Tuesday, May 05, 2015

Menu Plan - Week of 5/4/2015

Still keeping to our weekly menu planning!  Last night's salmon dinner was pure goodness.

Honey-teriyaki salmon, steamed greens and black forbidden rice with toasted sesame seeds, soy sauce and toasted sesame oil.  If you think your kids won't eat healthy food, just try it.  My kids emptied their plates of this yumminess!

Tuesday - Cinco de Mayo and Taco Tuesday
Ground beef, soft and crunchy tortillas, homemade guacamole, green and red salsas, cheese, sour cream and romaine lettuce.  Our kids favorite!

Wednesday - sandwich night - third week in a row, but it's working for us!  We're tired by this time of the week and our daughter has field hockey practice 6 - 7:30PM

Sausage, tomato sauce and rigatoni.  Roasted broccoli on the side

Pizza night and Caesar salad

Steak and salad, gorgonzola cheese.  Mmmmm!

Anyone else menu planning?  What goodness do you have going on?

Friday, May 01, 2015

May 2015 Goals

I'm really moving on the high from accomplishing so much last month.  Let's keep the momentum going and I'll be working on the following goals/projects in May.

  • Plan for the boys' birthday on May 29th.  We're not going to have a big party this year, just small with family, but will need to do something for both of their Kindergarten classes and then their YMCA class in the afternoon.
  • Phoebe's Field Hockey schedule - they have a big field hockey tournament on May 30th
  • Register boys for CYFF classes in the fall (these are Catholic Youth Faith classes)
  • Register boys for summer camps at the YMCA for June and one week in August
  • Plan what we want to do in August for vacation - one or two weeks?  where do we want to go and do?
  • Work with boys on sight words and numbers/math skills 
  • Date nights with Tom - we're on a roll with this one!

  • Build my Beachbody Coach business - I'm still trying to decide what my exact goals should be.  I'd like to sign two coaches to become Emerald.
  • Blog post 5x a week - I'm getting much better at posting more often.  Now let's get more updates from me other than goals and what we are eating for dinner!
  • Get up to date on blog reading on Feedly
  • Get to the office earlier - 8:30 is the target to meet.  I'm going to start tracking the number of days I meet this goal this month!

Health and Fitness
  • Drop the remaining 6 lbs from last month's goal.
  • Elliptical 5x per week
  • Stretch or do yoga daily
  • Meal prep on weekends and/or after grocery shopping - make hummus, salad dressing, prep salads, chop veggies

  • Meal planning weekly
  • Take a state of our finances and decide any plans to make changes to budget

  • Setup the outside garden with veggies and herbs
  • Paint guest room for Phoebe
  • Declutter the garage
  • Clean out the basement - find out what I can sell to the children's consignment vs. donations
  • Now that the carpet cleaner is fixed and our bedroom carpet is done, I can clean all the carpets in the house
  • Plan/build out where the hot tub is going by contacting/setting up an appointment with a landscape designer.  I have a message into them from their website, but need to follow up as I haven't heard back.

Thursday, April 30, 2015

April Goals Recap

  • Easter planning
  • Update Phoebe's Field Hockey schedule - she's done Spring Break the day after Easter
  • Work with boys on sight words and numbers/math skills - come up with some fun games
  • Date nights with Tom (already have next three weekends planned)
The last two goals will continue next month!

  • Become a Beachbody Coach - Working on helping people, finding out who needs our services, products and who wants to be a coach on my team!
  • Blog post 5x a week - This is post #12 for this month, which is not where I wanted to be, but it is better than in the past
  • Get up to date on blog reading on Feedly - Sort of.  I'm still working on finding time to read and comment on blogs more.
  • Build my blog followers:  Google - 50 and Feedly - 50 This so did not happen.  However, I do have more Instagram followers.  I need to identify what I really need to be targeting for growth in getting my message out.
  • Get to the office earlier - 8:30 is my new target.  This means I need to work on my evening routine to get more ready for the morning. LOLOLOLOLOL - This so did not happen either.  Lots of late nights and making sure stuff around the house was done before I left for the office. I need to work on this much much more!

Health and Fitness
  • Drop the 10 lbs I gained in grad school by the end of the April - I dropped 4 lbs! I'll take it!
  • Elliptical 5x per week - Not quite, but much better than I used to be.  I got in (counting today's workout later) 15 workouts on the elliptical machine!!!
  • Stretch or do yoga daily  I do stretch most days, but I also went to 2 yoga classes with Phoebe this month.
  • Limit coffee to one morning cup per day I did in the beginning of the month.  Sleep has been hard to come by.  Later in the month, I've liked that second cup of coffee in the afternoon again.
  • No wine/alcohol during the week and if I can avoid on weekend, bonus!  Last Saturday night, Tom and I had a date night and I stuck to water!!!  It's not as much of a need anymore.  I will still have a glass on a weeknight if I'm enjoying my favorite shows (Game of Thrones is back on !!!!)
  • Meal prep on weekends and/or after grocery shopping - make hummus, salad dressing, prep salads, chop veggies  This has been going great!

  • Submit taxes
  • Meal planning weekly
  • Build system of grocery lists - Sort of.  Our grocery shopping has been evolving this month.


  • Wash off plants in house
  • Paint guest room for Phoebe
  • Declutter the garage a little.  I have some stuff for donations stored in there I will get those cleaned up and out of the house
  • Start cleaning out the basement - find out what I can sell to the children's consignment vs. donations
  • Fix the carpet steam cleaner 
  • Plan/build out where the hot tub is going - Yes!  We bought us one for my birthday.  It should be available in May for installation.  That will make all other house projects easier, knowing we can go sit in the hot tub as a reward at the end of the day.
Under Home/Garden, there was a lot that didn't get done and will be moved to next month.  However, I did get the carpet cleaner fixed and I cleaned the carpets in our bedroom and sitting room.  Very proud of that.  Other things I also got done was scheduling the boys 6-year physical with my doctor.  I'm moving them over to my doctor instead of their pediatrician.  Everyone else in the house already sees my doctor and she does take children.  Very happy to have that decision made.

