Menu Planning

Menu planning-it just makes life so much easier! I do mine every Saturday for the upcoming week. I stress enough throughout the day and so having all our meals planned is just perfect 👌🏼 so let’s dive in!!

I try my best to make our meals all organic and something that Lila would like to eat as well! Maury doesn’t really care what I make, but he does asks for only one thing-plant based meals. I do my best to only have a few meals with meat throughout the week. We buy most of our food from either Trader Joe’s, Costco,or Bakers Grocery. They all have good selections if your shopping organic.

Here is a lay out of the weeks dinners (if you can’t understand my writing 😄)

Monday

Shepherd’s pie

Tuesday

Roasted Tomato Soup

Wednesday

Burrito Night

Thursday

Roasted Veggies and Rice (like a casserole)

Friday

Annie’s MAC n’ Cheese with Chicken

Saturday

Chili and bread

Sunday

Homemade chicken Noddle Soup

If you would like the recipe to any one of these I’ll gladly write it up!!!

They’re are many items missing from the picture up above! That would include Annie’s Mac n’ Cheese, the 4 different types of beans I use in our chili, the chili mix, etc. Meal planning can be overwhelming and difficult, but I make it easy by scrolling through Pinterest!!! I have numerous recipes under my pinned!! This is also where I got my free menu planner printable! Go check out my Pinterest page and hit that follow button to see the other recipes and free printables I pin in the future!!!

Here is the link for the free Menu Planner printable!!!

http://littlecoconutty.com/2014/08/free-menu-planner-printable-3.html

Who’s First?

When it comes to your life who should be first?

Well, for starters God should be first. He should be your first and top priority of everyday, but who’s next? You always hear people say God, others, you-but is that necessarily healthy? The hubby and I were talking today and he pointed out that I always put the girls before myself and that’s not particularly good. Which made me stop and think, why shouldn’t I put the girls above myself?? He then explained what he meant. His words exactly,”Angela, sometimes your first meal of he day is dinner because you don’t sit down and eat.” Ohh wow, that’s true. So then I proceeded to think about others things I don’t do for myself. I’ll brush Lila’s hair and forget about mine, I’ll change her bedsheets before mine, I’ll get her dressed for the day and not myself, I get her to bed at a decent time and I stay up past midnight. Obviously something has to change. The hubby then continued to say that if I want to take good care of the girls and be less stressful, I need to take care of myself. So who is first?? (Again, besides God) I guess I’ll say me. Yes, you need serve others, but you don’t need to neglect yourself either 👍🏼

Breastfeeding 101

Ahhhh the bliss. The calm after the storm. The first time I breastfed Adeline was simple, easy, and enjoyable. Just like Lila I didn’t have to try-breastfeeding should come naturally right?? Fast forward 2 months and I’m not breast feeding, but I am desperately pumping so she can still have some of the liquid gold.

What the hospital doesn’t tell you…. your baby may not like breastfeeding or it may not come so easy to them, your babies latch will not always be perfect, you WILL be crying, you WILL feel ashamed when your not producing enough, you WILL always feel like it’s your fault even if it’s not. You will also hear everyone say “FED is best,” but you will also see everyone applauding those that can breastfeed. You’ll see pictures of women breastfeeding as well as bottles full of milk while you’re getting a lousy 2 oz (if that) when you pump. You will want to try everything known to man that will supposedly boost your supply. This includes consuming a billion calories, drinking an entire ocean (daily), teas, pills, Lactation cookies and smoothies, anything and everything! But your still left disappointed. Your still feeling guilty that your feeding your little precious angel formula👎🏼 (because for some reason you were programmed to think that formula is Satan’s spawn or something like that)

I say all this because this is EXACTLY how I felt and still feel sometimes. Don’t forget that formula cost an arm and a leg! Like why does the industry want to charge so much just to feed your baby?!! Ridiculous. If your feeling all this or more here’s a few tips….

1. Do drink water but probably not to the point where you feel so sick and all you want to do is run to the bathroom and puke (yes, saying from experience 🙈)

2. If your little one is still hungry just supplement-don’t let others make you feel bad about it

3. Wear your baby and love on them because if your not getting that skin-to-skin from breastfeeding get it another way!

4. Don’t forget to love yourself. I tend to not eat until dinner (I know sooo bad) so I really do need to take time out of the day to take care of myself.

5. If you feel like crying then give yourself 5 minutes to cry and then move on. You don’t want to dwell in the sadness-no one wants to have postpartum depression, so cry and move on

So mama’s, let’s encourage one another and be strong! I mean we are raising little ones and I for one think it’s one of the hardest yet most important job out there!!! So be proud, your doing great!!

New Years 2018

Happy New Years everyone!! A lot is going to change this year for us. Maury will be graduating nursing school this coming May and then he’ll take his NCLEX test (super scary nurse test 😬) He’ll then look for his first RN job! We will be talking the girls to Disneyland this summer and hopefully all our family will be able to go!

