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Menu Monday and Weekly Goals

Hello, hello!


BoxcarChildren_400x400v2This last week was a good one.  I am officially allowed to workout again, as long as I don’t push too hard!  Yay!  I can feel an improvement and boost in energy, and I can tell my treatment plan is working.  I also had the chance to review a cute kids’ movie and am hosting a giveaway for a copy of the DVD.  Yes, a good week!


Holy cow, it’s the last week of summer break.  Time to get organized for back to school and back to work!  I’m sad for the break to end, but I feel partially content as well, knowing that it’ll be good for the kids, especially Buddy Boy, to be back on a more specific schedule again.  I’m hoping to get a lot done this week, but I also want to have some FUN too!  Hopefully I can find a good balance that’ll keep the kids and me happy.


Here’s the menu plan for the week:


Taco-Bowls__Monday – Baked Potato Bar

Tuesday – Del Taco (we’re running from hair appointments to back to school nights, so we’ll take advantage of Taco Tuesday!)

WednesdayRoasted Chicken and Potatoes

Thursday – Breakfast (waffles, fruit salad, etc)

Friday – Leftover Night

SaturdayHomemade Taco Bowls

Sunday – Family Dinner at my Mom’s



Goals for the Week:

  • Take car load of stuff to local thrift store.
  • Do a freezer cooking session.
  • Buy stuff for and put together gift baskets for some awesome volunteers at Resolution Horse.
  • Take Munchkin to get her hair done.
  • Take kids to Back to School Night.
  • Back to school shopping trip with Aunt Linda.
  • 2 Horseback riding sessions; 1 gymnastics class.
  • Harvest and juice grapes.


Have a great week!  We’re linked up at OrgJunkie. :)






Back to School on a Budget

Who is ready for back to school?

Ugh.  Not me.  I am sad beyond sad that we only have 5 weeks left of summer break.  We’re more than halfway there!  There is one thing my family loves about going back to school (well, 2 things, actually).  1, it’s fun to see friends again and good for all of us to get back on a schedule.  2, we get to go back-to-school shopping! 

If you’re like me, you’ve got a very specific budget.  We are being extra frugal this year, and a lot of our back-to-school excursions will be to yard sales and thrift stores.  The kids like having new stuff too, though (who doesn’t?) and so I’ve been browsin’ the web, looking for some fun, frugal stuff:

Personal Creations – Personalized Boys Backpack – Back to School Gifts

Personal Creations - Personalized Boys Backpack - Back to School Gifts

I found these personalized backpacks at Personal Creations, and I fell in love!  Isn’t that the cutest idea? At Buddy Boy’s school, we have to write his name on everything anyway – what a great way to do it!  I kinda want to personalize something for ME now.


Personal Creations – Personalized Boys Backpack – Back to School Gifts – $22.49, 7.99 shipping – Available at Personal Creations

The Children’s Place – Boys Sporty Matchables Tee – Blue T-Shirt – The Children’s Place

The Children's Place - Boys Sporty Matchables Tee - Blue T-Shirt - The Children's Place

When I saw this boys T-shirt for only $2.99 ($2.99!!) I was thrilled.  I love the caption on this particular one.  I wonder if Buddy Boy will take it to heart?  One can hope, right? The Children’s Place has a lot of great deals available, so be sure to check them out for your back to school clothing needs!


The Children’s Place – Boys Sporty Matchables Tee – Blue T-Shirt – The Children’s Place – $2.99, 5.00 shipping – Available at Children’s Place

Texas Instruments – TI-84 Plus Graphing Calculator (8 Lines – 16 Characters – Battery Powered – Black)

Texas Instruments - TI-84 Plus Graphing Calculator (8 Lines - 16 Characters - Battery Powered - Black)

My kids aren’t old enough yet to need one of these fancy schmancy calculators, and I dread the time when they do.  Holy cow, there are so many options out there!  Texas Instruments is a known leader in the calculator biz, and I remember using mine in high school…though I’m definitely happy I’m done with it!  If you’ve gotta buy it, you might as well get a deal, right? 


