March 24, 2017

Menu Planner

I am organized this week and have already done my meal planning and grocery shopping for next week. Wanted to get my chores out of the way and enjoy the beautiful weather this weekend!

Here goes with this week's menu planner....

Friday....Chicken & Pepper Sandwiches, French Fries

Saturday....Brisket, Ranch & Bacon Pasta Salad, Green Beans

Sunday...Pull Apart Pizza Dough, Salad

Monday....Do The Dukah Chicken, Snow Peas, Sweet Potatoes (previous Hello Fresh meal)

Tuesday....Tortellini, Chicken & Arugula Salad

Wednesday...Oven Braised Beef with Tomatoes & Garlic served over Orzo, Bread

Do you watch the kid's baking challenges on the Food Network? C & C love them! Camille wanted to make a pineapple upside down cake after seeing one of the episodes. We are going to try this recipe after school today!

March 19, 2017

Weekend Recap & Menu Planner

Happy Sunday! Hope you have had a great weekend! Ours was a good one!

Saturday morning, I finished up my 5 in 7 barre challenge at BarReVA. I am by no means an exercise nut and the most classes I have ever completed in a week was three previously. Some weeks depending on my work schedule, I don't get there at all. But I did it...all five glasses! And I felt great at the end of the week!

Yesterday afternoon. we headed to Williamsburg to celebrate our nephew Sam's 9th birthday! The cousins always have the best time playing together and Williamsburg has this great sports complex with tons of activities!

I am about to run out and pick up my Kroger Clicklist! Is anyone else using this service? I love it!

Also, I have been following the Weelicous smoothie project on Instagram and have gotten a bunch of different recipe ideas. A favorite so far has been....

1 Blood Orange
1 Banana
6 or 7 Frozen Strawberries
1 5 oz Vanilla Chobani Yogurt
1/2 Cup Vanilla Almond Milk
1 Tbsp Chia Seeds

Camille and I both really like this one! We got a Ninja Bullet recently and it has been the best for blending smoothies! Highly recommend.

Here goes with this week's menu planner...

Sunday...Turkey Tenderloins with Mashed Potatoes, Broccoli and Caper Sauce

Monday...Sliders & Hotdogs, French Fries, Corn on the Cob, Apple Sauce

Tuesday...White Bean & Pork Chili, Corn Muffins

Wednesday....Homemade Pizza & Salad

Thursday....Chopped Mexican Salad

Have a great start to the week!

March 16, 2017

Ikea Knappa

A few weeks ago Camille and I made some updates to her room. You can read more about that here. Well since those updates, I keep thinking about the ceiling fan in there and how we never turn it on. I wanted to get her something with a modern touch that didn't cost a fortune. Ikea seemed like a good place to start.

We decided on the Ikea Knappa light fixture for $24.99. At one point, I was able to add it to my Ikea cart and with shipping it came to right under $40 (now it doesn't appear to be available online). I did a quick Google search and found it on Amazon for $39 with Prime shipping! So I ordered it from there.

When I looked closer at the description, I realized that it comes with a regular plug instead of something you could use to install in the ceiling. So we purchased this Westinghouse Recessed Light Converter Kit from Home Depot.

The Ikea Knappa fixture arrived in 2 days right before the weekend and my handyman Michael's days off work. It arrived in a pretty tiny box which was a little concerning.

To give credit where credit it due, Michael put the whole thing together while I slept in on Saturday morning so I can't really give you a ton of details on how hard it was to put together.  He said the pendant converter kit was perfect and the light fixture was "a little tedious" to put together but "not too bad".

So everything is going along just great for a Saturday and we are going to hang the fixture after lunch. Then it dawns on Michael that the wall switch in Camille's room doesn't connect to the ceiling fixture it connects to some outlets. This really inexpensive project was starting to sound pricey. Until Michael discovered this remote control light bulb on Amazon.  Phew...crisis averted!

So drum roll is her new fixture.

And as an added bonus to this light bulb, you can change the color and have it automatically rotate colors similar to a disco ball. What 9 year old girl doesn't love that?

It looks really cute in there and Camille is happy!

March 12, 2017

Weekend Recap & Menu Planner

Michael's parents were in town Friday night and we had dinner with the kids at Chuy's. The food is really good there and it is very family friendly!

Watching tortillas being made!

Saturday we went to Open Box Richmond. Have your ever been? We didn't leave with this sled (although it looks pretty cool) but did get some new luggage and outdoor lights! The first time I went to Open Box Richmond it was a huge mess but items were much more organized this time. 

Last night we watched the Nickelodeon Kid's Choice Awards. Clyde's been counting down the days until it came on! He loves John Cena who was hosting. Today I have done organizing and laundry. Ready to start the week.

Here goes with this week's menu planner.....

