Summer Meal Plan: Cool Meals for Hot Days

It's only the middle of June and we've already hit 90 degree weather here in Tennessee! While I love sunshine and warm weather, I do not like a hot house. In fact, earlier this week I turned the oven on in the afternoon to fix a roast and could not cool down until I took a cold bath later that night! That's when I decided to create a Summer Meal Plan. My Summer Meal Plan consists of recipes that do not require the use of the oven. Instead, I'm opting to use my crockpot, Instant Pot, … [Read more...]

31 Dinner Ideas for the Month of May

I love to cook. If you know my mom, then you wouldn't be at all surprised. She is a masterful chef who my husband lovingly refers to as "the MacGyver of the Kitchen" because she can take 3 seemingly unrelated foods and turn them into a gastronomical masterpiece. I don't have her creative knack for cooking but I'm trying. Unfortunately, my children would prefer burgers and chicken tenders over Avocado Black Bean Enchiladas (yum btw!) or Chicken Alfredo Spaghetti Squash (not so yum). While … [Read more...]

16 Cool & Healthy Summer Treats

I have a little sugar problem. Actually, after completing my first Whole30, I discovered that I am seriously addicted to sugar. Nevertheless, life is short, and I believe wholeheartedly in (1) moderation and (2) making the best of the days I have numbered. That means we eat dessert on a fairly regular basis. However, I can sense my girls also cultivating their own sweet teeth tooths, and I'm not sure that's a road I want them to walk down. So, this summer, I've been looking for healthier … [Read more...]

Quit Trying to Be Super Mom!

This is Day 13 of our series on "Surviving & Thriving with a Newborn" -- part of the 31 day writing challenge hosted by the Nester. Every day in October I'll be sharing a tip about how to make the most of and enjoy the sleep-deprived newborn days. For a list of all the posts in this series, click here. My house is a mess. Baskets of laundry -- both clean and dirty -- are scattered around the house awaiting their final destinies. The food in our fridge is either spoiled or inedible. … [Read more...]

Weekly Meal Plan {June 1-7}

I can't believe we're already in June! The weather is definitely warming up here in Tennessee, so we're venturing outside in the early morning hours to play and then coming in for school. This week kicks off our official "start" of the school year. Yes, I know most people are finishing up now, but we've had a 6-week long break, and we're eager to get back in to our routine. So, here's what's on our menu this week: Sunday B: Cinnamon rolls (store-bought), sausage links & eggs L: … [Read more...]

Chore Chart for Children Ages 18 Months to 6 Years

Since we've been focusing on chores this month in our home, I thought I'd share how I've delineated chores based on the ages of our children. Keep in mind I have three girls ages 5.5, 3.5, and 24 months. I also want to be fair and let you know that we have a very small, one-story house, so there isn't as much to clean: we have 1 bathroom and 3 bedrooms. Let Me Be Honest . . .  Lest you think I have super kids, I'm going to be honest with you: Teaching my children new chores and staying on top … [Read more...]

Weekly Meal Plan {5/18-24} + A Thrifty Tip

My parents kept our children this weekend so my husband and I could go out for our anniversary dinner. As a result, we were able to grocery shop for the week -- sans kids. Plus, we had a romantic and very quiet dinner out. I'm very excited because we finally ordered the deep freeze we've been wanting, so now I will have room to store all our freezer meals. I cannot wait to see if this freezer will really hold the 480 pounds of food it claims :) This week's meal plan consists of a few new … [Read more...]

Children & Chores: 10 Tips to Get Started

"Lazy hands make a man poor, but diligent hands bring wealth." Proverbs 10:4 When I decided to refocus our homeschool plans for May, I didn't have a specific direction in which to go. I knew what I wanted us to do, but had no clear path to get us there. So I sat down and made a list of irritations I was experiencing with myself and my children: personal grievances that were affecting our relationship and turning great days into Armageddon. My list revealed two things: Too much … [Read more...]

Weekly Meal Plan {5/4-5/10} + Tips

My baby girl turns 2 today!! I cannot believe it! We are also rapidly approaching the arrival of Baby Girl numero cuatro, and this past weekend my wonderfully talented husband removed the sink from our utility room to make way for a deep freeze that I hope to get soon. So, my plan is to start making one freezer meal a week until our refrigerator freezer & new deep freeze are full. That way, when Baby comes, we will be all set for food. This week we are wrapping up my daughter's … [Read more...]

Our Homeschooling Plans for May

I mentioned recently that I had some exciting news about our plans for the month of May. I'm not sure if "exciting" is the right word, but I did want to share what we'll be doing in our hiatus from "regular" homeschool course work. Kate has finished her Kindergarten course work, and while I really want to move forward and start First Grade (I'm really excited about our curriculum, which I'll share soon!), I'm reluctant for the following reasons: Teacher needs to reorganize the homeschool … [Read more...]