For the past two weeks I’ve been posting my family’s menu in an attempt to both hold myself accountable…and stay organized as well as showing you how the principle of using coupons and stockpiling can actually work.
I’ve been following my menus very well! I’m rather impressed with myself. We will be ordering pizza tonight…because I’ve been up with sick kids and am DONE for the day…but once in a while won’t break our budget. I will carry over tonight’s meal to tomorrow.
I will be attending BlissDom in Nashville, TN this week and will be gone Thurs – Sunday. I’m taking SuperBaby with me but Eric and the two big kids will be home by themselves. I’m trying to keep things simple and easy to prepare this week so I’m not spending a lot of time cleaning up when I could be doing other things. I went a little over budget ($20) last week stocking up on some things (Juice, chicken) so I have a VERY short list this week and plan to do almost no shopping: bananas, Rice Milk, asparagus, french fries, hot dog buns, deli turkey.
How about you? Have you planned your family’s menu for the week? Start by looking through your cupboards and see what you have on hand…then buy the essentials and stock up on what is on sale! You will feel more relaxed and organized when dinner time rolls around each night!
Sunday: Make ahead Spinach Manacotti
Monday: Foil Pack Chicken Marinara
Tuesday: Grilled Cheese Sandwhiches, Tomato Soup and Homemade Applesauce
Wednesday: Tilapia in mustard cream sauce, asparagus, Long Grain Wild Rice
Thursday: Chili Dogs, French Fries, carrots and branch (Ranch)
Friday: Left over Chicken Enchiladas
Saturday: Shepherd’s Pie
BlissDom is less than a week away…this time next week I will be living it up at the Opryland Hotel and Resort in Nashville, TN. I’m terribly excited. I’ve been trying to narrow it down…to figure out exactly what it is that makes me so excited about this trip….and here is what I’ve come up with:
I Get to See Old Friends: I’ve met so many people over the internet it is amazing what they have come to mean to me. This summer when I attended BlogHer in Chicago I had the incredible opportunity to meet so many of them in person and that only strengthened the bond. This trip to BlissDom I am thrilled in particular to be seeing both Jaycie and Sarah and introducing them to Ryan. Jaycie is packing a big ol’ bag of snacks for the queen of all slumber parties and Sarah is challenging me to a Nintendo Personal Trainer: Walking contest to see which one of us takes more steps at that big ol’ resort. Good thing (see note about Jaycie bag of snacks).
Meeting Bloggers who Impress Me: Not to say that my friends and email buddies don’t impress me…because they DO…but there are some folks that I can’t wait to meet in person. Crystal is an amazing blogger and an amazing woman…she and her husband saved enough money to buy themselves a house… with cash!! Another Crystal… whose thrifty site I visit several times a week will also be there….the list could go on forever!
Spending time with Ryan: That’s right. I’m packing up SuperBaby and taking him along for the ride! I’m looking forward to this because as the third baby… he and I don’t get a lot of one on one time that isn’t in the wee hours of the morning. I am going to have four blissful days of wearing my baby…snuggling him and playing with him… with undivided maternal attention. I’m very grateful for this. I’m not the only one bringing along my babe-o … Check out the Blissdom Babies!!
Spending time Alone: Obviously not completely alone… but alone in my responsibilities. I don’t have to worry about anyone else’s schedule but my own. When the day is over and I close my hotel room door…it will be just me and Ryan… and that is the epitome of Blissful.
Inspiration: With the addition of Baby #3 my life has been thrown for yet another loop…and I find myself with very little time for “me things” like blogging, knitting, reading… and I find that frustrating. I need to work something out to accomodate all (or at least those) aspects of me. I’m excited to talk blogs, writing and PR for four days… to reinvigorate my determination. I can’t wait to learn and dream.
Harry Conick, Jr: That’s right. A true highlight of the event. He was originally scheduled to perform on Saturday night…but when he was asked to perform at the Super Bowl… he kept his obligation to the Women of Bliss and simply rescheduled for Friday night. What a dream!!
