Monday, October 26, 2015

Meal Plan Week #43

The last week of October is here - how in the world did that happen so fast? But this also means my favorite day is at the end of the week ... Halloween! The girls have their costumes all ready (cheerleader and mermaid) so we are ready for the trick or treating and the awesome decorations. We also carved our pumpkins on Sunday. I just find Halloween so much fun!
I won't call this week's meal plan the healthiest one we've ever had, but everything is guaranteed to get eaten. I did throw in a healthy meal towards the end of the week to help combat the onslaught of candy that will be coming our way :)

MONDAY: Daddy's Choice
I will be out of town for work so Daddy's in charge of dinner. Let's be honest, they will probably eat cereal or order a pizza - haha!

TUESDAY: Baked Tacos
We had to shift a few things around last week and didn't end up making these tacos, we'll put them on the menu for this week!

WEDNESDAY: Ramen Noodles - A's choice
Since Daddy gets a choice, the girls decided they needed a choice too. I'm not a ramen eater so maybe I'll just have leftover tacos :)

THURSDAY: Chicken & Quinoa Soup
I have been looking for a way to use up some of the quinoa I bought when I made this chicken enchilada recipe. This one sounds and looks pretty good, plus it goes in the crock pot which is always my favorite way to make dinner!

FRIDAY: Mac & Cheese - J's choice
I think the only reason she didn't choose spaghetti was because we had it last week. I have a pan of Stouffer's mac & cheese that I'll cook up since the adults aren't fans of the glowing macaroni out of the box :)

Are you excited for Halloween? What's for dinner at your house this week?

Monday, October 19, 2015

Meal Plan Week #42

The weather is playing tricks on me. Last week it was very fall weather (and just down right cold some mornings) and now this week we could be back into the 70s. I won't complain, last year we went trick or treating in the snow. It would be nice to not have to do that again!

MONDAY: Baked Potatoes
Maybe we'll try some of these ideas to switch it up a bit!

TUESDAY: 3 Bean Taco Soup
We are playing bingo at school night, so this soup will be waiting in the crock pot for us to have a quick dinner beforehand.

WEDNESDAY: Spaghetti w/ Garlic Bread

THURSDAY: Pizza or Ravioli
Parents are having a frozen pizza, the kids are having canned ravioli - we are fancy!

FRIDAY: Baked Tacos
Yes 2 Mexican dishes in the same week, we must be a wild bunch!

Monday, October 12, 2015

Meal Plan Week #41

Another week, another meal plan. Nothing too crazy happening this week that I need to make the meal plan work around so we picked some delicious sounding meals for the week.

MONDAY: Ham & Corn Casserole
This is a slow cooker meal that I came across in a new cookbook. I've had leftover cubed ham in the freezer for awhile, so I'm happy to find a new recipe to use it up!

We picked up some tomatoes and onion at the farmer's stand down from our house when we were picking out pumpkins this weekend so I'm going to make some salsa to go along with our nachos.

WEDNESDAY: Stuffed Shells
I'm going to make these up on Sunday in double batch so that I can freeze one for later.

THURSDAY: Breakfast
I normally make a big breakfast on either Saturday or Sunday. I didn't do that this week so I'll make it up for it by doing it for dinner.

FRIDAY: Chicken Kebabs w/ Corn on the Cob
Awhile back I got a really good deal on corn on the cob so I froze a bunch. J was asking for corn this week, so we can pull a pack out of the freezer for dinner. And I'm all about the last chance to use the grill for the year :)

Friday, October 9, 2015

Currently #6

loving. my new white board to keep track of our meal plan each week
smelling. the flowers that my husband had sent to my work out of the blue one day
writing. all the events that are happening this month on the calendar - so busy!
reading. magazines and books on my Kindle
watching. Halloween movies, every last one of them!
craving. a trip to the pumpkin patch & apple orchid that we visited last year
obsessing. over Halloween decor, the spookier the better!
wishing. for a cleaning fairy to visit my house every time I go to work
needing. a date night with my husband
wanting. a manicure & pedicure - they just make me feel so much better
trying. to spend more time having 1 on 1 time with my kids
eating. apple dumplings
drinking. all the coffee, all the time
feeling. positive
hoping. J's Halloween costume arrives before Halloween
clicking. on new Pinterest recipes for fall

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

September Ipsy Bag Review

I was pretty happy with my first Ipsy bag so I decided to try out a second one. This month's bag was gold which was super cute. Here's a rundown of what was inside ...

City Chic Lipstick by City Color Cosmetics
5/5 stars
Lipstick is not something I usually buy. I'm more of a lip gloss kinda girl. But I loved this lipstick! The color was perfect and it stayed on pretty well. I've been wearing this almost every day since I got it!

Queen of the Fill Tinted Brow Gel by Elizabeth Mott
1/5 stars
I'm thinking maybe this product is for someone who is lacking eyebrows. I however do not have that issue. I tried it out anyways but I was constantly itching my eyebrows and getting the gel all over my fingers through the day. I didn't even notice any difference in the way my eyebrows looked. Not a winner for me.

ipsy Eye Shadow Trio by NYX Cosmetics
4/5 stars
Eye shadow isn't an every day item for me. But this trio is a winner! The color palette is perfect and will be nice for special occasions. 

Ultra Repair® Cream by First Aid Beauty
5/5 stars
As much as I don't want to admit it, the cold weather is right around the corner. This cream can be used on your face or your feet so it will keep you hydrated. I will probably keep this in my desk drawer at work to use throughout the winter.

Aceite de Argan by Octavio Molina Hair
1/5 stars
Well I guess on my last survey when I said that the product left my hair greasy they thought I needed some more grease. Oil on my hair is about the last thing I need. If you have dry or frizzy hair this would probably be perfect for you.

So what would you like to try from the bag I got? Are you already an Ipsy member? Click here to join!
My plan is to get one more bag and then take a little break from the Ipsy bags over the holidays and start back up again in the Spring.

Monday, October 5, 2015

Meal Plan Week #40

With the weather feeling a LOT like fall around here I've been on the search for awesome slow cooker and soup/stew recipes for this fall. If you have any suggestions on what we should try out, please let me know!

MONDAY: Ravioli with Garlic Bread

TUESDAY: Bean Burritos
We'll do this burrito bar style - put everything out and each person assembles their own!

WEDNESDAY: Beef Stroganoff with Broccoli
I have a freezer to crock pot meal from a couple months ago that I'll throw together in the morning and cook the noodles the day before. I have a reading group meeting to attend at school for J tonight, so quick & easy is most important here.

You're On Your Own - find something and eat it :)

FRIDAY: Pizza & Salad
Frozen pizza and an easy salad will be a nice way to end the week!