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15 April 2014

Meal Plan Tuesday?


Baseball season is in full swing, the hubby is out of town, and it was MONDAY, if ya know what I mean.
Anyway, still meal planning but not as strict because half the time I can't stand to cook what I planned or it just doesn't sound good!

Monday~Salmon and Asparagus 
(not hubby's favorite)

Tuesday~Breakfast
Also not his favorite, but the kids like it and it's super easy!

Wednesday~Spaghetti
Actually, probably tortellini. I think it needs to be used this week and the kids aren't picky!

Thursday~Grilled Cheese
Need something portable I can throw together easily and we can take on our way to the ball fields.

Friday~Hubby's Birthday!
I am going to take the night off from making dinner, we have a ball game to go to, so probably an early dinner out.

Not planning for the weekend just yet. Sunday we will be with family and Saturday all of a sudden feels like too far away to plan!
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03 April 2014

April Goals!

A few days late, this seems to be how things have going around here!
Last month goals are here
FAILED
At nearly all of them!

The house is MUCH better, but not 100%.
Didn't do such a great job with budgeting, I still have a couple projects I am working on to help out financially.
We did read more, not enough though.
I feel like I have been home a little more but running around more than I should be. No dates have been planned.

I do have a good reason for some of this though. I have no motivation and have been sleeping a whole lot more, some unexpected costs in the budget and a whole lot of Dr. appointments.
We are expecting baby #4 in September!!

The other good news is, I get to keep the same goals and try again!
I have lowered my expectations a bit. Knowing that we have other things we are needing to purchase, the budget and debt aren't going to be as good as I had hoped. I tire pretty often and have a small complication so I am giving myself a break on getting as much organizing and cleaning done. As long as we all have clean clothes and dishes it's a win.

Hoping I have some more energy (and motivation) back soon!


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31 March 2014

Meal Plan Monday~ Week 14

Finally broke down and went grocery shopping!

Now that we have some groceries around here I have no excuse not to stick to it.

Monday~Spaghetti
I cooked two times the ground beef so I can skip that later this week.

Tuesday~Taco's
Planning on making a big bath of chicken too.

Wednesday~Sheppard's Pie
Using the rest of the Ground Beef
Thursday~Tortellini and Chicken with Pesto
To use some of the chicken and have something easy to throw together
Friday~Salmon and roasted veggies
I need easy by the end of the week!

Saturday~Chilli
We have plans that day,  I know I won't get around to making anything if I don't throw it in the crock pot. Hoping I still have some pumpkin!

Sunday~Stir Fry
Easiest way to use the rest of the veggies that need to be used up!
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20 March 2014

52 Weeks of Organizing~Week 11



It's a little late, we had a middle of the night ER trip and I was very zombie-like yesterday!
Last week I was on a mission to find somewhere to contain the small but annoying amount of mail that comes for the Mr.  He usually doesn't NEED it right away, if ever, but doesn't want to recycle it right away. I don't want to hound him about it or dump it on him as soon as he walks in the door either, so this will hopefully be a nice compromise.

Had this little basket already, should be small enough to wrangle it.
It's not perfect but better than piles on the counter!



This week was supposed to be filing, but I did it with the other mail stuff. We use a container like this


Inside of it we keep this
We get one of the bottom ones every year. Instead of filing by TYPE, we just put everything from January in the first folder, February the 2nd, etc.  Once we file taxes we just put the whole folder in a safe place. We are almost to 7 years and won't be needing to buy any more. We can just rotate the old stuff with the new.

This week I am going to focus on refining our bill paying. Not too much different, shouldn't be a huge undertaking. We have too much fun stuff planned for Spring Break for any big projects!


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17 March 2014

Meal Plan Monday~Week 12

                                        

This week should be the week I get everything all the way back in order! Just in time for the craziness of Spring Break!

Hoping to keep dinner time a little on the less messy side this week.

Monday~Chicken Parmesan
I bake ours in the oven, I know it's not very St.Patrick's Day of us.

Tuesday~Chicken Tacos
Might as well bake enough chicken for 2 meals!
Wednesday~Pork Roast

Thursday~Loaded Potato Soup

Friday~Salmon and Asparagus

Saturday~BBQ Burgers

Sunday~ Leftovers/Clean Out Fridge
 Grocery shopping day is early next week. Need to make room in the fridge and see what we need.
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12 March 2014

52 Weeks of Organizing~ Week 10

Last week I was our "office" which is really just a cupboard in our kitchen. 
We keep the printer below, it is rarely used and they are just SO ugly!

I use each of these photo boxes to keep stuff organized
~Camera accessories and stuff
~Cell phone accessories, car chargers etc.
~Checks, credit cards and other bank related items ( we don't keep cards in our wallets)
~Extra supplies, like pens, paper, tape, etc.
~Envelopes, thank you cards, wax seals ( totally addicted), stamps
~And I have an empty one.

We have our 2 Home Management Binders.
1 I use nearly everyday, the other has stuff that needs to be available but not pulled out everyday.

A basket with frequently used supplies like pens, pencils, tape, stapler, etc.
School phone books
then these little spice jars from IKEA, I spray painted the lids and they hold random things like change, screws, plug in covers, batteries. We always have a need for a little place to put something!

On the doors I used a piece of sheet metal and some little clips to hang it without putting holes in the cabinet. It's magnetic and a good place for all of our little reminders, sports cards and invitations.

This is the only office space we have had for a couple years now. It's worked great for us and helped not to keep excess. Where would we put it?!

This week I am working on the mail. Hubby and I have 2 very different ways of handling the mail. I would rather go through it all right now, file what needs to filed, pay what needs to be paid and be done with it. He is a stacker, save for later-er. These don't go well together!
Sometimes he gets mail that I don't have to deal with, it's not often but he needs I place he can put it until he is ready to deal with and keep it outta my way!


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10 March 2014

Meal Plan Monday~ Week 11

I haven't even been thinking about dinner much yet today. Focusing on Mt. Laundry!
Monday~Beef Roast
Just threw it in the slow cooker. Going to make some roast asparagus and mashed potatoes.

Tuesday~Ravioli and Salad
Easy night
Wednesday~Chicken Tortilla Soup
Ended up having dinner at my in-laws Sunday instead

Thursday~Meatloaf
Just cause it sounds good!
Friday~Chicken Taco's

Saturday~Baked Potatoes
and using leftovers of everything else
Sunday~Pork Tenderloin
Assuming I remember to thaw it on Saturday!
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