Monday, February 8, 2016

Feb. Meal Plan Part 1

1st - 6th
Monday
Breakfast - Cereal or Yogurt
Lunch - Eggs, toast and fruit
Dinner - Biscuits and gravy, scrambled eggs, and fruit

Tuesday
Breakfast - Cereal or Yogurt
Lunch - Ravoli
Dinner - Cheesy burgers, fries and veggies

Wednesday
Breakfast - Cereal or Yogurt
Lunch - Sandwiches, chips and veggies
Dinner - gone

Thursday
Breakfast - Cereal or Yogurt
Lunch - Mac and cheese, apple sauce and chicken strips
Dinner  - gone

Friday
Breakfast - Cereal or Yogurt
Lunch - Eggs, toast and fruit
Dinner - gone

Saturday
Breakfast - Cereal or Yogurt
Lunch - Chicken, french fries and fruit
Dinner - gone

7th - 13th
Sunday
Breakfast - Scrambled eggs and fruit
Lunch -  Loaded potato soup
Dinner - Pizza

Monday
Breakfast - Cereal or Yogurt
Lunch - Mac and cheese and orange slices
Dinner - Meatball sub's and veggies

Tuesday
Breakfast - Cereal or Yogurt
Lunch - Eggs, toast and fruit
Dinner - Meatloaf, potatoes and corn

Wednesday
Breakfast - Cereal or Yogurt
Lunch - Chicken strips, apple sauce and tater tots
Dinner - Million dollar spaghetti, garlic bread and salad

Thursday
Breakfast - Cereal or Yogurt
Lunch - Sandwiches, chips, veggies and dip
Dinner - Shredded roast sandwiches, fries and veggies

Friday
Breakfast - Cereal or Yogurt
Lunch - Grilled cheese and tomato soup
Dinner - Beef and cheese enchiladas, rice and beans

Saturday
Breakfast - Cereal or Yogurt
Lunch - Beef and noodles
Dinner - Cassandra's birthday dinner ( smoked pork, home made Mac and cheese, baked beans, veggies and dip, potato salad and cxake )

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Rolimate Toy Review





I recently had the opportunity to review several wooden rolimate toys. I reviewed two different wooden puzzles, a three in one game, and the xylophone. 

My kids have enjoyed the three in one game ( http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0177ZTPWY?psc=1&redirect=true&ref_=oh_aui_detailpage_o06_s00 ) the most. They love playing fishing together. I love that it is three in one, easy to store and well made. I did have to restring the fishing pole once but that was my four year old's fault, she was tugging on it, trying to get it away from her younger sister. 

The other games you can play are ring toss and bowling. 







I also reviewed two different styles of wooden puzzles.  ( I recently had the opportunity to review several wooden rolimate toys. I reviewed two different wooden puzzles, a three in one game, and the xylophone. 

My kids have enjoyed the three in one game ( http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0177ZTPWY?psc=1&redirect=true&ref_=oh_aui_detailpage_o06_s00 ) the most. They love playing fishing together. I love that it is three in one, easy to store and well made. I did have to restring the fishing pole once but that was my four year old's fault, she was tugging on it, trying to get it away from her younger sister. 

The next toys are two different puzzles.   ( http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B016OFQ4UY?psc=1&redirect=true&ref_=oh_aui_detailpage_o04_s00 ) ( http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0177TS0AI?psc=1&redirect=true&ref_=oh_aui_detailpage_o07_s00 )
They are perfect for Cassandra who is just getting to the age where she loves to stack, build and do puzzles. 
The colors are both are very bright. The toy is very engaging and they are small enough that I can take the toys with me. They keep the younger kids busy while I wait for appointments or while we wait for food at a restaurants.
These puzzles are great for teaching colors, shapes and for improving fine motor skills.






The last toy is a very colorful xylophone. ( http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B012TEPRV6?psc=1&redirect=true&ref_=oh_aui_detailpage_o05_s00 ). This one is very well made and the colors are great. I really feel like this toy would make a great photo prop, do well in a day care or preschool and is good for every day play.
The sound is not the best, I would not call this a musical instrument by any means. It is not in tune but it still makes for a nice toy for young children to play with. 
It is sturdy and very bright.


