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Am I The Only One

Who looks around everywhere before I enter the store Forever 21. I fear there’s some clothing police ready to arrest me for overage shopping. Because let’s face it we can’t dress like we are twenty-one forever, no matter the name of the store.

Who wishes I could operate on less sleep. Who thinks every single day I should have woke up earlier.

Who wears workout clothes when I don’t feel like getting ready.  Hey if someone wants to assume that I’m some devoted gym rat because I have on running shoes, yoga pants and my hair is in a ponytail who am I to correct them.

Who lies about Chucke Cheese being closed for cleaning, because really I wish they were closed for cleaning.

Who considers grocery shopping without children a vacation.

Who cannot hear a Holiday Inn commercial or someone speak of the hotel chain without singing Pitbull’s We at the Hotel, Motel, Holiday Inn song in my head.

Who has to facebook message people to call me because I can’t find my phone..only to have it ring in my back pocket.  On the phone note..

Who digs through my bag frantically searching for my phone when I’m talking on it.

Who sometimes forget the reality stars from Real Housewives are really not my friends.

Who eats like I’m on a Weight Watchers commercial portioning out all sorts of healthiness all day long only to scarf down the first thing I see as soon as I get home.

Who would rather have my husband put gas in my car than buy me flowers.

Who one day loves the clothes in my closet to the next day having absolutely nothing to wear..nothing.

Who has absolutely no idea how to take a selfie.

Who never understood the whole mustache crave.

Who forgets how old I am on a regular basis.  I think I’m in denial.  Weekly I ask Denny how old I am only to have to ask him again the following week.  It’s like my mind will not accept my age.

Who can star in a reality show calm, cool, collected and balancing it all one day but then star in the Snapped the next day.  This confuses and slightly scares my husband.

Who in a sick kind of way looks forward to Mondays. It’s a fresh start to the week.  It’s a mini New Years Eve.  A new slate to set goals and set the tone for the whole week. 

Please tell me I am not the only one.

XOXO, Brandi

Kid Food

I decided to start making a meal plan for the boys. There are times when babysitters are here, Jeff is home by himself and sometimes I don't even know what to make them. I didn't want to do just dinner though, I'm usually home for dinner, I wanted to make the plan for breakfast and lunch too, so that I know what they are eating most of the time and everyone else knows what to make them!

I started out just compiling a huge list of kid food that came to mind on scrap paper. Grilled cheese, quesadillas, pizza, lunchables, turkey sandwich, chicken nuggets, mac n cheese, fish sticks, etc... Keep in mind I have a 1 and a 3 year old so I tried to make meals that both of them could eat easily. Braxton, 1, loves to feed himself, he wants to do himself all the time. So I also tried to find a lot of food that they could pick up or eat and not make a huge mess by themselves. 

Then I made a separate list of breakfast food that came to mind and side items that my kids like: hard boiled eggs, rice, sweet potato fries, mashed potatoes, etc...

Then I took to the internet to see if I could find other good ideas and posted a status on Facebook asking all of you for ideas, which is really where I got the best ones! Then I made my list. I listed out each day of the week and under each day "B" "L" and "D" for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Next to each meal time I started making my menu for the week. Then from there I went to the grocery store. It made my grocery shopping pretty simple as well! 

It's been about 2 or 3 weeks now and it's been going great. I've also noticed that my kids are eating a lot less snack food. If we happen to go out to eat or don't use something on the menu I just circle it so I know to re-use it another day. I have a door in my kitchen that goes into a side room that I'm going to paint with chalkboard paint and put the menu up there so it's easy to see, erase, and check off. Here are some of my favorites from the menu so far:

 

Monster Eye! 

This was so easy, just used a cookie cutter and cracked an egg into it, and let it cook!

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Spaghetti Hot Dogs 

Colton LOVED these and ate every single one! He loves spaghetti but it's hard for him to eat so this way he held the hotdog and found it was much simpler to eat :) 

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Pigs in a Blanket

All I did for these was roll a hotdog in a Pillsbury crescent roll and bake for 8-10 minutes!

