Easy Meal Prepping

For busy mamas meal prepping can be life changing. I’m serious. It has saved me so many times! Also, being dairy free means I can’t always just grab something on the go. I know if a few solid meals that I can grab in a pinch but I’d rather make my own. Plus it saves money!

What I really like to do is meal prep stuff that’s easy and versatile. For example I brown up 3 pounds of taco meat – with this we can have tacos one day, I can make it into enchiladas another day or even a Mexican hotdish! OR bake 6 chicken breast in the oven with some seasoning and we can have chicken and potatoes one day, I can make up a chicken salad, or we can add them to quesadillas!


Other than being versatile I love meals that are colorful and delicious. Like sheet pan meals! You can’t get much simpler than that and you can really tailor it to your taste buds!

My favorite sheet pan meal combo is

3 different colored peppers
1 onion
1 or 2 keolbasa
frozen green beans or broccoli, really whatever frozen veggies I have on hand

Chop all that up, toss in 1/4 cup olive oil, 1/2 Tbsp oregano, garlic powder and 1/4 tsp crushed red pepper.

Bake at 425 for about a half hour or until the veggies are done to your liking!


Another favorite sheet pan meal is Fajitas! I have done this in the crockpot and its pretty good in there if you’re wanting something you can throw in and forget about.

Chicken Fajitas:

I dice up
3-4 colored peppers
1-2 onions
1/2 Jalepeno (or less/none if you’re not a fan of spice)
2-4 garlic cloves – minced

1 can of diced tomatoes and green chillis (if you’re not a fan of spice just do a can of diced tomatoes)

I mix the spiced into the can of tomatoes:
1 TBSP Chilli powder and Cumin Powder
1 tsp Coriander, salt and pepper


Start by laying 4 chicken breast (whole) on your sheet pan, dump on all your diced veggies then cover everything in your tomato/spice mixture. Toss this around a little to get everything coated.

Cover with tinfoil and start baking at 350, once it heats up to 350 or after about 15/20 minutes at 350 then you can uncover and turn it up to 400! I cook it at 400 for another 20/30 minutes, or cook to your liking of tenderness for the veggies as long as your chicken is cooked through.

Once its all done I shred up the chicken and mix it all up!




Best ever pumpkin muffins 

Okay okay so remember when I said I wasn’t ready for fall… here in Minnesota we had a mini heat wave… well that changed my mind. IM READY! I’m so ready for no more 100 degree days y’all! Today it’s rainy and cold and glorious! So to celebrate we’re being basic bitches in our household and making pumpkin muffins!!! An added bonus…. they’re dairy free

Ellie has already had 3! So it’s safe to say these are winners! 

They’re so simple! 

INGREDIENTS1¾ cups all purpose flour

1 cup granulated sugar

½ cup brown sugar

1 teaspoon baking soda

½ teaspoon baking powder

½ teaspoon salt

2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

¼ teaspoon ground cloves

¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg

2 large eggs

1 (15 oz) can pure pumpkin puree

½ cup coconut oil, melted

1 tablespoon almond milk

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 375° F. Line a muffin pan with paper liners or grease with nonstick spray. Set aside.

In a medium bowl, combine the flour, sugar, brown sugar, baking soda, baking powder, salt, and spices. Whisk to combine and set aside.

In a small bowl, combine the eggs, pumpkin puree, coconut oil, milk, and vanilla extract. Whisk to combine. Pour the wet mixture into the dry ingredients and fold to combine. The batter will be thick.

Using an ice cream scoop, scoop the batter into the prepared muffin pan.

Bake for 22-24 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of a muffin comes out clean. Let cool for at least 5 minutes before removing the muffins from the pan. Serve.

Diary of a dairy free mama

Both of my children have had a dairy protein intolerance. Ellie grew out of hers around 8 months old and miss Mila well she still has hers but we will try to reintroduce dairy around 8 months old like we did Ellie.