Texas Instruments – TI-84 Plus Graphing Calculator (8 Lines – 16 Characters – Battery Powered – Black) – $112.12, Free shipping – Available at A Matter of Fax

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Asus – Transformer Book T100 Gray Tablet PC (1.3 GHz Intel Atom Z3740, 2 GB DDR3, 64 GB SSD, Windows 8.1, LED Backlight)

Asus - Transformer Book T100 Gray Tablet PC (1.3 GHz Intel Atom Z3740, 2 GB DDR3, 64 GB SSD, Windows 8.1, LED Backlight)

This tablet PC is perfect – plenty of storage space, small and mobile, making it easy for your teen to do homework.  Man, I wish I’d had one of these when I was in high school.  I didn’t even have a big, bulky computer.  Yes, I’m that old. :)


Asus – Transformer Book T100 Gray Tablet PC (1.3 GHz Intel Atom Z3740, 2 GB DDR3, 64 GB SSD, Windows 8.1, LED Backlight) – $359.99, Free shipping – Available at B&H Photo-Video

Sistema – Sistema 50 oz. Slimline Quaddie Lunchbox 1.5 ltr.Assorted, 9″ X 6-1/2″ X 3-1/2″ H

Sistema - Sistema 50 oz. Slimline Quaddie Lunchbox 1.5 ltr.Assorted, 9

While not the standard lunchbox, I have to say that I think I prefer this style.  See the divided compartments?  What a great way to keep your wet grapes separate from your sandwich, without having to use a plastic baggy that will be thrown away!  Oh my gosh, I’m in love with this product.  Thank you, Container Store!  (One day I’m going to go on a big ole’ shopping spree to this place, I’m telling you.)


Sistema – Sistema 50 oz. Slimline Quaddie Lunchbox 1.5 ltr.Assorted, 9″ X 6-1/2″ X 3-1/2″ H – $9.99, 8.95 shipping – Available at The Container Store

Elmers Products – Products, Inc. Glues and Adhesives Elmer’s Glue Sticks, .24 oz., Purple Application

Elmers Products - Products, Inc. Glues and Adhesives Elmer's Glue Sticks, .24 oz., Purple Application

Let’s just face it.  You’re gonna go through glue sticks like crazy, so save yourself the trouble and buy them all NOW.  Or, you know, do what I did last year and buy a few, and then halfway through the year listen to your kids cry because they have a project due TOMORROW that they forgot to tell you about and they need glue sticks and you’re all out.  You know, either way will work. 


Elmers Products – Products, Inc. Glues and Adhesives Elmer’s Glue Sticks, .24 oz., Purple Application – $11.47 (27% off), 5.69 shipping – Available at

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Menu Monday and Weekly Goals – 06/23

This last week I tried a new recipe for Kalua Pork, and it was a hit!  I love how simple it was to make, and it’s a recipe we’ll definitely make again in the future.  The leftovers are already completely gone as well. :)  Another success was the Chicken and Dumplings.  I changed the recipe, so I’ll be sure to post my updates to it later this week.


I’m keeping the meal plan simple, as usual.  I am planning to keep track of the exact cost of each meal too, so I can rank my meals by cost and make more meal plans based on that knowledge.  We’ll see if I actually do it!  In the meantime, here’s the plan:


Scrambled eggs with gluten free toast
Oatmeal with apples and brown sugar
Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Shake (with added protein powder)

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Monday – Tacos
Tuesday – Ribbon Sandwiches (with gluten free bread), peaches
Wednesday – Chicken Fajitas, rice
Thursday – Sweet and Spicy Salmon, quinoa salad
Friday - Leftover night
Saturday – Grilled chicken, potatoes on the grill, fruit smoothies
Sunday – Dinner at my mom’s

As for goals, I’m happy to report that I was able to get the painting in the bathroom completed.  Who cares if I finished at 10pm the last night of the week?  It got finished, and I’m counting it!  This week I’m hoping to be a little more ambitious, although not by a ton (Still ill and don’t dare push it):

  • Plan and buy stuff for Activity Days.

