This week, for me, was mostly about work. I had a day trip on Tuesday to Washington DC….there is nothing like leaving at 5:30 am and getting home at 8:00pm ;-). I was very thankful there is a Starbucks, right as you get past security at the airport, for a much needed morning coffee. The other thing is, my team is growing at work, to be ~10 people, so I spent most of the end of the week trying to put a plan together to help our group be successful.
While embarking on this exercise, I realized I needed a little more structure and realistic expectations in my life, as a whole. I need to gain more balance. How else can I (as a working mum) remain engaged with family, work, look after myself, an etsy store and have some fun ;-).
To start, I came up with a rough schedule for my blog. I say rough, as I might not have anything to share or I might be running a little behind:
|Saturday||Weekly Recap + Meal Plan|
|Monday||Weekend of Small Finishes + Fabric Stash
linking up with Plum and June for “Lets get Acquainted”
|Tuesday||Recipe of the week|
|Wednesday||WiP (Work in Progress) Wednesday
linking up with Lee @ “Freshly Pieced”
|Friday||Finish it up Friday
linking up with Amanda Jean @ “Crazy Mom Quilts“
Now, on to the other planning piece the family uses, our meal plan. We have decided that the important thing here is to make it sustainable. We are going with 4 vegetarian appropriate meals a week to see if we can stick with the plain a little better. This is our plan for week 12:
|Sunday||Egg + Fruit + Soy Latte||Creamy Vegetable Shepherds Pie (Hopefully 4th time the charm)||20 mins. HIT|
|Monday||Granola + Fruit + Soy Yoghurt||Split Pea and Ham Soup|
|Tuesday||Berry + Banana + Spirulina Smoothie||Gluten Free Pasta Bake||3-4 Mile Walk|
|Wednesday||Oatmeal + Banana and Almond butter||Zpizza (Pizza with whole wheat crust and organic ingredients)||20 mins. HIT|
|Thursday||Granola + Fruit + Soy Yoghurt||Meatloaf + Potatoes + Steamed Vegetables
(Meatloaf is made with zucchini and carrots)
|Friday||Berry + Banana + Spirulina Smoothie||Vegetable Biryani (adding broccoli and left over vegetables from Sunday)||20 mins. HIT|
As mentioned last week, I thought I could share how we are spending $70 a week only, for our meals, by providing a shopping list. So, here was this weeks grocery list:
|Grocery list (New Stock)||In the cupboard/fridge|
NOTE: We shop majority at Trader Joe’s (TJ), Target (TT) with an occasional visit to Whole foods (WF), BJ’s , Harris Teeters (HT), Lowes Food (LF) and Fresh Market (FM).
NOTE: We do not typically use coupons mainly due to time.
NOTE: Items indicated by * are specials for the week we took advantage of.
Well – that is it for this long post today. Thanks for going through my thoughts with me. Hope everyone has a good week. I would love to see what you are doing for meal planning or trying to balance your life – leave a link to your post in the comments below 🙂