Sunday...Taco's with Chicken, Corn, Kiwi Fruit

Monday....Hamburger Soup with Blueberry Muffins

Tuesday....Salmon, Asparagus*, Couscous

Thursday...take out

*For the asparagus, I trim and then cook in a non-stick skillet with 1 tbsp butter, 1 tbsp olive oil, salt and pepper to taste.

March 9, 2017

Spring Thrift Shopping

I love a good thrift store and a good deal! After following one of the Sweet Sauce blog's instastories, I learned that the Short Pump Goodwill (near Tom Leonard's) is supposed to be the best. So after a real estate appointment in the area one day, I breezed through to see if there were any deals to be had! 

I found some of cutest items...brands like Gap, JCrew, Loft, Banana Republic. I purchased a cute faux fur vest for $4. 

The vest really smelled of a strong perfume which was kinda gross. The dry cleaners would not take it so I did a google search and decided to try to wash it. I put it on delicate and then let it air dry. Then I brushed it with an old hairbrush and it turned out great! 

My favorite find at the Goodwill was this Banana Republic shirt that was a little over $3 because I had a 20% off coupon. It was hidden in the kid's section so I was lucky to find it.

I definitely recommend checking out this Goodwill! I found a cute Old Navy athletic top for Camille as well as flower vase and some dishes. 

In other thrift shop news, have you seen those ads with Emily Henderson on Facebook for thred UP? I feel like the clothes they feature in those ads don't look good at all but they still got me and I went to the website to browse.  I found three of the cutest items! It is online consignment but there are some new with tag items as well. They also have kid's clothes!

I purchased this new with tags Tory Burch Tunic Top! It retails for $255 and I paid right under $50 for it! 

I also purchased a pair of grey JBrand jeans. I already have a pair of JBrand jeans that I love so I felt pretty good about the fit and size to order. (Although you can return the items if they don't work out.) The jeans retail for $189 and I paid $21 for them. They are previously owned but I couldn't tell. The condition is like new. 

I also purchased this black peplum top that I have already worn at least 3 times. The brand is Rodebjer which I had never heard of it but thredUp says the blouse retails for $220 and I paid around $30. 

I am wearing the blouse and jeans in this picture along with a necklace I snagged at TJMaxx for $20.

thredUp is offering 50% off all Tory Burch items right now, click here to check it out!

March 5, 2017

Weekend Recap & Menu Planner

Hello! Hope you are having a great weekend! We tried out the Anchor Bar at Stony Point Mall yesterday. We loved Champs when it was there...very convenient to our house and kid-friendly. I was a little hesitant to try Anchor Bar because our friends had gotten take-out from there and didn't have the best review. But all of our food was really tasty. I had a hamburger, Michael had wings that I tasted and they were great. Camille and Clyde liked their kid's meal. The service was quick and attentive. Definitely worth trying!

We are really trying to get Clyde to eat more foods so I have been making more family dinners and have become very strict about no substitutes. Clyde has been to bed without any dinner or snack after dinner on many nights. This is hard for me but it getting easier. He wakes up starving and scarfs down 4 pancakes at breakfast. But we have made some progress. It is very slow progress but I will take it! We let Clyde pick one of the meals this week, that is why I am serving hot dogs! ;)

Here goes with this week's menu planner. I am going to post last night's meal because the beans were really good and quick and easy! Camille who normally doesn't like green beans..ate them! The recipe is from a previous Hello Fresh meal, hopefully the link below will work.

Saturday....Steaks, Parmesan Risotto, Green Bean Almandine

Sunday...Homemade Pizza (we are going to do a pepperoni and this one as well), Salad

Monday....Hot dogs, Stovetop Macaroni & Cheese, Apple Sauce

Tuesday...Turkey Burgers, French Fries, Mandarin Oranges (Side note...I had a friend make these turkey burgers for her kids and she said they devoured them!)

Wednesday...Spaghetti Carbonara, Bread, Salad

Thursday....Kielbasa, Peppers & Potato Hash, Corn Muffins

February 26, 2017

Weekend Recap & Menu Planner

We have had the warmest weather for February in RVA! Such a tease for spring! Friday night we hung out with neighbors enjoying the sunshine and spring like temps! We have a great common area in our neighborhood for the kids to run around.

Last night we went to dinner with friends at Shagbark! This is my third time eating there and it is so delicious! 

Today is Kroger Clicklist (love it!), laundry and I am showing a house later this afternoon. 

Here goes with this week's menu planner...


Monday....Pepperoni Pizza Grilled Cheese (similar to this recipe but w/o American Cheese), Salad

Tuesday...Steak Tacos!

Wednesday...Chicken Noodle Soup, Blueberry Muffins, Salad

Thursday...event at the school so take out or dinner out 

I am thinking of trying this berry cobbler for a dessert one night and see if we can get Clyde to eat fruit through dessert!