  • Post Chicken and Dumpling soup recipe.

  • Get trim put up in the bathroom.

  • Continue Summer Challenge.

  • Post book review, and exercise video reviews.

  • Start planning a freezer cooking day.

I hope your week is a good one!

*Linked up at OrgJunkie .  Happy Monday!

Menu Monday and Weekly Goals June 9

FINALLY.  School is out and summer break is here!  We’re gonna be doing our best to live it up, folks, because summer flies by way too fast, and we’ve got to fit in enough fun to last until next year, right?

We started our summer break off by eating frozen yogurt.  Didn’t take me long to justify a sweet treat!  Yesterday we went to Costco to get some food for an upcoming mini-vacation, and I found way too much food.  Costco’s gluten free food selection is great!  Breads, snacks…I even found a premade pizza crust pack.  I told my family we needed to stop right then and there and say a prayer of thanks, but my husband laughed at me.  I guess he just doesn’t get it. :)


Anyway, we’re going for laid back, fast and fun this week on the menu.  Here’s what we’re planning:

Monday – BBQ
Tuesday – Cobb Salad
Wednesday – Out to eat
Thursday – Leftover night
Friday - Homemade pizza
Saturday – Baked potato bar
Sunday – Taco night

Goals…here’s how I did last week:

  • Get blood results back from doctor; make a game plan based on what they say. – Test results back, with no answers…ugh!  They told me I’m anemic – yeah, because I can’t eat anything!

  • Do indexing of at least 25 names. – Oops, completely forgot about that until this minute.

  • Survive.  Seriously.  It’s my last week at work until the fall, and I’ve been so sick.  I’ll be proud of myself for surviving!! – Yes, yes I did! :D


And the goals for this week?  Here they are:

  • Get everything ready for the mini-vacay.

  • Start re-painting the bathroom.

  • Celebrate the hubby’s birthday!

  • Finish the summer schedule.  So far we’ve got Tuesdays = Grandma’s house, Wednesdays = Horseback riding and gymnastics, and Thursdays = “Field Trip Day”.

Everyone have a great week!  If you are in need of more menu ideas, head on over to OrgJunkie, where I’m linked with hundreds of others!

Weekly Menu Plan and Goals June 2

I truly cannot believe it’s already June.

I’m pretty sure I say that every month…(except not about June specifically, that would be silly)

Anyway, here we are, and it’s a new month and just like every month (every week, really), I am struggling to think of dinners to feed my family.  Therefore, I am making a menu plan and hoping to stick to it!  I have gotten better the last few weeks about following the plan, and I’m hoping this week will be no different.  As usual, we’ll be eating out of the freezer and pantry:

Monday – Spaghetti with homemade sauce and turkey meatballs

Tuesday – YOYO (You’re on your own)

Wednesday – “Breakfast” – homemade hashbrowns, pan-fried ham, fruit salad

Thursday – Leftover night

Friday – Slow Cooked BBQ Chicken, rice

Saturday – Beans, rice, and chicken quesadillas

Sunday – Leftover night (we’ll be going out of town for a few days next week and I’d like the fridge as cleaned out as possible!)


Goals for this week:

  • Get blood results back from doctor; make a game plan based on what they say.

  • Do indexing of at least 25 names.

  • Survive.  Seriously.  It’s my last week at work until the fall, and I’ve been so sick.  I’ll be proud of myself for surviving!!

Menu Monday Plan (Gluten Free) and Weekly Goals 5/19

Oh my gosh, I can’t believe it.  I’m SO proud of myself!!


