Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Stop 'Pin-ing' and Start Doing!

Who doesn't love Pinterest. It is the best and worst way to spend your time.  If you're anything like me, you've created boards for things that inspire you, make you hungry or get your 'crafty-ness' amped up.  I have been thinking lately that I sure have pinned a lot of stuff, but have yet to actually do anything with them.

Enough was enough!

I want to stop Pin-ing (not totally - lets be real) and start doing!

I needed to bring a dessert to an Easter gathering on the weekend.  I took to my Pinterest Recipe board for inspiration and when nothing on there tickled my fancy (translate: too much work to make) I started looking up other dessert recipes on Pinterest.

I found this:

Holy Smokes.... these are sooo good!  And so easy to make.  

But as a warning, make sure you have a healthy sized scoop of Vanilla Ice Cream on hand or a big glass of milk.  You'll need them!

They were a hit!

Thanks Pinterest!

Now, to find something to do next.....

Monday, April 9, 2012

Menu Plan Monday - Week 178



I did so good last week!  I made dinner every night (with the exception of Friday night because we had a late and big lunch here.  They have THE best breakfast ever, and the best part is that the restaurant is pretty well gluten free, which means that my girlfriend can eat there! Its great!

Anyhooo... I'm pretty happy that I was able to essentially stick to the schedule.  I think the hubby appreciated it too!

Here's what we're eating this week:

Monday: BBQ'd Salmon, Scalloped Potatoes & Veggies
Tuesday: Teriyaki Beef Stirfry
Wednesday: Pasta w/ Italian Gigi Sauce
Thursday: Rosemary Ranch Chicken Kabobs with Veggies & Rice
Friday:  Date Night!

Sounds like a yummy week!

You'll note that we have a 'Date Night' planned on Friday night.  Yay!  We have decided to attempt to have a date night every two weeks.  I think it's important for us to have some 'baby-free' time to just be with each other outside of the house.  We've got Nana and Grammy on board to babysit the little man, and I think they are both pretty excited.  Not sure what we're going to do yet, probably go out for dinner or something.  Since I'm breastfeeding, and I haven't introduced a bottle yet, we've got about 3 hours to kill.  Thats enough time I think!

I'm looking forward to Friday night!

Linking up with OrgJunkie.

Monday, April 2, 2012

Menu Plan Monday - Week 177


I mean it this time... back to business as usual when it comes to menu planning.  I have realized over the last weeks of motherhood, that if I want to get things accomplished, it takes planning.  I need to factor in the making of dinner into my day.  When Harrison takes his afternoon nap, I need to make dinner!  My days are now starting to feel a little more 'normal'.  Now that I feel 'normal' again, time to start making dinner!

I think my husband will appreciate dinners being back on the table!

Here's what we're eating this week:

Monday: Spaghetti Bolognese (the sauce is from my freezer stash)
Tuesday: M&M Meat Shops Chicken Pot Pie
Wednesday: Fettucine Alfredo
Thursday: BBQ'd Hot Dogs
Friday: BBQ'd Salmon, Scalloped Potatoes & Veggies

Here's hoping that I can use Harrison's afternoon nap time effectively this week so we can eat some dinner!

As always, I'm linking up with Orgjunkie.

P.S. Harrison starting smiling last week!  So adorable, I literally started crying the first time I saw it!

Saturday, March 31, 2012

Harrison's Birth Story

Since Harrison is down for a nap, I thought now is as good a time as any to recount how this handsome little man came into this world.

My water broke at 11:30pm on Monday, February 20th after having what I now realize were contractions all day (I thought I was just having stomach issues!).  The hubby and I had just turned the light out when I returned from the washroom, got all cozy in bed, and then it happened.  I felt a 'pop' and a 'gush'.

And then it began.

