Meet the Sullivans: February 2015

February 27, 2015

Hey, Friday!

Yay it's Friday! While it's been a great week, filled with playing at the park, workouts and school, we're ready for the weekend ahead!

/ one / When you can't shop the only thing you want to do is SHOP. I've kept to my promise, which doesn't say a ton about me, because it's only been little more than a week, but here are 5 things that have caught my eye in last 10 days that I have not bought, but sure wanted too.

Sigh...


IN other news...

/ two / Most mornings I make a smoothie for breakfast because 1. it is the easiest thing to throw together for myself 2. it's healthier than bacon and eggs, which is what I really want.

My go-to smoothie this week has been the Chocolate PB Banana:

1 scoop chocolate protein powder
1 banana
1 1/2 tbsp peanut butter
8 oz almond milk (I buy the Pure kind without all the junk in it)
1 handful ice cubes


/ three / Earlier this week I shared 8 Things to Always Keep in Your Gym Bag and 8 Meatless Meals for Lent. I guess 8 was a magic number for me this week.

/ four / I bought O this adorable shirt for St. Patrick's Day from The Blue Envelope. I usually go with an applique shirt, but once I saw this I thought it would be perfect!

/ five / We had the Greek Turkey Burgers that were on our menu this week, and they were fantastic and I want you to know how highly I recommend them! Keith and I agreed they were even better the next day on their own with no bun, etc.

I hope you have a lovely weekend!



Today I'm linking up with...

Friday Favorites at Momfessionals
Oh, Hey Friday at September F A R M
  High Five for Friday at Bright on a Budget
Friday Favorites at The Diary of a Real Housewife
Five on Friday at Hello! Happiness//A.Liz Adventures//Carolina Charm//The Good Life Blog
Friday Favorites at Housewife Glamour
Friday Favorites at Meet @ the Barre

February 26, 2015

8 Great Meatless Meals for Lent

It's the second week of Lent and I'm already tired of leaning on cheese pizza for dinner on Friday nights, although we've only had to do it once, I have it planned for this week too. I think two weeks of that will be enough for us, so I've done a little brainstorming and Pinteresting to find some filling, healthy, nutritious and delicious meatless meals.

Thought I'd share since I always seem to find myself stumped for what to serve for dinner on Fridays during Lent!



Are you abstaining from meat on Fridays? What's your plan for this week?

February 24, 2015

8 Things I Always Keep in My Gym Bag

I'm an over packer by nature. I always want to be prepared for anything / everything wherever we go, but after a few years of lugging my things and O's to the gym 3-4 days a week I've learned to dial it down a bit and now I just pack the essentials

AND, when you're lacking the motivation to go to the gym all you need is a good excuse to convince you to skip it, and not being prepared is as good an excuse as an! That's why I try to keep a gym bag packed with all the things I need for the gym (bedsides the clothes I'll wear) so I can just get dressed, grab our bags and go!


water bottle - Of course there are water fountains the gym, but I like to hydrate on my way to and home from a workout. Plus it's nice to have water at the ready when you're sweating it out on a cardio machine or in a class. My favorite is the Camelbak Eddy since it makes it easy to hydrate without having to twist open a bottle.

change of clothes - One of my biggest motivators for going to the gym is knowing I get to shower in peace after my workout. I always keep a fresh, comfortable outfit in my bag, along with the obvious essentials, including socks so I can just wear my gym shoes home and keep my bag light. 

armband + head phones - To me, working out without music is so boring, and close to torture. Having a great playlist (like this one) and my headphones ensures I'll get a great workout, and my armband keeps me from having to fuss with it while I'm busy with weights. 

hair ties + headband - On more than one occasion my hair tie has broken on the way to the gym or during a workout. I'll never understand women who can exercise with their hair down, I'm not one of them. I always keep extras floating around in my bag.

plastic bag - Our gym supplies plastic bags for members to use to keep wet or sweaty clothes contained and from contaminating the other things in your bag. I try to use just one for the week and reuse it.

flip flops - You don't want to know what kind of gross stuff lurks around in public showers and locker rooms. Think of all the feet... Enough said. I just use a cheap pair of Old Navy rubber ones that were given out at a co-workers wedding.

