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Menu Plan and Weekly Goals – April 6-12 – Eating out of the Pantry 1 comment

Oi, what a week.


My son and daughter both had spring break, so I had some fun plans.  When the kids are out of school, I’m off work, and I was going to get SO MUCH STUFF DONE!


Ha ha ha ha….and then life happened.

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I was rear ended in my little Kia by a big SUV.  It pushed me into the big truck in front of me.  The two vehicles I was sandwiched between didn’t get a scratch – either one.  My car, on the other hand, is completely totaled, which means that I’m not going to get enough money from insurance to completely fix it, or to replace it. :(


Anyway, the next day I got a nasty cold and I’ve been kinda down and out since.  I’m stressing out, trying to figure out how we’re going to afford a new car.  I drive my son with autism 65 miles to and from school everyday, so I need something reliable, and I need something quick!  Fighting with insurance to speed up the process is not something that will likely be effective, although I’m trying.

The good news is that the only injuries I sustained were minor whiplash and a bruised forehead/upper nose.  The guy who hit me was incredibly nice and felt terrible.  I have to remember to count my blessings, because they are many.  The reason the car is totaled is that the main frame bar (among other things) broke right in half when I was hit, absorbing most of the impact.  Thank goodness!


Anyway, now spring break is just about over, and I’ve got to get back into the swing of things….so I desperately need a meal plan.  I’ve gone back into emergency savings mode since we’re going to be likely accumulating more DEBT (UGH, the D WORD!!!) getting a working vehicle.  This means we’ll be eating out of the pantry.  Good thing we’ve got a stocked pantry!  We’ll be buying fresh produce and dairy, and of course taking advantage of really good sales we can find.


Here’s what we’ll be eating this week:



As for the goals this week, I’m mostly just hoping to get everything straightened up with the insurance company.  The other driver was at fault but his insurance is dragging their heels on accepting liability.  They say they will, but it’ll take some time for some reason.  So my goals are pretty simple:

  • Get a rental car, a new car, or get the original car in the shop.
  • Go through pantry; plan more meals.


Have a great week!



Menu Monday and Weekly Goals – March 16

  • 153382-425x325-chicken-tendersChicken and Rice Soup
  • Nacho Bar – homemade tortilla chips, refried beans, taco meat, etc.
  • Crockpot Pork Ribs
  • Coconut Chicken Tenders, homemade fruit sorbet
  • Sandwich night


This is what we’re having for dinner this week!  The other two nights will likely be leftover nights. :)


I’m so excited knowing that spring is on it’s way!  Today my husband started a bunch of garden seeds indoors, and it makes me smile just anticipating the warm weather and the chance to grow and harvest a garden this year.  This week we’ll plant some cooler weather crops outdoors, like our lettuce and peas, and I’m pumped.

This week I hosted two giveaways:  Tiffy’s Terrible Top Hat E-book and Gummy Cuties Multi-Vitamins for Kids.  I had a really good time reviewing both products and am glad to have the chance to host a giveaway as well.  These will probably be the only two giveaways I host in March.  Hopefully I’ll get more organized and get some additional one for April.


The goals for the week are pretty simple, but hey, simple is good!


  1. Take Munchkin shopping for birthday gifts for a birthday party this weekend.
  2. Continue HIIT workout schedule (every other day) along with WBV therapy (Whole Body Vibration).
  3. Plan and hold Scouts activity.
  4. Post 3 new blog posts for the week.
  5. Start prepping backyard garden area for planting.


That’s about it.  What are your plans this week?


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Menu Monday – Weekly Meal Plan and Goals

MPM-WinterI need to apologize now, because this is going to be quick and really no fun.  I’m exhausted.  Mentally, physically, emotionally – I’m pretty sure many can relate, right?  :)  Every year I vow to do better in the winter, and to not allow depression (or SAD) creep up on me, and I always get really close to spring before I go kaput.  We’re at that point.  The good news is that it definitely won’t last forever.  Warmer weather, fresh outdoor air, and sunshine will be here soon (hopefully)!!  In the meantime, I’m gonna do the best I can for meal planning:


  • Chili with baked fries – I’ll use a batch of chili from the freezer that I made a few weeks ago, and home bake the potatoes as fries.


  • Everyday Meatloaf – This is a new recipe I’ll be trying from the book, Everyday Paleo.  The Paleo diet seems to be the closest to a match for my personal needs, so this weekend I went to my local library and checked out every single paleo cookbook they had (only 3, but believe you me, I put others on hold).


  • Dill and Lime-baked Chicken thighs – I’m totally making this up.  We’ll see what happens.


