Monday, January 11, 2021

This Week's Menu | Jan . 11

Our Weekly Meal Plan (Whole30, Paleo)


It's that time of year again.  Getting back to meal planning!  I've been intermittent fasting for the past week, which is going pretty well, so that reduces the lunches we need, but we are starting back to homeschool, college classes, youth sports, and the entrepreneurship program that I run.  All start this week.  Whew.  So, we'll be planning for some relatively easy meals, lots of crockpot or Instant Pot usage, this week.  

Monday - Burritos

Tuesday 
White Chicken Chili with Salad

Wednesday - Buddha Bowls

Thursday - Cheesy Broccoli Soup

Friday - Leftovers

Saturday - Breakfast: "Junk" Cereal

Lunch:  Leftovers

Dinner:  Fish Taco Bowls

Sunday - Lunch:  Sammies or Eggs

Dinner:  Chicken Pot Pie (Instant Pot)


I'm adding everything to my Walmart+ grocery delivery order for Monday.  I wasn't sure how much I would use or like Walmart+, and I have to say, it's been great.  We still end up going to the store for odds and ends during the week, but by and large, using the grocery delivery service saves me time and money because I can more easily stick to my list!  (Plus, the five cents/gallon off gas is a plus with our new van that doesn't get great gas mileage.)  Try it for 2 weeks free if you haven't yet!



Have a great week!





Find previous meal plans here.
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Tuesday, December 15, 2020

Top Gifts for Boys - 6-7 Year Old Version


If you've been following me for long, you might know that three of my five children have summer birthdays, so it's all hands on deck for parties and gifts in the summer months.  My oldest, Little Prez, just celebrated his sixth birthday, so I wanted to share my Top 5 Gift Ideas for 6 Year Old Boys!

1.  LEGOs

LEGOs are always a go-to gift in our house.  Starting around 4 1/2, my son started to love LEGOs.  At the time, I loved them because they helped my son work on his fine motor skills.  At six, he has become a "LEGO Artist" as he says.  LEGO are a fantastic way to encourage creativity and basic engineering skills.  Plus, there are SO many great LEGO sets!  LEGO Ninjago and LEGO superheroes are a good bet at this age!  My favorites for this age are the LEGO Ninjago Master Falls set and LEGO Avengers Quinjet.  I have been surprised at the focus that my son has when putting LEGO sets together, so he's definitely ready for these bigger sets.

Lego Ninjago Master Falls 

LEGO Marvel Avengers Quinjet

There are now some off-brand brick versions as well as Mega Construx, which all fit together.  We particularly like the Pokemon ones.  My six year old son loves Pokemon so much right now, and you can get stationary Pokemon figures, but I like that he has to build these.  He has even added to some of them so that they have an evolved form.  (Don't ask me what that means; I have no idea.)  Here are two of the ones I liked for his birthday -- Pokemon Multipack and Pokemon Charizard.

Pokemon Multipack


Pokemon Charizard

My son also loves these giant brick plates that have allowed his creations to get significantly bigger.  He also uses them to display his smaller creations.




2.  Robots


My son received this robot kit and LOVED it.  It was a great project for him to put together with dad and he loves the interactive nature of the robot.  He pretty much takes it everywhere to show off.  




Kiko 893 Robot Kit from Amazon.com


3.  Pokemon TCG

We also love the Pokemon Trading Card Game at my house.  My 6 year old is always trying to earn money to buy more Pokemon cards, so they make a great, but inexpensive gift! 

These multipacks make great gifts.  Charizard is a favorite at our house, and my son would be thrilled to get this one as a gift!  


My son is always asking for these collector's tins as well.  There are so many options, but all of my kids really like the Alola Islands Pokemon, so this would be our top pick.  (We've seen these at Aldi before for under $20, but didn't know it was a such a great deal at the time.  I'll definitely be watching for them again.)



And of course, if you know a six year old Pokemon fan, you might consider a Pokemon card holder like this small case or a binder style like this one.  



As you can guess, my son loves Pokemon.  I think he's just at the beginning stages of Pokemon.  The game itself is a little too advanced for him, but in another six months to a year, I think he'll have caught on!



Sunday, November 10, 2019

This Week's Menu | November 11

Our Weekly Meal Plan (Whole30, Paleo)


Ya'll, my little sister's wedding is coming up super quick.  Good for her.  Bad for my weight loss goals.  LOL.  I've been intermittent fasting for the past few weeks and seen results.  Small results, but results nevertheless.  Wish me luck on getting to some classes at the YMCA at 5:15am for the next few weeks.  I'm NOT a morning person, but I don't see any other time that I could fit working out in.  Trying to fit in some keto meals along with the fasting.  Yikes!


