Monday, August 15, 2011

Menu Plan Monday - August 15th


Monday: Grill or Soup - Creamy baked potato soup, rolls  

Tuesday: Mexican - tacos

Wednesday: Family Favorites - beef stew

Thursday: Chicken - roast chicken, steamed green beans, sweet potatoes

Friday: Italian - Pizza Casserole, salad

Saturday: leftovers

Sunday: Breakfast for Dinner - peach pancakes

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Simple Woman's Daybook - Aug 9th

For Today: Tuesday, August 9th, 2011

Outside my window...Rain, rain, and more rain. Every day this week! Love it!

I am thinking...about the state America is currently in. Wondering what's going to happen. Curious for the election next yr.

I am thankful for...bibs. My two yr old has to be one of the messiest eaters ever.

From the learning rooms...we've really hit the study/office this week, as far organizing. I've set up our closet. Put shelves and storage drawers in. Kids have been sorting flash cards and puzzle pieces that somehow got mixed up in the move. They are glad to have their games unpacked.

In the kitchen....honey is picking up bamboo chicken tonight. Mmmm

I am wearing...denim shorts and a tshirt. Barefoot.

I am creating...a monogram project for my Pinterest Challenge project over at Domestically Divine Divas.

I am attempt an earlier bedtime for myself tonight. Dragging.

I am reading...nothing!

I am hoping...the cool weather they are promising sticks around all week. And that my tomatoes do better.

I am children of course! Does a stay-at-home mom hear much else?

Around the house...boy is playing legos. Oldest playing scrabble by herself. And youngest getting into everybody's business!

One of my favorite things... having sisters :)

(wow..old pic! i was preg with Keira!)

A few plans for the rest of the week...babysitting 3 girls for a friend, library, re-vamp MOPS website, make some freezer meals.

Here is a picture thought I am sharing…
my P90X workout group ;P

Monday, August 8, 2011

Menu Plan Monday - August 8th

Monday: Grill - cheddar wurst, foil packet potatoes, sliced tomatoes

Tuesday: Asian - bambook chicken, rice,

Wednesday: Family Favorites - beef stew & biscuits

Thursday: Chicken - bbq nachos

Friday: Italian - Spaghetti, garlic toast, peas

Saturday: leftovers -

Sunday: Breakfast for Dinner - bacon &  eggs, peaches

Wednesday, August 3, 2011


So, a few weeks ago I came across this amazing website called Pinterest. Anyone heard of it before? Of course you have! This site has quickly become a "must join site" for many in the blog world and for good reason. Its basically a virtual bulletin board. You can create boards about anything and everything and can collect pictures of things that inspire you from practically anywhere online. Just like, "back in the old days", we would rip pages out of magazines to keep an idea or picture of a house we liked, etc...only now, it just takes a click of a mouse and you become a Pinning Machine!

"Pinterest lets you organize and share all the beautiful things you find on the web. People use pinboards to plan their weddings, decorate their homes, and organize their favorite recipes.
Best of all, you can browse pinboards created by other people. Browsing pinboards is a fun way to discover new things and get inspiration from people who share your interests." from the P site.

I love it! I love how easy it is. I love that I can just save that one particular picture/idea. I dont have to bookmark an entire site or blog and then wonder later why I did.

Some of my boards: Gardening, Inspiring Spaces, DIY & Tutorials, Refurbished, the Learning Room, Kids Crafts, Homemade Gift Ideas, the list goes on and on.

Pinterest is an invitation only can sign up online, but can take weeks on their wating list. If you are interested, comment below and let me know because I can send you an invite :)

I recently created a new board for myself on wooden pallets. Yes, pallets. I discovered a gem of an old pallet on the curbside waiting for trash pickup. I knew I could something with it. So much potential. But what.....?! And then....Pinterest! Ahhhhh
I thought I'd share with you all some of the wooden pallet love and maybe even inspire you. :)


Sharing on:

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Simple Woman's Daybook - Aug 2nd

For Today: Tuesday, August 2nd, 2011

Outside my tomato plants are drying up and looking sad. I must remember to water them tonight. A couple days ago we had 30 wild turkeys outside our kitchen window. Bobbing around in the neighbors yard. A few big hens, mostly babies.
The kids loved watching them and imitating a turkey call. Meanwhile, my husband was beside himself with excitment :P He is anxious for bow season.