  • Leftover night


Last week’s goals went okay, but there were quite a few changes due to circumstances beyond our control.  For example:

    1. Get budget set up and prepared for March.
    2. Blue and Gold Scout banquet – didn’t happen.  Buddy Boy had a complete meltdown about an hour before and we simply couldn’t get him calmed down.  Autism really sucks sometimes.  My husband went though, since he’s the den leader!  So I suppose we kinda can cross it off. 😉
    3. Parent Teacher conferences for Buddy Boy
    4. Leave work early Wednesday and Thursday
    5. Go into work early every day – Tried to, but there was an accident on the freeway one morning, so that didn’t quite work out!
    6. Get hubby packed and sent on his trip
    7. Gymnastics for Munchkin – Nope.  The silly girl decided to hurt herself.  Luckily, it’s not a major break…just a chipped finger bone.
    8. Swimming lessons for Buddy Boy
    9. Make cookies for some neighbors. – I completely, COMPLETELY forgot about this.


And the goals for the week?  Well, I’m not being too overly ambitious, I don’t think.  How do so many of you do it??  I admire you. :)

  1. Finish giveaway on the blog (Go HERE to enter – the entries are extremely low!)
  2. Type up new recipes from cookbooks to try.
  3. Update the blog with our latest Debt numbers.


That’s it for this week.  Happy March, my friends!!


*Linked up at OrgJunkie

Menu Monday and Weekly Goals – Not So Organized This Week! 2 comments



How did your week go?


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A student told me, “Woah, you look TIRED!” Gee, thanks. :)

Ours went pretty good, considering.  Buddy Boy got sick; he had a fever and croup all week long.  He missed the entire week of school!  Our internet connection also got sick (more so than usual) and we had no connection for the week.  Buddy Boy’s cough is still lingering, but it’s not so bad now, and so he’ll be heading back to school, which means I’ll get to head back to work.  We also signed up for a new internet connection, and I’m hoping to be able to stay online for more than 3 minutes at a time!  It’ll be so nice. :)


My husband got a phone call yesterday from his mom letting him know that his uncle passed away.  He was generally healthy, so the heart attack that he had was completely unexpected.  Today was to be his 35th wedding anniversary.  His poor sweet wife is heartbroken.  They live out of state, and so my husband will be taking a few days off later this week to go to the funeral.  We had thought about all going, but it’ll be 12 hours of driving each way, and only staying for the one day, so we thought it might be too much for the little ones.  There are winter storms expected to head our way later in the week, so I’m hoping and praying that they will be able to travel safely.




Anyway, things kinda were wonky for a bit, and are going to be that way again this week.  I didn’t try out the new recipe I’d wanted to, however, so we’ll try again this week for that.  Here’s the plan:


Monday:  Tacos

Tuesday:  Chicken with Rosemary and Roasted Oranges

Wednesday:  Slow cooker beef roast with potatoes and carrots

Thursday:  Leftover night

Friday:  Breakfast for dinner – French toast and fruit smoothies

Saturday: No clue

Sunday:  No clue


The goals for the week?  Pretty simple:

  1. Get budget set up and prepared for March.
  2. Blue and Gold Scout banquet
  3. Parent Teacher conferences for Buddy Boy
  4. Leave work early Wednesday and Thursday
  5. Go into work early every day
  6. Get hubby packed and sent on his trip
  7. Gymnastics for Munchkin
  8. Swimming lessons for Buddy Boy
  9. Make cookies for some neighbors.


Well, that’s it here.  I hope your week is a good, safe, and happy one!

Menu Monday and Weekly Goals: 2/16 – 2/22 2 comments

I hope you all had a good week.  We’ve continued to have unusually warm weather here, and I confess, I’ve really enjoyed it.  I do worry, though, because we’re starting to see blossoms pop up.  I just know we’ll end up with a hard freeze one night and all the blossoms will freeze.  I’m stocking up on big/cheap blankets and sheets that I can throw over my fruit trees and bushes, in case that happens.  Hopefully it’ll work out!


With the warmer weather, I haven’t been making as many soups as I usually do this time of year, and well, I’ve decided that it needs to change.  I’m craving soups/stews in a big way, and so I think that’ll be a big part of the meals this week:


Chicken-with-Roast-Oranges-1000px-WMMonday – Crockpot chili

Tuesday – Salmon and potato chowder

Wednesday – Leftover night

Thursday – Pan-fried pork chops, veggie tray

Friday – Chicken with rosemary and roasted oranges,

Saturday – Sweet and sour chicken, veggie fried rice

Sunday – Crockpot roast with potatoes and carrots



The goals from last week were pretty simple:

  1. Post another new giveaway! :D yes
  2. Meet with the local Jr. High to learn about registration for next year (eek!!)yes
  3. Continue the Fe’ Fit Program.yes
  4. Post 4 product


The plan for this week is also fairly simple – and that’s just fine with me:

  1. Post 3 product reviews.
  2. Continue the Fe’ Fit program.
  3. Reschedule Munchkin’s gymnastics lesson.
  4. Munchkin’s New Beginnings program (church)


*Linked at OrgJunkie.




