, it gets real old. Honestly, that is probably one of the main reasons why people fail their diets. I can speak from experience and say that every time I fell off of the wagon, it is because I was tired of eating the same thing.

Luckily I have learned a thing or two throughout this whole process. I have learned that eating healthy does NOT have to mean plain and boring! You do not have to eat the same thing everyday, you just have to improvise.

Honestly, this is one of the most simple and easy recipes I am going to share with you. This soup only has 5 ingredients- and they are all organic, whole foods! It takes 5-10 minutes to throw together, and that’s it! All you busy moms like me, (or lazy moms, also like me) this is for you!

This is my favorite soup of all time. I love this even more than I love Campbell’s Chunky Soups. Even better- my son loved it too! He ate all of it, and then he had seconds! I can’t speak for the man of the house, however, because I can’t get him to come within 5 feet of broccoli (or any vegetable, for that matter).

If I were to compare this soup to anything, I would say it tastes just like chicken noodle soup, but without the noodles and with broccoli. SO good.


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Ingredients

  • Organic Vegetable Broth (1 32 oz box)
  • 1 lb Chicken Breast
  • 2 Cups Broccoli, cut up
  • 1 Cup diced Celery
  • 1 Cup Carrots, cut into slices

That’s it! Seriously, that’s all that is in this ahhhmazing soup.  It’s really up to you how much you want to add of each vegetable. The measurements above are more like measurements. I just cut up a random amount and threw it in. It worked out perfectly.

Directions

  1. Cut up your vegetables
  2. Pour the whole box of broth into your slow cooker
  3. Add the raw (thawed) chicken and the vegetables into the slow cooker
  4. Cook on “high” for 4 hours
  5. Remove chicken, make sure it is fully cooked, and then shred (it just falls apart- so tender!).
  6. Add the chicken back to the pot, and serve!

There you have it- quite possibly one of the easiest- and tastiest- chicken soup recipes! I hope you and your family love it as much as I do.

What is your favorite chicken soup? I have fallen in love with soups- especially the kinds you can make in the slow cooker. It just makes dinner time quicker and easier for this mama. I want to hear your favorite recipe! Drop it in the comments before you go :)

3 Lessons My 2 Year Old Taught Me About Life

Lessons my 2 year old taught me about life

My son has taught me so much about myself since I had him.  He showed me how compassionate I could be for another human, and that my heart was actually ten times the size I thought it was.  He also taught me that bodily functions are not as gross as I once thought they were, and that human poop can be really f’ing nasty.  Even worse, I am able to sit here and eat a snack as I type about this.  Who AM I?  Pre-motherhood me would not recognize me.

But that’s ok.

My son has also taught me many things about life.  I taught this human how to use a spoon, how to walk, and how to count to ten, but he has taught me how to live life.

Here are some of the things my 2 year old has taught me about life.

Cry it out, and then move on. 

When my son gets upset over something (literally any little thing), he will throw a fit.  He will cry, run to his room, and even throw things (I am working on this one).  Once he is done letting his anger out, he bounces right back.  He turns into a sweet little angel, with his “I’m sorry, mama,” and his hugs.  He almost forgets what he was upset with and moves on with his life.

This reminds me that it’s OK to get upset.  We all get a little aggravated when things don’t get our way, it’s just human nature.  It’s fine to get upset, but don’t let it ruin your day.  Take 5 minutes, get your anger out, and move on.  Sure, it seems a little bipolar, but what is the point of dwelling on it?  Dwelling on your bad situation will only create more negativity in your life, and ain’t nobody got time for that.

Sometimes it’s OK to be honest

It’s no secret that kids are honest. Brutally honest is probably a more accurate word. There are times I ask my son to give me a hug, or if he wants me to play with him and he flat out says no. Ouch! There is a lesson to be learned here, however. Sometimes, it is perfectly fine to say “no” to something we simply don’t want to do.

I am constantly feeling the pressure to please everyone around me, even if it means agreeing to something I really don’t want to do. I think this is human nature. Of course there is nothing wrong with biting the bullet and doing something for someone else, but when is enough, enough?

We are taught to smile, be polite, and nod our heads. You want me to take on some of your work? Sure!

This kind of behavior is detrimental to our well-being sometimes- believe me, I know. I get so caught up in making other people happy, that I find myself totally not happy. What’s in it for me? Maybe it is time to start asking that question more often.

