Menu Monday

meal prepThis will be the last Menu Monday for a few weeks. I’ll still be meal planning over the summer but it will be way more flexible. It could involve lots of random salads and grilled cheese sandwiches. I’ll still be trying new recipes that I find on Pinterest so I’ll be sure to post those on Facebook!

This week got thrown off a little. The dish we were supposed to have on Sunday called for chicken that I had in the freezer. Around 4:00 it hit me that I had never taken it out of the freezer! Good thing I had all the ingredients for our all time favorite Lasagna Soup! (more…)

Easy Smoothie Prep

Do you have an appliance that you use everyday? For us it is the espresso machine and the smoothie blender. I make the kids a Peanut Butter Chocolate Banana Smoothie every day. I keep waiting for them to get tired of it. Since they have one every day, I prep them three at a time. The accountant in me loves the efficiency of this process.

We have the Ninja Professional Blender and Nutri Ninja Cups. This makes our mornings so much easier! It only comes with two cups so I always order another set of cups so that we have extra to make ahead. (more…)

Menu Monday

Weekly Meal Plan

It officially feels like summer! School is out on Friday and the pool has been open for weeks! If you are like us, we love being able to grill out more. This weekend I tried a new recipe for Sausage and Veggie Foil Packs. These would be awesome to take on a camping trip. We used a bratwurst sausage in ours and threw them on the grill. The next night we grilled chicken and corn on the cob. Delicious! (more…)

Menu Monday

Meal PlanningHappy Memorial Day! I hope everyone had a great time this weekend! We definitely took advantage of the long weekend with a trip to the zoo and our first pool outing of the season. So much fun! In fact I was so busy with swim suits and sunscreen that I forgot to start our pork tenderloin in the crock pot this morning. We improvised with a new recipe for the grill so it worked out nicely! (more…)

Little Dreamer – Scrapbooking Made Easy!

scrapbooklayoutAs I mentioned last month, I have challenged myself to scrapbook every month. My goal is to complete three double page layouts using the Workshop Your Way Scrapbooking Kits by Close to My Heart. I could not meet this challenge without the help of these kits. They keep me focused on what I am working on and give me a starting point. Once I choose a kit, I decide what kind of pictures I want to use. Since I have several years of pictures to do this has not been a problem. (more…)

Menu Monday

Meal Planning for a busy familyHappy Monday! I hope everyone has had a great start to a new week! We have been pretty busy. When your child is in preschool, there are lots of birthday parties to attend. We don’t go to all of them but I do enjoy taking her to most of them. She loves playing with her friends from school so much! This weekend we were invited to a party on Sunday at 5:00. I wasn’t sure what I would do about dinner on Sunday night with a party at this time. Luckily I remembered an easy recipe for the crock pot! This Slow Cooker Hawaiian Chicken is so easy and delicious. I threw everything in the crock pot before we left for church Sunday morning and it was ready when we got home from the party. It goes great over rice or pasta. (more…)

Summer Bucket List – Free & Frugal Ideas for a Fun Summer!

Summer Fun with Kids

We only have a few more weeks here until school is out for summer break! It always seems like there is so much time at the beginning of the break, but it goes by in a flash. This year we have made a list of things we would like to do to keep us on track. Most of these items require zero or little cash since we will be trying to budget this summer. If you need more ideas, check out my Summer Pinterest Board. (more…)

Menu Monday

I have been on a mission to keep a weekly monthly grocery budget! This is a lot harder than I realized. It definitely helps that we meal plan each week and also use leftovers as much as possible. This weekend we grilled chicken so we saved the leftover chicken for rice bowls. This is a super easy and quick meal for weeknights. (more…)

Menu Monday

Weekly Meal Plan

Last week we tried an amazing sheet pan recipe with Chicken and Veggies. I enjoyed it so much I wanted to look for another recipe. The one we decided to try this week was a Sheet Pan Steak and Veggies. It was very similar to last week’s choice but was not near as delicious. ย Instead of cooking the entire recipe to have leftovers, I decided to chop everything up and save half of it for the next night. That worked out really well for us this week. (more…)

Rocking Motherhood Challenge

I have been invited to join in on the Rocking Motherhood Challenge by a new friend, Kristen on Instagram. She is a fellow mom and you can check her out at CoffeeandKissesforMama.wordpress.com and on Instagram. I cannot tell you enough how wonderful the community is on Instagram. Thank you Kristen for nominating me! ๐Ÿ™‚

This Rocking Motherhood Challenge is definitely a challenge for me. If you had said name 10 failures of motherhood, I could write all day. The mommy guilt of a working mom can sometimes be so overwhelming that you forget to stop and think aboutย all the things you are doing right in their little lives. It has been a great exercise for me to reflect on those things….. (more…)