make-up + shower essentials - I'm not too high maintenance when it comes to day-to-day make-up, so I keep a set of my basics in my bag at all times. I keep a pressed powder, BB cream, eyelash curler, mascara and lip gloss in my bag along with moisturizer, deodorant and a razor. Our gym provides shaving cream, body lotion, shower gel and shampoo + conditioner, so I don't have to worry about those.

post workout snack - I'm usually hungry after a workout, and since I workout between breakfast and lunch I need something to keep me from binging on chips when we get home, so I always pack something to hold me over until lunchtime. I keep a small package of almonds and a bar (loving Larabars still) in my bag.

What are your gym essentials?

February 23, 2015

Motivational & Menu Monday

Last week was a bit of a doozy when it came to workouts -- I only made it to the gym twice. It's not really that I felt tired, but my body did. My muscles were just exhausted and spent and my knees felt weak so squats and lunges felt unstable. Enough excuses though, today marks he beginning of a new week!

Goal: Make healthy choices for me and my family, including making healthy food choices and staying active.

Progress to date: Weight stayed the same. Glad I didn't gain anything after missing some workouts!

Highlight of last week: The beautiful sunny weather we've been having here in California -- nothing is a greater motivator to spend more time outside! Also, I bought Better'n Peanut Butter at Trader Joe's instead of PB2 just to try something different and it is really good -- I recommend it!


Challenge of last week: Getting to the gym (see below). Maybe I need to find some workouts I can do at home? Do you have an favorites?

Workouts: 2, Monday and Wednesday. Thursday I took the time when O was in school to get things done at home, and then that night O had a fever, so we couldn't go on Friday. Friday morning I was really wishing I had gone Thursday during school. 

Lessons I learned this week: Again, keeping my gym bag packed and ready to go greatly increases the chance I'll make it to the gym. Later this week I'll show you what I keep in it!

Here's what's on our dinner menu this week: 


monday - Greek Turkey Burgers on Sandwich Thins with Sweet Potato Fries
wednesday - Pesto Meatballs with Roast Sweet Potatoes and Steamed Broccoli
friday -Take-out Costco Cheese Pizza + Salad

February 20, 2015

Hey, Friday!

Good morning, friends! I hope you've made it from Monday to Friday no worse for wear, and that you're ready for the wonderful weekend. I know we are!


/ one / I finished Wild this week, and I have to say, I liked it a lot! I know some people found parts of it to be repetitive or boring, but it really makes me want to go hiking, but maybe not for 30 days or thousands of miles like she did. It also made me long for the warm, sunny days of summer ahead!

I've since moved onto The Girl on the Train, which I've heard is great but can also be sort of depressing and sad. I haven't gotten into the grit of the book yet, so we shall see.


/ two / We tried a new play place (Rockin' Jump) on Tuesday when O was out of school -- so fun! All the jumping gave me a bit of motion sickness though. Owen had a ball though and eeps bringing it up at dinner as a conversation topic. He'll say "So, Mommy? Daddy? Let's talk about the jumping place..." and leave it up to us to carry on the conversation from there. It's so cute that he just wants to keep reminiscing about it.

/ three / I've taken a position on the board of the San Mateo Mother's Club as one of the Children's Outings coordinators. So... if you live in the area and want to join the club, or are already a member, please come to my events! They'll be TONS of fun! And in related news, it looks like I will be on the board of his preschool for the next school year as well. (!!!)

/ four / We've signed O up for 3 year-old preschool for next year and it is so exciting! He got into the class we wanted (mornings!), and now the only trouble is that it is Mon / Wed/ Fri and Keith is still off on Mondays, which means it will cut into our family / "weekend" time. There is really nothing we can do about that though, other than hope Keith will get moved to a more standard Monday through Friday schedule soon. Maybe then we can have some three day weekends like normal people do?!


/ five / My Organic Grass-Fed Beef Gelatin came yesterday. Yep, sounds delish huh? Well, it is supposed to be high in protein and way better than the stuff in traditional gummies, even Annie's Gummy Bunnies, which O can't get enough of and I buy in bulk. I'm going to try to make some soon and, as always I will totally share the outcome with you!

