Meal Planning Monday - Week 5

by Michelle in , , , , ,'s Tuesday and not Monday, but there is a meal plan! Monday: Seeing the new Batman movie, so fast food/movie food

Tuesday: The in-laws gave us some chicken that Chef Brandon (my BIL) grilled, so I'll reheat it with some mashed potatoes

Wednesday: Three Cheese Pasta Bake

Thursday: Turkey Mignon with veggies

Friday: Pizza Night - White Pizza from a few weeks ago

Saturday: Breaded Blue Hake with Sweet Potato Fries

Sunday: "Hot Dog" and tots

Meal Planning Monday - Week 4

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Yes, it's Tuesday night and not Monday.  Also, there is no true meal plan for this week.  Basically our plan this week is to reheat some leftovers and eat out.  This is nothing really worth blogging about, but today I decided that I still need to do a post on a subject that I had planned to do weekly.  Instead, I'll recap on some of the meals that we've had.

  • Turkey Meatballs - meatballs were on the dry side, but still tasty and we used the leftover meatballs for sandwiches
  • Cheesy Quinoa Mac & Cheese - very disappointed...maybe need to use reduced fat velveta so it's creamy
  • Bubble Up Enchiladas - very tasty
  • White Pizza - definitely a pizza we will have again
  • Chili - The husband did a good job, although he plans to make a few changes in the future
  • Lightened Up Creme Brûlée French Toast - DELICIOUS!


Sunday Social - Travel

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This is my first week to link up with Neely for her Sunday Social and this week's topic is travel.

Best trip you've been on?

I have been very fortunate to have traveled to some great places and the best trip by far was the trip my husband and I took to Sweden for Christmas!

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Best idea for a girl's weekend trip?

I have not really been on many girl weekend trips, so maybe Vegas or New York City would be fun!

Best idea for a couples trip?

Since we have been married for many years, we have taken multiple trips just ourselves. I have enjoyed the trips where neither of us have been to the destination so that we both get to experience it together. Once place we have talked about going and have yet to visit is Portland, Oregon.

Best vacation on the cheap:

Since we do not live in a big city, there are a few big cities that are within a good driving distance, such as Dallas and St. Louis. For our first anniversary, we took a trip to St. Louis and had a great time and still go back there from time to time. The botanical garden is a must if you ever take a trip to St. Louis.

Place you most want to visit:

I really want to see the Northern Lights, so Norway!

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Vacation necessities:

A great bag to carry my electronic devices - I have a Timbuk2 messenger bag that I have taken on many trips, both flying and car rides. Very happy with how well it has held up and still looks great.

My elctronic devices - iPad, Kindle, MacBook and iPhone. When flying, I keep my MacBook at home to reduce the amount of weight I am carrying around

If flying, great earphones - I love my earphones from Shure because they are great about blocking outside noises.

Comfortable shoes - Hands down, Toms are the greatest. They are easy to slip on and off for security when flying. These are the only shoes that I have purchased and then wore all day my first day wearing them. I had no blisters from trying to "break them in"!

Inquiring Mondays - Overnight Stay at Grandma's

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Baby girl is about to experience a couple of nights not in her own bed, nor in her own house. Also, we will not be with her, she will be at Grandma's house. I'm not sure how I'll do since this will be the first couple of nights I have not put her to bed or been there when she wakes up. Grandma will have to send me tons of pictures and maybe there will be some time on Skype or FaceTime! Aside from all the emotions, I need to figure out what all I need to ensure baby girl has everything he needs. Grandma has a pack n play, stroller, diapers, wipes, formula, bibs, burp cloths and spoons, so I don't need to pack that, so here is what I'm thinking: Car seat and base Baby food (puréed foods & oatmeal) Clothes for the day & night Bottles Bottle brushes & drying rack Pacifiers Toys Gas drops Infant Ibuprofen Diaper rash cream Sound machine Teething items Rick n play with toy bar - this is just in case the pack n play does not work for sleeping Schedule of feedings and when she normally naps

So, did I forget anything moms?


by Michelle in ,

This past week I found some great deals. The first deal was for a hotel in Kansas City, MO. The husband and I are headed up there to see a comedy show soon and we wanted to get a hotel around where the show will be. While on the various travel sites, all the hotels for that area were in the range of $150 a night, so I decided to try to see if I could get a good deal. Since I like to stay in nice hotels, I went for the four star and up range and decided to go with $75 a night. I figured that two nights at $75 would be the same cost as one night at the regular price which sounded like a good deal. Well, I guess I should have tried lower because they took the offer! I then headed to to see what their price per night was for the hotel I got a reservation for. Their price per night was $159, so an even better deal! The second deal I came across was with diapers. I went onto and was able o get our Pampers Cruisers for $0.21 per diaper. Normally we get our diapers at Sam's Club where they are $0.27 per diaper, plus I got 50 more diapers! To get this deal, I'm an mom, signed up for subscribe and save, plus there was coupon on

Did you find any deals this week that you would like to share?

