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Meal Plan – Week 3 and winter weather

This week was not a good week, with regards to, keeping to the program. I did not keep to the plan, I ran late all week so skipped breakfast, thinking I would pick it up at work – did not work. Lunch was the only menu where I did ok. The good news is, I now know, that I eat when I have a high-pressure day at work and come home tired. So, I will just have to make sure there are prepared meals in the fridge.

Here’s this weeks menu, where most of this are variations on last week since I have most of the ingredients still in the fridge. Goals for this week is to get on plan and introduce the exercise.

Saturday Egg Tempeh Stir Fry
Sunday Oatmeal with grated apple + sultanas Slow-cook Dahl + Wild Rice
Monday Oatmeal with Banana+Unsalted Peanut Butter Steamed Fish and Vegetable Pockets + Quinoa
Tuesday Fruit Salad with Flax seed Vegetable Pasta Bake
Wednesday Fruit Salad with Flax seed Pizza (using FlatOut Bread instead of Whole Wheat Pita)
Thursday Oatmeal with grated apple + sultanas Vegetable Frittata
Friday Fruit Salad with Flax seed Bean Burgers + Salad

Budget this week, will be easy as there is nothing I need to go out and buy. Funny thing is yesterday’s ice fall (yes ice fall – not snow) has made it very unlikely to get out of the house today anyway :-). The ice is at least an inch deep around and on the house and my poor plants are buckling under the weight. I am refusing to look at the veggie garden, as I will be upset if I loose all of the crop.

The ice is starting to melt but the concern will be if it can completely melt in time before the evening drop in temperatures again – which means it could be another inside day tomorrow. Anyway, this is how it looks at the moment.

One of my plants buckling under the weight of the ice (photo taken through the window – too cold to go outside 😉 ):IMG_0806IMG_0810

Sean’s Playground had a nice coating of ice. His job today was to de-ice his playground which he thoroughly enjoyed.
IMG_6831 IMG_6832 IMG_6833Our table on the deck, with an inch of ice cover….hmmm I seem to remember asking the hubby for a table cover to  protect the table. Wonder where it is 🙂 ?IMG_0807

Our Deck covered with ice, it’s like walking across a grater – the ice is that hard and has the lumps from the ice pellets that fell.IMG_0808

Icicles forming as the ice starts to melt; that is, ice also going down the chimney as well.IMG_0809

Photo Journal: Elf on the shelf Week 3

So our elf, Mr. Underpants has moved around a lot this week ;-). Our son has got use to him completely now, and he actively searches for him in the morning. No more avoiding him – it only took 3 weeks. Here are the positions we found him this week.

Day 15: Master Bathroom – Towel RackIMG_0637

Day 16: Bonus Room – Lego London BridgeIMG_0644

Day 17: Bonus Room – Amongst my fabric stackIMG_0654

Day 18: Living Room – Between the vases (where’s the flowers??)
Stayed here for 2 days as Mr. Underpants did not have good things to report today.

Day 20: Kitchen Room Divider – Amongst the flowersIMG_0663

Day 21: Kitchen Sill – Camouflage (is it working??)IMG_0664

One more full week before Christmas and then Mr. Underpants job is done for the year.

Photo Journal: Elf on the shelf Week 2

So our five-year old is now use to the elf (see our previous problem) – in fact he ignores him until we do something wrong. I called something, the hubby did the other day, stupid and our five-year old told me that I should say “Sorry” as the elf could here and I was not nice. I suppose it will keep us all in line :-).

Day 8: Hallway – Window sill (Mr. Underpants (our elf) stayed here for two days since behavior was a slight issue on the first day)

Day 10: Master bedroom – Side table lamp

Day 11: Toy Room – ShelfIMG_0623

Day 12: Kitchen – Pot Plant

Day 13: Sun room – Record Player

Day 14: Sun room – French doors

Photo Journal: Elf on the shelf

Below is our photo journal of our first week ever using elf on the shelf, or better known in our house as Mr. Underpants.

Day 1: Living Room – Fireplace mantel
Elf on the Shelf 11/26/2012

Day 2: Kitchen – Top of the fridge

Day 3: Hallway – Stair case

Day 4: Sean’s Room – on top of shelves

Day 5: Bonus Room – On an easelIMG_0590

Day 6: Guest bathroom – Bath Tub with a friend

Day 7: Guest bedroom – Shelves with mask from Venice

What to do with all your vacation photo’s??

