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...]

Weekly Meal Plan {4/27-5/3} + Tip #2

The next few weeks are busy ones as our regular activities wind down for the summer. We've finished all of our kindergarten work for the year, so we're making a transition into a short break from homeschooling {I'll clue you in to what we'll be doing in May very soon. I'm really excited!}. Also, my sweet baby girl turns TWO next Sunday. If you're like me -- busy as a bee with all the end-of-the-school-year activities, then a weekly meal plan totally makes life simpler and easier. You don't … [Read more...]

We’ll Never Achieve Homemaking Nirvana, but We Still Need to Try

this post contains affiliate links - thanks for supporting my familyIt was 4:30 in the afternoon on Tuesday. Only an hour until my husband would be home, and my to-do list was still a mile long. Supper needed to be finished, the floors needed vacuuming (seriously,dirt and food debris were killing my feet), the clean laundry needed folding and putting away, and I still hadn't made my highly anticipated dessert. And, of course, all three children were running in circles around me as I tried to … [Read more...]

It’s HERE & Why I’m Getting it!

Today is the BIG day!! Wondering what I'm talking about? Well, for the past two weeks there's been a little secret circulating in the blogging world. A brand new Ultimate Homemaking Bundle is available beginning TODAY! Sure you knew that, but what you didn't know is what's included in that extra special bundle. Now, I can fill you in, and I'm so excited!! What's included: Why I'm Buying the Ultimate Homemaking Bundle (UHB): Excellent resources for my homemaking library. I want to … [Read more...]

Meal Planning Tip #1 & Our Weekly Meal Plan

I haven't posted a meal plan in quite a while, but I've honestly been wanting to because I love reading other people's posts with recipe ideas and trying them out. When I find a good one, I add it to my Menu Plan board on Pinterest. I also have a board filled with Pinned Recipes I've Tried that I draw from on a regular basis as I meal plan, so these are recipes that have passed the litmus test with my husband and children. Many of the recipes you'll find posted here can also be found on … [Read more...]

Roasted Broccoli: A Kid-Approved, Seasonal Recipe

Recently, I posted on how we're trying to incorporate more seasonal produce into our meal plans to improve our diet and save money. This month broccoli is on sale and in season, and at $0.99 a bunch, we're consuming a lot of this green antioxidant-rich veggie in our house. Most kids will eat broccoli smothered in cheese sauce {who am I kidding? I love the stuff, too!}, but it isn't very healthy. In the past, I've roasted potatoes, corn, even carrots, peppers, and onions, and I love the … [Read more...]

Seasonal Produce: 1 Simple Way to Improve Your Family’s Diet

One of my 2014 personal goals is to improve our family's diet. I'm a "from-scratch" cooker and generally avoid canned soups and convenience foods because of their high sodium, preservative-laden ingredients, and, frankly, I don't like them. However, recent bouts with morning all-day sickness have quashed my desire to cook, eat, or do anything food-related lately, and I've fallen prey to those convenient jarred sauces, frozen dinners, and quick-fix meals to get my family fed. I'm not … [Read more...]