/ six / We're two days into Lent and I've already started thinking of things I want to buy. It hasn't been too hard though, because I haven't been out doing any shopping in the last few days - we've only gone to the gym / school / swimming etc., but I know I'm going to be facing some challenges as all the super cute spring stuff keeps popping up in stores.

/ seven / Last week I read on Samma's blog that she'd been watering down her daughter's milk and I thought I'd give it a try with Owen as well because he is a huge milk drinker. No really, he requests a "baba" (has always called it that, although he's been drinking his milk from a sippy cup for a long long time now) allll day long and it really curbs his appetite. We've been doing about 2/3 milk and 1/3 water all week and it has greatly increased his appetite! I think he eats about 50% more at each meal now. I'm so thrilled and he is none the wiser!



Today I'm linking up with...

Friday Favorites at Momfessionals
Oh, Hey Friday at September F A R M
  High Five for Friday at Bright on a Budget
Friday Favorites at The Diary of a Real Housewife
Five on Friday at Hello! Happiness//A.Liz Adventures//Carolina Charm//The Good Life Blog
Friday Favorites at Housewife Glamour
Friday Favorites at Meet @ the Barre

February 19, 2015

Toddler Bed Switcheroo

The transition to a toddler bed has not been an easy one, and I have a lot to say about it, so I hope you're ready for a long winded tale -- if you're not I don't blame you for clicking away!


We had no intention of switching O out of the comfortable confines of his crib until A.) we had another child who would need the crib or B.) O started climbing out of the crib, putting himself in danger of a fall in the process. Obviously B became our motivator.

He's been climbing out of his crib for a while now, but very rarely, and had only done it a small handful of times before the final cluster of climbs that sent us over the edge.

It was about a month ago when Keith and I were drinking coffee in bed on a Sunday morning, delighting in the bliss of coffee in bed together at nearly 7:30 am, which is really late in our house, when I heard O's door open. At this point we had heard nary a peep from him on the monitor, so the noise stopped me in my coffee sipping, blog reading tracks. It was a beat before it occurred to me that either O was breaking out of his room or that my worst mommy fear was happening and someone was breaking into our home and creeping into O's room.

I jumped out of the bed, and swung open the door to find O standing  there smiling, holding his elephant blanky in his little footie pajamas. He must have seen the look of surprise on our faces, because he jumped up and down and said "I got out myself!" He was very proud of himself.

I should have seen this coming because earlier that week upon waking from his nap he told me I "have to teach him to get out of his crib on his own". Red flag, mommy! I must need someone to knock me over the head in order to believe something is true, right? He straight up told me he wanted to climb out on his own. Silly, me for not listening to him.

Luckily I had already purchased the toddler bed switch necessities months and months before, way back when we thought the switch may help the sleep problems we were having, so we had it all on hand.. the pillow and pillow case, duvet and duvet cover, sheets and a bed rail.

(That bed rail didn't end up fitting, so I bought this one a few days later at Toys R Us in desperation.)


We started the first night of The Transition by just taking the front of the crib off, and hoping and praying he wouldn't fall out of the bed over and over again all night long. Bed time was rough. Our usual routine was dependent on him not being able to chase after us out of his room after the usual routine had come to an end and we'd said good night.

Previously he would just settle in because he had no place to go, but now he could get right up and out of the bed and go straight for the door, which he did. We had placed the safety gate right outside his bed room door so he couldn't go any further or fall down the stairs that are around the corner from his room. He stood there crying, calling for me and shaking the gate. We also realized this meant there would be no going up stairs for us until he went to his bed. This was NOT working out well at all. Eventually I went up to his room and rocked him to sleep. He rolled out of the bed once and fell onto the cushy dog bed and blankets and pillows we had place there just in case. He rolled until his head was under the crib, which scared me, so I knew we had to come up with a better solution. 

The next night I made a blockade with blankets inside the bed as a sort of bumper to keep him from rolling out. This worked well and by the second night he returned to the bed on his own after doing his door / safety rail dramatics. He was only halfway in the bed, with feet dangling on the floor when he fell asleep, so we just rotated his little legs into the bed. Luckily, that didn't wake him.