We are very fortunate to be able to afford to go on vacation at least once a year. We try to do two things each year:

  1. Go once a year to somewhere in North Carolina (state in which we live) – this usually means the beach or the mountains and
  2. Since half the family lives in Germany and the other half in New Zealand we get to travel internationally often.

This means we have lots and lots of photos, which I never seem to get around to putting into albums – this seems even more true in a digital age.

North Carolina Photos


New Zealand Photos


Here are some ideas, we have been using over the last 12 months to preserve the memories.

  1. I will always send a selected set of photos for the year to grandparents ~10 photos. We provided them albums a couple of years ago, so now they just have to add the photos.
  2. We also have photo albums of our big trips; I have memory albums of France (Paris), Italy (Rome, Florence, Pisa and Isle of Capri), UK (England, Scotland and Wales), Czech Republic (Prague) and Portugal (Lisbon). I mix the photos with other items I collected during the trip – coins, or other currency items; post cards, ticket for rides or museums, brochures; anything that explains or adds to the memories. I will say that it took me a long time to put these together and I took about 5 years before I even started them ;-). I have not yet got around to our Pacific trips.
  3. I have a photo wall going up the staircase of the family. I know this is common in the US – when I saw this I thought it was a great use of space that otherwise would remain empty. Take a look at this pinterest site for ideas for arranging your photos on the wall. I use different frames and sizes on my wall.
  4. I use simple glass frames (9×11) for key photos of vacation areas and use them to add visual interest to my office at work.
  5. I discovered Shutterfly last year, and loaded up photos, and made calendars for the grandparents and aunt. I loved the result and it was so inexpensive, the best thing was I also got 50 prints of photos for free.
  6. For birthday “Thank You” cards, I try to always include a picture from the birthday party, of the child, who gave the present. This way the parents and child also keep hold of the memory.
  7. I think one of the coolest things I made last year, was a collage of our vacation in New Zealand, previously that year. I gave this to my husband for Christmas. I’ll go into more detail how I made this one.

Making Art from Vacation Photo’s (#6 above)

I was searching online one day and came across some visual arts using photo collages and that reminded me of the CSI episode where the stalker had created a beautiful photo collage to preserve the memories, and had given it to his object as a gift (I know weird – but the idea of the collage was cool).

I decided that we had so many cool photos from our trip to New Zealand that year that I photo collage of the trip would make a great gift to my husband. Pictures below show the collage before and after Framing.

Materials I used:

  • 1x white board
  • A paper cutter (I used this one from AC Moore which landed up to be free with coupons)
  • Clean T-shirt or soft cloth
  • 40 Selected photos of various colors (NOTE: I had lots of left overs and could have used only 20 photos but to get the color results I wanted I went with more photos)
  • Glue stick
  • Matt board and foam board for framing the end result
  1. On your white board, draw in pencil (so you can rub out later) a straight rectangle that will be the area boundaries that you will be gluing the photos into.
  2. Decide on the thickness of the strips you are going to cut the photos. I cut my photos to 1 cm (~1/2 an inch) and I cut them parallel with the short end of the photo. This way I got approx. 12 strips per photo.
  3. Start cutting your photos. Depending on your design, if the photo images are going to be random as they are in mine, just throw the strips into a box.
  4. Decide on how you are going to lay out your photo strips – i.e.. the design. In the one I made I used a zen-zag design (chevron design).
  5. Start glueing the strips onto the white board. Start at one of the boundary pencil lines that way you can ensure your strips are straight. Also, leave a slight consistent gap between your photo strips for visual effects.
  6. As you glue use the cloth to smooth each strip down and wipe off excess glue. I use a glue stick with photos since it is a solid – it won’t destroy the photo, if you use wet/liquid options the photo ink will be damaged.
  7. Continue until you fill in your area.
  8. At this point you can either – buy a frame with a matt board if it’s the right size; if it’s a custom shape you can use matt board and foam board to frame out your picture (this is what I do) or you can get you custom framer to do this for you. I use the custom framing, option to only do the glass and frame as it saves money (~$50-$120) to do the matt and backing board yourself

I would love to know ideas on what you do, so leave a comment and let me know.