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Menu Plan - Week of 4/26/2015

Wow!  Have I ever been busy working on those April goals! I know some will not get done as the exercising and learning the Beachbody business have kept me busy.  I'm having a great time though and my clothes are fitting me better than they have in a long time.

I will be posting tomorrow on how April goals went.  I'm very pleased and I have been keeping menu plans.  We may deviate from them every now and then, but it is more of moving around menus at home, rather than ordering take out or going to a restaurant.  Healthy eating and exercise has become quite the priority in our house.

Here is this week's menu plan (better late than never) and without any pretty pictures.

Ate out at Not Your Average Joe's. We have not eaten out in quite some time. They have lots of healthy choices.  I had grilled chicken with a cauliflower mash, garlic-y spinach and cucumber & tomato salad.

Teriyaki salmon, Asian cole slaw, roasted asparagus and braised endive.

Taco Tuesday once again!  This is a family favorite

Sandwich night again!  Phoebe has field hockey at 6PM.

Pasta, with sausage, fennel and roasted brocolli

Friday & Saturday - Tom and I are away.  The kids will have their Aunt Niki with them and she gets to choose dinner.  There are plenty of leftovers or she can make whatever she feels like, LOL.

Monday, April 20, 2015

Menu Plan - Week of 4/19/2015

We're continuing to rock the menu planning.  It keeps our budget and our bellies happy!  Although I'm sure the kids would love some Chinese take-out at this point.....

Tom made dinner:  Corned beef brisket, mashed potatoes and roasted green beans.

Leftover night - Phoebe wants to go to a yoga class at 7PM with me.  We have leftover fish, mashed potatoes, macaroni & cheese and green beans.

Taco Tuesday!  Ground beef soft or crunchy tacos, home-made guacamole, shredded cheese, black beans, green and red salsas and lettuce.

Sandwich night - Phoebe has Field Hockey practice at 6PM.  I bought lunchmeat at Whole Foods this week and the ham is beautiful!  Ham and smoked mozzarella sandwiches on whole wheat rolls or ezekiel bread, lettuce and tomato.

Liam's favorite chicken and roasted veggie quinoa salad.

Home-made pizza night with a roasted beet and gorgonzola salad.

Keeping it simple - we will probably have leftovers and salad.

Breakfasts - I keep having my Shakeology with unsweetened almond milk.  Will be starting Tom drinking it th)is week.  The kids have the berry smoothie, gluten-free blueberry muffins I made last night (recipe to come soon!), and cereal.

Lunches - The boys have their packed ham and cheese sandwiches, Phoebe eats in the cafeteria and Tom and I are eating salads with some kind of leftover protein from a dinner.  Here's my salad today with grilled steak.  I also use home-made apple cider vinaigrette dressings to avoid the extra sugar in store bought dressings.

Update:  I forgot afternoon snacks!!!  I do pack a healthy afternoon snack to keep me away from the coffee shop which is full of bad choices.  Today I had an apple.  Somedays I'll pack some peanut butter to go with the apple.  I also will have some hummus and tortilla chips and baby carrots on other days to get some variety.  I love crunch in the afternoon.

Do you plan your menus?  What is on your menu for this week?

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

In Search of Happy Mornings

Lately, I've really wanted the kids to go off on their days to school in a good mood.  It's been very important to me.  I've been making them the berry-kale smoothies, which make them very happy.  I've been playing perky music while we eat breakfast.  I want the kids (and my husband and I) to start our day off right by being happy and energetic.

Today, Tommy was in a grumpy mood.  He was getting his clothes on all wrong, he had a complaint about everything, including the music.  I teased him it was odd as he's usually our happy guy.  I teased him I was going to have to bring in The Odd Squad.  Nothing was working.  He had complaints the whole way down to the kitchen for breakfast.  As he sits down at the island with his brother for a bowl of cereal, the sun is in his eyes.  OK, let's move to the dining room.  It's too sunny in here too - grumble, grumble, grumble.  All of a sudden, I had a brainstorm that made smiles all around!

When it's too sunny, eat your breakfast with sunglasses!  We had a cool breakfast, in cool sunglasses, and then got to the bus stop with plenty of time to spare.  May I continue to keep my cool when someone is grumpy to find a way to send everyone off for their day happy!

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Menu Plan - Week of 4/12/2015

We're getting glimpses of Spring this week!  Weather is getting warmer and we wanted some easy dinners this week.  Breakfasts for me have been Shakeology, as usual, lunches for Tom and I have been salads and some kind of protein.  I have my salads with a homemade salad dressing.  I'll need to post some of those dressing recipes soon.  With the healthy eating we've been doing and the cardio I've been doing in the evening, I'm doing really good on my losing weight goal.  I've lost almost 4lbs so far and have 9 more to go.  That was even with Easter candy around!  However, I have not been drinking any wine most evenings, so that helps too!

Sunday - French onion soup, cheeseburger sliders and cole slaw

Monday -  Homemade pizza - with grilled chicken, roasted garlic and spinach

Tuesday - Hot roast beef sandwiches and roasted Brussel sprouts

Wednesday -  Fish and chips - made with cod fillets, I need to post this recipe! It's become a family favorite.

Thursday - Steak salad with chipotle ranch dressing.  We take ranch dressing and doctor it up!  This recipe needs to be posted too.

Friday - Hot dogs and french fries (ultimate kid food!)

Saturday - Leftover night

Sunday - Church Spaghetti Dinner (we look forward to this all year!)