Saturday, 31 January 2015

Meal Plan: Healthy & Paleo

I kind of realised the super bowl starts in February (right?). I have a confession to make - I never once watched it in all the time I lived in the US. 

Gasp, shock, moving on. No longer living in the US, I actually kind of miss it in a weird sort of way. The idea sounds fun, but I don't really like American football. Or 'European' football. Or very many sports. Whoops. 

But given that I'm also super nostalgic about everything US and Russia themed (my two backgrounds) now that I'm living in the Netherlands, I have this strange desire to eat a bunch of crisps and have a superbowl party. Not going to happen any time soon, but I did draw some inspiration in my meal plan from some meals I enjoyed when I lived in the US. 

Healthy Meal Plan 

Friday, 30 January 2015

Bacon wrapped endive recipe

Easy, healthy recipes: Bacon Wrapped Endive {Welcome to Mommyhood} #whole30, #paleo, #easyhealthyrecipes

I mentioned before that I have been putting in quite an effort into making my recipes simpler. Part of this is practical - I want to create yummy meals quickly, but another part of this is to really challenge myself in the kitchen and focus on simpler (yet delicious) flavours. 

Easy, healthy recipes: Bacon Wrapped Endive {Welcome to Mommyhood} #whole30, #paleo, #easyhealthyrecipes

What makes this dish so spectacular is the bacon, onion, garlic. Yea, garlic adds a whole lot of oompth to any recipe. And it smells amazing. 

Easy, healthy recipes: Bacon Wrapped Endive {Welcome to Mommyhood} #whole30, #paleo, #easyhealthyrecipes

But really, this recipe is all about the fresh herbs. They kind of rock my socks in a major sort of way. It's amazing how something so simple (a few twigs or leaves) can completely change the flavour of any dish. 

Easy, healthy recipes: Bacon Wrapped Endive {Welcome to Mommyhood} #whole30, #paleo, #easyhealthyrecipes

Fresh thyme? Amazing. I don't really like Italian style seasonings, or dried thyme and rosemary. It's a lingering effect of my pregnancy (over two years ago, thanks son!), but I still adore the fresh stuff. 

Fresh herbs are like magic on your taste buds. The combination of flavorful ingredients in this recipe take endive to a whole new level. 

Easy, healthy recipes: Bacon Wrapped Endive {Welcome to Mommyhood} #whole30, #paleo, #easyhealthyrecipes

Plus, this is a beyond easy recipe that actually looks a wee bit fancy, huh? 

If you have an extra five minutes of time, get out your baking dish, and give this a try! 

Easy healthy recipes: 

Bacon wrapped endive

Thursday, 29 January 2015

Free Printable African Animal Cards

Happy Friday everyone! Today, I am sharing a very simple post - a sort of freebie and preview of what's to come next week! We're starting a short introduction to Africa in Tot School/Homeschool preschool. 

FREE African Animal 3 part cards {Welcome to Mommyhood} #montessori, #freeprintables

This is something that I am personally very excited about! But I have also struggled with where to begin and how to set up these works. I don't know if I have mentioned it before, but I actually have a masters degree in International Relations and am a total geek for history. I love learning about countries, cultures, international law, etc. 

So unpacking the entire continent of Africa? You guys - I was actually a little overwhelmed. I mean, where to begin? What to explain? Plus for a two year old?  

The inspiration for this theme however was interest led. Mr. Toddler loved our Cat themed works and has been asking about lions and alligators frequently. We did an Arctic unit and Mr. Toddler just had so much fun learning about the different arctic animals. 

So! Drawing upon inspiration from my kiddo, I put together African Animal 3 Part Cards! Next week (on Friday), I will also be sharing a compilation of the remaining works we used with this theme as well as explaining how we use these cards in my home! 

Free printables

More geography 

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Wednesday, 28 January 2015

Paleo blogs roundup

I'm really excited to share something a bit different with you today - a list of some of my favourite paleo blogs! These are where I go to get inspiration for my adventures in the kitchen!

