Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Menu Plan Monday (on Tuesday?)

Just be prepared...the next few weeks are going to be complete chaos for me, and there's no telling when I'm going to have time to get my blogging done...hence the reason I am doing Menu Plan Monday on Tuesday.  PS.  I'm typing this really fast, and it's kind of funny that I worry that I seem as though I'm also talking extremely fast....which is a huge pet peeve of mine.  Anxiety abounds.  :)

Here's our Menu...please know that I have something to do every night this week.  It's going to be super busy, so I'm making it super easy on my nerves and taking the easy way out.

Sunday:  Steaks on the Grill, Fresh Corn on Cob, Baked Potatoes

Monday:  Pot Roast with Carrots, Potatoes, Corn

Tuesday:  Meatball Subs

Wednesday:  Chicken Nuggets

Thursday:  Pioneer Woman's Grilled Chicken Salad with Feta and Blueberries

Friday:  Breakfast for Dinner (waffles, bacon, eggs, homemade biscuits - true and legit breakfast, folks!)

Saturday:  Make Your Own Pizzas using Leftovers!

I'm linking up to I'm an Organizing Junkie for Menu Plan Monday - come take a looksie at what everybody else is serving up!  :)

Thursday, July 11, 2013

What I'm Wearing

I realize this is a day late - but better late than never, right?  Yesterday I was out of town for work training and barely got back in time for church last night.  I was whooped by the time I finally got home. 

So here's a peak at what I've been wearing this week (or at least very similar). I went ahead and posted what I've worn all week and what I'll be wearing tomorrow.  Tomorrow (Friday) will be ultra casual because I'm taking off at noon to drive to Fayetteville to help my daughter move into her apartment.  It's a long drive, and I want to be comfortable.  We'll be staying the weekend, so I'm bringing along a tote bag.


Navy & Sunshine Yellow


K-Mart Smart? Budget Work Wear


Comfy Casual


Zebra and Turquoise


Starting the Weekend Early


How do you dress for a weekend away? 

Monday, July 8, 2013

Menu Plan Monday - July 8

July is going to be an incredibly busy month for me.  I'm directing my church's VBS this year for the first time ever (gasp!), I'm horribly busy at work, we're moving my oldest daughter into her first apartment in Fayetteville, AR (about 6 hours from here), my middle daughter will be leaving for church camp (which means sooo much laundry before and after camp), and to top it all off, it's my month to host the monthly Pinterest Party group I founded (more on that later). 

Whew - I'm tired just typing all that! 

By the way...if you've never directed a VBS before....it takes a lot of planning...and hours and hours of meetings...and organization.  Which is why I'm so glad I found I'm an Organizing Junkie...without it, I wouldn't be the well-prepared super-mom I am today (haha...super-mom indeed. NOT!) 

Anyway...back to the menus!  We're eating easy this week.  By easy, I mean I'm cutting myself some slack, and my children will be eating chicken nuggets one night.  And you know what....shh....don't tell anybody this....I really, truly, honestly....don't. care. one. bit.  I'm a horrible mother, I know.  Hey, at least I'll throw some veggies in there to make it a little better!  :) 

Here we go: 

Saturday:  Sloppy Joes, Fries

Sunday:  (church night) Pioneer Woman 's Grilled Chicken Salad with Feta, Fresh Corn, & Blueberries (I'm testing out this recipe to use for my Pinterest Party on the 18th!)

Monday:  International Invasion:  Mexican Lasagna, French Bread, Salad with Italian Dressing

Tuesday:  (Meeting at Church)  Chicken Nuggets, Corn on Cob, Green Beans

Wednesday:  (church night)  Ham Steaks with Peach Salsa, Grilled Squash/Zucchini

Thursday:  Chicken Parmesan, Roasted Red Potatoes, French Bread with garlic, 3 cheeses, and olives

Friday:  (Leaving for Fayetteville!)  Probably Eating Out

I'm linking up to I'm an Organizing Junkie's Menu Plan Monday linky party.  Come join us! 

