meal plan 2017 family

 

Last week was a really good one; a perfect balance of work and fun! Loic and Mairi spent their first day at the new sitter’s and it went well, Mairi clung a lot to her brother but I know this will ease off in time as she becomes more comfortable (or so I tell myself). Having a day solely devoted to work, provided much more flexibility for the rest of the week in just being able to spend time focused on the kids – win/win! This new routine is going to really benefit everyone and I’m feeling really settled about the decision to have them in partial care. On the work front, I managed to complete my first eBook for families wanting to go through the KonMari Method (yay!) and had the lovely opportunity to finally meet up with two other local bloggers and brainstorm some awesome ideas! The last of Mairi’s bedroom makeover was finished yesterday and our little princess is loving her new bed and decorations; I can’t wait to share the reveal this week with you all. A roadtrip with friends to the Truro library made for a great way to wrap up the week on Friday (and everyone kept their pants on this time)! We also got out for a nice family afternoon to our local museum, it was such an awesome outing that the kids thoroughly enjoyed and learned a lot from (blog post coming soon)!

This week coming is March break and I had been so looking forward to all the fun plans I made for the kids, until I learned we are expecting yet another snowstorm. Ho hum! We’ll see how it plays out and if traveling isn’t an option, we’ll make lots of blanket forts, have multiple movie dates and eat a lot of snow ice cream! Each day this week, I have at least one new upload coming on either my YouTube channel or blog – so if you’re into what I have to share… stay tuned!

Meal plan this week is a mix of comfort food (aka, stew again!) and fun treats to celebrate March Break!


Weekly Meal Plan – March 12-18
Sunday – Oven Stew
Monday – Oven Chicken Fajitas (kid favourite)
Tuesday – Baked Mac & Cheese, side Salad (another Pioneer Woman fav)
Wednesday – “Edna Mae’s Sour Cream Pancakes” (I’m doing it for the kids, ok? ha!)
Thursday – Slow-cooker Hawaiian BBQ Chicken Sliders & Slaw (YUM!)
Friday – Homemade Pizza on Naan Bread
Saturday – Pork Satay, Mixed Veggies & Rice


(Next trip, I’ll be taking along the DSLR :P)

This month I have Disney on the brain. Okay, I always have Disney and Florida on the brain, but it’s exceptionally the case lately because it’s March and this is my favourite month and time of year to vacation. Since we’re stayin’ put this winter, I have been coping by way of reminiscing of our last few trips to the “happiest place of earth” and planning next year’s reunion (hey, it’s never too early).  (more…)

As they say, better late than never (or so I hope), in finally sharing my monthly favourites for the past month of February!

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hings I Loved in February
(Not shown above – whoops! Purlisse Daily Lip Moisturizer)
1. Essence Eye Pencil in Black Fever
2. Marcelle Ultra Gentle Cleanser
3. Macadamia Deep Repair Mask
4. INSPR Eyebrow Duo Powder
5. Essence Silky Touch Blush in #20 Babydoll
6. ZAQ Bamboo Essential Oil Diffuser
7. Cuisinart Scrubber Cloth
8. Method Dish Soap Basic scented
9. Skin Lab Lift & Firm Sheet Mask
10. Totlogic Lavender Bubble Bath
11. Little Bea and the snowy day
12. Life in Pieces show
13. Nashville show
14. Martin’s Apple Chips

family meal plans
These last two weeks have been two of the busiest that I’ve ever had! Despite my best intentions, last week’s Week at a Glance just wasn’t in the cards, so here’s the highlight reel on what has been going on…


I launched my first KonMari Kids Virtual Group Tidying program last Sunday and it couldn’t be going better. This program is my baby; I created this entire approach to applying the KonMari Method to family life and so I’m especially proud that it is being so well received! I got a much needed girls shopping day in last weekend (that makes two weekends in a row shopping, I’m on a roll). Carla and I took a quick trip to Halifax to take advantage of a great sale at Gymboree and also squeezed in a yummy lunch, a Starbucks run and a great shop at the Gap Factory store. While I bought mostly for the kids, I did manage to buy some new pieces of clothing for myself – always a nice treat! This past week, I turned thirty-three and enjoyed a sweet day celebrating another year – I have big plans to make it the best one yet! I finally spent some time working on Mairi’s bedroom makeover. It felt good to make some headway, especially given it had been weeks of no progress. Mairi and Loic met their new babysitter on Wednesday and it went fantastically well; such a huge relief to know they’ll be in great hands and having fun. I am very much looking forward to having designated work days each week so that when the kids are home with me, my focus will be solely on them.  Work lately has been exciting and fun, I’ve been spending a lot of time concentrating on the backend of my business; really focusing on my programs and beginning to develop some new concepts. On Friday I attended my first East Coast Mommy Bloggers workshop in the city (yes, another excuse to get there)! It was such a great experience that it is worthy of a separate post (stay tuned!).