Menu Monday and Weekly Goals 02/09 – 02/15

Well, I’m done.



With my taxes, that is.  I’m so happy.  I hate doing taxes, and yet I jump on doing it quickly because I’m always more than ready to get a dang refund.  This year’s refund has already been spent, honestly.  It’ll go to paying down our debt.


Speaking of debt, I can’t decide how I feel about our progress.  I really, truly believe that we’re on the path to being debt-free, but I can’t help but feel fear.  My husband’s car has over 220,000 miles on it.  It’s nearing the end of it’s life.  Munchkin has lost almost all of her baby teeth, and the dentist thinks it’s time to meet with the orthopedist to look into braces.  Those are two big expenses that I feel are going to be coming this year, and I feel so unprepared for it.  However, I know if we keep living the way we’re living, things will work out.  I’ve just gotta keep focused, and don’t allow myself to get too stressed out over it all.


Anyway, kinda sorta along the same lines, we’re continuing the eating-out-of-the-pantry.  Our meat supply is getting low, so I will need to purchase some soon.  Right now at my local Reams, you can get a 5-lb bag of chicken thighs for $0.69/lb, so I’ll be picking up some of that.  In the meantime, here’s what we’ll be eating:


family 221Monday Potato Fry, fresh fruit

Tuesday – Sloppy Joes, carrot sticks and salad

Wednesday – Something in the crockpot

Thursday –  Baked Dill Chicken, roasted potatoes, carrots

Friday –  Home-canned Tomato Soup, grilled cheese sandwiches (or toast – will use GF bread)

Saturday – Leftover night

Sunday – Family Dinner at my mom’s



The goals last week were accomplished:

  1. Go to my son’s IEP meeting, get a new IEP set up.
  2. Get the disability tax form signed by his school.
  3. Meeting with a local company to share my thoughts on a new Autism program they want to roll out.
  4. Start the Fe’ Fit Workout Program. 
  5. Sing a musical number at church.
  6. Post two new giveaways!!   Enter them HERE and HERE
  7. Start taxes.


Not as many goals for this week:

  1. Post another new giveaway! 😀
  2. Meet with the local Jr. High to learn about registration for next year (eek!!)
  3. Continue the Fe’ Fit Program.
  4. Post 4 product reviews.


Have a great week, everyone!







Menu Monday – Weekly Goals and Menu Plan 01/26 2 comments


Howdy, howdy!  Can you believe it’s the last week of January already?  I’m still writing 2014 on everything!  :)


We are continuing the “eating out of the pantry” thing this week.  It’s been challenging, but kind of fun, to come up with meal ideas from what we already have at home.  I’m trying two new recipes this week, and will have to let you know how they turn out.  Anyway, here’s the plan:


MondayBaked Apple and Pork Meatballs, green salad, brown rice


Tuesday:  Breakfast for Dinner – cereal, oatmeal, fresh fruit, sausage


Wednesday:  Sandwich night – I’ll give the family members the option to choose which kind of sandwich they’d like to each have:  Tuna, BLT, Grilled Cheese or PB&J.  Fresh carrot sticks on the side.


ThursdayKalua Pork Tacos with Avocado Mango Salsa


Friday:  Dill-baked Chicken Thighs (will post the recipe later), roasted potatoes and carrots


Saturday:  Leftover night


Sunday: TBD – again, ha ha



As for the weekly goals, last week’s went well.  We were able to get everything on the to-do list completed, including the animal reports, the music building report, gymnastics, scouts, etc.  This week will look much the same, but with some new changes.  My husband and I received a call to head the Cub Scouts, the Wolves in particular.  It’ll be fun to do it together, and a learning experience for me.  I know nothing about the Scout program!  Here are my goals for the week:


  1. Get the Cub Scouts materials, go to the Pack meeting, and figure out what I’m doing.
  2. Munchkin is going ice skating for the first time – I’ll need to sign the release form and take her to that.
  3. Rock climbing with the kids.
  4. Post at least 3 new blog posts.
  5. Gather and organize tax materials.
  6. Set up budget for the first half of February.


I hope you all have a great week!



*Linked at OrgJunkie!

Menu Monday – Weekly Menu Plan and Goals 01/19


First of all, happy Martin Luther King, Jr. Day to all of my friends in the U.S.  I hope you are able to take some time today to do something for another, in honoring the legacy he left behind. :)





I’ve decided that another step we are going to be taking in our quest to get rid of our debt, we’ll be eating out of the pantry, and using our food storage more heavily.  Our meals will be based on food we have in our pantry and in our chest freezer.



