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It’s the 3 Little Things: No Cooking All Week, a New Netflix Addiction, & Hotel Deliveries

Friday, September 18th, 2015

Madewell Dress

I hope you all had a wonderful week this week! It has been so good to be home since getting back from our vacation and I have been staying up way too late reading this adorable book– have you read it?  I also had the pleasure of speaking at the Staff Day at our local library yesterday about my experience growing my blog audience which was so lovely! I have been working on the next capsule wardrobe for Fall and thought I would show you a sneak peek at this incredible Madewell dress I found on thredUP (for only $25.92!) that I wore to speak in yesterday.  It’s going to be such a workhorse and I love that it has the mandatory pockets that are required for a good dress.

Not to brag, but I got this in the mail which is really surreal to see all your hard work packaged up with your name on it. I’m super excited about seeing my knitted boot cuffs kit hitting JoAnn’s nationwide in November from Hazel & Ruby.

Here are 3 other things that are making me happy this week!

The MomAdvice Make-Ahead

I Haven’t Cooked Since Sunday

Last Sunday I decided to try work on making some food ahead (I documented what I made over here) and see how this would work with our family. I am so happy to report that we didn’t eat out once this week (although I did sneak in a glass of wine with my girlfriends) thanks to my stocked fridge.  Other than steaming some vegetables and making my gluten-free noodles, it has been a simple process of reheating our food each night. We have eaten almost everything I have prepared and we have eaten really well. I actually feel a lot better because we have been eating so well so I am excited to try and tackle this ahead again this weekend.

I am really pleased about the decrease in food waste which is something that has bothered me a lot over the years. I hate wasting food and wasting my money and having things prepared help us actually eat them before they went bad.

For our family, this combo was a win this week.

This-Is-Life

Another Netflix Addiction to Binge On

While we had our evenings free on our vacation my husband and I caught several episodes of the This is Life series with Lisa Ling. I would call this an adult version of MTV’s True Life series as it tackles pockets of America that you may not be aware of or things happening in society that we are afraid to talk about. Most of the topics are pretty controversial, but it has led to some really great discussions after they are over about how we feel about certain things.

One of the most compelling was episode #5 called, “The Genius Experiment,” where she explores an exclusive sperm bank that offered specimens from highly intelligent donors in the 80’s and she visits a family who had three children from these donors and what they are like now. It was pretty incredible and gave me a lot of food for thought.  I’m looking forward to watching the rest of these episodes in this series soon!

prime-pantry

Hotel Room Deliveries

While we were in Florida, I was a little concerned about having enough snacks, water, and sunscreen for the week. Since we were only packing carry-on luggage, I had the genius idea to utilize our Amazon Prime membership for a Prime Pantry delivery to our hotel room. For a flat shipping rate of $5.99, I was able to get everything ordered and shipped to our room for a fraction of the price we would have paid at our hotel. Look at this price on water (CRAZY cheap!)  We had everything from boxed cereal to sunblock to Larabars shipped right to the hotel. The packages beat us there and we had everything in our room before we had even unloaded our suitcase.

Since this was my first Prime Pantry delivery, I was a little worried if everything might get crushed in route, but it was beautifully and minimally packaged- not a crushed box in sight! I highly recommend trying this if you are traveling to Disney or Universal to save a little cash!

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Now it’s your turn! What’s making you happy this week?

The MomAdvice Make Ahead

Monday, September 14th, 2015

The MomAdvice Make Ahead

Wow, I can’t believe our family’s Choose Your Own Adventure trip has finally been fulfilled! It was such an incredible vacation (equal parts busy and equal parts R&R)  that I’m looking forward to sharing more about it with you this week! In the meantime, I have been knee deep in laundry, grocery shopping to replenish the very empty fridge, and I have been doing some food prep this week to try to get ahead.

I hope to try and doing a little making ahead each week since our family life has gotten quite busy between dance lessons, cross country meets/practice, and instrument lessons.  I shared this photo on Instagram and had a few people ask me how I made certain things for the week so I thought maybe sharing it here so you could not only hold me accountable (something I can always use), but I hope it might inspire you to get a little ahead during your busy weeks!  I must say that Shutterbean has been such an inspiration to me in this department-have you read this post on make-ahead planning? I also love to follow along with her hashtag to think of new ideas that I can do ahead in my kitchen!

The biggest thing for me is my desire to decrease the amount of food waste we have in our house. If things are pulled together, frozen, and incorporated into our dishes, there is less chance of those items going to waste in our home.

For me, it’s also less about menu-planning and more about thoughtful preparations that can be pulled together for the week ahead whether it is breakfast, lunch, or dinner. For menu-planning advice, I’m An Organizing Junkie is a pioneer for Menu Planning Mondays where you can gather so much good stuff each week and you can start brainstorming what you can make ahead for your meals each week.

Here is what I got ready for our crazy activities week!

The MomAdvice Make-Ahead

Gluten-Free Chicken Noodle Soup (Prepared minus the noodles- I like to make them fresh so they maintain their consistency)

Spaghetti Sauce (double batched)

Chopped Broccoli (to be made into this easy Microwave Lemon Broccoli for a side)

Roasted Green Beans (prepped and thrown in a bag for the week)

3 pounds Roasted Chicken, sliced (for wraps & salads this week)

1 dozen Hard-Boiled Eggs (I used this oven baking method with really good success. I also kept the shells on the eggs for storage because they keep for one week like this and it keeps bacteria away!)

Chopped Carrots & Celery (I just chopped these up while chopping up the celery and carrots for my soup)

Pot Roast Italiano (prepped and thrown in a bag for the week)

Green Smoothie Packets (I use this recipe and froze the strawberries, bananas, and spinach in packets for the morning)

For a couple of hours of cooking and prepping, I’m hoping we can stay on track with our family’s eating this week!

Let me know if this helps you and if you would like me to continue sharing these ideas with you! xo

 

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