This is week two of our newly established established meal plan and grocery budget series. We’re settling in nicely and have even managed to learn a couple of new things over the last week. Upcoming week’s meal plan and video planning segment included in post.Read More
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...
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
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!
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!