I know a lot of you folks were doing your own Whole 30s, and are probably finishing up soon. As a way to continue with healthy eating post Whole 30, here is a list of some of my favourite blogs to look through when I need some good ole paleo inspiration! 

Welcome to Mommyhood Paleo recipes

There are a bunch of paleo recipes on my blog!

Welcome to Mommyhood: Paleo recipes #paleo, #whole30

As well as Whole 30 recipes!

Welcome to Mommyhood: Whole 30 recipes #paleo, #whole30

Paleo recipe blogs

Tuesday, 27 January 2015

WIAW: Assorted food from my Grandparent's visit (Whole 30)

Food, food, and more food. Last week, I skipped out on my weekly What I Ate posts. Today, I'm back to it with assorted food that I managed to get photos of last week. 

These types have meals are pretty typical of what we've been enjoying in my home lately - quick and yummy! Here's a look into the type of food I normally eat:  

Day of Paleo Meals {Welcome to Mommyhood} #paleo, #WIAW

A dinner

Monday, 26 January 2015

Free Printables: Valentine's Day Number Matching

Want in on a secret? I'm just not that into Valentine's Day. My husband and I celebrate our anniversary exactly one week after Valentine's and the former has just slipped away from our radars. Sometimes we get cards for each other. Really it's just not a big deal to us. And it isn't a big deal in the Netherlands (where we live) either in general either. 

With all of the heaviness that we've already had this year, I actually do want to do something light and fun for Valentine's Day though. It is a perfect reason to focus on love and the important folks in your life. Of course, for me, that translates to heart themed printables and heart themed works for our Montessori shelves! It's also a fun way for me to get back to my regular bloggy schedule! 

The first work that I'm sharing is a simple preschool or toddler number matching activity! (The printable is available for free at the end of this post). 

Valentine's Day Activities: free number matching printable {Welcome to Mommyhood} #montessori, #valentine'sdayactivities, #toddleractivities

Valentine's Day Activities: 

Number Matching Printables

Penguin shape printables

Because of all the unexpected crazy going on in our lives right now, I'm afraid I haven't been sharing our winter themed printables with you lovely folks lately. I still have a bunch of that I'm not sure what to do with. Do you still want to see them? Have you moved onto other themes like Valentine's day and spring? 

I already have our Valentine's themed works on the shelves. Seriously, I have no idea how I managed that. I've even prepared a few spring themed works. I actually figured we're done with winter here in the Netherlands. 

And then it happened. It snowed. 

Granted, the snow lasted a few hours before melting away, but at least Mr. Toddler actually got to see it and could relate the snow themed works we've done to something real. Last year, it also only snowed once. And not even at Christmas.  

Because of our recent snow, I am going to share at least one more winter-y themed printable with you guys! 

Winter activities for kids: FREE penguin printables {Welcome to Mommyhood} #winteractivitiesforkids, #activitiesforkids, #montessori, #fFreePrintables

Mr. Toddler absolutely loved these penguin themed cards, and they actually ended up being an absolute favourite. 

They also helped Mr. Toddler to learn his colours. The kid blew me away by naming them exactly as we reviewed, sorted, and had fun exploring shapes! 

Sunday, 25 January 2015

Easy oven baked green beans

There's just something about green beans that I can't help but love. They're easy. Really, really easy to cook. They're full of delicious green bean-y flavour. 

Easy, healthy recipes: oven baked green beans {Welcome to Mommyhood} #paleo, #whole30, #easyhealthyrecipes,

Green beans are a staple in my household. They're always devoured immediately upon preparation and even my little sidekick (Mr. Toddler) is a fan. 

I've really been trying to get him involved in the kitchen more often lately. One of the necessary ways that we've also been learning more about cooking is to get him more involved in grocery shopping (and perhaps to make it slightly less painful for all parties involved). 

