Happy New Year! I hope that 2016 was a blessed year for you and your family, and I pray that 2017 will be even better! Please stay safe in your celebrations this weekend.
Well here’s to another week of meal planning! I would love to know what will be on your plate as well.
Sunday- eating at in-laws’
Monday- Fried Chicken
Tuesday- Hot Dogs
Friday- Zuppa Toscana Soup
Saturday- Kai Sai Ming (this is a Trim Healthy Mama recipe)
I got away from menu planning for a while, and sometimes I do still forget to sit and plan at least our dinners, I’m trying to be more diligent with it. A favorite meal-planning resource of mine is MyFreezEasy. Erin Chase has so many wonderful plans available that menu-planning is pretty much a breeze. Each month you receive access to meal plans for chicken, beef, pork, clean eating, gluten-free, slow cooker, and traditional recipes. There are also printable labels to affix to your freezer baggies so you know what’s inside and how to prepare the meal. I don’t use every single recipe that she offers, but I’ve used a lot of them and they’re great!
Here is this week’s plan:
Monday- Beef & Barley Soup
Tuesday- Lemon & Garlic Roasted Chicken
Thursday- Chicken Mole
Friday- Beef Stew
Saturday- Meatballs w/mashed potatoes
If you’d like more information about MyFreezEasy, go here. Happy menu planning! What’s on your menu for the week?
My husband and I are celebrating 19 years together as a married couple. We had started dating in July the year before, and then we got engaged a month later. We probably would’ve gotten married sooner, but I was a senior in high school and still a minor. I also really wanted to elope, but he wouldn’t go for it so we had a pretty small wedding.
Our anniversary falls on a Monday, so we went on a date Saturday. We went to our favorite pizza place (where Jerm saw a roach walking in the bathroom; not sure we’ll go back there now), and then we walked around Academy Sports, Harbor Freight, and finally got some hot chocolate from Dunkin’ Donuts. It was a good day. I love when we can just hang out together without really doing anything.
In our 19 years together we’ve had our share of ups and downs. Some of those downs were pretty rough, but we always came through stronger than we were before. I am so thankful to God for giving Jeremy to me. He’s my friend, my lover, my protector, and I can’t imagine life without him.
My daughter Rachelle has some pretty great art skills, and I love to hear about new art-related products…or at least new to me!
Art is a broad and important part of life, and fostering artistic expression in kids sets them on a positive path, whether it’s a hobbyist, professional, as an outlet or pure aesthetic expression. The common thread is that it is creative, expressive, it can inspire us, and lead to that wonderful thing called “flow.” So this holiday season, why not give a gift that fosters that gift of a lifetime.
Rather than leave you to a google rabbit hole, I thought I’d share some inspiring gifts for budding artists in your life. Find 12 winners broken down into the following categories:
- Hands-on visual art
- Music – appreciation and musicianship
- Art history – giving context to culture
- Digital art & design – for our “digital natives”
Each section is geared toward an age range, but let’s be honest – there are plenty of adults in your life that will like these, too!
School feels different this year for me for some reason. I’m not if it’s because my kids are growing like lightning or because I worked part-time early in the school year what. I’ve had a hard time trying to find a curriculum that will work for us. I have a sophomore, 8th, 6th, and 2nd grader.
I wanted to find something for Rach so she could work more independently, so I signed her up for Time4Learning. I like the content, but some of the tools in the curriculum are hard to figure out, even for me, so I’m not sure if we’ll stick with it. She also has a student planner from Apologia, but I always forget to use paper planners. I really want to get into the habit of them.
The boys have been using Easy Peasy. I mostly like it pretty well. All of the work is listed in order, it’s just been a matter of getting the boys to be more independent and not asking me every 10 minutes what they do next. That part is frustrating, but I’m hoping it’ll get better. If you have any tips for me, please feel free to comment. As it is, we’ll keeping hopping along until we find what works best.
When you’re an adult people don’t normally make a big deal about your birthday like they do when you’re a child. That’s okay, though. As long as I have my family around that’s all I need. It’s pretty much been like any other day, although my sweet husband did cook supper for me! He made some yummy salmon with mushrooms. My mom and I share a birthday, so I took her out to eat yesterday. Of course, Lucas had to tag along with us.
Happy Birthday to me!
Wow, it’s been quite a while since I’ve posted, hasn’t it?! I’ve had a pretty busy last few months; well, busier than normal. Over the summer I worked part-time as a barista at Starbucks. It was actually a pretty fun job to have, and if I had to go back to work, I’d that would definitely be my first choice for employment. Even though it was only part-time, it was still somewhat difficult to fit that AND homeschooling AND homemaking into my days, so my last day working was a few days ago. My co-workers were all pretty fantastic and I miss working with them, but the store is close to home so I can stop by to chat with them when I’m there.
Homeschooling has been a little bit of a slow start, but we are finally getting into a routine. I have a sophomore, 8th-grader, 6th-grader, and 2nd-grader. Lucas has greatly improved on his reading, and everyone else is progressing fairly well.
My husband was recently promoted at work; he is now the Plant Manager. We are so proud of him, and he’s worked super hard to get where he is now.
Well, I just wanted to give a short update; I’m hoping to get back into the swing of things with blogging very soon.
As Father’s Day approaches, it seems to be the right time to highlight some of my favorite things: deals and dads!
In that spirit, I’ve put together my Top 5 Deals for Dad’s Day ranging from photography to fitness, so Father’s Day (and beyond) is centered around growing and making meaningful memories together. Plus, all 5 are deeply discounted for a real Dad’s Day DEAL.
This incredible set is perfect for that dad with the creative streak, whether he’s futzed around with a camera or always wish he did! Photography is such a big part of our world, and what better a way to learn about it and create art and memories than with a unique course done together. This set covers:
- History of Photography
- Camera Settings
It includes lesson plans, badges, and games. I think this is such a unique, meaningful and long lasting gift – and a serious deal at less than a quarter of the original price!
$119 Deal: $24.95 (80% OFF)
Father’s Day runs in tandem with summer – I love the idea of dad and the kids spending some time together outside being active! Some of my favorite memories are playing catch with my dad. This workbook is an affordable way to kick-start activity terms and tips.
It includes vocabulary, flash cards, color pages, and handwriting practice all centered around fitness and nutrition. Idea: instead of playing the basketball game “horse,” dad and kids can use a new fitness vocabulary word!
$9.99 Deal: $3.99 (60% OFF)
Classic: building things with dad. These magnetic wooden blocks are a staple that come in interesting shapes and fun colors. They’re portable and can create whatever dad and kids think up!
Idea: set aside a few just for dad for his work station. If it’s the office he’ll think of the family – and have something creative for his desk. The kids can even create new shapes for him each week!
$110 Deal: $82 (25% OFF)
Learning a language can be challenging as an adult, but those who learn together succeed! I love the idea of choosing a language that’s meaningful to dad and creating family time around this course while learning together.
You can choose German, French, Spanish, Chinese and Russian for a full year’s worth of learning together. Idea: make a meal from the country of origin on Father’s Day!
$53.99 Deal: $23.99 (54% OFF)
What would this round up be without a deal on finance?! I don’t know about you but I began learning the value of money when I got my hard earned allowance from dad.
This set has oodles of fun activities that help kids learn our monetary system and pave the way for meaningful conversations and responsible habits. It’s not always easy, but these graphics and games make it fun!
$25 Deal: $7.99 (70% OFF)
Wishing you all a wonderful Father’s Day with all those who play that role in your life!