Menu Plan Monday

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Hello! I’m here with another Menu Plan Monday!

I’m not feeling super inspired this week for menus. I need some inspiration to hit! I’m sharing a super simple menu plan this week.

Here’s the plan for this week:

Breakfasts:

Shakeology w/almond milk and spinach

Freezer Breakfast Burritos

Snacks:

Homemade Energy Bites

Greek Yogurt

Green juice

Protein shakes

Lunches:

Cobb Salad

Homemade Freezer Hot Pockets

Dinners:

Monday – Buffalo Chicken Pasta Bake

Tuesday – Homemade pizza

Wednesday – Chicken Soft Tacos

Thursday – Italian Wonderpot

Friday – Grilled salmon w/veggies

Saturday – Fried Rice

Sunday – Leftovers

What’s on your menu this week?

23 Weeks

23 Weeks

I hit my 23rd week on Friday! It’s the start of my 6th month!

How far along: 23 weeks!

Gender: BOY!

Weight gained: About 17 lbs so far. I’m gaining an average of ¾ lbs a week.

Workouts:  
Monday: Piyo Align, Taught Zumba
Tuesday: Piyo Define: Lower, Zumba choreo review at home, taught a Zumba Kids demo class
Wednesday: Piyo Define: Upper
Thursday: Taught Zumba
Friday: 1.5 mile walk, PiYo Sweat, 4 hours of cooking
Saturday: PiYo Define: Lower
Sunday: 1.5 hours of housecleaning/organizing
I’m loving the PiYo program so far! Want to join me? Click here!

Clothing Choices:  Dresses, dresses, dresses. I’m also loving my Gap workout pants.

Belly button: Inny, but I officially “popped” this week. There’s no mistaking the shape of this belly!

Sleep: I’m waking up at 3:30am on a consistent basis. I usually toss and turn the rest of the night, sometimes getting up 3 times a night. I spent pretty much all Sunday afternoon sleeping to make up for my crappy sleep patterns.

Best moment this week:  Saturday was fantastic! I got my hair chopped off, which I’ve been wanting to do for a few weeks now. I also got to go on a date with my hubby! He took me out to lunch at Olive Garden, and then we went shopping at Hobby Lobby to get some crafty supplies to make nursery décor!

Hardest moment this week:  My horrendous sleep pattern as of late…

What I’m missing: Cooler weather. I can’t wait for fall!

Movement: I SAW my belly jump for the first time this week during worship team practice!

Cravings:  I had a desperate craving for a mushroom swiss burger this week, so I picked one up for lunch. No regrets!

Queasy or sick: I was feeling queasy all day yesterday, but that was probably from lack of sleep. Napping seemed to help a lot.

Looking forward to: Starting back at the CSU Stanislaus writing center as a tutor! I loved tutoring last year, so I’m thrilled to have the chance to go back to it!

Strange Dreams:  I’ve had several strange dreams lately, but I can’t remember any specifics.

New haircut!

New haircut!

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4 Weeks to a More Organized Home: Days 4 & 5

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Sorry I’m a bit late on this post! Better late than never. 🙂

Complete a 15-minute pickup of main living areas

I completely missed these days and only did the daily tasks. Oops! My main living areas are getting to be less and less of an issue. Hooray! This week I’ll be focused on picking up the master bedroom, too.

Day 4 – Move furniture & vacuum underneath

Yuck.

Yuck.

Day 5 – Clean your couches

Since I can’t move furniture due to pregnancy, I had to wait for the weekend to finish these tasks so my husband could help. While he had the couches moved, I vacuumed and mopped underneath. I also cleaned the baseboards behind the couches since that’s on the task list for this week! I still need to move the bed and TV stand to get everything good and clean underneath, but that will probably wait until next weekend.

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And a photobomb from Pippin…

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Find 7 things to get rid of

I found a few random things under the couches. They’ve at least been dealt with!

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  1. A pack of tissues
  2. A felt foot for furniture
  3. Disposable protective eye wear for after a visit to the eye doctor
  4. A cat toy
  5. Broken pieces of an outlet
  6. A recipe
  7. 2 pennies

Did you complete last week’s tasks? How’d it go?

10 Weekly Goals

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I’m still working on my list of goals. I was able to finish quite a few of them!

I was able to complete the first week of the 4 Weeks to a More Organized Home challenge, even though my blogging about it was lax. I’ll be posting my results from Day 4-5 today. I was able to keep up with exercise 6 days this week, and still remained active on my rest day.

Last night, my husband and I were able to work on a crafty project together. We’re making some décor for the nursery! We painted wooden crosses last night. It was so fun to bust out my paint set again!

