Meal Planning – June 16-22

  Sharing my meals for the week!  I hope you're following me on Pinterest to catch all the ones I've made for the past few weeks!  This week's meal planning has a few nights off and I'm very excited! It's so easy to be burnt out from cooking every.single.night.  And while I think that there will be a night of leftovers - Jon's been taking them for work lunches. So, that works but leaves us with more dishes to cook.  Oh and rest assured - each link on Pinterest I share here, I make sure they are actual working links and don't get you on some shady website. Ain't no one got time for … [Read more...]

Hosting Mother’s Day Brunch {for under $50 dollars}

  I took on the task of grabbing our Mother's Day Brunch items from Whole Foods Market for under $50.  I know what you're thinking - impossible!!! OR You're just feeding Jon and you.  No, wrong! We're having it at our house and we're hosting my mom (of course!), my sister, and potentially her boyfriend, along with Aubrey and Luke (who, doesn't really eat food yet. ha ha!).  So that's 4-5 adults and a very hungry toddler.  And I mean that in the most loving way. Luke was my co-pilot as we searched the aisles of Whole Foods to figure out what we should have.  Keeping our budget in … [Read more...]

Having Trouble Jumping Back In

Last fall you might remember my posts about accountability, finance, and using cash to pay for things.  Well, the holidays happened.  Then the new year.  Then deciding to move.  And here we are, in March, and I am having trouble jumping back in  to the cash routine.  Why am I telling you this? Because I know this spiral happens to all of us.  We get slipped up, can't find our footing, and have a hard time jumping back in.  I vow to make time this week to list out all our bills and re-do our cash process so I can ensure we're using our money better, so we can keep saving for our home. What's … [Read more...]

Making Meal Planning Easier – eMeals Review

This is a sponsored post for eMeals. They provided me with a membership in exchange for my eMeals review. Enjoy! As part of a new challenge for ourselves in 2014, I came up with the brilliant idea to meal plan.  I was hoping that this would bring opportunity to lessen the dread & annoyance of figuring out what to make for dinner that I faced each afternoon.  I also hoped I could tie in our meals to what was on sale at the grocery store.  When I found out that eMeals was looking for bloggers to try out their meal plan, I jumped at it.  It fit perfectly with what my goals were, and after … [Read more...]

Meal Planning for Newbies { week 3 recap }

Well here we are, third week on my Meal Planning journey! To recap, In week one, I ran through the meals I picked from eMeals. In week two, I explained how I use the weekly grocery ads to choose our meals. And in week three,  I'm here to teach one important lesson.  It's the lesson of flexibility. As you can tell by that photo, I planned on chicken quesadilla. The chicken was to be leftovers from the crock pot roasted chicken I was making 2 nights before.  Except I forgot to take that out, and the meal I was to make switched with another night.  And then I got the stomach flu. And then … [Read more...]

Budget & Accountability {week 6} – #FinancialFriday

This post contains affiliate links Here we are, week 6 of the budget & accountability series.  This will be a short and sweet post. Did you notice anything new in that photo above? We came in under budget!!! We still had the usual gas, but didn't have any extra purchases, and kept meals at home light so didn't have a huge grocery bill. We also didn't need to purchase anything for the kids.  It was a great feeling.  I also went back through my initial calculations for how much we'd be budgeting out for the month and it was $1120. So for this last week, we could possibly swing being under … [Read more...]