Get excited about the small things!

Have you ever seen the look on the face of a 2 year old who just found out they are going to the park? Let me tell you, it is pure joy. It’s almost as like every wish of theirs has been granted at that one moment. It’s times like these that make motherhood really rewarding, actually.

When is the last time you felt that overjoyed about something? Do you even remember? Personally, I feel excited and happy constantly on the inside, but rarely do I show it. Why? When did it become unacceptable to be excited and happy about the small things?

Do you remember the things that made you happy? It takes a second to remember, doesn’t it?

It seems to be the times that I am alone that I find myself celebrating something. I wait until I am in my car, or in my living room, and then I can do my happy dance. Over the course of my life I have been seasoned to keep my “poker face” on in front of others.

Maybe it is our fear of judgement, fear of disappointment, or just plain old embarrassment, but something has taught us to conceal our excitement. I think the world would be a better place if we let ourselves feel our natural emotions, whether its anger, frustration, or excitement. We are all only human, after all.

An Open Letter to My High School Bully

Marvin*,

I’m writing this letter to you so I can get some things off of my chest.  I’m done letting you win, and I need to get this out there once and for all so I can move on with my life.

See, you made my freshman year a living hell.  You made me search for you everywhere I went, so I could avoid you at all costs.  I KNEW that any encounter would end in you making a comment on my weight.  Whether it would be a smart little joke, or just flat out calling me fat, I knew it was coming.  Why?  Why, out of all the people in that school, would you pick me to torture?  I may never know the answer to that question, but I’m done asking myself.

I know you probably couldn’t care less, and you probably haven’t thought of me once for high school.  That’s fine, I didn’t expect for you to think of anyone other than yourself.  I don’t want you to feel bad, I know you never will anyways.  To be honest, I don’t know what I want.  All I want is to somehow find closure for the 14 year old me that felt like a prisoner in her own body.

You made me hate myself.  You helped turn me into this shell of a person- too scared to get any attention, so I always try to blend in now.  When I first met you, we were in drama class, and I was in my element.  I loved to stand out, and to be the center of attention.  After you came along, I avoided attention at all costs, and I still do.  I am now shy, quiet, and timid thanks to you.

I get it, I was an easy target.  Not only was I overweight, but I was outgoing, loud, and tried to always be the “funny” one.  I hid behind my humor, but you saw right through that and tore me down.  You ruined some of the best parts of me.  I hope you got your satisfaction, and validated your own self-worth by destroying mine.

Did you know that I was starving myself?  Did you know that if I slipped up and ate something I went to the bathroom, stuck my fingers down my throat, and made myself throw up?  No, of course you didn’t.  Like I said, you only cared about yourself.  Would things be different if you knew the struggles I was already going through?  Probably not.  That’s just the kind of person you are.

I’m writing this letter to you to let you know, I’m taking away your power.  I’m no longer going to let your words ring in my ears over and over again.  I’m no longer going to picture your smirking face after you called me fat.  I’m no longer going to think about you, period.  You were never anyone I cared for, so I am not going to allow you to take up any more of my time.  No amount of money will make you a kind person, and that’s something you will have to deal with one day.

I also want to have my moment in the spot light now.  This isn’t about you anymore, it’s my turn.  I have lost over 100 lbs, and I am looking fantastic.  I’m sure you would still find something negative to say about me, and that’s fine.  There will always be imperfections.  Always.  See, the point is, someone who is overweight can lose the weight, but you will always be ugly on the inside.

I hope this open letter gives some helpless kid that I used to be find some sort of hope.  There is a light at the end of the tunnel.  Things WILL get better.  It’s true, high school never really ends, but your perspective will.  One day you will not be concerned with the thoughts of others so much.  You will find your true self, and you will shine so bright from the inside, that no one can ignore you.

I also hope this letter reaches someone who may be making someone else’s life a living hell.  Whether you are calling them ugly, fat, stupid, etc., you are not helping.  How about try something new for a change, and be kind.  Be compassionate to other humans, and maybe this world will become a better place.  Any step in the right direction is a good start.

an open letter to my high school bully

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

*Names have been changed so the jerk doesn’t get any undeserved attention

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NICU Mom Guilt is Real

NICU Mom Guilt

Having my son was hands-down the best experience of my life.  However, the week after he was born was hell.  My son had to stay in the NICU for a week, which was an exhausting, emotional roller coaster of a time.  I know I shouldn’t complain because there are plenty of babies that have to stay in there much longer and he is alive and healthy, but I still can’t help but feel robbed from my newborn experience.

