Saturday, August 27, 2016

Healthy Banana Pancakes

Hey again - it's me.  I'm still here - actually actively reading and following some of my favorite blogs, but without too much time to edit and post photos for new posts in the recent days.  I've had this one in the draft stage for quite a while, but hadn't gotten around to writing the text for it until just recently. 

Today, I'm sharing a healthy little breakfast recipe with you all that I've enjoyed making and sharing with the Little in the mornings.  I found it on Pinterest a while back and don't even know if I pinned the recipe because it was so simple. 

They are super easy, and tasty - but with a totally different texture than a regular pancake in my opinion.  If your bananas are really ripe and sweet, you don't need any syrup!

1 ripe banana
2 large eggs
1/8 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp cinnamon (I just eyeball it to be honest and sprinkle as much as I want into the bowl)
1/4 tsp vanilla, optional

In a bowl, mash the banana until it is smooth.  Mix in eggs and other ingredients, stirring until smooth.
Use a spoon (I use a ladle) to spoon mixture onto a hot, sprayed griddle or flat pan. 
Cook for about 2 1/2 minutes on each side until done. 

I get on these health kicks from time to time and decide that I'm really going to be healthier this time.  But to be honest, I've learned that I'm not awesome at sticking to a strict diet and/or exercise routine so I am working hard to find simple and easy ways that I can incorporate healthy habits and exercise into my pre-existing activities and then make sure to use moderation when I indulge (because I will not give up baked treats, or carbs, or cheese, or ice cream completely.  I just will not.)

So far, so good.  I want to be the best I can be.  It's important to me to be proactive about my own health so that I can train the Little how to balance the sweet things and healthy things and fitness. 

What little things do you do to stay healthy? 

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Little slept through the night.

Y'all.  This is big time over here.  I'm coming to you refreshed and fully awake after our Little slept through the night for the first time in his life last night.  Not the "sleeping through the night" that the internet tells you can mean 5 hours straight (which is also great, so no complaints), but the whole night.  Like, I only got out of my bed once to use the bathroom, not to check on baby.  So this morning, I feel like this:

How Your Best Friend Makes Life Better, Even When You Really Don't Want Them To (GIFS)

It may or may not be a fluke.  But it happened and this morning, I am rejoicing in it.  I'm watching his little feet moving on the monitor (and actually ready for him to be awake now), and I am just so proud.  You did it, sweet thing!

We've had our share of back and forth successes in the sleep department around here, so we are celebrating today.  I'm writing it in the baby journal so we don't forget!

Rest is a glorious thing.  Am I right?

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Budget Recap: July 2016

I may not be keeping up with much else on the blog these days (lots of drafts going on behind the scenes though!), but I am keeping up with these budgeting posts.  If you missed the first two, you can find them here and here.

Basically, hubs and I have allocated $75 of "fun money" or "fun funds" if you prefer each month that we are able to spend how we please.  This is a fun way for me to document what I bought - and then allow me to look back to see if it was worth it after the fact.

July seems a little bit like a blur to me to be honest.  I didn't buy very much and it feels like it flew by.  But, it also feels like July 4th holiday was so long ago.  It's funny how time works that way.

You're here for the purchases though, I know.

I picked up this pair of sandals from Target so that I would have a pair of flat sandals to wear that look nicer than my crocs (my go-to).  They are regularly $15.99, but I scored them on a deal and was able to use a coupon code online to get them for just $10.94.  I like them, but they rub a little on the back of my foot when I wear them for a long time.  I think they just need to be broken in though.  I have had this sandal in years past from Target, so I think I'll end up getting lots of use from these shoes. 


I also picked up two of these super soft and comfy tees from Target - one in navy and one in an off white gray-ish color.  These are regularly $9, but were on sale for 2/$10 which is cheaper than the tees I find at Clothes Mentor, so they came home with me.  They are currently on sale for 2/$16 which is still $1 off each.  They are really versatile, so I definitely recommend them if you're looking for plain, fitted tees.