Mr. Toddler has been a champ and loves tossing vegetables into our shopping cart. On one of the last trips to the grocery store, he eagerly picked out green beans. The very green beans that were the inspiration for this fabulousness: oven roasted green beans

Easy, healthy recipes: oven baked green beans {Welcome to Mommyhood} #paleo, #whole30, #easyhealthyrecipes,

This recipe was actually the first time I've ever roasted green beans. I love roasting. Love, love, love using the oven for a quick and flavourful way to cook vegetables to perfection, but my green beans always seemed to be paired with bacon, paprika, and onions.

This time, I was eager to try something new. Instead, a simple combination of green beans, garlic for flavour, cashews for crunch!, and paprika powder for a smoky richness took this vegetable to a whole new level of yum! 

The final result were crispy, baked green beans that popped with simple flavours. Mmm. 

...But what about paleo? Green beans are more of a pod than bean. So they're paleo. Just sayin'. We eat them in my family, and no one has trouble from 'em so they're staying! 

Easy, healthy recipes: 

Oven baked green beans 


25-35 minutes


2-3 adult portions (as a side) 


  • 1 lbs (1/2 kilo) green beans
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil or coconut oil (warmed)
  • Handful of cashews
  • 1 tablespoon smoked paprika powder
  • Salt and pepper to taste (we use Himalaya salt) 


  • Preheat oven to 185 degrees Celsius or 365 degrees Fahrenheit 
  • Wash green beans and cut off the tips 
  • In a bowl, combine all of the ingredients 
  • After mixing well, place on baking sheet  
  • Bake for 15-20 minutes (make sure not to overcook. No one likes a limp and overcooked green bean)
  • Enjoy

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Saturday, 24 January 2015

Paleo Meal Plan

So Whole 30? I'm putting a pause to that. This last week has been beyond hectic. Between my grandparents leaving (sad), the house, along with the ongoing loads of health problems we've discovered amongst loved ones (2 folks have cancer, 1 has Alzheimer all of which we learned about in the course of 2 weeks), we have a lot going on. I've gone between being starving, wanting to eat loads of cake to eating one meal a day. Needless to say, last week, I didn't really stick to my meal plan. 

Instead of Whole 30 this week, I simply want to get back to eating normal portions three times a day with minimal snacking. Really, a lot of our normal food days are Whole 30 compliant so that's not that big of a switch in our diets. Really, if I bake some sweet potato fries, or indulge in a glass of wine, I'm not going to mind. 

Maybe I'll give Whole 30 another go in March after things have calmed down a bit. For now, our meals are staying simple, delicious, and ... paleo of course! 

Healthy Meal Plans by Welcome to Mommyhood #paleo, #healthymealplans

Healthy Kids: Tips and tricks for getting kids to eat healthy!

I'm not sure if I should call this post general, healthy eating tips for kids or specifically 'paleo' kids. To be honest, my husband and I already knew from the beginning our son's eating adventures that we wanted our home to be a healthy one

Healthy Kids: Tips and tricks for getting kids to eat healthy! {Welcome to Mommyhood} #paleo, #paleokids, #healthykidrecipes

As our son has gotten older (he's two and a half now), I've really enjoyed exposing him to new foods and learning what he prefers to eat. 

I have also frequently received comments from strangers and family alike regarding my son's eating habits, such as: 

What's he eating? Is that raw broccoli? 

-He actually likes broccoli? 
-Is that an orange potato? Why is it orange? Oh, it's a sweet potato. 
-He doesn't have to drink water. We have x, y, z, fizzy drink for kids at this restaurant, too. 
-Does he want pie? How about cake? No, are you sure? He doesn't have to eat that banana. 

etc, etc, etc. 

