I have a confession…
I’ve always followed along with the health industry trends. Since the summer before fifth grade when my mom and I walked daily and loooved us our nightly roasted veggies. Shout out mom! From then on we’d get the healthy magazines, always looking for that magic plan that would get us to our dream bodies. We evolved from skim milk to unsweetened almond milk only. Dipped our toes in Weight Watchers. And, have done the Military Diet a handful of times. My dream from 2013-2017 was to be Paleo. And, I kinda tried Keto the beginning of this year.
Cut out fruit, added all the heavy cream to my coffee, only had cheese sticks for snack, and put a lot of cream cheese in our dinners.
Here’s How I’ve Been Eating Lately: An alternative to one strict diet.
Self care is such a buzz word lately. And, while I totally support self-care, and that we all need it. It’s hard not to feel like it’s something I can’t do. Self care sounds like it’s got to be something big. Hair and nail appointments. Massages. I wish! But, how’s a low-budget family supposed to afford that every single time mama needs self-care?Which you know is daily. However, lately I’ve been doing these few things weekly to help me feel less like an overwhelmed mom and more like just Aly again.
Self Care Habits Any Mom… Or Exhausted Person Can Do Right Now!
Four years ago there were no blogs. Well, not this blog anyway. So, I never shared my first born’s birth story. But, in honor of during FOUR I thought it’d be a fun to do so now!
Here’s my first born’s birth story… four years later.
Our last week, much like the first, was bus-sy. Was there even a day of rest?! I really don’t think so. This week included a few really big days. And then squeezing in final visits with friends and family. We stayed consistent with every other day between our families. And, my besties each got at least 2 or 3 hang outs!
Here are our top three best days our second week of family vacation!
Meal planning stresses me out. Does it stress you out?! It’s literally a big chore you have to tackle every👏🏻single 👏🏻week! I’ve been in charge of feeding the growing Ronan clan now for five years and it hasn’t gotten any easier. I come up with different plans, and guides to follow. I am always looking on Pinterest to find that one plan that’s gonna make it all a breeze. But, alas every Sunday my brain is fried and it’s like I don’t even know what a meal is, how do I plan 7 different ones?!?!?!
However last night during my late night mama show time I busted out two weeks worth of dinners without a single eat out! Insert praise hands. Here’s what The Ronan Family is eating for dinners the next two weeks. Maybe this will find another desperate meal planning soul some peace of mind!
First Family Fishing Trip
One of our favorite days on our road trip was the morning we took the boys fishing. Which so happened to fall on our 5th anniversary, so that day was kind of a big deal!
We started our morning with our go to vacation drink iced white chocolate huckleberry americanos, because duh when in Montana. And, were out on the beautiful little lake in Montana, almost an hour before we had been waking up. The lake was quiet and still. And, these peanuts were stoked!
It took a good 10 or 15 minutes and two moves of the boat to land the first fish. But, Easton Lane at 3 years old caught his first fish in MT with his grandpa and daddy! We were all excited. But, he wasn’t quite ready to touch it!
In that first fruitful spot little guy went on to catch at least three other fish. Mason and I however, were not as lucky!
Papa Craig took us for a little cruise to find a new spot. And, although the speed of the boat at 9 am was making it chilly, the scenery was absolutely beautiful. Pictures could never do it justice. But, there is definitely something about being out in the Montana wilderness!
The boys had an absolute blast watching the water splash up. Their little dimple hands loved reaching out to touch it. Meanwhile, mom was holding on tight to the second kid and her phone. I needed pictures with that iPhone X portrait mode, but man if I would have lost it in the lake… 😳
Our last spot was perfectly in the sun as the morning was starting to warm up. Easton went on to catch at least four more fish. And, baby Mason tangled his feet on the edge of the boat with his auntie.
I even reeled one in. And, both Easton and I tried to touch a fish… but, ended up being too chicken. Sorry, bub hopefully you’ll get some bravery from your dad!
We decided after reeling in the “tenth” fish to call it a morning. And, took one last cruise around the lake. Mason fell asleep in grandma’s arms. And, Easton already couldn’t stop talking about how he caught so many fish!
The lake was so quiet and peaceful that morning. The scenery was bright and vivid. I mean Montana lakes and mountains are hard to beat! And, the boys had such a great time fishing with their grandparents and auntie, it was easily a highlight of our whole vacation!
We went on to finish our anniversary at our old sushi spot, ice cream, and lighting of a lantern left over from our wedding. It was an absolute dream being back home for such a special day. And, with the most important people in our lives!
When we say we didn’t waste a second of vacation, we mean it. There was not a single second of down time or time spent not visiting friends and family. We had already spent time with both families in the first two hours we were there. So, instead of filling you in on every day, I’ll share with you our Top Five Favorite days per week.
Here’s our Top Five Favorite Days from our first week in Montana!
Y’all let’s talk Montana. It’s our home state. I was born and raised. My hubby grew up visiting family, moved after high school, and has since claimed it as his home. It’s nick named “The last best place.” Because, it’s absolutely beautiful. It needs to be on your bucket list. And, a few weeks ago we went back for a family roadtrip. It was absolutely dreamy…
Happy Saturday friends!
We’ve been back to the real world for almost two weeks.If you follow along on social media, you know we were back in our home state mid July. I’ll share more this next week! And, it’s been kind of hard to get back in the rhythm.