Almost immediately after that the contractions started coming about 3 - 4 minutes apart, and were lasting close to a minute.  Right off the bat, I wasn't able to talk through a contraction.  It was intense right away.  I had never given much thought as to what I would do to cope with the pain during contractions, but I don't think that matter because I didn't give it much thought while I was going through it.  I settled into a pattern of deep breathing, holding a cold, damp cloth to my eyes and having a death grip on a stuffed animal during each contraction.  I remember the hubby timing each contraction, but sometimes it was hard to tell when one ended and another began because they were getting to be so close together.

My sister-in-law had agreed to be our doula, so we called her when my water broke to let her know and then called her again around 1:00am to ask her to come over.  Shortly after she arrived, we called the midwife.  The hubby wasn't sure if it was time yet, as we were given the 3-2-1 rule to go by (three minutes apart, for two hours, lasting one minute), and we weren't at the 2 hour mark yet.  But I told him to call her as they were getting faster and closer together.  It was so nice to have another person there with us, especially for the hubby.  I was pretty oblivious to what was happening around me, but I remember being thankful she was there.

Our midwife on call, Beth from Pomegranate Midwives, got to our house around 3:00am.  Shortly after she arrived she checked to see how much I had dilated.  I was already 5 -6 cm!  At this point Beth asked me if I wanted to head to the hospital.  I said 'Not yet'.  I wanted to stay at home for as long as I could ( I hate hospitals!)  We decided to wait a little while longer before heading out.

Up until this point I had been lying on my right side since midnight.  Beth encouraged me to go to the bathroom, and then flip onto my other side once I got back into bed, hoping that the change in position would help with the progression of my labour.

Shortly after I got back into bed I got what I thought was either the urge to push or throw up.  I couldn't be sure.  When that happened, it was just me and my sister-in-law in our bedroom, I mentioned to her that I felt like I need to push.  And when on the next contraction, I definitely had the urge to push, she got up to let Beth know.  This was probably around 4:00am.

It was then that Beth suggested we head to the hospital.  I was fine with it at that point, but the thought of getting into the car and putting pants on was a little much!  I had always envisioned getting to the hospital fully clothed.

This was the reality:

Why was I smiling?  Because someone put a camera in front of my face.

This was the reality.  Contracting all the way to the car wearing a sports bra, underwear, my housecoat and flip flops. 

Quite the sight, I'm sure.

I remember when we were driving to the hospital, the clock read 4:32am.  Thank goodness the hospital is only 10 minutes away.  It was more challenging contracting (with the pushing urge!) in the car, than in my comfy bed.

It gets a little blurry at this point, but were admitted to the hospital and the only thing I really remember is  blurting out mid-contraction that I wanted a private room.  It must have been important to me if I spoke during a contraction.  That was the only one!

Once I got in a wheelchair, the cold cloth back on my face, we were wheeled into the delivery room.  This was probably around 5:00am.

While everyone got settled, and we reconnected with Beth (she took off from the house before us to get to the hospital before us and get registered), I was just leaning against the bed, rocking back and forth.  But that didn't last long.  I was tired, and wanted to lie down!

After I got into the bed, Beth checked me again and I was 10cm. 10cm!  I went from 5-6cm to 10cm in about two hours! Shazam!

It was down to bid-ness at that point.  I needed to start pushing.  The noises that were coming out of my mouth while trying to not push were astonishing. I wasn't yelling or screaming, it was more of a gutteral moaning.  I just know that my throat was raw for the next day!

Without going into the gory details of the pushing process, let me just say that it hurt, it was hard work, and there were some contractions that I didn't push as hard as I could have because it hurt so bad!  

I was somewhat aware of what was happening while I was pushing.  I knew that there were people around me (my husband, my mom, my sister-in-law), but I didn't know who was doing what.  Someone was holding my leg, and someone was holding the cloth on my head.  I remember the point when Beth told me to stop pushing mid-contraction.  This was also the point that my sister-in-law/doula told me was the MOST IMPORTANT TIME TO LISTEN TO YOUR MIDWIFE!  When she says stop pushing - stop pushing!  And I did.