Ok so what does that mean!!???! When I first heard about it with Ellie I thought it meant lactose. Ha! I was so wrong. It’s anything that has the protein from cows milk. So even if it says non dairy, nope. They’re allowed to market it non dairy if it has below a curtain amount of cows milk protein. Makes sense right? 🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄

How did we know?

With Ellie we thought it was colic. She would cry, more like scream, every single time she was awake. Nope. Our doctor suggested I cut dairy but just to start with the obviously things, milk, cheese, and yogurt.  As soon as we started her with a chiropractor and I cut dairy cold turkey BAM, she was a whole new baby. This is a huge reason I love our doctor. She takes a natural approach and doesn’t just try to mask the symptoms. She wants to find the problem internally and fix it, really fix it. With Mila her poop was green and mucousy and she would vomit EVERYWHERE ALL THE TIME. It was so awful she didn’t start gaining weight until all the dairy was out of my system around 2 months old. 😩😩😩
Pretty much if we have a 3rd in cutting dairy before they’re born. 🙄
I hear all. The. Time. How selfless it is that I do this instead of formula. Honestly I don’t even think twice about it and I don’t even get upset about not getting to have dairy. It’s not hard for me. It’s easy. It’s easy because seeing my baby happy, not screaming, sleeping in peace, no vomiting – that’s all worth all the hard work it takes to be dairy free.


So let me share with you 10 dairy free hacks that are liiiife savers for me. 😁

It has to be listen in plain site where it says ALLERGENS: it’s not hidden in there, well sometimes natural flavor can be but my girls haven’t reacted to it before but we also don’t eat a ton of processed stuff that would include that anyway.


2. You can still have desert AND CHOCOLATE!

Wacky cake or crazy cake is what I’ve found it to be called. It was actually a cake they made back during the depression because it has minimal ingredients and can be made in the same pan that you mix it in! WIN WIN!! Just search it on Pinterest – or better yet I’ll make a blog post about it for you.

Some icings in the baking isle are dairy free and most brownie mixs are too!

You can easily tweak a recipe too with coconut cream from the can (you can find this in the Asian isle) that can replace heavy cream. You can use any kind of nut milk to replace milk and you can use coconut oil or earths balance butter as a butter replacer.


3. Tweaking meals is EASY.

We still eat the same meals as before we just adjust the ingredients :). You can still have tacos just no sour cream/cheese. You can still make tator tott hotdish, instead of cream of mushroom soup you can use golden mushroom. You can still have pizza 😁😁😁😁😁😁😁😁. Just do everything except put cheese on it. Trust me it’s still so good, I like the veggies high and love it.

4. Going out to eat?!

Yes it’s still possible. You can find a lot of menus/allergen information online. I just google it and usually its right on their website. Also if I go out to eat I tell the waiter/waitress I have the allergy, no my baby. They don’t take it as seriously if you say your child is allergic. I know. Seriously dumb.

5. Meal prepping will literally save your life. 

This way you have stuff to eat especially when you’re busy and can’t just make a quick grilled cheese or go thru a drive thru. I will make another blog post on my favorite dairy free meals too!


Yep. Silk makes almond yogurt and it’s the bomb.com.

Many coffee creamers say NON DAIRY – like i mentioned before this still has trace amounts of dairy protein! Casein and whey are both cows milk protein. Silk makes excellent coffee creamers or if you’re a Prime junkie like me, try NutPods – they’re the same consistency as half and half and SO GOOD.


7. I’ll save you money and tell you, do not try any cheese substitute.

They’re all trash. All of them. SO Delicious just came out with shredded cheese – this one hasn’t come to stores near me yet so I haven’t had a chance to try it. I’ve heard it’s actually good though.


