Week at a Glance | March 19-25 2017

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As far as a recap for last week, I'll keep things short and sweet, because truly it was a bit of a blur. We enjoyed March Break by way of movies, day trips, hang outs with friends and the kids partied at a sitter's for two days while I worked. While it wasn't Disney, it was still pretty nice.

This week, I am back into work mode (when am I not)? Business wise, I am really hoping to be able to launch my eBook for KonMari kids and secure a venue for my first workshop. The pressure is on, but it's really positive and I'm excited. Around the house, I am in full planning mode these days. Since finishing Mairi's room, I now want to take on the entire house. I have started brainstorming ideas for the boy's bedroom decor update and I'm looking forward to diving in. Hopefully, I will be able to get up an inspiration board on the blog this week and share with you what I have been working on. I've also taken the plunge and committed myself to doing the 'April One Room Challenge' of overhauling our master bedroom. On a personal note, we signed our whole family up to our local wellness centre and I'm so excited to finally start making fitness a priority.

On the food front, here's what we will be cookin' up this week:


Weekly Meal Plan – March 19-25 Sunday – Baked salmon, oven roasted potatoes, spinach salad Monday – Pasta with marinara sauce, side veggie salad Tuesday – Slow-cooker Cranberry Pork Roast Wednesday – Shepherd's Pie (maybe this will be the week I share the recipe?!) Thursday – Chicken Stir-fry, quinoa Friday – Breakfast for supper Saturday – TBD


I wish you all a wonderful week (and restful recovery from March Break)!

Week at a Glance | March 12-18

Last week was a really good one; a perfect balance of work and fun! Loic and Mairi spent their first day at the new sitter's and it went well, Mairi clung a lot to her brother but I know this will ease off in time as she becomes more comfortable (or so I tell myself). Having a day solely devoted to work, provided much more flexibility for the rest of the week in just being able to spend time focused on the kids - win/win! This new routine is going to really benefit everyone and I'm feeling really settled about the decision to have them in partial care. On the work front, I managed to complete my first eBook for families wanting to go through the KonMari Method (yay!) and had the lovely opportunity to finally meet up with two other local bloggers and brainstorm some awesome ideas! The last of Mairi's bedroom makeover was finished yesterday and our little princess is loving her new bed and decorations; I can't wait to share the reveal this week with you all. A roadtrip with friends to the Truro library made for a great way to wrap up the week on Friday (and everyone kept their pants on this time)! We also got out for a nice family afternoon to our local museum, it was such an awesome outing that the kids thoroughly enjoyed and learned a lot from (blog post coming soon)!

This week coming is March break and I had been so looking forward to all the fun plans I made for the kids, until I learned we are expecting yet another snowstorm. Ho hum! We'll see how it plays out and if traveling isn't an option, we'll make lots of blanket forts, have multiple movie dates and eat a lot of snow ice cream! Each day this week, I have at least one new upload coming on either my YouTube channel or blog - so if you're into what I have to share... stay tuned!

Meal plan this week is a mix of comfort food (aka, stew again!) and fun treats to celebrate March Break!


Weekly Meal Plan – March 12-18 Sunday – Oven Stew Monday – Oven Chicken Fajitas (kid favourite) Tuesday – Baked Mac & Cheese, side Salad (another Pioneer Woman fav) Wednesday – "Edna Mae's Sour Cream Pancakes" (I'm doing it for the kids, ok? ha!) Thursday – Slow-cooker Hawaiian BBQ Chicken Sliders & Slaw (YUM!) Friday – Homemade Pizza on Naan Bread Saturday – Pork Satay, Mixed Veggies & Rice


Week at a Glance | March 5 - 11

family meal plansThese 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...

I launched my first KonMari Kids Virtual Group Tidying program last Sunday and it couldn't be going better. This program is my baby; I created this entire approach to applying the KonMari Method to family life and so I'm especially proud that it is being so well received! I got a much needed girls shopping day in last weekend (that makes two weekends in a row shopping, I'm on a roll). Carla and I took a quick trip to Halifax to take advantage of a great sale at Gymboree and also squeezed in a yummy lunch, a Starbucks run and a great shop at the Gap Factory store. While I bought mostly for the kids, I did manage to buy some new pieces of clothing for myself - always a nice treat! This past week, I turned thirty-three and enjoyed a sweet day celebrating another year - I have big plans to make it the best one yet! I finally spent some time working on Mairi's bedroom makeover. It felt good to make some headway, especially given it had been weeks of no progress. Mairi and Loic met their new babysitter on Wednesday and it went fantastically well; such a huge relief to know they'll be in great hands and having fun. I am very much looking forward to having designated work days each week so that when the kids are home with me, my focus will be solely on them.  Work lately has been exciting and fun, I've been spending a lot of time concentrating on the backend of my business; really focusing on my programs and beginning to develop some new concepts. On Friday I attended my first East Coast Mommy Bloggers workshop in the city (yes, another excuse to get there)! It was such a great experience that it is worthy of a separate post (stay tuned!).

