Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Our Weekly Meal Plan | February 15th

Our Weekly Meal Plan (Whole30, Paleo)

Monday - Lunch: Sandwiches

Dinner:  Leftovers

Tuesday - Lunch:  Sandwiches

Dinner:  Leftovers

Wednesday - Lunch:  Sandwiches or Leftovers (we have to get the fridge cleaned out!)

Dinner:  Salmon with Collards and Cantaloupe

Thursday - Lunch:  Sticky Chicken Drumsticks with Spinach Salad, Baby Carrots

Dinner:   Tandoori Chicken with Rice and Asparagus

Friday - Lunch:  Egg Salad with Spinach Salad, Trail Mix, and Pineapple

Dinner:  Ground Beef Stroganoff with Rice and Roasted Cauliflower

Saturday - Lunch:  Sandwiches

Dinner: Seven Spice Roast Beef Sandwiches with Salad and Fruit

Sunday - Lunch:  Leftovers

Dinner:  Cracklin Chicken with Roasted Potatoes and Salad

Find previous meal plans here.
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Friday, February 5, 2016

Five on Friday: Home Edition II

Like last week, I have continued my quest to finish my house again this week.  

Finish decorating.  

Finish purchasing all of the various pieces of furniture and accessories needed to make this house into a home.

1. A teal and orange living room

I have wanted to make over our living room decor into a teal and orange theme for the past few years...long before we even moved to the South.  But, I have been unwilling to spend the money to do so.  We are still on a budget, but there is a big difference between being a graduate student and being employed full-time!  Last week, I mentioned the pillow covers that I ordered on Amazon from China.  (It'll be another few weeks before they arrive.) 

This week, I finally chose some curtains, the teal chevron ones below.  I'm still not convinced that they are exactly what I was wanting, but we'll see when the pillow covers arrive.  

2. A kitchen rug

When I bought our new living room rug, I also picked up a bright colored braided kitchen rug at my new favorite discount overstock store.  It didn't work.

So, I went back and found a new option.

Besides having amazing quality rugs at this overstock store, it also carries carpet remnants that have been bound along the edges.  AKA, rugs.  

I found a 5x7 berber carpet remnant to use as a rug in the kitchen for less than $20!  That's my kind of rug!

Overstock Carpet Rug

And it looks perfect!

3. Kallax

I know I've already mentioned IKEA recently, but now that we've put the new Kallax unit together for our Little's room, I just have to mention it again!

The Little's Room, still in progress

It's perfect.  Just the right size.

And our son was the perfect helper.  My little handyman.

My little handyman with his tools.
That's not how we use shelves!
Or is it?

4. A dining room FAILURE

As I mentioned in my previous post, I had a great Pinterest-inspired idea for our dining room and Christmas clearance helped me make that a reality.

A chalkboard tablecloth sounds pretty neat, right?

So so wrong.

You'll just have to read over here to see just how bad it was.

5. Meal Planning for More People

My MIL arrived yesterday, and my FIL arrives today.  I'm not so confident in my cooking abilities, so I'm trying to figure a new menu for the next week or so that doesn't require gourmet training, but is still healthy.  

Any ideas?


Home Decor FAIL!

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Do you remember last Friday's Five on Friday post when I was so motivated and excited to get everything finished in my house?  

And I was thrilled to save $1,400 on an area rug for our living room?

Well one of those things was to finally switch out tablecloths from a Christmas-y one to a neutral one.  (We absolutely have to keep a tablecloth on at all times because kids are hard on furniture, especially an unsealed beautiful wood table.)  

I had considered a couple of different options, but I found a tablecloth on Christmas clearance for 75% off, so I bought it.  

The cool thing about it is that it is a "chalkboard" tablecloth, so the kids or I could draw on it.  

The bad thing about it is that it is vinyl.  I hate vinyl, but it's something I thought maybe I should just accept as a mom of small, messy children.  

I also found these great Yum and Eat placemats at Target last fall and have been waiting to use them!  They are also plastic-y and easy to wipe off.  

Room Essentials® Placemat Polypro YUMRoom Essentials® Placemat Polypro EAT
Cute, right?


The result: FAILURE

My vinyl "trash bag" tablecloth
I see a trash bag.  What do you see?

It's just awful.  

It looks like a trash bag on my table.  No thank you.

I still like the placemats though.  I think.  

Any ideas on what kind/color of tablecloth to use with them?