It was shortly after that point, that I was told his head was out and I was almost done!  I think there was only a few more pushes before I had my baby boy on my chest.

It was such a relief! Physically and emotionally.  I had my baby boy on my chest, and all I could think of was how happy I was he was finally here.  I remember touching him all over, trying to get a good look at his face.  When he was taken away from me to get cleaned up, I asked someone to hold him up for me so I could get a good look at his little face.  And he was absolutely beautiful.

If I could have planned 'My Perfect Labour' this would have been it.  Sure, it was extremely painful, but the whole process was such a positive experience that I am actually looking forward to doing it again.  There is nothing I would change about my labour.   The two things that were important to me were to stay home as long as possible (if we stayed home any longer, Harrison would have been born there!) and to not have and pain medication.  Success on both counts!

Although, through almost every contraction while I was at home I thought about asking for some when we got to the hospital!

It was wonderful to be able to let my body do what it was designed to do without any interference at all. I didn't even have to be hooked up to an IV!  Super excited about that part, I hate needles.

My beautiful baby boy, Harrison Robert Shaun C. was born on February 21, 2012 at 5:45am.  He weighed 7lbs 13oz, and was 20 inches long.

Monday, March 12, 2012

Menu Plan Monday - Week 176


I'm back!  

Since Harrison's birth, I haven't had to worry about what to make for dinner thanks to wonderful family and friends.  Our fridge has been full, and we have been able to eat and eat and eat.

Now it's time to start planning ahead again, and I am looking forward to the consistency and comfort that comes with knowing what we're eating that night.

I am so thankful that I planned ahead before Harrison was born and pre-made a bunch of meals to freeze.  I can now look in the freezer and plan meals that are easy and quick, just defrost and serve!

It will be a challenge to actually remember to make dinner.  The days seem to go by so fast when it is broken up between feeding times.  The hubs gets home from work before I even realize the day has passed!

This is what we're eating this week:

Monday: Slow Cooker Chili (pre-made & frozen) & Garlic Bread
Tuesday: Veggie & Pesto Pasta & salad
Wednesday: Waffles
Thursday: Lasagna (pre-made & frozen) & salad
Friday: Grilled Cheese Sandwiches

As always, I'll be linking up with Orgjunkie!

And because I think he is beautiful and he's the centre of my universe:

My friend, Megan, took Harrison's newborn pictures when he was four days old!  Check out her website, Family Creative.

Hopefully I'll post about Harrison's birth soon!

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Our New Arrival

My absence can be easily explained by the arrival of this beautiful little boy:

Baby Harrison made his arrival at 5:45am on February 21, 2012 after a fast and intense labour that lasted 6 1/2 hours.

I'll post more once I get a handle on this whole motherhood thing.

But so far, I am so in love with this little boy.

Monday, February 20, 2012

Menu Plan Monday - Week 175


39 1/2 Weeks and counting people! 

I now officially feel pregnant!  I'm so ready to meet this baby.  Hopefully he'll make his arrival soon!

But, until he does, this is what we'll be eating this week:

Tuesday: Shake & Bake Chicken, Mashed Potatoes, & Veggies
Wednesday:  Hot Dogs (because I really like hot dogs)
Thursday: Veggie & Pesto Pasta

As always, I'll be linking up with OrgJunkie.

Friday, February 17, 2012

Junk Drawer Be Junky No More!

I was feeling a little ambitious last week, and decided to tackle our junk drawer.  Or, it decided to tackle me, as I couldn't get it to shut.

Here's what I started with:

This was my first shot, but 'something' got in the picture too...

Silly belly, always getting in the way!

I started by emptying the drawer out completely and spread it out all over the counter.

I don't know how half this junk got in there, but I guess that happens when the drawer ends up being the place where you just dump things that have no other place to go.

There ended up being so much garbage in there, and stuff that really did have somewhere else to go.  Like the office, or the garage.

Once sorting through everything, and washing out all my organizers, I was left with this:

This picture makes me so happy.  Everything in it's place, and you can see everything.  There is also a little spot for the Hubbys wallet - perfect!