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


Week at a Glance | February 19 - 25

easy meal plan 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!

Week at a Glance | February 12-18

meal planI 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!

Week at a Glance | February 5-11

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Lots on the docket this week, so I'll jump right into sharing what the plans are!

On the home front, I am pushing through with the remaining organization projects. My main focus areas are the back entryway closet, my new office area, laundry/utility room and craft closet. The list is only a tad overwhelming when I think of how much work this will involve, but one. task. at. a. time! Knowing I won't be able to check everything off this week, I'm going to focus first on the back entryway and office. Anything in addition to that will be a huge bonus. Hudson starts his first piano lesson on Monday and he's thrilled. I'm so excited that he's interested in music. I took lessons as a child and really enjoyed them (we won't discuss my lack of talent - ha!). Unlike his poor Mum, Hudson has a natural musical ability and it'll be a blessing to see this develop. I also have a friend's baby shower to attend on Friday evening and am looking forward to being able to catchup with friends and do something social (it has been far too long)! Oh, and then at some point I'm going to need to decorate for Valentine's Day and sort out something sweet for the kid's to take to school.

Work wise, February's Virtual Group Tidying program started today and I'm thrilled with being able to lead another group through the process! I'm also finishing up the last of the program material for my KonMari Kids Group Tidying program that will start at the end of February. There are a few more things I'm working on and I'll share in the coming weeks! On my channel I'm looking forward to showing some of my favourite inexpensive ways to organize toys, a Daily to Do video and I'd like to do a brainstorming video and/or post sharing my ideas for Mairi's bedroom makeover. Gosh, just writing that all out has me exhausted :P

Let's talk meals! We did well last week with changing up our menu to accommodate some new recipes and the plan is to do the same again. The line up can be found below and as always, click the titles for the direct recipe links:

Weekly Meal Plan – February 5-11 (brought to you by my love for Ree Drummond and Mexican food) Sunday – Baked Chicken, Roasted Vegetables MondayBaked Spaghetti  TuesdayVeggie Stir-fry Wednesday – Grilled Ham & Cheese Panini Sandwiches & Veggie sticks Thursday – Simple Perfect Enchiladas Friday – Loaded Nachos (because, yum and it's Friday) Saturday - Oven stew

Week at a Glance | Jan 29 - Feb 4

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Look at me go... two weeks in a row posting my week at a glance and this week I'm adding a video! I won't make any commitment that I'll be doing a video every Sunday, but at the least I'll be sharing our weekly meal plans.

I chatted a lot in the video I posted, so I'll keep things short & sweet on the blog for this week. Check out the video below for details on what's going on this week and a look at my two Happy Planners.

Weekly Meal Plan – Jan 29-Feb 4 Sunday – Fish, steamed veggies, potatoes Monday – Marinara (Kirkland brand) sauce & pasta, salad, rolls Tuesday – Tuna melts & veggie sticks Wednesday – Frozen Pulled Chicken over rice Thursday – Mexican Bake Friday - Homemade pizza Saturday - Oven stew (Rob's own recipe which he knows by memory, but will take notes of so I can share)

I wish you a wonderful start to February!

Week at a Glance | Jan 22-28

Let's pretend it hasn't been nearly a year since I last posted to my blog and just carry on, okay?... My Week at a Glance videos have always been pretty popular on my channel, but like my blog, I dropped the ball (whoops!). For 2017 I'd like to pick it back up, but keep things simple by primary posting here. If I'm able to swing it on our busy Sundays, I'll also do a video sharing my planner spread.

I'm really looking forward to this week. On the home front, it's a relatively easy one and I'm always thankful for those! Today Rob installed a floating shelf above my office desk and now I feel more inspired than ever to focus on creating a space of my own to reserve for work. I'll be sharing the decor and organization in the coming weeks, so stay tuned! I'm also finishing up organizing my jewelry and will be hopefully filming and posting that video in the coming days.

We've been in a real rut as of late with seemingly having the same meals over and over. So for this week's meal plan, I went straight to Pinterest for recipe inspiration and found what I hope will be a couple winners to add to the mix.

 

Weekly Meal Plan - Jan 22-28 Sunday - Marinara (Kirkland brand) sauce & pasta, salad, rolls Monday - Shepherd's Pie (my own recipes, which I promise I will do a post on soon) Tuesday - Veggie Stir-fry Wednesday - Easy Alfredo Casserole Thursday - Pan fried haddock, potato, steamed veggies Friday - Chicken Burrito Bowls

I hope you all have a wonderful week ahead!