Thinking back on 2017 all I can say are good things. We welcomed Adeline Reuel into this world in late October and all our family and friends were able to meet Lila for her first bday in the summer!!! So here is a look at our 2017-

1 second from everyday!

Enjoy 👍🏼❤️

Life with Two-Under-Two

Crazy, up around the clock, saying the word No at least 1,000 times daily, and having all the love in the world in a small two bedroom house. That’s life with two-under-two.

No, we don’t have a structured or organized daily routine-heck, we sometimes may even wake up at 11am!!! My only concern at the moment is making sure my babies are clean, fed, and happy ( this includes my husband 😂). Throughout the day Lila will get into things she’s not supposed to and I’ll get mad and then Adeline decides that it’s a good time to cry, all while my dog is right underneath my feet determined to trip me. So yes, I loose my patience about a bijillion times a day and I forget to pray. That’s my worse mistake I think. How different would my day be if I were to start it off with a devotion and prayer time?! Oh, don’t get me wrong everything would go about the same way, BUT I would be different. My response and my attitude-ooooooo an angela without an attitude and being positive?!! -I can already see the smile across my husbands face wishing for that hahaha I let everything get to me and then you see me kicking a water bottle or throwing a piece of paper (which does nothing by the way but make you more mad because it did nothing 😐) because I’m stomping around the house angry-can anyone relate?!!! So, with two-under-two I’m pretty sure I need to get myself together.

It’s been a month and a half and I think we kinda got this thing a little under control-we’re getting used to it in the least, but I still feel like I need a little more control over my life. Yes yes, you will hear everyone say that the laundry and the dishes can wait, but what they don’t tell you is how long. How long can they wait?? A couple hours, days, weeks??? Noooooo!!! Otherwise your house will consume you alive and you’ll be trying to dig your way out of a disaster! This is the control I’m looking for-control over the never-ending laundry and dishes (like how can we have sooo much of these two when we’re such a small family??!!)

I’d also like to dive into some time for myself for a least 5 minutes so I can have some sanity. Anyone have some favorite alone time activities they would like to share? Here are mine…

1. A nice warm shower!!

2. I’m currently addicted to a game on my phone called 10’10

3. Reading blogs (honestly)

4.binge watching The Hobbit and LOTR over and over again

5. Getting back to the gym-I have been cleared to workout, now it’s just getting there 👀

Sorry for a long rant, but that’s our life right now-a long rant. This won’t last forever though so we will enjoy this while it lasts ❤️

Adeline’s Birth Story

On October 25th, Wednesday morning, I woke up at 6:30 am. The contractions have begun. I wasn’t too positive that they were real contractions or Braxton Hicks, so I stayed up for awhile to make sure that they were frequent and well, painful. At around 7:45 am I determined that they were real. They were reoccurring every 8-10 minutes and we’re getting stronger-nothing I couldn’t handle so far. I woke up maury,who didn’t believe that they were real and fell back to sleep 😂 He finally woke up and we loaded up the car with our bags-told his mom that we were heading to the hospital and what to do for Lila when she woke up. The pain wasn’t too bad at this time so I naturally begged Maury to go through the Starbucks drive-thru 👍🏼

We then got to the hospital, checked in, and went through the usual procedures of a prenatal visit. They took my vitals, listened to her heartbeat and checked my cervix. I was dilated to 4cm!!!!

They told us that I should walk for about 30 min and to take a hot shower. They wanted my cervix to dilate further and if it didn’t, than they said that I would go home and most likely come back later 😳 We did NOT want that!!

An hour later I was checked again and was 5cm, close to 6!! We were finally able to check in for real and Maury went downstairs and got the bags.

We continued to walk throughout the day and rock back and forth on the birthing ball. I was planning on going through this labor with no epidural. I was in a lot of pain, but that’s what contractions will do to you!! I got off the birthing ball and got back into bed so that I could be monitored. I finally asked for an epidural and the nurse began to do the paperwork or computer work for this.

ALL OF A SUDDEN, a gas mask was being placed on my face and the nurse was getting the doctor and more nurses to come in. The doctor was surprised and wondering what had happened because everything was going so well. I was 7cm-close to 8cm dilated!!! I mean, I was almost there!!!! Adeline was in distress though. Her heart rate dropped below 50 and everyone was really concerned. The doctor than turned to me and said that they’re going to need to get the baby out and that means that I’m going to have to get a C-Section. Honestly, I was already crying at this point because I was scared for Adeline, but once I was told that I needed a C-Section, I cried even more.

Everything after this began to go crazy. I was constantly having contractions, being rolled over from side to side, being checked continuously, and much much more. I was getting IV’s, I had to be shaved, and get a catheter. Again, all while having strong contractions!!! I was in so much pain-I was crying uncontrollably-I knew I probably looked pathetic, but I didn’t even care at that point.

