Monday, January 15, 2018

Meal Plan Monday

Well I started meal plan Monday a couple of months ago, and then the holidays hit. I don't think I had time to follow a full meal plan because it was so crazy! I'm going to try and get back to it starting this week!

Monday ~ Spaghetti with home made sauce and gluten free noodles
Tuesday ~ Potato Soup with home made bread
Wednesday ~ One pot chicken and rice (This is a new recipe that I'm trying this week)
Thursday ~ Navajo fry bread tacos
Friday ~ Roast Chicken i crock pot with Coconut Rice 
Saturday and Sunday this week are kind of up in the air. I might make gumbo, but if not I will probably make a big pot of veggie soup.

I hope you have a wonderful week this week!

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

WW ~ Life

This is what I have for WW this week. The last couple of days have been the awful, and I feel like it's impossible to hold on. I'm ready for the beautiful. 

Monday, January 1, 2018

Happy New Year! 2018

I just wanted to wish everyone a happy and prosperous new year! We have been sick for about ten days and we are still recovering. It has hit us hard, and apparently we are still fighting it off. I'm hoping to have my word of the year post up soon, but until we will be taking it easy and trying to recover.

Many blessings!


Thursday, December 21, 2017

Magic Stix Washable Markers Review

Ok so we have had the pleasure of being able to do a short review for Magic Stix Washable Markers! If you have read any of my reviews then you will recall how much we love the Kwik Stix by The Pencil Grip, Inc. Their products are always so well made and are always such a wonderful addition to our school!

Today I want to give you a look at their Magic Stix. These aren't just any markers. I know if you have kids that you have walked in and found the markers with the caps left off. Many times they've been left off for a few days and here you are with a dried up marker that has to go straight into the trash. Magic Stix are called magic for a good reason! These markers are GUARANTEED to not dry out for at least 7 days!! That right there is a great reason to buy them.

We did a short test. I didn't have them for the full 7 days before I needed to make this post before Christmas so mine is only 4 days worth. But four days with no lid is still amazing!

As you can see the marker still works and the ink is still very bright! No issues what so ever!!

Ok so what are other features that make these markers stand above the rest?

  • They are odorless. I love this since my son suffers from headaches. 
  • They are washable. This is always a plus because of obvious reasons!
  • They are non-toxic! Another plus when you have small children who want to use them!
  • They are available in 12 and 24 pks
I also want to mention that they are bright and bold colors! Here's a little illustration of most of the colors. I hate when you get markers that are so light that you can barely see them. You won't have that problem with these!

I also wanted to mention one final point. I'm a planner girl and I'm always looking for new tools to use in my planner. I like to lightly shade boxes to stand out etc. I tried using these markers to do that and there was no bleeding! That is a huge issue when it comes to markers in planners. You don't want it to bleed through to the next page. Now if you colored it really dark and thick, I'm sure some bleeding would occur, but just a light shading had no effects in my Happy Planner! I will definitely be using them there in addition to our school!

I know everyone is going to be eager to get started back to school after the holidays are over, so why not add something fun to your collection! You can get the 12 pk that we are reviewing or the 24 pk on Amazon! They even have free shipping for all of you Prime customers!

I hope everyone has a very Merry Christmas!

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Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Wordless Wednesday ~ Unicorn

So this week is a little bit of a combination Wordless Wednesday and Crochet Corner. This unicorn blanket is my latest crochet creation hot off the hook!

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Busy with the holidays and Snow!

The last few weeks have been what only one word can describe. Busy! I hosted Thanksgiving this year and it was absolutely wonderful. It was my first year, and we had family that traveled 300 miles to be here. I shopped, I planned, prepared, and cooked. I am pretty proud of myself that I did it, and I have to say that it went pretty flawlessly. We ended up with a feast and leftover turkey for days. It was definitely time well spent, and we made lots of memories!

Added on to the Thanksgiving holidays, I got to spend two weeks with my sweet grand doll Mila Rose! She's almost three years old, so we get to not only play together, but also have some pretty fun conversations. We went on a few adventures to see some drive through light displays, lunch at Chick-fil-a, and shopping at Costco. She had a lot of fun!

After Mila went home, later in the week we had a pretty big event for us Texans! It snowed, and by snow, I don't mean icy wintry mix that we like to call snow if it does happen.  I mean REAL powder white snow that stuck to EVERYTHING!! It was magical and beautiful! When it started I would have been happy for the kids to be able to catch a few snow flakes, but God showed off that night! We saw snowflakes the size of quarters! They were HUGE and beautiful! It wasn't long before it started sticking to the cars, and trees, and then the ground was completely covered! My kids all ran outside and to hear their laughter, and excitement was even more magical for me. You could hear the entire neighborhood laughing and running around throwing snowballs at each other. I don't think there was a house around who didn't have a snowman. Ours was small, but we saw some that were huge! 

Monday, November 13, 2017

November 13-19 Meal Plan Monday

I have been meal planning for awhile now, so I thought why not share it here! It really saves my family money to have our meals completely planned out for at least two weeks. I am trying very hard to get it to once a month, even if I still do my grocery shopping every two weeks. I will be honest, meal planning is not my favorite chore to do. I get burnt out on trying to find different recipes to keep my people happy. I figure if I can meal plan for the entire month, then all I have to do is go shopping when it comes time. Much more efficient use of my time if you ask me!

I don't use any special planners for this except a sheet of paper, and a blank printable calendar. My calendar is used for notes I may need for other meals, and sometimes looks messy because I erase and move meals around. The first thing I do is write the meals in on the calendar. I will then take a sheet of paper and write down each meal's ingredients. That way when I make my grocery list, I won't forget anything. It may take a bit longer, but I normally have all of the ingredients I need. It also makes me check my pantry and refrigerator for staple ingredients.

Here's a peek at my crazy calendar!

So, here's this week's meal plan. If there is a recipe that I use on Pinterest or elsewhere, I will add the link for it.

Sunday ~ Fried Rice and Eggrolls
Monday ~ Spaghetti with home made sauce and gluten free noodles, fresh baked Italian bread (I make it earlier in the day), and salad
Tuesday ~ Black Beans and Yellow Rice (I do not use the peas) served with salsa
Wednesday ~ Whole roasted chicken with brussel sprouts and baked potatoes
Thursday ~ Orzo pasta with spinach and parmesan cheese It's very unusual for us to have pasta twice in a week, but this recipe looked so yummy, I decided to add it anyway! Also, this is not EoE friendly, but we have other meals in place for Gav that he loves if this happens. It's not often, but sometimes it does.
Friday ~ Chicken Paprikash over rice
Saturday ~ Sloppy Joes with potato salad (I make the buns myself earlier in the day, and Gav eats it on his home made gluten free bread)

With next week being Thanksgiving, I will probably post my Thanksgiving menu separately from our weekly menu.

Ya'll have a great week!