So far, this week coming is looking like a fairly relaxed one. I plan to finish up the last of the decorating in Mairi’s room and then really prioritize doing the same in my office space. I also plan on getting back into filming and hopefully post a bit more actively on here. Otherwise, I really want to keep things as low keyed as possible because it has been such a whirlwind lately and I’m feeling like some rest is definitely needed.

Last week’s Hello Fresh experience has inspired me to be a bit more creative with our meal planning and so I’ve spent nearly an hour poking around on Pinterest to come up with a few new ideas to change things up a bit. If you have any family favourite recipes, I’d love it if you’d share (in the form of a comment on here would be great).


Here’s what we’ll be whipping up this week:
Weekly Meal Plan – March 5-11
Sunday – Pioneer Woman’s Chicken Spaghetti (love this recipe)
Monday – Stir Fried Vegetables and Toasted Cashews
Tuesday – Rachel Ray’s Balsamic Pork Tenderloin, Sweet potato, salad
Wednesday – Breakfast for supper
Thursday – Healthy Mexican Casserole
Friday – Ground pork tacos
Saturday – TBD


hello fresh promo
When the generous people at Hello Fresh Canada offered to send me a Family Box to enjoy, I jumped at the chance. I have been interested in meal services, such as this one, for awhile but because I live in a somewhat remote area, I didn’t think we would have the chance. I was pleasantly surprised to learn that Hello Fresh ships out to the Maritime provinces. My first impression of the actual delivery was a good one; our box arrived promptly at noon and was extremely well package.  (more…)

easy meal plan

More snow made for another long start to this past week (we’re up to almost 70cm), but thankfully we more than made up for the amount of time spent at home by being, very busy, on the road for the last two days!

The beginning of the week had us storm stayed inside, which meant a whole lot more TV than I’d care to admit and too many games of hide-and-seek to count. It also meant very little got accomplished in the way of home projects. As much as I would have loved to finish up some of my to do list items, it just wasn’t meant to be. Thankfully, the weather appears to be turning around which hopefully will allow me to finally make some headway on everything that has been on hold.

With so much time spent in the house, when the weather finally cleared on Friday we jumped at the chance to head back to Truro. Carla and I packed every seat in her van with our little army of children and made our way over the mountain for a McDonald’s lunch date and an afternoon spent at the library (if you didn’t catch how it went, read here). I felt like we got a day pass from what was starting to feel like house arrest. Yesterday, Saturday, Rob and I decided we wanted to head to the city and do some shopping. We packed in a lot, including buying new clothes, a trip to Costco, an imperative stop at Skip Hop Jump and a fun supper at Montana’s. I actually don’t remember the last time we had such a great day spent just as a family (aren’t they the best?).

As per this week, I’m keeping things simple and just focusing on some side projects with my KonMari consulting (details coming soon) and finishing the last of what I can in Mairi’s room because some of the items from her bedroom update have not arrived yet. Confession, I haven’t even finished Mairi’s bedroom and already I’m brainstorming some updates to do in the boys room (I can’t be the only one who works/functions this way?!).

On the food side of things, I am really looking forward to this week’s meal plan. This is mostly because of my Hello Fresh delivery that is arriving on Wednesday and will be served up on Thursday (big thank you to Hello Fresh). I will be sharing all the details in both blog and video form, so stay tuned!


Weekly Meal Plan – February 19-25
Sunday – Chicken Parmesan (bought at Costco)
Monday – Stew (yes, again this week – Rob is on a roll and who am I to complain?!)
Tuesday – Leftover stew
Wednesday – Chinese stir-fry noodles (recipe found here)
Thursday – Hello Fresh Roasted chicken dinner
Friday – Homemade naan bread pizza
Saturday – Meatloaf, roasted vegetables and mashed garlic potatoes (recipe found here)


I likely won’t have a Sobeys grocery haul to share with you until later this week, because we bought so much at Costco – check it out!

mommy friends
Throughout today, in situations that can only be described as mortifying, my best friend proved once again why she really is the best and why I’m so thankful I’m journeying through motherhood with her by my side.

