February 25, 2015

Freezer-Only Challenge Wrap Up

I did it! I got through the whole month without buying any meat and only using what was already in the freezer. The Freezer-Only Challenge was actually much easier than I expected.

My worry was that I wouldn't be able to figure out what to do with what was in the freezer. Or, that I'd want to make a certain dish but not have the meat for it. A few days along the way I did have to adjust what I'd wanted to make based on what we actually had. Really, the hardest part was staying away from that sale meat.

Even after a month of cleaning out there is still lots of meat left in the freezer. None of it is falling down on my head now or toes now, though. What I'm running low on is ground turkey and chicken (we don't eat much ground beef). This challenge taught me that I use those most often so that's what I really need to stock up on regularly. Ground meat is very versatile and used in so many recipes. Being a cheaper cut (is it really a cut if it's ground up?) helps the budget, too.

Now that the challenge is over I want to keep the freezer manageable. I'll still be stocking up during big sales (meat is so expensive otherwise). I just won't do so to the point I'm getting injured trying to get something out.

How did the challenge go for you? Did you make it? Is your freezer more manageable now?



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February 23, 2015

Three Cheese Turkey Lasagna

One thing A always makes is ziti. For a change, I had him try out lasagna recently. It was so tasty and easy to make. His recipe makes enough for us all to have dinner, A to have lunch for four days, and for me or M2 to have it for lunch once. We had mixed greens salad and French bread on the side. A perfect, filling, dinner of comfort food.


A's Three Cheese Turkey Lasagna
  • 1 lb. ground turkey
  • 1 T each of garlic and onion powder
  • 1 large jar spaghetti sauce or two regular size jars
  • 1 can tomato paste
  • Half box whole wheat lasagna noodles
  • 1 small container low-fat ricotta cheese
  • 4 cups mozzarella cheese
  • 8 slices provolone cheese
  • 9x13 glass pan, sprayed with non-stick spray
Mix garlic and onion power into ground turkey
Brown ground turkey
Stir together ground turkey, spaghetti sauce, and tomato paste
Cook lasagna noodles per instructions on box
Place 1/4 of the lasagna noodles in bottom of 9x13 glass pan
Layer 1/3 sauce mixture, then provolone (end to end across pan)
Layer 1/4 of the noodles, then 1/3 sauce mixture, then ricotta
Layer 1/4 of the noodles then remaining sauce mixture
Layer remaining noodles and finish with mozzarella on top
Bake at 375 degrees until cheese is melted and golden, about 45 minutes
Enjoy!


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February 22, 2015

Cooking with M: What's for Dinner?

 I've been getting tired of the usual stuff we make. The grocery store yielded some new ideas in the ethnic section that I'm going to be trying this week.

Let's see what's for dinner!

Monday
Indian butter chicken with white rice, broccoli, and cauliflower

Tuesday
Cheeseburgers with French fries and corn

Wednesday
Breaded pork chops with baked potato and green beans

Thursday
Sweet and sour chicken with mixed grain salad and mixed vegetables

Friday
Waffles with mixed fruit and turkey sausage

Saturday
Three cheese turkey lasagne with garlic bread and green salad

Sunday
Turkey legs with stuffing, mashed potatoes and peas

February 20, 2015

Do You Want to Build a...Snow Monster?

With all the snow on the ground, I decided to get creative with a craft for M2 to do. I thought it would be fun to make a snow monster, complete with pom poms and glitter glue, which M2 loves. What kid doesn't love glitter? It's simple, easy to put together, and cute to boot. The craft works for kids age toddler and up.

M2 gave hers a bug eye.
Supplies
  • Cotton balls
  • Empty toilet paper tube
  • 1 Large pom pom
  • 2 small pom poms
  • Pipe cleaner
  • White construction paper
  • School glue
  • 2 Googly eyes
  • Glitter glue
Cut the construction paper to fit around the toilet paper tube. Glue on (parents can do this if the kid(s) are too young)
Glue cotton balls around the tube however desired
Glue on googly eyes
Glue on one small pom pom for the nose
Glue large pom pom onto the top as a hat. Add small pom pom on top
Wrap pipe cleaner around tube to make arms
Decorate with glitter glue
Lots of glitter!