I'm proud to say that over a week later, it still looks just like this.

It will stay this way.

It will.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

The Nursery's Final Touch!

It's finally here! Yay!

I'm so excited that the mobile I ordered off Etsy finally arrived.

I ordered this mobile from a shop called 'lovelyfriend'.

The shop was FANTASTIC to deal with and I was able to customize the colours to coordinate with the nursery.

This shop has so many options, and what sealed the deal for me was that the owls were on an angle so that the baby could actually see what is hanging above him.

I looked at a TON of mobiles on Etsy, and this was the only shop that I saw that angled the animals for the baby's viewing pleasure.  

And really, that's who the mobile is for right?

So, instead of staring at the underside of the animals, this is what my little guy will see while getting his diaper changed:

I think that it's pretty awesome.  It  looks great from every angle!

The only thing this nursery is missing now, is the baby!

Monday, February 13, 2012

Menu Plan Monday - Week 174


Oh man, not working is throwing off my planning!  It took me til noon to realize it was Monday!  That doesn't make for effective planning, or a good dinner on Monday night!

Oh well.

So, I've finally hit that point in my pregnancy (38 1/2 Weeks) where I am ready to not be pregnant anymore.  I am so ready for this little guy to make an appearance, and I don't want to be sore, achy and a pee-machine anymore!

We had my parents over for dinner last night, and my mom kept telling me that I should get a video of me walking right now.  It must be pretty entertaining to watch me maneuver around the house with sore hips and a huge belly.

It also helps me feel ready for Baby Boy to arrive since I finished the cooking that I wanted to do.  I wanted to be sure to freeze some meals for the Hubby and I for after the arrival.  I also hit up Costco and M&M Meatshops, so our freezer is full!

Well, here is our menu this week:

Monday: Kraft Dinner (thats what late menu planning got me)
Tuesday: Teriyaki Beef Stirfry
Wednesday: Spaghetti Bolognese (going to make a double batch of the sauce and freeze the rest)
Thursday: BBQ'd Hot Dogs (because thats what this momma wants!)

As always, I'll be linking up with OrgJunkie (albeit a wee bit late!)

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Strawberry Shortcake Quilt

It's baby overload over here!

In the midst of making everything for my little guy, I managed to find the time to make an adorable baby girl quilt for one of the Hubby's cousins.

I used a fabric bundle that I bought off Fabricworm a while ago and was super excited to find out that I was getting to make a baby girl quilt!

After seeing the quilt top put together, the Hubby said that it reminded him of Strawberry Shortcake.  I just think it looks super cute!

I really like the chevron pattern, and I am in LOVE with the colors.

This is little baby Praise enjoying her new quilt - she's pretty thrilled, I can tell.

So cute!

Can't wait to take pictures of my little guy on the quilt I made for him!

Monday, February 6, 2012

Menu Plan Monday - Week 173


My first week of maternity leave has come and gone - it went by so fast!  I have a feeling that's the way it's going to be from here on out.

The week started off with a three day get away to our favourite getaway, and ended the week crossing a few things off my to do list.

This coming week is looking like a busy one too - but in a really good way!  I've got a Spa Day coming up, lunch with friends, and a few other appointments for good measure.

I'm also going to try and do some cooking that I will freeze so we won't starve after the baby comes!  Hopefully I'll be able to get a few things crossed off my 'To Make' list this week!

Here's what we're eating this week:

Monday: Chicken Dijon, mashed potatoes & veggies ( I know, this has been on my menu for the last three weeks - I swear we are going to eat it this week!)
Wednesday: Waffles (who doesn't like breakfast for dinner?!)
Thursday: Dinner on the Go

As always, I'm linking up with OrgJunkie

Friday, February 3, 2012

Hospital Bag Packed? Check!

I've hit the 37 Week mark!  Ack!  The end is near!  I'm getting super excited. Sooner than later, I will get to meet my son.  Insanity.  I almost can't even wrap my mind around it.