That’s right, y’all.  Can it be done 2 weeks in a row?  I don’t know, it seems like something always comes up that changes my dinner plans.  I’m gonna try for it though, because oh, it was SO nice to always know what we were having!  I’m gonna shoot for the stars on this one! :)

I’m eating out of the pantry again this week, and my husband just happened to buy a really big container of lettuce for me from Costco.  It’s a healthy spring mix, which means no one else in the house will eat it, so I’ll be eating salad with all of my dinners, and possibly for breakfast and/or lunch as well!  Here we go:


Protein smoothie (for me)
Bacon, toast, fresh fruit (for the kids)
Scrambled eggs
Chex cereal




Monday – Breakfast for dinner:  *Crepes and hashbrowns

TuesdayGrown up Tater Tots, Crockpot Cheesy Chicken
Wednesday – BBQ Night – Grilled Hot dogs and turkey burgers, cheesy potatoes on the grill, fruit salad

ThursdayChicken and Rice Soup
Friday – Leftover night
Saturday – BBQ with the family
Sunday – to be determined (I have no ideas right now)


I’m happy to report that I achieved 2 out of my 3 goals last week, and also ashamed to report that.  If I were grading myself I’d be at a D…oops.  Here are my goals/plans for this week:

  • Juice carrots, freeze in ice cubes (I bought a 5-lb bag of carrots because they were on sale only to discover my husband had done the same thing.)

  • Go to doctor’s appointment Wednesday.

  • Meet with dietician on Thursday.

  • Start making meal plans for our mini summer vacation.

Have a wonderful week, my friends!!  What awesome plans to you have?


*Linked at OrgJunkie.


Menu Monday – Weekly Meal Plan and Weekly Goals

Oh my gosh!  Can you hear it?  That little violin playing the world’s saddest song?  It’s playing for me, you know.  Because it’s still cold and rainy here!  I need me some sunshine! :)  My poor family, ha ha.

In an attempt to find some sanity, I suppose I should stop stalling and plan some meals, eh?  I’m also starting a May spending freeze challenge, and a May Let’s Get Fit challenge, because I need some motivation, in a big way!

First, let’s chat about the meals, and then my challenges, kay?  All meals I plan are gluten free, due to medical need.  We’ll be eating out of our pantry as much as possible for the month:


Protein shake (for me)
Scrambled Eggs
Chex Cereal


Salad (Lemon Dill Dressing)
Leftovers (if available)



Monday – Breakfast for dinner:  Hashbrowns, Fluffy Pancakes, Sausage, Strawberries

TuesdayMini Egg and Ham Salad Sandwiches (using gluten free bread) Fruit Salad, Cucumber slices
Wednesday – Chicken and Bell Pepper Kebabs, Rice
Thursday – Leftover night
Friday – Mashed Potatoes with Ground Turkey Gravy, salad

Sweet N Spicy Salmon
SaturdaySweet N’ Spicy Salmon, Smashed Potatoes

SundayBeans, Rice, and Oven Tacos


Now for the goals – folks, it ain’t pretty.  I didn’t get ONE of my goals accomplished last week.  No excuses, either.  Just felt blah and didn’t do it.  I’ll try again this week:download (1)

  1. Eat from the pantry; stick with the menu plan.

  2. No sugar for the week.

  3. Declutter and get rid of 25 things.

What plans do you make on a weekly basis?  Goal setting, menus?  Something different?  I hope your week is a productive one!

*Linked up at OrgJunkie.

Menu Monday and Weekly Goals May 5th

We are still eating out of the pantry as much as possible, as I am trying to pay down the debt we accumulated a couple of weeks ago when my husband’s car had to take a trip to the shop – TWICE.  Thank goodness for a stocked pantry!! :D  Here’s the cheap eats we’ll be enjoying this week:





Protein Smoothie (for me)

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Salads (with my Lemon Dill Dressing)


Monday – Tacos, Spanish Rice

Tuesday – Leftover Night

Wednesday – Spaghetti

Thursday – Breakfast for dinner

Friday – Homemade pizza

Saturday – Chicken and Rice Soup

Sunday – To be determined…

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I seemed to struggle with the winter blues more this year than typical…or maybe it feels like that every year, ha ha!  Either way, I’m finding that I’m still having a hard time focusing on goal setting, and I know myself well enough to know that consistently setting goals is the way I thrive…so I’m going to force myself to set at least a few goals each week along with the menu plan:

  • Lose another 2 lbs

  • Declutter challenge:  get rid of at least 50 things

  • Start online learning course on Energy Healing

  • Do lower back exercises every day



What are your plans for the week?  I hope it’s a happy, healthy, fun and productive one!

