March 19, 2017

Menu Plan Monday: March 20th

Not only is grocery shopping done, it was done yesterday!  I am determined not to be dragging this week. After a whole week off, I know it's a long shot. But hopefully being prepared will help.  


Spring Break was a blast, despite the struggle. The boys were so eager to get out of town. Every year is the same request, they don't care where we go as long as we stay in a hotel. First floor of course so they can jump on the beds and preferably with breakfast and a pool. This year it was still too cold to swim, so we will do that here at home next weekend instead. Hotel life is fun and all but I am happy to be home.

It's the final stretch now. To the end of the school year. Only 73 more days until Summer break, but who's counting. Time to suck it up and get back into routines. 

MENU

Monday:  Green chili chicken bake and salads

Tuesday: Lemon pepper turkey, brown rice pilaf and broccoli.

Wednesday:  Herb pork loin, buttered carrots and green salad.

Thursday:  Leftovers

Friday:  Roasted chili lime cod with slaw and corn.

There is so much I have to get caught up on this week. Hopefully enough to keep my busy but not so much I wear myself down. My labs are all out of whack so I'm back on weekly blood draws. Fingers crossed everything looks back to normal Tuesday and I can go back to monthly visits instead. One less thing to worry about that way.

GOALS

Purposefully hit my steps at least 3 days this week. I'm moving the elliptical out of my bedroom where it has been hiding.

Animal upkeep. The dogs need baths, Koopas outdoor enclosure needs to get started and inside substrate needs to be swapped out and wet down.

Deep clean the kitchen. Fridge cleaned out, cabinets purged and stove scrubbed.

Carpets need a good steam cleaning. I meant to do this before vacation but we ended up leaving early.

Laundry. If I do 3 loads a day this week, I could possible see the bottom of all the baskets. As long as I fold the clean clothes and put them away too. Why is there so much laundry?

What does your week look like?  Do you have your menu and goals for the week planned out?

Spring Break with #SquareCash

This post is sponsored by Square Cash but the content and opinions expressed here are my own.

Three things you should know about me. I never carry cash, I am always forgetting something and I love animals. These three things pretty much set the tone for our Spring Break.

Spring Break is our one big vacation. The one school break we always get away for.  David takes the week and we pack up and get out of town. This year we made the drive out to Houston with one goal. The Houston Zoo.


The first morning, we got off to a late start because I forgot to set the alarm. Go figure! It took some convincing to get the boys up and ready in a rush, but we made it about an hour behind schedule. While we were circling the parking lot for the tenth time trying to find a parking spot.... the gas light went on. Clearly, I'm not Irish, because I have zero luck.

We decided to go fill up the tank and head out to lunch with friends instead. Imagine our surprise when our card was declined. Turns out using the card in 2 different cities in one day was enough to flag our account. I was starting to think the whole trip was done for. So embarrassing!  

Thankfully I had just discovered Square Cash and was able to send my friend the money right then and there to cover our portion of the bill.  Crisis averted.


My secret stash of money was gone before I could but some crazy zoo souvenirs, but pizza, pasta and fun were worth it all. Spring Break was back on. Not long after lunch I broke my favorite pair of slippers. Story of my life I tell you! Good thing I didn't forget to pack my sneakers!


We finally made it to the Zoo the next day. With a tank full of gas and back up money just in case we had any more problems with the bank. We didn't! Praise the money Gods for that. We spent the whole day checking out the animals and learning more about each and every one. I still got my souvenirs too. Actually we all did. We got wristbands with one of our favorite animals on them. Alex got to see the Galapagos Tortoises. Anthony found a Llama. I watched Rhinos play in the mud and David got to laugh at the evil Ostriches stare at me. Shudder. It was a great day! And despite what felt like the whole world against us, it was yet another fun filled spring break. 


Want to give Square Cash a try?  You can download the Square cash app on both the iPhone and Android. Its free, you don't need an account to receive money and it's secure. No more checks or IOU's! Instant deposits to your bank account are win too! Share your $Cashtag to get paid by a friend or family member.




This is an app that I will be keeping around for sure. Now when I go out to lunch with my girls, we can just send our portion of the bill to one person instead of trying to sort it all out and confusing the cashier. Sadly this has happened, more than once. We are a wild bunch. Or on the days that I am not well enough to go to lunch, I could send them enough to cover my meal and at least I will feel better when one of them shows up with lunch for me at home. So many ways Square Cash will come in handy! Have you tried it yet? 

March 14, 2017

Tortoise Tuesday: Meet Koopa

In case you missed it, our family has grown again. By four legs and a shell. And it's all this guys fault.
 


When Alex was 2 we visited the Houston Zoo. Thats where we came across this guy and Alex watched him walk around its enclosure with the sweetest look of excitement on his face. He was so mesmerized by him for some reason.  And ever since, he has been asking for a tortoise. A tortoise is a lifelong commitment people. Like a whole human lifetime. This year on him 8th birthday we decided that it was finally time. We have been building up to it. Deciding on what species we wanted and where it would live. Making sure that we had the room in our home, hearts and wallets for another mouth. And we do. So...

Meet Koopa


Koopa is a Russian Tortoise and will most likely stay about the same size as he is now. We had debated getting a different species of tortoise, one that got a lot larger, but decided we just didn't have the room now. And now this little dude has become part of the family. He is still a little shy but is slowly coming around. The secret is to bring him a dandelion, then he will come running. Well, walking fast.  He is after all a tortoise.

And don't let his grumpy face fool you, hes silly and fits in well with this bunch!


He spends time with Alex outside while he does his homework. Believe it or not, when he starts moving, he moves faster than one would expect so he soaks and hydrates and then after homework is done, he gets to explore.


Another reason he fits in well around here is, his appetite. I fill his plate every morning. He takes his time, eating and walking, then coming back for more.


And then I catch him like this. It's OK Koopa, sometimes, the hunger just kicks in. I get it. No judgment here.  Never!


We are going to be starting on his outdoor enclosure soon and I will be sure to share more about that when we get started.  

Want to see more of this guy? Feel free to follow me on {instagram} if you haven't already. I celebrate Tortoise Tuesday over there too!  

Any other tortoise fans out there. Alex is already talking about another one and I think for now, one will do just fine. I have been telling David since we met 18 years ago how I wanted a house full of kids and animals. We might be done on the 2 legged home front, but just starting on the 4s. I tried to convince them of a certain no legged animal, but he put his foot down there. Plus I have been told by more than a few friends that if there is anything slither in the house, they aren't coming over. Ever. Boo! I guess I will have to get my snake fix at the zoo for now. We are headed that way right now!

What are you guys up to for Spring/Spring break? We are on a mission to squeeze in adventure, learning and a ton of family fun in this week.  

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