Monday, November 28, 2016

Our Weekly Menu | November 28th

Our Weekly Meal Plan (Whole30, Paleo)

Monday -  Paleo White Turkey Chili (gotta use up those Thanksgiving leftovers), something like this or that.

Tuesday -  Whole30 Zuppa Toscana Soup with Salad

Wednesday -  Whole30 Breakfast Casserole (I'm stuffing this with veggies)

Thursday -  Paleo Butternut Squash Soup with Salad

Friday -  Paleo Mexican Beef with Mexican Greens (I'm making this up...if you have any recipes, let me know.  Otherwise, wish me luck.)

Saturday - Lunch: Leftovers

Dinner:  Whole30 Cracklin' Chicken with Smothered Greens and Roasted Cauliflower.

Sunday - Lunch:  Leftovers

Dinner:  More Leftovers




Have a great week!




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Monday, August 15, 2016

Our Weekly Menu | August 15th

Our Weekly Meal Plan (Whole30, Paleo)

Sunday - Lunch:  Big Sandwich

Dinner:  Chicken Broccoli Braid (Miss Coco's favorite for back to school!)

Monday - Lunch:  Leftovers / School lunch

Dinner:  Leftover Fat-Burning Cabbage Soup

Tuesday -  Lunch:  Tuna salad, greens, clementine orange, almonds, applesauce

Dinner:  Baked salmon, kale, and fruit

Wednesday -  Lunch:  Turkey roll-ups, chips, blueberries, orange, cucumbers

Dinner:  Tacos from a church family

Thursday -  Lunch:  Salmon salad, greens, cucumbers, fruit, trail mix

Dinner:  Spaghetti squash with meat sauce and broccoli

Friday - Lunch:  Tacos, orange, carrots, and a surprise

Dinner:   Homemade pizza with sweet potato crust

Saturday - Lunch:  Brunch (Pancakes, Bacon, Eggs, and Smoothies)

Dinner:  Mexi-casserole with salad and bell peppers

Sunday - Lunch:  Out

Dinner:  Leftovers




Have a great week!




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Thursday, July 14, 2016

Viking Themed Nursery Ideas and Inspirations

Well, little baby brother will arrive in 2 days.  Yikes!  While he won't have a proper nursery just yet, I hope for him to once we move into our new house (pending inspections and all that jazz).

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!


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!








Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Our Weekly Menu | June 6th

Our Weekly Meal Plan (Whole30, Paleo)

Sunday - Lunch:  Leftovers

Dinner:  Out with Family

Monday - Lunch:  Leftover nachos

Dinner:  Mac & cheese

Tuesday -  Lunch:  Nachos

Dinner:  Southwest Chopped Salad

Wednesday -  Lunch:  Salad and Smoothies

Dinner:  Beef & Cauliflower casserole with Fruit

Thursday -  Lunch:  Leftovers

Dinner:  Tandoori Chicken with Rice and Kale Salad

Friday - Lunch:  Salad and Smoothies

Dinner:   BLTs with Green Goddess Quinoa Salad

Saturday - Lunch:  Brunch (Pancakes, Bacon, and Smoothies)

Dinner:  Leftovers

Sunday - Lunch:  Leftovers

Dinner:  Tater tot casserole with Salad and Fruit



I'm getting excited to start incorporating our garden produce into the menu!  Especially dinosaur kale; it's my favorite!

This week I'm also starting Money Saving Mom, Crystal Paine's Make Over Your Evenings course.  Again.  My evenings are completely unproductive, and I can't even make it through this course.  Oops!  Trying again.


Have a great week!




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Monday, April 25, 2016

Our Delicious Weekly Menu | Paleo | April 24th

Our Weekly Meal Plan (Whole30, Paleo)

Sunday - Lunch:  Leftovers

Dinner:  More leftovers

Monday - Lunch:  Salad and Smoothies

Dinner:  Daddy's in Charge (Mommy teaching night class)

Tuesday -  Lunch:  Salmon Salad on Spinach Greens with Smoothies (I use the protein salad recipe from the Whole30 Cookbook)

Dinner:  Super Veggie Minestone Soup with Salad and Spinach Biscuits*

Wednesday -  Lunch:  Salad and Smoothies

Dinner:  Out for My Birthday!