*Linked at OrgJunkie.



10 Things – Weekly To Do

Wow, Monday already, and a new week.

Our weather has been very “spring-like” lately.  We’ll have a sunny, although fairly cool, day, and then a cold and windy day, and then a rainy day.  The cycle has been consistent, which is to be expected and is probably a good thing!  Last Friday it was a fairly warm day, dry and sunny, and so our family took advantage and went on a short hike immediately after school.  Good thing we did, because the next day it was – you got it – cold and windy!  It’s SO nice to be finally seeing more sunny days though!

1911670_10203554092751708_1659154282_nAs for my 10 things, well, let’s see how that went:

  1. Get in at least 50,000 steps. – Nope – I got in 44,579:(
  2. Keep up with my home business FB Challenge. – Yes
  3. Attend OTOM Monday evening! – NO – sick kiddo
  4. Walk to work 2x this week (weather permitting). – YES
  5. Pull out stove and fridge; clean behind both. – YES
  6. Grind a big batch of brown rice flour. – YES
  7. Do the core workout 5x this week. – YES
  8. Go over budget and pay bills. – YES
  9. Help my daughter get her science project started. – YES
  10. Declutter 10 more things. – YES

So you know, it was all right…but definitely room for improvement.  And therefore, here’s the plan for this week:

  1. Make a menu plan for the rest of the month.

  2. Get 50,000 steps in – and I WILL do it even if it kills me this week!

  3. Walk to work every day that the weather permits.

  4. Continue with the facebook challenge.

  5. Do the core workout 4x.

  6. Read scriptures daily.

  7. Write, address and mail out birthday cards for my niece and half-sister.

  8. Post more product reviews.

  9. Begin a plan for spring cleaning.

  10. No eating food after 7 pm.


Have a great week!






10 Things – Weekly Goals

1506500_366102086860232_1187324415_nI finished my first 90-day get healthy challenge last week, which went from November – January. 

It was great!


I confess, it wasn’t an extremely hard challenge.  I simply committed to taking my all natural, organic non GMO health supplements every day.  I’m so happy with the change I’ve seen, and thrilled that I didn’t gain any weight over the holidays…I even lost a few pounds!


Well, now the holidays are over and it’s time for me to begin a new 90-day challenge.  I’m planning to ramp it up a bit.  For the next 90 days I’ll be cutting out added sugars, and I’ll be committing to getting 10,000 steps in at least 5 days a week.  I’m hoping that as the weather warms this will become easier to do, but I’m not going to wait until then to start!  I’m also going to be doing a few strength building challenges.  If you’d like to join me, send me a message!  I’d love to get healthy together. :)


So…to start out this week, I need to be prepared, you know?  Here are my goals to complete this week:




- Plan and hold Activity days for the 8-11 year old girls from the church

- Scripture reading daily

downloadPhysical – Main goal is to tone and firm up

- Do the plank challenge, 12 push-ups 6 days

- 50 sumo squats,  50 bridges 6 days this week

- Get in at least 10,000 steps 5 days

- NO sugar this week



Home Business/Blog – Main goal is to achieve Diamond status and get the $10,000 bonus; improve quality of the blog

- Follow up with leads for my ItWorks business

- Host 1 party It Works party this week; schedule more for the month.

Household/Family – Main goal is to keep organized and build better family relationships

- Read daily with my kids 20 minutes each

- Finish creating a menu plan for all of February (We’ll be doing recipes from around the world for the Olympics – any great ideas?)

- Try at least one new recipe