Sunday, February 28, 2010

Menu Plan Monday - March 1, 2010

Last week I didn't get a menu plan done. It was a busy weekend, and I procrastinated. It was a difficult week because I was sick along with both of the kids. Now I know WHY I menu plan. It makes things so much easier. Being sick and trying to figure out what to eat was not fun. My hubby kept saying, "What's are we having for dinner tonight.....I thought you usually have it planned out!". I learned my lesson, so here we go -----

Monday - tortellini bake, salad

Tuesday - pork chops, potatoes and corn

Wednesday - soft tacos, rice and ?veggie

Thursday - homemade waffles and bacon

Friday - hubby is taking me for my birthday dinner at the Prospector Steak House - the kids will be eating at my parents

Saturday - breaded chicken breasts, noodles and salad

Sunday - chicken broccoli casserole, rice and salad

For more menu ideas, visit

Monday, February 15, 2010

Menu Plan Monday - February 15, 2010

Last week's menu plan only had a few changes - we switched up Saturday and Sunday. I oven roasted a chicken on Saturday, had hashbrown casserole and asparagus. Sunday hubby BBQed the striploin, had leftover hashbrown casserole and mushrooms.

This week:

Monday - hot chicken sandwiches (leftover roasted chicken), sweet potato fries and cucumber salad

Tuesday - chicken parmesan, spaghetti, broccoli

Wednesday - beef soft tacos, herbed rice, salad

Thursday - having Dad's birthday dinner at parent's

Friday - slow cooked ribs, potatoes, veggie?

Saturday - Daddy & kids' choice (I'm having a Partylite Party with a bunch of girlfriends, so I'll be making/eating appetizers for the party)

Sunday - homemade pizza, salad

For more menu ideas visit Organizing Junkie!

Tuesday, February 9, 2010


Last night we decided to let Kayla try some yummy pickerel that her daddy and brother caught Saturday. She only had a few bites and within 5 minutes she started getting hives on her progressed to her eye being swollen shut. We cleaned off her highchair and washed her hands and face and thought we would just watch.....make sure she didn't get worse. All of a sudden she started scratching and pulling at her tongue. I packed her up and off to emergency we went.

We were brought in right away. The nurse said she was doing fine, there doesn't seem to be any swelling in her throat. They were going to give her medication by IV but I overhead the doctor and nurse taking about possibly giving it to her orally.....I piped up then and said ORALLY please! So, they gave her some Benadryl and steroids. We had to stay for a few hours so they can observe her.

My darling little girl was an angel. She played, flirted with the doctor and male nurses and was just content. I had packed a bag quickly for her (toys, diapers, bottle) but because I was so panicked, I forgot it at home. The nurse gave me a bottle of Enfamil but Kayla would not take it because she is now used to 1/2 formula and 1/2 milk. She was tired and hungry. At about 9:45 pm (2 hours past her bedtime) she had a meltdown. She started screaming. She just wanted to sleep.

Finally the doctor came in again at 10:30 and said Kayla was looking good, her vitals are great and because she wouldn't eat, we were able to go home. They normally observe for about 6 hours, but he would let us go.

This was the scariest thing ever! Thank God my little munchkin is okay!


Menu Plan Monday - February 8th

Last week's menu plan went pretty well. Wednesday we ended up having dinner at my mom's. Saturday Chris and Devin went ice fishing and weren't home for dinner so Kayla and I had some KD and sausages. I realized I didn't put down Sunday, but we ended up having homemade pizza and ceaser salad.

Now for this week: :)

Monday - fish fry, fries and salad

Tuesday - Dinner at Mom & Dad's

Wednesday - Ranch fast fry pork chops, chicken & herb rice and broccoli

Thursday - pasta and mini meatballs

Friday - southern fried chicken wings, onion rings, veggies/dip

Saturday - marinated striploin (on bbq if warm enough out), baked potatoes, mushrooms

Sunday - crockpot chicken, mashed potatoes, corn

As always, there are hundreds of other shared menus at OrgJunkie!