The nurses then rolled me over to the operating room and gave me a spinal anesthetic. That was honestly the best feeling ever!!!! The feeling of the tugging and pulling that the doctor was doing to get little Adeline out wasn’t all that painful-it was more odd than anything. Knowing that your body is open is just the weirdest thing. We finally heard Adeline’s cries and we were all so happy!!!! Finally!!! She was healthy and so was I. It took longer to close me up than to open me so Adeline was done and her and Maury went into our room.

This labor experience was quite different and way more painful than the last, but we still were handed our beautiful baby. No, I wouldn’t want to go through all that pain again, but he’s, Adeline was worth it all!!!

Adeline Reuel Lemons

7 lbs 11 ounces

19 in

Born at 8:47 pm

The days before baby #2

It’s week 38 over here. Adeline hasn’t decided to come and join us yet, which is ok because her due date isn’t until next week. I’m feeling so anxious because this time last time, we were already holding our little one in our arms 😍 So, while we wait, I’d like to distract myself with fun activities and things that I should get done.

Within the next week here is what we’re “planning” on doing.

Our “plans” for this week!

1.Visiting a Pumpkin 🎃 Patch!!! We figured that this is going to be the last “big” thing with just us three. I’m really excited about this because this year Lila will actually be able to pet goats, go on the little train, and pick her own 🎃

2.Attempt to vacuum the house corner to corner. I’ll probably be too tired to do it after Adeline comes and why not have the house all clean for when she gets here!!

3.Clean our bedroom!!! The last thing I want is to be tripping over things in the middle of the night while Adeline is crying 🤦🏻‍♀️

Now I want your input!!! What did you all do in the days before you met your little one?!!! I’d love to hear them and maybe do some of them 🤗

Adeline’s BABYLIST

Our little bundle of joy will be arriving very soon!!!! This October to be exact! So, we have put together a well thought out registry and we're soooo hoping we get at least half the stuff on there!! Here is a snippet of things from the registry!!! I'll drop a link here if you'd like to look around and possibly get little Adeline something😱👍🏼🍁🍂😍 Also, a big shoutout and thank you to all the people that have already purchased a gift!!!!! Love you all!!!! ❤️❤️😍😍
https://www.babylist.com/angela-lemons

Feeling Stuck 

Everyone has felt stuck at some point in their lives. I’ve been really thinking about this sticky feeling for the past couple of months now. This being my husbands senior year in school, a lot of things are coming to a close. New things are also happening around here with our little girls due date fastly approaching as well! So of course that is something to be excited about!! 

 But when I say I feel stuck this is what I mean. One of my favorite past times is scrolling through Pinterest and looking at homes and the style within them-this leads me to want to personalize our home. Two reasons I feel as though I can’t is 

1. We’re renting (at least our house is all white so I don’t get stressed out with paint color I don’t like) 

2. My husbands last year of school!!! That means, moving. Moving where? Staying where? 

So many things to do or not to do and it can really make a person feel stuck. I also don’t want to always look at pictures on Pinterest and think, “Oh, I’ll do that someday,or when we buy our own place.” I want to live in the moment, not like we’re on the move constantly. So, how do I get out of this funk??? Well, here are some things I thought of… 

Respect that your renting, but Enjoy! 

Even though we rent our house, that doesn’t mean that I can’t make it our own. I constantly live in fear of making holes in the wall for things, but I always seem to forget that you don’t have to make holes!!! Now-a-days they have tacky or Velcro we can use!! 

Make a decision 

The decision is….moving. Moving where? Staying where??? This decision needs to be made, in my perspective, before this school year starts. We don’t want to be scrambling and going crazy while he’s in school. So, I’ve got to really bunker down and think hard on this. 

Get rid of unnecessary stuff 

I’ve been spending the last week getting rid of things. I’ve gotten rid of books, shoes, and clothes!! But now it’s time to tackle the kitchen and our bedroom. Being pregnant makes me really not want to do things, but at the same time makes me want to do a whole lot!!! 

This may have been a boring post for you or maybe you feel the same way, but whatever you got from it know that you need some joy and balance in your life. Mine are my family and church, which both make me happy!! Here are some posts from my Pinterest that I love-This is the style that I’d like to cultivate within our home!! Enjoy! 🤗😊 

Wild Animals 🦁🐒🐡🦈

We took our little One year old to The Los Angeles Zoo and The Aquarium of the Pacific!!! I feel as though everything is so much more exciting when you take your little one somewhere! She was able to touch some starfish and splash in water 💦 When she gets older she’ll be able to walk around, which is obviously good and hard at the same time 😂 I’ll post more and more about our Vaca to Cali, but I wanted to get this out there!!!