8. Two things you wouldn’t expect to have dairy protein in them – vaccines and WINE. 



9. A quick list of my favorite dairy free stuff:

  • Aldis Peanut Butter Pretzels
  • Tyson Chicken Nuggets
  • Birdseye lentil pasta (in the freezer section)
  • Anything Udis brand (also in the freezer section)
  • Anything Amy’s brand (also in the freezer section)
  • Newmans O’s (organic oreos, yes regular ones are dairy free too)
  • Graham crackers, Ritz crackers and poptarts are too
  • Not a favorite but MAYO IS DAIRY FREE.


10. Cows milk is made for baby cows – not humans.

Number 10 isn’t really a life saver its just a little note for you to go research if you’re really interested. Truly milk isn’t actually not good for us anyway. I lost 60 pounds when I first went dairy free with Ellie and I feel AMAZING without dairy.


Does that mean I will be dairy free forever? Not exactly. Once Ellie outgrew her dairy intolerance I still mostly didn’t have dairy but ya girl loves ice cream and string cheese – so those I will eat again one day. But for the most part I still avoid adding cheese on stuff or replacing cows milk with almond milk when possible.


If you’re a newly dairy free mama, or looking to be dairy free, YOU CAN DO IT!! 🙂





Mila’s birth story.

Pregnancy and birth with Mila was completely different than Ellie. I was sick in the beginning, had no swelling at the end and barely gained 30 pounds. And her birth…. if I could be promised that all my following births would be like hers I would be everyone’s surrogate and have 20 of my own babies. ha!

Since Ellie came 2 weeks early I was convinced I would never make it to my due date. Even my doctor and chiropractor were convinced she’d come around 38 weeks! I had been sitting on my exercise ball 24/7 and walking so much. I remember I was so uncomfortable, felt contractions all. the. time. but I was only dilated to a 3. I had my last OB appointment May 30th and my doctor talked about how if she still hadn’t come we would have to induce since Ellie was a big baby we knew she would be too, especially since she had made it to her due date. He was fine with waiting a whole week after my due date but no longer than that. I was so thankful for this because I wanted to avoid any interventions at all costs. May 31st was my final shift at work before my maternity leave started the following day.  I was getting so anxious because I didn’t want to waste any of my 12 weeks on being pregnant.


So here we are June 1st 2017… I woke up to go to the bathroom around 2AM and was just really uncomfortable, I didn’t think they were contractions but I just knew I was so done being pregnant. 4AM I woke up again but this time I was pretty sure these were contractions, they didn’t really hurt but they were irritating and consistent.  It was a weekday so that meant Devin had to work, I decided to wait until he had to get up for work to tell him we needed to go to the hospital, since I had a few hours I had a snack, some water and sat some more on my exercise ball. 6AM I told him how I was feeling, he wasn’t convinced I was in labor, he said no way was I in labor, he reminded me of how painful they were last time. So he decided to just let his work know that I “thought” I was in labor but that he was bringing work clothes with him in case it wasn’t the real deal. OK. So we call nana to tell her we’re dropping Ellie off so we can go to the hospital. On the way in to town I had a few painful contractions that I had to breath through, yep this was it I was in labor.

We get to the hospital and do all that check in stuff, when we get to the room they hook me up to the monitors and the nurse checks me around 730AM. I was at 6CM! woohoo! My painful contractions were once again gone and I thought how crazy this was that I wasn’t feeling them. I thought to myself, great they’re going to want me to start pitocin again just like last time. ugh. The nurse asks AGAIN if I want any pain meds because soon I wouldn’t be able to get them. I was determined this time to do it natural, I was so close last time, one hour, if I would have waited one hour I could have done it pain med free last time. SO I decline, again.

Around 8AM my doctor strolls in, jokes with me about how he was headed out on vacation and how much trouble he had trying to park his truck with the trailer/four wheeler on the back in the hospital parking lot. Lol! But when the nurses let him know I was in labor he wanted to come check on me, he checks me, I’m at 8CM! I remember saying “WHAT this is crazy!” I turned to my husband whos been just chillaxin in a chair and we joked about how insane this was because last time I was a raging bitch at 8CM.

