March 17, 2018

5 ways to make eating better easier

You guys!  Its March!  We are three months into the new year and right about now many of us, myself included are starting to feel the strain of our resolutions and goals.  This year, I did not set specific resolutions but do aspire to clean up my diet, eat better, more balanced meals at home.  In January I was pumped and it was fun.  February, things started getting a little lax but its time to kick back into gear.  Here is how I plan on doing just that!

Through out the week I am collect dinner ideas for the following week.  Come across a recipe on Pinterest you think you might want to make? All those tasty videos on Facebook you want to make, save them too.  They all go into a bookmark folder named Dinners for next week.  I also have another folder for the current week.  One of my favorite things to do is check out a cook book from the library!  Collecting recipes so that I always have a good collection to pick and choose from.  Planning your menu out is a great way to make better choices.  Its rewarding to know you have a plan and can pass up the drive through on the way home.  I see you fast food, and I'm not stopping!

Raising to growing boys isn't easy.  The amount of food they can eat is sometimes mind blowing.  David and I became Sam's Club Members before we were out of our teens.  Even then, I loved that I could find everything I need and enough of it to last us well into a second week.  Now days, with 2 growing boys a week is about all I can ask for.  They eat so much! Being able to buy Tyson® Frozen Chicken Breasts in bigger bags is great because there are a hundred and one ways to prepare them.  And I can get 2 or 3 meals out of one bag. Not only does that help us make better choices but it saves me money too!

The proof is is the prep.  I usually take a few hours on Sunday and prep as much as I can for the week.  Many vegetables can be washed and cut ahead of time.and stored in the fridge or freezer.  This will not only save you time while you are making dinner, cleaning up is a breeze too.  When I prep Davids lunches for the week, he always appreciates the added protein from the Tyson Grilled and Ready® Chicken. And with The Its easier to skip the drive through when you know you have a better option waiting for you!  Get some Tyson® Frozen Chicken Breasts marinating for the next day.  One less thing to worry about during the week!

We all know the key to eating better is balance right.  Making better eating decisions does not mean you will have to spend more money or more time in the kitchen cooking each and every meal from scratch.  Balance is key.  Learn to pick your battles.  If you know its going to be a crazy morning, go with an easy breakfast like Jimmy Dean Delights®.  If you don't have the chance to prep lunches, ahead of time, do it at the end of the day and save yourself some valuable time in the morning.  This way you still have time to enjoy that coffee. Don't be so hard on yourself, instead pick your battles and give yourself a break!

I'm not talking about clean eating this time.  I'm talking about cleaning up after you spent the day prepping for the week ahead.  Cleaning as you are making dinner so you don't turn around and wonder how the sing got so full of dirty dishes.  Sometimes, I want nothing more than to leave the dishes till tomorrow.  Want to know whats better than waking up in the morning, knowing your meals are prepped?  Your kitchen being clean too!  Plus now you can't use the "there are no clean dishes" excuse and choose to eat out instead!  I know I'm not the only one who has ever used that one!

The truth is, when it comes to making better choices, you have to do whats best for you.  And I am able to do just that by shopping at Sams club.  It doesn't have to be super fancy or perfect.  As a stay at home mom who is also chronically ill, some days I feel like I just don't have the time or the energy to even make dinner.  But opening up the fridge and seeing that I already have half of the work done, keeps me from insisting David just grab something on his way home.

Did you resolve to eat better this year?  What are you doing to make sure you stick to your goals?

March 16, 2018

Whats up Weekend { March 16th }

Another Friday is here.  And just like that Spring Break 2018 is coming to a close.  This year things were different than the past few years.  David was working, so the boys and I mostly stayed home.  Usually, we go on a mini vaca but this year that is going to have to wait.

We did get out of the house a few times and this morning we are about to go do one of their most favorite things ever.  Something that they usually don't get to do now that they are both in school.  Guess where we are going?!  We are going to the hospital.  And after my appointment, we are going to the cafeteria.  I kid you not, they were so excited that I had an appointment during Spring Break for that very reason.  I'm happy that they are so happy about it.  I'm not sure why they are so happy about it but I am rolling with it.

You know what else made me this week?

Books, books and more books!

Midweek S'mores nights!

A new camera and lens.

Planning a surprise for the boys.

Thai Turkey Wraps

Making dinners that are surprisingly amazing!

Feeding the ducks something other than bread

Alex and his dreams of being a YouTube star.

Being able to contribute to our vacation funds!

Quiet Time.  AKA make them play till they pass out.

Coming to grips with going down to one car.