After being in labor almost 24 hours I started to get a fever.  Instead of getting me Tylenol like I requested, the nurses started talking about infection and spending 2 days in the NICU.  This was all so new to me, so I didn’t understand why they were bringing in multiple doctors to get their opinions.  Instead of bringing me to get a C-section right away, they kept monitoring my vitals until they made the decision to whisk my son away 30 minutes after birth.

I had my son, had my immediate life changing experience of holding my new baby while we stared into each others eyes for a time-stopping moment, but then he was taken.  I was so out of it and in shock from the whole traumatic experience of giving birth that I initially wasn’t phased by the absence of my son.  The nurses rushed me to the shower, made me eat, and brought me and my belongings to a new room.  Then the gave me permission to go see my son, who was now hooked up to machines and IV’s.

My already crazed emotions were even more overwhelmed as we rang in to be buzzed into the NICU.  There were so many different bells and whistles, nurses, and babies hooked up to machines.  Our son was the biggest baby in the NICU, weighing in at 9 lbs 3 ounces at birth.  He looked strangely out of place, yet here we were.  We had a healthy pregnancy, a long yet smooth delivery, so why was he in here when he should have been in my room with me?

The doctors explained that my water was broken too long, and I started showing signs of infection (the fever I mentioned earlier), and they had to ensure that our son didn’t catch an infection as well.  This meant they had to run multiple tests and samples from our new baby.  Each day was brought with different numbers and abbreviations that sounded like gibberish to me.  The only thing I cared about was if our son was OK, and when we would get to go home.

The days dragged on, with no clear end in sight.  We were made to feel like we should only visit our son every 3 hours, to feed and change him.  The rest of the time he was spent sleeping in a small plastic “bassinet” in a brightly lit room with alarms going off constantly.  I had to leave my room after the mandatory 2 days, but luckily the hospital let NICU mothers stay in empty rooms in the Pediatric wing, if they were available.  I shared a room with another mother, separated by a thin curtain.

I felt numb.  The days were spend counting the hours to see my son, taking small cat naps, and pumping breast milk for his next feeding.  The time I was in my room I was crying to myself, missing my son.  Every walk to the NICU I went past the rooms of other moms with their newborns, feeling mostly envious.  They were trying to quiet their crying babies, and I just wanted to experience those moments.  The right-of-passage moments into motherhood that these other moms were getting, I was missing.

That 2 days turned into a week , when finally we got the “all clear” and got permission to go home.  It was 9 at night when we finally got to leave.  We didn’t get our celebratory moment of taking our baby home.  We were sleep deprived, exhausted, and relieved all at the same time.  For us it was a completely different feeling than it would’ve been if we never had to stay at the NICU.

Although it was an awful experience, I am thankful for the NICU, our nurses, and neonatologists.  They all helped us ease into the world of parenting, and gave our son the utmost care.  They did everything they could to make sure that our son was healthy and able to go home.  Even though I feel robbed of my newborn experience, I know that it was necessary, and in my son’s best interest.

 

 

Stuffing Covered Pork Chops

Well, here we are.. Sunday again.  The only problem with this is that the Monday blues are already setting in.  How do the weekends go so fast? Not fair.

This week I am sharing another cheat meal recipe that my family loved!  This one cleared out that leftover stuffing I had in my pantry from Thanksgiving.  Thank God, I thought I was going to be stuck with that until it expired!  Not to mention, I LOVE stuffing, but never eat it outside of Thanksgiving day.

This was something different, which was nice, because it seems like we are always eating the same thing every week.  Anyone else feel like you just rotate the same few meals every week?  It gets boring after a while!

It’s Monday tomorrow, which means that today  I have to go get groceries and do some meal prepping, so that my eating will be on track this week.  Does anyone else meal prep on Sundays?  I have kind of been slacking lately, so I need to get my butt in gear.

Anyways- here is the recipe for my Stuffing Covered Pork Chops.  Best part?  You only need 3 ingredients!


