J’s Birthday! – Frugal Novice

J’s Birthday!

J officially turned 4 today! It was a fun day, from picking up donuts in the morning, to surprising him at lunch with a trip to the bike store, to a trip to Chuck E Cheese for dinner (watch for the review and a really fun giveaway later this week, by the way)! I think we’re all exhausted – I know as soon as I finish this post I’m going to crash!

He picked out a green bike, because green is his favorite color right now, along with brown and black. Alas, no brown or black bikes were available but I am kind of glad – I love the one he ended up with!

The past four years have absolutely flown by. Sunday night Brian and I reminisced about the night before J was born, when the air conditioner was out and we were burning up! We spent that last night with the fans blasting and completely uncomfortable. I remember being so nervous the next day, and then being so elated once he was born. He keeps us on our toes and sometimes alternates between silly and grumpy in a matter of minutes, but mostly he is a sweet, thoughtful kid who makes us laugh a lot. He is still a negotiator and is always angling for more dessert, or less bites of dinner, or 2 extra minutes of play time before bed. He loves to play with his little brother and our dog Josie, and is following in his dad’s footsteps as a Lego fan. It’s so fun to watch his personality unfold and we can’t wait to see who he continues to become (slowly, though. This whole “time flying” thing is not cool). We’re so thankful for him!


Before heading to bed I need to share my Freshology update, and I thought I’d include it in this post.

Breakfast: Dried strawberry granola with nonfat vanilla yogurt & fresh berries (380 calories)

Good stuff – I’ve always been a big fan of yogurt with fruit & granola, so this was right up my alley! And guess what – I didn’t eat ANY donuts (even though I brought some for work too and they were sitting RIGHT THERE around the corner from my office. And even though I got chocolate glazed, which are my favorite. I was pretty proud!

Lunch: Roasted Vegetable Salad with Pork Loin and Apple Cider Vinaigrette (300 calories)


I’m going to blame it on being really focused on work, but I didn’t realize the salad was supposed to be eaten with the veggies & pork on top, so I ate these separately, heating up the veggies & pork. It was actually really nice that way and took me a long time to eat since I was eating the salad and then the rest. I very rarely eat pork, so this was a reminder that I actually do like it! Seasoning was spot on as always, and both the veggies & pork were tender.

Dinner: Black Pepper & Pomegranate Glazed Turkey with Wild Rice Pilaf & Carrot Puree (460 calories)

While I have liked almost everything I’ve eaten, the dinners have been my favorite meals so far. They’re so substantial, and I think I especially like them because they’re a departure from what I normally eat. We only eat turkey for Thanksgiving or in deli sandwiches, but I’ve already had it twice on Freshology, and each time has been a completely different incarnation. Tonight’s version was sweet with a hint of tartness, and was great paired with the rice and carrots. I’d never had a veggie puree and worried it would remind me of baby food, but it actually seemed more like a mashed potato consistency – and was really good!

Dessert: Lemon Poppy Seed Bundt Cake (150 calories)

This was delicious! I love lemon creme cakes, and this was a lighter version of that without losing any of the depth of flavor. The drizzle of icing was a nice treat, too.

I did really well again today, not straying from the meals except to try one small bite of pizza at Chuck E Cheese, and that was only to help facilitate an upcoming review. I am already noticing that I’m adjusting to eating less, and am not feeling as hungry throughout the day. The heat (Texas has been in triple digits consistently for weeks) has helped with my water consumption – I’m hitting well over 64 ounces per day. I worried I might get headaches from caffeine withdrawal (it’s happened before) but so far it’s been just fine!

Ok, I’m off to bed… hopefully I make it all the way back to our bedroom before falling asleep. Night, everyone!

Note: I received food from Freshology to facilitate my review. I was not compensated monetarily. All opinions shared in this post are honest and are entirely my own.

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