Monday, February 1, 2010

The 28 Day Organizing Challenge

I am participating in the Org Junkie's 28 Day Organizing Challenge. Laura has some amazing prizes that she is offering as motivation!

While I was on maternity leave for this past year, my goal was to declutter my house. I'm happy
to say that I have done very well. I have donated bags and bags of stuff, sold things on Kijiji and just threw stuff out.

Most of the house was "organized enough" but we had our daughter's birthday last weekend and everything we didn't have a place for ende
d up in our spare bedroom in the basement. It is a disaster in there. This is what I have decided to tackle for the whole space category. I'm so embarrassed, but everyone else is sharing so here are some before pics:

For the Small Space Category I thought I would tackle my computer desk that it in the corner of our livingroom. It is another place that is a dumping ground. I don't even know what is jammed in the bottom drawer of the file cabinet! Here's a few before pics:

Well, I've got a month and I'm hoping that I can do it! Check back as I will be posting some pictures of my adventure into organizing/decluttering!

If you want to see what others are organizing check it out at OrgJunkie!

Happy 60th Birthday to my Mom!

with her cutie pie and honey bun. Isn't my mom beautiful? You would never guess she just turned 60!

I really wanted to throw her a big 60th party, but she didn't want anything to do with that. So we had a nice dinner at our house with just our family. My aunt, uncle, cousin and fiancee came over after for cake and coffee.

Menu Plan Monday - Feburary 1st

I still haven't gone a whole week actually following my menu to a T....things come up and I change it around a bit. Wednesday night we ended up eating at my parents, Friday night we had a banquet to go to that I forgot about, so I ordered pizza for the kids and my sister. Saturday night I went out for dinner with some girlfriends and hubby and the kids had breaded chicken breasts and homemade fries. Sunday was my mom's 60th bday and I had the family over for dinner. We didn't have steak, but I made a roast, roasted potatoes, asparagus and salad.

Let's see if we can follow this menu! :)

Monday - burgers on the George Forman, perogies

Tuesday - hot roast beef sandwiches (leftover from Sunday's roast), noodles, peas and carrots

Wednesday - pork chops, rice, cream corn and salad

Thursday - soup and grilled cheese sandwiches

Friday - chicken cheese shells, salad (we're going to eat these one day!)

Saturday - homemade pizza, salad

For more awesome menu ideas visit!

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Meal Plan Monday - January 25th, 2010

We did pretty well following the meal plan this week, but because I forgot to take out the pork chops Wednesday night, I ended up being lazy and buying a cooked chicken from the grocery store. So, Thursday we had chicken, perogies and broccoli. We ordered pizza Friday night and Saturday we had pork chops instead. Hubby made them on the George Forman and I do not recommend that. They didn't have much taste and they were a little dry.

So, this week my hubby is going to be out of town on an ice fishing trip through work so it's just me and the kids from Monday - Wednesday.

Monday - leftovers from b-day party- had beef on a bun and Scooby Doo kraft dinner (LOL!)

Tuesday - breakfast for dinner - pancake and sausage

Wednesday - fast fry porkchops, noodles and veggies/dip

Thursday - whole chicken in crockpot, mashed potatoes, broccoli

Friday - cook's night off --- take out

Saturday - chicken & cheese stuffed shells, salad

Sunday - steak, potatoes, mushrooms

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Happy 1st Birthday to My Little Princess!

Kayla turned one on January 21st. I cannot believe my little baby girl is already a year old. Time sure flies. It makes me a little sad because she's not a baby anymore, but I am looking forward to watching her grow into a little lady.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Menu Plan Monday - January 18th

Oppps...a little late! :)

Last week’s menu did not go as planned…..only because the kids and I ate at my parents 2x (Thursday and Saturday), which was a bonus! We didn’t end up having hot pork sandwiches on Friday because the pork roast was a lot smaller than I though and we only had enough for lunch the next day. We ended up ordering pizza. Sunday we had fresh fish since hubby went ice fishing Saturday. I also made sweet potato fries, rice and salad.