What I was able to wrap my mind around this week (now that I'm done working!!!) was packing my hospital bag.

I perused the internets incessantly over the last few months at a ton of hospital bag checklists.  Some of them were insanely comprehensive and included the kitchen sink.  That was a little intense for me, so I took all the things that I thought I would need and compiled my own list.

Here is what went in my bag:

Top Left going clockwise: Going home outfit for mom, hairbrush & elastic band, toiletry bag, toothbrush for dad, toothbrush for mom, shampoo & conditioner, deodorant, toothbrush, chap stick, headband, bobby pins, gum, earphones, video camera & charger, flip flops, makeup bag.

Top left going clockwise: babies going home outfit, receiving blanket, baby hat, two sleepers for baby, nightgown for mom (so I don't have to wear the hospital gowns), nursing bra, sports bra, underwear, iPhone, camera & charger, iPhone charger, iPad, socks.

Items not pictured: spare t-shirt for dad, swim trunks for dad.

Not all things pictured can stay waiting in the bag for labour to arrive, so... I made a list of 'Last Minute Items For Hospital Bag':

I stuck one of the lists to the fridge:

And one to the hospital bag in our closet:

Here are the items in more of a 'Checklist' format:

  • receiving blanket
  • baby's going home outfit
  • two sleepers
  • flip flops
  • socks
  • sports bra
  • underwear
  • nursing bra
  • going home outfit for mom
  • night gown
  • spare t-shirt for dad
  • swim trunks for dad
  • gum
  • head band
  • deodorant
  • chapstick
  • shampoo
  • conditioner
  • toothpaste
  • hair elastic
  • hairbrush
  • camera & charger
  • video camera & charger
  • iPhone charger
  • iPad
  • makeup bag
BAM! There it is.

Feels good to get that done!

Monday, January 30, 2012

Menu Plan Monday - Week 172


I completely missed last week.  Last weekend was so busy.  'Prenatal In A Day' was all day Saturday, and then Sunday was church, and then my mom threw me a Baby Shower.  I was way too exhausted after the weekend to think about our meals for the week, and then the weather was TERRIBLE for the first part of the week and neither me or the hubby wanted to venture out to the store.

So, for the first time in a VERY long time, we did not have a plan for our week (or food in the house for that matter).  We went through the week eating the food we had in the house and slowly running out of supplies.  I was actually pretty impressed that we didn't eat out more than once.

All that being said, I missed the benefits of menu planning last week.

I will do better from now on!  And it will be easier now that I AM FINISHED WORK!!!! Holy smokes - this whole baby thing is getting very real!

This week looks different as the hubby, puppy and I are headed up to Harrison Hot Springs for two nights for our last hurrah.  I am super excited to not have to get up and go to work tomorrow morning!

Here's what our week looks like:

Monday: Harrison
Tuesday: Harrison
Wednesday: Dinner at The Tomahawk to welcome home my little brother from his world (Australia, Indonesia & New Zealand) travels
Thursday: Baked Chicken Dijon, Mashed Potatoes & Veggies (didn't get to this one the last time it was on the menu)

I also wanted to give a review, per se, on the Mini Honey Mustard Meatloaves that I made week before last.  It was sooooooo good.  I LOVED IT.  The meatloaves were so easy to make and were delicious.  The only thing I would change the next time I made them is to not make them as thick.  I would make them a little flatter (more surface area to cover with the sauce and cheese).  I made my own roasted potatoes, and had a caesar salad with it. All in all, I would recommend this recipe.  If you try it, let me know what you think!

As always, I'll be linking up with Orgjunkie.  Head on over for some awesome tips on Menu Planning and recipe idea's!

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Laundry Hamper & A Surprise!

This is our change table.  I think it's pretty cute! (It's also fully stocked and ready for baby!)

Notice how it is on an angle?  You can't see in this picture, but there is dead wasted space behind it.