Thursday -  Lunch:  Leftovers

Dinner:  Sticky Chicken Drumsticks with Asparagus Salad and Fruit

Friday - Lunch:  Salad and Smoothies

Dinner:  Creamy Pork Chops (or roast) with Mashed Cauliflower and Green Goddess Quinoa Salad*

Saturday - Lunch:  Brunch (Pancakes, Bacon, and Smoothies)

Dinner:  Leftovers

Sunday - Lunch:  Tuna Salad Cucumber Cups with Fruit

Dinner:  Taco Salad with Hidden Veggies

*Not Paleo friendly


I'm getting excited to start incorporating our garden produce into the menu!  Especially dinosaur kale; it's my favorite!

This week I'm also starting Money Saving Mom, Crystal Paine's Make Over Your Evenings course.  I keep thinking about how often my evenings are completely unproductive, and I have high hopes that this course will inspire me.  I would love it if you would  join me on this adventure!  My plan is to blog about my progress.  (I think this itself would be progress, actually!)


Have a great week!




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Thursday, April 21, 2016

3 Reasons You are Ruining Your Evenings (and so am I)


It's 8:15pm.  I just tucked my toddlers into bed, and I can finally finish cleaning up the kitchen from dinner, put the groceries away, and fold a load of laundry, but somehow I crawl into bed a couple hours later with the dirty dishes still in the sink and the laundry still in the dryer.  


Does this sound familiar?

If you're like me, you probably have the best of intentions in making the most of the evening by tidying up and getting prepped for tomorrow.

BUT if you're like me, you might get your kids tucked into bed and think, "It's been a long day, and I can finally sit down and relax for a few minutes."

The next thing you know, it's time to get to bed, so that you can be rested when your alarm goes off at 6 AM the next morning.

Where did the evening go?

I've identified three reasons that I consistently ruin my evenings.

1. Spending Too Much Time on Social Media

Do you sit down to check your email, just to find yourself still scrolling through Facebook half an hour later?

I certainly do.  And we are not alone.  86% of moms are members of at least one social network.  And mothers with children under five spend 37 hours each month on their smartphones using apps or browsing the web.

Nevertheless, social media can suck time away from all of the important things we need to get done.

Social media can wait.  This is just one reason why you might be ruining your evenings.


#2.  Putting "it" off until tomorrow.

Do you ever think, "I'll just do that in the morning"?

I do.  Somehow I think that if I put off the things I need to do in lieu of the things I want to do (i.e. social media), that I'll be able to easily catch up later.

And then life laughs in my face when I hit the snooze button three, maybe four, times the next morning.

The dishes in the sink just grow and grow.  The laundry pile seems to triple in size each day that I don't wash a load.  These chores-that-never-end (they just go on and on my friend), should not be delayed until tomorrow.

And this is reason #2 that you might be ruining your evenings.  (I do.)


#3.  Forgetting to delegate.

Once the kids are in bed, and I can finally get back to those things around the house I need to finish before bed, I tend to 1) get overwhelmed and sleepy and 2) forget to delegate.

Why should I need to finish clearing the table or washing the dishes at all when I have a wonderfully capable and willing husband and a wonderfully capable (though admittedly less willing) tween who can help with the dishes and such?

The answer is that I shouldn't.

Not that I won't have things to do after tucking the toddlers in bed, but I need to learn to delegate better.

I'm working on a cleaning schedule that clearly delegates tasks to each member of the family, including my oldest toddler, but the first few days of it haven't gone smoothly.  It's a work in progress, right?

Do you delegate efficiently?

This is yet another reason that you might be ruining your evening (like me).