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February 18, 2015

Turkey and Three Bean Chili


I love making chili on a cold winter's day. It's warming, hearty, healthy, and there's always plenty of leftovers. This bath made enough for two dinners for three of us and five of A's lunches. Three he had right after it's made, two I froze. Those are for when we don't have anything handy for his lunch. They are huge servings, too. Enough for him to have lunch and a bit for a snack later. My special ingredient in chili is cinnamon for a Cincinnati chili-like twist. This recipe can easily be made in a slow cooker as well.

Turkey and Three Bean Chili
  • 2 lbs. ground turkey 85% lean
  • 2 16 oz. cans of light or dark kidney beans, drained
  • 2 16 oz. cans of chili beans or other beans of your choice, drained if not chili beans
  • 2 16 oz. cans of pinto or other beans of your choice, drained
  • 1 16 oz. bag of frozen chopped onion and green peppers
  • 2 large cans of diced tomatoes
  • 2 large cans of tomato sauce
  • 6 T ground cinnamon (or to taste)
  • 4 T chili powder (or to taste)
  • 2 T sugar
  • Shredded cheddar cheese
  • If you like spicy foods, add hot sauce to taste
Brown ground turkey in skillet until fully cooked
Drain grease from meat
Combine all beans, tomatoes, tomato sauce, spices, and cooked turkey into a large pot
Cook on medium-low heat until beans are soft, at least three hours
Stir every half hour to keep ingredients from sticking and burning to bottom
Add shredded cheddar cheese to top of individual bowls before serving
Cool leftover chili before refrigerating and/or freezing
Freeze chili in individual portions for easy serving later

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February 16, 2015

I'm Nominated for the 2015 Liebster Award



Lecy at Simple Life, Happy Wife has kindly nominated me for the 2015 Liebster Award! It is an award in the blogging community given by bloggers to bloggers. You can only be nominated for it by another blogger. Thanks, Lecy! Her blog is all about living simply without enjoying it less. She's a wife, mom of three furry critters, jewelery designer, and so much more. Be sure to check out her blog.

There are 6 rules for the Liebster Award
  1. Acknowledge the blogger who nominated them and display the award.
  2. Answer 11 questions the nominating blog gave you.
  3. Give 11 random facts about yourself.
  4. Nominate up to 11 bloggers you think are deserving of the award.
  5. Let the 11 bloggers know you've nominated them via social media.
  6. Give them 11 questions of your own to answer.
The 11 questions Lecy gave me and my answers
  1.  How did you decide on the name of your blog?
To us, being a stay-at-home mom is more than caring for our kids, it's cleaning, cooking, baking, crafting, gardening, budgeting, shopping, researching, educating -- well, you get the picture. We decided wanted to encapsulate this with our blog title, but how to cram that much into a few words? After much debate, many thrown out ideas and desperation wondering if there would ever be agreement, a name was finally selected. And thus, K&M: The Stay-at-Home-Life was born in March 2014.

  2.  How many unread emails are sitting in you inbox? (be honest!)
I keep up with my inbox pretty well. Anything in there is junk I just haven't deleted yet.
  3.  What is your favorite food?
Cake! White with vanilla buttercream frosting to be precise.
  4.  What is one wardrobe staple you can't live without?  
My hoodie and comfy pants. 
  5.  Do you have children?
Yes, two! M2 and B.
  6.  What is your favorite social media platform and why?
I'm a Facebookaholic. It allows me to keep in touch with family and friends who don't live close to us--like K!
  7.  What is something you do, smell, taste that immediately takes you back to your childhood?
Roses. They always remind me of my aunt.
  8.  What is the best thing (in your opinion) about blogging?
I love how I get to do what I love (write) about what I love (my life and family) and share both with our readers.
  9.  What is your guilty pleasure?
The previously-mentioned cake!
10.  Where state/country are you from?
Virginia
11.  What 5 things do you always have to keep in your purse/bag?
My wallet, phone, antibacterial wipes, tissues, and Chapstick.

My 11 random facts
  1. I have lived in a number of states in the north and south.
  2. I love animals! I'm always wanting to take in strays or adopt more but know three kitties is enough for us right now.
  3. I have a weakness for animals with one eye. I don't know why. They're just so cute!
  4. I think black cats are lucky.
  5. I also think the number 13 is lucky.
  6. I loooove tea. My kitchen has an entire tea cabinet. I'm not too big on coffee.
  7. I'm totally a country girl, not a city girl. The city is nice to visit, but I wouldn't want to stay.
  8. I like to camp.
  9. I love to sing.
  10. My favorite wine is Moscato.
  11. As a kid, I would read many books all at once and somehow keep track of what was going on in each.