Last week’s goals:

Marriage/Homemaking Goals:

  1. Write a love note to Spencer
  2. Read part 4 of Happily Ever After: Six Secrets to a Successful Marriage
  3. Complete days 1-5 of the “4 weeks to a more organized home” challenge

Personal Goals:

  1. Read 2 Samuel
  2. Keep up with new daily routines
  3. Exercise 6 days

Financial/Hobby Goals:

  1. Blog 6 times
  2. Work 5 hours on BeachBody
  3. Read Developing the Leader Within You, part 1 of Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth, and Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
  4. Work on a crafting project

 

This week’s goals:

Marriage/Homemaking Goals:

  1. Write a love note to Spencer
  2. Read part 6 of Happily Ever After: Six Secrets to a Successful Marriage
  3. Complete days 6-10 of the “4 weeks to a more organized home” challenge

Personal Goals:

  1. Finish reading 2 Samuel
  2. Keep up with daily routines
  3. Exercise 6 days this week

Financial/Hobby Goals:

  1. Blog 6 times
  2. Work 5 hours on BeachBody
  3. Read Developing the Leader Within You, and finish part 1 of Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth
  4. Work on a crafting project

 

What are your goals for the week?

 

4 Weeks to a More Organized Home: Days 2 & 3

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Welcome back to the 4 Weeks to a More Organized Home challenge! I’m delighted by the amount of things I’m finding to get rid of!

Complete a 15-minute pickup of main living areas

I missed day 2, so I’m roping these two days in together! That means I spent 30 minutes picking up main living areas.

Day 2 – Clean out your fridge

Day 3 – Clean out your freezer

I was able to do both of these tasks fairly quickly, as I recently cleaned out the fridge. I threw out anything that was expired from both the fridge and freezer. I definitely need a wire shelf for the freezer to utilize the space better!

Fridge before

Fridge before

Fridge after

Fridge after

Fridge door before

Fridge door before

Fridge door after

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Freezer before

Freezer before

Freezer after

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Freezer door before

Freezer door before

Freezer door after

Freezer door after

Find 7 things to get rid of (that means 14 for me!)

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  1. 1 receipt
  2. An old thank you note
  3. 2 old pieces of mail
  4. 1 packing slip
  5. 1 “we missed you” notice
  6. 2 catalogs
  7. 2 magazines
  8. 2 balloon weights
  9. 1 box unopened tea
  10. 1 Weight Watchers salad Tupperware
  11. 2 Starbucks reusable cups
  12. 4 partial bottles of booze (1 not pictured)
  13. A large stack of egg cartons

If you count those individually, that’s 22 items for today, or 37 items total since the beginning of the challenge!

Have you done today’s tasks yet? How’d it go?

Routines: Week 1

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It’s officially been 1 week of trying out my new routines! I have to say, forming new habits is tough!

I’ve had the most success with my evening routine so far. As a refresher, here’s what that entails:

Evening routine

  • Pack lunch (if working the next day)
  • Tidy kitchen
  • Take pills
  • Lay out clothes
  • Fill out tomorrow’s daily docket

So far, I’ve been 100% on with taking my pills and laying out my clothes for the next day. I’ve been about 45% on task with filling out tomorrow’s daily docket at night. The other 55% of the time, I fill it out first thing in the morning. I only need to pack my lunch 3 days a week for work, so I’ve been able to do that 100% this week. As far as tidying the kitchen… that’s usually my last priority. I does set my mind at ease, and it makes me happy to see an empty sink in the morning, but if I’m really sleepy (or feeling lazy), I’ll just go to bed. The number one thing that is missing from my evening routine is having a set bedtime. My alarm goes off on my phone every night at 8:30 for me to start my evening routine, but perhaps I need to move that back to 9pm in order to make sure I set time aside for it.

The success of my morning routine depends entirely on the success of my evening routine the night before. I’m really working hard at getting up to exercise first thing in the morning (mostly because it’s still so hot later in the day!). Again, I think that having a set bedtime will help me greatly with this. Other than exercising, scheduling time to read my Bible in the morning consistently is the other big struggle. If I don’t do this in the morning, I usually don’t get to it later in the day. I really want to carve time out in the mornings to read God’s word. It’s the best way to start the day!

My afternoon routine is sketchy right now, mostly because I have a different schedule almost every day. I’m going to work on that one more this week. Because of this, my afternoon routine is my lowest priority in this endeavor.

I know that this was only my first week and that building habits takes time. I’m looking forward to getting even better with these as time goes on!

4 Weeks to a More Organized Home: Day 1

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I’m back with my check-in from day 1 of the 4 Weeks to a More Organized Home challenge!

Complete a 15-minute pickup of main living areas

I worked from 2:15-2:30 and was able to work on a few piles, put things away, and find things to get rid of!

Clean out your purse/wallet/diaper bag

I just cleaned out my purse last week, but it already needed a quick cleanup!