The interesting thing with my son, and those aforementioned incidents, just to name a few, is that he chooses to eat those foods. Yes, he adores raw broccoli. It's his favourite snack at the moment. And the kid will always go for a banana over any other food ever

Healthy Kids: Tips and tricks for getting kids to eat healthy! {Welcome to Mommyhood} #paleo, #paleokids, #healthykidrecipes

So! To learn how we managed to get our toddler to love his vegetables, read on: 

Monday, 19 January 2015

Paleo pasta sauce recipe

My husband loves pasta. All sorts, all the time, any time of day. If he could pick one food to eat for the rest of his life, it would be some sort of pasta with a red, meat and vegetable sauce. 

Healthy pasta sauce and paleo friendly! {Welcome to Mommyhood} #paleo, #easyhealthyrecipes, #healthypastasauce

Before moving to the Netherlands, I always had this image of pasta sauces being simple - something with meat, a red sauce sauce with a tomato base, some onion, spices, etc. Here in the Netherlands, it seems like pasta sauces become an excuse to use up all of the vegetables that are still in the refrigerator. I can't say that I'm complaining about that, me and vegetables do seem to go together beautifully. 

Sunday, 18 January 2015

Whole 30 Meal Plan 3

So food? This week, I'm going for simple, quick or minimal prep type of meals. I'm definitely still working leftovers into my breakfasts and lunches, as well. 

Even though my grandparents are still here, I'm keeping our adventures in the kitchen on the simpler side. They're going back home this week (boo) so I don't actually want to spend all that much time cooking (gasp, yes, it's true). 

Some thoughts on being an expat: Moving country is very difficult. I haven't seem my family since our visit to the US when the Toddler was a little babe. I've gotten used to it, but seeing my grandparents here has actually reminded me that I am missing out on quite an important aspect of life - having your own family around. Luckily there's skype and the internet. I can't imagine what people did before skype.   

Moving on, here's what we'll be cooking this week: 

Whole 30 Meal Plan by Welcome to Mommyhood #whole30, #paleo

Friday, 16 January 2015

Winter Themed Image Cards for Toddlers

Winter weather still seems to be in full swing for a lot of you folks. We still haven't had any snow, and I'm starting to think my son won't see it in real life this year. 

For some of our last winter themed trays, I created some winter themed cards for him! I used images of snow, and winter themed landscapes. He found the cards themselves quite fascinating, and also got to learn about winter given that the seasons in the Netherlands are limited to the 'rainy season' (fall, winter, spring) and 1 day of summer. 

Winter image cards for toddlers

FREE PRINTABLES: Winter themed pre-reading cards {Welcome to Mommyhood} #montessori, #winteractivitiesforkids

Wednesday, 14 January 2015

Baked un-stuffed cabbage recipe

I feel like so many of my recipes include cabbage. Okay, I know that that's true. Maybe it's because there are just a million recipes with cabbage that remind me of my family, and Russia, but I kind of have been loving on it lately. 

One of my favourite dishes that my grandma prepares is stuffed cabbage. The thing is though that I find it such a time consuming process to actually stuff said cabbage. Instead, I simplify and make it easy, quick and Whole 30 approved: by not stuffing it, and I even baked it!  

Easy healthy recipes: Baked unstuffed cabbage {Welcome to Mommyhood} #paleo, #easyhealthyrecipes, #unstuffedcabbage

Tuesday, 13 January 2015

WIAW: Whole 30 style

So food. Last week, I wrote about some seriousness that we're dealing with at the moment. With all of the problems that trickle down as a ramification of it, I have to admit that my husband and I have been doing a fairly poor job of feeding ourselves enough. 

And then my grandparents came. Here's the thing with Russian grandmas: they feed you. Like a lot. And then, they feed you some more. It's all delicious, and luckily for my Whole 30 and waist line, we've been sticking to paleo noms. 

So Whole 30? I guess it's going alright. With life getting a bit out of control and so many important things to arrange, I really haven't been terribly hungry, or even focused on food (gasp, shock, Whaaaat?). 

I really credit paleo with giving me a healthy outlook on food, eating, and maintaining a healthy lifestyle. I really want to get back to normal meals rather than grabbing something on the go, or not eating anything until dinner time because we just aren't at home and the options available when we aren't there are not paleo. The start of this week however is definitely going much better in this regard than the end of last week, I'm very pleased to say.  