By the third night I had gone to Toys R Us and bought the mesh safety rail. I bought too big a size, but it works for now, so we're keeping it. It keeps him from falling out and I think it also discourages him from climbing out most nights, although that still happens on occasion. He still climbs out when he really wants to and there have been two or more nights when he falls asleep on his own, rocking himself in the rocking chair. Sometimes he'll get out of bed and hold the monitor camera up to his face and try to convince me to come up stairs. It's hard to resist the cuteness at that point, but exhaustion usually helps.

Our pre lights-out routine is much shorter now because by the time we get O into jammies all he wants is to get into bed and hold my arm while listening to stories on the iPod (The Little Engine That Could, Clifford the Big Red Dog or Curious George). I stay with him for one or two stories and then go downstairs. He usually just calls for me a bit and then settles in.

It has been a long journey making the transition and getting it to work for us. Last week, after a month of transition (mixed with some illness), we are finally back to getting a full night's sleep and waking around 6:30-7am.

Isn't it crazy how much a semi-small change can throw everyone in the family for a loop?

PS. Can I please take a moment and makes some excuses for the yellow-ish dresser in O's room? It was mine from my room when I was a baby and I wanted so badly to include it in O's room too, so my sweet and loving husband painted it white for me 3 years ago so it would match the rest of the furniture (looking back we should have done some shabby chic looking chalk paint) -- it was originally an oak dresser. Well, it looked perfect until the polyurethane was applied and then it turned yellow-ish. So sad. I was about like 38 weeks by then and did not give a flying whatever about a yellow dresser and my only focus was surviving the next few weeks. Anyway that's why it's yellow. It is on my list to sand it down and repaint it something nice, but who knows when or if that will ever happen.

February 18, 2015

Lenten Promises + Chicken & Spinach Soup with Fresh Pesto

Today is Ash Wednesday, the start of the Lenten season. Fat Tuesday always sneaks up on me and I feel this mad panic that I have been slacking, losing focus and forgot all about think about the sacrifice I want to make for the season.


Last year, for the first time, I gave up spending on myself. I still bought things for O and made necessary purchases, but gave up all the little things like lattes, magazines, going to movies, dinner out for date night, pedicures, clothes etc. It was hard, and I didn't stick to it completely, but I felt the sacrifice most of the 40 days, and even if that only gave me a tiny speck of sands sized piece of understanding of Jesus' sacrifice, it was worth it.

This year Keith has decided to join me and I'm so thrilled to not be going it alone. I'm happy with this choice because while we'll be fasting from having the things we want, we'll also be doing something that is good for us (and our bank account) in the process.

Yesterday, in honor of Fat Tuesday, I made my favorite Gumbo and the beignets pictured above. 

Are you fasting from anything during the Lenten season?

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Now I have a great recipe that I'm excited to share with you! It's a quick, healthy and easy to make soup that is great for cold weather. Using shredded rotisserie chicken and pesto from Costco makes this soup even easier to throw together. Top it with your own fresh croutons, or just buy some from the store I bought these ones at Trader Joe's.

Chicken & Spinach Soup with Fresh Pesto
source: Eating Well

Ingredients
2 teaspoons plus 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil, divided
1/2 cup carrot or diced red bell pepper
1 large boneless, skinless chicken breast (about 8 ounces), cut into quarters
1 large clove garlic, minced
5 cups reduced-sodium chicken broth
1 1/2 teaspoons dried marjoram
6 ounces baby spinach, coarsely chopped
1 15-ounce can cannellini beans or great northern beans, rinsed
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1/3 cup lightly packed fresh basil leaves
Freshly ground pepper to taste
3/4 cup plain or herbed multigrain croutons for garnish (optional)

Instructions
  1. Heat 2 teaspoons oil in a large saucepan or Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add carrot (or bell pepper) and chicken; cook, turning the chicken and stirring frequently, until the chicken begins to brown, 3 to 4 minutes. Add garlic and cook, stirring, for 1 minute more. Stir in broth and marjoram; bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce the heat and simmer, stirring occasionally, until the chicken is cooked through, about 5 minutes.
  2. With a slotted spoon, transfer the chicken pieces to a clean cutting board to cool. Add spinach and beans to the pot and bring to a gentle boil. Cook for 5 minutes to blend the flavors.
  3. Combine the remaining 1 tablespoon oil, Parmesan and basil in a food processor (a mini processor works well). Process until a coarse paste forms, adding a little water and scraping down the sides as necessary.
  4. Cut the chicken into bite-size pieces. Stir the chicken and pesto into the pot. Season with pepper. Heat until hot. Garnish with croutons, if desired.
Enjoy!

