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This Week at the Brennan’s

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Lauren sitting on the floor with Eddie and Blake

This week was filled with lots of food and business, as per usual!

Here’s what happened this week:

Well, I’m working on a wee little Christmas project which involves lots of recipe testing and lots of picture taking. This week, I’ve been doing a TON of testing…meaning no gym time and lots of eating. So I’ve been picking up some poundage. GO ME! More details of this project to come in November and December ๐Ÿ˜‰

Brooke had volleyball this week and is starting to enjoy it a little more! Her first week was kind of a bust because she felt unprepared, like the game of volleyball had changed once we crossed state lines and it was foreign to her. But this week was totally different! They were working on a different skill, and she got partnered with a girl coach which made all the difference (in my opinion). So, yay! She’s back to liking it again.

Blake also started Soccer this week and so far loves it. But, it’s mostly just running at this point, so we’ll see how he progresses. That boy is such a goofball and a ray of sunshine wherever he goes. I love him so so much.

I’ve noticed my eyes getting worse and worse and one of my teeth starting to hurt. So I’ve been wearing my glasses and amping up my flossing game. I know I should floss a lot more than I do, but MAMA TIRED.

Gordon came back this weekend and we really didn’t get to spend a whole lot of alone time together because of our kids sports and general attention they need. I saw a lot of him in passing. So, better luck next weekend? 7 more weeks to go until he works out of NYC!! Not that I’m counting or anything.

Eddie is really good at climbing directly onto our kitchen table and trying to scale our lower cabinets, dishwasher and stove. Actually this week, he tried climbing up the oven WHILE THE OVEN WAS ON and the door fell open and he fell flat, directly to the floor. He got a nice big bump on his head and had a good cry session, but still didn’t learn his lesson. What the heck, child?!?!

Lauren and Eddie

Eddie is also good at opening all the doors in our apartment, playing in the toilets at the most inopportune times and screaming bloody murder if he can’t push the elevator buttons. So, that’s fun. The terrible twos are starting early. Lucky me!

We also started slowly switching over to buying many gluten and dairy free products to see if that will help Brooke’s tummy aches. She is consistently complaining about an upset stomach, so this is our fix for now. My hunch is lactose intolerance, but we’ll wait and see once we start integrating it all back in. Thus far, it’s been pretty simple. We have to make substitutions here and there, but generally, we’re doing great! And Brooke hasn’t complained about an upset stomach since we started this. Just this afternoon, she tried to convince us that “she was healed” after four days of this no gluten no dairy diet. Haha! That’s not how it works, kid. So, we’re loving naturally gluten free meals, like chicken and rice, eggs and bacon, roasted sausage and veggies, General Mills Cereals with unsweetened vanilla almond milk etc. etc. And her school lunches are pretty similar, just as they were before but with a few modifications. No cheese sticks or yogurts. Still adding one fruit, one veggie and juice box of her choice with either hummus/guacamole/salsa with gluten free crackers or corn tortilla chips. Bob’s Red Mill has really good protein powder that isn’t milk-based, so we are enjoying that for breakfast/snacks too. And, I’ve had some good success making gluten free pizza crust and muffins! We’ll probably try this for a month or so before re-introducing some foods. But, already I love how we are seeing our kids ask for more fruits or veggies in place of a starch. I love love love carbs, so this has been really good for me too!

Lauren Baking

What’s Happening This Week:

I have a new babysitter/nanny starting this week. I hope my kids love her as much as I do!

Tomorrow, I have two friends coming to visit meeeeeee! You’ll see a lot of them on instagram stories ๐Ÿ˜‰ They are helping me get a ton of recipes done for this Christmas Project I mentioned above.

I also have a list hot NYC hotspots I want to take them too, so it’ll be lots and lots of fun for sure! I’m so excited to have a girls week with some really dear friends.

Hope you all are having a wonderful week!

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13 Responses
  1. Lauren

    Our daughter was recently diagnosed with celiac disease. We would love to see any gluten free recipes that you are making. Also, if you think Brooke might have Celiac, have her checked before you remove gluten or they can’t really tell. Our family had no history of this, but our daughter was positive for celiac. She was a little smaller than our other kids and had tummy aches and those were the main symptoms. Hopefully Brooke just has a sensitive tummy. I am sure you get plenty of advice from people commenting, so use your intuition. ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Lauren J.

    From one Lauren to another…your sense of humor is wonderful. I have 2 children (5 and 3) and can relate to much of this. You sound as though you are doing great! Best of luck with the dietary changes, we did something similar recently with sugar and it’s amazing how fast they learn and adapt and you as a mom feel better as you see them make better choices.

  3. Emilee

    I recently had to cut out dairy completely from my diet. Over time, I have noticed I’ve lost my taste for cheese and milk anyway. I still miss ice cream though! I’d love to see any dairy free recipes you come up with!

  4. Peggy Mason King

    Can you share your list of NYC hotspots? We are coming end of November. Would love to go to some of your fav places!! We usually just walk around til we find a place that looks good to eat! Thank you! Oh, I also found a very similar olive vest at Target! I ordered and it is great quality. It is a new brand they are carrying.

  5. Janet L

    We are dairy free in my house so we use a lot of canned coconut milk. We make ranch dressing with it and all kinds of soups etc. once it’s mixed with other flavors the coconut flavor disappears.

  6. Michele S

    What flavor of the protein powder do you like? My daughter is lactose intolerant and not much of a meat eater and I haven’t had any luck finding a non-milk based protein powder that tastes good. Thanks!

    1. Lauren

      We do the chocolate protein powder with some almond milk, ice, banana and splash of vanilla. The vanilla protein powder is also good with a banana, frozen berries, almond milk, ice and a pinch of cinnamon!

  7. Shannon

    They sale pretty tasty dairy free cheese and yogurts for her to try. They even melt so I can finally have grilled cheese, pizza, stuffed shells and stuff.

    I feel her dairy pain of wanting it but it does’t agree with ya. It’s come along way since the 80’s 90’s and early 2000’s.
    Yea for only 7 more weeks, just in time to spend the holidays in NYC together!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. Tiffany

    I don’t know if you know this food blogger, but she has a bunch of gluten free recipes, as she has celiac disease. http://iowagirleats.com/, just thought I would share ๐Ÿ™‚

  9. Tiffany

    I don’t know if you know this food blogger, but she has a bunch of gluten free receipes, as she has celiac disease. http://iowagirleats.com/, just thought I would share ๐Ÿ™‚