My doctor asked if it was okay if he broke my water, he thought after that it wouldn’t be long before baby would come! He broke my water, that didn’t hurt a bit, and said he had some other patients he could visit with for a little while and when he got back we were gonna have a baby!

Okay this is insane, I’m legit not feeling a thing, laughing/talking with Devin about the babies name… Mila still didn’t have a middle name and here we were about to have her! He’s filling out the paperwork and he goes “what was that middle name you wanted?” I wanted Lorren after my little sister but he had vetoed that in the way beginning. Next thing I know that’s her middle name!

So here we are 830AM, my doctor is back and we’re ready to push… meanwhile I’m still talking and not feeling any pain! I start pushing, now I’m feeling tons of pressure but nothing I cant handle. I remember pushing so hard saying “holy shit” because I could feel how huge she was. After a few pushes my doctor told me to stop pushing. She was so big if I didn’t stop she could have broken her collar bone! Then I felt the most weirdly insane pressure, not even pain just pressure as he grabbed her to turn her. Then just like that, one more push and just after 9AM, Mila was born! She came out not crying at all, peaceful as can be and when they put her on my chest all I remember was saying “I did it! Mila, we did it!” and exclaiming how much she looked like Ellie. I remember feeling like I had an endorphin high, you know that runners high people talk about, yeah it was like that but on steroids. I literally felt on top of the world that I could concur ANYTHING. My doctor joked about how I just gave birth to a 2 month old and he wanted a scale in right away, he needed to know how much she weighed before he left. ha! My little turkey was an oz away from 10 pounds!

Ellie’s birth story. 

It’s crazy how different and unique every birth is in its own way. Today I was reading about Kail Lowrys recent birth and I just felt like reliving my birth stories. 😜 They’re both totally different from one another, I don’t even know what I should expect if we have a third!

I’m going to break it down into two different blog posts. First up Elianne Nicole –

With Ellie I had been measuring 2 weeks ahead since around 30 weeks pregnant, I had no symptoms of pregnancy until the end when I swelled up like a balloon. By the end I had gained well over 60 pounds. 😞. I remember during my commute to and from work I would just sit there and talk to her in my belly. Ask her to make this whole birth thing fast and easy and tell her how nervous I was for birth but how excited I was to meet her.  How I wondered what she would look like… based on our 38 week ultrasound (she was measuring 40 weeks so they wanted to make sure she was ok in there) we were sure she was her daddies mini, she had the Wendt nose for sure.

I remember walking the mall every lunch break because I was so done with being pregnant but Devin was adamant that she wait until Septmeber because his birthday is September 4th and he wanted a birthday buddy. Apparently she wanted that too because here it was Septmeber and I was still pregnant.

Devin woke me up in a panic asking if I peed the bed! Yes he legit asked me that … I honestly was going to smell it because I wasn’t sure, instead when I stood up and more water gushed out of me I knew my water had broken. It was 10:30 PM Septmeber 1st, we had literally been sleeping maybe an hour and Ellie wasn’t due for another 2 weeks, we were shocked. I called labor and delivery because I’m a first time mom I have no idea what to expect. They asked if I was having contractions… nope just fluid gushing everywhere. She told me not to worry, don’t rush I probably had plenty of time. Cool. So I decided I’m going to shower, shave my legs ya know get ready for the big show. All while Devin is layering towels on the passenger seat in his truck. 😂 We text/call everyone to let them know and to have my sister in law meet us at the hospital, I don’t even think she’d been to sleep yet that night.

An hour later we’re in the truck driving to Mankato joking about how insane this is and that I’m not having any contractions. I joked about what if I was some weird person who just can’t feel them? Ya right my husband says that’s crazy. (Remember this when we get to Milas birth story, it’s important).