And finally, the food: 


Recycled photo from last week, but this has become a pretty typical breakfast, especially as Mr. Toddler no longer requests obnoxious quantities of oatmeal for breakfast. 
Paleo Meals: Whole 30 WIAW by Welcome to Mommyhood #paleo, #paleomeals, #whole30

Monday, 12 January 2015

40 Whole 30 recipe round up

Since the New Year, a lot of you (like me!) are getting started with your own journeys into healthy eating, and/or are working through Whole 30! Today, I am sharing a compilation of all of the Whole 30 recipes I have available here on Welcome to Mommyhood! 

So stay a while, and have a look at some fantastic, healthy, and Whole 30 approved recipes! As always, almost all of my recipes have been approved by my taste testers: the Husband, and Mr. Toddler! 

40 Whole 30 approved recipes

40 Whole 30 Approved recipes {Welcome to Mommyhood} #paleo, #whole30

Winter Activities for Kids: Premath and prewriting practice

Today, I am sharing a very simple and fun way to work on writing, math, and more with your toddlers and preschoolers! 

Whole 30 Approved: Red peppers and pork

In the past few months, I have spent some time working on developing simpler recipes. Ones that really focus on one or two main ingredients, and then let the flavours there do their magic. In my quest to not stuff every single last vegetable in the fridge into one dish, I restrained myself and came up with this Red Peppers and Pork recipe (Whole 30 approved!) 

Healthy pork recipes: This easy red peppers and pork recipe is sure to be a hit with the entire family! It's paleo and very healthy! #paleo, #easyhealthyrecpes, #healthyporkrecipes,

It's pretty easy, but the flavours are amazing, just sayin'. And I don't even like bell peppers. The combination of pork and mushrooms just seems to make everything blend together perfectly, while the bell peppers leave a subtle flavour. 

Even the Toddler liked it. As in actually consumed bell peppers! Yes, it happened, much to my surprise! Although, he's still not completely sold on them, everything else in this dish was Toddler approved! And when the Toddler approves, I know I have to share with you! 

With Whole 30 currently going on, this recipe makes a great dinner, lunch, or if you crack an egg in it, it makes a delicious, savory breakfast. So make a large batch, save the leftovers, and enjoy! 

Sunday, 11 January 2015

Whole 30 Meal Plan January Week II

Hi there folks! It's been a hectic and slightly crazy at my home lately. My whole 30 got majorly derailed after the first full day last week. This week, I'm going to try to stick to it again as life settles down and all. With my grandparents here (yay!), I know I need to cook healthy meals at least to feed them sufficiently, especially as my grandfather has diabetes and needs regular, healthy meals. Plus, after all of our meals got thrown off with visits and late nights, Mr. Toddler has been behaving quite poorly and needs to get back to eating broccoli rather than cookies. 

This week, rather than eating the aforementioned cookies for dinner with a cup of coffee, we're going back to real food. Plus, my grandma is horrified that the Hubby and I seem to be slim and all of the work of 'fattening us up' on our last visit to the United States is gone. So, we're going to go grocery shopping, test some new recipes together and prepare some old goodies! 

While I haven't been terribly hungry this week, I am excited about this, and we'll really be cooking up work-lunch friendly dishes so my husband can also have some tasty and filling meals at work. 

Here's what will be brewing in our kitchen this week: 

Whole 30 Meal Plan by Welcome to Mommyhood #whole30, #paleo

Friday, 9 January 2015

Winter Activities: Free Snowman Shapes Printables

So we live in the Netherlands. And it rains here. I frequently complain about the weather, but here's a silly weather story that inspired me to make a few homeschool trays. Around Christmas, the entire country (as tiny as it is) was covered in snow.  