I am thinking...about my to do list. A balancing act! Over at Domestically Divine Divas, we are focusing on Peaceful Homes for the month of August...schedules and routines. i think its a good thing...I need a refresher course!

I am thankful for...air conditioning. It hit 108 degrees here today! The actual temp, NOT the heat index. Ugh. They said it was the hottest Aug day ever recorded in MO.

From the learning rooms...focusing on chores, adding more responsibilties. Getting settled in for when school starts.

In the kitchen....cold-brewed iced coffee

I am wearing...gray shorts, and hot pink tee

I am creating...a new MOPS site for our group.

I am stay out of the chocolate cookies today. :(

I am reading...(still) To Win Her Heart, by Karen Witmeyer

I am hit a nearby city-wide garage sales this weekend.

I am hearing...our new Bop It game making the rounds.

Around the the floors mopped in kitchen and two bathrooms, smudges magic-erased from walls, and laundry put away for the day.

One of my favorite things...Pinterest!! Adore it. Don't know what it is? Hmmm...well, more to come on this later this week.

A few plans for the rest of the week...a trip to walmart, still working with the kids on learning new chores and responsibilities, another dentist appt for me, conquering my to do list.

Here is a picture thought I am sharing…a couple of summer bugs that the kids have discovered.

Monday, August 1, 2011

Menu Plan Monday - August 1st

Time to start thinking more routine-minded. Get back to menu planning. My week runs so much smoother when I have a plan! So I've got my kids dancing in the family room to a hillsong kids glass of iced coffee beside me.....time to plan a menu.

I think I am going to go back to having themes for each night. It keeps my focused and not just having to come up with random meals. I am pretty flexible with my plan happens and some nights we're gone or we just don't feel like eating mexican, etc...

Monday: Grill - smoked sausage, cabbage & onions

Tuesday: Mexican - chicken & blackbean quessadillas

Wednesday: Family Fave - deer steak, baked potatoes, corn on the cob

Thursday: Chicken - chicken fried rice

Friday: Italian - spaghetti, salad

Saturday: Leftovers -

Sunday: Breakfast for Supper - Mr Chippy Pancakes w/strawberries

Be sure and check out for more menu ideas!

Sunday, July 31, 2011


How is it possibly August already?! CRAZY
We have been relaxed and enjoying a lazy unscheduled summer. I've started working on projects, thinking we had plenty of time....and now suddenly it's crunch time!

Yesterday, we pulled out all the kids toys, toy boxes, under beds, closets, toys hidden in every nook & cranny. Sorted, purged, and rearranged. Ashleigh wanted to get rid of her toy box...and her barbies...and her zhuzhu pets! Is that normal for an almost 8 yr old girl? What do they play with? Surely its not straight to makeup, fashion, and boys?!!! Uhhhh, NO.

So Keira inherited the toy box....(and the zhu zhu pets). We also took down the crib and put her in a toddler bed. Logan is temporarely camping in his sleeping bag on the floor, but only til we get his new frame.

They love their new room. We got rid of a lot of toys. Now they each have a toy box for their stuff, the little table and chairs fir in their room, as well as Keira's baby doll stuff. She slept great in her big girl bed but was up at 6 am, due to a much-needed thunderstorm.

Today...we tackle the study. Oy

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

What Now?

Have you ever had one of those moments…..

where you just really need God’s favor? The situation isn’t big, but it’s impossible.


Rest in His patience. Knowing however the outcome….it will be ok.

This morning, I read this: Lamentations 3:21-30

“But there is one thing I do remember,and remembering, I keep a grip on hope. God’s loyal love couldn’t have run out, His merciful love couldn’t have dried up. They’re created new every morning. How great Your faithfulness!

I’m sticking with God. He’s all I got left.

God proves to be good to the man who passionately waits, to the woman who diligently seeks.When life is heavy and hard to take, go off by yourself. Enter the silence. Bow in pryer.Wait for hope to appear. Don’t run from trouble…take it full-face.

The “worst” is never the worst.

shared at Domestically Divine Divas


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