Monday -  Crockpot 7-Spice Roast Sammies with Asparagus & Salad

Tuesday -  Leftovers

Wednesday - Scrambled Eggs with Cheesy Grits (with Cauliflower)

Thursday - Baked Fish w/ Mashed Potatoes and Greens

Friday - Thai Chicken and Butternut Soup

Saturday - Breakfast: Oatmeal

Lunch:  Sammies

Dinner:  Paleo Chicken Pot Pie with Kale Greens (or a Keto version like this or this)

Sunday - Lunch:  Sammies or Eggs

Dinner:  Leftovers


Here's my grocery list for this week; I'm trying to keep it under $50 by using meat that we already have.

DairyProduceStaplesMeat
milk x4salad stuffrollschicken
eggs asaparaguscoconut milkroast 
amer. cheesebutternutgritsfish
parmesan cheesepotatosbreaddeli meat
shred chedgreensbaby snacks
sliced chedcauliflowerroasted red peppers

cilantrooats


red curry paste
thai chili sauce
quinoa



Have a great week!





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Monday, June 24, 2019

Farm Fresh Menu | June 24th

Our Weekly Meal Plan (Whole30, Paleo)


I'm on a mission to cut costs and use up the food in the pantry and freezer during this last week in June.  AND we have tons of zucchini, yellow squash, and potatoes from hubby's farm, Song of the South Farm!


Monday - Summer Corn Zucchini Chowder (uses potatoes and squash!)

Tuesday - Pork Roast Burritos w/ Roasted Squash

Wednesday - Scrambled Eggs with Cheesy Grits and Country Potatoes

Thursday - Baked Fish w/ Mashed Potatoes and Greens

Friday - Leftovers

Saturday (Hubby's Birthday!) - Breakfast: Zucchini Muffins

Lunch: Sandwiches (using leftover pork)

Dinner: Out for Hubby's Birthday!

Sunday - Lunch: Leftovers

Dinner: I have no idea yet.  :) :)



Here's my grocery list for this week; I'm trying to keep it under $50 by using meat that we already have.

DairyProduceStaplesMeat
milk x3carrotstortillasbacon
eggs x2celerycoffee creamerpork roast 
amer. cheeseonionsgritsfish
string cheesepotatobread
shred chedgreens
creamzucchini
cream cheese






Have a great week!





Find previous meal plans here.
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Sunday, May 19, 2019

Farm-to-Table Menu | May 21

Our Weekly Meal Plan (Whole30, Paleo)


It's our last week of soccer, which has meant three days at the YMCA each week.  That also means too many quick meals, fast food, and eating out.  I love seeing our kiddos play soccer, but I'll be glad for the break over the summer! 


Monday - Southwest Chicken Salad

Tuesday - Grilled Cheese Sandwiches and PW's Homemade Tomato Soup

Wednesday - Couscous Salad w/ Quesadillas

Thursday - Roast Sammies (if I find a roast on sale)

Friday - Turkey Quinoa Meatloaf with Mashed Potatoes and Roasted Veggies

Saturday - Breakfast: High Protein Cottage Cheese Pancakes with fruit and bacon (making extra to freeze!)

Lunch: Sandwiches

Dinner: Leftovers

Sunday - Lunch: Leftovers

Dinner: Summer Corn Zucchini Chowder

Monday (Memorial Day!) - Burgers, Brats, etc.


Here's my grocery list for this week; I'm trying to keep it under $75.

DairyProduceStaplesMeat
milk x3cucumberburger bunsground beef
eggs x1bell pepperhot dog bunsroast (if sale)
amer. cheeseonionscorn x4
string cheesebasilblack beans x2
shred chedparsleytortillas
creamzucchinidiced tomatoes

lettuce mixtomato juice

cooking sherry



Have a great week!





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Friday, May 17, 2019

Hello, Friday!

It's finally Friday, and today ends a busy week here at our house. I'm teaching during the May summer semester, and I love the small class sizes, but do not love the 3 hour long classes every day.  But, today, hubby and I are headed to look for bathtubs for our master bath.  I'll get to that in a minute.

1. "We live in the clearance section."

This is how my sister describes our family!  😂😂😂  She is not wrong.  I think it's fair to say that we were literally raised to spot a good deal.  And since I enjoy finding a great deal so much, I thought it would make sense to share those deals with friends, family, etc. so I started a deal group on Facebook called Orange Door Deals.  If you know me, you probably understand the name.

Wanna join in the fun?  Click here.

orange door deals group


2. Bathtubs

We have a very large master bath that was built with a giant platform for the drop-in tub.  Which is huge.  The good news is that there are lots of tubs out there.  The bad news is that 1) my husband is 6'4" and 2) we have been spoiled by our huge bathtub.  Now, when we look at bathtubs, we think, "Can we fit all five kiddos in there?"  As you might imagine, that eliminates 99.9% of tubs (that we've seen so far).

We love the freestanding tubs, but they are all really narrow.  The drop-in tubs aren't as trendy, but would allow us to get a larger one.

Decisions, decisions.  Let me know in the comments if you have replaced your master tub...what did you decide?

Harvey Ever After Master Bath Pinterest Board

3. Twins

The twins are crawling!!   I'm not sure how I feel about mobile twins, but they are SO proud of themselves.