We’re at the hospital, filling out paperwork blah blah blah. They weigh me, start the IV and check me. I was 5 cm dilated. Cool! They hook me up to the monitors and it’s going all nuts I’m having consistent contractions but I’m not in any pain. They kept asking me if I could feel them. Nope. I literally couldn’t feel a thing. A few hours later they’re convincing me I should get pitocin to speed this up because I wasn’t progressing fast enough. 😩 Big mistake HUGE. They start me on pitocin and by 5 AM my contractions are getting painful – my husband is doing this thing where he squeezed my hips together – something we learned in a birthing class. Y’all that combined with Panaway essential oil kept me sane and comfortable until about 7AM when I was 8cm dilated. I begged for the epidural. I lashed out at the nurses wanting them to turn the pitocin down or off anything to make it stop. They aren’t supposed to give epidurals at 8cm they say, but they do it anyway. Folks that shit hurt worse than labor no lie. By about 8AM the epi is working its magic and I’m taking a snooze since ya know we hadn’t slept in over 24 hours at this point. I wake up around 9 asking for them to check me because the pressure was insane and I felt like I needed to poop so with everything I had read this meant it was time to push.

Sure enough I was 10CM dilated. It was finally time to push. By this time my epi was wearing off and I could feel everything which wasn’t a terrible thing because then I could feel my contractions and I could tell when I should push, right? Whatever that didn’t help because I still pushed for AN HOUR. Right when I feel so defeated and past my breaking point she finally, just after 10AM on Septmeber 2nd 2015, came screaming into this world and she didn’t stop screaming until Devin held her. 😍 She was a daddies girl from day 1.

* I’m so huge in this picture I was over 200 pounds but I’m not ashamed of this, this was our first family picture and I’m so in love with how amazing our bodies are with all the changes we put them through.

Stay tuned for Miss Milas birth story 🙂 that ones crazy all in its own way.

Get fall ready.

Ya’ll, I am so not ready for fall/winter. Okay, so normally I’m the basic bitch screaming with excitement about all things pumpkin spice, chunky sweaters and crockpot meals. BUT this year I am just not ready to give up summer. So instead I’m fall cleaning… tricking myself, ya know since we always spring clean!!? Well this past spring I was hugely pregnant and totally NOT nesting. Like I was WAY too big to even want to move. haha! But seriously, so I didn’t really do a lot of spring cleaning. So, I’m DIYing all my fave cleaning recipes, floor cleaner, thieves spray, baking soda carpet spreads, all the goodies… and I’m going to share them all with you! 🙂

1: all purpose Thieves household cleaning spray! 

The MAC DADDY of all cleaning products. This is something I use everyday because it is SO simple, cheap, versatile and completely plant based! I gave up harsh chemical cleaners about 2 years ago when I jumped in to a chemical free lifestyle. You know that awful burning sensation your nostrils have from smelling cleaning products that makes you just absolutely dread having to even use? Ya this stuff is SO MUCH BETTER. Like it smells like cinnamon goodness.

What can this be used for…. uh everything!

  • walls
  • countertops
  • tables
  • toys
  • door handles
  • MIRRORS (trust me its streak free!!)
  • windows
  • lit-er-ally EVERYTHING

2: How about those carpets!?

Grab your baking soda out of the fridge, yeah the one that’s been sitting open for a few months ;). Dump that in a bowl, grab your purification essential oil and drop in like 20 or more drops, mix it up and just sprinkle it ALL OVER your carpet. Everywhere! If you can, do this at night before bed or before you’re about to leave for work, you want to let it sit for as long as possible.

Once its been several hours (or 20 minutes if you just don’t have time to let it sit), and vacuum it up! BAM!

3: Thieves Paste

Okay so this is something awesome to use if you have hard water like I do. I like to use this on my sink, in my bathtub, oven or on tough stuck on grease/stains.


  • 1 Cup baking soda
  • 1 – 2 scoops Thieves Dishwasher detergent (optional)
  • 1 capful Thieves household cleaner
  • Enough water or vinegar to make it into a paste


Spread it on where you need it, you can let it sit if you want or just scrub it a bit, I like to scrub it with homemade scrubbies (they’re similar to scotch pads you can buy at the store but better!).