I hate wasted space!

(There is also dead air space above the change table, but don't worry, I'm waiting for a little something to arrive in the mail from Etsy.)

'What a perfect spot for a laundry basket!'  I exclaimed in my head.

I took some leftover fabric that I originally bought to make a crib sheet out with (but it was not wide enough) and decided to turned it into a laundry basket.

I measured the height that it needed to be, and then just kind of winged it from there!

After sewing two edges, and taking care of the raw edges, this is what I was left with (clearly it's inside out).

And this is the completed hamper:

I decided to use Command hooks to hold up my flimsy laundry hamper.

After 'measuring' where they needed to go, I ended up with this:

After some strategic cuts in the hamper, I had this:

It serves its purpose and looks pretty cute!

I can toss dirty clothes in there and then just grab and go! (to the laundry room)


After completing this little project I was left with this:

Well, there was more than this, but I forgot to take a picture of it.

I decided I wanted to make a pillow cover. Shazaam!

After a quick 'google', I found this tutorial and got started.

It took about 30 minutes and then I had this:

My very first ever pillow cover!

Double success for the night! Woot woot!

The tutorial was super easy to follow - thank goodness!

I see many more pillow covers in my future.

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Gallery Wall

Wow, I just noticed that I originally started this post in May.  MAY!  Thats how on top of this whole situation I am.


I chose one of the walls in our hallway to host our gallery wall, our house is pretty small so this was really the only spot for one to go.  I wish I took a before photo, but I did take a picture of the opposite wall so you get a better idea.

So hard to get a good picture of these walls.

I originally started with only a few frames, and chose to put up a few of our wedding pictures, and then a wedding picture from the rest of our family - and of course, one of our sweet fur-baby Jasper.  After hanging those pictures up, I bought about six more IKEA frames with the very good intention of expanding it.  I even bought a print off Etsy to be the centre of the gallery - on April 8th! Geez louise... where did the time go!

And then I received my Secret Santa gift at work and was given this:

(Those people are not us, just the stock frame fillers.  We'll eventually get nice pics to put in there!)

This is THE BEST SECRET SANTA GIFT EVER! And my Santa was not so secret. Thanks Lindsay!

I got home that night, and it's like I couldn't sit down without doing something with that frame!  I originally wanted to put it in the nursery, but with the frame being black, it didn't fit.

Then the hubby suggested it go on the gallery wall.  Well, that just got me going.  Nesting in full force!

I got right down to business.  I grabbed the previously purchased IKEA frames from the basement, along with the Etsy print and got to work.  It took a bit of shuffling around and a few misplaced nail holes, but I LOVE the way it looks now!

Again, so hard to get a nice picture of this wall!

I bought this print from an Etsy shop called Frilly Chilly Designs.  They were so awesome to deal with and it was exactly like I pictured it.

I think it is the perfect centrepiece for this gallery wall.

I also made (and by made, I mean painted and mod-podged) this letter 'C' for our last name.

I know there are lots of methods of creating a gallery wall out there in the blogosphere, but I just flew by the seat of my pants.  No method, just madness.  And I think it looks great.

I smile a little every time I walk by it, which is very often as the bathroom is at the end of the hallway!

Now, I just have to get some pictures in the new frames! 

Monday, January 16, 2012

Menu Plan Monday - Week 170


As I get closer and closer to my last day of work (the 27th!) the weeks go by faster and faster!  Last week just flew by!

I did good last week with the meal plan, there was only one night that we didn't eat from the menu.

Thats a pretty good run, I'd say.

Last week, I perused some of the blogs that linked up with OrgJunkie's Menu Plan Monday and found myself a few new recipes to try.  Four to be exact.

And because I couldn't help myself, we are trying two of them this week.

I'm always a little nervous with new recipes.  I HATE wasting my time on a meal that ends up being terrible.

Here's whats planned for this week:

Monday: Chicken Parmesan
Wednesday: BBQ'd Chicken Burgers
Thursday: Baked Chicken Dijon, mashed potatoes & veggies

Well, that looks pretty chicken heavy....  Oh well, we like chicken.