My 11 questions to these ladies
  1. Tea or coffee? What flavor specifically?
  2. What is your favorite quote?
  3. What is the hardest part of being a mom?
  4. What is the best part of being a mom?
  5. Why did you start blogging?
  6. What is your favorite blog, other than your own?
  7. What is your favorite thing to cook or bake? Share the recipe!
  8. Who is your favorite music artist or group?
  9. What's your guilty pleasure?
  10. What is one item you couldn't live without?
  11. What is your best advice for other moms?
 

February 15, 2015

What's for Dinner?

Here is what we're having at our house this week for dinner. Hopefully, it'll give you some inspiration for what to cook.

Monday
Chicken Cordon Bleu with mixed veggies

Tuesday
Spaghetti with meat sauce, garlic bread, and green salad

Wednesday
Lemon citrus steaks with baked potatoes and corn

Thursday
Baked herb tilapia with couscous and green salad

Friday
Leftovers

Saturday
Bar-be-que pulled pork on buns with French fries and green beans

Sunday
Baked herb chicken with egg noodles and broccoli

February 13, 2015

Simple Window Decorating Activity

Lately, M2 has seemed bored and is struggling with sharing Mommy with B. Her speech therapist suggested trying some new activities with her. I love this idea as it allows her to try new things and gives her the important special Mommy time she craves. The past few weeks I've gotten a bunch of craft projects and new activities for her. 

She loves anything art or cooking related so that's my focus. I ended up with a large diaper box (I'm going to have to figure out better storage and organization) of craft supplies and fun things to try. I also have a few ideas for cooking that aren't in the box since food doesn't really do well stored like that. The plan is to parse out the activities with one or two a week to keep the newness going as long as possible. As we do activities, I'll share them with you.
Hours of enjoyment for under $5
Last week I pulled out window clings and washable window markers for her to try. M2 LOVED them. We started with the clings. I handed her one at a time to put up however she wanted. The puppies and kitties were a hit. Then we got into the markers. Being able to scribble all over the windows entertained her so much that when it was time to stop she had a total fit. Bringing them out again later in the week proved to amuse her just as much. All I had to do was be sure she didn't get marker on anything but the window and if she did, wash it right away.
Serious creation is going on here

We used the Crayola brand window markers. Being Crayola, they are non-toxic and had no smell. These aren't the type you can leave on for long periods. I washed it all off within an hour or two of finishing. The color does come off the easily, even when she got marks on the woodwork and window panes. Cleaning the windows led to lots of smears, though. It took me a few passes and 10 minutes with Windex to get it all cleaned off. The colors also aren't as vibrant as I'd like. You'll notice in the pictures that the marker didn't come off M2's hands as easily. With washing a bit came off then just had to wear off over a few days. I still plan to keep using the markers, especially since M2 loves them. They're just a bit disappointing from an adult perspective. From a kid's view, they're wonderful.  
Ewww, marker hands
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February 11, 2015

Toddler-Made Pizza: An Easy Way for Kids to Cook


I've been coming up with activities that M2 can do to stay busy. She loves being in the kitchen to watch me cook and wants to help. There is a special chair she drags over to watch. At 2 years old, there isn't much she can do. 

Then I remembered the mini pizzas my dad always made when I was a kid. They're so simple I knew M2 could make them herself -- without much mess. She was thrilled to make dinner all herself for everyone. Much cheering ensued. 

Toddler-made pizzas are a great activity to make the kids feel important, learn to start cooking, build confidence in themselves, and have fun. These pizzas are great for a quick lunch or dinner.


Toddler-Made Pizza
  • Thomas' English muffins (store brand isn't as tasty)
  • Pizza sauce
  • Mozzarella cheese
  • Sausage crumbles or other toppings. Meat must be pre-cooked
Break open the muffins and set on microwaveable plates (you do this step)
Spread on sauce with a pastry brush. Toddler can either dip the brush in the sauce jar or you can dump some on for him/her to spread
Sprinkle cheese on top, as much as you allow the toddler to add
Add sausage or other toppings on top
Microwave until cheese is melted (you do this step). You can bake them in the oven if you prefer

Making dinner



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February 9, 2015

Surviving Life with a Newborn and Toddler, Part 4

We've finally reached the conclusion (for now) of this four-part series. As you go forth and enter the battle, may the odds be ever if your favor.

Read parts one, two, and three to catch up.

