Monday, February 26, 2018

Bree's Meal Plan for the Week of February 26

I know it’s late, but here it is…my meal plan for this week!  I planned on posting last week, but life happened.  I had to deal with a sick kid, back pain, laundry, and most importantly I really just wasn’t ready to start eating healthy… but this week it’s on!!!   

Bree's Meal Plan 
Breakfast Lunch Dinner Snack
Sunday Fried eggs, Tomatoes and Avocado  Nachos, (Quinoa & Corn tortilla) Cheese, and Turkey Chili Turkey Chili  *Kids: Mac and Cheese with Roasted Veggies Plantain chips, Lara bars, Fruit, Cut Veggies…
Breakfast Lunch Dinner Snack
Monday Steal Cut Oatmeal with Dates and Almond milk   Turkey Chili  Nachos, (Quinoa & Corn tortilla ) Cheese, and Turkey Chili  
Breakfast Lunch Dinner Snack
Tuesday Steal Cut Oatmeal with Dates and Almond milk   Jerk Chicken, Brown Rice and Veggies  Jerk Chicken, Brown Rice and veggies  
Breakfast Lunch Dinner Snack
Wednesday Steal Cut Oatmeal with Dates and Almond milk   Jerk Chicken, Brown Rice and Veggies Jerk Chicken, Brown Rice Plantains, avocado & veggies  
Breakfast Lunch Dinner Snack
Thursday Steal Cut Oatmeal with Dates and Almond milk   Tuna Salad  Jerk Chicken Salad   
Breakfast Lunch Dinner Snack
Friday Steal Cut Oatmeal with Dates and Almond milk   Black Beans and Rice with salad  Take out  
Breakfast Lunch Dinner Snack
Saturday Eggs, blackbeans,  tomatoes, & avocado  Tacos with Fajita Meat (Chicken and Beef)  Tacos with Fajita Meat (Chicken and Beef)   

Wednesday, February 14, 2018


One of the things I’ve been working on over the past few years is cooking, especially learning how to cook healthy meals for my family. I don’t love cooking. Sometimes, I actually hate it, but we have to EAT! Boy, do we have to eat. One day I thought about it… We have to eat every day, a minimum of 3 times a day, and there are 5 of us in my family. So, that means 15 meals A DAY! 15 meals a day that need to be made by me and I don’t like cooking! My husband helps sometimes, but work keeps him pretty busy.  

To further complicate things, as I get older, I’ve noticed that I just can’t eat everything the way I used to. I’m not going to talk to you about nutrition, because I’m not a nutritionist. I’m just going to share my experience. I’ve noticed that what I eat doesn’t just affect my weight, or energy levels. It also affects my mood. Mood is so important because it can affect my entire outlook on life.  

I’m a mom. Imagine facing a 2, 3, and 5-year-old while in a bad mood… It’s so hard and it’s not fair to them or me. If I have low energy and I’m in a bad mood, I’m not the only one suffering. My whole family suffers, all because of the foods I have eaten. The food culprits are processed foods, but most notably SUGAR and FLOUR.

So, over the next few weeks, months and years, I’m going to challenge myself to avoid these foods.  Lucky for me there are tons of resources to find recipes that avoid these foods. Yet, here is the real challenge for me and I’m sure for some of you… finding the time to buy groceries, plan meals and actually cook these meals!!!

Stay tuned for tips on how to make the most of your time in my next post. Just kidding… Stay tuned and or join (please comment and add your own tips) me as I continue to learn how to feed my family healthy, low cost,  low prep meals.

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Oh Wednesday!!

Oh Wednesday!! Today feels like the Wednesday of all Wednesdays. I’m suffering with a chest cold that comes along with a bad cough, plus a cough that kept me up all night long.

I could take a nighttime cough suppressant, but when I take nighttime cough suppressants, I wake up in a fog because I didn't get what I call natural sleep.  So my sad options are to (i) stay up all night and get the little sleep I can get between coughing attacks and be tired the next day, or (ii) take cough suppressant and sleep all night then wake up in a tired fog. Last night, I decided to take the cough suppressant, so today I’m moving in a tired fog.

I want to crawl back into bed, but I won’t, because today I’m going to start blogging.  Why? Because I’m tired of justifying to myself with a hundred and one reasons why I can’t or should blog today when I really want to deep down.  Today, I don’t care how crappy my writing is, how messy my home is or about the 100 million other things that need to be done. Today I blog and I will continue to blog.  It starts here.