4. Hardwood floor cleaner

Spoiler alert – this is for more than hardwood floors! Its for any hardwood in your entire house! I have used this on baseboards, cupboards, floors, and built-ins!

  • 1/4 cup Thieves Household Cleaner
  • 1/2 cup Olive oil or sweet almond oil (whatever you have)
  • 10-20 drops essential oil (my faves are lemon/orange)
  • put this all in a bucket and had hot water!

The first time I ever did this I had to change the bucket of water about 5-6 times by the time I was done cleaning all the wood in my house… now I can use 1-2 buckets. YUCK right!!!?

*Just note, I have light wood in my house so lemon was fine to use, if you have dark wood definitely spot test it first! I have used it on my dark wood tables without any issues.


3 reasons I LOVE using Young Living products, versatility/simplicity, MONEY SAVING, and non toxic.

Truly Young Living products are SO versatile for cleaning I love being able to use one product for multiple things. Like the dishwasher soap is so awesome for tough greasy yucky messes. Also, simplicity, like this is so easy y’all, dump a little in/add some water. Cant get more simple than that for something that’s DIY!

I’m all about saving money and being able to use one product for multiple things is how I do it. A bottle of Thieves Household cleaner (14.4 fl oz) is $22 BUT its highly concentrated that’s why just a capful can be diluted with water. I probably go through 3 bottles a year, A YEAR, and I use it for cleaning everything. Bye bye are the days that under our sinks are filled with 10 different bottles of cleaner. You can throw away all that crap and have ONE spray bottle.

The other amazing part about it is that its plant based so I am confident that my children can help me and I do not have to worry about them getting it in their mouths.





My bus.

The other day I was super bummed out. Someone didn’t want to get on my bus. Okay you’re thinking you don’t drive a bus. Well I’m reading this book, its called The Energy Bus and its a must read. The analogy is that we all drive our own bus its called life, as you’re driving, people can get on and be a part of your dream or not. What you put into that bus is what you’re going to get out of it, kind of thing. Are you picking up what I’m laying down? Okay good, so back to the other day. The other day I was super bummed about this situation.  I called my husband crying to him. I confessed to him I just didn’t understand. What am I doing wrong? He reassured me I wasn’t doing anything wrong. He reassured me there was a reason for this. He was right. God always has a plan and I must trust His plan. 

I have this thing, this guilty pleasure for reading  self development/personal growth books thing and I hadn’t read my book in a few days. Today when I picked up my book, that very chapter was about people not getting on your bus. I needed this.  THAT is why I read these books! I’m not kidding when I say whenever I pick up one of my books I always read something valuable, something that speaks to me or inspires me to keep going.  Its like when you’re in church on Sunday and the pastor is giving his sermon and it literally just speaks to you. Everything about it is like dang I needed to hear this. This is my life. 

Well here’s the thing not everyone is meant to get on your bus. The chapter explained this to me. We shouldn’t take this personally. As much as we want to be able to help everyone and inspire anyone, the thing is we may not be for everyone and thats ok. God has a plan, we need to trust him.  If someone who isn’t meant to be on your bus gets on, they could derail you. 

Ain’t nobody got time for that!
I know this. I know that you’re not meant to be liked by everyone. You could be the juiciest peach but some people still don’t like peaches. But I’m a huge yellow personality and I wear my heart on my sleeve so often times my feelings get hurt. And that’s ok too, but we can’t let it stop us from loving on and pouring over those who do get on our bus and we can’t let it stop us from asking people to be on our bus. 

So get back on your bus and drive that shit straight to your goals. Pick up those that want to join you and you know what, those that don’t want to? Well you just drive right on by those folks because you don’t need them anyway. You don’t need to waste energy on people who will just drain the happy from your bus. ✌🏻✌🏻✌🏻✌🏻

📸: OolaLife