#4.  Bonus! Justifying Watching Just One (okay, maybe two) Episodes of That Show You Don't Even Care About

"I worked all day for everyone else in my family, so I deserve 45 minutes to myself to watch the latest fad on Hulu (or Amazon Prime or Netflix)"

Do you ever find yourself saying that to yourself?

I can't tell you how many different shows I've watched in the last year alone.  I'm in no way attached to them, they are just mindless entertainment.

Don't get me wrong, I think it's complete fine to watch mindless entertainment, but not to the extent that it ends up ruining your evening.


. . .

But what can we do to make our evenings run smoothly and prepare us for the next morning?

I have what I hope will be the answer for me.

One of my very favorite bloggers, Crystal Paine from MoneySavingMom.com, is hosting a course called, Make Over Your Evenings.

I'm SO excited to take part in the course, and if you are anything like me, you should be excited to take this course, too!

The Make Over Your Evenings class requires just 15 minutes once a day for two weeks.  I bet you can handle that!

Registration starts April 21, 2016 at midnight!  And if you sign up in the first seven hours, by 7 AM EST, the cost is ONLY $5!

If you have a hard time waking up in the morning like I do, don't worry!  The class will be discounted all day long!  From 7 AM to noon, the Make Over Your Evenings class is only $7!  And from noon to 5 PM, it will be $10.  And if you can't sign up until after work, don't fret, the course will be discounted to $13 until the end of the day.  That's still a 30% discount.

So hurry to MakeOverYourEvenings.com to get more details and SIGN UP!

Let's Make Over Our Evenings together, so that we can stop Ruining Our Evenings.








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Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Our Weekly Menu | April 19th


Our Weekly Meal Plan (Whole30, Paleo)

Sunday - Lunch:  Leftovers

Dinner:  More leftovers

Monday - Lunch:  Lunch Date

Dinner:  Daddy's in Charge (Mommy teaching night class)

Tuesday -  Lunch:  Salmon Salad on Spinach Greens with Smoothies

Dinner:  Protein Spaghetti and Marinara with Green Beans and Fruit

Wednesday -  Lunch:  Salad and Smoothies

Dinner:  Creamy Pork Chops with Mashed Cauliflower and Salad

Thursday -  Lunch:  Leftovers

Dinner:  Tomato Basil Spaghetti Squash Bake with Salad and Fruit (Mommy @ work dinner)

Friday - Lunch:  Salad and Smoothies

Dinner:  Tandoori Chicken with Rice and Kale Salad

Saturday - Lunch:  Brunch (Pancakes, Bacon, and Smoothies)

Dinner:  Raw Bell Peppers with Mexi-Quinoa Stuffing with Salad and Fruit

Sunday - Lunch:  Tuna Salad Cucumber Cups with Fruit

Dinner:  Sticky Chicken Drumsticks with Asparagus Salad and Fruit





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Monday, April 4, 2016

Our Weekly Menu | April 4th


Our Weekly Meal Plan (Whole30, Paleo)

Sunday - Lunch:  Leftovers

Dinner:  Chicken Pad Sew Ew with Oranges

Monday - Lunch:  Salads & Smoothies

Dinner:  Taco Soup with Salad

Tuesday -  Lunch:  Tuna Salad in Cucumber Cups with Fruit

Dinner:  Raw Lasagna from Rawesome with Salad and Fruit

Wednesday -  Lunch:  BLT Salad

Dinner:  Mini Egg Frittatas with Veggies and Fruit

Thursday -  Lunch:  Leftovers

Dinner:  Chicken Curry with Rice and Asparagus

Friday - Lunch:  Salmon Salad on Spinach Greens with Smoothies

Dinner:  Spaghetti Squash Chow Mein with Chicken and Fruit

Saturday - Lunch:  Pancakes

Dinner:  Chicken Salad with Tomatoes, Spinach Salad, and Cottage Cheese

Sunday - Lunch:  Leftovers

Dinner:  Paleo Sweet Potato Sloppy Joes with Salad






Find previous meal plans here.
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