Hurricane Mornings

Mornings in our house are hectic, to say the least. Every morning feels like a tornado from the time I wake up to when I sit down to my desk at work.

Here’s a rundown:

5:00am “Me Time” – A short half hour where I get to exercise, though I’d rather sleep. Unfortunately, this is the only time of day I can squeeze in some fitness.
*side note: This just started happening this week with t25, and may be deleted/replaced with sleep if baby boy continues to wake me up at 3-4am to nurse. This morning it was 4:15…

5:30-6:30?? Take a shower, brush my teeth, riffle through my closet to find something that fits/looks decent, dry and style my hair, do my makeup, and get 1/2 dressed (underwear, pants, bra, tank top). This may or may not be interrupted by a waking, hungry baby.

6:30-7:00 Feed Maxwell, change him and get him dressed for the day, lose the tooth brushing battle (honestly, what infant will actually let you brush their teeth?! If you have one, please enlighten me.), let the dog out/feed him, make up the bottles/lunch (hubs usually does this :)), shove cereal down our throats, make to-go cups of coffee, get the other 1/2 of myself dressed (shirt, socks, shoes), and keep baby boy happy/occupied in his high chair until we finish eating or he poops all over himself, whatever happens first.

7:00-7:20am Maxwell takes a huge poop that may or may not require a full change of clothes for him and whoever changed him.

7:20-7:30am Give a quick kiss goodbye and leave for work/daycare (usually at least 5 minutes late due to the above).

7:45-7:50am Arrive at daycare where, again, Maxwell might need a full change if he didn’t poop at home.

8:05-8:15am Sit down at my desk, take a deep breath, and attempt to keep my eyes open for the next 9 hours!!!!

When I get home it’s a bit more of the same, but I think you get the gist! Oye. Motherhood. So rewarding, yet so incredibly exhausting.



First Halloween

Maxwell is going to be a gnome for his first Halloween! But not just any gnome, David the Gnome! If you grew up in the 90s, hopefully you’ve heard of him.

I’m going to be Swift, the fox, and my husband will be a tree/their home.

Hopefully it all turns out how I’m envisioning. I’m attempting to make everything myself using mostly felt and my handy glue gun.

Here’s what I have so far:


Isn’t he just the cutest gnome in the whole wide world?!

He looks happy in that hat, but only because I was eating a plastic bowl to distract him from ripping it off his head. It will be pretty challenging to get a decent picture of the full costume, but hopefully we can pull it off.

Stay tuned!

Turkey Pumpkin Chili!

Ok people. Now that the weather seems to finally be cooling down, are you read for the ultimate fall chili recipe? Yes, it includes pumpkin. No, I probably won’t post many more recipes, but this one is a must!

If you don’t like all things “pumpkin spice” during the fall, I still encourage you to try this. My whole immediate family was skeptical and pretty much refused to try it because they “don’t like pumpkin flavor.” Well one night I had them over for dinner and secretly made it, and they all LOVED IT! My sister and mom also asked for the recipe. BOO YAH!

So here it is:

2 lbs ground turkey

1 onion, chopped

1 28 oz can diced tomatoes

1 c pumpkin puree

2-4 tbl hot sauce*

1 16 oz can great northern beans*

2 tbl chili powder

2 tsp pumpkin pie spice

1 tsp brown sugar

1 tsp salt

1 tsp pepper

*You can add more hot sauce if you’re into it. I just don’t like too much of that flavor. I kind of just dump it in there until I’ve had enough, so the measurements aren’t exact.
You can also use kidney beans, but I like white beans with this chili.

Food process that onion (or fight the tears and chop it up yourself). Throw it in a stock pot with the ground turkey and cook on med-high heat until turkey is cooked. Drain. Add all other ingredients, give it a stir, bring it to a boil, then reduce heat and let it simmer for an hour, stirring occasionally.

It’s seriously SO. GOOD.

Let me know if you make it and what you think!! 🙂