Plus, they are both getting their first teeth in!

Why do babies grow so fast???




And that's all I have for today, folks.  Check in on Monday for our weekly menu.  And have a fantastic weekend!






Linking up this week with Becky @ By BMG

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Farm-to-Table Menu | May 13

Our Weekly Meal Plan (Whole30, Paleo)


I'm so excited that our produce is starting to come in from hubby's farm!  He just brought home kale, beets, radishes, and lettuce!  So, all of our meal plans starting now and through the fall will be based on what produce is in season.  Farm fresh produce is so much more tasty than what I buy at the grocery store; I excited ya'll!


Monday - Out to eat (after soccer)

Tuesday - Oven Roasted BBQ Chicken and Kale Pasta Salad with Lettuce Salad (after soccer)

Wednesday - Burritos with Sauteed Veggies

Thursday - Chicken Bowtie Alfredo with Sauteed Beets

Friday - Homemade Pizza with Carrots and Salad

Saturday - Breakfast: High Protein Cottage Cheese Pancakes with fruit and bacon (making extra to freeze!)

Lunch: Sandwiches

Dinner: Leftovers

Sunday - Lunch: Southwest Chicken Salad

Dinner: Roast Sammies


Here's my grocery list for this week; I'm trying to keep it under $75.

DairyProduceStaplesMeat
milk x2zucchiniranchground beef
eggs x2carrots x2good olive oilchicken thighs
sour creamcucumbergarlicchicken (other)
ched cheesekalebowtie pasta x2 roast
parmesanfruit?
 bacon
cottage cheese

american cheese

heavy cream



Have a great week!





Find previous meal plans here.
**Linking up at I'm an Organizing Junkie for Meal Plan Monday**

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Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Revisiting the Viking Nursery


I just love this nursery theme and wanted to revisit it today!  The twins' nursery theme will be posted soon!

Every one of my babies has a theme.  Little Prez had a farm theme, Little Princess had a mermaid theme and Little Viking has a corresponding theme!

His nursery theme is . . . Vikings!  I wanted something unique, masculine, and adorable.  I really like the adventure themed nurseries I've seen on Pinterest, but it seems like the adventure theme is just a bit too common at this point for me.  So, I decided to take a Norse spin on the adventure theme and use a Viking Nursery Theme.

Viking Themed Nursery Ideas
Be Brave Print

Viking Ship Bookends

I think this was the first Pinterest picture that came up with my first search, and even though I probably will never buy these awesome bookends, I think they are perfect for a shelf or top of a dresser in a Viking themed nursery.


Viking Ship Sheets

Hanna Andersson Viking Themed Nursery Sheets

There is a crib sheet set available in the boat fabric that I'm very tempted to buy even though it's a bit more than I would usually spend on crib sheets.  (Okay, maybe I've never even bought a crib sheet that wasn't at a garage sale, so maybe that shouldn't count.)


Waves Area Rug

And I just adore this waves rug!  It comes in a variety of sizes both rectangular and round, but I think the round version just works with the round waves for a Viking themed nursery.

Wave Rug for Viking Themed Nursery


Viking-Inspired Sleigh Crib

This sleigh crib from Pottery Barn just says Vikings to me, but unfortunately it's not longer available.  I did find a similar one from Bratt Decor on Amazon.  You can check it out here.

Viking Sleigh Crib for Viking Themed Nursery
Pottery Barn Larkin Sleigh Crib


Viking Ship Mobile

Viking Ship Mobile for Viking Themed Nursery

There are several versions of this Viking ship mobile available from a variety of websites, but this is one is my favorite, by far, because of the navy striped sails.


Be Brave Viking Wall Print

And last, but not least, this Be Brave print is super cute and is the perfect color scheme as well.  Unfortunately, it is no longer being sold at the Etsy shop where it originated, so I may try to make one on my own!

Be Brave Print for Viking Themed Nursery


Viking Pillow

And I almost forgot this adorable pillow from Hanna Andersson.  The red doesn't quite fit with my blue and grey them, but I really like this little guy!



Viking Swaddle

I just found this, oh so sweet, viking swaddle!  We use swaddles for our babies ALL THE TIME.  It's a necessity.  :-)

Viking Baby Swaddle for Viking Themed Nursery
Viking Swaddle @ Amazon.com

Old Viking Boat Wall Art

I'm in love with this Viking wall art.  It's just so majestic and beautiful.  I'd love to see it somewhere in a Viking themed nursery!
Viking Boat Wall Art for Viking Themed Nursery
Old Viking Boat Wall Art @ Amazon.com

Personalized Viking Ship Wall Decal

This adorable personalized Viking Ship wall decal might be another necessity in a Viking themed nursery!

Custom Viking Ship Wall Decal for Viking Themed Nursery
Custom Viking Ship Wall Decal @ Amazon.com

I'm on the lookout for more inspirations and products for my Viking themed nursery!  Can't wait for my little Viking to arrive in a few days!