Good friends, lots of fun, inspiration and learning…and hopefully a little rejuvenation of the soul… that is what I’m hoping to get out of the weekend. That’s a lot of pressure to put on one weekend…but I’m pretty sure Blissdom will live up to every minute of it!Read More
January is National Thyroid Awareness Month
Fitness is not just about exercise. Its about your over all health…ALL aspects of it. When I got an email from Amy at Global Influence offering me the opportunity to participate in this campaign I had to jump at the chance IMMEDIATELY. This is an issue that is close to my heart because this summer my Aunt Tina was diagnosed with Thyroid Cancer. Tina is a very important person to me and I’m happy to say that she is doing very well…but I had no idea that you could have thyroid cancer in the first place!!
The thyroid is a small gland located in the middle of the lower neck, which produces hormones that regulate many functions including temperature, weight gain, and weight loss. Many Americans experience various problems with the functioning of their thyroid. Some red flags to watch for are:
* sudden weight gain or increase in body fat
*inability to lose weight despite proper diet and exercise
*fatigue, insomnia or restless sleep, anxiety or panic attacks
*gas, bloating, diarrhea, or constipation
*chronic sinusitis or lingering infections
It is important that people experiencing these warning signs see their physician to learn more.
There are also many online resources for those seeking more information and support. One online resource is the Fibro 360 Community – Fibromyalgia and Fatigue Center. This online community not only offers a network of support, but also resources to those seeking more information about fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, and related disorders including those concerning the thyroid.
Could you use a little pampering? One of my readers will win a $25 gift card to Amazon.com to be used on whatever you need! Let me treat you!
To enter, please visit the Fibro 360 Community on Facebook and become a fan, then let me know in the comments. Would you like a bonus entry? Let me know in an additional comment that you follow @Fibro360 on Twitter!
Contest ends January 31st at 11:59 p.m. EST.Read More
Last week I committed myself to posting weekly menus on Sunday…to inspire others and to hold myself accountable! We followed our menu last week with the exception of having more leftovers than we had planned and a family birthday party that I forgot to plan in…so I have two of my meals carry over to this week!
Sunday - Sticky Chicken, Salad, mashed potatoes, rolls
Monday – Salmon, Lemony Rice Pilaf, asparagus
Tuesday - French Dip Sandwiches, French Fries, Corn on the Cob
Wednesday – Chicken Soup
Thursday - Leftovers
Friday – Make Ahead Spinach Manacotti , green beans
Saturday -Chicken Enchiladas, broccoli, spanish rice
There you have it. A little diversity…. what does your week look like? Are you utilizing the groceries and supplies you have on hand?
Have a Happy and Healthy Week!Read More
We can exercise to our hearts content…but being healthy…being fit… takes a complete package. You need sleep, you need to eat right, and you need to destress! Today’s Wii Eat Healthy is Dinner…an easy, quick recipe that you can make any night of the week…you can even toss it in the freezer to have on hand when there isn’t any time to cook!
Greek Lemon Chicken and Potatoes
1/2c. fresh lemon juice
1/2c. fat-free chicken broth
2 Tbsp. olive oil
4 medium garlic cloves; minced
1 1/2 lb. boneless, skinless chicken breasts or thighs
1 lb. uncooked new potatoes, cut in half (about 10 potatoes)
Place lemon juice, broth, olive oil, garlic and oregano in a large resealable bag or medium glass bowl. Add chicken, seal bag or cover bowl and marinate at least 2 hours or up to overnight.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Coat a 9 x 11″ pan with cooking spray.
Place chicken and marinade in pan, add potatoes Bake 45 min (breasts) or 60 min (thighs) or longer for softer potatoes. Yield is 1 breast or 2 thighs and appx 5 potato halves per serving.
This is 8 Weight Watchers Points Per Serving. Pair it with some fresh, steamed green beans to round out your meal…be full, be healthy with very little mess to clean up when you are finished!
*To make ahead and freeze: After you have added the chicken to the marinade, seal bag with as little air in the bag as possible. Set in the freezer on a flat surface (cookie sheet or shelf) to freeze. The night before you plan to serve, take it out of the freezer and let it thaw in the fridge. Marinate all day the next day before baking.
* The longer you let this marinate, the better the flavor will be when you prepare it.
* This would be a great freezer meal to make for a friend with a new baby or who has been in the hospital.
Want to hear what other people have to say about their fitness journies? Want to share your own story or get encouragement from others who are fighting the good fight? Visit Wii Mommies and join the community!Read More