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

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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