Stuffing Covered Pork Chops

stuffing covered pork chops

Ingredients

  • 6 boneless pork chops
  • 2 cans of Cream of Mushroom soup
  • 1 box of Stove Top Stuffing

Directions

  1. Make the stuffing according to the directions on the box
  2. While you stuffing is on the stove, brown the sides of the pork chops
  3. Lay the pork chops in a 9×13 baking pan
  4. Evenly spoon the stuffing on top of the pork chops
  5. pour the cream of mushroom over the top, spreading it evenly in the pan
  6. Bake at 350 degrees for 35 minutes
  7. Enjoy!

I hope you guys like this recipe as much as I did!  There’s something about stuffing, cream of mushroom, and pork chops that go awesome with each other.  My boyfriend was VERY skeptical when he saw me take out the stuffing, but he ended up eating all of the left overs the next day!

Let me know what you think.  Have a great week, everyone!

lasanga roll ups easy recipe

Lasagna Roll-Ups

It’s Sunday, which is bittersweet for me.  It’s nice because it is still technically the weekend, but not-so-sweet because I have to go back to work tomorrow.  It’s especially hard because of all of this beautiful weather we have been getting.  It was in the 70’s today, which is CRAZY for ND early March.  I am not complaining, but it is definitely out of the norm.

Today I took my son to the park, and let him burn off some extra energy.  I love that we don’t have to be cooped up inside anymore, because we all know how that can be with toddlers.

Anyways, it has been a little while since I last posted.  No, I have not forgotten, I have just been CRAZY busy with school, work, and raising a child.  With all the overtime Josh has been putting in at work, I have been basically on my own for a while now.  It can be hard.

So today I want to share a recipe I made a few weeks ago- and it was a HUGE hit!  Honestly, everyone went back for seconds, and ALL the leftovers were eaten up quickly!  We don’t do too good with leftovers in my house, so that is really saying something.

Disclaimer:  These are in NO way healthy, “skinny,” or 21 Day Fix Approved.  However I WILL be making a 21 day fix approved version later on.  Stay tuned.

These do require a little bit of work and time, but not too much.


Lasagna Roll-Ups

 

lasanga roll ups easy recipe

Ingredients

  • Lasagna noodles, cooked Al Dente
  • 1 lb ground beef (as always, I used venison)
  • Parmesan Cheese
  • Mozzarella Cheese
  • Spaghetti Sauce (I used Ragu traditional)

Directions

  1. As you can see above, the noodles need to be ‘Al Dente,’ so that will be the first thing you will do.  Strain the noodles when done.
  2. At the same time, brown your hamburger on the stove.  When it all cooked and you no longer see any pink, add in a large handful of mozzarella cheese and shake on as much parmesan cheese as you desire.  There is no straight measurement, just add as much as you want, stirring over the stove until melted and blended in with the burger.
  3. Mix in about 1/2 to 3/4 of the jar of spaghetti sauce
  4. Grease the bottom of a glass baking pan
  5. Line as many noodles as you can on a cookie sheet
  6.  Spread a large spoonful of the burger mixture on the noodle evenly
  7. Sprinkle more mozzarella and parmesan cheese over the noodle
  8. Roll the noodle up, and place it ‘seam side’ down in your pan
  9. Repeat steps 6-8 on the rest of the noodles (as many as it takes to fill your pan).
  10. Once your burger mixture is used up and your pan is full, pour the rest of the spaghetti sauce onto the noodles
  11. You guessed it, add on more mozzarella and parmesan to the top of your lasagna roll-ups
  12. Bake at 350 degrees for about 30 minutes, or until the cheese is golden and bubbling.

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Before                                                    During                                              After

 

These are better than standard lasagna for two reasons: 1- I have never made regular lasagna, and I assume it is much more difficult and time consuming.   2- Being that each piece is a little “roll-up,” it is SO easy and mess-free when you “cut” it and serve it.

I didn’t add any of the seasonings, because that is purely optional.  I am not one to use seasonings, like ever, but I did use some for this recipe.  I added a dash of onion powder, oregano, garlic powder, black pepper, salt, and basil.  You can use any variations that you like.

My boyfriend was shocked because the only time I have ever made lasagna was Stouffer’s pre-made frozen lasagna.  That was the first time I ever cooked for him and I STILL catch hell for it.  So for him to walk in and see this feast for supper was definitely a shock.  I hope your family loves it as much as mine did!

Let me know what you think, and if you have made something like this before?  I am curious to how a chicken alfredo roll-up would be, that might be my next experiment.

Anyways, I hope you all have a great week!