1. Schedule laundry. Washing, drying and folding clothes, linens and towels for a family of four threaten to outdo Mommy at every turn. Having a system, such as a hamper for each person, set day for each person's laundry to be washed and then put away and another for rags, towels and sheets work wonders. Bonus points if the system means not doing every single person's laundry weekly.

Rice and beans today or no?
2. Back up dinner. Toddlers are finicky little things. One day the chicken cacciatore may be her favorite, the next it's persona (food?) non grata. Ditto pretty much every food and recipe, other than dessert, that Mommy could possibly think up. What's Super Mom to do? Why, keep quick meals on hand to serve in a pinch, of course! Those back up chicken nuggets, peanut butter sandwiches and nitrate and nitrite free low-fat lunch meats come in handy.

3. Speedy foods for mom. There may not always be often isn't time for Mommy to eat. Just as she's about to sit down, the baby cries or the toddler screams. A cabinet and fridge with quick-to-grab-and-eat foods can save Mommy from passing out from hunger. Cheese slices or sticks, granola bars, meal bars, yogurt packets, nuts, trail mix, hummus, and other healthy, energy boosting snacks are yummy and cheap.

This is the mess when I was awake.


4. Ignore stupid comments about sleeping when baby does. When Mommy has a newborn and toddler, there is no sleeping when the baby does as the toddler would then wreck the house, Mommy would never eat, and nothing would ever get done. People who say this have obviously never experienced it, were really lucky, or had a nanny. That, or they're lying.

5. Two-Cart Errands. Shopping with two kids is hard. Especially when Mommy ends up with very little cart space between the toddler in front and baby in back in an infant seat. What's a Mommy to do? Why, take advantage on Daddy's days off to do errands. That way, Mommy can have two carts--one for kids, one for stuff. Or she can leave the kids with Daddy and go alone, or just take the toddler for some one-on-one girls' day fun.


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February 8, 2015

What's for Dinner?


Monday
Cubed baked chicken mixed with egg noddles and green beans smothered in cream of chicken soup
Tuesday
Apple honey pork loin with corn bread, green salad, and carrots
Wednesday
Baked herb tilapia with rice and green salad
Thursday
Sloppy Joes on buns with French fries and corn
Friday
Todler-made pizza 
Watch for recipe Wednesday
Saturday
Chinese carry out
Sunday
Bar-b-que chicken with baked potatoes and cheese-covered cauliflower, broccoli and carrots

February 6, 2015

6 Things You Didn't Know About M

Who is M, really? I thought I'd share five facts about me as a fun Friday post. That way, you get to know me a little better, beyond the usual mom-related posts.

1. I have a soft spot for wine. A big one. We live in Virginia wine country so there are plenty to choose from around here. A and I even visited wineries on our honeymoon. Some of my favorites are Peaks of Otter, Horton, Hill Top Berry Farm, and Foggy Ridge Cider. The last one isn't really wine. It's hard cider. It is beyond fantastic, though! I'm not a big drinker though, so don't indulge in any very often or have much at a time.

2. Books, books, and more books. Our basement has an entire wall filled with boxes of books even after I cleared out about six boxes last summer. Our last house had one or more bookshelves in every room. Few fit in this house, hence the boxes. I love many genres and authors from Jodi Picoult to Sophie Kinsella, Hunger Games to Harry Potter, The Time Traveller’s Wife to A Woman of Independent Means. The list is extremely long. Not one of the Twilight and Fifty Shades of Grey series make an appearance. Those can stay far away from my bookshelf pile of boxes!

3. Geek girl. Buffy, Xena, Doctor Who, Doctor Quinn, X-Men, Iron Man, Avengers--yes, please! I can quote from pretty much every episode of Buffy. Seriously. I had the musical episode on VHS and watched it so much the tape started wearing out. It's ok, I've now got the complete series on DVD. Oh, and David Tennant was the best Doctor. I don't care what anyone says.

4. Writing and editing the dream. Even as a kid, I wanted to be a writer and editor. I wrote stories and poems while idolizing Louisa May Alcott and Laura Ingalls Wilder. In college I went through seven majors in one year because I thought it would be impossible to make a living off my passion. Sense took over and I transferred schools to major in journalism. I graduated magna cum laude and made the dream reality.

5.Musically musical. I love music. In fact, I even play the clarinet, sousaphone, and tuba. I also sing, which is what I enjoy most. Music via Pandora is usually on in our house with channels from classical and kids' to country and pop. I'll even admit to having a Glee channel. The show may not be great, but dang, they can sing!