Inquiring Mondays - Teething

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The past couple of nights have been hard on baby girl and I. I'm thinking and hoping that she's has some teething trying to cut through. Around midnight both nights, she wakes up crying and it's not the sleepy crying...I can hear the pain in her cries. I manage to console her & rock her back to a deep sleep that allows me to get her back in her crib without waking her. About 2:30, I can hearing those same painful cries. The first night I fell asleep with her in the chair and we slept to nearly 7:00 when I woke up my husband to feed her while I tried to get an hour of sleep in a bed. Last night, I gave her some teething tabs that were given to from an experienced mom. Baby girl managed to sleep for a couple of more hours until about 5:30 when she started crying again. I got up, scooped up my baby girl and rocked with her in the chair. We both fell asleep again and finally woke up around 8:00. Does this experience sound similar to you? Was it teething or something else? What recommendations do you have for dealing with an infant that's teething?

Inquiring Mondays - What do or will your child call their grandparents?

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This is a question that my parents have asked me multiple times and I honestly have no clue how to answer this question.  I'm not even sure where the names for my grandparents came from.  I noticed in the card my parents sent to baby girl for Valentine's Day that they signed it Pop and Granny, and during our recent Skype dates, I've heard my dad refer to himself as Pop, so maybe they have decided to start their own nicknames?!  So I ask you, those who are reading this post, do you already have names in mind for your child's grandparents?  Are you or have you left this to your child to decide?  Did your parents and in-laws come up with their name?  What names have been chosen by you, your child or parents/in-laws?

Inquiring Mondays - Monitors

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When we created our various registries for when baby girl would be born, we had a great video monitor onto our Amazon registry because that was the one Dan found was the best and was not available at the other locations we registered at.  Since we received multiple Walmart gift cards, we ended up just getting the Angel Care monitor.  I do love the peace of mind I get from know that there is a sensor pad that will alarm us when there is no movement for a certain amount of time, but I want to be able to take a peek without distrubing her while she sleeps.  Soon after we got the Angel Care, I saw that they had released their new version with video and also, Tommee Tippee released a monitor that had the sensor pad and video.  I still have the desire to have a video monitor in her room and I know that it will be used beyond her first birthday.  Now the options of what to do since we do have the one monitor and now would like to add the video capability.  Would be great if the Angel Care video was compatible with the original we have, but it's not.  I would like to hear from other moms and dads out there on what type of monitor or monitors do you use.  What video monitors do you like the best?  Do you use just one or do you have 2 different kinds?

First Easter Prep

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With Easter right around the corner, just 3 1/2 weeks away, I am already starting to feel behind on planning for baby girl's first Easter. I feel like I need to order an Easter Basket by the end of the week to allow plenty of time for it to arrive and for me to pack it full of goodies. Here are the ones that I have my eye on: Pottery Barn Kids:





Since baby girl will be a day away from being 7 months, there will be no candy in her basket, so I am trying to come up with things to put in her basket. I had this same issue with her stocking for Christmas. My thoughts right now are: Sophie the Giraffe Teether, Lollacup Infant & Toddler Straw Cup in green, Wubbanub Cutsie Caterpiller, Alex Jr. First Snaps Building Toy, Jellycat Plush Bashful Chocolate Bunny, Emmit Buddy Blanket, and a book or two.



As far as her Easter dress, we received some great dresses from people, so I might use one of those, or make one since I seem to be inspried to sew these days.  Be on the lookout for baby girl's St Patty's day outfit I am trying to complete!

Looks like I have some decisions to make and some shopping to do!

Inquiring Mondays - Living in the Moment vs. Living Behind the Camera

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With my baby girl continuing to grow and accomplish some more “firsts” on the milestone checklist, I have the desire to capture it all on camera. If you have ever met me in person, you know that I can’t live without my iPhone, so it’s always near me and I can typically capture a quick photo of her being cute while playing. This weekend, I took a break from Twitter and decided that I would focus my attention on my family and my to-do list. Saturday night, I had a super sleepy baby girl on my hands. After her last feeding for the day, she immediately fell asleep in my arms and I just soaked that moment up. I was tempted to capture a photo of her sweet adorable self just snuggled in my arms, but I decided to just embrace the moment and not risk waking her up as I tried to get my phone and take a picture. On Sunday, I had her playing on the floor, doing some back playtime and some tummy time. She is getting better with the tummy time and was starting to raise herself up for a bit and I just know that she’ll roll herself over any day now. That is when I really started thinking about getting that moment captured. My husband was in another room cleaning and I began thinking he might miss the big moment! So I began to think, do I start playing with my child and watch through the lens of my phone so that I capture that moment? What if it happens at daycare and they don’t tell me and I actually witness the 2nd time she’s rolled over? Even the small milestones of pulling her pulling on a toy to make it move instead of the husband or I doing it didn’t get captured on film, but I was there and nearly cried my eyes out of that sweet little milestone she accomplished on a snow day while I was working at home!So how do you go about capturing your baby’s milestones? Do you end up getting a picture or video of your baby accomplishing the milestone the 2nd or 3rd time? Just curious to know how everyone else captures these moments. This is a thought that I am struggling with and would like to hear input from others.