If you’ve raised little ones, you know the awkward moments that almost unavoidably come with potty training. To some degree, most of us have been there. I’m currently in the eye of the storm with our two year old, Mairi. I can deal with the accidents and mishaps in the privacy of my own home; where no-one misses a beat when Miss M comes bombing through the kitchen sans pants, but in public, not so much. Twice today Mairi proved while toddlerhood is not for the faint at heart. The first incident happened in McDonalds when she just decided to forgo her diaper right in the middle of a very busy lunch hour. There was a full audience of onlookers watching Mairi hands deep in her jeans trying to remedy whatever was bothering her, when Carla swiftly jumped into action and dealt with the situation (while I awkwardly avoided eye contact and started packing up). The second situation wasn’t quite so subtle. After hightailing it out of McDonald’s, we moved on to the library. The kids were happily playing and Carla and I were into a nice and relaxing conversation when I spotted it… Mairi, in the middle of the library, making her way up the stairs of the slide, with nothing but her shirt on. While parents gawked and all the kids pointed and yelled “Ewwww!”, I grabbed my mini nudist and ran to the bathroom. Carla, naturally, came to my rescue. She ran around the library found Mairi’s clothing and brought them to me. We had a good laugh and carried on with the rest of the day (which thankfully was uneventful). Now, with six children between us, most outings never go unscathed and today was really no better or worse than most. There is always at least one injury, meltdown, hitting/biting incident and usually it’s a combination of all those things. Today was embarrassing and equally hilarious. It will make for a good story to share when the kids are older and we’re reminiscing about all the antics that use to come up when their mothers ventured out together. I can confidently say that this conversation will happen because I undoubtedly know our friendship is a lifelong one.

I know this because there is no competition in our friendship, we simply want the very best for the other. Between us, laughing comes as easily as openly sharing our struggles. We nurture each other’s children to the point where people sometimes aren’t sure which child belongs to which mother; and while I’ve never taken our friendship for granted, today I realized how truly grateful I am for it.

Motherhood is hard on the best of days, and on the days when it is as trying as I’ve ever experienced, I’m thankful to know that I have someone like her who will always run around a crowded library for me, laugh off the awkwardness, take my chid’s hand as quickly as her own and be there for me through it all.

Here’s to the friends that have our backs and equally, our hearts.




This was such a fun way to make the most of all the snow that we have outside! The kids loved this activity and truthfully, the snow ice cream surprised me with how delicious it is.
As far as recipes go, this is the easiest thing I’ve ever made – it’s pretty foolproof (my kind of cooking)!


Recipe:
-8 cups fresh snow
-1 cup milk (any variety)
-1/3 sugar
-1 Tsp vanilla
-(Optional: toppings)

Directions:
(Differs from what was shown in video – this will reduce melting time)
-Combine milk, sugar & vanilla in a bowl and put in freezer
-Collect your snow in a separate bowl
-Add the ingredients from the freezer to the snow by mixing with a spoon or spatula
*Note – the ice cream does melt rather quickly, so be sure to enjoy right away!

Well friends, I officially dropped the ball with Valentine’s this year. Normally I’m completely prepared by at least the week before, but with everything going on lately, our house isn’t  sporting a single heart (gasp!) and I really only started giving thought to what the kids are going to hand out at school yesterday (#truth). If you’re finding yourself in the same position, fear not, I have the cutest DIY Valentines that take no time to whip up and your kids will be thrilled to share them with their friends. I actually made these for both of the boy’s classes last year. Normally I wouldn’t be able to get away with repeating the same thing two years in a row, but Loic’s preschool class doesn’t have any of the same children and so I’m going for it! Hudson seems quite pleased with his box of Star Wars Valentines and I’ve reconciled myself to accept that sometimes you just can’t be crafty with everything. So, enough preamble… here are details!

I absolutely don’t get the credit for this idea. I found this free printable through Pinterest and all props go to the very creative, Danyelle from Dandee Designs.

What I love so much about this Valentine is that you can add gummy worms for a sweet treat or go with something a little less sugary, and attach a toy bug or two.