Except for our teeny, tiny region. Every where to the south had snow. To the north? Yep, snow! To the East? Oh yes, snow! To the west? Well, that's the sea, but you get the idea. It somehow seems that our tiny region was the only exception to the all of that pretty snow that the other Dutch folks were enjoying (or battling) during the holidays. 

A wet and rainy Christmas is what we got. And you know what was kind of funny and cute about it? The fact that we didn't have snow was a news story! There are no reports of murders, crime rates, robberies to made here. What is considered news worthy is a film of a little boy sitting on a sled in his backyard, looking at the sky, waiting for snow. 

All in all, I am really happy that we haven't had any snow so far because of all of the work we have to do on the house. After the roof is completely done and water tight, I guess a bit of snow wouldn't hurt, but for now, Mr. Toddler has been enjoying his snow themed toddler trays instead!

Winter activities for kids:

Snowman shape matching

Even though we haven't had any real snow yet, we have spent some time learning about winter, seasons, and the weather. To add a fun component to one of our math trays, I made some Snowman shape matching printables that you download for free at the end of this post! 

Winter Activities for Kids Free Snowman shape printables {Welcome to Mommyhood} #winteractivitiesforkids, #montessori, #freeprintables, #toddleractivities

Wednesday, 7 January 2015

Easy, healthy pizza recipe

One of the foods that my son has been absolutely loving lately is pizza. He frequently asks for it, but we do try to keep our food light and healthy around here. Home made pizza, as in dough from scratch, is more my husband's thing. I always tend to prefer cooking that requires a bit less effort than rolling out dough and ohhh the mess that is leftover. 

My solution has been to throw it on a tortilla! My toddler doesn't care about the difference, but always exclaims excitedly that we're eating pitttttzzzzaaa. Yes, he says it like that. With a T. Because that's the proper spelling obviously. 

Healthy pizza made in 10 minutes! Mom approved and kid friendly! {Welcome to Mommyhood} #healthypizza, #healthypizzarecipes, #easyhealthyrecipes, #toddlermeals

I love recipes like this that can be thrown together quickly, while remaining satisfying, healthy, and absolutely delicious! The toppings are easily swapped for your own personal preferences, or whatever you happen to have on hand. Easy, healthy pizza? Why yes, please! 

Healthy pizza made in 10 minutes! Mom approved and kid friendly! {Welcome to Mommyhood} #healthypizza, #healthypizzarecipes, #easyhealthyrecipes, #toddlermeals

Winter activities for kids: counting practice

We have been loving working with clothespins around here lately! They're a really easy way to work on some essential fine motor skills (pincer grasp) as well as practical life activities. I found a few decorative packs of mini clothespins - the type you can use to hang Christmas cards, and they've been a huge hit with Mr. Toddler. 

I wanted to continue using them after Christmas, and came up with a simple way to combine our fine motor activity with some counting practice. 

Winter activities for kids: counting and fine motor practice {Welcome to Mommyhood} #winteractivitiesforkids

Whole 30 WIAW and Life update

Today's What I Ate Wednesday post features some pretty delicious Whole 30 meals, but before we get to that, I'm going to very briefly share a short update on life that may or may not have ramifications for the frequency and consistency of my posting.

If you're a regular reader, I'm hoping to keep my posting going as I normally do, but if I'm absent or posts come later, there are grammar errors, etc this is the reason why.  

Sunday, 4 January 2015

Whole 30 survival guide (or general tips for eating healthy)

It's that time of year! Yep, we're working on get healthy. I mentioned in my meal plan that I'm doing Whole 30! This will be my second go at it, and I'm really excited! 

Today, I am sharing an overview of tips, trips, and basically a sort of Survival Guide to help you make Whole 30 a successful and enjoyable process! 

Here are a few important aspects to think about during your own journey with healthy eating - whether it's embarking upon something as intense as Whole 30, or you just want to eat healthier, these tips will help you! 

Be sure to visit the links I provide throughout the post for additional recipes, as well as the link to my Whole 30 compliant meal plans!