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Egg Hearts

I struggle to get my kids to eat enough meat/protein so I tried to find ways to incorporate it. This you can use a hotdog or sausage for.

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Banana Pops!

I definitely didn't tell my kids these were bananas! I just called them popsicles and they loved them. It's just a banana covered in vanilla yogurt with toppings and then freeze till ready!

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That's all I got for now, hope you enjoyed it and maybe you will try some of them yourself! Also, if you have any other great, simple ideas (I don't have time for anything too elaborate) I would love to hear it!! 

- Lisa




A Letter to My 16 Year Old Self

 

Dear 16 Year Old Brandi:

I have so many things to say.  So many things you must know.  Things that if you just listen. If you let me enlighten you. If you put your sassy think you know-it-all attitude aside your life will be easier. Much easier.

Where to start?  Boys. Why not? This topic seems to be the cusp of your very existence right now

He Is NOT The One

The boy you are dating - you know the “relationship” you are in that resembles the worse roller coaster ride created by mankind. Yes that one.  It does not work out. He’s not the one.  Not even close to the one. Save your tears, heartache and dignity and move the heck on. 

My Advice: Read the book He’s Just Not Into You.  Reread it.  You know what? Memorize it.  You know you can stop wasting money on waterproof mascara if you just picked boys that don’t make you cry. Believe you have a lot to offer someone because you do. Maybe think about holding off on dating because you don’t enter a healthy functional relationship until much (much) later in life. Relax and enjoy your friends and family- they are the best. 

Fortune Cookie:  You will meet Mr. Right at the Right Time. At 29 years old you will marry your partner in life, your best friend, the man of your dreams in the Bahamas just the two of you. 

Be Nice to Your Mother

There is no one else in this world who wants the best for you more than your own mother.  Screaming hateful things at her and about her is something you will forever regret.  Right now you think you have nothing in common with her, she doesn’t get you at all, and she’s your worst enemy.  Wrong, wrong and wrong.

My Advice:  Get your crazy teenage girl emotions in check. Don’t blame your mom for everything. In fact don’t blame her for anything. Seek out her wisdom, utilize her as a role model, or at the very least just be nice. 

Fortune Cookie: Your mom (you know the lady in which you say you hope you are nothing like) becomes your best friend and you strive every day to be more like her.  You call her by choice daily.  She is your sounding board.  She is your cheerleader.

Savor the Days

I know I know you can’t wait to be done with high school. Move on with your life. Move out of your parents’ house. Be a college campus girl. Live on your own. Be independent.  Do your own thing.  And, yes college life treated you amazingly well but you don’t have to be in such a hurry.

Advice: These are the days. Cheer a little bit harder at those high school basketball games, laugh a little bit longer with your girlfriends, have more sleepovers, act silly, relish in the fact that you have minimal responsibilities, rejoice in the fact that you have your entire life ahead of you, and rest assure that the things you worry about today either work themselves out or no longer matter. So relax about the future and enjoy your high school days. 

Now that all the serious stuff is out of the way a few other random things you should know:

  • Your metabolism slows down to a tortious rate. Eat more of the spaghetti you love, an extra piece of cake, and anything else that looks good because the not able to gain a pound situation you consider a problem now is really heaven and unfortunately vanishes in your thirties.
  • Do not I repeat do not get your eyebrows waxed.
  • Pay attention in drivers ed.
  • In your mid-twenties you spend quite a lot of time researching the topic of freezing your eggs.  Save the internet searches.  You end up with two beautiful boys.  No freezer required.
  • Be ready for challenges and some unavoidable struggles.  Ask for help.  Know you can handle more than you think you can.
  • 18 years from now everything feels like it is exactly how it’s supposed to be. 

XOXO

Brandi (the older and wiser one)

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