Download the printable by clicking here.

To redeem myself from this festive fail, I’m going to promptly start planning for Easter!

meal plan
I can’t chat about the week to come without touching on the week that was… what. a. week! If you read last Sunday’s blog post, you know I had a lot on the go. While my planner was definitely packed, I thought I had it all choreographed perfectly, and I did, until we had two snow storms! Now that I’m on the other side of things, I can chuckle over the chaos, but while in the thick of it, it was rough going. The hardest challenge that I’m currently dealing with is juggling between my online content and KonMari business while still being a full-time stay at home mom. I’m in the process of trying to establish childcare for at least a couple of days a week, but until that gets sorted… coffee (and prayer)! Having two storm days really threw everything for a loop, but was also a good wake up call in terms of scheduling and really planning ahead.

Despite the nuttiness, we still managed to have some fun, too! There is something exciting and cozy about snow days and I swear I get as giddy as Hudson when we receive notice of no school. The kids spent lots of time in the new snow, watching movies and enjoying some crafting. Hudson had his first piano lesson and thoroughly enjoyed it!

This week, while busy, isn’t nearly as hectic as the last. Valentine’s Day is only a few days away and I haven’t done a single thing! I’m hoping to be able to square away the kid’s school goodies and decorate a little on Sunday (I’ll share, of course). On the project front, I’m looking forward to Mairi’s new bed arriving so we can finish updating her bedroom. My other task of organizing and decorating my office is taking much longer than I anticipated, but there’s really no deadline, so I’m simply working on it when I find I have the time. I’d like to look at doing something fun next weekend with the family, suggestions are welcome!

Meal plan is another simple one this week. With some messy weather heading our way, I’m hesitant to plan for anything too complicated.

Weekly Meal Plan – February 12-18
Sunday – Slow-cooker chicken and stuffing, potatoes and root veggies
Monday – Baked mac & cheese, spinach salad
Tuesday – Turkey Ranch wraps and veggie sticks
Wednesday – Breakfast for supper
Thursday – Baked salmon, wild rice, roasted veggies
Friday – Tacos
Saturday – Chilli

Wishing you all a wonderful and relaxing week ahead!

Well friends, it is official… while the baby of the family will always be just that, Miss Mairi is officially a toddler. I’m sure what defines the transition from baby to toddler varies by parent, but for me, it is packing away the crib. This was done without my input a few weeks ago while I had the boys out at a birthday party. Rob felt she was ready (I’ll refrain from sharing my thoughts – ha!) and so I came home to Mairi screeching and jumping on her “big girl bed”. Clearly, there was no going back. I have to say, despite my initial freak out, Mairi has handled her new level of freedom quite well and there have only been a couple of 2am visits from her. Now that the crib is out and potty training is underway, which means soon the changing pad and supplies will be gone too, I’ve started brainstorming for ideas on how to update her bedroom to reflect toddlerhood.




I love the existing colour palette (see below), the little tchotchkes, furniture and overall “vintage” styling of her room; these are definitely the anchors to the updates I am planning.

 

In truth, there isn’t really a huge amount I want or need to do. The major change is a more appropriate sized bed than the one she is currently in. My parents, thankfully, kept my 3/4 size bed that I had growing up. It has a pretty metal frame that’s sturdy and feminine, but presently it’s far too big for her and the room (which is pathetically small). So, the plan is to return the bed back to the utility room until she’s older and buy something smaller. I had a few criteria in mind while I Googled away “small, cute, sturdy beds” and kept finding my way to Ikea’s Minnen bed. The price point is reasonable, it’s dainty and expands! A solid win on all fronts.

Now that the bed has been determined, I’ve more or less been poking around the internet for accessories and some other smaller things to create a bit of a change. Target’s Pillowfort line is my current obsession. I fell in love with the whole line while in Florida last year. I managed to squeeze one pillow into our luggage, but have since regretted not sending my parents home with more. Since my parents are back in Florida this year and thankfully the same Pillowfort line is still stocked, I’m not holding back! I’ve been sending my Mum pictures and she’s on the hunt.

