Monday, May 18, 2015

Our Weekly Menu {May 17th}


Our Weekly Meal Plan

Sunday -  Leftovers

Dinner @ HOME Group

Monday - Bacon and BBQ Burger Salad

Tuesday - Grilled Cheese with Carrots, Salad, & Smoothies

Wednesday - Slow Cooker Yellow Curry

Thursday - Dinner at Splash N Bash

Friday Buffalo Chicken and Cauliflower Casserole with Salad

Saturday - Leftovers for Lunch

Italian Paleo Casserole for Dinner

Sunday - Leftovers for Lunch

Dinner @ HOME Group


School Lunches for Miss Coco: BP&J x 2, Pizza Salad x 2 with apples or bananas, pretzels, and carrots on the side.




Find previous meal plans here.
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Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Our Weekly Menu {May 10th}


Our Weekly Meal Plan

Sunday -  Leftovers

Dinner @ HOME Group

Monday - Chicken Pad Sew Ew 

Tuesday - Naked Breakfast Burritos

Wednesday Paleo Chicken Tetrazzini with Broccoli

Thursday - Tropical Turkey Burgers with Spinach Salad and Pineapple Cucumber Salad

Friday Buffalo Chicken and Cauliflower Casserole with Asparagus

Saturday - Leftovers for Lunch

Bacon & BBQ Burger Salad for Dinner

Sunday - Leftovers for Lunch

Dinner @ HOME Group


School Lunches for Miss Coco: Hard boiled eggs and bacon x 2, Pizza Salad x 2, and Leftovers with apples or bananas, pretzels, and carrots on the side.




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

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Sunday, May 10, 2015

Mission to Financial Freedom: April Budget Update


We had a budget before taking the Dave Ramsey Financial Peace University course in January and February of this year,  But, we didn't really utilize it.  We didn't really follow it.  As we get further away from the class and closer to the end of the school year, I can see us starting to veer in the wrong direction.  I will say, though, that every year, near the end of the school year, we aren't as diligent at avoiding eating out and such as we get busier and busier with the dead week and finals week rush.

Despite that, we still managed to stay close to our budget and our tax refund was definitely a nice boon that came in by the end of April.

Our financial goals for April were:
  1. Put at least $2,000 in savings.  $3,200 > $2,000!!
  2. Be on or under budget for the month.   Only thanks to the extra tax return, but still.
  3. Finish and submit our taxes early.  Does April 14th count as early?  :)

When I look at the line items, I'm in no way surprised at the areas in which we were overbudget.

  • Food (groceries and restaurants) - Lots of things combined, plus a lack of diligence are the reason for this one.  ($100 over, yikes!)
  • Gas - I think this was just a timing thing.  ($30 over)
  • Parking - Totally my fault.  At 7 1/2 months pregnant, I just didn't want to walk close to a mile from free parking to my office.  ($15 over)
  • Dentist - Miss Coco needed to have a filling replaced unexpectedly, but luckily we had the extra funds to fit it into the cash flow for April.  ($85 over)
  • Household - I may have gone a little overboard in my couponing at the beginning of the month, which left nothing left over at the end of the month.  And you can't really go without things like toilet paper.  ($27 over)
There were a few other categories that we went a bit over on, but these were the ones that stood out to me.  Food was definitely an issue last month, and to be honest, I think it may be an issue in May as well.  We will need to be extra diligent this next month!  Parking should be resolved because I (hopefully) won't need to spend as much time at school now that's summer and teaching is done.  Mostly, we just need to get back to cash envelopes and keeping each other accountable.

With the extra money coming in from our tax return, we saved $3,200 in April.  This was transferred to a savings account where we've tagged some upcoming expenses that we want to be able to pay for up front.  At the end of April, our sinking funds were fully funded for: $1,000 emergency fund, Baby Girl Harvey delivery (assuming c-section), summer health insurance for Baby Girl Harvey, and moving expenses (we hope).  We are now adding to our secondary emergency fund.  If we are blessed with a birth without any complications, we'll be sending the secondary emergency funds straight to either our down payment for a home when we move or to pay off student loan debt.  

Stay posted for our May financial goals!  Happy summer (almost)!



Monday, May 4, 2015

Our (not quite) Paleo Menu {May 3rd}


Our Weekly Meal Plan

Sunday -  Leftovers

Dinner @ HOME Group

Monday - Leftovers

Tuesday - Cauliflower Crust Pizza

Wednesday - Salmon, Collards, and Cantaloupe

Thursday - Spinach & Mushroom Frittata

Friday - Couscous & Black Bean Salad with Cauliflower Tortilla Rollups

Saturday - Leftovers for Lunch

Chicken Pad Sew Ew for Dinner

Sunday - Leftovers for Lunch

Dinner @ HOME Group


School Lunches for Miss Coco: Hard boiled eggs and bacon x 2, Pizza Salad x 2, and Leftovers with apples or bananas, pretzels, and carrots on the side.