Lastly, I took my baby sister out to lunch to celebrate her engagement in July.  We went to one of my favorite restaurants and it was fun.  It cost $26.

And that's really it from the fun budget.


- Hubs got a $10 off $10 groupon coupon which he used to buy a voucher for a local pizza place where we had dinner.  The groupon was for a $20 value and since the pizza we shared was less than $20 it ended up being free.

- We went out with friends to celebrate another engagement, which was lots of fun and came out of our date budget.

- We spent the morning as a family at a free science museum in town and went out for lunch after - also out of the date budget.

Overall it was a really fun month and I feel happy with the things that I got.  You might be seeing a pattern here in what I like to spend my $$ on though - clothes and treats.  Almost always.

We are going to a wedding this month and I am hoping to buy a new dress.  I'm also hoping to buy some cute athletic clothes since that part of my wardrobe is a little limited but we'll see.

What did you buy in July?  And spending goals for August?

Monday, July 25, 2016

Weekend Recap 7.25.16

Happy Monday!  I hope you all had a fun filled and relaxing weekend!  I know it definitely was that for us over at the Thrift for Today house and I remembered to take some photos of all the happenings around here! 

I got this awesome voxbox from Influenster and Mayfield Ice Cream in the mail on Friday and I cannot wait to get some ice cream!

On Saturday, my sisters came over and we went to brunch.  Hubs isn't a huge brunch fan, so I always look forward to when my friends are visiting to sneak out with them for brunch food!  We went to First Watch, which is one of my favorite places!

My baby sister just got engaged recently, so this was also a little celebration weekend for us.  So, after lunch, we walked the mall a little and came home to ice these sweet cookies that I made earlier in the week. 

One of my college friends asked me to be in her wedding next spring, and hubs' brothers came over on Sunday night to visit. 

It was a packed weekend full of family and friends and I wouldn't have had it any other way. 

Did you do anything fun over the weekend?  Tell me about it!

Friday, July 22, 2016

Momming in the Mundane

Before you say it, don't worry, I already know.  Momming isn't a real word.  But, it's a made up word and I use it somewhat frequently in real life when people ask what I do.  Hubs even laughed at it and likened it to the other made up word that is making its way so quickly around people my age and younger these days - adulting.  And just to be clear, I don't use that word.

But, momming, man I love so much that I get to be a mom to our sweet little.  So, today, I'm starting a little series here called "Momming in the Mundane: Appreciating the everyday joys of motherhood" in which I hope to document some of the little things that happen around our home that just make my heart swell.  Sometimes these are major milestones, and more times they are sweet baby giggles when I make a silly face.  But I want to remember it all. 

I think that this will be a fun way for me to document how I'm feeling and what I'm learning without having to share all the nitty gritty and personal stories from our days.  

We are 10 months in now, which in so many ways feels totally crazy to me.  The little is growing and learning so much these days and he is constantly on the move and into everything.  

I was a little concerned about his crawling when at six months, everyone started asking me, "so, is he crawling all over the place yet?"  I would always respond with a quick, "not yet, but he's trying to scoot all around!"  And then one day, he just started to get around.  Now, he is pulling up on everything, crawling here and there and always wanting to walk holding our hands.  It is so fun.  

He's also got 4 top teeth trying to come through so we've had some challenging days here in the past few weeks, but I'm excited for him to be getting more teeth!  

And finally, I've talked a little about his sleeping here before, but we successfully transitioned to the crib in his own room a few months ago, which was huge!  Little started sleeping MUCH better through the night, only waking up once.  That is until recently when he only wants to be with me when he gets tired.  I've slept with him the last few nights, which has allowed us all to get more sleep.  Am I creating bad habits?  I don't know.  But, we are all more well rested.  Frankly, I am being reminded more and more of his independence everyday and if he wants to snuggle, I want to snuggle with him.  He does know how to sleep on his own, as he proves to me at nap times, so I just let it be.  

Y'all.  I just really love momming so much.  I am learning constantly, always on my toes, and totally in awe and full of thanksgiving for this sweet little love.