I promise to provide a proper before and after tour, but for now, here is an idea of what I’ve been looking at:
toddler girl bedroom
1. Ikea Minnen Bed – A classic look that I know will match well with the existing eclectic furniture. We will also be purchasing an Ikea mattress to fit perfectly.
2. Target Pillowfort Wall-mounted Unicorn – Wall-mounted stuffed unicorn… need I say more?!
3. Ikea Smila Blomma Wall Lamp – I have Ikea star wall lamps for each of the boys and I love them. Given their young ages, it’s nice knowing for safety reasons that I don’t have to worry about lamps being knocked over and they’re really convenient for the kids to be able to turn on/off while in bed. I’m leaning towards the flower one for Mairi as I think it will be a nice contrast to her wall colour, but I’m also debating if this new cloud one wouldn’t be cuter… decisions, decisions.
4. Charlton Home Glasgow Pink Rug Ideally, a yellow rug would be an option, but unfortunately with the colour tones in our floor it’ll clash too much. The next choice would be white… but kids, so no. I found this rug and really liked the shade and that it’s low pile, it’ll work well in front of her bed.
5. Pillowfort Fetching Florals (pictured as single bed) and Xhiliration Multi Floral (double) Major toss up! I like both of these floral prints because they’re equally cheerful, patterned and in the colour scheme I’m working with. I’m leaning more towards the Pillowfort set only because the shades are more muted.. but then again, maybe something more vibrant would be a better contrast? Thoughts?!
6. 3 pack Arrows I love the colours and think it would make a nice, dimensional piece on the main wall. However of all the ideas shown above, these are low on the list of things to buy.
7. Super Girl Pillow Is Etsy not the best?! I love this sweet pillow. It’s peppy and totally matches Mairi’s fun personality.

Stay tuned for the big reveal!



meal plan week at a glance

Lots on the docket this week, so I’ll jump right into sharing what the plans are!

On the home front, I am pushing through with the remaining organization projects. My main focus areas are the back entryway closet, my new office area, laundry/utility room and craft closet. The list is only a tad overwhelming when I think of how much work this will involve, but one. task. at. a. time! Knowing I won’t be able to check everything off this week, I’m going to focus first on the back entryway and office. Anything in addition to that will be a huge bonus. Hudson starts his first piano lesson on Monday and he’s thrilled. I’m so excited that he’s interested in music. I took lessons as a child and really enjoyed them (we won’t discuss my lack of talent – ha!). Unlike his poor Mum, Hudson has a natural musical ability and it’ll be a blessing to see this develop. I also have a friend’s baby shower to attend on Friday evening and am looking forward to being able to catchup with friends and do something social (it has been far too long)! Oh, and then at some point I’m going to need to decorate for Valentine’s Day and sort out something sweet for the kid’s to take to school.

Work wise, February’s Virtual Group Tidying program started today and I’m thrilled with being able to lead another group through the process! I’m also finishing up the last of the program material for my KonMari Kids Group Tidying program that will start at the end of February. There are a few more things I’m working on and I’ll share in the coming weeks!
On my channel I’m looking forward to showing some of my favourite inexpensive ways to organize toys, a Daily to Do video and I’d like to do a brainstorming video and/or post sharing my ideas for Mairi’s bedroom makeover. Gosh, just writing that all out has me exhausted 😛

Let’s talk meals! We did well last week with changing up our menu to accommodate some new recipes and the plan is to do the same again. The line up can be found below and as always, click the titles for the direct recipe links:

Weekly Meal Plan – February 5-11
(brought to you by my love for Ree Drummond and Mexican food)
Sunday – Baked Chicken, Roasted Vegetables
MondayBaked Spaghetti 
TuesdayVeggie Stir-fry
Wednesday – Grilled Ham & Cheese Panini Sandwiches & Veggie sticks
Thursday – Simple Perfect Enchiladas
Friday – Loaded Nachos (because, yum and it’s Friday)
Saturday – Oven stew

monthly favourites, shopping haul

PRODUCTS
(click on titles for Amazon links*)

1. Rimmel 9 in 1 Hydrating BB Cream (shade light)
2. Essence Eyeshadow Primer
3. Almay Smart Shade Lip Butter Pink Light/Medium
4. Trader Joe’s Pumpkin Body Butter
5. Upper Canada Soap Salon Dry Hair Towel *similar product
6. J.R Watkins Vapor Rub
7. Danskin Lifewear Cami
8. Calin’s Starry Starlite Hoops (use promo: GIMMETEN for 10% off)
9. Orb Factory Morph



 

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