February 17, 2015

Scenes from the Weekend

Did you have a nice Valentine's Day? The weather this weekend was gorgeous and we had lots of time with people we love!

 
O and I spent Friday morning at the gym and then at the park with our friends E & M playing in the sand and on the slides. The kiddos exchanged valentines and O was thrilled to find the one he was given had sweet tart candy in it. I let him have two pieces on the way home and he was in heaven -- I think he's getting into this Valentine's Day thing!

Later that afternoon O and I crafted some cute little valentines to give to his Granny and B. I did the cutting and he did the gluing and stamping. And he told me the hearts should have smiles! 


While dinner baked I made icing for the cookies we gave out and then when Keith came home I got down to icing them, which always takes some time and concentration. I don't have the steadiest hand, so they're far from perfect, but I think they turned out pretty cute!


Saturday morning we went out for a nature walk with my mom and sister. We brought O's bug catching kit and made it about 1/2 a mile before turning back. It was a beautiful day and so fun!


Saturday evening we had plans to go to dinner and a movie, but our sitter got sick, so we had to change our plans last minute. We ended up taking O with us to our favorite Mexican restaurant and to the mall for a (not so) "little" treat. I think O felt pretty special going out on a date with us (we kept calling it a Family Date) and he was such a sweetheart the entire time!


The next morning we gave O his little Valentine's Day gift from us (CAT worker trucks for the sand and Good Night, Good Night Construction Site) and went out to play at the park! We followed the park up with some bike riding and sandwiches.

The rest of the weekend was business as usual with grocery shopping, dinner at home, the gym, naps, lunch with a co-worker for Keith and a Mother's Club meeting for me.

Hope you had a lovely Valentine's Day!

February 16, 2015

Motivational & Menu Monday

It's Monday, and the weekend isn't over yet, but we're getting back on track starting NOW! 

Goal: Make healthy choices for me and my family, including making healthy food choices and staying active.

Progress to date: Down 1lb from the last time I weighed in. Feels good to see the numbers going down on the scale, but what feels even better are things like my clothes feeling better and being able to lift even heavier weights than I did a month ago.

Highlight of last week: Running and not feeling like I want to stop!

Challenge of last week: Same challenge we all have, Valentine's Day! There were fries, sandwiches, cookies, cocktails and candy -- back to reality today!


Workouts: 4! Went to the gym for my regular weight workouts Monday, Wednesday and Friday followed by 1.5-2 mile treadmill runs afterward. Thursday I did some light weights and the elliptical. My knees are sore, but still no pain. My body wants to keep running but my knees are bailing on me.

Lessons I learned this week: Keeping my gym bag packed and ready to go greatly increases the chance I'll make it to the gym. 

Here is our menu plan for this week: 


monday - taco bowls

I'll be sharing the Spinach, Chicken and Pesto Soup we had last week later this week! What's on your nutritional and fitness agenda this week? 

February 13, 2015

Five on Friday

Hooray it's Friday! Let's get down to my five...

/ one / We went to O's school auction last Saturday night. We knew almost no one, since most of our class didn't attend, but we did have a great time! We spent most of the night getting to know another couple from our class. We bid on a few things, and got out bid, but we did buy tickets to Fiesta Night in May, which we're looking forward to!

/ two / What are you plans for valentine's day this year? With it being on Saturday I think it puts a lot of pressure on people to make it something special. We're excited for our plan to have a date night of Mexican food and a movie! 

/ three / In case you missed it yesterday, I shared O's little valentines for his class friends yesterday! I had a hard time deciding what puny thing I could say about bubbles that didn't sound inappropriate, but they turned out cute!

