BLW Journey: The First Month

So. Jannah is 7 months tomorrow. Which means she has been doing BLW for a month now. And let me tell you… she LOVES it!

For the first few weeks, she was more so just playing with food than actually eating. Which is OK, as on average babies start to actually eat around 8-10 months. However, in the past week, Jannah has actually been starting to eat more!

So far, some of her favorite foods are bbq chicken, cooked baby carrots, peanut butter toast, ice cream, and bagels.

As far as gagging goes, she has only gagged a few times. When she does start to gag, I calmly sit and watch. Once she’s worked it out I say, “Good job baby!”

Now that she is eating, she has become such a little chubby baby. She currently weighs 16.4 lbs. She’s starting to kill my arms when I hold her haha!

Below I will share some photos of her meals so you can get an idea of how foods should be cut for babies!


Strawberry jam on toast, banana, string cheese, and plums.


Bbq chicken, mashed potatoes with gravy, and brussel sprouts.


Beans on rice.


Spaghetti with mushrooms and shredded cheese.


Let’s Clean: Kitchen


Day 2: Tuesday… Kitchen Day!

I swear this day was looooong overdue.

I started by picking up and throwing away all the trash, collecting all our mail and putting it in our mail drawer, and just cleaning up all the random clutter.

Then I did the dishes with Sun with oxygen cleaning action apple orchard scent dish soap ($1 from Family Dollar… talk about a WIN!) and sat them in the drying rack.

While the dishes were drying, I cleaned the coffee station and the kitchen table. I first used up&up lemon scent disinfecting wipes, then cleaned the tables with Lysol Lemon Breeze scent All Purpose Cleaner (if you can’t tell.. I love lemon cleaners).

Next I put the dishes away and cleaned the counter. I used the Lysol cleaner for this. I then went in with a bit of Clorox Regular bleach because… well I’m a germaphobe.

I quickly cleaned up the stovetop with some Lysol. I did this not too long ago, so it was just a touch up.

Then I spent a good while cleaning the cabinets. I took everything out and cleaned the cabinets with Lysol and a little bit of bleach. Then I reorganized the food and dishes.

I deep cleaned the fridge and freezer.. I took the shelves and drawers out and washed them in the bathtub using my Sun dish soap. Then I cleaned them with Lysol and yes… some bleach. I wiped the inside of the fridge down with the disinfecting wipes and then used Lysol. Once I put the fridge back together, I took the freezer contents out and did the same thing.

Finally I swept and mopped the floor with my Swiffer WetJet.

Stayed tuned Monday for Day 3 of my cleaning series!

Quick & Easy 5 Bean Chili


Sorry, Dad… I’m spilling the beans (pun intended). This is a dish that my dad taught me and it’s one of my favorite dishes. It’s super quick and easy to make! The great thing is… this recipe isn’t one that you need to follow exact ingredients or measurements (makes it all the more easier)!

All you need are 5 types of beans and ground beef. I use red kidney beans, black beans, pink beans, pinto beans, and black eyed peas. Depending on how much meat I want, I use 1/2 to 1 pound ground beef.

To start, put your beans (and the liquid) into a pot. Add the seasonings you would like. I use Adobo All Purpose seasoning and a little bit of cayenne powder. Put the heat on medium. Then, cook the ground beef in a pan. Add your desired seasonings to the meat while there is still some pink left. Once the beef is thoroughly cooked, add it to the beans. Turn the heat to high and cook for an additional minute or two. That’s all it takes! This makes a lot too; about 6-8 servings. One pot of this lasts my husband and I for 2 to 3 days.

This is my go-to dish when I don’t have much time to cook. It’s perfect for new parents who can’t or don’t want to do a lot of cooking!

Chili Recipe