Hopefully we like the new recipes, or we'll be end up eating out or having cereal for dinner on Tuesday & Thursday.

How are you guys doing with menu planning? Started yet?  What's stopping you?

As always, linking up with OrgJunkie.

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Looking Forward

Looking at the year ahead of me is almost overwhelming.  With my due date less than seven weeks away, I am constantly thinking about what our life will be like with a new baby.

It is so exciting!  I have been waiting to be a mother my entire life.  When deciding what to do after I graduated high school, I had a really hard time because universities don't offer degree's in Motherhood.  But it was all I wanted to do!

Now, I am getting my chance, and I could not be more grateful.  This little boy is an answer to many years of prayer.

Our lives will totally change.

And since this blog is a reflection of the things we do and create, it would make sense that the direction of this blog would change.

When I started this blog, my main intent was to have it focus on crafty-organzingy-diy kinda stuff.  I have found in the last few months my posts have been few and far between as the projects that I have done have been minimal.

While I have done a few projects, they have all been for my little boy.

It would make sense that as my focus changes, so would the focus of my blog.

I plan on continuing to post about projects that I have completed, but will more than likely throw in posts about my life as a new mom and my little boy.

I hope I don't lose any followers, I value each and every one of you.  I hope that you will enjoy growing with me in this new chapter of my life.

I am so excited for what 2012 will bring me, and can't wait to share it with you.

If I thought my life was 'tickled pink' before, things are about to get turned up about a million notches!

Monday, January 9, 2012

Menu Plan Monday - Week 169


I don't know what happened to last week.  It just flew by!  I'm in my last month of work (only 14 more work days to go!) and am wishing the days away, so that could be why!

I will never stop planning my menu's though, no matter how busy things get.  It is so much harder when I don't have something planned, and can't imagine adding a new baby into that mix.  I don't think we would eat, or if we did, it would all be take out.  And that gets old after a while.

I have been planning our weekly meals for almost three and a half years.  Almost as long as I've been married.  Huge life saver.  

Here are a few of the benefits that I have experienced:
  • Reduces Stress : I used to spend a portion of my work day trying to figure out what to make for dinner that night and then have to use my lunch break to go to the grocery store and get the needed ingredients.  Such a waste of energy and time!
  • Saves Money : By planning ahead, I can check my cupboards for ingredients before going to the grocery store so I don't end up having three containers of white vinegar (yes, I've done that).  I hate buying something and then going home and finding a can in the cupboard.  Planning prevents that.  It can also allow you to plan your meals based on sale items, using store flyers (not that I do that, but I may start).
  • Saves Time : On average I only go to the grocery store once a week (early Saturday morning - way less busy!).  This saves me so much time, and gas (which also ties into the 'Saves Money' bullet).
  • It Makes My Husband Happy : He likes knowing what is for dinner for the week, and then looks forward to the meals!
Wow, after writing all that down, I would be crazy to stop menu planning (I'm not crazy, I will never stop).

If you don't menu plan already, and aren't sure how to start, head over to OrgJunkie where Laura has a ton of resources for all of our menu planning needs!  Just click on the 'Menu Planning' tab for how to get started.

She also hosts a weekly 'Menu Plan Monday' linky party where TON of other blogs link up their weekly menu's.  This is a great way to get new menu idea's.  I often scan other blogs for idea's.

Anyways, enough of me blabbing about menu planning.

This is what is on our menu this week:

Monday: Lasagna & Caesar Salad
Tuesday: Veggie & Pesto Pasta
Wednesday: Chicken Cordon Blue, Scalloped Potatoes & Steamed Veggies
Thursday: Costco Frozen Pizza

As always, I will be linking up this post with OrgJunkie.  I really encourage you to check out Laura's blog and resources.

Menu Planning has made such an impact on our lives, and I'm sure it will on yours as well!