6. Chapstick galore. Yes, I collect Chapstick. It is awesome. No other lip product even begins to compare for my lips! Anything else doesn't keep them nice and moisturised, without an allergic reaction. (Some brands make me itch!) Many varieties of the tubes of goodness litter my purse and drawers. My collection wasn't too bad until the new, fun flavors started coming out. Pumpkin pie, gum drop, raspberry creme, cake batter--I must try them all!


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February 4, 2015

Product Review: Dyson Animal D65 Vacuum

This review is longer than usual in order to cover all the aspects you consider when buying a vacuum.Especially a high-end one.

Rating Out of 10
Overall: 9
Features: 9
Suction: 9
Ease-of-use overall: 9
Tools: 9
Value: 8
Ease-of-use on carpet/stairs: 9
On hard floors/furniture: 8.5
Debris container, emptying and capacity: 9
It begins
For the past four years, we've had a Hoover pet vacuum. I hated it from the start. It was too heavy and unwieldy, made horrid creaking noises, and I couldn't use it without wanting to throw it out the window. A liked it so I told him if we kept it, he had to be the one to use it. We were both working outside the home and splitting chores so it wasn't a problem at the time.

Breaking up with Hoover
The problem came when we had M2 and I became a stay-at-home mom. More of the chores were on me. The house really needed more than the once-a-week vacuum we'd done previously with people home more and a kid in the mix. The stupid Hoover had me swearing and cursing it out every time I used it. It also beat up our woodwork any time it got anywhere near the edge. Recently, the stupid thing didn't really even clean the carpets any more. My allergies were going nuts.

The new vacuum hunt
I finally had enough of that crap. And so the hunt began. The prey: A vacuum that didn't leave me feeling like I'd lugged around a baby elephant and angry as tiger with a stubbed toe every time I used it. Importantly, it had to actually CLEAN. Even spending more money to achieve this was worth it if those requirements were met.

 Dyson vs. Shark
 I looked at the Dyson and Shark brands online and in store. Both were household-name brands. Both came highly recommended by friends and family. I tested out the Shark in a store and it seemed to be more cheaply made and not as easy to use. Just taking off the hose had the thing crashing to the ground and it wasn't easy to move.

Dyson's animal magnetism
Enter the Dyson Animal D65. With three cats, something for pets is important. It comes with a handy turbine tool, which is basically a mini vacuum, to help get cat fur up. It's also handy for getting to hard-to-reach places. That was a major selling point.

Manoeuvrability
Hose fitted into handle
This thing is very easy to move around the house. The ball is pure genius. It swivels and turns with little effort on carpet. It does take a bit more effort on hard floors with the brush turned off, but is still better than a traditional machine. The cord is long. I don't have to keep unplugging it and going to another outlet. It takes a few tries to figure out how to get it to stand back up as it's not the norm, but I got used to it fast. I can even go over area rugs without them being sucked up as the vacuum adjusts based on surface height automatically. The rugs also get clean, really clean.

Hose
The hose is long, comes off the vacuum easily, and stretches without the whole thing falling over. Tools snap on and lock into place so they don't pop off during use. When you're done, there's a nifty button to pop them right back off. The solid plastic part of the hose, that connects to the tools, slides right into the handle of the vacuum. As soon as you have the vacuum in the up-right position, the hose turns on. The suction is just as good with the hose as when used upright. There's no need to push buttons or move bits around. The hose is rather stiff and not all the tools have a spot on the vacuum. Neither is a deal breaker for me.
Soft dusting brush tool

Turbine tool
Tools
In addition to the turbine tool, there is a crevice tool that has a pull-out part to add a soft brush and a soft dusting brush. The crevice tool is pretty standard, the pull-out brush is just ok. The dusting brush is great. It's better that a regular duster on certain surface. I use it on flat surfaces, like tables and woodwork, and fans. It won't work on knick knacks, but I didn't expect it to. You can buy a stiff bristle brush and other tools separately. I'm not interested in any but that brush. I just don't think they're needed, it works well without them. The brush I'm going to buy to help get out the junk M2 grinds into the carpet and furniture. Doing stairs is also easy with this machine. We use the turbine tool for that.

Other features
Power and brush buttons are found in a convenient spot together on the front. One annoying thing is that the cord doesn't retract. As A commented, with something this expensive you'd expect that feature. Yet, there's really no way for that to happen as it's compact. Being compact allows it to be lighter (I lift it no problem at all) and to fit into smaller spaces for storage.