Here’s the plan for this week:

Monday – homemade burgers, oven fries, sweet potatoes

Tuesday – spaghetti and meat sauce

Wednesday – breaded chicken breasts, rice and salad

Thursday – pork chops, perogies, broccoli (It’s my baby girl’s 1st bday – so cupcakes for dessert!)

Friday – take out?

Saturday – chicken and cheese stuffed shells, salad

Sunday – Kayla’s party – ordered Beef on a Bun, making Caesar Salad, potato salad

For more menu plans visit!

Monday, January 11, 2010

1st Day Back at Work

Well, I survived. It was quite overwhelming going back to work, although everyone was very welcoming! There were so many changes this past year, that I feel "brand new".

I think what made today successful was being organized. Everything was ready to go this morning. It made it less stressful. Devin went to the neighbour's with no problems and Kayla was a bit shy when I dropped her off at daycare, but they said she did well.

When I got home from work, Kayla squealed when she saw me, came crawling over and hugged me (patting my back too!). It was wonderful!

It really feels weird only spending a total of 3 hours with the kids.....which included making supper, cleaning up and getting things ready for tomorrow. So how much actual time did I get with them? Devin and I did play in his room for a while. We had to close the door because Kayla kept coming in and grabbing the cars we were playing with! LOL!

Menu Plan Monday - January 11, 2010

Last week's menu plan went pretty well. I only went to the grocery store 2x, which is good for me because I used to go every 2nd day. Again this week my menu is made based on what I have on hand.


homemade chicken fingers
oven fries


grilled cheese
chicken noodle soup


pork roast in slow cooker


Breakfast for dinner


hot pork sandwiches
homemade fries




pasta & meatballs
garlic bread

For more other great menu plans, check out Laura's site!

Sunday, January 10, 2010

One Year FLEW By

I cannot believe that I have to go back to work tomorrow!!! I have so many different emotions about it. I do want to get back into the adult world, but I'm going to miss my kids so much. I really wish that I didn't HAVE to work.

I'm going to miss going to playgroups, swimming, Chapters, just being with my kids all the time. I'm going to miss the time to myself....when Devin was in school and Kayla was sleeping.

I'm going to miss the fact that I had time to keep the house cleaned (well...most of the time), make dinner, keep up with laundry and just being organized.

I do think that I can do this. Being organized is the key. I have to have the kids bags ready, lunches made and clothes laid out for the next day.

Wish me luck.

Goals Update

I am so very happy with the progress I have made with my goals. I have decluttered so much in my home.....I amazed myself. I put a lot of things on freecycle and donated a bunch to Diabetes Association.

I have been to the gym three times this week and I have been able to drink more water. I just need to STOP snacking at night.

Did great with $$ - only went grocery shopping 2x this week and that was only for fruits/veggies and milk.

Just gotta keep this up! :)

Monday, January 4, 2010

1st Meal Plan of 2010

am starting my meal planning again in order to be more organized once I start back to work. I have also planned this week by Eating From the Pantry. For more meal planning ideas visit To learn more about the Eating from the Pantry Challenge visit or


fish fry
homemade fries


chicken parm
spaghetti noodles


soft tacos
chicken & herb rice
cucumber salad


grilled cheese sandwiches
chicken noodle soup
veggies & dip




chicken quesadillas


broccoli chicken alfredo pockets

Saturday I am planning on doing some batch cooking/freezer cooking.
I will cook some chicken for Sat/Sun meals as well as for lunches.
I will make some burgers and meatballs to freeze.
I will also be cutting up veggies for the week as well as making some muffins.


Friday, January 1, 2010

2010 Goals

Wow, it's 2010.

2009 just flew by. I really wanted to start blogging, but I guess trying to do it when I was having my 2nd child wasn't really a good idea. I just didn't have the time.....let's see how I do this year! :)

I have decided on the goals I want to work on this year:

Personal -

- work on eating healthy & drinking more water
- go to the gym 2x a week
- quit smoking
- take time to blog daily

Home -

- decluttering and organizing my home & life

Financial -

- track my spending more closely
- work on building up our savings