3933f44992d957ece30721c425e40f30Monday:  Nacho Bar – Homemade tortilla chips, various toppings (refried beans, leftover meat, cheese, salsa, etc)

Tuesday: Turkey and vegetable soup (meat and veggies from the freezer), fresh baked bread (for the gluten eaters)

Wednesday:  Breakfast for dinner – Homemade hashbrowns (made with sweet and white potatoes), Gluten-Free pancakes, Fruit salad, etc

Thursday:  Leftover night

FridaySweet and sour chicken, Vegetable fried rice

Saturday:  Homemade Pizza

Sunday:  To be determined (as usual)



The goals for this week are kinda simple, and more of a to-do list.  We’ve got cub scouts and swimming lessons for Buddy Boy, Young Women’s and gymnastics for Munchkin, Activity Days for the girls in my church, an animal report due for Buddy Boy, and a gluten-free cooking demonstration for me.

What are your plans for the week?


*Linked up at OrgJunkie.

It’s Goal Setting Time! Planner Review 2 comments

It’s my 2nd favorite part of winter time:  Goal Setting Time!  (1st place goes to Christmas.)  I’m a total sucker for goals.  Every year I get so excited, and so motivated.  Honestly, even if I only accomplish half of the goals I set, I end up accomplishing more than I would have with no goals, right?




My biggest problem is probably getting organized enough to keep track of what I set out to do in the first place.  I work, blog, raise kids (one of whom has special needs), and I have a hard time remembering things.  It seems that I have to have a notebook with me everywhere I go lately, so I can write down things as they pop into my head, because they may not pop back again!  Maybe I’m just getting old. :)


planningAnyway, I got this planner from Tools4Wisdom for the upcoming year.  I love it because it’s a goal planner and tracker along with a regular calendar planner.  I also like that it’s standard notebook size so I’m less likely to lose it, ha ha.  It’s a simple design, clear cut and precise, and because it looks simple, it FEELS simple to me, and calm somehow.  I know, I’m weird.


The planners allow you to lay out your week on each double page, with space to list the MAJOR outcomes you want, simple steps to achieve those outcomes and ideas to enhance your life, along with your appointments and reminders.

The Weekly Planner asks questions on every page.  Writing down your thoughts in the planner helps boost creativity: Scientific studies have proven that the act of writing by hand actually inspires new ideas! So the more you write, the more ideas will flow from your pen.  Did you know that??


Here’s what some of the pages look like:


I’m really excited to start the new year with another organizing tool in my corner.  Now to start filling it up! 😉  The Tools4Wisdom planner can be purchased here at Amazon.

You can also see my review on my new blog, Munchkin and Mom Reviews!

*I received no monetary compensation.  I received the product in exchange for an honest review.  The opinions are mine, and mine alone.

Menu Monday and Weekly Goals – Thanksgiving Week! 4 comments

I’m so, SO much more excited for Thanksgiving this year than usual!  It’s all for lame, selfish reasons, too.  But hey, I’d rather be excited than not!


First of all, I’ve been cleared by my doctor to make some rolls for myself.  Granted, they have to be gluten/dairy free, but there are still tons more ingredients that I haven’t been previously allowed!  Yay for sometimes foods!!


Second, Thanksgiving week equals a 2-day work week.  I’m absolutely thrilled! 😀


Lastly, we’ve got some family from out of town coming in to spend the holiday.  It will be so awesome to see them all!  Especially my cute little nieces.  I just love ’em.


With this excitement mounding, I’m actually feeling motivated enough to create a menu plan for the week.  Like always, I keep all of MY personal meals gluten free, and therefore, most of the family’s.  I’ll sometimes give them a gluten-filled option, like a side of toast or something, but for dinner we’re usually pretty strict.  Here’s the plan:


picmonkey-1024x579Monday: Tostadas (corn tortillas fried in olive oil, topped with lettuce, beans, chicken, salsa, etc)

TuesdayHomemade Taco Bowls (use leftover beans and toppings from Monday)

Wednesday: Fried Rice with Veggies (use leftover rice from Tuesday)

Thursday: Thanksgiving meal

Friday: Leftover night (probably turkey, potatoes and pie, right?)

Saturday: Creamy White Chicken Chili (with leftover turkey instead of chicken)

SundayQuinoa-Crusted Chicken



As for the goals, well, I was able to get everything done last time I set some weekly goals.  The plan for this week isn’t anything grand, but I’m thinking baby steps are the best way to achieve the big stuff anyway:

  • Start new blog – My daughter wants to start a review site with me, where we’ll share our thoughts on fun, girly stuff:  hairstyles, beauty treatments, and products…you know, that type of stuff!
  • Post a movie review and giveaway (keep your eyes peeled!)
  • Go over November budget numbers.

Have a great week, everyone, and have a safe and happy holiday weekend for those in the U.S.!