Freeze Now, Eat Later – Healthy Freeze Ahead Recipes (includes grocery list)

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So now I am a mother of 2 (ah!) and although it has only been a month I am already finding that planning far far far in advance and having things as easy as possible is a necessary for survival. Literally. Dinners seem to be the hardest part for us so far because baby of course wants to nurse while I need to be cooking and feeding Jack. SO – I am creating the easiest way to have healthy amazing dinners ready to go anytime you want them. This involves spending a few hours on a Sunday peeping meals and then having them ready in the freezer ready to go when you need them. Here are a few, I will keep updating different recipes under this title as I find them. 🙂

This is the Crockpot Entry (meaning obviously you need a crockpot. If you are a mother and don’t have a slow cooker, go get one. Right this minute). Crockpots enable you to make extremely delicous meals by throwing a bunch of items into a pot and forgetting about it until the end of the day. Then eat! This post makes 16 nights worth of healthy and tasty dinners. It will take between 3-4 hours to prep everything for the meals, but then they sit in the freezer and you literally have 16 nights free of any and all work. If someone happens to be helping with the prep then it will only take about 2 hours. Here we go ladies!!!

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Introducing…. Keaton Thomas! (a.k.a. labor still sucks)

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It’s been awhile since my last post but I have a good reason, I made a person. Another person. And this time I didn’t have a doula, I didn’t attend any expensive hypnobirthing classes, and I knew (unlike last time) exactly what was about to go down. I knew how it would look (like a war zone) and how it would feel (um, ouch), and that I would have zero dignity or modesty left by the end of this process. My doctor assured me that the second time was so different, that the baby would just fall right out. Needless to say, the baby did not fall out. Actually, as soon as the first contraction hit (once again I started in stage 3 labor, I skip the foreplay for some reason) I knew exactly what I was in for. I made it to the hospital and explained that yes I had stated I wanted another natural drug-free labor like I had before, but that I changed my mind and would like drugs. Drugs now please. Like, right now, what’s the hold up? Sadly, they took so long checking me in and processing me and getting nurses in the room that my husband had arrived and explained to me how much I want a drug free labor yada yada yada blah blah blah. I got scammed. I felt it all. It was work work work work work but after 7 hours I delivered a happy 8 lb. 3 oz. baby boy. His name is Keaton. He doesn’t sleep. Welcome to round 2! I will more than likely start having posts creep in on the dealings of 2 kids and maybe a few more therapeutic cries for help, just a warning. All in all, I feel like my family is finally complete and the missing piece is finally here. Extreme happiness mixed with severe sleep deprivation is a hell of a drug.

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For a tutorial on how to take monthly pictures of your newborn like the one you see above, click here.