The before/after doesn’t look much different, but I did find 5 of my 7 things to get rid of. I also put several things back where they belonged (loose change, etc.).

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Before

 

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Yuck!

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After

 

Find 7 things to get rid of

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  1. 3 receipts
  2. An informational handout I don’t need anymore
  3. An appointment card (which is already scheduled in my phone)
  4. A frequent buyer card I haven’t used in a year
  5. The key to my old car club that I don’t have anymore
  6. A hat from my husband’s work before the company changed names
  7. A tablecloth we haven’t used for over a year
  8. A set of 3 headbands
  9. A brand new pen
  10. A clutch purse I’ve only used once
  11. An old timecard for a temp agency we never worked for
  12. An expired sweepstakes card
  13. 1 magazine (not pictured)

Wahoo! I was able to get rid of way more than I originally planned!

Have you done today’s tasks yet? How’d it go?

4 Weeks to a More Organized Home: Intro

Nesting – this crazy hormone that’s driving me to:

clean all the things cook all the things organize all the things plan all the things stockpile all the things

do all the things

 

Seriously. It’s ridiculous.

When I found out I was pregnant, I started decluttering the main areas of the house. We’ve now got quite a lot of junk crammed into our storage area, much of which is destined for a future yard sale. I abhor piles of clutter, so I’ve been doing well with upkeep of organization. Other than the nursery, I don’t have many large projects on my radar yet, but my home is still not as organized as I’d like it to be. There’s still too much STUFF.

Enter the “4 Weeks to a More Organized Home” challenge. I’d been planning on starting this months ago, and now I finally have the time to tackle this head on! The appeal of this challenge is how simple it is.

5 days a week, this is what needs to get done:

  • Complete a 15-minute pickup in the main living areas
  • Do the daily task
  • Find 7 things to get rid of

That’s it! Of course, if you’re not in the habit of making weekly goals, planning out your day, or following a routine, there are tips on how to begin each of those each day as well. During the next 4 weeks, I’m going to be following this challenge. My plan is to post each weekday afternoon with the day’s task and my progress.

By the end of the challenge, my goals are:

  • To continue to build a habit of daily cleaning
  • To accomplish each task for the day & blog about it
  • To have a sizeable pile for a yard sale at the end of the challenge
  • To cultivate a sense of peace, simplicity, and beauty in my home

Want to follow along? Download the free checklist from Money Saving Mom, print it out, and start today!

Check back later today for my Day 1 update!

Menu Plan Monday

Hello! I’m here with another Menu Plan Monday!

You may have read how I stocked the freezer with meals for the next month or two, and if so, you know that we’ll be eating lots of the same things every day. The one thing that’s been seriously lacking from our plans lately is fresh fruit and vegetables. I restocked our produce drawers this weekend!

Here’s the plan for this week:

Breakfasts:

Shakeology w/almond milk and spinach

Freezer Breakfast Burritos

Snacks:

Homemade Energy Bites

Greek Yogurt w/blueberries

Green juice

Protein shakes

Lunches:

Cobb Salad

Grilled fish w/greens

Homemade Freezer Hot Pockets

Dinners:

Monday – Leftovers

Tuesday – Homemade pizza

Wednesday – Chicken Soft Tacos

Thursday – Asian Spaghetti Squash

Friday – Grilled salmon w/veggies

Saturday – Fried Rice

Sunday – Leftovers

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Target shopping trip

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Sprouts shopping trip

 

What’s on your menu plan this week?

10 Weekly Goals

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Thanks to my scaled down weekly goals last week, I was able to complete every goal on my list! I’m so thankful for our weekend getaway to the mountains. I feel refreshed and ready to take on the week!

I actually had trouble coming up with 10 goals for this week, but I want to keep challenging myself. I’m excited for the month to come.

Last week’s goals:

Marriage/Homemaking Goals:

  1. Write a love note to Spencer
  2. Read part 3 of Happily Ever After: Six Secrets to a Successful Marriage

Personal Goals:

  1. Finish reading 1 Samuel
  2. Exercise 2 days
  3. Take a mini vacation

Financial/Hobby Goals:

  1. Plan next month’s blogging schedule

 

This week’s goals:

Marriage/Homemaking Goals:

  1. Write a love note to Spencer
  2. Read part 4 of Happily Ever After: Six Secrets to a Successful Marriage
  3. Complete days 1-5 of the “4 weeks to a more organized home” challenge

Personal Goals:

  1. Read 2 Samuel
  2. Keep up with new daily routines
  3. Exercise 6 days this week

Financial/Hobby Goals:

  1. Blog 6 times
  2. Work 5 hours on BeachBody
  3. Read Developing the Leader Within You, part 1 of Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth, and Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
  4. Work on a sewing project

 

What are your goals for the week?