I was lucky enough to review all these toys, I did receive a discount on them but it did not shape my review. My views are my own.





Sunday, January 17, 2016

January Meal Plan Part 2

1/17 - 1/23
Sunday
Breakfast - Oatmeal or yogurt
Lunch - Pizza
Dinner - Chicken tacos, rice and beans

Monday
Breakfast - Oatmeal or yogurt
Lunch - Chicken, string cheese and fruit
Dinner - Whole chicken, carrots and potatoes

Tuesday 
Breakfast - Oatmeal or yogurt
Lunch - Chicken noodle soup
Dinner - Chicken alfredo and broccoli

Wednesday
Breakfast - Oatmeal or yogurt
Lunch - Eggs, toast and fruit
Dinner - Ham, potatoes and corn

Thursday
Breakfast - Oatmeal or yogurt
Lunch - Pancakes and fruit
Dinner -  Ham and bean soup

Friday
Breakfast - Oatmeal or yogurt
Lunch - Ravoli
Dinner - Chicken, potatoes and veggies

Saturday
Breakfast - Oatmeal or yogurt
Lunch - Chicken noodle soup
Dinner - Meat loaf, mashed potatoes and veggies

1/24 - 1/30
Sunday
Breakfast - Oatmeal or yogurt
Lunch - Grilled cheese and tomato soup
Dinner - Chicken alfredo and broccoli

Monday
Breakfast - Oatmeal or yogurt
Lunch - Chicken, macaroni and broccoli
Dinner - Meatball pasta bake and garlic bread

Tuesday 
Breakfast - Oatmeal or yogurt
Lunch - Eggs, toast and fruit
Dinner - Turkey, potatoes and veggies

Wednesday
Breakfast - Oatmeal or yogurt
Lunch - Turkey veggie soup
Dinner - Turkey alfredo and broccoli

Thursday
Breakfast - Oatmeal or yogurt
Lunch - Turkey and cheese quesadillas and veggies/dip
Dinner - Turkey pot pie

Friday
Breakfast - Oatmeal or yogurt
Lunch - Lunch meat sandwiches, cottage cheese and veggies
Dinner - Hot ham and cheese sandwiches and tomato soup

Saturday
Breakfast - Oatmeal or yogurt
Lunch - Grilled cheese and tomato soup
Dinner - Cheese burger ring and veggies/dip

1/31
Sunday
Breakfast - Oatmeal or yogurt
Lunch - Biscuits and gravy, scrambled eggs and fruit
Dinner - Chili and corn bread

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

January Meal Plan part 1

Happy New Year!

I skipped meal planning last month because December is always a crazy month. I am back at it now with the beginning of the new year! I have decided to go back to only planning half a month at a time, I find this makes sticking to my plan a lot easier.

1st - 2nd

Friday
Breakfast - Yogurt or oatmeal
Lunch - Mac and cheese and carrots/dip
Dinner - Grilled cheese and tomato soup

Saturday
Breakfast - Yogurt or oatmeal
Lunch - Pizza
Dinner - Grilled cheese and tomato soup

3rd - 9th
Sunday -
Breakfast - Yogurt or oatmeal
Lunch - Chicken strips, cheese and oranges
Dinner -Stroganoff and green beans

Monday -
Breakfast - Yogurt or oatmeal
Lunch - Popcorn chicken, oranges and cheese
Dinner - Meatloaf, mashed potatoes and corn

Tuesday -
Breakfast - Yogurt or oatmeal
Lunch - Mac and cheese, carrots and dip
Dinner - Chili and corn bread

Wednesday -
Breakfast - Yogurt or oatmeal
Lunch - Chicken, cheese and broccoli
Dinner -  Out

Thursday -
Breakfast - Yogurt or oatmeal
Lunch - Grilled cheese and tomato soup
Dinner - Pizza

Friday -
Breakfast - Yogurt or oatmeal
Lunch - Eggs, toast and fruit
Dinner - Turkey, carrots and potatoes

Saturday -
Breakfast - Yogurt or oatmeal
Lunch - Turkey Alfredo and broccoli
Dinner - Hot turkey sandwiches, fries and veggies

