• House and Home,  Organization

    Meal Planning Made Easier Part 3: Favorite Meals Index

    Hello friends! If you are here for the first time you can read parts 1 and 2 here and  here.  I recently shared a copy of the Weekly Meal Planner and Shopping List I use each week to plan my family’s meals and make shopping as pain-free as possible. But what happens when I can’t think of meals to put on the list? Have you ever sat down with the greatest intentions of planning the week’s meals and starting the week off on the right foot, only to completely blank on what to make for dinner? You have a shelf full of wonderful cookbooks yet nothing is coming to mind?…

  • House and Home,  Organization

    Meal Planning Made Easier: Part 2

    Today I will be sharing with you part two of my Meal Planning Made Easier series. If you are new, WELCOME, and feel free to read part one and snag a free copy of my Weekly Meal Planner here.  Mom Brain Meets Grocery Store: We’ve all been there…standing in an aisle at the grocery store racking our brains trying to remember what else we need from the store. There is likely a screaming toddler wanting a snack or a preschooler knocking things off the shelf. Stress and overwhelm builds as you will every molecule of your existence to remember WHAT. THE. HECK. DID. I. NEED?!?! In a huff you get…

  • Health and Fitness

    Healthy Journey Progress

    A few weeks ago the hubs snapped a few pictures of me finishing up my workout after we ran to the park to let the kids play. When I first looked at these pictures, my thoughts were focused on every flaw. I didn’t like how I looked. I could see all the weight I wanted to lose. Frankly, I contemplated just deleting the whole lot of them. But then I remembered how I FELT while he was snapping these pictures. I FELT strong. I FELT confident in what I was doing. I FELT healthy and as though I was making progress on my goals. It is a tricky thing trying…

  • House and Home,  Organization

    Meal Planning Made Easier: Part 1

    One of the most difficult parts of maintaining a healthy lifestyle and keeping my head on straight as a mom, has been making sure I am eating healthy, good-for-me food. If I don’t take the time to sit down and create a plan for our meals, I struggle to say no to dinner out. In an effort to streamline and improve my meal planning, I have created this weekly meal planner and shopping list.  With this sheet I am able to plan out a week’s worth of meals and coordinate the shopping list to those meals.  Lunches in our home vary among the hubs, the kiddos, and myself but often…

  • Motherhood

    My First Baby Is Starting Pre-K

    The time has come. I am officially a mom with a kiddo in ‘school’. It may only be three days a week for less than three hours but he takes a book bag and has teachers, so we’re calling it! This new chapter is a bittersweet reminder that time is a cruel beast and our babies must grow up. In the weeks leading up to his first day I have struggled with an array of emotions. While I have tried working through these feelings of sadness and bittersweet excitement for him, I have spent countless nights reminiscing over the last four years. While looking over old pictures, I have recounted…

  • Kid Activities

    Easy Homemade Play Dough and Sensory Invitation

    If there is one thing in our house that is guaranteed to be a fan favorite…it is play-dough. My kids love to squish, cut, sculpt and litter the kitchen floor with various colors of Play Dough. It has been known to provide nearly an hour of uninterrupted playtime for them.  After attending a birthday party recently, where a mom had out her homemade play dough, I too, decided to try my hand at some home made dough. In true mom form, I scoured Pinterest for a few recipes and compared recipes and finally decided on the recipe by Living Well Mom. To start, you will need the following ingredients:  White…

  • Motherhood

    World Breastfeeding Week: My Story

    It is World Breastfeeding Week and I thought it would be fun to share a bit of my experience and my bumpy journey of breastfeeding. For me once I was pregnant I knew I wanted to breastfeed but the journey to actually breastfeed was not as easy as the decision to do so. After a long labor with Asher, breastfeeding didn’t come as easily for me as I had hoped.   I delivered Asher after 50 hours of hard, exhausting labor. I hadn’t eaten in two days and had slept only 2 hours, BUT after he was here all that was a mere memory and he and I dove into our…

  • Kid Activities

    Fun and Easy Toddler Activity: Making Orange Juice

    Summer time is the perfect time for cold drinks and fresh fruit! Juice around our house is a treat so when I realized we had some oranges that had seen better days, I decided to throw together a quick activity for the littles.  I cut up the oranges and using our hand held lemon juicer the kids squeezed as hard as their littles arms would let them.  To start, I simply showed them how it all worked and then set back and watched them try it out. They managed it really well and worked through the process, making sure to squeeze the juice into the bigger cup.  Gross, wet toddler…

  • Health and Fitness

    Weekend Shenanigans and Getting Back on Track

    Hi friends and happy Monday! Here today I am going to be real and honest with you about my recent ‘bump’ in the road on my journey to better health.  Isn’t it crazy how you can be so motivated, so on course, and something just knocks you right off? For me this last, nearly two weeks, has been one of those times. It seemed like every where I turned something was changing, my to-do’s seemed to be piling and I couldn’t seem to get ahead or do anything right. I found myself tired, eating like garbage, stressed, and snapping at everyone around me. I woke in the morning feeling tired…

  • Motherhood

    Alternative Kindergarten Options?

    Summer is sadly, starting to wind down. Stores have already started clearance-ing their summer stock and begun hauling out all the school supplies and soon kiddos will be heading back to school.  For our family, this will be the first year we have a child in school. Asher will be attending a pre-K program at our church for 2 1/2 hours, three days per week. A few weeks ago we received his supply list and the date for “Meet The Teacher” night.   To fuel his excitement, we made it an event of going to let him pick out his book bag (Paw Patrol of course) and having him help…