Meal Planning for Newbies {week 2 recap}

In our first week recap, I went over some of the dishes I made, primarily using the recipes emailed to me through eMeals.  This week I'll still be featuring the images of the dishes we made, but focusing on how I pick what I'm making. The whole point for our house to meal plan is to save money.  The easiest way to save money is to shop sales.  But I am a busy mama and cannot visit EVERY grocery store to grab all the items on sale.  If I did that, I'd be spending more time &  money than it's worth.  So each week I get all the fliers on the kitchen table and flip through each one.  What am … [Read more...]

Meal Planning for Newbies {week 1 recap}

Just to let you know how these recaps will work - I will be updating the draft as I go through the week, and when you see it here on Thursday, it's for the previous 7 days. Tonight is New Year's Day - and the first night I actually started the meal planning for newbies journey.  I'll be honest, I wasn't exactly sure where to start. See that photo above? I grabbed the sales fliers, a notepad, and just stared for a bit after we put the kids to bed.  I signed up with eMeals for one of their blogger campaigns - for a year - to try out how their plan works.  I was late in registering and didn't … [Read more...]

Meal planning – A Newbie’s Journey

Happy New Year! I am welcoming 2014 as a year of change and drive.  Pushing myself to try new things, and work harder to save more and pay off debt.  When Jon and I looked at our budget last year during our Marriage Oneness class, we always kept thinking - where can we cut back?  One huge area of our budget is the grocery store.  Well, not just the market - household in general.  The main shops are Sam's Club, Target & Ralph's.  I never shop around for groceries.  I use what's convenient and on my way to picking up the kids before heading home.  Our town has a variety of grocers - Vons, … [Read more...]

Homemade BBQ Sauce from Curtis Stone

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Netflix. All opinions are 100% mine. This post contains affiliate links It's not secret to you that we are a Netflix loving household.  I love that we can watch it on our computer (stationed in our room), our living room (via Apple TV or our new Firestick from Amazon) and anywhere on the go (via our iPad and Kindle Fire).  Our watch list is so long between Aubrey's tv shows, our tv shows, and movies for all of us to enjoy.  When I was working on my freezer meals for Luke's impending arrival, you bet your bottom dollar I was catching up … [Read more...]

Tasty Treats – BBQ Brussels Sprouts {side dish}

This post contains affiliate links   Ok I feel the need to preface this post with the following. I did not grow up eating brussels sprouts. I did grow up eating a lot of veggies - even lima beans. But about a year ago I felt the need to conquer brussels sprouts. Jon hadn't had them either so I pieced together a recipe. When made on the BBQ grill - magic happens.  (And just a side note, we realize that our barbecue grills only last us about 2-3 years with our mild SoCal weather.  We have tried the big expensive 3 burner grills, but found that the simpler, 2 burner is perfect for our … [Read more...]