/ four / Do you do this? I always do. I want to say it helps me think of what I need to get done next / add to my list, but really I think I just like the feeling of crossing tasks off my list!

 
/ five / I made a batch of heart shaped sugar cookies yesterday (I cookie partied) and my nap time activity today will be to frost and decorate them. I think I will be going with a simple conversation heart look.





Today I'm linking up with...

Darci, April, Christina and Natasha
Friday Favorites with A Little Bit of EverythingMomfessionals, and Grace and Love
Oh Hey Friday with September Farm and The Farmer's Wife
Jennie for Friday Favorites
Amanda for Friday Favorites

February 12, 2015

You BLOW Me Away!

O's class had their little Valentine's Day celebration today at school! Each child brought a valentine for all the other kids in the class. We went with a no-candy valentine this year and O was still really excited about it!

For about a day I considered having him pick a set of character valentines. Something like Ninja Turtles, super heroes, or Star Wars, because I thought he might like those more, but when I showed him the bubbles he was stoked. On Tuesday morning he was even worried because he thought we forgot to bring the bubbles for his friends and was relieved when I told him the exchange was later in the week!



We bought the pack of 24 bubble sticks at Target in the valentine section for just a few dollars. The pack came with blue, light blue, mint and yellow bubbles.

O was stuck on giving the boys in his class the blues, the daddies the green, and when pressed, yellow to the girls. I'm still not sure why the daddies were luck enough to be thought of when it's usually moms working in his class? I guess it a boy thing. We ended up giving all the children blue!


I made the tags using Acorn and printed them at home on heavy card stock. After printing them and cutting them out I punched two holes in each card and fed some twine through the to tie on the bubbles. Easy, and done!

You can click and drag OR right click and save the image for your own use, if you'd like!



When I picked O up from school he was really excited to open up all his valentines. I made him wait until we were home, because I didn't want him to get into the candy in the car before he had lunch. So many sweet little valentines were waiting inside!


And I have to document the bag he decorated! It is quite the masterpiece!

February 11, 2015

Little Loves

We participated in a little Valentine card exchange again this year with some of our toddler / baby / preschool aged blogland friends. The creativity and cuteness of these moms and children never ceases to amaze me!

We kept the creation of our Valenines simple, and home made for this exchange. Together Owen and I went to Michael's craft store and picked out a few new paint colors -- previously we did not own any pinks! -- and some cute little cards from the dollar spot.


We stamped the paint on to the cards using a heart shaped sponge (cut by yours truly) and various sized heart shaped cookie cutters -- all things we had at home already. 


O has been really into the paint table at school lately, so I thought helping to paint or stamp with paint the cards would be his jam. He was into it for about five minutes until it got on his hands -- this boy is willing to hold worms and dig in dirt but pain? A no go for him. We tried again later and with a little I do one you do one action we made it through all of our cards. 


I added the little L-O-V-E to the cards and wrote the message on the inside.


 So simple, yet still very sweet!

Check out all the adorable Valentine's we recieved from the other moms + kiddos!

February 9, 2015

Motivational & Menu Monday

We're in the middle of a rainy storm here and I absolutely love it. We've had some fun jumping in puddles and getting soaked in the rain. The weekend was great, we had a birthday party for a little friend and a date night for O's school auction, made a big trip to Costco and today we have tons of errands and cooking to do. It's Monday, which means we're back to the old grind!

Goal: Make healthy choices for me and my family, including making healthy food choices and staying active.

Progress to date: Haven't weight myself this morning, but I'll check back in late with any results. I wish I'd measured myself and done a body fat analysis in the beginning, because I'm sure I'm replacing some fat with muscle and it would be nice to see actual proof.

Instead I'll just use a progress photo as my own measurement.



Highlight of last week: A friend's mom telling me she was impressed by how well behaved Owen was at a birthday party. Obviously my child is not always well behaved, but it felt really really good to hear a complement like that.

Challenge of last week:The weekend is always a challenge when you're trying to eat right. We went to a little kid birthday party complete with cupcake and O's school auction where we had drinks and heavy apps for dinner. All the more reason to eat clean during the week right?