I love blogging and I have not done it in years. Since the last time I blogged… I have actually moved back to the United States from the UK, had a baby boy named Cole, moved to a new house, celebrated Cole’s  first birthday, Talia's second and third birthdays and Kennedy's fourth and fifth birthdays. Yes, I’ve been busy but I’ve missed blogging.  It’s time to blog.  Years… have passed… because I was waiting for the perfect time and the perfect story. Well we all know there is no such thing, so you will have to settle for my imperfect life. I just have to start, so hear I go…  I am back!

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Mama is cooking!!!

We only have a few weeks left, and I am finally getting into a routine!!!!  When we decided to move to London. I knew I didn’t want the girls in school full time because I wanted to be able to explore London with girls in toe.   But I also wanted to have a few days for myself to avoid "burn out" and have fun. The girls go to a nursery two days a week, and I’m supposed to use this time to myself. However, I ended up using this time to clean, do laundry and run family errands. But one day I started to fit in a workout and from there I started to claim my days off.  I’ve started to take cooking classes. 

I started to take cooking classes because I’m not the most confident cook. I can cook a few staple West Indian dishes, but that’s it. I have no idea how to cook European, Asian or American foods.  I’m so bad that I can’t even sauté a piece of fish correctly. Thus following a recipe is very difficult for me because I don’t know how to do the basics.  My goal while in London is to do something for myself that I think is fun and will help me develop as a person. I love to entertain so I decided I would take some basic cooking classes.  So far, I’ve taken three classes,  (Thai) Coconut Prawn Curry, (French ) Chicken with Tarragon and Creme Fraiche, and (Spanish) Cod with Butterbean and Chorizo.

Below is a picture of my favorite dish and the link to the recipe: 
Cod with Butterbean and Chorizo. This was my favorite because it was so simple to make and so yummy!!!!

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Writing Disability

I have a writing disability also known as Dysgraphia. My writing disability is one of the main reasons I stopped blogging. I have language based Dysgraphia Vs. the motor skill Dysgraphia. Language-based Dysgraphia affects my ability to correct my grammar, spelling, and word organizations. In order to make sure my post were grammatically correct and not to embarrass myself, my husband always did a grammar check on my work. However waiting two or three days for him to correct my post killed my creativity. This time around I’ve purchased Grammarly, a grammar check software. No software is perfect, but it will do for the moment.  I'm sure my first few post will be rough but after awhile I’ll improve. I just have to write/ post and learn from my mistakes.

Below is more information about Dysgraphia taken from website.

Dysgraphia that is caused by a language disorder may be characterized by the person having difficulty converting the sounds of language into written form (phonemes into graphemes), or knowing which alternate spelling to use for each sound. A person with dysgraphia may write their letters in reverse, have trouble recalling how letters are formed, or when to use lower or upper case letters. A person with dysgraphia may struggle to form written sentences with correct grammar and punctuation, with common problems including omitting words, words ordered incorrectly, incorrect verb and pronoun usage and word ending errors. People with dysgraphia may speak more easily and fluently than they write.
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Monday, January 12, 2015


Last time I wrote, I just had a healthy baby girl via VBAC! Fast forward, Talia is almost a year old and guess what? No, I’m not pregnant… Lol! But we moved to London, UK. We moved to the UK for my husband’s work. My husband accepted a six months assignment, and we have been here for four months. We have two more months to go!  It will be bitter sweet to say goodbye. I just started to make real friendship and we finally have a good routine.  I love living here, though the first few months were rough. It’s been tough because the girls were not sleeping! We finally got Talia to sleep thought the night, but Kennedy is another story. She was a good sleeper till London and she is still having trouble sleeping. I know it’s a late start, but I think it will be fun for you all to tag along with us on our last few weeks.

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Happy New Year!

I keep waiting to write the perfect post… waiting for my kids to go to sleep…Waiting for more energy… Waiting to be more organized…Waiting for my husband to get a brake from work so he can get back to editing my post… I just keep waiting. Mean while there is so much going on that I’m not sharing with you and so much happening on all your blogs that I missing. For the New Year, I’m going to make time for blogging. I realize it’s important to me. My New Year resolution for this blog is… STOP WAITING And Just WRITE! So here it is my first imperfect but not last post for the New Year!

Happy New Year!