Friday, July 5, 2013

Frugal Friday Refashion

Disclaimer:  I've said it before, and I'll say it again:  I'm not a photographer.  I tried this time, though!  I really did!  I got out the "good camera," even!  I don't know...jeezz...I have no camera talent at all.  Sorry!

A couple of years ago, a family friend gave us a huge box full of clothes that their daughter had outgrown.  Hand me downs!  SCORE!!  Now, these clothes were a LOT more expensive than I typically ever buy for my own kids.  And a few of the pieces didn't really suit my middle daughter's tastes...she's more of a t-shirt and jeans type. 

So...I put them back in the box, hid them away with the intention of pulling them out one day for Lindsay (the youngest), and we waited.

...and waited...

and we're still waiting.

But occasionally I'll get that box out of the closet and go through it; hoping that I'll finally be able to find something that fits her.  NopeNada.  But when I pulled this little skirt out of the bottom of the box, I knew it would be a perfect re-fashion project! 

I didn't take a before picture, but really and truly - there wouldn't be much to it.  You see, I didn't sew a darn thing on this dress.  I didn't cut it, hem it, or otherwise alter this skirt in any way.  It had a simple draw string sewn into the front half of the skirt, and the back was elastic. 

I simply cinched it up around Lindsay's chest, tied a knot, and then tied it around her neck in a halter-style.

I think it turned out darling!  :) 



I think this is just about as frugal as it gets, folks, so I'm linking up to the Frugal Friday linky party over at The Shabby Nest!  Stop by and share your Frugality with us!   :) 

Life Lessons

Today's Life Lesson was Sewing.  I have the day off (whoop! whoop!), and decided to get busy on some sewing projects that I'd been wanting to start for a while.  I'll save those for another post, but as I was sewing, it hit me that this was a teachable moment! 

Addie already knows how to sew pretty well - she's made blankets and clothes for her dolls, and even a teddy bear!  But Lindsay has always been just a little too little...ya know?  Maybe I just wasn't ready for her to grow up enough to learn.  That sounds horrible, I know.  But it's probably at least a little true.  :( 

Anyway, I looked up from my machine to see Lindsay watching TV, so I invited her over.  Her eyes lit up, and I knew we were about to have a good time!  She loves to sew!!  Yay!! 

I gave her a piece of paper for her first lesson....her assignment was to sew straight lines by keeping her needle in the middle of the "road" (the lines on the paper really helped her visualize that.)

 Look at those straight lines!!!  Her next lesson will be to sew around basic shapes, and then I may even give her a very basic coloring sheet to sew around...not sure yet. 

Hope everyone has a great weekend! 

PS...if anyone has any ideas on fun sewing projects for kids, I'd love to hear about them! 

Thursday, July 4, 2013

Quick Tip for Staying Cool and Smelling Sweet...Despite the Heat

Happy 4th of July!  It is so hot out there today!  We've spent the majority of our time by the pool today.  The hubby was off work so we all slathered up with a gallon of sun-screen (ok, maybe I'm exaggerating slightly) and jumped in!  I love summer because our family always makes a point to spend time together outside by the pool, being goofy & enjoying each other.  Fall will come soon, and we will spend our time together watching football games on the ginormous flat screen that my husband bought for our family room.  And while I do love that (I'm a football freak), I just love how we spend our summers!  Wouldn't trade it for the world!

Here's how I keep my family cool in this Texas heat:  It's so simple, I'm almost ashamed to devote an entire post to it. 

Get your favorite body spray (I love all the philosophy scents; my favorite is Unconditional Love, but I can't seem to find it in the body spritz version anymore. ).  And here's the trick....

Stick it in the fridge! 

When you come in from a hot day, you just grab it out of the fridge and spray it on, and it instantly cools and refreshes you!  We have a small fridge in our pool house, so I always keep a bottle in there and also in the house.  I've been thinking of trying to find a body spray that has some SPF in it...I don't even know if they make that, but I think it would be a good alternative if you're going to be in direct sun. 

Anyway...Hope everyone stays cool and has a safe 4th of July!  Leave me a comment and let me know how you stay cool during the summer.  Does anyone know of a body spray with SPF??