Monday Meal Plan: Week of May 22

 

This week I continued to fight my cold, which finally seems to be dissipating. So, I tried to do things as easily as possible. Plus, we ended up having leftovers from a few get-togethers and ate those for 3 meals this week. Also, I snagged a free Papa John’s Pizza from an email I got from them. It’s not the best pizza, but for free, I’ll take it.

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Monday Meal Plan: Week of May 15

 

The warmer weather finally seems to be upon us. Yay!  So excited for that. This past week I have been sick with a bad cold so I took Friday off from cooking and instead of baked spaghetti, we had frozen pizza. We used to eat frozen pizza more often, but then my 3 year old decided that pizza doesn’t agree with her, so we don’t have it much anymore. Probably better for our health, but it was so easy.

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Monday Meal Plan: Week of May 8

 

Smoothie season is upon us and even though the weather is not quite as warm as I’d like, my kids have been loving having a few smoothies. I love them because they are a great way to get in hidden veggies as well. Some spinach here, a carrot there. At least 1 serving of veggies in every cup, and they love drinking them, as do I. Yay for warmer weather.

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Monday Meal Plan: Week of May 1

Last week I was supposed to make the Lemon Blueberry Bread, but I forgot to buy blueberries so instead I made Strawberry Shortcake Scones. It was a pretty simple recipe and they came out so delicious. Definitely a keeper. I am so bad about taking pictures so I don’t have any, but I can vouch for the great taste! One thing I really liked was that even with the icing, they weren’t overly sweet.

I know in previous posts I have shared the benefits of meal planning. One other important thing to remember is that it’s not set in stone and having the meals on hand means you have flexibility to change things around. That seems to happen more often lately in our family.

Last week, my daughter got sick so everything got switched around, but I was thankful we had plenty of options on hand to choose from.

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Homemade Crib Rail Protection you Won’t Find on Pinterest

It may be a slight exaggeration to say that my son is part beaver, but seriously, has your crib ever looked like this?

I know we shouldn’t compare children, but my daughter never left marks like this. Teeth marks, yes, but not gnawing like she was going to bite through the bars completely.

I knew I had to do something when I came in to get him from his nap and there were brown paint chips all over his face from the crib. That can’t be healthy.

I remembered seeing somewhere about how people used pool noodles and you could make a fabric overlay for them and use that. Great idea! But I am not a sewer, and have no sewing machine or time to learn. And besides, this was an emergency. Something had to happen, like, now, before he got a splinter in his mouth.

So, this is what I came up with on the fly, without purchasing anything.

What you need: a pool noodle, scissors or knife, clean old socks (we had a bag full that we’ve used for cleaning), duct tape.

Pinterest pretty? Definitely not. Practical, fast and frugal? You better believe it!

It also was a work in progress, as my first attempt, I quickly realized, had some flaws. The first being, it was too easy to remove. I learned this when checking on him while napping. The guardrail was not where I put it, but instead, right beside my sleeping guy. Not super effective.

Attempt two was to tie it down with string. This worked great for a time, but then he started pulling on the socks and then would come off from under the string and one of the strings even broke all together. Never underestimate the strength of a one year old boy.

Finally, I resorted to my favorite weapon of choice, duct tape. Seriously, you can do anything with this stuff. I made strips of duct tape which I folded on to themselves to create a wrap. Then I duct taped my duct-tape wrap in intervals around the guard rail so it couldn’t go anywhere, and the socks could not be removed. I could have just duct-taped it by itself, but I was trying to avoid leaving behind any sticky residue on the crib itself.

This has worked beautifully. It’s been in place now for about 3 months and has successfully eliminated our little beaver from gnawing further.

Do you have any baby hacks that you’ve resorted to when a problem arises?

Monday Meal Plan: Week of April 17

Argghh..I am late in getting this out, yet again. But this time at least I have a good excuse. My husband took off today and we had an unplanned trip to the zoo. It worked out great because it ended up being a gorgeous, 70 degree, sunny day. Seriously, you could not have asked for better weather. We wore ourselves out having fun and loved every minute.

This week we will be celebrating my daughters third birthday. So I chose meals that I know she really likes.
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Preparing for Easter

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Easter is fast approaching, and if you’re anything like me, then you don’t feel prepared mentally. But there are things you and your children can do to prepare for Easter.

Family Devotionals

I have been doing devotionals with my kids everyday using the JellyTelly 5 Minute Family Devotionals for Easter. If you don’t know what JellyTelly is you can check out my post all about it here. Those have been wonderful. Every morning I read a short passage of scripture, read the prompt and they watch a short video. Then we briefly talk about what they learned and we pray. My kids are young, 3 and 1, so short is a must. But I feel like it has helped me too.

Listen to Podcasts

Sometimes you may not have time to sit and read for great lengths of time, but listening can be done while on the go, or while doing tasks. I love listening to podcasts as often as I can. Recently FamilyLife had a series on celebrating Easter with your family which was really spot-on and gave many good things to think about in regards to Easter traditions. I highly recommend that you check it out for ideas on how to start meaningful traditions for your Easter that focus more on Christ than eggs and bunnies. Read more

Meal Planning: How I Plan for the Week

Meal planning and shopping has changed a bit for me since having kids, but essentially I am doing the same things I have always done. My time is more limited now, so I really try to get it done as quickly as possible. This is my method.

How to Make the Most of Your Dollar When Meal Planning

Step One – Go through the store circulars for your top stores.

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