Find previous meal plans here.
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Monday, April 27, 2015

Our (not quite) Paleo Weekly Menu {april 27}


Our Weekly Meal Plan

Sunday -  Leftovers

Dinner @ HOME Group

Monday - Haystacks for my Birthday

Tuesday - Chicken Salad

Wednesday - Salmon, Collards, and Cantaloupe

Thursday - Leftovers

Friday - Paleo Italian Casserole

Saturday - Sandwiches with Carrots and Fruit

Dinner Out with Family

Sunday - Lunch Out with Family

Dinner @ HOME Group


School Lunches for Miss Coco: Hard boiled eggs and bacon x 2, Pizza Salad x 2, and Leftovers with apples or bananas, pretzels, and carrots on the side.




Find previous meal plans here.
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Monday, April 20, 2015

Our (not quite) Paleo Weekly Menu


Our Weekly Meal Plan

Sunday -  Carry Out Pizza

Dinner @ HOME Group (taking CCQ & Chips)

Monday - Nachos

Tuesday PW's Parmesan Zoodles with Fruit Salad

Wednesday - Collard-Wrapped Turkey Burgers with Salad and Fruit

Thursday - Leftovers

Friday Grilled Chicken Shawarma with Israeli Salad

Saturday - Pizza Salad for Lunch

Bacon and Eggs with Smoothies

Sunday - Leftovers

Dinner @ HOME Group


School Lunches for Miss Coco: Hard boiled eggs and bacon x 2, Pizza Salad x 2, and Leftovers with apples or bananas, pretzels, and carrots on the side.




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

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Monday, April 13, 2015

Our (not quite) Paleo Weekly Menu

Our Weekly Meal Plan

Sunday -  B.A. Breakfast Sandwiches (not Paleo)

Dinner @ HOME Group

Monday - Paleo Italian Casserole with Fruit

Tuesday - Leftovers

Wednesday Paleo Chicken Pad Sew Ew

Thursday Bacon & BBQ Burger Salad with Fruit

Friday - Black Bean Couscous Salad with Cheesy Burritos (on Cauliflower tortillas)

Saturday - Pizza Salad for Lunch

Salmon, Collards, & Fruit for Dinner

Sunday - Leftovers

Dinner @ HOME Group


School Lunches for Miss Coco: Hard boiled eggs and bacon x 2, Pizza Salad x 2, and Leftovers with apples or bananas, pretzels, and carrots on the side.




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

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Friday, April 10, 2015

I Love Great Deals at Eleventh Avenue + 15% Off

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Every morning when I wake up, the first thing I do is grab my cell phone, turn the alarm off, and check my email.  And every morning, I have about 10 or so promotional emails from various companies.

Most of them get deleted immediately, but there are a few that I must admit that I enjoy!

One of those is from a company called Eleventh Avenue.

If you haven't heard of this website yet, you should check it out.  They have so many awesome and creative daily deals, and if I had all the money in the world, I would definitely spend some of it here.  Okay, even if I didn't have all the money in the world, the prices are usually pretty good deals.

I also love Eleventh Avenue because they have something for everyone.  In other words, I could shop for myself and for gifts for friends and family all on the same site, while saving money!  I think I've seen at least a dozen things that I know my sister would love just in the past week or so.

Admittedly, I have not yet made a purchase from Eleventh Avenue, but I'd say that it's inevitable.  I have a personal policy of not endorsing or promoting products or brands on this blog unless I actually like the brand or have experience with the brand.  In this case, I think the products at Eleventh Avenue are awesome, but I haven't had any experiences with the company...yet.

My most favorite product this week was this one:



I had to show this to Alexander the Great immediately.  We both thought it was great!  Everyone uses the "eating for two" excuse, why shouldn't dads have one too?  Seriously, it's just so cute and funny.   And wouldn't this make the perfect baby shower gift?

I also love their deals on women's apparel, kids' clothes, and home decor.  Here's my latest pick in the home decor category at Eleventh Avenue:



I can't decide if I would choose the "He Has Risen" blocks (shown above) or the "Be Still" blocks.  I love all three options!  And I have the perfect place to put them in my house because we have this great built in bookshelf piece right as you walk in the door, and I could use the right decor to add to some of the shelves.


And right now, you can get a 15% off discount at Eleventh Avenue with discount code: SPRING15!