What’s for Dinner? Meal Plan for 4/17

This week is almost a typical week for us. We are SUPER busy and I want to avoid the question “What’s for dinner?” and not have an answer. This week’s meal plan has “quick fix”, pre-prepped and slower-cooker meals just to make life easier and work with our schedule.

While sitting down and planning our meals for the upcoming week I had to take into consideration that we have 5 days that involve baseball (yes, it’s that kind of crazy week for us), Baritone lesson and 9th Grade Orientation for the Girl, a sleep-over with our Nephew and then we’re going to spend at Day at Universal Orlando. *Whew* It’s a week! That’s not including work for the Hubs, grocery shopping and Planner & Paper stuff for me and whatever else may come our way. I may need a vacation next week just to recover; which I can’t take a break next week as this craziness repeats itself then too! We are almost running full tilt like this until school gets out at the end of May. Then I’m going to spend all summer reading and not doing anything!

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My March Reads

Wow, did March really just fly by? I swear I was just writing up the February book review post. I guess that’s what I get for having my head filled with all things Planner & Paper and not paying much attention to my book shelf. I had planned on reading more, much more, than what actually got read. I managed to read 4 books, although really one shouldn’t count as it’s a children’s picture book. All books are linked to Amazon through affiliate links, should you chose to pick up any of these books for yourself.

All three of the reads this month were advanced readers copies from NetGalley, which explains the picture book, right? You’re right. But I have kids and I am a SUCKER for a good picture book and the cover, just look at it, how can you pass that up?

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Cricut Design Space Print then Cut Tutorial

When I started this journey into the world of Planner Stickers, I wanted to make sure that any files I created were accessible and useable by everyone. Some popular shops that offer a digital option only cater to those that have a Sihouette, which is great but if you’re like me and have a Cricut that doesn’t really help you with cutting out their product(s).

I have spent many hours researching, watching YouTube videos and test cutting myself to make sure that I found the easiest way to Print then Cut my products using the Cricut Design Space software and a Cricut. So, let me show you how to print and cut with the Cricut.

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who knew opening a shop would be so much work?

I feel like I’m spending RIDICULOUS amounts of hours at my desk on my laptop and not getting anywhere. I’m sure it feels like I’m posting teaser posts on Instagram and it seems like I have so much done, but yet I’m not sharing anything with anyone. I PROMISE, I’m working as hard as one could work to get everything accomplished in order to open the shop. I am that “A typical” person who wants everything to be perfect and until it’s perfect it’s not happening. But, I’m close. Like REAL close to having everything ready and opening the shop. I just want everything to be, well perfect.

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Meal Planning 101

Most of my married life I have made a meal plan. We don’t always stick to it; sometimes we switch it around to work around our schedule, should it change after I’ve planned our meals, or we grab take-out or choose to go out for a meal. I write my grocery list using my meal plan and I typically only purchase things we need to make the meals on the list and maybe a few impulse buys – if there’s a good sale at the grocery store on something we may need/want.

That sounds all well and good, right? But what if you’ve never meal planned before, how do you even get started? It’s a daunting task. Especially when you have a system that seems to work for you. We, Hubs & I, have tried to go grocery shopping without a plan and holy cow, that was a bad idea! We spent WAY more than we typically do and it seemed as though we walked away with nothing that was actually usable. We have since learnt that lesson! I’m not saying I plan every week religiously. I SHOULD, but it doesn’t always happen and guess what, we’re spending more money, or picking up take-out, eating out more and just not eating as healthily as we should. But when I do plan, sometimes I plan for weeks in advance if I know we’re going to be busy, we spend less, have food in the house *gasp* and no longer look at each other – kids included – like we’ve been asked the final Jeopardy question  when it comes to “what would you like for dinner?” *insert Jeopardy music here*.  I’ll take “How quick can you drive to Sonic? for $800, please Alex”. Seriously! It’s terrible.

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There’s no need to Squeal

While it was a Monday, it was one that I have to say was a squeal worthy day. Maybe not to some people *cough* Hubs *cough*, but for me.. There were definitely some moments to squeal over!

First, Becky Higgins, who created Project Life, LIKED one of my pictures on Instagram. I know.. not a HUGE deal to some, but to me it was HUGE! I have followed Becky since she launched Project Life and love, love her products. I’m TRYING to play catch up with my Project Life album for this year (more on that to come), but it wasn’t even a Project Life page that I posted! I have a few of my favorite Project Life cards on my fridge and I snapped a picture of the meal plan on the fridge once I was done with it. Granted, I tagged Becky in the picture more so because there were her products in it, not an attempt to get her to like it.

Here’s what I posted..

Sidenote: you now know I have toilet bowl cleaner and dog treats on the grocery list. Hey, doesn’t everyone one?!? So Fangirl-ness aside (kinda).. now onto the other squeal worthy moment!

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