I just love this Friday link up.  What better way to end the week than by counting your blessings and taking a look back at all the happiness the week brought us.  Be sure to click the button and link up with my girls Linsday, Charlotte, and Beth.

This weekend is going to be a busy one.  We have an appointment Saturday and then a birthday party right after.  After that, I'm hoping to squeeze in a trip to Lowes because my front yard needs some flowers.  Well, it needs an extreme makeover, but let's not go there just yet.  Plus we have work in the backyard that needs to be done too.  So the Sunday forecast is calling for some heavy lifting and lots of sweat.  And somewhere in there, I need to get groceries and all that fun stuff take care of too. 

Exciting, I know.  What do you have planned for the weekend?  Anything fun?  Id love to hear all about it.  Whatever it is, I hope it makes you happy!

March 15, 2018

Spring Break Book Haul

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If the boys could have it there way, they would be hooked up to electronics the whole week.  The would occasionally pause to stuff some food in their mouth or take the fastest bathroom break known to man, but they could and would play games all. day.  long!  But thankfully I am able to pull them over from the dark side for a few hours to do something to break up some of that screen time.


In this house, reading is a requirement.  One of course that I don't really have to force on them because they do love reading.  But sometimes they are a little invested in a game and don't want to quit just yet, so that is why I say required.  Yes, they do play video games.  Maybe more than some kids.  But during the school week, they are not allowed to play so when they are on break they enjoy it.

Go figure, I chose a cookbook as one of mine.  I haven't looked through it yet, but fingers crossed there are some good recipes in there.  Shes still here was on the new books shelf.  And Anthony gave me We are all Shipwrecks and said: "this sounds like something you would read!"  I really hope he was going by the cover and he didn't read the flap.  Heres what good reads has to say about these two!

She's Still There: Rescuing the Girl in You

 4.41  ·   Rating details ·  519 Ratings  ·  131 Reviews
What’s a woman to do if her life is not taking shape the way that she thought that it would? What happens when she looks at herself in the mirror, lingering just a little longer than usual and realizes that she no longer recognizes the person staring back at her? What does she do when she sees that, somehow, her life has drifted away from all her original hopes, dreams, or plans?

We Are All Shipwrecks: A Memoir

 3.86  ·   Rating details ·  257 Ratings  ·  54 Reviews
A mother's murder. Her daughter's redemption. And the complicated past that belongs to them both.

Kelly always knew that her family was different. She knew that most children didn't live with their grandparents, and their grandparents didn't own porn stores. Her classmates didn't sleep on a boat in the marina and she knew their next-door neighbors weren't drug addicts and johns. What Kelly didn't know was if she would become part of the dysfunction that surrounded her. Would she sink into the depths of harbor life? Or would she end up alone and dead on Hollywood Boulevard like her mother had years before?

Anthony found some super interesting books.  He isn't as excited about reading as Alex but like me, he loves to read at bedtime.  And when he gets into a book he can't stop reading.  He was hoping to find a certain book but the library doesn't have it in stock, so we put in our first request for a book.  Fingers crossed they order it!
SOAR is about a boy who is a huge baseball fan and after heart surgery, he is told he can no longer play!

SLIDER is about a kid who enters an eating contest to win back the money he accidentally spent on his mom's credit card.

Alex chose a cookbook as well.  He is my kid and just loves cookbooks.  He is a little more methodical in choosing books though.  He always insists on looking them up on the computer, writing down and then running his finger along the shelves until he finds them.  Its hillarious to watch.  The way his face scrunches up and he whispers authors as he passes them.  Part of me thinks he just likes being able to use a computer.  I tell the boys to get a fun book and then to see if they can find a book they can learn something from.  Alex always cracks me up with his finds.

They didn't have the Minecraft book he wanted so he went with Captain Underpants instead.  Underpants and a Turbo Toilet....yeah, that sounds like something he will love.  Then he found the cookbook.  I can't wait to see what he chooses to make out of this.  Sugar will be flowing.  Last but not least, he found a filmmaking book that he says will help him with his Youtube videos.  No, he doesn't have an actual channel yet, but he plans to! He makes videos almost daily to practice.  Practice makes perfect right!

We had planned on actually working out and going for a swim while we were at the Y, but didn't make it past the library.  It happens.  We made it out of the house, so let's just call it good!

What are you reading or what have you read lately?  I have a long list of books on my to-read shelf but I always forget to check it when I'm at the library.  

All this talking about books has me itching to crack open my books.  I just set up the hammock in the yard too.  If anyone needs me, you know where to find me. 

Happy Thursday!


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