Capacity
Despite being compact, it holds a ton of dirt and debris. It also sucks. Really sucks. The good kind of vacuum suck. I can go a few days without vacuuming and not have my allergies act up because there's not a layer of dirt that didn't come up sitting below the new dirt. To empty the bin, you just hit the button at the top of the canister, shake it into the trash, pop it back closed and stick it back on the vacuum. No screwing around or touching it and getting your hands dirty.

Spare Parts
While I haven't had to do it myself, you can order parts for the vacuum and replace them yourself should something wear out or break. I have had family members do that with their 10-year-old machines. It was an added bonus for me as usually when something breaks, the vacuum is junk. Either you can't get the part or can't fix it yourself so it's not worth it. 

Recommendation
We've had the Dyson Animal D65 a few weeks now and I love it. It works great and is easy to use. Yes, it's pricey but it's worth it. I fully recommend it to anyone looking for a good vacuum. We'll see how it holds up over time. As many family members have had one for years, I've got lots of hope on that.


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February 2, 2015

Surviving Life with a Newborn and Toddler, Part 3

We're not done yet with our survival guide. When you're in the trenches, knowledge is power.

This is part three of a four-part series. Catch up with one and two then check out part four.

1. Make Mom time. Mommy needs time to herself. Without it she may start going crazy. Pink elephants will dance across her eyelids and monkeys will drop from the ceilings. Well, at least she'll feel that way. Even an hour of watching TV or reading a book before going to bed or during nap time can be helpful. Enlist dad to make this possible.

2. Echos of no. With a toddler, it seems like all Mommy says all day long is no. Over, and over and over again. No. No. No. The toddler is throwing food. No! She's whacking the TV. No! She's insisting on watching more TV though TV time is up. No! Toys are flying and food is being flung. No! At times, it feels like if that's the only word Mommy knows, she could still get by.

3. Stick to it. No more TV.. Only good behavior will be rewarded with a treat at the grocery store. Broccoli must be eaten or there will be no dessert. Despite all the screaming, whining and fits the kid may throw, Mommy must not give in once she's said something. Giving in only encourages the toddler to pitch a fit in order to get their way. That doesn't help anyone (and could lead to burst ear drums). Conversely, if Mommy makes a promise, it should be stuck to. It's important that a good example is set. After all, Mommy doesn't want the kids promising to clean there room and then not doing it, right?

Saving these is a priority.
4. Shop sales. With multiple kids, money saving tactics become even more important. Mommy must scout the regularly shopped stores to determine when sales take place, what a good sale is, and what a not-so-good sale at each store is. From clothes to groceries, shampoo to toilet paper, Mommy must master the ways of the sale finding money saving guru. Be one with the sales, Mommy.
Mommy doesn't want to forget any
well-child appointments.

5. Stay organized. Toys have the potential of ending up covering the entire floor. Items for the diaper bag that are forgotten can lead to disaster (formula but no bottle is pretty useless). Clothes found cheaply for the next size up do no good if they're thrown some place never to be found again. Doctor appointments, to-do items, bill due dates and activities to keep track of abound. The answer to these and other mess or loss making events? Organization! Toys need a set room and container to go in along with nightly clean up. Bins for clothes that are outgrown or not yet grown into are a lifesaver. Keep the diaper bag handy with a list of items that should always be added. Stick shoes in one place so Mommy can find both during the mad dash to the door. Have handy dry erase boards and calendars where they'll be seen to keep track of things (and let Daddy know what he should do that week around the house).

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February 1, 2015

Let's Get Facebooking

Everyone is on Facebook now it seems. It as time the blog joined as well. Come like the page on Facebook so you can know when the latest posts are up and find additional content. You'll find posts, pictures, links to other pages, recipes, crafts, news articles, etc., that I like and lots more. You're invited to comment, post and share articles and ideas. I can't wait to see you there! Click on a link in this post (like this one) to find it.

What's for Dinner?

This week I looked through the freezer to plan around the Freezer-Only Challenge. What's in your freezer to help you stick to the challenge this week?

Monday
 Sweet and sour chicken with rice and Asian mix veggies

Tuesday
Bun-less turkey cheeseburgers with French fries and corn

Wednesday
Rosemary and onion sirloin pork chops with baked potato and green beans

Thursday
Beef and pepper fajitas with refried beans

Friday
Baked tilapia with green salad

Saturday
Spaghetti with meat sauce and green salad

Sunday 
Leftovers from the week