Whole 30: tips, meal plans, recipes, and more {Welcome to Mommyhood} #whole30

Saturday, 3 January 2015

Meal Plan January Week I {Whole 30 whaaaat?}

So the holidays are done, which also means my bloggy break is done. I'm really excited to get things back to normal around here, but I'm also a bit nervous because I've decided it's time for another run at...

Whole 30

dun dun dun. After eating paleo on and off for quite some time now, I shouldn't find Whole 30 terribly intimidating, but my grandparents are arriving this upcoming Friday and I know that non-paleo foods will be making their way to our kitchen table. These are delicious, Russian dishes that I haven't had in years and I'm going to have a hard time resisting. But obviously my sweet, Russian grandma will have a fantastic time stuffing my husband and child full to the max with all sorts of delicious things. And they will happily eat said delicious things (still healthy like brown rice and such, but not per se paleo/whole 30 approved). 

So why bother now? I know my body and it is sick and tired of going 'Dutch' (consuming way more dairy and bread than I thought was humanly possible). I need to find my normal again, and sadly, the holidays threw me off balance.

It wasn't even because of Christmas cookies. In fact, we had none. But rather, the fact that we were playing catch up with the house, organising boxes around at my in laws' home (our stuff is in storage), planning homeschool lessons, and just so much other things were happening that breakfasts and lunches consisted solely of bread with cheese, bread with hagelslaag (sprinkles. The Dutch use sprinkles as a spread), and even nutella because when you're covered in filth, trying to hoist up some huge plates onto the roof of your house so that it's water tight before it inevitably rains the next day, food and cooking become less of a priority. All the while, there's a toddler in the back of your mind. 

Our roof now has insulation and dormers (?) for extra space! The rotten wood is gone! Yay!
So my healthy eating habits were swapped for convenience. Dinners, like I shared in my meal plans, remained healthy and mostly paleo, but also happened pretty late. Klaas-willem (husband) and I are just exhausted and our eating habits are not helping. 

For me, it compounded on a typically hectic day of our 'holiday', whilst Mr. Toddler was being unusually clingy and having a meltdown because my car is broken (another thing to deal with) and he just wanted to see Daddy, who was at the house. Meanwhile, I had cramps to the point where I was unable to move. Luckily my toddler is independent, and grabbed himself a tissue to wipe his nose.. and then cried some more. 

The scenario made me realise that feeding myself essentially crap while trying to balance so much is not really as convenient and time saving as I had thought. 

While making a sandwich only takes 2 minutes, being unable to properly care for my son for 2 hours doesn't save time. Feeling energetic after a proper meal, and being able to function, now that creates more time. Plus, feeling dizzy from not eating enough also sucks, to be frank. 

Even my husband has noticed the decline of proper meals and has asked me to please prepare warm lunches for him instead of the sandwiches that he once claimed to enjoy. Typically, he goes to work in the mornings, and after then, heads straight to our house to work on construction there until about 21.00 (9 pm). It's really a physically demanding schedule and he needs to eat more nourishing meals than simply a few sandwiches here and there plus a warm dinner (again, typical way of eating here in the Netherlands, and what he was used to before meeting me).

So, I really want to commit to Whole 30, grandparents visit and all. I need to get back to feeling good, and enjoying my meals again. 

My husband won't be doing it with me per se, but I will be giving him Whole 30 friendly lunches and dinners to work. Maybe I'll give him brown rice, too or something if he complains. Depending on my ability to balance life, I will try to also share those with you, but they will likely be leftovers from dinner! 

What I do hope to do as I go through this journey into exploring my eating habits is sharing my tips for paleo (Whole 30 and generally healthy) eating, feeding kids, and time saving ways to stick to a healthy eating lifestyle. I will continue to share my meal plans with you (every Sunday) as well as What I Ate Wednesday posts so you can get a really good look at what Whole 30 looks like!

And finally, here's what on the menu this week! 

Whole 30 Meal Plan