Workouts: Made it to the gym Wed-Fri for weight and cardio. I added a run to my workout last week in preparation for our upcoming 10k this Spring. My knees were sore afterward, but no pain.

And I added Tone it Up Curtsey Lunge to my regular weight training workout.

Lessons I learned this week: I did so well with lunches last week, which felt good. So... I'm planing to do some meal prep today for lunches during the week. Lunch prep is always a challenge when I have to decide what to make while I'm hungry and making O's lunch. I'm always tempted to just make grilled cheese or something easy.

Here is our menu plan for this week: 

Monday - Salsa Verde Chicken Enchiladas + green salad
Wednesday - Chicken & Spinach Soup with Fresh Pesto
Thursday - TJ's Chile Lime Burgers with guacamole + sweet potato fries
Friday - take out / dinner out

What's on your menu plan this week? 

February 5, 2015

FIVE on FRIDAY

Hey there! Happy Friday! Here's my five...

 one / two / three
/one/ We're going to O's school's Auction fundraiser Saturday night. It was a last minute decision, so I'm a bit crunched on time to decide what to wear. I have a dress I'm considering, but I'm hoping to make it to the mall tonight to see if any of these beauties would work. 

/two/ Yesterday I reached 10,000 steps on my FitBit before 1pm! Do you have a FitBit? Let's be friends! You can find me here!

/three/ I'm considering going back to work for the 2016-17 school year. It's still far away and right ow it is just a thought I've been playing with. I love being home with Owen so very much, but I wonder if I might serve my family better by having an income, and I love teaching and miss having a career. By then O will be 4 1/2 and may enjoy getting to be at school for the day. Right now it's just a thought though.

/four/ I'm in love with my new grocery shopping notepad. Yes, in love with paper -- that's me. Really though, it is quite cute, has nicely separated categories and a full magnetic backing, so it doesn't fall of the fridge.

/five/ I'm looking for my next book, for after I finish Wild. The Girl on the Train caught my eye yesterday at Costco and after reading the premise I'm almost positive I'll like it. The reviews on Amazon are great, and I heard it is being called the next Gone Girl. Have you read it?

I hope you all have a great weekend! 



Today I'm linking up with...

Darci, April, Christina and Natasha
Friday Favorites with A Little Bit of EverythingMomfessionals, and Grace and Love
Oh Hey Friday with September Farm and The Farmer's Wife
Jennie for Friday Favorites
Amanda for Friday Favorites

January in Review

In January we celebrated O's 3rd birthday, started back at school, switched O to a toddler bed, explored Pier 39 and took O on his first train ride! It was a fun filled month!
January via Instagram
In January, when I set my goals for the year I also decided to set a few monthly ones as well...

January Goals:
  • Make clam chowder, which I did and shared the recipe here.
  • Finish reading Not That Kind of Girl and move on to the next book on my list. I also read Drinking & Tweeting and started reading Wild, which is great.
  • Find a 10k to run in the Spring. We're still unsure if we're doing Bay to Breakers or the Presidio 10k.
  • Create a plan for some lessons for O in February. I have a few activities planned for us and I'll share them with you this month.
  • Make a plan of action for potty training. Started a potty chart and reward system. I'm waiting for a weekend when we won't need to be anywhere so we can do Potty Boot Camp.
  • Clean out Keith's closet and give away things he doesn't need anymore. Didn't get rid of a whole bag, but we did do away with a few things here and there.
  • Start collecting photos for our 2010-2011 photo book. I've got files on my computer and now all I need to do is upload them to Snapfish and get started with a layout.
  • Take more family photos. We took one photo together last month. Maybe I'll get more in February!
Goals for February:
  • Find my next book after Wild
  • Create and order 2010-2011 photo album and start on 2011-2012 album. 
  • Clean out and giveaway Winter clothes I didn't wear this year and Spring / Summer clothes I didn't wear last season.
  • Create and implement a running plan. 
  • Try a new healthy dinner recipe.
And in case you missed them, here are some of my favorite/most popular blog posts from January:
Day in the Life Winter '15
Valentine's Canvas Art
No-Candy Valentines
January Stitch Fix Review