10th - 16th
Sunday -
Breakfast - Yogurt or oatmeal
Lunch - Eggs, pancakes and fruit
Dinner - Stuffed pasta shells, garden salad and garlic bread

Monday -
Breakfast - Yogurt or oatmeal
Lunch - Eggs, toast and fruit
Dinner - Lasagna roll ups, garden salad and garlic bread

Tuesday -
Breakfast - Yogurt or oatmeal
Lunch - Broccoli alfredo tortellini
Dinner - Chicken tacos, beans and rice

Wednesday -
Breakfast - Yogurt or oatmeal
Lunch - Sandwiches and veggies/dip
Dinner -  Meatball soup

Thursday -
Breakfast - Yogurt or oatmeal
Lunch - Sandwiches, cottage cheese and oranges
Dinner - Pork chops, creamy corn, garden salad and mashed potatoes

Friday -
Breakfast - Yogurt or oatmeal
Lunch - Hot dogs, mac and cheese and veggies/dip
Dinner - Pizza

Saturday -
Breakfast - Yogurt or oatmeal
Lunch - Grilled cheese and tomato soup
Dinner - Gone

Friday, January 1, 2016

2016 Temperature Blanket

In 2016 I have decided to make a temperature blanket. The idea was shared on my facebook by a friend of mine.

The basic idea is that each day you knit or crochet a row of a blanket. The color is determined by what the temperature is outside.  I have decided to make my own color chat, just for fun and because I am really not a big fan of the color purple.




My chart -

Below zero - white
0 - 22 - light blue ( Caron soft blue )
22 - 32 - blue ( turquoise big twist sincerely )
33- 42 - dark blue ( peacock with love )
43 - 52 -orange ( Vannas Choice terracotta )
53 - 62 - yellow
63 - 72 - green
73 - 83 - light green
83 - 100 - red
100+ - dark red

I plan on sharing monthly updates of the blanket progress!!

Sunday, December 27, 2015

Glass Straw Review

I was recently given the chance to review some glass straws and I am so glad I did!
This is the product I reviewed - http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B017DWRXSY?psc=1&redirect=true&ref_=oh_aui_detailpage_o07_s00

I want to start with saying that over the years, we have tried many reusable straws, all plastic and they never last. They either break or get disgusting on the inside.

While these are made of glass, they are made of a durable glass they is near shatter proof. I had one roll off the cupboard while washing dishes and it bounced, no cracks or breaks.

They are wide, perfect for all drink types. Easy to clean and even come with a wire brush for easy cleaning.

Since we got these, almost two weeks ago, they have been used almost every day. They are very well loved and used in this house!

I would highly recommend these to anyone who is looking for a durable, easy to clean, environmentally friendly drinking straw.

Thursday, December 17, 2015

Boot Cuff Knitting Pattern





Boot Cuff Pattern

I love the look of the boots that have the pretty cuff on the top and even more, I like having plain boots and making cuffs so I can change out the colors depending on what I am wearing. I came up with this cute pattern and wanted to share with everyone.


This pattern is free of charge. All I ask is that you link to where you got the pattern.

Items needed -
Chunky yarn ( pictured is using I love this chunky )
Size 15 needles
Needle for sewing

Abbreviations -
CO - cast on
K2 - Knit two
P2 - Pearl two

Pattern -
Siz:es are XS/SM in ( ) or M/L

CO on
(35) 40 stitches
Row 1 -5 - K2, P2 across row
Row 6 - Pearl across row
Row 7 - Knit across row
Row 8 - Pearl across row
Row 9 - Knit across row
Row 10 - Pearl across row
Row 11 - 15 - K2. P2 across row
Cast Off
Seam together.

Bow option 1 - 



You can use the same yarn or a solid color if you want the bow to stick out more.
CO 6 sts
Knit 15 row
Cast off
Wind in middle to create bow look
Attach to cuff ( I attached so the whole bow was sewn down flat.

Bow option 2 - 



You can use the same yarn or a solid color if you want the bow to stick out more.
CO 15 stitches
Knit 7 row
Cast off
Seam together. Wind in middle to create bow look
Attach to cuff but do not sew whole bow down. This makes the bow pop more.